Sunday, March 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 3/23/15

My plan worked out....if I don't cook, I lose weight.  I think it's because mostly I make the kind of food that I really like and the leftovers sitting in the frig constantly call my name.  "Tabby....come get more bite won't hurt".  Liars, I say, then I promptly follow the voices and go have a snack, right before bed so that the fat can be directly deposited around my midsection.  

Regardless of my issues though, I have to save a little bit of money for the next while so I can enjoy some beach weekends over the summer.  This means I will be cooking and attempting ever so strongly to ignore those refrigerator voices, lol.

Easy Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops
{taking advantage of the warm, breezy weather}
Grilled Asparagus
Yellow Rice
To Do:  Put hamburger in the frig

Greek Burgers
{grilling again}
Tzatziki Sauce
Baked Fries
To Do:  Nothing

{tennis match}
Leftovers, Cereal, or Sandwiches
To Do: Not much, eating freezer food or to go stuff tomorrow. 

{tennis match}


Green Salad
To Do:  Nothing, off tomorrow

{tennis match}
{adding chicken, and yes I realize that two cheesy days in a row isn't good for me}
Green Salad
To Do: Make up crock pot for roast, put grits out so I don't forget to make them.


Mississippi Pot Roast
{I cut the butter by at least 1/3}
Green Beans or Frozen Peas


I might switch up days or even switch up meals because I have a few items in the frig and freezer I'd like to use up before serious freezer burn ensues.  It really depends on what my cooking motivation level is this weekend though.
Hope you have a stupendous, happy Monday!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Chantilly Cake Review

Publix had this cake on sale the last two weeks.  It looked quite scrumptious so I purchased it for a girl at work who's husband "forgot" about her birthday. 

 Of course us girls have to stick together so I bought her this cake for an after celebration of her special day.  I like to bake, but after work on a weeknight it's not good to tempt fate especially when one didn't sleep near enough hours the night before.  So I stopped by my friendly Publix and bought the prettiest one I saw. The icing is a mix between butter cream and whipped topping and isn't anywhere near as sweet as the usual icing of a Publix cake {a good thing}.  The fruit in the middle layer and on the top was quite fresh and very tasty.

Sadly, you now have to special order the cake 24 hours in advance.  Corporate impulse control for me :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday TO DO list

I haven't written one of these for a few weeks now and...I've got to get back "in bizness"

  1. Ask my lovely Daddy-O about hiring some of his men to do yard work.
  2. Go look at plants at Kingswood, red tips, large ligustrum tree, knock out rose plants, border grass, decide on mulch.  Ask about fertilizer.--ran out of time
  3. Dollar General--septic treatment and laundry stuff, light bulbs that are bright.
  4. Grocery Store--Ty going so we can stick to our budget, list made and ready.
  5. Finish Ty's taxes and file them.
  6. Get title to Bessie on the way
  7. Attempt to start Bessie, and move to warehouse
  8. Find out how much $$ to clean Bessie (she's dirty, dirty)
  9. Call exterminator for my yellow jacket nest (ask Vicki for referral)
  10. Call Vicki for appt.
  11. Take pics for Yard Sale site, coordinate with Ty to get moved to warehouse
  12. Change the house air filter.
  13. If its not windy burn excess limbs in back yard.--not home enough to do
  14. Check with Karen about electric cable move.
  15. Coordinate for pressure washing house (ask Vicki)
  16. Go to Dr appt's.
  17. Call Scott for insurance stuff
  18. Look at COBRA vision insurance costs vs self pay and/or individual policy.
  19. Call Shawn for car servicing for Ty and myself, see if Tan needs it also.
  20. Look at bills. Clean out stack.
  21. Go to bank with Ty to change account to checking.
  22. Make massage appointment
So I pretty much over estimated what I could do in a given amount of time. Some days are better than others and a pollen headache hit me right after my doctor appointment.  A few ibuprofen and all better but even my laundry isn't done sad.  A few things will be marked off the list tomorrow when I see Vicki but the rest will just have to wait.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Think Green!

I love this "holiday"
No expectations, just revelry and lots of people watching, and kissing.
Have fun on your St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 3/16/15

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My menu last week went stupendously well.(good word, huh?)
My only problem is that when I cook....I eat, and I eat a lot, seriously.
This week I'm cooking too....but I'm going to control my portion size so that the new bathing suit I bought will fit when I head to the beach later this month.
The true benefit of living in Florida. For. Sure.

