This past week was my turn, once again, to take an entire week to plan and cook all the supper meals. It worked out well, since Mom was still gone Monday and didn't get back from SC until late Tuesday afternoon.
My first meal was simple - Sausage and Corn Chowder with some of Hannah's toasted bread. Yum! For dessert I made Chocolate Fudge Cookies.
For Mom's welcome home meal, we had something that's been on my Pinterest board for awhile: Parmesan Honey Pork Loin Roast. I think everyone really liked this one! We also had salad and onion roasted potatoes with it.
Wednesday night was one of my more involved meals, Fried Rice with marinated steak on top. For the rice, I followed part of this recipe. Then for the steak marinade, I used this one. The main side dish was a definite keeper, Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad. It took a lot of time to dice all the fruit, but it was worth it. Sooo good! We actually made this a second time already, for guests on Sunday. Dessert was Coconut Cream Poke Cake (Pinterest!) - just a 9x13 yellow cake, poked and cream of coconut poured on top, iced with whipped topping and coconut.
Thursday was leftover day! Yay for leftovers! :) That gave Hannah a free kitchen to make her weekly batch of bread and also a batch of soap.
Friday was our Mexican night. The girls really liked this meal, it wasn't the guys' favorite, though. Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas, another Pinterest pick, were the main dish, with both poblano and jalapeno peppers in the filling. They weren't that spicy, I could have left some more of the seeds in to up the heat, I think. Sides were Mexican style black beans and creamy white cheddar baked corn. For dessert, we had Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream Dessert. I didn't put quite as much sugar in the topping as they call for...they say 3/4 cup, but I put more like 1/2 cup, and it was plenty sweet. We also had this dessert on Sunday when our company came over. Yum!
Saturday - Valentine's Day and Italian night! This was Dad's favorite meal of the week. Two more of my Pinterest recipes finally got to be made: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Stuffed Italian Bread. :) A salad (with heart shaped cucumbers and tomatoes) and strawberry limeade rounded out the meal.
For the final dessert, I made individual Raspberry Red Velvet Brownie trifles. I didn't follow an exact recipe for these, it was just a mix of several ideas. This is the recipe I used for the brownies. The trifles were layered with brownie chunks, chocolate syrup, red raspberries, and whipped cream.
All in all, it was a fun week! I enjoyed getting to plan out everything and try some new recipes. Several dishes were definitely make-agains. Let me know if you try any and how they turn out!