Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 16-22, 2017

Sunday:  Easter Sunday!

  We always host our family for Easter, and this year was no exception.  I made ham in the Crock Pot using this recipe from The Crockin' Girls.  It is always a hit with everyone, and it couldn't be simpler.  Everyone else provided a the rest of our meal, and we were are overly content.  :-)

Monday:  Ham & Egg Breakfast Casserole

  As with any holiday meal, there are usually leftovers a'plenty!  We had quite a bit of delicious ham, so Chad was genius and suggested a breakfast casserole.  I mean, we ALWAYS have eggs thanks to our girls out back, and I happened to have a can of crescent rolls in the fridge.  So, I made our meal using this recipe from Kevin & Amanda, except that I subbed ham for sausage, and I also used 8 eggs instead of 6.

This dish was an absolute HIT!   Everyone cleaned their plates, and Payton went back for thirds!  I served ours with fresh fruit.

Tuesday:  Tamales with Rice, Avocados, & Apples

  Another holiday leftover...tamales! We are down to 2 4-count packages of tamales leftover from Christmas Eve.  It's actually a good thing because they actually get hotter each time we eat them!  Ha!  I suppose the spices become more potent with time.  So, the kids can't eat them at all.  I think I made chicken nuggets for them.  I had to put a little sour cream and avocados on mine to tone down the spice a bit too.  I also served it on our best china so as to save me a bit of time since we have small group at 6:30.

Wednesday:  Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

  Baking sweet potatoes opens up a world of options!  I bought a rotisserie chicken from the store and tore off the chicken.  For Chad and me, I made a baked potato bar.  We topped ours with chicken, black beans, salsa, sour cream (I used plain Green yogurt), cheese, avocados, and tortilla chips.

My kids aren't big fans of foods stacked on top of each other, so their plates looked a bit different.  :-)  They prefer roasted sweet potatoes to baked, so I sprinkled on a little cinnamon.  This meal was incredibly simple, but also really delicious!

Thursday:  Dinner at Callen's Game

  A weeknight game at 6 and Chad being out of town means packed dinner eaten in the stands!  Callen ate a little bit at home before his game, and had a snack after.

Friday:  Fun at the RoughRiders Game!

  The Frisco Baseball Association has a night at the Frisco RoughRiders (our minor league team) each season.  The boys were able to walk on the field with their teams, and our tickets included hotdogs, chips, and drinks!

Saturday:  Pizza Night

  Chad was still out of town, plus we missed pizza the night before.  ;-)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 9-15, 2017

Sunday:  Baked "Grilled" Cheese Sandwiches with Fruit & Veggies

  We came home after church, and I made a simple but healthy meal we all enjoy for lunch.  Baked "Grilled" Cheese Sandwiches!  Whenever I make more than 2 grilled cheeses, it's really so much easier to assemble them and lay them on a foil-lined cookie sheet.  Then you top it with another sheet of foil and another cookie sheet on top of that!  I place mine in a cold oven and then heat it to 400.  Usually, they are perfectly golden when my oven is done heating up!  Perfect!

  For the kids, I made plain turkey and cheese.  But, for Chad and me, I added in thinly sliced apples and some strawberry preserves.  Yum!

  This was also nice because we had our church Easter picnic and egg hut at 4:30.  This meal was made, eaten, and cleaned up in a SNAP!

Monday:  Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches with Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
  This is a delicious way to make chicken in your crockpot...and the chicken is so versitile!  This recipe is from Cookies and Cups.  The cream cheese makes the chicken really creamy.  We had ours as sliders for dinner.  The next day, I ate some of the leftovers cold on crackers, just like chicken salad!  This meal is a big hit with my kids.

Tuesday:  Crack Chicken Nachos

Kid Plate:

My Plate:

Crack Chicken Nachos
  I used our leftover chicken from the night before to make nachos.  It took no time to bake these in the oven, and it was an easy clean up before our small group came over at 6:30.

