What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan - what to make for dinner every night this week. A quick, easy, and delicious recipe for every single night of the week. Main dishes, sides and dessert. Something for everyone! #mealplan #mealprep #dinner
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collage of 12 meals for dinner

What to Make for Dinner

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We had dinner with friends last night and are just getting ready for the week ahead today. I've already got our dinner menu planned. Are you a meal planner? I can't function without our weekly meal plan! I plan out all of our dinners for the week on Sunday and do the grocery shopping. It makes the week so much easier!

Today I am sharing our meal plan with you! I've got a main dish and side for every single night of the week. Grilling recipes, casseroles, air fryer recipes, quick 15-minute pasta dishes, and an AMAZING dessert! You don't want to miss these delicious recipes!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week and enjoys any of the recipes you try this week!

Easy Grilled Pork Recipes

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Easy Grilled Pork Recipes

Easy Grilled Pork Recipes - 11 of the best grilled pork recipes! Pork chops and pork tenderloin recipes. SO easy and they taste amazing! Fire up the grill ASAP for these easy summer dinner recipes!
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collage of grilled pork chops and pork tenderloin

Easy Grilled Pork Recipes

Pork chops and pork tenderloins are some of our favorite things to grill this time of year. Pork chops are so easy to make and they taste great! Today I am sharing 11 of our all-time favorite grilled pork recipes. These are the best of the best! You don't want to miss these!!

What Temperature to Cook Pork?

I think the biggest mistake people make when grilling pork is to overcook it and dry it out. Pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF. The pork will be slightly pink but not raw. It is 100% safe to eat pork with a blush of pink. When cooking pork, make sure to pull it off the grill on the lower end of the temperature range. The pork will continue to cook once it is off the grill and the internal temperature will rise about an additional 5ºF.
  • 145-150ºF - Medium Rare
  • 150-155ºF - Medium
  • 155-160ºF - Medium Well
  • 160ºF plus - Well Done

What to Serve with Grilled Pork

Pork chops and pork tenderloin are always on the menu in our house. They are so versatile and go with just about anything. We love to serve them with potato casseroles, green beans, squash casserole, rice, corn - anything! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that goes great will all of these Easy Grilled Pork Recipes:

Strawberry Layer Cake

Friday, July 19, 2019

Homemade Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe - hands down the best strawberry cake EVER! Better than any bakery! SO easy to make and tastes amazing. Sugar, self-rising flour, strawberry jello, frozen sliced strawberries, vegetable oil, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and strawberry extract. SO moist and packed full of strawberry flavor. Perfect for parties, holidays, and birthdays!
strawberry layer cake on a platter

The BEST Homemade Strawberry Cake

This Strawberry Layer Cake is the BEST! I could open a bakery and sell this cake it is so good! I'm not even joking. It is seriously that good! I will be making this cake for every birthday and holiday! The cake is so moist and packed full of strawberry flavor. There are frozen strawberries and strawberry jello in the cake batter. The frosting for the cake is made from cream cheese and more strawberries! This is definitely a strawberry lovers dream cake!

slice of strawberry layer cake on a plate

How to Make Strawberry Cake From Scratch

This cake looks impressive and it surprisingly easy to make. It is actually just as easy as making a strawberry cake from a box. One thing I really like about this cake is there is no butter in the cake, so there is no need to remember to take the butter out to soften before making the cake. I always forget to take out the butter! LOL!

To make the cake batter, mix together sugar, self-rising flour, strawberry jello, frozen sliced strawberries, vegetable oil, and ricotta cheese. Pour the batter into two 9-inch cake pans. Remove the cake from the oven and cool.

When you are ready to frost the cake, you are going to make an AMAZING strawberry cream cheese frosting. It is very simple. Mix together cream cheese, butter, strawberry extract, frozen strawberries, and powdered sugar.

Slice the cake layers into two making a total of four layers. Frost the cake with the frosting. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

cream cheese frosted strawberry layer cake

Can I Freeze Strawberry Cake?

Yes! You can freeze the cake layers unfrosted and take them out when you are ready to serve the cake. Take the layers out of the freezer about 30 minutes to an hour before you want to frost the cake.

You can also freeze the leftover cake. Wrap the cake in plastic freezer wrap. I like to slice the cake into individual slices and freeze them wrapped in freezer wrap and stored in a freezer bag.

slice of strawberry layer cake on a plate

Tips for Making Homemade Strawberry Layer Cake 

  • Make sure to use 9-inch cake pans. The cake will overflow in 8-inch pans.
  • You can make the frosting ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to frost the cake. Stir the frosting until smooth before frosting the cake.
  • Make your own self-rising flour with 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Use a cake leveler to get even cake layers.
  • Serve the cake at room temperature.
  • The cake will keep 2 to 3 days on the counter and 5 to 6 days in the refrigerator.
  • You don't need to refrigerate the cake even though it has cream cheese frosting. I do recommend refrigerating the cake if your house is warmer than 70ºF inside.