I have decided that Christmas has made me broke. LOL I'm just finished sketching out the meal plan for the week, and I only have two things on the grocery list - well, if you don't count the copious amounts of milk and cereal I'm required to buy each week. I'm not sure how two little girls eat so much cereal!! LOL
Monday - Back to work... sigh.... We still have quite a bit of ham left from the Christmas Eve dinner the chickies and I had. And since you can never, ever go wrong with potatoes and this recipe has been in my allrecipes.com recipe box for about 6 years, I figured the time was right for Heavenly Potatoes & Ham.
Tuesday - I freely admit that sometimes I make a meal-plan and life gets in the way and everything doesn't always happen according to "plan" and that's what happened to Creamy Chicken Lasagna from a couple of weeks ago, but I really like the looks of this - so it is making its second appearance.
Wednesday - It does seem like "pantry cooking" is comfort cooking for me. I love this Chow Mein Noodle Casserole, but don't make it very often. I even know why, it is kinda high in fat & calories - even if I use low fat ingredients, but I've decided given the amount of Christmas "cheer" I have ingested over the past month - this week isn't the week to start showing restraint.... that's next week! LOL
Thursday - I'm not exactly sure what our New Years Eve plans are yet. Maybe the movies? Maybe staying home and playing board games with the chickies? Maybe an all night Wii marathon? Maybe all of the above. At any rate, it will be all about cheese and chips in some form or another!
Friday - I know the traditional thing for New Years Day is black-eyed peas, but I don't really like black-eyed peas that much. I've only made them a couple of times, but I'd rather have some Southern Ham & Brown Beans. I know I love these guys with the best cornbread ever!
Saturday - As with my quest for the best spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, and macaroni and cheese - I long quested for the perfect roast chicken, until this Famous Dave's Country Roasted Chicken knock-off happened across my radar. This is pretty much chicken perfection - KK loves her chicken all lemony and well SS... she always happy if she gets a leg!
Saturday - I received The Pioneer Woman Cooks from the chickies for Christmas. THEY WERE LISTENING! I'm not sure how I missed the basic macaroni and cheese on the website, but I thought all her mac & cheese recipes there were different and unique versions, not just plain ol' creaminess. I saw it in the cookbook and thought... "Is this the answer to my macaroni and cheese prayers?" I've been searching for something that rivals that red box blazen with "Stouffers". We'll have to see if PW's version can stand up to my scrutiny. I don't recall having made a version that has both a roux and an egg. Maybe it will be "it".
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