This Week in the Charming South Kitchen

Street Corn

I love a new month!  Bring on September, new menus, new pictures, new reading challenges, new weight challenges, new friends, new adventures.  Prime word is NEW!

This month we are going on vacation to a place we both vacationed as children with our families of origin and now we get to introduce our boys to the joy of Vogel State Park.  Our older boy turns two so get ready for birthday blogs.  Its fun!  So, let’s get going!

Having a freezer meal party (pictures forthcoming) and am bringing chicken rice broccoli cheese casserole.  Recipe forthcoming

Snickerdoodle Cookie Sandwiches with Spiced Pumpkin Buttercream – recipe forthcoming

These white beans.  Talk about comfort food.

Homemade Baguette – we will see about this.

Chicken Raspberry Mozzerella Salad

Street Corn Quiche – I can’t leave summer altogether – Recipe Forthcoming

Going Indian and making Tikka Masala and some Naan bread

Asian Pear salad with a cranberry and pear balsamic – and goat cheese of course!

What are you cooking this week?

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Budget living is not fun, but it is wise.  I could spend so much on groceries.  Even though when we lived in Little Rock, there was a grocery tax, the cost of food here in ATL is still more.  So, we are examining our budget and our needs – especially as our two littles go through growth spurts and eat a lot!

So, we get a little creative – or maybe a little boring when we get to the last week of the month, especially one with 5 full weekends and 31 days!  And this week also brings with it a date night to the Braves game – can’t wait to try some stadium food – any suggestions?

Vegetable Slow-Cooker Lasagna (this is cooking right now and will get the recipe up to y’all soon)

Grown-up Green Eggs and Ham (recipe coming later this week as well)

Trader Joe’s Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

Zucchini and carrot muffins (combined, not separate)

Something savory and something sweet with some watermelon I’m getting today – haven’t decided what

My friend Tasya took the above photo and I got the idea for labels from my friend Shannon.


This Week in the Charming South Kitchen

Queso Quiche

Later this week, I’ll give you a “state of the blog” address.  After a long discussion earlier this week, I will be narrowing my focus here on the blog and in life – and be able to really master one area and serve my family, those who come into my home, and our church well during this season of life.

Here’s what I’m making this week:

BBQ Pork Chops (recipe forth coming)

Roasted Chicken with a Dill Aoli on Sourdough (Sandwich of the Week)

Pretzel No Bakes (Two Peas just had a little baby this past week – congrats!)

Smores Pie

Summer Salad

Squash Salad with Grilled Chicken

Migas and Bacon

Pink Grapefruit Salad

Pumpkin Muffins (bring on the fall)

Green Smoothie for breakfast (my husband drank one the other day and said he felt amazing all morning.  Its a wonder what healthy foods will do for your body!)

The picture above is of a queso quiche I made late last week and I am eager to share the recipe with yall – since we certainly ate it all quickly.

Enjoy.  Please tell me what foods you are cooking this week!

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Do your weeks ever change on the fly and fly by all that once?  Well, ours definitely changes from time to time, depending mainly on my taste buds and my time in the kitchen.  So, I’m going to start just posting menus for the week but not really putting days with them unless they go with a specific moment in our week.

This week I have several friends coming to visit.  And I’ve totally changed our eating.  And we get a raincheck to celebrate the mister.  All good things.

Garden Fresh Baked Frittata featured on my favorite AR eggs company’s site.

Greek Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki sauce and grilled zuks

Chicken Casserole with frozen vegetables

Crock Pot Maple Pork Chops (with greens)

Green Smoothie

Salad featuring Red Grapefruit and Avocado – perfect taste of summer

And there you have it. As you can see – pretty grain free.  I think its hard to go grain free for breakfast (eggs get boring) and lunch (because I love sandwiches and pizza)!  But, its working so far and I feel better!




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French Toast

Full summer time swing here in HOTlanta.  I really hate the name of that because it implies more than just weather, but maybe I can just say the ATL.  That will work for me!

Going to try some new healthy recipes this week here in the kitchen:

Monday: pork tenderloin (just as a guideline) with some relish and herbs from my friend Jayme.  Roasted corn with lime sea salt from LaJolla and cantaloupe.

