My Go-To Meals

There are some evenings that I dread cooking dinner, especially mid-week when I’m worn out from work and just want to spend the evening with my kiddos and husband.  I have two, super yummy go-to meals that seem to appear quite frequently in my meal rotation.  They are just that delicious and easy!

The first is a chicken parmesan bake from Life in the Lofthouse. Basically, all you do is put some garlic and olive oil in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Add uncooked chicken and pour a jar of spaghetti sauce over everything.  Add croutons and sprinkle some mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top.  Bake and you have a wonderful dinner! Don’t forget to cook some pasta:)

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The second dish is oven baked chicken fajitas from the same food blog, Life in the Lofthouse.  All you do is chop up some onions, peppers and chicken and add some fajita seasoning (here’s a taco seasoning I made that works great for this recipe).  Combine with one can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted tomatoes and loved the flavor they added) and bake in a 9×13 pan.  Yum!

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What are your go-to meals for quick weekday dinners?

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 42-Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip

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I made a delicious peanut butter honey yogurt dip  from one of my go-to recipe blogs, Two Peas & Their Pod.  The kiddos and I loved this easy peasy dip and they had fun helping me make it!

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I (the kids, actually!) mixed together 6 ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt (the recipe called for plain but I liked the flavor that vanilla added), 3 tablespoons peanut butter, and 3 teaspoons honey.  That’s it!

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Tasting the dip!
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I sliced up some apples for us to dip into the peanut butter honey yogurt goodness.

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This is a great snack for kiddos, especially since they can dip the apples into the yogurt.  I don’t know about your kids, but my kids love food that they can dip…it makes everything so much more fun!

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Cooking with Kiddos // It’s the Little Things

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I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for their fun link-up! Today’s post is all about kiddos in the kitchen.  I love to cook and want to pass on this joy to my kiddos. I started cooking as a young child, always helping my mom with dinner and making desserts and other goodies.  We had a large garden and I assisted with canning, making jams and applesauce, and freezing vegetables.

I’m hoping that Will and Harper will learn some good cooking skills and will enjoy spending time in the kitchen creating meals.  At this point, their favorite part is licking the icing off the beaters, ha!

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Trying to get every last bite from her birthday icing! Yum! More on Harper’s 2nd birthday recap here.

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Dips are always a favorite! My kids love helping make easy dips! We recently made a peanut butter honey yogurt dip that was delicious!

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Eating some snow cream!

Do you have any good recipes that are easy for aspiring young chefs?!

 

 

Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for 5 on Friday! It’s been a long, busy week.

{one} Summertime (I wish!)! Since stores put out seasonal items so far in advance, I bought a bathing suit recently for Harper.  It is actually too big, so I need to exchange it for a smaller size.  She had an absolute tantrum when I tried to put it on her-she screamed and fussed the entire time.  Once it was on, she kept tugging at the straps and crying.  I’m hoping she will change her mind about wearing bathing suits once summer comes! Last year, she didn’t have a problem wearing her bathing suit.

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{two} I made these yummy no bake granola bars the other day, which turned out delicious! So easy to make, especially since you don’t have to bake it:) The kiddos loved them!

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{three} I’m seeing a food trend this week, ha! I love cooking and baking with my kiddos. We made a delicious honey peanut butter yogurt dip and dipped apples into it.  My kids love to dip their food into things, so this was a hit!

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{four} Last weekend and earlier this week, it was so nice out! The temperature got up to the low 70s and it felt like spring! We enjoyed lots of time outdoors.  I pulled out a tub of colored rice that I had made (a while back) for Will and Harper.  Harper is really good about not putting things in her mouth, but I closely supervise this activity.  By the time they were finished playing with the rice, it was almost gone. Next time, I need to put down a tablecloth to help with the spills! I’m going to need to make more!

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{five} Last weekend, the kiddos’ naps were all out of sorts since we went to a local maple festival. Will and Harper slept briefly in the car, so I decided to rest with them once we returned.  Ha, who was I kidding?! No one fell asleep:)

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for 5 on Friday:)

{one} I bought this cute gold polka dot binder at Target a few weeks ago. My plan is to create a home organizing binder with it, but I haven’t gotten very far, ha!  It’s on my to-do list, though.

