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Countdown is on!

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Yummy bean taco soup with homemade bread and salad.  So tasty and comforting.  Thanks, Bakers!

Yummy bean taco soup with homemade bread and salad. So tasty and comforting. Thanks, Bakers!

It really hit us this week that we are moving…and soon!  The kiddos and I will be heading to stay with my ‘rents at the end of the house so that we can have all of our stuff picked up by movers and put our house on the market.  Need to use up more of those pantry staples!   We ended up not making it to the grocery store until the end of the week so had to subsist on what we had until then.  Here’s how it went:

Sunday:  Crispy chicken with chermoula and escarole.  Hubby bubby made extra chermoula to use as a marinade for the chicken and it really gave the chicken great flavor.  Our escarole had frozen in the freezer so we ended up using baby kale instead and it was great.  We ended up eating all of it…no leftovers from this one.

Monday:  Friends of ours brought us bean taco soup, salad and homemade bread.  Everything was so good!  We are a bean loving family so this one was a huge hit.  We are definitely going to have to get the recipes!  I love homemade bread but never make it…this one might inspire me to start, though.

Butter chicken, chickpeas and spinach with indian sauce, onion naan and garlic pickle.  Love our pantry staples!

Butter chicken, chickpeas and spinach with indian sauce, onion naan and garlic pickle. Love our pantry staples!

Tuesday:  Spanish stewed chicken thighs with crusty bread.  Indian chicken with chickpeas and rice.  I hadn’t made it to the grocery store yet so we had the Indian chicken today instead.  We had some onion naan in the freezer and garlic pickle in the pantry so we had quite a spread.  The garlic pickle we had at Disney wasn’t spicy at all so I didn’t taste test this one before putting it on everyone’s plate.  Oopsie!  It was quite spicy (perfect for me and hubs!) and the kiddos each accidentally took a bite.  Eek!  They just drank lots of water and ate lots of rice and chicken after that,

Wednesday: Leftovers.  With less than a month before the kiddos and I head out of town so we can put the house on the market I’ve got to get all of my favorite local foods in while I have a chance.  Today it was Shish Wraps!  Love that place!  We are going to miss Simon and Shish Wraps a ton!

Shish Wraps!  Oh, how I will miss the yummy kafta wrap, baba ganoush, shish fries and more!

Shish Wraps! Oh, how I will miss the yummy kafta wrap, baba ganoush, shish fries and more!

Thursday:  Red beans and rice…pantry staple!  We still hadn’t made it to the store yet…who knew moving overseas would require so much coordination?!  We always have the ingredients for this on-hand so this was super easy.  Always one of my favorites!  The only downside is that the kids are big enough to eat quite a bit and I have a big appetite from breastfeeding so we didn’t have any leftovers.  Boo!

Friday:  Clam shack-style broiled fish with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que copycat coleslaw and rice.  The fish had great flavor and really went well with the Dino slaw.  Hannah helped hubby bubby prep the slaw and Ryan was their “taste tester” for the slaw dressing.  They both wanted to scoop their own slaw.  Made a little bit of a mess but they ate a ton of it!  Who doesn’t love the Dino slaw?!

Clamshack style fish with slaw and rice.  Food styling by Hannah...not bad for a four year old!

Clamshack style fish with slaw and rice. Food styling by Hannah…not bad for a four year old!

Have you had to tackle a big move that required cleaning out all of your pantry and freezer staples?  Do you have any tips for using things up?  Thanks for stopping by and staying a while!

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Out like a lamb?

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March really did come in like lion this year.  Fingers (and toes) are crossed hoping it really does go out like a lamb!  It will be somewhat sad to see Hubby bubby’s “bulletproof” mustache disappear now that “mustache March” is over.  I hope the weather is nice in April since I really want to put Hannah in her cute little Easter dress from Nana.   Which reminds me, I have to narrow down our Easter menu.  We will make something a little fancy even though it is just us.  Should we have lamb or ham?  Hmm, decisions, decisions!   I use an app for menu planning and have a habit of adding too many recipes when I add them wayyy in advance.  There are about 30 recipes still in there for Easter…oopsie!

