Weekly meals Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Meal updates from last week:
As always the kids and adults devoured the classy chicken!  I didn’t make the BLT salad as we went out for an impromptu dinner with my parents.  We really liked the turkey tacos and the buddha bowls came together very quickly.

This week is jam packed!  My son has basketball twice this week, I am going out twice and my husband is out once.  Tis the season!  This means that there won’t be a lot of home cooked meals going on, but I do have a solid plan:

  • Lasagne soup from @farmgirlsdabble I have made this soup before and it is delicious.  I very good tip is to cook the pasta separate from the soup and then just add it when you serve.  This way the noodles don’t get overcooked.  I am going to serve this with a salad or some bread.
  • We will be out tonight, so my kids will be having takeout.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will give this another try and see if it gets made this week!
  • Pineapple chicken from @chelseasmessyapron this is a new recipe that looks so good, I cannot wait to give it a try.

I would love to start some holiday baking this week, but it all depends on time.  I am going to buy everything that I need for the recipes in hopes that I will find some time to bake.  I’ve decided that I would like to make some kiss cookies and then something gingerbread.  I found a recipe for snickerdoodle kiss cookies and then I am going to make a gingerbread cookie with some white chocolate cream cheese icing or gingersnap sandwich cookies with white chocolate with white chocolate filling.  I also wanted to make something with a mint flavour but who knows if I’ll ever finish all of it!  I will keep you posted as to what I bake in the coming weeks.  Grocery shopping  made simple with grocery list 113

Happy cooking,
Sara

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

 

July 8 – July 12

Meal updates from last week:
Everything from last week was delicious, I loved the cilantro shrimp with grilled avocado.  My husband said that grilling the avocado was a game changer!  The pasta was delicious so simple and came together in less than 30 minutes.  I will be making the turkey tacos again, they were more saucy than normal tacos and the kids really enjoyed them.  The Greek chicken bowls were outstanding, I made them for a crowd and everything was devoured.  I also made a mixed berry crisp, as the berries at the market this week were plentiful.  I used: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  I served this with some vanilla ice cream.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, my husband and I are out a lot this week just on different nights.  There are no plans for Friday, but I will probably make something simple like breakfast for dinner.  Saturday we heading out with friends and then Sunday we are out again.

The stack of spotted bananas keeps growing.  I made a batch of peanut butter banana blender muffins from @sara.haven, head to her Instagram for the easy recipe.  Shopping made easy with shopping list 100

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 June 3 – June 7

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all meals from last week, but my favourite was the salmon with snap peas and asparagus.  As always the kids loved the sloppy joe tacos, this recipe is so versatile and could be used as a dip for taco chips.

I spent the weekend in Kelowna eating amazing food and drinking even better wine.  We had the chance to eat out twice for dinner, Thursday night we went to RauDZ Regional Cuisine and on Saturday night we went to Quail’s Gate Winery.  Both dinners were amazing!  The atmosphere and location at Quail’s Gate couldn’t be better, nor could the wine!  We also ate breakfast a a great little diner called Sunny’s Modern Diner, the homemade rhubarb and cherry jam was out of this world!  We also visited Kitsch Wines where we enjoyed many glasses of their rose.  The weekend couldn’t have been any better, great weather, great wine and amazing company.  I hope to go back to Kelowna soon.

This week we’re back to the grind, we have ball three times, my daughter has a school concert and then we are heading to the mountains for the weekend.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday and then dining out Friday and Saturday.  All recipes this week are from Food Network magazine.

I won’t have any time to bake this week, but will make up for it next week when I need to make a cake for my son.  We are celebrating his birthday next weekend, this is his friend birthday, as his actual birthday is in the summer.  This year we are having a Nerf birthday party, and he has asked me to make him a Toothless dragon cake.  We will see how that goes!  Shop quick and easy with Shopping List 96