Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 7/7/14

 

I have had a hard time sticking with my menu plans this summer, but am determined to do a (little) better this week! I decided to pull out Mrs. Potts this week to make a few recipes, because I know there’s always a better chance of dinner getting done when I pop it in earlier in the day and let her do the cooking. ;)

 

Here’s what’s on the menu for the week . . .

 

  • MondayBuffalo Chicken Sliders, Salad
  • Tuesday – Shredded Beef Tacos made in the Slow Cooker (it’s a new recipe – I’ll let you know how it goes!)
  • Wednesday - Leftovers
  • ThursdayGrilled Chicken using Easy Chicken Marinade, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Corn on the Cob
  • Friday – Dinner out (I’ll be picking up my 11-year-old from camp ~ pretty sure I’ll have one tired girl!)
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Strawberry Cream Pie

 

We’ve been hosting people over at our house lately to get to know them better, which is a great opportunity to do some extra baking! I always ask our guests what their favorite dessert is, and recently we had a neighbor visit that loved fruit pies. Since I’m not really a pie person, I had to find one that I thought looked good, and goodness this one hit the spot!

 

We’d picked three gallons of strawberries which I’d frozen, so I just used those strawberries to make it. In just one night my husband, sixteen-year-old and I devoured it ~ so much for leftovers! :) Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too.

 

Strawberry Cream Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups cookie or graham cracker crumbs (I used Oreos)
  • 6 tbsp sugar (divided)
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) frozen strawberries thawed
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened (I used whipped cream cheese)
  • 2 3.4 oz. pkg vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups thawed Cool Whip divided
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix crumbs and 2 tbsp butter.
  3. Blend together and press onto bottom and side of 9 inch pie plate.
  4. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.
  5. Use food processor to blend strawberries and 4 tbsp of sugar until strawberries are chopped.
  6. Add cream cheese and process until blended.
  7. Spoon into a large bowl.
  8. Add both pudding dry mixes. Stir 2 minutes.
  9. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups of cool whip. Spoon onto crust.
  10. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  11. Garnish with remaining cool whip and sliced strawberries just before serving.
  12. Yum!
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Berry Trifle

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Berry Trifle

 

Guess what I had for breakfast this morning? ;)

Yup, you guessed it. This is one of those recipes that I wait around all year long to make (for whatever reason?), but it’s just the perfect treat for the 4th. It’s easy to make ahead of time, light and fluffy, and absolutely delicious.

 

Perfect, right? Here’s how to whip it up in your kitchen too, plus all the best prices on everything you need so you can pinch those pennies too. ;)

Berry Trifle

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • large package vanilla pudding, instant
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 oz cool whip
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 angel food cake
  • 1 qt strawberries
  • blueberries
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together using mixer.
  2. Cut angel food cake into cubes.
  3. Slice strawberries.
  4. Layer cake, then cream filling, then strawberries & blueberries. Sprinkle a little sugar over berries.
  5. Repeat.
  6. Top with remaining strawberries and berries.
  7. Refrigerate for an hour prior to serving. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/2/14):

  • Strawberries $1.29 at Aldi, $1.99 at Kroger, $2.50 at Publix
  • Strawberries $1.79 at Target (text THANKS to 827438 to save $1 off produce)
  • Blueberries $1.29 at Aldi, $1.25 at Publix
  • Cool Whip $1 at Kroger, $.89 at Publix, BOGO at Winn Dixie
  • Angel Food Cake $3.29 at Aldi
  • Sara Lee Angel Food Cake on sale at Publix, use $2/1 Sara Lee coupon in the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier stacked with $1.50/1 Sara Lee coupon (try zip 10004)

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 6/30/14

 

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We’re finally getting some landscaping and trees around here! I know this is when I’m supposed to tell you all about my awesome menu plan for the week, but to be honest I’m so excited to just see something green out my window that I had to share that with you first. ;)

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(This picture of our hydrangea bush from my phone does not do them justice – once the yard has gotten done I’ll take prettier pictures with my real camera but was too excited to wait on downloading pictures!)

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(STILL waiting for sod. I’m hoping miraculously that comes soon, because right now hard to even walk in our yard!)

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To be honest, our menu plan is pretty pitiful this week ~ I’m driving this afternoon to pick up my baby girl from her first overnight camp and my son and his best friend are flying in from Nashville tonight. Because we want to show him around Columbus (and there are so many good restaurants here!), I’m going to keep our menu pretty basic, but know that we may end up out to eat more often than normal this week.

