The Christmas letter I don't send out.

I originally wrote a version of this in 2008, back when I had 3 readers.  LOL  Here it is again, hope you enjoy.  Oh, and if you have a minute or two, I really think you'll enjoy the family support group post I linked to.  It captures our uniqueness quite well. 

I am so happy for those of you with perfect lives. Really, I am. But, I am not and never will be you; nor do I want to be.

My family is awesome, but we aren't perfect.

We don't make gazillions of dollars a year.  (My name is Elmer J Fudd.  I own a Mansion und a yacht.)  What, doesn't everyone quote Bugs Bunny using voices when it fits in the conversation?  I suppose you don't randomly burst into song or get up and dance or recite entire monologues either.  Interesting, very interesting.  *Raises eyebrow and strokes imaginary beard*  I suppose you don't play family support group either. 

My kids have many, many accomplishments but they also have less than stellar moments.

My grandson *cover your eyes if you can't take it* can't walk on water. Yet.

Once more I failed to make mother of the year.

Our house isn't featured in Snooty Snotty I'm so much better than you don't sit on the furniture or walk in my garden magazine.

And that's okay.  We are happy and *relatively* healthy and have a whole lot of fun and love going on.

Do you all love getting your yearly brag letter(s)? We do like keeping up with what is going on but ahh not so much when you only tell us how perfect you and your kidlets are.

Especially when we actually have contact with said perfect children and they paint an entirely different picture than you do.

I'd rather know you are human, really, I would. I'd think much more highly of you if you flat out said I'm only telling you the highlights but we're all in this together and we struggle too.

I guess it makes people feel better to let the world think things are perfect and wonderful and you are together and in control.

If nothing else the letters give us a good laugh, so keep 'em coming.

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Menu for week of 12/9 - 12/15

Some new recipes to try out this week-  hopefully they are as good as they look.  What's cooking at your house?
Beef Stew
Pressure cooker beef stew; hot buttered dinner rolls

 Breakfast for dinner:  breakfast pizza; fruit salad

Tacos Al Pastor (pork and pineapple tacos)

Grilled Steak salad with spinach, romaine, grape tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

Lentil "meat"loaf w/balsamic glaze; Casey's potatoes; steamed carrot

Chicken cacciatore over angel hair pasta; steamed broccoli

Gyros w/homemade tzaziki, diced cukes, tomatoes & red onion; spicy yellow squash "chips"

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Menu for week of 12/2 - 12/8

Are you crazy busy this time of year?  I know we are.  Some super simple meals, with a surprise or two thrown in.  Here's our menu for the week.  Anything exciting on your menu?  I'm particularly looking forward to Ina's squash salad.

Tilapia in a pouch (foil or parchment) with basil parsley pesto, sliced zucchini and yellow squash and halved grape tomatoes served over orzo pasta

Sweet and sour lentils w/kielbasa; creamy cucumbers

Crockpot rotisserie style chicken; Barefoot Contessa's roasted butternut squash salad w/warm cider vinaigrette; cranberry orange salad
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Breakfast for dinner:  bagels w/cream cheese; fresh fruit platter

Creamy spaghetti squash w/peas; mixed greens salad w/pears, apples, walnuts and vinaigrette of choice
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Frito pie; salad w/choice of ranch or french dressing

Chicken paprika with sour cream on egg noodles; wilted lettuce salad

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Menu for week of 11/25 - 12/1

We do a huge extended family Thanksgiving dinner early in the day and come home and make our own since hello, leftovers!  Yes, we love them.  Can't make our Taste of Thanksgiving Rings without them, right?  Or sandwiches, or that delicious broth, or...
Taste of Thanksgiving Rings
Here's our menu for the week.  What's cooking at your house?  Do you do a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, more than one like we do, or something else?  Inquiring minds want to know. 

