Menu Plan Monday ~ May 3rd + giveaway!

Updated to add: The winner of the menu planner is Shannon from Light at Home!

Hi everyone, happy new month to you!  My recipe highlight from last week goes to the Cheesy Ham and Pasta Bake.  Oh my goodness this recipe was so good and my kids gobbled it up which always makes me happy.  Since my hubbie isn’t home, I just halved the recipe and it turned out great.

I’m excited to tell you that today is giveaway day around here.  Not too long ago I was introduced to a terrific menu planning product created by two lovely sister in-laws.  It’s called Pocket Full of Posies, Perfect Pocket Meal Planning and it’s a system designed to make menu planning super easy for busy households.  It consists of a monthly magnetic pocket system for your fridge with a pocket to hold a set of weekly recipe cards and shopping list for each week.   The monthly pockets are made with fun scrapbook paper designs that have been laminated for durability.  There are five easy to make recipes provided per week so all the guess work is done for you.

It’s nice because this system doesn’t require you to designate a certain day for a specific recipe and is especially great for those who want to save time by having someone else select your weekly recipes for you.  There is great flexibility in this system and Emily and Cammie do a fantastic job of explaining how it all works in a video which you can find here.

Today these girls are giving away to one lucky menu planner their Monthly Pocket Package One which includes the following:

1 Magnetic Monthly Pocket

Recipe Packages 1 & 2 (40 recipes total)

8 ingredient lists

All you have to do to enter is just link up to your weekly menu as normal in the Mr. Linky list below, before Wednesday, May 5th at 12:00 pm PST, and I’ll select a winner randomly from the list of participants.  Good luck everyone!

Note:  This particular giveaway is only open to those with blogs who blog their weekly menu plan and link up.  It’s my small way of thanking those who participate in Menu Plan Monday.

Okay so here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday: Spaghetti with Savory Spaghetti Sauce

Tuesday: Sweet Asian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Wednesday: Mushroom Burgers

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: “Batter Be Good To Me’ Pancakes

Saturday: Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf (family favorite!) served with mashed potatoes and veggies

Sunday: Steak and baked potatoes


Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections can be found here.

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90 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ May 3rd + giveaway!

  1. 1
    Christi says

    We LOVE having breakfast for dinner! I haven’t made pancakes in forever, though. I may have to give that pancake recipe you posted a try.

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. 2
    The Happy Housewife says

    Wow, what a cute menu plan system!
    I love meatloaf, but it is getting so hot here I don’t want to turn on my oven!

    • 2.1
      Laura says

      Hot!? Wow I want to live where you are, it is freezing here in Northern, Canada!!

  3. 3
    Tiffany says

    Thanks for hosting this every week. The Asian Chicken sandwiches sound yummy. I’m off to check it out.

  4. 4
    Sheena says

    The menu planning organizer looks super cool! I need all the help I can get.

  5. 5
    DanaB says

    Happy First Monday of May! 🙂


  6. 6
    In the Bag says

    Thanks for sharing that men planning system. I know it’s may seem a little…silly…but I like how pretty the system is. I’m a huge fan of organizing tools having great form and great function, two elements they’ve clearly considered here.

    I’m with Cristi on the loving breakfast for dinner idea. What a great way to get the weekend started on a fun note.

    As always, thanks for all you do in organizing us this way.

  7. 7
    [email protected] says

    Thanks so much for hosting Laura! The Asian Chicken sandwiches sound yummy! It’s getting to be that time of year, when a sandwich is just perfect!

  8. 8
    Kerri says

    That cheesy ham and pasta bake looks like it might go over well in my house too…I’ll have to snag it for next weeks menu.

    That organizer looks wonderful. I’ve been a little less then organized lately…*sigh*

    Happy Monday!

  9. 9
    Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book says

    That Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf sounds like something my family would love too. I’ll have to try it soon. Thanks!!

  10. 10
    FoodontheTable says

    Can’t wait to try the rigatoni bake. If there’s some leftover, looks like it would be good for lunches the next week!

  11. 11
    amy says

    I’m excited to try that pancake recipe. Thanks for the link!

  12. 12
    Tina @ Life Without Pink says

    What a great giveaway, I could use that big time! I found your website last week and so happy I have, love your ideas!

  13. 13
    Tifani says

    We are having a pancake night, too!

  14. 14
    Bibi says

    Great menu. I love the idea having breakfast for dinner on family night.

  15. 15
    Marjorie says

    I was thinking of finding a good spaghetti sauce recipe yesterday. Thanks for posting one!

  16. 16
    Gina says

    I’m on board today! Hurray! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  17. 17
    Tara V says

    cute system! always grateful for u hosting MPM!

  18. 18
    Rose says

    That organizer is TOO cute! And I think I’m going to try that cheese-stuffed meatloaf. It looks wonderful!

