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Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 – 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 - 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

I’m going to start off today’s post with a huge shout out to the hubs:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY & HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

Yes, I’m the brilliant gal who married her hubby on his birthday. I know right. It’s sort of genius right. Or devious. Yeah, maybe I meant devious. Whatever, I’m cool with it.

It initially was not planned that way. When we were planning our wedding we had two choices for dates. It was either hub’s birthday, or my son’s birthday. My son was 4 at the time, so I figured having the wedding on hub’s birthday was the better option.

 Little did I know it meant hubs would never never forget our anniversary. I mean if he wants his birthday presents he sort of has to remember it’s our special day too. I know right. I’m evil. In all the right ways. I can live with that.

We are enjoying both of our special day with our hooligans. Our son is home visiting, and our daughter is home from basic training. So we are going out for dinner and a flick. It’s how we roll. All for one, one for all.

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. I also hope everyone is enjoying the meal plans.

Monday new

Smoked Ribs – Kiss My Smoke

Smoked Ribs {Kiss My Smoke}

Tuesday new

Lemon Butter Chicken – I Wash…You Dry

Lemon Butter Chicken {I Wash...You Dry}

 

Wednesday new

Baked Spaghetti Lasagna – Lemons for Lulu

Baked Spaghetti Lasagna {Lemons for Lulu}

 

Thursday new

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese – The Cookie Rookie

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese {The Cookie Rookie}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

Beef, Black Bean, and Spinach Tostadas – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Beef, Black Bean, and Spinach Tostadas {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

Sunday new

Slow-Cooker Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa – Foodie with Family

Slow-Cooker Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa {Foodie with Family}

 

Sides new

Fig and Honey Fruit Salad – Sweet C’s Designs

Fig and Honey Fruit Salad {Sweet C's Designs}

Southwestern Corn Salad {Dinners, Dishes,and Desserts}

Southwestern Corn Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Dessert

Chocolate Mousse Brownies – Diethood

Chocolate Mousse Brownies {Diethood}

Apple cake with streusel topping – Roxana’s Home Baking

Apple cake with streusel topping {Roxana's Home Baking}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen | Foodie with Family
Roxana’s Home Baking | I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu | Sweet C’s Designs
The Cookie Rookie | Kiss My Smoke | Diethood

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 - 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

 Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 – 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 - 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

More giveaways coming up next week! Plus tons of fun new recipes!

Kim xx

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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/30-minute-back-to-school-meals.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/30-minute-back-to-school-meals.html#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:02 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13838

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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals – Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals - Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

I cannot believe school will be starting back in a couple of weeks. I know some are already back. That just blows my mind. I’m not ready yet. I feel like summer is just starting.

I’m sure for me it’s because my hooligans were not home all summer. My son lives out in Alberta where he goes to university. My daughter is usually home all the time but she was away for almost 4 months for military training.

My daughter is now home from training, and my son flew in this week for a visit. I’m just now enjoying quality time with my hooligans so I’m not ready for that to end.

For the past few days we’ve been having a blast together. Yesterday we grilled up some Onion Ring Cheeseburgers. That was a riot, and a bit stressful. I’m so used to cooking alone now it was weird to cook with other people again.

We had a ball though. The hooligans got creative and came up with some new burger creations I would have never thought of. My daughter also whipped up an over the top sandwich I’m hoping to share with you next month.

So, obviously I’m not ready for the fun to stop. I love having my kids home. While I’m sharing these 30 minute meals with you today I’m secretly hoping summer goes on forever!

Sloppy Joes - 30 Minute Back to School MealsFamily Favorite Sloppy Joes

One Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
One Pot BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pasta

Skillet Lasagna - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Skillet Lasagna

French Bread Pizza - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
French Bread Pizzas

Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake - 3- Minute Back to School Meals
Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake

White Chicken Chili - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
White Chicken Chili

Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake - 30 Minute Back to School MealsEasy Chicken Enchilada Bake

Santa Monica Street Tacos - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Santa Monica Street Tacos

Fettuccine Alfredo - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Fettuccine Alfredo

Beef Burrito Skillet - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Beef Burrito Skillet

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rollups - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups

Easy Goulash - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Easy Goulash


Stop Top Pastitsio - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Stove Top Pastitsio

Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Chicken Parmesan Pasta


15 Minute Chicken Alfredo - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
15 Minute Chicken Alfredo

Sweet and Spicy Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Sweet & Spicy Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetable Fried Rice - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetable Fried Rice

Caprese Balsamic Chicken - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Caprese Balsamic Chicken

Parmesan Herb Chicken - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Parmesan Herb Chicken

Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Mini Margherita Pizzas - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas

Cream Pecorino Spaghetti - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Creamy Pecorino Spaghetti

Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry

Skillet Spinach Lasagna - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Skillet Spinach Lasagna

20 Minute Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake

Orange Chicken - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Orange Chicken

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid - 30 Minute Back to School Meals
Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

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25+ 30-Minute Back to School Meals

Keep tuning in for more great recipes. Also be sure to follow me on pinterest to see what I’m pinning from day to day.

More giveaways coming up next week too. Plus a new weekly series.

Kim xx

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Onion Ring Cheeseburger aka The Ringer plus a Giveaway http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/onion-ring-cheeseburger.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/onion-ring-cheeseburger.html#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13817

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Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer. I was too busy shoving this burger in my face to argue.

Happy Burger Month! Kita of Girl Carnivore is our lovely hostess for this annual event. It’s always a blast. I’m down with any excuse to eat more burgers! I think every month should be burger month!

I am not kidding folks! I love burgers way too much. I could honestly eat them every single day. The options for toppings and added flavour are freaking endless. You can go simple, or go all out.

We tend to be pretty boring most days. I LOVE burgers with plain old yellow mustard. I know right! How boring am I? Not going to lie, most days I like simple food. You may call it boring, I call it classic.

However, I also love a good jazzed up burger. When I take the extra time to whoop it up with toppings I tend to go ALL out. Like this burger for instance. I got really carried away with this burger. So worth it!!

My son is visiting so we went crazy and made 3 different kinds of burgers. I’ll share the other two on my grill blog, Kiss My Smoke, next month. You will flip your lid when you see them!

For now enjoy this Onion Ring Cheeseburger. You will love it. Make sure you scroll to the giveaway. Kita arranged a massive giveaway for you guys. I hope one of my readers wins!!

Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

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Onion Ring Cheeseburger
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • For the burger:
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • For the toppings:
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • ¼ pound mozzarella cheese, more if desired
  • ¼ pound provolone cheese, more if desired
  • 1 batch onion rings, cooked
  • ½ pound of bacon, cooked
  • 1 package of hamburger buns
Instructions
  1. Soak 2 wooden planks for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat grill before using. Bring it to a medium heat.
  3. Mix spices with ground beef. do not overmix, it makes the meat tough.
  4. Form your burgers to your preferred size. Make sure you dimple each burger, you just lightly press your thumb down in the middle of each burger so a small imprint appears.
  5. Place the patties on the planks, leaving a bit of space between each burger patty.
  6. Place planks on the preheated grill. Put lid down and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes on each side.
  7. I like mine to hit the grill for a bit more char and colour so once they are at about a medium rare I place each one on the grill grates and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  8. Place patties back on the planks.
  9. Cover each patty with a slice of each cheese. Put the lid down until the cheese melts.
  10. Remove from grill carefully. Place on a platter to transfer to your work space.
  11. Place bottom buns on plates. Top each with a burger, onion rings, and lots and lots of bacon. Place top bun on each. Use a skewer to hold each burger together.
  12. Serve with a big old onion ring loving smile!
Notes
Recipe by Cravings of a Lunatic

For added flavour you can use garlic butter and toast your buns. Really worth it if you have time.

Number of burgers can vary. You can make 4 x ½ pounders (yikes, monster size), or 8 x ¼ pounders (eeny weenie), or go for middle ground and make 6 perfectly sized burgers.

Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

You must try this burger!

Burger Month 2015

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Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

A huge thanks to all of the creative bloggers who were just as inspired by a month of burgers as I was and the awesome companies that have donated prizes to #burgermonth, Char-Broil, Cabot Cheese, Le Creuset, DreamfarmSpiceologist Woodbridge Wines!

Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

Wanna bite?

Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

Okay, one more burger photo before I run off.

Onion Ring Cheeseburger- This burger is cooked on a plank, then topped with mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, onion rings and bacon. My hubby has dubbed it The Ringer.

