Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week in Photos: Over Due Photo Dump

And now, an unorganized dump of photos:

Thanksgiving!  We had probably my favorite Thanksgiving ever this year - and also our largest!  13 people and a truly wonderful gathering and meal.  Ben made the place cards :)

The most adorable place mat Ben made at school!  This one is a keeper :)

An old friend from high school's wife started her own floral business, Petal & Posy, and I decided to purchase a centerpiece from her for Thanksgiving.  So beautiful, isn't it?

I put Evan on turkey-carving duty.  He nailed it! (And also looked so cute in my apron).

Our neighbors Melissa, Marc, Sammy and Sully joined us this year.  Marc, being in the wine business, offered to handle the wine and he went above and beyond!  7 bottles on the table for dinner followed by wine parings to go with dessert!  Epic.

My mom picking Ben up on a rainy Wednesday at the bus :)

We went to go see The Bodyguard at the Paramount and it was surprisingly SO MUCH FUN.  I loved it.

We had a long overdue dinner date with Freya and her parents!  These two cuties are so sweet together. 

Eating a giant Cocoa Puff Cereal Bar at The Wandering Goose.


Doing homework:

Word searches are a new fun pass time around here:

We took Ben to The Learning Store in Bellevue on Black Friday so we could get some ideas about what he wanted for Christmas.  He found the map section and put everything on his list ;)

I made these peppermint kiss cookies for the cookie exchange this year.

A cold morning at the bus stop:

Watching a particularly intense Steeler game.

Picking out our tree this year! 

I really really love our tree this year.

Ben's elf has arrived.  Ben brought his little stuffed animal over to keep him company on this particular day.

On another day, he brought a painted rock of himself for Ben to keep!

My friend Kristin brought over a tin of Christmas cookies mere hours after I commented on a picture she had posted of them.  It was the best surprise!

Watching Christmas movies and snuggling:

For a fun adventure, we went ice skating.  It wasn't fun at all and our feet still hurt ;)

The end of a long week:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Meal planning: December 16th - 22nd

Review from last week:

Tuna Casserole.  LOVED this.  Can't wait to make it again.  It made for a ton of leftovers which was awesome for lunches all week.

Paleo nachos.  Hadn't made this one for awhile and it was good to have again.

Plan for next week:

Sunday: Smoked Mozzarella and Sausage Pizza

Monday: Tabasco Quinoa Chicken Bake

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Indian Chicken and Peas (from the Skinnytaste Cookbook)

Thursday: Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner (from the Skinnytaste Cookbook)

Friday: Leftovers

Friday, December 8, 2017

Meal Planning: December 9th - 15th

Review from last week:

Tried a new chicken tortilla soup recipe last week.  Pretty good.  Lacking in flavor, but nothing some hot sauce, salsa and cheese couldn't fix.

Meatballs and Salad:

Loved this one from Blue Apron last week:

Spicy shrimp bucatini pasta.  Also delicious:

Plan for next week:

Saturday: Out to eat

Monday: Tuna Casserole from the Cravings cookbook

Tuesday: Paleo nachos:

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: My office is having our holiday party, so I’ll be there for dinner

Friday: Ricotta Meatballs in Chianti Sauce (frozen leftovers from last week)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Meal Planning: December 3rd - 8th

Review from last week:

After all of the stuffing leftovers were gone, it was time to reboot after Thanksgiving with a big salad:

Lagered Turkey Chili, which always hits the spot:

Tried a new recipe this week: Mediterranean Chicken with spiralized vegetables.

Plan for next week:

Sunday:  Greg and I have a little date day/evening planned to take care of some Christmas shopping for Ben - so we are grabbing dinner out.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Meal Planning: November 26th - December 2nd

Review from last week:

I tried a new recipe this week: chicken rigatoni with vodka sauce.  It was delicious.  And probably a zillion calories!

A quick and easy dinner for me while Greg had leftovers: tuna + avocado toast:

I felt like a light dinner on Tuesday night, so while Greg had leftover vodka sauce pasta, I opted for a Kale Caesar with crispy chick peas:

During Thanksgiving prep on Wednesday, I sent Greg out to pick up a deep fried turkey club from Arby's.  I literally saw the commercial for one at the gym and decided I had to have one.  #balance  It was pretty good.

Our Thanksgiving meal!  We had such a wonderful dinner with our friends and family!  It's truly my favorite holiday of the year!!

Plan for next week:

Sunday: After Thanksgiving, a holiday get together and a couple days of leftovers, I'm sure a big salad will sound amazing by Sunday night!  And since you really can't go wrong with the Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon, that's what we will have.

Monday: Lagered Turkey Chili

Tuesday:  Out to dinner at The Spaghetti Factory (our friend Jeannette's annual birthday tradition)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Mediterranean Chicken Breasts with Spiralized Vegetables

Friday:  Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

Saturday: Leftovers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meal Planning: November 19th - 25th (+ Thanksgiving!!)

Review from last week:

Made the rosemary chicken salad with avocado and bacon on Sunday evening.  Truly one of my favorite salads meals.

Made brunch pizza again - this time adding caramelized onions and mushrooms to my side of it.  Delicious.

Really loved this Blue Apron meal: Pork Bolognese.  I love it when they keep the recipes simple with limited ingredients - makes them much more easy to repeat! I also noticed a huge difference using my new stainless steel skillet to brown the meat and vegetables in.  I recently learned that stainless steel (vs nonstick) is the best for browning meat and making pan sauces.  This was proof enough for me! 

The chicken recipe from Blue Apron was really good too.  I really liked the farro + carrot combination!

While I'm not thrilled with Chick-Fil-A's politics in general, they do make a damn good spicy chicken sandwich....

Ancho Beef Tacos from Blue Apron.

Plan for next week:

Sunday: Leftover Enchiladas (that I froze from a batch I made a couple weeks ago)

Monday: Chicken Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: TBD.  Wednesday night will be for prepping turkeys and getting the table set, so dinner will be whatever we can scrounge up :)

Thursday:  Thanskgiving!  We are doing turkey two ways, (one roasted  - dry brining this one, and one smoked) and gravy!

Friday: Leftovers!!!

Saturday: Leftovers!!!