Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Menu!

Well, the year is almost over.  Me and my love muffin are spending the evening babysitting some of our grands, I guess our days of parting are over but, I wouldn't change a thing! 

Not much to buy this week in the way of groceries, I have stuff I didn't make from the December 12th Menu and I have been making freezer meals for the 2 of us over the last few weeks that we are eating this week.

I look forward to trying some new things this year from Skinnytaste.  I want to lose about 30 lbs by my Anniversary in June so I need to get on that!

The recipes links for the Chicken Pesto and Jambalaya are on the post for the December 8th post.  Enjoy the weekend with your family and start the New Year off right by being in your church tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Break Menu!

I love this time of the year and it goes by way to quickly!  So, the next 2 weeks there ain't gonna be much meal planning.  It's gonna be a fly by the seat of our pants, eat out, eat leftovers, run to the movies, shop, visit friends, sit at home watching Christmas movies until the first of the year!  lol   I have a pantry & freezer full of food that we will be enjoying so we can focus on spending time with our friends and family instead of cooking.  Below is my grocery list and a few things you might want to make for your family, along with a couple of recipes I am making for my family on Christmas!  Since Christmas Day is on a Sunday, we are having sandwiches for lunch since we will all be meeting up at the Mills for lunch.  We didn't want Memaw to be home cooking all day so we have talked her into a no fuss day filled with celebrating the birth of our Savior, then some fun and fellowship with our families!  I will be posting a new Menu for January 2nd, and let me warn you now its, gonna be pretty low calorie stuff.  I leave for a cruise on February 5th!  : )
I hope there is something you can enjoy with your family and have a blessed CHRISTmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What the Mills are eating next week!

Well, my month off is over, I am back to being just a domestic goddess!

Even though I have been cooking during the last month, it was mainly some family favorites and a lot of meats and veggies.  My goal was to lose 5 lbs while I worked and I lost 7!   I am looking forward to trying some new things next week along with a yummy pork roast & some jalapeno hot dogs.

The first is Baked Pesto Chicken that I found on Pinterest, it looks easy and low calorie!  Next is Slow Cooker Jambalaya that I also found on Pinterest, shocker I know....  Check your pantry, you may not need to buy all the spices the recipe calls for and if you don't like smoked sausage just double the chicken.  I also buy the already chopped onion and green peppers to cut down on the time.  Lastly I am trying the Nutty Oat Pancakes from The Southern Lady Cooks blog.  I love pancakes (any kind really) but especially pancakes with "stuff" in them!  Check out her site, she has some great recipes!

Enjoy your family this week and spend some time around the table making some CHRISTmas memories!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011 Menu!!

Well my friends, week 2 of my seasonal job is almost behind me!  I am having a good time, meeting some new people and seeing some I haven't seen in a while but I will be glad when its done and I can get back to my normal routine.

This weeks menu is another simple one, its a challenge to get home at 6:30 and then get dinner ready.  I am thankful I have a husband who pitches in and helps!
I just realized I didn't say how much butter to use for the Alfredo sauce, its 1 stick!

Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4th Menu!

It's November already, really?
Well, I have survived my first week at Macy's, just 4 weeks to go!  I must say I am having a good time but I miss doing exactely as I please... 

Going to try a couple of new things this week that look easy, the rest are repeats we really like.  The Foil Pack Chicken & Broccoli caught my eye on Pinterest because it's a new way to cook chicken and it looks quick and easy.  I am making it just like the recipe but I am not using the stuffing to save on calories.  Next I am trying the Mexican Rice Casserole, also from Pinterest.  I am using brown rice instead of white, and check your pantry for the seasonings it requires and if you don't want to purchase all of them I am thinking you can substitute a package of Taco seasoning.  The Baked Pork Chops and Tilapia are both easy with little prep time.  If you are not crazy about the sauce for the pork chops, use some mushroom soup and serve them with rice or noodles.  The Honey BBQ Meatloaf is something I tried weeks ago and we loved it.  I will double my recipe so I will have some leftovers for lunch, same with the Chicken Verde Soup.  I gotta say I have loved coming home from work and dinner is almost reading except for cooking a veggie or side dish.

Praying you all have a blessed week of dinner time with your families!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Next Weeks Menu!

OK my friends, here is next weeks menu!  Not much to buy this week because we are eating out Monday (Trunk or Treat at ChicFilA) and Friday because I start a Christmas job a Macy's on Monday and I know I won't want to cook by Friday so I will be picking up some pulled pork from Shorty's on my way home.  WooHoo!  You will be able to tell over the next couple of menu's that I will be working full time for the next 6 weeks.  Meals will be simple and my sweet hubby will help because we are not big on eating out a lot.  The best way to get the menu and shopping list to print is to double click on it and when it opens, right click on it and "save as picture", then go to your pictures and open and print it.  If that doesn't work for you, let me know and I will email it to you!  Hope you all have a great week of family dinner!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Monday, Go Rangers!!!

Good morning my "menu" friends!  This silly blog is acting up again so I didn't post a menu last Friday.  I did make a new menu for this week so if you want a copy just email me at and I will send you a copy!  I start to work at Macy's next Monday but I will try to keep up the menu planning as best I can!   Praying all of you have a great week around the dinner table!

Friday, October 7, 2011

First Week of October Menu!

