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What's for Dinner Menu Plan

I love fall - the cooler temperatures, the leaves crunching under my feet when hiking through the woods, baking with apples and pumpkin - it's just a good thing. :) This weekend we attempted to do our annual apple picking trip to Plaster's Orchard, but they closed too early on Saturday for us to make it. :( Instead, we loaded up the dogs and went for a short hike at our favorite Branson Trail - the Henning Homesteaders Trail. We've actually had a couple of rainy days this week, so there were some small waterfalls and a couple of great water holes for the dogs to cool off in along the trail. The weather was perfect for a hike, and it was a great way to shake of the stress of the work week.

By the way, I finally posted the recipes from my fondue party. Be sure to check them out. 

I have a pretty loaded week coming up. I have two computer workshops on different days after school, Corey has two cross country meets and a possible math contest, and I'll be spending a couple…

Three Course Fondue

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted my book club at my house, and I served fondue for dinner. Fondue has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. It was definitely a special occasion dinner, but it was a family favorite. My youngest brother always requested it for his birthday dinner, and I hosted a fondue party for my high school girlfriends at least once a year. Now, when my mom did fondue, she always served 3 courses - cheese, meat, and dessert. The cheese sauce was the appetizer, and was probably everyone's favorite. Her sauce was simple - a can of tomato soup mixed with a block of shredded cheddar cheese. It might sound strange, but trust me, it's yummy. She would cube up a loaf of French bread and that's what we dipped in the cheese sauce. The meat course was always beef, and it was cooked in oil. Yes, I know it's not healthy, but it was very good. She served it with three sauces - a garlic butter sauce, a horseradish sauce, and a BBQ sauce. The …

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Fall is a crazy good time of the year. :) Crazy because of all the activities going on, and good because the weather is amazing! We finally got rain this weekend! If you aren't from the midwest, you may not know that we are in a severe drought. It has been the 3rd hottest summer on record, and we've had way too many 100+ degree days. Hopefully last Tuesday was our last of those. The crazy thing was that on Wednesday, the temperature got down to 46. Talk about extreme temperature changes! This weekend my brother from New York came to visit, so we spent the whole weekend at my mom's eating like pigs. :) It was even cold enough to turn on the fireplace, which gave the house a nice, cozy feel.

This is homecoming week at Corey's school, so he has a bunch of extra activities in the evenings. So, that means our meal plan will be a little goofy.

Here's this week's menu. Enjoy and have a great week! Be sure to follow me on Facebook to get fast updates from the blog. :)

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Fall is definitely in the air. :) Our temperatures have been in the 70s for highs, and 50s for lows. Fabulous! Much better than the 100 degree temps we dealt with all summer. Monday was Labor Day, and we didn't have school. We took advantage of our day off and went for a run. I was feeling so good that I ran my first 10K ever! I was so proud of myself. The rest of the week was busy, but good. I had my book club fondue party on Thursday, and I finally finished sewing an apron for my friend Melissa on Saturday. Isn't she cute? :)

I'm continuing to use my freezer stash to get through my weekly meals. Back in August I did some serious freezer cooking to prepare for the busy days at the beginning of school. Here is my freezer before:

and here is my freezer after:

Pretty nice, huh! Anyway, having some meals ready to go really saves me this time of year. Later this week I will finally be taking my mom to the oncologist. We can definitely use some prayers for that one. And this we…

Book Club Fondue Party

This past Thursday I hosted my book club at my house and decided to do fondue. Since fondue seems like a retro 70s kind of thing to me, I used my grandmother's old dishes, which have a great retro look to them. :) Plus, they have great fall colors and the cooler temperatures we've been having definitely have me in the mood for fall. Fondue has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. My brother always asked for it for his birthday. I did three courses - cheese, meat, and dessert. I did do a healthier cooking style than what my family used to do on the meat course. My family always cooked the meat in oil, and I chose to do a broth-based fondue for the meat (much healthier).

Here are some pics from the party. I'll post my recipes for the sauces later.

Margarita Cake

This would be a great dessert when serving Mexican food as your main meal. The cake is very moist and has a great citrus flavor.

1 package lemon cake mix (could also use a yellow cake mix if you don't want the cake to have a strong lemon flavor)
1 (4 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup frozen limeade concentrate
1/4 cup water
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup gold tequila
2 tablespoons triple sec

Tequila-lime glaze:
1 1/2 tablespoons tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Set aside.

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, vegetable oil, limeade, water, eggs, tequila and triple sec in a
large mixing bowl. Beat for 5 minutes at medium speed with an electric mixer.

Pour batter in prepared bundt pan.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for 1…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

What a beautiful Labor Day weekend! We've been having temperatures over 100 degrees the last week, and this weekend, it seems that we are getting our first hint at fall. It's 55 degrees this morning! Love it! This will definitely be a day spent outdoors. :)

I survived my first week back at school. My mom continues to regain her strength and had a good follow-up checkup at the surgeon on Friday. Now, we just wait for the oncologist appointment in a couple of weeks. We've really had a nice weekend as a family so far. Eric and I went for a great run on Saturday morning (did my first 5K in a long time), and we got caught up on some cleaning and much-needed sleep. We went to my mom's on Sunday for my nephew Conner's 11th birthday party. It's always nice to spend time with family. And today, we're headed off for another run on this gorgeous morning, and then off to the woods for a hike.

The meal plan this week continues to use lots of grilling items from the free…