Sunday:  Crispy chicken with chermoula and escarole.  We are going to tweak the recipe a bit (I know, such a dangerous move!  How will we know if it would be good as written?!) to add a little flavor to the chicken, probably a little marinade and then will serve with the chermoula and escarole.  May the odds be ever in our favor.

Hubby got to eat this amazing Chile Apple Chop from Coco's Bistro this week.  In just a few weeks we'll have to make a trip back when the crazy part of me is able to actually leave Chloe with our amazing babysitter.

Hubby got to eat this amazing Chile Apple Chop from Coco’s Bistro this week. In just a few weeks we’ll have to make a trip back when the crazy part of me is able to actually leave Chloe with our amazing babysitter.

Monday:  Friends of ours will be feeding us. Yay!   Am very much looking forward to the bean taco soup.  We all love beans and soup (I’ll told hubby they are bringing stew 🙂 )! Yum!

Tuesday:  Spanish stewed chicken thighs with crusty bread.  This might be a gamble since it has olives and the pirate pasta wasn’t well received.  Maybe I’ll just leave those out (and sprinkle them just on top of mine) since the combo of chicken, chorizo and tomatoey sauce with crusty bread sound like something everyone would love.

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Easy peasy!  Makes hump day so much easier!

Love this sweet girl and best big sister ever!  She can't wait to wear all of her dresses that Nana got her that will match baby Chloe!

Love this sweet girl and best big sister ever! She can’t wait to wear all of her dresses that Nana got her that will match baby Chloe!

Thursday: Indian chicken with chickpeas and rice.  Gotta use up all those pantry staples and frozen meats!

Friday:  Today will be Good Friday for us and the start of Passover for a lot of friends.  We’ll be having clam shack-style broiled fish with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que copycat coleslaw and seeds of change whole grains.  Gotta practice all the Dino BBQ recipes before we go to Germany so I can make sure I have them right since we won’t be able to have them for a loooong time.  Any other Dino fans out there?

Saturday: Pork satay with rice and Asian-style salad.  I’m still trying to decide if I want the cucumber salad or the celery salad.  Which do you think we should have?  Leave a comment below!

 

Do you celebrate Passover or Holy Week?  What are some of your favorite traditions?  Thanks for stopping by and staying a while!

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Welcome, Spring!

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Teeny tiny baby Chloe! Grow, grow, grow little lamb!

Teeny tiny baby Chloe! Grow, grow, grow little lamb!

Ahhhh, Spring!  Finally!  This week we are hoping to head outside more so I have some slow cooker recipes planned so we won’t be cooped up inside while it is nice out.  Gotta get our Hannah outside on her new Princess Sofia bike!  Chloe is still too tiny to ride in the Ergo carrier so taking all three kiddos down the street to the swings might be a little challenging.  It will at least be entertaining if nothing else!

Our teeny tiny girl is still not back to birthweight. 🙁 But at least at the last weight check she was still gaining well so I can keep exclusively breastfeeding.  Makes me feel like I need to keep up with my cookie intake…luckily I picked up some Girl Scout cookies from a mama friend this week.  Hopefully all the meals planned for the week will help keep us all well fed!  Here’s what we’ll be having:

Sunday: Butcher shop chicken with potatoes and romaine salad.  I have to admit that we are trying this chicken recipe because it is a Tom Colicchio recipe and I have a little bit of a crush on him.  🙂  Who doesn’t love a man that knows his way around the kitchen?!

Chocolate cookies? Yes, please!  I'm hoping to bake a few more things this week.  Gotta feed the baby!

Chocolate cookies? Yes, please! I’m hoping to bake a few more things this week. Gotta feed the baby!

Monday: We are having a HOOTOWL meal on Monday since hubby bubby has a work dinner to go to.  HOOTOWL is an acronym that was used by a mom’s group I was in that stands for “husband out of town or working late.”  We will have my absolute favorite slow cooker meal: steamed kielbasa (we use chicken apple sausage instead), sauerkraut and pierogis.  I can’t wait!!!!

