Monday, August 31, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 8/31/15

This past weekend was a true get your booty in gear and get things done kind of one.  Not only did I work three different jobs over the two days but I also kicked butt and took names as far as house work.  I have seriously been slacking in all of my "home fire" duties so a work day was in order.  I was able to to grocery shop, make individual servings of yogurt and almonds for lunches, chop peaches and make Granny's Cobbler, make banana pudding, slice veggies for the week, cook fresh okra, make a spinach and havarti quiche, do all of my laundry and put it away.  I was done by 4pm and then went for social hour and a great dinner with my friend family. Whew.....I also did the dishes which seems to be the bane of my existence and the biggest reason I've been slacking in the cooking department {along with cooking vegetarian for the boy who doesn't like vegetables}.

This week's menu plan is not carefully planned and/or written in stone but loosely based on what is in my cabinet for this week.  Everything is quick and easy!

MONDAY-Spinach and Havarti Quiche {I have ingredients on hand for this and veg boy is coming home a day earlier}, Pan Sauteed Okra.

TUESDAY-Grilled Chicken, Squash, Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, Grilled Green Beans.

WEDNESDAY-Grilled Hamburgers, Portobella Mushroom Burgers, Pasta Salad, Lettuce and Sliced Tomatoes.

THURSDAY-Parmesan Chicken Pasta, Steamed or Roasted Broccoli


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

A sweaty Yeti?

This was taken after approximately 1 hour after filling with ice

Same time frame, other side of the cup.

Taken approximately 30 minutes after filling with ice.

Less than 15 minutes after filling, it's already fogging.

These pictures were all taken inside of my home with the thermostat set at a comfortable range.

I have been using my son's cup with none of these problems occurring, so I know there is something wrong. any one knows (who knows me), I love, love, love my Yeti Ramblers and my Roadie cooler.  I can in no way imagine why this 20 ouncer isn 't living up to its true potential.  :o(

I'm hoping that there is an exchange program that will result in my favorite cup becoming my favorite cup again and in fact I've received a prompt response from Meghan at the Yeti Company seeking specifics of how the cup isn't performing,
It's nice to deal with a company that is willing to stand behind their product!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 8/17/15 and Weekly Recipe Review

Happy Monday, Everyone! 
 I understand that for most of my area's schools, this is the first day back to class after a long, hot summer.  This is the first year that I'm not an active participant in any of the festivities since my babies done went and growed up.
 So sad, where did the time go? 

Anyway, time passes and new goals and "To Do" lists are established. 
This past weekend I went to Daytona Beach with my bff and surrogate daughter {thanks Jamie and Mace} to a dance conference and relaxed with no chores staring me in the face.  I was able to have "daughter" time and be by the ocean which is a win-win in my book.  Over the last week a stomach bug waylaid any hope of wonderful, yummy meals and I don't know about you, but if I'm not hungry,  I'm not cooking.  Once my stomach was on the mend, I made a few things, but nothing new or exciting on a foodie level.

Peppered Bacon BLT
Birthday Queso
{yes, that is a skin forming but it was still YUMMO}

My "To Do" List for this week is short because I want to be successful.
{not a loser}
  1. Make individual yogurt servings for the week.
  2. Section the cherries to individual portions.
  3. Clean out the frig.
  4. Straighten the pantry.
  5. Make Fig and Bacon Jam to use as lunch spread on sammies.

Coconut Lime Chicken Vertical
To Do:  Marinate chicken, make slaw, wash clothes, prep veggies.

Chinese Chicken Salad - Restaurant quality that you can easily make right at home, except it's healthier and a million times tastier!
{use leftover chicken}
Corn Muffins or Quick Rolls
To Do:  Make red sauce for crock

{making it for sure this time}
Green Veggie
To Do:  Nothing, tomorrow is Wednesday

Eating Out
To Do:  Put hot dogs in the frig.

Bacon-Wrapped Cowboy Hot Dogs Image 1
Roasted Veg
To Do:  Tomorrow is nothing.


The End
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 8/10/15

I always check out other food bloggers menu plans and most of the time save recipes that look interesting to me to make at a later date.  Sometimes I get around to them...sometimes I don't, and mainly because I forget where I have filed them.  I truly need a source to index all of these recipes but I haven't taken the time to research the right way for me.  Any suggestions anyone?  I would really like to be able to categorize my "to make" recipes and be able to view them easily in one place with a simple format.  Yep, that would be great, I am so open for suggestions.

