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This week we had some of what we planned…but none of it on the day we meant to!  Hubby bubby was really in the mood for steak when we got home from grocery shopping and was not so much in the mood for fish this week.

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  Hubby bubby wanted steak so we had mustard citrus grilled steak with potatoes and salad.  It was too cold to grill and hubby bubby decided he has an adversarial relationship with the grill pan so he made these under the broiler.  The flavor was good but the texture was off, almost like they were steamed.  I am not ready to give up on the grill pan.  We are definitely going to try this one again…on the actual grill next time!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  Mmmm!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons. Mmmm!

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino.  Hubby bubby was “just not feelin’” fish tonight.  I told him that Bon Appetit thinks this recipe is simple and romantic (it was in one of their email newsletters this week!).  Today we ended up having the linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  These are two of our favorite recipes.  I love that the shrimp cooks from frozen and doesn’t taste watery or rubbery.  Everyone loved it, but Ryan didn’t eat much arugula since he thought it was spicy.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  This was amazing!  Hubby was not sure if he would like this but he did so we will definitely make it again.  I doubled the goat cheese J.  The kids really liked it, too.  The squash was nice and sweet so Ryan ate it like a lollipop.  How can you go wrong with an orange veggie, whole grain, cheese and sausage?!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips.  I have such a girl crush on her!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips. I have such a girl crush on her!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Date night and pizza party for the kiddos and the best babysitter in the world.

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.   Leftovers.  Thank goodness for leftovers!  I really started to feel very pregnant so it was a blessing to have yummy leftovers and not have to think about dinner.

Friday:  Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  I still was not feeling good so we did Cheesecake Factory salads and got pasta for the kids.

SaturdayDrunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  Forgot to marinate the steak overnight, oopsie (story of my life!) so we had herb-topped sirloin with peperonata, oven fries, salad and some baked chicken since hubby bubby thought the steaks I bought were too small.  Everything was delish!  Check out the steak recipe on my Pinterest page.  We all ate more than our fair share and finished it off with some dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Love is in the air!

Dark chocolate covered strawberries. Love is in the air!

Ryan, aka Mommy's Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

Ryan, aka Mommy’s Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

How did your Valentine’s Day go?  Did you have any awesome recipes this week?   I hope you had 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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