Sunday, October 05, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/06

This upcoming week will be a busy one for me, just like the first week of the month usually is. We did our monthly shopping on Friday. On Saturday, we went apple picking again. This time, we got a bushel of apples. Last time we went the types I wanted for baking were not available. So I have apples and freezer cooking to take care of this week.

I started some of that work today. I combined 6 pounds of ground turkey and 5 pounds of ground beef. From that, I made 2 dozen meatloaf cups (enough for two dinners), 18 meatballs, a pot of chili that we had for dinner tonight, and I browned the rest of the meat with some onions. That's now waiting in the refrigerator for me to finish cooking with later this week.

We also took care of 1/2 of the apples. I made applesauce and bagged up 8 quart-sized bags for the freezer and I also have three cookie sheets drying in the oven for apple leather. Then I made 2 batches of cinnamon apples for the freezer, an apple crisp, and cream cheese apple muffins for tomorrow. I'm still trying to put together recipes for the remaining apples.

The applesauce process was a lot of fun. Eric, Isabelle, Alex, Olivia and I worked together while Gracie was napping. Alex washed all the apples, Isabelle and Eric peeled them, I cut them, and then Olivia put them all in the pot. Afterwards, everyone was excited to taste the applesauce that they'd all had a hand in creating.

Anyhow, here is the plan for this week.


  • M - Cream cheese apple muffins (recipe below) and smoothies
  • T - Cinnamon apple pancakes (x3 for freezer)
  • W - Bagels & smoothies
  • Th - Banana splits, biscuits w/ jelly
  • F - Chocolate chip muffins (x3 for freezer) and smoothies
  • S - Sunshine toast
  • Su - Breakfast cookies (x3 for freezer)
  • M - Cheese & cracker platter, apple slices w/ peanut butter and honey dip
  • T - Tuna pasta salad, yogurt
  • W - Sandwiches, peaches
  • Th - Chicken salad in pitas (pitas x2 for freezer), oranges
  • F - Quesadillas, grapes
  • S - Pizza pockets (x3 for freezer), oranges
  • Su - Cream cheese wontons, waldorf salad
Cream Cheese Apple Muffins
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. melted butter or margarine
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1 c. peeled and diced apples
  • 1 1/2 t. sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
1. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, melted margarine or butter, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
2. In a seperate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/2 t. cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly add to cream cheese mixture. Fold in apples.
3. Combine 1 1/2 t. sugar with 1 t. cinnamon. Add batter to greased muffin tins and top with some cinnamon sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


Anonymous,  10:22 PM  

Those cream cheese apple muffins sound divine. As soon as I get through all of my pears I'll try them out. Thanks!

Sandra 11:43 PM  

Yum, you have such yummy things on your menu :)

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Melody 12:00 AM  

I think I might try the Cream Cheese Apple Muffins. They sound wonderful.

I don't know how you manage to make enough to freeze for later, anytime I try to make extra it seems to disappear.

Sonshine 10:39 AM  

Those apple muffins sound sooo yummy!

Well the rest of your menu sounds yummy too! :)

Enjoy your week! :)

Blue Castle 12:06 PM  

Wow. Thank you for sharing your muffin recipe. It sounds amazing. I'm going to have to try it out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

The Mangerchine's 1:55 PM  

I've been checking out your blog and LOVE your menu and shopping strategies and organization! Thanks for sharing!!!!! I'm looking forward to trying some of the delicious recipes you've posted also! Your blog is very informative and insightful and has inspired me to try freezer cooking as well! Thanks!!!!!


Your Frugal Friend, Niki 4:55 PM  

My mouth is watering now!


Sara 5:49 PM  

are you willing to share your cinnamon apple recipe??

Amy@ MomsToolbox 12:25 AM  

This all sounds fantastic... and I'm so excited you included my taco soup! Hope you like it as much as I do. (I especially like it with corn bread.)

And I love how you are planning ahead and stocking the freezer. Good thinking!

Brandy 1:28 PM  

Adding the cream cheese apple muffins to my "must make" list. They sound heavenly.

Anonymous,  11:22 AM  

The muffins sound great.

Wonderwoman 6:35 AM  

I made the muffins and they came out awesome! Everyone loved them and I will be making them again today. I did make a couple of changes and they still came out great. I changed the regular flour to spelt flour and the sugar to agave nectar - wonderful and moist. Thanks!

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