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Book Review: The Indian Family Kitchen

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The Indian Family Kitchen is such a beautiful book it will probably take an intermittent home on my coffee table when it is not in use in the kitchen (so it may not be in the coffee table much!). The pages of the book are so colorful and comforting and the food styling is drool-worthy. I love the sections between recipes that make me feel transported to India. This book is perfect for everyone. Really. If you want something light or hearty, quick to prepare or simmers for hours, something traditionally Indian or a delicious burger this book is for you. Pathak has such an encouraging voice in her writing of the recipes that this book could be used by novices but will satisfy the adept home cook, too.

I have a handful of purely authentic Indian cookbooks and after researching The Indian Family Kitchen by Anjali Pathak I decided to give it a try because I love Indian flavors and was looking for more of an Indian-fusion cookbook. The author has some serious street cred with Indian cuisine being the granddaughter of the founder of a huge line of Indian grocery products. These recipes are fresh, creative, healthful and most importantly they are incredibly delicious.

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I have to disagree with another review of this book that questioned the use of the word family in the title of the book. As a mom of three young kids and a husband with a discerning palate I viewed the recipes through a family lens and with every page I turned I found another recipe that we would be able to gather around the table to enjoy. My husband says, “if your kids are picky little snots that is not this book’s fault.” I would go one further and say even if your kids are picky they would still like these recipes with just a tweak on the spicy ingredients.

Here is my take on the recipes we tried:

Sizzling steak and cumin paprika wedges (page 50) with mixed herb salad with honey pecan dressing (page 78). The flavors in these recipes were amazing! The timing listed in the recipes were accurate, both for prep and cook times. We loved pairing flavors that we typically have on chicken with steak. The aromatics really gave the steak and potatoes great flavor. The kids thought some of the bites of the potatoes were spicy so next time we may add a little less paprika. The salad was so refreshing and light. We used a combo of mint, cilantro and basil for the herbs and it was delicious!

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Mini tortillas with chickpea salsa (page 24 and 25). We omitted the chipotles in the pork and used the tip to reduce the sauce and add it back in with the pork. The pork has a subtle sweetness from the orange and lots of savory yumminess from roasting with all of the spices. The salsa has a mild flavor that is so unexpected with tortillas but the lime, herbs and chickpeas just work so well together. This recipe is absolutely family friendly, but you may want to double it.

We are going to have the crispy sumac okra (page 18, Light Bites chapter) today and the coconut shrimp later this week and I can’t wait! This book is one I know we will love and use for many years to come. I highly recommend it!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Leftovers Galore

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This week we had friends over mid-week and I am finally getting into a groove with meal planning since our big move to Germany. I have been thinking about our usual week and trying to plan meals that work with our schedule. We don’t have any kid activities on Tuesday afternoons so those are days that I can make a dinner that may take more time.  This is a big week for Hannah since we just found out that a space opened up for her to go to pre-K instead of the part-day preschool she has been going to. She will have homework and is allowed to bring a backpack. She’s a pretty big deal and could not be more excited!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store).  She's definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store). She’s definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Sunday: Leftovers. We ran a little (a lot) late going to the grocery store. We didn’t make it there until almost 1pm! We usually make it there by 11am. Needless to say our whole schedule for the day was thrown off so we didn’t have time to make dinner before church. We peeked in the fridge and realized we had leftovers. Score! Lifesaver!

Monday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce with Edamame. This was SO fun to make! Do you have any kitchen gadgets that you love to use? For me it is my cookie scooper. I think I love to harness my inner lunch lady. I used my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop up the meatballs. It really was a win-win since I didn’t get my hands icky (this is always good when the three kiddos are running rampant) and it portioned the meatballs evenly. Love that! I kept half of the meatballs out of the sauce so that the kids would have some that were not spicy and they tore it up. I forgot how edamame obsessed Ryan is and only had one bag of the steamable edamame. Ryan let the rest of us have a few, luckily. Big thank you to JoCooks.com for the awesome recipe!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me.  I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me. I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Tuesday: Aleppo Pepper-Roasted Pork with Shallot Vinaigrette, Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella and Salted Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies. I recently decided that weeknights are the best nights evahhhh for entertaining. I picked a recipe this time that hubby hadn’t had yet since I made it for my fam when I was visiting them in May. This pork is a must-try. Really. Super easy since you just prep the rub the night before and then just pop it in the oven. While it roasted I was able to make the vinaigrette, prep the pasta, bake cookies and even clean up a little. 🙂 The cookies are a must try, too. Kinda like a Reese’s cup in cookie form with some salt…yum!

