What’s for dinner?

Before long I’m sure my sweet blonde baby will be asking, “Momma, what’s for dinner?” and in just a few days it is time for us to settle back in to our school routine.  Summer is carefree and poor planning.  Frosted flakes for dinner after I put the cherub to bed and lots of pb&js for him on his picnic table outside.

I do my best to relax during the summer, including my lack of dinner planning.

Sadly, that time has come to an end.  The beautiful relaxing mornings will fade away come Friday and it will be back to strict bedtime routines, mornings before the sun comes up, and dinner on the table by 5.

How do I do it?

Meal planning and prep.

It’s not your Whole 30 Super Healthy kind of meal planning.  It’s just meal planning to avoid the question, “What’s for dinner?” and (added bonus) to simplify grocery shopping every week.

Each week I order my groceries from Walmart Pick-Up and it saves us a lot of money.  I usually pick up on Thursday’s on our way home from work and I get our groceries for the following week.

My biggest tips for meal planning would have to be:

  • Plan out your meals for the month in advance if you can, but if that seems like too much….go for one week at a time.  That is truthfully how I started out meal planning over a year ago.  
  • Store snack items in a special spot in the fridge.  We have a drawer full of applesauce, yogurts, and cheesesticks.  
  • Grocery shop once a week and I highly recommend Walmart’s Pick-Up if you’re from our area.  I’ve had no problems with it and can’t say enough amazing things about how it saves my life (and sanity).   You can get $10 off multiple times by sharing a code.  
  • Shop for pantry and bulk items with Amazon so they arrive on your porch for FREE or make a monthly Sam’s Club trip.  
  • Take care of prepping for your meals as you unpack your groceries (marinate, chop, etc.)(
  • Keep a running grocery list on your phone and immediately add things when you’re running low.  I like to use Google Keep for my notes on my phone.  
  • Look for a creative way to use a meal multiple times.  For example, I like to make chicken tacos on a Monday.  Then, on Thursday I use the leftovers to make quesadillas.  

My friends have often asked me how I come up with so many meal ideas to fill up a monthly calendar.  Honestly, I have more than a months worth but so many meals feel like they only are fit to eat in the winter and same goes for summer.

Here are the list of meals I keep in my find for when I sit down to meal plan:

  • Ham and Cheese sliders (I love to make these the day before and then just bake them after work the next day.  They also are great as leftover so make plenty so you have some!)
  • Beef Tacos
  • Chicken tacos – Super easy crockpot meal.  Frozen chicken breasts, salsa, taco seasoning.  Cook on low all day and come home to dinner!  I eat with taco shells or fritos!
  • Salmon and rice – I usually do butter and lemon pepper seasoning with my salmon.  
  • Roast, mashed potatoes, corn – Super easy crockpot meal
  • French dips – Another easy crockpot meal
  • Lasagna – I love to split this recipe up into two 9×9 pans and then freeze one for the next time!
  • Fajitas – I love the oven baked fajitas.  It takes about 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.  
  • Steak with grilled veggies
  • Pork BBQ – This is one that Mike usually takes care of.  He smokes it and we have enough for 3-4 meals.  
  • Chili – More of a winter meal
  • Homemade pizza – I like to use leftover pork bbq and make a bbq pizza!
  • Vegetable beef soup – I like this one for a Sunday because it requires more prep.  It does, however, make a ton of leftovers which is great for the week. 
  • Grilled or baked pork chops
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Grilled chicken – I like to marinade in ranch or italian dressing all day. 
  • Buffalo chicken sliders, or wraps, or just dip!
  • Chicken fried rice
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Tilapia
  • Fried Chicken (my speciality….just like momma made)
  • Beef stew
  • Salmon patties
  • Baked pesto stuffed chicken (Pinterest!)
  • chicken fingers and fries (for those nights you just simply can’t cook)
  • grilled cheese and soup of choice
  • Quesadillas – We have a little maker….amazing!
  • Breakfast – waffles, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches….this is a family favorite because we often don’t even get a big breakfast on the weekends
  • Spaghetti
  • Beef and noodles – crockpot!
  • Meatloaf
  • Ribs – Mike handles this one on the smoker!
  • Smoked sausage
  • Cubed steak
  • Parmesan Herb Salmon
  • Butter Chicken – Sooooo yummmmy…..newest favorite from Pinterest
  • Lemon chicken Piccata
  • Chicken and broccoli stir fry
  • Pork fritters (yes, frozen ones in a yellow/blue box and don’t hate)
  • Garlic shrimp and pasta
When I meal plan, I don’t really consider sides.  I have enough sides stocked in the fridge or pantry.  I keep vegetables and potatoes or rice on hand always.  I just like to wait and see what sounds good.  We are creatures of habit and do tend to eat the same things with each meal. 
I hope this has helped some of you who struggle with the question, “What’s for dinner?”  
I suggest starting small with a weekly plan and build from there! If you’d like specific recipes for any of my meals above don’t hesitate to ask!  I’d love to share. 

