What We're Eating This Week {Dinner Ideas}

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4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

Yesterday when I went grocery shopping I had alot of ambition for cooking this week. I went home and prepared what I could for this week’s lunches, and wrote up this week’s meal plan. Hopefully because it’s pretty easy (and written down!) I can stick to it. Do you use a meal plan and actually stick to it?

Breakfasts are always a “Choose Your Own” and “Make Your Own” except on some of my husband’s days off. They are always easy easy to make, especially because I make Frozen breakfasts ahead of time. Ideas for Make Ahead Breakfasts are Here.

Breakfast Choices: Waffles, Pancakes, Cereal, Muffins and Pop Tarts

MondayHomemade Lunchables
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Chili and Cornbread Muffins

Lunch: Chicken Ranch Snack Wraps
Dinner: Chili Cheese Dogs or Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

WednesdaySausage Link Chili Dinner Idea
Breakfast: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Dinner: Green Chile Chicken Soup

Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: 15 Minute Chicken a la King

FridayChicken a la King Dinner Idea
Lunch: Pinwheels
Dinner: Leftovers

Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Pasta

What are you having for dinner this week? Share your dinner ideas and recipe links in the comments!

What We Are Eating This Week {Lunch and Dinner Ideas}

We are having a delicious Thanksgiving in August today because my husband missed Thanksgiving last year. Now I have to plan the rest of the week. I need to make sure to plan it out because I am going back to work and I want to make sure my husband and son can survive! Just kidding honey… I know you would have done fine but I want to make it easier for you anyway!


Lunch: Homemade Hot Pockets (Like the berry ones, but filled with deli meat and cheese instead)
Dinner: Turkey and Noodles

Breakfast: Pancakes

Dinner:Homemade Pizza


Lunch: Pizza Leftovers
Dinner: Burritos

Lunch: Italian Pasta
Dinner: Green Chile Enchiladas

Lunch: Pinwheels
Dinner: Ham and Potato Casserole
Dessert: Potato Chip Cookies

Breakfast: German Pancakes
Dinner: Vegetable Chowder

Dinner: Fried Rice and General Tso’s Chicken

Camping Food Menu and Ideas

One of the great parts of camping is the food. We recently went up to the Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona and had a great time. The great food was just a bonus!

Day One
Breakfast: Whatever we had at Home
Lunch: from Wendy’s on the ride to the campsite
Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie Tin Foil Dinners

Day Two
Breakfast: Pop Tarts and Cereal
Lunch: Grilled Ham and Cheese or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Dinner: Steak and Potato Packets

Day Three
Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon
Lunch: Sausage and Tots or Hot Dogs and Tots
Dinner: Classic Tin Foil Dinners

Day Four
Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Snacks on the way home
Dinner: Whatever we had at home

Different Cooking Methods

For the Sausage, Hot Dogs and Steak we cooked them over the fire (our neighbors that went with us sometimes pulled out the grill instead). You can make your own sticks by whittling the ends of a stick and sanitizing it by burning the edges really quick or use ones that you bought. For the steaks especially, they can be propped up to the fire by rocks and turned as needed. The campfire really does add good flavor to them, I’m already craving another campfire steak!

The tin foil dinners are cooked over coals. I don’t mean that you brought charcoal, I mean that you started a fire and let it burn for a little bit until you had some great coals. You will have to move around the logs that are still on fire to get to them though. Also, make sure to bring some gloves to pick up the foil packets because they will be really hot! I use just plain leather work gloves but something a little bit more fire-safe would be better. The potatoes were cooked in tin foil packets as well as the tin foil dinners.

For the breakfasts and the grilled cheese we used my camping frying pan inside of our friend’s 5th wheel on their gas stove. If it were just me camping I would have cooked all of those things over the campfire/coals or even on a camping stove. Do whatever is easiest for you!

