Weekly Meal Plan #41

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Lots of comfort food is on the menu for this week!

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls 1

Sunday

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Breakfast

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Dessert

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Apple Crumble Bars

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Apple Crumble Bars

You all know I am a movie junkie.  I write screenplays and am so hoping you all will get to see one of my scripts on the big screen one day soon, and I watch movies all the time.  I have old favorite playing in the background while I write and bake and take photos and I try to watch at least two new to me movies every week.

Movies are really special because they make us feel.  They inspire us and make us laugh and cry and bring us together in ways we might not expect.  The experience of watching a great movie for the first time whether in the theatre or at home is unparalleled.

Apple Crumble Bars

While my favorite movies are all over the place in terms of genres, I have a serious weakness for animated flicks.  Perhaps it’s because it brings out the kid in me and reminds me of those simpler days, but it’s also because today’s animated movies are outstanding.

And while I haven’t seen it yet, I have no doubt SING is going to be a new favorite.  It looks so uplifting and is all about following dreams – that sounds perfect for me!

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When I’m watching movies, I love to have a snack.  Who doesn’t?  These Apple Crumble Bars totally fit the bill.  What makes them even more special than typical apple bars is that I incorporated Honeycomb cereal into the crust and topping and Honey Bunches of Oats Almond into the topping.

Post cereals have a wide variety of cereals, so at least one is sure to suit everyone’s tastes.  Plus, that variety means there are always a few options from breakfast to snack to dinner and dessert.  Cereal is good for so much more than eating with milk in the morning.

Apple Crumble Bars

The crust on these bars is like an awesome shortbread but with so much more flavor thanks to the cereal and some cinnamon.  The apples are tender but not mushy and have more cinnamon for that warm spice and fresh lemon juice for balance.  The topping might be my favorite with walnuts that that Honey Bunches of Oats in big clusters.  I couldn’t stop at just one of these bars and I bet you can’t either.

Plus, right now select Post products have special packaging for SING.  You can use the information on these boxes to enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or movie tickets.  To enter all you have to do is enter codes found on the specially marked boxes into the sweepstakes website.

Be sure to head to Walmart and pick up a few boxes on Post cereal like I did!

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

Crust and Topping
1 ½ cups Honeycomb, crushed
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Almond
1 cup walnuts
Filling
6 heaping cups apples, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  2. Make the crust and topping. In a large bowl, stir together Honeycomb, flour, salt, cinnamon, sugars, and ¾ of the melted butter. Stir until clumps form. Press ¾ of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Add the Honey Bunches of Oats, walnuts, and remaining butter and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together apples, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice until fully combined. Pour onto the crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown, filling is bubbling, and apples are tender.
  4. Cool bars completely in pan before cutting and serving. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.
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Weekly Meal Plan #40

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I hope you enjoy the fall flavors in this week’s meal plan.  Oh, and those cookie bars are the perfect way to start holiday baking season!

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars 1

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Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

While this may not be a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, I may make it a tradition in my house.  I mean there’s only so much pumpkin pie one person can eat, right?

Plus, this cake is a breeze to make because it’s made with Miss Jones Baking Company cake mix and frosting.  You know me, I’m not typically a fan of cake mixes and would prefer to make things from scratch because of all the crazy weird ingredients in them that I know are not good for me.

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

The convenience of a boxed mix and especially the frosting can’t be denied.  And now that I know about Miss Jones Baking Company has these high quality, organic mixes with ingredients that I would use if baking a cake from scratch.

It is such a win win to be able to save time by using a mix and know that it is as high quality if not more so than the ingredients I have in my pantry.

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

Plus, Miss Jones is running a contest right now.  All you have to do is use one or more of their products to make a wonderful sweet treat and fill out the form on their website, or enter via Instagram or Facebook.  You can find all the details on their website.

