Weekly Meal Plan: June 11 – June 15

Things are still pretty slow around here but they should be ramping up a bit at the end of the month. I have a cake and cupcakes to make for our nephews’ birthday party plus another OBGYN appointment. Then next month is our two year wedding anniversary, hoping for a weekend trip somewhere as a short getaway.

We’re still renovating the house but we’re coming up on the last big project, the large bathroom redo. Then we only have to deal with minor projects until the baby is due.

Thanks for hanging in there with me through my hiatus from life, basically. I’m working on getting on a posting schedule again, shooting for 4 blog posts a week. We’ll see how it goes. Later in the week I’ll be bringing back a popular series, so be sure to come back for that.

What we’re eating this week:

One Pot Hamburger Helper Pasta (pictured) – This was delicious! I’m already looking forward to eating it for leftovers today.

Chicken and Broccoli with Rice – I never buy chicken breasts but I’m going to take advantage of a sale this week and buy a large package to use for two recipes.

Hawaiian Baked Chicken – My other chicken dish for the week. I don’t have a side planned yet, I thought I’d see what kind of fresh vegetables looked good at the store and wing it.

Healthy Garlic Shrimp Pasta – I adore a good, easy shrimp dish and this definitely fits the bill.

Skillet Sausage and Rice – This is one of my favorite dishes ever, it’s always easy and always delicious.

Weekly Pinterest Roundup — June 9

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Food:

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I’m a sucker for grilled cheese, and this version with broccoli sounds amazing.

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Who doesn’t love lasagna? This is a great recipe that incorporates spinach into the lasagna.

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I adore stir fries and love trying all sorts of different combinations. Cabbage is also an ingredient I’ve been liking lately.

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I like the idea of soup but I definitely don’t eat as much as I should. This one looks delicious!

Style:

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This color combination of tan and magenta is gorgeous.

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I don’t know where I’d wear this dress, but it is beautiful.

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While technically a bridesmaid dress, this looks casual enough for wear outside of a wedding.

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Just a simple pretty sundress, can’t go wrong with that.

After the Cure by Deidre Gould

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I downloaded this book during an ebook sale quite a while ago and just now got around to reading it. I was not compensated for this review in any way.

After a plague has wiped out most of the population, Nella is one of the Immunes left to pick up the pieces after the remaining Infected have mostly been cured. A psychologist, Nella has been asked to assist with a court case against one of the scientists responsible for leaking the bacteria that caused the plague. The scientist’s defense attorney, Frank, is one of the Cured.

The scientist confesses that there is a worse strand of the disease out there somewhere, and it can’t be cured. It’s up to Nella and Frank to find the missing vials and the remaining scientists before it’s too late and someone releases another worse plague on the world. They get close over the course of the investigation, but will the fact that she’s an Immune and he’s Cured come between them? Will they figure out who has the vials in time to prevent another disaster?

 

 

Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

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This book was released on June 6, 2017 (today). I received a copy through NetGalley.

There is a divide between people who want to eat well and spend hours meticulously making food, and people who want to eat well but just don’t have that kind of time. This book is meant to bridge that gap and provide foodie-approved recipes that don’t take hours to make.

This book is right up my alley, I hate spending tons of time in the kitchen using a ton of dishes that I will then have to wash. All of the recipes in this book were written with that in mind.

The chapters are uniquely divided by type of food, such as vegetables, meat, fruit and desserts, and then by actual foods like asparagus, cauliflower, and apples. The recipes sound delicious too, such as One Pot Linguine with Asparagus and Lemon-Oregano Oil, Impatient Broccoli Ramen, and Eat Your Veggies Soup. I definitely want to try that last one.

You’ll be surprised to see some dessert recipes in the vegetable section, such as a pound cake with basil glaze, or a cake made out of parsnips, white cake mix and blood oranges. Upside Down Blood Orange Parsnip Cake is an intriguing idea.

