Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan 1/16 - 1/22

Better late than never this week!

We had a really fun weekend which included my work holiday party, barre class, my niece's birthday party, and the Packer game!  My work party was nice and casual this year, and we went bowling. I am a horrible bowler and got 60 the first game followed by 90 the second.....sigh...

My niece's birthday was at Chucky Cheese and it was Kellen's first time there. He loved it, but it is not a place I will rush back to! It is so busy and way too many kids not being supervised.  I find Kellen's age the be a little challenging at places like this because he wants to be independent but can feel intimidated by the bigger kids. 

The Packer game was stressful with an awesome end! We are so excited to watch them play on Sunday!

This week I am doing a few barre classes and helping host a fundraiser for my friend Amanda. She is a State Representative and has been one of my best friends for years. My Mom is having a party at her house to give support, make some money, and meet new people. 

This week I am also really hoping to see the movie Hidden Figures. I have heard it is great and am excited to see it. I feel guilty not knowing more about this story and have been really a bit about the women and the program, and it is so interesting. 

We are having an ice storm in Green Bay and most of the schools are closed. Kellen goes to a Montessori school and it is open for the day- hope we make it in safe!

Have a great week!


Monday:  One-Pot Cheesy Taco Barley Skillet and Salad
Tuesday: Skillet Rice and Beans with Kielbasa and Peas
Wednesday: Subs
Thursday: Pizza for Boys- I will be at a fundraiser
Friday: French Onion Chicken Casserole
Saturday: Taco Night: Dinner with Friends
Sunday:  Packer Party! BBQ Pork Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Lil Smokies, Coleslaw, and Cupcakes

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Southwest Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

So school is closed today for Kellen and it reminds me of when I was a kids we would wish and wish for a snow (in this case ice) day, but as a adult it means the morning scramble unless you can stay home for the day as well. The joys of being a parent who works out of the home....

Today I am sharing a perfect cold weather meal, Southwest Chicken Spaghetti. This meal is really easy and my little guy loved it. The recipe is weeknight easy and can be made n advance only leaving you to top with the onion topping and get in the oven. I adjusted the amounts of some of the ingredients from the original and used ground chicken of pieces of chicken. Sometimes I do not like how chicken reheats and like the ground chicken in some casseroles. The crunchy onions are the cherry on top and I usually have to fight Ron and Kellen off before they eat them all off the top of the casserole- sneaky boys!

Did you watch Obama's address last night? It was really moving and makes me miss him already. He and his family are intelligent and classy.  It brought tears to my eyes because it reminded me what an honor it was to work for the House of Representatives during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Thank you, Mr. President. 

Tonight I am hoping to get to Pure Barre as long as the ice stays away! Happy hump day folks!


Ingredients

1 lb thin spaghetti, uncooked
1 lb ground chicken 
2 (10.75-oz) can Cream of Chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 (10oz) can Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 (2.8oz) container French fried onions 


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

While pasta cooks, cook the ground chicken until completely cooked and no longer pink.

Mix together chicken, soup, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, Rotel tomatoes (undrained), 1/2 cup cheese. Add cooked pasta. Spread into prepared baking dish.

Top pasta with remaining cheese and French fried onions.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan 1/9 - 1/15

Sunday night already?? The weekend goes too fast.....way to fast. 

I was off work on Friday to get ready for our family holiday celebration and to help my mom get redy for my cousins to come to town from Chicago. My cousin and his wife welcomes twins a few days after I had Rowan and it was their first meeting this weekend! 

Our celebration was so much fun. We did a casual taco bar and I made homemade margaritas. It was low maintenance and perfect because we were all so busy with all the kids!  The kids had a lot of fun and it is funny watching them adapt to playing together each year as they get older. I look forward to our family gathering every year, and can't wait to see everyone again. 

Tonight we are celebrating the Packer win and move to the next round of the play-offs! Next week they play in Dallas and we will wear our green and gold with pride! Go Pack Go!

This week is pretty mellow and we will have a final holiday celebration on Friday with my work holiday party! We are also celebrating a few birthday of cousins and hoping to get together for a pay date as well.....and of course I will be doing Pure Barre. We are setting goals in barre class for 2017 and my goals are 4 times per week, and doing the seat series with no breaks- so far so good.

Have a great week everyone! 

Monday:  Pesto, White Bean and Smoked Turkey Sausage Soup
Tuesday: Bacon Pieorogie Casserole and Peas
Wednesday: Out
Thursday: Chicken Tamale Casserole
Friday: Work Holiday Party
Saturday: Out
Sunday: Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Potato, and Leek Soup

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Another year and another awesome slow cooker recipe. 

I have many times professed my love for slow cookers and crockpots. They routinely save my family from weeknight take out and we get to come home to a hot and ready meal. In the past I have heard the complaint of slow cookers drying out food and I think it is important to note that not all slow cooker recipes can sit and cook for 10 hours. I have a few great roast recipes that can take that amount of time, but I find many need 6-8 hours on low to be perfect. This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Curry cooks perfectly in about 6 hours and makes a wonderful weeknight meal. When I saw the recipe it was a must try for me: easy to put together and easy to get on the table.  This recipe calls for cream cheese at the end to create a creamy curry and I followed their recommendation, but am intrigued on the idea of using a can of coconut milk next time! Yum! I opted to use a spicy salsa, but the nice thing about this recipe is you have a lot of control over the heat level depending on who is sharing the meal with you. 

