Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween!

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This week has flown by and it makes me feel so OLD to say that! I suppose having Halloween fall on a weekend made me pretend it wasn’t coming most of the week and then whamo! Halloween came and went and I am still not sure where Chloe’s costume is that I bought last year for her when I was pregnant. I am pretty sure it is a giraffe. Luckily I did at least pay attention when I was putting away most of our other holiday stuff in our storage closet and remembered exactly where the big kiddos trick-or-treating buckets were. I snagged them right before we headed out the door so they didn’t glow in the dark, but at least we had them!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thursday: Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce with pasta and salad. I really had high hopes for this one and it just fell flat. I usually love the combination of pork and tomatoes and none of us really liked this. I was hoping that more of the spice flavors from the curry powder and coriander would come through. Hubby bubby said it tasted just like a pork chop with a jar of tomato sauce poured on it. I have to agree. The good thing was that it had fennel and onion in it and I love me some fennel and onion with pasta so I hoarded all of the veggie part for myself.

The pork chops started off so well.  Look at that sear!  I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

The pork chops started off so well. Look at that sear! I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

Friday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Edamame. I had great intentions of making this when I went to the grocery store on Thursday and grabbed some ***frozen*** packages of ground chicken. Uh. Woopsie. The store doesn’t have fresh ground chicken and I hadn’t bought it earlier in the week. When I checked it Friday morning it was rock hard. I have had bad luck with defrosting in the microwave (cooking some of the meat while the rest of the meat is still frozen and then the microwave smells like funk). We are also trying to be more Euro and are watching our water consumption so thawing under running water did not seem like a feasible option. Hubby bubby had a late lunch at work so he wasn’t super hungry and the rest of us just had leftovers. Hopefully the meat with thaw in time for us to have this on Sunday!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat...then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house!  I didn't realize they adopted this tradition!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat…then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house! I didn’t realize they adopted this tradition!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat.  So cute!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat. So cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Happy Halloween! Since we had leftovers last night we decided to get some Chinese take-out. It was passable, but has nothin’ on Chengtu in East Syracuse, NY or Tsao’s Cuisine in Fairborn, Ohio. I guess I will just stick with my take-out fake out meals made at home for now. At least there was some great candy to be had. I definitely consumed my fair share of Reese’s peanut butter cup pumpkins. I bought six bags of them when I found them at the store the other day. I think I have a problem. Very not dietitian-like! 

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese's Christmas trees come out.

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese’s Christmas trees come out.

What was your best Halloween find this year? I’d love to know in the comments section below!
Check back soon to see what we are cookin’ up next week!

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Hannah enjoyed some apfelschorle (apple juice mixed with sparkling water) at the castle.

Hannah enjoyed some apfelschorle (apple juice mixed with sparkling water) at the castle.

Hubby bubby was out of town last week and we survived our first week with me as the solo parent of the three kiddos. The hardest part of him being gone was that the dogs ignored me every time I wanted them to come inside. Am I the only one this happens to? I guess hubby bubby is their only pack leader. Ugh, oh well! The kids and I had fun making food together and taking a road trip to a castle. It is so fun that there are castles all around here in Germany! I should have known better than to take all three kids on a guided castle tour…Ryan was so loud! He kept yelling, “DANKE! BITTE!” (thank you, please). Oy vey. Should I at least be happy he was using some German? Now that hubs is back and we are feeling more settled we are going to start having people over and he is back to brewing beer. So fun! Here is what we’ll be having for our family dinners this week.

Sunday: Boiled dinner. We started this one off on the stove and finished it in the slow cooker so we could head to church (without hubby bubby, so proud of myself!). Hannah loved all of it, but Ryan ate mostly the ham and potatoes. I’m not sure if that was because he didn’t want the rest or if he was just too busy giggling about how he pulled his pants down in church. He really went there. I hope the little girl sitting next to us is not scarred for life!

My mom used to always make boiled dinner (ham, cabbage, carrots, potatoes) for us when I was growing up. Still such a comfort food!

My mom used to always make boiled dinner (ham, cabbage, carrots, potatoes) for us when I was growing up. Still such a comfort food!

Monday: Hearty Pumpkin Potato Soup. This one was a recipe I just downloaded from one of my new favorite blogs, betterinbulk.net. It was amazing! It was packed with veggies and sausage and was a cinch to make. Ryan doesn’t like wilted spinach so I left the spinach in leaves so it was easier for him to eat around it without whining. It felt like a yummy soup you could get from Panera. Mmm. I am calling dibs on this for leftover night!

Tuesday: Beer Braised Chicken and Peas, Giada’s Mashed Potatoes, Carrot Salad (we call them “Bobby carrots”), Romaine Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette (but without Romaine) and Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie bars. We had some friends over to celebrate hubby bubby’s first brewing session in our new house and somehow I actually managed to stick to the menu that I planned. Miracle! I thinned out some potatoes for Chloe and she gobbled them up. Overall I think everything turned out pretty good. I think my favorites are the Bobby carrots and the cookie bars. Yum! The cookie bar recipe is one I have now made probably about thirty times and is from another of my fave blogs, halfbakedharvest.com.

Wednesday: Leftovers. I doubled the salad dressing yesterday so that I can just toss it on some spinach (Ryan recently decided he loves spinach salads) and have that to go along with everything else. I am kicking myself that I haven’t gotten the most adorable Polish pottery soup and salad/sandwich plates. How cute would that be: some pumpkin potato soup and spinach salad on some new Polish pottery? I guess there is always next week.

This hearty pumpkin potato soup was perfect for Fall.

This hearty pumpkin potato soup was perfect for Fall.

Thursday: Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce with pasta and salad. Hubby bubby loves pork so I am trying to include lean pork in our menus more often. We all love pasta so it should be a hit. If all else fails I’ll at least have some spinach for Ryan’s salad. 🙂

Friday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Edamame. It just hit me that I planned a week of meals with recipes from tons of great blogs. The thai chicken meatballs are from jocooks.com. The pictures look SO good! I definitely do not have the food styling skills like a lot of other bloggers out there. I love having Asian food on Fridays and who doesn’t love a meatball?

This little angel is 8 months old already! I cannot believe it! (Said like Quincy from Little Einsteins. :) )

This little angel is 8 months old already! I cannot believe it! (Said like Quincy from Little Einsteins. 🙂 )

Saturday: Happy Halloween! I am not sure what we’ll have for dinner on Halloween. I’m hoping we’ll have enough leftovers left that we can just eat a quick bite of leftovers before trick-or-treating and then sustain ourselves on Reese’s pumpkins the rest of the evening.

 Happy Halloween! What are you planning for your dinners this week? Is there an awesome food blog you love? I’d love to know in the comments section below!

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