Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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So it's almost move time and my menu planning is dwindling down a little bit. I got rid of the breakfast and extra foods for now. I'm also trying to use up some leftovers in the house. Like I've had a box of orzo for forever! You can find the recipes for any unlinked recipes on "My Meal Plan" board on Pinterest.

{Monday}
Leftovers

{Tuesday}
Creamy Orzo with Sausage & Veggies
Chicken sausage, zucchini, 1 can diced tomatoes

{Wednesday}
Italian Pineapple Chicken with broccoli and salad
Chicken breasts, Italian dressing, pineapple, cheddar cheese slices, broccoli

{Thursday}
Braided Pizza Calzones
pepperoni, crescents, basil

{Friday}
Cookout!
[haven't gotten the stuff for it yet]

{Saturday}
Chicken Enchilada Wraps
[haven't gotten the stuff for it yet]

{Sunday}
Leftovers

Total Spent: $98.26
I got salads, lunch stuff for the kids, milk, cereal, and snacks in addition to the dinner things listed above. I didn't get Friday or Saturday stuff yet because I don't know what all we'll have in the fridge for cooking out.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fantastical Friday

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I have some great foodie finds this week that are making me really hungry! We had ribs last Saturday, so I am on this huge rib kick right now. It was my first time making ribs at home and they were incredible! I've also made a homemade ice cream and froyo recipe last week, so I'm also craving more of those! Not to mention just all of these other recipes look really good and make my tummy grumble even though I just devoured some homemade pizza.

Fantastical Friday: my favorite foodie finds from the last week #recipe #roundup #yummy

Double Decker Butterfinger Brownies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen - Recipe | Pin it
Easy Pesto Pita Bread Pizzas from Yummy - Pin it [the blog is down, but the ingredients are listed on the pin]
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Spoonful of Flavor - Recipe | Pin it
Caesar Pasta Salad from Your Homebased Mom - Recipe | Pin it
Clay's Apple Seasoned Grilled Ribs from My Turn for Us - Recipe | Pin it
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip from Coordinately Yours - Recipe | Pin it
Bruschetta Salad from The Taylor House - Recipe | Pin it
Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction - Recipe | Pin it
Light Chipotle Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas from Krafted Koch - Recipe | Pin it
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Oh Sweet Basil - Recipe | Pin it
Smokey Barbecue Ribs from Julie's Eats and Treats - Recipe | Pin it
Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars from Averie Cooks - Recipe | Pin it
Grilled Mexican Chorizo Pizza from Cookin' Mimi - Recipe | Pin it
Turtle Brownie Ice Cream from Mom On Timeout - Recipe | Pin it
Weeknight Chicken Alfredo Penne from The Kitchen Is My Playground - Recipe | Pin it

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chipotle Steak Quesadillas

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Chipotle Steak Quesadillas | Ridiculously amazing filling that is slow cooked before you make the quesadillas

Quesadillas are kind of the bomb. I mean you can choose so many different flavors [cheesesteak, jalapeno popper steak, chicken, bacon, & avocado, bbq chicken & pineapple, and copycat taco bell chicken] and they are typically very easy and quick to make. What I love about this particular quesadilla recipe is that the flank steak goes into the crockpot and by dinnertime, you get this ridiculously delicious filling for the quesadillas. Unbelievably good!

Chipotle Steak Quesadillas | Ridiculously amazing filling that is slow cooked before you make the quesadillas


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday [a day late]

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Yesterday was really busy! It was Group D reveal day for Secret Recipe Club and my kiddos had their field day at school. I only left during their lunchtime to go to the grocery store really fast. When I make my grocery list, I go through each recipe and write down what I need and then start crossing off what I have on hand. Then I transfer it over to another list broken up into cold/dairy, meat, box/can, and produce. I am not sharing my grocery list because I've already thrown away the one that's by recipe and I have no clue what ingredients go where!

