Monthly Archives: January 2010

Recipe Review: Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Last Thursday, I had planned to make a big pot of Slow Cooker Taco Soup, and I am so glad that I did. We were woken up at 5:20 am by the phone ringing alerting us that due to poor weather and road conditions that our children’s school would be closed. WOO HOO!! SNOW DAY IN MISSISSIPPI!!!! We don’t get a lot of those around here so we have to take what we can get. I gathered my ingredients together and got things crocking so I could go out and enjoy the snow while it lasted. Later at supper, my son (who is 7) said to me, “Mama, this sure was a good day to eat soup!” I know when my kids have smiles on their faces and ask for more, that my meal has been a success. I used my 5-quart round Rival and it was pretty full. We all had seconds and still had plenty for leftovers. I served it with shredded Mexican blend cheese and sour cream for garnish and tortilla chips.

The verdict: I will definitely be making this soup again. We all enjoyed it. There are a few things I might would tweak to change it up a bit like exchanging one of the beans for black beans. All in all though, it is a very filling great tasting soup. Perfect for snow days or any day.

Menu Plan Monday

One of my meal planning goals for 2010 is to regularly link to Menu Plan Monday. I have subscribed to this blog for some time now and have even attempted to link to it before. This time, however, I am going to make a better effort. We did an excellent job of staying on our meal plan last week, even with the unexpected addition of two SNOW DAYS!!!! When I get some time later on, I will post the reviews of what we ate last week and whether or not my kids gave it the thumbs up or the thumbs down.

Here is our menu plan for this week Monday 1/11 through Sat 1/16:

Mondaycorn chowder
Tuesdaycheesy chicken vermicelli
Wednesday– dinner at church
Thursday– spaghetti
Fridaystromboli
Saturday– pulled pork sandwiches

What’s on your menu for the week??

2010 Getting in Gear

I have really let this blog go. I am bad at starting new things and then when the “new” wears off, forgetting about them. It is a new year however, so I am trying again. I don’t want this to be a New Years Resolution type deal, but I do hope to blog more. I want to get more serious about my cooking and about my meal planning. I hope to use this blog as a tool for just that. We have a busy spring planned at our household so my primary goals are to 1) control the schedule and 2) control the budget. I know when I meal plan and cook at home, I can do both of those things. This week is a little slow since we are trying to get back in the routine after Christmas.

Monday– lasagna (already in the freezer)
Tuesday– Two for Tuesday at Subway (Ole Miss basketball game)
Wednesday– eat at church
ThursdayTaco Soup (this is a new recipe I have never tried)
Friday– burgers and tater tots with some vegetable from the freezer
Saturday– roast, mashed potatoes and lima beans
Sunday– Til Payday Casserole- found in a free recipe from Spark.com

I hope to be using my Crock Pot more also. We have Cub Scouts on Monday nights, my son is involved with Upwards Basketball through Feb, and Ole Miss Basketball is in full swing. Combine that with a husband who travels some for work, and it makes for a hectic schedule. So really I am not resolving to do anything in 2010 but just stay on track. Oh, and trim enough from the household budget to save for a cruise!!!!!!!!