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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

Monday
Funeral Sandwiches (recipe courtesy of Clever Housewife, http://www.cleverhousewife.com/2013/09/funeral-sandwiches-nothing-mourn/)
Dutch Apple Pie w/ Whipped Cream (Aldi’s special – twenty five cents for the pie!)
Tuesday
Baked Pork Chops
Cheesy Julienne Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Wednesday
Salisbury Steaks
Steamed Rice
Green Beans
Rolls
Thursday
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Garlic Bread
 (Darling husband is cooking tonight. I’ll be out of town with Gabriel at an appointment.)
Friday
Pancakes
Sausage
Eggs
Saturday
Hot Dogs
Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Beans
Sunday
Roasted Chicken Thighs
Stuffing
Sweet Peas
Gravy
Breakfasts: Cereal, French Toast, Mickey Waffles, Oatmeal etc
Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, etc
hughes-midsummer-eve-victorian-art
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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A recipe and my revamp of it ☺

I recently went online looking to read other blogs from ladies with large families. I found this site (http://ladyofvirtue.blogspot.com) and saw her recipe collection. I decided that I had to make her breakfast bar recipe. However, her recipe just didn’t appeal to my taste that much, so I tweaked it. Below is the link to the original recipe:

http://ladyofvirtue.blogspot.com/2010/02/breakfast-recipe.html

Now don’t get me wrong, her recipe looks great. Now below is my revamp of the recipe

Not so Nutritious but still Delicious Breakfast Bars (my version)

1 1/2 cups butter

3 cups brown sugar

Cream together. Add:

5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Mix.

Add:

3 cups oats

2 cups whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons baking powder

2 cups raw wheat germ

1 1/2 cup coconut

2 cups hershey special dark chocolate chips

2 cups dried cranberries (craisins)

Grease two 9 x 13″ baking pans, fill each with half of mixture. Bake at 350*F until golden brown about 30 minutes or until a knife comes clean when inserted.
Cut into bars and serve with a glass of cold milk.

We make these the night before–they are more nutritious than granola (they contain eggs and not so much oil or sugar).
These bars also freeze beautifully. I have a batch in my deep freeze for quick breakfasts or on the go snacking.

Until next time….

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