Friday, July 20, 2018

Fantastical Friday: Life Lately


Hello, everyone! I thought I would pop in since it's coming up on 6 months post-ablation and do a little "life update" - also summer is almost gone!

So we've been pretty busy this summer trying to keep the kids from getting too bored. We've visited the Farmer's Market, went to a go-kart park in Pigeon Forge, taken a million trips to the library, brought Saydee to the dog park, and had fun at the pool. The big kids even went on a nature hike with Nick this week with his Reserves unit. Matthew went to Washington DC early in June as a belated school field trip (I would share pics but there are other kids in it and school identifiers). He also has been down to the local quarry to kayak and went to Dollywood. Cami hasn't gotten to do as much as Matthew but has enjoyed having playdates with a few of her friends. They both just completed a second round of swim lessons and really enjoyed learning how to swim. Cami wants to go back because she has a goal of getting on the swim team in high school.


Nick broke his foot and sprained his ankle back in April and he goes for his final check up today with a hopeful clean bill of health. This is the fourth time he has sprained his ankle since he has been in the army. They have all occurred during army functions. It was a little bit of a rough go, but he's mostly been healed for the summer and able to do things with us.

I, like I said above, am nearly 6 months post-ablation. I need to do a good write up on my personal blog because I never updated after my hematologist appointment or follow-up with my electrophysiologist. But basically, I should be cured of SVT and I'm cautiously optimistic this early on in my recovery. I've been doing yoga and feeling pretty good. Oh, and I had my hair dyed recently. My hairdresser, Camile, is amazing and I came in saying give me galaxy hair and oh my gosh, I LOVE IT. She's got some magic up her sleeves and always makes my hair look incredible.


Summer is definitely winding down. I'm hoping we can make the last few weeks memorable for the kids. We've already done our school shopping and I am also ready to start college back up on August 1st. Hope everyone else is enjoying their summer so far!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Funfetti Cheesecake Cake

This amazing cake has a cake bottom, cheesecake middle, and a lovely, fluffy whipped cream topping! And ALL THE SPRINKLES!

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My daughter has this obsession with whipped cream frosting nowadays, so when it came time for her to pick her birthday cake (back in February), it was a top priority for her to find the perfect recipe. We stumbled upon this cake which has both cake elements and cheesecake elements...which was also something she was having trouble picking between. Best of both worlds seemed like the right choice. And this cake having whipped cream frosting was like...well....icing on the cake!

As complicated as it may seem, it's actually not too much more work than just making a cheesecake. The sprinkles add so much spunk to the already gorgeous cake. We were able to use some of the special sprinkles Cami had received in an Owlcrate Jr subscription box (it's a middle grade book box!), which is why you see the big pearls and hearts on top. The frosting was everything she wanted and she ended up being so happy with this cake. In turn, this made me super happy because I just want the kids to have the perfect birthdays! :)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gyro Kebabs #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is KEBABS. Or kabobs? Kababs? I don't know how you want to spell it, but it's food on a skewer! Bonus points if it's grilled because July is National Grilling Month. I knew right away what I wanted to make - these amazing kebabs from Wendy's blog! I found these when I was hunting for a Secret Recipe Club recipe. I have never purchased lamb and made a recipe at home. I've only had lamb in doner kebab. However, our local German fast food restaurant shut down for good and I can no longer get doner and it bums me out so much. Enter this recipe!

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I loved that doner kebabs had tons of fresh veggies and tzatziki sauce (a MUST). These kebabs have a sauce that is very close to tzatziki sauce and I absolutely adore the Greek salsa. The recipe is easy to prepare and the lamb is the only part that needs cooking time and even it doesn't take long. The seasonings added to the lamb kebabs are simple but work so well with the salsa and feta-yogurt sauce. All-in-all this is definitely a recipe I will make every once in a while (since lamb is a bit more expensive per pound than other meats) because I just love the combination of ingredients so much and it's incredibly easy to make.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Garlic Beef Noodle Bowls

Simple ingredients are combined in under 30 minutes to make this full-of-flavor Asian-inspired pasta dish!

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Ignore the fact that this Garlic Beef Noodle recipe isn't in a bowl. Also ignore those sad green beans. But don't ignore this awesome recipe! It's one of the simpler Asian-inspired recipes I've made and you can make it with any type of long pasta. I used thin spaghetti because I couldn't find linguine noodles. You can use rice noodles or even ramen. It's up to you! We've taken to making a lot of stir frys and Asian dishes on Thursdays and this one is definitely going to be a part of our regular rotation of recipes!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - July 16, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 16, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week is all about remakes and old favorites because I'm saving up all my cooking luck to make macarons for the first time! I'm excited and incredibly nervous, but I finally got around to trying them in the end of May and loved them so much. I just have to make them.

Monday - Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta
Tuesday - Crunchwrap Supreme
Wednesday - Middle of the Cinnamon Roll Muffin // Egg Drop Soup
Thursday - Herbed Pork Chops
Friday - Kids Menu Burgers
Saturday - Cheese & Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Sunday - Breakfast Scramble // Birthday Cake Macarons [link to video]

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Subwhales

Even if you haven't seen the movie, these Subwhales are an epicly cute way to make a sub sandwich!

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During my husband's third deployment, I tried to make the time pass more quickly for my kids with a lot of activities. Our favorite thing to do was go to the movies and we had a blast seeing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, as the first one was one of our favorites to watch at home. The food creatures aka the foodimals were truly hilarious and even now that the kids are much older (how has it already been 5 years?!), we still adore the movie. We have made these Subwhales a number of times because they are an easy sub sandwich with some fun whale elements to them.

Even if you have a child who isn't familiar with the foodimals in the movie, this is such an adorable way to make a sub sandwich! I included a picture of the movie subwhales so you can see what we were going for!

via Google images

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simple Yogurt Parfaits

This is the perfect recipe for a parfait beginner - and also a wonderful recipe for kids to get involved in making a well-balanced breakfast or snack!

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Sure it's not the most mindblowing recipe in the world, but it's a great thing to have a base recipe to work off of. I, for one, can get pretty overwhelmed trying to come up with stuff and that's why I appreciate this parfait recipe. It's simple and it's a stepping stone for more complicated parfaits. The possibilities are definitely endless. There are tons of different granolas that can be paired with fruits and different flavors of yogurt. I personally am a huge fan of strawberry and strawberry banana yogurt and I love to eat it with cashew butter and cacao nib granola because you almost get a pb&j flavor profile with a chocolate covered strawberry flavor profile. I hope you all enjoy this super easy parfait recipe. It's also a great beginner recipe if you have kids who are interested in helping in the kitchen! My kids love parfaits and love being able to pick their toppings, so this is a hit with them too.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Caprese Grilled Cheese

These grilled cheese sandwiches are hands-down my favorite with loads of melty mozzarella cheese and fresh basil and tomatoes.

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I don't make grilled cheese sandwiches often but I couldn't pass this one up! I love caprese anything. If a recipe says basil, I'm in, but I adore basil with mozzarella and tomatoes. I loved that this particular recipe was made on a griddle. It's so nice to be able to cook many sandwiches at a quicker pace. Serve these sandwiches up with a little balsamic vinaigrette for dipping and you have the perfect caprese flavor in every bite!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - July 9, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 9, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

We have some new recipes to try out this week and I'm ready! I am also trying a chili recipe out for the third time. I used canned beans the first time and then lost the picture in the computer crash. In June, I made it again with "fresh/raw" beans and it didn't go over well at all. So I'm going the canned beans route again because it's a really delicious recipe, I just suck at making raw beans.

Monday - Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara
Tuesday - Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Lemon Rice
Wednesday - Starbucks Copycat Blueberry Muffins // Lori's 3-Bean Chili
Thursday - Budget Egg Roll Rice Bowls
Friday - Wings, Fried Pickles, Cheesy Bread
Saturday - Pizza Meatloaf
Sunday - Bacon Cinnamon Rolls // Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crumble

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Loco Moco

Who needs Mickey D's when you can have this Hawaiian fast food staple at home?

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Loco moco is a Hawaiian fast food staple and I can absolutely see why. My family loved this dish. It's a lower calorie Garbage Plate. Traditionally, this is served with the patty and egg on top of the rice all smothered in gravy. I couldn't tell you why I didn't do it that way, but that's the traditional way to do it. Very simple recipe with simple ingredients, but it's definitely not lacking in flavor at all. I especially loved the gravy - which is saying something because I usually don't like gravy. My tastebuds are growing up!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine

Crunchy Parmesan chicken paired with savory roasted romaine is such a great meal and so easy to make!


Hope my fellow Americans have a safe and fun Independence Day. We're excited to be grilling out tonight and I wish I had a more appropriate recipe to share today, but decided to go with one that I really enjoyed nonetheless. This Parmesan chicken is fantastic - I'm not always a fan of having to bread meat, but you just pat the coating on for this dish, so it's way less messy! It was also my first time roasting lettuce and although I did not use anchovies like in the original dish, I did try and add a bit of that flavor with Worcestershire. I was definitely not ready to step too far out of my comfort zone. We loved the roasted romaine. It was interesting in the best sort of way. It paired perfectly with the crunchy chicken!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Reese's Cookies

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips and topped with Reese's Cups for all that peanut butter and chocolate flavor!

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What's better than chocolate chip cookies? Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! What's better than peanut butter chocolate chip cookies? Those cookies with Reese's Cups! It's all the peanut butter and chocolate goodness in one cookie. There is no wait time where dough has to chill and the cookie itself turns out so soft and chewy - my favorite! The mini Reese's Cups are put on after the cookies come out of the oven and they end up melting slightly. It makes for the perfect ooey gooey chocolate in each bite.

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - July 2, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 2, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

More remakes this week and then since Matthew and I were both craving tacos, we're having regular old tacos - hard shell this time! For some reason, both German recipes ended up this week, but I think in a few weeks, I have schnitzel and spaetzle on the menu too.

Monday - Slow Cooker Spinach Chicken Pasta
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins // German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings
Thursday - 15-Minute Garlic Butter Ramen
Friday - Steak 'n Shake Frisco Patty Melts
Saturday - Chicken a la King
Sunday - Sourdough Waffles // Kasekuchen

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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