As a busy wife, small business owner, and mother of 4 small children, I develop weekly menus to help keep myself on track. I started this blog as a way to share these menus (and some of my favorite recipes) with other busy cooks. Since my first post it has evolved into a discussion of not only food but other aspects of life. Check out my tips, recipes, and, of course, my weekly menus. I hope they are a help as you manage your own home (and life).
Today (Friday) we were invited over some friends' for an "after-Thanksgiving" game night. I ended up making a couple of side dishes instead of my planned pork loin and other dishes. I made
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) container nonfat sour cream 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix (I made my own taco seasoning) 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 3 chopped tomatoes 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 can black olives, drained and sliced
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread this mixture in a 10 inch (or larger) round serving dish. Top the mixture with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green onions and black olives.
I also made Cocktail wieners (Lil' Smokies, BBQ sauce-not a vinegar based sauce, and grape jelly).
Life has been pretty crazy over the last two weeks. Beside being a mom of 3-under-3, I am also an insurance agent 1-2 days a week, and a freelance seamstress/designer. Last week, I had one very large window treatment project (5 insulated roman shades measuring 88"x46")with a deadline of October 31. And then, next weekend is my baby sister's wedding, sniff, sniff;) I have been finishing up 4 bridesmaid separates, and still have to make the vest, tie, and pillow for my son (who is the ring bearer) and do the hemming, etc. on his suit. Whew...I get tired just thinking about the next few days! Anyway, I say all that to let you know why I have not posted this week's menu until just now. I will also be posting next week's menu below.
Pizza - homemade pepperoni, black olive, and mushroom
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 a bell pepper, rough chopped
1/2 an onion, diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce (or you can even use 1/2 can of condensed tomato soup)
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I prefer either honey or hickory)
1 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste (you can also add other seasoning i.e. cayenne, crushed red pepper flakes, etc.)
6-8 cheese slices
Chicken Casserole (chicken, bacon, mushrooms, onions, and spiral pasta in a garlic cream sauce) - the hubby and I just kind of threw things together.