Menu Plan Monday – October 2, 2017

Fall MPM
MONDAY
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Roast Lemon Garlic Chicken
Yukon Gold Potatoes (for Rick)
Cauliflower Mash (for Gen)
GF Chicken Gravy
Green Beans

TUESDAY (from Last Week’s Menu)
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Gluten Free Battered Halibut
(Rick is longing for Battered Fried Fish so let’s hope this does the trick.)
Fries for Rick; Creamed Spinach for me
Coleslaw

WEDNESDAY
Keto chicken club casserole
Keto Chicken Club Casserole
Tossed Salad

THURSDAY
Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers
Philly Cheesesteak on Green Peppers
Tossed Salad
Keto Chocolate Mug Cake

FRIDAY
Invitation Out with Friends

SATURDAY
Apple Spice Pork Chops closePork Chops with Onions & Apples
Rick – Baked Potato
Steamed Broccoli

SUNDAY
Smoky-Applewood-Bacon-Burgers_Recipes1007x545Smoked Applewood Bacon Burgers
Pickles/Chips
Swiss Vegetable Medley
Mixed Berry Crumble

 

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Menu Plan Monday – September 25, 2017

Fall MPM
MONDAY
Phoenix Shopping Day
Red Lobster
Eat Out – Red Lobster

TUESDAY
Chicken Cacciatore2Chicken Cacciatore
GF Pasta for Rick
Zucchini Noodles for Gen
Tossed Salad

WEDNESDAY
Slow-Cooker-Swiss-Steak_exps9616_LSC143267A09_24_5bC_RMSSlow Cooker Swiss Steak
Mashed Potatoes for Rick
Cauliflower Mash for Gen
Corn for Rick
Creamed Spinach for Gen

THURSDAY
glutenfreebatteredhalibut
Gluten Free Battered Halibut
(Rick is longing for Battered Fried Fish so let’s hope this does the trick.)
Coleslaw

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Ladies Extravaganza at Valley Baptist Church, Mesa, AZ
Rick is on his own! Perhaps Tamales or Beef Stew

SUNDAY
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Harvest Cobb Salad:
Sliced Apples
Maple Glazed Walnuts
Grilled Chicken Tenders
Avocado & Bacon
Butternut Squash
Toscano Cheese
Hard Boiled Eggs

Dressing:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons golden balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste

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Menu Plan Monday – September 11, 2017

Fall MPM

MONDAY
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Pizza (Hawaiian for me, Pepperoni for Rick)
Baked Buffalo Wings
Tossed Salad

TUESDAY
(From Last week’s menu)
tharacian-chicken
Thracian Chicken
Greek Salad with Feta
Tzatziki  Sauce
Flatbread

WEDNESDAY
Tuna Pie Dinner
GF Tuna Pot Pie
Left over Salad
Stuffed Eggs
GF Brownie Pie

THURSDAY
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Roast Turkey Breast with Dressing
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Squash
Cranberries

FRIDAY & SATURDAYLadies & Girls' Night in the Pines
Ladies Conference at West BranchCamp, Williams, AZ
Excited about getting out of the heat and enjoying a fun time with
my lady friends for a couple of days.
Rick- Leftover Turkey Dinner & YOYO (You’re on your own)

SUNDAY
Meatloaf Redux WM
Meatloaf from freezer
(I usually make 2 small meatloaves & freeze one.)
Mashed potatoes
Steamed brocolli

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Menu Plan Monday – September 4, 2017

Fall MPM
MONDAY
Shopping Day in Phoenix
Trader Joe’s (Love this store)
Eating Out
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TUESDAY
(Yes on Tuesday, change of plans)
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Raw Vegetable Plate & Dip
Bacon Cheese Burgers
Hot Dogs
Cindy’s BBQ Beans
Mom Cornish’s Chocolate Dessert

WEDNESDAY
German Pot Kraut
Kielbasa with Kraut and Apples
German Potato Salad
Tapioca Pudding

THURSDAY
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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Glazed Carrots
Green Pea Salad

FRIDAY
Creamed chipped beef over potatoes
Creamed Chipped Beef on
Baked Potato Wedges
Peas
Joyce’s Mystery Salad

SATURDAY
tharacian-chicken
Thracian Chicken
Greek Salad with Feta
Tzatziki  Sauce
Flatbread

 

SUNDAY
National-Grandparents-Day

Grandparents’ Day/Senior Luncheon
at Church

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Joyce’s Mystery Salad

Joyce’s Mystery Salad
Joyce's Mystery Salad

Just love this dish our friend, Joyce Scott, brought this salad to one of our card-playing get-togethers.  It has become one of my favorite side dishes.

