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Weekly Menu Plan, June 1 – June 7

2014 June 2
by Alicia

I don’t have a menu plan to share with you all this week, as I am going to be traveling to Anchorage, AK for work!  I wanted to see if anyone was familiar with the area and had any suggestions for places to eat or things to do while I’m there :)  I won’t have a whole lot of time for non-work things, but I’d love to fit in as much as possible while I’m there!  Have you been to (or do you live in) Anchorage, AK?

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 23 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Pink Starbust Smoothie

2014 May 29
by Alicia

This Pink Starburst Smoothie is a strawberry, mango, and pineapple smoothie that tastes like a pink Starburst candy.  The bright pink color makes your mouth water, and the sweet and tart taste are so refreshing on a hot summer day!

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Weekly Menu Plan, May 25 – May 31

2014 May 26
by Alicia

Happy Memorial Day to all of the readers in the USA!  I am so grateful for the many sacrifices of the countless families (both of yesterday and today), and I hope everyone will take a moment to be thankful for their service.  Last week, the new recipe that I tried was good.  Both the kids and I ate it and enjoyed it, but I couldn’t get my husband to even try it, so I’m not sure that I will make it again.  I think I’m going to try a few new recipes this week… We’ll see how many of them I get to!  It’s starting to warm up here, so I’m going to want to use my oven less and less… Time to refresh my memory of slow-cooked and no-cook meals!

Dinners
Cheesy Sausage Pasta (new recipe to us), corn
Chicken with Olives and Tomato Sauce (new recipe to us), garlic bread
Spicy Chinese Chicken & Broccoli (new recipe to us), rice
Bean & Cheese Burritos, peas
Walnut, Cranberry, & Blue Cheese Salad
Pulled Pork sandwiches, chips, fruit
Dinner at our friends’ wedding!

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 22 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

2014 May 23
by Alicia

Are you looking forward to a great Memorial Day barbecue or picnic this weekend?  Need a simple summery dessert to take along?  Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is an easy cheesecake-like dessert that is a perfect dessert for Memorial Day weekend.  Really, it’s so simple that you might find yourself looking for reasons to make it year-round!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

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Weekly Menu Plan, May 18 – May 24

2014 May 18
by Alicia

Well, friends… I must admit that I’m not doing as good about getting back on track like I said I hoped to last week.  While our vacation was action-packed and amazing, I am now back in the daily grind, and feeling the squeeze on my time.  I know we’ve all got the same 24 hours in the day, but lately it seems I have more to do than time to do it (I’m looking at you, three baskets of clean laundry waiting to be folded…).

One thing I can’t afford to let slide, though, is menu planning!  It saves me so much time and headache to have a list of meals that I can throw together because I have all of the ingredients on hand.  While I don’t always stick to it 100% (and you’re well aware of this fact if you’ve followed my menus for more than a week ;) ), it is still a lifesaver.

Dinners
Brats on the grill, corn on the cob
White Beans and Veggies with Couscous (new recipe to us)
Quesadillas, peas, strawberries
Walnut, Cranberry, & Blue Cheese Salad
Sonoran Hot Dogs (making our own based on ones we ate in Tucson), chips
Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken
Rehearsal Dinner for our friends’ wedding!

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 21 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, May 11 – May 17

2014 May 12
by Alicia

I didn’t mention it last week, but my husband and I are currently on a vacation!  Preparing for our trip and everything else that goes with that was the reason I did not get to a new recipe post last week.  The month of May is going to be (well, and has already been!) crazy for us, and it’s going to be June before I know it.  I have to be honest and tell you that I haven’t been juggling everything as well lately, and updating this blog has taken a backseat to pretty much everything else.  I am hopeful to get everything back on track soon, though!

Dinners
On vacation (x3)
Bean & cheese burritos, corn
Chicken enchiladas
Sesame Chicken with Quinoa
Chicago 7 Calzones (from the freezer)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 20 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, May 4 – May 10

2014 May 4
by Alicia

Isn’t May just absolutely busy?  It has only been May for a few days now, but my goodness, has it been go-go-go so far!  I have a feeling it’s only going to get busier as the summer goes on.  We have a pretty full summer agenda with a couple of family reunions, a wedding, and hopefully at least one trip to the lake.  We’ve been busy planting our garden for the summer and keeping up with the vineyard.  My garden this summer is going to be scaled back a bit, but I’m going to try growing a few things I’ve never grown before… Anyone have good tips for growing lettuce and carrots? :)

Dinners
Frito Chili Pies
Chicken Enchiladas, chips & salsa
Homemade Pizza (with homemade sauce)
Bean & Cheese Burritos, corn
Simple Meat Lasagna, garlic bread, peas
Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet (new recipe to us)
Leftovers

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 19 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Buttermilk Pound Cake

2014 May 1
by Alicia

For some reason, I don’t have many recipes using buttermilk.  Lately, when I’ve had extra buttermilk from making one thing or another, I try to find a new way to use the rest.  Lucky for me, through my recipe testing, I have stumbled upon this Buttermilk Pound Cake recipe!  This cake is a great use of buttermilk, and makes enough for a crowd.  One of the things that I like most about this Buttermilk Pound Cake is that it is lightly sweet and the top has a slight sugary crispness.

Buttermilk Pound Cake

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Weekly Menu Plan, Apr 27 – May 3

2014 April 27
by Alicia

We tried one new recipe last week, and it was decent. The wraps were even better with avocados!  I definitely recommend the addition of avocados if you have them!  My kids talked me into “meatballs, gravy, and noodles” instead of pretzel dogs, so I need to get to those soon.  This week is another busy one (my husband is traveling for work again), so I’m going to be relying on a few kid-pleasing easy-to-make meals to help the time go more smoothly!

Dinners
Sloppy Joes, corn
Pretzel Dogs, peas
Bulgogi Korean BBQ, rice
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tostadas
Quesadillas (my daughter’s favorite ;) ), carrots
Pizza with friends (I am putting together a salad)
Dinner with our small group (we are taking my favorite berry tart and some cookie bars!)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 18 menu plan: one year ago I took a break, and two years ago.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie

2014 April 24
by Alicia

It’s pretty hard to top the combination of peanut butter and chocolate in my book.  This Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie is so rich and delicious, and it is a great dessert to serve to guests.  There’s a thin pure chocolate layer topped with a creamy peanut butter filling, and to top it all off, add even more chocolate and some whipped cream.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie

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