Menu Plan Monday

football fiesta casserole

Welcome all to another Menu Plan Monday! It’s a really hot one here — heat indexes around 100 (which means that the actual temperature is in the 90s, but our Midwestern humidity kicks in to make it feel hotter). My youngest daughter begins band camp today, which runs 8-4 each weekday for the next 3 weeks, and then school begins. I always feel bad for the band kids out in this heat, but then when I remember my own youth, I don’t remember much about heat — although we certainly endured our share (no central air until we moved to our new house, when I was 13). More here on memories of childhood heat, if you’re interested:

Childhood Memories Friday: The Heat is On


My point being, neither heat nor cold seem to bother most kids or teens very much. If you think about it, discussions of weather are almost totally the domain of older people (and I realize that I do a lot of talking about the weather.  Yikes.).


This past weekend, my mom, sister, and I went to Michigan to help my aunt move to a different office. Since Mom (aka Attic Girl) and Elaine (my aunt) are frequent commenters here, I thought you would have fun seeing a photo of us in the finished office. Doesn’t it look nice? 🙂

Here is the menu plan for the week:

Monday:  Spicy Potato Casserole — – from an Amish Cook column in our newspaper, and daughter #1’s favorite.

1.5 lb browned ground beef

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 small onion, diced

8 medium potatoes, boiled and shredded (or use a bag of hash browns)

4 T butter, melted

2 cups shredded cheese

1 t. salt

1 pint sour cream

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 soup can milk

2.5 cups crushed corn chips

Combine ground beef, taco seasoning and onion.  Put mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 dish.  Mix potatoes with butter, cheese, salt, sour cream and soup.  Mix with milk.  Spoon over hamburger mixture.  Top with remaining chips.  Bake 45 minutes at 350.

Tuesday: Crock pot Chicken & Noodles — my aunt made this when we were at her place. You can bet I’ll be working around that stick of butter, though 🙂 Also, I make my own cream soups using a recipe to avoid all the unpronounceable stuff in the canned versions.

2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans chicken broth (15oz each)
1 stick butter
1 lb chicken breasts
1 package frozen egg noodles (24 oz)

Put chicken into crock pot. Pour the chicken broth and soup on top. Then top that with the stick of butter. Put the crock pot on low for 6-7 hours.

Take the chicken out and shred. Put back in crock pot.

Add frozen noodles and cook for 2 more hours (stir every 30 minutes until done)

Wednesday: HAMBURGER STRAGANOFF — this was my dad’s favorite recipe when I was growing up (we always called it straganoff rather than the more-often-heard stroganoff)

l lb. gr. beef
l/2 c chopped onion
2 T. flour
l t. salt
l/8 t. garlic salt
3/4 t. pepper
l/4 c. mayonnaise
l/2 c. sour cream
l can Cr. of Chicken Soup
l small can mushrooms (optional)
Brown beef and onions and add remaining
ingredients in order given.  Serve over rice or

Thursday: fish night — I’ll bake a variety of boxed fish fillets. Mom also brought some yellow squash from her garden, and green beans — maybe I will make them as well.

Friday: Football Fiesta Casserole — always a favorite here (see top photo). And, can you believe that before long football season (or, as we call it, marching band season) will be here?


What’s new in your kitchen, or in your world, this week? I always enjoy hearing from you!








4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. Ha! I didn’t know your Mom had a non de plume! I think I make the same casserole as Friday, just has a different name and you are right–it is good!
    On heat and cold–the kids are always in temperature controlled environments today.
    When WE did band there were no cool off showers, no mandatory water bottles, no sandals for running/marching/hiking. Just hot tube socks, hot LEATHER Addidas (with the green stripes naturally for our school) or almost-as-hot green Converse, short shorts for everyone and tshirts or tank tops. We didn’t wear hats, either–except at sleep-away band camp where they were mandatory. We had “sit-down” music practice during the hottest hours of the day.
    Kids today…wimps…. lol
    School starts WAY too early

  2. I am back home after being away much of the past week. There is NO place like home!!! We worked a miracle in Grand Rapids when you come right down to it. Actually my daughters and sister did the mother load. If you see a tall black file cabinet reposing on the left – Well Jill and Susan CARRIED that thing up from the basement of the building – wondering all the while if they’d have “the big one” on the way. Life in our family has never been for the faint of heart! To the victor belong the spoils!

  3. It’s really nice to put a face on Attic Girl and Elaine. I felt they were somehow related to you and now I know. Your weekly meals sound wonderful and delicious. Since it’s just my husband and me, we always get two meals out of a recipe so we have a night of leftovers which gives me an “off” night. YES!!! The new office is so nice. Wish I had it!! Great job!!

  4. Okay, Susan. You blew our cover. No more anonymity for us!

    I love hamburger stroganoff, and haven’t had any for years. Maybe I need to make some, but then I’d have leftovers for forever.

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