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Slow Cooker Menu Plan

 This slow cooker menu plan is the perfect plan for a busy week!

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

My Crock Pot is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. It makes my life so much easier on busy days. There are some weeks that I use my Crock Pot four or five times. So, this week I decided to do something a little different and my menu plan all about slow cooking.

Yes, all the recipes on this week’s plan use the Crock Pot.

Several of the recipes like the beef for sandwiches, the pork roast, and the spaghetti sauce also make great freezer meals. If you are looking for a few meals to fill your freezer make extra and put them in the freezer to use later on this month.

If you like menu plans like this leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to do more menu plans like this with themes if you would find them helpful.

Here is the plan.

Dinner

slow cooked baked potato soup

Slow Cooked Baked Potato Soup

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce 2

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches 

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

Slow Cooked Mexican Lasagna 

Three Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Roast

Three Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Roast

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Dessert Of The Week

Crock Pot Raspberry Fudge Cake

Crock Pot Raspberry Fudge Cake

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Pizza Chicken

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 make sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies– Use gluten free oats

fluffy gluten free pancakes

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

Dinner

Crustless Taco Quiche

Crustless Taco Quiche– Use homemade taco seasoning or use gf taco seasoning

Egg Roll in a Bowl 

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Pan Cooked Salmon with Cilantro Lime Rice

Pan Cooked Salmon with Cilantro Lime Rice

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

Pizza Chicken

Pizza Chicken

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Microwave Chocolate Pudding

Microwave Pudding

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My October Amazon Order

Today we are changing things up and I am sharing my October Amazon order. I thought about doing this as a video in my Everyday Adventures Facebook group, and I plan to do that in the future, but this month I decided to share it here instead. I will post them in the Facebook group in the future, but might also share a few of them here.

Amazon Order October

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Let me start by saying this is not everything I ordered from Amazon this month. I wish it was. I might just have an Amazon problem. We get books, supplies for our business, and so much more from them. Today I am just sharing my subscribe and save order. If you are not familiar with Amazon’s Subscribe and Save be sure to check out the details here. It is a great way to save money on products that you use often.

My subscribe and save order changes every month depending on what need. I have at least twenty items on subscribe and save, but most of them come every other month or every three months. I love that I can just go in and change the order each month. I also love that I get a 15% discount if I have five or more items on my monthly order.

Most of what I order from Amazon are specialty items that are hard to find or very expensive where I live. Most of the specialty items are allergy friendly products or products we use for health issues. I love that I can get them shipped straight to my door.

Because many of my items are specialty items my order probably won’t look like any of your orders. But that is why I love seeing other people’s orders. I love to see what products people use and love because it helps me find new products that we might enjoy.

  • Oberto Jerky– I love this jerky. The original flavor is gluten free, delicious, and not too expensive for jerky. However, it can be hard to find in my area in the big bags. Sometimes you can find the small bags at the check out line of grocery stores, but I like getting the bigger bag because it is a better price.
  • Toilet Paper– Yes, I buy toilet paper on Amazon. Years ago when subscribe and save was just becoming popular, I had a friend tell me that she loved getting toilet paper delivered straight to her door every month because she didn’t have to worry about running out of it. I thought it was crazy. That is until I tried it. I now love having it on subscribe and save. Now, I will say that I don’t get it every month. I still try to find good deals on it or occasional buy it at Costco, but when I don’t do that, I add it to my monthly order. Since I have been doing this we haven’t ran out of toilet paper. In fact, can’t remember the last time we ran out of toilet paper.
  • Undenatured Collagen– This is one of those slightly weird items we get every month. My husband and I have taken collagen for years. A couple of years ago my brother in-law told us about undenatured collagen and how much better it was for you than other collagen. It is more natural. Basically like you would get from bone broth. We did some research and decided to give it a try. We have been fans ever since. I am not a doctor, so I will just say if you have joint issues look into undenatured collagen and see if you would benefit from it. My husband, daughter, and I all take it and notice a difference. My husband won’t let me run out of this stuff. I recently switched to Young Living’s undenatured collagen and love it so far.
  • Premier Protein Bars– I love these protein bars because they are gluten free and have several flavors that are nut free. There is only one store in my area that I can find the flavors we can have at, so I have been ordering them from Amazon. However, I did not pay attention to the price this month and it really increased. The price will have to go down for me to order it again.
  • Essentia Water– One of my kids has had some major health issues over the last two years. I haven’t gone into a lot of details online and probably won’t, but because of the health issues and some of the medications she has major reflux and digestive issues. One of her doctors recommenced we try this water. It has a higher ph than regular water, which her doctor thought would help her reflux. We thought it was a bit crazy, but gave it a try. It is now about the only water my daughter drinks. She says it really works. I was still not convinced, so I gave it a try when was struggling with a few bad days of acid reflux and I couldn’t believe how well it worked. It wasn’t a cure all, but I could tell a difference. I have told several people about it and they agree. It seems to help. I will say it is expensive, but it is worth it for my daughter. Again, I am not a doctor, but if you have severe reflux, it might be worth trying to see if it helps. Even a little bit of relief with reflux is worth it. I can find this in a few stores in my area and I stock up when it is on sale, but when I can’t find it on sale, it is cheaper from Amazon.
  • Sweet Rice Flour– One of the most common questions I get about the gluten free flours I use is where do you buy sweet rice flour. Some stores carry it, but in general it can be hard to find, so I usually buy it from Amazon. The price is decent and it comes straight to my door, which I love.
  • Free and Clear Liquid Cleanser– We deal with some major allergies in our family and they are not just food allergies. One of my daughters is allergic to fragrance. Several years ago she kept breaking out in rashes and we could not figure out why. The allergist did some skin patch testing and we found out she is allergic to some chemical type things like fragrance. We can’t really avoid fragrance altogether because they are everywhere, but we can avoid it in things around the house. One of the things she uses is Free and Clear Cleanser. We keep a container of it by the sink just for her to use. If you have allergies or deal with skin issues, give Free and Clear a try. It is worth it.