Tuesday: Rice and a variation on these Greek vegetables out of a Greek cookbook from a church in Durham, NC

Wednesday: Brinner of French toast made with some Publix Breakfast bread and some bacon and eggs.

Thursday: For tacos this week – I’m going with this – and its perfect for leftovers (and who doesn’t love Doritos)

Friday: When my parents were here we visited the Marietta Diner and I had a chicken salad melt.  It was really good.  I want to recreate this with crescent rolls.  Can’t wait to share the recipe with you!

Saturday: Vegetarian this week is these lentils.  So easy too.

Sunday: Leftovers!  Mister works this Sunday too so everything will need to be quick before work and naptimes but after church.

What are you cooking this week?

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menu june 2

Usually I just type my menu into my iphone notes and go from there.  But, since I need every practice and lettering and calligraphy – I usually attempt to jot down my menu on a notepad.  I’m in the process of making a set of menu note pads and grocery list pages for the Etsy shop – so be on the lookout!

This week is going to have BBQ chicken written all over it.  I opened a bottle of sauce the other night for some pulled beef and now need to use it up – so we are bringing on summer with three bbq meals.  I know they will be delicious and I feel like we should eat them outside – but we have no deck furniture – or a deck for that matter – we have a slab of concrete.  Today we sold our home in Little Rock (or should because today was the day) and I loved our deck there – complete with charcoal grill.  We had one in the townhome where we spent our first married year – and it made it possible for us to enjoy each other’s company longer in the courtship process.

What are you cooking this week?  The only reason there is no sweet stuff this week is because I’m doing 7 days with no sweets – baked goods.  That’s been good because last week I ate way too many.  Also starting the gym today – so that will be good in helping me get off the lest 23 baby pounds – from two babies!

Monday: CPK frozen bbq chicken pizza – veggies

Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie – garlic bread – veggies

Wednesday: Turkey Sloppy Joes from Joy the Baker (I’m using store bought wheat rolls) – salad

Thursday: BBQ chicken – roasted corn – roasted reds

Friday: BBQ chicken chopped salads with homemade ranch dressing

Saturday: Brinner: bbq chicken bagel sandwiches with pesto aoli (idea from macheesmo)

Sunday: Heading to the city for Sunday Suppers with the parents.








































































How to Plan a Menu

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Menu planning is an activity I like to do in our home.  I’m glad my husband likes me to do it as well – that he is an adventurous eater!  That makes menu planning even more fun.

There are many ways you can plan a menu, but as I’ve been doing it weekly I find there is most flexibility in that for our family.  Honestly, I sometimes change mid-week or something comes up and I have to change it, but food usually lasts a week.  The reason I don’t like menu planning for a month is I like spontaneity.  I don’t like even me having that much control over what I’m going to eat that day.

So, here’s what I do.

Each week I sit down and think through 6 categories (one is leftovers).  Sometimes the categories stay the same, and sometimes they change.  Here are some samplings of categories I have on my menu list any given week:



International (Italian, Mediteranean, Indian, etc)

Date Night (a little more fancy of food that we will eat for dinner once the boys are in bed – and includes a fun dessert for two)

Salad Night

Taco Night

Pizza Night

Cookbook Night (I love cookbooks, but actually usually get my recipes off the internet.)

Brinner (Where we have breakfast for dinner.  This one is usually delicious, easy, and inexpensive.)


When I have chosen my categories for the week, then I look at our family calendar.  I know Fridays are my husband’s day off – so I either let that one be a slow-cooker day if we are going to be busy or I let that be a day when I have more time to spend in the kitchen because he is home to play with the boys.  Maybe we are busy one night, so I need a really easy meal or I know we are going to need to eat early or late that night. Flexibility is the name of the game.

Then I think through what is in season right now.  I may make more strawberry, peach, or blackberry foods and tomato and corn meals since we are coming into the summer months.  In the fall, I will make more soups with pumpkin and winter squashes and sweet potatoes.  This is also a way you can cut the cost down in your food budget.

Then I look through a Bloglovin feed of blogs.  I love seeing the artistry which people create new foods and photograph those foods on their tables.  It inspires me.  Then all I have to do is decide (and narrowing down is sometimes I difficult thing) and ask the Mister if he has any requests that week – and fill in the blanks.

How do you plan your menu?

This Week in the Charming South Kitchen: May 26

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What's Eatin?

