Menu Plan Monday + it’s giveaway day!

Hello pretty people, how is everyone today?

Every once and awhile I like to surprise my menu planning gals with a little menu planning related giveaway.   In other words only Menu Plan Monday participants will be entered.  To be included, just link up your menu plan post to the Mr. Linky below prior to Wednesday, June 30th at 4:00 pm PST and I’ll pick a random winner from the list.  What will you win?

The winner will receive a copy of the premium version of The Dinner Solution (a $49.99 value).  The Dinner Solution is a simple, but complete meal solution for busy parents!  With this easy- to-use software program (available as an instant download), you can take just a few minutes each week to plan your dinners, print your complete grocery list, and be out the door to the grocery store!  You can also organize your own homemade freezer meals!  Save time, money, and your sanity with this revolutionary system.

Features include:
Meal Planning Calendar– take just minutes to plan your dinners for the week
Family-Friendly Recipes-no fancy ingredients, no complicated instructions
Grocery Shopping Lists – instantly print a complete grocery list, sorted by store name and aisle. Plus add your own misc items to the list!
Organize your Recipes – add your own recipes and eliminate your paper clutter
Organize your own Freezer meals – print assembly instructions, freezer labels, and more. (this feature only available in the Premium version)
And more!

And in case you don’t win but are interested in this software, please feel free to use the coupon code OJ615 to receive a 15% discount.  Good luck!

I had a wonderful birthday last week.  Thank you so much for all your awesome birthday wishes, it meant a lot to me.  I actually had two parties and the lovely cake seen above was made for me by this terrific lady for one of the parties.  Isn’t it pretty?  It was absolutely heavenly too, oh my!!  You are in luck because I just saw on her blog that she posted the recipe link for both the cake and the frosting so be sure to check it out.  The cake followed an amazing meal of BBQ chicken drenched in a secret sauce that was also to die for.  My girlfriend and her hubbie won’t give up the recipe but I’m working on it!!

I’ve got some excellent free menu planning resources for you this week:

Printable Menu Plan for entertaining ~ @ Executive Homemaker

Simplify Summer Meal Planning ~ @ Just Organize Yourself

Owl Grocery List ~ @ The Taste Zone

Menu Planners for Summertime ~ @ Heavenly Homemakers

Also to help streamline recipe searches a little bit for everyone I thought it might be a neat idea to host a recipe index link up.  Later today I’ll be putting up a Mr. Linky and if you have a Family Favorites Recipe Index on your blog I hope you’ll come on back and share the link with us.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday: Hamburgers on the bbq

Tuesday: Garlic Pork Tenderloin (missed from last week)

Wednesday: Apple Chicken Quesadillas

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: One Pot Spaghetti

Saturday: Scrambled Egg “Cupcakes”

Sunday: Church potluck ~  Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits


Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.

Filed under: Giveaways, Menu Plan Monday


64 Responses to Menu Plan Monday + it’s giveaway day!

  1. 1
    Sheena says

    The strawberry festival cake looks amazing!

  2. 2
    Alicia's Homemaking says

    Number 6! Probably the best I’ve ever done…haha. 😀 I’m excited about the giveaway. 🙂 And that strawberry cake looks FAB. 🙂

  3. 3
    FoodontheTable says

    Great resources – thanks for sharing. Looks like you have a good week lined up. Thanks for hosting!

  4. 4
    Christi says

    Two birthday parties, huh? Someone sure must like you! 🙂 Glad you had a great birthday, and that cake looks amazing!

  5. 5
    Cheryl @ Moms In Need of Mercy says

    Aren’t hamburgers on the grill the best?! Except the other day, I used ground round (very lean), and they were waaaayyy too dry and shrunk up like mini-burgers 🙂
    Fun giveaway!

  6. 6
    Crystal & Co says

    How exciting! What an awesome giveaway!

  7. 7
    Lora says

    Oh my! What a yummy looking cake! A happy belated birthday to you:))

    And I love the giveaway, too~hope I win!!! 🙂

  8. 8
    Tina says

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday! And thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. 9
    Robin says

    Your giveaway today is awesome! I love to freezer cook… and could use another reference! It was funny that my blog post today is freezer pie crusts! Your menu sounds yummy!

