Weekly meals Dec. 11 – Dec. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Last week we loved all things meatball!  The turkey meatball soup with orzo was a family hit.  My daughter loved the orzo and my son loved the meatballs and the broth.  As with other soups, it got better as the days went on.  We were also big fans of the meatball sandwiches with the homemade tzatziki sauce, next time I will serve these with a Greek salad.

The weather in Western Canada continues to be unseasonably warm.  I ended up barbecuing twice last week!  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are heading to a Christmas party on Saturday night, and we may do something simple Friday or just order in.  As we spent much of today out and about I pre-planned and put a whole chicken (3 1/2 lbs.) in my crock pot this morning.  I made a seasoning mix to rub over the chicken: paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and then placed the chicken in the crock pot on low for 6 hours.  We ate the chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.  This chicken was very juicy so I took the drippings and made some gravy.  Such a delicious and simple Sunday night meal!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been baking up a storm!  So far I have made nuts and bolts (recipe can be found on my Instagram feed), turtles, peanut butter kiss cookies,  snickerdoodle cookies, raspberry almond thumbprint cookies and gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing.  Although it seems like a lot of baking, most of it has been given away as gifts.  I am undecided whether or not I am finished!  Keep watching my Instagram feed for any baking additions.  Take Dinner List 38 with you to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Dec. 4 – Dec. 8

Meal updates from last week:
I cooked all of the planned meals from last week except for the chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste.  The top meal of the week was the turkey meatloaf, it was juicy and full of flavour.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are in full holiday mode, our house and trees are decorated and my holiday baking continues!  This evening we had family over to decorate our Christmas trees and enjoy a meal.  I wanted to make chicken cacciatore in my crock pot, but I wasn’t left with enough time after getting back from our tree cutting.  Instead, I made chicken cacciatore in the oven from @jocooks.  It was amazing!  We ate it with a baguette and caesar salad.

Last week I baked two more Christmas cookie recipes both from @sallysbakeblog.  I made peanut butter kiss cookies, which were one of my gramma Illa’s favourite cookies.  I did use her recipe, but the one on Sally’s site is very similar.  Later in the week I made raspberry almond thumbprint cookies, which are shortbread with a dollop of jam.  Although we do eat a few of the cookies, I mainly bake them to give them away during the holiday season.  I usually make a few other kinds of cookies, stay tuned for those recipes!  Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 37

Happy cooking,
Sara

*White chocolate dipped snickerdoodles*

Weekly meals Nov. 20 – 24

Meal updates from last week:
Last week was an amazing week of meals.  Everything that we ate was so good, I especially loved the cheeseburger sloppy joes and fall salad.  The flavours in the salad were just like you were eating Thanksgiving dinner.  It would be a great salad to make with leftovers from Thanksgiving, I will have to keep that in mind for next year.  I enjoyed the pepper soup, but think that next time I make it I will do half beef and half Italian sausage.  We also added sour cream to the top of our soup, which just gave it a little something extra.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, my husband is leaving Friday to go home, so it will be the kids and I until early next week.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, we enjoyed my gramma’s Muffin Cup recipe.  We ate these with steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with cheese sauce and a simple coleslaw.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron this is one of my favourite slow cooker soups!
  • Korean beef tacos from @pinchofyum I love the sound of these, and cannot wait to give them a try.  This recipe can be made in an instant pot, slow cooker or stove.
  • Meatballs marsala from @shutterbean the original recipe is from @smittenkitchen we will eat these over egg noodles.
  • Chicken enchilada roll-ups from @skinnytaste this will be my second time making this recipe, the first time I made them they were delicious.  We will eat these with cilantro-lime rice.

Holiday baking has begun in our house!  I made nuts and bolts and turtles this weekend.  My husband will take both of these home to share with his family.  The nuts and bolts recipe can be found on my Instagram feed, I shared the turtle recipe with you last week.  I am already thinking about my next holiday baking project, I found this cookie recipe and this one that I would like to try! I also found some time today to bake some muffins for the week ahead, we decided to take a break from the pumpkin muffins, instead we are going to have apple carrot oat muffins.

Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 35

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

What am I going to do with all this zucchini?!

Here in Alberta we have had an amazing summer.  The weather has been so hot, which has made for a wonderful growing season.  My garden is beginning to come to an end.  I still have beets, carrots and potatoes to pick, but these vegetable can stay longer in the ground then most.  What I have a lot of is zucchini!  Now there are only so many loaves of zucchini bread that one can make, so I decided to find some alternative ways to use up my zucchini.

Happy cooking and baking,
Sara

Spring cookies

It is always fun to make seasonal cookies.  It is even more fun to include children in this tradition.  Baking is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Measuring, pouring, cracking and mixing are all things that kids can do.  I was very excited to make some Easter cookies and include the pastel M & Ms inside the batter.  I have made this recipe many times and shared it with you earlier in the blog.  This sugar cookie recipe from @averiesunshine is simply the best!  Follow exactly what the recipe says, and do not skip placing the dough in the fridge.  Remove cookies from oven when they are just slightly golden around the edges.  From the top they don’t even look cooked, but I promise they are soft and chewy.  I added some pink, purple, green, yellow, blue jimmies and sprinkles to the batter.  I love the crunch that it gives this soft buttery cookie.

Happy baking,
Sara

Sweet treats!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, so I have put together some sweet ideas for your special someone.  Whether you are celebrating with a group, your significant other or kids, these recipes are sure to please them all.

Cookies:
Marbled sugar cookies from @bakedbyrachel
M&M cookies from @averiesunshine (I have used these for Easter cookies and they were delicious, just change up the colour of M&Ms)
Gummy Bear cookies from @1littleproject (these would be great to make with kids)
Frosted sugar cookies from @cookingclassy

Something a little healthier:
Graham crackers from @becky_lovetobeinthekitchen (I have made these many times and sent them to school for parties paired with some cheese they are delicious)
Fruit skewers from recipebyphoto.com
Fruit salad from @whitandwhistle

Ta-da!
Chocolate hand pies from@sallysbakingaddiction (hand pies are an easy show stopping dessert)
No-bake cheesecake from @inspiredbycharm (cheesecake, easy and delicious)
Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache from @twopeasandtheirpod (this looks amazing!)

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Sara