The Sticky Menu Plan Workbook is ready, almost

I have just a few wrinkles to iron out while the cover is printing, but expect an offer in the next week or so.
What’s The Sticky Menu Plan Workbook? It’s a workbook set up in a three ring binder.  It organizes your recipe choices on stickies that you can place on your weekly calendar and switch around at will.   All those recipes are in sheet protectors so you can remove the page, cook that recipe, and wipe the page clean before returning it to The Workbook.  These recipes also come with nutritional information, and some recipes will debut in the Workbook before they are included on this blog.   Let me share the Workbook cover page with you.  It’s self explanatory.

The Sticky Menu Plan Workbook

I really should call The Sticky Menu Plan Workbook a Playbook. All the work is done for you and all you have to do is pick out your stickers and play. You’ll have your dinners planned in no time.

This notebook is set up just as mine is. There is a place for your weekly calendar, an options section that organizes the recipe stickers, and all those recipes are included.

Here are your chapters:
1. Breakfast
2. Starters and Snacks
3. Meatless Main Dishes
4. Beef
5. Chicken and Poultry
6. Pork
7. Fish and Seafood
8. Soups and Stews
9. Sides
10. Breads
11. Desserts
12. Sauces and Spices

Putting my Workbook together has been a lot of work, but it’s been a labor of love. Concentrating on my workbook project has caused this blog to suffer some neglect, and I do regret that, so here I go again!
I haven’t exactly stuck to my menu plans for the last couple of weeks, but that’s how The Sticky Menu Plan works. Nothing has gone to waste, I just haven’t cooked it on the day I originally intended. We all have the right to change our minds, don’t we?
To most folks, LOL means Laugh Out Loud. In our house LOL means Lots of Leftovers! That’s what you get when you cook for two. Last week I baked a ham. LOL! Hams just don’t come small enough for two people and we’ve been too busy to invite others over to share, so we’ve eaten plenty of ham this week. Ham sandwiches are always good for lunch, and I’ve always liked ham and cheese omelettes. but both of those get old after a while. I try my best to mix it up a bit. Healthy Breakfast Sandwiches aren’t all that different, but they sure are good.
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Ham and Eggs in a Garlicy Grits Crust make a delicious brunch and reheat well in the microwave, LOL!  If you’re planning a day out, though, you might want to cut back on the garlic.  As Rachael Ray says, I always smell like a salami!
If you follow this blog you might remember that I saddled myself with a fifteen pound bag of potatoes. Really? Fifteen pounds of white carbs for two people? Well, they came in handy for one of Michael’s favorite dinners, My Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.
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I also whipped up a batch of Eggs and Potatoes Frittata Style, but added ham.  This is an older picture of the basic recipe, but you get the idea.  It’s one of those recipes that tastes better than it looks.
You can only feature ham for so long, so Fishy Friday was a reason to move on. Artichoke, Shrimp, and Mushroom Bake was an easy change of pace. I love that stuff! Artichokes, shrimp, and mushrooms are some of my favorite ingredients. Pair them all together in this easy dish and they create a flavor explosion. A creamy sauce helps the flavors mingle.
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I didn’t really intend to stay on the Pork page, but boneless pork loins were the next good sale item at the grocery, and I bit. Some of the pork loin was dehydrated for dog treats and some was frozen for later, but the fresh dinner recipe was Mushroom and Pork Skillet Dinner. I made the full recipe, so here we go again….Leftovers!
I don’t have firm plans for this week’s menu. Michael’s mother is gravely ill, so we’re going to be going back and forth to Tennessee. Today I’m trying a new slow cooker recipe for Mississippi Roast. It’s hard for me to obey the rule that one should follow a new recipe exactly as it is written before making any changes, but I’m trying. I’ll let you know how that turns out, and what we did with the leftovers, the next time I can get online.
Please pray that Michael’s mother has an easy passing, and as always,
Be thankful for what life gives you.

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