Our Menu (Week of Feb. 23, 2014)

 baked potato dinner

I’ve the day and early evening to myself and I’m embracing it.  Big plans over here, big plans.

Sip tea.  Vacuum.  Scrub the floors and bathrooms.  Sip more tea.  Walk the dog.  Sip water.  Water the plants and fold the mountain of laundry.  Sip.

Contain your jealousy, friends.

canal boat puzzle

Actually, this is what I call a good day.  It was gorgeous out.  Soaking in a bit of vitamin D is good for me and the pup.  I read recently that folks with the lowest vitamin D levels have more than twice the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes over an 8-year period compared with people with the highest vitamin D levels.  Apparently, “decreased outdoor activity” is a big factor here.  Makes sense.

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You know I prefer rainy days, but I can appreciate the sun and its powers.  Vitamin D protects us from many diseases including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon.  Amazingly, it also helps protect us from depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system.  Pretty snazzy, that sunshine vitamin.

After a long walk, I fussed with some scrapbook pages and then worked on a puzzle I’ve neglected.  A few favorite movies kept me company.  Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter.  I love those films as background when I’m working around the home alone.  They’re like old friends.

DSC_1035 puzzle pieces

They call those fun pieces whimsy pieces.  Aren’t they sweet?  Munchie and I have fun picking those out of the box.

I noticed recently that I always seem to puzzle with some type of cake by my side.  Is that common?  Do you take your puzzles with tea and cake, too?

DSC_0071 puzzle with cake

Alright friends, time to get back to my day.  Another bathroom needs to be cleaned and paperwork needs filing.  Here’s what’s cooking in our home this week:

Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, , smoothies x 2
  • Cinnamon cake, o,j, bananas
  • Quiché, berries, o.j. and tea
  • Cranberry orange cream cheese muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit salad
  • Greek yogurt with all the fixings & fruit, grainy toast strips
  • Bagels with turkey and avocado, bananas, o.j.

Lunches

  • Lunch on the boat with daddy ( I stuck to fruit and a little ham slice with avocado)
  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade Napa berry jam, Honeycrisps (eating as many of the last of our favorite apples as we can)
  • Fried egg sandwiches, berries, crunchy snack
  • Ham and cheese wraps, smoothies, pears
  • Pizza roll-ups, berries, carrots
  • Bean burritos with all the fixings, melon and berries
  • Leftovers plus fruit

Dinners

  • BBQ at family’s home
  • Baked potato bar (pictured above), roasted veggies
  • Zucchini patties, couscous with veggies, sautéed greens
  • Chicken and herbed potatoes, spinach salad
  • Slow cooker beef stroganoff, salad, roasted veggies
  • Burgers, sautéed veggies, baked beans and chips, fruit
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, yogurt, smoothies, pretzels, homemade applesauce

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, please do leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of November 17, 2013)

Cozycakes Cottage: Blueberry Cream Delight Muffin

I haven’t shared our weekly menu plan in ages.  I think it’s been nearly a year!  I’ve said it before–I love having a meal plan for the week.  It cuts back on 5 o’clock dinner panic, we eat more nutritiously, and I don’t drop as much dough at the store.  There’s just not a real downside to a weekly meal plan for this gal.

Creating and following a weekly menu plan benefits me, but a couple of friends let me know they like reading it because it provides mealtime inspiration for them.  I feel the same way: I love seeing other people’s menus.  Doesn’t have to be fancy, doesn’t have to be complicated.  But seeing what other’s are cooking up gives me new ideas and reminds me of dishes I haven’t cooked in a long time.  Even if it helps one person, it’s my pleasure to start sharing again.

So here’s what’s cooking in our home this week:

Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2
  • Egg-in-a-hole, fruit parfait
  • Quiché, pears, homemade cider and tea
  • Blueberry Cream Delight Muffins, sausage, eggs, fruit salad
  • Greek yogurt with all the fixings & fruit, grainy toast strips
  • Homemade cereal, bananas, o.j.

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade Napa berry jam, cheese and fruit
  • Tuna salad sandwiches, pickles, bananas, crunchy snack
  • Noodle bowls (my mom’s recipe) with veggies
  • Munchie’s choice for snacky lunch (bagels with cream cheese, avocado, apples, and tangerines)
  • Bean burritos with all the fixings, fruit
  • Lunch out with friends
  • Leftovers plus fruit

Dinners

  • Potstickers and vegetables
  • Baked potato bar, broccoli, salad
  • Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, salad
  • Breakfast for dinner: bacon/sausage, hash browns, eggs, fruit salad,
  • Harvest Casserole, salad, herb knots
  • Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, yogurt with fruit, granola
  • Holiday baking to enjoy & share

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, please do leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of January 13, 2013)

Mamas tofu 1My mom’s simple tofu…one of my favorite dishes.