Wednesday:  Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia in a Basil Cream Tomato Sauce with Sauteed Asparagus

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia in a Basil Cream Sauce
  I made this a few years ago, and I remember us really enjoying it.  The recipe is from Life's Ambrosia, and it is full of flavor! I never use any of the sauce for the kids, though.  They prefer to eat it plain, or with a dipping sauce.  That's fine...more yummy cream sauce for Chad and me!

Thursday:  Dinner Out with Mom

  Chad was in Tulsa for the night, so we met Mom at a restaurant that just opened in downtown.

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night!

  Can I just say...thank you for pizza night!?!?

Saturday:  Grilled Sausage with Fresh Fruit & Veggies

  Chad grilled a regular beef smoked sausage and also a delish chicken sausage with apple and gouda that I found at Costco.  We ate alfresco on our newly finished Turquoise Table!

Friday, April 7, 2017

2 Weeks Worth!! March 26 - April 8, 2017

  Happy Friday!! Our week has felt a little busy, as Spring tends to feel anyway.  We are trying to finish up our school year, but we are also enjoying some field trips and time off with friends on these beautiful days!  Both boys are playing baseball, which means usually 2 practices and 2 games per week (sometimes more).  So, our menu is often simple, kid-friendly, and we are probably eating out about once per week more than usual.  

  I still try to abide by our 80/20 rule...eat well 80% of the time, and don't feel guilty about the 20% of the time when our meal isn't the healthiest.  :-)  It works, and as Moms and Dads, we know we all are doing the best job we can for our family, and for ourselves.  

  So, here is last week's menu, along with what we've eaten this week!  I mean...if I waited all the way until Friday to post, I might as well double up!

Sunday:  3-Envelope Sliders with Fresh Fruit & Veggies

3-Envelope Sliders with Fresh Fruit & Veggies
  This recipe is actually a combination of Six Sisters’ Three Envelope Pot Roast Sliders and You’re Too Crafty’s Best Pot Roast Ever.  I saw the Six Sisters recipe first and liked the idea of having pot roast sliders rather than traditional roast with sides.  But, I didn’t want the flavor of salsa, so I used a Coke instead, as suggested by You’re Too Crafty.  

So, I put my roast in the crock pot around 6:00 that morning before getting ready for church.  Then I mixed 1 packet of onion soup mix, 1 packet of Italian dressing mix, & 1 packet of Au Jus gravy mix with 1 cup of water.  I poured that on top of the roast, then poured a Coke on top of that.  I cooked it on high for about 90 minutes, then on low for 3-4 (my slow cooker cooks pretty hot).  It was SO, SO GOOD!  The house smelled amazing when we arrived home from church!  Seriously, the gravy is so ridiculously delicious that I could have downed it with a straw.  J

I used King’s Hawaiian Rolls, spicy mustard, & Havarti cheese to make our sliders.  We also had plenty of food, so we were able to invite another couple from church over for lunch.  I actually forgot this time, but it's a great idea to pour the gravy in small bowls so we could dip our sliders into it.  I’m not kidding…these are DELISH!  Make them!  As a bonus, we not only had leftovers for dinner the next night, but I also had it for lunch once or twice.

Monday:  Dinner at Mom's

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday!!  Venison Soft Tacos

  Tacos are always a hit around here.  I usually make the kids quesadillas because melting everything together is always a less messy way for them to eat, making my job easier when it's clean-up time.  ;-)

Wednesday:  Dinner with Friends

  Wednesdays are usually one of our two busiest days of the week with preschool for Payton, her dance class, and practice for both boys.  But, we had rain the night before, so the fields were too wet for practice!  So, we ended up at our friends' house for pizza and pool time.  :-)

Thursday:  Scrambled Eggs, Venison & Cheese Tostadas, Apples, & Roasted Broccoli & Green Beans

  I mean...so much randomness.  But, we didn't have enough venison left over to make a full meal for our family of 5, so I added in some scrambled eggs to round out the meal.  I made what I called tostadas out of tortillas that I cut into triangles and browned and crisped in the oven just a bit before topping with venison and cheese.  Then, I broiled those just long enough to melt the cheese.  This meal was a total hit with everyone!

