Meal Plan for the Week of 12/27

Last week for Christmas Eve, I made a delicious meat pie…


I didn’t think I’d like it because I’m not a huge fan of meat, in general, so a pie that mostly consisted of it did not sound appealing. However, the potato mashed into the pie, spices, and grated veggies made the texture and flavor very different from anticipated. YUM.


Sunday night, we went to Chili’s to watch the Patriots game. Since we ate such a filling meal at lunch, we only had snack items for dinner on Sunday.

Monday night (tonight), I made a chicken Caesar salad with homemade croutons.

Tuesday night will be a Tex Mex Calzone.

Wednesday night will leftovers of the Tex Mex calzone.

Thursday night (New Year’s Eve) will consist of a variety of appetizers starting around lunchtime. I’m serving chips and veggies with French onion dip, crackers with a cheeseball, cream puffs, bruschetta on slices of baguette, soft pretzels with a mustard dipping sauce, Parmesan nut melts, and blue cheese and pear tartlets.

Friday will be leftovers of the above (or a frozen pizza if there isn’t enough).

Saturday will be grilled cheese with tomato soup.


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Thanksgiving Meal Planning

Thanksgiving Planning

Time to start figuring out what I’m making Jimmy & I for Thanksgiving! Since it’s just the two of us (the cats only like the turkey), we can’t have as many options…for example, we have to choose only one pie!

Let’s see…

Brined Grilled Turkey

Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

Blueberry-Cranberry Pie


Cranberry Sauce

Relish Tray

I’ll definitely be making a cookie, too. So, I need to pick what kind.

Jimmy doesn’t like stuffing, so I need to decide if it is worth making or not. I may just opt for dinner rolls of some sort.

I’d also like to make a recipe I haven’t tried yet. Not sure what that will be.

What sorts of things do you cook on Thanksgiving? Any interesting dishes your family makes?

Menu this Week

This week I wasn’t supposed to be in Virginia, but car trouble kept me here. Consequently, I had to throw together a meal plan (and didn’t get around to posting it on the board) and do some last minute shopping.

Sunday- Salami Roll-ups, Dill Pickle Bites, Sausage Squares

Monday- Chow Mein Noodle Casserole

Tuesday- Leftover casserole

Wednesday- Jimmy’s chicken, salad, mac n’ cheese

Thursday- Hot Dogs

Friday- Pedros

Saturday- Leftover Pedros


Meal Planning: Week of November 8th, 2015

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Here’s my meal planner for this week:

Sunday- Autumn Salad (herbed goat cheese, walnuts, apples, craisins, spinach, raspberry vinaigrette)

Monday- Chicken Caesar Wraps & Rosemary Fries

Tuesday- Mom’s Chicken, Salad, Bread and Roasted Cauliflower

Wednesday- Pasta with a creamy tomato sauce, Garlic Bread, Salad, and Meatballs

Thursday- Leftovers from Wednesday

Friday- Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Celery & Carrots

Saturday- Leftovers from Friday

Lunches- Chicken Nuggets & Fries, Cottage Cheese with veggies & crackers, PBJ sandwiches


What are you making this week?



Kitchen helper: Miles




Relish tray (see photo)

Cheese & crackers

Chips & onion dip

Sugar Cookies

Cream Puffs

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Grilled turkey

Mashed potatoes


Cranberry sauce


Winter salad

Buttermilk thyme biscuits

Pumpkin pie with (homemade!) whipped cream

The peanut butter pie (so good) was served on Wednesday, and the blueberry on Friday.

The day consisted of cooking, cleaning, playing Civilization V, fire creation and football.

Day Before Thanksgiving: Brine, Cats, and Johnny Sausage

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, so this morning we made this delicious-smelling brine:


And now I am working on a peanut butter pie- which we’ll eat tonight. Since it’s just the two of us, we are getting a head start on all the food-eating.

The cats are getting really good at the toilet-paper-roll-on-door enrichment. I had to replace the old roll with a new one, this one is more complicated with less holes for the treats to fall out of.


Fred took the lead and was able to get about half the treats out. Miles took over the second half. Fred’s tactics were elegant and swift.


Miles was more clumsy and forceful.

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But, in the end, they were both victorious.


It snowed in Yet-to-be-named Lego Winter Village.


Johnny Light Sausage was confused by the snow. It makes sense that it snows plastic in a Lego world. Johnny inspected the snow carefully with his tongs.


His new neighbors will be arriving shortly- that will be even more confusing.




My May Naturebox


Surprisingly, we’ve stuck with Nature Box since November. This month, I opted to make my own decisions on what items to get instead of the surprise.

Despite them screwing up my request, this was definitely my favorite box so far- I enjoyed every option. Nature Box lets you make a “pantry” of item you’d like and then they pull from that list, in order. I made the list, but when I looked at my box pistachio “power clusters” and cashew “power clusters” were back-to-back. So, I went in and swapped the list around. They said I still had several days left to change it, but apparently that wasn’t true. They were both good though. Jimmy also like the entire box- which was unusual! My favorite was the yogurt-dipped pretzels.

More Sunday Night Comfort Foods: Chow Mein Noodle Casserole

This past Sunday we had yet another of my Sunday night comfort-food-that-creates-leftovers-for-Monday favorites called “Chow Mein Noodle Casserole”.

This is another one of those meals that you can easily swap around ingredients or add to in order to make it suit your personal preferences.



Basic Ingredients:

  • Rice (I use white, but you could replace it with another kind)
  • Ground meat (I use turkey, but pork or beef would do fine…you could also go sans meat and ramp up the veggies)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 cans Cream of…. (I use cream of mushroom, but easily swapped, try to picky a yummy one though, it can make a difference)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Chow Mein Noodles (leftovers from last week’s haystacks?)

Extras I use (you could easily leave these out):

  • Slivered almonds (you could swap these for another nut, or just leave out)
  • Water chestnuts
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Seasoning: ground ginger, onion powder, garlic powder
  • Celery (only when I have it in)

Other ideas:

  • Mushrooms
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Baby Corn


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook rice according to package directions.

3. Brown meat and onion.

4. Get a big mixing bowl and combine: seasonings, soups and soy sauce.

5. Slowly toss in everything else (except the chow mein noodles), mixing as you go.

6. You’ll have a giant sticky, delicious mess.

7. Pour said mess into a very large casserole dish (9×13 works well).

8. Flatten and sprinkle with lots of chow mein noodles.

9. Bake for around 20 minutes.

10. Eat leftovers bits in bowl while you wait (maybe that’s just me).