Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

This week's meal plan is kind of a no brainer. I really don't have much to plan!

SUNDAY was...
Grilled burgers and zucchini, with potatoes

My mother in law was over and we (ok... she made it while I went in the pool with the girls and then bathed them) made one of their family favorites. It has no name, so I will call it Italian sausage, onion, and potato (with butter, lol) bake. It was tasty. We had it will brussel sprouts and snow peas.

Hubby has rugby, so the girls and I will eat whatever we find in the fridge

This mama is going out with some girls -- I'll make something quick and easy that the kids (and daddy) will eat - probably my Easy Shepherd's Pie

Rugby again -- BREAKFAST for dinner! Woo hoo!

One of very best friends birthday dinners at a Speakeasy (how fun is that?!)

Party, party, party! (yikes, going out twice in one week... this could get rough)

 Chicken Caprese Salad
 Tricia Yearwoods Tortilla Soup (with tweaks)
Corned Beef, Potatoes, and Cabbage

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Girly Pirate Party ::. Activities and Favors

Since we are coming up on my middle daughter's 4th birthday, I figured it was high time I did a post on her 3rd birthday party (slacker over here).

With three daughters, there is going to be TONS of stuff to fight about over the years; I don't want them to look back and pictures and decided I planned better birthday parties for so-and-so and whatnot... SO my oldests birthday for each age sort of sets the tone.

1st - party at the house (duckie, cupcake, duckie)
2nd - party at the park (Minnie Mouse, Car)
3rd - party at the house, with a bounce house (strawberry shortcake, Pirate)
4th - party at the park (Bike)
5th - party at the house (candyland(no bounce house, although she expected one because my other daughter had just had her 3rd "bounce house at the house" party) 

I know I can't keep this up forever, but at least I'm trying!

Anyway, so for Jillie's 3rd birthday party we went with a Girly Pirate themed party.

Bounce House - fun for all ages...

... mommies and daddies included

Dig for Pirate Treasure - Wouldn't you believe that probably the MOST POPULAR thing at this party was the cheapest thing? Don't get me wrong, the kids LOVED the bounce house, but there was ALWAYS a line for the treasure hunt.

Line for Treasure Dig
I took two small plastic shell baby pool things and filled them with sand. I put in a bunch of mardi gras beads, gold (and pink) coins found at Party City, Hobby Lobby, etc, and these really neat gem stone things that I stumbled upon at Hobby Lobby like a week before the party. (side note - Hobby Lobby had a surprisingly large section of Girly Pirate things, I wish I had gone there sooner!).

Jillie finding her first gemstone
This one is pretty self explanatory.

I love a good favor that goes along with the party theme.

Bag Filled with a pirate hat, a few chocolate coins, and a small plastic maze do-dad that I found at Oriental Trading... and probably a sucker or two (I'm writing this a year late... so I honestly don't know what was in there)
DIY Pirate swords (instructions found here) - Super easy and huge hit! We gave them out at the end.

Linking up: Flavors by FourDIY by Design , Marvelous MommyBowl full of LemonsHomework , Someday Crafts , My Girlish Whims , Handy Man Crafty Woman, Gingersnap Crafts , Vintage Gwen , A Round TuitCRAFTNifty Thrifty Things , Lolly Jane , Crafty Moms Share ,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Labor Day/Opening football game weekend!  I hope everyone had as much fun as I did ... well, minus the second half of the Clemson vs Georgia football game (ugh!). Here's a little tangent for you, so I was dropping my kindergartener off at school today (in the state of Florida, not South Carolina OR Georgia) and while we were waiting for the bell to ring and I notice some boys... maybe 3rd graders... talking. I started listening when I hear the word "Clemson", but stopped when he said, "... and then after halftime Georgia just DOMINATED them...". But alas, we Clemson fans are used to the heart-ache.

Anyway, so I hope everyone had a great weekend... here's what I've got planned for this week (well, what we have left of it anyway!)

Travel day, so take out once we got home

Easy Shepherds Pie

Caprese Avocado Salad (with chicken)

Hot dogs (something fancier for me) with homemade mac n cheese

Heading to Orlando for some family time

 Taco Night
 Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
Honey mustard Salmon 
 Roast Chicken
Oven Baked Tilapia 
My favorite... breakfast!


