Menu Plan (Burrito Casserole, Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal, Pumpkin Dump Cake, and more)

Weekly Menu Plan

This last week was hot here in Oklahoma. More like August than September. It is supposed to cool down into the 70’s and low 80’s this week though and I can’t wait. I am ready for fall weather and fall food. And yes you know you live in the southern part of the United States when 70’s is cooling down…

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Maple Cinnamon Homemade Granola

Homemade Maple Granola

Dinner

Mexican Tomato Soup

Mexican Tomato Soup

Crock Pot Mexican Pork Chops from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Slow Cooked Mexican Pork Chops

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

quick and easy pasta sauce

Simple Pasta Sauce

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Oven-Pancake-Recipes

Oven Pancakes

Dessert Of The Week

Pumpkin Dump Cake without the Mix__

Pumpkin Dump Cake without Cake Mix

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan.

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Ihop Pumpkin Pancakes -

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Dinner

Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage_

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Easy Migas-

Migas

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooked Taco Sloppy Joes_

Taco Sloppy Joes over Potatoes instead of bread ( Be sure your taco seasoning and enchilada sauce are gluten free)

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche ( Be sure your bacon is gluten free)

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts 5

Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Costco, Books, Bread Dough, and More (Everyday Adventures 83)

pear

Pears are kind of like avocados in that it is hard to get the perfect ripeness. But when they are perfectly ripe, like this one was, they are delicious!

hobby-lobby-deer

I went into Hobby Lobby this week for one thing and came out with this. Hobby Lobby is such a dangerous place… But it was 50% off so it makes it okay right?!

I have been looking for a new wall hanging or picture for our downstairs bathroom. A picture of a deer was not really what I had in mind, but I ended up buying it anyway.

I am not usually a decorate with deer type of person, but there was something about this I loved. The colors worked with what was in the bathroom and I knew my kids would love it. They are the main ones that use the downstairs half bath, so in my cart it went.

Now that I have it home I am not sure what I think. I am kind of having second thoughts, but I don’t think my kids will let me return it because they love it. Maybe I can move it to one of their rooms if I get tired of it. And yes if I was the crafty DIY type, I could have totally made this, but I am not. :-)

Am I the only one that finds Hobby Lobby dangerous?

meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favorite things to keep in the freezer. It has been awhile since I made them, so it is time to restock the freezer. I am working on a new recipe that I hope to share soon!

This is my current book stack.

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I guess I am in the memoir biography mood. All three books fit that category. I think that I might need to add something more cheery and happy to the stack. These are all real life, life is not easy, type of books. They are good, but not happy and cheery.

A Night To Remember has been on my list for awhile. I just started it, but am enjoying it so far. It was written in the 1950’s and the author interviewed Titanic survivors, so I think it will be an interesting and pretty accurate read.

I met the author of All the Pretty Things a few years ago. When I heard she had a book out I knew I wanted to read it. I just got it, so I have not even started it yet, but I can’t wait.

I am not sure what to say about Hillbilly Elegy. I find it hard to review a book like this. I am almost halfway through it. I am enjoying it, but it is not an easy book to read. It is so real life. It is sharing a story that many people don’t like to admit exists.

The book is about a family’s journey to escape the Appalachia region and it’s poverty. It is a story shared by many people that come from that region. What I am finding though while reading the book is that this is many people’s story. In so many ways it is not a story unique to that region. 

Yes, there is something unique about the Appalachian region and it’s culture. I know that, but the story of escaping poverty and the difficulties of overcoming it is something so many families can relate to. Even if you don’t come from Appalachia there is so much in this story that many people will understand and feel like is their story.

So, yes I am enjoying this book, but I think it is one of those books that is good, but tough at the same time.