Friday:  Family Movie Night!

  We had eaten pizza with our friends only 2 nights earlier, so instead of pizza for family movie night, I asked Chad to grill some venison.  I served it along with macaroni-and-cheese, sauteed zucchini, & rolls.  For dessert, we had fresh Cutie orange slices with dark chocolate chips!  Yum!

Grilled venison also makes a delicious topping on salad for the next day!

Saturday:  Dinner Out with Friends

Sunday:  Chicken Fried Venison with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Asparagus

  We had a friend over for dinner, and this was his requested meal.  Whenever Chad fries anything, he always does it outside on his grill.  :-)

Monday:  Hot Dogs & Sausage for Opening Day!!

  The Texas Rangers Opening Day is always a cause for celebration in our house.  :-)  Go Rangers!

Tuesday:  Leftovers on the Go!

  Ranger had a baseball game at 6, so he had an early dinner of leftover hot dogs with fruit at home, and I took Callen's and Payton's dinner to the game.  Chad was out of town.

Wednesday:  One More Game Night Meal...

  This time is was Callen's turn for a 6:00 game, so we did almost the same thing, except the dinner I took to the game for Ranger, Payton, and me was a bag full of fruit, proteins, and a few salty and sweet snacks to go along with it.

Thursday:  Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

  Chad was out of town for work again, and the kids and I were gone all day on a field trip to the zoo with some of our homeschool friends.  We had the best day!!  But, arriving back home tired and smelly at 5:40 doesn't really inspire much cooking from me.  Thankfully I had some rotisserie chicken in the freezer already shredded up.  I try to always keep the Tortilla Land ready-to-make tortillas on hand because they can be used for so many meals.  It only took about 15 minutes to thaw out and warm up a bit of chicken, make tortillas, shred some cheese, and assemble our quesadillas.  I actually used the chicken and made a big spinach and kale salad for myself.    I served the kids quesadillas with some apples and fresh spinach.

Friday:   Dinner with Mom

Saturday:  Dinner at Studio Movie Grill!

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 22-25, 2017

Hello!!  We are back from our travels, so here's our menu from half of last week.

Wednesday:  Breakfast for Dinner - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, & Toast

When you've been out of town for 5 days, there's not much in your fridge when you return.  Thankfully, we have the chickens.  So, breakfast for dinner made for a simple meal for all 5 of us to enjoy around the table together.  We even brought the kids their own little jars of jelly from the hotel, so they were pretty excited about using it on their toast.  :-)

Thursday:  Grilled Chicken with Roasted Veggies

A delicious meal of grilled chicken and roasted veggies is perfect after eating out for so many days!

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night

A family MUST!

Saturday:  Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Spinach Salad

Meatballs are a pretty quick thing to whip up when you want a healthy meal.  For these, I used lean, ground turkey, an egg, seasonings, oatmeal, and parmesan cheese.  I baked them at 400 for about 30 minutes.  Then I topped them with a small slice of monterrey jack cheese and broiled them for just a minute or two.  I actually meant to thaw some marinara to pour over them, but I completely forgot!!  It was still delicious!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Just a Little Break...

Hi there!

Because of our schedule over the next few weeks, I'll be taking a little time off from posting our menus.  There should be a new post on March 26th...or a date around that!  ;-)

Happy March!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February 26 - March 4, 2017

Sunday:  Chicken, Cheese & Spinach Omelettes

  We had some grilled chicken left over from the night before, so Chad made us some wonderful omelettes after church!

Monday:  Hot Dogs, Brussels Sprouts & Pineapple

 I'm really loving Brussels sprouts right now, so I roasted some with a little zucchini to add to our hot dog dinner.  Since I was feeling kind, I only gave the kids zucchini and left the Brussels sprouts for Chad and me.  And, I actually felt really hungry while I was preparing dinner, so I ate my hot dog bun (I did buy whole wheat for us on this night) with a little dipping sauce of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pepper while I cooked.  :-)  Our hot dogs were scrumptious and nitrate free.  