Wednesday: Kielbasa and ‘Kraut. This was a Rachael Ray recipe that I really liked but hubby didn’t dig so much. Everyone ate the kielbasa and onions. Ryan was weirded out that our apples got mushy. He also did not approve of the ‘kraut on his potatoes. We ended up with tons of potatoes and ‘kraut left and ran out of kielbasa. Ugh. I thought it was good, but not as good as my fave slow cooker recipe with pierogis. And with hubs not liking it we ended up just deleting this one from my recipe organizer. So sad.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and 'kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and ‘kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Thursday: Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan, Pasta with Herb Sauce and Salad. This is hubby’s fave meal and he wanted to have it earlier in the week but I had already had the beginning of the week planned so we just filled it in for Thursday. We have made it so many times that it is pretty easy for us to pull it together. The pasta is one we found in the Joy of Cooking a looooong time ago and have made so many times. I really need to make sure I plant some oregano, marjoram and chives in my herb garden next year.

Friday: Date night. Hubby wasn’t feeling good and got progressively worse throughout the day so we ended up just having leftovers. At least we had one of his fave meals on Thursday so leftovers were not too shabby.

Saturday: Leftovers. We still had a lot of random bits of dinners from the week left so we decided to just take it easy and have leftovers. Thank goodness we had some good food this week!

She IS so cute it's scary!  Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween.  If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size...send me a message on my "contact me" page and it's yours!

She IS so cute it’s scary! Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween. If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size…send me a message on my “contact me” page and it’s yours!

How did your dinners go this week?  What is your favorite day of the week to entertain?  I’d love to know in the comments section below!

 

 

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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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Yummy Blog Food

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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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I heart routines!

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After a whirlwind of our first few months in Germany I am loving being back in a routine. Sure, I like excitement and travel, but there is something really comforting and cozy about Fall that I just adore. We definitely did some splurging over the last few months and now that we are really starting to feel settled we are eating more like our “normal” with meal planning and most of our meals being healthy options. Lucky for me Chloe is still breastfeeding, but for hubby bubby with a PT (physical fitness) test coming up (aren’t they always?!) he is happy that we are having healthier meals so it is easier for him to get back to his usual fitness level. Here is what we will be cookin’ up this week:

We'll definitely have some salad or a veggie to help keep our portion sizes in check for our heartier meals this week.

We’ll definitely have some salad or a veggie to help keep our portion sizes in check for our heartier meals this week.

Sunday: Skirt Steak Fajitas with Grilled Cabbage and Scallions. We just had these last night and they are now my very favorite ever steak fajitas. The marinade was SO good. I think the smoked paprika is what clinched it for all of us. It was not spicy, but just the right amount of smoky yumminess. We all devoured this. I was feeding Chloe while the rest of the fam was digging in and Ryan kept asking me if he could have some of my steak…gotta keep an eye on that one!

Monday: Penne alla Senese with salad or green beans. Remember that whole “we’re back to eating healthy” thing I mentioned? That doesn’t apply to this meal. Ya gotta live a little, right? As every great dietitian says, “there is room for anything in a healthy diet”…just not a lot of it. Portion sizes will be key for this pasta as it contains not only sausage and heavy cream, but some parmesan and mascarpone to boot. I can’t wait!

This little angel loves eating and wearing her fruit!

This little angel loves eating and wearing her fruit!

Tuesday: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Mustard and Sage, Salad, Giada’s Mashed Potatoes. We are home all afternoon this Tuesday so it is the perfect day for a slow-roasted pork dish. I have been trying to break our chicken and beef rut with a variety of proteins so hopefully I won’t disappoint myself with this pork shoulder. I keep thinking that a lot of the fat will melt away as it roasts, but I do keep second-guessing if I should have just opted for leaner pork loin. We shall see.

