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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.

 food and wine 2014 cookbookThis is the first of the two prizes I will be giving away to one lucky reader!

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Just click on the link below to enter and next Tuesday March 18th, two lucky readers will have each won a great prize.

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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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Feed me…Part 1 of the Menu Planning Journey

I was recently looking at article online and it gave a week worth of dinner menus. That was a great idea since it gave complete shopping list along with the menu. After a closer look I realized that there was no way that any normal family would eat these dishes. Plus it required you to have on hand things that a lot of us simply don’t have like walnut oil,  dry sherry (I thought sherry was wet since it is a liquid. Dry sherry is made with lighter grapes than regular sherry) and other odd things
So I decided as a project to search thru all my vintage cookbooks, magazines and the internet to create a menu for the month of February that would meet the following requirements; (1) It must have dishes that we would actually eat plus a new side or main course each day for variety (2) Anyone could make the dishes on the menu without having to have a degree from the Cordon Bleu cooking school (3) The cost per day broke down like this -breakfast would cost $5.00, lunch would cost $5.00 and dinner would cost $10.00 and last but not least (4) It had to feed my family of six for under $600.
 I am now armed with my goals as far as my menu plan for the month of February. I will be doing research and figuring the costs of each meal. My goal is to each Sunday evening to post the upcoming week’s menu with a cost breakdown. I hope by doing this I can give my readers ideas for planning their own menus for the week saving them time and money.
Until next time…

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Delicious (Měiwèi) No Matter How You say it

I don’t eat out too often but when I do there are some restaurants that are simply incredible. There is one local place that is absolutely amazing. That special place is Hibachi Grill.
When you first walk in you are greeted by one of their friendly staff who quickly and happily will seat you. Large parties are not a problem as I have been there with a party of nine before and they were very accommodating.
After you are seated, your server will come and take your drink order. They do not serve alcohol but they do serve various sodas, iced teas and hot tea in its own teapot.

Now it’s off to the buffet area! Trust me , they do not disappoint when it comes to great food here. They have a vast array of wonderful dishes in different cuisine.
Let me give you a highlight of a few the wonderful dishes you can find here.

Our first dish is the hibachi style dishes. You can select ingredient to be cooked to perfection right in front of your eyes. You can choose from chicken, beef, shrimp, eggs and a selection of fresh vegetables that is stir-fried with your choice of sauces including teriyaki and hibachi sauce.
Fresh prime rib awaits you to slice off and enjoy . Next to that sits a beautiful sweetly glazed ham decorated with pineapple. If those two choices aren’t what you are looking for, there is also pizza and pork tenderloin awaiting you. The prime rib is some of the best you’ll have the pleasure of eating. Tender and easily sliced is the best way to describe it
 One of my husband’s favorite dishes is cheesy clams. These are clams with cream sauce that are broiled with grated cheese on top of them. Their wonderful sweet pocketbook rolls that simply beg for honey butter to be spread on top of them. You can also find their unique potatoes skin here. I haven’t quite figured what is in them but I can tell you there is onion, sour cream, loads of crispy bacon and cheese. These would be awesome with hot wings for a Super Bowl party .
 A great fresh salad bar also adds to the deliciousness of the food here. You can find fresh salad ingredients along cold seafood such as shrimp, octopus and oysters. Various sauces are also here such surachi sauce, ketchup and various salad dressings
Now there are the standard Chinese dishes like Mei-Fun, Steamed Dumplings, General Tso’s Chicken, Lo-Mein, Egg Rolls, Wonton Soup and others here. The difference is the quality of the food here. The staff here takes great pride in serving delicious and fresh food to their customers. Food is replaced quickly and often here so you are always guaranteed fresh and hot food to enjoy.

Now it’s time for dessert.. Here we have various flavors of ice cream as well as different types of cakes, cookies, puddings, Jell-O’s, fresh fruit and their special peanut. Yes these are special peanut that have salt and seasoning to them. I could eat these peanuts by the pound and never tire of them. I plan to stop by again and offer to buy just a pound of peanut from there since they are that good.
If you are looking for a great place to grab a quick lunch or have a friendly relaxed date than Hibachi Grill is the place for you. They also have take out as well.
This charming restaurant is located at 9645 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee,  37922 where the old Ryan’s Buffet used to be at. It is across the street from Michaels and Babies R Us . The phone number is :(865)357-3555 and their fax number is :(865)357-8088
If you decide to eat here be sure to let them know that Mmommy Musings sent you.     