Prepare Ahead

Most everything we had prepared ahead of time. I made the tin foil dinners and prepared the tater tot packets before we left and froze them. Freezing them helped them stay at a safe temperature in the cooler, and helped keep everything else cold. The first night we realized that we should have taken out the tin foil dinners way sooner to thaw, because they took a long time to cook. The rest of them defrosted right on schedule.

The only thing we really prepared there was the pancake batter and the potato packets. It was fine to do them while we were there but had we done them earlier it would have saved us some stress of bringing all the ingredients and supplies.

Check out recipes that we made after this camping trip from the wild blackberries we picked. See them here at Arizona Mama.

Meal Planning Made Cute

I’ve been seeing these cute meal planner boards all over the blogosphere and in stores. I wanted one, so after my intense yard sales day I found a frame to use. This would make a great Christmas Gift Idea for those of you planning Christmas early.

I forgot a before picture so this was after one coat of cherry stain. I found the stain in a small 2 ounce bottle on clearance at Wal-mart. I bought it because it was only 50 cents and we needed to cover up some scratches from moving our table.

The frame was much too light to match our kitchen so I brushed on about 5 coats of stain. I then brushed the edges with a stiff brush to make them look a little bit darker. I did this to the crease also. Distressing the frame would work well here too, but I wanted to save myself a step.

My husband came home right after I had finished painting the frame and wanted it for his office. Good thing I bought 2 frames!

In between coats of paint I worked on the paper arrangement. I chose to layer the butterfly paper in the back, the strip of tan textured paper on the left and a title of the leafy accent scrapbook paper. This could be done to look amazing in a million different ways.

I created the printed Jamer’s Dinner Menu on Adobe Photoshop. The question of the day was, If you were a restaurant what font would you be? I figured we would most likely be a steakhouse. My husband was teasing me, we have a western room (the guest bedroom, not the kitchen) and thought I was going to put it in there instead of the kitchen. You can buy the printed design on my etsy or order a custom one if you don’t want to make your own.

I used scrapbooking tape to arrange all the paper against the backing of the frame, and cut and pinned the vellum down with a brad in each corner. I even mod podged my marker to look cute.

I have it standing on a metal picture frame holder now, I might try some super duty magnets later. Now I can be organized in my kitchen and it’s cute! If you want one already finished for you, click here.

Dad's Old Magazines- Refridgerator Magnets

My dad was having a hard time throwing away his old magazines, so he felt better giving them to me. They were going out the next recycling day, but I decided to cut them up and make some word magnets from them. His magazines were all too ‘manly’ and it was hard trying to find words that weren’t “appliances”, “powerful”, or “software”.

First, gather all of your supplies. You will need magazines, magnets (those ones businesses give out to advertise and are stuck on your phone book), glass gems (mine were bought at the dollar tree craft section), scissors for paper, scissors for cutting the magnets, mod podge, and a paintbrush.

Next, you can start looking for words. Try to find a good selection of words, plenty of adjectives, verbs, nouns and pronouns. Think of how you would make sentences with these. Measure with an average sized gem to see how your word will look with it.

If you are using the free magnets from your phone book or from other businesses it helps to peel the advertisement part from the magnet. It usually leaves the white paper stuck to it, but that looks like a better background than the ad for your smaller words.

Once you find plenty of words its time to start getting messy. Dip your paintbrush in the mod podge and paint the flat side of the gem. Then stick the word onto the gem so that you only see the backside of the word. Paint over the word, and then stick the gem plus the word onto your magnet. Cut out around the magnet and then you can let your finished magnet dry.

It’s important to cover the whole back of the gem with the magnet or else it won’t be strong enough to stick to your fridge. Also, make sure that you don’t use too thick of paper, it can also make the magnet too heavy. If you don’t want to worry about it, buy some magnetic tape or magnets from the craft store.

Now you have a whole set of cute word magnets and you can leave fun (or funny!) messages on your fridge (or magnet board…. tutorial still to come!) Here’s my listing on etsy.com if you would rather me make these for you. Special orders are available. Thanks for reading!