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Menu plan + recipe review

I am working on my menu plan for this week. Since we are adjusting to some new routines, it is not carved in stone yet. I will give you my working plan for the week though-

Monday- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Tuesday- Crockpot BBQ Chicken and veggies
Wednesday- beef stew and cornbread (at church- I don’t have to cook this one)
Thursday- Hamburger Casserole
Friday- leftover buffet

The weekend is still a work in progress however, but I think my husband has volunteered to defrost some steaks and grill. Also, I promised my 6 year old that we would have chicken Alfredo at some point as well.

Over the Christmas holiday, I made an easy and delicious Pizza Dip. I got the recipe from my sister and am happy to share it with you here:
Pizza Dip

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

3/4 -1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 c pepperonis, finely chopped
1/4 c scallions
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Tortilla chips

Soften cream cheese: preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend with mixer first 5 ingredients. Lightly grease 9 in pie plate and spread mixture.
Sprinkle pizza sauce evenly on top, then toss pepperonis and scallions on top.
Bake for 10 minutes – remove and sprinkle mozzarella cheese – bake additional 10 minutes.

Can be mixed ahead and refrigerated before baking.

I usually double it to take to parties. Also, you can play with the seasonings a bit when blending the cream cheese and sour cream. I never measure, I just add until it tastes good to me. It has been a big hit every time I have made it.


When you fail to plan

Boy, I have really let things get out of control around our house. The ole schedule has been pretty hectic and I have let that take control of the meal planning. Big mistake- huge!!!! Over the past week, I have worked very hard to get things back into some sort of normalcy. Now that the end of the school year is almost here, I am diligently going to try and use the summer to get back into planning mode.

I do have a few recipes that I want to share with you though. I hate that I don’t have any pictures, but I am bad to forget that because photographing food is not always something I think about.


These were a great Friday night supper at our house a couple of weeks ago. My kids love tacos, and this was a new twist on that old stand by- the taco kit. We topped our with cheese and taco sauce and also had some tortilla chips and cheese dip.


Yes, we love tacos and taco flavored dishes around here. This was pretty good. My kids liked it and my husband liked it, so it will probably be something I fix again. It was cheap and easy which is always fine by me. It was good for a night when I needed something quick and most of the ingredients are things I always have on hand.


This was a big hit with all four of us. I put this in the crock pot yesterday after church so it would be ready when we got home from our afternoon activities and our evening church service. I made some garlic toast to go along with it and everyone in the house asked for a second helping. We are having the leftovers tonight for supper.

Hopefully this week, there will be much more cooking and much more planning!!!!

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!!!!!!!!