Monday, June 20, 2011

MENU PLAN MONDAY - June 20, 2011

I have decided to participate in Menu Plan Monday found at and you will find me linked up there.  Definitely, knowing ahead of time what you are eating for the week will avoid a little of the crazies I find at my house from time to time and possibly save me a little cashola.

This is my menu for the week starting Monday, June 20, 2011:


B  Wheat toast with HM raspberry beet jelly

L  Peanut butter sandwich on WW bread, banana, and some leftover strawberry cottage cheese jello salad

S  Hamburger Helper (not a good choice, I know, but its my older daughter's favorite and we had a big Father's Day meal yesterday so Dad can eat leftovers).


B  Cinnamon swirl Bread - toasted

L  Peanut butter sandwich

S  Two Crockpot Night - Baked whole chicken in the crockpot, baked potatoes in another crockpot, schoolhouse dinner rolls (make the dough Monday night and stick in the fridge), vege or salad


B  Cinnamon Swirl bread made into toast or smoothie

L  Large limas from the freezer, quesadillas, or PB&J

S  Creamy Chicken Penne (made with leftover chicken from Two Crockpot Night), salad, and leftover Schoolhouse rolls


B  Oatmeal with apples or banana - strawberry smoothie

L  Beans or chicken quesadilla

Baked "Fried" Fish, baked shoestring fries and onions, Homemade cornbread


B  Oatmeal, cereal, toast or monkey bread muffins

L  Leftover fish as fish tacos (make some Super Easy Slaw)

Pizza Night (Pizza on the grill poolside!)


B  Smoothies, muffins, or toast

L Tacos or BBQ

S  Leftovers or "On your Own"


B  HM french toast (made with any leftover cinn-swirl bread),  sausage or bacon

L  On your own (usually big breakfast holds us over)

S  Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing or stewed squash, blackberry pie (blackberries in the freezer)

Father's Day - Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Sunday was Father's Day!  We had a BBQ for my Dad, my husband, and my brother.  My husband's favorite dessert is mayonnaise cake.  I know this sounds gross, but its wonderful.  Mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil and the mayo in this cake replaces the eggs and oil in the recipe, so that makes it easy, and simple to make.  I frost this cake with a homemade cocoa frosting, but sometimes I also frost it with buttercream.  Its delicious and gets better the day after you make it.  Its heavy, dense, chocolatey, and roll-your-eyes-back-in-your-head delicious!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

2 cups flour, all-purpose
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa (not Nestle's brand - its not very dark)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup water or cold coffee (coffee will make a darker chocolate cake but I just used water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, tossing lightly with a spoon to mix. Combine the mayonnaise, water (or coffee), and vanilla in a smaller bowl; add to the dry ingredients, beating with the mixer on medium for three minutes.

Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minute or until springy and a knife comes out clean.

Frost when slightly warm with cocoa frosting.

Cocoa Frosting

5 Tablespoons room temp / softened margarine
4-5 Tablespoons cocoa  (Hershey's is best - NOT Nestle's)
5 Tablespoons cold milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well.  If too runny, add a little more powdered sugar.  If too stiff, add a little more milk.  I just make this by guess usually.


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