Menu Plan Tuesday #19

Well, I managed to skip Monday this week too!  Yikes!  Oh well, the three day weekend is my excuse.  This week is an easy week as far as meals go, and next week will be even easier.

  1. Chicken, Sausage, and Potatoes
  2. Mac & Beef (with leftovers)
  3. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup (with leftovers)
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Crock Pot Orange Chicken

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Menu Plan Tuesday #18

Whoops!  It’s Tuesday!  That means that I missed Monday!  We’ve been mostly relaxing and pretty laid back lately.  Dave’s birthday was last week, so I made Oven Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Carrot Cake for dessert.  It was by far THE best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten.  I’d never made one from scratch before, so that was new territory, but it was so worth it, and easy too!

Last Saturday we gave blood at the local blood drive.  The place we usually go to is really small and low key, with an elderly lady checking people in and other senior citizens staffing the snack table.  They’re always really nice and sweet and it makes it all the more quaint.  But this drive… This was an organized drive.  There were posters all over the outside of the building, multiple Red Cross staffers coming up to us multiple times checking on us, and the snack table was stocked with soft pretzels, cookies, bananas, grapes, and juice.  Also, they had a table set off to the side with paper and markers in case any children came.  We usually bring our daughter and take turns donating so that one of us is watching her, so this worked out very well.  We had a really good experience.

Sunday we had a potluck and meeting to attend at church, so I decided to make this Taco Casserole.
The recipe came out of a calendar we have.  It was pretty funny, I was standing in the kitchen aimlessly staring into the fridge trying to come up with a casserole idea and bouncing ideas off of Dave, when I remembered a comment on my last post suggesting an enchilada thing and said, “Hey, how about something Southwest-y?  Maybe beef and beans….” And then I looked up and this recipe was staring me in the face!  It was meant to be!  I did change it a little bit… I didn’t have “spicy beans” so I added a teaspoon of pureed chipotle peppers.  It was incredible!  The dish was picked clean at the potluck.

Now that I’ve rambled (does that make up for the lack of postings?  Yes?  Good.) here’s my menu plan for this week, including yesterday.  We have been invited to two different Memorial Day picnics this year, (Lucky Us!) so this plan is reflecting those as well.

  1. Stuffed Peppers
  2. Flat Enchiladas
  3. Leftover Stuffed Peppers
  4. Baked Potato Night
  5. Spaghetti
  6. Pasta Salad to take to a picnic
  7. Homebrewed Sweet Tea for the other picnic

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Menu Plan Monday #17

Last week was a busy one.  Dave had a business trip that I forgot about so our dinner schedule got pushed forward to this week.  Mother’s Day was this weekend also, so at the last minute, I convinced him to order out for dinner.  I’ve eaten out so much this last week… I’m ready to get back into the kitchen and cook my own food!

  1. Meatloaf
  2. Chicken and Dumplings
  3. Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes
  4. Oven Fried Chicken for Dave’s birthday, with Carrot Cake
  5. Pizza
  6. Casserole to be determined for a church potluck.  Any suggestions?

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Civil War Reenactment

Three weekends ago, Dave and I decided to head up to Neshaminy State Park to grab a stamp for our passport.  Our plan was just to get the stamp for our book and walk around for a little bit to explore.  It didn’t take us long at all to get there and it was fairly easy to find.  History of the park according to the DCNR website:

A crazy idea began at Neshaminy.

For repayment of a debt to his father, William Penn received a land grant in the American Colonies from the king of England. Instead of assuming that the king’s grant gave him property rights, William Penn had what many people considered a crazy idea, he would buy the land from its current inhabitants, the American Indians.

In 1682, William Penn made his first purchase from the Lenape chiefs. The land was bounded on the south by Neshaminy Creek. A year later, Penn’s second purchase was bounded on the north by Neshaminy Creek, making what is now Neshaminy State Park the core of the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The major portion of what is now Neshaminy State Park was a gift to the Commonwealth by Mr. Robert R. Logan. A descendant of James Logan, colonial secretary to founder William Penn, Mr. Logan’s estate “Sarobia” was given to the state upon his death in 1956. The property had been a wedding gift to Robert Logan and his wife, the former Sarah Wetherill of Philadelphia, by the bride’s parents. The Logan’s home has been removed, but many of their furnishings and belongings are now in the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Dunks Ferry Road, forming the eastern boundary of the park, is one of the oldest roads in Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1679, Dunken Williams operated a ferry across the Delaware River. The road gave travelers access to his ferry, and today, over three hundred years later, “Dunks Ferry” Road perpetuates both his name and enterprise.

