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Menu Monday

Domestic, Homeschooling

Usually when our schedules are overflowing, it’s full of crazy fun stuff that I planned. So when I’m crazy busy, it’s generally because I want to be. This week however, not so much.

I mean, I WANT our house in Canada to close but I don’t love that I have to run out to a notary today to do the paperwork. I am super hyped for a Halloween party at Twinkle Twinkle this afternoon (hands down my favorite place to take the kids), but making sure I balance out the day with school between (and after) the notarizing and the party isn’t exactly laid back.

Tuesday is the second week we are meeting with Wee One #2’s teacher (we are still homeschooling but now we are doing it through a local school) and I’m happy to check in with her and get some feedback and show off what we did last week, but I’m not looking forward to also taking all the kids with me to the YMCA to sign up for memberships – even though I am looking forward to using those memberships!

Wednesday is Halloween of course, so after we do a day of school we’re having a Halloween party! I have a handful of games planned for the kids and some silly activities to get them in the mood for trick or treating. We’ll have a busy BUT crazy super fun day.

Thursday is the second week we are meeting with Wee One #1’s teacher (homeschooling through the same local school as Wee One #2), we’ll likely use this day as a catch up for whatever we didn’t manage to accomplish with school and around the apartment.

By Friday, life should be a little calmer.

Since none of this has anything to do with dinner, I made a menu for this week as I normally would.

This Week’s Menu (Mon Oct 29 – Sun Nov 4)

Monday – Mini Shepard’s Pies with Corn, Gravy and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits and Trix Treats for dessert

Tuesday – Sweet & Sour Chicken with Cheese & Bacon Potato Rounds and Cauliflower Tots and Oreo Brownies for dessert

Wednesday – ‘Forgotten’ Pork Chops with Hush Puppies and Corn on the Cob and Polka Dot Halloween Cake for dessert

Thursday – ‘Man Pleasing Chicken’ with Chipotle Rice and Candied Carrots and Chocolate Swirl Biscuits for dessert

Friday – Wendy’s Style Chili with Bacon Cornbread and Garden Salad (or small Ceasers, we’ll see) and Nutmeg Donuts for dessert

Saturday – Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Smashed Potatoes & Cheesy Broccoli Gratin and Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins for dessert.

Sunday – Bacon Wrapped Herb-Stuffed Chicken with Chicken Stuffing and Creamed Corn and Strawberry Cake for dessert

I’m going to photograph every recipe I make this week and then maybe blog about them all next week!

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Menu Monday with Throwback Burritos


I’ll quickly rhyme off this week’s menu so we can get onto the burritos!

This Week! (Oct 15 – 21)

Monday – Chicken Alfredo with Rosemary Buns for the fam, Vegan Falafels with Rice for me

Tuesday – Spaghetti with Meatballs and Garlic Bread for the fam, Tofu Stir Fry for me

Wednesday – Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob for the fam, Crack Wrap and Corn on the Cob for me

Thursday – Breaded Chicken with Cheesy Noodles and Green Beans for the fam, Vegan Falafels with Rice for me

Friday – Beef Stroganoff with Parmesan Breadsticks for the fam, Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake for me

Saturday – Out celebrating my birthday! 😀

Sunday – Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies and Pull Apart Garlic Bread for the fam, Vegan Nachos for me

*I didn’t list desserts because I’m making Halloweeny treats I will be blogging about later

This week’s Menu Monday recipe is called Throwback Burritos because until I made them for these photographs I hadn’t had one in about 13 years. Yes really, and it’s not that I’m all that old really. These were the burritos I lived on with my now husband/then boyfriend and our hilarious roommate Ken. The background on that is that my husband and his roommate go waaaay back, and then I moved in as well years after the fact. No one but Ken ever made these either! I was always strictly on cheese grating duty while he worked his magic in the kitchen.

Now that we are living in Los Angeles, my husband and I have a horrible addiction to Chipotle and while eating a massive Chipotle burrito recently my husband reminisced about all the burritos we used to eat back in the day so I fired off a Facebook message to Ken and we were eating this throwback dinner a few days later.