Have a fabulous week folks. I’m off goofing off with my kids! My son is visiting for a week from Alberta. We are going to enjoy every minute of our time together.

More giveaways coming up next week! Plus tons of fun new recipes!

Kim

xx

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week 6 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-six.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-six.html#respond Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13793

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 – 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 - 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Hi folks. I’m here with another weekly meal plan. I really hope everyone is enjoying these meal plans. We post them every Saturday morning.

This week has been a bit nuts but SO much fun. We’ve been hanging out and being lazy. Watching Netflix all the live long day, every day, is good for the soul.

We had a fun adventure on Thursday. Every year my daughter and I go to St Jacobs, Ontario. It’s an Amish community with a huge farmers market, flea market and shops.

I have to admit we were a bit disappointed in this particular trip. Usually we love our annual trip to the area. This year we came away a bit let down.

We tend to have our favourite places to eat and shop. We’ve been taking these mother/daughter trips to St Jacobs for over 12 years now. It has become tradition.

This year we were disappointed from the jump. Parking was a nightmare, the layout of vendors was horrible and lots of our favourites were noticeably absent.

We fluffed it off as a bad year. But when we got to town we found the restaurant that carried our favourite garlic bread in the world had stopped making it. Horrifying! Mini-me was heartbroken.

We bounced back, pulled up our bootstraps and ordered the buffet on the recommendation of the waitress. It was horrible. I’m a foodie so I’m a tough critic but this was bad. The roast beef was so tough you could barely cut it. The only redeeming dish was dessert, it was cobbler and it rocked!

We headed off to shop in town, and were so excited to see what we could dig up. We walked down to our favourite shop that sells oils and sauces. Well, colour us surprised, it was closed. Not sure why it closed early but it was super disappointing.

We shook it off. Then went to the store that sells my Hatley pajamas. We were promptly told they no longer carry them , even though there’s a huge Hatley sign out front. I’m not going to lie, I was bummed I came home without any jammies.

Basically we came away without anything on our list. But we had the best time ever. Worst experience turns into the best trip. Ironic right?

Want to know why it was the best trip ever? Because after having my daughter gone for about 4 months for training I got to spend a whole day with her! A whole day of laughing! A whole day of talking! A whole day of sharing stories and building memories!

That is what I live for. At the end of the day I don’t care that I drove 3 1/2 hours each way! I don’t care that the food stunk up the joint! I don’t care that I didn’t get to shop! None of that mattered!

The only thing that mattered was having these long talks with K, learning more about her training, and giggling like school girls. Laughing is the best medicine is the world! It can turn a frown upside down in a heartbeat!

So here’s to family! May yours be as close-knit as mine! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my family.

On Tuesday my son is flying in for a week long visit. I’m on pins and needles waiting for him. A whole week of family time. It’s going to be amazing!

Happy Birthday to my son today! I love you so much. I’m so proud and honoured to be your mom! xx

Monday new

Sausage Pasta Skillet – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Sausage Pasta Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Tuesday new

Pan Fried Italian Chicken Thighs – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Pan Fried Italian Chicken Thighs {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

 

Wednesday new

Skillet French Onion Chicken – The Cookie Rookie

Skillet French Onion Chicken {The Cookie Rookie}

 

Thursday new

One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops – Sweet C’s Designs

One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops {Sweet C's Designs}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

BLT Pizza – Lemons for Lulu

BLT Pizza {Lemons for Lulu}

Sunday new

Slow Baked Potatoes and Chicken Skillet – Roxana’s Home Baking

Slow Baked Potatoes and Chicken Skillet {Roxana's Home Baking}

 

Sides new

Loaded Baked Potato Salad – Foodie with Family

Loaded Baked Potato Salad {Foodie with Family}

Dessert

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart – Cravings of a Lunatic

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart {Cravings of a Lunatic}

No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream – I Wash…You Dry

No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream {I Wash...You Dry}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:

Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen

 Foodie with Family | Roxana’s Home Baking

I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu

 Sweet C’s Designs | The Cookie Rookie | Cravings of a Lunatic

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all week long!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 - 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

 We hope you enjoy our Weekly Meal Plan Week 6! We have 8 Top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 - 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

I hope you have a great weekend and an even better week.

HUGE giveaway coming up this week! Squee, so excited for you to see it!

xx

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Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/cantaloupe-breakfast-bowl.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/cantaloupe-breakfast-bowl.html#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:10:04 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13777

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Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.