Ham steaks w/sweet & spicy glaze; pineapple (cheese) casserole; steamed broccoli

Oven Roasted Sausage & Vegetables
Simple oven roasted smoked sausage w/ potatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions; salad w/choice of salad dressings

Minestrone soup; hot from the oven breadsticks

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner & all the trimmings w/extended family including but not limited to: oven roasted turkey w/cornbread dressing and giblet gravy; deep fried turkey, ham & venison; mashed potatoes; green bean casserole; gram's dinner rolls; deviled eggs, tons more sides (they can vary from year to year); at least 4 pies: apple blueberry; pecan and whatever gram feels like making, a myriad of other desserts at lunchtime; then in the evening we make our little feast of Alton's brined then roasted turkey, easy, perfect gravy; gramma's simple bread dressing, mashed potatoes; cranberry orange salad; deviled eggs and who knows what will inspire us.  If I have the energy I make the first batch of fudge for the season and we watch Miracle On 34th Street, original b&w version. 

Dilly turkey salad on lightly toasted croissants w/organic baby spinach (one of my very favorite ways to use the leftover turkey); leftover minestrone soup

Breakfast for dinner:  french toast w/real maple syrup; crispy bacon; seasonal fresh fruit

Chef salad w/leftover turkey, ham, cheese & lots of veggies w/choice of salad dressings; whole grain crackers

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Menu for week of 11/18 - 11/24

Here is our menu for the week, in no particular order.  What's cooking at your house?
Perfect Poached Eggs
Catalina pork tenderloins; oven roasted potatoes; stir fried snow peas and mushrooms

Apricot chicken tenders; cauliflower au gratin; oven roasted broccoli

Breakfast for dinner:  poached eggs; English muffins; seasonal fresh fruit

Tex mex casserole; avocado salad

New England baked beans; brown bread; creamy cucumbers

Chicken breasts w/wild rice & mushroom stuffing;

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers

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Menu for week of 11/11 - 11/17

Crazy busy with the holidays coming up, mostly simple comfort foods around here.  What's on your menu this week?
Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders w/Slaw on Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices
Goulash (American chop suey); garlic bread

Chicken & rice; steamed carrots & snow peas

Bbq pork sliders on oven roasted sliced sweet potatoes; coleslaw

Green beans & new potatoes cooked w/ham; homemade chunky applesauce; butter lettuce, cucumber and carrot salad w/creamy parmesan dressing

Breakfast for dinner: Finnish oven pancake w/lightly sweetened mascerated berries & fresh whipped cream; citrus salad

Chicken alfredo w/mushrooms, broccoli & carrots; apple slices w/caramel sauce for dipping

Potato & 4 cheese pierogies w/caramelized onions; spinach and mixed baby lettuce salad w/blue cheese chunks, craisins & raspberry vinaigrette

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Menu for week of 11/4 - 11/10

Everyone absolutely loves my ex mother in law's fettucine recipe, but since I don't eat Crawfish I will probably eat one of my fat burning soups-   with so many heavier meals on the menu every now and then I enjoy something a bit lighter.  Do your eating habits change much in the colder months?

Pork tenderloin w/basil pesto & cream; parslied new potatoes; green beans

Chicken tostados; refried beans w/queso; spanish rice; homemade cinnamon tortilla crisps w/fruit salsa

Spaghetti squash w/oven roasted chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, zucchini and yellow squash

Swiss steak; brown rice; broccoli & red pepper stir fry

Breakfast for dinner:  Omelets made to order; marbled rye toast; citrus salad

Crawfish fettuccine; hot buttered french bread; tossed salad w/choice of dressing

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first, aka leftovers

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Menu for week of 10/28 - 11/3

Happy Halloween!  Loving the cooler weather we've been having, not only is it not sweltering when we go outside, but we can have the oven on without roasting ourselves.  I've heard some places are getting early snow this year-  what's the weather like where you are?  Have you changed your cooking up for the season?  Without further ado, here's our menu for the week.

Buffalo chicken pasta salad; brie and cranberry puff pastry bites
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
 Breakfast for dinner: bacon, egg, cheese and tomato sandwiches on toasted hard rolls; fresh pineapple spears

Worms In Dirt Graveyard
Stuffed pepper jack-o-lantern's; mashed potatoes; green beans; worms in dirt graveyard

Oven Roasted Sugar Pumpkins filled with Cheese Fondue,and Artisans Breads

Beverages: Fine Wines, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin Spice Tea

Dessert: Warm Ginger Apple Crisp Served with a Scoop of Vanilla Bean Gelato Ice Cream

Chocolate Fondue with sliced fruit,marshmallows,pretzels and pound cake for dipping
Pork & apple cheddar melt on toasted honey oatmeal bread; bountiful garden veggie casserole
Pork & Apple Cheddar Melts
Honey Oatmeal Bread
Bountiful Garden Veggie Casserole
White chicken chili; green chili cheesy cornbread; salad w/choice of dressing

Crockpot broccoli cheese soup in homemade bread bowls; apple crisp

 Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers.

