Menu Plan Monday

Easter is over, the kids are still coming down from their sugar high (even though I limited their chocolate intake) and my family is well and truly out-hot-cross-bunned, and out-chocolated for another year.  Easter Bunnies aside, it was nice to take some time to remember the true meaning of Easter and make sure the kids understood what it is really all about.  I hope your family also enjoyed this time together.  If you don’t live near family I hope you have some great friends around you.

Today I decided to bake an Orange Cake, my husbands favourite, so we could take some time to sit together in the back yard with a coffee and enjoy the last of the beautiful weather before Winter decides to set in.  So I went looking for a quick, preferably one-bowl Orange Cake recipe, and I found one I thought I recognized.  Unfortunately I didn’t recognize it as the cake my son refers to as “The Big Orange Volcanoe”.  Yes, this recipe is a cooking disaster, and today it didn’t disappoint which is why there is no picture of a beautiful cake dripping with orange glaze icing.  No, this cake will be served as an Orange Dump Cake (orange cake dumped in a bowl, drizzled with orange glaze icing).  Not to worry, it may taste wonderful.

This week I am breaking all of my meal planning rules and jumping into a week of new recipes, many from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. It’s the second week of school holidays, I can be more flexible with my time, and I have chosen reasonably quick and easy recipes.  I’ll let you know if I have any more disasters.

Monday 9th April – Sunday 15th April

Monday – Delicious Greek Pastitsio (Casserole Style)

Tuesday – Breaded Garlic Chicken in Lemon-Butter Sauce served over Linguine with a tossed Green Salad

Wednesday – Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Thursday – Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan (I’m going to make it up as I go)

Friday – Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken, pulled (using chicken breasts) served in wraps with salad toppings of choice

Saturday – Home-made Pizzas

Sunday – Roast Beef served with creamy mashed potatoes, carrots, peas and broccoli, gravy and dinner rolls

My Mum is coming to visit this week, and we’ll need something special to have with our many cups of coffee, so I am going to whip up these Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies.

Happy Cooking!

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About Rebekah

Hi, I'm Rebekah, a happily married mum of six who also happens to be a cooking and baking addict and new accidental blogger. I live in Rural Sout-East Queensland, about an hour and a half from Brisbane . I have a 16 year old son who is itching to learn to drive, a 9 year old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes who loves to play her violin and dance her way from one end of the house to the other, 7 year old twins, a son who loves cars, trucks and bike riding with his dad and his twin sister who loves to paint and draw her life and hang it on mummy's fridge. Then there is Little Miss 5, the happiest child I have ever met, very independent, and she dances and sings everywhere she goes, followed closely by her almost 3 year old sister who thinks she is the boss of everything and is a mixture of all of her siblings put together. To say life can be exhausting is an understatement, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Plate4Eight came about through my need to get organized in the kitchen. I no longer have time to go searching through cookbooks and folders for "that recipe we liked last week", and the more organized I am, the more time I have to spend with my family and experiment in the kitchen, which is my form of relaxation. So, if you're looking for something to have for dinner tonight, or just want to try something new, have a look around. I hope you find something you like.