Sunday, October 23, 2011

Week 31

Another rough week around here for menu planning since we've had guests strolling in and out of our home, but I'm back to my menu this week!  We had a wonderful time visiting with family.  My BIL came to visit from Oregon and brought a whole suitcase full of Oregon beer!  It was amazing to watch him open all of the carefully wrapped beer bottles in bubble wrap and his half gallon growler.  The beer world is a bit of a mystery to me (since I really don't prefer drinking it), but I find that I'm learning a lot just by listening to the "science" of creating and enjoying beer. 

One of our neighbors invited us over for a Pumpkin Carving party yesterday and it was a blast.  Here's a cute photo of one of our 'star' pumpkins!

I made this really delicious cake this week as we celebrated birthdays for those who came to visit this past week.  There are a lot of Fall birthdays in my family!  I'll try to make it again soon so I can post a photo of it, but it's an Ina Garten recipe called "Beatty's Cake."  It is chocolate coffee heaven and it's seriously the moistest (I know it's not a word, but I'm at a loss for a more appropriate word) cake I've ever made!  Can't wait to share it with you all!

Here's the menu for this week:
Sunday - Thai basil shrimp with red peppers and cabbage, white rice
Monday - Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, broccoli
Tuesday - Baked marinated salmon with roasted Normandy veggies (super easy - salmon comes marinated from Costco and veggies are a frozen mix)
Wednesday - Grilled chicken legs, roasted potatoes (sweet & white), pan-seared asparagus
Thursday - Chicken Mole, roasted cauliflower and carrots, rice
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Out to dinner

Happy Cooking to everyone!  Post your menus!



  1. Sarah, your week sounds delicious!!! I'm interested in the cake recipe! :-)

    My lovely mother sent me home with a recipe booklet with nothing but crock pot recipes so I am putting that to use this week!

    Tonight we had upside down shepard's pie and salad.

    Monday-Orange chicken with green onions and walnuts, white rice, broccoli. (crock pot)

    Tuesday-grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, grilled onion and green peppers.

    Wednesday-Country style pork spare ribs, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots. (crock pot)

    Thursday-chicken and dumplings.

    Friday-leftovers or out to dinner if we don't have enough!

    For tomorrow morning, I am also going to give a recipe a shot that my friend gave me. Oatmeal pancakes. I'll let you know if they come out good!

  2. Oatmeal pancakes sound like a dream to me, so I'd love the recipe! Your menu looks great too!

  3. Finally - I've planned ahead enough to post:

    Sunday - Roast whole chicken, stuffing, salad and steamed carrots

    Monday - Homemade meatballs in the crockpot, salad

    Tuesday - Chicken enchiladas (leftover chicken from Sunday)

    Wednesday - Cream of Broccoli Soup

    Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner

    Friday - OUT!

  4. So glad to see you post, Stephanie! The stuffing and whole chicken sound so good right now. :)