Out West Part 1

Our trip out west was awesome.  Now, it wasn’t a sandy beach with tropical weather….but there is something just as breathtaking about the beautiful mountains and nature that Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana have to offer. 
The trip started a little rough, I’m not going to lie.  The night before we were scheduled to leave Mike couldn’t figure out why we couldn’t get “checked in” with United Airlines through Orbitz.  Finally, he gave up and figured he would try again in the morning since our flight wasn’t suppose to leave until 5 pm.  The next morning it was his first task to accomplish and roughly about an hour or two after waking up (still in my pjs) he informs me that our flight is leaving at 2 pm, not 5.  
I took a deep breath and made a mad dash for the shower and to finish packing.  I didn’t shed one tear, which is quite an accomplishment for me these days.  I was ready to go in 45 minutes and luckily our ride to the airport (FIL) was over at the house in an hour to get us to the airport.  I did take a quick minute to call Orbitz and scream my head off at some foreigner who proceeded to tell me, “it happens” and they were sorry.  Sorry?!?!  I’m just glad my husband thought to call or we definitely would have missed our flights.  Oh, and I originally booked a flight with one layover and now this one had two.  We had to go to Chicago BEFORE we landed in Denver to then fly again to Sun Valley.  
And wouldn’t you know it that Denver was having some rough weather so we were late getting to Denver because we flew AROUND the storm?  Of course!
However, everyone’s flights were delayed in Denver….so we didn’t miss the second flight to our final destination.  We were suppose to arrive in Sun Valley/Hailey, Idaho around 8 pm and finally made it in around 11 pm.  It was definitely a long day and my swollen feet were seriously unhappy with me….but we made it.  
Side note – Do you know how many moms fly alone with little babies?  A lot!  I was way more observant of this than ever before.  I was shocked.  There is no way I think I could ever do that by myself.  Those babies were perfect, too!  A few tears but mostly sleeping and seriously awesome little campers for a long day of flying.  
Unfortunately we got to the quaint little town of Hailey, Idaho when it was pretty darn dark so we saw next to nothing the night we arrived.  
But when we woke up the next morning….WOW.  My bro and sis-in-law have an incredible property in the mountains.  Right now they are in the process of building their dream home on this property and her dad and sister are there to help this summer.  We’ve seen pictures through text along the way but it didn’t hold a candle to the scenery they get to wake up to every morning.  
Here are a few pictures of their house coming along.  

Guest cabin

Mountain outside their deck

View from their bedroom

Inside look at the loft and the stairs leading up


By the time we left they had installed the deck door here but I forgot a pic!

There’s the deck door.  This is also the camper they are living in while they build. 

Just out their driveway

The next day we all packed up and headed to Stanley, Idaho.  Along the way we made some pit stops to take a look around and see some fabulous scenery of beautiful Idaho.  

There are hot springs EVERYWHERE out west and here’s one of them.
That’s my brother-in-law, David, testing the waters.  

and his lovely white legs

Isn’t my husband adorable? 

I have just about given up on being cute while pregnant.
The scale hasn’t changed a whole lot but boy I feel huge.
And I know it’s only going to get worse!

This overlook was incredible.  

Look at that bump.
Everything is getting larger…ya hear?

Here’s my sis-in-law, Louise, her dad Rich/Dick/Richard/Funny Old Man, and her sweet sweet sister Elaine


We stopped at Red Fish Lake on the way.
Beautiful lake and LOTS of kiddos swimming in some super cold water.
They even had a dog beach for Judy and VooDoo!

Judy’s their sweet stinky dog.
She’s a lot like Shiloh. 

Meeting other dogs on the beach. 

Judy and VooDoo

Here’s another hot spring in Stanley, Idaho.
Of course, being pregnant, it was one of the many things I couldn’t enjoy on the trip.
I’m definitely traveling back out west without a fetus so I can horseback ride, maybe whitewater rafting, and enjoy some hot springs. 

