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What's for Dinner Menu Plan

It's been a hectic last couple of weeks. I had to do a super short post last week because my son's girlfriend came to visit and we were in the car most of the weekend. She lives four hours away, so we had to drive to meet her parents to pick her up on Saturday, which happened to be my birthday. We took the kids out to eat at at Hinode, a Japanese steak house, for dinner. It was really fun because Hannah had never been to one before. Then, we went to the Blue Man Group show. I think everyone had a good time.

Unfortunately, Corey happened to get sick this past week. We thought he just had a cold, but by Monday evening, he started running a fever and was just a mess. He ended up missing this whole week of school. This weekend I've been with my mom. It was her second to last treatment. Only one more to go! But, these last ones have been pretty rough. I can't wait until she is finished so that she can finally feel human again. Corey is still running a fever, so it's be…

Taco Pizza

Our local Godfather's Pizza makes a great taco pizza that is my son's favorite when we splurge and go eat out there. I've decided we can probably make the exact same thing at home for much less cost. Here is my version.


For the crust:
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degress F)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour

1 small can enchilada or taco sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
2 T homemade taco seasoning
1/2 cup diced onion
2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz shredded cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat cheeses)
shredded iceberg lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain. Add onion and spices and cook until onion is softened. Set aside. 

To make the crust, dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix. Dump onto a floured surface. Knead into a smooth dough (five minutes or so). Roll out and press down onto a greased pizza…

Saucy Bacon Apple Chicken


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, diced
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
7 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
4 slices Oscar Meyer center cut bacon
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 oz reduced fat sharp cheddar, shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a microwave-safe glass baking dish with a layer of paper towels. Place the bacon slices in the prepared pan and cover with another layer of paper towels. Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until done. Set cooked bacon aside for later use.

In a large nonstick skillet misted with olive oil, brown the chicken breasts on both sides (takes about two minute or 3 minutes per side). Remove the chicken breasts from the pan and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Add the diced onion to the nonstick skillet and cook until they begin to soften. Add the sliced mushrooms and cool for about three more minutes. Add the diced apple to the pan and cook for about three more minutes. Add the win…

Black Bottom Brownies

This is a truly rich, decadent dessert. Beware!

Brownie Layer
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter
1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly butter a 9″x 13″ baking pan. Line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave. Set aside to cool.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla.
Pour chocolate mixture into egg mixture, whisking to combine. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly.

Cheesecake Layer
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, …

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

This is going to have to be a quick post. I will come back and edit later.

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 - Steak, Cheddar Potato Strips, Green Beans, Salad, Strawberries

Monday - Tacos, Salad, Peaches

Tuesday - Grilled Bruschetta Chicken, Broccoli, Salad, Applesauce

Wednesday - Chili (from freezer), Salad, Peaches

Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Mom's Choice
Saturday -  Spaghetti, Broccoli, Salad, Applesauce

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Valentine's Dinner

I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do on Valentine's Day is go out to eat at a restaurant. They are usually so crowded that you have to wait forever to eat, and it ends up not feeling very special with all of those people around. I prefer to stay at home and have a nice meal with my family. One of my favorite dinners to make for special occasions is my version of surf and turf - Steak with Manhattan Sauce and Bacon Wrapped Scallops. This is what we will be having tonight. I got a really nice sirloin from Harter House that my hubby is going to grill, and we splurged and bought some HUGE scallops that I will broil up to go along with them. Asparagus was on sale this week, and I found some amazing strawberries (also HUGE) at Sams. I made a Chocolate Chip Pound Cake the other day, so that will top off our meal. I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day with your family and loved ones!

Valentine's Day Menu
Grilled Sirloin with Manhattan Sauce Bacon Wrapped S…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

I'm a bit behind on things this weekend, so I'm going to need to make this a short post. This was my weekend to take care of my mom, so I've been gone the last few days. Good news is that she only has two more treatments, so we will be done in early March. Bad news is that they are just really knocking her down hard and fast. No fun, but she is a trooper.

We are looking at our first potential snow day of the year tomorrow. They are calling for snow and freezeing rain - yuck! We'll find out in the morning. 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 -Slow Cooker Roast and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad

Monday  - Chili, Sour Dough Bread, Strawberries

Tuesday - Valentine's Day Surf and Turf - Steak with Manhattan Sauce, Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Grilled Asparagus, Salad, Strawberries

Wednesday - Spaghetti Chili, Salad, Peaches

Thursday - Eat at book club (boys have oth…

What's for Dinner Menu Plan

It's Super Bowl Sunday, and how am I spending my evening? Making the meals for the week. :) I know that may sound un-American to many of you sports fans, but I'm honestly happier hanging out in the kitchen. I'm just not a sports fan, and even the commercials don't hold that much interest for me. It is the first year in quite a while that we haven't had friends over to watch the Super Bowl, but then again, it isn't a typical year for our family. We have enjoyed having some down time together this weekend. We did make a fun dinner to "celebrate" Super Bowl Sunday - we made our own version of In-N-Out burgers, some great oven fries, and chocolate shakes.

This week the boy has a couple of extra academic activities - a big math test (AMC 12) and an academic team meet, and the hubby has some extra work obligations. It helps so much to cook ahead for the week when evenings are full of activities. It's also helpful to have meals that you know will make le…