June 25, 2014

Weekly Menu || Number Eleven {Summer Edition}

My weekly menu, number eleven ~ Summer edition. 

This week BBQ Pineapple Quesadillas, a super quick dinner under a $1, and Salted Caramel Frosting!


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Weekly menu, recipes included! The Graffitied Gardenia
Weekly Menu || Number Eleven
{Summer Edition} 


>> Monday >>

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with Pineapple and Jalapeño, The Graffitied Gardenia
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple and Jalapeños

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with Pineapple and Jalapeño   
Side: Green Salad
{30 minute meals, leftover rotisserie chicken, summer eats}

Oh man, this is one of my FAVORITE recipes, this quesadilla is AMAZING! Pioneer Woman's recipe, so I really wouldn't expect anything less, but really it's so good! If you have cilantro add that as well. I made this for the first time during the Super Bowl, it's now a recipe regular.  This is another recipe  that I use leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken for. I also used leftover ham instead of chicken before, delicious! So far I've only used canned pineapple for budget and convenience, turns out great. I drain the can and brown the chunks in a large pan before making the quesadillas. 


>> Tuesday >>

Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen Noodles, The Graffitied Gardenia
Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen Noodles

Spicy Peanut Ramen Noodles 
Side: Sliced Cucumber and Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers 
{30 minute meal, hot weather eats}

I heard this recipe on the radio, then the next night a friend made a variation of it; I had to try it! It's a winner, SO quick, and super budget friendly. The only things I bought for this meal, because it's not on my monthly staple list was a cucumber .50 cents and two packages of Ramen .19 cents each, that's .88 cents for dinner for two!!!!! Would be really good to add cilantro as well, yum!

Spicy Peanut (Ramen) Noodles 

Serves: 2


  • 2 packages chicken Ramen Noodles
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha chili sauce
  • crushed peanuts optional
  • cilantro optional
  • any veggies optional


  1. Cook Ramen noodles as directed.
  2. Drain noodles until there is only about 4 tablespoon of liquid left (less if you like thicker).
  3. Add in peanut butter, soy sauce, Sriracha, 1 packet of seasoning (both if you like more flavor, two packets was a little salty), and any veggies you might like (optional, delicious without).
  4. Garnish ideas: Crushed peanuts, cilantro, more Sriracha, or sesame seeds.


>> Wednesday >>

Blueberry Pancakes
Side: Breakfast Sausage
{30 minute meal, hot weather eats}


>> Thursday >>

Leftover Clear Out 
{30 minute meal, hot weather eats}

Anything that needs to be eaten from the week comes out and everyone creates their own meal with those items. If you don't have any leftovers, then make something from panty/fridge staples. 


>> Friday >>

My hubby's parents came over with pizza! 
Side: Green Salad 
{30 minute meal, hot weather eats}

Pizza - Domino's if you haven't tried Domino's in a while, give it a shot. We love it! They also have an awesome app with a Pizza Tracker so you can see when your pizza is ready. My current favorite is the Fiery Hawaiian.


>> Sweet >>

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Butter Frosting, The Graffitied Gardenia
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with
Salted Caramel Butter Frosting

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Butter Frosting

I've been craving this frosting, so I made these for my honey's work last week. Made them on Wednesday, we used the leftover frosting for the butter on our pancakes! SUPER TASTY! They were a hit at the job too! Cupcakes were a box mix. If you've never made caramel before this will blow your mind! The first time I made it, I really couldn't believe this is how you made caramel; it's pretty cool.

Salted Caramel Butter Frosting 

Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 10 Min


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (sifted)


  1. In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil and cook, without stirring until it turns dark amber color (7 minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. Whisk in heavy cream and vanilla FAST & carefully, stirring well even as bubbles form.
  3. Allow to cool
  4. While that cools - beat butter and salt until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, beat until well incorporated (add small amount at a time or else you'll have a mess)
  5. Once caramel is cooled pour caramel into butter mixture; mix until light and fluffy.
  6. ENJOY!
  • I love this on brownies - make brownies as usual in small jars or espresso cups then top with the Salted Caramel Butter Frosting YUM!
  • Frosting on chocolate cupcakes
  • Leave out the salt or cut in half or fourths (depending on your tastes) for:
    • Banana cupcake frosting
    • Butter on pancakes or banana bread

Let me know if you make anything and how you liked it. Post in the comments below! 

{you are beautiful and wonderfully made}


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How to create a Meal Plan || Part One 

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