Here’s the cabin we stayed at in Idaho and the boys grilling dinner.
We had delicious trout!

This was looking out behind our cabin.
A beautiful cattle ranch on the Salmon River. 

There’s always part of vacations where the husband wants to do something that totally interests him and sounds terribly boring to me.  I love him dearly so I roll my eyes and go with the flow for a bit to see his eyes sparkle and his smile shine. 
This was that part. 
The dredge. 
He can probably tell you way more about it than I can because I had to pee most of the tour and couldn’t pay attention.  I was also terribly bored and wanted to stick a fork in my eye.  

Basically it’s a huge machine that works like a CoinStar except they were looking for gold.
He would kill me for explaining it like that, but that’s how I understood it. 

Looking sexy at the dredge waiting to hear where the bathroom is. 

The rest of these pics were totally my husband.  I have no freakin clue what they are but I know he wants to show his buddies….sooo……scroll down til something sparks your interest. 

Then we stopped at a ghost town, Custer.  
It use to be a hopping little town for those who worked on the dredge and now it’s nothing. 
BUT, you can walk through some of the buildings which is really neat and see what life use to be like.  
Kind of reminds me of Conner Prairie, without the cool people to reenact.  

I wanted to see inside this house until a rodent crawled across the floor, then I was out.  

Children’s graves who had been lost in an avalanche. 

Still taking work calls.
The man never stops. 

Loved looking at these horses outside of the cabin. 

That’s all for now!
After Hailey and Stanley, Idaho we headed up to Idaho Falls and Yellowstone….part 2 later!
Truly Fortunate for a Beautiful Vacation, 

Feeling accomplished

Like every break from work I always have this massive list of things I want to accomplish.

This time it contained a few of the following….

  • clean up the flower beds and prune stuff to prepare for winter
  • organize all my recipes…including Pinterest stuff
  • redecorate the house and get all wedding gifts put away and hung up
  • spend time with the littles
  • read, read, read
  • work on my TeachersPayTeachers site
  • blog
  • deep clean the house
  • organize the office and file bills
  • work on genealogy stuff and continue to fill and organize
  • shop
  • sleep
I’m pretty proud of myself and feeling accomplished because I tackled just about everything on that list.  I’ve avoided a few of the items and hope to do some things tomorrow, but for the most part I conquered the big tasks. 
The house is redecorated (more to come…..)
And the massive amount of recipe boxes, printed recipes, recipe cards, and Pinterest recipes are finally organized with the help of MamasGotItTogether from Etsy this little purchase changed my life…and made it cuter.  
She has a ton of other amazing binders that I’m likely purchasing very soon.  I love binders.  Just ask my teacher friends.  Everything has a file folder or a binder.  I’m a bit organized and OCD about it.  
I don’t know about you, but I love being in the kitchen.  My problem with being in the kitchen is 1) my kitchen is a tiny tiny space  and 2) my recipes are all over the place.  I had some pinned on the iPad, some pinned on Pinterest, some taped to the inside of a cabinet, some in a binder above the washer/dryer, some in a box in the garage cabinet….EVERYWHERE!  I was getting really sick of trying to find what I needed to cook a meal and relax in the kitchen. 
I needed a fix.  
I started by purchasing three smaller binders in my kitchen colors (turquoise, red, and yellow) at Target. 
I wanted smaller binders instead of one huge binder because I already had one huge binder and it got out of control easily.  
That last name still freaks me out.  
I’m way too old school to keep my name, but I had it for 30 years.  It’s so difficult to adjust to!

Each binder would hold 5 sections……
I purchased Avery tabs (16280) from Amazon Prime.  Everyone needs Amazon Prime.  It is life changing.  Seriously, stuff is at your door within a day or two.  
I used the Avery.com website to print up each of the tabs I wanted.  I could have easily handwritten tabs, but I like things nice and neat.  I know….I’m a freak.  

And then I began to organize.  
The organization consisted of multiple days and lots of space.  I used the coffee table, the floor, and many piles later….I had finished products with my recipes from ALL over in three binders finally organized so I can find them a bit quicker.  

My best friends delicious icing recipe

recipes from the old family cookbook

magazine clippings I had shoved here and there

written recipes shoved in a folder

Pinterest recipes that have been a success finally printed and categorized

These are the lovely Avery tabs.  Avery seriously makes a printable something for everything.  

