Monday, July 02, 2007

Menu Plan Monday (and two fun desserts!)

Since we were out of town last Monday, I didn't post our menu (which I'm not sure I'll do every week anyway since it's summer and around here "summer" is synonymous with "unpredictable!") First I'll share our menu for this week, and then some some "highlights" from our menu last week.

Monday: Orange-glazed pork chops, stir fried veggies, baked potatoes
Tuesday: Pizza Pancakes, caesar salad
Wednesday: ****Happy Fourth of July!**** Cooking out.
Thursday: Pan-fried fish, mixed vegetables, salad
Friday: leftovers
Weekend: Sandwiches, leftovers, and out-to-eat after church

What we loved last week:

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches I got the recipe out of my Fix It and Forget It cookbook, but it's similar to this one, and it was a *hit* around here.

Fruit Pizza I found this recipe and made it for a party a couple of weeks ago, and we loved it so much I made another one last week for our family.
I like this recipe because it also has a glaze. Easy and so, so yummy!

This one isn't as "pretty" as the one I made for the party, and I didn't like our bananas so I used mandarin oranges and they were great! (I just noticed that just about every picture I post has something in one of these metal baking pans. It's a family thing. My grandmother has a bunch, and so do I because you can bake things, pop the metal lid on it, stack it in the fridge, transport it, and it is virtually indestructable!) I made it in this rather than on a pizza pan so we could store it and eat it over a couple of days.

Fried Ice Cream- I got a recipe from the Spanish curriculum we used when the kids were younger, and it has been a family favorite! I haven't seen it in any books (and our curriculum is packed away) but the recipe is similar to the one found here. (The top one that doesn't actually involve frying!) I threw together some nachos one night last week and this was a perfect dessert to follow! I substitute some other ingredients to make ours a little sweeter, though. Here's how I do it:

Cinnamon graham crackers
Frosted Flakes
Vanilla ice cream (in nice, round scoops) You can scoop them up and refreeze them for a bit, or just work fast.
Caramel syrup
Crush the graham crackers finely. (I use my food processor.) Also crush the Frosted Flakes, but not into a powder like the graham crackers. Put each into separate bowls.

Scoop out the ice cream (and brace yourself for your hands to be cold for a few minutes!)

Then you roll the ice cream ball, first in the graham crackers, then in the Frosted flakes. I have to sometimes press the Frosted Flakes around it to make it stick.

Put them on a plate or pan lined with wax paper, and then cover with caramel syrup before you put them back in the freezer, where they will harden while you eat dinner.

An easy, fun treat! (And one that the kids can help with, too.)

Thanks for visiting, and I hope this week finds you cookin' up some fun, in or out of the kitchen!

Visit Laura for more menus, or to share yours. Thanks, Laura!


annie said...

Wow, those ice cream balls look so good. I will have to try those out.
Your menu looks delicious!
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tegdirb92 said...

that ice cream looks so good and we love the french dips (I have the same cookbook) Have a great week!

Org Junkie said...

Wow, the Fried Ice Cream sounds amazing. I've never tried to make anything like that before. What a treat. I also appreciate the pictures so much...thank you!

Have a wonderful week!


Alycia said...

Yummy!!The ice cream looks delicious!! My boys will love to do that :) We just made homemade ice cream sandwiches last week and they had so much fun. Thanks for sharing!!

Candi said...

Everything sounds yummy!!

The ice cream and fruit pizza look yummy, too!

Kim said...

Yummy ice cream balls! I will have to try those!!!

Your menu sounds great! I have been taking a break from Monday menus...but I'm sure I will be back soon!


The Preacher's Wife said...

I am so hungry now...:))

I also make fruit pizza...I do strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi...I love all that tart with the sweet cream...Heaven..

I always love your menus!

Susanne said...

Now you've made me super hungry! Yummy! Have a happy cook out tomorrow!