Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 12th + giveaway!

Howdy!  Today I’m feeling a little out of sorts because the internet isn’t working on my lap top (long story) so I’m using my hubby’s computer.  Problem is all the recipes I’ve bookmarked to try are on my computer and I can’t access them.  So I’m going out a searching….can’t wait to see what I find!    

I want to thank all of you lovely ladies that participated last week.  I’m quite certain we reached another milestone with well over 400 of you joining in the fun!  I was jumping in my seat I was so excited.   I’m so happy that you decided to give it a chance and I hope you found it made things easier on you and your family.   If you are still finding it hard and thinking you might need a little help, don’t worry because my giveaway today might be just the assistance you need.

I’m so excited to tell you about a new (well new to me anyway) menu planning service called My Family Meal Planner.  Lindsay Siebert created My Family Meal Planner to help busy moms get dinner on the table every night without the hassle of having to figure it all out on our own.  This is what she has to say: 

If you struggle with deciding what to have for dinner, or if you go to the grocery store without having a menu planned for the next week and just throw food in your cart in hopes that you are buying the correct ingredients for your next meal, you need one of my meal planners. 

All meals are SIMPLE and EASY and include a crock pot meal EVERY week!  I planned all the meals for you, I give you all the recipes you need and I give you your weekly grocery list!  I even have Preprinted Magnetic Grocery List Notepads!  All you have to do is tear off this weeks list, cross out what you already have, add any other items you may need and head to the store. 

Believe me, I don’t like spending much time in my kitchen, so all meals are quick.  If there are too many ingredients or ingredients that I have no idea where I would find them, I don’t cook those meals, and I don’t expect you to either.  It is so SIMPLE!  You will love the time you save and you and your family will love all the yummy meals! 

Lindsay has four different planners available for purchase but today she is giving one away to a lucky Menu Plan Monday participant.  The winner will be able to select the Family Meal Planner and Notepad that is right for their family.  All you have to do to be eligible is link up to your weekly menu in the Mr. Linky below by Tuesday at 9:00 PST.  I’ll choose a random winner from the links and announce it shortly after that.  Good luck!

Before I forget I also totally want to recommend the Sweet ‘n’ Tangy Pot Roast I made last week.  Simple, simple and the gravy is delicious.  I love gravy or sauces of any kind really.  Yummy!

So let’s get on with my menu shall we:

Monday:  Spaghetti

Tuesday:  BBQ Chicken Fingers served over spinach salad

Wednesday:  Pasta Fagioli with homemade bread (from the bread machine)

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:   Homemade Pizza

Saturday:  Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken served with carrots and potatoes

Simple Supper Sunday


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118 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 12th + giveaway!

  1. 1
    Annie says

    Thanks for the motivation to get my menu planned. Hope you get your laptop up and going again. I feel like my arm’s been cut off when my laptop doesn’t work. 🙁 Have a great week!

  2. 2
    Christy says

    Your menu looks good this week!

  3. 3
    Chele says

    sounds yummy! I am getting back into the routine after too long of a hiatus!

  4. 4
    Mellissa says

    First timer here. Thanks for a great site!

  5. 5
    Michelle says

    Yummy meals Laura as always..Especially the bbq chicken fingers 😉

  6. 6
    MemeGRL says

    Did you catch Oprah last Monday when she kept emphasizing “Menu planning is KEY” ? I kept thinking of you and thinking I should email her your site–what a hoot if she’d join in!

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    PlanningQueen says

    The roast chicken looks fantastic. A nice twist on the traditional roast. I have launched a Free Menu Planner you might like to check out. Have a great week!

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    Allie says

    Menu planning is the key, if you want to save time and are on a busy schedule as it is! The pizza sounds great.

  9. 9
    Gina says

    I had to mix things up a bit this week–I only posted bread and muffin recipes to go with all the soup we’ve been eating. We’ve been doing a lot of leftovers, which I hate to post (Bo-ring), so I’ve been jazzing things up by trying some new bread/baked goods recipes.

    I wish I could try that Pasta Fagioli, it looks great, but none of my crew will eat beans!