 (I couldn’t take photos since my camera decided that it wasn’t going to work for me. Sorry everyone.Check out their website for some great photos) 
 After my great meal, I ventured into few of the local stores nearby including Smart Toys and Books, Coachman Clothiers, Gentry Furriers among others. I will be telling you about these great places as time allows me to.
 Until next time… 

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Chinese "Fake Out’"

There aren’t too many people out there who don’t enjoy good Chinese take out food. Chinese food is full of bright colorful veggies, meat and wonderful seasonings. Unfortunately not all of us are close enough to  great Chinese take out place. Even if you are close enough to said Chinese restaurant price for an order of Beef Lo-Mein about $9.50 on average. Not exactly cheap eats especially if you want to feed the whole family since those cute little take-out cartons only feed one  person. Let’s be honest a lot of times after we eat that cute container of Lo-Mein we’re still hungry. This sent me on a quest to create a cheap and kid friendly Lo Mein recipe that is quick, easy and great tasting to boot.
I decided to use thin spaghetti noodles instead of the traditional lo-mein noodle. Thin spaghetti is more easily accessible than actual lo-mein noodle and often times cheaper. Add to this some beef, veggies and sauce you to can replicate Beef Lo-Mein too.

Kid Friendly Beef Lo-Mein
1 1.5 pound beef skirt steak cut into thin strips (if your meat is partially frozen it cuts easier)
1 16 oz bag frozen California Blend Style vegetables
2 cloves garlic minced

8 ounces of thin spaghetti broken in half, cooked and drained

1/4 cup beef stock
1/4 cup Teryaki Sauce/Marinade
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons MSG powder (optional- if you don’t have it don’t worry about it.) 

Oil for frying
1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles in it. While the pan heats up combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add beef strips and cook until almost done stirring constantly. When meat is almost done add the minced garlic and continue to cook until done.

2.Add frozen vegetables and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.

3. Add cooked and drained thin spaghetti to meat and vegetable mixture. Add sauce and stir to coat. Cook until heated through.

4.  Serve in bowls with extra teriyaki sauce to pour on if desired.

There you have it. A quick, tasty and kid friendly lo-mein that’s easy to make.

Until next time…


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An Epiphany or Getting Inspired For Dinner

I am guessing that just about everyone out there has heard of Bacon, Egg and Cheese Crescent Casserole aka Breakfast Bake . It usually has a base of crescent rolls with  bacon, eggs and cheese with beaten eggs poured on top and baked. Trust me when I say it’s pretty good. I decided to make one for dinner last night and while frying the bacon for it an epiphany came to me! If it’s pretty good with bacon, eggs and cheese what could make it better? I thought to myself. That’s when it hit me- why not add some fried onions and potatoes to make it a complete meal? That’s right folks, I grabbed an onion out the fridge and two smallish potatoes and started off.
So without  further ado here is the recipe for Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Potato Crescent Bake

Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Potato Crescent Bake
1 package of Pilsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets (they are next to the crescent rolls in the refrigerated bread dough section- I brought mine at he local Wal-Mart) (if youn can’t find these use a package of Pilsbury Crescent Roll dough-the 8 count NOT the 6 count one)

1 pound bacon chopped, fried and drained (save the bacon grease)
1 small onion chopped
2 small potatoes , scrubbed and chopped
2 cups Shredded mild cheddar cheese
6 eggs
3 Tablespoons milk
1. Preheat oven to 400.
2.Grease a 9×13 baking dish . Place Pilsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets in pan and gently press up the edge to form a small lip all the away around.(If using the crescent rolls , open the dough but do not separate. Taking a rolling pin and roll a few times to seal the seams together and finish according to the directions for the
Pilsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets)Set aside
3. In the same pan that you fried your bacon in, fry your onion and potato until browned. If your veggies start sticking to the pan add some of the saved bacon grease to the pan to prevent this.
4 Lay the bacon, potatoes, onions and cheese on top the Pilsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet..
5. Mix the eggs and milk together in a small bowl. Pour over the bacon, potatoes, onions and cheese . If it doesn’t look like it has covered everything don’t worry!!! As it bakes the eggs will spread out to and bake evenly.
6. Bake for abut 20-25 minutes. My oven runs hot so it was done at 20 minutes.

The final verdict? Out a 9×13 pan I have three small pieces left. Everyone thought it was very good. My kids recommended some ketchup and it did help to enhance the flavors especially of the potato and onions.

 So folks if you make this please let me know what your family thought of it and if you “tweak” it any.

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