Sunday, March 17, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of March 17-23, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I'm not Irish, but I do love corned beef and cabbage every year on this day!

This morning, my husband decided to make Sausage Gravy for us for breakfast - one regular, one gluten free.  2-1/2 hours later, I just finished cleaning up the kitchen and am sitting down with a cup of coffee and some quiet time on the computer. 😉 I did, though, get my corned beef and cabbage going during that 2-1/2 hour clean-up time.  I just put the corned beef, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and onion in the crockpot on low for 8 hours and let it simmer away all day.  This afternoon, I will make some Irish Soda Bread to go with it, and we will have our wonderful traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner!  I even bought some Kerrygold butter to use with the Irish Soda Bread.

This coming week is filled with doctor appointments and meetings, and supervising the grandkids for a half day each day.  They are on spring break, but my daughter is working the first four days of an inter-session their school holds for students who need extra help.  It is a half-day only, so I will have my afternoons to go where I need to go and do whatever I need to!  We are also hoping to go visit my sister sometime during spring break, and I cannot wait to see her!  We live about 6 hours apart, and visits are infrequent due to our busy lives!  But this year I decided to try and get up to visit her at least twice a year, more if I can manage.  I will also get to see my nephews and their families, and I just love to see them all.

I've got an easy week planned, meal-wise.  Since it is spring break, I'm giving myself a break in the kitchen, too!  Since the weather is turning warmer (40's and 50's), I am going to try and take a 30 minute walk each day.  I am terrible about doing this, so wish me luck!

Here is this week's menu:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.


Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets are from Mama Knows Gluten Free - I have made these several times and they are delicious!  And easy!

Coleslaw is from Barefeet in the Kitchen - I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it sounds like a winner!

Pina Colada Poke Cake is from The Country Cook


Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are from The Seaside Baker - I just found this blog and cannot wait to try these bars!


Lasagna Soup is from Cooking Classy - I will use gluten free lasagna noodles in place of regular noodles

Chocolate Cake is from Hersheys - the classic chocolate cake made gluten free


Gluten Free Oven Baked Fish is from Mama Gourmand - the crust is made from potato chips, Rice Chex, and Parmesan Cheese

Key Lime Pie is from Southern Bite - ending the week with a little more green!

That's it for this week!  Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest if you'd like!  The button is on the right sidebar at the top.  It seems there a ton of people following me on Bloglovin', too!  I am amazed!  Have a wonderful week, and  Think Spring!  It's coming!! 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

French Spice Bread

This past week, I was in the mood for a gluten free quick bread.  I wanted to try something new, but I didn't exactly know what I was looking for.  I searched around on Pinterest for awhile, and then this recipe jumped out at me.  French Spice Bread from Gourmande in the Kitchen.

It looked quick and easy to make, except for one thing.  I didn't have cashew butter.  I almost decided not to make it, and then it dawned on me that I had peanut butter.  Peanut butter is a nut butter, right?  So I decided to substitute the peanut butter for the cashew butter and see what happened.

I totally do not understand how nut butters can replace flour in a recipe, and I truly do not understand how you can make a loaf of bread with no flour.  But this recipe works!  The outcome is a dark, spicy, aromatic loaf of bread that reminds me of fall.  I will most definitely make this bread in the fall.  It slices beautifully, and has a glossy sheen that makes it a so pretty.  Now the spicy flavors are not hot spicy, they are cinnamon-clove spicy.  It is a very flavorful loaf, and spread with cinnamon cream cheese it is just wonderful with a cup of coffee in the morning.

Here it is right out of the oven:
It couldn't be easier to make.  You just whisk everything together in a bowl, pour it into a loaf pan, and bake.  I used one regular size loaf pan, but Gourmande in the Kitchen suggested two mini loaves.  Here is the recipe I used, adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen.

French Spice Bread - For a printable recipe, click HERE.

4 large eggs
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper
The zest of 1 medium orange
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  In a medium bowl. whisk together the eggs, peanut butter, and almond butter until combined.  Stir in the honey, spices, orange zest, and baking soda.
3.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until loaf is lightly browned and puffed.  A toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. 
4.  Remove the loaf from the baking pan, and place on a wire rack to cool.  Store the bread wrapped in an airtight container.

Here is a link to the original recipe:  French Spice Bread  

As you can see, I left out a couple of spices used in the original recipe because I didn't have them on hand.  The loaf still turned out beautifully.