1 package of lemon gelatin (I use sugar free)
1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained, reserve juice
1 small can pimentos
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
1 cup diced celery
1 cup chopped walnuts
6-8 oz. Cool Whip

Dissolved gelatin in heated pineapple juice.  Whip cream cheese and pimentos until fluffy.  Add the rest of the ingredients except for Cool Whip.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Refrigerate until set.

Enjoy,

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Mom Cornish’s Chocolate Dessert

MOM CORNISH’S CHOCOLATE DESSERT

This has to be my all time favorite recipe from Mom Cornish.  When I was a high schooler dating her son, I would so enjoy chatting with her while she cooked…such wonderful memories.  This is a great make-ahead dessert to keep in the freezer.  You just might want to double this recipe!

  1. Mix 1/4 c. plus 1 tbs. butter with 2 c. crushed vanilla wafers.  (I use Mi-Del Arrowroot Animal Cookies as they are gluten free…available at Fry’s.)
  2. Cream  1/2 c. butter, 1 1/4 c. confectioners’ sugar, 1 1/2 squares unswseetened chocolate, melted, 2 beaten egg yolks (or equivalent in egg beaters), 1/2 c. chopped walnuts.
  3.  Fold in  2 egg whites (or equivalent in pasteurized egg whites), beaten stiff, but not dry and 1/2 container of cool whip.

Line 8″ square ungreased pan with crumbs reserving about 1/4 c. for topping.  Layer the chocolate mixture on top of crumbs, then dress with the remaining cool whip and sprinkle with topping.  I like to top each piece with a maraschino cherry.  Freeze.  Serves 8-10

Enjoy,

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Love in a Box – September 2017

9fcf0479852c0a632aede560e4cb5f02--sayings-and-quotes-family-family-love-quotes-blessedMy daughter and I were chatting on the phone yesterday and sharing heart to heart the importance of staying connected.   Even though we are separated by miles,  we have found that sending a “Love in a Box” monthly does provide a means of communicating love for one another.  While the box was originally designed with our grandson in mind, recently I have decided to include a few things for our daughter also.  After all, she is important too!

“Back to School” is the theme for this “Love in a Box” package.  Our grandson will be starting school at a new Christian School in September.  He is a very gregarious young man who makes friends very easily.  We doubt there will be a  problem making a transition to his new school.  I think he is rather liking the whole idea.

Back to School CardLove this card I found at the Silhouette store: Design ID #87105 by Lori Whitlock.  I added a pocket with Bible Verse Colossians 3:23  as an encouragement for Sean to do his best this school year.  He also appreciates having a bit of spending cash of his own.

School Bus BoxAnother great find at the Silhouette store was this 3D School Bus Box, Design ID #64211 by Snapdragon Snippets.   I did find putting this together quite challenging, but well worth the time and effort.  I filled it with some sweets.

614606 He was also going to need to new “King James Bible” to use at his new school.  Grandpa was fortunate to find this in our church bookstore.

Back to School Kit.jpgA cute little Back to School Survival Kit with some great reminders of how to survive well at school.  I found this idea on google along with the cute star border.  I used Adobe Print Shop to combine the text and border.

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And of course, as always, tic tacs covered with a Back to School case designed on my Silhouette.  I used Design ID #65188, by Tanya Batrak,  I just used the pencils by filling with color, grouping, and then cutting.  Background was found on Google images.  Font is Silhouette:  lw Sugar.

IMG_0972Sean Michael also requested some new colored markers and Grandpa did a great job picking these out.  A few others things included were a stapler with colored staples, pencils, pencil sharpener,  rubber bands,  and colored paper clips.

