Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Tips!

I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and ironically enough I've been sick for the past week, which has made a sport out of prepping. Happy to say that I'm starting to feel better and beyond thankful that my mom came into town yesterday to help me finish up grocery shopping and is here to tell me what the hell to do with all this food.

Here's some Thanksgiving links from The Kitchn to help you along your way too.


Thanksgiving Music Playlist 

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pie

4 Methods to Keeping Mashed Potatoes Warm

Adult Coloring Page for Thanksgiving

The Easiest Method to Cooking a Turkey

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday 5

It's a shame that I don't have any place to put this sign. 

It rained non-stop for a couple days early this week, which resulted in the worst driving experience that I have ever had. Was beyond thankful when I made it to our subdivision. I treated myself to flowers and, it's true, they always brighten the room no matter what's going on outside. (Notice what the deer have done to my tomatoes?)
You're looking at the best stick player from the 2nd grade music program.

I just received this smart thermometer yesterday and I'm already intrigued. It connects to your phone and works through an app that has many different features. I've tried numerous thermometers - will this finally be the thermometer that works for us?

Stocking Update! Our leading lady was headless the last time you saw her, so I've made some big strides. What's left? Adding some sequins that I missed early on, finishing the big cupcake that will say Vaughn's name, and putting a back on it. It's close! 

Cheers to a great weekend! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

You Sit There! Printable Place Cards

Don't let holiday guests waltz in and sit wherever they want. Take control of the situation and tell them where to park it. :)

Click HERE for the link
Want some help with the names? I'll type in the names you need, with your chosen font, and email you the file to print for the first 10 people. Just leave a comment or shoot me an email (email icon top right) with your names and your font choice. (Choices below)

Looking for something more traditional? How about these from last year?! Simple & Fancy Fall Place Cards can be found HERE.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu (Week 20)

Week of November 16 - November 22
We had dinner plan changes for 2 nights last week, so we didn't get to the Chicken Alfredo Roll Up's and the Garlic and Butter Spaghetti Squash. I'm carrying them over to this week, but am already doubtful that I'll feel like cooking spaghetti squash on a Friday night. We'll see though, if not squash keeps, right?!? 

On Monday, I'll be a short-order cook and make breakfast for dinner - however the kids want their eggs. (Justin hates breakfast for dinner, so I'll make him something equally glamorous, like tunafish, or something like that.) It's a busy night and I don't know when we'll fit in dinner, but fingers crossed!

Taco Tuesday! Normal beef tacos, beans, and guacamole. (To make this work on a busy night, I pre-cook the meat and make the beans and guac ahead of time. I stick the beans in the oven and use the delay cook function and just keep the meat covered on the stove. Justin gets home with home with one kid before I do, so he gets things going and finishes up for when I get home with the other kiddo. Teamwork!

Wednesday is another busy night, but I'm planning on making BLAT's.

On Thursday, I'm planning on making a quick lasagna using a crock-pot. Vance loves lasagna roll-ups, but they take so much time to individually roll up each noodle. I've convinced him this will be the same thing, just a different shape! I don't have a particular recipe that I'm following, I think I'll just wing it as I go. 

Carrying over the Garlic and Butter Spaghetti Squash from last week for Friday. Sides TBD. 

Kitchen is closed on Saturday!

Carrying over the Chicken Alfredo Roll Up's from last week for Sunday. I'll make a salad or something to go with. 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Sharing with:  the org junkie and this week for dinner

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday 5

5 moments from the week. Cheers to making it through!

1. Saturday was my birthday, and as you can tell from the picture, I was at home, in my comfies, hair up, getting ready to dig in to a homemade cake with my family, and was within reach from a glass of champagne. It was perfect. Cheers to another great year!

2. While Justin won for best birthday gifts, Vaughn won for best wrapping - hands down...dude.

3. Every year I participate in Hollywood Housewife's One Day Instagram challenge, where you take pictures of all the details of one day. This is one of my favorites from the day - just me and the kiddos waiting for the bus in the morning.

4. Soccer is officially over for the 2015 season! Just a little excited about that because I think we're all ready for a break. It was a successful season, but also looooonnng one. Indoor starts in January!

5. I love listening to Ryan's Roses but never seem to time it right so I end up having to sit in my car for an extra 5 minutes or so to hear the end of it. Fake or not, it's like a live soap opera and a welcome break from music.

I hope you all have a great weekend planned! Cheers!

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu Planner (Week 19)

First things first, the soup I made from last week's menu, Crock Pot Chicken Soup, was a HUGE success with the kids, Vaughn especially, because she never likes soup. If you're looking for a new soup, give it a try!

Week of 11/9 - 11/15
Salads and baked potatoes on Monday. Russet for the family, sweet for me. 

New recipe for Tuesday! Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken. Needed something fast and one of the kids said it looked ok. Fingers crossed!

Tortellini Soup for Wednesday.

Another new recipe! Baked Spaghetti squash with garlic and butter. Still deciding on what to have with it... Probably something the kids will eat a lot of, like salad, because I have a feeling they're not going to be into the squash.

Pizza on Fridays!

I'm making two batches (traditional and vegetarian) of chili for Justin's office chili-cookoff during the week, so I'm planning on making more to have some for dinner on Saturday night. When we were buying ingredients, the checkout lady at the grocery store told us about her older kids loving Pepper Belly's. I had never heard of that before, but it's chili with Frito's and cheese. From there, onions, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream can be added and it all can be eaten like a Walking Taco. The kids were intrigued and promised to give chili another try as long as they can try it that way. Let's hear it for cooking once and eating twice!

Another new recipe on Sunday! I have crescent rolls that I need to use and I thought the kids would like these Chicken Alfredo Roll-Ups. I'll sauté green beans to go with. 

I'm always looking for new ideas, what's one thing on your menu this week? 
Hope everyone has a great week!

Sharing with:  the org junkie and this week for dinner

Friday, November 06, 2015

Free Printable: Be Thankful for Today

No Friday 5 today, but because it's my birthday tomorrow and I'm feeling very thankful, I made a quick printable for you. Perfect for Thanksgiving time! I hope everyone has a great weekend! 
Any big plans??? Lemme know!
(Click the picture or HERE for the download)


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