Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday and a Giveaway!

Thanks to Laura at 'I'm an Organizing Junkie' for hosting Menu Plan Mondays!

We did fairly well with last week's menu plan. We had more chicken cooked than we needed for the meals we had planned, so we added chicken onion quesedillas to the mix. Yum!

Here's the plan for this week:

Breakfasts (some will repeat)

Cold Cereal, Fruit, Milk
Vanilla Yogurt, Peanut Butter Granola, Fruit, Water
Breakfast Burritos and Clementines, Milk
Peanut Butter Toast, Oranges or Applesauce, Milk
Oatmeal with Applesauce, Cinnamon and Raisins, Milk
Bran Muffins, Applesauce, Milk

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Click the link above for our granola recipe.


Lunches (our main meal)

M: Cesar Salad, Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, Seared Mushrooms, Pineapple-Lime Sorbet

T: Barbecued 'Pulled Turkey' on Homemade Buns w/Hot Sauce and Pickles, Cole Slaw, Oranges

W: Chili over Brown Rice, Peaches

R: Sliced Ham, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas and Carrots, Pears

F: Hash Brown Skillet Omelet, Biscuits w/Butter and Jam, Oranges

S: Chicken & Noodles w/Carrots and Celery, Cheese and Crackers, Apple Wedges

S: Chili & Cheese on Hot Dogs or Baked Potatoes, Oranges

There's a rumor going around that we might get pizza one day instead of the planned meal. If so, things will shift accordingly. :)

Suppers are generally leftovers from previous days, PBJ and carrots, that sort of thing.

Snacks:
Popcorn & Raisins
Apple Wedges & Peanut Butter
Chips & Salsa
Yogurt & Granola
Cheese & Crackers
Muffins & Applesauce

So hey, how about a little giveaway? I have a book of recipes that I really like - it's called Once A Month Cooking. This is an older book. I got it used...and then, in a moment of forgetfulness at some point, I got another copy of it...also used...so I want to share it with one of y'all. It's really useful if you are trying to save time and money in the kitchen. Also, to brighten up your kitchen a wee bit, I'll include a crocheted dishcloth, hand-made by me!

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This little giveaway is open to anyone in North America who reads my little blog. Please, one entry per person. To enter, simply reply to this post by answering this question:

What is your favorite comfort food? Feel free to go into detail!

I'll shut the comments down Thursday night (1/14/10) and announce the winner on Friday the 15th. If you have a blog, please let your readers know so they can enter too!

Good luck, and thanks for playing!

67 comments:

homeschoolmom4 said...

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup...with chewy not soggy noodles...mmmm...there's something about the taste of homemade stock that I just LOVE! There's actually a chicken cooking in my crockpot now. ;)

Anonymous said...

It is the recipe for my Mil's chicken and dumplings. Since she had passed away, I have been trying to make this for years but never quite like her's. When my sister-in-law passed away two years ago I found her recipe for it. When I make it I remember when my Mil tried to teach me and I never wrote it down and now I can make this all the time for my dh. Cheryl

Wendy Hatfield Liggett said...

My comfort food fav is steel cut oats. I could eat them for everymeal.I love reading your blog. Always something fun and new.

homesteph said...

You are such a dear for doing this! My comfort food would be rice pudding. My grandma used to serve it to me when I would visit. Now I make my own, with lots of variations, even using coconut milk and cardamom, and once even added a bunch of persimmons. Funny thing, it is comfort food for my cats too. When I got them at 1 day old, they could not keep warm, so we put dry rice in a sock, then would heat it in the microwave for them. We called it the "Rice Mommy" and even 11 years later the kitties get silly with affection when I make rice or rice pudding!

-homesteph

kalea_kane said...

I had to run and check out that granola recipe right away! Looks amazing! I seriously would love to make that. You are one of my heroes with Menu Plan Monday. So far I can't get past dinner. This is no big deal since my husband takes those frozen dinners several times a week (I am trying to break him of this), my son does peanut butter sandwiches every day at school (9 years straight!), and I stick with whatever leftover is around. :) Love your ideas!

Kelly (visiting from MPM)

kalea_kane said...

OOOH! I forgot, I definitely would like to enter the giveaway. My comfort food is mashed potatoes with homemade gravy. Well...that or mashed potatoes with Kentucky Fried chicken gravy. :) I still like to make tracks with my fork in them. I guess they just bring me back to being a kid. :) I don't know if you need my email, so here it is:

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com


Happy Monday!

Kelly

Eva said...

My favorite comfort food is definately macaroni and cheese, I love to make it custardy and I love to eat the browned cheese off the top, the burnt cheese is my favorite part. My family loves it too.

Eva

Stephanie said...

Mmm...country style steak with rice and gravy and onions. Yummy!

smk0817@aol.com

Grace said...

