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2019 Meal Plans

These are some of our most recent meal plans after converting some of our favorite recipes to be healthier with inspiration from Trim Healthy Mama. I find it easier to plan out my meals so I can make fewer trips to the grocery store. I always hate it when it’s almost dinner time and I have no idea what I should make. A little planning goes a long way to help me keep my sanity… well what’s left of it that is.

I also find it easier to go ahead and plan a day or time to prep some of the items ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute. I will boil eggs, cook chicken and ground beef, prep veggies and all ahead of time so that when it comes time to make dinner it seems to go so much easier.

When I have time I also try to make a couple of extra batches of our favorites so I can put some in the freezer for emergency or quick meals. I’ll try to include some tips and tricks along with the menu plans to make your life a little easier too.

Meal Plan: May 26 – June 1, 2019

Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did and we ate so much good food and will be eating some delicious leftovers for a few days. One of the best desserts was the Blackberry Dumplings I made in the crock pot (they can be made in the oven too). This recipe is similar to the Blackberry Pig in a Poke recipe but so much easier!

The caramel sauce and nutmeg are optional but they make it so much better. I think this would go nicely with some vanilla ice cream on the side too! You could also experiment with other fruits/berries as well as maybe changing the soda to Sprite or Mountain Dew. Add in your favorite nuts, raisins, or maybe some white chocolate chips too… whatever you and your family likes. Just have fun and enjoy experimenting as I know we do here.

Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings

Ingredients:

Dumplings:

  • 2-3 cans of crescent rolls
  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 12 oz ginger ale, Sprite, or Mountain Dew

Sauce:

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • a bit of ground nutmeg (freshly ground is best)

Directions:

Crock Pot Directions:

  1. Spray your crock pot with non stick spray.
  2. Place the berries in a small bowl and toss with the sugar. Let rest for about 10 minutes or so.
  3. Place 2-3 berries in each crescent roll and roll up making sure to pinch the sides closed.
  4. Place the ‘dumplings’ in the bottom of the crockpot. I did one layer to make sure they all got finished.
  5. If you have any leftover berries you can mash them up and add them to the soda and then pour this over the dumplings.
  6. Cook on high 3-4 hours… they will smell amazing!
  7. When ready to serve place the butter and brown sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until bubbly. Stir well.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over the individual servings and then sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!

Oven Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with non stick spray.
  3. Place the berries in a small bowl and toss with the sugar. Let rest for about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Place 2-3 berries in each crescent roll and roll up making sure to pinch the sides closed.
  5. Place the ‘dumplings’ in the greased pan.
  6. If you have any leftover berries you can mash them up and add them to the soda and then pour this over the dumplings.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. When ready to serve place the butter and brown sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until bubbly. Stir well.
  9. Drizzle the sauce over the individual servings and then sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!

Nanner Puddin’ Time

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The boys have been begging to make something so I decided to let them have a try at banana pudding this past week. I must say that they did a great job and we all enjoyed their tasty dessert!

They had a lot of fun making it as well. We used our Easy Banana Pudding recipe.

They all took turns cutting the bananas with these cute little knives I found on Amazon. Continue reading Nanner Puddin’ Time

Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been severely deprived lately. That changed over the 4th of July week though when I made this delicious pie. I didn’t pay attention and made too much filling … Oops! This recipe should be just enough for an 8 or 9 inch pie though.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

I love a lemon meringue pie when it is just a tad bit tart. The contrast between the sweet meringue and the tart lemon is so good. I’ve been promising to post my recipe for over a year now and today is the day.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

I haven’t made this in a while and although I was pretty sure of the ingredients I dug the recipe out of my old recipe box. Nothing says summer like this fresh cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

This is so much better than strawberry shortcake in my opinion. I would love to have this set of bowls to serve it in. This is always a hit when I take it to get togethers.

Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 round cake layers, baked (I like to use yellow but white cake would work as well.)
  • 3-4 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 packs strawberry jello, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs vanilla pudding, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs cool whip
  • 2-3 strawberries for garnish, optional

Directions:

Place one baked cake layer in a large bowl.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake.

Pour half of the jello over the cake.

Top with half of the strawberries.

Spread half of the pudding over top.

Top with one pack of cool whip.

Repeat layers.

Cover with plastic wrap.

Chill 1-2 hours.

Enjoy!

Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

I was in a baking kinda mood on the 4th of July and decided to make a couple of different desserts. This was one of them as it is so easy to make. I hadn’t made one in a while so I had forgotten how good they make the house smell too.

I mixed the berries up and let them sit about 30 minutes or so to blend well. I used that time to make up a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie. All three of these were super easy to make and so good to eat. (I’ll update the links to those recipes when I get them posted.) Continue reading Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

Chocolate Sheet Cake

This recipe is very similar to the White Texas Sheet Cake and it is so easy to make.

Continue reading Chocolate Sheet Cake

Luscious Four Layer Pumpkin Cake

This is a reblog of one of my favorite holiday recipes…. I love this cake and I am determined to make it this year… I may even make it before Thanksgiving as I really want to enjoy it. It’s kind of hard to enjoy something so yummy when you are stuffed from all that turkey and other goodies from a big dinner.

Maybe this year we will kind of stretch out Thanksgiving a bit and have a few of our favorites throughout the Thanksgiving/Christmas season so we can enjoy them even more.

via Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

July 9 – 15, 2017 Meal Plan

I almost didn’t get this out today as I’ve been hard at work on a project which led to the discovery of many, many links that were not working. If you happen to find a link that isn’t working just let me know in the comments and I’ll try to get it fixed ASAP!

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Mac n Cheese

Dinner: ++

Slow Cooker Kraut & Sausage, French Fries, Buns

Snacks/Desserts:

Ice cream


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Spicy Chicken and BowtiesSalad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Chicken in a BiscuitMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies  (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Ham & Cheese, veggies

Dinner: ++

Parmesan Crusted Pork ChopsMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Pintos, hoe cakes, Easy Collard Greens

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Banana Pudding in cups (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bacon Grits/Cheesy Grits, Eggs, Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Easy Bean Tostadas, Rice,  Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

Blueberry Yum-Yum

Ohhh my! This recipe came to mind when I was posting the Blueberry Pie Filling recipe. This recipe was given to meal a while back when I lived in NC. A dear lady would always bring this to our church dinners and it never lasted long.

I haven’t made this in several years but I will have to add it to my meal plan soon! (I’m all out of blueberries or I’d make it right now.

Blueberry Yum-Yum

Ingredients:

  • Blueberry pie filling or 2 cans of store bought
  • 1 container of cool whip
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 c. sugar

Directions:

Mix together the butter & crumbs.

Spread half of this into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.

Mix together the cream cheese & sugar.

Spread over the crumb mixture in the pan.

Spread the blueberries over this.

Spread the cool whip over this.

Top with crumbs.

Chill 2-3 hours and ENJOY!