That is my order for this month. I hope you enjoyed looking at it. Next month’s order will probably look slightly different. Do you use subscribe and save? What are your favorite things to order each month?

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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins are a must make for a delicious fall breakfast or snack!

Pumpkin Muffins

I have been making these pumpkin muffins for years. Literally years. And I just realized that I had never shared them with you. I knew I immediately needed to fix that.

Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are based on a pumpkin bar recipe that I have also made for years. My kids loved the pumpkin bars and I knew that I could easily turn them into muffins with a few changes.

I changed the recipe slightly, left off the frosting, and turned them into muffins. The result quickly became our favorite pumpkin muffins that I have now made for years.

You can change these up and stir in some chocolate chips to the batter for chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. You can also frost them for cupcakes. I have done that as well. However, my favorite way to make them is as a plain pumpkin muffin. No matter how you make them they will be delicious!

I am also sharing how I made these gluten free. I just used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour blend. I don’t use a blend in very many muffin recipes because I usually prefer muffins without the xanthan gum. The pumpkin in this recipe though gives it a such a great taste and texture, that the blend works fine. So if you are gluten free give the blend a try.

Pumpkin Muffins

 

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Chicken Enchilada Soup and the Cream of Chicken Soup Debate

Chicken Enchilada Soup

One of my family’s favorite soup recipes to make during the fall and winter is a soup I shared back in December 2008. That was my first year of blogging and it seems like so long ago.

The recipe is for a chicken enchilada soup. I recently made the soup again and decided to update the pictures.

I love this recipe. Not only because it tastes great, but because it is so easy to make. It basically calls for cooked chicken, a few cans of things, milk, and cheese. All of which I almost always have on hand.

The recipe though contains cream of chicken soup. Yes, it does. Please don’t hate me. I don’t love cream of whatever soup, but there are a few recipes that I love that contain it. I don’t use it often, but for a few recipes it is so worth it.

I didn’t know there was such a passionate debate about it though. I recently posted about cream soups on my Facebook page and over 100 people commented. The comments ranged from I love it and eat it straight from the can to I won’t touch the stuff have you read the ingredients.I had no idea people had such strong opinions about cream of whatever soup.

The majority of people that commented though are like me. They use it some. Not a lot, but in a few specific recipes, like the soup recipe my family loves.

I would love to hear your thoughts on cream of whatever soup. Please leave a comment and let me know. Do you love it? Hate it? Or are you somewhere in between?

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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A lot of people have told me that they would love to be able to make recipes with cream soup, but can’t since they are gluten free. Well, several brands now make gluten free versions of cream soup. My favorite is the Pacific Brand Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken soup.  I have been able to find it at several stores in my area, but Amazon carries it as well.

 Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

I have notes in the recipe for how you can make it gluten free.