During the mid-1700s, a large inn was built to serve travelers. Operated by many owners over the years, the Dunk’s Ferry Inn had a colorful history. One of the most successful owners was John Vandergrift, who also had a profitable shad fishing business for thirty-nine years during the late 1800s.

When we pulled up though, we discovered that there was a Civil War Reenactment going on.  I was very excited!  I had never been to one before.  We found parking and walked around the encampments.  There were several vendors selling period wares, like a tinsmith and an armory; and another selling dresses and sewing patterns.  We arrived just in time to walk around the grounds and see all there was to see.  The civilian camps were set up and simulating the home-front activities, like making lace or sewing, and cooking on campfires.  We started to leave and realized everyone was gathering and setting up for the battle, so we decided to stick around.  It was worth it!  Since we kind of stumbled into the event, we didn’t really know what was happening.  Later, when we got home I looked it up and discovered they were focused on The Campaign of Mine Run 1863: New Hope Church and Payne’s Farm.

From the History of the Reenactment:

The event was founded in 1990 by Scott Shablin and Andy Waskie with assistance from Jane Peters-Estes and the co-sponsorship of: the 28th Pennsylvania Historical Association; G.A.R. Civil War Museum & Library; Bensalem Historical Association; and later the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table; and 1st Battalion Army of Northern Virginia (ANV).  This group and the event has become one of the largest historical recreations of Civil War history on the East Coast. A major mission of the event and its co-sponsors is raising funds for historic preservation of Civil War history sites.

Very interesting!  We had a good time and will be looking out for future events.

The Civilian Camp

The Civilian Camp

Marching into battle

Marching into battle

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The first few shots

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The Union soldiers were hiding in the trees!

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Smoke and gunfire

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The line is falling back

A moment of silence for the fallen soldiers

A moment of silence for the fallen soldiers

Flags of the Union Camp

Flags of the Union Camp

Menu Plan Monday #15

Another week has flown by and I promise I’m not intentionally neglecting this blog!!  Apparently I have to take baby steps, very tiny baby steps.  I think the fact that I’m posting my menu each week is a HUGE accomplishment!    I will sit and write a post right now after I get this done and schedule it to publish tomorrow.  How do you remember to sit and write everything down?  Are you disciplined enough to do it every day or do you write all of your posts at once and schedule them?  What works for you?

This week is usually the week of the month where I have to scrounge meals together from remnants in the freezer.  We’re winding up to payday, so all of our stores will get replenished soon.  Sometimes living on a budget is a little tough, but I like it.  It stretches my imagination a little bit and keeps me busy trying to stay on point.

  1. Enchiladas
  2. Pork Tenderloin, Couscous, and Corn
  3. Baked Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli
  4. Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  5. Hamburgers
  6. Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Menu Plan Monday #15

I can’t believe how fast last week flew by.  I know I still owe this blog an updated adventure post, and I will get to it.

Last week I went to Longwood Gardens with my friends Pam and Corinne and we spent hours there.  It was a perfect day weather-wise, so we had lots of fun enjoying the garden.  Corinne’s son learned that ponds are not for little boys to swim in.  He’s fine, just a little too curious for his own good.

We had a game night to attend on Saturday night, and lots of entertaining games were played.  True story-I almost killed Dave with hot sauce on a burrito (oops! I am still Really sorry!) (and in my defense, he usually begs for hot sauce and nothing really bothers him…. but this one did!)

Sunday we attended a ritual blessing the waters of Little Crum Creek, which was very interesting and worthwhile.  These are the kind of events I’d like to see myself attending all of the time.  We also went over to Pam’s house for a barbecue that afternoon and ate tons of good food, as always, and just had a great time overall.

My week was busy.  Whew!  It makes me glad that today was a rainy day and we stayed inside.

Here’s my menu for the next week.  Because of our busy weekend, two meals got pushed forward.  Cinco de Mayo falls in this plan, do you have anything planned?