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Menu for week of 10/21 - 10/27

Here is our menu for the week.  Pretty basic -  Dev leaves for Americorps on Thursday so she chose Wednesday's dinner -  for some reason we hardly ever have deviled eggs unless there is a holiday, do you do that with certain foods?  What's cooking at your house?

Crockpot rotisserie style chicken; baked regular or sweet potatoes w/butter,
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Breakfast for dinner:  breakfast burritos w/salsa; fruit salad

Salisbury steak w/gravy; garlicky smashed red potatoes; green peas

Brats w/sauteed onions on buns; baked beans; deviled eggs
Brats w/Sauteed Onions
Veggie stir fry over angel hair pasta

Tuna macaroni salad; corn muffins, fresh pineapple
Tuna Mac
BLT's, chocolate milkshakes

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Menu for week of 10/14 - 10/20

It's (finally) pumpkin season.  I love the fall-  well, I love the summer too-  and spring, and winter if I don't have to shovel and it's not 40 below like it was in Alaska, but I digress.  We can cook and bake in relative comfort again.  Here's our menu for the week.  What's cooking at your house?

Burgers w/cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion & choice of condiments; oven baked sweet potato fries

Breakfast for dinner: eggs benedict (poached eggs on toasted English muffins w/hollandaise; oven roasted asparagus

Smothered round steak w/peppers, onions and potatoes; perfect rice; broccoli grape salad

Lentil soup; pumpkin muffins; apple cider
Lentil Soup
Slow cooker country style pork ribs; potato salad; steamed mixed veggies of some sort or other; salad w/balsamic vinaigrette

Red beans & rice w/sausage; cornbread w/green chilies & cheese; sliced onion and tomato

Pasta w/evoo, butter, broccoli, carrots & freshly grated parmesan; tossed salad w/creamy Italian dressing

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Menu for week of 10/7 - 10-13

Cooler weather means heartier fare around here.  Do you switch up your menus to change with the seasons?  We do more soups, stews, roasts and the like and try to use seasonal veggies, both for taste and to stretch the budget.   Here's what's cooking at our house this week.  What's on your menu?

Roasted butternut squash soup; quartered homemade sub sandwiches
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Ravioli w/mushrooms, peas, carrots & parm; tossed salad w/choice of dressing
4 Cheese Ravioli w/Parmesan, Mushrooms, Peas & Carrots
Italian beef sandwiches; oven roasted sweet potato fries; applesauce
Italian Beef & Cheese Sandwiches
Breakfast for dinner:  bacon; eggs; hash brown patties; citrus salad

Lentil stew with smoked sausage; corn muffins
Sausage & Lentil Stew
Easy oven baked pork chops w/onion; baked apples; broccoli salad

Oven baked honey mustard chicken strips; rice pilaf; fresh fruit
Honey Mustard Chicken Strips
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Menu for week of 9/30 - 10/6

Soft & hard tacos w/all the fixings

Spaghetti w/meat sauce; garlic bread; tossed salad w/creamy Italian dressing

Breakfast for dinner: blueberry pancakes; sausage links; citrus salad

Panko & parmesan crusted oven "fried" pork chops; sesame green beans; baked apples

Potato & veggie cheese soup; mini corn muffins
Potato & Veggie Cheese Soup
Italian sausage & pepper hoagies; veggie crisps

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers

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Menu for week of 9/23 - 9/29

 We're up and down with the weather, but It's fall, y'all.  Yay.  We can turn the oven on and not roast ourselves out sometimes.  Maybe a bit premature, but we've already had baked acorn squash and butternut squash soup.  :D  We have both fairly frequently.  You can expect the menus to reflect the seasonal change, although of course if we get back in the high 90s or triple digits that is subject to change.  Do you eat seasonally?  We do it partly for price, mostly for flavor and availability, especially with the produce-  it always tastes best when it is in season.

