Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 9/15/14

This week is going to be throw it together, use whatever is in the frig, I really don't care what I eat type of menu!  I'm headed out for a weekend cruise on Friday and this entire week is going to be filled with trying to organize things so that I can go with a clear conscience.  I have an oven now so at least I can use up things that are in my freezer (my freezer meals will be used finally).  My heating element broke right in two.  One call to my friendly Appliance Doctor and 14 minutes later it was fixed....I'm thankful that I didn't need to replace the entire thing.
Hope your week is filled with good things :)

Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza Recipe
Homemade Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil
To Do:  Gather all things for work, call Dad for passport info.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Herb and Basil Couscous
Frozen Veggies
To Do:  Get car washed, pay bills, check in on line, wrap present, text Nancy, clean out email, start laundry, make packing list, grocery store for essentials.

Green Peas
To Do:  Finish laundry, pull out suitcase and start packing.

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To Do:  Hairdresser, run by pharmacy get necessities eg: makeup, call MD office, ask about taking water on trip, finish packing, run by wd, go to Vic's, get letter notarized, buy card for anniversary of dear friends, finish cleaning house. Retrieve passport from safe. Call Debbie about next week.

Seriously whatever we can find.  I am attending a birthday party/wine tasting.
To Do:  Finalize travel plans and fill up gas tank, put together a bag for last minute things.

Nothing, Boy #2 will be at Mamaw's and Boy #1 likes to cook for himself.  He can have anything he finds in the freezer!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Non Art but Super Creative Boy #2 Masterpiece

Can you guess what this is?  I would have never guessed myself had I not been told, although the pavement surely gives it away.  You see as my "baby" is a senior this year, and as tradition dictates, every car driving senior is able to paint their "senior spot" with whatever they feel driven to, provided it stays within the conduct code for the school.  There is a specified time and an appointed employee rides around in their golf cart overseeing her minions :D
My boy can not even draw a circle but he investigated on YouTube how to do this scape and I have to say "Good Work, Lad "
{English Accent}
He is the most industrious person I know when he wants something.  I only wish he hadn't used my new knife, spatula, and ping pong table to practice :(
However, I'm deciding to call my newly decorated kitchen utensils and table,!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday Dinner Review Fettuccine Alfredo/Linguine

Happy Monday :)   I wanted to share just how good this recipe really is.  I usually don't have any problem (meaning I think they are great) with any of The Pioneer Woman recipes but....sometimes they are a bit, let's say time intensive.  I love to cook but there are occasions that I just don't want to spend any extra times in the kitchen.  If this sounds like you, and you're in the mood for a seriously delicious pasta dish, make this one!  The most difficult portion is turning the pasta in the sauce or maybe grating the cheese (no problem if you buy it pre grated).  This will become a staple in my house.
I made a few additions by adding some odds and ends from my frig so this dish is totally customizable.  I added bacon pieces, chopped poached chicken, and some cayenne pepper this time. My Boy #2 loved, loved, loved this. And....I had to use linguine because that's the long pasta on my shelf. The next time I make this though, I'll add peas, asparagus, and some ham 'cause that just sounds yummy. Although seriously, the recipe as written is delicious!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 09/08/14

So I work in a hospital and you'd think I would remember a major change in philosophy of care within our walls, right?  Nope, I didn't remember that babies don't go back to the nursery at night (or during exams etc) to be cared for by people who were trained to do such a job.  I just now vaguely remember a blurb on our intranet that our company was pleased to announce "full time rooming in for new mamas and babies"....uhummm...well okay.  It actually is fantastic that a new mama and daddy get to have complete access to their new little one, but for those new mamas that have delivered their bundle by full night of sleep works wonders for the healing process (and the psyche).
But let's get down do the real reason that I'm even mentioning this.  And yes, I know this reasoning is completely self serving, but here it is.
I want to see babies! I want to go stand outside the window of the nursery, and just look at them with all of their pink, cuddly goodness and I'm super sad I can't anymore.
Just a little peek in to my world :) and our next week's menu. You may notice a few repeats as my cooking last week was just about nil/nada/nothing. oven is broken so everything is crockpot or on top of the stove.  Have a happy week my friends!


Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken
Grilled Asparagus

Summer Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Summer Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Balsamic Roast Beef
Tater Tots
Stove Top Green Beans


Twice Baked Potatoes
Green Salad

Eating Out
(Local youth football fundraiser...already have the tickets, so Yay!)

Grilled Bratwurst
(boiling them first)
Lima Beans


I think that's pretty good for only using the grill and the top of the stove.  It just figures that I'm craving my favorite roasted tomatoes, homemade pizza, and oven fried chicken right now!  Guess I'll call my good friend The Appliance Doctor and see what the diagnosis of my oven is...fingers crossed it's a simple fix.  If you are looking for some other menus and variety for your week head over to and surf around.  You are bound to find something that appeals to ya!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 09/01/14

Can you believe it??? August is over and we're headed in to the home stretch of the rest of the year.  College Football Saturdays are a go again, and all is well with the world.  Well....until you realize that Christmas is almost here...
So here's to another holiday, and almost another year.

Chicken tenders marinated in balsamic, piled on cibatta bread with fresh arugula and sliced tomatoes. Creamy mozzarella cheese and my secret ingredient, spinach dip! #TEArifficPairs #shop
Green Salad
Beer Bratwurst

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Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos
(Freezer Meal)
Avocado Salad
Salsa, Greek Yogurt

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Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans


Cobb Salad
Corn Muffins


Ham and Cheese Buns
(Freezer Meal)
Crackers with Hummus

Have a Great week!  This post is linked to, Menu Plan Monday.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday Dinner

After I verified that the people in my house were eating, I cooked dinner.  Guess what?  They didn't eat.  It's a good thing I didn't make what I had planned or I might have bonked them on the head.
Actually I made hamburgers from the freezer that I jazzed up by cooking up some mushrooms, onions and seeded jalapenos.  And...I think I've found the secret to making hamburgers that are frozen as good as fresh ones that are grilled.  I'm cooking them on top of the stove rather than on the grill and get this...on low heat, while covered.  They remain moist and brown beautifully just like they do on the grill.  At the end of the cooking time, I piled the mushroom mix and some pepper jack cheese on top and allowed it to melt. And yes.....I made tater tots to go with!

All of the description above was to tell you that my freezer burgers are just as delicious as fresh ones as long as I change the cooking method a bit. My freezer experiment is working. And theoretically, I could have only had one pan to wash if I had only been cooking for myself and not the teenagers who want to eat and suddenly (when everything is being made) don't.

Swiss Mushroom Burgers
Mine looked like this but I forgot to snap a pic!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Dinner

Chicken Enchiladas
A yummy rendition...with no true recipe.  I used up all of the bits and pieces in my frig to create this dish.  Salsa Verde, Rotel brand tomatoes, cheddar and monterey jack cheese, cream cheese with spices and chopped green onions all went in the mix.  We would have had a salad with this but Boy #2 forgot the lettuce so we just ate this.   I'm not complaining though, cause he went to the store for me. Tonight, that was perfect but I'll add some extra veggies to the mix tomorrow.  

I also made the taquitos for the freezer and individual ham and cheese strombolis for the freezer.  I like knowing that I have a few quick single serving things in the freezer which means not many dishes for the weeknights.