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Simplifying Menu Planning ~ 10/8 October 8, 2012

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Falling Brown Leaf


We had to turn the heat on this morning for the first time this season…LOVE LOVE LOVE this weather.  The chill in the air has definitely put me in the mood for all things pumpkin.


This week I am going to make Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal for a heartier before school breakfast.  It seems like the cooler the weather the more my kids need to eat!  And as a special treat for myself I am going to attempt to make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I hoping this taste as good as the expensive, high calorie, drive thru version, I love so much.








                             Image courtesy of Michael Elliott /

For the days we do not have leftovers for lunch this week, we will be having Smashed Chicken, Avocado & Chickpea Sandwiches….um….YUM!..can’t wait to try this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod!


All the recipes from Life As Mom, 78 Ways to Enjoy Fall Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap) look incredible.  I would love to try them all but for this week I am going to make Apple Chips from Simple Bites for a healthy snack.  And to satisfy my sweet tooth this week, Baked Pears with Carmel Sauce from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.


Monday ~ Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup with Cornbread

Tuesday ~Roast & Boiled Potatoes with Carrots (I learned to make Pot Roast from my Grandma.  I sear the Roast in a frying pan on both sides until it is practically burnt.  I then throw it in the crock-pot with garlic, onion powder & approx. 1/4 cup of water mixed with the drippings from the frying pan.  Cook on low for 8 hours….simple and delicious!)

Wednesday (Meat-less Meal) ~ Cheesy Corn Cakes with Spicy Avocado Salsa

Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet

Friday ~ Homemade Pizza (with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce)

Saturday ~ Bubble Up Enchiladas

Sunday ~ Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato ‘Icing’ with Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls
I came across this post this morning from The Mom Writes, 15 Free Printable Menu Planners for Busy Home Managers.  I am still loving my menu planning notepad (shown below) but this is a great list of free resources for menu planning.


I hope everyone has a great week!  Comment below and let me know how your menu planning is going…..




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Studio Oh! Meal Planner Notepad, Kiwi


Simplifying Menu Planning ~ 10/1 October 1, 2012

Filed under: 2012_10,Meals & Menus — organizedwithclardy @ 12:55 PM
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After having four days off from cooking, I am back at it!  I enjoyed the time off but looking forward to getting back on track.  It is really hard for me to resist dessert when eating out.  I rarely have dessert at home and if I do it is not the calorie/fat laden (although YUMMY!) stuff you get at restaurants.

This week I am focusing on healthy meals….


For breakfast this week, we are having Make Ahead Cold Oatmeal!    I found this recipe over at the The Yummy Life.  I haven’t been able to get mine to look as beautiful as theirs but they are still delicious!  Make ahead oatmeal is made in a mason jar…you have to go see for yourself at The Yummy Life, 8 New Refrigerator Oatmeal Flavors.


For the days we do not have leftovers for lunch this week, we will be having Salad in a Jar (hmm..seems I have a jar theme going this week).


Monday ~ Grilled Chicken (making extra for Tuesday) with Baked Potatoes & Green Beans

Tuesday ~Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Bean Salsa

Wednesday (Meat-less Meal) ~ Meatless Lasagna with Coleslaw

Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet

Friday ~ Hotdog Casserole (LOL!  okay, so this is not exactly healthy but funny story…My MIL is known for being frugal and when my husband was growing up every other week or so my MIL would clean out the frig, pantry, etc. Anything that was going to go bad and needed to be used up was thrown into the dinner that night.  The combinations didn’t always make sense and her most popular concoction was a hotdog casserole…after she made that clean out the frig, pantry night became known as hotdog casserole night.  So, when I saw this on Pinterest…I knew I had to try it!)

Saturday ~ Crock Pot Chicken Chili (making enough for Sunday too)

Sunday ~ Leftover Crock Pot Chicken Chili


  Image courtesy of -Marcus- /


I LOVE Fall, it is my favorite time of the year and one of the main reasons is all the delicious produce that is available (apples, pears, pumpkin, etc….YUM!)  I came across this post from Life As Mom, 78 Ways to Enjoy Fall Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap).  I can’t wait to dig into this post this week for some awesome dishes to try next week… you definitely need to check it out.


Are you a Fall lover too…or do you prefer a different season?





Studio Oh! Meal Planner Notepad, Kiwi



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