I have a complaint: Fall will not happen! Last week Dallas Raines told us that on Sunday we would have a high of 79. This did not happen. It was in the 90′s! Now I’m looking at next week’s weather predictions and I’ll have to push soup off another week. It’s just too hot for soup!
Monday – Pink Spaghetti, – I will record the recipe this time. It was amazing last time I made it. Serve with Broccoli
Friday – Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken (grilling Friday!) going to go off of this version.
Paper Plate Weekends – This weekend we started Paper Plate Weekends. This is to cut down on the pile up of dirty dishes over the weekend. I even got some festive fall paper plates and as much as possible we used paper plates for the weekend. It worked pretty well. I think it’ll save water too.
Apparently every fall I attempt to really get back down to both meal planning and blogging. I looked back at my past “Meal Plan Monday”s and found that I had restarted last year also on the week of Talk Like A Pirate Day. And the last one I did was the week of Halloween last year. Oops. I have Pinterest now, so maybe things will be better?
Monday – Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans. I need to make double to bring dinner to a sick family.
Tuesday – Our first day of MOPS! We’ll have chicken & rice stir fry for dinner. I’m also bringing an egg dish and a bread for our first MOPS meeting.
Wednesday – Taco Like a Pirate, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Thursday – Chicken Caesar Salad, Toast
Friday – Grilled Turkey Burgers with potatoes and corn on the cob.
These may be the best cookies I’ve ever made. Actually they might be the best cookies I’ve ever tasted! Seriously, I don’t have a big sweet tooth. I can pretty much eat one cookie and I’m set. These were gone by the end of the next day.
I’ve been making bread for over two years. I was making great crusty breads I loved, but I lacked a favorite wheat bread. I wanted something a bit softer, and all the wheat breads I’d tried so far were a bit too dense and just didn’t seem to work with peanut butter in my opinion. My favorite store bought wheat bread is Roman Meal with the round top and I’d been trying to make a bread along those lines. I think this is my winner.
Soft Honey Wheat Bread
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup melted butter
2TB brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
Combine warm water, butter, brown sugar, and yeast.
Let sit 5 minutes.
Add egg, salt, and honey.
Stir in flour with a wooden spoon or stand mixer’s dough hook.
When combined, continue mixing with dough hook for a couple minutes or knead by hand a few minutes.
Cover and let rise in bowl for about an hour.
When ready to bake, form into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan.
Slash the top and let rise another 40 minutes or so.
Brush top with melted butter if you like and bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
Monday: Butter Herb Italian Pasta with Ground Turkey, Broccoli
Tuesday: Tacos, Corn
Wednesday: Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Rice Pilaf
Thursday: Macaroni & Cheeseburger, Salad*
This is an experimental dish where we put macaroni and cheese on a cheeseburger. I have several versions of this I want to try. I’ve done a skillet type “cheeseburger macaroni”. This time I plan to try the straightforward macaroni and cheese on burger method. Crazy? perhaps.
I tried a new thing this week where I made a spreadsheet with columns for protein, carb, and vegetable and then one for days of the week, dragged something from each column into each day and picked meals based on that. Made it really easy to plan my dinners! I think I’ll try it with lunches next.
Monday - Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls