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Is it really May already?

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My favorite chicken salad of all time!

My favorite chicken salad of all time!

Whew! May is here already? How did that happen?! We have been getting ready for our move and the month is just rapidly flying by! Chloe and I did a road trip to drop off our car and send it on its way to Germany. Since then we have been trying to use up the rest of our pantry staples, visit with friends and get a few more dates in before we go for a long time with no babysitter.

Tuesday, April 28: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad.  Words cannot express how much I love this salad. I am a huge cabbage fan (yay, cruciferous veggies!) and the combo of the carrots, scallions, cilantro, cabbage, spinach and the salty, sour, Asiany dressing are mesmerizing. I like to prep the salad for breakfasts for the week but actually shared it with the fam this time. Everyone loved it. I should have doubled the recipe since Hannah kept wanting more and then it ran out.

Restaurant month mahi mahi, calamari, wedge ceasar and potatoes.  Yum!

Restaurant month mahi mahi, calamari, wedge ceasar and potatoes. Yum!

Wednesday, April 29: Leftovers.  Red beans and rice. Not enough food left to have leftovers,boo! Luckily I was able to convince hubby bubby to make red beans and rice. We used pantry staples and I got to have comfort food made with love. Win-win!

Thursday, April 30:  Red beans and rice.  Ree Drummond’s Pantry Pasta. This was divine! We are big fans of feta so this was a hit for the whole fam. When this came together it really seemed like a dish you would get in a restaurant, but it uses pantry staples. Music to my ears! This one is definitely going into my favorites list. (Okay, so we’ll probably end up just making it a few times a year since we try new recipes all the time, but a few times a year is a lot for us!)

Ree Drummond's pantry pasta is perfection!  We  used up the last of our linguine!

Ree Drummond’s pantry pasta is perfection! We used up the last of our linguine!

Friday, May 1: Hubby made steak and sweet potatoes for himself and the kiddos and I ate at the airport!  Best time to fly out of BWI? Not when there are riots in Baltimore, eek! Hubby bubby jokes that I just wanted to be in Baltimore to throw rocks. Not true! Chloe and I dropped our car off to send it on its way overseas and then headed straight to the airport. It actually ended up being a great time to fly out of BWI since it is restaurant month there and I had some yummy mahi mahi with asparagus and calamari and salad. Pretty awesome for airport food. And to get my fruit in I just had to stop at Pinkberry. 🙂

Saturday, May 2: Chorizo burgers with sweet corn guacamole.  These were delish! It was the perfect balance of smoky, subtle heat from the burger and creamy sweetness from the sweet corn guacamole. We all loved them and we used up the chorizo from our freezer!

Yummy salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, greens and a pesto vinaigrette.  This is light done right!

Yummy salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, greens and a pesto vinaigrette. This is light done right!

Sunday, May 3: Date night! Hubby bubby and I ate on the patio at Brio and it was gloriuous! We both ordered things that were identified as their lighter options but they were so flavorful and the potions were large so it didn’t feel like we were skimping…and gave us some calorie wiggle room to have yummy drinks.

Monday, May 4: Jumbo shrimp with garlic and chile butter and orzo with feta, tomatoes and dill. This was the day started to come down with a cold so hubby bubby was my very own Aaron Sanchez and whipped up these yummy shrimp and orzo. Hubby bubby’s mom makes an amazing shrimp with rosemary that is pretty similar and it felt like this was a Spring version of that dish. Ryan referred to his orzo as “rice” and ate a ton of it. Mostly spilling it all over the table and then yelling, “I NEED MORE RIIIICCCEEEE!!!!!” I think God is punishing me for being so loud myself! 🙂

The citrusy, buttery sauce went perfectly with the sweet shrimp and the salty orzo.

The citrusy, buttery sauce went perfectly with the sweet shrimp and the salty orzo.

Tuesday, May 5: Girls night with dietitian friends! Hubby bubby and the kiddos were home having leftovers and I powered through my cold (nothing a margarita with great company can’t fix!) and went out for Cinco de Mayo with some of my favorite ladies in Dayton. I had the shrimp diabla (shrimp in a spicy sauce) and meant to bring home some of the shrimp, rice and beans…but after the second margarita it was all gone! Oopsie!

Wednesday, May 6: Dinner at a friend’s house! We brought dessert and I totally forgot that our friend can’t tolerate much dairy, ahh! I hate when I forget things like that! I made a blackberry rhubarb cobbler and bought some vanilla bean ice cream to go with it. I put the kids to work picking rhubarb from our garden. Ryan kept asking for more to carry and then he dropped them all on the ground because they were “too heavy.” He promptly picked one up and started sweeping the grass with it. Such a goober! I didn’t start making it early enough so I ended up baking it on convection and I think that messed up the tapioca since it didn’t set up right. I think I will try baking it again without using convection since the flavors were yummy.

We loved this flavorful roast chicken with tangy green tahini sauce.

We loved this flavorful roast chicken with tangy green tahini sauce.

Thursday, May 7: Take out! My cold was getting the better of me and we were way behind on prepping for our first set of movers so we just got Chipotle and finished packing!

Friday, May 8: Za’atar roast chicken with green tahini sauce and edamame. Moving day part 1! The movers came in the morning and naturally all of the kids went a little crazy. Ryan ran outside in his slippers and Chloe didn’t want to take a nap in the morning. Luckily the movers were only there for the morning and by some miracle Ryan and Chloe napped at the same time in the afternoon so Hannah and I were able to prep the chicken. We didn’t have sumac or za’atar so I looked up how to make them and it was super easy and yummy! We all really liked the citrusy flavors and the tang of the green tahini. We will definitely make this one again.

Saturday, May 9: Date night! Hubby bubby and I headed to a local Vietnamese restaurant for some pho, spring rolls and pork skewers. They were all so good! I love the steaming bowl of noodles and love doctoring it up just how I like it. I add lot of sprouts, basil, cilantro, hot sauce and lime. Slurpy perfection!

Have you been enjoying Springy foods this May? Did you do anything fun for Cinco de Mayo?  Let me know in the comments below! 

Love when restaurants are BYOB!

Love when restaurants are BYOB!

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Life With a Newborn

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Life with a newborn for me meant snuggling sweet baby Chloe while hubby bubby cooked and Gigi baked all week long.  Yay!

The short ribs were just okay.  Nothing too special so not worth having again.

The short ribs were just okay. Nothing too special so not worth having again.

Sunday: Red wine braised short ribs with potatoes and veggies.  This was just okay.  The short ribs tasted like a run-of-the-mill pot roast.  Not bad, but not the flavors we were hoping for.  We will not be having this one again. 

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino tilapia with whole grains and salad.  Telling hubby bubby that this was an Epicurious recipe totally worked!  He made it and it was delicious!  It felt very fancy but really was pretty simple and was a huge hit.  Ryan gave it two thumbs up and Hannah ate two pieces of tilapia.  We had to force ourselves to stop eating so there would be a tiny bit of leftovers for the kid’s lunches for school.  They are lucky I love them.

 

Ree Drummond's Penne alla Betsy.

Ree Drummond’s Penne alla Betsy.

Tuesday: Italian pot roast with buttered noodles   Prime rib burgers with potatoes and salad.  The pot roast looked a little funky after thawing so we had the prime rib burgers instead.  Oh. My. Goodness!  These were the very best burgers I have ever had in my life!  I am not a fan of prime rib roasts but this cut sure does make a delicious burger.  The Kentucky steak sauce was amazing.  Ryan was eating it with a spoon!

Wednesday: Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan, pasta with herb sauce and salad.  Our arugula was all wilty and stinky so we just had a tossed salad.  The chicken and pasta were delish! 

Thursday:  Asian pork wraps.  Leftovers.  Hubby bubby started to feel a little under the weather (probably since he has worked at least a half day every day since Baby Chloe’s arrival!) so we just had leftovers.  Love when leftovers are things that are SOOOO good.

Copycat of Carrabba's Chicken Bryan with some herb pasta. Yum!

Copycat of Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan with some herb pasta. Yum!

Friday: Ree Drummond’s Penne alla Betsy with endive salad.  Mmmm, all of my favorite things!  The sauce was creamy and rich, but still nice and tomatoey and the shrimp were perfectly sweet and tender.  I ate this as an evening “snack” a few days in a row.  Gotta feed the baby, right? 🙂  We had this with an endive salad which reminded me that I don’t really like endive as the main salad green.  Oops.

Saturday: We heard that we will most likely be moving to Germany for our next military assignment so decided to celebrate with food from the local eastern European restaurant.  Pierogies, sausage and sauerkraut…think I’ll be a happy girl in Europe!

 

German food!

German food!

How did your week go?  Did you have some yummy dinners this week?  I hope your week was nutritious and delicious.  Thanks for reading!

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Welcome, baby Chloe!

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We welcomed our sweet baby girl this week!  Chloe was born on Wednesday, February 25th and we are all so in love with her!  The big kids have done great with adjusting to having me out of the house for a few days and having a new little sibling at home.  As you can imagine our meal plan was jumbled up this week. 🙂

Mr. B's Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing!  Find the recipe on my Pinterest "Favorite Sinful Recipes" Page.

Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing! Find the recipe on my Pinterest “Favorite Sinful Recipes” Page.

Sunday: Mr. B’s gumbo ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  This was AMAZING!  It is definitely a once-a-year kind of thing since it does have 16 tablespoons of butter in it, but OH MAN was it worth every fattening spoonful!   Hubby bubby and I added hot sauce to our portion so it wasn’t too spicy for the kiddos.  We all ate more than our share. Oops.  🙂

Monday: Either bayou chicken pasta or lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with saladWe didn’t feel like making much so I just boiled some pasta and pulled some meat sauce I had made a few weeks ago from the freezer.  Hubby bubby ate more gumbo.  All of our bellies were very happy.

Tuesday: Steamed kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogiesHubby bubby vetoed this one so we will have it in a few weeks when he has to work late.  Luckily all of the ingredients are fridge/pantry/freezer staples so it is easy to move it around to different weeks.  We ended up having tacos with sautéed peppers and onions.  All of our Frontera sauces were expired, gasp!  Luckily we had a packet of taco seasoning so that worked.  Ryan ate a lot of the taco shells with sour cream, such a goof.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Wednesday: Happy birthday, baby Chloe!  She was born at 6:08 pm…minutes after hubby bubby passed the kiddos off to the babysitter in the lobby of the hospital with some cash for them to get pizza.  He ran back upstairs and we welcomed our sweet girl!

Thursday: Asian pork wraps in the slow cookerRight after Chloe was born I started dreaming of all of the foods I can eat again…medium burgers, soft and blue-veined cheeses, lunch meat, oh my!  I convinced hubby bubby to get Red Robin…the black and blue burger cooked medium with its bleu cheese sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and sautéed mushrooms was sheer perfection.  And, if I’m being honest I ate half of the food that came for me on my hospital tray, too! 🙂 Gotta feed the baby, right?

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad and riceMore of my cravings were satisfied with pizza from Dewey’s, our local fave, with lots of goat cheese and a harvest salad with dried figs and goat cheese.  Yum!

Saturday: Cilantro burgers with Sriracha fancy mayo.  Hubby bubby had the urge to experiment with the burger so he added some parm and other seasoning to the patty and made a fancy mayo/Dijon sauce.  My burger was perfectly medium and perfectly delicous…I didn’t eat burgers for 9 months since I think it is sacrilege to eat burgers well done.  I hear that I should hit up Five Guys Burgers and Fries since we have one close by and I’ve never tried it.  Have you had Five Guys?  What is your favorite burger and fry combo?

 

How did your week go?  What are some foods you have been craving lately? Will you share your Five Guys recommendation with me?

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Countdown to Baby #3!

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This is our last week before baby #3 arrives (if we make it all the way to the end!).  Because we ate out a few times last week I made sure to make a menu plan that will be easier to execute.  Fingers crossed that we stick to the plan!

Sunday: Mr. B’s gumbo ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  The chicken should actually be thawed by now so we should be able to have this.  I didn’t make the king cake last week but have definitely been nesting the last few days so I might end up making it to go with our gumbo (that definitely goes, right?).

Monday: Either bayou chicken pasta or lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with salad.  This will depend on whether or not I remember to thaw the chicken 🙂 and what strikes my fancy this day.

Tuesday: Steamed kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogies.  This is my all-time favorite slow cooker recipe (see my Pinterest “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page for the recipe).  We usually use chicken apple sausage for this and it is superb!  Hubby bubby is not a huge fan of sauerkraut so he might end up having leftovers…we shall see!

Back to cloth dipes for baby #3. :)

Back to cloth dipes for baby #3. 🙂

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Will I still be pregnant by now or will I be enjoying the chocolate bundt cake in the hospital?

Thursday: Asian pork wraps in the slow cooker.  This is one we have had before (I still need to pin it!) and is always a big hit with the whole fam.  It is super easy and with Asian-y slaw on top it has a nice freshness to it.

Friday: Another Friday during lent so the pecan coconut crusted fish with salad and rice is back on the menu.  I am hoping these tropical flavors help me ignore that it is still winter.

Saturday: Cilantro burgers with Sriracha mayo.  This is also one we have had before that is super easy and quick and a crowd-pleaser.

In case I don’t feel up to cooking I have stocked up a little bit so we can have some pantry meals rather than eating out.  More on that later this week!

Do you have anything exciting planned for this week?  I hope you have a great week!

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