For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

August Menu

We just got back from an 8 day vacation. You know what that means; scramble to get organized!!! I don't have anything insightful to share, just my menu. PS: I get people who comment to me in person about my blog, but I'd love to hear from those whom I don't know personally!! I hope you've found your niche in menu planning, please share you success stories with me!!

In case you're new to my blog, you can find my master plan here. I'll always tell you if I'm using a new recipe, all others are tried and true :)

August (New)
Chinese Lemon Chicken (crock pot)
Maple Dijon Chicken with Sweet Potatoes (crock pot)
Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta and Blueberries
Beef with Snow peas

Turkey Burgers, sweet potato fries, raw veggies
Country Pork Ribs, cornbread, salad
Mexican Stuffed Shells
Tortellini Pasta Salad (I omit tomatoes, add red pepper and spinach)
Chicken Caesar Sandwiches (crock pot)
Cheeseburger Salads
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Honey Butter Pork
Meatball Sandwiches (crock pot)(I use ground turkey which is leaner so I use less breadcrumbs otherwise it would be really dry. This is also a huge recipe as-is, so either cut in half or freeze some meatballs for later. Bake for 6 min @ 375 on a cookie sheet, turn once then bake an additional 6 min. Add meatballs to a crockpot with jarred spaghetti sauce and simmer on low for a few hours). Serve on crusty rolls with cheese, black olives, red onions or whatever else you like)
Broiled Fish and Stuffed Zucchini
Artichoke Lasagna (I found that a pasta casserole is easier)
Pot Roast (crock pot)
French Dip (or leftover pot roast)
Breakfast for dinner
Thai Coconut Curry Noodles
Sweet Pork salads (crock pot)
Grilled Pizza
Ham and mashed potatoes (crock pot)(put your ham steak in the crock pot with a can of Dr Pepper and a small can of pineapple and cook on low for several hours)
Stir fry

...and the deed is done! Whoa, that was a rough one for me!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stuffed Pistolettes

Just to warn you, this is only "kinda" a recipe. The measurements don't matter TOO much. It just depends on what you like.

First, take some yummy kaiser rolls, cut the tops off (save 'em!) and hollow out the inside with a fork.

Then brown some lean ground turkey (I use the 16 oz Jenni-O pkg) with about 1/2 a md chopped onion. Add some cajun seasoning and some Velveeta cheese. I use about 1/2 a small block.

 Throw in some steamed broccoli, about 1 large head.
 Spoon into your buns...
Butter the tops and sprinkle with garlic powder.
Bake at 350 for 10 min. YUM!!! This is a family favorite!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July menu and noteworthy sales

July is finally OUR month to travel. I feel like everyone but us has gone on vacation this summer!! But since we will be traveling I am keeping my menu very simple and will be focusing most of my big shopping trip on restocking my shelves and grabbing snacks for a long road trip. All of my menu items have been posted before, so feel free to look back at old menus for inspiration and links.

I do want to give you a quick review of the Peach Whiskey Barbeque Chicken. It was absolutley delish! The sauce was to die for and I wish I would have taken the advice to make mashed potatoes as a side so I could use more of the sauce. I did alter the recipe a bit; I used about half of the whiskey and about 2/3 of the peach preserves and added a bit more BBQ sauce.

Pesto Wraps
Crockpot Cordon Bleu
Artichoke Lasagna
Stuffed Pistolettes
Chinese Chicken salad and crab rangoons
Pork Sandwiches with spicy cilantro slaw
Funeral Potato casserole
Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken
Grilled Pizzas
Rosemary Lemon Pork
Hawaiian Haystacks
Turkey Burgers
Round Steak in Mushroom Sauce
Chicken Salad Sandwiches

NOTEWORTHY SALES (AZ) For additional sales/coupon match ups check out www.thecentsableshoppin.com

Milk 1.57
Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce 1.00
KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce 2.00 (Sunday coupon)
Nestle Novelties, Dreyers Fruit Bars or Ice Cream 1.74 wyb 4
Cool Whip 1.00

Goldfish crackers 1.00
Post Pebbles cereal 1.88 (Sunday coupon)
Honey Bunches 1.88 (facebook coupon)
Imperial .75

Suave body wash 1.89 (coupons.com coupon)
Wholly Salsa 2.49 (Facebook coupon)
Reynolds Foil 3.19 wyb 10 (Sunday Coupon)
Lays chips incl Kettle cooked wyb 10 (commonkindness.com coupon)
Best Foods Mayo 2.69 wyb 10 (Sunday coup)
General Mills Treats 1.69 wyb 10 (Sunday coup)
General Mills Cereal 1.88 wyb 10
Crystal Light 2.14 wyb 10 (Frys ecoup)
Cheetos or Freetos 1.69 wyb 10
Capri Sun 1.88 wyb 10
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 1.69 wyb 10 (Sunday coup)
Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic B1G1 Free (Sunday coup both)
Colgate 1.00 (Sunday coup)
Dial handsoap 1.00 (Sunday Coup)
Huggie Little Swimmers 6.99 (Coup)
Dreyers Ice Cream cups .88
Popsicles .88
Lays Stax .88 (commonkindness.com coupon)
Nabisco Crackers 1.88
Ken's Dressing .88 (Sunday Coup)
Bar S Jumbo Franks .77
Jenni O Ground Turkey 3.99

Honeycomb, Raisin Bran, Pebbles cereal 1.99
Dreyers Ice Cream 1.88