Menu Plan - September 8-14

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
After almost three weeks of having only a partial kitchen we finally got our countertops installed and everything is put back together.  I absolutely love the quartz counters and am really going to enjoy getting back in the kitchen this week!

Here is the plan for this week, filled with lots of delicious food for all of my busy little people.

Monday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast, peaches)
Lunch (meatball sandwiches, celery, baby carrots and cucumbers with ranch)
Dinner (grilled chicken, green beans, pasta salad)

Tuesday:
Breakfast (double chocolate chip muffins, strawberries)
Lunch (tossed salad with deli turkey, cantaloupe slices)
Dinner (toasted roast beef and pepper jack sandwiches, cucumber salad, mango pineapple smoothies)

Wednesday:
Breakfast (breakfast cookies, yogurt, peaches)
Lunch (baked potatoes with salsa and sour cream, tossed salad)
Dinner (ranch burgers, roasted sweet potato wedges, tossed salad, no bake raspberry lemon cheesecake)

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Breakfast Cookies

Original Ranch Cheeseburgers
Ranch Burgers
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No Bake Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake
Thursday:
Breakfast (peach smoothies, scrambled eggs, toast)
Lunch (pasta with broccoli and zucchini, watermelon)
Dinner (lasagna, tossed salad, Italian bread, peach crisp)

Peach Smoothies Recipe
Peach Smoothie
Peach Crisp
Friday:
Breakfast (egg sandwiches, orange slices)
Lunch (tuna sandwiches, peaches)
Dinner (pizza and movie night)

Saturday:
Dinner (grilled steak, corn on the cob, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms)

Strawberry Banana Crepes Recipe
Strawberry Banana Crepes
Sunday:
Breakfast (whole grain lemon poppy seed bread, berries and yogurt)
Dinner (Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars)

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Whole Grain Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Swedish Meatballs
Swedish Meatballs
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Menu Plan - Sep 1-7

Fruit 'n' Cream Crepes Recipe
Fruit and Cream Crepes
We finally have an end in sight to the kitchen reno project!  The countertops will be installed on Friday and everything else is coming together nicely.  I will be so glad to get my kitchen back!  Not having adequate counter space or a sink has really made any kind of cooking difficult but it will all be worth it in the end.
The kids loved their first week of full time school and really seemed to adjust well.  Although a part of me misses the challenge of homeschooling, I am really enjoying the extra time to spend with my two little guys.
My menu this week will once again be more of a guideline for us.  Last week we actually followed the menu more closely than I anticipated and as usual I was so glad to have a plan!

Monday:
Breakfast (light and crispy whole wheat waffles, orange wedges)
Lunch (toasted roast beef sandwiches, baby carrots, cucumber salad)
Dinner (chicken nachos, watermelon, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/06/05/chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/
chocolate chip cookies
Light & Crispy Whole Wheat Waffles | The Blonde Buckeye
whole wheat waffles
Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos Recipe
chicken nachos

Tuesday:
Breakfast (oatmeal breakfast cookies, peaches with Greek yogurt)
Lunch (egg salad sandwiches, apple slices)
Dinner (grilled bbq chicken, corn on the cob, pasta salad, watermelon)

oatmeal breakfast cookies
egg salad
Wednesday:
Breakfast (fruit and cream crepes with strawberries)
Lunch (salmon patties, macaroni and cheese, peas)
Dinner (black bean and rice burritos, tossed salad, homemade Kit Kat bars)

kit kat bars recipe - Stephanie Gallagher
homemade Kit Kat bars

Thursday:
Breakfast (whole wheat banana bread, Greek yogurt with fruit and granola)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, baby carrots, melon wedges)
Dinner (baked salmon, brown rice, roasted peppers, tossed salad)

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Banana Bread from 100 Days of Real Food
whole wheat banana bread
Friday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, banana slices, applesauce)
Lunch (baked sweet potatoes, watermelon)
Dinner (pizza and movie night, )

whole grain pancakes
Saturday:
Breakfast (French toast, turkey bacon, pear slices)
Dinner (chicken and pasta in white wine garlic sauce, tossed salad, asparagus, Italian bread)

Chicken and Pasta in White Wine Garlic Sauce. Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
chicken and pasta in white wine garlic sauce
Sunday:
Breakfast (blueberry muffins, Greek yogurt and fruit)
Dinner (turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cooked carrots)

Menu Plan - Aug 25 -31

Progress In The Kitchen!
Last week was a quiet week on the blog because we are in the midst of another big project.  Right now our kitchen looks like this! We have all of the old cabinets out and the new cabinets in.  We are at a standstill right now waiting for the counter top install.  I am sooo excited to see everything finished.  We are putting in beautiful quartz counter tops and a ceramic farmhouse sink.

