Menu Plan Monday ~ April 4, 2011

Hello beautiful people!  Thanks for all the well wishes last week, I’m feeling much better.   I do apologize to anyone that has sent me an email in the last couple of weeks, I really am going to try to get to those soon!!

So the biggest recipe hit of the household last week turned out to be the Potato-Topped Mini Meatloaves.  So much so in fact that my daughter has requested them again this week for her 14th birthday!  Sweet for me because this was one easy recipe to cook up, yay!!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the chalkboard menu board I use and a couple of you asked about where I got it.  I got it on clearance at a little gift shop here in Alberta and there isn’t a brand or anything on it.  It was just one of those things I saw buried in a 50% off bin tucked away in the corner and I had to snag it.  Since the boxes are a little narrow, I do find it a little hard to write my meals on it sometimes though.  I kind of have to write sideways to make it fit.  Other than that, it’s been working great 🙂

I know many of you are interested in the magnetic type of menu boards though and I just recently found someone who does make and sell cute ones like these:

See all her designs and purchase here.  If you want, you can make your own using the excellent tutorial Kim provides here.  Just so you know I’m not affiliated in anyway, in fact she doesn’t even know I’m mentioning this.

Also if you are looking for recipe inspiration, don’t forget to check out the Recipe Index Round-Up!  Such an amazing collection of recipe indexes PLUS if you haven’t had a chance to add yours to it, you still can.  I’ve left the collection open so it can continue to grow!

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week (all new recipes except for the meatloaf):

Monday: Meat & Potato Pie

Tuesday: Beth’s Baked Chicken served with perogies and broccoli

Wednesday: Tortellini and Ham

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Happy 14th to my daughter!  Potato-Topped Mini Meatloaves with No Bake Cherry Cheesecake for dessert

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner:  Peanut Butter Pancakes

Simple Supper Sunday


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46 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ April 4, 2011

  1. 1
    Laura @ no more spending says

    Glad that you’re feeling better Laura…love the sound of Peanut Butter Pancakes..yum!

  2. 2
    Nony (A Slob Comes Clean) says

    Peanut butter pancakes? Those sound fabulous, and I know my kids would love them!

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. 3
    [email protected] says

    I bet my family would love those Mini Meatloaves with potatoes! Have a great week Laura!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. 4
    Alicia @ Alicia's Homemaking says

    Love the chalkboard! I would really like to get a magnetic chalkboard for my refrigerator that I could post the meal of the day on. 🙂

  5. 5
    The Happy Housewife says

    Off to check out the peanut butter pancakes, I have one child who LOVES peanut butter. I’m sure these would be a hit with her.


  6. 6
    Tiffany says

    Happy birthday to your daughter!

  7. 7
    Lynn says

    Those peanut butter pancakes look so good!

  8. 8
    Queen of the House says

    Okay, I need to make those cute potato topped mini meatloaves, on the recommendation of your daughter, of course! 🙂
    Happy Birthday to her!

  9. 9
    Carrie says

    Not long ago, my friend made mini meatloaves with potatoes and called them “cupcakes”…she had a cuter name, but she used the potatoes as the “icing” and the mini meatloaves as the “cake” part. They were very cute. That could go along cute with your daughter’s birthday theme. Happy birthday to her!

    • 9.2
      Laura says

      I originally made them last week for April Fool’s Day, the kids really loved them even though they were skeptical at first 🙂

      • Laura says

        Oops, I meant the meatloaves I made last week, not the pancakes. I’m looking forward to trying those this week!

  10. 10
    Marelie says

    I love to be back here. thanks for hosting the party.

  11. 11
    Betty says

    Pierogies! Yum! The next time potatoes are on sale I’ll have to make up and freeze a couple of batches. I haven’t done that in ages! Thanks for the reminder!

    • 11.1
      Laura says

      I’ve only made perogies from scratch once and it was so much work that I’ve not done it again. Gosh were they ever good though 🙂

  12. 12

    Thanks for hosting this party! There are lots of great menu ideas.

  13. 13
    Mom's Many Projects says

    The Potato-Topped Mini Meatloaves and the Pineapple Pork Chops looked so good in your menu last week that I put them in my menu this week to try them out! I’m crossing fingers I can do them justice!

    • 13.1
      Laura says

      Both so easy you’ll have no problems!!

  14. 14
    Rachel says

    So glad you’re feeling much better! I love your chalkboard menu planner!! I may have to look at the tutorial and see if I can rig up one of those myself. 🙂 Oh, and those Peanut Butter Pancakes have my name written all over it! YUM!!

  15. 15
    Tammy @ Skinny Mom's Kitchen says

    Those potatoe meatloaf tops look AWESOME!! I may try those next week. I attempted to put together a monthly menu plan and freezer cook for the month however the day went by way too fast. However I did prepare ahead of time all the dinners for the week. Woohoo!