  19. 19
    Sharon @ UnfinishedMom says

    That Asian Chicken salad looks scrumptious. I’m definitely going to try that with the leftover chicken from my roast chicken this week. Yummy!

  20. 21
    Anna says

    Thanks for the link-up! Looking forward to quitting my job so that I have time to think about planning breakfast and dinner!

  21. 22
    Monica Lavoie says

    Thanks for the linky!

  22. 23
    Camille says

    I was inspired to join menu plan after listening to Manic Mommies. Can’t wait to get started!

    • 23.1
      Laura says

      That’s awesome Camille!

  23. 24
    SnoWhite says

    I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the cheesy ham and pasta bake! The recipes you have for this week sound wonderful too — like those mushroom burgers! off to check those out 🙂

  24. 25
    Jen @ BigBinder says

    Hi! That cracked me up that you halved the recipe because your husband was gone. I’d do the same, mine is a big eater 🙂 Thinking my kids would love that recipe too.

    Cute giveaway! Have an awesome week!

  25. 26
    laura @ no more soending says

    It’s my first time linking up this week and I’m menu planning from my cupboards 🙂

    • 26.1
      Laura says

      Welcome to MPM!

  26. 27
    Bitterroot Mama says

    Thanks for the link to that ham and cheese bake. It looks wonderful! Thanks for hosting this great carnival. I’m glad to be a part of it.

    • 27.1
      Laura says

      Thanks for participating!

  27. 28
    Lori says

    To register to win, I need to put my name and a link (?) to my website in the box “Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets”? What if I don’t have a website?

    • 28.1
      Laura says

      I’m so sorry Lori, this particular giveaway is just for those with blogs who are linking up their menus 🙁 I do this every couple of months or so as my small way of saying thanks to those who participate.

  28. 29
    Leah says

    I have been participating for 28 weeks now ! Thank you again for hosting this event 🙂

  29. 30
    Photina says

    That ham and cheese bake looks so yummy! Thanks for hosting MPM and the giveaway!

  30. 31
    Kim says

    Ham and cheese looks yummy!! We’re having a themed week this week, Medieval Monday with poached fish. This should be an adventure…I’ve never poached a fish before. Eeeek!

  31. 32
    Rhoni says

    That cheesy rigatoni bake looks YUMMY. We’re going to have to try that!

  32. 33
    Karissa says

    Can’t wait to try the Cheesy Meatloaf!! Looks Fabulous 🙂

  33. 34
    dddiva says

    Sweet Asian Chicken Salad Sandwiches sound really good.

    And, your leftover buffet sounds way better than what we call it. 😉

  34. 35
    s says

    that organizer looks great – only mr linky participants eligible? I don’t have a blog, just a reader!

    • 35.1
      Laura says

      I’m so sorry, this particular giveaway is just for those with blogs who are linking up their menus 🙁 I do this every couple of months or so as my small way of saying thanks to those who participate.

  35. 36
    Christine says

    I’ve been menu planning for about 6 months and this is my first time to participate in linking up. Thanks for hosting Laura!

    • 36.1
      Laura says

      Awesome, glad to have you here!

  36. 37
    Stephanie in SC says

    The ham and pasta is very similar to one I make. I actually double or triple the recipe then freeze some. I make some containers of family size and some single servings so my husband can take it to work. It works beautifully!

  37. 38
    Helen says

    That menu planning system looks terrific! I went and bought it just so I don’t have to take a chance on not winning the giveaway. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

  38. 39
    Christy says

    Hard to believe its May already! Our plan is a little crazy this week because of meetings, etc.

  39. 40
    Mrs. Fuzz says

    I love the giveaway. I’ve been trying to come up with a system like this that works. . .

  40. 41
    doni says

    My first menu plan in over a year! I am happy to be back, and could I ever use a cute organizer!

    • 41.1
      Laura says

      Welcome back!

  41. 42
    MyLinda says

    Going to print out the Cheesy ham & pasta recipe now, thanks!!

    Would love to win that menu system, looks great!

  42. 44
    Cindy says

    Hope I win the great giveaway 🙂

  43. 45
    Trina says

    Just took a look at the meatloaf recipe — I bet it makes for great sandwiches/hoagies the day after!

    • 45.1
      Laura says

      I’ve not tried that Trina, but I’m sure it would. Yum!

  44. 46
    Shonda says

    I would love to win that menu planner. This is my first time and I hope to participate more and get fun ideas for meals. Blessings, Shonda

    • 46.1
      Laura says

      Welcome Shonda!

  45. 47
    Janet says

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the linky.

  46. 48
    Donna says

    That is a neat giveaway, if I am not lucky enough to win..I may just try and make something on my own….cool idea!