My favorite comfort food... that's tough! I lean toward soup though. Especially Oxtail Soup with barley... or now I've discovered I can substitute quinoa (if I toast it first) and have a wonderful meal. I use Oxtails and beef short ribs for the beef, onion, celery carrots, and of course, beef stock. Served hot, with toasted crusty bread... heaven in a bowl. I promise!!

mentalutopia said...

Comfort food? A milkshake. It's hard to feel bad when I'm eating sweet creamy ice cream, and the milkshake texture adds another dimension of comfort. My mother took me to Dairy Queen after both times I failed my driving test, and I remember DH procuring me a chocolate milkshake after an ultrasound verified my miscarriage several years ago.

GrammyGoo said...

I don't know if brownies are a comfort food.......But that's my cure-all. I'll post a link on my blog sweetie!
Hugs, GG

Jodi aka One Blessed Mama said...

My favorite comfort food is white chicken chili. You can find the recipe on my blog. It is so delicious especially in the cold winter! Happy MPM!

Outnumbered said...

My favorite comfort food is chocolate cake. A big gooey piece with frosting!

Michele said...

Smoked sausage with spanish rice, corn and cornbread. yyyyyuuuummmmmm

Victoria said...

I love the snowmen at the top.

My comfort is hot coco and whipped cream! :)

Hilary said...

My favorite food would have to be homemade bread, warm out of the oven, with homemade strawberry jam. I think I could live on it.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Comfort food would have to be CHOCOLATE! Any and all!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

lee said...

mac & cheese- made from the blue box, no milk added please! i mix the cheesy powder with the butter and dump the hot mac on top. after it's mixed, i add shredded sharp cheddar and nuke it for a minute or so. i have eaten it like this since i was 11!

great giveaway, great hostess!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Actually a comfort food for my kids would be mashed potatoes, sausages and gravy, or Heinz Baked Beans.........Mashed potatoes and gravy were the first type of soilid food they were introduced too. Back in the day we weren't as picky with "special" baby foods!!!

For me comfort food is homemade mac and cheese........

Gill in Canada

Anonymous said...

my favorite comfort food is fluffy tapioca...of course it has to be the small, not pearl! :-)

~eunice b
rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

Candias said...

My definite favorite comfort food is frozen yogurt with my kashi crunchies. I love to go get a cup of peanut butter frozen yogurt and just sit in my car and read or listen to my christian music and chill out before heading home from work. Always gives me a better attitude.

Ashley said...

Chocolate! :)

Staples said...

Carzily enough, my comfort food is Cheez-its! I rarely cook, but am always looking for recipes to try. Great giveaway!

desert said...

usually my comfort food is something homemade german

Whitney said...

I guess my favorite comfort food is pizza and chocolate. Pizza is easy to order (comfort = not cooking) and chocolate makes everything feel better.

Anonymous said...

For me, I'd have to say mac and cheese!
daniel and whitney at gmail dot com

Keli said...

comfort food for me is homemade bread with butter, strawberry jelly and cheese!

Susan said...

Hmm... my favorite comfort food...I have several favorites - it's hard to choose just one. Right now I'm thinking brownies would do it for me.

Faith N. said...

My favorite comfort food would have to be stewed potatoes, and chicken & dumplings! Yum!

Christine said...

Mac and cheese the ooooooeyyyyy, goeeeey kind that makes you put on 10 pounds just by looking at it with bits of bacon and breadcrumbs.......mmmmmmmmmmm

Christine
dazed1821@aol.com

Jackie said...

Macaroni and cheese is my favorite comfort food

Becky said...

I have many comfort food fav's but I would have to say that beef stew is a wonderful way to warm your tummy on a cold winter night!!

Anonymous said...

Chicken and noodles OVER mashed potatoes. Yum!

Amara
kwasfamily@sbcglobal.net

Jenni said...

Thank you for this opportunity!
Mine is called Pizza Rustica
It is made in a pie shell with mozz and ricotta cheeses and diced salami and pepperoni It is soooo yummy warm out of the oven or room temp and very filling
pennysaver123@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

A big pot of beef stew. Yum...!
chantel_lloyd@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I have so many favs and right now Loaded Baked Potato Soup with sweet corn bread muffins...mmmmm! I also think I am going to try the granola recipe on your site; my husband loves granola.

rchellem02@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Probably hot biscuits fresh out of the oven...yummy

renabeth@yahoo.com

Liberti said...

So hard to pick one favorite! But just about anything Baked will do it for me --especially if it's fresh from the oven yum yum!

Amanda said...

Definately Mint Oreos and Milk!!! MMMM...

mandalyn927@yahoo.com

Robin said...

my favorite is pizza!

Tracey said...