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

Because Miss Jones’ mixes are meant to be doctored up with a variety of ingredients, the sky is the limit to your creation.  I made this delightful Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake.  It is super moist but has a bit of chew from all the oatmeal.  And those plump, juicy raisins are bursts of flavor.  For the frosting, I simply used Miss Jones Cinnamon Sugar frosting – it is so flavorful I didn’t have to add anything.

I loved expressing my creativity with Miss Jones and you will too!

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 18 servings

Ingredients

1 box Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix
¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup jumbo raisins
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
3 large eggs
½ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)
1 container Miss Jones Cinnamon Sugar Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and flour a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together applesauce, eggs, and milk. Add the cake mix, oats, raisins, and cinnamon and stir until well combined. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cake is cool, evenly spread the jar of frosting over the cake. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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Grey Ghost Detroit

Grey Ghost Detroit

Grey Ghost may have only been open for a couple months now, but the buzz surrounding it has been strong from the very beginning.  So strong in fact that Mom, Dad, and I had to meet our friends on a Sunday night because we couldn’t get Saturday reservations.

Luckily, it was a beautiful early November night and we headed out to downtown Detroit.  Parking was a bit of an issue and the restaurant wasn’t even packed, so I can imagine at other times it is almost impossible to park.

Once inside, the small restaurant had a welcoming vibe and our waiter Scott greeted us and was incredibly helpful throughout the meal.

Butternut Squash Salad

We ordered our cocktails (bourbon for me) and then some appetizers.  Our guests had been to Grey Ghost numerous times and fell in love with the butternut squash salad.  It is thinly sliced and layered with apple, pomegranate seeds, and green mole and garnished with mint.  The colors are so striking and it is a celebration of fall that reminded me once again how much I love mint in dishes.

I went in knowing I had to try the cheeseburger, but eating a whole one sounded like a lot.  So Mom, Dad, and I split it for an appetizer.  It was great with a soft bun and tons of melty cheese, though it’s not the best burger I have ever had.

New York Strip Steak

Entrees arrived before long.  The waiter informed me that they had a chocolate doughnut, so to be on the safe side, I shouldn’t eat anything from the fryer.  I really appreciated him being on top of my allergy, but it was definitely a bummer that I couldn’t try the fries or Mom’s steak since he forgot about the fried onions on top that were not listed on the menu.

Everyone raved about that steak.  It was cooked perfectly and seared so well.  One of our guests had the pork schnitzel which was super crispy and he said tasted just like schnitzel should.  The other guest had the scallops with panko breadcrumbs on one side.  They practically melted in your mouth and other than dessert (which we’ll get to in a moment) were my favorite bite of the evening.

Seared Sea Scallops

Sweet Potato Angolotti

Dad had the sweet potato agnolotti with grilled broccoli and enjoyed it greatly.  I had the whitefish salad.  It was a nice dish and was heartier than I imagined.  The flavors of mustard, dill, onions, and the irresistible creamy sauce mixed wonderfully.

Smoked Whitefish Salad

We also had the Brussels sprouts with chicken skin, that the waiter had the chef roast instead of fry and the shishito peppers with candied oxtail.  While I always love sprouts, the peppers surprised me in their extreme tastiness.

But let’s get to dessert.  The aforementioned doughnut was out of the question but the peanut butter and jelly sundae and kuri squash pie were not.  The sundae was very good.  I didn’t love the jam which read a little too sweet but I still can’t get over the perfection of the peanut butter ice cream.  It was silky smooth and tasted just like peanut butter.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sundae

And then there’s the pie.  Have you ever eaten something at a restaurant and wanted more?  And most of the time you tell yourself no.  you guys, I wanted another piece of pie and I ordered it.  My defense is that I’d had a crappy day (week, month, whatever – agents and Hollywood, ya know) and I knew I’d never have another chance to eat the pie.