I'm still focusing on no processed sweets {even though my birthday last week kinda messed me up for a day or so} eating low fat plain greek yogurt with no added sugar fruit topping {homemade}.  My favorite topping combination right now is mango flavored with lime zest and juice.  I cook the mixture on the stove over medium heat until it reduces and becomes thick.  These mango required no added sugar...yes, they were that sweet....but with other fruits I typically add a couple of tablespoons of sugar before cooking.  Simply layer 1/2 cup yogurt in a resealable container with desired amount of fruit topping.  My sweet spot is usually about 1 1/2 tablespoons.  Then add any other desired toppings...a sprinkle of almonds, and a small drizzle of honey completed my mango treat.  The blueberry ones pictured below had no fruit topping {just the fresh berries} sliced almonds, honey, {more than a drizzle since there wasn't any sweetness added}and chocolate chips.  The best part is that I make them all on Sunday for the week, assembly line style.  It keeps me eating minimally processed foods and lessens the likelihood that I'll pay more than $1 for one of these individual serving, btw what a rip off...but boy are they convenient!  These are my absolute favorite for a reusable option for individual servings and lunch packing.  The metal lids and bands are included but to make these a comparable replacement for tupperware, I recommend buying the plastic lids.  Everything is dishwasher safe which is even better.  They don't nest in one another but I am a freak about storing all of my storage containers with the lids on so that's not a problem for me.  I devote an entire cabinet so that I will never have to look for a lid again in my life. #biggestpetpeeveever

My current #2 flavor

Did I cook anything of notable interest last week?  No, not really, but we ate simply when we were at home.  An oven baked sandwich and salad is the only thing I can think of that I made.  
My birthday week did find us eating out more than usual but I'm thinking I only go around once so i wanna do it right!  Oh well, fun time is over, back to the grind this week.

Lunches will be from home and dinners will be pre-planned.

Tartiflette Pizza
{I'm prepping all of the ingredients over the weekend and may change some of the ingredients}
Green Salad
To Do:  Set up the crock

Green veg
To Do:  Put chicken in marinade

grilled chicken
Rice a Roni
Green Veg
To Do:  Put hot dogs in the frig

Bacon Wrapped Chili Dogs- This recipe wraps hot dogs in bacon, then tops them off with chili, onions and cheese. It's a bacon lovers dream come true. #sponsored #boldbacon @Tysontweets @Walmart
Roasted Red Potatoes
To Do:  Nothing 

Boring, but it works!
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 8/3/15

This week's menu is going to be catering to my baby Ty Ty {18 years old :)} since this will be his first week home after working as a sleep away counselor at a camp this past summer.

I imagine a few "set to's" {as a good Southern girl would say} with him regarding the trail of destruction he typically leaves in his wake...but he is my baby and I'm excited to have not only him, but both my boys home under one roof.

Sadly, I have absolutely no review for this week because I didn't get home early enough to want to do dishes, therefore no cooking.  I ate a bowl of cereal, a sandwich, and some noodles as my dinners in the evening and only ran the dishwasher one time. {Thank God I didn't have to unload it!}

This week's menu will be a little {that's my sarcasm font} more labor intensive, {for my weekend} but at least I'll get to eat real food during the week.  It's been raining cats and dogs every day so my options for using my electrical appliances are opened up some since the heat isn't sending my a/c unit in to seizures.....well, not grand mal ones anyway.  We also just had our propane tank refilled and grilling is back on the options list, Yay!  I can make "freezer" grill meals for easy weeknight dinners without much fuss at all. 

My plan is to enjoy these last days of summer because much too soon they will be replaced by shorter days, school routines, cold weather, and runny noses.
I don't know about you, but I need a few more sunsets this year.

To Do List:
1.  Make peach halves with strawberry cream cheese.
2.  Defrost chicken wings, bake, and sauce.
3.  Make pimiento cheese.
4.  Chop fruit.
5.  Make yogurt cups.
6.  Shop
7.  Laundry
8.  Make macaroni salad
9.  Clean out frig.
10. Straighten pantry.

Maybe some other stuff...will have to see what I have in the frig/freezer/and pantry.

SATURDAY-Meat sauce with bucatini pasta, green salad, garlic toast
SUNDAY-Chicken wings with spicy teriyaki sauce, and sweet chili sauce, oven fries.
WEDNESDAY-My Birthday--no cooking!
FRIDAY-Heck if I know! You are probably on your own!

Sunshine and Sunsets...always
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 7/27/15 and Recipe Review

I truly try to remember what I need when I'm at the grocery store, not when I get home and realize I didn't get everything to make meals or lunches for the upcoming week....sheesh....welcome to my world, lol.
However, last week's meals and new recipes were wildly successful, and the fact that I didn't cook a full meal on Thursday or Friday was a nice break from my usual routine.

