Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on September 29, 2014

My menu plan can be summed up with two words this week – EATING OUT!  Okay, that’s a joke, but I’m not going to lie…that’s what I feel like doing at this very moment on this very Monday afternoon.

I was a baking machine this past week and had what might have been my busiest week ever in the cake business. I’m exhausted, but it was a lot of fun!! Since sleep was extremely limited I survived on the next best thing…coffee!

I asked around all week looking for a “kitchen helper” to help me get the cakes out the door.  I don’t trust anyone to touch my cakes, but someone to clean up my mess would have been awesome.  I pay with free cake and free Starbucks, but I guess people want actual cash?! Greedy people, I tell ya. ;)

Mr. Cutting Back stepped up and made some icing, cut and assembled cupcake toppers, and helped clean the kitchen during cleaning breaks. Best part…I don’t have to pay him because our money all goes into the same account, the coffee money comes from the same Starbucks card AND…he can’t eat cake. I’m off the hook. WIN!

But since I’m all nice and stuff I’m making him Ham Fried Rice for dinner this week since it’s one of his fave’s.

menu planning

Monday- Frozen Gluten-Free Pizza (sold at Costco – it’s pretty good – and easy!)
Tuesday- Apple Cider Chicken, Baked Brown Rice and Veggies (didn’t get to this last week)
Wednesday- BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Butternut Squash
Thursday- Ham Fried Rice
Friday- Spicy Shredded Beef  Tacos (delicious CROCK POT dinner)
Saturday- Out to eat
Sunday- Out to eat


Can I just say that I LOVE fall!  There is just something about the pumpkins, mums and beautiful colors of fall!  That whole love thing carries into my home…every room of my home declares the entrance of the best season of the year.

My Aunt Cherie is responsible for this fall decorating craziness because her home is a fall paradise full of beautiful decor starting in mid-August.

Can I just say that I have the best aunts ever!  Not only have they exemplified the love of Jesus through the way they have lived their lives and the way they have loved me, but they have taught me awesome things like…go all out for fall and start decorating by the middle of August so you can enjoy as much fall as you can!?!  

(I hope to be a great aunt as well, but considering my little Ezra calls me Wee-Wee….well, I’m not so sure how I’m really doing.  I get a potty name?!?  Really? Crazy kid.)

Fall decorating, or any decorating, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.   I thought I would showcase a few awesome fall decorating ideas for the kitchen area that are a lot of bang for your buck – in case you don’t have an aunt to model your home after!!

Does your house need a little fall love?   If so, I’ve got you covered!

These Fall Hurricane Vases from Amanda Jane Brown will make your table so festive.  Most of us have some kind of glass hurricane or even a trifle bowl that we could use.  Add in some cheap dried beans and peas and a candle and you are good to go in no time at all!

Fall Hurricane Vase - Round Up of Fall Kitchen Ideas

Mason jars are all the rage right now! There is something so wonderful about drinking my iced tea out of them, but they are also great for decoration. These painted mason jars from Anything and Everything DIY blog would be cute as a centerpiece or great in the window sill of your kitchen.

Fall Mason Jars - Round Up of Fall Decor Ideas at The Cutting Back Kitchen

I love, love, love this idea for a thankful placemat from Whimsical Home and Garden! Not only is it cheap and easy to make, but it’s so unique.

Fall Placemat Paper

I’ve got my wood cut and big plans for make something similar to this Fall Planter Box from Sophia’s. I love the way it looks on her dining room table and think it would be great to decorate with throughout the year!

Fall Planter Box - Round Up of Fall Kitchen Ideas - The Cutting Back Kitchen

I wanted to include my burlap table runner because it is SO easy to make and requires NO sewing! It is great throughout the year, but looks especially great in the fall. Plus, did you know that there are a ton of different burlap colors out there?

No Sew Burlap Runner - Fall Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen


Atomic Fireball Applesauce

by Katie on September 24, 2014

Atomic fireballs. Oh my, these were my favorite as a child! This recipe takes me back to my childhood when my Grandma would always have homemade applesauce for us. She would make regular applesauce, but when she broke out the Fireball  Applesauce I was in heaven. Regular applesauce is good and all, but the Atomic Fireball Applesauce is where it’s at. Right, Mamaw?

I have planned on making Mamaw’s applesauce with fireballs several times, but I have never been able to find Atomic Fireballs here in Ohio. I have searched high and low and I’ve come to believe they just aren’t sold in Cincinnati.