Plus it was that good.  The crust was perfection with a flaky, crunchy texture.  I feel like there was something nutty in it, but I don’t know.  The filling was creamy and just slightly spiced and the whipped cream, oatmeal crumble, and rosemary on top made me fall head over heels in love.  I have never ever had a pie other than one I have made that I love so much and I doubt I will again.

There are plenty of reasons to check out Grey Ghost, but maybe their pie (in always changing flavors) is my favorite.

Weekly Meal Plan 38 – Thanksgiving Edition!

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Trying to figure out what to make for Turkey Day?  Look no further than our awesome suggestions here.

Turkey

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Rolls

Potatoes

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Stuffing

Apple & Caramelized Onion Pretzel Stuffing 2

Corn

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Cranberry

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Dessert

Dessert

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Weekly Meal Plan #37

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We have you covered this week with great meals from tacos to pizza to pasta!

Monday

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Tuesday

1970s-style-tacos

Wednesday

Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

Baked Penne with Slow Cooker Ragu Bolognese 4

Side Dish

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Dessert

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Weekly Meal Plan #36

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Baked Apple French Toast and Buckeye Brownies???  Sign me up!

Monday

Ghost Chili 1

Tuesday

vegan-stew

Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

Breakfast

Baked Apple French Toast 3

Dessert

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Coconut Macaroon Pizza #SundaySupper

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

I loved pizza as a kid.  Probably as much as any other kid.  It’s comforting and easy to eat and can be delivered on a whim.  It was served at birthday parties and as part of our school’s Book It program.  We ate it at the mall and at home.  Pizza.  Who doesn’t like pizza.

While, in most cases me.  Your confused now, as you should be.  See, I don’t like tomato sauce.  At all.  I can’t eat anything with tomato sauce on it.  Pasta.  Pizza.  Mozzarella sticks.  Nothing.

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

So I required special pizzas made with no sauce (I was onto the white pizza trend before it was a trend) or in certain circumstances calzones, which almost never have sauce on, or rather in, them.

I haven’t had pizza in a long time, though I have had a craving for it, and there are plenty of awesome pizza places popping up everywhere.  While I could have crossed homemade pizza off my cooking bucket list, I took a different route this pizza themed Sunday Supper.

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

I made dessert pizza.  Coconut Macaroon Pizza.  I wasn’t sure how this would turn out, but upon one bite I realized it was pretty much everything and blows savory pizza out of the water.

It all starts with a giant coconut macaroon base.  Who doesn’t love coconut macaroons?  Okay, people who don’t like coconut, but for the rest of us, this is an awesome start.  Then I topped it with apricot jam and popped it back into the oven to get all caramelized.  Some homemade hot fudge, dried cherries and toasted pecans round everything out.

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

I was surprised at how awesome the apricot and fudge worked together- this awesome sweet, tart, bitter combo that is only enhanced by the chewy cherries, crunchy pecans and coconut macaroon that goes from crispy to chewy as you work your way from crust to center.

Plus, this just happens to be gluten free and totally serves a crowd.  The next party you have, this needs to be on the menu.

Coconut Macaroon Pizza

Coconut Macaroon Pizza #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

3 ½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 large egg whites
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup hot fudge, homemade or store bought
1 cup apricot jam
½ cup toasted pecans
½ cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together coconut, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Pour onto the baking sheet and form into a disc about ¾ inch thick, pressing it down slightly. Bake for 12 minutes.
  3. Spread apricot jam in a thin layer on the pizza and return to the oven for about 5 minutes, until just starting to caramelize. Drizzle with warm hot fudge and sprinkle with pecans and cherries.
  4. Serve warm or cool completely on pan. Cookie may be store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen in pieces, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour or in the microwave 30-60 seconds.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Colleen of The Red Headed Baker for hosting!

Appetizers

Breakfast

Condiments

Desserts

Mains

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Weekly Meal Plan #35

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Is it okay if I skip right to dessert this week?  I’m craving that Caramel Apple Pie!

Monday

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Slow Cooker Chicken Salad Sandwiches 1

Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

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