July 15 – July 19

Meal updates form last week:
There was a lot of eating out and meals on the fly last week as we had many different plans.  I really liked the spanakopita meatballs, I ended up making them into patties as I didn’t feel like making little meatballs.  I served these over a simple Greek salad with greens and tzatziki.  Other meals last week were simple and easy to prepare as well as many dinners out.  I am happy that this week is a little calmer and there will be more home cooked meals.

We are eating at home this week Sunday-Thursday, I had all intentions of making dinner tonight but we were invited to my parents for cabbage rolls, which is not a meal that I can pass up!  They were amazing as usual.  For the rest of the week we will be eating in and then the weekend is filled with birthday celebrations for my son and father.

The only baking I will be doing this week is a birthday cake for my son.  He has asked for a dog cake!  As usual I will be using my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting from @thelittlekitchen.  I will also be making a lemon bundt cake for my dad’s birthday, this recipe was in my gramma’s recipe box and I will post a copy later this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals June 17 – June 21

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the Thai chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce, and the addition of grilled pineapple all the flavours were amazing!  We also really enjoyed the watermelon and steamed shrimp salad, as usual the kids ate all of the components minus the lettuce.  Friday night we went to friends for dinner and I took a Greek salad, Saturday we ordered takeout and Sunday we went to my parents to celebrate Father’s Day.  I took a strawberry rhubarb crisp that was really good.  This weekend we also celebrated my son’s birthday, as he is a summer birthday we like to have his party before the end of school.  He decided on a Nerf theme, so they made shields, had a full on battle, ate lunch (chicken fingers, fries and watermelon), battled some more and then had cake (my go-to chocolate cake).  It was a wonderful afternoon and he was so happy.

This week is the last week of baseball, which has been so much fun for our son and us as spectators.  It is also the last full week of school!  I cannot believe that this year is almost over, it has gone by too fast.  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday there is no plan on Friday and possibly heading to friends on Saturday.

I don’t have a baking plan this week but have a collection of spotted bananas on the counter.  I also have lots of blueberries so we will see what happens with those two ingredients.  Make shopping easier with Grocery List 98

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 10 – June 14

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all meals from last week, but the top two recipes for me were the turkey patties and monte christo sandwiches.  My kids also loved the sandwiches!  I didn’t add the gruyere cheese to theirs as they find it too strong.  We were away in the mountains this weekend, and we had a wonderful time and ate some amazing food.  We went to stay at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, it is a hidden gem in the rocky mountains.  The added bonus is that they have an outstanding restaurant at the hotel, we got a chance to eat there for dinner last night and then for breakfast this morning.  Once again they didn’t disappoint.  I had their summer salad with avocado, tomatoes, peppers, feta and a passionfruit vinaigrette.  For my main course I ordered poached lobster, which was served over a mixture of homemade pasta noodles and zoodles.  For dessert they did a take on a magnum bar with some khalua whipped cream and salted caramel popcorn.  It was amazing!  If you are ever looking for a place to stay while visiting Lake Louise, the Post Hotel is not to be missed!

This week has lots going on.  My son has baseball twice, we are also celebrating his friend birthday.  We do this so that all of his school friends have a chance to attend, if we waited till summer then no one would be around.  He has chosen to have a Nerf birthday this year, so we will transform our yard into a Nerf battle zone where they can shoot till their hearts content.  He has asked for chicken fingers and fries and a toothless dragon cake for dessert.  As always I will use my go-to chocolate cake recipe with accompanying icing.  I will post pictures of the completed cake on the weekend.  Also somewhere in there we need to celebrate Father’s Day!  It’s going to be busy.

  • Soy marinated flank steak from @skinnytaste we ate this tonight with a spinach and mixed berry salad.  I topped the salad with toasted almonds, feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.  The kids ate raw fruit and veggies as well as a cheese bun with butter.
  • Pineapple Thai grilled chicken skewers from @foodfaithfit we will eat these with some steamed edamame and rice.
  • Egg roll bowls from @skinnytaste
  • Steamed shrimp and watermelon salad from @cookinglight I will serve the kids some pasta alongside their shrimp.
  • Tonight I am going to grill sausages with peppers and onions.  I will serve these in a sub roll with some veggies or salad on the side.

Besides baking a birthday cake this week I won’t have any other time to bake.  I do have some rhubarb that I am dying to use, but not really sure what I am going to do with it.  I was leaning towards a strawberry rhubarb crumble.  Head to the store with Grocery List 97

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

Meal updates from last week:
All the meals that I made last week were great, I didn’t get a chance to make the grilled sausage, peppers and potatoes as we ate with my mom.  I shared the delicious Thai soup that she made for us on last week’s blog post.  I loved the roasted cauliflower that we ate with the salmon, so much so that I had it with some quinoa and feta the next day for lunch.  The egg rolls bowls were also a hit, I made some steamed brown rice so that my husband had a little more substance to his meal.  The saucy shrimp were outstanding, make sure to have the lemon rice with it as it completes the meal.

