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What's for Dinner Menu Plan - 5 Year Blogiversary!

Last Wednesday was my 5 year "blogiversary" for the What's for Dinner blog! Is it strange that I've been blogging about what I eat for five years? Hopefully my meal plans and recipes have been useful for many of you. They are vital for my family. If I didn't meal plan, my family would eat out or eat junk way too often. Meal plans are definitely a key component of survival for this mom. :)

Today is New Year's Eve, and we woke to a dusting of snow on the ground! It has been so warm this December that it's nice to have it actually feel like winter finally. We don't have any huge plans for the evening. Corey's girlfriend, Hannah, is visiting, and they plan on making some cookies today. We are going to have fun appetizers for dinner, watch movies, play games and ring in the New Year with a sparkling grape juice toast. :) Hopefully Eric and I will be able to stay up that late. ;)

Here's this week's menu. Enjoy and have a great week! Be sure to

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

It's Christmas Eve! I can hardly believe today's the day. It has been so warm here lately (60 degrees yesterday) that it doesn't seem very Christmasy But, we actually have a winter storm watch for Christmas day, so maybe some snow is in our near future.

Corey and I are officially on break from school for two weeks! Woo hoo! He has had a very tough semester with 6 AP classes, half of which he takes on online. No "blow off" senior year for my kid - yes, he's crazy! He has definitely earned some down time. We took in a couple of movies this weekend (Hobbit and Lincoln - both great), and we're looking forward to heading to Grandma's house to eat lots of food.

We will be around a few days this week, so I have a few things on the menu, all of which are requests from the boys. 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. :)

Sunday - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup, Salad, Bla…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

It's hard to believe that we are just over a week away from Christmas! This is our last week at school before break, and I look forward to sharing holiday stories and activities with my students in the library this week. Even more than that, I look forward to some time at home with my family over our break. I'm hoping to have to extra time to spend in my kitchen. :)

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. :)

Sunday - Chili, Fruit Salad

Monday - BBQ Pork Sandwiches (from freezer), Green Beans, Salad, Oranges

Tuesday - Apple Butter Glazed Chicken, Broccoli, Salad, Pineapple

Wednesday - Chili Ranch Grilled Pork Chops, Green Beans, Salad, Applesauce

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Steak, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad

Saturday - Ott's House Casserole, Broccoli, Salad

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What's for Dinner Meal Plan

I'm back! Literally, I guess. ;-) I threw my back out last Sunday morning, and it pretty much knocked me out for the week. It's still a little sore, but I'm at least up and moving around again. We have two weeks until school is out for Christmas vacation, and I can't wait. I'm anxious to have some time to do some extra cooking just for fun. I did make my Christmas cookies today and some Pretzel Hugs and Faux Turtles. I also got my cooking done for my meals this week, so my family should eat well.

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. :)

Sunday - Pork Roast (just threw it in the slow cooker with some rosemary sprigs), Day Before Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad

Monday - Cowboy Stew, Sinfully Sweet Cornbread, Salad

Tuesday - Lemon Thyme Chicken, Rice, Broccoli, Salad

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Eat out

Friday - Spaghetti with Meatballs, Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Salad


Faux Pretzel Turtles

These are much easier than traditional Turtle candies.


2 11 oz. packages of Rolo candies, unwrapped
1 bag mini pretzels
Pecan halves (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place on e pretzel for each pretzel treat desired on prepared sheet. Top each pretzel with one Rolo candy.

3. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until caramel piece begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.

Recipe Source - Rolo bag

Pretzel Hugs

These are a nice alternative to dipping pretzels in chocolate. :)


1 1 lb bag Snyders Pretzel Snaps (you can also use regular mini pretzels)
2 bags Hershey's Hugs


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unwrap the Hugs.
Lay down one pretzel for each Hug, and top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hug.
Place the tray in the oven for 2 mintes.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 minute to continue the softening process. (Be sure not to leave them in the oven too long or they will completely melt and run all over your tray.)
Top each Hug with another pretzel, pushing down gently so they stick together.
Cool in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to set.

What's for Dinner Meal Plan - Back from NYC

Our family traveled to New York City to visit my brother over Thanksgiving. We had a fabulous trip, but since we didn't get back until Sunday, I don't have a formal menu this week. We're kind of winging it using my freezer stash and yes, I'm a bit ashamed to say, some frozen Stouffers meals.

Here is a slideshow of photos from our trip. (You won't be able to see the slideshow if you are viewing this on an iPad or iPhone since it is Flash based.)

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

Sunday - Stouffers Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Salad

Monday - Mexican Chicken (from freezer stash), Peaches

Tuesday - Stouffers Chicken Alfredo, Broccoli, Salad

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - BBQ Pork Sandwiches (from freezer stash), French Fries, Green Beans, Salad

Friday - Homemade Pizza, Salad

Saturday -  Steak, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

I just realized I hadn't posted the menu, so it's going to be a short post again this week. My Internet connection hasn't been working well this weekend, so I need to make it fast while I'm actually connected. Enjoy and have a great week! Be sure to follow me on Facebook to get fast updates from the blog. :)

Sunday -Stuffed Pork Chops, Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad

Monday - Sausage Potato Soup, Salad, Applesauce

Tuesday - Crock Pot Beef Tips, Rice, Broccoli, Salad

Wednesday - Tator Tot Surprise, Salad, Peaches

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Homemade Pizza, Salad

Saturday - Eat at Mom's

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Ultimate Twiced Baked Potatoes

My friend Yvonne shared this recipe with me. I altered the original recipe a little to make it a smidge healthier, and they were still very yummy. I didn't have any green onions when I made them to take the picture, but I would definitely encourage you use them.

