Pumpkin Pasta


This is a yummy pasta dish using the last of the season’s best: PUMPKIN!  And it is so easy.  This could also be a wonderful side dish on your Thanksgiving table.  Make the sauce and pour it over orzo for a rice like side dish.  Or serve it over mini shells and let the sauce get stuck inside.  This dish is kid approved with two thumbs up!  Enjoy!

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Weekly Menu 11/4–11/8

Happy November!  I am so excited this time of year.  I want to cook and nest and snuggle with my family.  I want to bust out the Christmas decorations already, but I won’t.  I’ll find other ways to decorate. 

After completing the 31 Days challenge, I am happy to get back to my normal routine.  But I loved every minute of my 31 days and feel so much better for doing it.

Many of the items on this weeks menu are from a cookbook my daughter brought home from her school book fair. It is the Disney Princess Cookbook and is also available through Amazon.  Hopefully this will inspire my little princess to eat more than just pizza and tacos.  And it will get her into the kitchen!  She loves to help me cook, but this time I can let her take the lead!

So, without further adieu, here it the weekly menu.

Monday – Spiral Cut Ham, Tiana’s Southern Spoonbread (pg. 77) and Green Beans

Tuesday – Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids (pg. 37) with Carrots and Ranch

Wednesday – Crock Pot Taco Soup (based on this recipe with my own changes)


Thursday – Unbearably Delicious Fish Cakes (pg. 62) and Tossed Salad

Friday – Steak Au Poivre – I like Alton Brown’s recipe the best.

Picture of Steak au Poivre Recipe

Kitchen Confessional

I have had a lot of questions lately about my weekly menu.  I feel as though I need to come clean.  No, there aren’t any big secrets and no, I don’t make it up each week and then order pizza.  But there are some very valid questions that I need to address just so everyone knows my secrets. 

1.  Yes I do attempt to make all the meals that I plan.  The key word here is “attempt”.  Things come up.  That is life.  For example, this evening on the menu is seafood linguine.  Well, I’ll be making that tomorrow.  Tonight we have baseball practice and a family BBQ at school so the seafood will just have to wait. 

2.  I do not bake.  That is correct.  I don’t bake.  Actually, I loathe baking.  It is so high maintenance.  The eggs have to be a certain temperature, the butter has to be a certain temperature, the flour has to be sifted.  Ugh!  And all the measuring!

3.  My kids don’t eat my cooking.  You heard me.  My kids don’t eat my cooking.  Well, very little of it.  I’m still trying to figure out how I raised such unadventurous eaters.  If I could figure out how to smother everything in chocolate and make it taste good then I think they would eat it all!

4.  I go grocery shopping once a week.  It’s my Monday morning ritual.  I drop the kiddos at school and head to the store.  I will run out on a quick trip if we run out of something or if a recipe calls for something highly perishable, like seafood.  I make the weekly menu up on Sunday so that the grocery list is ready for Monday morning.

5.  I don’t follow recipes.  Usually, I read the recipe and then make the meal.  I tweak it as I see necessary.  I taste and add.  That’s why I love cooking.  You can take any recipe and make it your own.  It is also why you don’t see me writing many original recipes on this blog.  (But I have a goal to add more!)  I add or deduct this and that, then I forget to write it down.   

6. I truly love to cook!  It’s true!  Cooking makes me feel all cozy and motherly.  It’s how I show I care.  I make people soup when they are sick or a “freezer meal” if there is a family emergency.  I invite people over to try new things.  It’s fun for me and (I’ve been told) I’m pretty good at it.