Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Easy Shepherd's Pie

This recipe was a staple growing up, so naturally I am making it now that I have my own family. It is super quick and easy to throw together and everyone loves it!

Easy Shepherd's Pie
INGREDIENTS
1 lbs ground beef  (I use anywhere from 1-2 pounds with this recipe)
1 can tomato soup
half small can of tomato sauce
1 can water (fill empty tomato soup can 3/4 to all the way full, stir, then add)
1-2 cups frozen vegetables
prepared instant OR fresh mashed potatoes
Cheddar for topping

DIRECTIONS
1. Brown beef until no longer pink and drain grease
2. Over medium high heat, add can of tomato soup, can of water, half can of tomato sauce, and stir
* I add tomato sauce here to cut the sweetness of the tomato soup that I've noticed lately. I have also added some fresh salsa, jarred salsa, or spaghetti sauce *
3. Add frozen vegetables and stir.
4. Cook until vegetables are hot and the sauce has reduced (you don't want it to be runny). The mixture may start to boil, this is OK, just make sure to keep stirring so the bottom does not burn.

Serve meat mixture topped with a scoop of potatoes and cheddar cheese.

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Meal Plan

I'm BAAACK! Hope everyone is having an awesome summer. We are home from our road-trip so it is time to get back into the swing of things.

SUNDAY was...
Kind of thrown together... grilled italian sausage and brats with portobello mushrooms

MONDAY
Grilled Clams with Garlic Drizzle with sauted mushrooms and corn on the cob

Hubby will be missing dinner for the rest of the week... bring on the kid friendly recipes
TUESDAY
BREAKFAST for dinner! Scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes

WEDNESDAY
Slow cooker mac n cheese with hot dogs

THURSDAY
Baked Tacos

FRIDAY
Pizza Night

SATURDAY
Date night?
 Steak & Shrimp on a salad... with some cheese tortellini thrown in
 Andoullie Sausage, red beans, and rice
Beef Tostados
Portobello, pesto pizza (SO good!)

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

{Pinned there, Done that} Grilled Shrimp Tostadas

I went a little out of my comfort zone with these Grilled Shrimp Tostadas from Skinny Taste that I pinned. I tend to stay away from the seafood/mexican dishes; like fish tacos. I'm sure they're great... they are just out of my comfort zone. I think of taco and I think of ground beef (maybe shredded chicken) and spices.

Also, she said that one fills her up, but since my hubby likes to eat... a lot... I was afraid he would sit down and think this was an appetizer or something. But I decided to give it a shot anyway; to mix the meal plan up a bit.

This recipe was different. We liked it... for the most part. We eat "guacamole" all the time; the kids LOVE it. Notice I put it in quotations; see our guacamole is literally just smashed up avocado. So when we tried to feed the kids THIS guacamole with onion, tomato, lime juice, etc... it didn't go over too well. To be honest, we kind of like to stick to our smashed-avocado-guacamole instead of the fancy-stuff-added-to-it-guacamole.

Next time, we will probably just use plain old avocado-smashed-guacamole for our avocado layer -- but we will make this again!

Recipe in case it gets misplaced on the internet:
Grilled Shrimp Tostadas
src: Skinny Taste
Ingredients:

For the guacamole: 
1 medium hass avocados, halved
1/2 plum tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tbsp red onion, minced
1 small clove garlic, mashed
1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

For the tostada:
16 jumbo shrimp (3/4 lb), shelled and deveined
1 garlic crushed
2 tbsp prepared salsa verde (in the mexican section near taco stuff)
4 tostada shells
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup canned fat free refried beans (love Trader Joe's)

Optional toppings:
extra salsa verde, for topping
2 tbsp crumbled queso blacno (optional)

Directions:
- If cooking outside on the grill, soak skewers at least 30 minutes.
- Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork or a potato masher leaving some large chunks. Add tomato, lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion, garlic and mix thoroughly.
- Season shrimp with salt, then mix in crushed garlic 2 tbsp salsa verde. Thread the shrimp onto 4 skewers.
- Light the grill or indoor grill pan on medium flame, when hot spray the grates with oil and grill the shrimp about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.
- Place a tostada on each plate, top each with 1/4 cup refried beans spread evenly, 1/4 cup lettuce and guacamole. Top each with a shrimp skewer on top and serve with extra salsa verde and cheese if using.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Steak, smashed potatoes,  carrots, and asparagus

MONDAY
Hubby is on his own, the girls and I are meeting a friend for a picnic park dinner

TUESDAY
Oven Baked Tilapia with rice and broccoli

WEDNESDAY
Spaghetti and Meatballs (cleaning out freezer)

THURSDAY
Hummus Crusted Chicken (Pin)
This has been on my meal plan 3 different times and I have yet to try it... maybe this week!

FRIDAY
Grilling out

SATURDAY
Homemade pizza night

 Easy Shepherd's Pie
Grilled Shrimp Tostadas 
Corned Beef, Potatoes, and cabbage

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY
Salmon (sale) with Champagne Sauce

MONDAY
Skinny Chicken (sale) Parm

TUESDAY
*new* Grilled Shrimp Tostadas

WEDNESDAY
Easy Shepherd's Pie (ground beef on sale)

THURSDAY
Crockpot Pork Chops (sale)

FRIDAY
Italian Sausage Lentil Soup

SATURDAY
No idea, the Girls have their Ballet Recital





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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Last Day of school!

My oldest daughter has graduated!! ok ok, so it's only pre-school/VPK, but I'm allowed to get sentimental, right?!
With it being the end of the year and all, I've been bitten by the craftiness bug.

Charlotte and several of her friends are now sporting their "Pre-K Graduation shirts" that I embroidered.


The boys version

Both her and Jillie's classmates know how to get in touch with us over the summer for playdates.  Based off of She's Kinda Crafty's free printable.


Graduate duckies for the PreK graduates

And her teachers are feeling a touch more appreciated.

"Thanks for helping me grow"

A few weeks ago we did the whole "bring a small present daily" plus a class gift for Teacher appreciation week; but I wanted to say one final thank you to the teachers.

I hope everyone had a fantastic year!


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Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
AWESOME! Our dear friends (who are cleaning out their freezer) brought over Prime Rib! All I had to do was make a salad and some boxed taters and provide a pool!

MONDAY
Skinny Tuna Melts with Salad (and probably some soup)

TUESDAY (Charlotte's last day of VPK, Kindergarten here we come!)
Probably order pizza for the sitter

WEDNESDAY
*new* Caprese Chicken

THURSDAY (VPK Graduation, {Tear})
Taco Night -  Charlotte's favorite

FRIDAY
We have VIP tickets to Leanne Rimes at the Hard rock! So... something out that way

SATURDAY
Probably going to be a take-out kind of night; 2 soccer games, Dino World birthday party... we're going to be exhausted


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