Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan
Monday is Memorial Day, which is what many consider the start of summer. The weather is warming up in most places so I am keeping the menu plan simple with lots of recipes perfect for summer.

Here is this week’s menu plan.


Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins_

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin

Maple Cinnamon Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal 2

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal


Fold Over Enchiladas

Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Hot Dogs, Fruit, and Coleslaw

15 Minute Sausage Alfredo

15 Minute Sausage Dinner

Strawberry Spinach Salad_

Strawberry Spinach Salad and Grilled Chicken

bush beans maple sausage burger

Maple Sausage Burgers

Hamburger Pizza _

Ground Beef Pizza

Desserts of the Week

Slow Cooked Strawberry Cobbler

Slow Cooker Strawberry Cobbler

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.



Gluten Free Pancakes without xanthan gum

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins


Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata__

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata 

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad 3 [Recipes]

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Summer Pasta Salad--

Summer Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Deep Dish Pizza

Gluten Free Deep Dish Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Doughnuts

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Doughnuts

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Cheeseburger Salad, Homemade Doughnuts, and More {Everyday Adventures 74}

Fresh Eggs

My kids took care of our neighbors animals for a few days and that means fresh eggs! Fresh eggs are the best!

Cheeseburger Salad

If you have not tried my cheeseburger salad you need to. It is so good! We have had it several times recently because it is quick and easy to make and everyone loves it. This is the picture of my daughter’s plate I took Monday night when we had it for dinner. Delicious!

Homemade Doughnuts

My daughter and I have been working on some new recipes. A simple homemade double chocolate doughnut recipe is coming soon! It is one that is easy to make regular or gluten free. And I will be sharing both versions.

A Girl From Yamhill

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I finished this book this week. I don’t know where I first heard about it, but I really enjoyed it. If you love Beverly Cleary it is a interesting read. It is not a kid’s book. This is a memoir about her childhood years, which were not always easy. I loved reading a little bit about what made Beverly Cleary who she is and how she has loved to write since she was a kid.

The main reason I loved this book is because she grew up in northwest Oregon not far from where I grew up. Her early childhood years were spent in Yamhill and her remaining childhood was spent in Portland. I have not read a lot about Portland during the depression, so it was interesting to see it from her point of view.

I read this book on Scribd, but Amazon has it as well. I have been loving Scribd. They now limit the amount of books you can get each month, but I have found it to still be worth it for our family of readers. Has anyone else tried Scribd?

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Why I Menu Plan and a Meal Planning Printable

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Menu planning is something that I have done for years. I started it way back in my early years of marriage. That would be almost twenty-two years ago. Money was very tight and I did the grocery shopping and menu planning by shopping the sales.

If pasta and chicken was on sale we ate a lot of pasta and chicken that week. If tuna fish was on sale we ate tuna casserole, tuna sandwiches, and tuna salad. It was not always an exciting menu plan and we often ate the same things over and over, but it allowed me to save money and keep the grocery budget under control.

Menu planning is something that we often hear about doing to save money and many people plan their menu around sales and coupons like I used to do.

I agree that menu planning saves money and the main reason I started menu planning years ago was to save money, however, I now menu plan mainly because it saves me time. Don’t get me wrong, I still do it to save money, but with three teens and busy schedules the main reason I do it now is to save me time.

Why does it save me time?

If I have a plan done ahead of time, I don’t panic at 5:00 looking around the kitchen, opening every cupboard to see what I can throw together for dinner.

If I have a plan I know what we are having and I can get right to work on cooking dinner. The time it takes to sit down once a week or several times a month to put together a plan, pays off in the end.

Not only does menu planning save time it allows us to eat healthier without putting much thought into it.

If I plan meals ahead of time I tend to make them more balanced. If I don’t have a plan, I find all to often that the fruits and vegetables get left out. I either forget to buy them or I forget to use them. It is much easier to plan out what fruits and vegetables we are going to eat during the week.

It also saves me time when it comes to grocery shopping. I make way fewer trips to the grocery store when I have a menu plan. I can buy what I need for the meals I am planning and avoid those last minute stops to pick up items for dinner.

If you need menu planning ideas I have 6+ years of weekly menu plans and gluten free menu plans in the archives. Be sure to check them out.