St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday {btw, my favorite holiday} and we're celebrating with two types of corned beef on Sunday.  I plan to make these up on Saturday so all I have to do is plug in the crock for one and turn on the oven for the other.  The best thing about corned beef is the leftovers and I hope to actually have some this year since I'm making two.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage
Oven Baked Corned Beef
Corned Beef
Corned Beef in the Crockpot
Roasted Cabbage
To Do:  Decide on landscaping for house, cut veggies


Corned Beef Sandwiches with Swiss
Oven Baked Fries
Oven Roasted Veggies
To Do:  Nothing, all veg cut and having pasta tomorrow.


Lemon Ricotta Pasta
Green Salad
St Patty's Eat Out Night
{since it's a holiday :o)}
To Do:  Put hamburger in the frig

{or repeat of yesterday if we eat out}
Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy
Salisbury Steak
Baby Red Potatoes
Green Beans
To Do:  I think no planned anything..

To Do:  Nothing, having freezer food or nothing.


I usually try to make at least four meals weekly...sometimes more, but I hate to waste food and honestly my kids aren't home all the time to eat.  We always have something to eat in the cabinet or freezer so I can usually eat whatever I have a hankering for at the time...or stopping by the grocery for a rotisserie chicken and salad mix works too!
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Friday, March 13, 2015

No pictures :(

I've made some really tasty dinners over the last couple of days although I've diligently tried to get out of cooking anything.  However, I've been tremendously hungry this week so my hunger won out since my wallet is definitely light.

I made this on Tuesday and neglected to get a picture before my light went away.  I pared down the portion size so that if we didn't like it we wouldn't have a ginormous amount for leftovers.  I took a chance and actually made this on the previous Friday and stuck it in the freezer {without the breadcrumb topping}.  On Monday night I put the dish in the frig to defrost and before baking added the panko breadcrumbs.  Everyone in the house was a fan and wants this one added to the rotation.  Considering how simple it is to make and the fact that it is a whole food, freezer friendly dish, I will make this again and again.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
{Not my picture but my dish looked just liked this}

I skipped a cooking day on Wednesday because we all ate out with my family for lunch and I was kinda full so therefore everybody suffers, lol.  No truly there were leftovers, cereal, and lunch meat to eat.  Last night we ate homemade little pizzas topped with a parma rosa sauce, chicken and ham, and a myriad of cheeses.....delicious!  Paired with a green salad I can say that this is one of my favorite meals.

So I'd say the prep I did last week served me well and kept me out of restaurants for the entire work week.  Now I might not be able to keep this pace up and if I do my clothes might not fit....but all in all it was nice to eat my food for lunches and dinners.  I'd forgotten that a little prep goes a long way and makes meals so much easier.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dinner Last Night

I am actually a day ahead on my meal plan because I didn't plan to cook on Sunday but my plans changed and I did, because well........I was hangry!  Instead of making fettuccine alfredo noodles, I made hash browns for the sausage and peppers last night. A little easier and definitely less caloric. My tummy was happy and boy #2's was too.

Easy Sausage Skillet

Easy Sausage Skillet Dinner
1-turkey kielbasa ring {I slice mine diagonally to increase the area that browns}
1 or 2- large bell peppers {any color is good}
3-medium onions {sliced}
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
2-tbs butter
garlic powder to taste {I use Tastefully Simple's Garlic-Garlic}
seasoned salt to taste
pepper to taste

Slice the peppers and onions and sausage {can be done previously}.  Add veggies to a large skillet with two tablespoons butter {or your choice of oil}.  Saute until softened over medium to medium high heat.  Add the sliced sausage to the skillet and brown until desired coloring achieved.  I do this over med high heat to get dark brown color {definitely not necessary} on the sausage.  Then add the seasonings and tomato sauce and allow to simmer over medium heat until the tomato sauce is slightly thickened. This should only take about 3-5 minutes if done over medium heat.  You can also turn the heat to low and cover the pan to extend the cooking time. {My life with teens makes this necessary!} Just keep an eye on the pan and stir fairly frequently to prevent burning.  Don't even ask how I know this :)

Serving the sausage and peppers with hash browns made for a super simple side dish and reduced the total meal time to less than 30 minutes.  Gotta love that kind of meal for a Monday.