But of course, without a sink or counter space this week food prep was difficult.  We made do with whatever I could think of that would be quick and easy to clean up.

This week I am posting a normal menu but we actually may not follow it as closely as usual.  The two oldest kids start school this week so I will try to make dinner and breakfast as normal as possible for them even with the crazy kitchen project.  Hopefully we'll get those counters in soon!  When my new kitchen is all put together I'm going to be so motivated to try all kinds of new recipes!  It's always so nice to work in a beautiful space.

Monday:
Breakfast (apple cinnamon oat muffins, bananas)
Lunch (black bean and cheese quesadillas, watermelon, baby carrots)
Dinner (grilled chicken tenders, baked zucchini fries with marinara for dipping, green beans, chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies)

Applesauce Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Baked Zucchini Fries
Double Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/07/17/chocolate-peanut-butter-buckeye-brownies/
Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies
Tuesday:
Breakfast (whole wheat waffles with blueberries)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, whole grain chips, kiwi slices)
Dinner (baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese)

Light & Crispy Whole Wheat Waffles | The Blonde Buckeye
Whole Wheat Waffles
Wednesday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, cantaloupe)
Lunch (flatbread pizzas with peppers and olives, peaches)
Dinner (chicken and veggie stir fry, rice, healthy peanut butter banana cake)

Whole Grain Pancakes
Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake (Gluten-Free PB Banana Cake w/ Chocolate PB Frosting) - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cake
Thursday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs with cheese, whole wheat toast, turkey bacon)
Lunch (toasted roast beef and pepper jack sandwiches, watermelon)
Dinner (One pot baked ziti, tossed salad)

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!
One Pot Baked Ziti
Friday:
Breakfast (peaches and cream, sweet buttermilk biscuits)
Lunch (tossed salad, cottage cheese and fruit)
Dinner (make your own pizza night, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies)

Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits - A Family Feast
Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/06/05/chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Saturday:
Breakfast (cereal, yogurt fruit salad)
Dinner (bbq chicken, sauteed zucchini, asparagus, peppers and mushrooms, cole slaw, Italian bread)

Sunday:
Dinner (grilled steak, corn on the cob, cucumber salad)

Moist and insanely delicious Skinny Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. Best healthy muffins ever!
zucchini banana chocolate chip muffins
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House Tour - Back Entrance

Welcome to the second week of my house tour!  Last week I took you on a tour of the exterior and the front porch.  You can find that post here:
Front Porch Tour
If you were visiting our home today you would probably walk up the sidewalk and enter through the front door.  But for this online tour I'm going to bring you in through the back entrance.  The back door enters into a little hallway with a door to the laundry room and a bathroom.  It is easily accessible from the garage and makes the perfect dropping spot for backpacks, shoes, and all the other stuff that gets dropped inside the door.

When we moved in, the hallway was painted a dreary off white and all of the trim, doors and baseboard were an even drearier off white.  It desperately needed to be brightened up.

Before
The first step was to paint the doors and all of the trim.  We also switched out the light fixture and replaced all of the almond colored light switch and outlet covers with white.

During
I painted the doors to the bathroom and laundry room white, but I changed things up a little bit and painted the back door black.  I love how it anchors the space.  After the painting was done we installed a few Ikea shoe cabinets to help us control the crazy shoe mess we seem to always have.

After
I love how bright and cheerful this space is now.  It is so nice to walk into a bright cheerful space.


These shoe shelves from Ikea really hold a lot of shoes, they also give me a great space to display a few fun family photos.


We added this coat rack at just the right height for kids!  They have easy access to the hooks, so we'll see if the backpacks and jackets actually make it on the hooks once school starts.


I love Behr Ultra paint and have used it in every room I've painted for the last few years.  I am using a bright white for all of the trim and doors.  The wall color is called tide pool.


I think that even the smallest space in your home can have a touch of style.  This hallway might be tucked in the back of the house but I love that even this little spot looks pretty.  


This space is close to being completely finished (unlike most of the other rooms int he house!)  The only project we have left is to replace the floor.  The laminate that is in the hallway also runs into the kitchen.  We plan to replace it with this beautiful tile.

Marazzzi Tile - Home Depot
It really looks like hardwood but it is actually porcelain tile.  We have installed it in all of our bathrooms and our sun room and it is awesome.  It is very easy to clean and looks beautiful.  I can't wait to see it in the kitchen, entry and back hallway!

Thank you for coming along on the tour today!  Don't miss the next room on the tour next week.

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