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Menu Plan Monday Aug 3rd

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I am in a recipe rut.

I can not find the desire or drive to cook.  I really don’t even want to bother with eating at this point, it is such a hassle!

So I have been trying really hard to find new things to cook, but they all look either to time consuming have too many ingredients or it is just to damn hot for me to turn the oven and stove on.

Everything I make is basically chicken, cheese and pasta.  I love summer, but I realized this year that my cooking really goes downhill in the summer.  I just don’t want to take the time.  Rant. Rant. Rant.  Listen to me complain…..

Sigh, get over it girl. I am grateful that I have the ability to make my family food, and to feed them. (but really I just want to feed them fall-spring and have someone else do it in the summer. Is that really too much to ask?)

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Menu Plan 8/03-8/9

Mon: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tues: Teriyaki Chicken Sub Sandwiches 

Wed: Balsamic Beer Braised Pork Roast with Potatoes

Thr: Chicken Enchiladas or Tacos

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun:

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday July 6th

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Remember that time I used to plan my meals for the week?

Yeah, I miss it too….

OK, what happened to June? In fact, what happened to the first half of the year?  I am not exactly sure how we just celebrated the 4th of July, because I am still in denial of the fact that it is July.

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It has been unseasonably warm this year in the Pacific Northwest.  Typically we have a pretty rainy spring, and don’t get above 90 degrees until after the 4th of July.  This year it happened in June, and for the weeks now we have been hovering close to the 100 degree mark. Never reaching it, but getting close.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, but it does make for some serious feet dragging come dinner time.  The last thing I want to do is stand in my already hot kitchen and turn on something hotter to make my kitchen hotter just to feed my family.  I know, I know….

It also makes it really hard for me to want to plan meals, or think about meals, or cooking….can’t we just grill hamburgers and hot-dogs all summer long? I guess we can alternate some chicken in there sometimes.

But really, if I am gonna be honest with you, my real issues is that I am not home.  My mom has a pool and lives two miles from my house….

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So when the temps get above 90 where do you think I am going to be spending those days? Or she will call me at work and tell me she picked my kids up from the sitters to bring them to her house to go swimming and everyone is going to BBQ at her house.  Works out great for me, but then I get in a no-cooking-no-grocery-shopping-rut.

Now I am out of everything and need to make dinner tonight.  So easy sandwiches is on the plan after a trip to store.  The rest of the week will be oven free and made with minimal heat.

 

Menu Plan 7/06-7/12

Mon: French Dip Sandwiches and salad

Tues: Bowtie Skillet Lasagna 

Wed: Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs with Tortellini Salad

Thr: Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches 

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun:

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Cheesy Bacon Burgers & Menu Plan Monday Aug 19

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While searching for new recipes I cam across this one for BBQ Bacon Sliders from one of my favorite recipe websites Our Best Bites.  I have a lot of their recipes in my box.

I thought it sounded great but I needed to do some altering.

I don’t really like blue cheese, my hamburgers require more than just BBQ sauce, and I didn’t really want to make sliders.

I decided to share with you the recipe that I made.

 

Here is what you’ll need:

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Cheesy Garlic Spread
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1-3 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1/4 c. Asiago or Parmesan cheese or other strong cheese

Whisk together all the ingredients and store in fridge until ready to use.

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Burgers
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 c. BBQ sauce (any kind you want)
1 egg
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Steak sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4-6 hamburger buns, sliced and toasted
8 slices of bacon, cooked crispy
Crispy lettuce
French’s French Fried Onions (you can find a recipe for making your own here)

Heat BBQ to medium-high heat, or use a grill pan on the stove top.

Beat the egg with the 2 Tbs. BBQ sauce, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. steak sauce.  Mix in the hamburger meat and salt & pepper.  (don’t worry if you think the burgers a little juicy, this will help to ensure they don’t dry out while cooking)

Divide hamburger mixture in to 4 or 6 patties, after flattening use a small cup to make a round depression in the center.  Hamburgers tend to shrink and plump during cooking; while waiting for center to cook the edges can get too done.  Making the center of the burgers thinner should allow for a more even cooking.

Grill burgers for about 10 minutes, brushing with remaining BBQ sauce, flipping once, until done.  Internal temperature should be 160-165ºF.

To assemble burgers: spread the cheese sauce on each half of the bun then layer with lettuce, bacon, burger, more BBQ sauce (if desired) and fried onions.

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These were TO DIE FOR!

And they WILL be made again.

 

 

Menu Plan 8/19-8/25

Mon: Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Noodles

Tue: Baked Panko Chicken Fingers with Mac & Cheese

Wed: Garlic & Rum Pork Chops with Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

Thr: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Fri: Out of town!

Sat: Wedding

Sun: Take-out

 

 

Happy Cooking

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