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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted October 25, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 26, 2014

    jdouglas13 - so glad to hear your folks are out of the hospital and your mom is in rehab. Keeping you all in my thoughts. :-)

    Change of plans on dessert. As good as the apple cobbler was, my youngest requested something with pumpkin so I just put a pumpkin cheesecake pie in the oven. I used 2 different recipes - 1 for the crust and 1 for the filling. My oldest does not like graham cr@ cker crust (and it isn't my favorite either) so I made a crust with 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar and 5 tablespoons of butter pressed on the bottom. The filling it from this recipe:


    The only thing I changed (other than the whole crust - lol) is that I used 3/4 cup canned pumpkin instead of 1/2 cup. Looking forward to dessert tonight!

  • raesmom1612 Oct 26, 2014

    Thanks Ascherer! Its been a bit of a battle for him. He is having some breathing problems now and has to use oxygen for a while...but he is a fighter. Thnx for the thoughts!!

  • raesmom1612 Oct 26, 2014

    YAY Douglas!! Glad your dad is home and mom is better!! That is such great news :)

    I didn't want to mention the "E" word BC I didn't want to start anything, but I guess I'm too late lol

    Tonight will be left over baked ziti with some slow cooker apples Rae and I made yesterday which were amazing! (keep in mind I don't do apples)

    here is th recipe

    8 apples cored

    1/2 cup of oats

    1/2 cup raisins

    1/2 tablespoon butter (I grated my butter since it was not room temp)

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    3/4 cup of juice (I used old orchard wild cherry)

    Cut off tops of apples and core. Mix oats, raisins, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Fill apples with mixture. Place in slow cooker side by side. Pour juice over apples. Cover and cook in slow cooker on low for 3 1/2 hours. I'm sure you can add some sort of a nut, didn't have any on hand. Topped with ice cream and "syrup" from the bottom of the slow cooker.

    House smelled like heaven lol. Hope someone tries it

  • ascherer Oct 26, 2014

    jdouglas - I'm glad to hear your Dad is home. Hopefully the rehab place will help your Mom build up some strength. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

    Raesmom - Glad to hear your Dad is home. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Oct 26, 2014

    Jdouglas- shake and bake pork chops make me smile! And glad your Dad is home... also sending my best to your Mom.

    And yes, what a BEAUTIFUL day! We also enjoy some sweet potatoes for lunch!

    Faye- WOW. That cobbler recipe sounds amazing... mmmmm!!!!

  • ascherer Oct 26, 2014

    Twinredheads - great minds think a like. We are grilling steaks from the freezer with (I'm hoping) baked sweet potatoes, and steamed fresh green beans. I have to do a grocery store run for the sweet potatoes and green beans.

  • twinredheads Oct 26, 2014

    Grilling because it is too beautiful not to! Steaks I found hiding in the freezer, biscuits, baked potatoes and green salad.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 26, 2014

    Hey y'all :) the baked ziti epidemic actually began a few days ago. My sister and I finished it off last night. Tonight is shake and bake pork chops, acorn squash, and something green. My sister is cooking the pork chops since I can't make them to save my life.

    RFB, your brisket sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for everyone's good thoughts recently -- Dad is home from the hospital and Mom is now at the rehab center. Hopefully she'll be home soon too.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 26, 2014

    Friday night was a football game so we just ended up having sandwiches. Last night we had Palermos veggie pizza since the kids were out and about with friends. Tonight it's Hebrew National 97% fat free beef hot dogs, macaroni salad (with tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, onions, light mayo and McCormick salad seasoning), broccoli florets, & apple cobbler for dessert.

    I actually made a mini version of the apple cobbler yesterday and it was devoured by the kids and their friends so I am making it again tonight so my husband actually gets to try it! It was delicious! lol

    Here's the cobbler recipe I am using:


    I am using dried cranberries instead of the cherries. And I am picking up some vanilla ice cream to top it with. :-)

    RFB - I love brisket and veggies!

    Raesmom - you know I love baked ziti! lol Let the epidemic begin!

    ascherer - Thanks for posting! Sorry we left you hanging. lol

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Oct 26, 2014

    DH had to work late last night, so we just did leftovers. And tonight I'm making my beef brisket in beer with various roasted veggies and potatoes.