Menu Plan Monday 12/12/16

Wendy's chili

Happy snowy Monday to you all!

I came across an article last week suggesting that cooking and baking can help you feel better. Although I found some of the connections made a little dicey (is cooking really “creative”?), overall I think the ideas presented were sound; ie, when we do things to advance our own well-being, it contributes positively to our lives. Just another reason to plan out your meals each week!

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#PersonalCreations photo baking pan cake pan

A few weeks, a rep from Personal Creations contacted me. I’d never heard of it, but wow. They offer all kinds of personalized items. I know this is a little tangential, but I *love* the way that their catalog correctly writes “The Smiths” instead of “The Smith’s” on products! Companies who correctly use punctuation are winners to me 🙂

I ordered this photo baking pan from them, using a photo of my girls with baked treats for the cover. I love how it turned out!! If you’re still in the market for Christmas gifts, I think this is a great place to look. Through December 19, you can save 25% with code XMAS25. Or, check this page for current “deals.”

This was a busy baking week, with my annual Christmas piano recital/party on Saturday. Just one photo here, and later I’ll do an entire post about the food prepared and games played. It is a fun event, and I think everyone had a good time.

Christmas piano recital food

We have a snowy week here — about 7″ yesterday, making it pretty dicey getting to/from church (we were the only people eating in Fazoli’s afterwards!), and many cars stuck on and off the roads. Daughter #3 arrives home from college Friday, but she reports that her part of the state got only rain.

Here are the menu plan ideas for the week:

Monday: Calico Beans — my husband is always requesting beans. The rest of us get a little tired of them, but they are admittedly healthy …

Tuesday: Wendy’s Chili — looks like a good “chili week.” I still have garden tomatoes ripening out on the garage floor, which is an added plus.

Wednesday: Poppyseed chicken — a long-time favorite.

Thursday: Tortilla Soup — recipe included last week, and indeed I made enough that it’s leftover this week. I love it when that happens!

Friday: 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.

What is new in your world this week? Any snow? You can find more menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

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7 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 12/12/16

  1. I hope to try a new recipe this week that I found in our TV Guide. As to your recital, I loved viewing the buffet and your decorations and food presented thereon. It looks so attractive! I certainly overate this past weekend at different festive events. “Tis the season!

  2. Check out the recipe for potatoes that I put on my FB page yesterday. I know I would love it, but it would take me forever to eat it all. I think you and your family might enjoy it.

    As to yesterday’s weather, I never left the building yesterday. I have a cough, and I didn’t think anyone would be particularly happy to have me sitting beside them coughing all the time at church. With that and the weather being so bad, I decided to stay in. I’m glad I did, since my cough is worse today than it was yesterday. Who knows what it would have been if I’d gone out in the weather yesterday?

  3. Your meals for the week sound inviting! And I also feel some people can be creative with their cooking. But not me. I’m tired of cooking after so many years of it. The food for the piano recital looks delicious. I remember last year’s spread was a big hit!! I love the casserole dish with the picture of your daughters. So precious.

  4. Love your 3 daughters smiling faces on your casserole dish! I vote for the spicy potato casserole this week, even though I don’t do very spicy at my age. 🙂 Your food layout for the recital looks fantastic! Bet that your piano students look forward to this even every year. They love their teacher and her treats!

  5. Just noticed a typo above. It should say “event” instead of “even” in the next to last sentence. That will teach me to ALWAYS take the extra time to proofread my entries!

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoy hearing your thoughts.