Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan 11/21 - 11/27

Wisconsin finally had it's first cold snap! Living in Green Bay it is not abnormal to have a 20 degree temp drop in a day, but from Friday to Saturday it was almost 40 degree drop! On Friday, Kellen was in our backyard playing with a friend with no jacket.... fast forward to Saturday morning there was snow and it was 28 degrees.... whoa.

We are gearing up for a Thanksgiving celebration this week with both of our families onThursday. I am excited to cook for everyone again and can't wait to dig into our traditional meal. Over the years, we have fine tuned our thanksgiving menu with our favorites, and we (especially my sister and I) get really excited about the Thanksgiving meal.

This week I am also doing lots of Pure Barre classes to off-set the feasting, and am loving that a few of my friends have taken the plunge to join at the barre. It is so fun to have my friends in class.

This week meals and cooking are a little sparse because I know I will be cooking up a storm on Thursday and will  appriciate a little cooking break prior to turkey day.

In other news we are planning a trip to Disney in April! I had no idea how much was involved with this process. I hired a Disney travel agent to help me and I am so thankful to have her for questions as I work my way around dining reservations, fast passes and transportation! I am so excited for the trip, but whew! If anyone has Disney reccomendations I would love to hear them!

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!

Monday: Porcupine Meatballs, Rice and Peas
Tuesday: Out for Tacos
Wednesday: Subs
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey, Dad's Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Homemade Green Bean Casserole, Cabernet Mushrooms, Mac and Cheese, and Pumpkin Pie
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out
Sunday: Lasagna, Garlic Bread and Salad

Sunday, November 13, 2016

M&M Oreo Cookie Bars #SecretRecipeClub

Welcome to the final Group B Secret Recipe Club reveal.

I am sad that this is the final reveal because I have enjoyed this group so much and have gotten to try so many delicious recipes. I feel very lucky that I was part of this group and was able to share my creations and in return meet a dynamic group of bloggers. I will miss you all! 

A few of my favorites from reveals over the past few years:
Pumpkin Chili
Green Onion Spread
Ham Salad

Just to name a few of my favorites- there are so many!

This final month I was given Nicola's blog, Lemon and Cheese. Nicola lives in London, England and is a librarian. Her blog is named after two of her favorite things- lemons and cheese. I also love both of these things and that was a great way to start! Nicola has a large variety of different dishes on her blog and many ingredients I am not familiar working (she even has a recipe using shark steak).  I debated between Cannelloni Nicoise Style, Yellow Thai Chicken Soup, and Cheesy Potato and Sausage Bake. I ultimately let Kellen help me make the pick and he had his heart set on M&M Oreo Cookie Bars. These bars are so easy to make and require minimal dishes, minimal fussing with layers, and a short baking time! I loved these bars (and they were great to use extra Halloween candy- yes we still have some). I also loved that this was a recipe for an 8 x 8 pan. Many time, I feel like dessert recipes make so many portions it either, does not get eaten, or we over eat in effort not to waste it. However, we can take care of an 8 x 8 pan!

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe Nicola!

Thank you to everyone who made the Secret Recipe Club a success. I will miss it very much, but am so happy that I had the opportunity! 


1 stick butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
18 Oreo cookies, chopped
1/2 cup M&M's


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil and grease with cooking spray. 

Melt the butter and wait a few minutes for it to cool. Add the egg, brown sugar and vanilla and whisk until smooth.

Add the flour and fold in to batter- do not over mix. Stir in the chopped Oreos.

Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

Evenly sprinkle the M&Ms over the top, lightly pressing them down into the batter with a spatula.

Bake for about 20 to 22 mins, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 mins before slicing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan 10/31/16 - 11/6

Happy.....er....Wednesday- better late than never! 

This past Monday we celebrated Halloween and it was so much fun. Kellen is finally to the age that he can enjoy trick or treating. It was so fun to see him run from house to house.  We have a few fun trick or treat traditions- mummy dogs (I made spiders this year!) and pizza. This year we had a house full of people and it made it a lot of fun.  My friend Emily and her daughter came with us, my sister and nephew and 4 women from Myanmar who are currently staying with my parents till election day to learn about the American political process. Full house!  By the end of the evening my Kellen's listening ears had fallen off and died somewhere in the bottom of his candy bag and I was happy to go home, get my pumpkins to bed, and relax with Ron. 

Here are a few snaps from our Halloween (Kellen would not stop for a photo, but he was Spiderman!):

Cutest pumpkin ever!

My sister and Emily being prehistoric!

3 years of Kellen's candy haul!

This week we are winding down from Halloween. I have a few barre classes scheduled and this weekend I am going a wine for mom & movies for kids evening with a few girlfriends. I am also planning to get to the party office to get a list of phone calls to make for GOTV. 

Have a great week!

Monday: Trick or Treat! Mummy Dogs and Pizza
Tuesday: Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, Rice and Peas
Wednesday: Subs
Thursday: Grilled Shrimp, Pesto Risotto with Tomatoes & Feta and Salad
Friday: Chicken Chili Chowder
Saturday: Mom and Kid Movie Night at a Friends- Pizza on the Menu!
Sunday: Packer Game! Taco Bar!