Meal Plan Monday: Super Bowl/Valentine’s Edition!

Meal Plan Monday

I know.  I’ve been AWOL.  The last few weeks have been interesting, to say the least.  Out of town to Dallas, then adjusting to a new schedule (and stresses) at work, and Muffin being sick the past few days.  With the exception of the Dallas trip, I can’t pretend the other things were a positive experience.

But back to MPM posts (and a WPW post that is a LONG time coming!)…

This week is the convergence of three special days (if you count my nine day meal schedule as a “week”).  Yesterday, was the Super Bowl, tomorrow is Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day is next Sunday.  It’s not a week to shirk on fun or food.  Next week, I hope to share Josh’s fabu-luscious lasagna recipe, as he has promised to make it for me for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Saturday:  leftover pizza (Josh worked late)

Sunday:  Chick-Fil-A-style chicken nuggets, BBQ little smokies sausages, rotel dip and chips, chips and dip, fries, Tubbs Xtreme Praline King Cake

Monday:  Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken (Six Sisters’ Stuff), rice, eggrolls

Tuesday:  “cheater” Red Beans and Rice (Popeye’s style) and leftover king cake (possibly with bread and salad)

Wednesday:  Farmer’s Casserole (Recipe Girl)

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday:  something pizza related

Saturday:  Josh’s famous lasagna, salad, bread

Sunday:  Valentine’s Day cheese plate

What is your menu for this very busy menu week?

Meal Plan Monday: The Josh Out-of-Town and Travel Edition

Meal Plan Monday

Yes.  This Meal Plan is all reflective of Josh being out of town and Muffin and I fending for ourselves Monday-Friday.  On Friday, he and I pack up and meet Josh in Dallas for a (hopefully) relaxing weekend.  So, this plan reflects that.

Saturday:  Barbecue Chicken French Bread from Buns in My Oven

Sunday:  Spasagna from Country Cook

Monday:  ham, macaroni and cheese, green veg

Tuesday:  leftovers from Sunday

Wednesday:  leftovers from Monday (notice a pattern?)

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  dinner in Dallas

Saturday:  dinner at the hotel

Sunday:  snacky dinner or dinner on the road

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Meal Plan Monday: A Whole Slew of New Recipes

Meal Plan Monday

This week’s entry comes a bit late, but we are trying a whole messa’ recipes this week.  We are busily learning a poem for Muffin to present on Wednesday about the American flag.  Things are busy, busy, busy!

Here’s the meal plan for this week:

Saturday:  chicken fried rice

Sunday:  Chicken Parm Pasta Casserole (Adapted from Chicken Parm Meatball Casserole by Buns in My Oven)

Monday:  We ate leftovers of the Chicken Parm Pasta Casserole

Tuesday:  Ranch Chicken Enchiladas from Life in the Lofthouse, beans, rice

Wednesday:  Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes from Dishing with Leslie, fries

Thursday:  Barbecue Chicken Bread from Buns in My Oven, salad

Friday:  Spasagna from Country Cook, salad

Saturday:  grilled something

Sunday:  baked ham, macaroni and cheese, green veg

What’s on your meal plan for the week?

Meal Plan Monday: The New Year Addition…

Meal Plan Monday

I took a longer holiday hiatus than I had planned.  I realized (quickly) that I had gotten so far behind in holiday preparations that I had exactly three days to ready for the holidays.  Then, the holiday hits just kept coming.  I have several posts in mind, so I hope not to leave y’all alone for so long next time.  But that will be shared in Wednesday’s We Plan Wednesday post:  the resolutions edition.

For now, here is the meal plan for the week.  By the end of the week, we will be soooooooo sick of New Year’s leftovers.

Saturday:  hot dogs and marshmallows roasted on the fire outside with chips (first date night of the year with Josh after)

Sunday:  Chick-Fil-A-style chicken nuggets, fries, carrot sticks and dip

Monday:  fajitas (traditional)

Tuesday:  quesadillas (made with leftover fajita fixings)

Wednesday:  breaky for supper (pancakes and bacon/sausage)

Thursday:  leftovers (probably nachos)

Friday:  pizza

Saturday:  fried rice and egg rolls

Sunday:  casserole or roast of some kind

What’s on your meal plan for the week?


The 25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 16: Sausage Biscuit Casserole

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This is the recipe we had last year for Christmas morning breakfast with a yogurt parfait bar and Christmas Punch.  It’s awesome for those people who love sausage gravy and biscuits (with a lot less mess).  And…it’s make ahead!  Prep it the day before and put it out on your holiday brunch buffet and sit back and enjoy the ahs and wows.

This recipe is everybody-in-the-family-approved (Muffin, Josh, my parents, and me).  Even the leftovers are great.  I like mine drizzled with hot pepper sauce like Tabasco.

I found this recipe last December and was actually shopping for ingredients (and looking for the gravy packet), when I asked for help from a fellow shopper.  After she showed me which gravy to select, I told her what I was making, and she wrote down the recipe to make the recipe herself.

Sausage Gravy Biscuit Casserole

Source:  Just a Pinch

12 ounces of buttermilk biscuit dough (I use the cheap store brand 10-count biscuits)

6 eggs

1 (2 3/4 ounce) package peppered gravy mix (makes 2 cups)

1 lb sausage, any flavor

1 cup cheese, shredded (The sharper the cheddar is better)

1/2 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan.  Brown the sausage in skillet and drain thoroughly. Cut biscuit dough into quarters and scatter along the bottom of the pan.  Scatter cooked sausage over the biscuit pieces. Layer shredded cheese over sausage.  Whisk eggs and milk, add salt and pepper and pour over biscuit/layers.  Make gravy according to instructions, and pour over everything. At this point, if you don’t preheat the oven, you can stash it in your fridge overnight.  If you do preheat the oven, bake for 30-45 minutes or until eggs are set and biscuits are done.  Serve warm.


The 25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 15: Sugar Cookie Frosting

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…that hardens!

Every year for the first few years of making sugar cookies as a wife and then a wife and mother, I struggled with this concept.  The frosting would either be like cake frosting (and never harden but be soft and fluffy) or like a runny river that never hardened and simply made a big mess.

So, I turned to that old trusty friend, the-site-formerly-known-as-Recipezaar (  And, there, I found the recipe of my (and Muffin’s) dreams!

How does such a lovely frosting get made?  Well, here I am to show you.

Sugar Cookie Frosting (That Hardens)


2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 tablespoon milk + more if needed to thin it out

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/4 teaspoon other flavoring)

Food coloring


In a small bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar with milk.  Add more milk, as necessary, to reach a spreading consistency.  Beat in syrup and flavoring until smooth and glossy.  Divide into bowls and tint with food coloring.


To use frosting:  paint cookies using a brush.