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!!

Tuesday: Italian Sausage and Rigatoni Casserole

Wednesday: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken (love this recipe!!)

Thursday: Black bean, zucchini and tomato quesadillas

Friday: Spaghetti night at the church

Saturday: Baked Teriyaki Chicken (one of our all time favorites!)

Simple Supper Sunday


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51 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ April 13th

  1. 2
    Rita says

    Your table setting is so pretty. That is one area I really lack in – making the dinner table pretty and appealing. I don’t have many Easter left overs so I won’t be doing too many meals from that.

  2. 3
    mjpuzzlemom says

    I would love to have had leftovers…alas I dd no Easter dinner!.

    Your menu looks great! Thanks for hosting!!!


  3. 4
    Lisha says

    Your Easter meal looks so delicious! That 40-clove garlic chicken sounds like one I might want to try…thanks for sharing and have a great week:)

  4. 6
    Joi says

    Your table looked wonderful! I have always wanted to decorate my table.

  5. 7
    Katie says

    Love your Easter table set up!! SO pretty!

  6. 8
    [email protected] Homemade says

    Your dinner looks awesome! Never would have thought to put the ham in the crockpot. Your table is set pretty too.
    Thanks for hosting!

  7. 9
    Contemplative Mom says

    Wow, your Easter dinner looked amazing. I love how you simplified it to allow you more time for socializing. Thanks for sharing how you did that!

  8. 10
    Karen says

    Oh, my. Your Easter dinner looks yummy!

  9. 11
    Jenny says

    Nice looking meal and well done! Great planning ahead too!

  10. 12
    kat says

    Sounds like a tasty week at your house.

  11. 13
    [email protected] Menu Mama says

    Oops-my linkup says “giveaway”, but my giveaway is over…I forgot to delete that and I don’t know how to get it off my linkup. Sorry!

  12. 14
    Amy says

    I won’t be joining in due to illness this week, but your Easter table looks divine!! What a wonderful celebration!

  13. 15
    Gudrun says

    Happy day-after Easter! We are going to have Easter dinner leftovers too, but not until tomorrow night – I like to build up a good amount of leftovers so we can have a big buffet 🙂


  14. 16
    Nikki says

    I’m also trying a similar crockpot/chicken/garlic dish this week:)

  15. 17
    Sara says

    I love all of your pictures you shared. It looks like you had a lovely Easter!
    I posted my menu plan for the week! Thanks,

  16. 18
    Lucky says

    Your dinner looks great! Congrats!

  17. 20
    Lisa from Kentucky says

    WOW! I am thrilled that I found your blog. I will be back and often!

  18. 21
    One Mom, Five Kids says

    Your table was set so pretty. Looks like you had a lovely Easter Dinner!

  19. 22
    jsprik says

    i am printing the recipe for that strawberry banana trifle as i am typing this!! thanks!! and thanks for another menu monday!! fantastic!!

  20. 23
    Steph says

    Your Easter dinner looks fabulous! I just love a trifle for dessert, too. Sounds like a great menu, have a great week!

  21. 24
    Marci says

    The focaccia bread would be a great change from the traditional rolls on Easter. I’m going to try them this week. I just got my mom’s old bread machine and I’m looking for some recipes.

  22. 25
    Tiffany says

    Your easter dinner sounded so yummy

  23. 26
    Jennifer says

    My first Mr. Linky post!! Whoo-hoo!

  24. 27
    dawn godek says

    Your Easter dinner looks delicious! Love the way you cooked your ham.

  25. 28
    Elaine H says

    We did pretty well last week. I am planning of using the template that you’ve shared with us so that I can print out the menu for the week – last week I just wrote it on the kitchen calendar to avoid the dreaded, “Mom, what is for dinner?” that I seem to get 3-4 times a day.

    Today I am #207, so far I’ve not been deleted by Mr. Linky.

  26. 30
    Karen says

    Thank you so much for helping me last week so I could link my mpm. I think I have it down now. One more thing to thank you for is sharing that you weren’t always a menu planner. It makes me feel like anything is possible in this area of my life. I like to cook but always seem to cook the same things over and over. This site has given me lots of easy meals to make since I can’t stand very long at the counter. I have had one major holiday meal at my house, last Thanksgiving, and I was still working while everyone one was eating, and I really didn’t like that. Now I know I can do a lot more the night before. Thanks for everything. I really appreciate it.

  27. 31
    Tami says

    I am so glad you had a fabulous Easter celebration!! Your food and table looked great, and very festive.

    I am all for the leftovers! We are making a ham, spinach & cheese strata with ours.

    I am excited to try your garlic & teriyaki chicken recipes this week!

  28. 32
    Shirley says

    When I make twice baked potatoes (without the bacon) I do everything the night before so I just have to put them in the oven the next and they’ve turned out fine that way too.

  29. 33
    Tess says

    I managed to do MPM for the second time ever

  30. 34
    purple moose says

    Looks like your special dinner was great!

  31. 35
    Cathy says

    Your meal sounds wonderful— Could you please post the recipe for your salad and the sauce for your crockpot ham. thanks

  32. 36
    Ashley says

    The Easter set up was so cute!

  33. 37
    Kelly says

    Hi, this is my first ever Menu Plan Monday. I only discovered this site recently and I’m really loving it.

    Sorry about my double post above in Mr Linky. Can you tell I’m new? 😉 I was wondering if you might be able to remove the first link, which was incorrect.

    Thank you!

  34. 38
    Gina says

    My pediatrician wants the kids off dairy for a couple of weeks to see if it helps some tummy troubles they’re having. I’m really stuck thinking of meals that don’t use cheese!

  35. 39
    Heather says

    What a delicious looking meal. Thanks for explaining all the pre-prep. I really like to make things as far ahead as possible as well.

    We’re doing leftover Easter dinner here. I did make a Ham and Sweet potato hash this morning though as a bit of a change. Love Holiday leftovers! =)

  36. 40
    The Roost says

    Laura I won’t need a menu plan for a week or more BUT I will remember this ham recipe it sounds wonderful and easy! Thanks, girl! 🙂

  37. 41
    Robin says

    Your Easter dinner looks so beautiful!! Great job 🙂

  38. 42
    Mama Kalila says

    I really want to try that chicken recipe you have on Weds… I’ve looked at it before and sounds good.

    Btw, if anyone can help me w/ a Tanzanian pilau recipe I’d be forever greatful!

  39. 43
    donetta says

    What a beautiful table!

  40. 44
    Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home says

    You know, I realized this Easter dinner that I have finally learned how to plan a large dinner, do prep work the day before, and then balance my time on the day of so that things are not only ready on time (and edible!) but so that I’m not even overly stressed. Whew! It took a long time to get to that point, and I never thought I would, but it’s been a relief to realize that with good planning, it’s possible to host dinners like that and actually really enjoy it! 🙂

  41. 45
    alexa says

    You have every right to brag… i started to meal plan this January and boy does it feel good each day to know what’s for dinner! It took over 7 years to get here, but it’s great now!

  42. 46
    Terry says

    Love this!

  43. 47
    Cathy says

    Thanks for all the great ideas for meals . However I’m in need of some help to plan meals for my 23 yr old son who has just become a diabetic #2.

  44. 48
    Diann says

    I am trying to get back on track and plan my weekly menu again. I hope to get inspired here! Thanks 🙂


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