  10. 10
    Jena (O.M.) says

    That giveaway sounds nice. I’m going to go over there and check it out. I can’t believe I skipped two weeks of menu planning–I guess you didn’t miss me with over 400 participating. It’s like the fitness classes in January–everybody’s doin’ it. HA ha.

  11. 11
    Tiffany @ GoneCounty says

    This is my first time particapating in Weekly Menu Monday but I have been making weekly menus for years now. I love you site and can not wait to participate more. Gonna go pick my icon now 😉

  12. 12
    kiy says

    Ouch, I hope your laptop is up and running soon! The chicken sounds great, but I really want to try your roast from last week. Crock pot, easy and you say it’s great – all works for me!

    Cheers, Kiy

  13. 13
    Jill says

    That pasta fagioli sounds wonderful! Just what we need on a cold winter night with some homemade bread.

    Hope your laptop is fixed soon, I know how that goes. When mine was on the fritz it drove me crazy using my hubby’s. His bookmarks are all wrong! How can I find anything??

    Good luck!


  14. 14
    Janet says

    This is my first meal planning post!!

  15. 15
    Spider says

    Suddenly I’m craving lemon & garlic roast chicken!

    I hope I did Mister Linky correctly today… I’m fighting a migraine and had to redo my own post 4 times. 🙁

  16. 17
    Monica says

    I finally gave in to peer pressure and posted a Menu Monday Post. Hopefully it helps!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

  17. 18
    Nanna K says

    This is my first time participating, love your site!

  18. 19
    Mistress B says

    Looks good

    Have a great week 🙂

  19. 20
    rainbowcreek says

    Just discovered your site, and my first try at menu planning. Your pot roast is on my plan for tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it!

  20. 21
    Joelle says

    Have a tasty week! Last week was delicious at our house – hope I can repeat this week 🙂 Happy Cookin’!

  21. 22
    Caroline says

    Posting my first Menu plan. Been menu planning for awhile but I thought why not start blogging it 🙂
    That planning service looks awesome too!

  22. 23
    Debbie says

    I am a newbie to Menu Planning Monday, also. I just made my first post on my new blog yesterday and am looking forward to this challenge! You have a wonderful blog!

  23. 24
    Debbie says

    Please omit #130, “Debbie White” on the list above. I mistakenly put in the wrong url. I have added a new link on #134. So sorry!

  24. 25
    Wendy says

    You’ve gotten me to week 3 in the menu plan resolution. So many great ideas–no excuse to fall off the wagon now!

  25. 26
    Dellene says

    Hi I’m joining menu plan monday again after quite a long break. hope thats ok

    Dellene B 🙂 xxoo

  26. 27
    Bethany says

    So cool. I already did this on my own, but I am happy to see that others are doing this too! Yea for organization!

  27. 28
    Jenny says

    Ooops, I just left my comment for MPM on your last post about organizing a kids room! Can you tell it is Monday morning? 🙂

  28. 29
    SheilaG says

    I hate it when I have computer problems. And I hate having to carry my computer to be fixed while it’s snowing and gross outside.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  29. 30
    Jill says

    Have a great week… thanks for the tip on the pot roast! Sometimes it’s nice to not only know what is planned, but what works too!

  30. 31
    Julie says

    Wow! 400 last week!! I love this site and come back every week for more ideas…trying the tangy pot roast next week.

    Thanks Laura!

  31. 32
    Dawn says

    I have a pretty basic menu plan…my family is NOT the kind that likes to try new things…so we stick to the basics…the only time it’s off is if I’m in the mood for something different…

  32. 33
    Jamie says

    I would love to get started on a weekly menu plan. I always read this blog but I have never actually planned a week’s worth of meals.

  33. 34
    Rita says

    I’ve gotta try those chicken fingers sometime. They sound good!

  34. 35
    Cheryl Crawford says

    I made the sweet and tangy pot roast for Sunday dinner and it was a big hit! Thanks for another great meal.

  35. 36
    lisa says

    I got the guts to post to your menu link up for the first time. Thanks for the motivation to meal plan and the great ideas for next week!