Tuesday:  Breakfast for Dinner - Crepes with Strawberries & Cream, Scrambled Eggs, & Bacon

  No picture...I'm pretty bummed because it looked gorgeous!  And, before you start thinking I'm amazing, the crepes were store-bought.  ;-)  I just added in fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Wednesday:  Chicken Nuggets with Fruit & Veggies

  Chad was gone, and I had exchanged Callen for my niece, Mabel, for a few days.  I made kid food for their dinner, and a salad for myself.

Thursday:  BBQ Sausage, Roasted Broccoli, & Sweet Potatoes

Turkey sausage with a little BBQ sauce & roasted veggies make for a simple, healthy, kid-friendly dinner.  All 3 kids cleaned their plates!

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night

  It was our usual Friday night pizza and movie night, but I wanted to make my portion of our Costco pizza a bit healthier, so I added spinach and tomatoes and drizzled that with a little olive oil before baking.  I also take off about half of the pepperoni they add on because it seems a tad excessive.  The kids had their pizza with fresh fruit.

Saturday:  Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies

  Since Chad was home after being gone for several days, I wanted us to have a delicious meal that felt fancy without all the fancy work on my part.  ;-)  This recipe from DamnDelicious for Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies seemed like a good one to give a shot!  I actually really love her recipes, even though her blog name is a little crass.  I also truly love a meal where clean up takes less time than actually eating the meal.  :-)  And, it was quite delicious!  I still prefer my steaks grilled, but this is a fun change.

Monday, February 27, 2017

February 19-25, 2017

Sunday:  Hamburgers, Fries & Fresh Fruit & Veggies

  We had some friends over for dinner, so Chad grilled up some tasty burgers!

Monday:  Leftovers

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday!

My Plate:

 Chad's plate:

  I made taco meat with ground turkey and had some fresh, whole wheat tortillas from Kroger on hand for a quick dinner before small group at 6:30.  I love how different my plate often looks from Chad's.  :-)

Wednesday:  Fish & Salad

  Wednesdays are busy afternoons for us this month, so I needed a simple dinner.  Thankfully, I had some tortilla-crusted tilapia from Costco in the freezer, so dinner was ready in a snap.

Thursday:  Palio's Pizza & Pasta

  Chad was out of town for work, but I had it pretty easy because my mom picked up some take-out and brought it over for dinner!  Yay!

Friday:  Baked Sweet Potatoes Topped with Ground Turkey, Black Beans, & Whatever Else We Wanted

  Since the kids had pizza on Thursday, we changed up our usual Friday night meal.  They had a simple but healthy "kid friendly" meal, and Chad and I had baked sweet potatoes.  We topped them with ground turkey, black beans, feta cheese, & salsa for a truly delicious meal!!

Saturday:  Grilled Chicken with Roasted Green Beans & Carrots

Chad's thumb photo bomb...

  It was a perfect night for grilling!

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 12-18, 2017

Sunday:  Early Valentine's Date Night

  Chad and I went out for dinner for an early Valentine's Day date; my mom had the kids!

Monday:  Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin with Fresh Fruit & Veggies

  This was a busy day, and I knew the kids and I would be coming home just in time for a quick dinner with Chad before he left for a meeting at church.  I found a seasoned turkey tenderloin from Jenny O at Tom Thumb, and I stuck it in the crockpot around lunchtime and cooked it on low all day. When we arrived back home, dinner was ready in a snap!  I just sliced up the turkey and added some fruits and veggies already cut and washed and ready in the fridge.

Tuesday:  Heart Pasta with Turkey & Homemade Marinara

  I found some heart-shaped pasta at Aldi a few weeks ago, and I grabbed it for our family Valentine's Day dinner.  My mom also came over.  We had quite a bit of turkey left over from the night before, so I added that some some homemade marinara.  I also roasted some Brussels sprouts in a little olive oil, salt, & pepper at 425 for 20 minutes or so.  Once I pulled it out, I topped it with a mixture of 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar.  It's so, so yummy on roasted veggies....our Aunt Suzanne shared the recipe with us a few years ago, and we've loved it ever since!  I also made garlic toast using whole wheat bread from the pantry.  Happy Valentine's Day to us!