Most of the instructions here I am pulling straight from the message I got from Ken because his descriptions are pretty bang on, especially when he opened with ‘those burritos were dirt simple’, and I’m all ‘is that why you kept us out of the kitchen?!’ hahaha.

Throwback Burritos

Throwback Burritos via Ken Snider

-large tortillas
-taco seasoning
Sirarcha/rooster sauce
-minced garlic (though back in the day we used garlic powder)
-some sort of salsa or pico de gallo
-ground beef at least lean/medium (high fat content is needed here to get the smooth texture, if you use extra lean it’ll taste grainy)
-Uncle Ben’s long grain & wild with roasted garlic flavor (you can make this yourself in a rice cooker with some chicken broth and garlic, but if you want the taste you remember you want Uncle Ben’s)
-*fucktons of cheese* (I believe that’s an accurate measurement of the specific amount of cheese needed)

Throwback Burritos
Throwback Burritos
Ok, so first brown ground beef, drain. Add taco seasoning and water (one cup water per packet per pound of ground beef) and simmer until thicken (it won’t thicken much, might want to add some cornstarch or flour, not much, maybe a teaspoon, to allow it to thicken). Now add Sirarcha and garlic to taste. Prep rice and prepare. If you use the uncle bens stuff, it takes two mins in the microwave, which is awesome. (Except I still don’t have a microwave haha).
Throwback Burritos
Throwback Burritos
Add rice to meat mixture and stir. Remove from heat, place in a heat-resistant bowl and refrigerate, for a minimum of one hour. THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL. It’s what allows the fats from the meat and cheese to commingle and congeal into burrito deliciousness. Be patient. Wait. It’s worth it. (Obvy, Ken is a wise, wise man). Then grate your fucktons of cheese and set aside. I put them side by side in the fridge in similar container and cover them.
Throwback Burritos
Throwback Burritos
I usually layered cheese (as a stabilizing agent), then some of the mixture, then cheese, some of the pico de gallo, some more mixture, fold and top with more cheese, and more hot sauce if needed. Nuke for 3-5 minutes and you’re done! (The first time I folded one of these – well the first time this time around – I did it perfectly and crazy fast and my husband goes ‘omg what was what?’ and I was all ‘it came from the back of my brain!’).
Throwback Burritos
Mine were heated in the oven this time around, but I swear, they taste like 1999. <3
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Menu Monday with Pineapple Sausages


Today I’m linking up with Organizing Junkie and Life as a Lofthouse for Menu Monday!

I made this recipe for the first time with a friend who had just learned it from her aunt and it was so simple and so delicious, my kids and my husband were all about me making it at home. It’s hardly even a recipe (with only two ingredients), but I find some of the best meals come from ‘hardly recipes’.

The nice thing about this recipe (besides the fact that it requires little to no effort at all and still tastes amazing), is that you can either cheap out or go high end and either way, it’s pretty good. Of course high end is going to taste better and since there isn’t much to this, you can splurge a little and not really break the bank! We used some fancy organic canned pineapple but there is no reason not to chop up a fresh pineapple! The sausage we used was an apple smoked sausage and man it was perfect for this.

Pineapple Sausages

2 cans pineapple chunks (with juice)
2 packages sausages

Pineapple Sausages
Pineapple Sausages
Chop up the sausages and add them and both cans of pineapple to a large sautee pan (this is when you should start whatever rice you’re going to have with it. We made a basmati pilaf. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugars in the pineapple juice caramelize.
Pineapple Sausages
My husband had his side by side, but the rest of us piled ours over a bed of rice and mixed it all together. A side salad is also a smart idea. 😉

This Week’s Menu (Sept 24-30)

Monday – Homemade Beef Hamburgers & Fries for the fam, Homemade Spinach Veggie Burgers for me, Vanilla Cakeballs for dessert

Tuesday – Pineapple Sausages for the fam, Vegan Quesadilla for me, Ice Cream with Berries for dessert

Wednesday – Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Rice & Corn for the fam, Tofu Nuggets with Homemade BBQ Sauce for me, Ginger Cookies for dessert

Thursday – BBQ Chicken Legs with Noodles & Peas for the fam, Chick Pea Falafels with Rice for me, Cocoa Brownies for dessert

Friday – We’re off on an adventure, so I have no idea what dinner will be!