I also purchased these from Amazon.
Mike and I were given a recipe box that was his grandma’s and I also had my mom’s recipe box.  I didn’t want to destroy the handwritten index cards with familiar handwriting.  Just wanted to sort through them so I could find them a little easier.  

They worked perfectly for all those handwritten recipe cards

Here are the recipe boxes.
I love old recipe cards with handwriting.
So so special.  

The piles

and piles

and VOILA!
And then I sat down and made a list for the grocery of a few recipes I was going to try before the weekend was over.  

Today I made peanut butter brownies. 
Tomorrow is meatloaf for Sunday dinner.  
Feeling accomplished, 


Willpower isn’t something that I always have.  However, I have caught myself lately literally talking to myself and saying, “You can do better.”  It’s all about food. 
I want to lose weight, but I don’t always make the right choices to actually want to lose weight.  I’ve been stuck at this same number for quite some time.  I’m not shy to share it….175.  I started at about 185 when I first decided to work out and eat better.  I got down to less than 170 when I trained for the mini last year.  Then I put some pounds back on over the winter.  Then I started again in January and said I was going to quit drinking beer and quit eating French fries and potatoes and bread. 
The problem is….I haven’t always had the willpower.  Therefore, I am stuck around 175.  Just yesterday I got under at about 174.6.  Losing over 2 pounds in one week made me thrilled, but my first thought was how badly I wanted a double cheeseburger from McD’s.  I have this problem every time. 
But then I remembered the willpower I had been working on.  I drove right past McD’s and went home.  I cooked dinner at home, for myself and chose the healthy route.  I wanted a beer when I got home, especially after finding out we had a two hour delay but I remembered that I was going to a Pacer’s game tonight and out to dinner on Saturday night….so I chose a Vitamin Water instead.
Compromise and willpower. 
I say compromise because I will continue to enjoy life.  Which means that every once in a while I am going to have a beer.  I love Blue Moon.  I mean….I drool when I see a cold Blue Moon with an orange on top.  Also, I may occasionally eat at McD’s and enjoy a double cheeseburger….but it has to be less often if I truly want to lose the weight.  If I can go home and eat, then I need to choose that option.  If I know that I’m going to want to drink a beer when we are out with friends or family, then I’m going to have to say no to a beer in the fridge at home.  Otherwise, I’m going to continue to struggle and sit at 175. 
Right now my goal is to get under 170.  If I can reach that goal then I’ll shoot for 160.  I’m focusing on 10 pounds at a time.  Sure, I’d love to be a size 6 by the summer, but let’s be real here.  Maybe a size 12 instead?  Size 14 looks good on me, I’m told by my wonderful man.  He could care less what size I am.  I think he enjoys my curves.  But with a pool in our backyard I sure would feel better in a swimsuit without a few pounds attached to these rubbing genie thighs.
Here’s what I’ve done so far to try and get there….
Since January I have had two scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfast.  My trainers tell me I must eat breakfast.  I hate taking time to sit down and eat in the morning…I’d much rather sleep longer.  But it seems the protein in the morning helps to get my metabolism going. 
Also since January I have started a new lunchtime meal.  It has saved me so much trouble, and I’m still in love with it.  Meet my new lunch time favorite….
Healthy Life bread (one slice) only 35 calories.  Bear Naked Maple Pecan granola 1/8 of a cup is 65 calories.  Colby Jack cheese cubes or cheese square around 80 calories.  Natural Jif creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons 190 calories.  Apple slices around 90 calories.  Total for my daily lunch is 460 calories.
This is all according to MyFitnessPal which I have also been using daily to help me keep track of my calories and try and stay under 1300.  Most of the time I am under 1200 or even 1100, but my dearest trainers gave me a goal number of 1300. 
Right now the scale is back and forth.  It’s annoying.  Really annoying. 
But I was really proud of myself last night, AND again today when I passed up McDonald’s and came home to eat something healthier.  I’ve got to stop making excuses.  And I have to stop eating the junk so when I do go out to eat at a nice place, or out to enjoy a sports game, I can really enjoy a beer and some junk food because I have actually been good all week. 
Wow….as I just read back through this I cannot believe I’m telling y’all my weight and laying it all out there.  I guess I feel like writing it down helps hold me a bit more accountable.
Fighting the Scale, 


Lately I’ve been craving Benihana because we recently went there with friends to celebrate a birthday.  I had never been and was worried that I wouldn’t like the food.  I was majorly wrong.  I fell in love with chicken and steak fried rice.  It was a heavenly blend of shocking new flavors and surprises to my taste buds.

