Feb 182017

making breakfast exciting again collage

We may not be trapped at home with feet of snow, though part of me really wishes we were, yet it is still winter and the perfect time for warm breakfast foods.

With a lot of changes to our routines coming up, again, I am looking for some quick yet easy things to add to our breakfast rotation on weekdays.  While I could literally eat the same thing for breakfast every day, my kids finally revolted.

Mom, enough.  Can we please have something else?

My kids tend to be carb lovers, yet burn enough calories to need protein with their meals. Especially with breakfast. I have chosen to find new recipes that hopefully lean toward more protein than carbs.

My boys can eat more than me, if they decide they actually like their food.  Actually, they could almost out eat me when they were only 3 or 4, and I am not exactly a light eater.  They are not necessarily picky eaters, but more along the lines of “we finally have a enough to eat that we can have foods we prefer to eat.”  And that is why I am wanting to put dwarf fruit trees in my next garden/yard, along with vegetables and root vegetables.

Having these on hand allows me to plan for some of the more expensive or not-normally-on-our-shopping-list items.  I doubt these can be made for $0.50 a person, which is where I like to keep most weekday breakfasts.  However, I might find I am wrong, which would be lovely.

A few of these would also be good as a sandwich version, made ahead and frozen for reheating.  Also, a few call for croissants*, which are not cheap but can be found on sale if you look for them.  *I am not talking about crescent rolls, though those are also in a few recipes.  They are similar but not the same.

While my husband we love to have croissants for breakfast, if you do not eat them in time they are not as nice.  Or so my husband says.  His palate is more in tune to that sort of thing.  You can also find older ones on discount at the grocery store.  I am thinking those would be good for some of these recipes, especially for those who will be soaked in eggs and milk.

Here are 10 recipes I plan to try out in the upcoming days:

  1. Egg Croissant Casserole Recipe
  2. Sausage McMuffin Casserole
  3. Cheesy Tat Tot Breakfast Bake
  4. Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
  5. Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole
  6. Breakfast Enchilada Bake
  7. Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Breakfast Bake
  8. Italian Breakfast Casserole
  9. Farmer’s Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole
  10. Broccoli, Ham, Mozzarella Baked with Eggs
Dec 012014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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Ingredients for Chocolate Chipotle Chili

The meal plan for this month and this week did not exist this morning, hence no early posting of said meal plan.  Instead, this week’s meal plan was written up while waiting at the tire store.  This month’s meal plan will have to come at a later date.

That being said, these were meals I knew we had the majority of ingredients in the pantry already.  Today’s chili meal came about because I realized, while sitting in the tire store with my car up in the air, that I had not sat out the pizza dough to rise.  Sometimes that is how the menu plan rolls around here.

While the photo above shows all the ingredients for the chili, I was able to pull already chopped onion out of the fridge, peppers from the freezer than had been diced and frozen earlier this year, as well as previously cooked beef and beans out of the freezer.  It made the making of the chili go very quickly as I just dumped and brought  to a boil.  This saved me from the easy way out – eating out for lunch.  I love it when earlier preparations save me money later.


  1. Visiting Family
  2. Shakes
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
  5. Shakes
  6. Creamy Oatmeal with peanut butter
  7. Croissants, eggs, bacon


  1. Visiting Family
  2. Chocolate Chili, crackers
  3. Salad
  4. Sandwiches (croissants, salami, cheese, tomato, onion)
  5. Breaded Pork Chops, beets, peas, rice
  6. Beef Stew, corn bread muffins
  7. Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes, vegetables


  1. Eat Out (traveling)
  2. Dutch Pancakes with fruit
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Pizza
  5. Salad
  6. Tomato-Lentil soup
  7. Falafels, side salad

croissant breakfast

Linked up with OrgJunkie.


For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.


Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s December’s Monthly Meal Plan.


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Jan 292013

Today I took a few minutes to delete the over 200 spam comments I had.  Just part of having a blog that I do not enjoy,but which needs to be done on a regular basis.  While doing that mindless work, I was thinking about other things.  It then popped into my head that I had not posted my menu plan on Sunday, and hence had not linked it up.  What I had taken the time to do instead on Sunday was to finish up February’s monthly meal  plan.  Then I went through all the “recipes to try” notebook.  I assigned recipes to certain months, threw them away if I thought we no longer wanted to try them, or put them back in the “recipes to try” notebook.  In the end, the only recipes I put back were for desserts and there were less than 10 at that. I may forget what we are having for supper without looking, but I do know that June will be the month of grilling for us.  Helpful isn’t it?

I’m still trying to not do a lot of grocery shopping this week.  I know I probably said the same last week, and I was well on my way to keeping my word on that … then I saw the CVS circular.  There was a good deal for sodas.  I’m too cheap to buy them at full price.  (Do you know how much sugar is in one? I don’t need to pay that much to gain weight.) It used to be that I could wait till they went on sale for $1 per 12 pack, buy a few, then wait for the next sale.  However, that hasn’t been the case in several years.  4 or 5 years you say?  Hmm. You could be right.  Anyway, for this reason (and because they aren’t really good for us) I just don’t buy a lot of them.  There have been months when there hasn’t been any soda in the house.  We survived.  Then I saw the ad.  Let’s just say I completely did not keep my word on “not doing a lot of grocery shopping” last week and we now have enough sodas to last me for about two years, I drank one every day.  No, I do not plan on drinking one every day.  My husband thought I was crazy till I told him that they ended up being $.14 per can and that we can also take them to get togethers and for when people come over.  We don’t have to drink them all ourselves.  All that to say, I really don’t want to do a lot of shopping this week.

Back to what I was actually talking about, our menu for this week.