I’m thrilled to have created this recipe for Produce Made Simple. It’s quick, healthy and seriously filling. Perfect for those busy mornings when you’re in a rush.

One thing my closest friends know about me is that eating breakfast does not come naturally to me. I’m not a big morning person at all. I’ll admit I never have been.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

However when you have a hectic life like mine you learn that grabbing a bite to eat in the morning is imperative. It’s the key to a successful day quite frankly.

I’m super picky what I eat in the morning though. I have some pretty severe tummy issues so I try to eat things that calm the beast within. Fruit and yogurt work perfectly for that.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

I’ve been eating cantaloupe for breakfast in various forms for about 25 years. I love the flavour of it, it makes my sweet tooth super happy. I honestly never stop craving it.

One of my favourite ways to munch on cantaloupe is to make breakfast bowls that use tons of it. You can use plain yogurt and jazz it up with some spices, like cinnamon.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

I love mixing in other healthy ingredients that compliment my favourite fruit. One of my favourite things to pair with cantaloupe is coconut. It really goes perfectly with it.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to breakfast bowls. You really can customize them any way you want. For me cantaloupe will always be the ultimate way to go.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

I hope you whip one up today. You can find the recipe for my Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl over at Produde Made Simple. I developed this recipe for their website.

Swing by their site for more amazing recipes. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl- Easy and quick recipe for a healthy breakfast using fresh cantaloupe.

I have more amazing breakfast recipes coming at you soon. My daughter is back from military training and let’s just say she now loves mornings and breakfast. Maybe I should join so I can become a morning person too. Nah, probably not. I’ll just eat Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowls for breakfast!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Produce Made Simple. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Cravings of a Lunatic possible.

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week 5 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-five.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-five.html#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:00:35 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13746

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 – 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Hope everyone had a fabulous week. I know I had a lovely one. I’m finally enjoying some time with my daughter now that she is home from training.

This week we spent time hanging out at the barn with horsey. Ginger was enjoying time with her kid. Those two are two peas in a pod. It was fun watching them play and goof off.

We went to some movies too. We’ve seen Minions and The Gift. Both were pretty good. I’m a huge Minion fan so I had a blast watching it. Hubs and mini-me fell asleep. Not even kidding.

Shopping was also on the agenda. Mini-me is not as much of a shopper as I am. However after not being able to shop for 4 months she seemed to really enjoy our shopping excursions.

We hit the mall, Walmart, and even the tack shops in the city. Had a blast, spent a little money and had tons of giggles. Giggling is my favourite!

Next week we are going on our annual girls trip to St Jacobs. We go every summer, just myself and my daughter. We drive up early, spend half the day at The Farmers Market, then half the day in town at all the little shops. Then we drive home.

It makes for a long day because it’s 3 1/2 hours away. So we’re gone for about 16 to 18 hours, but it’s so much fun it never feels like that long. Only until that last hour home when you realize how late it is.

We will try to take some photos to share with you. It’s a cool place, with so many unique vendors and shops. It’s in Amish country so the drive is absolutely beautiful and peaceful.

How was your week? Hope you had a great one! Also hope this meal plan comes in handy for you.

Monday new

Chicken Bites – Kiss My Smoke

Chicken Bites {Kiss My Smoke}

Tuesday new

Fire Roasted Chicken Enchiladas – I Wash…You Dry

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Wednesday new

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – Barefeet in the Kitchen

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Thursday new

Easy Garlic and Ginger Glazed Sticky Pork – Foodie with Family

Easy Garlic and Ginger Glazed Sticky Pork {Foodie With Family}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

Easy Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli – The Cookie Rookie

 Easy Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli {The Cookie Rookie}

Sunday new

Italian Style Stuffed Peppers – Lemons for Lulu

Italian Style Stuffed Peppers {Lemons for Lulu}

Dessert

Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts – Sweet C’s Designs

Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts {Sweet C's Designs}

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and desserts}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:

Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen

Foodie with FamilyI Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu

Sweet C’s DesignsThe Cookie Rookie | Cravings of a Lunatic

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

We hope you enjoy our Weekly Meal Plan Week 5! We have 8 Top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Make sure you tune in this week for some amazing sugary treats. I’ve been busy whipping up some fun summery recipes for you. I look forward to sharing all my new recipes with you.

