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Lemon Garlic Chicken

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Last night for dinner I made lemon garlic chicken.  I usually make Ashley’s version of this meal, but I decided I would try a version I found on Pinterest again.

This meal, while somewhat savory, was a slight bust.  Maybe I cooked it for too long, maybe I didn’t add enough spices, but whatever the case it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.  My husband loved it though.. my daughter only liked the rice and broccoli.

I don’t know if I will make this version again.  Somewhat of an epic fail.  I’m contemplating if I should post the recipe or not.

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Meal planning for three-ish

I used to meal plan.. but then having another kid and the first one going to school took over and I didn’t exactly have the time to sit and start thinking of meals for the week.  But now that I have two kids going to school full time, I can start meal planning again.

I used to meal plan and I would send my husband off with the grocery list for the week.  The problem with that is my husband doesn’t exactly buy the specific thing I ask for.  Like if I say buy the supreme frozen pizza, he will buy the pepperoni pizza.  Not to mention, when he goes grocery shopping, I have to wait for him to come home to start dinner for all of us and sometimes it’s not easy when you have one kid constantly asking you a question and the other kid is trying to push you out of the kitchen to play.

I decided I would start grocery shopping every week instead.  I mean, why not.. I will have the time to do so since the kids will be in school and I can meal plan as well.  Win win!

Last week my husband gave me $40 for the following week’s worth of food.  A little back story of my husband.  He is a very frugal man.  Well, I wouldn’t exactly say very anymore, but he is frugal.  We argued that $40 wasn’t enough for the week but I would make it work.

I managed to find four recipes this week and wrote down the stuff I would need.  The way I meal plan is I find meals I know my husband would like to eat and that doesn’t have a lot of ingredients that I would need to buy that  I know we have at home.

Next week’s meal is four meals plus three leftovers since there’s always leftovers.  I went shopping last week and I actually spent $40.17!  Score!

Today’s meal will be lemon garlic chicken.  I will be posting that recipe tomorrow so stay tuned!

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School has begun..

It is rather bittersweet that school has commenced three weeks ago.  I am happy to send my kids off, but at the same time I am a little sad.  I won’t lie, after the first day of school after I dropped them off, I came straight home and I went in my son’s room and I cried.

It’s sweet that they’re going to school because now I have the house to myself with my dog.  But I miss the chattering sounds.  It’s easier to get things done around the house but it’s still quiet.  I’m happy I’m finally catching up on my shows on my DVR and I am able to craft uninterrupted.

Another thing that has begun is football season.  We are huge football fans here.  It is going to be a great season.. even though our team will lose.

I am making something with chicken tonight.  Not sure what yet.

So, I do apologize for the lengthy delay in posting a blog but I will do better.  More recipes and pictures to follow soon.

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Tri Tip Steak

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This is what I had for dinner the other night.  My husband smoked a tri-tip steak for dinner and it was so amazing.

I bought him a smoker for Father’s Day a few years ago and everything he makes in it turns out amazing!  I will never eat regular turkey the same way again.  Every year for Thanksgiving he smokes the turkey and I make all of the side dishes.

This tri tip steak is so amazing.  Here it is when we added the rub on it that we got at the butcher as well.

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I think he smoked it on the smoker for like thirty minutes per side.. but I could be mistaken.  But it turned out in absolute perfection!

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Yummy burger

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I had the awesome honor to enjoy this absolute deliciousness.  I wish I could take credit for this burger but unfortunately, it was bought.

It is a philly cheesesteak burger!  Oh my word, I just may have to duplicate this burger one day.  It is so good.  I had been craving a philly cheesesteak for a while now and when I found this treasure, I just had to order it.

In a few days will be my birthday.  Boo!  I always dread my birthday because I don’t like turning another year older.  And soon school starts for my kids.  I am sort of looking forward to that as I will finally get a break from them.  More my daughter than my son.

Tonight for dinner will be pot roast again.  My husband loved it so much he wanted it again.

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Pot Roast : Recipe

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You know, I absolutely love using my crockpot for meals when my day is busy and chaotic.  It is my favorite cooking tool in my kitchen and in the summers I use it most often since I don’t use my oven.  Something about dumping everything in the crockpot and setting it and then walking away is simply gratifying.  I love having someone else, or something else, cook for me.

I stole this recipe from Pinterest.  She makes this simple pot roast that I made for the first time yesterday.  My husband has been begging me since March to make him pot roast for dinner.  I have never made it before so I was hesitant.  But I finally gave it a go and he gave this recipe a 10!  Here’s the recipe.

