Menu Plan

Is that fall I am smelling in the air? The other day I actually turned on my oven to make lunch because the kids were telling me they were cold! I’m sure we have a few more weeks of summer weather left here in Maryland, but I am definitely enjoying the cool mornings and evenings.

Menu Plan


Easy No Rise Cinnamon Rolls


Pear Muffins

served with fruit and milk

Eggs, bacon, whole wheat toast

served with orange juice

Whole Wheat Waffles

Cereal/ Oatmeal

Our Lunch List:

  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Baked Potato
  • Sweet Potato


Beef Soup in a Bread Bowl

Chicken Pot Pie (on the fly)

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Grilled Salmon

served with rice, green beans, salad

Steak Stir-Fry

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Shepherd’s Pie photograph courtesy of Mollyeh.


  1. Yummy meal plan.

    We are in Texas and still having 100 degree days. We were teased a few weeks ago with 80 degree highs….. but they did not stick around.

    Do you make your bread bowls? Are they dinner roll size or everyone gets a big bowl?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I make my own bread bowls. I usually make a variety of sizes, the little kids get “roll” sized bowls and dad and the teenagers get larger bowls.

      • Your recipes look delicious, and easily made with ingredients already on hand. Do you have a link for the bread bowl recipe?

  2. For the pear muffins you say next time you’ll substitute applesauce for the oil. If you are steaming and pureeing your pears isn’t that sort of “pearsauce”? I canned pearsauce (applesauce except with pears) not knowing what else to do with my pears. I’m thinking of using it to make these muffins instead of canned or fresh pears. What do you think about the oil situation?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Good question. I have not tried to substitute applesauce for oil in these muffins yet because I haven’t had any open jars when I have made it. I’m not sure what would happen, because you are right, pearsauce is just like applesauce… Maybe I won’t be substituting oil… I’ll have to think about that one.

      • dgsandbjsmom says:

        More than likely you do not need the oil at all or you could cut it by one half. Being that you can usually substitute 1/2 oil for applesauce (which is being substituted with pear sauce). The oil basically is making for a moister batter mixture. So you could try just putting 2 Tbsp of oil in or leave it out totally.

  3. Looks yummy!! Still hot here, but these will great ideas when they weather turns cooler for us.

  4. Oh yummy. Sounds like all comfort food. Love it!!

  5. The grilled salmon looks delicious. How hot is your grill?

  6. I want to come eat at your house!!

    I might have to try some of these next week!!! = )

  7. The steak stir-fry looks really good. I have a question for you. I know you have a large family, as do I. One of my daughters decided to become a vegetarian. The rest of us are not. Do you have any good vegetarian recipes that are easy to make—not too involved—so I can be sure she is eating well also. I don’t want to discourage her but I can’t make 2 totally separate meals either. Thanks!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Just as a quick example, I would make the stir fry and add the meat last. Set aside a meat free portion for her. For most meals I would probably add in an extra vegetable or maybe some beans to replace the meat. It would be harder to do with casseroles, but maybe make one or two meat free meals each week for the whole family?

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