If you enjoy dark, spicy bread I think you will like this one!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of March 10-16, 2019

Clocks were moved an hour ahead last night.  Now, I'm ready for spring.  Flowers, sunshine, warmer breezes.  Birds chirping, grass greening, worms on the sidewalk after it rains.  Capris.  Light jackets.  I am ready and waiting.

Here in Indiana, March can be a bit tricky.  The weather changes abruptly from warm to cold in an instant, and we can still get snow and ice.  But the good news is, it doesn't last long.  So even if we have a cold spell, it usually doesn't last longer than a few days.  With one more week until spring break, I'm just hoping the kids can enjoy some outdoor activities for at least part of their break.

This week's menu continues to have some gluten free meals woven into the plan.  I am getting fewer complaints, especially since most of the gluten free stuff is healthy and quite good.  I really enjoy cooking the same meal for everyone, instead of cooking for them and then cooking for me. It makes life much easier for me!  And gives me more time to sew and knit!  And watch Netflix!

And speaking of Netflix, if you haven't watched Saving Mr. Banks yet, you must watch it.  It is really a good movie, and I laughed and cried throughout the whole thing.  Walt Disney was such a wonderful man, such a dedicated and talented person!  I had no idea there was such a background to the movie Mary Poppins.  Now I want to watch Mary Poppins again with a new perspective.  I am so glad they saved Mr. Banks!  I don't think there is a movie Tom Hanks made that I don't like.  But this one really touched my heart!  

Now for this week's menu plan.  Here it is:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

***NOTE:  GF in front of a recipe means Gluten Free

Breakfast Bowls are from Iowa Girl Eats - I am making these ahead on Saturday and freezing some for the coming weeks
Easy Mozzarella Chicken is from Café Delites - everything I have ever made from this blog is outstanding - I trust all of her recipes!
Almond Butterscotch Bars are from Recipe Goldmine - this is a new recipe for me

Classic Goulash is from Dinner Then Dessert - I will use gluten free pasta
Chicagoland Atomic Cake is from Recipe Goldmine - Oh my goodness, this looks so good I wish I could taste it!  But I imagine everyone will go crazy over this cake!

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup is from Now Find Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cornbread is from My Gluten Free Kitchen - this sounds delicious, but if I am running short on time, Krusteaz makes a good gluten free cornbread mix that I always keep on hand
Mom's Ice Cream Dessert is from All Recipes 

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are from Gluten Free Baking - once in awhile I like muffins for a change of pace at breakfast
Gluten Free Pizza is from Meaningful Eats - always ready to try a new pizza crust!

Shepherds Pie is from What A Girl Eats 

Slow Cooker Ribs are from Buns In My Oven
Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Pie is from Faithfully Gluten Free 

Shamrock Protein Shakes are from Dashing Dish - super yummy!

That's it for this week!  Next week, I know we are having corned beef and cabbage on Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Last year, I made two of them.  One in the crockpot, one in the Instant Pot.  We wanted to compare the two.  Our decision was that we liked the crockpot version best!  We loved how the corned beef turned out in the Instant Pot, but the veggies didn't have much flavor.  I think they need the slow cooking to absorb the flavors from all the juices.  So crockpot it is for this year!  I already have a corned beef in the freezer, and I'm going to try some gluten free Irish Soda Bread for me this year!  

Have a great week, and hope you can find an idea or recipe here you can use!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of March 3-9, 2019

Spring has to be coming, right?  If we just hang in there a couple more weeks, it will come, won't it? I'm starting to count down the days....I'm about done with winter.  And we haven't had it near as bad as a lot of people.  Just done with freezing.  And snow.  And ice.  I can't wait for birds chirping, green grass, flower buds, and to see my forsythia in bloom.  Patience.

Last week was another crazy one, with two grandkids home sick for two days and one for three days.  I felt like I was working full-time again!  Finally on Thursday, they were all back in school and on the mend.  Strep and flu, it hit hard.  I hope it, like Elvis, has left the building!  Everyone had a good, healthy weekend so I'm crossing my fingers they are all good to go this week.

For this week's menu plan, I am again trying to focus on some healthy dishes.  Grandma and Grandpa need to stay healthy and active with this family!  I wish the weather would warm up a bit because we need to start walking every day.  But it's too cold this week!  Maybe by the end of the week we can start.

Here is this week's menu plan.  There are LOTS of links this week, because most of the recipes are new for me.  I'm trying to keep things interesting!
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew is from Slow Cooker Gourmet - I made this tonight and it was delicious!  I used cornstarch instead of flour, and no beer because I didn't have gluten free beer.  It was still very yummy!

Gluten Free Cheese Garlic Biscuits are from Betty Crocker - they were very good!

