Monday, April 29, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 29th, 2013

Oh my gosh, am I so tired!  My daughter had her very first sleepover last Saturday night and those girls exhausted me!  Not to mention when you are old like me, catching up sleep from an all night-er simply does not work!  You missed your chance to sleep, now you have to be tired for 3 days!!! LOL.   It was the very first sleepover for most of the girls in attendance so I hope it was memorable.  None of them seemed homesick but mainly because all the girls in attendance were very comfortable with each other (BFF's).  I left a myriad of foods out on the counter (gluten free of course)!!  We had pizzas, hot dogs, nacho's and cheese, cupcakes, cookie cakes, Italian Water Ice, Drinks with powder mix add ins.  Soon I will have to post pictures of her awesome rainbow cupcakes!  Gotta run to work, have a great week!!!

Baked Chicken, Broccoli & Fruit Salad


Fried Hamsteak, Macaroni and Cheese (for kids), 
Cole Slaw and Brocoli

London Broil, Cauliflower Rice, Broccoli
I am going to marinade it in olive oil, a little liquid aminos, garlic and onion powders, red wine vinegar, crushed oregano, freshly-ground black pepper

Baked garlic Shrimp, Cauliflower Puree, Green Beans

Meatloaf (no sugar, almond flour instead of oats), Cauliflower Puree, Broccoli


My Daughter's Communion Day
Luncheon includes Spaghetti, Meatballs, Caesar Salad, Bread & Butter, White Cake and NY Style Cheesecake.

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of April 15th, 2013

No real time today to add links or pictures, maybe I will later on.  For now I am going to record for records sake what I plan to have before I run out to work.  By the way, I LOVE THIS JOB! :-).  Playing with flowers all day is awesome.  It is a temporary position tho and I will be sad when it goes.

My Baby Girl's Birthday
We are going to take her out to eat!
Making Against All Grain's Strawberry Cake

served with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Avocado

Dinner at Church

NY Strip Steaks, sauteed mushrooms, broccoli

Camping Menu:

  • Pancakes (batter premixed)
  • Eggs (pre-scrambled) and toast

  • Sandwiches on Udi's Bread
  • Chili and Foil Packet Potatoes

  • Oscar Mayer Beef Hotdogs grilled over an open Fire (bun-less, just like my kids like it)
  • Chicken marinaded in Italian Dressing and Veggies
  • Hobo Packets (Ground Beef and Veggies cooked over a fire)
  • Foil Packet Potatoes is a side for breakfast or dinner

  • Skillet Apples (apple pie in a jar cooked in a skillet) 
  • Hobo Pies (Udi's Bread with Apple Pie filling)
  • Roasted Marshmallows with Home Made Graham Crackers

  • Enviro Kids Chocolate and Peanutbutter bars
  • Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dressing 
  • Old Wisconsin Meat Sticks
  • Trail Mix Crunch (nuts and dried fruit)


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Busy Mom's Baked Shrimp with Lemon Butter Sauce

I was inspired with this idea based on my friend Ana's dinner photograph on facebook the other day.  Some folks do not like the sharing of the dinner plate photos, I on the other hand love it!   I am a foodie after all!!! :-)

So I am back to work after 5 years and trying to do it all like super woman.  Making quick dishes that look extravagant is right up my alley right now. My family loves shrimp.  I live far far away from the ocean so I am using frozen shrimp too!

2 packs of (12 ounce) 41-60 Medium Frozen Shrimp, defrosted
1 stick of Salted Butter
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic, (jarred)
One Lemon, Sliced
sprinkling of  Garlic Powder
sprinkling of  Onion Powder
sprinkling of Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up)

  • Slice lemon into thin slices and set aside.
  • Melt butter in microwave for one minute.  I just use the wax paper on the butter to cover the top of the bowl.
  • Add garlic to hot butter to infuse garlic flavor and add to baking sheet.
  • Add lemon slices on top.
  • Place shrimp on top of lemon/garlic/butter.
  • Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder and Onion Powder.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serves 4

As a suggestion:
  1. Meanwhile, microwave your Cauliflower.
  2. Once steamed, add a stick of butter in your food processor along with cooked Cauliflower.
  3. Puree for a minute or two, until fully mashed.
  4. Serve with Shrimp.

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