Also keep your eyes on the blog next week for 2 awesome giveaways. I am chomping at the bit to share those with you!

Have a fabulous weekend.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week 4 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-four.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-four.html#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13717

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 - 8 Top bloggers brining you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

Hey peeps! Hope everyone had an amazing week. I can’t believe it’s August already. Where has summer gone? It feels like it flew right by.

I have some amazing news. Well, you may not find it amazing but I sure do. My daughter had her final graduation for her military training. She is home now after months of being away.

I’m so proud of her. Training was tough but she stuck it out and excelled at it. I missed her like crazy while she was gone, but I know she was doing what she loves so all the sacrifices are worth it.

This should mean she’s home for the rest of the summer but she’s considering fitting in one more quick session. So while I want to whoop it up and scream “she’s home” from the rooftops, I’ll wait until I know if she’s going back, or not.

She keeps us guessing, life with mini-me is a wild adventure. I wouldn’t have it any other way. She inspires me every single day.

We’re waiting until we know what she is up to then we can book a flight for my son to come visit for a week. He lives in Alberta, and has one more year of school before he gets PhD.

Both the hooligans will be back in university in September. My son will go back out west but my daughter is still at home during the school year. Hopefully we can all spend a week together before school takes over again.

I hope all of you are enjoying your summers and finding some time to whoop it up with loved ones. Nothing is more important in life than family. I would be lost without mine!

Hope you enjoy this week’s meal plan. We are on week 4 already, so time really is flying by. We really hope everyone continues to enjoy and appreciate them.

A huge shout out to Erin of Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts for putting so much work into these meal plans each week. She does an amazing job of putting it together for all of us. I heart her.

Monday new

Skillet Basil Cream Chicken – The Cookie Rookie

Skillet Basil Cream Chicken {The Cookie Rookie}

Tuesday new

Goulash aka American Chop Suey – Cravings of a Lunatic

Goulash aka American Chop Suey {Cravings of a Lunatic}

 

Wednesday  new

Asian Steak Bites – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Asian Steak Bites {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

 

Thursday new

Spaghetti Balls with Meat Sauce – I Wash…You Dry

Spaghetti Balls with Meat Sauce {I Wash...You Dry}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

Jalapeno Bacon Burger – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Jalapeno Bacon Burger {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Sunday new

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi – Lemons for Lulu

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi {Lemons for Lulu}

Dessert

Vanilla Latte Straciatella Gelato – Foodie with Family

Vanilla Latte Straciatella Gelato {Foodie with Family}

S’mores Monkey Bread – Sweet C’s Designs

S'mores Monkey Bread {Sweet C's Designs}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen | Foodie with Family |
I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu | Sweet C’s Designs | The Cookie Rookie | Cravings of a Lunatic

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 - 8 Top bloggers brining you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

We hope you enjoy our Weekly Meal Plan Week 4! We have 8 Top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts for a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Thanks for swinging by. I appreciate all my lovely readers so very much.

Keep tuning in for more great recipes and posts. I have some fabulous giveaways coming up soon. I’m also working on my first ebook which is mildly terrifying and exciting at the same time.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Chicken, Peach, and Sausage Kebabs http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/chicken-peach-and-sausage-kebabs.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/chicken-peach-and-sausage-kebabs.html#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13729

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Chicken, Peach and Sausage Kebabs- Great kebab recipe you make on the grill.

Thanks to Ricardo Cuisine for sponsoring this post.

I have to tell you I am so excited to share this recipe with you. This one is a flavour explosion. It’s packed with so many great elements. All of those elements come together for one amazing recipe.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Ricardo Cuisine. I was browsing through the Chicken Recipes and Ricardo’s recipe for Chicken, Peach, and Chorizo Fricassee jumped right out at me. I was mesmerized.

Immediately I knew I wanted to make that recipe. However it’s about a bazillion degrees here right now. So I bookmarked Ricardo’s original recipe to whip up on our first cool day.

Then I put on my thinking cap, as all us cool kids do, and thought of how to make this recipe on the grill. It quickly hit me that it would work beautifully on a stick. I mean everything is awesome on a stick. Am I right?

