Sunday, January 31

Another Good One!

This was for dinner tonight....I didn't have any arugula (too expensive!) but it was still darn tasty!

Menu Plan Monday

Yum!  I am absolutely loving this trying new recipes thing.  I really should do it more often!  I have thoroughly been enjoying myself and my taste buds are thanking me.  You should really try this and this.  For this week, I have a turkey I got on special from Thanksgiving that I am pulling out so we are gonna be spoiled with a turkey dinner with all the fixings.  I can't wait!

Sunday-Chicken Parm Pasta Toss

Monday-Pork Chow Mein and Pork Fried Rice

Tuesday-Turkey Dinner w/ mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, horseradish carrots, green beans

Wednesday-Ground Beef Casserole

Thursday-Comfort Meatballs, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli


Saturday-Turkey Soup

For other menu ideas, visit here.

Friday, January 29


We had this for dinner the night before last.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Soooo good!  Yummy mix of flavors...and once again the Peanut chowed!  Gotta love that!

Tuesday, January 26

Spicy Peanut Chicken

Please make this...we all loved it--including the Peanut!

French Breakfast Puffs

My friend gave me a Christmas gift this weekend as we hadn't seen each other since long before the holidays.  She gave me The Pioneer Woman's cookbook.  Yum!  I am loving it....I have a whole bunch of recipes to try...and I always love that!  I made her French Breakfast Puffs this morning:

I didn't have any shortening, so I used butter and I think they turned out fine.  In the words of PW, please try these!  :)

Better Late Than Never

I was able to take the Peanut home with me this weekend to HomeTown.  It was so good to be able to see and my family and also get together with some friends of mine that I haven't seen in what seems like FOREVER.  I always feel like I am getting in the groove of living far away from home, and then I go home...and get terribly homesick all over again. 

Although saying goodbye is always hard, we got home yesterday and I was so happy to see DH.  So was the Peanut.  And now it's back to everyday life--so this menu plan is better late than never...  Once again, many thanks to Rachael Ray


Monday-Baked Potato Bar

Tuesday-Spicy Peanut Chicken


Thursday-Brocolli and Cheese Soup


Saturday-Roast Pork and Black Bean Chili

Monday, January 18

Orange Balsamic Glazed Chicken

I tried out this recipe tonight, and once again, you can't go wrong with Rachael.  I did serve it over brown rice and I diced the chicken before I cooked it, but other than that I followed the directions--and it was yum-o.  Do try!

Sunday, January 17

Menu Plan Monday

Another good week, last week, but did I remember to take a picture of the Rosemary Chicken or the Lemon Penne or Shrimp Newberg or the Pork ChopsNo.  But let me assure you, they were all very good.   And I even followed the recipe and used brown rice in the Newberg.  And I will still be making it again, along with all the others.  And the Balsamic Drizzle over the Rosemary ChickenTo die for!  Thanks, Rach!  (Cuz, you know, we're thick as thieves.)

Sunday-Chicken Divan and Egg Noodle Bake

Monday-Orange Balsamic Glazed Chicken over Rice, Broccoli

Tuesday-Potato Soup, Crusty Bread

Wednesday-Chili, Cornbread


Friday-Out for Dinner


For other great menu ideas, visit here.

Friday, January 15

Muffin Girl

I made some chocolate chip muffins for breakfast this morning...

...see why I normally stay away from this kind?  : )

Sunday, January 10

Menu Plan Monday

Last week went really well...tried some new recipes (visit here and here), which we all enjoyed.  Makes meal times more exciting when I venture out and try something new.  :)  I have been trying a LOT of recipes from Rachael Ray lately--she should pay me...ha, ha!

Sunday-Quick Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes, Brocolli

Monday- Lemon Penne with Ham (from Rachael Ray EveryDay magazine-I will be kinda improvising off this one)

Tuesday-Pork Chops w/ Honey Mustard Gravy, Green Beans, Baked Potatoes

Wednesday-Shrimp Newburg (from Rachael Ray EveryDay magazine)


Friday-Nachos with Taco meat, black beans, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes

Saturday-Lentil Soup (using leftover ham bone from Christmas), Crusty Bread

For other great menu ideas, visit here.  

Thursday, January 7

Chicken-Broccoli Couscous

I have been trying some new recipes these past few weeks...I was feeling very bored with our menu plans, but at the same time felt our budget limited me from doing anything different.  I was looking through my Rachael Ray EveryDay magazine and was able to find several new recipes that didn't break the budget.

This one is a keeper.  I can get couscous in the bulk section for a very good price at my beloved Hometown grocery store and I had stocked up on that and I had that in my pantry.  Aside from the chicken, I think that would be the most expensive part of the meal.

1/4 cup EVOO
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper
3 cups chicken stock
10 oz. couscous
1 onion, finely chopped
1 head broccoli, broken into small florets
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup flat leaf parlsey
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1.  In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.  Season the chicken with S & P, add to the pan and cook, turning once, until chicken reaches 165 degrees or until juices run clear.  Remove from heat, let cool and then shred chicken.  (I was able to skip this step b/c I had leftover roasted chicken from the earlier in the week--this made dinner come together super fast!)

2. In a large saucepan bring 2 cups chicken stock and 1 tablespoon oil to a boil, season with S & P.  Add the couscous, cover and remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

3. In the skillet used for the chicken, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the broccoli and the remaining 1 cup chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in the chicken, raisins, parsley and couscous; season with S & P.  Toss with the almonds before serving.

The only thing I might change when I make it again is add some sliced green onions for garnish as well.  It was soo good and the Peanut LOVED it.  She ate two bowls.  (But she didn't get the almonds--not all her molars are in yet.)  And this is one dish meal.  Gotta love that!  Thanks, Rachael Ray!

French Onion Mac & Cheese

Yum-O!  This was a recipe I found flipping through last month's Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine.  It did not disappoint.  I did use smoked sharp cheddar as the Gruyère was ridiculously expensive, but other than that, I did stick to the recipe. 

I would encourage you to try it--a new twist on an old favorite! 

Sunday, January 3

Menu Plan Monday

Somehow last week's menu did not go off as planned at all.  We ate out when family was here, so the pizza got pushed into last week and then with more leftovers than expected, several meals from last week are getting pushed to this week.   All that to say, there are several repeats.  Regular scheduled programing should resume next week.  :)    (Could I fit "week" in any more??!?)

Sunday-French Onion Mac & Cheese, Green Beans

Monday-Roasted Chicken, Broccoli, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday- Enchiladas with homemade sauce, Spanish Rice

Wednesday-Chicken & Broccoli Couscous (from this months Rachael Ray magazine-not on the site yet)


Friday-Baked Potato Bar

Saturday-Ham and Spinach Stuffed Baguettes (these are sooo yummy, I'll try to post next week!)

Saturday, January 2


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