Saturday – We’re off on an adventure, so I have no idea what dinner will be!

Sunday – Stew for the fam, Homemade Spinach Veggie Burgers for me, Rice Krispie Squares for dessert

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Menu Monday with Some Peas and Thank You Love!


Today, I’m linking up with Organizing Junkie

Sometimes I fear that if I post any more about my unending love for Mama Pea or her cookbook, she will think I am officially insane. Or like, get a restraining order or something. But I’m not crazy obsessed, I’m just smitten by a book filled with vegan recipes that not only doesn’t require me to sprout oat groats (wait, what?) but also tastes amazing and rarely takes a whole lot of effort – though when there is a recipe that does require a lot of effort (hello Crazy Good Hummas) it’s totally worth it.

This week is a bad week to be cooking a lot because the Ravellenic Games 2012 are still kicking and I reeeeeally want to finish the Modular Relay by Wednesday so I can attempt a second event. Incidentally, for those following along, last night I passed out with a puff count of 44/100. Today will be a serious knitting day. Hopefully. So anyhoo, while this week is a bad week to be playing in the kitchen, I’m going to anyway because I fell off the clean eating wagon a few weeks ago and have felt really uncomfortable and generally just gross since. I’m already starting to feel better and it’s only been a couple of days back on the wagon! Most of that is thanks to Mama Pea’s book. It really is inspiring. <3 This Week’s Menu – August 6-12

Monday – Organic Beef Burgers for the fam, Pea’s Better Than Ever Black Bean Burgers for me with Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Pea’s Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert (I’m making my own vegan chocolate chips for this)

Tuesday – Chicken Pot Pie for the fam, Pea’s Falafels with Tzatziki Sauce for me and Pea’s Almond Joy Cookie Bars

Wednesday – Breaded Chicken with rice and corn for the fam, Pea’s Chickpea Strawberry Mango Salad for me and Mama Pea’s Balls for dessert

Thursday – Scratch Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Chips for the fam, Peas’ Un-Toppable Black Bean Soup for me and Pea’s PB & J Filled Cupcakes for dessert

Friday – Pea’s Tired and True Whole Wheat Pizza Crust with spiced up Pea’s Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce for individual Pizzas or Calzones and Pea’s Cutout Sugar Cookies for dessert

Saturday – Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Organic Bacon Mashed Potatoes and Beans for the fam, Pea’s Mediterranean Lentil Meatballs for me and Pea’s Banana Chocolate Chip Millet Muffins for dessert

Sunday – Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies, Stuffing and Gravy for the fam, Vegetarian Pad Thai for me and Pea’s German Chocolate Cake for dessert

Here are a few photies of Mama Pea’s Baked Oatmeal Squares. Not because they’re on the menu this week, but because I’m snacking on one as I blog this morning.

Peas and Thank You's Baked Oatmeal Squares

Peas and Thank You's Baked Oatmeal Squares
Peas and Thank You's Baked Oatmeal Squares
Peas and Thank You's Baked Oatmeal Squares
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Potato Rings on a Menu Monday

California, Domestic

Today, I’m linking up with The How To Mommy and Organizing Junkie for Menu Monday

After a whole lot of serious discussion, (involving a whole lot of meticulous pie charts made from a whole lot of painfully detailed spreadsheets), we have come to the decision that we’re going to be calling Los Angeles home for the foreseeable future. Of course this decision would have been a whole lot easier to arrive at if all we had to weigh was palm trees and beaches against pine trees and snow. I mention this to both explain my absence and to light a fire under me to post more shots of all we’ve been up to in California. More photos later this week, today is Menu Monday, so let’s get to it.