  1. Stuffed Peppers leftovers
  2. Taco Salads
  3. Lasagna Soup
  4. Stroganaff
  5. Baked Potato night
  6. Enchiladas, for Cinco de Mayo

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Menu Plan Monday #14

We had a busy weekend adventuring and stumbling into some awesome things.  I will make sure to write a separate entry about our weekend sometime this week!

Here’s my menu for the next week:

  1. Leftover Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes (om nom nom I could eat this every day!)
  2. Pork Tenderloin with Cheesy Zucchini Rice
  3. Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Spoon Cornbread
  4. Stuffed Peppers (my own recipe, stay tuned!)
  5. Lasagna Soup
  6. Taco Salads

What is on your menu? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Recipe: Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Recipe time!

This is another dish I grew up eating; my mom made it all the time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  It’s especially good as leftovers….

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

  • 5-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or substitute boneless skinless breasts if that’s your preference)
  • frozen broccoli, I used a little over 1 lb of florets
  • 1 8 oz package of mushrooms, chopped coarsely
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil, or your favorite cooking oil
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (I used the Cream of Anything soup mix instead)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp curry powder, depending on taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • shredded cheese to top (I used two big handfuls, but I’m a sucker for melty cheese, so again, use your preference)

Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.  Warm oil in pan, add onions and cook until tender.  Add chicken and cook through.  Meanwhile, boil water and cook broccoli just enough to thaw it out.

Continue cooking onions and chicken.  Add in mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are warm.  Season with salt, pepper, and curry powder to taste.

Spoon out chicken mixture into the bottom of a casserole dish, leaving the juices in the pan.  Add your soup and whisk in sour cream.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for a couple of minutes while you get everything else together.

Drain broccoli and add to casserole dish.  Pour sauce over dish.  Top with cheese and sprinkle curry powder and paprika on top.

Bake until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes at 350.  I usually take the time while it’s baking to cook rice in my rice cooker, so when that is finished I pull the casserole out of the oven.

It’s best if you let the dish rest for a few minutes to come together after you take it out, but if you’re like me and can’t wait, it tastes amazing either way.  Like I mentioned before, I serve it over rice.  Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday #13

How was your weekend?  I’ve been unintentionally ignoring this blog, it’s just been a busy week!!  I had intended to post some recipes (at least one anyway) but time got away from me.  Oh well!  There’s always this week!

Spring has finally sprung over here and I’m looking forward to getting into some adventures soon.

Here’s my menu for the next week:

  1. Spaghetti with my own jazzed up sauce.  I added carrots, onions, and a can of diced tomatoes and my own spices to a leftover jar in the fridge.
  2. Chicken Broccoli Casserole, a dish my mom made all the time when I was growing up
  3. Oven Fried Chicken with Collard Greens
  4. Pork Tenderloin with Cheesy Zucchini Rice
  5. Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes
  6. Pizza

What are you having this week? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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Menu Plan Monday #12

Whew!  I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  Well, my Monday is almost over; I tend to get around to this blog after my daughter goes down to sleep for the night.  It’s easier and less hectic that way, for both of us.

The weather was AMAZING the past few days, so we took advantage of it.  Saturday we went for a bike ride at Ridley Creek State Park.  We rode on the 4.3 mile trail and it was tough!  I will admit this was only the third time I’ve ridden a bike since I was basically a tween and man… those hills and inclines are rough!  It is just like they say though, so while terrifying at first, it’s been pretty painless.  I look forward to more riding (flat surfaces, that is) in my future!  Sunday was nice as well, so we took Charlie to a park and let her play around.  She had so much fun!  Today got up to 77 and it was beautiful, so it was a park day as well for Charlie and me.  All this fresh air for her lately is helping her get to sleep easily.  I’ll take that!  I hope the weather stays like this… It’s been perfect.

Here’s my menu for the next week:

  1. Sausage and White Bean Soup leftovers
  2. Mac & Beef, with leftovers to spare (I’m pretty excited for this dish… I’ve had it tucked in the back of my mind ever since Pam posted it!)
  3. Baked Potato Night
  4. Enchiladas
  5. Swedish Meatballs
  6. Spaghetti with veggies

What are you having this week? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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