Whew!!  It’s been a busy 9 days of vacation.  We’ve climbed a 12 story outdoor tower, spent time at the pool, went to two movies, walked through acres of gorgeous gardens and across a swinging bridge high above the ground, played ping pong, basketball, video games, card games, did lots of window shopping, talked a bunch and eaten out lots.  Now it’s back to reality and school and work…oh my!  My two youngest kiddos start school in two days, so it’s time to pack the backpacks.   🙂

I’m also done with eating out for a while.  It gets old after a bit, and my tummy and I are ready for some plain and simple home-cooked dishes.

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So this group of ladies and I have some yummy dinner ideas for this week; be sure to check them out!

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful Homemaking

Baked Beef and Mushroom Rotini from New South Charm

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful Homemaking

Super Quick Salsa Soup from Jonesin’ for Taste

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful Homemaking

Vegetable Lasagna in Pumpkin Sauce from Tastefully Eclectic

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful HomemakingCorn Chip Chili Bowl from Joyful Homemaking

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful Homemaking

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast from Recipe Treasures

For dessert, doesn’t this cheesecake look amazing!?

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful Homemaking

Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake from Cooking with Carlee

These are a couple of free printables that I use often for menu planning, and you are free to use them as well:

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful HomemakingGrocery List Printable

dinner recipes, Dinner Ideas for Your Week, Joyful HomemakingWeekly Meal Planner
They work great on a clipboard!

If you’d like some meal ideas for earlier in the day:
Breakfast Ideas:
(Any combination of the following)
French toast
Cereal
Fruit
Waffles
Toast
Eggs
Oatmeal
Poptarts
Egg whites and spinach (hubby’s choice)
Pancakes
English muffins
Muffins
Baked oatmeal
Breakfast cookies
Quiche
Cinnamon rolls
Pumpkin pancakes
Baked eggs and cheese casserole
Toasted peanut butter & banana sandwich
Coconut Quinoa Granola

Lunch Ideas:
(We like to add fruit and/or carrots to any of these “entrees”)
Pasta  (my kids love it)
Ravioli
Macaroni and cheese
Vegetarian corn dogs
Vegetarian hamburgers
Hot dogs (We like Hebrew National)
Chicken, turkey or ham sandwiches
Graham crackers and milk
English muffins
Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches
Whole wheat toast
Soup
Yogurt or cheese sticks, crackers
Leftovers

Hope you have a great week!  🙂

One Comment

  1. It sounds like you’ve had a nice vacation. I’m glad that you got to enjoy some time before your kids have to go back to school.

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