{Monday}
Homemade Garlic Herb Chicken con Broccoli

{Tuesday}
Nutella Cheesecake Twists // Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

{Wednesday}
Pork Tenderloin & Pineapple Salsa

{Thursday}
Salted Caramel Donuts // Chicken Pesto Quinoa

{Friday}
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls // Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza

{Saturday}
Jalapeno Popper Quiche // Cheesesteaks

{Sunday}
Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal // Leftovers

{Extra}
Cookie Dough Froyo // Voot Beer // Mini Garlic Monkey Bread


Total spent: $167.95
I didn't have many extras this week - just granola, rice cakes, a salad, and instant oatmeal for the kids for breakfast. 
Without that, my bill was $152.14. It was a little more than I like to see it at :/

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Lemon Basil Pasta #secretrecipeclub

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It's time for Secret Recipe Club once again :) For those who haven't heard of Secret Recipe Club, it's a large group of bloggers who each month are assigned another SRC member's blog secretly, make a recipe from their blog, and post it for reveal day. It's so much fun to see who got your blog and what recipe they decided to make. If you are interested in joining, go check out this page and get put on the waiting list!

This month I was assigned to Nicole's blog, hapa-tite. Her tagline is edible adventures & cultural explorations. Nicole says her family is ethnically Chinese, Cherokee, German, and American, but culturally Hawai'ian. Her blog really reflects that wealth of culture. And I cannot get enough of that little Honu ("hawai’ian sea turtle") in her logo. So cute!

When I began searching, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to make...

There was Pork Souvlaki  or Pai'a Sai Min which both looked mouthwateringly good and completely uncharacteristic of me to choose. And then there's the Homemade Nutella (Gianduja), Chai Chocolate Coconut Cardamom Rice Puddings, and Pistachio Dark Chocolate Toffee. I seriously almost went with the Hawai'ian Banana Bread.

In the end though, I went with Nicole's Lemon Basil Pasta Salad to go with the garlic basil chicken, grilled peaches, and beer-battered broccoli bites I made one night. Nick and the kids couldn't get enough of it. My son said it was his favorite thing on the whole plate (but he's also a pastaholic like his momma, so....). I only wish that I would've done the tomato roses like Nicole did. They are so pretty! This recipe was a hit for us and I can't wait to make it again...although of course I am definitely going to have to try some of the other amazing looking recipes on hapa-tite! Not to forget that I want to do some of her bentos for next school year!
A light flavorful pasta salad perfect for a summer side dish | Lemon Basil Pasta #secretrecipeclub


Friday, June 20, 2014

Fantastical Friday

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I totally meant to finally announce my big news last week, but was in such a rush to get my giveaway up that I totally forgot.

I am now the owner of the Secret Recipe Club!! I've been a member since October 2011 and love it. I've been hosting since April 2012 and I am continuing on with hosting my group: Group D, woo! I'm taking over for the previous owner and person who trained me to take her spot as Group D hostess when she became owner: April of Angel's Homestead. April is going to live it up road-tripping in an RV with her dear husband, so she is going to be much too busy to take care of all the things running SRC requires.

So there is my big news! There are about 160 members currently and a very short waitlist at the moment :)

Now on to some food!

Fantastical Friday | A big announcement and round up of my favorite foodie finds this week

Caramel Toffee Cupcakes from Shugary Sweets - Recipe | Pin it
Fried Zucchini & Pesto Pasta from Live Love Pasta - Recipe | Pin it
Death by Chocolate Poke Cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes - Recipe | Pin it
Chicken Bruschetta from I Was Born to Cook - Recipe | Pin it
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars from Shugary Sweets - Recipe | Pin it
Caramel Macchiato Frozen Yogurt from Mostly Homemade Mom - Recipe | Pin it
Twix Brownies from Jasey's Crazy Daisy - Recipe | Pin it
Vanilla Almond Granola from Sally's Baking Addiction - Recipe | Pin it
Skinny Cheesecake Brownie Bites from Mangia - Recipe | Pin it
Homemade Croutons from The Makeshift Nest - Recipe | Pin it
Dandelion Jelly from Eliot's Eats - Recipe | Pin it

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

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Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce | Perfect for those busy school nights when you need something quick to make! #crockpot #recipe

I used to be a Prego girl (not pregnant, but spaghetti sauce brand). It's what I grew up eating with spaghetti and it's what I used for a good few years of my adult life. Then I began searching for the perfect homemade sauce. I had a few busts...and then I found my absolute favorite recipe for spaghetti sauce of all-time: Meaty Spaghetti Sauce.

