Menu Planner Freebie

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I have gotten so many new blog followers recently and I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU!

I’m so excited you’ve decided to join me here as I share the various things the Lord lays on my heart.

If you are like me, I carefully select what comes into my Inbox so I’m not bombarded with things I won’t read.  So, the fact that you’ve decided to subscribe here means a lot to me.

As a special “thank you” I would like to give you something that I hope will help streamline your menu planning.   It’s the menu planner portion from my Homeschool Planner.  If you haven’t checked out the planner yet, it has LOTS of freebies too!

Download the free Menu Planner here:

Editable Powerpoint version:

Menu Planners freebie

PDF version (simply print and write on)

Menu Planners freebie PDF

This freebie is FULLY EDITABLE!  (I’ve also included a non-editable PDF version as well.)

You get:

  • A blank Menu sheet (for you to post on your refrigerator)
  • A blank Grocery Shopping Organizer (divided by store departments such as Dairy, Frozen, Baking,etc.)
  • A month’s worth of sample menu’s ready to go!  The four samples include weekly Menus already filled in, complete Grocery Lists for each week, and Recipes!



Teddy at the Beach Cupcakes









A while ago, I let my daughter scroll through recipes at the Pillsbury website.  We printed the ones she liked and made them into a cookbook.  From time to time, we try out one of the recipes from her cookbook.









Recently, we made these Teddy at the Beach Cupcakes.  We just used a box mix (as the recipe from Pillsbury suggested 😉 and colored our frosting using blue food coloring.









We decorated with umbrellas (meant for drinks), teddy bear cookies, fish gummies, and sprinkles.

Have fun!

Enchilada Casserole

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(Note: Those are crushed Doritos on top…I should have added cheese on top, but accidentally put the shredded cheese under the Doritos.  I made another one for a friend and it looked much better topped with the cheese.)


A looong time ago, I was watching the morning news and Charlie Gibson was making his recipe entitled, Charlie’s Holiday Casserole.  I wrote down the recipe and have made it occasionally through the years.

We made it again recently and I thought I’d post it here.  It’s one of those open the cans, dump, and mix it all together kinds of casseroles that are super quick and very tasty.

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1 can chili with beans
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 large 12 ounce package Doritos
10 to 15 oz. enchilada sauce
8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. onion, grated
1 ¼ cup sour cream

For the topping, set aside sour cream, ½ cup of the grated cheese, and 1/3 of the Doritos bag.

Set aside 2 tbsp. grated onions. Take remaining 6 cups of Doritos and crumble with your hands into mixing bowl.

Mix the onion, and all the other ingredients – except those for the topping – and place into an 8 ½ by 11 inch casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove casserole from oven. Spread on sour cream, cover with Doritos, and sprinkle ½ cup cheese.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes and serve.

Serve with a salad and toasted french bread slices.


Wow Butter Cookies (nut free)

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My daughter has a peanut allergy, so we are always on the lookout for nut-free products.  We love the peanut butter-like product called Wow Butter.  It’s better than the other similar products we’ve found, which can be really oily or hard to spread.  We find it in the section with regular peanut butter, but it’s usually on the top shelf.

Here’s a nut-free peanut butter cookie recipe that we enjoy.

Wow Butter Cookies (or Peanut Butter Cookies)


1/2 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup “Wow Butter” (use regular peanut butter if you don’t have to worry about nut allergies)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup self-rising flour


Mix butter, peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until fluffy.  Add flour and stir.

Refrigerate 1 hour.

Shape into balls.

Press down criss cross with a fork. (see tip below)

Bake 375 for 10 minutes.


We have a secret for making a perfect criss cross.  Fill a glass with ice water.  Dip your fork into the water and then onto the cookie.

Wow Butter is giving away a case (6 jars) of Wow Butter.  Head over to their site to register.  I did!  🙂

(Once on their site, scroll all the way to the bottom right for the giveaway.)


Knock Off Betty Crocker Brownies









We found this recipe from Money Saving Mom for Better Crocker Knock Off Brownies.

They looked so yummy!  We decided to try them ourselves.

I have found that I can trust the recipes on MSM to be both simple and delicious.  This recipe was no exception!

I’m sure you’ve heard this tip for cutting brownies before, but if you use a plastic knife, they cut very smoothly.



Easiest Ever Mac and Cheese


Easiest Ever Mac and  Cheese

I love simple and affordable meals.  Here’s a little jewel that I found amidst one of my favorite magazines.  Serve with pinto beans and corn bread.  Yum!

