Our Menu (Week of September 9, 2012)

I’m back and I’ve got a menu plan (said in a Superhero voice).  I was a victim of 5 o’clock fridge panic last week and I don’t like it.  Since I’m still looking ahead to autumn I’ve included more fall-inspired recipes.  I just hope the weather cooperates and dips about 20 degrees!

Buttercup the slow cooker hard at work making chili  for us today.  Yes, her name is Buttercup.


Note: I often eat a different breakfast than the ones I feed my family.  For example, lately I eat a bit of Greek yogurt with fresh berries, peaches, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, almondmilk, and a few other ingredients.  It fills me up and is incredibly nutritious.  Just thought I’d share!

  • Apple cinnamon pull-apart loaf, raspberries, hot cider
  • Warm & Cozy Oatmeal, bananas (by Gooseberry Patch)  x 2
  • Texas-style breakfast casserole (by Gooseberry Patch), smoothies x 2
  • Toast with jam and/or banana muffins, watermelon, o.j.
  • Multi-grain cereal, raspberries, o.j.


  • PB and homemade jam sandwiches, fruit salad
  • Fried egg & avocado sandwiches, watermelon
  • Zucchini cakes, berries, potato salad
  • Baked mac’ n cheese w/corn, apples x 2
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2


  • Chimichangas, sweet corn cake, avocado & tomato relish
  • One pan chicken dinner, apple cake
  • Hubby’s Chili, honey cornbread (didn’t get to this last menu plan)
  • Cilantro chicken burgers, zucchini fries, potato salad
  • Mini sausage pizzas, tossed salad, honey fruit salad
  • My husband is bringing home dinner from a fave restaurant for an easy Monday Night Football gathering
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies
  • Double crunch bars (by Gooseberry Patch)
  • 2 sweet treats–I’ll share them if they work out

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

  • Slow cooker applesauce:  We love this and keep it in the freezer.  I’ve used it in a lot of baking so I’m making a bigger batch this week.

What’s going down in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, leave a link! 🙂


Recipe: Slow Cooker Applesauce

A few weeks ago I made my first batch of slow cooker applesauce.  Yum.

Scented candles?  Mais non.  Just get some applesauce cooking and you’re all good.  To top it off, you can freeze it.  Word to your mom.

Next time I’ll make a large batch.  Then my sampling won’t be so obvious.

Wanna know my simple & tasty recipe?  Here, I’ll show ya. Continue reading

Biscuits, Pasta, & Hunger Games Skills

My first batch of slow cooker applesauce ready to go.  The early morning sun is shining down on my apples.  Like a little cooking blessing.  I’ve cut caffeine from my diet.  That’s why I’m talking like this. 

I feel like I spent the entire day in the kitchen either at the stove, flipping through cookbooks, tweaking recipes, or doing dishes.  Actually, I did spend the entire day doing just that.  I snuck in a little freezer cooking while I was at it.  A good day at home.

I wanted to try the homemade baking mix I made yesterday so I woke and made biscuits with sausage gravy.  My fave gravy recipe hit the spot as usual and the biscuits were quite good, too, but due to the coconut oil (replacing shortening) there was a slightly sweet note to it that I didn’t love with the savory gravy.  My family liked it a lot, but I think I’ll stick to using the baking mix for sweet baked goods (nice excuse, Danielle).  I will say that the biscuits had a wonderful texture and fluffed up perfectly.  So I’m pleased with it!

On to my first batch of slow cooker applesauce.

I used a variety of apples.

Added a few ingredients and let it cook for about 7 hours.  Mmmmmm.

The fruits of labor (ha).  3 jars for the freezer and 1 half jar for the fridge.  I couldn’t stop tasting it.   

I can not top my mom-in-law’s delicious homemade applesauce that’s made with apples from her tree and tastes like apple pie.  Not just cinnamon flavored, sweet applesauce.  No.  Straight up Apple Pie.  But I did want to try a slow cooker recipe and hone a skill which might help me in a Hunger Games-type lifestyle.

Yes, I count any and all areas of proficiency (ie tying my shoes, breathing, walking and talking at the same time) as part of my weaponry of knowledge, deftness, and cunning in a post-apocalyptic world.  And I did this before I got sucked into The Hunger Games two weeks ago.  Well before The Games.  Like my whole life.  The Games are just fueling my crazy-fire even more.

Hey, a skill is a skill.

Then I made these little garlic parmesan knots to go with dinner.  And since I only had 3 bites of biscuits and gravy at breakfast (I’m trying to be good…I stuck with fruit and a smoothie) I had 3 of them.  They’re not small.  And I don’t care right now.

I  made this creamy chicken pesto pasta with mushrooms and spinach to go with them.  I only wish I had toasted pinenuts to top it.  Yumminess, but I only had a few bites.  You know, because I need to be in shape for The Games.  Or because I ate those THREE LARGE BREAD KNOTS.

So now I need to wake before the sun to burn those 4,500 calories and so I’m prepared for You Know What.

photo credit 

True.  So true.

Tomorrow I’ll work on week 2 of the 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer project.  Adding more skills to the weaponry of course.

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