Last night, we relaxed at home and are getting back into the swing of the work week. The boys had warm baths and settled into bed a little early tonight after a night with a fussy little Rowan last night! I think the poor buddy is teething pretty hard, but it certainly makes his mother appreciate her morning coffee and shower to wake up when the alarm buzzes at 5 am.....

Tonight I am headed to barre and we will have subs for dinner afterwards- gotta love easy nights!

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Ingredients

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups thick and chunky salsa (spice level of choice)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 Tbl  yellow curry powder
1/2 cup cream cheese
Salt, to taste


Instructions

Place chicken in a slow cooker. 

Mix together salsa, onion, and curry powder. Pour over chicken and stir to coat. 

Cook on LOW 6-7 hours.
During final 15 minutes,  remove chicken and stir in cream cheese till smooth. Season with salt. Shred chicken into small to medium pieces.  Place chicken back in the slow cooker and stir. Cook for an additional for 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with rice.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan 1/2/16 - 1/8

Happy New Year! 

I hpe everyone had an amazing New Year's Eve and are off to  a great start in 2017. 

We headed to a friend's house with kids in tow for a family celebration. The kids got to see the ball drop and even ended the night with a glass of kid friendly "bubbly".  We had tons of appetizers and homemade pizza....plus a few Moscow Mules and champagne.  We played a few games with the kids- Pie Face and Yeti in the Spaghetti before they ran to plan, and we played a few games with the adults. It was so much fun and a perfect way to ring in 2017. Rowan passed out on the sofa..so cute:

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New Year's Day was spent relaxing and movie watching. Kellen and I went to see Moana and really liked it!  We also watched the Packers beat the Lions in the evening. My parents came over to watch and we snacked on a few appetizers as we watched the game. The win means a play-off game in Green Bay next weekend!

I was off work yesterday and we took down the Christmas stuff for the season- always sad to see it go, but my house always looks less cluttered. I also went to a barre with my sister and had my first 2017 class in the books!

This week I am doing a board and brush class with my friend Kayla and am excited to try something new! This weekend my family is coming to town for a belated holiday celebration. There are 3 new babies  this year because Rowan and my cousin's twins were both born in April. It is going to be fun watching all the little people run around!

Hope everyone has had a great start to 2017!


Monday:  Chicken Curry and Rice
Tuesday: Penne Meatball Pasa Bake and Galic Knots
Wednesday: Out
Thursday: Pesto, White Bean and Smoked Turkey Sausage Soup
Friday: Out
Saturday: Family Holiday Celebration
Sunday: Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Potato, and Leek Soup

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016: My Favorites

Last post of 2016. This has been a good year for me. Our second baby joining the family was the biggest highlight for me. We are had fun family trips to the Dells and Door County. I discovered Pure Barre and adore it. I reconnected with old friends and made new really wonderful friends. Ron received a promotion at work and we both are doing well in our careers. We booked a 2017 trip to Disney and are looking forward to new adventures. However, 2016 did not come without difficulties. The Presidential election results were terribly disappointing and I worry what our new president will do to our country and my children's future. I also watched a childhood friend loose her mother this summer, and it reminds how short and unpredictable life can be. 

 I am lucky to be where I am and I hope I can contribute to make the world around me better for others in 2017.  I hope you all had a wonderful year. Thank you being with me while my family grew this year. You can't even imagine how much you flatter me that you enjoy reading about my little life, opinions, and happenings. 

Here are a few of my 2016 favorites. 


January 

Simple Taco Soup



February

Easy Split Pea and Kielbasa Soup




March

Skillet Rice and Beans with Kielbasa




April

Rowan's Birthday Announcement!


May

Strawberry, Goat Cheese and Pecan Salad with Basil Vinegrette




June

Strawberry Crumb Bars



Avocado Tomato and Feta Dip




July

BarbeCups




August

Italian Breakfast Casserole




September

Brownie Oatmeal Cookies




October

Red Curry Risotto with Grilled Shrimp




November

Beef, Chorizo, and Bean Taco Chili




December

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Orzo



Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Reader Favorites

It's that time of year! Time to share the most loved on reader recipes of 2016! There are lots of goodies on here, and that is not surprising because I know you all have excellent taste! 

Tomorrow I am going to share my favorite recipes of 2016- stay tuned!

January

One-Pot Chicken Feta Alfredo



February

Pan-Seared Salmon with Citrus Sauvignon Blanc Herb Cream Sauce



March

Slow Cooker Creamy Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup 



April

Quick Vegetable Soup



May

Raisin Bran Muffins



June

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles



July

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole 




August

Italian Breakfast Casserole



September

Brownie Oatmeal Cookies



October

Pumpkin Chili



November

M&M Oreo Cookie Bars



December

Beef, Chorizo, and Bean Taco Chili