Atomic Fireball Applesauce - a great cinnamon applesauce flavored with the wonderful hot cinnamon flavor of Atomic Fireballs

When we were on our way to Hilton Head last month we stopped for a Starbucks at an Ingle’s grocery store in North Carolina. It was seriously the greatest grocery store – they marked everything that was gluten-free with bright tags. Talk about a dream come true…for someone who has to read EVERY label this is a BIG deal.

Anyways…they had a bulk candy section and right away I noticed Atomic Fireballs! I let out a big squeal, took an iPhone photo and purchased a bag full. This was a huge deal – I needed photo documentation of the event.

Daniel didn’t believe me that these are SO hard to find. But I’m telling you with absolute certainty that they are impossible to locate…even though I saw them at every grocery store in the South after that. I promise they aren’t sold in Cincinnati…at least not at a regular grocery store.

But back to this applesauce…it’s good! Really good! I should have called my Mamaw for her recipe, but I have a feeling she just “makes it” without an exact recipe since that’s what she normally does. And applesauce is just on of those recipes that you can’t “mess up”.

If you like it more sweet, definitely add more sugar – I just try to keep mine as low sugar as I can without it begin too tart. Same with the fireballs – add as many as you want to reach the level of cinnamon you like. Use your personal taste here!

Atomic Fireball Applesauce - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Atomic Fireball Applesauce


  • 3 pounds of apples - cut, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 Atomic Fireballs


  1. Add the apples, water, sugar and fireballs to a stock pot. Cook on medium-low until it starts to boil. Turn heat down and simmer until the apples are soft and mashed up (you can use a potato masher to mash for a more chunky sauce or a blender if you want it smoother).
  2. Crock Pot Method: Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on low 4-6 hours or until tender. Mash or blend in the blender.


Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on September 22, 2014

Hello, there! It’s time for another menu plan! This week is a super busy baking week so I’m keeping things pretty easy, utilizing the crock pot and we are eating out a few times from Friday through the weekend because I can’t cook and bake at the same time.

I love how my crock pot can save the day!!  What is your favorite crock pot meal?

menu planning

Breakfast: Quiche Cups, Overnight Oat Cups, or Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Lunch: Leftovers or Salad

Monday- Chili (adapted a little to make it gluten-free)
Tuesday- Apple Cider Chicken, Baked Brown Rice, and Veggies
Wednesday-  Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce (gluten-free spaghetti), Steamed Broccoli
Thursday-  Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup (Slow Cooker) and Salad
Friday-  Out to eat
Saturday- Out to eat
Sunday- Party!


Breakfast Enchilada Casserole

September 19, 2014

Raise your hand if you like breakfast for dinner! {hand raised} I happen to be partial to breakfast for dinner for a few reasons. It’s a great inexpensive way to feed you family and, well…saving money makes me happy! I never make a real breakfast during the typical breakfast hours, so if it weren’t for […]

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Freezing Leftover Bananas for Smoothies!

September 17, 2014

Do you ever buy bananas and before you know it they are too brown to eat? It’s like they have 1-2 days of perfect eating – at least in my opinion. I don’t like any green and really don’t like any brown on them. Because of my pickiness I usually have some brown bananas on […]

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Menu Plan Monday

September 15, 2014

Happy Monday!  I’m back today with my menu for the week! It’s getting to that time where I want to break out all of my fall dishes and warm meals for fall.   All things pumpkin and apple and warm dinners like meatloaf, roast and mashed potatoes, and soups…yum!  I’ve already made applesauce for the […]

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Southern Skillet Corn

September 9, 2014

I just got back from vacation and realized that I have this wonderful summer-ish corn recipe to share with you! Forgive me for sharing it on the back end of the season, but I don’t want to wait until next summer. It’s really, really good!  It is kind of like a creamed corn, but lighter […]

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How to Clean Your Glass Stove Top

August 29, 2014

Do you have a glass stovetop? I do, and while I love its smoothness I hate how dirty it can get.  Being so smooth…you really notice when it is dirty! Surely I’m not the only one who gets some spills on their stovetop. And how do you get them off? Well I’m here to share […]

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Fresh Blueberry Sauce

August 26, 2014

I’ve got a Costco membership, which is wonderful, but sometimes it gets me into trouble. I get a little crazy and unrealistic about what two people can really consume in a reasonable amount of time. And that’s where this lovely Fresh Blueberry Sauce comes in! I absolutely LOVE blueberries when they are at their best […]

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