Menu Plan Monday ~ March 26/12

The last week of March, umm what?  Seriously this is crazy.  The change of seasons though means new menu options though.  As spring comes in I look forward to grilling again and more salads.  Yum!

So this past weekend I made the Rainbow Spring Dessert for a church potluck.  Now I’m not sure when I’ll ever learn to pay attention to the recipes before I start baking them but once again I ran into trouble.  I didn’t start until 9:00 at night and the first ingredient in the list was a cube of butter.  Well I’m from Canada and we don’t use that term here so I had no idea how much a cube of butter is.  I remembered in the States you have sticks of butter which are 1/2 cup so my gut reaction was that was it.  I then did a quick google search and it looked like my guess was correct.  However after making the dessert with the 1/2 cup butter, my crust was totally crumbly and didn’t hold together at all.  So I’m assuming more butter was needed, what do you think?  It was still absolutely delicious though, crumbs and all.  So delicious in fact this is the only picture I was able to get, oops 🙂

The other dish we really loved was the Easy French Dip Sandwiches.  I love quick and easy meals for busy nights.  So good!

Menu Planning Resource:

Are you looking for an easy way to get started with menu planning?  Robin at Heart of Wisdom has an awesome system that she created and shares with you so you can set up your own system pretty quickly.  It includes the free menu magnet printable seen below.  Also over at Quick Start Homeschool you can find a step by step tutorial on how this particular blogger used this same printable to create her own menu planning system.

image: Heart of Wisdom

Have a great weekend everyone!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Meatball Sub Simmer

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken with sweet potatoes and broccoli

Wednesday:  Tortellini Soup with Baby Spinach and Chicken (using leftover chicken) served with Bread Machine Garlic Bread

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza

Saturday:  Breakfast for Dinner ~ Strawberry Whole Wheat Pancakes

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own!)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Also don’t forget to enter to win a Staples Mailmate Shredder here.

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27 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ March 26/12

  1. 1
    Rita says

    I love the picture of the empty dish 🙂

  2. 2
    Delilah says

    Thanks for hosting Laura! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

  3. 4
    Micha says

    An empty dish is a sign of a good recipe and from the looks of that dish that is a very delicious one.

    Thanks for hosting. Have a great week,

  4. 5
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen says

    For as much as I love sweet potatoes, I forget about them as a side dish. I love your dinner idea on Tuesday… I’ll be there around 5 😉

    I have no idea what a cube of butter is either…

    • 5.1
      Beverly says

      I am going to have to try the bacon wrapped apple bbq chicken, sounds yummy! Thanks for hosting.

  5. 7
    Tammy @ Skinny Mom's Kitchen says

    Hi Laura! Thanks so much for linking up to my chicken tortelini soup. I hope you love it. It is such a great way to use up leftover chicken.

    Here is my menu plan I forgot to add a back link to your site so it is not letting me add my menu plan to the linky. I will change that when I get home…sorry.

    Anyway, love the menu planning resources. They are always sooooo helpful.

    Have a great week.

  6. 8
    Tiffany says

    The magnet printable is cute! Great for visual planners.

  7. 9
    Queen of the House says

    I’m looking forward to trying the Easy French Dip sandwiches tonight! Thanks for finding it for us! 🙂

  8. 10
    Kelly @ Dysfunctionally Functional says

    Laura, I live in the States. I use butter — and an embarrassingly large quantity of butter at that — and I have never heard of a “cube” of butter. I’ve never seen a measurement of butter in anything other than tablespoons or fractions of a cup (1/2, 1/3, 1/4 … you get what I mean).

    Anyhoo, my point is, don’t feel bad. I’d have been stymied, too. Won’t stop me from trying out this recipe for Easter!

    Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you — and everyone here! — have a great week!

    • 10.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Kelly, that makes me feel better 🙂

  9. 12
    Janet says

    Those Easy French Dip sandwiches look so good. Will have to file that away for a busy night idea. Thanks for hosting.

  10. 14
    Vickie says

    A cube of butter in my world (Utah) is 1/2 cup. There are 4 cubes in a pound package.

  11. 15
    Miranda @ A ThankFULL Heart says

    Happy Monday!

    I love seeing my dishes get wiped clean at events where i bring food :). My menu plan this week is almost all Pinterest-inspired!

  12. 16
    Deanna Piercy says

    A cube of butter is more commonly referred to as a stick of butter here in the States and yes, it is 1/2 a cup. I think it’s a regional thing. I grew up in California but my grandmother, who lived next door, was from Oklahoma and Texas. I’ve heard both all my life so both sound fine to me. My brief research indicates that “cube” may be more common on the West coast. I’m more likely to refer to it as a stick and really, if you think about it, it really isn’t a cube. 😉

  13. 17
    Michelle says

    I read cookbooks for fun. I cook and bake. I love butter. I’m from the west coast (as are the women who taught me to cook) and I’ve never heard of the term “cube of butter”. The “stick” (equals 1/2 cup) seems reasonable to me… but so does a knob of unmeasured butter than is cube-shaped… and how much butter that is probably depends on if you buy the short-fat sticks or the long-skinny sticks.

    That said, butter is made/sold in a two slightly different shapes – both sticks, but one is thinner and longer, the other shorter and fatter. And I believe the shape is regional… though with nationally distributed goods that is probably changing (but I don’t recall seeing short-fat sticks in the midwest, I see both now that I live on the west coast).

  14. 18
    Cariann says

    I keep forgetting to link up with the post, I remembered this week… I love all the yummy ideas and am going to start saving some more to try.

  15. 20
    Rona says

    Sometimes I forget to take a photo of our recipe before the hubby and son get to it!

  16. 21
    debi9kids says

    ooooh! That french dip sandwich looks YUMMY!
    Might need to try that one. Mmmmmm

  17. 22
    Lisa says

    I can’t wait to try the Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken, it will be on our menu next week!!! Thanks so much again for hosting the menu link up!

  18. 24
    Kristi says

    We also really loved the Easy French Dip Sandwiches. I made them this week and I’m sorry I didn’t make a double-batch for our take-to-work lunches. I never thought of how easy these would be using canned soup. I’ve been following your site for a couple of months now and have gotten so much inspiration from it. Thank you!

  19. 25
    LisaC says

    I recently came across “cube of butter” in a cookbook from my mom. It made me laugh, because as stated earlier, they aren’t really cubes at all, and because we can’t even buy them in Canada. Basically, it is 1/4 of a pound of butter…also known as 1/4 of 454g (the kind wrapped in paper!)


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