Monday, October 26, 2009


I get these emails periodically and this one looked great so I figured I'd share! Enjoy!!

Hello there, fellow cooking enthusiasts!
We know it can be hard to plan menus for the entire week. But having an idea of what meals you want to prepare allows you to save money at the grocery store and plan for more free time in your schedule. This week, we're going to help you by putting together a 7-day meal planner with recipes you can use. Mix and match these meal ideas as you desire; these are just a few ideas to get you started.

Sunday: Beef — Bacon and Triple Tomato Meatloaf
Monday: Casserole — Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Tuesday: Pork — Baby Back Ribs
Wednesday: Chicken — Adobe Chicken Stew
Thursday: Crock-Pot — Crock-Pot Asian Pot Roast
Friday: Restaurant Copycat — Macaroni Grill Focaccia
Saturday: Seafood — Baked Almond Catfish

Sunday: BeefBacon and Triple Tomato Meatloaf— Loaded with herbs and spicesBaked Creamed Potatoes — Creamy, cheesy, deliciousAlmond Crunch Candy— Sweet end to the meal

Monday: CasseroleCheesy Chicken Casserole — Creamy and deliciousAcorn Squash with Applesauce — Fresh and seasonal sideChocolate Raspberry Cheesecake — Definite crowd pleaser

Tuesday: PorkBaby Back Ribs — Finger lickin' goodCorn Side Dish — Delicious and made in minutes1-2-3-4 Cake — Perfect with buttercream

Wednesday: ChickenAdobe Chicken Stew— Just simmer and enjoyBasil and Pineapple Rice— Light and tropicalCookies & Cream Cheesecake Squares — What's not to like?

Thursday: Crock-PotCrock-Pot Asian Pot Roast — Great with rice or veggiesApple-Glazed Carrots — The kids will love 'emAlmond Kiss Cookies— Best way to end a meal

Friday: Restaurant Copycat Macaroni Grill Focaccia — Perfect for dipping or sandwichesBBQ Chicken Pizza — Super simple mealBasic Sugar Cookies — Just like mom used to make

Saturday: SeafoodBaked Almond Catfish — Ready in 20 minutesAngel Hair with Snow Peas and Scallions — Healthy and deliciousGerman Chocolate Sandwich Cookies — A chocoholic's dream

Happy planning — and discover YOUR inner chef!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Another of my FAVE websites

This for all of the mommies with babies! I recently had a baby (he will be six month November 1st!!!! SAD!! :( ) and I really wanted to make his baby food for him. This website is WONDERFUL! It gives a guide in which it tells you which foods are most appropriate at each age/stage. I have a freezer full of baby food ready for our little man! One thing I realized is, it's SOOO EASY to do! I didn't realize that making baby food could be this easy or this much fun or else I would have done it with our first son!!! Enjoy!


I LOVE the Kraft foods website. If you don't already have this link as one of your favorites, you absolutely need to! It has all kinds of recipes, budget ideas, menus, cooking videos and the list could go on and on. One of my favorite things on this website is the meal finder. You enter 3 ingredients that you have or would like to use and they find you a recipe using those ingredients! Genius right?!?! I know!!!! I also love their 1 bag, 5 dinners recipes. With this feature you are given a shopping list...enough to fill one bag but enough to create five dinners to use throughout the week. Here is an example:

New Bag - Healthy Living
Dinner Shopping List for 1 week
Spaghetti with Zesty Bolognese
Cheesy Chicken & Veggie MacEasy
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Skillet Chicken & Vegetables Parmesan
DIGIORNO - Pizza - Harvest Wheat Rising Crust Four Cheese

Anyway, check back for more recipes and some of my favorite websites! ~Charity
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