This Week’s Menu (Monday July 30 – Sunday August 5)

Monday – Chicken and Waffles (a la Roscoes) with Blueberry Pie for dessert

Tuesday – Chicken Pockets with Rice and Corn and Vanilla Cupcakes for dessert

Wednesday – Chicken Pieces, Onion Rings, Fries and Salad with Homemade Chocolate Pudding for dessert

Thursday – Spaghetti with Meatballs and Garlic Bread with Cinnamon Buns for dessert

Friday – Homemade Individual Pizzas and Calzones with Cheesy Bread and Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert

Saturday – Breaded Cod with Green Beans and Rice and Chocolate Cupcakes for dessert

Sunday – Breaded Chicken Breasts with Bacon Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob with Frosted Brownies for Dessert

This spiced up version of the buttermilk fried chicken I made a couple of months ago was the perfect partner to these hybrid french fry/onion ring creations, which are really just a potato-ed up version of my favorite Leek Ring recipe. I was originally inspired by this post over at Spoon Fork Bacon but I ended up going in a totally different direction because we decided we wanted more of an onion ring base. I will eventually try the original recipe!

potato rings and fried chicken pieces

Potato-y Onion Rings:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 cooked and cooled potatoes, mashed
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons steak seasoning (yes really)
3-4 onions, cut into rings
Chicken Pieces:
this recipe plus about 1 teaspoon chili powder and a few squirts of your favorite hot sauce
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
Just as with the original version of this recipe, fill a shallow(ish) bowl with the buttermilk and add the spices. Mix it up and plunk in your chicken. Let it sit in the fridge for about six hours. Once you’re ready to get frying heat your oil in a tall pot and get your coating ready, which is just the standard herbed flour mixture listed in the original recipe.
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
Shake off the excess buttermilk mixture and toss each piece of chicken in the flour mixture until it’s completely coated and then pop into the oil for about 6 minutes. I put about 10-15 pieces in at a time.
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
These go over really, really well at our house.
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
The potato rings are so simple it’s a little ridiculous. Literally mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and coat your onions before putting them in the oil the same way as the chicken. The big difference here is watch them, do not make the mistake of turning your back for a second. They’re browned and ready in about a minute. That’s it! Then they can join their fried friends on some paper towel while one of your kitchen helpers makes a salad to redeem this meal a little. Unless they make a ceaser!
potato rings and fried chicken pieces
I had to make french fries too because the concept of these ‘potatoy onion rings’ was just too weird for the wee ones.

Menu Monday – Breakfast Addition!

Domestic, Kids

I know Menu Monday is a concept meant to make dinners in busy households a little smoother, if only because you’re aware of what you’re doing before you open the pantry at 5 o’clock and I love that, I really do. I love only having to think about what I’m cooking once a week when I write the list and even then I just put together ideas and requests I’ve jotted down. While I do love serving something everyone loves (that hopefully looks pretty snazzy as well) to my fam every night, breakfast is my favorite meal to prepare for the Wee Ones.

I’m always up looong before them (occasionally, Wee One #3 will surprise all of us and get up when our alarms go off around 5am) so I have way more solo time to prep and set the table than I do in the evenings. Generally, they all wake up hungry. If they didn’t, they tend to develop an appetite when they smell whatever is going on that day. 🙂

To me, there are two important things about any meal but I try to be especially mindful of them at breakfast. It has to be packed with as many nutrients as possible and it has to be appealing enough for them to actually eat it. I mean, a bowl of Red River cereal is crazy good for you, it’s about as enticing to most people as a bowl of birdseed (my Daddy and one of my besties, Gill, however will happily sit down to a bowl of birdseed and go ‘mmmm, birdseed’). So, with that in mind, I set the table as pretty as I can with our hilarious extended vacation mismatched silverware and plates and fill their plates with fuel for the day. Kids need energy to squabble over board game rules and cover themselves head to toe in sidewalk chalk, dontchaknow!

As you know from last year, I’ve gotten sneaky with a lot of my cooking and baking so there are untraditional ingredients in a lot of their muffins and breads, but they all work in their favor and the kids either don’t know or don’t care so I keep at it. I generally serve it buffet-style. So I set out plates full of food and then each kid gets their own plate to pick and choose what they want. One of my kids will eat and eat and eat at each meal AND snack all day – my other two have supermodel appetites so they wont each as much at a meal, but they’ll come back half an hour later and ask for a snack so I just offer them breakfast again and again till lunch!

