Menu Plan Monday ~ April 13th
Well would you look at that…Menu Plan Monday really on a Monday….I think that’s a first! :) The reason for the later posting? Easter dinner at our house! Thankfully everything went according to plan and turned out beautifully. I posted about my Easter dinner menu last week but as the week went on I knew I wanted to simplify it even more. When I have guests over I don’t like to spend the time that they are visiting in the kitchen. I want to be out visiting and enjoying the company so I prefer to plan dinners where most of the work can be done in advance.
The ham recipe I decided to do in the crockpot instead. The night before I simply put the ham in the crockpot, poured the pineapple sauce over top and put the whole thing in the fridge ready for me to just pull out and turn on the next day. Doesn’t get much easier than that and it was delicious!
To save time I roasted my potatoes for the Special Twice-Baked Potatoes the night before as well. The next day I just had to scoop the pulp out and add all the yummy good stuff. I then left them on the counter covered in foil until it was time to throw them into the often just before dinner. Love twice baked potatoes especially with bacon!
What else, oh yes, Focaccia Bread made with dough from the bread machine. Made earlier in the day and just kept warm on the back of the stove.
The corn recipe I had planned was scrapped in favor of just boiling them up on the stove. My girlfriend brought along a yummy Spring Orange Pear Feta Salad to go with it…mmmmmm.
Finishing out the meal was the Strawberry Banana Trifle which is a lot of work I will admit but I prepared it the day before as well so it wasn’t too bad and it was definitely enjoyed by all.
Now I’m not telling you all of this just to brag on myself. Okay maybe a little but only because had you told me just three short years ago that I’d be hosting holiday dinners at my house and actually enjoying doing it, I would never have believed you. I was the girl that didn’t cook (thankfully hubby picked up my slack) and avoided the kitchen at all costs except maybe to rummage through the cupboards looking for snacks. We didn’t do holiday dinners because the thought of it scared me silly. I’ve come a long way baby and I’m here to tell you if I can do it, anyone can!
The best part…leftovers! I don’t have to cook today, yay!!!
I hope all of you had a very blessed Easter weekend as well. Many of you also have today off. Enjoy!
Here is what we’ll be eating this week:
Monday: Leftover Easter dinner!!
Wednesday: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken (love this recipe!!)
Friday: Spaghetti night at the church
Saturday: Baked Teriyaki Chicken (one of our all time favorites!)
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
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