Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's for Dinner?

Oh my gosh, you guys!  Sometimes, despite my best intentions, things just don't go the way I want them to.  I had planned on getting back to my regular posting schedule since the start of the year.  But, between life, work and colds (I swear, it's Groundhog Day around here!  Just as soon as one of us recovers another one goes down and the cycle just keeps repeating!), that has not happened.

I have so much content I want to share and just haven't had the time to focus on my beloved blog lately.  This week will likely be a bust again, but I'm hoping to get at least a few posts up and then, if all goes well, I should be back at it (with a vengeance!) next week.  

But, of course I just jinxed it.  So, there's that.  I swear I'll get back into my groove one of these days.  :(  

Sorry to be such a flake lately.  Hopefully things are going more seamlessly (and with a lot less snot!) for all of you than it has for me! 

But, for now, what's for dinner?

Monday:  Pesto Chicken Panini with Sweet Potato Fries and fruit (recipe coming soon)

Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas with beans and fruit

Thursday: Leftovers

Saturday:  Eat Out

What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

So Into / So Over - Episode 22

If you know me personally, you know that I am a very honest person and not at all shy about sharing what I think, whether it is good or bad. So Into / So Over posts provide me a forum to share my thoughts on things that make me happy as well as things that make me, well, not so happy. Here's what I've been So Into / So Over this week:

So Into: Talking in a British Accent

Confession: I often talk in a British accent but I am not British and have never lived in the UK. 

I'd like to say it's random, but it happens a lot.  Like, all the time.  Some days I'll talk with a British accent more than I talk normally.  In fact, Lovebug has heard it so much that shes has started breaking into accents when she talks too. I do it so much that sometimes I don't realize that I am doing it!  It's kind of a problem. Luckily, my British accent hasn't infiltrated my work place.  But, I figure it's just a matter of time.  

I blame Lisa Vanderpump - RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules is a total guilty pleasure.  I love her!  She seems so lovely and sophisticated and her accent!!  Oh my!  I would like to be Lisa Vanderpump when I grow up - accent, home, closet and all.  Who can I talk to about that? 

Anyway, I am so into talking with a British accent even though I really suck at it.  I saw the sign above at a store recently and seriously considered buying it.  But, My Love put his foot down and drew the line at talking with the accent.  :)

Well, now you know my secret, my guilty pleasure and my aspirations.  TMI?

So Over: Holiday Party Restrictions at School

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Lovebug is attending preschool in our school district and I learned pretty early in the school year that our school district does not allow holiday parties because they do not want to offend anyone.  On one hand, I understand the desire to respect the individual beliefs in the classroom.  But, on the other, I feel this is a missed opportunity...

Instead of recognizing, celebrating and educating about the diverse holidays (religious, cultural or otherwise), our school district has decided to simply act like they don't exist.  I realize that it would be a lot of work for teachers to acknowledge and celebrate all holidays, but, with the help of parents, couldn't they acknowledge the various holidays celebrated by the students in the class?

I realize that kids go to school to learn, but kids are kids and they need to have some fun too!  As a child, I always looked forward to the various holiday parties that were held throughout the year and, although our Halloween parade was often anticlimactic, it was something I enjoyed!  They weren't anything grand or expensive, just a couple treats and/or activities that created a "special" day at school.

I just feel like my kids are being robbed of childhood memories that were so precious to me, not to mention, the opportunity to learn about religions and cultures other than their own.  It makes me sad that Lovebug didn't get to wear her Halloween costume to school and it bothers me that I had to ask if it would be ok if we brought her friends the Valentine's bookmarks we made.   The holiday is about love and friendship, for crying out loud!

I'm so over this extreme environment of political correctness that prevents kids from having holiday parties at school.  It is just a little too much, in my humble opinion.

Do your kids get to have holiday parties at schools?  If so, has anyone complained that the parties aren't in line with their beliefs?  Just curious.

