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!
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.
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.