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Sweet Potato Biscuits

2014 March 20
by Alicia

Sweet Potato Biscuits are one of my favorite quick breads to add to a meal.  They are buttery, light, and delicious!  We love eating these biscuits with a slathering of butter, and either honey or sandhill plum jelly!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Weekly Menu Plan Mar 16 – Mar 22

2014 March 16
by Alicia

Despite not having any sesame oil, the sesame chicken recipe last week was a hit!  I will definitely make it again, and hopefully I will remember to get more sesame oil before then.  I am very excited for the return of fresh regional produce… I am eager to get started planning our garden!  Speaking of planting… We are awaiting a call tomorrow from our vineyard supplier to let us know if our 2nd planting of grape vines will be shipping this week.  If the weather cooperates and they do, we will be hosting a bunch of friends to help plant, and we’ll probably do a baked potato bar with all of the fixings (like chili, cheese, bacon, broccoli & cheese soup, etc.).

Dinners
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Eggs Benedict with blender hollandaise, asparagus
Chili Dogs (husband’s request :) )
Tacos, guacamole & chips
Homemade Pizza (trying a new crust recipe)
Beef Stroganoff (new recipe to us!)
Dinner with our Small Group (we are taking breadsticks)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 12 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Chicken, Bacon, & Ranch Wraps

2014 March 13
by Alicia

Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Wraps are like a BLT with chicken.  You could put the same ingredients between two slices of bread and have a sandwich, but we like the handiness of a portable wrap.  My kids love how the tortilla holds all of the yummy fillings inside.  These wraps are great for lunch or dinner, and we love them with a side of crunchy potato chips!

Chicken Bacon & Ranch Wraps

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Weekly Menu Plan, Mar 9 – Mar 15

2014 March 9
by Alicia

I think we might be starting to turn the corner into spring… The weather is slowly warming up, and things are getting a tinge of green!  We were able to spend all afternoon outside enjoying the sunny day.  It will be nice when we can be grilling on a regular basis.

Last week, we liked the fry bread from Pioneer Woman’s Indian tacos!  The kids enjoyed the change up from the usual flour tortillas.  And my son was very happy with his choice for his birthday dinner :)

Dinners
Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
Walnut, Cranberry, & Blue Cheese Salad
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Chicken Noodle Soup, Coffee Cake Muffins
Tilapia, steamed broccoli, rice
Sesame Chicken with Quinoa (new recipe to us!)
Dinner out

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Week 11 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Butter Streusel Tart

2014 March 6
by Alicia

It’s a very special day today… My son turns 5!  It has been amazing watching him grow and learn.  Every day he is taller and smarter than the last.  I am so proud of him!  He loves to help me out in the kitchen, and I hope that he will continue to be interested in cooking for years to come.

On to our recipe for the day… Butter Streusel Tart is perfect for breakfast or brunch.  It looks (and tastes) like a fancy bread that you could buy at a bakery.  It is a little more involved than other recipes I have posted in the past, but I think it is worth the extra effort (and extra dishes!) if you want to add a little extra “Wow!” at the breakfast or brunch table.

Butter Streusel Tart

I think it would make an excellent dessert, too!

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Weekly Menu Plan, Mar 2 – Mar 8

2014 March 2
by Alicia

And it’s snowing.  Again!  They say March comes in like a lion, and leaves like a lamb… I think this year it came in like a polar bear ;)

This week, it is my son’s 5th birthday!  He requested his favorite dinner, “meatballs, gravy, & noodles!” for his birthday meal.  I am also going to try Pioneer Woman’s recipe for fry bread to make some Indian tacos (using my own yummy taco seasoning), something which my husband loves.  I hope there is some leftover chili to make Frito Chili Pies for lunch one day this week!

Dinners
Swedish Meatballs, garlic bread, peas
Grandma Carol’s Chili, cinnamon rolls
Sausage, Pepper, & Onion Pizza
Chicken Stir Fry, rice
Roasted Sausage & Vegetables, sweet potato biscuits
Indian Tacos (new recipe to us!), guacamole
Grilled cheese & tomato soup

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 10 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Chicago Seven Calzones

2014 February 27
by Alicia

Chicago Seven Calzones are like a supreme pizza in a portable pocket form.  This particular combination of ingredients was inspired by one of our favorite pizzas, “The Chicago 7″  at the Old Chicago restaurant chain.  They no longer have a restaurant in our area, so of course I had to figure out how to make it myself!  Of course, like many recipes I make, these are customizable.  Notice that some of the calzones have three slits in the top instead of two?  Those have no green pepper, just for my husband ;)

Chicago 7 Calzones

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Weekly Menu Plan, Feb 23 – Mar 1

2014 February 23
by Alicia

Last week‘s new stromboli recipe wasn’t too great of a hit… I think the dough on the inside didn’t get as done as we like it, so just making ham & cheese pockets with broccoli on the side would have been better!  However, the chicken spaghetti was really good!  My husband and I thought that the next time I make it, Kalamata olives would be better than plain black olives.

Can you believe February is coming to an end already?  When I typed “Mar 1″ for this post, I had a tiny panic attack, because that means my son is turning 5 in less than 2 weeks!  I know it’s cliche, but time sure flies when you’re having fun!

Dinners
Salt & Pepper Chicken (husband’s request ;) )
White Bean Chicken Chili
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu (new recipe to us!), roasted potatoes
Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Wraps, chips
Bean & Cheese Burritos, corn
Vegetable Lo Mein
Dinner at a local fundraiser

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Week 9 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Chewy Brownie Cookies

2014 February 20
by Alicia

Chewy Brownie Cookies are chewy and chocolatey, just like a homemade brownie.   A perfect accompaniment to a large glass of milk!  If you appreciate homemade brownies, I think you will enjoy these cookies.

Chewy Brownie Cookies

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Weekly Menu Plan, Feb 16 – Feb 22

2014 February 16
by Alicia

Are you starting to feel ready for spring?  I am!  The snow was fun, but I am ready for sunshine & flowers.  I am also ready for my husband to start firing up the grill again ;)

We are going to try two new recipes this week.  We liked the chicken & dumplings from last week, but some of the dumplings fell apart in the soup making it extra thick.  If I make it again, I won’t thicken it with flour!  I also think they fell apart because I made the dumplings smaller than the recipe called for (it said 8, and I thought they would never cook through if they were that large).

Dinners
Nachos with taco meat, cheese, black olives, sour cream, etc!
Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
(new recipe to us!), garlic bread
Bean & Cheese Burritos, corn
Stuffed Mushrooms, salad
Almond & Rosemary Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower
Ham & Cheese Stromboli (new recipe to us!)
Pizza Casserole, Garlic & Cheese Biscuits

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Week 8 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.