  47. 49
    Sammy says

    Back to menu planning this week now that I’m not working late nights at work, thank God the legislative session is over! 🙂

    Glad to see that a lot of us are doing the breakfast for dinner, it’s a easy one and a favorite in my house.

  48. 50
    tamara says

    My menus are starting to look a bit tired. Next week I am promising myself to be a little more exciting with my menu.

  49. 51
    Racquel says

    So excited to try that Cheese Stuffed meatloaf recipe!

  50. 52
    Scrumptious says

    Looks like you have a great week planned! I have a feeling mine is totally overambitious (especially when I went into the pantry this morning and found I’m out of arborio rice and two more ingredients for tonight’s planned risotto – oops! how did that happen?) but I’ve been having a great time with planning lately. This is the first time I’ve ever really planned consistently and it is both extremely helpful and leading to some really tasty food.

    Thanks as always for being the catalyst for this MPM movement that is changing all our lives!

  51. 53
    Judi @ Frugal Frolic says

    Better late than never, I finally got my menu plan done for this week. Thank you so much for doing this every week. I was almost tempted to “wing it” for my plan this week but I knew how that ends up… never good! It feels so good to have it done!

    • 53.1
      Laura says

      So great you got it done!!

  52. 54
    Rachel says

    Yum! That pasta dish looks delish. Although, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a SnoWhite recipe 😉 I’m trying her Honey Mustard Chicken Pasta dish this week. Oh, and I saw that your family likes the Enchilada Casserole recipe (Taste of Home)–hubby and I are trying that this week too. Can’t wait to taste it. 🙂

    • 54.1
      Laura says

      Love it!!

  53. 55
    Crystal T. says

    Just linked up my first Menu Plan Monday post. Thanks for doing this. What a great way to get and share ideas. I look forward to finding and trying new recipes for my family.

  54. 56
    Denise says

    This is my first time trying menu planning monday. I hope I can stick with it.

  55. 57
    [email protected] says

    That menu planning system looks great! Thanks for introducing us to it!

  56. 58
    Megan says

    As always, thanks for hosting this week! The giveaway looks super-cute!

  57. 59
    Jessuca says

    This is first Menu Plan Monday! I think I’ll have to try your cheese meatloaf – sounds yummy!

  58. 60
    Jenna says

    Thanks for another great giveaway 🙂 I am trying out 3 new recipes this week- one from Taste of Home (Tortellini Soup) and 2 from Kraft recipes (Primavera Pesto Pasta and Undone Stuffed Pepper Cassrole)

  59. 61
    Brenda says

    That menu plan system looks fabulous!

    Thanks for hosting this meme once again! It really helps keep me on my toes. 🙂

  60. 63
    Sarah says

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Your menu plan looks really yummy this week. I think the Chicken Salad Sandwiches will be making their way onto my meal plan sometime soon!

  61. 64
    Shelley says

    I am new to linking up. This is a great idea. Thanks

  62. 65
    Alissabeth says

    So cute! We love breakfast for dinner, since daddy only has 1 breakfast day with us.

  63. 67
    Anna says

    That meal-planning system looks just right for me! I know I need lots of help. I’ve been in a menu-plan funk for a month.

  64. 68
    Cambria says

    I’m a newbie, but a linked newbie (:

  65. 69
    The Debt Darling says

    Yum! Cheese stuffed meatloaf. I have never had meatloaf with cheese in it before..but everything tastes better with cheese. I am going to have to try that. I tried your pizza crust recipe last week. It was delicious! Thanks so much!

  66. 70
    Crystal & Co says

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  67. 72
    Nancy says

    Menu planning is such a chore for me, but I love it during the week when I have done it. I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

  68. 73
    Nancy says

    Menu planning is such a chore for me, but I love it during the week when I have done it. I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

  69. 74
    Amy says

    In my quest to organize my life, I have recently started making menus. This is the first time I have actually posted it on my blog (though I have been reading yours for a few months now). The chance of winning that nifty looking Meal Planning Pocket system was all the motivation I needed to join the party. 🙂 Thanks for the motivation!!

  70. 75
    Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

    I am gearing up for a big freezer cooking session (tomorrow!) and cannot wait until all I’m doing is planning the meals that are already prepared in my freezer–summer’s just around the corner and I’d rather be playing than cooking (or cleaning up!)

  71. 76
    Dawna says

    What an adorable meal organizer. I love preparing meals for my freezer and now that I have only 7 weeks left until our third little blessing arrives I am stocking the freezer with as many homemade items as possible.

    I look forward to menu mondays and enjoy reading your recipes. Thank you for the inspiration!

  72. 77
    Ann says

    Why does it seem that the weeks I have a wonderful plan, dinner gets all messed up?? Oh well – at least I know what else I have on hand to make for fast dinners!

  73. 78
    candi durbin says

    Cute blog! I love the ready to go activity bags. I just linked up to the meal planner!


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