Sunday Suppers: Teriayki Chicken Casserole

Sunday Suppers

Anyone who knows me knows i’m not typically a fan of casseroles. But because they are so efficient for cooking and leftovers i’m branching out.  This Pinterest recipe is a win!

Sunday Suppers: Creamy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Sunday Suppers

Okay so not the healthiest, but this is so tasty it’s hard to stick with portion control. YUM Pinspiration!

Sunday Suppers: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cream Cheese and Jalapenos

Sunday Suppers

Pork Tenderloin is a pretty inexpensive meat to purchase, here’s an out of the ordinary recipe that was easy and tasty.  Thanks Pinterest!

Sunday Suppers: One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet

Sunday Suppers

Great find on Pinterest. Easy and yummy!

*to make more kid friendly forget the red pepper flakes, Little Control Freak didn’t like that it was “spicy”

Sunday Suppers: Menu for a Week

Sunday Suppers

 

Our household does a great job of not wasting food. We eat our leftovers and very rarely have to toss food that didn’t get eaten before the expiration date. How do we do that? Our grocery list is comprised of weekly dinner ingredients with a few staples for lunch/snacks. Anytime we go rogue from that plan we waste food and spend a TON of money.  Save the Food, Save your Money!

For 2017 I’ve taken it up a notch by trying to create a weekly menu that reduces meal prep and clean-up time, because really life’s hard enough!  Who isn’t in favor of having more time with their family or more importantly more sleep! Whether you need an easy meal plan for a busy week (OR if that’s every week), here’s an example of ways to re-use ingredients to simplify dinner.

*disclaimer, not always the healthiest of options but they are homemade!

Monday: Leftovers

  • i.e. clean-out what is left in the fridge before we grocery shop Tuesday
  • Plan B: when we are low on leftovers we make breakfast for dinner
  • Plan C: reach to our more unhealthy freezer options (turkey meatballs or chicken nuggets w/fruit, veggie, edamame)

Tuesday: Takeout

Wednesday: Whole Grain Spaghetti, Turkey Meatballs, Side Salad

Thursday: Crock-pot Chicken BBQ Sliders

Friday: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap

  • Use the left-over BBQ chicken from Thursday

Saturday: Egg Burrito with Fruit Salad

  • Use the leftover wraps and shredded cheese from the week
  • Scrambled eggs, avocado, onion, tomato and shredded cheese in a tortilla
  • Homemade Fruit Salad can be created from the week’s fruit, ex: blueberries, sliced banana, and diced pear

Sunday: Homemade Turkey Reuben, aka The Rachel, with Fruit Salad

  • Use leftover fruit salad from Saturday
  • Just like making a tuna melt. Put deli turkey (or real turkey breast), Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing between two slices of bread. Warm in a skillet to your liking/desired toasting

Fashion Friday Denim on Denim

Still trying to get creative as the baby weight comes off. Will be happy when I can fit back into my full work wardrobe!

Pinterest helped me with this business casual outfit. I purchased a long Grey cardigan sweater from Gap with plans to wear with leggings. Pinspiration gave me this outfit instead. Love it!

Gap jeans and long Grey cardigan, H&M chambray oxford, Aldo black booties


Stella and Dot necklace and earrings, Charming Charlie navy statement necklace


Silpada blue beaded bracelet and crystal bling ring

Where’s the Blog?!?

Boy I’ve been slacking, or have I? I’ve been enjoying life with the littles and been able to control my freakish self by worrying less about the mess and feeling the need that I need to get everything done (including the blog oops). Doesn’t mean I don’t still have the urge to decorate, organize, and blog.

I hope to get back to blogging and projects, especially now that Little Control Freak the 2nd is a bit more independent needing less 24/7 attention, more like 12/7 thanks to sleeping through the night and finger foods.

With two kids i’m realizing more and more there is no magical equation to a schedule and that you just need to roll with the punches. Scheduling family time, spouse time, me time, etc. is still a must, but there is no guarantee for consistency. Hoping at the very least I can be consistent with scheduling the time.

Here’s some photos of our busy lives, more projects to come soon.

Great day with family

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Sunday Suppers: Ranch Cheddar Chicken

Sunday Suppers

Chicken is a staple for our meals and it can get boring really quick, luckily Pinterest keeps spicing it up.  Here is another Pinspiration that was easy and yummy.

Christmas Tour Day 3 of 3

Final Day! I love having the whole house decorated and I aspire to some day have every room decked out, even our upstairs. For now we have a few touches in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Stay tuned for some homemade snowflakes to add for more ambience upstairs.

Christmas House Tour Day 2 of 3

Welcome to day 2 of the house tour, slowly but surely getting this documented. Can anyone gift me more hours in the day for Christmas 🙂

Living Room

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Cheap Decor Alert!

This Christmas Tree ornament unfortunately didn’t survive its seasonal hibernation, the bottom of it was broken off, but can you tell? No! It was rescued and re-purposed in a glass pickle jar adorned with burlap, pieces of fallen garland, and kosher salt.

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Cheap Decor Alert!

I needed a new tree skirt, and I was loving the faux fur look, but not the price! $50+ at times. Easy fix, purchase a faux fur throw (this one is $7 from the Christmas Tree Shop). Does it fit completely around the tree, no, but can you see the back when it’s in a corner? No again, so win for me!

Of course the tree is full of unique and crazy ornaments and now that Little Control Freak is into decorating she’s breaking out all of her favorite things (Barbies, Ballerinas, and Mermaids, oh my!).

And I love my Shutterfly Christmas cubes. We have one for Little Control Freak’s first Christmas, one for Little Control Freak the 2nd’s first Christmas, and our wedding cube. Extra special this year, happy 5 years hubs!

Kitchen/Florida Room

I seemingly can’t capture how cool the branch in my Florida Room looks, photos don’t do it justice and the lighting doesn’t either, but it is all decked out for the season. New centerpiece via:

  • already owned garland
  • napkin garland rings from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • white sweater tealight holders from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • Plaid battery operated candles from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • already owned silver trees and burlap tree from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • Thank you sales and cheap decor finds – again courtesy of the Christmas Tree Shops!

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Upstairs decor to close out the tour tomorrow. Have a great night!