  10. 10
    SnoWhite says

    those chicken quesadillas look delightful!!

  11. 11
    [email protected] says

    Looks like a fun giveaway! Thanks much!
    I set my alarm and got up early to finish my post…had it posted before 8 (my time) and promptly got to work and totally forgot to link up on time! sigh…I’m #53! But I do have a Fun week planned with different Food for the Fourth each day!
    As always, thanks so much for hosting!

  12. 12
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist says

    Hi, I’m new! Forgot to say this in the Mr. Linky part!

    Hope you all enjoy the no grain pizza crust recipe. Our family of five has come to prefer this crust over even homemade wheat crust. It is so delicious and the herbs/parm cheese in the crust totally MAKE the flavor!

  13. 13
    deanna says

    Just came across your blog and love it already! I am probably the most unorganized person that loves reading organizing ideas. 🙂

  14. 14
    De says

    This is a fabulous idea! I’m so glad I found your site!

  15. 15
    Angela says

    That cake is gorgeous! I am sure you felt extra-special after a treat like that. 🙂

  16. 16
    Elizabeth L. says

    I’m excited about the giveaway! I could use a new resource for planning.

    Hope you had a great birthday! That cake looks amazing!

  17. 18
    Michelle says

    A giveaway! How exciting! I would love to win that prize. 🙂

  18. 19
    Stacy says

    That cake looks delicious! And I love the giveaway 🙂

  19. 20
    Tifani says

    What an absolutely amazing cake!!! Happy belated birthday.

  20. 21
    Sherry says

    WOW! 2 birthday parties! How awesome is that?! 😀 That cake looks scrumptious! 😀

    Thank you for hosting this each week! I’ve gotten so many great ideas for our own menu!

    Thank you also for hosting a great looking giveaway!

  21. 22
    Martianne says

    Love the scrambled egg idea and will have to add it to our fresh egg night rotation. Also, excited about the giveaway. Thank you.

  22. 23
    Melissa says

    I linked up! Thanks always for hosting. How lucky are we, all these fabulous recipes and free resources and a chance for an amazing giveaway. This is wonderful!

  23. 24
    Celiacs in the House says

    Happy belated birthday and thanks for the great menu planning links.

  24. 25
    Amy Walker says

    Can’t believe it’s Monday again! Thanks for the linky!!

  25. 26
    Absentminded Mother says

    I am always looking for an easy way to put my meals together. The Dinner Solutions seems like a great way to keep me going week after week.

  26. 27
    Debi says

    I’m so thrilled you’re still here doing this, Laura! One of these years, I’m really going to get this menu-planning thing down as a real, can’t-live-without habit. Really, I am. And in the meantime, thank you for the continuing inspiration!!!

  27. 28
    Heather says

    Love the scrambled egg cupcakes. My kiddo always gives me trouble with breakfast unless it’s a doughnut or bowl of cereal. But, I’m sure he’ll like the idea of eating ‘cupcakes’ for breakfast.

  28. 29
    Taylor says

    I’ve been meal planning weekly for a while because I’ve found it’s less chaotic and less expensive. I’m excited to find a community who does it too!

  29. 30
    Bethany R. Morford says

    Happy belated birthday! I hope that it was a blessed one. I am back on the menu planning wagon after a few weeks of away time. Thanks for hosting this each week!

  30. 31
    Marci Zinn says

    Happy Belated Birthday to you, Happy Belated Birthday to you, Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Laura…Happy Belated Birthday to you!! 🙂


  31. 32
    Cindy says

    Great resources! Thanks, I need all the help I can get! 🙂

  32. 33
    Katy says

    I love the Menu Plan Mondays! I always get such great ideas for my future menus! Thanks!

  33. 34
    angi says

    thanks for allowing me to enter giveaway. I love the idea of the family recipes I do not have this on my blog but look forward to seeing what others offer

  34. 35
    Amy says

    Great giveaway!!!

  35. 36
    Ashley says

    My first MPM post! So excited to get on board…I LOVE your blog! Would be nice to win the giveaway too, hee hee!