So, to save some money in our pocket books I decided to attempt a recipe I had pinned.  I then found several variations of recipes so I decided to combine what I liked from each of them and make my own.

First I cooked my rice in the Pampered Chef Micro Cooker and then set it aside.

Then, I chopped up the chicken into large bite size pieces (next time smaller) and sauteed them in some olive oil.  All the recipes recommended sesame oil…but we didn’t have any.  I may try sesame oil next time to see if it adds even more flavor.

Here’s the chicken….

Now remember….I’m using my iPhone camera AND we have sucky lighting in our kitchen.  

 Then I poured in about a cup of frozen mixed veggies.  The bag we bought had green beans, carrots, peas, and corn.  I also added about half of a chopped yellow onion.  I let those veggies cook for about 2-3 minutes….

And then I dumped in two eggs I had whisked together….

After the eggs started cooking I started chopping and scrambling the egg up with the cooked veggies.  
Then I added the cooked rice, chicken, and soy sauce.  

Stir and mix.  Walah!

 And to be completely honest I made so much chicken AND rice (way overcooked like I typically do) that I actually had two pans going.  
We will be eating on chicken fried rice for days.
Good news is it tasted pretty darn close to Benihana’s.  Bad news is that I got white rice and learned from my trainer that brown rice would have been better.  Plus, rice is a lot of carbs and I’m trying to stay under 100 grams per day.  However, I’ve been really good with my carbs at breakfast and lunch lately so I suppose if this were my dinner occasionally it wouldn’t be awful.  
Anyone want leftovers for lunch tomorrow? 
Stuffed and Content, 


Whatcha got cookin?

Hey hey…..good lookin.  Whatcha got cookin?

This recipe on Pinterest caught my eye from Big Oven and I couldn’t resist.  I think I pinned it months ago and tonight I finally got around to making it.

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops.  Super yum.  Super duper yum and delightful to the nostrils.  

Ingredients call for:

4 1/2-inch think center-cut loin pork chops (local markets are always the best to buy from)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup dried seasoned bread crumbs (Progresso plain or garlic and herb are my favorite)
olive oil (for shallow frying)
4 large cloves garlic  or just use minced garlic from the fridge
lemon wedges, for serving
parsley sprigs; to garnish

Notice there are several things crossed out.  I don’t typically add the extras on recipes unless I have it….and I know herbs can add some real flavor, but they just aren’t something I keep around.  I have basil and parsley, and that’s about it!  I’m definitely not squeezing lemon wedges over top and garnishing with parsley sprigs.  This isn’t the Palomino…it’s my little country kitchen.  

Spread Parmesan cheese out (see paper plate).  Beat eggs with one tablespoon vegetable oil in another bowl.  (p.s. – I forgot the vegetable oil and still turned out okay.)  Spread bread crumbs in another bowl.

Next time I plan to buy grated Parmesan instead of freshly shaved.  

My counter which is dirty and iPad ready on the Big Oven app.
Please ignore the mess.  

Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.  Combine salt and pepper (and sage and thyme if ya want to) and sprinkle generously over both sides of the chops, pressing seasonings into meat with your fingers.  This doesn’t gross me out, hopefully not you either.  Bread pork chops one at a time.  Dredge seasoned chops in Parmesan cheese, coating both sides completely, patting to adhere.  Then, using tongs, carefully dip both sides of chops in egg mixture, letting excess drip back into dish to ensure thin coating.  Finally, dip both sides of chops in bread crumbs, pressing crumbs with fingers to form an even, cohesive coating.  This gets really messy….that’s why there ain’t many pictures.  
Place breaded chops on a wire rack set over a baking sheet if you’re a neat freak and super woman in the kitchen which allows coating to dry for about 5 minutes.  Or if you are me then throw them suckers straight in the frying pan that’s ready.  
Get your frying pan ready with some olive oil.
Toss in some real garlic (or minced garlic if you’re me) and let it get hot.
Remove the garlic best you can if you want.
I left it in….but I like garlic a LOT.  

All the breading part can be done ahead of time….if you can think ahead of time.  I typically don’t when it comes to cooking.  If you do make sure to cover the chops loosely with wax paper and refrigerate for up to one hour or so.

The recipe calls for heating a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat.  We have the pots and pans we were given for Christmas last year.  Nothing fancy.  Paula Deen style actually.  They work.