  36. 37
    Angie says

    This is my first time posting to MPM I am so excited!!! I have gotten so many good tips from everyone!!

  37. 38
    Angie says

    Our Menu Plan for the week is posted. Thanks for a great giveaway. How fun!

  38. 41
    Amy says

    I just posted (I hope I linked it correctly!)… it’s my first time. I am going to try your BBQ chicken fingers next week!

  39. 42
    Lolli says

    I can’t believe that I am posting at 9:45 and am the 230th link! That’s a lot of meals planned!!

  40. 43
    Abby says

    THis is my first time doing this. THis is such a good idea. I always plan our weekly meals, but I like the idea of seeing what other people are eating!

  41. 44
    Betty says

    Thanks, have a good week

  42. 45
    Shawn says

    Getting back into menu planning after a bit of a break. Your menu looks yummy!

  43. 46
    kat says

    Isn’t it amazing how lost we feel without the internet these days

  44. 47
    Cindy says

    What a glorious system this sounds like! I can use all the help I can get in this area, that’s for sure!

  45. 48
    Sarah H. says

    I’m a first-timer this week! Meal planning is great already…thanks for letting me participate here too!

  46. 49
    Sylvia says

    I have loved your website for a long time. I always say I am going to join the meal plan group and I finally am. I think by joining and posting it will help me be more dedicated to actually planning the meals. I always get AWESOME info from your blog. Thanks!

  47. 50
    Ginger says

    Mmmm! As always, looks like a wonderful week’s menu! I can’t wait to try some of the things that you posted! The BBQ chicken fingers should be a hit with my kids!

  48. 51

    Thanks for this — keeps me organized for the week!

  49. 52
    Angela says

    Hi all! Looking forward to checking out everyone’s menus. I’m kicking off 4 weeks of eating out of our freezer/pantry (sort of a challenge to myself to use up food we’ve already got) so feel free to check out the progress!

    Happy week!

  50. 53
    Elizabeth says

    I will have to try that tangy pot roast recipe.

    Thanks for doing this. It has gotten me back to planning and making better use of what I already have stored.

    God Bless,

  51. 54
    Michelle says

    I am back to planning after a short break and I am already feeling the peace!

  52. 55
    Marianne says

    This is my first time participating – great link up! Looks like a few years worth of menu plans available just this week!


  53. 56
    Em. says

    I love Menu Plan Monday! Thank you again for hosting. I didn’t get my link posted until this afternoon, and the list was already HUGE. Way to go!

  54. 57
    Sarah says

    Wow – lots of new people this week. Good luck getting that laptop back up to snuff!

  55. 58
    Mia says

    What is “Mr. Linky” ? I read you mention it quite often, but don’t know what it is or how to use it. Thank you.

  56. 59
    Susan says

    This is my first time to post here in way too many months and the first in 2009.

    I am glad to have a place where I can keep myself accountable regarding my food plan. Thanks for making this possible. 🙂

  57. 60
    gina's weight watcher recipes says

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for including my soup recipe! I love how organized you are knowing exactly what you will be eating all week. I’m still figuring out what I am cooking tonight!

  58. 61
    Donetta says

    My goodness that is a record. I remember when there was just a few of us.
    See the impact your having. I am so proud of you for following your vision and making a difference in the world around you.
    When I say that I hope it sounds as sincere as I intend it too.

  59. 62
    Angela says

    I can’t seem to find to list when I pull up your site today (weird!?!), but I’ll keep checking to try to link up. Thanks for hosting! Hope the computer problems get better soon!

  60. 63
    Betty says

    where is the links?

  61. 64
    Laura says

    Mr. Linky is having some trouble I think. Hopefully it will be up and running soon. Sorry about that.

    Mia, Mr. Linky is simply the box at the bottom of my menu planning posts that you add your name and menu planning link into. It then displays this information in a list with everyone else. It’s basically a way to collect the list of participants all in one place to make it easy for us to visit them.


  62. 65
    Corrie R says

    I’m loving this idea.