  36. 37
    Maranda says

    My son did our meal plan this week! He did such a good job I’m thinking of making it a regular duty! 😀

  37. 38
    Heidi says

    OH NO!!!! Why did you have to post that Strawberry Cake picture??!

    I indulged in strawberry shortcake FOUR times last week, and was resolved to lower that count this week. Now, my resolution is crumbling.

    But perhaps I can justify it. The strawberries are organic and the whipped cream has a minimal amount of sugar. The biscuits are really the worst part and have no redemption, so I’ll just gloss over that.

  38. 39
    Tiffany says

    Your cake looks pretty. I’m impressed. Mine always turn out lopsided 🙂

    • 39.1
      Laura says

      LOL, well mine definitely would too. Thankfully my girlfriend is an amazing baker! 🙂

  39. 40
    Barbie says

    Ok — so I’m totally new at this and feeling kind of like — well … did I do it right? What’s the Mister Linky’s Magical whatever … do I need to go there and register? I just linked up my post like Laura asked. I do need to get a button to put on my site … guidance anyone? Suggestions? Thanks! Off to peak at recipes.

    • 40.1
      Laura says

      Hi Barbie, I just checked and you did it perfectly right. No need to use a banner if you’d rather not. Just a link back to this site is fine and you did just that.

      Thanks so much for joining us and participating in MPM!

  40. 41
    Domestic Nerd says

    My first time linking!!!!

    That cake looks absolutely delicious!

    • 41.1
      Laura says


  41. 42
    Racquel says

    Well, thanks. Now I’m addicted to Tater Tot Casserole 🙂

  42. 43
    Mary Ann says

    Thanks for hosting! The strawberry cake looks amazing!

  43. 44
    Denise says

    This is the first time in a LONG time that I’m participating in Menu Plan Monday. I really need to get back in this habit!

  44. 45
    [email protected] says

    Hi! I am brand new to this menu planning monday and I would like to thank you for sharing your wonderful, well organized space with us for menu planning this summer monday! I am Alex and I am a middle of the road real food blogger who is doing her best to take baby steps toward a healthy balanced lifestyle. A dear friend recommended I check out your site and I will be following you on twitter and grabbing your RSS feed. My post this week is all about planning a week’s worth of dinners when I will be away for most of it! Enjoy and thanks again!

  45. 46
    Queen of the House says

    Apple Chicken Quesadillas sound very interesting! Might be on my menu next week! 🙂

  46. 47
    Joyce says

    We love quesadillas (we even have a quesadilla maker) so we’ll have to try that chicken apple one soon.

  47. 48
    MomsManyProjects says

    I’m loving Menu Plan Monday! It’s really helped me keep on track each week! Thank you!

  48. 49
    Heather says

    That strawberry cake looks rad! I so want to make one now….

    I keep trying at this meal planning business, but keep failing! Someday, maybe, it’ll happen.

  49. 50
    Kari says

    My first menu plan in FOREVER! I hope this gets me back on track! Thanks for hosting Laura!

  50. 51
    tamara says

    Thanks for the links

  51. 52
    kelly says

    I have been participating in your MPM linky for a couple years now and never said thank you for it. So thank you! for keeping me organized and my family more healthy because of it!

  52. 53
    Lora Jenkins says

    OMG That cake is making my mouth water ;o)
    Thank you for hosting another GREAT give-away!

  53. 54
    Martha says

    Thanks for all the great links Laura and thanks for keeping up such an awesome blog 🙂

  54. 55
    beth says

    This is my first time – AND my first menu plan!!! Hope to continue. I think this will be so helpful if I can keep it up.

  55. 56
    Jen says

    That cake looks sooo good!!

  56. 57
    Helen says

    Beautiful cake!! And, thanks for a great giveaway!

  57. 58
    Christy Sheffield says

    love this. thanks for the opportunity to share plans and see what others are cooking. I always end up with some new recipes to try.

  58. 59
    Andrea Watts says

    Great giveaway

  59. 60
    Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2 says

    Ooh, that cake looks heavenly! I’m thinking that the eggs cupcakes might be a good try for my kids next week. Have a great week!

  60. 61
    Pamela says

    Thanks as always for the yummy recipe links! We are trying the Apple Chicken Quesadillas this week 🙂


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