Have you read any of the books in my stack? I would love to hear your thoughts. And I would love some suggestions on something a little lighter and happier to add to my stack.

costco-books

And speaking of books. Books might be one of my favorite things about Costco. I have avoided buying any the last few times I went, but I love just browsing to see what they have. I feel like it is a mini trip to the bookstore every time I go.

gf-dough

I am working on some new gluten free bread and yeast doughs. They still need some work, but they are promising. When a gluten free dough rises like it did in the picture above, you know it has hope for being a great recipe. I hope to share soon. Or at least in time for the holidays.

candy-corn

I also bought candy corn this week… Yes, I did. I am one of the people that love it. It seems like you either love it or you hate it. I love it. But I only love it this time of year. One or two packages is usually enough. It is not something that I would want all the time. Which is a good thing since it is not exactly healthy.

I will also say that Brach’s candy corn is my favorite, but it has sesame oil in it. It is one of those weird, I never would have guessed it contains that, things. My daughter is highly allergic to sesame. Like anaphylactic allergic. So when I see this brand I buy it because it is pretty much the only brand of it we can have. But since it is made with honey it is healthy right. 😉

And I will admit that I already ate way too much of this package… Do you share my love of candy corn?

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The Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bakery Style Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

My family loves muffins. We make them often. Today I am sharing with you the best chocolate chip muffin we have tried. We love these. I even have a gluten free version of them for you. So these will work for both my regular readers and my gluten free readers.

If you love muffins these are a must try.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I shared the original recipe for these muffins way back in 2009. I shared the gluten free version in 2011. Both recipes needed some updating. Not in the recipe, but in the pictures.

I was updating the images in the posts earlier this week and realized that since these are a favorite for my family, and we make them all the time, it was a great time to reshare them.

If you love bakery style muffins these are a must try! If you are gluten free and miss bakery style muffins they are definitely a must try. They are so good!

Click below for the recipes!

Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

and

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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Newsletter and GF Desserts ebook

Free Gluten Free Desserts ebook

I know how challenging gluten free eating and cooking can be. That is why I love to share how quick, easy, and delicious gluten free can be. It doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. It can also taste great. In fact, it should taste great. It should be delicious!

Right now I am giving away my 21 Gluten Free Desserts ebook when you sign up for my Gluten Free Newsletter. The ebook is full of my family’s favorite gluten free desserts.

If you are gluten free you will want to sign up for my gluten free newsletter! If you know someone that is gluten free feel free to share this with them! I am so excited about this offer because I love to help make gluten free easy and delicious!

And you won’t want to miss this week’s gluten free newsletter. We are talking all about gluten free cookies. I will be sharing some of my favorite gluten free cookie recipes! To sign up just enter your email address below and hit subscribe.

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Freezing Cookies

freezing cookies

It is no secret that my family loves cookies. Homemade cookies are our favorite.

We have been well supplied in cookies the last few months because I have been working on my new cookie project. At times we have had too many cookies. Well maybe not too many cookies because I am not sure you can ever have too many cookies, but we have had a lot of cookies.

The trouble with too many cookies is that we eat them. If they are here where everyone can see them they are gone in no time. Cookies are good, but cookies all the time is not good. Everything in moderation right. That includes cookies.

My solution has been to freeze the cookies. Often times I just freeze them in a large zip top type freezer bag, but lately I have been freezing them in the small snack size freezer bags and it is working so much better.

Why is this working better? Portion control. If I don’t have a whole bag of cookies on the counter we will not eat a whole bag of cookies.

freezing cookies

Sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference.

So often when it comes to food it is not what we eat, but how much we eat. Portion control can make all the difference. The reality is that if I have a bunch of cookies on my counter I will eat them. And if my kids see cookies on the counter they will eat them.

So freezing them in small bags and then putting the small bags into a big freezer bags works so much better. We can just take out a small bag for a quick snack, lunchbox treat, or dessert and we are not tempted to eat the whole bag of cookies.

What is your favorite way to freeze cookies?

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5 Ingredient Chili Recipe

This quick and easy 5 Ingredient Chili recipe goes together in no time and uses basic pantry ingredients.
5-ingredient-chili

Fall is the perfect time for a big bowl of chili!

