Menu Plan Monday #50

MenuPlanMonday(copyrightLifeintheLofthouse)   This is the 50th post of Menu Plan Monday! Only two weeks away from having one whole year worth of weekly menus! Menu planning for me is so dang important. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, it saves me SO much time and money when I plan our dinners. I can’t believe I used to go to the store without a list or a plan. The amount of money I used to waste is embarrassing. When you’re prepared and plan ahead you really have no excuses to not make/eat home cooked meals. The amount of money we spend at a fast food restaurant for my family of 5, I could literally spend on 3 home-cooked meals. When you start to look at it that way, it’s crazy to eat out all the time.

Okay, enough of the serious talk and let’s chat about this weeks menu. I haven’t made BBQ Beef sandwiches in forever, so I’m looking forward to those. My Mom is known for those yummy sandwiches. She used to make them for family get-togethers all the time. They’re so good! Also, I’ve been craving some Creamy Broccoli Casserole so I put that on the menu. We’ll be eating good this week :) Come check out the rest….

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Super Mario Brothers party & Happy Birthday, Kallen!

Super-Mario-Brothers-Cake   My baby turned 4 last Sunday. We had a Super Mario Brothers party for him because he’s a little obsessed with Mario these days. We have the Mario brothers games on the Wii and that kid can play the heck out of it. He loves it so much. He’s always begging everyone to play with him, even friends or anyone that comes to our house (yes, even the AC fix-it guy) Ha! He’ll do anything to have someone play it with him! :)

The last month I’ve been planning his party and searching Pinterest for ideas. Of course, I found a ton. I was a little overwhelmed at all the fun things people have come up with. I decided to keep our party pretty simple and just made a few of the things I saw. Here’s what I did…

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Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole

Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole   I apologize for not posting Menu Monday yesterday. The last few days have been crazy busy! We celebrated my sons 4th birthday Sunday :) We threw him a Super Mario Brothers party and it was a lot of fun! I will post pics of the cake and goodies from the party on Friday :)

  Okay, now to the casserole. Holy moly, is it good! Seasoned chicken and potatoes baked together, then topped with cheese, bacon and green onions. It is so delicious and packed with flavor! [Read more...]


Sweet Fire Chicken

Sweet-Fire-Chicken-LifeintheLofthouse-copyright  Raise your hand if you love Chinese food! *raising hand   Raise your hand if sometimes you head over to Panda Express to get easy and convenient Chinese food! *raising hand :)  Well, if you’re raising your hand, then you will love this chicken! It is the copy-cat version from Panda Express and it is amazing!

If you’ve never tried the one from Panda Express then let me tell you about it. Its a sweet chicken that has a little bit of heat. It is delicious! Whenever we eat there my husband always orders it, and I always steal a few pieces from him. When I found this copy-cat recipe I was really excited to try it. I surprised Kale with it for dinner the other night, and he absolutely loved it. Well, he actually didn’t say he loved it (he never does) but the 3 servings he had told me so! ;) [Read more...]


Hawaiian Fried Rice


I have a thing for fried rice. The flavors, the textures. I love it. One of the most popular recipes on the blog is my homemade Fried Rice, with Sweet and Sour Chicken. I make it all the time, especially when we have friends or family over for dinner. It’s most definitely guest-worthy, and always a hit! :)

This Hawaiian version I’m sharing today is a new favorite. It has all the elements of traditional fried rice, but with a lot more flavor and texture. This rice is packed with diced ham, red bell pepper, and to me the winning ingredient.. pineapple! It adds a slight sweetness to every bite and makes this rice so heavenly.

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White Chocolate Chip and M&M Pudding Cookies


It’s Friday! :) Hallelujah! It’s been a long week. I’m SO ready to relax, kick my feet up, and eat some pudding cookies! What can I say, they’re a family-favorite in our house. My husband would do anything for these cookies!

Easter is right around the corner, so I thought making a white chocolate version with pastel M&M’s would be fun. When my kids got home from school, and saw these sitting on the counter, there were a bunch of smiling faces in my house. There’s just something so appealing about cookies and colorful M&M’s to kids. I don’t know why?  ;) [Read more...]


Cheesy Hamburger Skillet and The “Southern Bite” Cookbook Giveaway!


   I am super excited about today’s recipe! This is Cheesy Hamburger Skillet and it is lip-smackin’, family-friendly comfort food. The recipe comes from my good friend Stacey Little’s new cookbook Southern Bite! I was totally honored when I was asked to review his book. Before I even opened it, I knew it would be amazing. Stacey’s food blog has been a favorite of mine for years now. His recipes are all down-home, family-friendly meals and dishes. Not only are his recipes spectacular, but they’re easy to make, too. We all know my love of simple recipes, and he has many!

I am honored to call Stacey a friend. He is one of the most down to earth, sweetest blog friends I’ve met over the years. We still haven’t met in person, but we do chat on Facebook. He is a great guy. I was super excited to see him on NBC’s TODAY show last Sunday, cooking up some of his best dishes! I was so excited as we were watching it, telling my kids, “I know him!”  :D   [Read more...]


Menu Plan Monday #49

menuplanmonday   Hey, guys! Happy Monday :) I have a great week planned for the blog. On Wednesday I’ll be doing a fun giveaway you won’t want to miss, so be sure and come check back. I also have two totally delicious recipe to share as well. It’s going to be a great week!

   I can’t begin to tell you all how HAPPY I am being able to be more consistent with posting on my blog. I know you all have noticed too. Thank you for all the sweet emails and comments. Your encouragement means so much to me! Right now, I’m making sure to have a new post up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In the near future, it will even be more often. That just means more recipes for you all :)

  One last thing, before I get to the menu, I told you all on Facebook that things have changed a lot. Facebook now only lets 1% of you see what I post, unless I pay them. Yeah, it’s totally lame. That being said, I would LOVE for you all to follow me via email. There’s a Subscription tab on the right side bar of my website. ——>

  Just enter your email address in there, and every time I post something new you’ll get an email! I don’t want you missing out on any new recipes!

   Okay, let’s get this Menu Plan Monday started….

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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls

     Cheesy-Garlic-Pullaparts-Main-Pic   Oh goodness, these rolls. Cheesy, garlic pull apart rolls of pure deliciousness. They are evil and naughty, because they’re SO addicting. Be warned, my friends. Be warned. ;)

   These yummy rolls are super easy to make, and go perfectly with a big ol’ bowl of Spaghetti. We like to dip them into our spaghetti to soak up the sauce. It’s so good! We also have dipped them in ranch dressing and Alfredo sauce. They all pair so great with these!

I wish I was eating one right now. Look at this cheesy goodness. Gosh, blogging makes me hungry…


      My family loves these rolls so much that I actually have to hide some for myself before I take them to the table. If I don’t, Momma probably won’t be getting any. No joke.

   Did I mention they only take 5 ingredients to make? Yep. You’re welcome ;)

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