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Holiday Baking 1.0 (Happy Halloween)

Happy ‘almost’ Halloween!  In anticipation of the holiday season, in addition to menu plans, I am going to post my favorite holiday recipes throughout the season.  Today is Halloween treats!!!

  1. Monster Popcorn Hands – This is a somewhat complicated recipe.  To simplify, use microwaveable kettle corn.
  2. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels – Halloween style – An all Holiday staple.  Easy to do.  They look great and the combo of sweet and salty is fabulous.
  3. Monster Mouths -You can also adjust these and use caramel and mini marshmallows for teeth.
  4. Mini Pretzel Treats– I am a fan of making these for every holiday and just adjusting the ingredients slightly.  In the past I have used the pumpkin spice Hershey kisses from Target to make these.
  5. Spiderweb Cupcakes-Cute.  Fun.  Easy. Making these for Halloween this year. 🙂
  6. Ghost Cookies – Crazy easy.  I don’t change a thing about this recipe.
  7. Pumpkin Trifle – This is actually a pumpkin-gingerbread trifle recipe.  I don’t like ginger. AT ALL.  I like to use Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix to replace the gingerbread cake.  Just pour the pumpkin bread in cake pans instead of bread pans.  Keep a close eye on the bread when cooking, the cooking time will need adjusted down slightly due to the different pans being used.
  8. Surprise Pumpkin Treats – Wow these are soooo good.  This recipe calls for Milky Way or Three Musketeers Minis, I like to do Mini-Reeses Peanut butter cups.  Another idea is to replace the regular marshmallows with pumpkin marshmallows.

Happy Halloweening everyone!  My most favorite Holiday!

Menu Plan 10.0

Week 10:

SundaySlow Cooker Lasagna. Aaaah.  Such a wonderful cold weather recipe.  It takes a little up front work and then you can just let it cook all afternoon.   I don’t deviate from the recipe other than using ground turkey in place of the beef.  Serve with garlic bread and a big salad.  Delicious!

Monday–  Garlic Chicken.  Easy.  Easy.  Easy.  This recipe is only 5 ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to cook.  If I have the time, I love to serve this with garlic mashed potatoes.  You can’t have too much garlic, can you??

Tuesday– Panko Crusted Salmon.  Ok.  Trying to eat more fish so this week you will see two fish recipes. This one is delish and crazy easy.  If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, just transfer to a ceramic or glass baking dish and put in the oven for the last portion.  The boys love salmon and buttered noodles so that’s usually the side I make.   

WednesdayChicken and Bean Burrito Verde.  Love love love this recipe from Ellie Kreiger.  To simplify for a midweek meal, pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery deli.  I also am not a huge fan of cilantro, so I omit that and usually don’t add the jalapeno pepper.  I like jalapeno but I seem to always forget it at the store and the recipe still tastes great.   Serve with Spanish rice and black beans for a perfect meal!

Thursday– Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach. This isn’t the best mid-week recipe BUT you can prepare the night before to save time.  It is fabulous and worth the preparation.

FridayBaked Tilapia.  This recipe is a recipe from the Deen Brothers.  As in Paula Deen’s adorable sons.  I love this recipe because it keeps it simple.  You don’t need to do a ton to Tilapia.  There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe and cooks in less than 20 minutes.  Simple.  Quick. Delicious.  What more could you ask for in a mid-week meal??  Serve with Jasmine rice or sometimes I like to do red beans and rice to add a burst of flavor to the meal.

Saturday–  ‘Take me out to dinner please’ night.  🙂

The link below is to a printable grocery list that you can check off what you need and add what I’ve left off the list.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking!