Monday, December 15, 2014

Calling all Moms! Let's Break The Weeknight Rut!

I have a confession to make.  Since going back to work full time, it's been really difficult to get dinner on the table.  I work hard at it, but the more hours I spend career-wise, the more we eat takeout, or, we eat the same things, all. the. time.  I know, if I menu plan, it will be easier, but let's face it, sometimes I just don't have time to make what I've planned, so I need to find some simple solutions. 

It can't just be me.  Do you ever run into a rut, dinner wise? 

Let's help each other out!    What are your favorite go-to dinners/recipes?  Let's share in the comments below.  If you use a recipe that is isn't your own, please put the link of the original recipe instead of retyping it, so we can make sure we link back to the right folks.  Don't have a recipe, but just a regular go-to meal, what is it?   I'm hoping between all of our go-to meals, we will all have lots to choose from (and a resource at our fingertips)! 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Thanksgiving Fail: Nailed It

Have you ever thought something would be fabulous, and then you made it, and it looked pretty good...and then you took a bite, only to find that it was one gigantic failure.  Yep, I had one of those, but, unfortunately, it wasn't limited to just The Man from Montreal, the kids, and me.  No, I had to go and take that stuff to my extended family.  For Thanksgiving.  You get the picture, right?

Here's how it went.  The blueberry-pear crisp I made a few months ago turned out so well, I thought I would just switch out the fruit and make an apple-cranberry crisp.  Not a bad idea, I thought, as I put it together.  Let's just say that I needed a little more trial and error to make this work, because without adding sugar to the fruit mixture (I used whole cranberries and Granny Smith apples), this was not just tart, it was eating-a-lemon-would-be-better tart.  People smiled politely (we're Southern, I'd expect no less), and then decided to try the chocolate pie.  Lesson learned.  Next time, I'll add some sugar to the fruit, or maybe just top it with gobs of ice cream.  

You might be wondering why I would even share a failure.  There are a couple of answers to that:  First, I'd like to keep things real here.  Second, after my now five year old told a pediatrician I thought he (the pediatrician, that is), was hot, well, let's say that I have a pretty high tolerance for embarrassing situations.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oven Fried Catfish

I found this Southern Living Recipe for Oven Fried Catfish on Pinterest.  I fully admit that I don't
actually try some of the recipes I pin.  I have good intentions...well, let's just say, I'm working on trying those that I pin.  So, when I found this one, I decided to give it a try.  It looked great, and easy, and, really, I wanted to see how it would turn out.
For the original recipe, click here.

oven fried catfishI did change it up a little.  First, I only used about half of the creole seasoning recommended. I added a little salt and pepper, as well.  I also mixed it in with the cornflakes instead of coating the fish in it.  Also, I only used two catfish filets.  Two gigantic catfish filets. 

Prep was very easy.  I put the cornflakes in a large Ziploc bag and let my 4 year old crush them.  He was thrilled! 

As luck would have it, we were out of tartar sauce, so I made up a little last minute using a little mayo, a little mustard, some lemon juice and a couple of spoonfuls of capers.

Do you use Pinterest?  Do you try all the recipes you pin?  What are your favorites?

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Printable Grocery List Template and Menu Plan Monday

Is it time to menu plan already?  I generally menu plan right before I go to the grocery store, so I have a printable grocery list template for you.

Grocery List Printable
I know, you can make a list on anything, but I'm more likely to actually make a list if I have a pretty one to use. So, to download the free printable, just click here.  For last week's menu planning printable, click here.

On to the menu planning!   I'm linking up to Menu Plan Monday over on I Am an Organizing Junkie


Pork chops
Peas and mushrooms


Veggie Ham Fritters (I know, I was going to have them last week, but we didn't and I still have all the ingredients).
green beans


Stuffed pepper filling over rice (my kids will not eat the pepper part, so I don't bother)

Thursday & Friday                              

I will be out of town, so the Man from Montreal is in charge.  I'm always interested to see what he has cooked up when I return.  It's usually delicious, and maybe, just maybe, I can get him to post here next week! :)
What's on your menu this week?
ps--in last week's menu plan, I told you I was going to try Oven Fried Catfish.  I did, and it rocked!  Come back Wednesday for my review, and the link to this awesome recipe.  (I did just call it awesome.  I get to do that since I didn't make the recipe up. :)  )

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites 3.28.2014

It's Friday!   In case you missed it this week, I posted a new, free, menu planning template here, and blogged about 5 Tips for (less stressful) Weeknight Dinners!

Now, it is my favorite time of  the week!  Time to share some bloggy love!  Once again, I've come across so many great blogs, I couldn't possibly tell you about all of them in one post.  So, here are some of my favorites from this week:

I'm a freak about organizing (ask me about my shoe boxes--I might have a problem), and we all know I love a good free printable, so I'm loving the Family Binder over on Such a Mom.

I'm loving Edible Pixie Dust over on Jade Louise Designs.  So fun for a fairy-themed birthday party!

Huckleberry Love.  I think the whole site is fabulous! 

If you are into d├ęcor, you have got to see The Naked Decorator.  If it is possible to drool over photos of home interiors, well, I'm there.

Finally, a great sweet treat--Milky Way Bars Brownie Bites over on Buttercream Bakehouse!   Yum!

What are your favorites this week? 

Happy Weekend!
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