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Menu Plan Monday

Where does the time go?  This week it has went to work, cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening, and painting.  Whew!  I get tired just thinking about it, but it has been a very productive week for us.  This week looks no different, but hopefully it will be filled with productive and enjoyable days!

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Sausage bake and salad

Italian pot-roasted steaks with roasted potatoes-new recipe

Grilled hot dogs with chips and fruit

Shredded pork bbq sandwiches

Apple Dapple Cake-new recipe

Also, I was looking at my posts list on WordPress and realized that this is my 200th post!  WOW!  That is hard to believe!  I really enjoy doing this and am proud of my little project.  Hopefully, I have improved in my writing and content in the last year and a half and I hope to keep growing!  Thank you to my readers!

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Pineapple Pork Chops

I always try to get photos of new recipes, but I didn’t on this one.  Since this is a slow-cooker recipe, I prepared it before I left for work and did not take the time to photograph it, but I still want to share it with you. 

7 bone-in pork chops

1 large can pineapple slices in syrup

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

non-stick spray

Sprinkle the pork chops with the salt and pepper.  Spray a skillet with nonstick spray and heat it to medium-high.  Brown the chops on both sides, about 2 minutes a side. 

Pour a little of the syrup in the bottom of the slow-cooker.  Layer the chops with the pineapple slices in the cooker and pour the rest of the syrup over the top.  Cook on low all day and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.  I served these with roasted potatoes, but they would be really good with rice as well.

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The view from our bay window Saturday morning:

Can you see them?

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No.  Then let’s zoom in a little.  Can you see them now?

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That’s a little better, but let’s zoom in a little more. 

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Gobble, gobble!!!

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Menu Plan Monday

Another week has passed and we are finally getting a small break in the dangerously hot weather.  Saturday morning, I was able to clean out my raised garden bed and harvest the remaining carrots and potatoes.  These are Danvers #126 carrots and they have a strong but sweet taste and an amazing fragrance!  The potatoes are Red Pontiac. I sowed lettuce seed and also a few more cucumber seeds.  Hopefully, there will be enough time before frost to harvest a few more cucumbers.

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Here is this week’s menu.  I will again be listing four supper meals and one dessert. 

Cheesy steak sandwiches with oven-baked fries

Grilled pork chops with ranch flavored roasted potatoes and salad

Salisbury steak with butter roasted potatoes and salad-new recipe coming soon

Pizza night

Over The Top Reece’s Peanut Butter Cookies-new recipe coming soon

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Peanut Butter Squares

Are you looking for a quick, no-bake cookie bar for a bake sale or just for a treat?  Try this one!  It is quick, easy, and delicious!  I made it in about ten minutes with very little muss or fuss.

4 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

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Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Firmly press mixture into an ungreased 13×9” baking pan.  Spread melted chocolate evenly over peanut butter layer.  Let stand at room temperature 2 hours or until chocolate is set.  Cut into squares. 

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Almost Wordless Wednesday

It has been hot as blue blazes here in the Bluegrass so I decided to remind myself of some cooler (ok, colder) weather that we had just a few short months ago!

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Menu Plan Monday

Good Monday morning to everyone!  I hope that all of my readers had a great week and weekend.  We did here in our neck of the woods…just busy and hot as usual!

Again this week, I have four meals and one dessert planned.  Last week’s plan went really well.  There was only one change since the taco ring recipe makes enough for two nights, I decided to skip the shredded bbq and save it for another week. 

Grilled steak or fish fillets with grilled potatoes and salad

Tacos with fruit salad

BLTs and chips

Beefy pizza casserole-new recipe coming soon

Chocolate chip bundt cake-another new recipe coming soon

Happy Monday and happy meal planning!

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Oh MY GOODNESS!!  I have found the recipe for a chocoholic’s dream cake!  This recipe is off of the Hershey’s website and is listed on there as Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses Candies Chocolate Cake.  I didn’t have any of the kisses to top it with so I just used the basic name of the cake and frosting recipes, but it doesn’t matter.  The end result is still the same and it is chocolate heaven. The cake is just a good basic chocolate cake but the frosting…oh, the frosting is amazing!  It is thick and fudgy and I could eat it out of the bowl with a spoon by itself.  If you are a chocolate lover, you MUST try this.

Here is the photo tutorial and I listed the complete recipe below the photos: DSC08665 DSC08675 DSC08678 DSC08684 DSC08687 DSC08689  DSC08701 DSC08705 DSC08707  DSC08711 DSC08715  DSC08721 DSC08725DSC08730

For the cake:

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/3 cups water

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13×9” baking pan.  Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium speed of mixer.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with the water until well blended.  Pour into the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

1 stick butter

1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa

3 2/3 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup milk, heated

1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in cocoa.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly.  This won’t take long, about 5 minutes at most.  Remove from heat; pour into a small mixer bowl.  Add powdered sugar alternately with the warm milk, beating to spreading consistency.  Stir in vanilla.  Spread frosting while warm and then allow to cool (if you can) before eating.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Good Monday morning to everyone in the blog-o-sphere!  Another week has flown right by us and it is time again for my weekly supper menu.  I have learned about another little glitch with my supper planning so I am changing it a little.  Instead of assigning a certain meal to a certain night, I am going to list the meals for the week.  That way if I have more time to fix a bigger or more elaborate meal on a different night of the week, the plan will be flexible. 

C & I have a couple of things going on this week in the evenings, so I plan on cooking supper four nights.  Here is this week’s list:

1.  Grilled pork chops with homegrown grilled potatoes, fresh cucumbers, & grilled Texas toast

2.  Taco ring with fresh fruit

3.  Cinnamon bun pancakes (recipe from The Tasty Kitchen website) with bacon

4.  Shredded pork bbq sandwiches with potato wedges and fresh cucumbers

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