It still is my favorite.

However, this recipe DOES come pretty close to touching that. AND this one is in the crockpot, meaning it's perfect for summer spaghetti nights. The other recipe is stovetop and simmers for about an hour. So I have one for hot and cold weather! Or lazy days :)

Nick, on the other hand, is in love with this recipe. He thinks it's hands-down the very best spaghetti sauce he's ever had and declared I could stop searching because we've found the very best recipe for spaghetti sauce ever. Gotta love when you find a recipe that is THAT good, right?!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bacon & Cheese Pizza

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What spells perfection? B-A-C-O-N and C-H-E-E-S-E, that's what! Don't miss out on this yummy pizza! #recipe

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
...

Well, pizza/cheese/bacon dinner! This recipe is definitely a winner in my book. It has all the essential ingredients a pizza needs to have: cheese + bacon + a killer homemade crust. I don't know about y'all, but those three things mean perfection every single time.

I could not get over how good the cheeses were together. I mean, of course they worked together, but just the combination....ahhhhhhh! - that was a chorus of angels right there!

I hope you all try this pizza out real soon! It's too good for its own good :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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We have Alice [my SUV] in the shop getting something minor fixed, but it meant I was without vehicle on grocery shopping day [Monday], so we actually went out yesterday as a family grocery shopping. You would think I'd spend an outrageous amount more with 2 kids and a husband in tote, but I didn't :) They are pretty good at sticking to the list and not hungry-shopping.

{Monday}
DIY Hamburger Helper
penne pasta, Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, basil (dried), 14 oz. tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella?, broccoli (side)

{Tuesday}
Salted Caramel Mocha Donuts // Southwest Tuna Sandwiches
buttermilk?, egg (1), butter (1), brown sugar, cream? // tuna (2), green chiles, mini bell peppers, cilantro, tomato?, hamburger buns, cheese, chips ("side")

{Wednesday}
Lemon Herb Chicken
lemon, chicken breasts, green beans (side)*, salad (side)

{Thursday}
Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal // Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
bananas // egg (2), buttermilk?, blueberries*

{Friday}
Kids' Menu Burgers with curly fries
hamburger buns, curly fries, ground beef (2)

{Saturday}
Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls // Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
egg (3), butter (2), cream cheese? // 6 lb baby back ribs, BBQ sauce, corn (side), butter (1/2)

{Sunday}
Leftovers

{Extra}
Mini S'mores Cookies // Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream // Nutella Coffee Milkshake
graham crackers, butter (1), egg (1), Mallow bits?, Hershey bars (2)
 
Total spent: $143.79
Without the pudding, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, pack of gum, cake donuts, and bag of apples, I would have spent $129.52. Still not bad at all. :)

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fantastical Friday: Yoohoo! Big Summer Blowout!

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Things are going to get a leeettle bit hectic around here..we're pretty much down to the 1 month away mark of moving. It's a big move. There's a ton of stuff to do because we are transporting everything from New York to Tennessee...everything military to civilian. Is this real life?

And I WAS going to do this giveaway for my 4th blogiversary on August 2nd, but I can't promise I'll remember to bring my cookbooks with me in the mess of packing up things to go to storage for 6 months, things to stay with Nick until Sept, and things to go with me and the kids in July. So that means I'm having a BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT. YOOHOO!

One winner - Two cookbooks! Enter for your chance to win! #giveaway #yoohoo #pioneerwoman #cookbook


I'm giving away two of my favorite cookbooks of all-time by my favorite food blogger of all-time, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays [retails at $29.99] and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier [retails at $29.99], to one very lucky winner!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls | Freshen up that old lasagna in a pan with these cute but delicious lasagna rolls! #recipe

I have been wanting to make lasagna rolls for a very very long time. Basically since I saw them online...and that's been many many years.