I could go on listing recipes that sound interesting, this is definitely a book worth checking out, and I haven’t even gotten past the vegetable section. In the meat section, an early recipe of Impatient Baked Enchiladas immediately catches my eye.

This book set out to bridge the gap between elaborate foodie creations and people without a lot of time, and I think it accomplished it. It perfectly goes between recipes that involve ingredients that are somewhat more obscure, and stuff that an ordinary home cook would want to try.

Weekly Meal Plan: June 4 – June 10

Nothing much going on this week except more house construction and I’m still pregnant. Currently 23 weeks, majorly uncomfortable and not getting good sleep, but still not too bad. Feeling lots of kicks but not too hard yet. We’ve already gotten tons of nice stuff, some handmedown items like a swing and a Rock and Play type thing, some clothes, a play mat with hanging toys, and a large box of diapers. A few items were already purchased off the registry as well like our car seat, the Pack and Play he’s going to sleep in at first, and things like bibs and a blanket.

This week I’ve planned out some good snacks, like hard boiling half a dozen eggs (in the oven) and purchasing Greek yogurt cups for each day. I try not to buy the individual servings but there was a good deal at Shaw’s this week. I’m going to Aldi today for a few things.

What we’re eating this week:

Green Pepper Casserole (pictured) – A real go to dish for us, this never fails to satisfy. I made it with ground chicken this week.

Chicken Parm Casserole – This is a new recipe this week. My husband loves chicken parm and I like the flavors without having to deal with breading chicken.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage – Our weekly sausage dish, it always results in a super flavorful and comforting meal.

Greek Marinated Chicken – Another new recipe, I’m picturing zesty and moist chicken with a side of quinoa.

Spaghetti – I have some meatballs in the freezer I’m going to toss in the sauce to heat up, you can never go wrong with spaghetti. I took some time yesterday to put together my spice mixes, like spaghetti sauce, taco seasoning and pizza sauce spices.

 

Weekly Meal Plan — May 29 – June 4

I want to try getting back into meal planning posts, probably without the grocery haul pictures. If anyone is interested I might still post a list of what I bought for the week with a grocery budget.

I haven’t actually been meal planning too much for the past couple of months, I’ve just been so wiped out that doing anything beyond the bare minimum seemed out of the question. But I want to eat well for this baby, so back to meal planning it is. Here’s what we’re eating this week.

Sausage and Chickpeas (pictured) – I love easy one pan meals like this, and they’re so delicious. I’m always in the mood for a meal involving rice, sausage and chickpeas with loads of vegetables.

Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops – This is one of my go to ways to cook pork chops. I baked them for half an hour instead of cooking them on the stovetop, and served them with corn on the cob.

Enchilada Pasta – Another easy one pan meal with tons of flavor.

Shrimp with Orzo and Asparagus – If I’m cooking shrimp, there’s a good chance I’m using this recipe. I love the way the shrimp flavor blends with the lemon and asparagus.

Slow Cooker Asian Drumsticks – This is a new recipe for this week, I have a huge package of chicken drumsticks in the freezer I need to use. I’ll be serving it with a rice or couscous side with vegetables.

 

Weekly Pinterest Roundup — May 29

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Inspirational:

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My husband doesn’t have quite a problem with tools yet, but I love this idea for hanging drills and things with the batteries on top!

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It’s so important to really connect with people, especially our children. These are tips we should all keep in mind every day.

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I hope to make our kids bookworms like me, so these are some good tips to help them.

Food:

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I’m a sucker for orzo and this looks so good.

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I’m making these for dinner this week. Yum!

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Spinach Avocado Mac and Cheese. It’s meant for kids, but I would totally eat this too!

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And for dessert, this amazing looking Cookies and Cream Cheesecake.

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Or maybe banana bread taken up a notch. I made some this week but it was not this fancy.

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This cake looks amazingly divine and easy!

Style:

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I adore white dresses even though they seem like a nightmare to keep clean.

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This yellow one really caught my eye too.

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Love this simple combo of gray and white, this skirt looks so comfortable.