Chili is a meal that we eat often. Everyone loves it and it uses basic ingredients that I almost always have on hand.

It is also easy to make gluten free. In fact, as long as you read labels chili is very easy to make gluten free. It is one of those regular foods that no one thinks twice about being a gluten free meal.

5 Ingredient Chili

Chili is also freezes great and can be used in so many different ways.

We love to use the leftovers to make chili dogs, chili bowls, chili cheese fries, nachos with chili, chili pie, and more.

It is one of those meals that I can make the main part of one day and use the leftovers in other ways throughout the week. I love doing this because it allows me to do the main cooking one day without my family feeling like they are eating the same meal over and over again.

I am always changing up how I make chili. This 5 Ingredient Chili that I am sharing today is a favorite because it is so easy to make. I also love that I can make it either on the stove top or in the slow cooker. I usually cook it in the slow cooker, but either way works fine.

5 Ingredient Chili

 

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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

We are in that in between weather time of year. Some days are still hot, but other days you can feel fall quickly approaching. I love this time of year!

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies-

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Dairy Free Banana Bread

Dairy Free Banana Bread, bacon, and fruit

Dinner

Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole_

Enchilada Rice Casserole

Slow Cooked Homemade Chili without Beans-

No Bean Chili

Chili Bowls

Chili Bowls using leftover chili

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata_

Apple Bacon Frittata 

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken 2_

Crock Pot Chicken 

Dessert Of The Week

Caramel Apple Bars_

Caramel Apple Bars

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

apple pie oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal– Use gluten free oats

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

Gluten-Free Sausage Cheddar Biscuits

Gluten Free Sausage Cheese Biscuits

Dinner

Bacon Salmon

Bacon Salmon

Homemade-Panera-Bread-Potato-Soup-2

Copycat Panera Potato Soup– Use gluten free chicken broth

Gluten Free Corndog Muffins-

Gluten Free Corndog Muffins

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnuts

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnuts

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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5 Ingredient Freezer Burritos

These 5 ingredient freezer burritos are so easy to make. They are great for keeping on hand for quick and easy lunches and dinners. beef and bean freezer burritos

My husband and son have loved having breakfast burritos on hand in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Several times I have even grabbed one of the homemade frozen breakfast burritos my husband to take to work for lunch.

Years ago I made beef and bean freezer burritos. But like the breakfast burritos I hadn’t made them for awhile. The freezer breakfast burritos have been such a hit that I knew I needed to also stock the freezer with some bean and beef burritos as well.

Homemade freezer burritos are so easy to make and so much better and cheaper than what you can buy.

5 Ingredient Freezer Burritos

I wanted to keep these simple so they only contain a few ingredients. The day I took pictures of these I just sprinkled some cheese on top. Both my husband and son requested that I mix the cheese into the meat mixture when I make them. They like it better that way because the cheese is evenly distributed.

I didn’t have time to retake the pictures, so just pretend the cheese is stirred into the meat mixture.

And while we are talking about the pictures can we please also ignore that band aid on my finger. I did not even realize that it showed up in the pictures until I was adding them to this post.

5 Ingredient Freezer Burritos

See there it is again…Pretty much all the pictures I took of these show the band aid. Let’s just look at is as my way of keeping it real for you.

5 Ingredient Freezer Burritos

Now back to the freezer burritos.

These will be a regular in my freezer from now on. My son has been eating them several times a week for lunch. My husband has also been taking them for lunch when I don’t have any leftovers for him to take.

If you need quick and easy lunches or dinners these are perfect for keeping in the freezer.

Several people have asked me if you can make the breakfast burritos with gluten free tortillas and I know some will want to know the same thing for these. The answer is maybe.

Corn tortillas don’t roll quite and the same. You can do them fold over style if you want. Or I think could use a flexible gluten free tortilla like the Mission Gluten Free Tortillas. I am going to try them with some gluten free wraps and I will update you on that soon.

5 ingredient freezer burritos

 

 

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