Wednesday:  Dinner Out

  February 15th is my Daddy's birthday, and while he's now celebrating every day in Heaven, we still get together with my mom to honor his birthday.  Palio's was the perfect spot!

Thursday:  Breakfast for Dinner

  Chad was traveling, so breakfast for dinner hit the spot for the kids and me.

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night

Saturday:  Dinner Out with Daddy

  I was at a ladies retreat over the weekend, so the kids had fun with Daddy!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 5-11, 2017

Better late than never!!

Sunday:  Grilled BBQ Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato Fries & Fresh Guacamole

  Our family had our own little Super Bowl party!

Monday:  Chicken, Rice, & Veggie Stir Fry

  We had leftover chicken from the night before, and also the Chili Lime Chicken from late last week.  So, I sauteed some sliced carrots and zucchini in a little olive oil and a tablespoon of butter.  Once those were brown, I added in the diced chicken from both leftover meals, and also the sauce from the Chili Lime Chicken.  I splashed in a bit of rice wine vinegar and soy sauce to add some Asian flavorings, and then I tossed it all together with brown rice and a few diced bell peppers.  It was a one-pan meal that was ready in no time, and as a bonus, it was truly delicious!

Tuesday:  Breakfast For Dinner

  Enjoying eggs from our chickens makes breakfast for dinner even more satisfying.  :-)

Wednesday:  Hot Dogs for the Kids, Taco Soup for Me

  Chad was on a work trip for a few days, so the kids enjoyed hot dogs while I ate taco soup my mom made.  Wednesdays are a little busy with a dance class for Payton and baseball practice for Callen, so quick meals are a MUST!

Thursday:  Dinner Out

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night!

  Instead of ordering pizza out, I made cheese and pepperoni pizzas out of leftover hot dog buns for the kids, and I made a salad for myself.  Use what you have available!!!

Saturday:  Grilled Cheeses with Fresh Fruit & Veggies

Monday, February 6, 2017

January 29 - February 4, 2017

Sunday:  "10 Chicken" in Crockpot, Roasted Green Beans, & Brown Rice

  "10 Chicken" is a recipe from my cousin, Britney, and it is excellent on the grill or crockpot.  Typically, I buy a huge package of chicken and marinate it.  For the first meal I grill it, then I put the remainder of the marinated, raw chicken, I freeze. Then when I am in need of an easy meal, I pull the frozen chicken out and dump the whole frozen contents into my crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.  It is tender and delicious!  We used boneless, skinless thighs this time around.

"10 Chicken"

Chicken Breasts/Thighs
Italian Dressing
Soy Sauce
Garlic Powder

-I don't measure anything, so just use your judgement!  :-)  I pour it all in a bag and marinate a few hours, all day, overnight, or for weeks or months in the freezer!

Monday:  Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia with Steamed Broccoli & Roasted Veggie "Chips"

Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia
  I had some tilapia in the freezer, and I needed a quick meal, so I went to good ole' reliable Pinterest and found this simple recipe Shruti's Delectable Delights.  It was truly delicious!  I also sliced thin a huge sweet potato and drizzled it with a little olive oil and sprinkled some season salt.  I roasted these on a foil lined baking sheet for about 20-25 minutes, turning them over halfway through.  While the tilapia and sweet potato chips were in the oven, I steamed some broccoli.  This simple, healthy dinner was incredibly easy and also quite tasty.

Tuesday:  Breakfast for Dinner

  We enjoyed a breakfast of bacon and eggs...the eggs were the first ones from our very own chickens!!  I added a little sauteed spinach to mine, but they kids don't love that combo.  :-)

Wednesday:  Dinner Out

  The kids earned some free kids meals at Chipotle, and Chad left that morning for a business trip, so eating out was a treat for everyone!  Nonnie even met us for dinner!