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(My husband and I decided that since we’re not vacationing this summer we would use some of the money usually budgeted for that to enjoy special things around town so we can get to know Columbus. It’s not the most penny pinched way to go, but we’re getting to do fun things we wouldn’t normally splurge on!)

 

Here’s what we’re having (at least if we keep on track . . . at all . . .) 

  • Monday – dinner out while picking up kids
  • Tuesday – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Watermelon
  • WednesdaySlow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings, Veggies
  • Thursday - Steak & Baked Potatoes (we splurged on Ribeyes from Sam’s while at my in-laws a few weeks ago and they were so good – my son loved them so we thought that would be a fun 4th of July treat!), Strawberries & Cream for dessert before heading out to watch Red, White & Boom
  • Friday – Dinner out somewhere fun before fireworks ~ not sure where we’re going but there are so many places to watch them from here!
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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S’more Peanut Butter Pie

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My Sweet Caroline (sweet, because she really, really, really loves sweeeeeet) has been stalking my Pinterest page and decided all by herself that I needed to start a Summer Series of Cooking with Kids. 

She even PicMonkey’d her favorite picture for me all by herself. Not bad, right? ;)

 

Folks, this pie she picked was fantastic. After we devoured it for dessert, Caroline decided that on her wedding day we’ll make this Peanut Butter Smore’s Pie along with a batch of these for the wedding guests.  Some lucky boy’s gonna love this girl one day!

 

We took pictures along the way so you could see how to do it too – let me know what you think if you try it. . .  I’m pretty sure with these ingredients this recipe is just about impossible to mess up!)

 

First bake your pie crust for 5-7 minutes

Meanwhile unwrap your Reese’s Cups (preferably by someone who doesn’t like Reese’s Cups – my Reagan doesn’t so the Reese’s were safe with her)

Yup, she wasn’t temped by those Reese’s at all

Then crumble the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups if you want to (even though after reading through this it looks like they’d be fine just layered flat)

And use your leftover peanut butter dough to form the top crust (I like the way it was done here much better and wish I’d caught her picture tip, but it worked just fine this way too!)
Bake, drizzle with hot fudge and serve. Pure happiness in a pie plate. 

S'more Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough (I used PIllsbury)
  • 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 12 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • hot fudge sauce for drizzling
  • ice cream to serve with (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Spray pie plate with cooking spray and press 2/3 of the dough around the bottom and sides of pie plate.
  3. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add chocolate chips over the dough.
  5. Next add peanut butter cups (chopped into chunks or left whole - we broke them up into chunks.)
  6. Then sprinkle marshmallows over the chocolate chips.
  7. Press remaining dough into 2" flat pieces and cover pie.
  8. Bake for an additional 15 - 17 minutes, until lightly browned.
  9. Cool 15 minutes and drizzle with hot fudge before serving.
  10. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 6/25/14):

 

Thanks to Oh Sweet Basil for a wonderful recipe! Thanks also to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 6/23/14

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? Now that my husband’s not working away from home any longer, he’s started spying on my menu plan here each Monday, and reminds me each night what we’re *supposed* to be having (and lets me know if I changed it out as the week went on.) So . . . here’s what we’re (really) having this week! ;)

 

  • Monday – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Fruit
  • TuesdayRitz Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies
  • WednesdaySlow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad
  • Thursday – Date night (Because my son’s out of town visiting family in Alabama, my hubby and I have exactly 90 minutes to ourselves while both girls are in gymnastics at the same time again this week ~ woot!)
  • Friday - Grilled Salmon, Baked Potatoes & Salad
 
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Italian Sausage & Mushroom Pasta Bake (30 Minute Meal)

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Ever have one of those nights when everything going so right just goes wrong? 

That was my night last night.

Even though our power went out throughout the day, we lost our cable and internet service (again – ugh), I was determined to make the very best of things.

Two of my three kids were playing outside, and I had this happy helper hanging out with me. ;)

We finished putting together a double batch of dinner.

And then . . .  (sigh) . . . this happened. (For those of you not on Facebook, just trust that I had a big mess of pasta all over my floor ~ gross!)

Thankfully that extra batch of dinner saved the day, my favorite dish (miraculously) wasn’t harmed, and dinner came off just a few minutes than later than planned.