Friday, August 22, 2014

{Pinned there, Done That} Caprese Chicken

I pinned this recipe from The Novice Chef and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did because this recipe hit it out of the park! It had a wonderful flavor and I am adding this to the "yes" list.

Just in case this recipe goes missing on her blog, here it is...
Caprese Chicken
src: The Novice Chef
Yield: 4 servings
recipe note: Balsamic vinegar comes in many forms. I really recommend a higher quality one - it truly does make a difference. A low quality balsamic vinegar is very thin - like water. A higher quality one is slightly thicker (not as thick as balsamic glaze, but somewhere in the middle of the two).

4 skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
10 large basil leaves, finely chopped
8 oz fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices
balsamic vinegar, to taste

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken, cover pan, and cook for about 10 minutes. Flip chicken breasts and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked thoroughly (or has reached an internal temp of 165°F).

While chicken is cooking, in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add tomatoes and continue sautéing until tomatoes skin starts to soften/wrinkle, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Set aside.

Once chicken has reached desired doneness, top the tops of each chicken breast with 2 slices of mozzarella. Pour tomato mixture on top. Cover pan with lid once more and let the mozzarella melt, about 1-2 minutes.

Lastly, drizzle with a splash of balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

I guess I'm not starting the new school year out well if I can't get our meal plan out by Monday! Oh well...

SUNDAY was...
"Clemson Family Dinner" at our friends house, I made
Stuffed Flank Steak (got rave reviews)

MONDAY was...
Baked PankoTilapia with wild rice and

Eye of Round Roast

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza with Leftovers from Tuesday

Taco Salad

Something on the grill

Probably something else on the grill...

 Skinny Tuna Melt
 Caprese Chicken
Pot Roast

Friday, August 15, 2014

{Pinned there, Done that} Chorizo Queso Dip

A little while ago, for Taco Night, I decided to spice things up a bit and add in this Chorizo Queso Dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

chorizo dip-queso fundido
prep time: 2 minutes
cook time: 5 minutes
yield: 1 small skillet of dip
serving size: a couple of chips dipped


1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded queso quesadilla cheese or oaxaca (or if you can't find either, monterey jack cheese)
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces chorizo
tortilla chips for dipping


  • heat the oven to broil.
  • in a medium skillet over medium heat, add the chorizo and garlic and cook through, about 5 minutes. drain and set aside.
  • in a cast iron skillet (small) or ceramic dish, add the cheese and broil until melted. top with drained chorizo and serve immediately with chips.
  • notes

So while the flavor of mine was AWESOME, I think I may have broiled it too long or something... it wasn't super creamy. Also, it hardened up quite quickly so the hubby and I didn't have a chance to eat it without a fork and knife. Still flavorful. I will definitely be trying this again if I find the oazaca cheese.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pizza Night: Portobello & Pesto Pizza

It's been quite some time since the family has had a homemade pizza night, so I decided to add it to the meal plan (and ACTUALLY do it...). We decided to revisit an old favorite... Portobello Pizza Night.

As always, this was a HUGE hit (even without meat which the hubby is rarely ok with).

We actually made 2 pizzas, plain old cheese for the girls and the Portobello for us.

Southern Living's Portobello Pizza Recipe


2 3 (we like a lot of substancelarge portobello mushroom caps, sliced
1/2 large onion, sliced 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal 
1 (10-ounce) refrigerated pizza crust dough 
2 tablespoons basil pesto 
2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt 
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 
6 fresh mozzarella cheese slices (6 ounces) 
5 plum tomatoes, chopped  (try to remove seeds and liquid)
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


Sauté first 4 ingredients in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add balsamic vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Set aside.
Sprinkle cornmeal over baking pan; spread out pizza dough. Bake on bottom oven rack at 425° for 5 minutes.
Stir together pesto and yogurt. Spread over pizza crust, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle with mushroom mixture and fresh basil. Top with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 425° on bottom oven rack for 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted.


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