Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Kind of an annoying day... so we went to Chuckie Cheese to redeem the day

MONDAY
*new* Hummus Crusted Chicken

TUESDAY
*new* Crockpot Mongolian Beef

WEDNESDAY
Snow Crab Clusters (on sale!) with a salad topped with chicken)

THURSDAY
Crockpot Chili

FRIDAY
Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells
OR Family Pizza Night if daddy is home

SATURDAY
Breakfast for dinner!

 Baked Pesto Chicken
 Chicken, avocado pizza
Tuscan Sausage Soup with Avovado, tomato and mozzarella grilled cheese
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY
Tuscan Style Sausage Soup (a favorite!) with Avocado Tomato and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese
... or a marghertia Grilled Cheese... that looks awesome!

MONDAY
Special dinner out for Jillie's birthday!

TUESDAY
Pulled Pork (sale)

WEDNESDAY
*New* Pulled Pork Nachos

THURSDAY
* New* Pulled Pork Cobb Salad (if there's any leftover... otherwise we will use chicken)

FRIDAY
*New* Cowboy Tatertot Casserole 

SATURDAY
I dont know... ha
 The husbands family's Baked Sausage, Potato, and Onion
 Baked potato, broccoli, and a barber chicken breast
Broccoli Cheddar soup with grilled cheese
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girly Pirate Party ::. Food



FOOD
I'm not gonna lie; I had fun with the food! I pinned so many things that I had a hard time holding myself back. Luckily, it was all pretty simple to do. The cookies I made several weeks in advance and froze.  Same thing with the cupcake toppers. The cupcakes, jello, and the cake were the only "last minute" things.


1. Gold Nuggets - rolos
2. Cupcakes - I like the cupcake toppers so I made cupcakes too
3. Pirate Ships - blue jello in clear cups with an orange wedge, topped with a "sail"
4. Fudgy Gold Doubloons- using my go-to button cookie recipe with yellow sprinkles


5. Grape Chili Cannon Balls - Grape Chili meatballs
6. Fish n' Chips - goldfish and chips
7.Corndog Peg Legs - mini corndog bites
8. Pieces of Eight - orange jello knox blox

9 . walk the pretzel plank - pretzel sticks
10. Cheesy Cannon Balls - cheese balls
11. Skully want a crack ... with cheese - cheese ball rolled in nuts
12. The signs showed guests where drinks were too

CAKE - A Treasure Chest



While the cake may look SUPER hard and intricate... it's not. (shoot, the secret is out of the bag!). The cake is really just a square, two layer cake, iced with chocolate icing, and decorated using a round tip and a wilton decorating bag. The treasure chest top is not edible. My mom made that with some craft foam sheets, ribbon, and a skull and crossbone print out.


THE SPREAD
And here is the entire spread.


Happy Birthday, Jillie!

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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

MONDAY
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.

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

WEDNESDAY
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

THURSDAY
Rugby again -- BREAKFAST for dinner! Woo hoo!

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

SATURDAY
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
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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.

ACTIVITIES
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
Playground
This one is pretty self explanatory.

PARTY FAVORS
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.




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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!)

MONDAY
Travel day, so take out once we got home

TUESDAY
Easy Shepherds Pie

WEDNESDAY
Caprese Avocado Salad (with chicken)

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

FRIDAY
Heading to Orlando for some family time

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

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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).

ingredients:
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

directions:
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.
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