Wednesday: Leftovers. Wednesday is definitely our busiest day of the week so it is the perfect day for us to have leftovers. Both big kids have activities in the morning and then part-day preschool in the afternoon followed by swimming lessons. Hopefully we’ll actually have enough leftovers this week that this plan doesn’t go awry. The last few weeks we have been eating too much so we have only scraps left by leftover day. If that happens again it’ll be PBJ night!

Go Gators!  Our newest little Gator fan is almost big enough for her cheerleader outfit.  Yay!

Go Gators! Our newest little Gator fan is almost big enough for her cheerleader outfit. Yay!

Thursday: Spanish Stew Chicken Thighs with crusty bread. Hannah helped make the meal plan this week and wanted “chicken and pasta” for most nights. I gave her some choices and read off the ingredients in a few things and she wanted this one because it has celery in it and “celery is my favorite vegetable ever” she says. I don’t think there is a vegetable that she doesn’t like, but I think radishes’ feelings might be a little hurt these days.

Friday: Beef Noodle Soup. This is an Asian inspired noodle soup. I am a HUGE phan (hehe) of pho so I am hoping it is a little reminiscent of that. Hubby will be home late so I’m hoping we can sneak this one by him. At least I can say Hannah picked it, right?

Saturday: Slow Cooker Texas Smoked Beef Brisket. Hooray for college football! We FINALLY have internet and FINALLY have some television again. With the package of channels we are using the local stations of the major networks are from Miami so they will hopefully play lots of Florida Gator games. We are planning to do a little tailgate at home and the main dish will be the brisket. At some point I’ll figure out what to have with it.

I'm praying the beef noodle soup is almost as good as this pho from Linh's restaurant in Riverside, Ohio.  Theirs is amazing!

I’m praying the beef noodle soup is almost as good as this pho from Linh’s restaurant in Riverside, Ohio. Theirs is amazing!

What are you up to this week? Are you cookin’ up anything new or stickin’ with tried and true recipes? Let me know what recipes I should be trying in the comments section below. Have a great 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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Dinner dates and kids sports

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Hannah loves to help dish the salad and fruit at dinner.  She is becoming such a big helper!

Hannah loves to help dish the salad and fruit at dinner. She is becoming such a big helper!

This week Hannah had her first soccer game!  So fun!  I so don’t agree that there should be a snack sign up for a three- and four-year-old soccer game.  The game is only 45 minutes of the kids staring at their parents and frolicking after the ball for a bit…but more on that later.  We are really winding down in Ohio and it feels so surreal!  We are checking off places on our list that we HAVE to eat at before we move.

Monday:  Chicken bratwurst with broccoli slaw.  This, one was both a hit and miss.  The chicken apple sausage with the onions in the slow cooker was delish.  The broccoli slaw not so much.  It was pretty bland.  It just tasted like plain broccoli with some parsley, very underwhelming.  I couldn’t let all the slaw go to waste so I added some to my brat and had some on the side.  It gave the brat a nice crunch so I think when I try this next time I will just use our fave slaw dressing recipe and put that on some broccoli slaw. 

Chicken brats were yum, need to doctor up the slaw next time to make it a perfect meal.

Chicken brats were yum, need to doctor up the slaw next time to make it a perfect meal.

Tuesday:  Pork tenderloin gyros.  These were awesome!  The tomato-yogurt sauce had a great flavor and tasted very fresh.  By some miracle I actually managed to marinate the pork a day ahead.  Chloe and I prepped the marinade while hubby was at work late, Hannah was asleep and Ryan the Rascal was getting out of his bed every 4 minutes.  I loved the idea of a pork gyro.  We are porky people so this is definitely a keeper.

Wednesday:  Leftovers. Makes life so much easier.  I love to cook but it is still such a relief to have dinner already done.  Makes me feel like I have a wife.  Anyone else ever feel like that?

Thursday: Leftovers for kiddos and dinner at Pasha Grill for hubs and I.  It was great to go out on a weeknight without kiddos.  I felt like such a rebel even though we were home before 9.  I had the doner special which is gyro meat on a bed of eggplant puree topped with tomato sauce and hubs had the chicken kebab with yogurt.  Yum!

Leftovers for dinner meant time to go to the park on a beautiful afternoon.  A great reason to make a little extra!

Leftovers for dinner meant time to go to the park on a beautiful afternoon. A great reason to make a little extra!

