Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I am always on the lookout for new, easier ways to do make dinner and I was very pleased when I found this recipe for Chicken Parmesan chicken-parmesan-casserole1Casserole from It was a huge hit.

A few changes we tried:

  1. Serving it over pasta
  2. Cutting the chicken used to 1-2 large pieces (cubed) to save money
  3. Skip the sauce in a jar and make your own (try one of these tomato sauce recipes)
  4. Make your own breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings to use instead of croutons
  5. We only did one layer of cheese with breadcrumbs on top. That filed the pan I was using.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

exps10578_GAC1115479C157Middle Child just turned 9 and, in classic middle child form, wanted to be sure she had something different from the other kids (who chose matching M&M cakes) asked for something chocolate chip and not a cake. After looking at and trying a variety of recipes, I settled on this one for Chocolate Chip Blondies. These were a huge hit! Enjoy!

Week of 3/4 Menus


Breakfast Menu:
M: Eggs
T: Lemon Poppy Muffins
W: Oatmeal
Th: Chocolate Chip Muffins
F: Eggs
S: French Toast
S: Cereal/Eggs
Dinner Menu:
M: Chicago Style Pizza
T: Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
W: Grilled Chicken salad, pears
Th: Chicken & mushroom quesedillas
F: Hamburgers, fries, carrot sitcks
S: Chicken noodle soup
S: Tacos


Week of 2/18 Menus


Breakfast Menu:
M: Eggs
T: Oatmeal
W: Chocolate Chip Muffins
Th: Donut Muffins
F: Eggs
S: Whole Wheat Pancakes bacon
S: Cereal/Eggs
Dinner Menu:
M: Spaghetti, salad
T: BBQ Chicken, potatoes, veggie sticks
W: Bacon Mac & Cheese, green beans
Th: Chicago Style Pizza
F: Chicken Tender Salad
S: Chicken Marsala, mashed potatoes, salad
S: Taco Cups

Week of 2/11 Menus


Breakfast Menu:
M: Eggs
T: Oatmeal
W: Whole Wheat Pancakes
Th: Heart shaped cinnamon rolls (just unroll each cut roll and roll both edges back in, making the top of the heart. Pinch the bottom to a point.
F: Bacon & egg sandwiches
S: Amish Cinnamon Bread
S: Cereal/Eggs
Dinner Menu:
M: Nebraska Beef Buns, peas
T: Open faced turkey, potatoes, corn
W: Spaghetti, salad
Th: Heart shaped St. Louis Style Pizza – roll dough out into a heart shape
F: Lasagna, salad
S: Beef Stroganoff, broccoli
S: Panini


Week of 2/4 Menus


Breakfast Menu:
M: Eggs
T: Donut muffins
W: Amish Cinnamon Bread
Th: Oatmeal
F: Eggs
S: Whole Wheat Pancakes
Dinner Menu:
M: Meatball subs
T: Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
W: Hot dogs, veggie sticks
Th: Chicken Tetrazzini, salad
F: Chipped beef, peas
S: Chicken a la king, rice
S: Chinese New Year – Dumplings!



Saturday Project: National Chocolate Cake Day

January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day. This is a holiday I cannot pass up celebrating! So for this Saturday we are making a decadent chocolate cake. Here are are some great recipe ideas for Chocolate Cake Day!

Extreme Chocolate CakeChocolate-Cake-Day

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake

Cocoa Buttermilk Cake

If you have a great chocolate cake recipe, share it in the comments!