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We’re back! (Sort of!)

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We made it to Germany and are starting to get settled. We love it here!  The food is great, especially the backereis (bakeries)!  We had our first shipment of our stuff show up so we have no furniture, but we have our essential kitchen items. We are back in business in our kitchen and on our new grill and are lovin’ it!

Our big girl loves to help dish up the food at dinner. When did my baby Hannah get so big?

Our big girl loves to help dish up the food at dinner. When did my baby Hannah get so big?

Here is what we are up to this week. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to read about our recent trip to Brussels and our first samplings of German food!

Sunday: Leftovers. We had a ton of food left from the Fourth of July so just had leftovers.  Easy peasy.

Monday: Chili Pork Tacos with Sweet Lime Slaw.  This is one of our favorite taco recipes!  It uses the grill so is perfect for the summery weather and comes together quickly…minimal prep and dishes.  Win-win!

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Spicy (we might make it mild) Brazilian Tomato and Coconut Sauce with rice and Black Bean Salad. We made this one a long time ago and don’t totally remember it, but my notes say it was good and it uses the grill.  I hope we like it as much as we did before!

Ryan always ate ALL of his Shish Wraps!  We have found some kebab places here, but nothing as awesome as Shish Wraps!

Ryan always ate ALL of his Shish Wraps! We have found some kebab places here, but nothing as awesome as Shish Wraps!

Wednesday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa.  Another recipe for the grill and the salsa just sounds amazing doesn’t it?!  As long as I remember to marinate the steak all should go well.

Thursday: Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri.  If I haven’t mentioned it before I should mention now that I have somewhat of an obsession with chimichurri.  It is virtually calorie-free and packs a huge flavor punch.  It is great on everything and a great way to give food savory yumminess without any guilt.

Friday: Salad with Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette and Thai Pork Burgers.  I found a cute little Asian grocery store in Ramstein village called Seoul Market and have been hitting it up for some of our fave ingredients (if I go too long without miso or fish sauce I get the shakes). Gotta keep our weekly Asian flavored dishes on the menu plan or we’ll end up getting take out!

How have your last few weeks been?  What will you be up to this week?  What do you recommend we check out in Germany?

 

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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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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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Farewell, Papa and Gigi!

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Chloe loved snuggling with her Gigi!

Chloe loved snuggling with her Gigi!

I am running about a week behind with our weekly updates…such is life with a newborn, right?  🙂  Papa came to visit and pick up Gigi.  It was so sad to see them go!  The worst is when the big kiddos wake up and realize that Papa and Gigi left already.  Tears abound!  Luckily they will be back in a few weeks for baby Chloe’s baptism.  Here is how things went for us toward the end of last week.

Thursday:  Asian pork wraps and yummy slice and bake cookies for dessert.  The pork was finally thawed!  This made a ton.  I am a huge fan of cabbage and having the Asian flavored slaw made this slow cooker meal feel light and fresh.  Gigi made us the cookies.  I liked them but was hoping for more peanut buttery and Nutella flavors. 

Slow cooker Asian pork wraps with slaw.  Find the recipe on my Pinterest page!

Slow cooker Asian pork wraps with slaw. Find the recipe on my Pinterest page!

Friday:  Jerk rubbed catfish with slaw and rice.  We made half of the fish with the jerk seasoning and the other half just with some salt, pepper and garlic (for Papa and the kiddos).  Hannah wanted to try a bite of the jerk fish and really liked it…and then drank tons of water.  She’ll be able to hang with our level of spice soon, I just know it!

Saturday:  Salsa verde pork with rice and salad.  Beef goulash with blue cheese and romaine salad with parmesan vinaigrette.  Ready for a shock…the pork was still frozen! I know, I know.  This is the story of my life.  I thought hubby bubby cut our gigantic pork loin in half and put both halves in the fridge to thaw but he put one in the fridge and one back in the freezer.  Luckily it was no biggie since he had already done our grocery shopping for next week so we just shifted some menus around a little bit.  This recipe was amazing!  I grew up on goulash since my Mom has a lot of European ancestry.  This recipe is from Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine.  I have a love affair with food magazines and have had a  love/hate relationship with this one.  I am very much in love with it at the moment!  Back to the goulash: adding the blue cheese really took the goulash to the next level.  And did I mention we used Boar’s Head blue cheese?  There are no words to adequately describe just how amazing the Boar’s Head blue cheese crumbles really are.  If you are blue cheese fan I highly recommend it.  It is a more expensive blue cheese, but a little bit goes a long way and the extra cost definitely delivers with the amazing flavor.  It is so creamy and tangy and it really does melt in your mouth.  I can’t believe I really lived without blue cheese for 9 months! 

Beef goulash with blue cheese...yummo as Rachael Ray would say!  Find the recipe on my Pinterest page!

Beef goulash with blue cheese…yummo as Rachael Ray would say! Find the recipe on my Pinterest page!

How did your week go?  What are some foods you just can’t live without ?  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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Love is in the air!

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I love Valentine’s day!  It is one of my favorite Saint Feast days to celebrate…and I love that it is celebrated everywhere!  This week we will be having meals that are a little more fancy (though still don’t look like too much work).  Sure, we will be eating with the kiddos, but it will be nice to have some food that would be more like eating out without the eating out price tag.  We might try to squeeze in a date night one more time before baby #3 arrives.  We’ll see how that goes!

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  We scooched this one over from last week, but it seems like it will be really pretty so it fits with our romance theme.

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino (we might just use frozen tilapia) with broccoli rabe.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  I snagged some steaks on manager special last week at the grocery store and froze them…$5 off each!  Love when that happens!  I will probably have a dietitian dinner this night so I’ll make this and have it ready right when hubby bubby gets home so the fam can all eat something yummy before I head out.

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment.  I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment. I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Not the most romantic…maybe this will be date night?

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  The salad is super simple so having great ingredients is a must.  This salad is my absolute favorite arugula salad.

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  Since we have lots of chicken normally I always think of steak and seafood as being more romantic.

Saturday:  Drunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  We absolutely never go out to eat on Valentine’s day after having mediocre food with exorbitant prices and long wait times even with a reservation.  The kiddos and I will hopefully be able to make some Valentine’s crafts (we are going to make the St. Valentine puppet craft by Lacy over at CatholicIcing.com) and sweets today.  We are going to try making some chocolate covered strawberries and Giada DeLaurentiis’ magic bars.  These look like the “brookie” from Dorothy Lane Market.  Fingers crossed that it all goes well!

 

Finished prepping the kids' valentines.  Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

Finished prepping the kids’ valentines. Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Do you go out to eat or stay in?  Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?  I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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