4 large baking potatoes
8 slices center cut bacon, cooked in the microwave or oven (drains fat better) and crumbled
1 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded 2% Milk Cheddar cheese, divided
8 green onions, sliced, divided

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes and wrap in foil. Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour.

When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl leaving about 1/4 inch of flesh so the potato maintains it’s shape; save skins.

To the potato flesh add sour cream, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 the green onions, and milk. Mix with a…

Secret Santa Swap 2012

I am participating in the Secret Santa Swap 2012 hosted at the Apronista. We are supposed to post the following questionnaire on our blogs so that our Secret Santa can get some ideas for the swap package. I am so excited! I love Secret Santa activities. :) Here are my responses:

What are your hobbies? - cooking, reading, sewing (aprons and bags), hiking, running What are your favorite colors? - pink!Do you collect anything? - noAre you allergic to any fibers or animals? - allergic to catsDo you have any pets? - I have two dogs - a black lab and a yellow labCoffee, Tea, or Chocolate? - Chocolate!!!!!! (coffee is yucky!)What do you like to read? - I'm an elementary librarian, so I read lots of stuff. I like most things (but not raunchy stuff) as far as fiction goes. I don't really care for non-fiction. You can some of the stuff I read on my Shelfari page ( Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet? - Dove Dark Chocolates are one of my favori…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Had a crazy busy week at school (family reading night), and a wonderful weekend with the family (ran a race, went to SDC, and saw a movie!). I'm running short on time again, so here's the menu. Enjoy and have a great week! Be sure to follow me on Facebook to get fast updates from the blog. :)

Sunday - Steak, Green Beans, Strawberries, Salad

Monday - Chicken and Dumplings (yes, I really made it this time - pic and recipe later), Broccoli, Salad

Tuesday - Tacos, Applesauce

Wednesday - Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Pie, Green Beans, Salad

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Ott's House Casserole, Broccoli, Salad, Peaches

Saturday - Stuffed Pork Chops, Green Beans, Salad, Strawberries

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What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Short post because of a crazy week. I have something every night, we were are going to be scrounging a bit. Be sure to try the Snickerdoodle Blondie recipe I posted last week. They were amazing!

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. :)

Sunday - Eat a Mom's! She made lasagna and sauerkraut and dumplings! Woo hoo!

Monday - Leftover chicken strips, green beans, salad, grapes

Tuesday - Eat at family reading night

Wednesday - Leftover lasagna from mom

Thursday - Boys eat taco salad (I have book club)

Friday - Eat out

Saturday - Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans, Salad (didn't make it last week)

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Snickerdoodle Blondies

I'm not a big fan of Snickerdoodle cookies (too crunchy for my taste), but I am a huge fan of blondies, and I do love cinnamon rolls. I'm guessing that these will have the yummy cinnamon sugar flavor of cinnamon rolls, but the chewy buttery texture of blondies. And, yes, they do! So yummy and chewy when they are warm out of the oven.


2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until well blended.

4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

5. In a small bowl, combine the white s…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Last week was parent-teacher conference week at school, so I didn't teach my computer workshops after school. This week, things are back in full swing. I train on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. I also have an author visiting my school on Thursday, and I have a book fair teacher preview I'm hosting Friday morning before school. Those extra things make providing meals for my family an extra challenge. But, luckily I'm pretty good at preparing for weeks like this, and I'm going to rely on my freezer stash this week. I usually do a lot of pre-cooking for the week on Sunday, but we had lots of activities today (all good - running, church, visiting a new baby in the hospital, and going to the wedding of two very dear friends). So, freezer stash, here I come. :) If you struggle with busy evenings, I strongly suggest stocking your freezer with extra meals on those rare days you have extra time. ;)

Here's this week's menu. Enjoy and have a great week! Be sur…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

Quick post this week (and yes, I know I'm late on posting recipe pics - I promise to get them up soon) as time has gotten away from me. I'm relying on the freezer stash again this week. 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. :)

Sunday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (it was one of those days)
Monday - French Bread Pizzas (no recipe - just add some sauce and cheese to French Bread and toast in the oven), Salad, Peaches
Tuesday - Kickin' Beefy Crescents (from freezer), Green Beans, Salad, Applesauce

Wednesday - Turkey and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes (from freezer), Broccoli, Salad

Thursday - Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Hot Dogs, Salad, Peaches

Friday - Chicken Fajitas (using Mexican Chicken from freezer), Salad, Fruit

Saturday - Eat at band contest

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Fall has officially hit southwest Missouri. On Thursday, our afternoon temperatures were right at 80 degrees. Overnight, a cold front came through, and the high on Friday was in the mid fifties. Saturday morning we woke up to 36 degrees! BRRRR! I actually had to turn on the heat to take the chill off the house. But, that brisk morning ended up being perfect for me and Eric.

Some of you may know that our family is training for the Disney marathon (Eric), and half marathon (Corey and me) in January. Our training plan has us doing our long runs on Saturdays. Eric was scheduled to do 15 miles, and I only had to do 3 (though I planned to do 5 anyway). Corey had to take the SAT for National Merit, so it was just me and Eric. Saturday was one of those days that was just made for running. It was cool, cloudy, and there was no wind. I was having a great run, and knew that I was going to do 5 miles instead of the three that was scheduled. That's kind of the minimum distance I like to do fo…