Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are showing up at the store. Yes, we can get fresh fruits and vegetables all year long, but this time of year they are fresher.

Strawberries in November are just not the same. Strawberries in spring and summer are way better. So you will start seeing more fruits and vegetables on the menu plan.

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars [Recipes]

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars and Yogurt

Dinner

Homemade Slow Cooked Refried Beans

Homemade Refried Beans and Mexican Rice

Not Soggy Nachos

Not Soggy Nachos

Yeast Raised Pancakes

Yeast Raised Pancakes

quick and easy pasta sauce

Simple Pasta Sauce

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oven Grilled Cheese

Bacon-Pizza

Bacon Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

Slow Cooked Strawberry Cobbler

Slow Cooked Strawberry Cobbler

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

I am keeping it simple for this week’s menu plan. I know I say that often, but I really love to share quick and easy recipes on my gluten free menu plans. Because gluten free can and should be quick and easy and taste great!

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 Blueberry Pancake Muffins__

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancake Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum

Gluten Free Pancakes without gums

Dinner

Gluten-Free-Biscuits-and-Gravy

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy – Breakfast for dinner

One Pot Taco Dinner- Quick and Easy Dinner

Gluten Free One Pot Taco Dinner

Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage_

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken

Fold Over Enchiladas

Fold Over Enchiladas

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures 71 {Costco, Books, Coloring, and More}

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

This picture is of the recipe that I was going to share yesterday. I had it scheduled to go up yesterday morning, but as sometimes happens in the world of technology things did not work correctly and the post did not go up at the scheduled time.

Which honestly did not surprise me because it has been one of those weeks. I had to leave the house early yesterday morning and did not turn on my computer until later in the day, so I did not realize that it did not go up as planned. The good thing is that I now have a recipe all ready to share with you next week.

That is a good thing because I have not had a lot of time for writing this week. I guess it all worked out in the long run. :-) So look for that recipe Tuesday. Hopefully it will go up as planned this time.

Pancakes

We did manage to fit in our Saturday morning pancakes last week. After a few really busy weeks I was glad to get back to doing it.

We have been doing Saturday morning pancake breakfasts for years. It is one of my favorite family traditions and I miss it when we are not able to do a big family breakfast on Saturdays.

costco

I also managed to make it to our new Costco and to Trader Joe’s this week.

Yes, Oklahoma just got it’s first Trader Joe’s a few months ago and our first Costco last week. Both stores are less than an hour from me and I am so excited. I will share more about both trips soon. I had to really control myself at both stores so that I did not completely ruin my grocery budget.

And thank you all for your suggestions on what to buy at Trader Joe’s. There were so many great ideas!

Coloring

I think my family has finally decided that coloring is fun. Or at least some in my family have decided that.

I have never been into coloring. I did not like it as a kid and have not really understood the current adult coloring trend. None of my kids loved to color as kids either. My girls would do it, but they did not really love it.

However there are several coloring ebooks in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and I printed out a few of the pages. I set them out with some coloring pencils on a table.

At first my kids were like, what are those for, but I left them out and slowly they started coloring them. And they have actually had fun coloring them. It has become a group project of sorts.

I still have some out on a table in our living room and my girls occasionally stop and color a little bit. I am so glad that I printed them out!

Have you seen the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? If you haven’t be sure to take a look at it. These coloring ebooks are just a few of the great products in the bundle.

Notepan

I love planners and notebooks and I am excited to start using these. They came as one of the bonus offers in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. The stickers will be perfect for my planning pages.

And here is a look at an ebook project I have been working on.

21-gluten-free-desserts

I am so excited about this ebook. I have been working on this ebook for while and it is almost ready. I love sharing gluten free recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious. This ebook is full of my favorite gluten free desserts. I will have more details soon, but I couldn’t wait to show the cover to you.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

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Not Soggy Nachos

Not Soggy Nachos are a quick and easy lunch or dinner that your family and kids will love!

Not Soggy Nachos

Note: This post contains affiliate links and I am a contributor for this bundle. Thanks for supporting this site.

These Not Soggy Nachos were our lunch on Saturday. They were so easy to make. They only used a few ingredients, all of which I had on hand and they were delicious!

I found this recipe while looking through the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Have you heard about this bundle? If you have not heard about it is a great homemaking resource that includes 93 resources.

