Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan #38

Sunday was ... 
Salmon with a Honey-Mustard Glaze

One Dish Chicken & Rice Bake

Mommy/Kiddo dinner play date

Italian Chicken Packets

Italian Mac n Cheese with salad

Special mommy/kiddos date night

mmm Pizza Night?

Last weeks recap
Stuffed Shells with Sausage and Spinach

Steak, corn, Macncheese

Corned Beef

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits


Friday, July 27, 2012

One more chance for hand-me-downs...

If you missed the Gender Reveal Post, #3 is going to be ANOTHER GIRL! Maybe I ought to change this blog to "Moore Girls" instead of "Moore Babies", I kid I kid.

So the other day I was rotating out the clothes in my youngest daughters closet.

Getting all the rest of the 12mo clothes out of the closet ...

Last of the 12 mo clothes
... and pulling the 24mo clothes out of storage. (PS - I SWEAR Charlotte was JUST in these clothes, I can't believe Jillie is going to start wearing them)
24 month clothes

For all previous clothes rotations, I always felt a twinge of guilt for packing up those super cute outfits that only got 1 or 2 uses out of them. But THIS TIME... I just smiled knowing that another of my little girls is going to wear them!

I really lucked out with their birthdays:
Charlotte - February
Jillian - September

I had a to buy a few things that were kind of off-season between the 1st two girls, but...

#3 - December.... right in the middle. I will pretty much not have to buy this little girl ANY new clothes (unless of course I see something super-duper-oober-cute- that I MUST buy my darling baby girl).


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{Pinned there, Done That} Spinach & Pepperjack Stuffed Chicken

I came across this pin the other day for Spinach & Pepper jack Stuffed Chicken over at Cooking Creation so I decided to add it to my meal plan for the week.

It was a success!

The directions said to use 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons Cajun for the crust... but I flipped it because (a) the little ones were going to eat this and (b) it didn't seem like enough bread crumbs and TOO much Cajun. Even with switching up the amounts it was a tad spicy when combined with the pepper jack cheese but we both LOVED this recipe.

This will be added to our "approved" recipe rotation!!

In case the original recipe gets lost... here you go:

Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Pepper Jack Cheese & Spinach
(Cooking Creation)
Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded (you can use up to 6 oz)
  • 1 c frozen spinach, thawed and drained (you can also use fresh cooked spinach)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning - click here for my homemade Cajun spice recipe
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs (I use Italian style)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.

Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten with toothpicks.

Brush each chicken breast with the vegetable oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side down onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving!



Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan #37

Sunday was...
Hubby treat - grilled steak, corn, and mac n cheese (mainly for the kids)

Corned Beef, Potatoes, and carrots

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits

I have a Junior League recruitment event... so maybe Chef salad

Stuffed Shells with Sausage and Spinach

Friday - Sunday
This mama is out of town (however, I probably should plan some easy meals for hubby to prepare for the girls... I'll get back to you on that)!

Last weeks recap

Grilled Chicken, Spinach, and Asiago Sausages with salad

Meatball, caramelized onion pizza on a rosemary crust

Spinach and Pepper jack stuffed Chicken

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Casserole

Sausage and Ravioli Lasagna

Shrimp, Pesto, Pasta


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

{Pinned there, Done That} Homemade Hot Pretzles

A little while back, hubby was off at drill, so I decided it would be the perfect night for some hot pretzle making! I found an Aunt Annie's Copycat recipe at Budget Savvy Diva.

We had a BLAST...

Some of us more than others; here we have Charlotte making flour angels...

But after only a few minor mishaps (like making the WRONG amount of yeast and having to go back and add another packet) we had some good looking hot pretzles.

Not as yummy-greasy as Aunt Annie's (you know what I'm talking about), but super fun all the same!