Without further ado, here's our menu for the week with links to recipes when available-  what's cooking at your house? 

Creamy spaghetti squash with peas; refreshing berry salad
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Refreshing Berry Salad
Ground beef stroganoff; tossed salad w/honey Catalina dressing
Ground Beef Stroganoff
Easy cheese and onion enchilada bake; refried beans; Spanish rice; guacamole; citrus salad
Easy Enchilada Bake
Chicken parmesan; angel hair pasta; Caprese salad
Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan
Breakfast for dinner: scrambled eggs; bacon; blueberry muffins; honeydew melon cubes

Choice of turkey veggie loaf or Gigi's magic meatloaf; Cali blend veggies in a light cheese sauce (frozen, bought on clearance); salad w/choice of dressing
Turkey Veggie Loaf
Magic Meatloaf
Smoked pork loin w/apple cider glaze; alfredo (box); antioxidant blend veggies (frozen)
Smoked Pork Loin w/Apple Cider Glaze
If you try any of our recipes, please let us know what you think.  For more menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie

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Gigi's Magic Meatloaf

Gigi's Magic Meatloaf
Have you ever had people say "I hate meatloaf"?  I have, plenty of times.  This is the loaf that will win them over.  Ian was asking what was for dinner, and his Auntie told him meatloaf.  He informed her he didn't like it.  His mama has the you have to try something before you say you don't like it rule, so he knew he would at least have to try it.

He wasn't convinced he'd like it, but after his Auntie told him that this wasn't just any old meatloaf, but Gigi's magic meatloaf, he perked up a bit.  She told him the story of how she had a friend who was staying for dinner and she also told us she didn't like meatloaf but she was willing to try it.  She liked it so much that she ate not only seconds, but thirds.  She was a very good friend and close neighbor and she ate over at least once a week since I babysat for her and her sister while her mom took a college course, and every time she was going to stay for dinner, she asked if we were going to have meatloaf.

Ian made a face, but tried it reluctantly.  And he tried another bite, and another, and another until he too ate a third helping and had to be reminded to eat his mashed potatoes and veggies, usually his favorite part of any meal. 

I always make a large batch of meatloaf since you can make a mess once and have two or three meals from it, but if that's not your thing you can make a half or third loaf, and I have been known to double and even occasionally quadruple (I rarely turn the oven on the summer since it gets so hot here) to have plenty to freeze.  Cold meatloaf sandwiches are one of my very favorite things.

If beef is not your thing, you might want to try Dev's Turkey Veggie Loaf, it is moist and delicious.

Gigi's Magic Meatloaf

  • 5 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Milk*
  • 1/4 cup A-1 sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder*
  • 2 Tbsp or to taste Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients, divide among 2 or 3 loaf pans*, bake 375 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes (if using smaller loaf pan) or until done. 
*We usually have skim milk on hand, but really, you want something to soak the breadcrumbs with and we've used everything from evaporated milk to half and half to heavy cream that needed to be used up.  Any of the latter make it particularly  decadent, but all are good.

*You can use diced onions, but they can make people gassy (burpy), we have found onion powder or minced dried onions won't have that effect, so you get the flavor without the unwanted side effects.

*Mini loaf pans or cupcake tins also work, just cut the time down -  I have a 4 loaf mini pan that makes pretty good sized loafs and takes 40 minutes, cupcake tins or smaller mini loaf pans take 25 to 30 minutes.  (The pictures shows 1/3 of one of the loaves from the 4 loaf mini pan, to give you an idea of size, that is enough for the dogs and I to share.)

If you made the large batch, cool completely before wrapping for the freezer.

