Shoutout to everyone who shared a recipe in my Facebook comments or sent me them directly. I have listed and linked all of the recipes here so that we can all try something new in the next few weeks! If you wrote out a recipe by hand, I tried to find a comparable match online (and I think I did pretty well!).
Our dishwasher is broken so if you could lift us up in prayer that would be great.
I also did a few really efficient things this week. Like making a meal for a new mama. Batch cooking some meals for us. Making slow cooker meals on Tuesday and Thursday when we already had other plans so they would be easy work night dinners instead.
Finally, friends shared A TON of meal ideas so I will be working on a post that captures all of them.
Saturday – Nachos, Salad
Honestly, this was a dinner of leftovers.
Sunday – Tamale Pie, Salad
I actually made three tamale pies – and then froze two of them. I cooked the chicken by tossing it into the slow cooker and shredding. I used actual eggs and whole milk and then mixed some beans with the chicken to top (about 1/3 can drained and rinsed per dish).
Monday – Pasta with Meatballs a la Billy and Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Sauce, Salad
About five months ago Billy told me he made meatballs simply by balling up Italian sausage. Is that not evil genius? We tried it and friends it was life changing.
Feast! No seriously, I needed at least two meals each of leftovers from this.
Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Critter helped me to bake these. I split the batch and gave half of them to Marcus’ grandparents.
All of my friends: You’re running again!
(Me internally: Thank God for friends who very literally have the highest aspirations for me)
Me Out Loud: LOL no I am power walking.
Here we are.
I finally got new running shoes (hello goal complete!). And now our treadmill has been used for more than me trying to go into labor (which worked). I realized last week that I hadn’t put any hooks for workout clothes up in our closet.
My goal for right now (and let’s be serious probably until both children are in school) is to exercise three times a week. It can be all walking, all yoga, a combination of the two. I am not doing it to get skinny, I am doing it because I am an unbearable person to be around when I don’t.
Where do I fit it in? Well, usually right after dinner (another reason I am not thinking about running at all right now) because that is the time I have. Generally our mornings start by 6:30 at the latest but sometimes as early as 4:30 or 5:00. This is fine, but there is no way for me to wake up before my children do. Morning workouts will have to be the domain of the time when they can finally pour themselves cereal and turn on some cartoons.
Do I have the time for this? Sort of but not really. I do in the sense that the minutes exist. I do not in the sense that once dinner is put away, Marcus and I usually try to do one productive project each night. This can be cleaning a bathroom or the kitchen, folding laundry, sweeping out the mudroom, you get the idea. So now I do this and that. It is fine. We are all happier when our house is passably clean.
And now with all of this you know the tiniest bit about my pseudo-workout routine and our general housekeeping. The end.
If anyone has any favorite (EASY) recipes, please share in the comments. I feel like we have really gotten into a groove but monotony could come quickly.
Friday – Hawaiian Sliders, Salad
Easy Friday night dinner for sure.
Sunday – Tuna Melts, Salad
This was actually lunch, and I am officially a proficient tuna salad maker.
Monday – Baked Potatoes with Turkey Chili, Salad
I doubled the batch of chili so we could look forward to four more easy baked potato dinners.
Wednesday – Easy Slow Cooker Yellow Coconut Curry Chicken, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli
This is SUCH an easy winner. I tossed a half bag of frozen peas in because they were there.
Thursday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Salad, Corn Muffins
I love that this meal always gives us dinner, leftovers, and a meal or two for the freezer.
Like, this happened over a week ago but better late than never, right?
Our little lady is four months old. She is 14 pounds 3 ounces and she is 26 inches tall. So she is the tallest that she can possibly be! She is probably going to move into size 12M in the next week or two because her feet are getting too big for her footie jams!
And now she rolls from her back onto her tummy! All the time! She cannot be stopped!
When I show her toys, she reaches both hands forward for them. She loves
reading chewing on her books.
We started sleep training at night. Now she goes down easily at bedtime. I’d say 50% of the time she has no problem going back to sleep when she wakes and the other 50% are a challenge when you add in her newfound ability to roll over! It doesn’t matter, we don’t mind. Last night she slept through the whole entire night so that was a reminder that it all WILL get better.
She cannot stop watching Critter when he is around. Everything that he is doing she wants to observe. And she is still just the happiest, most easy going girl. We could not love her more.
This week I assembled yet another crockpot meal while both children were awake and busy. Witness my transformation into at least a mediocre mom of two!
Friday – Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage with Sweet Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner, Wilted Spinach
Sunday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings
I made a double batch of this chili because Marcus had a Poker Night on Thursday. I froze the Poker Night batch (so it would stay fresh!). And I don’t cook two dinners so we had chili for dinner on this night as well.
Tuesday – Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Salad
I like this soup but I LOVE the ricotta-parsley-parmesan mixture. I should really just make the ricotta arrangement.
Wednesday – Beef Ragu over Penne with Salad
THANK YOU FOR THE DINNER GALINA.
Thursday – Chili Cheese Tots
This is poker night food, no?