Sunday, May 13, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of May 13 to May 19, 2018

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I spent the day with my family and lots of good memories of my mom, who I miss more than words can say.

This week continues to be packed with end of school year activities and errands.  I hope to do most of my dinner prep in the mornings, because spring has not only sprung, it exploded!  Temps are in the 80's all week long, and it feels like summer.  I LOVE IT!

Here is what's cooking in the kitchen this week:  (recipe links are below)

For a printable version of this menu, please click HERE.


Banana Cream Pie is from Chef In Training


Orange Chicken is from The Diary of A Real Housewife
Mandarin Orange Cake is from All Recipes


Crockpot Swedish Meatballs are from The Country Cook


Barbecue Ribs are from Written Reality (a really good recipe for grilled ribs that are pre-baked)
Apple Pie is from Chef In Training

This week's menu is being shared at Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

That's it for this week!  Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Classic Meatloaf

Classic cars.  Classic television.  Classic books.  Classic clothes.

It seems I like just about everything classic.

Including meatloaf.  Trying new recipes is fun, and I like tasting a new twist on an old recipe.  But sometimes tried and true is IT.  True comfort.  Just-so-good-that-you-hate-to-mess-with-it good.

This is that kind of meatloaf.  The kind my mom made when I was little.  The kind that just makes you feel good when you eat it.  And the kind that is GREAT on sandwiches the next day - and you will have plenty left for leftovers!

Sometimes simple is best, after all.

Here is the recipe.  If you would like a printable version of this recipe, please click HERE

This recipe is being shared at Meal Plan Monday #112 at Southern Bite.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for May 6 to May 12, 2018

What a great week of weather predicted for this week!  I am hoping to grill out at least a couple times, maybe more.

The weeks continue to be busy with end-of-school-year activities, concerts, treats to make for teachers, and gifts to make for teachers and friends.

Here is what we will be eating this week:  (Recipe links can be found below)

For a printable copy of this menu, please click HERE.


Chicken Parmesan is from Damn Delicious


Strawberry Pie is from The Country Cook (I make this all summer long, definitely a favorite!)


Blueberry Pudding Cake is from Taste of Home


Stick of Butter Rice is from Thirty Handmade Days

Hope you can find an idea or two to use!  Have a great week!

This menu plan is linked up with Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sticky Barbecue Chicken (A Crockpot Recipe)

If you're looking for a good recipe for a sauce to use in your crockpot with just about any kind of meat, here's one for you to try.  I like to use this sauce with chicken or pork chops, and it is delicious served over rice with extra sauce spooned on top.

It is quick, easy, and delicious!  The chicken and sauce cook together in the crockpot for 5 or 6 hours, and dinner is ready!

Here is the recipe.  For a printed copy of this recipe, please click HERE.

This recipe is linked to Meal Plan Monday #112 at Southern Bite.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gluten Free Cherry Tea Cake

I am sharing a recipe today that I got from a wonderful blog, My Patchwork Quilt.  Miss Patricia shares some of the yummiest recipes!  I have made several of the recipes she has posted, plus I have a growing list of her recipes on my To Make list.  It seems as if every day she posts another recipe I want to try!

This Cherry Tea Cake from My Patchwork Quilt is definitely a keeper.  I made it for my family, and they absolutely loved it!  I so badly wanted to taste it, but since I have to eat gluten free I couldn't.  It smelled so good as it was baking!  After I commented on her blog about what a great recipe it was, she suggested I try making it gluten free.  So I did!  And it was a complete success the first time!  That almost never happens for me!

I had to adapt the recipe just a little bit to make it gluten free.  First of all, I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour.  It already has xantham gum in it.  If you try making this with another gluten free flour, you will have to add xantham gum if your flour doesn't have it in there already.

The only other changes I made were minimal.  I added an extra egg, added the almond extract to the batter instead of the cherry pie filling, and I used frozen orange juice concentrate that was not diluted.  I did that because I have found that gluten free baking needs to have slightly more liquid in the batter to come out soft instead of gummy.

Here is my Gluten Free Cherry Tea Cake fresh out of the oven:

And here it is after I cut into it a bit: (even the rest of my family loved the gluten free version)

Here is a close up - it came out so soft and tender, SO GOOD!  You will love this if you try it!

I want to thank Miss Patricia at My Patchwork Quilt for sharing this recipe!  I plan on making this again and again!  If you haven't checked out her blog, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Head on over there right now!  You won't be disappointed!

Here is the recipe I used for my gluten free version of Cherry Tea Cake:

For a printable copy of this recipe, please click HERE

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  As for me, I am heading over to My Patchwork Quilt right now to check out what goodies she is sharing today!

This post is being shared at Meal Plan Monday #111 at Southern Bite.  When you are finished drooling over the recipes at My Patchwork Quilt, head over to Meal Plan Monday for some more inspiration!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for April 29 to May 5, 2018

It's almost May!  It's all about mom, country, and the Indy 500 this month!  Woohoo!  And it looks like spring my have arrived here in Indianapolis - keeping my fingers crossed!

The end of the school year brings a rush of activity around here - band concerts, recitals, graduations, Mother's Day, and a ton of other stuff.  I like to grill out as much as possible starting now!  Fast and easy, plus my husband does most of the work.  Win, Win for me!

Here is what's cooking in my kitchen this week:  Links to recipes can be found below.

This menu plan is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

For a printable copy of this week's menu, click HERE.  


Strawberry Shortcake is from Swanky Recipes  - so good!


Lemon Cream Pie is from Mel's Kitchen CafĂ©  - one of our favorites


Orange Tapioca Salad is from Taste of Home - I make this all summer long, so refreshing!


Meatloaf is from Southern Plate - and is low carb and yummy!
Almond Joy Cookies are from Mom on Timeout - easy, gluten free, and we love them!


Boston Cream Pie is from Kraft - everyone loves this dessert!

That's if for the week!  Hope you find something you like!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan 4-22 to 4-28-2018

I have to keep reminding myself of this.  It seems spring must be preoccupied this year, and is late for a very important date.  But it will get here.  Eventually.

This week is supposed to be warmer than last week, so hopefully it will arrive in full force soon.  In any event, time marches on whether spring shows up or not!  I can't believe we are in the last full week of April already.  May might get here before spring does!

I've got another busy week planned, not much time to cook this week.  Here is the menu plan for the week:

If you would like a printed copy of this menu plan, click HERE.  


Crabmeat Salad is from All Recipes


Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff is from Lets Dish Recipes

This menu plan is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Have a great week!