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Turkey Veggie Loaf

Dev wanted to try her hand at a turkey meatloaf, we didn't want a duplicate of our regular meatloaf, aka Gigi's magic meatloaf, so we played around and came up with a very moist, tasty loaf that we've since repeated and shared with many others.  Always a hit.
Turkey Veggie Loaf

Turkey Veggie Loaf

  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Mixed Veggies*, rough chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats*
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk*
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 - 3 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients together, place in loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.  
*Can use any combination of vegetables you like -  cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc can be overwhelming to the turkey so use sparingly if at all.  Some faves are peas, carrots, corn, snap or snow peas, celery, or onions or bags of the pre-mixed frozen veggies.  We put them in the blender, bullet or food processor and pulse a few times so as to still have texture, but you can feel free to pulverize and hide them completely to sneak them in. 

*We use 100% whole grain oats since that's what we keep on hand since they pack more of a nutritional punch, you can use instant if that's what you have.

*Use any milk or cream, evaporated milk (even skim) will give a richer taste, we use regular skim since that's what we use for cereal.

The first time we made this, Ken had fixed himself some eggs for lunch and I didn't realize we were out.  Instead of going to the store we decided to use the mayo.  We've made it both ways since and find we like it with just mayo or one egg and a blop of mayo best, but you really can't get it wrong.
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Menu for week of 9/16 - 9/22

Another week, another menu plan.  What's cooking at your house this week?

Oven Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Swedish meatballs over egg noodles; cranberry orange salad (very chunky cranberry sauce); baby spinach and pear salad w/candied walnuts and blue cheese vinaigrette

Loaded baked potatoes: butter, sour cream, sauteed mushrooms, shredded cheddar, chives; fruit salad

Spinach and mixed green salad w/grilled chicken, artichoke hearts; grape tomatoes; shredded carrots, yellow squash, red onion topped w/choice of salad dressings; pretzel rolls

Breakfast for dinner: western omelets w/ham, green peppers & onions; hash browns patties; grapefruit

Oven baked eggplant parmesan; angel hair pasta w/marinara; breadsticks
Beef Stew

Filet of fish sandwiches (not from processed) w/cheddar cheese, lettuce & tomato, choice of tartar sauce or mayo; tater tots; coleslaw

Grandma's pressure cooker beef stew; dinner rolls; carrot & celery sticks

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Creamy Spaghetti Squash with Peas

Ingredients for Creamy Spaghetti Squash with Peas
 A few humble ingredients, 20 minutes and you have a delicious, decadent, restaurant worthy meal.
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Round it out with a nice salad that you make while it cooks like our Triple Berry Spinach Salad 
Triple Berry Spinach Salad
I usually just toss spaghetti squash with seasoned diced tomatoes or quickie marinara sauce, or maybe butter and Parmesan cheese but remembered I had picked up a tub of mascarpone (rich Italian cream cheese often found in tiramisu) on clearance and after debating with myself decided to ask Dev which I felt like, butter and parm or use the mascarpone.  Mascarpone won and we ended up with a rich, decadent dinner in less than 20 minutes.

After adding the cheeses we felt like it might want a little something, so decided on peas.  1 medium / average sized squash is enough for 4, especially if you serve with a nice salad.  Cheap, easy, fast and most important, delicious.

Creamy Spaghetti Squash with Peas

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Mascarpone
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag frozen Green Peas
  • To taste Salt & Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash squash and poke holes with a fork in several places around.
  2. Microwave on high power for 8 to 14 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave and set aside.
  4. Cook peas according to package directions. (Ours took 4 minutes plus standing time.)
  5. Cut squash in half width wise for longer strands, like spaghetti, or length wise for shorter noodle-y strands.
  6. Remove seeds and discard, with a fork peel/shred the squash into serving bowl.
  7. Add cheeses, salt & pepper; mix well, allowing cheese to melt into squash.
  8. Drain peas, add to squash mixture and toss lightly.
  9. Enjoy. 
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Lentil Stew with Smoked Sausage

Lentil Stew w/Smoked Sausage
It has been insanely hot here, so we've been doing a lot of lighter foods and about 11 one night Dev and I were on an I want something and salad, a sandwich or snack foods just aren't going to cut it kick so I scrounged the cupboards, fridge and freezer and this is what I came up with.  Super tasty, super easy and really, really yummy.  We have made this twice so far since that first time I made it last week, so you know it is a keeper.  It makes a lot, and I was planning to freeze some, but Kyra had some dental problems and wasn't able to eat solids until the antibiotics kicked in so I sent her home with a care package of broccoli cheese soup and this stew. Bonus-  it costs less than $6 to make, is done in under an hour (less than 5 minutes of prep time) and there are at least 10 servings. 