I am relatively new to loving spinach. I didn't start eating it until my adult life and that was because my mom didn't like it, so it never made its way to our dinner table. I love it though. It's one of my favorite green leafy foods. My kids love spinach too, so there was no doubt in my mind that they would love this recipe.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls | Freshen up that old lasagna in a pan with these cute but delicious lasagna rolls! #recipe

I am a lover of Italian food...but surprisingly I'm not really a huge fan of lasagna. When I made my first lasagna, I found a recipe that I will eat and love. My aversion has always been to ricotta cheese and that recipe uses cottage cheese (which I loved as a kid, but don't like as an adult)...but you cannot even tell it's cottage cheese and it's just amazing! My husband is also iffy on lasagna. He, like me, will eat it every once in a while. Maybe like once a year. I made the recipe using cottage cheese and he was extremely disgusted, as he is with anything that contains anything remotely like sour cream, ranch dressing, or mayonnaise. But he tried it anyways and it turns out that he ALSO loves that recipe for lasagna...so when I made these lasagna rolls, I subbed out the ricotta for cottage cheese.

We also really like meat with lasagna and used ground beef in this one, but you could use ground turkey for a healthier alternative. Maybe a mix of turkey and Italian sausage. Either way it's a fantastic dish and pretty simple to put together.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Toffee Struesel Baked Chocolate Donuts

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Toffee Streusel Baked Chocolate Donuts | The buttery toffee goodness of the streusel on top...oh my goodness! #chocolate #donuts #breakfast

I am going to have a really unpopular opinion right now.
I'm not a big donut fan.

Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts....GROSS! Everyone I know loves them. Sorry, KK :(

I'm in love with homemade donuts though...especially cake donuts. KK and DD have amazing cake donuts. I get kind of bummed when someone brings a variety box of donuts and there are zero cake donuts. Don't I just sound like a brat? :)

Toffee Streusel Baked Chocolate Donuts | The buttery toffee goodness of the streusel on top...oh my goodness! #chocolate #donuts #breakfast

Again, cake donuts...homemade donuts - HECK YES! I gobble them up. These baked chocolate donuts with streusel topping are kind of cake-like. They are unbelievably good. The buttery toffee goodness of the streusel on top...oh my goodness! YES! Y'all have got to try these!

Monday, June 09, 2014

SRC Orphan Rescue: Apple & Cinnamon Crumble

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Fantastical Sharing to the rescue! There was an orphan for today's Group B reveal for the Secret Recipe Club and I am sharing a recipe from the orphaned blog, so they aren't left out :) What is the Secret Recipe Club? It's a group of food bloggers who are split into four groups. Each month, we are assigned a blog from our group secretly and we pick a recipe to make. We photograph it and write up a blog post and all of the group posts on one designated Monday in the month. For more on SRC, be sure to visit the site.

Group B's orphan was Corina of Searching for Spice. Corina is a mom who likes to experiment in the kitchen, but doesn't like to spend ALL her time consumed in the kitchen making food. I totally get that. I love making new foods too, but I also don't like being tied down in my kitchen all day long. I like to make something, enjoy it, and hope that the cleaning fairy comes by, so my mess disappears ;) Don't we all do that?! Corina's blog is a way for her to document her favorite recipes that she's made and she loves to use and discover new spices (hence the blog name!).

Corina has a bunch of great looking recipes on her blog, but I was craving something sweet to go with my lunch and needed to make something that used ingredients I had on hand. I decided upon the Apple & Cinnamon Crumble. I had some green apples in my fridge and for some odd reason, I have a surplus of cinnamon in my pantry, so it seemed like destiny here.

Apple & Cinnamon Crumble | A cute, easy, and extra delicious dessert for two! #apple #dessert

I adjusted the measurements ever-so-slightly because I only had 2 apples instead of 3 and Corina noted that sour apples may call for a teeny bit more sugar. I used brown sugar because I felt like having more of the richness of the brown sugar and I added a pinch of nutmeg on top, just because. A little extra spice is nice!

Apple & Cinnamon Crumble | A cute, easy, and extra delicious dessert for two! #apple #dessert

These crumbles were cute, tart, and ahhh, exactly what I needed! So glad I had the opportunity to make something from Corina's blog!

