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Menu Plan Monday January 25, 2016 Edition

The Snowpocalypse of 2016 thankfully missed our house. The kids got to enjoy three days off from school though. They played outside and went sledding with the little bit of snow we did get.  They had lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed their mini vacation. They were off Monday too for Martin Luther King day so they only went one day this week. Not that they were complaining by any chance!
This week’s menu features great buys that I got from Aldi’s and Kroger’s. If you have never checked out Aldi’s do so. They have a whole line of gluten free products called LiveGFree which includes frozen foods like Blueberry Pancakes, Cheese Pizzas and even Chicken Nuggets and snacks like Double Chocolate Brownie Muffins. Another line they have is called Fit & Active which is their lower fat line. We personally like the Fit & Active® Lean Turkey Polska Kielbasa. It’s great sliced into spaghetti sauce for baked spaghetti casserole.
My big savings this week was a Cook’s ham at Kroger. The ham was an eleven pound ham for a little over eight dollars that was originally listed for $22.00. I’m cooking it right now and once it cools, I’ll divide it into meal sized portions to freeze. I have a FoodSaver® 4980 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System that I picked up from Costco before the holidays started. This has really saved our family time and money since I can buy food in bulk and divide it into portions for our family.

Menu Plan for January 25- January 31

Funeral Sandwiches (recipe courtesy of Clever Housewife,
Dutch Apple Pie w/ Whipped Cream (Aldi’s special – twenty five cents for the pie!)
Baked Pork Chops
Cheesy Julienne Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Salisbury Steaks
Steamed Rice
Green Beans
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Garlic Bread
 (Darling husband is cooking tonight. I’ll be out of town with Gabriel at an appointment.)
Hot Dogs
Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Beans
Roasted Chicken Thighs
Sweet Peas
Breakfasts: Cereal, French Toast, Mickey Waffles, Oatmeal etc
Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, etc
I was looking for something pretty for this post and I came across this lovely painting. It’s called Midsummer’s Eve and was painted in 1908 by British painter Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Hughes worked mainly in watercolors and was part of the artistic movement called Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. With all the cold weather everyone has been having lately, I thought a picture of something warm would be great.
Until next time…

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That’s right, I’m celebrating! What I’m celebrating is that I have now over 500 readers to Mmommy Musings. I wish I could thank everyone of you in person but I can’t do that. It would be an awesome around the globe trip with stops in the United States, Australia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Israel with just a few of the countries.

However I can have a giveaway as a thank you though. In fact I’m going to have TWO giveaways!  Double the fun and double the prizes!

As my first thank you gift I am giving away the brand spanking new not yet on the market Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2014. This gorgeous cookbook puts a year’s worth of wonderful recipes in one handy place with 700 recipes ranging from quick weekday meals to special dishes for special occasions. There are over 180 full photos to help inspire you to create along with tips and techniques from chefs around the world and last but not least step-by-step DIY instructions.

My second thank you gift to one lucky subscriber is Food and Wine Magazine’s Fast. Food & Wine’s editors have compiled over 150 of the most delicious recipes they’ve ever published, all meticulously tested in the F&W Kitchen in ready in 30 minutes or less.

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March 9, 2014 · 11:41 pm

Menu Plan Monday -The Rachael Ray and AllFoods Edition

I admit that this week’s menu ideas were cue dramatic music…borrowed! Oh horror of horrors you mean you didn’t come up with the recipes on your own? Sadly nope I did not. I have to give credit to two great magazines that I got in Friday’s mail, Everyday with Rachael Ray and a small sample issue of All Foods that was sent with the Everyday magazine.
I usually just flip thru my magazines and toss them. For some reason I didn’t do that this time but instead decided to actually read them this time. I am so glad that I did. Both magazines had some great recipes for easy dinner menu starters.

I have provided links to recipes that I used for each of the nightly menu if they were available.

Stir-Fry Beef and Veggies (I use the Sweet-Sour Stir-Fry Sauce on the right side. Stir Fry Sauce)
Steamed Jasmine Rice

Corned Beef Melts with Sweet and Sour Onions and Wilted Cabbage
Note: I baked a corned beef brisket in the oven myself when I was unable to find deli sliced corned beef available locally. Also instead of the breads she suggested I used Pepperridge Farm Simply Oatmeal Bread.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on Slider Buns
Homemade Coleslaw – My coleslaw dressing recipe comes from my 1970 Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

Quick Chicken Soup with Pasta 
If we do not go to church. Depends on how everyone is feeling that afternoon.