As many of you know, I am a serious grill addict. Usually I share my grilling recipes on my grill blog, but this one is so wicked special I wanted to share it here on Cravings. This recipe blew my mind, it exceeded all my expectations.

This recipe is really adventurous but don’t let that scare you. I’m a picky eater and I gobbled this up like it was my last meal. I may, or may not, have given hubs a little shove out of the way so I could grab the last one.

My motto is “she who makes the food always gets the last piece”. I figure when you have a motto you should defend that motto against anyone who tries to mock it. I’m doing my duty. Or I’m just a greedy eater. Probably the latter.

If you get a chance to make this one I highly suggest you do so immediately. Also make lots of extra kebabs. You’re going to need them. Possibly some body armour as well. Just in case you invite me over when you make it.

Make sure you swing by Ricardo Cuisine for tons of recipe inspiration. I’ve saved about 12 recipes I want to make as soon as possible. There are tons of grilling recipes for all my fellow grill fanatics too. You will want to browse around all day long. 

Chicken, Peach and Sausage Kebabs- Great kebab recipe you make on the grill.

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Chicken, Peach, and Sausage Kebabs
 
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Great kebab recipe you make on the grill.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 sausages, cut into small rounds
  • 4 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • ½ large sweet onion, cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into chunky pieces
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of your favourite BBQ sauce, if desired, honey based sauces pair well with it
Instructions
  1. If using wooden skewers soak them in water for about an hour before you need them.
  2. Preheat the grill to a medium heat.
  3. Oil grill grates carefully.
  4. Cut all of your ingredients into cubes that are similar in size and shape.
  5. Load the ingredients onto the skewers. Be sure not to overcrowd the skewers so things cook evenly. Layer any which way you like. I enjoy making mine all a bit unique.
  6. In a medium size bowl whisk olive oil, and white wine vinegar together. Add all the spices to the bowl and whisk again. Brush generously over the kebabs. Tap off excess oil and place on a platter to bring out to the grill.
  7. Place you skewers on the grill and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, making sure you cook them as evenly as possible. If you like yours well done with a bit of char just cook them for a few more minutes.
  8. I like keeping one side of my grill off so I can move any skewers off the heat if I get flare ups, and also just because it's always nice to have a spot to move things over to if some are cooking slightly quicker than others.
  9. If you are a BBQ sauce fanatic you can brush some on right as they come off the grill. Use your favourite kind, but be sure it pairs well with sage.
  10. Serve with a big old adventurous smile!
Notes
Adapted from Ricardo Cuisine

Chicken, Peach and Sausage Kebabs- Great kebab recipe you make on the grill.

I know right. It is such a unique and cool recipe. I love it so much. I hope you give it a try.

Take a peek below at Ricardo’s original recipe, this is the Chicken, Peach, and Chorizo Fricassee that inspired my recipe. It’s so gorgeous.

Chicken, Peach, and Chorizo Fricassee from ricardocuisine.com

Let me know if you make either of these recipes. Be sure to tag #RicardoCuisine on Instagram, or @RicardoRecipes on twitter. You can also tag me by using #cravingsofalunatic on Instagram, or @CravingsLunatic on twitter!

Have a fabulous week full of great food, oodles of fun, and lots of time with family!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week 3 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-three.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/08/weekly-meal-plan-week-three.html#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:02 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13707

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 3: 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts from 8 top bloggers!

Welcome to week 3 of our weekly meal plan. I hope everyone is enjoying our weekly meal plans. I love getting inspiration for the week ahead.

You can see Week 1, and also Week 2 of our meal plans on the blog. Lots of great recipes to help you plan out your week. I love planning ahead. It makes life easier.

This week has been a busy one. We have been car shopping for one of the hooligans. We have been trying to make decisions about the potential new horse too.

I also need a new computer. Like immediately. Mine is toast. I know right. You’re thinking the same thing as me. Bye bye bank account. Life is not cheap.

It’s also never boring. My daughter is home for a quick visit. Then she heads off for her final week of training. It will be a gruelling week for her so we’re loading her up with protein.

I know right. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. Family, and great food. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time. My two favourite things for days straight. I’m a happy mama.

While my daughter is here we’re planning my son’s visit in August. He’s flying in for a week so we can all hang out together. Family time, it’s what I live for.

We just can’t figure out when he should come. One thing about having older kids is they always have so much going on. We usually fly him in for his birthday. But this year that may not happen.

