Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 4/16

Menu Plan Monday - recipe ideas and menu planning inspiration for the week of Jan 4/16

Hi everyone! How are you? It’s so hard to get back into the swing of things now that Christmas break is over and the kids are back in school.  I’m not ready for it, I love having my kids home and just hanging out with them and being silly, not to mention the staying up late and the sweet sleeping in.  Oh how I love sleeping in 🙂

I’m not sure if anyone remembers but before Christmas I said I would be sharing an old family recipe for Gum Drop Cake.  And then I never posted it because well as is pretty common with me and baking, this happened while trying to get it out of the pan.

gum drop cake

Oops! Not only didn’t it come out of the pan very well, but it also tasted a little bland. I think I need to work on it a little bit 🙂

One recipe that did turn out for me this past weekend though was this delicious recipe for Healthy Caramel Popcorn. Oh my goodness, was it ever good, I’m still thinking about it.  With no refined sugars or butter it’s a nice yummy treat without all the unhealthy stuff.

Healthy Caramel Popcorn

Grocery Budget Makeover Course:

As you know menu planning is a very important tool in my life that keeps me organized, saves my sanity, helps me eat healthy, saves me time and of course saves me money.  But I know many of you still struggle week after week to pull a menu plan together and grocery shop accordingly.  Last year I told you about an excellent resource, called the Grocery Budget Makeover, that teaches you not only about menu planning but all about grocery shopping, stretching your coupon buck, stockpiling, time saving kitchen and cooking hacks and much much more.  You can read the entire curriculum HERE.  I love that each week of this course also includes a video, it’s how I learn best since I’m such a visual gal as I know many of you are too.  Anyway Erin has just opened up registration again for a short period of time and I wanted to make sure to mention it to you in case you are interested in learning more.

Registration for this round of the Grocery Budget Makeover will close at midnight EST on Tuesday, January 11th. (And it won’t re-open until May!).

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: One Pan Paleo Sausage & Sweet Potato Skillet

Tuesday: Herb Roasted Drumsticks & Veggies

Wednesday: Hashbrown Casserole with Ham for a friend that just had a baby and ham, rice and broccoli for my family

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! and for me Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Salmon

Saturday:  Garlicky Pork Chops

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!


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

More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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10 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 4/16

  1. 1
    Susan says

    I love the photo of the cake coming out (or not) of the pan — it’s happened way too many times here 😉

  2. 2
    Janet says

    Happy New Year! The caramel corn looks delicious.

  3. 3
    Shelly says

    Oh, my your gum drop cake looks like my banana bread has on occasion. It will stick and then come out in a couple of chunks. It still tastes delicious, though.

  4. 4
    Dianna says

    Was reading your post about the cake. I can totally relate. I had a potluck to take food for over the New Year’s week end with our cowboy shooting club. The theme was a tribute to the “Spaghetti Western” which was made in Italy so I got the brilliant idea to make an Italian Creme cake. Get it…for Italy. Anyway, the potluck his held outside on picnic tables so I wanted something easy to handle on paper plates easier than a layer cake. At first I was going to do cupcakes, but didn’t want to take that much time for the icing and stuff. Should have done the cupcakes. Then I had the bright idea to make a bundt cake. It came out so beautiful, until I had to turn it over and release the cake, only part of it came out. I had forgotten that this particular recipe is to dense to make a bundt cake. Anyway, not having time to make something different, I came up with using the broken cake pieces to make a trifle. OH MY, did those people go crazy for it. Was so happy that I was able to improvise and turn an disaster in to sweet enjoyment.

    • 4.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      That’s awesome, glad you were able to still use it! Way to go!

  5. 5
    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says

    Oh that gum drop cake looks like something I baked. I am checking out that caramel popcorn, my boys would love it. Thanks for hosting menu plan Monday, I love getting new recipe ideas!

  6. 6
    Stephanie says

    I shared my first menu plan! I’ve been so inspired by what everyone else has been sharing that I hopped back on the menu planning band wagon, and posted it on my site to keep myself accountable. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • 6.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Yay, so glad you could join us!! Welcome!!


  7. 7
    diana says

    #1 link set off my virus scanner. “1. Helpful Dinner Ideas to Make Dinner-Time Easier – Joyful Homemaking” JS:iframe-EON [trj]

  8. 8
    Kelly @ The Nourishing Home says

    Happy New Year, Laura! Thanks so much for the kind shout out! I’m honored. You are such a blessing! I’m totally with you on missing my kids and enjoying having them at home. And sorry about your cake, but the popcorn looks awesome! 🙂 My boys will love that! Definitely making that for game day! Hugs to you, Kelly


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