Thursday:  Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

  We had plenty of chicken leftover from last night's dinner at Chipotle, so I made quesadillas for us.  Throwing leftovers into a tortilla is always a hit at our house.

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night

Saturday:  Amber's Garlic Lime Chicken with Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes, Rice, & Chips

Amber's Garlic Lime Chicken 
  This recipe is fast and full of flavor!  I keep the spice to a minimum for my kids, but you could make this a spicy as you like.

1 t salt
¾ t pepper
¼ t cayenne pepper
¼ t paprika
1 t garlic powder
½ t onion powder 
½ t thyme
Chicken breasts 
2 T butter
2T olive oil
4 T lime juice
½ cup chicken broth

Mix the first 7 ingredients. Pound out the chicken in a Ziploc bag until thin.  Sprinkle mixture on both sides of the chicken. Heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and add lime juice and chicken broth to pan.  Whisk the mixture around until it is reduced, mixing up the brown bits.  Pour over the chicken. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 22-28, 2017

Sunday:  Chad's Gumbo

  Chad made gumbo a couple of months ago, and we had a few bags frozen in the freezer.  This was a perfect day thaw one out and warm it up for dinner.  We served it with brown rice.

Monday:  Dinner with Family

  The kids and I drove over to stay at my brother's house for the night, so we had dinner with family!

Tuesday:  Whole Grain Pasta with Homemade Marinara & Turkey Meatballs

  We returned home that afternoon, and I wasn't in the mood to make a huge meal.  Towards the end of the month, and also on tiring nights, I love that we have a few yummies stored away in our freezer.  I had a bag of homemade marinara that I thawed a bit and warmed on the stove...I also added in some chopped up turkey meatballs that were also frozen from a previous meal.  :-)  After boiling some whole grain pasta and roasting some green beans, our meal was done!  I also made some whole wheat garlic toast.

Wednesday:  Mini Turkey Meatloaf "Muffins" with Roasted Broccoli & Carrots

  I made my tried and true turkey meatloaf recipe, but this time I baked it in my muffin tin.  I topped the kids' portions with ketchup and for Chad and me, I used BBQ sauce.  Simple, healthy, and done in no time!

Thursday:  RANGER'S 8th BIRTHDAY!!!

  We spent the day celebrating our Ranger Lee on his 8th birthday.  His dinner of choice...Mooyah!

Friday:  Grilled Venison Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Sauteed Spinach

(Chad's plate always has more food than mine, so it looks much more appetizing!)

  We had eaten out every meal the day before, so I asked Chad to grill instead of ordering pizza like we typically do on Friday night.  He was in the zone working on an outside project, so I actually made the kids some chicken nuggets and served them alongside some roasted sweet potatoes and fresh veggies.  Once Chad finished his project, he grilled our steaks and I quickly sauteed some spinach and topped it with some fresh parmesan cheese.  Everyone was really happy with this meal!

Saturday:  Tortilla Crusted Tilapia over Spinach Salad

  Chad had a work dinner, so I made a simple salad for me using tilapia from Costco.  I had one sick kid who didn't want to eat, and the others had sandwiches with fresh fruit.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 15-21, 2017

Sunday:  Hot Dogs & The Cowboys Game  :-(

Monday:  Burgers & Salads
  Chad was still in Cuba, but he was on a plane on his way home!!

Tuesday:  One Pot Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli

One Pot Spaghetti
  Chad had been eating mostly rice, beans, and pork during his Cuba trip, so I planned our meals this week to be full of filling proteins, carbs, and veggies.  This spaghetti is so, so good, and it's also incredibly easy to prepare and clean since you are only using one pot! I made ours with ground venison thawed from the freezer.

Wednesday:  Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken with Roasted Carrots & Spinach Salad

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken
  This is a family favorite, and there are never any complaints when I've made it.  The homemade honey mustard is great on everything!!  Six Sisters Stuff is a WONDERFUL blog for recipes, by the way!