 

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Menu Plan

I love recipes that I can cook once and eat two or three times. They save me so much time in the kitchen. My family doesn’t always love to eat the same thing three days in a row though, so I like things that I can change up for serving the second and third day. Chili, roast, meatballs, and bbq meat are all examples of great cook once serve two or three times, meals.

This week I put chili on the menu plan. The leftovers work great during the week used in other recipes. I posted the link to one of our favorite chili’s which is a no bean chili. Feel free to add beans to it or make a different chili like my cattle drive chili if you like.

Here is the plan.

Breakfast

lemon blueberry muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins and yogurt -There is a link in the post for the gluten free version as well

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Chocolate Granola

Homemade Chocolate Granola

Dinner

Slow Cooked Homemade Chili without Beans

Homemade Chili without Beans x3 for use in recipes later in the week

Chili Nachos

Chili Cheese Nachos

Easy Chili Dogs

Chili Dogs

tuna tomato pasta

Tomato Tuna Pasta

Oven Tacos

Bacon-Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

easy chocolate glazed doughnuts

Easy Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Here is this week’s 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 Banana Pancake Muffins from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal ( I will use Sunbutter)

Basic Gluten Free Muffins

Gluten Free Muffins and Eggs

Dinner

Homemade Jo Jo Potatoes

Homemade Jo Jo Potatoes and Lettuce Wrapped Burgers

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata__

Apple Bacon Frittata 

oven-tacos

Oven Tacos

Homemade Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls

Sorghum Waffles Gluten Free

Sorghum Waffles (Breakfast for Dinner)

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie_

Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Basic Gluten Free Muffins

Basic Gluten Free Muffins

It is no secret that we love muffins. We make them all the time. They make a great breakfast, snack, lunchbox treat, and even dessert. They are also easy to make in large batches and freeze for a simple make ahead treat.

Basic Gluten Free Muffins

Over the last few years I have shared quite a few gluten free muffin recipes. We love them all!

Today’s muffin recipe is a little different though because I am just sharing a basic gluten free muffin batter recipe. It is very versatile. The options for add ins are pretty endless.

Basic Gluten Free Muffin Batter

Our favorite add ins are blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. But we have also stirred in some chocolate chips for gluten free chocolate chip muffins and raspberries and white chocolate for a delicious raspberry white chocolate muffin.

You can add blueberries and a little lemon juice or lemon extract for lemon blueberry muffins. You could also do a lemon poppy seed version.

This really is a basic gluten free muffin batter that works great with your favorite ingredients added in.

I mean really doesn’t that look good!

Basic gluten free muffin batter

 

 

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The Best Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is perfect for the fall and holidays. This delicious pumpkin bread is one of my favorites to make this time of year!

Pumpkin Bread

This is a recipe my sisters and I have made for years. I can’t even begin to count how many loaves of this I have made over the years. I have made it for my family. I have taken it to many holiday events. And I have given many loaves as gifts. That is how much I love this recipe.

I originally shared this recipe back in November of 2008. It is one of those recipes that we love, but it gets buried in the archives of my site. I updated the pictures and knew that I wanted to share it again with you all.

I have quite a few pumpkin bread and muffin recipes on my site. We love them all, but the recipe I am sharing today is my favorite holiday special treat type pumpkin bread. It is one of those recipes that we make year after year.

This bread is so good. It is not very healthy, but it so very good.

Pumpkin Bread

This bread is a treat. It is more dessert and cake like. My kids have been known to eat it for breakfast, but it is more of a dessert or a holiday breakfast treat.

I have been making this recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas for years. My sister first made this recipe years ago and it has become a must make for our whole family. It is adapted from a 1998 Taste of Home magazine.

Pumpkin Bread

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Menu Plan

chocolate coconut granola

Here is this week’s menu plan. I am hoping to restock our breakfast foods by making a large batch of homemade granola and a large batch of eggs and sausage for the freezer. They are two of our favorite things to keep on hand for easy breakfasts.

Breakfast

Oven Pancakes

Oven Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola

Mounds Bar Granola

eggs-and-sausage-

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Roasted Potatoes with Bacon__

Steak and Roasted Oven Potatoes

Tuna Melt Quesadillas

Tuna Melt Quesadillas 

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage--

Stir Fried Cabbage and Pork and Baked Asian Rice

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Pop Up Pizza Pie 

Dessert Of The Week

Copycat Double Fudge Cake

Copycat Chocolate Fudge Cake

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