Menu Plan Monday

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As you could probably tell from last week and this week...I'm on a pesto kick! I'm really excited about all of this week's recipes and I'm seriously mega hungry just looking at them all. YUM! As always, I'll update when I get home from shopping. Also going to give a heads up that come July, I may only post a few MPMs due to moving and afterwards, it may be short weeks as I think the plan right now is that I will cook Monday through Thursday because we'll be staying with my in laws during our transition from military to civilian life and until we find and buy our first home :)

{Monday}
Chicken Pesto Flatbread Sandwiches
Pita bread, pesto, fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, chicken breasts

{Tuesday}
Salted Caramel Mocha Donuts // Taco Quesadilla Pizzas
buttermilk, cocoa powder, egg (1), cream, butter // ground beef (1)*, taco seasoning?, tortillas*, refried beans, salsa, tomato, green onions

{Wednesday}
Southwest Pork Tenderloin
pork tenderloins, taco seasoning?, corn, green beans, cornbread*

{Thursday}
Nutella Cheesecake Twists // Italian Sausage & Pasta in Cream Basil Sauce
crescent rolls (2), cream cheese?, white chocolate chips?, egg (1) // bowtie pasta, Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, half and half?, heavy cream, Parmesan?, mozzarella?, fresh basil

{Friday}
Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza
head of garlic, Italian herb and cheese cooking creme, chicken breasts, monterey jack cheese, parsley

{Saturday}
Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake // Loaded Italian Chicken Subs
blueberry*, cream cheese // tomato sauce, bacon, chicken breasts, sub rolls, pepperoni, provolone

{Sunday}
Leftovers

{Extra}
Chocolate Scotcheroos // Chicken Enchilada Rollups // Coconut Rum Shakes
maple syrup?, Rice Krispies, butterscotch chips // cream cheese (2), Mexican cheese, chicken tenderloins, cilantro, green onions, Rotel, Jalapeno cheddar tortillas // coconut sorbet, vanilla ice cream

Total spent: TBA

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Fantastical Friday [a day late]

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Sorry for the lack of posting here on the blog...I'm working on scheduling a few posts for the upcoming weeks to remedy this and in the mean time, will be announcing what I mentioned in last week's post, hopefully next week. I'm really excited about it. We're just finishing up the last few things and then the announcement can go public!

I'm not doing a round up this week, but follow me on Pinterest to see some of my recent foodie finds - they are pretty amazing!


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Monday, June 02, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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I'm not sure if it's just that I really love food or what, but I get so excited about the food we're going to eat in the next week. I can't really pick which day I'm most excited about or which recipe. EAT ALL THE NOMS.
* - have on hand
? - might have on hand

{Monday}
Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne
Lawry's herb & garlic marinade?, pesto, chicken breasts, penne pasta, 8 oz. tomato sauce, half-and-half*

{Tuesday}
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins // Tacos & Spanish rice // Homemade Flour Tortillas
egg (1) // ground beef, taco seasoning?, cheddar cheese, 1 can diced tomatoes // (everything on hand)

{Wednesday}
Paleo Chicken Stir Fry
red bell pepper, broccoli crowns, carrots?, chicken breasts

{Thursday}
Onion Ring Eggs // Broccoli & Cheese Omelets
yellow onion, egg (4) // broccoli crown, yellow onion, red bell pepper, cheddar cheese, egg (8)

{Friday}
Jalapeno Cheeseburgers with Bacon & Grilled Onions // Beer Battered Broccoli Bites
ground beef (2), yellow onion (2), parsley, jalapeno, bacon, hamburger buns, lettuce, Vermont sharp cheddar // broccoli crowns

{Saturday}
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls // Grilled Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts // Pecan Pie Milkshakes
butter, egg (1), carrot?, cream cheese? // chicken breasts, basil, peaches, corn // vanilla ice cream, pecan pie

{Sunday}
Leftovers

{Extra}
Snacks, milk, creamer, salad fixings for my lunch, fruit for hubby's lunch, yogurt for quick breakfast/snack

Total spent: $123.43
I got three packs of frozen fruit for smoothies, Lipton tea for sweet tea, French onion chip dip, dark chocolate acai, and dark chocolate pomegranate for my extras. Without those, total would have been $104.18. Overall, not feeling too bad on my extra purchases or either total. It's probably the cheapest grocery bill I've had in a while :)


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