The two on top haven’t been flipped.
The two on bottom have.
I like my stuff crispy and sometimes even “burnt” but I’m weird like that.  

When oil shimmers, add chops and fry 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy, or to an internal temperature between 150 and 160 degrees.  Drain on rack set over baking sheet (or if you’re me then drain them on paper towel on a paper plate).

Please don’t judge my fine china.  

Then it tells you to transfer to a warm serving platter and garnish with parsley sprigs and serve with lemon wedges.  I’m sure that adds some “presentation” and maybe even some flavor, but I tossed my man’s chop on a plate with the sides and he was more than happy to try this new recipe.

I used the fine china for the main presentation.
Add a little corn bread, some hash brown casserole, and some broccoli and
 WAH-LAH dinner is served.  

Please be aware that I’m aware that my pictures are less than amazing.  I shot it all with the iPhone 4S and I am not about to make my food like any more amazing than it already is because I then I would have all you freaks knocking on my door tomorrow evening for dinner.

And quite frankly, without a dishwasher or a garbage disposal I just can’t cook for more than 2 people.

Ask the man of this house.  Our deal is I cook and he does the dishes.  Now tonight I let him get buy because he’s working ground for the neighbors.  He snuck in to use a real plate before heading back out to sit in his big green tractor for the night.

P.S.  Either don’t look at the nutritional information if you’re dieting OR cut the chop in half like I did.  Corn bread should probably be eliminated too.  Oh hell…so should the hash brown casserole.  Just remember…small portions.   

Now….get your butt in the kitchen.  (Then the treadmill….)

Your men can thank me later.

Contently stuffed,

Pasta and Pie

I’ve been off work for over a week.  And all we/I have been doing is eating out.  Until tonight.

I was ready to cook and Pinterest inspired me, as usual.

So I wanted to try out this creamy bacon carbonara.  No it’s not diet friendly.  No it’s not healthy.  But it sure made my guy happy!

Go here to get the recipe….  Get off your butt and….bake!

A few of my own tips.  I did double the sauce as she suggested but next time I would definitely NOT double the crushed red peppers.  My guy loved it because he loved spice, but not so much for me.  Also, I added chicken.  I cooked it in a skillet with some olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper.  Diced it up and added it with the mushrooms and onions step.  ONLY add 1-2 Tbsp of bacon grease as it suggests and not dump in the whole pan.  I may, or may not, have dumped in the whole pan on accident.  Not paying attention or reading directions very well.

Then, for dessert.

I crave my brother’s apple pie all the time, but especially in the cooler months.  Yes, my brother bakes.  And he makes one helluva apple pie.  But, it’s a very detailed recipe that only he has mastered and I can never compete. Nor do I want to try!

So, I wanted something SUPER simple that I could whip up anytime but still gave me that applie pie/cobbler feel for a cool fall evening.

And I found it.

Guess where?


Thank goodness for….. A Cowboy’s Wife   Seriously.  3 ingredients.  3.  So simple.

 A few of my own tips….

My local grocery did not have caramel apple filling so I used just regular apple filling.  Still super delicious.  And I highly recommend the Butter Pecan cake mix as the topping.  Great flavor.

It baked while we had our pasta for dinner.  Two small helpings of each.  Not healthy at all but it was the comfort food and home cooking we both needed.

What have you been cooking lately since fall has come full swing?

Share with me 🙂

Healthy dinner

So my latest blog plan is to also introduce you to some of the dinner selections at our house.

Tonight was something new. And something we fell in love with. Or, at least I did!

Chicken Bruschetta with asparagus and mushrooms

Marinade your chicken in sun dried tomato vinaigrette dressing overnight. I could only find this in Kraft but I did only look at one store.

The next night grill the chicken over medium heat. Before you toss the chicken on lay down some foil so you don’t lose any of the goodness.

While its grilling on one side cut up two tomatoes and half of a red onion. Toss in some low fat mozzarella cheese and a little bit of basil. Stir tomatoes, onions, cheese, a tablespoon or two of the vinaigrette, and basil together.

Head on back to the grill and throw on some asparagus and shrooms (or whatever else your little veggie heart desires). Flip the bird breasts over and top with the tomato goodness mixture. Let sit on the grill for 8-10 minutes.

Now deliver to your plate and get all that extra tomato, cheese, and onion goodness that slipped off and stayed on the foil.

Best part ever is that you have very little dishes to wash. Or, M does.

You see, we have this agreement that I cook and he cleans up. It really is an amazing thing!