Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Food

Lest you should wonder, I promise that I don't intend for this to become a food blog exclusively. I know you have been waiting on pins and needles for me to post my menu plan for the week.

Although a bit delayed here it is:

Monday: chicken and black bean enchiladas from freezer with Spanish rice and steamed veggies
Tuesday: butternut squash soup and focaccia bread
Wednesday: Turkey paninis on focaccia
Thursday: turkey kielbasa penne
Friday: BBQ sandwiches and oven baked sweet potato fries

We are enjoying some cooler fall weather this week and the soup was delicious tonight. I just love a good bowl of soup!

A few observations:
-lately when I cook I seem to be making bigger messes than ever (I am attributing this to the fact that I only have about a foot of counter space and no dishwasher :)
-I have never spilled so many things in one night as I did tonight (I am adding one of those wand blenders to my Christmas list...no more pouring soup into a blender)
-butternut squashes are next to impossible to cut up...I recommend implementing a husband and a very sharp knife

I will try to post about something other than food this week :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I almost forgot...

Happy first day of Fall!

Yummy Taquitos!

Tonight I made these Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos that my sister recommended. The verdict: we loved them! We loved how they got crispy in the oven and the filling was very fresh and flavorful. I recommend these for sure!

I also mixed up some Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing which we used on salad and as a dip for the taquitos. This was quite tasty too. We aren't too crazy about mayo over here and I read a comment that suggested using plain yogurt. I did this and it turned out great.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Deals and Meals!

Last week I hit up some good deals at Publix. I got all that is below for about $14!

I do much better with meals if I have a good plan at the beginning of the week. Sorry if it bores you to death, but I love getting ideas from blogs where people tell what they are eating.

Menu Plan:

Monday: Sausage and Spinach Fettuccine- well we ate this tonight (see pic below), I am afraid I can't give it rave reviews. It was certainly super easy and quick to pull together. I wasn't crazy about the sausage though (I used Al Fresco chicken sausage that I got on sale at Publix)
Tuesday: Homemade pizza
Wednesday: Lemon Orzo Salad
Thursday: Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

What are you eating this week?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Unexpected Bounty and a Meal Plan

A few days ago we unexpectedly and happily came into the possession of a rather large quantity of cooked chicken strips, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese!! What a pleasant surprise! This morning I knew I needed to get to work on the chicken and use it in some dishes, so I had a mini freezer cooking morning.

The results:
Black bean and Chicken Enchiladas- a variation of this
Chicken Tetrazinni with Mushrooms
Diced Chicken and Sliced Mushrooms frozen for future projects
Pizza Crusts (1 consumed tonight, and one in the freezer for another time)
3 bags of Mojito Lime marinated raw chicken (love to thaw, cook and then use on top of salads or for tacos)

Now for our weeknight meal plan:
Monday: Pizza with mushrooms, chicken, and sun dried tomatoes
Tuesday: Mac and Jack (I book marked this recipe a long time ago and have been meaning to try it)
Wednesday: Salad with mojito lime chicken on top
Thursday: Leftovers

Today I am thankful for the bounty of the Lord!

Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Come on in and take a look...

Welcome to our humble abode! Two sets of guests this weekend gave us the final push to get things unpacked.

I love the pillow covers and curtains that Ronnie's mom whipped up for me right before we left. She is amazing...aren't they beautiful!

Dining Area- we love how open the main room is!

Kitchen= Poor Ronnie, no dishwasher...His one request :(

We are adjusting to just having one bathroom. At our last 2 places we had THREE bathrooms! We were spoiled for sure! I must say though, this makes cleaning easier.

The hallway is almost a room in itself. This is where Ronnie's computer desk is and behind the striped shower curtain is the laundry area.

Our bedroom...minus some new lamps I am saving for :)

The second bedroom is a work in progress. There is still a little unpacking to be done in here. It doubles at Ronnie's work space and a place for guests. I have several projects for this room eventually, as does Ronnie (he plans to make that wine storage shelf into a model display shelf).

The infamous modeling desk:

We have already enjoyed our balcony so much, especially recently with the cooler weather. It's the perfect place to read, eat a meal, or just sit (it's where I am blogging right now actually!)

Hope you have enjoyed the long holiday weekend! Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I think I like shopping at Publix...

$39.94 Saved, $20.40 Spent
(looks like we will be having lots of pasta in the future)