Changing up things for the menu planning!  Just to keep you on your toes!

When we lived in Little Rock, I called my kitchen the Rainwood Kitchen because we lived on Rainwood Road and it sounded like a cool restaurant name.  But, I don’t like the sound of our street here in Marietta in line of a kitchen name.  But, I thought through this name for a little while and really like The Charming South Kitchen.  I am from the south, born and raised in central Florida, moved to North Florida, then made my way to North Carolina for over a decade, with just a few years in Louisville, then to Little Rock, now back to Georgia.  Although I love to travel and love seeing the world – I don’t know if I will ever live outside the south.  I love everything about the south: the beach, the weather, the people, the slow pace of life, the friendliness of strangers.

So, I wanted to bring that out in my food and what I cook for our family and those who eat at our table.  Therefore – the Charming South Kitchen.  I cook a lot of non-southern foods – but the south is now a melting pot – and so it my kitchen!

And this week, I’ll be writing a post about how I menu plan.  Stay tuned!

Monday: Strawberry Spinach Quinoa Salad with those fresh strawberries I picked this weekend at Southern Belle Farms.  Also to celebrate Memorial Day, I am making The Pioneer Woman’s Peanut Butter Pie and we are having watermelon.

Tuesday: This delish dip with some flat out bread I picked up on sale with some peanut chicken

Wednesday: Brinner night with potato pancakes, eggs, and sausage.

Thursday: Date night!!!!!

Friday: Slow Cooker beef for some sandwiches w pea salad (I’m still planning on sharing the recipe soon)

Saturday: Spring risotto from Big Sur Bakery cookbook

Sunday: leftovers



What’s Eatin’?

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What's Eatin?

We definitely have a busy week with nights where one of us is out of the house.  And I’m learning I just feed the kids when E is at work – me, just snacking as I go – feeding two takes both hands.  And its cool outside while I’m planning this menu, so all I want is comfort food – so you may see that as a result of the weather!  Enjoy.  Please tell me what you are cooking this week too!

Monday: I have a women’s gathering to go down in Midtown so I want something easy I can throw in the crockpot.  Found this chicken and broccoli over rice (which my mister loves) so I’ll have that for me for dinner when he gets home and the boys go to bed.

Tuesday.  One day a week (at least) I love to go purposefully vegetarian.  This week is will be these corn and red pepper enchiladas.

Wednesday: Taco chopped salads (loving this trend of chopped salads and it is colorful and healthy too.

Thursday: Brinner night. Thinking of keeping it simple with eggs, breakfast muffins, and fruit

Friday: Slow-cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches with a side of apple slaw and some of these mascarpone brownies.  Hey, why not, its Friday.

Saturday: These french bread pizzas will be inexpensive and easy

Sunday: leftovers probably



What’s Eatin’?

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What's Eatin?

This week is totally not going like it was planned.  I was supposed to be going to Charlotte after I dropped mister at the airport, but then we looked at the budget.  I will so miss time with friends and babies and in a cool place like Charlotte.

But, here’s to cooking at home:

Monday: When I saw this on my feed and realized I had everything and how perfect are pancakes when you are by yourself (and your kiddos) – they freeze well and I have everything for the recipe.  Thanks Kevin for being creative with your pancakes!

Tuesday: Tomato Avocado sandwiches will be for dinner. Simple and fresh with some local french country bread I got at the farmers market last week

Wednesday: Coconut lime ice box pie. Roasted potatoes from the farmers market and some vegetables will be on tap for tonight for a simple vegetarian meal.  For lunch, I’m trying out the Roswell Tea House with a sweet friend.  I think I could eat their whole menu…I want to try everything.

Thursday: Pound cake cupcakes with a lavender buttercream. Can’t wait. These are for ARWB Foodie Friday post. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! For dinner I’m thinking Jiffy Corn waffles are in store. Maybe with some chicken tenders on top for some semi-homemade chicken and waffles.

Friday: That pizza that I still haven’t made yet – yeah, the white truffle one – I’m going to make that.

Saturday: Roasted Swai salad for a late dinner with the mister when he gets off work – don’t know how much my littles will go for it.

Sunday: I think Sunday’s are made for a good brunch meal. Let’s go with a bacon quiche…what’s not to love.