Gluten Free Kentucky Butter Cake is from Mama Knows Gluten Free - excellent!

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots is from Cooking Classy - a very good recipe for pot roast

Gluten Free Rolls are from Life After Wheat - new recipe, can't wait to make these

Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie is from Pillsbury - looks so good!

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo is from Gimme Some Oven - actually, this is just the recipe for the sauce.  I am adding the chicken and broccoli and gluten free penne pasta to the sauce.  I just use two cooked chicken breasts, dice them, and add a package of frozen broccoli cuts.  Stir that into the sauce and serve over gluten free pasta.

Shepherds Pie is from Genius Kitchen - this recipe is lowfat and gluten free

Skinny Banana Pudding Trifles are from Dashing Dish - a new recipe for me to try

Hershey's Gluten Free Brownies are from Hershey's - tried and true, and perfect!

That takes us through another week - then only 2 weeks until spring!  I hope you have a wonderful, healthy week and that you can find an idea or two to use from this week's menu!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of Feb. 24 - March 2, 2019

Don't you just love a cup of tea before bedtime?  It is so relaxing, and so comforting.  My husband makes us a cup of herbal tea every night before we go to bed.  It's such a nice way to unwind.

Flu hit the grandkids this week, and although we got our flu shots, we still had a touch of it.  Nothing too terrible, just enough to make us feel yucky and tired.  I think we are all on the mend now, so that is a relief!  Hopefully we will get through the rest of the winter without any more flu bugs!

This week's menu plan is complete, and we did our grocery shopping today.  We are having a high wind warning for tonight and tomorrow, the temperatures are supposed to take a nose dive and a cold winter wind is soon to arrive during the night.  They are saying wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph! So I wanted to get out today while it was still reasonably warm.  It was in the 40's, but a cold rain was falling and it felt much colder than that.  But we're done, and don't have to go out tomorrow in the wind!

We are in the last week of February already!  It seems to me that February, for being the shortest month, lasts forever!  It just drags on and on, maybe it's the cold winter weather that just makes it seem so long.  I am ready for March, aren't you?  I think we could all use some sunshine and some hints of green!

Here is my menu plan for the coming week:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links are below.

Crockpot Sticky Chicken is from Moms With Crockpots - this is so good!  I made this once before, and the chicken is fall-off-the-bone delicious!

Sausage 'N Sauerkraut is from Taste of Home - this is one of our favorite comfort foods served over mashed potatoes.

Thin Mint Chocolate Poke Cake is from Life In The Lofthouse - new recipe for me to try!  It sounds delicious!

Broccoli Salad is from Genius Kitchen - I have made this many times, always a favorite!

Glazed Doughnut Muffins are from Cooking Classy - treats for the family!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast is from Slow Cooker Gourmet - delicious!

Chocolate Mousse is from Kitchen Cents - easy and yummy!

Chicken Florentine is from Spend With Pennies - this is a new recipe for me this week, can't wait to try it!

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake is from Cooking With Carlee - so good!

Philly Cheesesteak Fried Rice is from Mantitlement - I have got to try this one!  When I saw it, I wanted to make it right then!  I know this will be a keeper!

And that wraps up another week!  I hope the last week of February is a good week for you!  And I hope you find an idea or two here to make for your family!  See you next week!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan Week of February 17-23, 2019

Hope you had a good week last week!  Mine was good but so hectic!  Yesterday, I just wanted to sit in a chair and stare out the window.  A granddaughter with a birthday on Valentine's Day equals lots of activity for grandma, shopping, sewing, baking, wrapping, etc.  It felt like Christmas all over again, minus the decorations.  So glad things will be a bit calmer this week.  It was all worth it, though, with a happy, smiling 8 year old who knows how much she is loved and treasured!

Our Ham Fest last week was pretty good, but I have to say by Thursday I was sighing a lot as I made dinner.  I followed the menu, and still wound up freezing 3 freezer bags of meal sized portions.  I diced it all, so it is ready to throw in a casserole or scrambled eggs or whatever.  It will probably live in the freezer for awhile, I've had enough ham now to last me until Easter.  Or beyond.

This week is pretty much back to normal for my cooking routine.  I am debating on the desserts, though, as we seem to be eating less these days.  I wind up giving away a lot of food, and I'm thinking I may cut back to one or two desserts a week.  I love to bake, that's part of the problem!

