Easy Dinner Ideas

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!).

Slow Cooker Gumbo

Korean Beef Bowls

Risotto Recipe for Beginners

Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon and Veggies

Lemon Chicken

20 Minute Moo Shu Pork (or Chicken)

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

One Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies

White Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Beef in Mushroom Gravy

Mississippi Roast

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Friday Food Round-Up!

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.

Wednesday – Crockpot Salsa Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice and Black Beans

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.

I Work Out

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.

BUT.

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.

Friday Food Round-Up!

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.

The Family Room!

Slowly but surely we are furnishing the the unfinished/sparsely finished rooms in our house.

Like our family room.

You see, six weeks into my maternity leave, I realized I hated our family room because it was a dark cave.  I felt like the already “bold” fireplace stuck out awkwardly (let’s be honest – really cannot do anything about that right now).  I realized I couldn’t manage to settle on any furniture for our family room or informal dining area because the walls were a gray with blue undertones, our wood floors were cherry, and the Spanish tile in the kitchen was yellow-ish.

ALL OF THE COLORS.

I looked at Marcus and told him we needed to paint.  And moreover we probably like, needed to hire painters. To my amazement he agreed.

We ended up choosing Behr’s Bleached Linen.

Before.

After.

I didn’t bother putting the toys or diaper changing supplies away because you guys this is my life.

The original couch (which we bought from a family member a little over a year ago) was meant to go down to the basement. But it wouldn’t fit down the stairs. So now it is living in our three season porch where we didn’t have any furniture yet anyway.

We also need to decide on how we are going to disguise the many cords hanging from our TV. Options: drill a hole in the wall to run the cords through OR use a cord cover. And we probably need one more lamp but I just don’t know where I want it to go yet. Did I mention art? We need that as well. All with time.

4 months!

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!

Glitter laughs.

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.

Friday Food Round-Up!

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

Still tasty.

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?