  16. 16
    Gretchen says

    Those peanut butter pancakes sound great! Thanks for hosting.

  17. 17
    Apeil says

    Great looking menu as usual. 🙂 Glad your feeling better. I make peanut butter pancakes about twice a month at my house, and we all love them.

  18. 18
    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    I’ve had that tutorial for the magnetic board bookmarked for a couple months now and have bought about half the stuff I need to make it.

    Hmmm…wonder when that’s gonna happen? 🙂

    Bet my kids would love those potato-meatloaves, too! Gotta try them.

    So glad you’re feeling better- have a great week!

  19. 19
    Janet says

    Glad you’re feeling better. Thanks for hosting.

  20. 20
    Colleen says

    Thanks for hosting! The meatloaves look cute & tasty!

  21. 21
    Carielle (first time) says

    This was my first time participating 🙂 Thank you for hosting! Peanut butter pancakes sound yummy! I’ll have to give those a try!

    • 21.1
      Laura says


  22. 22
    Jen-MamaZen says

    I really like both the chalk and magnetic boards. They are both so cute!

  23. 23
    Marishannon says

    I love that your teenager requested meatloaf for her birthday!

    • 23.1
      Laura says

      The funny thing is she totally turned her nose up at it when she first saw it. She was so surprised how much she liked it LOL

  24. 24
    kewkew says

    The potato topped mini meatloaf sounds great. I was wondering if you would consider linking your breakfast for dinner up with my Breakfast for Dinner Thursdays.
    Have a great day

  25. 25
    Storm says

    I am glad to hear you are feeling better! The magnetic board is so cute!

  26. 26
    Amy says

    I found a printable calendar that goes in a page protector and works with dry erase- perfect for me since it’s easy to maintain 🙂

  27. 27
    Debra says

    I made your meatloaf cupcakes and potato icing last week (I used turkey instead of beef) and my hubby LOVED them. He was telling all of our friends what an awesome meal it was. And it was soooo easy. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I think I will be adding the Peanut Butter pancakes to the menu this week 🙂

  28. 28
    Amy says

    Thanks again for hosting and giving us all ideas of What’s For Dinner. Love it!!

  29. 29
    Krisi says

    Thanks for being a great host! Have loved posting here and getting ideas from others.

  30. 30
    Ally @ TinyWalletStyle says

    Thanks so much for the linky! I love the idea of mini meatloaves- they make such good leftovers!!! Happy birthday to your little organizing junkie in training 🙂

    Ally @ Tiny Wallet

  31. 31
    Becky L says

    The potato mini meat loaves sounds yummy. Will have to look at that recipe. This week we are having impossible tuna pie, crock pot chicken with potatoes, tortilleni and hamburger and a potato soup and leftovers. Didn’t do much menu planning, which I should have. Will do better next week. Life has been stressful, thought provoking but manageable lately. So thankful for notebook I use for all shopping list and menu planning, so easy! Thanks and have a good week, my friend!

  32. 32
    Lara says

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. Thanks for the link. Hope you enjoy the pancakes! 🙂

  33. 33
    kimbowest says

    i know now. and a big fat thank you!

  34. 34
    Food on the Table says

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about the power and importance of meal planning and yummy home cookin’! These recipes look, as always, easy on the eyes and the taste buds. Peanut butter pancakes are going on my week’s menu too. And hey, might as well throw in some chocolate chips for good measure. 🙂

  35. 36
    Margie S says

    This is my first time here and I’m intrigued! I need some menu planning in my future. For those people who like the menu chalkboard – why not get some chalkboard paint and paint the front or back of a pantry door or doors of a cabinet in the kitchen? Then you’d have plenty of space to write out the menus. You could label the days of the week using letter stickers (with a good adhesive), magnets, paint – possibilities are endless. Oh, and you could also layer it with magnet paint to add your days of the week or your meal magnets.

  36. 37
    katzien says

    You often have “perogies” with your meals. I’m from the south (Austin) so I had to google it. So it’s basically a dumpling; a little pocket of dough filled with veggies/meat. Do you make these yourself, or do you buy them? Are they baked or fried or what? I’m pondering perogies…….

    • 37.1
      Laura says

      Perogies are so yummy and homemade are definitely superior however they are a lot of work to make so I’ve only done it a few times. We usually buy frozen and boil them up on the stove. I like them plain dipped in teriyaki sauce but many people do like to fry them up with bacon and/or onion.

  37. 38
    Robin says

    Does anyone still have the recipe for Beth’s Baked Chicken? It appears as if her site HomeSweetandSavory is gone. I would love to try this, thanks in advance.


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