Which is okay. If he can’t come for his birthday then he can come a week later for his dad’s birthday. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

I’ve been thinking about having family photos done while he is here. We haven’t done them since the kids were little. Funny how as they get older you stop doing those things.

So all in all it’s been a great week. I love being busy. My motto has always been I’d rather be busy than bored. Although a little more sleep might be nice!

I hope you had an amazing week filled with fun, family and tons of fabulous food. Cheers to an amazing weekend!

 

Monday new

Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Tuesday new

One Pot Chicken and Asparagus – Sweet C’s Designs

One Pot Chicken and Asparagus {Sweet C's Designs}

 

Wednesday  new

White Chicken Caprese Lasagna – The Cookie Rookie

White Chicken Caprese Lasagna {The Cookie Rookie}

 

Thursday new

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs – I Wash…You Dry

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs {I Wash...You Dry}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

Bacon Wrapped Chili Dog – Kiss My Smoke

Bacon Wrapped Chili Dog {Kiss My Smoke}

Sunday new

Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja {Cuban Saucy Shredded Beef} – Foodie with Family

Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja {Cuban Saucy Shredded Beef} {Foodie with Family}

Dessert

Strawberry Lemonade Bars – Lemons for Lulu

Strawberry Lemonade Bars {Lemons for Lulu}

Cheesecake Cookie Bars – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Cheesecake Cookie Bars {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen | Foodie with Family |
I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu | Sweet C’s Designs | The Cookie Rookie | Kiss My Smoke

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all week long!

8 top bloggers brining you a great meal plan for the week.  6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts for a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Tune in next week for more amazing recipes and another great meal plan.

Weekly Meal Plan Week 3 - quick, easy and delicious recipes for your week.

Thanks for swinging by. Look for some fun new recipes coming up this week. I’ve been playing with cereal again. It never gets old. I bake with it way too much.

I want to feel bad about that but I find it hard to care while I’m shoving Trix Krispies in my face!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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20+ No Bake Desserts http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/20-no-bake-desserts.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/20-no-bake-desserts.html#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:00:30 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13719

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20+ No Bake DessertsHi folks. A bunch of us rad bloggers joined forces to bring you a monthly round up. Why? Because we love you, and don’t want to worry about you all sweating your butts off. Keep cool. Leave the oven off. No bake for the win!

If you are like me you avoid turning the oven on at all costs during the summer months. My house is brick and I swear it retains heat like an oven. If I turn the oven on the house overheats wicked fast.

So I either grill or make no bake recipes. It’s the only way to beat the heat. I simply refuse to turn my oven on. I even put a note up on my oven so no one else turns it on either.

I’m not going to lie, that note says something like “if you turn this oven on I will cut you”. Of course I’m totally kidding but a little healthy fear is good for the soul.

The possibilities are endless for no bake desserts. You can make so many different recipes in so many ways. Most are super easy to make, and quick to boot. Which is a real perk in summer.

Have fun browsing through all the fabulous no bake dessert recipes. We hope you love every single one of them!

No Bake Kool-Aid Pie
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Lightened Up No Bake Strawberry Tart
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Parfait
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Fudgy Mint Chocolate No Bake Cookies
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Fudge Brownie No-Bake Cheesecake
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Key Lime Pie Mousse
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No Bake Peach Cheesecake
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Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
Vitamin C+ (38)

No Bake S’mores Cheesecake
Smores-Cheesecake-Recipe

Chex Scotcheroos
Chex-Scotcheroos-2

White Chocolate Pots de Creme
Vitamin C+ (39)

Vanilla Dreamboat Dessert
Vanilla-Dreamboat-Dessert-Recipe

Strawberry Mousse
Strawberry-Mousse-5

Snickers Cheesecake Dip
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Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes
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Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Pie
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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
Vitamin C+ (40)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
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Peanut Butter Bliss Bars
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Vitamin C+ (42)

Eiskaffe – Iced Coffee & Ice Cream
Vitamin C+ (41)

Almost No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Pies
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Pin so you can have No Bake Recipes at your fingertips any time a craving kicks in!

 20+ No Bake Desserts

Thanks for swinging by. I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous recipes!

Keep tuning in for more great recipes. I’m finally back to work and can’t wait to share tons of new recipes with you.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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