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{two} I’m loving mason jars and all the things you can do with them! I’m even creating Harper’s 2nd birthday party around a mason jar theme.  I picked up these jars at Target (of course!) and have plans to fill them with different spices and herbs we buy in bulk. I’m also going to use them to store homemade taco season and dry ranch dressing mix (soon to come on one of my Pinterest project posts!).  Have you seen the beautiful blue and green mason jars?  So pretty!

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{three} While this is not a good picture, I made some lasagna soup from the blog, Carolina Charm, few days ago.   It’s a delicious soup with a creamy, spicy flavor! Though it turned out yummy, it’s definitely not a replacement for the vegetable lasagna I make. I highly recommend this taco soup recipe from Carolina Charm. I made it last week and it was so tasty!

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{four} Birthday party prep!  I created two Instagram photo banners displaying pictures of Miss Harper from the past year.  I made the clothespins from washi tape and mini clothespins.

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{five} I love scarves!  This beautiful scarf was given to me by one of my husband’s co-workers.  She recently returned from a rotation in Afghanistan and brought this back for me from one of the local markets there.  It will join my other scarves in my closet, including another scarf from my husband’s co-worker. So pretty!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 17-Cake Batter and Snickers Dip

For my weekly Pinterest project, I decided to make some dessert dips! Once a month at school, a different grade level is responsible for providing snacks and yummy treats. It was my month so I opted to make two super easy dessert dips, among a few other things. Last year, I made a chocolate chip cookie dough dip and a brownie batter dip (both very yummy). This year, I wanted to try a few new recipes. After browsing Pinterest, I decided on this cake batter dip from Six Sisters Stuff. Their blog has many delicious recipes I’ve tried, so I figured the dip would be good! Will and Harper decided to help me:) They love standing on their stools in the kitchen and helping mommy cook! So sweet!

Anyway, for the cake batter dip, I mixed together two cups of fat free Greek yogurt, a box of funfetti cake mix, one jar of sprinkles, and 8 ounces of cool whip. That’s it! So simple but yummy. The Greek yogurt gives it a tang, but it goes well with the flavor of cake batter. I brought vanilla wafers to dip into the cake batter dip, but you could also use graham crackers (or eat it by the spoonful!).

I also made a Snickers dip with cream cheese, cool whip, brown sugar, and chopped snickers from this blog. The Snickers dip was a big hit! (I don’t have any pics of it because our computer is still not working and my phone camera decided to freeze up).

What are some of your favorite dips?

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5 on Friday!!

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Hello, Friday! It’s been a LONG week! It was my second week back at school (first week with kids). The week went well, but it was just long and stressful. I’m linking up with Darci from The Good Life Blog for Five on Friday. It’s such a fun blog link up!

~1~ I bought a chalkboard sign on Etsy from Delight Designs Vinyl to document Will’s first and last day of preschool. I found several on Etsy but liked this one since it was double sided with the first day and last day of school. I’d love to take a first day and last day of picture of Will and Harper from preschool through high school! We’ll see if this happens! I will be starting on September 5th when WIll starts preschool (yikes!).

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~2~My kids love to do artwork! Miss H. will play with markers for hours! She recently started playing with play dough (without eating it!). I need to find more crafty activities to do with my kids. This is one area that I don’t feel I do enough with-all the cute, crafty ideas I see on other blogs. I’d like to start doing more art projects with them. Any good preschool/toddler art activity suggestions?

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~3~I’m in search of fall outfits for our fall mini photo session in October. I tend to buy several outfits, keep the tags on, and then decide closer to the session what to wear, especially for Harper and Will. I found some really cute clothes at Target but I’m not sure which outfit I like best for Miss H. I always get their outfits selected first, then look in the closet for what my husband and I will wear. For the past several sessions, I’ve worn neutral colors with a bright scarf. I might find a purple scarf to go with the outfits I picked out for Will and Harper.

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~4~I’m really loving the color plum for this fall. Isn’t this skirt cute? Maybe I will have Miss H. wear this instead of the outfits I picked out above.  Hmm…decisions, decisions.

~5~I’ve been pinning yummy pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.  I might have to try this Starbucks copycat pumpkin pound cake recipe!  The only recipe that I made for dinner that my husband and I did not like was a pumpkin pasta recipe by Rachael Ray.  Never again will I make any savory dish using canned pumpkin.  It was disgusting!  So bad that we threw it out (this has never happened before).  Sometimes I will make a dish that’s only ok, but not to the point where we don’t even eat it.  It was quite gross.  I will be sticking to pumpkin dessert recipes, thank you!