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Thanksgiving Dry Run

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I have a confession.  I think about Thanksgiving all year long.  I start planning the menu at the first sign of weather turning chilly.  Usually I start making ice cream several weeks before Thanksgiving.  I had an almost panicked moment, “I’m so far behind!” We have no ice cream in our freezer, gasp!  A few deep breaths later I realized that most normal people are still planning their Thanksgiving meals, too.  Our menu this week is our dry run for roasting a turkey in our brand new oven.  Fingers crossed that it goes well!

Sunday: Fettuccine with Sausage and Kale and salad.  Since this is the week before Thanksgiving (aka crunch time) I decided to add a few things to the menu that we’ve had before. Even though I’ll still have to make them it will be nice to have my cooking brain on auto-pilot for a few meals.  This fettuccine was super easy and we all loved it.  I think I even spotted Ryan eating some of the kale!

We love pasta. I usually save some of the pasta boiling water in case our sauce needs a little more pizza.

We love pasta. I usually save some of the pasta boiling water in case our sauce needs a little more pizza.

Monday: Ribollita. If you have never had ribollita you must try this recipe. It is such a hearty soup that hubby bubby not only doesn’t mind that there is soup on the menu but he LOVES this recipe!  There are so many veggies and beans and just a little smidge of pancetta (we are using bacon this time) so it is not only hearty but healthy to boot. 

Tuesday: Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy, Apple and Pistachio Brussels Sprout Salad and some kind of potatoes. This is our Thanksgiving dry run. When we were at the grocery store hubby bubby caught me trying to add three turkeys to our cart.  They are frozen, what is a girl to do?  I need to get them all early enough so that I can thaw them safely.  He reminded me that we don’t have that much fridge space so I reluctantly put one back.  So, I ended up getting a ten pounder for today and a fourteen pounder to test thawing times.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday: Leftover Makeover with Turkey Tortas.  Usually we just have boring leftovers that I don’t try to fancy up at all. I think that might be a New Year’s Resolution in the works…do a better job with leftovers.  Anywho, this week we get one of the best leftover items evahhhhh.  I made this last year the day after Thanksgiving and it was amazing.  It is worth roasting a turkey just to have this torta.  For reals.

I know kale is "so last year" but who couldn't love these beauties?

I know kale is “so last year” but who couldn’t love these beauties?

Thursday: Spicy Pumpkin Chili.  This is one we haven’t tried before but it sounds so amazing and we have a gazillion cans of pumpkin so I just had to put it on the menu.  Hannah has dance in the afternoon so I am planning to get it finished before we leave for dance and then just keep it in our slow cooker on low until we get home.  What is better than chili on a cold Fall day?

Friday: Parents’ Night Out! Woohoo! We will give the kiddos some leftovers before we drop them off and then hubby bubby and I will go out for a hot date.  I’m not sure where we’ll go yet.  Guess I should start figuring that out!

We sure do love these kiddos, but what parents don't need a night out every now and then, right?!

We sure do love these kiddos, but what parents don’t need a night out every now and then, right?!

Saturday: Buffalo Chicken Buffalitos.  The chicken recipe is a slow cooker fave (I leave out the margarine) and I use it to make our version of the Buffalitos they have on the menu at Buffalo Wild Wings. I just shred some lettuce and pick up some pico de gallo and tortillas and they are divine.  Perfect for some college football watching.

This week I added links to all of the recipes we’ll be having. Hopefully you like them!  Let me know in the comments below.  Have a delicious week!

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Back to school!

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Whew! I am sad to see our fun summer start to fade away, but am very much looking forward to wearing sweaters, eating stews and all things Fall. From what I hear my fave season is done right by Germans. I can’t wait to explore all of the markets and attend some pumpkin fests! We were able to get our big kiddos into preschool after much finagling and they are happy to start this week. Here’s what we’ll be up to this week:

Yummy doner box from Quda. Mmm.

Yummy doner box from Quda. Mmm.

Sunday: Quda. We were back from our trip after our usual dinner time so we decided to grab a quick dinner at the local kebab place. My favorite is the doner box which is a salad of cabbage and other veggies topped with some shaved chicken kebab and yogurt sauce. Yum!

Monday: Steak with potatoes and asparagus. Hubby was in the mood for steak so we made a quick trip to be store to grab the essentials. I like to tell myself that we buy the filet because it is such a lean cut. It also happens to be delicious! Hubby bubby made a quick rub for the steak and then grilled some little potatoes and asparagus. Our kiddos were fighting over the asparagus. I love when that happens! Ryan will surely be an expensive teenager. He ate about 6 ounces of filet! Yowza! Can’t say I blame him.

This little angel is so excited to be eating more purées at our mealtimes!

This little angel is so excited to be eating more purées at our mealtimes!

Tuesday: Cajun beans with chicken. I was not feeling so good so hubby bubby busted out the pressure cooker and grabbed a bag of beans from the pantry. It smelled so good, but I could only eat a few bites. At least it’ll make great leftovers for when I’m feeling better.

Wednesday: Out to dinner with friends! This is also the big kiddos’ first day of school! We are so lucky that some of our favorite people in Ohio also had the good fortune to get sent to Germany. They arrived a few days ago so we are going to show them our favorite Greek restaurant. The kids love the appetizer platter with grilled zucchini and eggplant. Ryan referred to them as pickles the last time we were there and was mad that I ate some. Guess I will have to leave them all for him his time!

Thursday: One-Pot Pork with Apple Cider & Potatoes. I am praying that there will actually be apple cider at the store because I really want to have this. A one-pot meal that has tons of Fall flavors (I shouldn’t rush Fall, but I can’t help it!) is just what I am craving.

These two are very excited to go back to school this week! Hard to believe this is the last year before Hannah goes to Kindergarten!

These two are very excited to go back to school this week! Hard to believe this is the last year before Hannah goes to Kindergarten!

Friday: Date night! We have found a babysitter! Hallelujah! Hopefully our silly kiddos and crazy dogs don’t scare her off. Now that the Germans’ summer holiday is over we are hoping to hit up a fun restaurant in Kaiserslautern.

Saturday: Indian Masala Chili. Another one-pot meal, but this time a hearty stew with warming Indian spices. There should be some fun festivals going on so I am planning to prep it early in the day and let it simmer in my new shiny 220volt slow cooker.

What are you up to this week? Are you looking forward to Fall foods or clinging to the last bit of summery weather and foods? I’d love to know what your fave summer dish is! Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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