Lentil Stew with Smoked Sausage

  • 1 lb lentils
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes*
  • 1 bag frozen Cajun style mire poix mix**
  • 6 cups chicken stock***
  • 1 12 oz pkg smoked sausage, diced
  • garlic powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Just dump everything into your pressure cooker, (yes, the veggies were still frozen), give it a little stir (or not) and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Release pressure, stir to make sure everything is evenly distributed, ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Yes, it really is that quick and easy- often the best things are. 

*I used seasoned - fire roasted the first time, Italian seasoned the second- if you use plain, just add spices of your choice

**diced onions, celery, green pepper

***I use water and powdered broth base and seasoning

You can use sliced sausage, but if we quarter then slice even the carnivores don't realize how little actual meat you use

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Menu for week of 8/19 - 8/25

 More scorching days predicted, so another (fairly) light menu.  Here's our menu for the week-  what's cooking at your house?

Grilled Hot Dog
All you can eat soup, salad & breadsticks- homemade cream of chicken & gnocchi soup w/baby kale if I can find it, or spinach; copycat Olive Garden salad; breadsticks

Hot dogs w/choice of toppings; potato smileys; applesauce

Easy fettuccini alfredo w/chicken, broccoli, carrots & mushrooms; salad w/choice of salad dressings

Fish tacos w/grilled mahi mahi; fresh pineapple; spicy oven baked sweet potato fries

Breakfast for dinner:  french toast casserole; turkey breakfast sausage links; fresh fruit salad

Triple decker Cali turkey clubs on whole grain toast (turkey blt's w/avocado); coleslaw, sweet potato chips; root beer or cream soda floats

Simple baked pork chops; Casey's potatoes; broccoli craisin salad; apple brown betty

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Menu for week of 8/12 - 8/18

Another hot week in August, but we've been having some overcast days which means my house does not get completely unbearable - since it's supposed to be more of the same this week, we'll do a bit of cooking here and there if we can.  What's cooking in your house?  For more menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Chili cheese dogs w/coleslaw; ice cold watermelon

BBQ chicken; steamed carrot coins; triple berry spinach salad w/champagne vinaigrette
Triple Berry Spinach Salad
Fat burning crock pot chicken soup; big salad w/choice of dressings
Fat Burning Soup - Chicken Stock
 Breakfast for dinner: strawberry stuffed french toast; crispy bacon; cantaloupe cubes
Berry Stuffed French Toast
Pressure cooker Italian beef sandwiches (slow cooker recipe here) on hard crusty rolls w/melted cheddar; fresh fruit
Fresh Fruit
Chicken gumbo made using our easy oven baked roux (we made a huge batch and froze in portion sizes); perfect rice; hot crusty french bread w/butter
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Easy Oven Baked Roux
Bean and cheese burritos; refried beans; spanish rice; avocado salad
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Menu for week of 8/5 - 8/11

It looks to be another scorcher of a week, so once more lighter fare is on the menu, and since it's National Sandwich Month (who thinks up this stuff?) not only are sandwiches included on the menu, we've put together a list of 31 cold sandwiches so you can try a new one each day!  Hope you enjoy, and please, feel free to share some of your menus or faves, we can always use fresh ideas. 

Fresh, sweet corn; sliced perfectly ripe tomatoes; (this is all we feel like sometimes, and is actually my favorite summer meal); fresh fruit

White bean sun dried tomato hummus (not a garbonza fan); pita chips; raw veggies to munch on

Chili cheese dogs on buns w/spicy brown mustard; shredded cheese, onions, coleslaw;

Oriental chicken wings; easy lo mein;  stir fry snow peas and mushrooms; watermelon
Oriental Chicken Wings & Easy Lo Mein
Smoked sausage; mac & cheese; broccoli; applesauce

Chicken salad wraps; baked chips

Breakfast for dinner - Dev's made to order omelets; choice of apple nut muffins &/or blueberry muffins; fresh fruit platter
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