Today I got the chance to attend a cooking class with my mom.  At the class we learned all about pies!  We got instruction and practice making four different types of pie dough with accompanying fillings.  It was a wonderful class with an exceptional instructor, and when we were finished we walked away with two small tarts and one pie.  A passionfruit tart, frangipani tart as well as a cranberry raisin pie.  I am so excited to try them all!  If you are looking for cooking classes check them out at Cuisine and Chateau.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we are going to the mountains this weekend and then home to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with family.  I will be solo two nights this week as my husband is working late, which means that I will try to keep things simple on those nights.  I still have some leftover pumpkin from last week’s muffins, so I may try to use the rest of it up.  I am taking turnips and chocolate cake to Thanksgiving dinner, as we are celebrating a number of birthdays along with our family gathering.

  • One-pan petite meatloaf with roasted veggies from @cookinglight the recipe originates from @skinnytaste
  • Thai peanut chicken ramen from @halfbakedharvest I am hoping that my children like this recipe, but I will reduce the curry paste amount so that it isn’t too spicy for them.
  • Pizza, I will either use store made dough or pizza bases.  We usually add peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes and then top with arugula when they come out of the oven.
  • Sweet fire chicken from @carlsbadcravings we will eat this with some steamed brown rice.
  • Breakfast for dinner, pancakes or waffles with bacon and fresh fruit.

Shop with ease, Dinner List 69

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies*

Weekly meals July 30 – August 3

Meal updates from last week:
The best meals from the past week were the Korean chicken rice bowls, mango chicken stir fry and the grilled shrimp tacos.  For the rice bowls I added some sautéed cabbage and green beans, it just added more substance to the bowls.  My kids loved the chicken stir fry!  They ate their entire plates, which as of late has not been the norm.  I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and they tasted even better.  The shrimp tacos came together very easily and the flavours were delicious.

This week we are hosting friends for a BBQ on Sunday night and eating at home Monday-Friday.  I am also hosting girlfriends on Thursday to celebrate a new baby.  Friday is my daughter’s second birthday, we will be celebrating with cake at home surrounded by family.

The Dinner List 63 is very long this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals 17-21

So sorry for the late post.  We were so busy last week!

Meal updates from last week:
The best things that we ate last week were the foil packets and the lasagna soup.  The foil packets were so easy to make and full of great flavours.  We didn’t end up eating the BLT salad, so we will carry it over to this week.

This is an exciting week as my son is turning 7!  He has requested a family favourite for his Birthday dinner.

  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will be starting this week with a recipe from last week that we did not eat.
  • Apricot-glazed pork kebabs from @cookinglight I will serve this with green beans from the garden and brown rice.
  • Classy chicken casserole from The Best of Bridge, this is what my son has requested for his Birthday dinner.  We will eat this with egg noodles and a side salad.
  • Rainbow Thai basil noodle salad from @halfbakedharvest this is a new recipe for me and I am not the best with rice noodles.  Fingers crossed that I can make them work!
  • BBQ chicken quinoa salad from @whatsgabycooking I am going to swap the quinoa for brown rice as it is more popular with my kids.

We are going to take a break from pancakes this week and get back into cereal, cold oats and toast.  I have a few bananas that need to be used, so I might try to make this bread.  I will be using this recipe for my son’s Birthday cake, but making in into a piñata using this recipe.  My daughter is turning one in a couple of weeks and I found this cake (the balloon cupcakes at the bottom) that I think will be perfect!  When heading to the grocery store make sure to print Dinner List 20

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals July 10-15

Meal updates from last week:
The biggest hit from last week was the Thai noodle salad with peanut dressing.  We ate it hot at night, and then I ate it the following day cold for lunch.  Both were delicious!  I did not have a chance to make the pork sliders, we ended up having burgers instead.

We have another busy week!  We will be eating at home Monday-Friday and it looks like the heat wave is going to take a break for a few days, which means I will get a chance to turn on the oven.  We had Sunday dinner with my parents, mom made the chicken fajita burger from @iowagirleats and I brought this Southwestern chopped salad.

  • Slow cooker lasagna soup from @cremedelacrumb1 I have made other lasagna soups before but never tried this one.
  • Chicken fajitas from @marthastewart this is my go to recipe for fajitas, fast and simple to make.
  • Asian chicken foil packets from @twopeasandpod this is a new recipe for me it looks very easy and cooks on the grill.
  • Turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and warmed pita.
  • Blt salad from @marthastewart this is a recipe that we love!  We usually have this salad once a month.  The buttermilk dressing for this salad is amazing.

As the weather is going to be cooler for the next two days I am going to try to make some pies.  My good friend brought me some rhubarb from her garden, I am going to use it to make strawberry rhubarb pies.  I do not have a recipe right now, but will post it when I find one.  For my pie crust I always use my grandma’s recipe, to find this recipe go to my post on the best pie dough.  Next week my son is turning seven, in preparation for his birthday I will be baking him a cake.  I always use the same chocolate cake recipe, if you are a cake lover then you MUST try this cake.  My son has asked that I make a piñata cake, so I found this recipe that looks amazing.  I cannot wait to put it together for him.  As we are in the middle of Stampede I couldn’t help but find a new pancake recipe, I am going to try this with nectarines instead of peaches.  Don’t make your own grocery list just take Dinner List 19

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Here is the recipe that I used for my pie*