A few highlights....
Okra and Tomatoes...Tanner loves these and I found fresh okra at the Farmer's Market for a great price.  I learned that when I cook this particular dish with fresh okra that I need to simmer it for a lot longer.  The flavor was great but the veggies were still slightly crunchy.
VERDICT:  Cook longer.

Even though the first rendition wasn't successful, when I sauteed the remaining okra with simply butter, seasoned salt, and pepper it was fantastic!  Between Tanner and myself we ate the entire pan.
VERDICT:  Whenever fresh okra is available buy it!
The Chicken Tikka Masala was rich and made very simply by using the breasts of a rotisserie chicken.  I'm thinking I could lighten up the dish by using some of the yogurt called for in the marinade as a replacement for some of the cream.
VERDICT:  A very simple dish {when you skip the grilling/marinating step} perfect for weeknights.

The Garbage Salad turned in to a cobb like salad using things in my frig.  I whipped up a vinaigrette in my trusty mason jar with a lid and called this supper....I didn't even make the quick roll recipe that I had planned for the evening....just didn't think I needed the extra carbs.
VERDICT:  A large salad for dinner is one of my favorites...definitely make again.

I truly love using plain greek yogurt as a base for my daily lunch dessert, especially when I can make them on the weekend for a quick grab and take item for my lunch.  Blueberries, sliced almonds, honey, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips completes this.
VERDICT:  Having this for lunch all this week too!

I was bad, I swore in my post last week that I wasn't baking not one single thing....but I did and it was so good I don't even regret it.  I used this recipe as a base but since I was remembering in my mind what I had seen on the tv episode, and it is different, and better, imo.
VERDICT:  I bought peaches this week so hopefully they will over ripen and "force" me to make this again.

Again, since I haven't cooked since last Wednesday, there are a repeats on my menu this week.  Being creative with what I have is the best feeling ever and helps me to rotate my stock and also gives me the opportunity to look forward to filling up the cupboard again.  I hesitate to say I'm on a pantry challenge since I'm shopping for fruits, veggies, and lunch items this week but I kinda am.
Hope your week is blessed.

TUESDAY-Spicy Sausage Pasta,  or Meatsauce with Bucatini Green peas or salad

WEDNESDAY-Apricot Glazed Pork, Scalloped Potatoes, or New Red Potatoes, Green veggie

That's it!
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 7/20/15

Happy Monday!

My favorite thing that happened last week came right to my front door and I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to actually own one of these coolers...
Yes, I know, weird right?
That's me though...I get more excited about a cooler than most due to my love of all things ice.  No, I'm not anemic, but I do love crunching me some ice on a daily basis and this cooler keeps my ice fluffy and crunchable for a. long. time.  So far, the dentist says I'm not doing any damage to my teeth...I hope my upcoming check up still gives me the same report.
{fingers crossed} 

Last week I overdid on the sweet stuff so, I'll focus more on natural sugars {eg: fruit}, and greek yogurt with honey, nuts, and maybe a few dark chocolate chips to satisfy my cravings.
No baking :(  
I'm going to fill the void with fresh items prepared simply.  To be able to accomplish this I'll need to do quite a bit of chopping and prep over the weekend.  Here's my game plan....

1.  Prepare orzo salad
2.  Chop peppers, fruit, onions {green, white, and red}, carrots, celery.
3.  Make macaroni salad.  I love this!
4.  Make korean beef for Ty {He's coming home!!!}
5.  Get propane

1.  Package cherries in individual servings for lunch.
2.  Package lunch meat with cheese in individual servings along with the tortillas.
3.  Pack lunch for Monday.
4.  Iron work shirts for week
5.  Take Tanner and Ty out to lunch.
6.  Pick up a rotisserie chicken and take meat off the bone.
6.  MOST importantly...relax!

{If anything}

To Do:  Take chicken off the bone

Chicken Tikka Masala
Jasmine or Basmati Rice
Green Salad
To Do:  Put pork in the frig

Apricot Glazed Pork
New Red Potatoes or Scalloped Potatoes
Roasted or Pan Fried Okra
To Do:  Nothing off tomorrow with numerous appointments

Green Peas
To Do:  Chop anything extra for tomorrow

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad
To Do: Nothing tomorrow is Friday!


Since I'm on antibiotics for the next week or so, my goal is to eat at least 2 servings of yogurt and take my probiotics religiously to attempt to keep the bacteria in my gut as normal as possible.
This means no desserts for the week....that's okay though because I love yogurt almost as much as dessert.  Well actually yogurt is dessert isn't it?
Enough, I'm rambling.  Have a great week and...a 
happy Monday :o)

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