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What’s Cooking Around Here

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 8, 2009 @ 3:09 am In Meal Planning | 1 Comment

This past week was such a nice reprieve from doctors and dentists. The entire family enjoyed a relaxed, we-don’t-have-to-be-anywhere week. And although we had some fun invitations, we purposely declined to keep the week free. FishPapa calls this, “circling the wagons” and it’s a great way to relax and reconnect with the family.

As a result of our more laid-back week I was able to do some shopping [5] and I also had some culinary triumphs.

  • Small Notebook [6] posted her newfound love affair with Broccoli Salad [7]. I have never liked Broccoli Salad and I can’t stand anything with raisins in it. But, she waxed so eloquently about this recipe, that I decided to give it a shot and make a small batch. It was really good! I’ve made it twice now and really enjoy it. FishPapa even liked it and he doesn’t like sweeet food.
  • In honor of Donut Day, we made our own [8]. We don’t have Krispy Kreme nearby, but – oh my – this recipe for chocolate cake donuts [9] has got them beat. The chocolate flavor was super rich, even if it was just Hershey’s cocoa instead of some fancy dutch process kind. (And, yes, I “cheated” on my diet.)
  • I don’t normally use packaged seasonings, but the sales and coupons have been unbelievable that I couldn’t pass up Lawry’s Chili packets for 16 cents. My family loved chili made that way and kept asking what I did differently. Guess I’ll need to find a copycat recipe for their Chili spice mix.

This week we’ve got two birthdays to celebrate as well as a road trip at the end of the week. So, the calm before my storm is over. I need to have a simple plan and stick to it, or chaos will reign. The Birthday Boys chose their dinner menus, so the rest of the week will be my fall-back easy meals.

Grilled Cx Soft Tacos
Bean and Rice Burritos
Bday Dinner – Steak and Cheesy Potatoes [10], Fruit Salad, Veg
Pasta and Salad
Pizza and Salad
Bday Dinner – Bratwurst/Hot Dogs, Potato Chips, Salad, Veggies
Out of Town for the Weekend

For more meal-planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [11] every Monday.

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[7] her newfound love affair with Broccoli Salad: http://smallnotebook.org/2009/06/02/hopelessly-devoted-to-you-broccoli/

[8] made our own: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/04/what-to-do-with-100-lbs-of-flour-make.html

[9] this recipe for chocolate cake donuts: http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/2464/Recipes.cfm

[10] Cheesy Potatoes: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/10/cheesy-potatoes.html

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