Friday:  Dinner out at Coco’s Bistro.  We were hoping to sit in our fave waiter’s section and even requested his section on OpenTable but we got stuck near the windows with too much air conditioning.  Luckily the lobster nachos, lamb tacos and curried chocolate torte were amazing!  And ya gotta have a great time when you’re drinking a Moscow mule, right?

Saturday:  Sloppy Cubanos or Chorizo burgers.  Grilled skirt steak with smoky almond sauce, salad and rice.  Guess who forgot to pull the pork and chorizo from the freezer?  Me!  I wish there was an app that could remind me, like a dinner prep personal assistant.  Would be so nice, right?  We ended up having grilled flank steak (our store didn’t sell skirt steak!) with smoky almond sauce with rice and salad that we were planning to have a few days later but luckily I had already done the grocery shopping for the week.  This one was good, but there are other steak recipes we like better so we are not planning to make it again.  The sauce used ingredients that are expensive if you don’t end up using all of them so we’re gonna keep “seeing other recipes”.  Sorry to break up with you, smoky almond sauce!

The delicious doner specialty at Pasha Grill.  Get in my belly!

The delicious doner specialty at Pasha Grill. Get in my belly!

How did your week go?  Did you try any new recipes?  Hope you had a delicious week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Transition plan for our babysitter

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Planned a slow cooker meal for soccer practice day and it was raining...at least I am getting the planning part right!

Planned a slow cooker meal for soccer practice day and it was raining…at least I am getting the planning part right!

Thank goodness Chloe has done well taking the bottles of breastmilk…we gotta get our last few bites in of our favorite places in Dayton!  Our babysitter thought we were moving later in the year and told me she needs a transition plan.  Guess that means we’ll have a few date nights before the kids and I head to my parents.  How will we ever find such a great babysitter in Germany?!

Monday:  Chicken bratwurst with broccoli slaw.  This is a slow cooker meal which is great because it means I have a lot of time when it is just me plus three kiddos.  Hubby has another late night training this night.  I will be so excited for this training to be over so we can enjoy our last few weeks in Ohio together…and all the nice weather!

Tuesday:  Pork tenderloin gyros.  We are having our homemade version of Shish!  We love pork and gyros so this should be a crowd pleaser in these parts.

These kiddos are going to miss our babysitter SOOO much!  It would just not be right to take them away from her without a bunch of date nights, right?!

These kiddos are going to miss our babysitter SOOO much! It would just not be right to take them away from her without a bunch of date nights, right?!

I will most definitely get the homemade Thousand Island dressing at Coco's. It is made with beets.  Amazing!

I will most definitely get the homemade Thousand Island dressing at Coco’s. It is made with beets. Amazing!

Wednesday:  Either leftovers or breakfast for dinner.  The kids and I are planning to make some muffins and I am in the mood for an egg and chorizo scramble…might just have to do breakfast and skip leftovers!

Thursday: Leftovers for kiddos and dinner at Pasha Grill (a Turkish restaurant) with some of hubby bubby’s peeps that are in town.  I can’t wait for the lebneh, baba ganoush and shish kebab with yogurt.  Yummy!

Friday:  Dinner out at Coco’s Bistro.   I know.  We are eating out way more than usual.  We have GOT to get our last suppers in at all of our fave places before the kiddos and I head to my parents and who knows when we’ll have a reliable, awesome babysitter in Germany?!   Gotta get date nights in while we can.  And we need to say goodbye to Jason, our favorite waiter.  Okay, maybe we do have a problem.

Saturday:  Sloppy Cubanos or Chorizo burgers.  Something sandwichy that will use up all the chorizo in our fridge.  The Cubano has pickles on it so I am leaning that direction.  And I always love a riff on a sloppy Joe.  MMmmmMM!

What will you be eating this week?  How are you doing with the transition to Spring and nice weather?  Hope your week goes well!  Thanks for reading!

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Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos.  Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos. Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay.  Can't believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay. Can’t believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Whew!  Finally have a minute to sit and snuggle the baby…and get back to blogging for a bit!  The past few weeks have been filled with a gazillion appointments (not one, but two passport photo sessions!), packing, sorting, cleaning, fixing, organizing and scheduling more appointments.  Is it sad that going grocery shopping by myself with all 3 kiddos is now an easy item on the “to do” list?