Tuesday: Tuscan-style garlic-herb pork chops with salad and either potatoes, beans or rice.  May actually be able to grill outside!  I have not mastered grilling on the real grill so I will use the grill pan if hubby isn’t home when these are ready to go on the grill.  We are big pork fans in our family and love Italian flavors so this should go over well.

Wednesday: Leftovers.

Maybe we'll make a trip back to German village in Columbus this weekend to continue celebrating our pending move.  Love that place!

Maybe we’ll make a trip back to German village in Columbus this weekend to continue celebrating our pending move. Love that place!

Thursday: Indian butter chicken with basmati rice and Indian-style chickpeas.  Since we will be moving in less than 90 days (eek! such a short timeline) we have to start using up our pantry staples.  I am going to have to make sure that I can have the Maya Kaimal sauces shipped to our APO address…someone that loves me will send them over for me if Amazon won’t, right? 🙂

Friday: Giada DeLaurentiis’ Pirate pasta with radicchio salad with sourdough vinaigrette.  This pasta has olives, capers and tuna.  Sounds like an interesting combo!  Hubby loves tuna noodle casserole and I am not a big fan of it so I keep trying to find a recipe with pasta and tuna that I like that fills this comfort food craving for him.

Saturday: I’m not sure what we’ll have yet.  My plan is for something with protein from our freezer…maybe shrimp or chicken.  We shall see what kind of food mood I’m in next Saturday.

Do you love tuna noodle casserole?  Are you willing to share your secret recipe with me?  I hope you have a great week!

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Our new normal

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Happy kiddos!

Happy kiddos!

We are starting to adjust to our new party of five.  Hubby bubby is really back to work, Papa and Gigi have been gone for almost a week and the kiddos and I had our first full day alone together on Thursday…and we survived!  I was super proud of myself for showering before noon three times this week.  With daylight savings just happening recently I like to pretend that it was really eleven in the morning…a huge success with a newborn!  So far we have managed to stay pretty close to our meal plan.  I know that won’t last for long. 🙂

Sunday: Pasta with sausage, basil and mustard and salad.  Going from two kiddos to three kiddos hasn’t been too crazy yet.  We have moved from a “man-on-man” to a “zone” defense.  This means we also are having to tag on and off in the kitchen at times.  I started the sausage browning, boiled the pasta and prepped the rest of the pasta ingredients and then Chloe was hungry.  Tag, you’re it Hubby bubby!  He swooped in and finished the pasta and made a salad with “chetons”.  What are chetons exactly?  Only the best croutons in the world!  When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., hubby bubby acquired the nickname Chet and he loves to make homemade croutons so they have now been dubbed chetons.  Yum!

Pasta with sausage, mustard and basil and yummy salad with Chetons.

Pasta with sausage, mustard and basil and yummy salad with Chetons.

Monday: French Market Soup in the slow cooker.  This is one of our staple recipes since I LOVE bean soup and it passes for a stew so it counts as a meal to hubby bubby.  The last few times we have used ham hocks they have been all bone and connective tissue.  What gives?  They used to be so meaty!  Anyone else have this trouble?  We are planning to buy some hocks and some diced ham for the next time we have this since it is much better with yummy ham chunks in it.

Tuesday: Happy St. Patty’s Day!  Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage and double chocolate Guinness smoked porter cookies.  We tried this corned beef recipe for the first time last year and it is a keeper!  The addition of leeks and rutabaga make me swoon.  I love how creamy the rutabaga is and the leeks turn silky and delicious.  This one is finished with a horseradish sauce.  Pretty sure that is not traditional at all…but so yummy!  The kiddos and I made some chocolate cookies using a smoked porter hubby had brewed.  These were so sinful and so worth every bite!  I think I ate five cookies before I put them in a Tupperware container.  They were super soft and the chocolate chips stayed gooey.  There wasn’t a strong beer flavor, more just a whisper of it which was perfect.

Italian chicken for St. Joseph's feast day.

