Thursday, October 22, 2009

Menu Plan 10.16.09 (Late Edition)

As I was getting ready to cook dinner tonight, I realized I never posted my menu plan last week!

The kids were home at the end of the week and I think it threw me off. Way off.'s the list:

2. Tacos
3. Pinto Beans with Bacon, Tomatoes and Cilantro (Made this for dinner's SO good!)
4. Quiche
7. Spaghetti with homemade meatballs
12 Meatball Minestrone (my kids LOVE this!)
13. Macaroni grill pasta (from a box--I had a coupon and it's really good!)

So...we've been eating dinner at church on Wednesday nights, but that ended last night. We'll start up again during Advent. (Kinda nice to have a break).

I planned some extra meals because next weekend (when I would normally do my grocery shopping) is crazy-busy and I wanted to have enough stuff on hand so that I didn't have to stress about squeezing a grocery trip into our schedule!

Oh...I tried making homemade meatballs for the first time. They turned out great. I haven't used them in a recipe yet but I cooked them and put them in the freezer for later. My kids LOVE meatball minestrone and ask for it every time I make a new meal plan. I like it too, but I hate--really hate--store-bought meatballs. Making them was much easier than I thought and it was cheaper too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Sarah and I made this yesterday...SO yummy. The recipe is from my friend, Callie (I love that name!), and if any of you have the Feed My Sheep cookbook from our church in Arkadelphia, then you can find it on page 264!

Pumpkin Cake Roll

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (Sarah said "no" to the nuts)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder

6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Grease and flour 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan (jellyroll pan) and line with wax paper. (The instructions said to grease and flour the wax paper too. So I did both, but I really think you just need to do one or the other.)

Beat eggs on high for five minutes. Gradually beat in sugar until thick and lemon colored. Add pumpkin and lemon juice. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread batter in pan; sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.

Immediately turn out onto linen towel dusted with powdered sugar. Peel off paper and roll cake up in towel. Cool.

Beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Carefully unroll cake and spread filling over it. Roll up again. Cover and chill. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.


It's so pretty too. Wish I had taken a picture!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Menu Plan 10.2.09

1. Spaghetti/salad/bread
2. Aunt Rosie's Shepherds Pie/green veggie or salad
4. Mer's Potato Soup/cornbread
5. Meatball Minestrone/french bread
7. Susan's breakfast casserole/fruit/biscuits
8. Chicken burritos/salad/refried beans
9. Pizza-takeout!

The girls were home sick on the day I made my menu plan and they chose most of these meals! I only planned twelve meals because we've been eating at church on Wednesday nights (LOVE that!)