Weekly Run-down

Thinking I have got to plan this week, Tina is still in hospital. Have lots on my plate for the week. Two big parties this weekend. Gma’s Birthday. Sisters Birthday. Work-outs/ ZUMBA. Work. Feeding the family.

Monday~ chicken pie (sent from Ka Ka! Thanks!)

Tuesday~ Taco Tuesday

Wednesday~ Mandarin Chix, rice & veggies

Thursday~ Turkey Burgers

Friday~ Family Night Out

xoxo, Mama Bird

Meal Planning { a month at a time…}

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I am back to my Meal Planning and so excited to take on the challenge of planning an entire months worth of food. I shopped the sales that Harris Teeter had on beef, seafood, chicken etc. I got some fantab deals! I surveyed my freezer/pantry/fridge and took inventory. I have enough food to plan meals for the entire month!! Now, granted I will have to buy a few ingredients for certain meals but the majority of the months food is in my freezer! yip-eeeeeeee

Why? You ask, would I try to do this? It saves tons of money and time and did I mention MONEY!!

I also got a huge head start by stocking a few if my fav items from Trader Joe’s like Mandarin Orange Chicken, which is $6 and is better than any Chinese take-out! A few of the Bambino mini frozen pizzas, also excellent and make for a quick dinner  when the boys are home alone! The next thing I do is make a HUGE batch of Spaghetti Sauce, then freeze it in dinner portions and make a few lasagnas or baked ziti to also freeze.  I make a huge batch of Veggie Soup and/or Chili also to freeze and pull out for a quick easy meal.  So with the BOGO options on Stew Beef, ground turkey, Flank steak, BOG2 on chicken breast and shrimp you too can get your ENTIRE months worth of meals in 1 weekend!!

Without further ado I fill you in on this weeks meals

Monday~ Braised Pork with apricots and onions {Martha inspired; NEW Recipe}

Tuesday~ Tacos

Wednesday~ Baked Ziti or Mandarin Chicken (Boys pick!)

Thursday~ Pop’s Stew Beef

Friday~ Family Night Out

Saturday~ Birthday Party

Sunday~ who knows?

What’s on the menu at your house?

Email me one of your family favs and you could be my next Featured Chef!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Monday Meal Planning

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Happy Fall Y’all!

Can you believe it is November? I can’t! Apparently, the weather is getting ready to go from Summer one day, Fall the next to FULL BLOWN WINTER by the end of the week. UCK!!! I love fall, love wearing jeans and long sleeve shirts, don’t love wearing coats or being cold. Oh well. On to more interesting topics FOOD.  What are we eating around these parts….

Monday~ leftover Pumpkin Chili (sounds odd, but oh it is SO good!!- check it out!)

Tuesday~ Rigatoni D

(my version of Maggiano’s Classic)

Wednesday~ Mediterranean Stew {CROCKPOT!!} Thursday~ Leftovers

Friday~ Pizza Night

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What’s baking this week?

High Heel Shoe Birthday Cake

5 dozen cupcakes & cake

Baby Shower Cookies

Fun leopard cake

xoxo, Mama Bird

Weekly Run Down {countdown to Halloween}

This week is hopefully going to be a bit easier than last. I have a few new recipes to try out and a few less cakes to bake! This week Apple Cake with orange syrup and Carmel Icing!! yum-yum (will share recipe later this week!). Also, Jen is sharing her Ghostly Sheppard’s Pie and I will be re-posting PUMPKIN CHILI both perfect for Halloween!! Look for lots of new cakes & cupcakes as well!!

On our menu:

Monday~ Sausage & Lentil Soup (Carrabba’s inspired)

Tuesday~ Portabella Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

Wednesday~ Leftovers (Mama is working late)

Thursday~ Baked Ziti

Friday~ Pumpkin Patch & Pizza!!

What’s on your Menu?

xoxo, Mama Bird

on the menu…

This is going to be a doozie of a week for me. 2 doz guitar themed cupcakes for Monday, Dora for Wed, Homecoming cupcakes for HHS on Thursday, more Dora & a baby shower on Saturday. 100+ cupcakes between now and the next 7 days! (and this is just my side job!) SO, you ask what the heck is on the menu for this week? Well, I hesitate to say. I’m going to WING IT! yikes, we’re playing fast & wild with my day timer here.

Monday~ chicken in the crockpot ?

Tuesday~ spaghetti

Wednesday~ ground turkey? tacos?