This week, as usual, most of the recipes are easy for me to adapt to gluten free.  On Monday, I am making Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings from Mama Knows Gluten Free.  This is probably my favorite comfort food that is gluten free!  It is SO GOOD!  I am so happy Mama Knows shares her recipes, because she makes this grandma so overjoyed!  She is my favorite gluten free cook - not only are her recipes delicious, they are NORMAL!  Her recipes don't have a lot of strange stuff in them that I would have to spend a fortune on, they are just normal food like regular people eat, and I love that!  What a blessing she is to me!  I cannot thank her enough!

For the crockpot pork stew on Thursday, I use cubed pork that I buy at Sams Club.  It is just like beef stew meat, but it's pork.  And, I add a gravy.  I mix a can of gluten free mushroom soup from Wal Mart, a package of gluten free brown gravy mix, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, about a teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet,  and about half a carton of beef broth.  I just whisk it all together and pour it over the meat and veggies, and when it's done there's a nice gravy.  Delicious with pork meat or beef!

Here is our menu plan for the week:
If you would like a printable copy, click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast is from The Country Cook - delicious and easy

Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes are from Life, Love, and Sugar

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings are from Mama Knows Gluten Free  - I can't wait!  My favorite!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie - I just make the Libby's recipe still found on the can, but no crust.  Just pour it in the pie plate (spray with nonstick spray first) and bake it the same way, and VOILA!  Gluten free pumpkin pie!

Breakfast Quesadillas are from Tastes Better From Scratch - these are so easy to adapt to your liking.  I use Mission gluten free tortillas, and they turn out great!

Crockpot Pork Stew is from Recipes That Crock - see my adaptations above

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler is from King Arthur Flour- I use frozen peaches

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are from Two Peas and Their Pod

Chicken Fried Rice is from The Cookin Chicks

So there it is - now you know what we'll be eating this week!  And next week is the LAST WEEK in February - so here comes spring!  I can hardly wait!

I hope you have a great week, and that you find a meal idea or two here!  Take care!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of Feb. 10-16, 2019

This is the week for sweetness!  

In our family, Valentine's Day is also Birthday Day for our youngest granddaughter, so we get a double dose of sweetness!  What a blessing children and grandchildren are!  I hope you have a week filled with lots of opportunities to share the love in your heart! 💕

This past week, I spent (and am still spending) lots of time in my sewing room catching up on projects and organizing.  Still working on it, but making progress!

Since a cold snap was coming, my husband and I decided to do our grocery shopping a day early.  I quickly jotted down a sketchy menu plan, and we headed to the store.  I always go to Aldi's first, then finish up at other grocery stores.  So we filled up our cart at Aldi's, and were heading up to the cashier, when my husband spied a freezer filled with Aldi's super delicious spiral cut hams.  There was a sign on the freezer that said, "OOPS! We ordered to many! $4.00 off each ham."  Well, my menu plan flew out the window with that!  Their hams are the best!  If you haven't tried one, please do.  Each one we've had is delicious.  So, into the cart went a big spiral cut ham.

Now, I've bought a big ham before, and seriously I get so sick of ham by the third day I want to scream!  So I decided to do things differently this time.  When I got home, I sat down and found delicious recipes that used ham in a variety of ways.  I built my whole week around this ham, and I cannot wait to try these recipes!  So it's Ham Week at our house this week!  And I must say that is going to significantly cut down the time I spend in the kitchen this week!  That's the kind of Valentine surprise I like now and then!

Here is my menu plan for this week, with every night ham as the main dish:
For a printable copy of this menu plan, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole is from Big Oven - this is the same recipe I have used since I was first married.  A classic.

Almond Joy Cookies are from Averie Cooks

Cinnamon Roll Muffins are from Mama Knows Gluten Free

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is from good old Betty Crocker

Paula Deen's Peach Cobbler is from, of course, Paula Deen! - this recipe works good with gluten free 1:1 flour as well

Monte Cristo Sandwiches are from She Wears Many Hats

Southern Pea Salad is from The Southern Lady Cooks

Pasta Carbonara is from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Tuxedo Cake is from Genius Kitchen - special treat for Valentine's Day

Ham Fried Rice is from The Recipe Critic

Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese Quiche is from Cooking During Stolen Moments

All of this week's main dishes are easy for me to adapt for gluten free eating.  I usually just adapt my portion.  For example, I'll use gluten free bread for my Monte Cristo Sandwiches, and gluten free pasta for the Pasta Carbonara.  The desserts I usually skip, unless I bake something gluten free.

That's it for this week!  If you don't want to do Ham Week at your house, 🐷, be sure to look here after Easter when you're trying to use up your leftover ham!
To see where I share menus, click on the tab for Places I Party up at the top.

Have a wonderful, sweet week!  Happy Valentine's Day!