Breakfast this Week (July 16 – 22)

Monday – Cream of Wheat, Raspberries/Blueberries/Blackberries/Strawberries, Banana Bread (with cauliflower) and OJ

Tuesday – Pink Pancakes (with beets), Strawberries, Turkey Bacon and/or Tempah and Apple Juice

Wednesday – Oatmeal (with ground flax & pumpkin), Apple Slices, PB & J Muffins (with butternut squash) and Almond Milk

Thursday – Vegan French Toast, Banana Slices, Applesauce Muffins (with carrots) and OJ

Friday – Ginger Waffles, Apple Slices, Pumpkin and Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread, and Apple Juice

Saturday – Scrambled or Poached Eggs, Hashbrowns (equal parts potato & sweet potato), Whole Wheat English Muffins and OJ

Sunday – Berry Smoothie (with spinach and parsley), Cinnamon Buns, Monkey Bread and maybe Apple Fritter Muffins

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Mini Pizza Bites on Menu Monday

Domestic, Kids

It’s that time again! Last week I held pretty true to the list I made for my week, this week I’m going to try to make recipes I haven’t posted before and hopefully photograph them as I make them so I can add them to the list!

This Week’s Menu (June 25 – July 1)

Monday – Old School Chicken Pot Pie and Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes for dessert

Tuesday – Coconut Chicken with Potato Rings and Battenburg Cake for dessert

Wednesday – Mini Shepherd’s Pies and Lazy Cake Cookies for dessert

Thursday – Codren Bleu with Roasted Potatoes and Cinnamon Baked Donuts for dessert

Friday – Calzoes with Cheese Bites and Pull Apart Garlic Bread and Cookie Dough Brownies for dessert

Saturday – Throwback Burritos and Snickerdoodle Cake for dessert

Sunday – This is Canada Day so we’re going all out
   Breakfast – Pancakes with real maple syrup for the kids, Cream of Wheat for us and pemeal bacon for everyone!
   Lunch – Poutine!!
   Dinner – Pemeal Bacon on a Kaiser* and Ice Salad, Nanaimo Bars and Butter Tarts for dessert

*this is crazy regional to Toronto and specifically St Lawrence Market but that’s Canada to me

A few weeks ago, I made mini chicken pot pies and ever since then the kids have been encouraging me to make mini versions of other dinners they love! So far I’ve made mini chicken hot pockets and these mini pizza bites. I served these with pizza sauce to pour over top or, as Wee One #3 chose to do, dunk in. Next time I will add some sauce to the mini bites before I cook them and see how that works out. This week I’m making Mini Shepherd’s Pies!

Mini Pizza Bites

Your homemade pancake batter (or the batter prepared from a box or Bisquick or whatever)
24 slices pepperoni (or more depending on how much you love pepperoni)
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1-2 cups pizza sauce

Mini Pizza Bites
Mini Pizza Bites
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter into each (lightly greased) muffin cup, and top with cheese, pepperoni and more cheese.
Mini Pizza Bites
Mini Pizza Bites
Pour about 1 tablespoon of the batter over the pizza bites (adding more or less depending on how doughy you like your pizza). Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 and serve with dipping bowls of pizza sauce!
Mini Pizza Bites
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Peas & Thank You Beg Worthy Banana Bread (& Menu Monday)

Domestic, Healthy

As I sit here, listening to The Andrew Sisters (yes, really) and planning out the menu this week, I’m already thinking of the banana bread I’m going to make this afternoon. The rant about it is after this week’s menu plan and no, I didn’t post the recipe. I swear the book is worth the mere $10 for the eBook. This week, for whatever reason I’m not sure, I’m feeling especially like a domestic goddess. Maybe my weekend soap making adventures with my friends working out pumped me up? Maybe it was reinstating Sunday dinner that did it? I’m not sure, but I want to scrub the patio and wash the windows and cook and bake everyone’s favorite everything! This week’s menu is a little of everyone’s favorite everything.