And click here for the free meal planning printable.  

It is the printable I use every week to plan my meals.

Note: If your sheet does not look right when you print it, please try saving it to your computer and then print it from the saved versions. There have been some issues in some browsers and saving it first seems to solve this problem.

Now I am curious, how many of you menu plan? And if you plan, why do you do it?


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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are moist, delicious, and gluten free!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot cake is one of those desserts that I love because it is an old fashioned dessert that uses basic ingredients.

It is also one of those desserts that is easy to adapt to gluten free because it is so moist and full of flavor.

For this recipe I took a basic carrot cake and made it gluten free. I also turned it into cupcakes.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

One of my favorite things about gluten free cupcakes is that I can easily freeze them for future use. This works great for those times when the gluten free people in my family need a quick dessert to take somewhere. We just take what we need out of the freezer and we have an easy and safe dessert when needed.

That is if you have any leftover to freeze. Which is sometimes the problem at my house. But you can easily solve that by making a double batch.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1- 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line about 15 muffin cups with paper liners and set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine rice flour, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl whisk together pineapple, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  5. Stir pineapple mixture into flour mixture just until combined.
  6. Stir in carrots.
  7. Scoop batter into muffin cups filling each cup about 3/4 full.
  8.  Bake for 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once cupcakes are completely cooled frost with cream cheese frosting.



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Easy Spicy Black Beans

Easy Spicy Black Beans are a simple side dish perfect for just about any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal.

Spicy Black Beans

We eat a lot of Mexican and Tex-Mex type food. It is usually quick and easy to make and everyone loves it. It is also easy to make gluten free.

One of our favorite side dishes for Mexican food is Mexican Rice, but we also love to make simple bean dishes to go with it as well. One of our favorites is seasoned black beans.

Recently I planned on making seasoned black beans, but realized that I did not have any cilantro or limes. Both add a lot of flavor to the recipe, so I knew it would not be the same without it. I decided to come up with a new black bean side dish.

I wanted to keep it simple so took a couple of cans of black beans and added in some green chilies and seasonings. I cooked it on the stove top and served it with rice, seasoned ground beef, lettuce, and chips. It was delicious.

This is one of those recipes that is easy to change up depending on how spicy you like it. We like to keep it medium hot, but you can increase or decrease the chili powder if you want.

And I apologize that these photos are not better. I took them quickly with my i-phone.

Spicy Black Beans



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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

Here is this week’s menu plan.


Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Peaches and Cream Pancakes 4 [Recipes]

Peaches and Cream Pancakes– I think I am going to try this with some new flavors

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars [Recipes]

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars and Yogurt


Pizza Salad

Pizza Salad 

Easy Migas_


Homemade Slow Cooked Refried Beans

Homemade Refried Beans and Mexican Rice

Oven Tacos from

Oven Tacos

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oven Grilled Cheese


Bacon Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

strawberry brownie trifle 2 [Recipes]

Strawberry Brownie Trifle

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.


Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Dairy Free Banana Bread

Dairy Free Banana Bread


Taco Salad Casserole

Taco Salad Casserole

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground Beef Stir Fry

30 Minute Meatballs

30 Minute Sausage Meatballs

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

pepper jack oven omelet

Pepper Jack Oven Omelet

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes -

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures 73 {Freezer Containers, Choose Joy, Banana Bars, and More}

It is Friday! I am so ready for May to be over. Nothing bad has happened, just a crazy busy spring with a lot going on. I am ready for a slower paced, or hopefully slower paced, summer.

I had a few questions on things I posted this week, so I wanted to include the information in this week’s Everyday Adventures Post.

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In my 5 Things I Am Loving post I posted a picture of my new kindle. In the background was a sign that said Choose Joy. I bought that sign from Barn Owl Primitives. I love their stuff! The whole sign actually says Choose Joy Every Day. I have an antique table/dresser in our living room that I have it on. I love the reminder to choose joy. Because it really is a choice that we make every day.