Easy Pot Roast

Ingredients:

3 lbs. chuck roast

5 potatoes, cut into chunks

1 onion, cut into chunks

4 carrots, cut into chunks

2 cups of beef stock

2 cups of water

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. real salt (I added more for more flavor)

1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Cut up the potatoes, onions, and carrots in chunks.  Add roast in the bottom of the crockpot and then add the vegetables.  Add the seasonings on top of everything.  Pour the beef stock on top and make sure your roast is covered.  If the beef stock doesn’t cover up your roast, add water until it is covered.  Cover the lid and cook on high for five hours or on low for ten hours.  You’ll know when it’s done when you stick your fork in and it just slides off.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Fritters : Recipe

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I am beyond obsessed with these chicken fritters!  I wish I could take full credit for these deliciousness, but I found this recipe on Facebook that Ashley posted.  It is from Natasha’s Kitchen and if you go there, you’ll see a video of how she made this little piece of heaven.  Here is the recipe for it.

Chicken Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 3 large (or 1½ lbs) chicken breasts
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (or cornstarch or potato starch for gluten free)
  • 4 oz (or 1⅓ cups shredded) mozzarella cheese
  • 1½ Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • Extra light olive oil, or any high heat cooking oil

Garlic Aioli Dip:

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  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper

Directions:

Using a sharp knife, dice chicken into ⅓” thick pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl. Tip: If chicken breast is partially frozen, it will be a little bit easier to slice.  Into the mixing bowl, add remaining batter ingredients: 2 eggs, ⅓ cup mayonnaise, ⅓ cup flour, 1⅓ cups shredded mozzarella, 1½ Tbsp dill, ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper, or season to taste.

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Stir the mixture until well combined, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.  Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add the chicken mixture a heaping Tablespoon at a time.

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I used a trigger release ice cream scoop for even portioning). Slightly flatten out the tops with the back of your spoon and sauté uncovered 3-4 minutes on the first side, then flip and saute 3 minutes on the second side or until outsides are golden brown and chicken is fully cooked through.*  To make the aioli (if using), combine all ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and stir together until smooth.

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Hope you enjoy this as much as my family did!

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I can’t win.. I simply can not win

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Parenting is one of the toughest challenges I have ever been dealt with.  I stay home with my kids while my husband works and it is an exhausting, but very rewarding, job that I have ever had in my life.

I love being able to stay home with my kids.  But some days I am just beyond exhausted with my emotions from having to answer my daughter’s 30,000th question.  She seriously asks me so many questions in a day my head is ready to just explode!  Some of her questions I don’t even know how to answer them so I make up an answer, some of her questions are seriously like eye popping-how did you come up with this question-where did this come from kinda question.

Other days I can’t keep up with her many emotions.  She’s happy with me when she wakes up but later on she gets mad at me and yells.  She gets mad at me if I don’t answer her question right away, she gets mad at me when I don’t look at what she’s showing me – sometimes I’m in another room so I can’t go to her fast enough, she gets mad at me if I don’t say certain things the way she wants it said.  She’s a bowl of mixed emotions most of the time.  It takes every fiber in my being to not get so frustrated.

I have started this entry about thirty minutes ago and she has interrupted my thoughts at least fifteen times by asking me a question or asking me to look at something.  Thank goodness Duggee is on Nick Jr right now to somewhat keep her occupied but it’s not really helping.  She loves this show for some reason.  I don’t like it at all.  It’s disturbing to me.

Time to do more cleaning since she’s a bit quiet.  Let’s get some cleaning started before she asks more questions!

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Update on water challenge, a week later

So, it’s been a little over a week since I started the water challenge with Ashley.  Here is a brief update on this.

I feel like I am struggling on a daily basis on trying to find the desire to drink water.  I drink two cups of coffee everyday and lately after I drink that, I don’t want to drink anything else until my husband comes home from work, which is around 3:30.  But some days I have been drinking a lot (around three to four mugs) and other days I only drink two mugs.

My husband says he notices a difference in my belly size and according to my scale I have lost a few pounds as well.  But this is just one week in so far.  More to update next week.

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Logic + Five Year Old Toddler = Don’t Mix

My daughter is almost five years old.  In fact, she is turning five years old tomorrow.  You would think things would be easier for me now that she is five, she’s a little more independent, she is capable of doing some things for herself, and she can verbalize her wants and needs.

But apparently, it doesn’t work that way in my house.  She is almost five and she requires a lot of my attention most of the time.  She asks me about a million and a half questions a day about random things.  Most of the time she asks me questions that I don’t have the answer to.  Other times she asks me questions that I just don’t know how to answer to make it appropriate for a five year old to understand.

Lately more than ever she doesn’t seem to understand simple logic.  She brings her Kindle Fire with her everywhere we go.  It’s the first thing she asks for when she wakes up and it’s the only thing she asks to bring with her when we go on car rides together.  She does know to limit herself from always being on it.  But when her Kindle Fire drops on the floor while I am driving and she demands I pick it up, I just simply can’t pick it up while I am driving.  So I tell her that I can’t because I am driving, she gets all mad and throws a fit in the car.  It sure makes for a fun car ride let me tell you!

I am looking forward to when things get easier with her.  I believed things would get easier when she could talk.  But now that she is talking, it just makes it harder to get her to understand things sometimes.  The only thing that is easy for me is that she’s able to tell me what she wants and needs.

Sigh.. this momma needs a break.

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