I love getting emails from readers and the most asked On The Menu question I get is, “Do you really make what you post every week?”. And the honest answer is yes and no. A menu plan is just that… a plan! And plans often change. We might go out to dinner or I may be too tired at the end of a busy blogging day to cook a big meal. I use my menus as a guide. It makes shopping easier and I’m not stuck for ideas. So I try to stick to my menus but I’m not a slave to them! Now here’s what’s on the menu this week…
Today on Decorating Tips And Tricks we have the best show! It’s all about THE DECORATING SNOWBALL! The decorating snowball is when we start one little project and somehow it leads to something else and before you know it buying new bathroom towels leads to wanting to knock out your bathtub and replace with a tiled shower!!!! YOU KNOW what I’m talking about! Are your projects like that?
We can get over our heads or stuck when that snowball starts to roll. Today we are talking about harnessing the decorating power and creativity of the decorating snowball and using it to our advantage. You must listen to this if you like to decorate!!!!!
Here’s this week’s menu…
Fall flavors are my very favorite! Warm. Complex. Inviting! Think pumpkins, pears, sweet potatoes, squash, sausage, walnuts, brussel sprouts, apples, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar! Oh yum! These sweet potatoes are the star of this Sunday Menu! Aren’t they beautiful?
- GRILLED PORK CHOPS
- MAPLE WALNUT TWICE BAKED SWEET POTATOES
- PEAR, MIXED GREENS, BLEU CHEESE, WALNUT SALAD WITH A CHAMPAGNE PEAR VINAIGRETTE
This is my version of Pot Roast and it is a winner! I make this in the oven or in a slow cooker. Either way is just delicious!
If you make this recipe in a slow cooker make sure to brown the meat and throw the onions in the meat fat to cook until translucent. Then the veggies can go in the bottom of the slow cooker and the meat goes on top! I add a little bit of cooking broth into the slow cooker too. I use the pan I browned my meat and add in 1 cup of beef stock and one-third cup of red wine. Cook on medium heat scraping up the brown bits in the pan. Reduce by half and stir in 2 TBS tomato paste to the broth. Pour this over the meat and cook everything on low for 8 hours or until the beef falls apart!
- PERFECT POT ROAST
- ROASTED CARROTS AND POTATOES
- CRUSTY BREAD (to sop up the juices)
New-to-me foodie blog MOTHER THYME by Jenn will keep you from doing any work! I was so sucked into this delicious blog I spent way too much time on it! Check it out! This amazing dish is a cross between French onion soup and grilled chicken. I can’t wait to give it a try!
- FRENCH ONION CHICKEN
- WIDE NOODLES
- CARMALIZED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
I’m a big fan of scallops. I am usually a purist. I like searing them in a tad of butter and oil and spritzing them with lemon. But this recipe from Caio Florintina really caught my attention! Can’t wait to try a little rum with my scallops!
THURSDAY- SOUP DAY
We love this soup! Especially when it eats like a meal! This soup is a must make! Your family will thank you! Make a double batch and have it for lunches.
- MINESTRONE SOUP
I’m a happy girl if I have a whole chicken roasting in my oven! Actually, I make two!!! It’s enough for a couple meals, a few lunches and I save the carcass for making chicken stock! Isn’t this chicken from Spicy Southern Kitchen a culinary work of art?
- APPLE CIDER GLAZED ROAST CHICKEN
- NANI’S SAUTEED RICE
- APPLE AND ARUGULA SALAD WITH APPLE CIDER VINAIGRETTE
I’m so excited to give today’s recipe a try! Another new-to-me foodie blog, Lazy Cat Kitchen! Don’t you love the photography? It almost makes me want to lick my computer screen!
My Bobby loves pasta and I’m sure he will enjoy a new flavor profile too!
- PUMPKIN, SPINACH AND WALNUT SPAGHETTI
- CAESAR SALAD
TREAT OF THE WEEK
For some reason, I feel very good when I have muffins in my freezer! So I am making a double batch of these oh, so delicious blueberry muffins. They are perfect for a breakfast on the go!
Have a scrumptious week, my friends!