Broccoli Ham Ring

Meatloaf (I use ground turkey instead of beef in mine. Even though is says the fish sauce is optional do add a few drops if you can find it.)
Spring Blend Veggies

Fish Fillets
French Fries

Breakfasts are cereal, English muffins, waffles and eggs.
Lunches are sandwiches, salads, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and leftovers

I am so glad these are easy to do recipes and menus. This afternoon our five year old son took a fall and so he and I went to the local children’s hospital to get him looked at. Thankfully he is fine and he has to take it easy for a few days.
Youngest dear daughter has outpatient surgery to remove an ear tube this week so she’ll be out of school for a day or two. I got her frozen lemonades, ice pops, pudding and Jello to eat after her surgery.
If you remember my last post I mentioned needing to see a specialist for my knee. Well, I did and I have to probably have surgery on it. I will know something definite on the 22nd after my consult with the knee surgeon and my MRI.
If you folks could keep us in your prayers we’d appreciate it tons. Thanks a million !!

Until next time…

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Cookie Jar Filler

Okay so it’s been a little while since I posted. Sorry but things happened that were not planned but it’s all good now. Well almost, I stepped off the curb wrong Monday and managed to tear the cartilage in my right knee . So after a trip to my doctor who was awesome enough to see me the same day (Tuesday), an Ace wrap, home care instructions, crutches and a referral to the orthopedic clinic I am slowly on the mend.
I did make cookies for the kids’ school snack and dear husband liked them as well. If they are a hit with everyone than I figured why keep them just for ourselves. These cookies are super easy, soft and tasty.
Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies
1 box cake mix ( 18.9 oz sized box)
2 eggs
1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1 can frosting
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together on low speed until combined into a dough. On greased cookie sheets drop by teaspoons spacing evenly. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until edges are brown.
Let the cookies cool completely before the next step. You need them cooled or else the frosting will melt.
Now that you have let cookies cool completely, take a cookie, spread about a tablespoon of frosting on the bottom of it and top with a cookie that is bottom side down.
I got about two dozen cookies. You’ll need to store these in the fridge due to the frosting but they are so soft the coldness doesn’t effect the softness of them.
The best thing is that you aren’t just limited to one flavor combination . I used Funfetti Cake mix and Chocolate Frosting since that is what I happened to have on hand. You could do spice cake mix with cream cheese frosting, orange cake mix with vanilla frosting, the possibilities are literally endless.

Until next time…

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Better Bacon

We all love bacon. I mean how can you NOT like bacon. It’s chocked fully of smoky salty porky goodness. Plus it has become a staple in things like cupcakes, sandwiches, vodkas and even chocolate bars. Just about every state now has a bacon festival of some kind or another.
 Now recently I started experimenting with bacon to see how I could make it better. After some testing and very willing taste testers I came up with Better Bacon. Better Bacon is a sweet slightly smoky bacon that is the best bacon ever for grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. Plus it’s super easy to do and since it’s done in the oven your stove top is free for you to use.
I would recommend using a good brand name bacon for Better Bacon. There are some store brands out there that are really great but you want to buy a bacon with a good balance of meat and fat. Too much fat and the bacon starts to shrink. Too much meat and the bacon will start curling up. Not what we want

Better Bacon
1 (16 oz) package thick sliced hickory smoked bacon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup 
1. Preheat oven to 375. In a roasting pan with a rack place bacon strips in a single layer.
2. In heated oven cook bacon for 12 minutes. Drain bacon grease and place in a coffee cup that has been rinsed out with very hot water and dried. (This bacon grease is great for frying eggs, potatoes and using in  greasing cast iron skillets for cornbread.Another great use is a big spoonful in green beans).
3. Drizzle the maple syrup evenly all over the bacon and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Place back in oven and cook for about 3 minutes more. You want the edges of your bacon to just start turning a nice golden brown color.
4. Remove from oven and let rest for a few minutes. This resting period lets the maple syrup and bacon infuse into the bacon.

Now go enjoy your Better Bacon

Until next time

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Emily’s Ritzy Chicken Legs

The other night the dear daughter, Emily, made chicken legs for dinner. Below is her recipe for Ritzy Chicken Legs. These are easy to make and  taste delicious .

Emily’s Ritzy Chicken Legs

1 large package of chicken legs (we used tyson’s family pack)
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers (must be original Rizt crackers)
1 tsp fried chicken seasoning (she used Sauer’s brand)
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
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Step 1: Wash and dry your hands throroughly.
Step 2: Have an adult turn the oven on to 350 to preheat.
Step 3: Open your package of chicken legs, rinse them underwarm water and set aside.
Step 4: Take your sleeve of crackers and not opening them smoosh it in your hands. Pour the crumbs into a flat shallow dish, add the seasoning and mix really well.
Step 5: Take your melted butter and pout that into a seperate flat dish.
Step 6: Take one of your chicken legs, roll it in the melted butter and then in the crumbs pressing the crumbs gently so they stick to the chicken leg.
Step 7: Place the leg into a sprayed 9×13 baking dish. Reapeat Steps 6 and 7 until all the legs are coated
Step 8: With adult’s help place into oven and bake for 1 hour.

Step 9: The best part of all-eat them !

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