Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As I mentioned in a recent post, I'm working on becoming a better meal planner to help save time and money at the grocery store. So, here's what's cooking at our house this week (click on recipe name to go to recipe)...
with white rice
Spinach & Black Bean Lasagna
with garlic bread
with egg noodles and a veggie side
with seasoned rice and a veggie side
with our small group on Tuesday
Blue Ocean Take Out
probably chicken fried rice and California Rolls
I don't assign a day of the week to each meal (unless I know it has to happen on a particular day), because I need a little flexibility in my life with all this planning! :) What's cooking at your house this week?
Spinach & Black Bean Lasagna
Thank you Dot Gross for sharing this recipe with me - it's a staple in our house!
2 Large Eggs
1 (15oz) Ricotta Cheese
1 (10oz) package frozen chopped spinach (cooked)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
2 (16oz) cans black beans (rinse, drained and mashed)
1 Large can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1 package NO bake lasagna noodles (no need to cook them before you use them)
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
2 cups Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
Mix A in a medium bowl. Mix B in a large bowl. In a 13X9 baking pan (sprayed with cooking spray) layer the following....
1 Cup Mexican Cheese
1 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese
Cook for 1 hour covered with foil at 350. After 1 hour, remove foil and sprinkle 1 cup of Mexican Cheese on top. Bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted. Serves 8-10 people. If it's just going to be me, Josh and Lucy eating it, I make this recipe in 2 smaller pans and freeze one of them for another night...it makes a ton!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
If I post a picture on Instagram, it's probably a favorite of mine...so I figured they should be on my blog too, for safe keeping! You're welcome for all of the hashtags...they're fun, right?!
#notaninstagrampic #butilovethispic #bestfriends
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
One of my goals for 2013 is to meal plan better, cook more, use coupons...and thus SAVE MONEY at the grocery store. First of all...I HATE THE GROCERY STORE and I know this is part of my problem of spending way too much money there...I tend to blow through the store throwing anything into my basket (not paying attention to prices/sales) so I can get the heck out of there! And I'm horrible about taking weekly trips to the grocery store, spending $125-150 and coming home with no real meals to show for it. What?! So, January came and went...and we spent a ridiculous amount of money (again) on groceries...so much for new year resolutions! But I started fresh in February and so far things are (slowly) improving. I'm carving time out of my schedule each week to browse Pinterest for new and easy recipes, making my shopping list (in order of the store), writing down our meals for the week (so I don't forget what I bought/have to cook), clipping coupons when convenient (I wish I was better at this)....AND...wait for it...wait for it...USING CASH ONLY at the grocery store. This has helped tremendously, because it makes me actually pay attention to what is on sale and compare prices on things before I just throw it into my basket. It's like a game now (that I'm playing with myself)...and I always love a good dose of competition in my life. And the more money I save, the quicker we can buy a new car...so this is motivating me as well! I love my Tahoe...but I've been driving her for almost 11 years...so she's getting tired. Josh and I would love to have the cash to buy a new (well, gently used...but new to us!) car early next year, so it's CASH ONLY at the grocery store, for eating out and for any household/toiletry items purchased at places like Target/Walmart/Sams, etc. for at least a year. Using cash really makes me more conscious of what I'm buying and how much I'm actually spending...it sure does add up quick...and quicker when I use a credit card for everything! So, here goes nothing! New car...you better be worth it.
Looking for something new to cook?? I found these recipes on Pinterest that are new favorites in our house...
*I did not use jalapenos...and after the chicken/onions cooked, I dumped the mixture on a cutting board and chopped it up real fine before adding the other ingredients. I did not make the cilantro cream sauce...dipping in ranch and salsa is delicious. These are fabulous!
*I freeze half of the recipe (it makes 8 big enchiladas) for another night. Yummy!
*I followed Sandra's directions to the tee...the soup is amazing for a cold day or when you're feeling crummy.
And 2 new cooking tips I've learned recently...
1. For shredding chicken after it's cooked in the crockpot, use your KitchenAid mixer!! Wow, it works perfectly and it's so quick!
2. For cutting brownies, use a plastic knife in a sawing motion...works like a charm. No more messy looking brownies!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Happy 6 Months June Bug!! Hard. To. Believe. Fastest 6 months of my life!
Weight: 16 lbs, 13 oz (66%)
Height: 26.50" (76%)
Head Circumference: 43.50 cms (78%)
June has found her feet and they are definitely her new favorite toy (and chew toy)....she is mesmerized by them! She loves playing in the ExerSaucer, especially in the morning time. She'll stay in it for a good 20-30 minutes, which is wonderful for me so I can get a few things done around the house. She is captivated by Lucy right now...she is constantly watching her and gives her the biggest smiles and cutest giggles! Everything goes in her mouth and she is still a drool machine...no teeth yet though! The weather has been mild lately so we've been going on lots of walks and trips to the park...she does great in the stroller and in the Ergo carrier. June is wearing size 6-9 month clothes and size 2 diapers...although size 3 diapers are in the very near future. She still is the happiest and most easy-going baby!
Happy 6 months June Marie...we are so in love with you sweet one!