This week's menu plan is all about the family table and old fashioned dinners. Take some time to linger over your meal, talk about your day, and enjoy the blessing of being together and the goodness on your plates.
As always, there are plenty of classic comfort foods, tips, and ideas!
📅 Food Holidays
We celebrate a couple of fun food holidays this week. They're silly little holidays but it gives us an opportunity to make some memories and have some fun!
- November 5 celebrate National Donut Day with a batch of these.
- November 10 we celebrate my husband's AND my son's birthdays, say happy birthday to the USMC, AND celebrate vanilla cupcake day... it's quite a day!
🫑 What's in Season?
- Winter squash
💭 Tips for success
As we get closer to the holidays don't forget to pick up extra baking supplies here and there so you'll have plenty on hand and not have to buy everything at once. You can also double up the dinner rolls and freeze half.
Thinking ahead and planning now will save time and stress later!
Here are some tips for this week -
- Leftover meatloaf makes amazing sandwiches!
- Meatloaf freezes well baked or unbaked. It's worth doubling the recipe!
- The mashed potatoes also freeze well. This is one of those dinners you could prep and freeze in individual sized servings.
- Make extra breadsticks to serve with the pasta.
- Make enough chicken when you make the French onion chicken to have cooked chicken for the King Ranch Casserole.
- Move the days around as you need to. Don't forget there are more meal plans here.
🍹This week's cocktail
Prickly Pear Margarita
This prickly pear margarita is the most gorgeous pink color and has a unique, sweet flavor. Definitely give it a try!
Old fashioned meatloaf is moist and delicious - so easy to make! The tangy glaze is over the top!
The richest mashed potatoes recipe you ever put in your mouth! You'll love my copycat Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes Recipe!
Dutch Apple Pie
Crumbly and sweet on the top with tangy, tender, buttery apples and a flaky, homemade cust. Oh yeah! You'll love this Dutch apple pie.
Crockpot Lentil Soup
This spicy lentil soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day! Absolutely delicious, vegetarian, and the perfect way to stretch the budget!
Garlic Bread Sticks
Soft, garlicky, and dripping with butter, I'm giving you the secret to the best ever breadsticks around. You'll have an unlimited supply!
Lemon snaps are an old fashioned cookie that's easy to make. Tender and chewy on the inside and crispy on the edges - perfect for lemon lovers!
French Onion Chicken
The flavor of this French onion chicken bake is reminiscent of a country inn - so good!
Make enough chicken to have leftovers for the King Ranch Casserole.
Easy cornbread dressing always comes out light and fluffy when you make it in the crock pot.
Pumpkin season isn't over yet! This pumpkin cheesecake in a gingersnap crust is delicious!
King Ranch Chicken
King Ranch Chicken is an easy, creamy family friendly casserole - you can even assemble it ahead of time!
Classic southern flavors in these smoky, tender green beans.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Three layers of dark, moist cake filled and frosted with a delicious mocha frosting - this chocolate mayonnaise cake is one of our favorites.
Old fashioned stuffed peppers have always been a favorite of mine!
Make extra cooked ground beef for the Philly cheesesteak pasta and extra rice to go with the meatballs.
Creamy, cheesy broccoli casserole has a crispy topping of buttery Ritz crackers.
These are the gooiest brownies ever. Decadent, dark chocolate - absolutely delish!
Honey Garlic Meatballs
This is an easy, 30 minute dinner! Honey Garlic Meatballs go together fast and they are so good! A family favorite.
Drop biscuits are easy to make because there is no need to roll or knead.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
No one turns down homemade chocolate ice cream!
Philly Cheesesteak Pasta
If you love a good Philly Cheesesteak you've got to try this yummy, one pot Philly cheesesteak pasta!
Green Bean Salad
Marinated green bean salad is so pretty with bright fresh color and the flavor is perfect with the pasta!
Creamy, tropical millionaire pie is an easy, vintage recipe that's the perfect dessert any time of year. You can make it a couple of days ahead of time or even freeze it!
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