I also had some questions on the freezer containers in my post yesterday about saving time in the kitchen. I bought the containers on Amazon and love them. This is the brand I have. They work great for freezing soup, chili, and other things in smaller portions. They are not super high quality, but I don’t mind that because then if my kids or husband leave them somewhere, or something happens to them, I am not out much money. They come in several sizes. I have had them for awhile now and am happy with them.

Now for Everyday Adventures!

Brownie and Ice Cream

This was our dessert last Friday night. So good! And as you can tell that is a totally non staged real life picture. I could have made it pretty, but I am keeping it real for you. Not all our food, in fact most of our food, is not perfectly plated with fancy napkins and silverware. :-)

If you are wondering how to make your own it is easy. We used my homemade brownie mix for the brownies. I have a regular and a gluten free brownie mix recipe. Top the brownies with ice cream.

We used Braum’s chocolate ice cream. And then some chocolate or hot fudge sauce. If you having whipping cream it is also great on top. Delicious! I mean really how can you go wrong with brownies, ice cream, and chocolate sauce.

It is one of my favorite desserts. It works great for serving company or a large group. You can make a pan or two of brownies, buy some ice cream and chocolate sauce, and have a quick and easy dessert that everyone will love!


I have mentioned before that I love salad. I also love croutons. However, I don’t always have them on hand and I really have not found a good gluten free version to buy. So I make my own. You can make homemade croutons with regular and gluten free bread. It works great and satisfies my craving for some crunch on my salad.

Banana Bars

I am continuing to update the images on some really old posts and recipes. This week I worked on my banana bar recipe that I shared way back in 2008 and the gluten free banana bars that I shared in 2010. I took the new pictures, but have not updated the posts yet, this picture is one I took on my phone, but if you have some bananas that need used up it is a great recipe to make.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


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Simple Ways to Save Time In the Kitchen

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Between fixing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, washing dishes, cleaning up, shopping, and everything else we do everyday, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Today I wanted to share five simple things that you can do to save time in the kitchen.

1. Menu Plan- Take the time to plan your menu for the week or month. I know I have said it before, but menu planning is my number one time saver when it comes to cooking. When I have a menu plan, I avoid the 5 o’clock panic of what is for dinner. It also keeps me from making unplanned trips to the grocery store. If I have a plan, I know what I need ahead of time and it simplifies my grocery shopping.

2. Keeping the Pantry Stocked With the Basics- Keeping a well stocked pantry is so important to saving time in the kitchen. It will save you extra trips to the store and will enable you to put together quick and easy meals at any time.

If you have  a pantry stocked with the basics like canned tomatoes, canned beans, pasta, rice, potatoes, basic spices, and a few other things, then you will always be able to put together meals like one pot spaghettipotatoes and sausage, a simple soup or chili, or mexican rice and beans.

Freezer Cooking Soups

3. Freezer Food- We all have those days where things do not go as planned. Unexpected things are going to happen. Kids get sick, cars break down, and many other things happen that can change our plans. We can make those days so much easier just by keeping a few simple things in the freezer.

Now I am not talking about a ton of freezer meals here. I keep it pretty basic, but you will often find things like taco meat in my freezer. I cook it ahead of time. Then all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and use it in tacos, burritos, nachos, or enchiladas.

I also keep cooked chicken in the freezer. I can use it for soups, casseroles, chicken sandwiches, or chicken tacos. Other things that freeze well are chili, soups, meatloaf, and meatballs.

4. Cook Once, Eat Twice- I often find myself planning ahead and cooking things that I can use over several days. I can make a large batch of chili and we can eat it for several days, but we don’t have to eat it as chili every day. I can serve the leftover chili as chili or I  can serve it over baked potatoes or even make a chili casserole.

Also, if I have several dishes that I know need ground beef, it is easy to brown it all at once and use it throughout the week. The same idea goes for chopping vegetables. If I am going to be using chopped onions and green peppers in several recipes throughout the week, I can save a lot of time by chopping them all at once.

5. Use Shortcuts- Do not be too hard on yourself. It is okay to occasionally use paper plates to save you time in the kitchen. It is okay to keep things on hand like pasta sauces, frozen french fries, cake and brownie mixes, and other things that make kitchen life easier.

I usually prefer from scratch homemade items, but it is okay to give yourself a break occasionally and do a few things that save you time and make life in the kitchen easier.

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