Weekly Family Menu Plan - featuring 5 weeknight dinner recipes, a weekend breakfast, and a delicious dessert!

Happy weekend, guys!

I hope you have something fun planned! I spent yesterday away from work so I’ve got a lot to catch up on. Plus, Nicole and I have an exciting project coming up in the next couple weeks so we’re both working out butts off to get that done.

Anyway, I went over to Temple yesterday and had the most amazing Southern Style Poutine. I may have dreamt about it last night. What’s the best thing you ate this week?

So, menu plan!

This week’s looks delicious as it always does! Lots of summery recipes!

Don’t forget to print the grocery list before you head to the store!

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Grilled Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Peaches - delicious and easy way to cook pork chops! Ready in 20 minutes!

Happy almost Friday, guys!

I’ve got the urge to get out of town this weekend but I have too many dogs and too many kids to just pick up and leave. So I’m probably going to settle for lying in a beach chair in my backyard and watching all of season 5 of New Girl.

Aaaaaand I bought a new grill this week so I’ll probably grill every meal. I’m pretty excited about that.

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Food Truck Frenzy - Temple, TX. Each month local food trucks gather in downtown Temple for Food Truck Frenzy! These are my favorites from July!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Thought I’d share a little something different today.

There’s a food truck event on the 4th Saturday of every month over in Temple, which is just a quick 30 minute drive for me. I try to go every month because it’s a good excuse to get out of Killeen and also because I like to eat.


I could go to all these food trucks any day I want but there’s just something more fun about them all being gathered in one area. And they usually have music and there’s all sorts of stuff going on.

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Hiiiii guys!

Surviving the week so far? Got stuck in a rainstorm last night. In the Jeep. Without the top on. And if that’s the worst thing that happens to me this week, I’m okay with it.

(I secretly love when that happens.)

Anyway, today I’ve got a fabulous semi-homemade recipe today because that’s what I’m all about right now.

I picked up all the new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes at my HEB the other day.

Wait, Amanda, you picked up all of them?


I like brownies.

And cookies.

What can I say?

So there are 4 varieities: Brownies & More with Butterfingers, Brownies & More with chocolate morsels, Cookies & More with Butterfingers, and Cookies & More with chocolate morsels.

The great thing about these mixes is you can make them as cookies or brownies OR you can use that are your jumping off point and go crazy. Like, the box of Cookies & More with Butterfingers that I used has the recipe for the cookies but it also has a recipe for Cookie Brittle (!) and Banana Snack Cake. Using the mix!

You can turn these mixes into whatever you want!

Another great thing about this line of baking mixes is that they have no artificial flavors or colors. And since it’s from Nestle Toll House, you know you can trust them to put out a premium product.

For these Butterfinger Whoopie Pies, I used the Cookies & More with Butterfingers and instead of baking them as regular cookies, I added an extra egg and some sour cream to make them super soft whoopie pies. And then I made one of my favorite frostings to put in the middle: peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

Seriously good. It took me forever to truly embrace the whoopie pie but I’m all about them now. They’re, like, a cupcake with better frosting distribution.

Anyway, there’s currently an Ibotta offer for earning $.75 when you purchase the Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes at your HEB. And check out Very Best Baking for so many recipes and ideas!

Butterfinger Whoopie Pies


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Butterfingers
For the peanut butter cream cheese frosting:
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream softened butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and sour cream and beat until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Slowly add cookie mix and beat until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in Butterfinger Baking Bits.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about an inch between spoonfuls.
  4. Bake 11 - 12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting:
  7. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter together until no lumps remain. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, slowly, and beat until combined.