Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 25/13


Welcome back to Menu Plan Monday and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!!  I hope you all have a wonderful week that is all about family and friends and not about chaos and stress.  To help you keep on track with what you’ll be buying, making and serving, look what I found for you to print and use if you haven’t already got something in place.  To download these fun free thanksgiving printables click on the graphic below to visit Krafty Cards etc.

Thanksgiving printables

Baking Fail:

This past week my oldest son (14) and I set out to make some gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free sugar cut-out cookies.  Well two batches later we still weren’t 100% satisfied.  One batch we used straight margarine and they turned out too crumbly so the second batch we used 1/2 margarine, 1/2 lard and they weren’t bad but I still think they could be better.

cookie baking

We will keep trying though for sure.  The only thing holding us back is we ran out of one of the flour ingredients we use to make his gluten-free flour blend, specifically the sweet rice flour.  We can’t buy it in the small town we live in and haven’t been able to make it in to the city unfortunately.  I’ve been searching for an online source here in Canada without any luck. does have some but it is ridiculously overpriced.  So we are on pause until we can get to the city but hopefully that won’t be too much longer, we just need the weather to cooperate with us as it’s a two hour drive away and we’ve been getting quite a bit of snow already.

Birthday Party:

My youngest son’s 8th birthday was a huge hit on Friday.  It ended up being a snow day from school so we invited over a bunch of friends and they hung out with us the whole day.  He loves being around people so he was super happy.  He was also pretty happy with his chocolate cupcakes on chocolate cake birthday cake that he had asked for.  It wasn’t the prettiest but it tasted pretty good 🙂

birthday cake

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Butternut Squash, Apple & Pear Soup

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Pork served with rice

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Dinner out!

Saturday:  Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)

Have a wonderful week everyone!


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18 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 25/13

  1. 1
    SusieQTpies says

    Love the cupcake birthday cake! Have a great week, susie

  2. 2
    Cathy @ Chief Family Officer says

    If you frost the cupcake in a different color, I think it could pass for a Lego cake! Happy birthday to your son, and thanks as always for hosting!

    • 2.1
      Laura says

      I totally tried to get him to let me change the color of the icing too but he insisted on chocolate. Too funny!

  3. 3
    Heather says

    I agree with Cathy. It reminded me of a LEGO, too! Fun. 🙂

  4. 4
    Jean says

    That cake does look like it would taste wonderful! I also thought for a second that it looked like a LEGO. Thanks for hosting!

  5. 5
    April says

    Try coconut oil in the sugar cookies. I just found your site and love it!

  6. 6
    Nicole says

    King Arthur Flour will be your friend. I think they ship to Canada, which if you’re looking at Amazon I suppose you are already willing to pay. Next, they have an amazing recipe archive AND a toll free baker’s hotline!! Those folks are awesome. Good luck!

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Just checked and they don’t carry sweet rice flour 🙁

      • Nicole says

        not that item specifically but they do have lots of other flour mixes (and tonnes of recipes!) Good luck!

  7. 7
    Janet says

    What a fun cake! Thanks for hosting.

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      You’re welcome Janet 🙂

  8. 8
    Jennifer says

    Have you tried coconut oil as part of the fat in the cookies? Thanks for hosting!

    • 8.1
      Laura says

      Not yet Jennifer, but I definitely want to.

  9. 9
    Kelly @ Dysfunctionally Functional says

    Chocolate cake…does it really matter what it looks like? It’s chocolate. It’s cake. 😀

    We’ve decided that we’re going to host Thanksgiving next year, so those adorable printables will DEFINITELY come in handy! I’ll be cooking for about 36 people, after all.

    Wow. That number just sunk in…36! I must be crazy!

    As always, thanks for hosting, Laura! Have a great week!

    • 9.1
      Laura says

      Wow 36, that’s impressive!

  10. 10
    Maria B says

    Thank you so much for featuring my Thanksgiving Menu Planner! I hope they help everyone stay a little more organized this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. 11
    Maddie Davis says

    My son was on a gluten free/ dairy free diet so I can oh so feel your pain. I started using bette hagman’s flour blend recipe that can be uses cup for cup with addition of zantham gum. I really like Bob red mills flour, not sure if they deliver to Canada. Good luck on your journey!


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