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Sunday, October 14, 2018

What's cooking this week?

Dear El + Em,
This weekend you got a big box of Halloween goodies from Grandma and Grandpa in New York. These crowns, tiaras and bracelets were picked out by Gramps! You loved them so much that you wore them to the craft stores yesterday. It was a fun family outing picking out Halloween decorations for outside....until....the sun was in Emmy's eyes on the way home and she screamed the entire way.
"All that screaming "noises" me". -Ella
You two sure know how to keep things interesting. 
XO, Mom
Yay for community yard sales! We participated in one on Saturday, and it felt good to get rid of a ton of stuff. Whatever didn't sell, Hubby brought straight to Goodwill. There's so much room for activities in our garage now. Just kidding, we still have enough stuff that we could pull together for another yard sale in OUR community in 2 weeks...which we just might do! 

Anyway, let's get to the point...what's cooking?

Monday: Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup and Cheesy Bread
Tuesday: Fiesta Chicken Cutlets & Black Beans
Wednesday: Baked Spaghetti
Thursday: Broccoli Pizza w/ fresh mozz!
Friday: Fresh Market Little Big Meal - Burgers!

Last week I went slightly off course due to a late night at work. The only thing I didn't get to make was the buffalo cauliflower flatbread and then my cauliflower went bad (worst smell everrrrrr)! Oh well, it happens. That's why this is just a plan. Sometimes we need to improvise! Hopefully this week I'll be able to stay on track. Luckily, I don't have 14 meetings to prep paperwork for! 

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!
Emmy's face after the sun pissed her off. 
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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What's cooking this week?

Dear El + Em,
There's an endless list of the things each of you do and say that make me proud! High on that list is your love for tacos! I must be doing something right!
XO, Mom
On Friday night (Saturday morning?) Emmy woke up with a yucky tummy bug which led us into another lazy weekend. I don't want to jinx it, but we seem to be in the clear. Besides a little sleep deprivation, we're all good. This morning I woke up to Emmy screaming "Daddyyyyy....are you coming? Mommy....I make good choices". She's a character. El and Em had a rough start after Ella slammed the bathroom door in Emmy's face shouting "I need privacy"! It's been touch and go ever since but we are moving past it. It's probably for the best that we're getting out of the house this afternoon and heading over to my parent's house for some yummy dinner. Ella and I might even sneak over to the pool at some point....not very "Fallish" but I could use a little sun so why not!?

Sunday: Mom & Dad's house.....Baked Ziti....but I'm bringing this incredible looking Fall salad
Monday: Probably hummus pizza again - it's just so easy and they both eat it
Wednesday: Buffalo Cauliflower Flatbread and Steak for Hubs
Thursday: Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Friday: Pretzel Bun TBLTAC (Turkey Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado and Cheese)

All set for another week! Hope you all have a great one! 
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

What's cooking this week?

Dear El + Em,
Don't be fooled by the loving looks you're giving one another in this photo. Of course you love each other, but this picture perfect moment is not exactly how things are on the regular! My camera roll is full of several "duds" before I get the right shot! A good part of the day is usually spent ripping toys out of each others hands, chasing your sister around and screaming "it's MINE" and sitting or standing on each other. Honestly, either of you could be guilty in any of these scenarios despite the three year age gap. This is what having a sister is all about (or so I'm told), and it sure keeps things interesting. This weekend has certainly been VERY interesting...and of course I wouldn't change a thing! 
XO, Mom
Another brewing ear infection for Little E = a pretty low-key weekend for the rest of us. It's nice and early, the meal plan is set, the list is made and I'm ready to enjoy this sweet little Sunday, especially after I get a little work out of the way. Here's the plan...

Sunday: Grilled Chicken and this crazy, amazing-looking Honeycrisp Kale Salad
Monday: Flatbread Pizza
Thursday: Vegan Corn Chowder and Steak for Hubs (Ha, that seems like an oxymoron)

It seems simple enough! Well, that's the hope. This upcoming week is VERY busy...but as usual, having the meals planned out SHOULD help. Fingers crossed! Have a wonderful Sunday! 
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

What's cooking this week?

I haven't done one of these in FOREVER....haven't done much of anything in forever as far as this place goes. In honor of the fact that I very ambitiously planned a week full of yumminess...I thought this was in order. Also, the girls are painting nicely and I thought I'd take advantage of the next four minutes to myself! 
There's paint on Emmy's elbows...so let me make this snappy....
Sunday: Grandpa's Marinara and salad
Monday: Hummus Pizza
Tuesday: Crock Pot Black Beans and rice

We'll see if I actually follow this plan. The past two months have been so hectic, I would plan and then make changes along the way. That's normal but week by week, it was all so unpredictable that when planning, I gave up on trying anything new. I guess the good news is that there's still a "plan". If there wasn't, I'd definitely be rotating tacos and hot dogs....which isn't too far off from how we've been living since this school year started! 

For today, we are having a home day. We're still in recovery mode since last week and all of the birthday celebrations. Emmy is fighting a NASTY cough, the girls are still tearing into all of their new toys and I'm running into work for a few hours....so a simple marinara will have to do! 

Soooo....there is now paint on Emmy's face....I'm gonna go....it's been fun Blogland! (Is this thing even still on?)
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Cheesy Peach Pizza

Dear El + Em, 
For some reason, in which I do NOT understand....neither of you were digging this incredibly delicious pizza tonight. You both like when I make plain white pizza. You both love peaches. I'm confused, but then again you were both ganging up on Daddy and I today in an effort to drive us nuts. Congrats, you both succeeded in doing so. The rest of us gobbled this pizza up (of course)!!! I will be making this again, and something tells me that you both will have a change of heart as long as you aren't wearing your cranky pants!
Ingredients:
Pizza Dough (I buy mine from the bakery section at Publix)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 tbsp.
Ricotta - 1 1/2 cups 
Parmesan Cheese - 3 tbsp (grated)
1 Clove of garlic - crushed
Fresh Mozzarella - Sliced 
1 Peach - Sliced
Salt and Pepper 
Fresh (or dried) Herbs - basil, thyme, oregano - whatever you have on hand
1 peach - sliced

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Roll out the dough. I usually like to make my pizza pretty thin so there's more surface area for cheese!
3. Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil.
4. In a bowl, combine ricotta, grated parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and whatever herbs you have on hand (I save some herbs for garnish when the pizza is done. 
5. Generously put dollops of ricotta mixture on pizza dough.
6. Top with sliced fresh mozzarella and sliced peaches. 
7. Cook for 18-25 minutes. I use a pampered chef pizza stone, and in about 23 minutes my thin pizza crust was nice and crunchy!
8. Sprinkle with additional herbs for garnish and ENJOY!

***Side note - this would probably be amazing with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar! I didn't have any for tonight...but next time! (Ooooooh maybe that's what the girls were missing!!!)
Seeeeee! Ella was VERY excited about these peaches a little more than 24 hours prior! She  literally begged to take them home!
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