  1. Shakes (we were late for church)
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, bananas
  4. Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Cereal or muffins (it will be an early morning)


  1. Eat out
  2. Spicy pan fried sirloin steak with noodles, corn
  3. Salad leftovers, as my husband didn’t come home for lunch
  4. Meatballs (from freezer), gravy, Bulgar wheat, peas
  5. Spiced pork balls, salad
  6. Grill pork tenderloin with apple-ginger sauce, rice
  7. Eat out (or take lunch with us)


  1. Beef stew (new recipe), rice
  2. Bree’s lentil soup, rice, cheese, sour cream, croutons
  3. Twice baked potatoes
  4. Toast, tea, fruit
  5. Sandwiches, fruit
  6. Leftover beef stew, rice
  7. Hamburgers, brats, corn on the cob, carrot sticks

The picture at the top of the post is of a couscous salad I made last week.  It was a nice light side to a meal of BBQ chicken thighs and corn.  It was one of those meals that I was trying to put together with what I had on hand.  The tomato and cucumber in the side dish were left over from salad earlier in the week.  Some months back I ordered a large bag of couscous from Amazon.  My menu has been stuck in “rice” mode, even though we have the couscous and bulgar wheat also in the pantry.  I’ve been trying to use more couscous and Bulgar as the sides in place of rice.  You might think there wouldn’t be much of a difference.  However, the textures are very different, and sometimes that is all you need to spice things up a bit.

Linked up with Healthy Branscoms OrgJunkie

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s January’s Monthly Meal Plan.  If this is a new concept to you, take some time to think it over.  Imagine only having to sit down once a month to menu plan, rather than 4 or 5 times.  It worked for me, perhaps it will do the same for you.


Jan 212013


This past week saw all the meals but two used.  We changed our plans on Saturday, so that meal was moved to today.  The other meals was the hummus.  I forgot to check the freezer for precooked chickpeas and didn’t cook any others in time for supper.  Saturday’s supper ended up being shakes.  As for the hummus, we ate sandwiches instead.

I will apologize now for the lack of pictures.  Seems I need to remember to keep my camera handy when cooking and baking.


  1. Crepes, fruit, bacon
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, applesauce
  4. Rusks, coffee, tea
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal or grits
  7. Eggs, toast, meat, fruit



  1. Eat Out
  2. Sirloin steak, peas,
  3. Salad
  4. Tangy black bean soup, bread
  5. Breaded pork chops
  6. Beef stroganoff, rice, broccoli, carrots


  1. Peanut butter and syrup sandwiches, applesauce, orange slices
  2. Toast, cheese, tea, fruit
  3. Pizza
  4. Crockpot chicken, macaroni and cheese
  5. Sandwiches, apple slices
  6. Twice baked potatoes
  7. To Be Determined (TBD)

Linked up with Healthy Branscoms OrgJunkie

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s January’s Monthly Meal Plan.  If this is a new concept to you, take some time to think it over.  Imagine only having to sit down once a month to menu plan, rather than 4 or 5 times.  It worked for me, perhaps it will do the same for you.


Oct 082012


  1. Crepes, fruit
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Cinnamon rolls
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal, additives – raisins, brown sugar, honey, pecans, etc.
  7. Eat out – going to a football game


  1. Eat out
  2. Meatloaf, potatoes, beets
  3. Salad
  4. Turkey and black bean chili, cornbread
  5. Beef Bourguinon, cornbread
  6. Mint Meatballs, rice, sauce, peas
  7. Tailgating


  1. Spaghetti
  2. Red lentil soup, bread
  3. ???
  4. Salami sandwiches, grilled onions, tomatoes, fries
  5. Tea, toast, fruit
  6. Leftovers
  7. Eat out – at football game



Sep 032012

I am coming back from a long weekend vacation and jumping into the week. Only one new recipe this week and lots of ones we love.


  1. On Vacation
  2. On Vacation
  3. Cereal
  4. Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit


  1. On Vacation
  2. On Vacation
  3. Salad
  4. Pizza
  5. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, beets, baked beans
  6. Steak au poivre, roasted potatoes, beets
  7. Salisbury Steak, carrots,


  1. On Vacation
  2. Tomato Soup, croutons
  3. Tea, cheese, bread/rolls
  4. Crockpot Pork Tenderloin with apples
  5. Chili (from freezer), rolls
  6. Leftovers
  7. Sandwiches, fruit, raw veggies, cheese


What is your menu this week?  Share you link below, with a link back here.  Any new recipes?

This post is also linked up at the following blogs.  Check them out for even more ideas!

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Aug 132012

Last week found us eating out for lunch a few time more than normal.  This had mainly to do with my lack of planning ahead to start meals.  I’m hoping to do better with that this week.  So, if you see some meals on here that were there last week also, it is because those are the days that we either ate out or I rearranged the meals.


  1. Crepes, bacon, banana pancakes
  2. Cereal
  3.  Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Pumpkin or Strawberry Bread
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Pancakes


  1. Church potluck
  2. Sandwiches, cheese slices, tomatoes
  3. Salad
  4. Turkey meatballs with cranberry bbq sauce, rice,
  5. Sweet and Tangy pork loin, mashed potatoes, carrots
  6. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken, bread, potato salad
  7. Hoisin wings, hamburgers, onions, tomatoes, fries


  1. Left over curry, rice
  2. Crock Pot Cabbage, rice
  3. Steak Stuffed with apples, feta, and almonds, bread, carrots
  4. ???
  5. ???
  6. Steak Au Poivre with roasted potatoes, beets
  7. Crock Pot Pork Loin with Apples


What is on your menu this week?