How did your holidays go?  Easter? Passover?  Ryan and Hannah had to miss half of Easter mass because they were being crazy.  There will come a day when all five of us can make it through a whole mass, right?  I mean, we’re Catholic.  Mass isn’t really THAT long!  And they even had their new mass books.  Yeesh!

Saturday: Pork satay with rice and cucumber salad.  This was delish and I actually remembered to make the marinade for the pork.  We made an Asian cucumber salad that is probably my absolute favorite way to eat cucumbers…and I am obsessed with pickles!  This salad is so good I just CAN’T EVEN!  It was originally published in Cooking Light with a hoisin flank steak recipe.  The flank steak was just meh, but the cucumber salad is outrageous.  I pinned it on my Pinterest.  You MUST try it!  Especially with it almost being cuke season and all.

Sunday:  Happy Easter! Herb-and-honey-mustard crusted leg of lamb, mashed potatoes with leeks, marinated asparagus and fruit salad with blackberry basil vinaigrette.  This might just be the menu we stick with for years to come.  Everything was easy to prep and worked well for timing.  We were able to prep some things earlier in the day and then just relax.  Everything went really well together and we all loved it.  The lamb was definitely a splurge, but it was Easter!  I am really thinking I need to try Damaris Phillips’ lamb with chimichurri while all this lamb is around at the grocery store.  Just might have to grab one on sale!

This is the easiest soup ever!  And the fam loves it!

This is the easiest soup ever! And the fam loves it!  This pic is from the last time I made it when we had some tortellini in the freezer.  Love that it is so versatile!

Monday: Turkey sausage-gnocchi ravioli soup.  This was supposed to be Hannah’s first day of soccer so she helped me prep it in a mad rush to get us all fed and out the door in time.  Hubby bubby was working late at his training so it was just me and all the kiddos.  We open the garage and it is a down pour.  Ugh!  At least dinner was yummy and Hannah sure did look cute in her pink everything.

Tuesday: Shish wraps!  Of all the yummy food in Dayton Shish is probably what we will miss the most!  The food is yummy, healthy and Simon is the best!  I tried a new sandwich this time, the beef shawarma.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I knew there was a reason I always tried something new.  It was AMAZING!  I really think everything they make is my favorite (is that allowed?  Having more than one favorite?).  We might have to have weekly Shish until we leave!

Wednesday:  Leftovers.  I think leftovers are the surest sign that God loves us.

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini.  Come here, lovahhhhh!

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini. Come here, lovahhhhh!

Thursday: Baked lemon chicken with kale salad and rice.  We love citrus and chicken and this one did not disappoint.  It is basically fried chicken with a lemon sauce.  Yum!  How funny is it that the night we had this Food Network instagrammed this recipe?!  It is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Friday:  Date night!  First time leaving all 3 kiddos with the babysitter went swimmingly!  Hubby bubby and I went to Roost, a modern Italian restaurant for dinner then down the street to Salar for dessert and drinks.  The food was awesome!  So sad that this might be our last night at Roost ever!  The pavlova dessert at Salar was delish!  Think we’ll do dinner there one last time before the big move.  Gotta get in those dark and stormies!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl.  She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin' pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl. She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin’ pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Saturday: Sushi at Sushi Hana.  Ryan has still not mastered the “sticks” but Hannah is becoming quite the pro with them.  They both requested tuna rolls.  What will we do when they are all teenagers?!  We are going to go broke!

Sunday:  Mustard glazed chicken with roasted vegetables.  This ended up being a HOOTOWL dinner since hubby bubby’s training ran late.  As I was chopping the veggies I heard the most awful sound when you have small children: silence.  I went to investigate and both kids were sticking a foot (pant leg and all!) in the toilet.  Sigh.  At least they were in time out while I finished prepping the veggies and got those in the oven.  Loved the technique of preheating the roasting pans while the oven preheats.  We all loved this. Ryan even ate three servings of the veggies since he thought all of the “orange stuff” was butternut squash…there were sweet potatoes and carrots, too! 🙂

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs...can't wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs…can’t wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

How did your week go?  What are some of the crazy things you have found your kiddos doing?  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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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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