Thursday:  Grilled Venison Steak with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

  Chad wanted to grill venison, so I happily agreed!

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night

The kids had pizza with fresh fruit and veggies as sides, and I made a salad with some of the leftover chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans in the fridge.

Saturday:  Clean Out the Fridge Night  :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 8-14, 2017

Sunday:  Dinner at Friends' House

Monday:  Grilled Duck, Cheesy Cauliflower "Bread," & Salad

  Chad wanted to grill duck for dinner, and I am always happy any night he wants to grill.  For our sides, I made Cheesy Cauliflower "Bread" from this recipe I had seen on Facebook, via Real Housemoms.  Now, no one would actually be fooled that this was truly bread, but Chad and I really enjoyed it!  We have a few ways we love eating cauliflower, so it's nice to add a new one to the rotation.  As for the kids, Callen loved it and gobbled it down, Ranger tolerated it and ate what was on his plate, and Payton ate the 4 bites I required of her.  :-)  I ate the leftovers for lunch a few days later (after warming in my toaster oven), and it was still quite tasty!

Tuesday:  Duck Quesadillas with Fruit

  Keeping Tortilla Land tortillas on hand makes dinner with leftovers a snap!  You can make as many tortillas as you need in only a few minutes!

Wednesday:  Tamales & Salad

  This evening marked the first of 6 nights with Chad being gone on a mission trip to Cuba.  So, it was a perfect night to pull some frozen tamales out of the freezer (leftover from Christmas Eve) and serve them with a simple salad.

Thursday:  Dinner Out

  Callen and I had dinner with Mom while Payton stayed with Grammy & DadDad, and Ranger ate at a birthday party.

Friday:  Pizza & Movie Night!

Saturday:  Leftovers

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 1-7, 2017


I hope your Christmas was filled with family, love, and many blessings!  We had a wonderful Christmas, and our time together was just what we needed.  Over the holiday season, our family grew by 5 chickens and 1 dog!  The kids are thrilled.  The dog I'm already in love with, and once the chickens start providing eggs for us, I'm sure my appreciation will grow.  :-)

We have been home more this last week, so I'm happy to say I've been cooking regular meals again!

Sunday:  Grilled Quail with Black Eyed Peas & Spinach Salad

  Chad grilled some quail that we were given from his dad, and I had some black eyed peas going in the crock pot all morning while we were at church.  Good luck for everyone on January 1st!

Monday:  Dinner at Mom's

Tuesday:  BBQ Sausage, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice, & Roasted Broccoli

  I browned some nitrate-free beef sausage in a skillet with a little BBQ sauce, which is always a kid-favorite around here.  For sides, we had macaroni & cheese, rice, & roasted broccoli.  (I snagged this picture as Chad was starting to eat...he plates always look better than mine because he fills them up!)

Wednesday:  Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Marinara & Zoodles

  I love the crockpot marinara from Skinny Taste, and I made a double recipe so we could have some for dinner and so I could freeze some for future meals.  It's so simple, and you can customize the spices and herbs to your liking!  Then I lightly breaded some chicken breasts with bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder and shredded parmesan cheese and browned and cooked them in the skillet.  Callen took care of spiraling the zucchini to make the zoodles for us, and I did a quick saute with a little olive oil, salt & pepper.  This dinner was full of flavor, healthy, and, while it used several pots, its actually quite simple.  :-)

Thursday:  Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Kale Salad

  I made the meatballs with ground turkey, parmesan, salt, pepper, Italian herbs, and an egg.  I baked them (loosely covered with foil) at 400 for about 40 minutes.  Then we all chose whatever sauce from the fridge we wanted on top of them.  These are also great to make more than you need and have as leftovers and also have for your freezer.  They go well in any sauce, diced up for tacos or quesadillas, or in a soup!

Friday:  Date Night with Family!

Saturday:  Chili & Cornbread

  We hosted all of Chad's family over here for the day, and with all of the cold temperatures we've been having, chili was the perfect meal!  Chad did all the work and made his yummy venison chili!