This Week’s Menu!

Monday – Chicken Pot Pies with Cocoa Brownies for dessert

Tuesday – Chicken Alfredo and Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes for dessert

Wednesday – Beef Stew with Homemade Buns and Eclairs for dessert

Thursday – Chicken Ceaser Wraps and Chocolate-Coconut Bars for dessert

Friday – Homemade Calzones/Pizzas and Blueberry Pie for dessert

Saturday – Breaded Cod with Skinny Fries and Corn with Rocky Road Bars for dessert

Sunday – Lasagna with Homemade Rolls and Blueberry Pie for dessert

In her book, Peas and Thank You, Sarah Matheny boasts that this recipe will make you actually want to make banana bread – that it will no longer be a necessary way to deal with spotted bananas on the counter. I read that and thought, dude, it’s banana bread, we all like it but no one makes it on purpose. Well, it’s true. I now purposely put some bananas in a paper bag (speeds up ripening) the same day I bring them home from the grocery store. I love this banana bread and so does everyone I’ve served it to!

Peas & Thank You Beg Worthy Banana Bread

Peas & Thank You Beg Worth Banana Bread
Peas & Thank You Beg Worthy Banana Bread
Peas & Thank You Beg Worthy Banana Bread
Peas & Thank You Beg Worthy Banana Bread
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Menu Monday and Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Domestic, Kids

This week, I’m linking up with The Organizing Junkie and The How To Mommy for Menu Monday!

Happy Monday!!

Monday has become a day of celebration around here because we try to only hit up the pool in our complex when we know it’ll be empty. We’ve been here for a little over two months, go almost everyday and we’ve only ever seen other people there four times! During the week, we go during our lunch break from home schooling and unless we go around dinner time, we don’t go to the pool on the weekends. Most weekends are filled with Daddy time and having fun with our awesome new friends (thanks for taking us thrifting and hosting a kiddie bbq!) so we are all generally too wiped out for the pool anyway. We didn’t go anywhere near the pool (or the ocean) this weekend, so when we take our mid-day break (somewhere between math and reading) we’ll break in our new pool toys!

After two weeks in a row of out of town visitors (we miss Brigitte, Hal, Lindsay and her mom already!), we are visitorless this week and we will likely be catching up with each other – which means we’ll cook together a lot and go for walks and probably stay up late making paper dolls and playing video games. 🙂

Menu Monday is one of my favorite bloggy days because I love to see the week in food laid out in front of me, even if I totally abandon it for whatever Martha is raving about in this month’s magazine (I can’t be the only one that feels compelled to make some ridic creation rightnow). This blueberry swirl coffee cake is not only amazing any day of the week, my 6 year old makes it pretty much by herself! She’s a pint size domestic goddess, but I swear it’s not hard. Recipe after this week’s menu!

This Week’s Menu (June 11 – 17)

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread for the fam, Spaghetti without Meatballs for me and Nanaimo Bars for dessert

Tuesday – Cheesy Breaded Chicken with Bacon Mashed Potatoes for the fam, Crack Wrap for me and Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake for dessert

Wednesday – Breaded Haddock with Pilaf and Beans for the fam, Veggie Potstickers with Pilaf and Beans for me and Chocolate Chip Muffins for dessert

Thursday – Chicken Bacon Wraps with Sweet Potato Fries for the fam, Black Bean Burrito with Sweet Potato Fries for me and Banana Pie for dessert

Friday – Homemade Calzones for all of us and Black Bottom Coconut Bars for dessert

Saturday – Beef Stroganoff with Basic Bread for the kids, likely some Black Bean Burrito leftovers for me and Apple Pie for dessert

Sunday – Roasted Chicken with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Corn (& gravy oooof course) for the fam, probably more Veggie Potstickers with Pilaf for me and Chocolate Buttermilk Cake for dessert

I have been eating these vegetarian pot stickers I’m totally hooked on and I’d eat them everyday if I ever made enough so my menu this week is a little pathetic. Also, notice that Mondays have become Spaghetti and Meatball day and Fridays have become homemade pizza and/or calzone day. The kids make their own and are incredibly happy to eat what they made!

Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake – adapted from Betty Crocker’s Best Christmas Cookbook

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 21-ounce can blueberry pie filling (or whatever kind you like)
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Set oven to 350F, and grease a jelly roll pan (or use your trusty 9×13 pan). Beat sugar, butter, shortening, baking powder, vanilla, almond extract and eggs with an electric mixer (or a whole lot of elbow grease) till smooth and then stir in the flour – make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl!
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Spread two-thirds of the mixture in the bottom of the pan. Spread the pie filling over it. Then dollop the rest of the mixture over the pie filling by tablespoonfuls. Bake for about 45 minutes! Mix the icing sugar and milk to make a quick and yummy glaze to drizzle over top of the coffee cake while it’s still warm.
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Domestic, Healthy

This week, I’m linking up with Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and The How To Mommy’s Meal Planning Monday.

My kitchen is so confused. Silken tofu and dairy free cream cheese in the morning, buttermilk fried chicken at night. What can I say? I cook what makes me happy and then I do my best to cook for my family the things that make them happy. There is a lot of dish washing going on around here.

I first found this recipe in February and bookmarked it to do it, but I’m not a huge fan of frying (or more specifically, the splashy mess it makes of my stove top) so I put it off. Once we got down to LA I thought it was time to actually cook up some of these dusty bookmarked recipes and away I went. I’m not going to lie, it feels so wrong to pour that much oil in a pot and have at it, but I’ll keep the honesty going and admit that it was actually a fun recipe to make.

Super simple to do, as long as you make sure your oil doesn’t get too hot (but gets hot enough) and you have some patience with it. Everyone loved this meal, I served it with wedges! I will not be making this again this week, but it did rank really high with the fam so I will likely make it again soonish and thought it’d be a fun addition to Menu Monday! This week I will photograph all of the recipes as I do them so I can link back to them!

This Week’s Menu:

Monday – Stroganoff with Rosemary Pretzels for the fam, Picnic Tortilla Pinwheels for me and Elmo Cupcakes for dessert

Tuesday – Souvlaki with Rice for the fam, Untoppable Black Bean Soup for me and Mint Chocolate Nanaimo Bars for dessert

Wednesday – Pizza Bites with Garlic Pull Apart Bread for the fam, Vegan Quesadilla for me and Maple & Oats Cookie Chews for dessert

Thursday – Chicken and Bacon Wraps with Mozzarella Balls for the fam, Rice and Tempeh Bacon Reuben for me and Fudge Babies for dessert

Friday – Spaghetti & Meatballs with Homemade Breadsticks for the fam, Skinny Elvis Sandwich for me and Black Bottom Coconut Bars for dessert

Saturday – We’re going to our friend’s BBQ dinner and I’m going to make him this (he reads my blog so I’m not telling till he sees it)

Sunday – Mini Chicken Hot Pockets with Potato Rings for the fam, Chick Pea Salad for me and Salty Sweet Butterscotch Brownies for dessert

Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken – via Allrecipes

Whatever chicken pieces you want / need
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups buttermilk
Seasoned flour:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 1/2 quarts peanut oil for frying

Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Before you do anything, mix all of the ingredients in the left column with the buttermilk, plunk your chicken in it and soak for about 6 hours. Then get your oil heating and theeeeeeen, mix all the ingredients on the right side and use that to dredge your chicken pieces in.
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
So you just shake off the buttermilk coated piece of chicken and place it in the seasoned flour. Roll it around a bunch to make sure it’s totally coated. Pile them all up and wait for your oil to heat to about 350 degrees.
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Now add your chicken to the pot, with 2 1/2 quarts of oil you should be able to cook all of the chicken at once. Leave it in there for about 10 minutes, then poke at it and turn all the pieces around and leave it for another 10-15 minutes. Dry the chicken on pieces of paper towel for at least 10 minutes. Serve with wedges and a salad!
Menu Monday and Buttermilk Fried Chicken
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