  63. 66
    Amber says

    My second MPM and I’m so excited! Thanks for the motivation to do this and keep doing it. 🙂

  64. 67
    Trish says

    The lemon and garlic roast chicken sounds good!

  65. 68
    Martha says

    I’m playing along this week – did my menu for the rest of the month! All my meals planned for the month are from what I have in the freezer or pantry other than fresh fruit and veggies, milk and eggs!

  66. 69
    Angela says

    Woo-hoo! I’m linked up now! Must be having so much trouble because there are SO MANY of us! How cool is that?

  67. 70
    JJ says

    Congrats on having so many people join in last week! Sorry about your computer problems this week.

    I must admit this week’s menu plans aren’t spectacular since it’s hard to plan my menus while having a migraine – but they are planned. Now here’s to hoping that it goes away so I can get out and shop tomorrow for it. At least today is leftovers put together.

  68. 71
    Monica says

    #379 better late than never!

  69. 72
    Becca says

    There really is nothing better than home made pizza on the weekend. Looks like you and I had the same thought on that this week!

  70. 73
    Room Organizing says

    Thank you for the great ideas, and the tips on “My Family Meal Planner” saved it to my “FunStuf” folder and will definitely check it out. Anything to help would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  71. 74
    Christina says

    Thanks so much for the motivation to keep up on my menu planning! I am excited to start participating!

  72. 75
    Jennifer says

    I love Menu Monday! Thanks so much!

  73. 76
    Kelly H. says

    this is great motivation…writing it down makes all the differenc for me! things get lost in my head!

  74. 77
    Amy P says

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Your menu sounds yummy!

  75. 78
    MealPlanning Mommies says

    Love your site, found it by way of Farm Home Life. We do a similar thing on our blog, yet we focus just on meal planning. We are a group of 3 mommies who post a meal plan every week and then every day we post a recipe (along w/ great pictures and stories!)to go along with that week’s meal plan.

    We have just started having guest posters and would love to have you post one of your recipes. We would, of course, link back to your blog. Please let us know if you are interested and check us out!

    Looking forward to coming back here to check your blog out often!

  76. 79
    Katie says

    Hi there. I’m new to blogging and new to your blog and MPM, but I;m not new to meal planning. However, I’m looking forward to learning from you and others, and sharing what I have learned. Great blog, thanks!

  77. 80
    Nancy B in AL says

    I always enjoy Menu Plan Monday. Thanks so much!!

  78. 82
    holli t. says

    I’m a day late and more than a dollar short, but determined to stick with the planning – no matter how late!

    Holli T.

  79. 83
    Ashley says

    Love this initiative! Forgot to post in Mr. Linky that I’m new. Looking forward to checking out everyone’s menus each week!!

  80. 84
    Shannon says

    Thanks for the great giveaway this week!

  81. 85
    Meal Magic says

    Even when we were sick and/or traveling, we still managed to get some good meals on the table–and I’m back on track now for planning regularly again!

  82. 86
    Stacy says

    1st timer here!

  83. 87
    Taryn says

    My goal this year is to get more organized! This is a great way to get my meal plan back in check! Thank you!

  84. 88
    Steffanie says

    I plan 2 weeks at a time but would love all the help I can get-this sounds wonderful!! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog!!

  85. 89
    Sarah says

    I think that you should just post your grocery list and then I would just follow your meals for the week… or I could supply you with take out containers and you could fill them, dont get me wrong, I would pay for the groceris… or you could just feed my family…. or you and your family could move in with me and my family… any of these sound like a super fantastic idea!!!

  86. 90
    Rona says

    Your moving post was very timely.

    The Obamas aren’t the only ones getting a new home on the 20th.

  87. 91
    denise says

    I can’t find the link for this week’s menus. Did Mr.Linky move them ? I need them ASAP please so I can plan for next week’s menu. Thanks for the help


  88. 92
    Laura says

    Sorry Mr. Linky is currently down and so we can’t see any of the links. Hopefully it won’t be long until it’s back up and running.


  89. 93
    Ellen Hart says

    This is fabulous and just what my insane schedule needs!


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