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!