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Menu Plan for July 13, 2015

Menu Plan for July 13

Who menu plans? Who knows what they will eat each night of the week? And who actually shops for everything in one stop?!?!

Menu Plan for July 13

This week is going to be crazy busy for our family! Ray Ray joined Martial Arts and goes twice a week and Little Miss joined Dance and goes twice a week. What is nice, they are both on the same day…it makes those days busy though! At the end of the week, we have our family reunion. This only happens once every three years and I am kind of excited about it!

Because we are going to be busy this week, I decided to try this thing called menu planning. I went to Pinterest, yes that one website where you can be sucked in for days if you are not careful! I wanted two crock pot meals for those two busy days, and I wanted to make sure suppers were yummy the rest of the week also!

Now, I planned the whole week out. Lunch is simple and the kids usually grab their own food since it is summer time, but supper mom is still in control of!

So, here is our weeks’ worth of suppers! I can’t wait to try these and if you have had them before PLEASE leave me a comment and tell me how awesome they are, or what you would do different!

Monday

Menu Plan for July 13

We are going to start our week out simply. We are going to have these super yummy looking French Dip Sandwiches. Our family is all about the wheat bread, even the little ones love it, so we are going to do that, but otherwise we are going to follow this recipe and enjoy a nice sandwich with a salad to go with.

Tuesday

Menu Plan for July 13

A busy day, so crock pot it is! And a Tuesday would not be complete without it being Taco Tuesday! To make it simpler after lessons I am going to try to make the meat in the crockpot and just serve it up when we get home. Have you done this before? Any other tricks I should know?

Wednesday

Menu Plan for July 13

Bacon makes everything good! Wrap it around some chicken and add some ranch? Ummm…this sounds dangerous! We are going to give this simple looking recipe a try. Once again adding in a salad and I am thinking some mashed potatoes or a potato salad, minor details, not too worried about them yet.

Thursday

Menu Plan for July 13

Another crock pot meal, and this time I am trying something new altogether! This Orange Chicken recipe looks like I won’t be missing the local Chinese Restaurant quite as much. And if it turns out as good as it looks, I will make this again! I will be making some veggies to go along with this.

Friday

Menu Plan for July 13

This is a maybe meal…maybe we will eat at home, maybe we will be busy at the reunion. If we are at home I will treat Little Miss to her favorite meal, Meatball Subs. This looks like an awesome recipe to try, but I may add a few things we like, and change up the cheese to her favorite cheddar instead of mozzarella. We will add a simple pasta salad to go along these sandwiches.

All weekend we will be busy, so I did not have to plan for that, but I sure do feel accomplished by getting this much taken care of so far!

What are you eating this week? I would love to hear from you!

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7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

I have fallen in love. This is not a person I am in love with, rather I have fallen in love with my crockpot! Do you know how easy it is to throw the food in the crockpot in the morning and not worry about it all day long, go about your day and then sit down and eat at supper time? It is as easy as finding the right recipe.

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Now, everyone loves a good meal on a cold winter day, but what about during the summer? Do you put your crockpots away for those warm months? Forget all about them? You need to change that!!! I have found that there are A LOT of yummy summer types of recipes that you can make, and keep your house cool from not using your oven or stove.

I have decided that I NEEDED to share some of these yummy, delicious recipes with you so that you could try them out for yourself.

First of all, I wanted to say, Pinterest is wonderful for finding recipes! I have a CrockPot recipe board over there that I keep adding to. But I also love The Frugal Girls! They have some of the best recipe collections I have seen! Have you checked them out yet?

Ok, my favorite summertime crockpot recipes!

1. Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Drumsticks

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Oh, how yummy!! One thing I like to do, is just before serving our drumsticks, after they have cooked all the way, is to throw them on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side. It gives them that grilled taste, without the dried out meat!

2. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sweet Pork

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

The first thing you think of when you read Hawaiian? Not cold, not snowy. Nice and warm beaches and sun. So this is a given for a summer meal!

3. CrockPot Kansas City BBQ Bacon Chicken Sandwich

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Bacon makes all things good!! BBQ sandwiches are a wonderful summer dish with coleslaw and potato salad!

4. Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Mexican Coleslaw

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Another one of those summer meals that you love, but this time with a little twist! This is a yummy way to change up the good ole’ sandwich!

5. Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Sometimes even during the summer, you need that comfort food! This is one of those go to comfort foods that I love!

6. Mississippi Roast

 

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Ok, this is that one meal that is good no matter what season it is! My mom made it first and we fell in love. It is now one of those meals that happens at least once a month, sometimes more!

7. Easy Blueberry Crumble Cake

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Yes, I am sharing a dessert recipe that can be done in the crock pot! Have you ever tried these? If you have plans to grill, why not make a yummy dessert in the crock pot to go with the meal?!

It is so easy to use your crockpot all year long! I hope you don’t hide that wonderful appliance just because it is summertime!

What is your favorite summer time crockpot recipe? You have to have at least one, right? And if you don’t, which one of these will you be trying this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tasteful Tuesday ~ Chow Mein Hotdish

Tastefully Tuesday

We may be that “crazy homeschool family” in the neighborhood, but we do love a good meal! I wanted to share some of our favorite meals with you each week! Yes, we have our fall back foods, it’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Little Miss, hard boiled eggs for Ray Ray and ramen noodles for Moe Man, but when it comes to supper, we sit down for a family meal and mommy only cooks one!

Ray Ray and Daddy are not big fans of rice…as in, they will not eat it period! However, when I make Chow Mein Hotdish…they can’t get enough of it! This has been one of those recipes that I grew up with and I am happy to share it with my family now!

Chow Mein Hotdish

Ingredients:

2 lbs hamburger

1 onion

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can chicken with rice soup

1 can mushrooms (you don’t need this, but the boys love them!)

1 can water chestnuts

1 T. soy sauce

2 c. uncooked rice (we use whole wheat Minute Rice)

Instructions:

Brown hamburger, celery and onion. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add 3 cans of water (1 for each can of soup). Mix all ingredients together and put in a 9×13 casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, or until rice is tender.

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Serve over Chow Mein noodles with extra soy sauce as wanted. You could add in a side salad and breadsticks if you wanted, but this seems to fill us full (all five of us) all by itself, with leftovers for the next day’s lunch!

Have you made this before? What do you do different? I would love to know!