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Meal Plan Monday – July 22 2013

I’m hoping this will be a big week in our house. We are all finally feeling better, except for the occasional sniffle from myself or my husband, so we should finally be able to get out and enjoy summer. We’ve got plans to hit the splash pad, the waterfront, and even a local water park with my parents and my sister and her kids! I should be able to finally try out that Greek yogurt recipe that I have been dying to try for a couple of weeks now, and with slightly cooler temps this week, there might be a batch of cookies or brownies to be made. I’m also starting a new cleaning schedule, and trying to get the kids back on an afternoon nap (they were doing great until they got sick 2 weeks ago and insisted on the usual 10am nap), and you know, waiting on that Royal Baby who should be making an appearance any minute now…

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – chicken fried rice and grilled peppers

Tuesday – my famous spaghetti

Wednesday – chicken quesadillas and salad

Thursday – chicken and black bean tacos

Friday – grilled salmon and zuchinni with brown rice

As always, I am linking up with Laura over at Org Junkie. Happy Meal Planning everyone!

MPM

Meal Plan…Tuesday – May 21 2013

Well, we had a long weekend here, so I didn’t get this posted yesterday. I would say we enjoyed the outdoors as much as we could, for the most part the kids had a blast playing with the water table in the back yard, but they also fought most of the weekend….too much fun in the sun and not enough sleeps makes for grouchy kids! And I seem to have picked up a cold. again. Thankfully it is going to rain for the next few days, so we will have some quiet days inside watching movies and building forts.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday (yesterday!) – we ate chicken strips and salad and grilled asparagus

Tuesday – my famous spaghetti

Wednesday – whole wheat fettuccine with zuchinni ribbons

Thursday – roast chicken with sweet potatoes and salad

Friday – pan seared fish fillets with grilled veggies and rice

Since the warmer temps are here again, I will once again be looking for yummy no bake dessert ideas. I would love to find some puffed rice cereal that doesn’t contain BHT, so that my kids can enjoy rice crispy treats…do you have a favourite no bake dessert?

As always, I am linking up with Laura at Org Junkie. Happy Meal Planning!

MPM

Frugal Tip Tuesday – slow cooker desserts for easy summer baking

At first this tip might not seem frugal, but it is! If you have air conditioning in your home, using your oven while it is running is counter-productive. You end up heating the house a bit, which makes your a/c work harder, which in turn increases your bill! This is why we try to avoid using the oven during the summer months, unless there is a cool morning and we have the windows open.

Avoiding using the  oven is very difficult for me, I love to bake, and roast, and bake, and bake, and bake. Not being able to bake yummy desserts in the summer is just not fair. As nice as ice cream or a no bake cheese cake is, I would much rather have a warm gooey brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Roasting or baking food, I can live without for a few months, since most of it gets replaced with yummy bbq which we aren’t able to have all year round.

After using my slow cooker yesterday for some buffalo chicken, I wondered about slow cooker desserts. Here are some awesome looking ones that I found:

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake  

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Berry Cobbler

I actually ventured out with the kids this morning to pick up some chocolate chips and peanut butter chips to make that first recipe. The toddler helped assemble it all, and the house smelled amazing while it cooked for 2 hours in the slow cooker. Unfortunately it didn’t taste very good. Well, my husband enjoyed it, and so did the toddler, but I didn’t care for it. Next time I would add more cocoa powder and skip the peanut butter chips, since they just made the entire thing taste like peanut butter instead of chocolate. 

Have you ever made a dessert in your slow cooker? I’d love to hear about it, or any other tips you have!

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Father’s Day Food

I love getting time in my kitchen. It’s even better when I have the time to cook nice food, try new recipes, and not be tripping over the littles that are usually at my feet. This past weekend we celebrated Father’s Day with a great menu! My hubby loves food, loves trying new recipes, especially ones that are a little more labour intensive that I wouldn’t make on a regular week day. I just love when I get to plan a menu for a special occasion, picking a theme and finding new recipes online or in my cookbooks.So with the kids napping/under the watchful eye of my husband, I spent the afternoon cooking and baking!

Here is what we enjoyed this past Sunday:

Breakfast:

scrambled eggs

bacon

Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits (you have to try these! Super easy, super yummy! They taste exactly like the Red Lobster ones!)

Lunch:

Caesers (my hubby’s favourite mixed drink)

baked potato skins

guacamole (my own recipe: 3 ripe avocados, 1/2 a medium red onion diced, 1 minced clove of garlic, salt and pepper to taste)

Cookie bowls with ice cream(these were a HUGE fail. It was simple too hot in my kitchen for the dough to stay chilled before going in the oven. The dough just melted right off and dripped all over my oven. My hubby still ate his and said it was good, but the stress of making them didn’t prove worth it for me to attempt again.

I also made black forest stuffed cupcakes to take to my parents for dessert. My Dad isn’t big on desserts, but he loves black forest cake, and these are a great homemade option. They might just be my favourite cupcake ever, I love them even more than a good red velvet covered in cream cheese icing.

Hope you all had a great Father’s Day, celebrating with your Dad’s, or at the very least keeping them in your thoughts all day.

Meal Plan Monday

Another week down! Another week closer to this baby arriving. It is seeming a lot more real now, as this past weekend the big boy bedroom was painted, and the bed was put together. He isn’t sleeping in there yet, but maybe by the end of the week? We still need a gate for the top of the stairs (just in case he figures out how to open doors…) and I would like to finish decorating it before he moves in. He is already very excited about it, so fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly.

Time to finish up my homemade iced chai latte (yummy, and frugal!), and then maybe clean up some toys…here is what our dinners looks like this week:

Monday: BBQ pork loin with pasta salad and garden salad

Tuesday: Chicken and broccoli stir fry over rice

Wednesday: Pizza and Caesar salad

Thursday: BBQ Pork chops with rice and peas and salad

Friday: Tuna casserole

Saturday: We’re having company over, so we will either have a big BBQ, or order in pizza

Sunday: we always have Sunday dinners at either my parents house or my husbands

I bought another basket of peaches this week. They are so perfect right now I can’t resist them! Hopefully I will be able to save a couple and whip up a cobbler of some kind.

Happy menu planning!

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