Sunday, November 23, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-11-24

It's menu planning time! This week, everyone in the US is menu planning at least one day--Thanksgiving! Whether you're cooking a big spread or going to someone else's home, you have a plan.

This year, we're doing something a little atypical for us. We're going to have Thanksgiving--just the five of us. This is the first time we're doing this, so I'm not sure how it's going to go, but I'm looking forward to new traditions.

But here's the plan:
Monday: Tacos with Squash


Tuesday: Out to eat
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Ham, Biscuits, Corn, Dressing, Kickin' Cranberry Sauce


Friday: Leftovers--because it's tradition, right?
Saturday: Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne


Sunday: Sandwiches

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Etched Glass Tree Ornament


Do you ever have an idea that you know will be super cool but you just put it off for months and months, thinking that you still have time...until suddenly, you realize that you don't have time at all. I've had an idea for a Christmas ornament in my head for 11 months, but I'm just now getting to it--when I am getting ready to trim my Christmas tree. Yes, I am a procrastinator. I found a little glass tree ornament in the clearance section of my local craft store, and I just knew that etching it was the way to go.


I love etching. When you are equipped with etching cream it is so easy, and yet it makes the simplest project look so elegant.

I took some vinyl and cut out circles with my Silhouette. You don't have to have a craft cutter--you could use stickers, but with my Silhouette Portrait, it was easy to make circles exactly the right size for "ornaments" for my glass Christmas tree.


I placed those vinyl circles on my tree, and then applied the etching cream. You want a thick, even coat. Be sure to follow the instructions as far as how long to keep the etching cream on the glass. When that time is up, remove the cream and rinse off the ornament with running water.


Carefully remove the vinyl and hang up your ornament.


And know that all that procrastination...was worth it.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mango Lime Shrimp Dip (3 Ingredient Appetizer!)



It's getting to be that time of year when we host and attend parties and we're just looking for something quick and easy to bring to events. I'm always looking for something that tastes a little different from the traditional cheese spreads and dips without straying too far from the festive fare that you find in the rest of the party spread. This Mango Lime Shrimp dip is perfect with a crusty bread, crackers or veggies.

And even better, there is only 3 ingredients. Oh, and it takes about 5 minutes to make.


Yeah, it's a winner.

Here's what you need:

2 cups cooked shrimp (medium size). You can buy them frozen but already cooked.
2 oz cream cheese, softened.
1/4-1/2 tsp mango lime seasoning.

Thaw the shrimp. In a small food processor, puree the shrimp. Add the seasoning and cream cheese and pulse until combined.

You can serve it immediately, but I found chilling it overnight helped meld the flavors.


Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-11-17

Are you ready for menu planning?


Well, this past week's menu went pretty well, but my oldest little girl woke up Wednesday with a fever, and she had one until midday yesterday, so that always throws a kink in the plan. Luckily, my husband and I were able to split our time with her and managed to get everything done last week. We're just hoping that no one else catches this bug, especially since this coming week is going to be very busy at work. As a matter of fact, it's sounding like either one or the other of us will be working late every night this week.

So, with that in mind, I'm trying to think of easy, low key meals that the kids love for dinner this week. Here's the plan:

Monday: Leftover Roast, Roast Broccoli, Bread


Tuesday: Fish Sticks, Bananas, Corn
Wednesday: Parmesan Pepper Sausage Pasta



Thursday: Spaghetti with Dressed Up Sauce, Salad


Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Swiss and Bacon Mini Meatloaves, Green Beans, Bread


Sunday: Pizza, Fruit, and Salad

What are you eating this week?

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