Monday, October 19, 2009

menu planning monday: Happy Birthday to Me

my birthday card from BigGirl and Bubba. i love it!

i also got this really, really funny [and kinda crude] birthday card from Hallmark's brilliant Edge of Motherhood collection. you know when something is funny because it's true but you would never admit to it? that's exactly the kind of funny Edge of Motherhood cards are. it's mom humor, but it's behind-the-scenes-we're-thinking-it-but-we'd-never-say-it humor. 

i can't share what the card said. this is a G-rated blog. but you know the flowery, sentimental, perfectly written cards Hallmark is known for? this card is not one of those. the Edge of Motherhood writers have a Dirty Wicked and Saucy sense of humor! i love it.

well, the Edge of Motherhood card that i got implied that i shouldn't have to cook dinner on my birthday. so there. Hallmark said it so it must be the law.

i should check to see if that means i don't have to cook on just my birthday day or if that means the whole week of my birthday...? hmmm.

anyway, i'm for sure NOT cooking tonight but here is my weekly menu plan just in case i have to cook the rest of the week: (scroll down for recipes)

monday: MY BIRTHDAY!
tuesday: soft tacos & rice
wednesday: slow cooker chicken & dumplings *new recipe that i found on The Duttons via OrgJunkie
thursday: family night, dining out
friday: french bread pizza

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons butter
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 onion, finely diced
2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces
Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover.

Cover and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.

*i read reviews of this recipe on and one of them said to "roll the dough out into small pancake sizes and cut that into strips." another said to put the biscuit dough in 90 minutes before serving (instead of 30) "and make sure that you push them down into the liquid mixture a little, so that they get cooked on the tops, too and saturated with the chicken flavor." 

French Bread Pizza
-large loaf French bread
-1 can pizza sauce (or speghetti sauce will work)
-2 C mozzerella cheese
-your fave pizza toppings (we like black olives and garden tomatos)
Preheat oven to 400. Slice the bread in half length wise (like they do at Subway). Then slice into "pizzas" about 4" long. Spoon sauce over each piece, sprinkle cheese, and add toppings. Bake on a foil-covered cookie sheet 10-15min at 400degs.

for more fabulous menus and recipes visit for Menu Planning Monday.

fine print: I was not paid by Hallmark to promote the Edge of Motherhood cards, nor did I receive any free cards in exchange for blogging about my Edge of Motherhood birthday card. but I wouldn't turn them down if they presented me with such an offer, wink wink.