Italian chicken for St. Joseph’s feast day.

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Didn’t need to make dinner!  Hallelujah!

Thursday: Italian chicken with salad.  I decided since it was the feast day of St. Joseph that we needed to have something Italian.  I had planned on doing something with an Italian spin in the slow cooker and this was the result.  I just thawed some chicken breasts, cut them into chunks and added them to the slow cooker with a sliced onion, a packet of Italian dressing mix and a jar of marinara sauce.  The kiddos gobbled it up, which was great because hubby and I thought it was just okay. Not one I’ll whip together again, but at least it was something.

Friday: Grilled shrimp burrito bowls.  Another Friday during Lent and this time we went Tex-Mex.  We all love grilled onions and hubby bubby is now over thinking the grill pan makes food “taste funny”.  I love our grill pan…even though it was the first way I started a fire in our kitchen a few years ago (leave a comment below if you want the full story 🙂 ).   I managed to make this one while hubby bubby corralled the kiddos.  We all loved this one and will definitely make it again.  Quick, easy and delicious?   I’ll take it!

Grilled shrimp burrito bowl.  Visit my Pinterest page to find the recipe!

Grilled shrimp burrito bowl. Visit my Pinterest page to find the recipe!

Saturday: Tonight we’re having honey-ginger chicken with lime and quinoa with arugula.  I’m pretty sure Ryan won’t try the arugula, but everything else should be crowd pleasers.

I love my Le Creuset grill pan!  I couldn’t live without it.  Do you have one?  If not, I highly recommend it!

Grilling onions and scallions on our Le Creuset grill pan.

Grilling onions and scallions on our Le Creuset grill pan.

How did your week go?  What helps you adjust when life gives you a “new normal”?  Hope you had a great week.  Thanks for reading!


 

 

 

 

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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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Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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This week we are celebrating Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent.  We will be having a week of Louisiana inspired meals and will make sure we have meat-free meals on Ash Wednesday and the first Friday of Lent to follow the Catholic food traditions.  We are T-14 days to the arrival of baby #3 so the menu for the week may get shaken up a bit…but she’ll want to wait until at least next Saturday so I can get my hair done, right?! 🙂

Ryan enjoyed the crawfish etouffee.  He really is our kid!

Ryan enjoyed the crawfish etouffee. He really is our kid!

Sunday: Crawfish etouffee.  Since a bunch of the meals this week will call for some heat we will omit most of it (but not the Cajun seasoning) while cooking and then will add hot sauce at the end for hubby bubby and I.

Monday: New Orleans’ style barbecue shrimp with dirty rice and veggies.  This one is impossible to make without the hot sauce so the kiddos will have leftovers.

Fat Tuesday: Let the good times roll!!!!  We will have a king cake (as long as all goes according to plan), lemon-garlic shrimp and grits and a creole tomato salad.

Ash Wednesday: This is the first day of Lent and is a day where we need to have a meal and two small snacks (as a preggy lady I don’t really have to follow this, but I might) and abstain from meat.  Luckily we will be having leftovers and most of them so far this week are meat-free so that makes life easy.

Thursday: Bayou chicken pasta with salad.  We are leaving out the habanero (even though it is sooooo much better with it!).  Our salad will probably be the romaine salad with parmesan vinaigrette that is hubby bubby’s new favorite.

The girls won the grocery race again (naturally!).  Girls rule! Boys drool! :)

The girls won the grocery race again (naturally!). Girls rule! Boys drool! 🙂

Friday: This is a Friday during Lent so we will have no meat.  We will be having Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys.  Growing up we always had fried fish since Lent only lasted six weeks and it was our little indulgence.  My mom (Gigi) always made sure we had healthy meals growing up so this was a special treat.  We have strayed from this tradition since hubby bubby and I don’t really eat fried food and don’t know where to get good fried fish in Dayton.

Saturday: Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  I have to admit that this is on the menu simply because of the name.  It just sounds fun!

Do you have any religious food traditions you follow?  Have you found ways over the years to make them meaningful to your family?  I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for reading!

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