Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 30th + giveaway!

Updated to add: Giveaway now closed. Winners are #69 Rachel, #140 Becky and #106 Roan.

Hi all!  It’s back to school week for us here and I don’t know who is more anxious about starting a new school, me or the kids 🙂   I can’t believe my baby is starting kindergarten, crazy!  Hopefully the week will go well without too much turmoil or tears (from me!).

Okay so today is an exciting MPM because it’s also giveaway day.  With school starting and getting back into routine I’m thrilled to tell you about a fantastic breakfast ebook, called Better Breakfasts: 110 Breakfast Recipes to get your day off to a better start!, written by Kate of Stolen Moments Cooking (she also offers an awesome menu planning service).

If you are looking for something different to serve your kiddos in the morning like I am, this ebook is for you.  The recipes all seem simple, straightforward and quick to make and I love all the variety.  Many can be made in advance and frozen so all you have to do is pop them into the microwave on a busy morning and be on your way.  For instance this is one of the recipes I’ll be making this week.

Bacon & Cheese Muffins


• 2 c. flour
• 2 t. baking powder
• 1/4 t. salt
• 1/4 t. black pepper
• 1 1/4 c. milk
• 1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted and cooled
• 1 egg
• 1/2 lb. bacon, diced, cooked and degreased  (I’ll probably just used pre-cooked)
• 3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese


1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, melted butter or margarine and eggs.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

2. Fold in the bacon and cheese just until combined. Scoop into greased or lined muffin tins.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown.  Yum!


I’ve got THREE copies of this ebook to give away to three lucky Menu Plan Monday participants.  Winners will be selected at random from the linky list below (no comment required).  Link up your weekly menu as usual prior to Thursday, September 2rd at 4:00 pm PST to be eligible.  I’ll update this post with the winner shortly after that.  Thanks and good luck!

Kate has also discounted her ebook for one week only (till next Sunday at midnight) from $7.95 to $5.95 which is a great price!  Click here to buy now.

I hope you all have a great week!  If you are looking for a cute menu planner check out my picks for this week over at Sprik Space:  Weekly Menu Planner or Weekly Menu Planner with Shopping List.

Here’s what we’ll be eating:

Monday: Hubby’s cooking stirfry

Tuesday: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Wednesday: Plum Good Pork Chops (you’ll need to sign in for this recipe)

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: One-Pot Spaghetti

Saturday: Black Bean Fajitas

Simple Supper Sunday


Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.

PS:  Thanks for all the homemade bread links last week, I can’t wait to try them!!

Filed under: Giveaways, Menu Plan Monday


39 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 30th + giveaway!

  1. 1
    The Happy Housewife says

    Kate’s cook book is so good! I can honestly say that I have been making her recipes for almost 3 years and I have never had a dud! I already have one so I don’t need to win, but I just wanted to say how much I love her recipes!
    Have a wonderful week Laura!

  2. 2
    Julie says

    I love savory muffins as an alternative to biscuits.

  3. 3
    Emily/Miss Mommy says

    My picky-eater son loves biscuits, so I agree with Julie above that a savory muffin might fool him into eating meat!

    I also have a quick question- when we accidentally hit enter as we link up, is there a way to edit what we send? For example, say I hypothetically hit enter after I typed “M” when I meant to type “Miss Mommy”…is there a way for me to fix that? (I’m #1)

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Hi Emily, yes you’ll see a red x by your name. I believe you click on that x to delete the wrong link and then you’ll have to re-enter the correct link. Hope that helps!

  4. 4
    Tiffany says

    I’ve heard so many good things about Kate’s book. We love breakfast foods, but usually eat them for dinner. Breakfast is always super simple in our house – toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt… Those muffins sound fantastic though. They would be great with soup.

  5. 5
    Kerri says

    Looks like we have a few similar meals this week. Enjoy!!

    Happy Back To School Week.

  6. 6
    Scrumptious says

    Thanks as always for hosting!

    Please exclude me from the drawing as I’m sure there aren’t many recipes in the cookbook that I can eat. It looks wonderful, though, as do those muffins!

    Vegan, gluten-free breakfast is a constant struggle for me. I keep thinking I’ve found solutions but they never seem to stick!

  7. 7
    Sherry says

    Oooh, that recipe book looks like it has a LOT of delish recipes! I could use some more breakfast ideas. 🙂 Thank you for hosting this and for the great giveaway!

  8. 8
    laura @ no more spending says

    Like Tiffany we often eat breakfast for dinner so I’m always looking for different things to make.
    Thanks for hosting Laura 🙂

  9. 9
    Robin says

    The muffins look great!

  10. 11
    Alyssa says

    I love the new thumbnails for the links! My eyes don’t cross looking at the list anymore! 🙂

    • 11.1
      Laura says

      Hi Alyssa! Yes I think it does make it easier to go through them for sure. Welcome back!

  11. 12
    [email protected] says

    I love Kate’s recipes! Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting!

  12. 14
    Charla @ Healthy Home Blog says

    Somehow my link from two weeks ago is showing up for this week. Here’s the correct post:
    Menu Plan Monday & Fresh Corn Salad Recipe

    • 14.1
      Laura says

      Charla can you give me the link you’d like displayed and the linky # and I could try to fix it for you.


  13. 19
    Sheena says

    Those muffins look great! I will have to put them on my list of things to try.

  14. 20
    Megs says

    Those muffins look yummy! How many does the recipe say this makes?

    • 20.1
      Laura says

      It makes approx. 12 regular size muffins.

  15. 21
    Kristy @momhatescooking says

    Thanks for linking to my slow cooker BBQ chicken, you will be very happy about that one! It’s delicious!

  16. 22
    Joanna says

    I am so making those muffins! Do you think they’d turn out ok if I did a variation with turkey sausage?

    • 22.1
      Laura says

      I definitely think it would be great!

  17. 23
    Queen of the House says

    Bacon and Cheese Muffins look fabulous! A definite “must try” at my house! 🙂

  18. 24
    Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2 says

    These muffins look like a dream for my husband, lol! I will have to give these a try sometime soon, I am betting he will love them. Thanks again for hosting this, it really helps me stay organized for the week!

  19. 25
    MemeGRL says

    Just a note–I do love the new linky system but it takes SO long to load, and sometimes the little blue frog never shows up. I’ve missed linking up once or twice because of it! I hate to say anything because it’s a nifty system when it works but it does have some drawbacks…and I know you welcome feedback, which is why I’m bothering telling you at all. (And now that I look, I see I’m not the only one. Are the other ladies having issues on Macs like I am, I wonder?)
    I hope your year is off to a great start!

    • 25.1
      Laura says

      Thank you for your feedback, I do appreciate it so much. I’ve not experienced any of those problems but I’m on a PC. I wonder if that’s the difference. I’m going to look into and see if I can find out.


  20. 26
    Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

    Oh boy are we ever in a breakfast rut! This cookbook looks terrific and I’ll for sure be trying out those biscuits.

  21. 27
    Marcie Fowler says

    Hi! I’ve started the ‘Menu Plan Monday’ I linked up tonight and it’s my first one. I’m really enjoying your site 🙂

  22. 29
    Olivia says

    I’m such a muffin girl! I’m definitely trying this one!

  23. 30
    Ashley says

    I bet my kids would love those bacon and cheese muffins! Those look delish!


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