Eggless Nutella Muffins

This recipe came about one Wednesday morning when I had not been to the grocery store in over a week. It was one of those days where I was feeling like a walkie zombie too. I had been tempted just to make some toast spread it with peanut butter and sliced apples for breakfast. My four year old would have no part in that because it was ‘muffin day’.

I knew I didn’t have any eggs, as I hadn’t bought any in a while nor had I checked the henhouse yesterday. That’s what happens when you don’t stay on routine around here. I did have mayonnaise though so I knew there was hope. Below is the recipe, that I thought was an utter fail at first, and I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

These could be made with eggs if you wanted to. Just replace the mayo and water with 2-3 eggs. You could probably also add in some white chocolate chips or nuts if you wanted to make these as a special treat. These are rich enough that they could probably be considered dessert!

These little yummies have a lot of potential and I’m sure you may see them popping up in various forms in upcoming recipes. Continue reading “Eggless Nutella Muffins”

S’mores Dip

This was another recipe that I made for the Chili Dog Dangle Dance that we had on June 9th for the Silver Fox Squares. I did not find the graham cracker sticks mentioned in the original, I did, however, find some Scooby-Doo snacks which looked like doggie treats, so I decided to just use regular graham crackers and they worked out fine.

I found this recipe on my Facebook feed. Click here for the original link. Continue reading “S’mores Dip”

June 11 – 17, 2017 Meal Plan

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:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, Jelly Toast

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Toast/Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

45 minute spaghetti sauce w/noodles, SaladCheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

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

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Tater Tot Casserole, veggies

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

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


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Shredded Beef, tortillas, rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Salmon PattiesMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Salad

**(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.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bagels, Cream Cheese, Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Cheddar Chicken,  Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding

++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. 

June 4 – 10, 2017 Meal Plan

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:

Overnight Coffee Cake, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Easy Chicken Casserole, steamed veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, Veggies

Dinner:

Chicken NachosSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Philly Cheese Steak SandwichesSalad , Chips

Snacks/Desserts:

Jelly Toast/Pizzelles (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner:

Mexican Tortilla SkilletSpanish Rice, Black Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, chips

Dinner:

Oven Fried ChickenMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner:

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Rice, Salad30 minute Rolls

**(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.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Monkey Bread, scrambled eggs, Bacon Grits/Cheesy Grits

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets, salad

Dinner:

Breakfast for dinner: I plan on making 7 Up Biscuits, with Tomato Gravy, and maybe some bacon or sausage.

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn/ German Chocolate Pie** (new recipe, link will update soon.)

May 14 – May 20, 2017 Meal Plan

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 (Mother’s Day)

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Spicy Chicken and BowtiesSalad, buttered bread

Snacks/Desserts:

boiled eggs/ Strawberry Cream Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Popover PizzaSalad **fairly easy meal to put together as we will have a squared dance this night.

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast/Easy Banana Pudding


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Boston Baked BeansGrandma’s Mac N CheeseCole Slaw

**(This is a fairly easy crockpot meal. The mac n cheese and slaw can be made a little in advance before I go to the dance in the evening.)

Snacks/Desserts:

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


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Hot dogs, veggies

Dinner:

Easy Chili Mac N Cheese**, Salad, 30 minute Rolls ** new recipe

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Pot Pie**, Mashed Potatoes ** new recipe

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Free Day

**(It will be a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Dutch Puff, Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Easy Bean TostadasSpanish RiceSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

This is a fun recipe that I learned in Home Ec. many years ago. The kids can help with this but be careful because the caramel does get really HOT so they will need lots of supervision. Continue reading “Microwave Caramel Popcorn”

February 19- 25, 2017 Meal Plan

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 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

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner:

Creamy Chipped Beef Over Toast, Scrambled Eggs

Snacks/Desserts:

Mama’s Banana Split Dessert


Monday (National Cherry Pie Day)

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and VeggiesButtery Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Cherry Sonker


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Pepperoni pocketsSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Daddy Can’t Wait CasseroleMashed Potatoes, Corn Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit/Veggies


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles, Sausage

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Crockpot Cabbage Rolls, Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes, Green beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies

January 29-February 4, 2017 Meal Plan

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 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.

This week I have a couple of new/old and forgotten recipes to try. I will mark them with a ** so you will know which ones they are.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Eggs w/Creamy Bacon Grits, Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Black Bean Soup, Rice, Cheddar Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

** Easy Apple Dumplings (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Breakfast for Dinner (Backwards Day)

Snacks/Desserts:

** Lazy Dazy Cookie Cake (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Grilled cheese, fresh fruit or veggies

Dinner:

** Spicy Chicken Breast Caprese w/pasta, Salad (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

** Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (NEW)

Lunch:

Chicken Salad, sliced tomatoes & cucumbers, lettuce

Dinner:

** Crockpot Taco Soup, Rice, Tortilla Chips (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit/Veggies


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

** Gorgonzola Pasta w/Mushrooms, Salad, Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks  (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)

Snacks/Desserts:

** Fried Apple Pies  (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)


Saturday

Breakfast:

PB & Banana Toast, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

Tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

** Easy Chicken Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, veggies (this is one we haven’t had in awhile)

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

Fried Apple Pies

We made these in Home Ec. class and it was the first time I’d ever had one. I loved them so much I was constantly making them at home, from scratch, but there are easier ways to make them. They could also be made with other pie fillings as well.

I will give you the instructions to make them from scratch but you can also use store bought pie dough and pie filling, if you like. I know how busy things get and how crazy life can be.

These are also fun for the kids to help with. They can help to roll out the dough and cut the circles. They can also spoon the filling in and use the fork to seal the edges.

Fried Apple Pies

Ingredients:

  • Apple pie filling or use store bought
  • Whipped Pie Crust or use store bought
  • oil for frying
  • butter (optional)
  • flour, for rolling out crust
  • 2-3 T. cold water
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Glaze: (optional)

  • 3/4 c. confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla (optional)

Directions:

Roll the crust out on a lightly floured surface. (Too much flour = tough crust)

Take a small bowl or saucer and cut a circle out of the crust.

Place 2-3 T. of filling on each round.

Brush the edges with water and fold in half. Take a fork and lightly press down to seal the edges.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. You can add a small amount of butter to the oil, if you like.

Carefully add the pies to the pan and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as needed, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Or mix together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle the pies when cooled.

Cinnamon Dippers

This is yet another, sweeter, version of our basic breadstick recipe. This makes a super simple dessert or snack that the kids can help prepare. Top with a vanilla glaze to make it extra special. Continue reading “Cinnamon Dippers”

Blonde Brownies

This is a recipe I have had since high school. I have made this recipe again and again and it never fails to please everyone. Continue reading “Blonde Brownies”

January 15-21, 2017 Meal Plan

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 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.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.

Sunday

Breakfast:

French Toast Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, sausage

Lunch:

ramen noodles, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Cream Cheese Chicken, Rice, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Banana Pudding


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Popover Pizza, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Crackers


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Boston Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, Fried Cabbage

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn (National Popcorn Day)


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bird Nests, grits, fruit

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Breakfast for Dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Veggies