Don’t worry I am sharing the Not Soggy Nacho recipe in a minute, but let me tell you a little bit about this bundle.

This bundle is great and includes some great ebooks, courses, and bonus products all having to do with homemaking, but my favorite part of the bundle is the recipes. There are 1240 recipes alone in this bundle!

That is a lot of recipes! And they are from great bloggers that I love to ready.

On top of that there are other ebooks that deal with kitchen life. Ebooks on cake decorating, budgeting, menu planning, shopping, cleaning, and more.

It is 93 resources, which includes ebooks and e-courses, for only $29.97!

The recipes, kitchen tips, menu planning, and grocery budgeting tips alone make this bundle worth it. And I have not even mentioned all the other great products in the bundle. That picture above is everything that is included in the bundle.

This bundle is a great deal. If you are looking for ways to make your life in the kitchen and your homemaking life easier I think this bundle will help you.

Now I will add if you won’t use these ebooks don’t buy this bundle. I am pretty sure there is plenty of stuff that people will use, but this bundle may not be for everyone. I get that. And if you don’t have any extra room in your budget, don’t buy it. Feeding your family comes first.

Yes, there are great tips for saving money on groceries. There are great tips in these ebooks on budgeting, but if you don’t have the money, don’t spend it. I think this bundle is well worth the price, but I don’t want to encourage you to buy something you can’t afford.

Not Soggy Nachos

Now for the recipe that I want to share with you today.

This recipe comes from my friend Jessica of Good Cheap Eats. And yes she really is a friend. We have met in person and have talked on the phone about everything from food to homemaking and homeschooling.

I love the ebook that Jessica has in this bundle. Her ebook is full of not only recipes, but tips for menus and menu planning. And many of her recipes are freezer friendly. I should also mention that this ebook is currently only offered in this bundle. Jessica does not have it for sale anywhere else.

What I loved about these nachos is that they were quick and easy to make. They only called for a few ingredients and I had them all on hand. They made for an easy and filling lunch for a busy Saturday of working outside and around the house.

We love nachos so this was a fun version of nachos to try. I guess technically they are not nachos because they are not cooked like regular nachos, but they have all the flavors of nachos. Plus, they are not soggy. That makes them a winning recipe for sure.

The meat filling for these will also freeze great. You could double or triple the recipe and freezer it in zip top bags or freezer containers. Defrost it and add some chips, cheese, and toppings and you have a quick dinner for a busy day.

Not Soggy Nachos

 

 

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What To Buy At Trader Joe’s

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Oklahoma got its first Trader Joe’s store a couple of months ago. It has brought quite a bit of excitement to our area.

I have really wanted to go, but it is not super close to me and is not in an area I go often. However, I plan to make a trip in the next week or so.  It won’t be a place I shop often, but since it is less than an hour from me I am guessing it will be worth shopping at occasionally.

I have been to Trader Joe’s before, but it was when I was visiting family or on vacation on the west coast.  The times I went I was only able to pick up a few things and I did not really have time to spend looking through the store. They were always more of a quick trip to pick up a few items. I always wished I had time to really browse the store.

So here is where I need your help. I would love to know what to put on my shopping list for my first trip to our new Trader Joe’s.

What should I buy at Trader Joe’s? What items do you love? What items do I need to try? 

 

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Spoon Burgers {Sloppy Joe Burgers}

Spoon Burgers are a quick and easy freezer friendly meal your family is sure to love!

Spoon Burgers

Some of you might be wondering what exactly a spoon burger is because you have never heard of them. Basically a spoon burger is a form of a sloppy joe.

I have heard regular sloppy joes called spoon burgers, but most spoon burgers are a little different version of a sloppy joe. They are the same basic idea of a meat sandwich, but with slightly different flavors than we normally think of when it comes to sloppy joes.

Sloppy Joe Burgers

The version of spoon burgers I am sharing with you today is one that I have been making for years. They can either be called spoon burgers or sloppy joe burgers.

My family likes these because they do not have the typical tomato based sauce that sloppy joes have. Don’t get me wrong, we love sloppy joes, but we love these for a fun change.

I started making these years ago as part of my freezer cooking meals. I would make a large batch of the meat filling and freeze it in freezer bags. It made for an easy, inexpensive freezer meal and all I had to do was add the buns and a side dish for an simple dinner.

We normally serve this over buns or bread, but it is also really good served over baked potatoes.