It came from the October 2013 issue of HomeLife.  Our church subscribes, so I pick mine up there, but you can subscribe here for only $4.80 each quarter.  We especially love the Family Time section.  This month’s theme is Kids of the King (You can trust God always to love and protect you). Awesome!  You can download a free monthly calendar here.

It’s entitled Mama’s Mac and Cheese.



8 ounces whole-grain macaroni

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk (I used 2%)

Dash of salt and pepper

2 Cups grated cheddar cheese (I used the already shredded bag)



Cook the macaroni according to box directions.

Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch casserole dish.  (I cut about 2 tablespoons of butter into pieces and put in the dish.  I put the dish in the oven to melt the butter, then add all the ingredients on top of the melted butter.)

Mix the remaining ingredients with the prepared macaroni.

Bake 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Allow the casserole to cool for at least five minutes before serving.

Recipes & Shopping List tool

I am doing Beth Moore’s Siesta Summer Bible Study.  We are reading the book, Gideon, by Priscilla Shirer.  It is amazing and I am getting a LOT out of it! I’ll write more about that later.

Right now, I wanted to share with you a site I just discovered that I think you will love.  I was on Priscilla’s blog the other day and I noticed she mentioned a recipe organization program that she is using.  I gave it a try and it’s wonderful!  It’s so easy to use!  There are beautiful pictures of all the recipes (which I love.)  You can click to add the recipe to your meal plan and then click to add the ingredients of the recipe to your shopping list.  You can even see grocery deals at this site.  My explanation isn’t doing it justice.  You just need to get on and see for yourself!


By Kathy Hutto Posted in Recipes

Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie









A friend of mine makes the most delicious Chicken Pot Pie!  It’s amazing!

Tonight, I made a variation of that pot pie, but since I’m not a great cook at all, I simplified it big time.


1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can mixed vegetables

(you can add in chopped chicken breast, if you’d like)

1 bag frozen buttermilk biscuits


Mix the soup and vegetables together.  I drained almost all the liquid from the vegetables so that it wouldn’t be too runny.  Pour into a baking dish.  Place frozen biscuits on top.  I used 5 biscuits for a  9 by 9 casserole.    Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and the pot pie is bubbly.

Believe it or not, the kids picked pot pie over pizza tonight!

This would be a super recipe for your daughter to make.  I’ll think I’ll file it under my “I Made it Myself” recipes.  With a little help with the oven, she could do the rest all by herself.


Weekly Menu Plan and Free Poster

As a homeschooling family, we live on a tight budget.  I have a basic plan for meals and believe me, it’s ain’t fancy.

This free poster has theme ideas for each night…


Monday – Mexican

 Tuesday – Pasta

Wednesday – Breakfast for Supper

Thursday – Soup & Sandwiches

Friday – Pizza

Weekends:  casseroles; try new dishes; eat out

Download the poster here:

Menu Plan with brown background

Kathy 🙂

Let me know if you have problems downloading or have suggestions for budget friendly, easy menus ideas!!

By Kathy Hutto Posted in Recipes

I Made it Myself Breakfast Burrito

Some of you may have read my I Made it Myself Pie post a while back.  I have an eight year old daughter who has outgrown the Easy Bake Oven stage and is ready for some “real” cooking projects that she can do mostly all by herself.

Recently, she has been making these very simple breakfast burritos.  I stand near the stove and supervise, but she can whip these out pretty much all by herself.  She is sooo proud of herself when she makes her own breakfast!!

First, she cracks and scrambles one egg.

She puts about one teaspoon of butter in a small pan.

She turns on the stove to medium heat.

When the butter has melted, she pours in her egg.

She knows to wait a bit and then stir them slowly until they don’t look runny any more.  (I’m always standing by the stove too – to make sure they are done.)

While those are cooking, she puts a flour tortilla on a plate and pops it into the microwave for 10 seconds.

She takes that out, spoons the scrambled eggs down the middle of the tortilla and then sprinkles shredded cheese (shredded in advance) on top.

She rolls these up.  If the cheese doesn’t melt completely, she puts it into the microwave for about 5 to 8 seconds more.

That’s it!  My son likes his with sausage or ham in addition to the egg and cheese.  You can add mushrooms, peppers, or whatever you like to these super easy (and super affordable) breakfast burritos!

By Kathy Hutto Posted in Recipes