I’m working on some projects this week so I’m keeping it very simple in the kitchen.  Since it’s unusually cold for us these past several days, I added a soup to the menu, but might add a stew or another soup if the cold sticks around.  I’m not complaining–I love me some cold weather.  Have a lovely week!

Here’s what’s cooking in our home this week:

Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2
  • Egg-in-a-hole, fruit parfaits
  • Quiche, berries, o.j and tea
  • Scones, sausage, eggs, fruit salad
  • Greek yogurt with all the fixings & fruit, grainy toast strips
  • Homemade cereal, bananas, o.j.

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade Napa berry jam, cheese and fruit
  • Tuna salad sandwiches, bananas, crunchy snack
  • Mama’s tofu, rice, sunchoke kimchee, Chinese greens
  • Munchie’s choice for snacky lunch
  • Quesadillas, guacamole, spritzers
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Take out treat
  • Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, salad
  • Chicken and rice soup, biscuits
  • Wraps, tossed salad, sautéed veggies
  • Beef stir-fry, brown rice, kimchee, sautéed cabbage
  • Spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers with hummus & cheese, yogurt with fruit, granola

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*No freezer cooking this week

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, please do leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of January 6, 2013)

The days are short, the weather’s cold, by tavern fires tales are told.” ~ New England Almanac, Dec. 1704

I found this quote while sifting through Susan Branch’s Christmas book.  The book itself is a bit of the familiar for me, warms me…come winter, familiar, warming meals are what I desire for myself, my family.  My wish for you in this new year is that you’re sitting snug by a crackling fire with those dear to you, swapping tales, sharing memories.  ♥

slow-cooker-beef-stewSlow Cooker Back to Basics Beef Stew

Here’s what’s cooking in our home this week:

Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2
  • Eggy Sausage Bites (named by Munchie), fruit, hot cocoa
  • Breakfast tostadas, peaches & berries
  • Parfaits, o.j.
  • Breakie Potatoes, ham, pears (let you know if this new recipe is a keeper!)
  • Breakfast pizza, fruit salad

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade Napa berry jam, cheese and fruit
  • Veggie wraps, apples
  • Chicken quesadillas, guacamole & chips, fruit
  • Taiwanese pancakes, veggie bowls
  • Munchie’s pick
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Vegetable noodle soup, rolls
  • Back to Basics Slow Cooker Beef Stew, crusty bread
  • Mozzarella chicken, roasted veggies, salad
  • Chicken pitas, spinach salad, garlic broccoli
  • Taiwanese noodle bowls, green veggies
  • Garlic chicken tacos, Spanish rice, corn salad
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers with hummus & cheese, yogurt with fruit, granola
  • We will see if we have time for some baking fun. :)

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*No freezer cooking this week

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, please do leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of December 9, 2012)

108Easy beef mushroom stroganoff

“Heap on more wood!–The wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, we’ll keep our Christmas merry still.” ~ Sir Walter Scott

I’m having a lovely and c-o-z-y season.  Lots of cooking happening in my kitchen this week from basic meals to holiday baking.  I’ll share some recipes with you this week. :) Wishing you all a blessed season.  ♥

Here’s what’s cooking in our home this week:

Breakfasts

Note: I often eat a different breakfast than the ones I feed my family.  For example, lately I eat a bit of Greek yogurt with fresh berries, peaches, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, almond milk, and a few other ingredients.  It fills me up and is incredibly nutritious.

Breakfasts

  • French toast, fruit, cider
  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2
  • Baked cider doughnuts, winter fruit salad
  • Scrambled eggs, fruit parfaits
  • Breakfast pizza squares, o.j., bananas
  • Lemon blueberry muffins, winter fruit salad

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade blackberry jam, peach-banana fruit salad
  • Tortellini bake, fruit
  • Turkey tea sandwiches, berries,
  • Zucchini cakes, fruit, smoothies
  • Munchie’s Choice Snacky lunch
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Dinner out for date night/Munchie eats with grandparents
  • Breakfast for dinner: lemon blueberry pancakes, veggie omelets, sausage, toast with marmalade, fruit
  • Savory chicken with potatoes, green beans, rice casserole
  • One-pot pork chops, garlic sautéed broccoli, sweet potato bake
  • Broccoli cheddar soup, dilly bread
  • Easy beef mushroom stroganoff, rosemary potatoes (yes, carb overload, problem? ;) ), spinach salad
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers with hummus & cheese, yogurt with fruit
  • Lots of holiday baking–wheeeeeee! <3

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*No freezer cooking until the new year!