I am curious if any of you have heard sloppy joes or that type of a recipe called spoon burgers? It is a regional thing or maybe an older term for them? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. 

Sloppy Joe Burgers

 

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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

I am keeping it pretty simple for this week’s menu plan. I hope to put a few things in the freezer. I also have some new recipes that I hope to work on, so I might change up the plan some.

Breakfast

eggs-and-sausage-

Eggs and Sausage

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola_

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola

Oven Pancakes

Oven Pancakes

Dinnerhomemade rice a roni

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs and Homemade Rice A Roni

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad 3

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

BBQ Sloppy Joes

Crock Pot Beef and Beans Casserole__

Crock Pot Beef and Beans Casserole

quick and easy pasta sauce

Simple Pasta Sauce

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

Blueberry Upside Down Cake_

Blueberry Upside Down Cake 

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan- Gluten Free Graham Crackers, Frittata, Baked Fajitas, and More

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.

Dinner

Roast Beef and Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Roast Beef and Mushroom Grilled Cheese on Gluten Free Bread

baked chicken fajitas

Baked Chicken Fajitas with Corn Tortillas

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata__

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata 

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Chicken Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

Chicken Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

gluten free chocolate graham crackers -

Gluten Free Chocolate Graham Crackers

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures 70 {Hotel Coffee, Baked Oatmeal, and New Recipes}

Dinner 4

I have been working on some new quick and easy dinner recipes. This one was a hit with my family. Well, the green pepper hater of the family did not enjoy it, but besides that everyone really enjoyed it! I will share the recipe soon.

gf cookies

I have also been working on some new gluten free cookie recipes. I think cookies are my favorite thing to adapt to gluten free. If you are gluten free be sure to follow my GF Adventures on Instagram. This is a separate Instagram from my Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures one.

I did not want to overwhelm my regular readers with gluten free stuff, so I decided to have an Instagram account that will be all things gluten free. If you are gluten free and don’t want to miss anything be sure to follow both.

baked oatmeal

This was our baked oatmeal one morning this week. The top one is banana baked oatmeal with some chocolate chips sprinkled on top of part of it. The other one is a chocolate one that I am working on. Both were delicious!

Last weekend my husband had a meeting and my daughter had a piano competition. Both were in the Oklahoma City area. So we spent a couple days there.

Here is a picture I took at the hotel.Hotel Coffee

Maybe it is because I don’t like coffee or that I can be a bit of a germaphobe but I am having trouble figuring out who would think a hotel bathroom is a good place for coffee making. I am thinking there must be a better place for it. Just saying…

Now I know that sometimes the sinks in hotel bathrooms are in a different area from the rest of the bathroom. However, in this bathroom it was all one room. All one room. Am I the only one that thinks next to the toilet and shower is a strange place to make coffee? :-)

If you saw my keeping it real post from earlier this week you know that I have a desk to clear off and a house to clean. So any guesses what are on the top of my to do list for this weekend…

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter

No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter are perfect for those with a peanut allergy, but they are also an easy homemade cookie that everyone is sure to enjoy! They are one of my favorite cookies to make and to eat!

No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter

When my daughter first developed her peanut allergy back in 2010 I was overwhelmed at all the changes we had to make in our diet. Some of our favorite recipes and foods were no longer safe.

After the initial shock wore off I stepped back and realize how many food that we could still eat. There were many. I also started getting creative with recipes. I worked on adapting our favorite recipes and food to make them safe for my daughter to eat.

Peanut Butter Free No Bake Cookies

One of the first recipes that I worked on adapting was my mom’s recipe for no bake cookies. It was a recipe that I had made for years and I knew that I did not want to give it up just because we had could not longer have peanut butter.

After some trial and error I developed a simple no bake cookie without peanut butter. It was my mom’s basic recipe with a few simple adjustments.

They turned out great and we have made them many times since then.

Peanut Butter Free No Bake Cookies

I decided to share this recipe again today because it is a great recipe for those that have a peanut allergy or know someone with a peanut allergy.

It is also a great cookie recipe in general. You don’t have to be peanut butter free to enjoy this one. It is a quick and easy classic cookie recipe that many people will love.

They are also a great recipe to make gluten free simply by using gluten free oats. So if you are gluten free or know someone that is gluten free make sure to give these a try with gluten free oats.

Click here to get the recipe for PEANUT BUTTER FREE NO BAKE COOKIES

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