Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

What's the weather like where you live? Here in Oklahoma City, we are having the first snow fall of the season. So far, it's light and not sticking around, but another storm is supposed to bring more in tomorrow.

Cold and snow make me want to cook lots of calorie-filled, delicious, comfort foods. Are you like that? I also LOVE using my crockpot when we are "hibernating" during the winter. Smelling our dinner cooking all day just makes our home seem even cozier!

Here's what's on our plan for this week...a lot of these are repeats from last week because I ended up doing very little cooking again.

Monday--Buffalo chicken chili (I didn't get to make it last week.)

Tuesday--Chicken and cheese quesadillas, avocado slices

Wednesday--Our big baby girl turns seven, so we'll take her out for her birthday dinner!

Thursday--These ham and cheese pinwheels, salad

Friday--Homemade pizza night, broccoli and cauliflower salad

Saturday--Taco soup with tortilla chips and avocado, cornbread

Sunday--Breakfast for dinner

I'm going to be baking this easy pumpkin bread and these M&M cookies this week, too.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Overnight French Toast

I mixed this up last night after I put the kids to bed and then baked it this morning. I thought it would be good, but I had no idea that my family would eat every.last.bite. Oh my! I can already see the day when I'll be making two casserole dishes to feed these hungry mouths. Heaven help our grocery bill!!

I wasn't even able to get a picture of it because it was gone that fast! This recipe was adapted from Mommy's Kitchen.

1/2 cup butter (melted)
12 slices bread (I used wheat, but any kind will do.)
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs
1.5 cups milk

Pour the melted butter into the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Place six slices of bread over the butter.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle half of it over the bread slices. Place the remaining slices on top of the first six slices.

In a larger bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, and milk together. Pour this mixture over all of the bread, making sure it is all coated evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture over the entire pan. Cover with foil and allow to chill in the refrigerator all night.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Take off original foil and replace with a new piece. Bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven and remove foil. Place back in the oven for 15 minutes uncovered. Remove and pour syrup over the top. Place back in the oven for five minutes to allow the syrup to warm.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

I am resolving to start posting more this year. For the last six months, we have been in "survival mode," as my husband calls it. I was super sick for the first 23 weeks of this pregnancy, then I was on bedrest for three weeks, then Thanksgiving and Christmas hit, as well as birthday parties for two of my three kids. I just have not been cooking much. We have eaten a lot of sandwiches, frozen pizza *hangs head in shame,* and take-out. No wonder I've gained more weight with this baby than any of my others! ;)

Anyway, I am resolving to get back in the kitchen to share some more great recipes with you. I also intend to start back up with my Meatless Monday posts and Monday Meal Plans, though I actually think I'm going to make them into Sunday Weekly Meal Plans. All of this will start happening this week, but then I will take a few weeks off when our baby arrives (which probably won't be much longer based on my previous births). Please bare with me as we transition into a family of SIX!

So, let's start off with this week's meal plan, shall we?

Monday--Creamy spinach & artichoke pasta, tossed salad, French bread

Tuesday--Buffalo Chicken Chili, cornbread

Wednesday--Pepperoni pizza (using this recipe for crust), Caesar salad, carrot sticks with ranch dressing

Thursday--Split pea soup, crackers, and Chocolate Sheath cake for dessert

Friday--leftovers night

Saturday--Hard tacos, pinto beans, sliced avocados

Sunday--Mexican cornbread, leftover pinto beans, and coleslaw