Believe it or not, I really did plan a menu last week. Sorta. I cooked a few recipes (you can see them on my Pinterest), but I couldn’t find the time/motivation/brain cells to put together the whole shebang.
Truthfully, I’m SUPER PREOCCUPIED right now with getting my house ready for the baby to arrive. I did this to some degree when I was pregnant with baby 1.0, but it seems to be slightly more amplified this time. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that we bought our house and moved in September 2011, and then The Toddler was born in March.
You know how you move your stuff into a new house, and then you end up rearranging the furniture again 6 months later because you realize after living and breathing in the house for a while that the chair you put in THAT CORNER isn’t going to work because every time you open the closet door, it bangs into the chair? Yeah…it’s sort of like that.
So now I’m nesting, and my “MUST IMMEDIATELY MOVE ALL OF THE THINGS INTO THEIR PROPER PLACES” has kicked into overdrive.
So I won’t bore you here with the details about my kitchen and dining room master plan…because you’re probably just here for a menu. If you want to read more about that, you can check out the details on House Becomes Home (in which you’ll learn more than you likely ever wanted to know about my broken garbage disposal and gold-trimmed ceiling fan).
This week, I’m ahead of the game. It’s Thursday, and I’m done with the menu. This is a new record.
The recipe I’m most excited about this week…
Because really…anything that contains tater tots is pretty special to me.
Here’s the new recipes this week:
- Smoked Gouda & Cheddar Mac & Cheese
- Tortellini Spinach Bake | Sing For Your Supper
- Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken | Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
- Creamed Chicken & Corn Soup*
- cheesy breakfast nacho tots
Just a couple of notes–
*For the Creamed Chicken & Corn soup, you can make your own cream of chicken soup rather than using a canned version. There are all kinds of Cream of Chicken recipes online, but I like Pinch Of Yum’s recipe the best because it’s super easy, quick, and it tastes good (3 things I can never argue with when it comes to a recipe).
*Also, for that same recipe…please make your own homemade creamed corn. It’s SO MUCH better than the yucky canned version. I use this recipe from The Hungry Housewife…and I love creamed corn, so I have to seriously pace myself when I make this recipe.
And the recycled recipes:
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
- apple cider pancakes with caramel apple syrup
You can find all of the recipes, the menu & grocery list on box.net. Keep in mind that I didn’t add the ingredients for homemade cream of chicken soup or homemade creamed corn to the grocery list, so if you want to make those from scratch, make sure to add them (and omit the canned versions from the grocery list).
I hope the weather is beautiful this weekend for you! It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Maryland, and this makes me very happy.