Thursday, February 14, 2013

February 14th - February 20th


Valentine's Day isn't my most favorite holiday. I don't understand why there should be a special day to express your love, so I don't really make any kind of big deal about it. Don and I don't exchange gifts, and we never go out to eat on this day! We are so boring! and I like it like that!! It is much more enjoyable for us to dine at home and enjoy an evening in just hanging out (which is what we do on a normal basis, so it really isn't anything special haha)

Tonight I'm making Pork Loin Chops with a Raspberry Reduction because I have been craving this! I'll be using fresh Thyme and Sage for this, but dried works well too. Pork Loin Chops were on sale yesterday, so I picked some up and will pair it with garlic spinach mashed potatoes.  This is a great meal to make for a special occasion, because it is very impressive while being quick and easy, which means you'll have more time to spend with your loved ones!

I am also making a new cookie recipe today, because I am in the mood for a yummy treat. I'm sure Don will enjoy those for an after dinner treat - he's always looking for something sweet in the evenings... and now he won't be able to say I didn't do anything special for him on Valentine's Day (wink)

I hope your Valentine's Day (and everyday) is filled with lots of LOVE and happiness!



Here is my menu and shopping list for the week!

Friday - Spaghetti and Meatballs Canned Tomatoes and Muellers Pasta are BOGO Free this week at Publix, and Ground Rounds is on sale too
Saturday - **New Recipe** allrecipes.com Cilantro Pork Stir Fry  I haven't tried this yet, but it sounds great and Pork Tenderloin is on sale this week at Publix, so it's a good time to try something new. 
Sunday - Stuffed Peppers - Green peppers are on sale this week too and I have been craving these!
Monday - Meatball Subs using leftovers from spaghetti and meatball night.  Pick up some sub rolls from the bakery and some mozzarella cheese slices and enjoy with some fresh baked french fries
Tuesday and Wednesday - take it easy and eat up any leftovers (I know I'll have plenty!)

Shopping List

Bakery
Sub rolls for meatball subs (buy as many as you'll need)

Produce
Fresh Cilantro
Fresh Basil
Fresh Oregano
Fresh Parsley
Fresh Thyme
Fresh Sage
Small fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb - break off only what you need as ginger is expensive)
at least 5 onions
garlic
Yukon Gold Potatoes
4 green peppers
2 pkg baby spinach
1 red bell pepper
1 lime

Dairy
Milk
Eggs
Mozzarella Cheese  (2 slices per sub or buy shredded if you prefer)
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Butter

Spices
Sugar
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
Chili Powder
Ground Cumin
White Wine Vinegar

Misc
12 oz Tomato Paste (I like the basil, garlic, and oregano flavor)
28 oz Tomato Sauce (basil, garlic, and oregano - the 28 oz hunts tomatoes are BOGO Free)
28 oz Diced Tomatoes (basil, garlic, and oregano  get it free when buying the tomato sauce!)
1 cup dry Italian Breadcrumbs
Spag Noodles (Muellers pasta is on BOGO Free sale this week)
8 ounce chunky salsa
white rice
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
small Orange Juice

Meat
2 lbs ground round (on sale this week)
8 oz Italian turkey sausage or ground turkey (for stuffed peppers)
1 lb Pork Tenderloin (on sale this week)
4 Boneless Pork Loin Chops




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