Hands down, macaroni and cheese is my favorite comfort food!!

ManyBlessings said...

So glad to have found your blog! :)

My favorite comfort food is the old standby (really, it is!)...meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, side salad, rolls, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Love it!

Anonymous said...

We like tatertot hotdish; with green beans and 'shrooms and ketchup on top

Thanks!

penny@radiatortoast.com

Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

Hands down ~ Chicken and Dumplings. Nothing more comforting than that on a blistery cold night, or even after a hard day's work in the garden.

Alex Hall said...

My favorite comfort food....anything chocolate!

MKB said...

I love wild rice soup! My hubby makes it so it is extra yummy! Kbroderi@msn.com

Stacey said...

I love homemade soup!

goobler08@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

Chocolate, always chocolate, any variety or vehicle, just give me chocolate!

rebecca said...

I love my Granny's chicken casserole! Yum. She makes it nearly every time I go visit and it just makes me melt!

gitrecca at gmail dot com

Emily said...

A big bowl of chili with cheese and sour cream and buttered saltines! MMMMM! emilyjnewbury at gmail dot com

Victoria said...

My all time fave would be Grandmother's Cinnamon Toast. She would use whole wheat bread and coat it in butter. Then she added powdered sugar and lots of cinnamon and toasted it under the broier. It still says "I love you" when I taste it.

Anonymous said...

Homemade chicken and dumplings is my favorite! And warm biscuits from the oven...maybe a warm peach pie too:)
Thanks for the opportunity!

Tmm1120 @ comcast dot net

Heather said...

oh, I really really want a copy of this book! I've heard a lot about it and now with two kids it would really be beneficial I think! My comfort food is mac and cheese. My sister in law makes the best mac and cheese ever, but I do also actually like the fake Kraft stuff!
augustgirl01 (at) hotmail (dot) com

shelly said...

Home made Smoked Turkey Soup. I make this with the leftover smoked turkey from thanksgiving and I make my own turkey broth with the carcass it is sooo good

shelly said...

I forgot to leave my e-mail in my post
Shelly at olsonair dot com

Anonymous said...

Homemade chicken and dumplins....... yum yum
(email on PH)

Georgia

WhirlingVortex said...

I love homemade chicken noodle soup. Or chicken potato soup, if I'm too lazy to make homemade noodles. With lots and lots of tasty veggies. Yummy.

lindaharper said...

Popcorn! When it's been a touch day, a little popcorn will lighten everything!

Anonymous said...

My mom's potato soup is such comfort food. Dark chocolate is good too:)

Darrell
miamichickens at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

When I was a little girl, my mom always made tomato soup for me when I was sick. I still eat this when I don't feel well.
bkittie@hotmail.com

JuliaGulia said...

My favorite comfort food is grilled cheese and tomato soup!

brooke said...

I love mac and cheese

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Comfort food? Being from the Midwest- the bread basket of America, we know comfort food. I love potatoes! Specifically, mashed potatoes. They can be any kind--real, instant, cheddar, garlic, yukon gold, Idaho; but my favorite is right out of the garden, Pontiac reds. They are so moist and sweet and creamy......great with butter or gravy ( you know that gravy you make from pan drippings after you've fried chicken? ), with chopped onions or cheese and sour cream. Ooooooh, or in a hot beef sandwich with rich brown gravy. And with goulash---or under homemade chicken and noodles....... I even use instant mashed potatoes for the thickening in my loaded baked potato soup. I just love mashed potatoes! And I can't think of a shirt I have without a gravy spot! LOL Mashed potatoes are good with fried chicken or meatloaf, or turkey and stuffing or pork chops ( yum ) or round steak and brown gravy, or swiss steak and vegetable gravy, or roast beef---my gosh, they're good with anything. Yep, if I were stranded on an island and could only have one food for the rest of my life---it would be the POTATO!
lindanuts@yahoo.com

★Linda

cfosterart said...

My favorite comfort food is meatloaf! I have such fond memories of it being served by my grandmother, then my mother, and now I make it myself when I'm feel like I need an umpf.

Amanda said...

My favorite comfort food is beef tips with rice or mashed potatoes.

amanda.corley@ymail.com

Auntie Marsha said...

Auntie Marsha said: My favorite comfort food is Stewed Tomato Soup. Nothing brings back Summer faster than opening up a quart of your own canned tomatos and stewing gently on the stove, seasoning, stirring, and topping off with a little water till it's all mushy and yummy. Spoon up a bowl, tear up some left over (homemade) biscuits, stir till it's a "just right" consistency, and enjoy. Grandma C's standby when tummies felt yucky. Seems to always settle them down, without feeling heavy.

klutzymama said...

My husband's chili. It's awesome and I always eat way too much of it. We eat it every Sunday in the fall and winter while we're watching football

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