Thursday~ leftovers?

Friday~ Family Fun Night @ Pre-school

Wish us luck.

Mama Bird

Finally FALL!! {Freezer Cooking}

October 2008 016 Finally! It feels like fall! 48 this morning and I have to say I am so happy! I am making an attempt this week at cooking solely from my freezer. AND to try ALL NEW RECIPES!!!  I have ground turkey, flank steak, pork tenderloin, shrimp and chicken! I believe this will be a success. I began my Recipe Search and HERE is this weeks FOOD line-up. I am sharing the recipes I found for inspiration and I will post my critique. This is going to be FUN!!

Monday~ Pork Tenderloin {CROCKPOT} via

Tuesday~ BBQ Flank Steak via Vanilla Garlic

Wednesday~ Stuffed Cabbage Casserole {CROCKPOT} via Nanny Kim’s

Thursday~ Grilled Sour Cream Shrimp via Food & Wine

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Family Night Out for Pizza! SO EXCITED Mellow Mushroom is OPEN!

Weekly Planning

greenmpm Ah, finally Fall is on the air! I am so ready. I mean who the heck enjoys watching football and going to all these great Fall activities in the sweltering heat? It was 93 yesterday! This week we are going to Apple Hill Orchard with j’s class (hope it doesn’t rain!!).

Monday~ Drunken Turkey Veggie Lasagna {new!}

Tuesday~ Asian Beef & Noodles {Jen Cooks NEW}

Wednesday~ Leftovers

Thursday~ Flank Steak (not sure what marinade?)

Friday~ Pizza Night

What’s on your menu this week?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Weekly Planning & Review

After a super fun night away in Blowing Rock, NC and a dinner at the much anticipated Bistro Roca. I have heard raves and raves about this place and was stocked to go, however, I can’t say that it is anywhere where I will have the desire to go back. I mean it was fine but it wasn’t special. The service was not good, the app, terrible, the highlight of my meal was the Wedge salad, great house made Blue Cheese, yummy. The pizza was good I had the Bistro Roca (manchego cheese, proscuitto, and carmelized onions. It was good, but not the oh my I gotta have it taste that everyone said. Maybe it was a bad night. Guess will see if I ever go back?

   I am trying to get back to reality and plan my week. When looking at my calendar it looks like it is going to be a busy one! Baby Shower cake for Friday, a Camo guitar Birthday cake for Saturday and a Firetruck Birthday cake for Sunday. Not to mention, Hubs is going hunting for the weekend. I am also planning on taking Jack to see Thomas the Train at the NC Transportation Museum. BUSY, BUSY, BEE!

On to the food! What will we be eating this week?

Monday~ Ranchero Pork Tacos {Crockpot}

Tuesday~ Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Wednesday~ Boy’s Leftovers Night{Halloween Party planning Meeting}

Thursday~ Stuffed Shells

Friday~ BBQ {take-out from Paw-Paw’s favorite!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Menu Planning

mpm-1 I have been so slack this summer about my menu planning! Terrible actually!! In fact this is my 3rd attempt at this post! How sad. Since school starts started back this week I decided this is THE WEEK to get back to an organized cooking plan. I use the weekly circulars and what I have in my freezer/pantry/fridge to be my guide in planning my meals. It is a great way to save time and MONEY!

Monday~ Crispy {un-fried} Chicken (NEW recipe!)

Tuesday~ Stuffed Shells

Wednesday~ Chicken Burritos {crock-pot}

Thursday~ Mommy’s Night Out (leftovers for the Boys!)

Friday~ Pizza Night!

Saturday~ Anniversary Dinner/ Date Night!!!!

What’s on your Menu this week?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Menu Monday~ Summer Cooking

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Woo- wee! We are in full blown summer and the garden is bountiful. This week my main objective is to make at least 1 dish a day using ingredients from our garden. A few dishes are some old favs and a I will be trying a few news ones as well.

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I would love some of YOUR ideas for tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers & jalapenos. I have them coming out my eyeballs!!

Monday~ BBQ Shrimp, roasted summer squash and tomato/cucumber and goat cheese salad

Tuesday~ Perfect Roasted Chicken with Grape Tomatoes

Wednesday~ Working late (leftover buffet for the boys)

Thursday~ Summer Veggie Quiche

Friday~ Pizza Night

What are you cooking this week? Share your favorite summer recipe!!

xoxo, Mama Bird