What are you into and over? I'd love to know!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Green Chile Pork

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants ever is Barrio Queen in Scottsdale.  The food is fantastic and they are known for their fantastic tacos, guacamole and their large array of Mexican spirits.  But, our favorite thing to order comes off of the appetizer menu, the Barrio Papas with the Pork Green Chile.  They are truly fantastic and we get it every time we are there (my mouth is literally watering just thinking of them).  

Last weekend, we decided to make our own version of these fantastic fries while watching the Super Bowl.  I admit, they don't look like much, but I promise you they are scrumptious!   We make our own baked fries, but you could easily make them with frozen fries, if you prefer.  They come together with minimal effort and they are pretty hearty so they could be served as an appetizer or a meal. 

Green Chile + Pork + Fries = DELICIOUS 
Chile Verde Pork Fries

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What's for Dinner?

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you all had a productive and fun weekend!!  We certainly did!  We celebrated a couple birthdays, ran a few errands and checked out a new home development in our area (we aren't looking to move, just enjoy looking at what's out there). 

Going on home tours, whether virtual or in person, is one of my favorite things to do.  It's so fun to see how rooms can be decorated, styled and organized so that they are functional and comfortable.  It's also interesting to see how challenges in floor plans can be addressed and rooms can be filled in such fun and creative ways.  I always leave home tours feeling so inspired and armed with tons of ideas.  

We have a perpetually long list of things we hope to do in our home and are currently in the middle of several room refresh projects that have been keeping us busy (I plan on sharing the before and after pictures once they are done).  Of course, walking through the model homes gave us several new ideas so our long list is even longer!  But, that's how it works right?  For every one thing you check off, several new things are added. :)

Anyway, what's for dinner?

SundayHamburgersSweet Potato Fries and baked beans

Monday:  Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken & Peas (recipe coming soon) and salad

Tuesday Chicken Kababs (recipe coming soon) with Grilled Zucchini and Tomatoes

WednesdayChile Verde Burritos (new recipe!) with fresh fruit

Thursday: Leftovers

Saturday:  Valentine's Day Surf & Turf - TBD  (will share what we end up making next Sunday) 

What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cauliflower Puree

A couple weeks ago, I had this delicious cauliflower puree planned as a side dish for one of our meals.  But, when I went to make it, I realized that we had made a mistake on our grocery list so I didn't have all the ingredients I needed.  I hate when that happens!

Rather than scrap the side dish and come up with something else, I decided to improvise and make my own version with ingredients I had on hand.  I started by cooking the cauliflower in chicken stock, instead of water, to add some savoriness to the dish.  I considered adding sour cream but went with goat cheese to balance the sweetness with some tartness.  And, of course, butter makes everything better, so I had to include some of that.  Lastly, I added some seasoning and gave it a whirl in my food processor and called it done.

With fingers crossed, I served my family my new version of cauliflower puree.

The verdict:  HUGE SUCCESS!  We all loved it!!

This cauliflower puree is super tasty without being overpowering, which makes it a great side dish for almost anything.  It's also a great way to fill picky eaters with healthy nutrients!   Lovebug was so fooled by the flavor and texture she kept calling it mashed potatoes!  I will definitely be making this puree again!
Mashed Cauliflower Puree

Friday, January 30, 2015

HOW TO: 3 Tips for Getting Fast Pass Tickets to Meet Elsa & Anna at Disneyland's Frozen Royal Reception

Forgive the lengthy post - I promise there is some good info!

We took a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth in early December last year.  It was a fun but very wet trip and thankfully, we were there before the measles outbreak (Littlebug just got vaccinated, thank goodness!).  Guess what Lovebug was most excited about?

Yup, seeing Queen Elsa and Princess Anna!  But, making that happen was a traumatic experience, to say the least.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Day String Heart Door Decoration

I don't know about you, but my Pinterest feed has been full of Valentine's Day gifts, decorations and foods.  I love all the brilliant ideas I've seen but there is one thing that keeps catching my eye - String Heart Decorations.  They are absolutely adorable and look relatively easy to make. 

So, I decided to update my front door Valentine's Day Wreath with a String Heart Door Decoration.  I love how it turned out, so bright and colorful, and get so happy every time I pull up to our house! 
Valentine's Day String Heart Door Decoration
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