 

Success? ;)

The dish was so good, and it matches up well with a few sales at Publix, Kroger and Giant Eagle this week.  And, if I hadn’t had to clean up an entire pan of pasta I would have easily gotten dinner done in less than 30 minutes! Here’s the recipe so you can try it out (hopefully without the cleanup?) too.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb bulk Italian Sausage
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Place oven rack 6 inches from the top of the oven and preheat broiler in oven to low.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoons of olive oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Cook sausage until crumbly and cooked through, then remove sausage from skillet, reserving the fat in the pan.
  5. Pour additional 2 tablespoons olive oil into pan.
  6. Saute mushrooms and garlic until mushrooms are cooked through, about five minutes.
  7. Add sausage back to skillet and pour in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and heat to a simmer, cooking until the sauce starts to thicken a bit (about five minutes.)
  9. Pour into 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
  10. Broil in oven for 4-5 minutes, until mozzarella is bubbly. Enjoy!
  11. Makes 10-12 servings.
  12. (Note: you can also bake in two 8x8 baking dishes, if you want to freeze one for later. If so, don't bake the one to place in the freezer - just cover well with foil and freeze, then let it thaw out and bake prior to serving after you've frozen it.)
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Note – you can easily substitute the sausage for chicken if you’d prefer!


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 6/18/14):

  • Ronzoni Pasta on sale BOGO $1.49 at Publix, use $.75/1 Ronzoni 150 coupon if included in sale
  • Market Pantry Pasta on sale $1, use $1/3 Market Pantry Pasta
  • Barilla Pasta on sale $1 at Giant Eagle, use $.55/1 or $1/2 coupon from the 4/27 or 5/18 Smart Source insert (starts 6/19/14)
  • Johnsonville Italian Sausage on sale $3.99 at Kroger and Giant Eagle (starting 4/19/14), use $1/1 Johnsonville Sausage
  • Baby Portabella Mushrooms on sale $1.89 at Publix

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 6/16/14

 

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Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’m keeping it (very!) simple here this week because we’ve got quite a few busy nights, so here’s what I’m thinking . . .

  • Monday – Sandwiches on the way out the door (my kids have gymnastics and Ultimate Frisbee – it’s a busy night!)
  • TuesdayGrilled Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies
  • WednesdayOlive Garden Fettucine Alfredo, Salad, Bread
  • Thursday – Date night probably enjoying that free Outback Appetizer – I just realized that all 3 of my kids will be gone for an hour and a half on Thursday night and my hubby and I haven’t had a date in months ~ I’m so excited!
  • Friday - Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce – my kids are missing Zaxby’s up here in Ohio, so I figure this will be a fun Friday night treat ;)
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

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Need an easy recipe to treat your family to this week? Since Nutella is on sale at both Publix and Walmart this week, try out these yummy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls! They’re simple to make, and if you’ve got kids home for summer this would be such a fun treat. Here’s the recipe . . .

 

Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of crescent rolls
  • 3/4 cups Nutella
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla

Instructions

  1. Roll out the crescent rolls on a flat surface, make sure all the edges are closed with no gaps. Spread Nutella all over the the dough
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon over the Nutella layer
  3. Roll up the dough from the short side, into a log
  4. Cut into 1/4 inch rolls to make eight rolls
  5. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
  6. While rolls are baking, make icing:
  7. Melt butter
  8. Mix powdered sugar and vanilla with the melted butter. Add a little milk if you need it to be thinner.
  9. Once rolls are done, spread icing over rolls. Yum!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (7/11/14):

  • Nutella $3 at Publix or $3.48 at Walmart, use $1/1 Nutella recent printable (no longer available) or $1 off coupon from the 5/4 Smart Source insert 
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $1 at Publix, use $.40/3 coupon from the 4/13 Smart Source insert 

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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Recipe adapted from Averisecooks.comThanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE.  

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 6/9/14

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’ve almost decided to just start planning two big meals each week on Monday and Tuesday, then have leftovers and breakfast for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday. (Is that awful? Some weeks menu planning and grocery shopping can wear a momma out!)

 

I don’t know about you, but with my kids home from school this summer I feel like I’m feeding someone all. day. long. ;)  Here’s a peek at what’s on the menu plan right now (hopefully it’ll stick ~ it’s a pretty easy week!)

 

  • Monday – whatever my hubby comes up with ;)  (I’m going to be on ABC6 Columbus with my friend Lynette from Cleverly Simple ~ if you’re a reader here in the Columbus area I’d sure love for you to tune in between 5 and 6:30!)
  • TuesdayLasagna, homemade bread and salad (my son actually requested this one for the week ~ I was so surprised!
  • WednesdayBuffalo Chicken Sliders
  • Thursday – leftover buffet
  • Friday – Dinner out while traveling to visit family – so excited!
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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