09_17_kids_coverCall to Glory Kids devotional for September has not yet arrived.
Will have to mail this separately.

And for Mom:

we sent an encouragement card with some extra cash
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and
A “Better Homes & Garden” Cookbook
A Mini Food Chopper
Coffee Grinder
Stainless Steel Food Scraper
Toilet Paper Replacement Spindle  (Her dad’s contribution…Hey, accidents happen. )
Vitamins & Herbal Remedies

How thankful I am that my hubby shops for some of these items.  He is always on the lookout for fun and useful items to pack in the box.  He is the one who keeps the supply of PO boxes on hand and stands in line at the P.O. to mail this out each month.
I do appreciate him!

For the love of family,

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Chive & Dijon Crab Cakes with Garlic Aioli

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1 lb. crabmeat
1/2 c. bread crumbs (I use homemade crumbs from GF Trader Joe’s Bread)
2 tbs. parsley
2 tbs. heavy cream
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. chives
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/3 c. egg beaters or 1 egg
1/3 c. bread crumbs (I use Gluten Free)

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir until well blended.  Shape into 8 patties; set aside.  Place dry bread crumbs in a bowl and dip each of the 8 patties in the crumbs.  Cover both sides well.  Saute over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan in half olive oil and half butter.  Cook 5 minutes or until golden, turning once.

We like this served with either horseradish sauce or garlic aioli:

Garlic Aioli
3 cloves garlic
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Crush the garlic cloves with the flat of a knife, and remove the skin. Then mince the garlic very fine. Add a pinch of salt, and using the flat of the knife again, scrap and press the garlic against the cutting surface to make a very smooth paste. It’s making this paste from the fresh garlic that gives aioli its intense garlic flavor.

Add the garlic to a small bowl, and whisk together with the rest of the ingredients. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Serve cold.

Enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday – August 28, 2017

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Again, this week, this week’s menus include many of the ideas from last week’s menu.
 The nice thing about being retired is that we can decide to change plans and eat out or bring home take out as the mood strikes.   Friday,  I enjoyed a lovely day out with a friend ending up at Red Lobster having our mutual favorite meal of Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Dipping Sauce and Tossed Salad.  Rick enjoyed steak on the grill at home.  It certainly is nice to be a bit flexible.

MONDAY
all-in-one-ham-and-scalloped-potatoes_largeHam & Scalloped Potatoes
Orange Tapioca Salad
Tossed Salad

TUESDAY
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GF Salmon Patties with Garlic Aioli
(I use crushed cheerios or Trader Joes’ GF Bread Crumbs  in lieu of crackers.)
Red Potatoes
Tomato, cuke salad

WEDNESDAY
BBQ Wings DinnerBBQ Wings
Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob
Lemon Pie Parfaits

THURSDAY
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Light Dinner of Coastal Cobb Salad
My Homemade Italian Dressing:
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar or  equiv. sugar substitute
1 tbs.  chopped parsley
1 tsp. oregano leaves
salt and pepper to taste

FRIDAY
spaghetti & Meatballs
Spaghetti & Meatballs/Sausage
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread
Italian Ice

SATURDAY
Tuna Pie Dinner
Tuna Pot Pie
L/O Tossed Salad
Stuffed Eggs
GF Brownie Pie

SUNDAY
Eat Out or Leftovers

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Orange Tapioca Jello Salad

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1-3 oz. package Orange Gelatin
1- 3.5 oz. package Tapioca Pudding
1-3.5 oz. Vanilla  Pudding  (Not instant)
1 can crushed pineapple (large)
Mini marshmallows (if desired)

Drain pineapple, reserving the liquid.  Mix the gelatin and puddings together in a large saucepan.  Add enough water to the reserved juice to make 3 cups and stir into the dry mixture.  Slowly bring to a boil.  Allow to cool a little and mix in the pineapple.  Transfer to serving dish.  Top with mini marshmallows.  Refrigerate.

 
This recipe was given to me by my friend, Cindy DeJong.  This orange creamsicle salad   is such a great add to any meal.

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