July 19th - July 22nd

My menu is abbreviated this week. I'm going out of town! My allrecipes.com Allstar trip is HERE! I'm not excited at all...haha  

I have been volunteering with allrecipes.com for a year now as an Allstar Ambassador.  This year is allrecipes.com 15th birthday celebration, and they are flying the ambassadors out to Seattle for the celebration. There are about 70 of us going from all over the country! It is going to be a whirlwind trip, but tons of fun! and I'm so excited to meet all of my fellow ambassadors in person!

Madison is going with me, and we are getting there a few days prior to the birthday festivities. We have never been to Washington state before, and we have some exploring to do! We are going to spend 2 days on Mt. Rainier hiking and exploring before we head into the city. We plan to eat our way through Seattle, but it is okay because we also plan to do A LOT of walking!

Happy Birthday allrecipes.com!!

Thursday - Creamed Chicken with Rice (see recipe below)

Friday - Garlicky Pork Stir-fry (I already have all the ingredients on hand for this, so if you plan to make it - be sure to add the ingredients to the grocery list)

Sunday - Baked Ziti

note: I chose these recipes this week to have lots of leftovers so Don won't starve next week while Madison and I are out of town. I am going to package up individual servings he can just take out of the fridge and pop in the microwave!  So I imagine there will be enough leftovers from this menu to get you through the rest of the week.  Also, I won't be posting a menu next week (July 26th - August 1st) as I won't be back in town until Sunday, and I expect to be exhausted...in a good way!!

Shopping List

4 onions
2 nectarines
1 tomato
2 limes

6 ounces sliced provolone cheese
6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
grated parmesan
12 ounces sour cream

celery seed
crushed red pepper flakes
ground cumin
chili powder
cayenne pepper

1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
olive oil
1 can black beans
uncooked white rice
1 lb Ziti pasta
2 (25 ounce) jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce

green peas (at least 1 cup)

2 chicken breasts (bone-in and skin-on)
6 (4 ounce each) boneless pork loin chops (plan 1 chop for each serving)
1 lb lean ground beef

Creamed Chicken and Rice

  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk

Roast the chicken breast as directed in this recipe.  Once you get the chicken in the oven start the rice (cook as directed on rice package). Once rice is going you can start the cream mixture. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and cook onions, carrots, and peas until veges start to get soft. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over mid-low heat until thick then remove from heat.  Meanwhile, when chicken is done remove it from the oven and let it rest. Then slice the chicken and add it to the cream mixture.  Serve over cooked rice. 


  1. Have a great time!!! Why did I think you already went and came back??!!

    1. Thanks! You will definitely know when I get back! There will be lots of pictures!!


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