I am late getting this posted again this week. It's been a busy week.
Here is our menu from last week since I will probably never be organized enough to plan a week ahead. I hope you find some inspiration and I would love to know what you are having for dinner. (I need some inspiration too.) Feel free to share your menu ideas or links to your favorite recipes in the comments.
Monday: Frito Chilli Pie
Wednesday: Dinner at Church for Wow Wednesday Halloween Party
Thursday: Hamburgers, Sliced tomatoes, Oven-roasted potatoes & red peppers & onions
Friday: Easy Week-night Burritos
Saturday: Mashed Potato Soup and Bread Machine Buttery Rolls
Sunday: Slow Cooker Italian Beef
After trick or treating tonight we were cold and came in for some hot cocoa.
There is nothing like a mug of homemade hot chocolate on a cold Winter night. It is really simple to make. I always use the recipe on the Hershey's Cocoa box. Serve with whipped cream if you like.
Favorite Hot Cocoa
Top of Stove - Six Servings
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in saucepan; stir in water.
2. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil and stir 2 minutes.
3. Stir in milk and heat. DO NOT BOIL.
4. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
Granulated sugar or confectioners sugar
1. Using an electric mixer, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until it reaches desired consistency.
I use 1/2 to 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 to 3 Tbsp. sugar for each cup of whipping cream. You can use more or less sugar and vanilla depending on your preference. Honestly, I don't usuasally measure when whipping cream.
I made the boys homemade trick or treat bags this year. They have already used them a couple of times for Halloween parties and they have held up well. I found some templates for pumpkin carving and used them for stencils to make the Halloween designs on the front of the bags. I bought pre-cut felt letters to make it easy. I love this owl. I am going to make an owl trick or treat bag for our youngest (next year - he's still young for candy so I didn't stress out trying to get three of these done).
I used a stencil to cut out the design for the front of the bag then I used felt glue to glue the design down.
I bought pre-cut felt squares at the craft store. I used a whole square for the front and back. I cut a square in half legnthwise for the sides. Then I placed the cut side piece on a pre-cut square to cut the correct width for the bottom piece.
I cut two full legnth strips for the handles.
Once you have all of your cut pieces you are ready to begin sewing. First sew the handles to the inside top portion of your front and back panels.
Next sew the sides together leaving a little room at the bottom to sew on the bottom panel.
Sew on the bottom panel and you are done. Happy trick or treating!
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My three year old made this in preschool today. I love how the eyes are a little out of place.
We made pipe cleaner spiders and hung them from the ceiling. My three year old is always bringing sticks into the house so I put a stick up on the ceiling and hung a spider from it.
This is one of the easiest recipes you can make. We really enjoyed this last night and tonight as leftovers. This recipe is slightly adapted from The Country Cook. My husband said this is great gameday food. I bought Chuck Roast at ALDI that was labeled as boneless Chuck ribs. It was actually just a cut up chuck roast and worked perfectly in this recipe. I bought 2 packages about 1 1/2 lb. each. They were both reduced for quick sale and had $4 off stickers on them. I was able to get the roast for more than 50% off this way. If you purchase meat that is reduced for quick sale, make sure to freeze or use it right away.
1 (3-4 lb.) Rump, Chuck, or Round Roast
1 packet dry Italian Dressing mix
1/2 (16 oz.) jar Pepperoncini Peppers (use more if you like)
1 (10.5 oz) can beef broth or equivalent of homemade broth
4-6 slices Provolone Cheese
This is so easy. Put meat in your crock pot. Combine dressing mix, 1/2 jar or more of peppers with juice, can of beef broth or about 1 1/4 cup homemade broth. Pour this mixture over the roast. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Remove meat and slice or shred, then return to juices in the crockpot.
Serve on sub rolls with a slice of provolone cheese.
Last chance to enter to win a $50 Shutterfly Promo Code.
I thought I'd share my favorite printable coupon site. I love Coupons.com because the coupons are so easy to clip and print.
I found some great stock up deals at ALDI yesterday.
Apple & Eve Fruitables 8 pack juice boxes were only 49 cents per 8 pack. I really stocked up and donated some to the food pantry at church. Bubba Burgers 2 lb. packages were $3.99 a box. That's around $2 a lb. which is a steal.
There were lots of grocery and household items on clearance. Prices and supply may vary from store to store. I always check the expiration dates on clearanced grocery items and these were all good until next summer.
The Walmart $20 Gift Card giveaway ends
Last chance to enter.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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