Valentines Day Photo Shoot

January 19, 2014 at 11:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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We attempted to do a Valentines Day photo shoot… it didn’t go very well. I’m not sure what to do about the glare on the glasses.

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Menu Plan

January 18, 2014 at 11:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here is our menu plan for last week. We have been doing much better about eating at home as much as possible. I tired a couple of new recipes over the weekend. The Pork marsala was great and super easy. The kids ate their pork plain but we did get them to eat spinach. The potato soup recipe was also new. It was good but more time consuming than I originally thought.. not a week night meal.

Saturday: Pork Cutlets with Wild Mushroom Marsala, mashed potatoes and garlic spinach.

Sunday: Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Bread

Monday: spaghetti and Meatballs with Bread (I roughly used this recipe for meatballs… I used kraft powder cheese because that’s what I had and jar sauce )

Tuesday: Fish sticks, edememe, brown rice and fruit for kids. Stir fry veggies and brown rice for mom (Jason was gone)

Wednesday: Macaroni, hotdogs and fruit  for the kids. Lean cusine for mom  (Jason was gone)

Thursday: Tacos with black beans and corn.

Friday: Beef and Broccoli with rice and Trader Joe’s Egg Rolls. (I’m going to post the beef and broccoli recipe later)

New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

January 17, 2014 at 11:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Like most people, the New Year makes me think about things like resolutions, goals, and organizing. I have been really thinking about what I want to focus on this year and what is most important to me. The most important thing to me above all else is my family. I want to have more quality time with my family, I want to be less stressed and I want to enjoy everyday. The hard part is figuring out how to make that happen. Last year I read the happiness project by Gretchen Rubin. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. It really made me think but then life got in the way, or maybe I got in my own way. I started worrying more about a clean house, to do lists and doing it all. This year I want it to be different. I wrote down three things that I can focus on this year. I found a couple a cute printable goal/resolution sheet on pinterest check out the sheet here  if you are interested. I also found a great printable to review the year. After sitting down with pen and paper I came up five things to focus on.

1. Take more time for myself. Do things that I like to do and things that make me happy and relaxed. Including: writing, cooking and reading. (I started reading American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld..I’m really enjoying it).

2. Play More. I am not the greatest at playing. I can do crafts with my kids or facilitate play but getting down on the floor and playing with dolls or cars is hard for me for some reason. I want to try to make time for this more often. After all how many more years do I have that they will want to play with me.

3. More Date Nights. I want to try to have a date night with the hubby every month. Even if it is just doing something together after the kids go to bed. Just finding a few minutes to connect without interruptions.

4. Continue to get involved in church. We joined a new church when we moved and I have really enjoyed having a church family. Jason and I both grew up going to church being involved in church but it’s something we haven’t done a great job.

5. Schedule less stuff. Jason is traveling a lot for work now which has made our family time even more important. Over Christmas we had tons of things planned and it became too  much. We need more time at home just chilling. The kids are happiest on the weekends if we never leave the house and they get to wear pajamas all day.

Menu Planning

January 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sometimes menu planning is fun. When I can sit down with my diet coke at the kitchen island that is perfectly clean and flip through magazines and Pinterest looking for new recipes to try.

In reality menu planning doesn’t normally look like that. In reality I am scribbling down ideas for dinners on a scratch piece of paper as I sit at the kitchen island that is covered in stuff as I’m about to head out the door. No matter how chaotic or organized it is I try to menu plan every week. My main motivation for this is to avoid going to the store more than once with two four-year olds..let me tell you that is an experience.

Here is our menu plan for this week. We are doing some easy dinners because Jason has meetings several nights.

Saturday:
Lunch-Sandwiches and Soup
Dinner-Jason and I going out. Kids Mac n cheese and frozen chicken

Sunday:
Lunch-? Quick stuff around the house (frozen pizza, lean cuisine etc.)
Dinner-Brisket with Pioneer Woman’s au gratin potatoes, green beans and rolls.

Monday:
Lunch-Out
Dinner-Baked Chicken and Cheesy Rice with steamed broccoli

Tuesday:
Lunch-Kids packed lunches for School (lunch meat, gold fish, fruit)
Dinner-Chicken Fried Rice with egg rolls

Wednesday:
Lunch- Kids:Chicken nuggets, gold fish, baby carrots and celery Mom: Lean Cuisine with carrots and celery
Dinner-Leftovers

Thursday:
Lunch- Kids packed lunches for school
Dinner-Omelets with fruit and Bagels

Friday:
 Lunch-Cheese and crackers, Summer Sausage and fruit
 Dinner-Steak with Blue Cheese Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

As I was menu planning today the kids told me they were playing “rappers.” I was confused at how they knew what a rapper was and then I discovered that they were wrapping presents and singing…they were “wrappers.” We watched the skit from Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon about gift wrapping on Christmas and I’m thinking they were paying more attention that I realized.

New Year’s

January 3, 2014 at 10:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Year’s Eve was a great evening just our family of four. We made several appetizers including: Pioneer Women’s Potato Skins, frozen egg rolls, frozen mozzarella sticks, edememe, and a crostini with blue cheese and steak. I’ll put the recipe for the last one below. We also had “poptails” or mocktails at the kids request and let them have party horns. They were thrilled with our party but very confused why no one was coming to the party besides us.

Before the kids went to bed we played their new game The Cat and The Hat I Can Do That. If you have little ones it is a great game. It asks them to do silly tasks and the kids think it is hysterical. After they went to bed Jason and I watched Stuck in Love. It was a great movie. I had never heard of it which normally makes me a little leery but I would highly recommend it.

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Steak and Blue Cheese Crostini

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1/2 cup Mayo

1 to 11/2 tsp Creamy Horseradish

1 Tbsp Blue Cheese

1 Tbsp chopped Parsely

Salt and Pepper

A few slices of leftover Filet

Baguette

Olive Oil

1. Slice up your steak into thin strips.

2. Slice baguette into thin slices and lightly cover with olive oil and salt and pepper. Put under the broiler until slightly toasted.

3. Mix together mayo, horseradish, Blue Cheese, salt, pepper and chopped parsley together. Add more or less blue cheese and horseradish to suit your tastes. I don’t like horseradish so I only add a little.

4. Spread mixture over baguette slices and top with slices of steak.

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