Wow, where has the time gone this year?  I can't believe the first week of October is behind us. 
I am looking forward this week to a couple of quick and easy prep meals, plus trying some new recipes.
The first is Pork Chops in the crock pot with a new marinate I got from some new friends, can't wait to try it and I think I may even add some Red Pepper flakes to give it some spice!  The Street Taco's and Breakfast for Dinner nights are easy and quick and can both be very low calorie.  I normally use Cugino's Creamy Potato Soup with some added ingredients.  I have been looking for a from scratch recipe that looks easy.  The Baked Potato Soup - Crock Pot Style will be my first attempt, I plan on using low fat cream cheese, and using dried onion and minced garlic for convenience.  The Angel Chicken Pasta is another Pinterest recipe I have been wanting to try, leave out the mushrooms if you don't like them and I am serving mine over whole wheat angel hair pasta.  Last but not least are the Candy Corn Sugar Cookies from a new blog Jamie Cooks it up!.  I look forward to finding some other fun recipes on her blog!  Well, that is it for this week.  I won't be posting a Menu next Friday as I will be at the War Eagle Craft Fair in Arkansas!  I have about 8 freezer meals from all the things I have been cooking lately so starting the 16th it's officially freezer meal week!!  No cooking for me, woohoo!!

Have a great week with your families!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Goodbye September Menu!

Hope you all have had a fabulous Thursday!!  I had the pleasure of going to Canton with a friend, saw girls I went to high school with and got offered a job!  It was a good day!

I am looking forward to trying the Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole.  I am going to use fire roasted tomatoes in place of the stewed because I love the flavor, and I use dried minced onion because I hate cutting up onions.  The Baked Parmesan Tilapia is a repeat but it was really good and will be my "go to" baked fish recipe.   The Turkey Lettuce Wraps will be very low calorie or WW friendly and I look forward to trying them.  I am seasoning my meat with packaged taco seasoning and using pre made Pico and Guacamole to make it a quick meal!  I realize you may not have All of Us soups but you can order them online or stock up at Canton next time you are there.  I keep thinking if I make some yummy fall soups it will get cooler.  So far it's not working but, I refuse to give up!
No dessert this week, I am trying to cut back...  lol

Have a great week of family dinner time!

Friday, September 23, 2011

This week's menu!

Well, as of today my attachments will open and print!   This week is a pretty simple menu.  Both the Chicken Enchilada Casserole and Ravioli Lasagna are quick and easy and should yeild some leftover for another night or lunches for your hubby!  The Country style pork ribs are simple and take very little time and you can actually shredd any leftovers for sandwiches another night or freeze it.   Enjoy dinner time this week with your family!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 16th Menu

Happy Friday my friends!  Here is what we are cooking up this week!   Cooking a Turkey in the crock pot with some chicken broth then about an hour before its ready I am going to cover it with a can of whole berry cranberry sauce and serve with some rice and a veggie.  The Dressed Up Sloppy Joe's will be the first I have tried in a long time but I remember my mom making them so I am going to give it a try.  I am going to double it and freeze half, I hope they are good!  Cugino's Mama's Minestrone is a quick and great tasting soup that will be even better with the Pizza Muffins I found on Pinterest.  I have made them twice once with mini pepperoni (much easier than chopping pepperonis up) and again with ground hamburger.  My grands love my pancakes and I use the Ihop Buttermilk Pancake Recipe, we love breakfast for dinner!  The Autumn Chopped Salad I found on Pinterest also.  I am adding some chicken strips to make it a little more filling.  Lastly I am going to try the Cinnamon Roll Cake Sunday night for the New Members class, I hope it is as good as it sounds, I will let you know!
I put everything on the shopping list for each recipe.  Many items you may already have in your pantry and don't need to purchase, especially for the cake and pancakes.
Hope you and yours can enjoy something on this weeks menu!

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9th Menu!

I am really looking forward to trying some new recipes I found on Pinterest this week!  The first is Honey BBQ Meatloaf.  I am doubling this because I like to have extra for lunches or leftover night.  The second is Baked Cheesy Chicken Penne. The great thing about this recipe is all you need to need is grill some extra chicken then use the extra for this dish.  Lastly, my sweet Karsyn helped me pick a dessert from Pinterest and she chose.... Cherry Chocolate Kisses.  I think I will have her come over and help me make them next week!  Remember this blog is a work in progress and I am still tweaking it, you may have to adjust the menu to get it to print correctly but I am working on fixing it.
I hope you find something this week you think your family will enjoy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trial run Menu....

Ok, here goes.  Here is my first sample menu with shopping list.  Some things I bought others I already had in my freezer but, we really are eating this stuff this week.  Tonight we are having the Baked Flounder and I am supper excited about Biscuit and Gravy Saturday!!!  My only hesitation with blogging my menu plans is that I am afraid there won't be anything pratical for your family.  "Empty Nesters" eat a lot of grilled meat, veggies, leftovers, soups and let's be real, periodically cereal...  But, I am willing to give it a try.
My grocery shopping day is Friday so this is mine from last week.  I love menu planning, grocery shopping and trying new things, if nothing else maybe my menus will make you think "what in the world I can do better than this" and start having fun planning your own meals! 

Next week I hope to have a more interesting menu but, had to make some room in the freezer!

Friday, August 26, 2011

What have I signed up for?

I have no clue what I am doing but I am sure my fabulous friends who have suggested I start a blog will be beating my door down to help me figure this stuff out!  And if they don't this blog will have a very short and sad little life.