What’s going down in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of November 25, 2012)

Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Spaghetti

I’m back to using a menu plan after WEEKS of not having one.  It was a bad idea to not have a plan…a very bad idea.  No way am I going without one during the busy weeks ahead.  This week I’m keeping it easy and will use as many pantry and freezer items as I can.  I have a lot of chicken in the freezer so we will have a bit of chicken overload, but no one has ever complained about multiple chicken days around here.  I dare em… :)

Breakfasts

Note: I often eat a different breakfast than the ones I feed my family.  For example, lately I eat a bit of Greek yogurt with fresh berries, peaches, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, almond milk, and a few other ingredients.  It fills me up and is incredibly nutritious.

Breakfasts

  • Herbed egg-in-a-hole, berries
  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2
  • Breakfast casserole, fruit, o.j. x 2
  • Baked apples, berries, tea
  • Spinach Quiche, tea/coffee/juice, fruit salad

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade blackberry jam, peach-banana fruit salad
  • Potato cakes, tomato basil soup
  • Chicken salad sandwiches, berry smoothies
  • Veggie quesadillas, guacamole
  • Munchie’s Choice Snacky lunch: hard-boiled eggs, cheese bites, grapes, pears, crackers
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Potato corn soup w/bread
  • Baked tacos, guacamole, corn salad
  • Dilly baked salmon, sautéed green beans, whole wheat couscous w/veggies
  • Baked chicken w/gravy, green beans, potatoes, broccoli, and carrots
  • Sesame chicken, short grain brown rice, garlic broccoli, spicy cucumber, sautéed cabbage
  • Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Spaghetti
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers with hummus & cheese, yogurt with fruit

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*No freezer cooking this week

What’s going down in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of October 7, 2012)

Apple Filled Pull-Apart Bread

Breakfasts

Note: I often eat a different breakfast than the ones I feed my family.  For example, lately I eat a bit of Greek yogurt with fresh berries, peaches, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, almond milk, and a few other ingredients.  It fills me up and is incredibly nutritious.

Breakfasts

  • Taiwanese breakfast, melon, tea
  • Sunrise berry flax smoothies, toast strips
  • Egg n’ hashbrowns, watermelon, o.j.
  • Apple pull-apart bread, watermelon, tea/juice
  • Herbed egg-in-a-hole, berries
  • Oatmeal with bananas, dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 2

Lunches

  • P.b. sandwiches with homemade blackberry jam, peach-banana fruit salad
  • Avocado cucumber rolls, pears
  • Corn-dog muffins (to use up the all natural dogs we’re using for chili dog dinner–which are GOOD, btw), crudités, apples
  • Autumn lunch for Munchie, healthy milkshake :)
  • Lunch out
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Dilly baked salmon, sauteed veggie couscous, cauliflower with bell pepper
  • Slow cooker beef stew, rolls (didn’t get to this last week)
  • All-natural uncured chili dogs, dill salad, crudités
  • Homemade potstickers (my mom’s recipe), broccoli & peppers
  • Pizza roll-ups, chopped salad
  • Kogi tacos, cucumber slaw, sauteed cabbage
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers & cheese, yogurt with fruit

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*No freezer cooking this week

What’s going down in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, leave a link! :)

Our Menu (Week of September 30, 2012)

My little Munchie took this picture of a tea party where she set her table for us.  Love her.

Breakfasts

Note: I often eat a different breakfast than the ones I feed my family.  For example, lately I eat a bit of Greek yogurt with fresh berries, peaches, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, almond milk, and a few other ingredients.  It fills me up and is incredibly nutritious.  Just thought I’d share!

  • Oatmeal with dried cherries & flax, smoothies x 3
  • Breakfast apple rounds, cider, yogurt with blueberries (so simple and yummy, I’ll share these with you this week!)
  • Breakfast burritos, o.j.
  • Baked apple donuts, fruit smoothies
  • Herbed baked tomato egg toasts, green monster smoothies

Lunches

  • P.b. and jelly, apple slices, crackers
  • Snacky lunch (Munchie’s choices)
  • Salad wraps, fruit salad
  • Egg salad sandwiches, apples, salad
  • Chicken pesto wraps, fruit salad, smoothies
  • Leftovers plus fruit x 2

Dinners

  • Slow cooker beef stew, rolls
  • Chicken Olivia over short grain brown rice, sautéed broccoli
  • Garlic herb chicken sausage,potato & mac gratin, spinach pine nut salad
  • Bubble Pizza, fruit salad, tossed salad
  • Black bean burger quesadillas, avocado salad
  • Dinner Out for Daddy/Daughter time, giant salad for me at home (mmm!)
  • Leftovers Night

Snacks, Desserts, & Fun Extras

  • Fruits & raw veggies, crackers & cheese, yogurt with fruit
  • Harvest muffins

Freezer Cooking & DIY Session:  I don’t do a traditional once-a-month session, but generally choose 2 or 3 recipes. 

*I’m in “autumn cleaning” mode…so I’m cleaning out the freezers and not packing them up yet.  ahhhhh, feels good.

What’s going down in your kitchen this week?  If you have a menu plan on your blog, leave a link! :)