In case the original post goes missing, here are the instructions from Budget Savvy Diva
What You Need
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • Kosher Salt for Topping
  • 1 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons warm water

What To Do
- Prepare yeast as instructed on the packet
- Add oil to the yeast and stir.
- In a separate bowl mix place powdered sugar, butter, flour and salt. Mix. Place yeast mixture into the dry ingredient bowl.
Flour a surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
Place dough in a covered bowl ( I use plastic wrap) and let it rest for about an hour at 80 degrees. Dough should double in size.
Preheat oven at 425
Take dough and cut into 8 sections. And roll into a long rope.:


Monday, July 16, 2012

{Product Review} Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies came in my MomVox 2012 influenster box that came the other day! My kids were super excited to test these out. I split it into 4 pieces so we could all sample the cookie and get an honest opinion (because, hey isn't that why there are testers?).

The kids LOVED it! Of course they did... these are cookies and they are kids! They were HUGE, chewy, cookies; what is not for a kid to like?

Hubby and I weren't so sure. I think hubby is more used to my homemade cookies that I bake and store in the freezer for when the "cookie craving" hits (when my husband doesn't eat them all) and I don't really purchase cookies in the store. So I don't really think they are for us.

Although, I must say that these would be handy for a quick and healthy snack to throw in the purse for the on-the-go family, but they definitely do not replace homemade cookies.

I received Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and Quaker as a participant in the Mom VoxBox campaign.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan #36

Shrimp, Pesto, Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Ravioli, Sausage, and Spinach Lasagna

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Casserole

Spinach and Pepper jack stuffed Chicken

Super food Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Pizza Night with the girls

Date Night

Last (2) weeks recap

Tomatoes and Veggies over Pasta (with italian Sausage)
Tilapia with Spinach and Tomatoes

Mushroom Chicken Bake

Hamburger, Mashed Potatoes, and Veggies

Florentine Chicken Soup

Chicken on Salad

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Carrots

Chicken Noodle Bowl


Sunday, July 8, 2012

MooreBabies Gender Reveal Party!

One of these days I am going to catch up on, well... everything! It's been a busy few weeks, but that's besides the point.

YESTERDAY we had our gender reveal party for #3! For #1, I didn't want to find out, but hubby insisted. For #2, hubby was deployed and finding out just made it easier on me. SO for the third, it was MY CHOICE, and I wanted to have a Gender Reveal Party. I had first heard about these parties right after #2 was born and I knew I wanted to have one for our next child!

I had known about the cake, where you cut the cake and the cake itself is either pink or blue.  But THEN I came across a pin from pinterest (while not even looking for it) that showed a photo shoot reveal where they had helium balloons in a large cardboard box and opened the box to see what color came out. How fun right?! So I figured those were my two options.

For having wanted to do one of these for a while, I didn't do ANY research until this past Thursday (slacker!) because (a) before vacation I was busy planning a couples bridal shower and (b) we were waiting to see if the ultrasound tech could find out the gender before planning (#2 was uncooperative during the ultrasound).

So once we got the OK from the tech, I sent out a last minute evite to a small low-key Saturday BBQ Lunch/ Pool/ Gender Reveal Party and ended up with 13 adults and 14 kids (phew! Not as small as I thought, but still fun!)

For some reason I ALWAYS have to write a poem when it comes to parties (luau, Christmas, etc) so here was the poem I wrote:

The doctors saw,
and we will soon, too,
if pinks in our future
or maybe its blue.

Join us this weekend
for a BBQ lunch
there'll be beer and wine
(for the kids, fruit punch)

So now is your time
to make your pick,
another girl for the Moore's,
or a junior Eric.

Wear your guess,
either pink or blue,
and bring a snack for
all to share too.

Then of course was the 4th of July, so that took precedence and I took a break from party planning. But I picked up again late Thursday and Friday.

The Dessert Table

Aside from the desserts, I made hamburgers (prepped in advance with green peppers and onions mixed in) and hot dogs; all the guests brought a side, snack, or dessert!


Now onto the party
Pink and Blue table
* Chocolate drizzled pretzles covered in pink or blue sprinkles *
* Red (I tried to find pink...) and blue jello *
* Pink and blue dipped marshmallow pops *

He or She candy bars!
* I used sharpies for this *

Pink and Blue Candy
Hershey's Bliss Chocolates - Dark (pink) and milk (blue)
Raspberry Dark m&m's and York Peppermint Patty Pieces

Blue Hawaiian Punch - I'm not gonna lie, there's not a lot of blue drinks out there
Pink lemonade

Leis for guests to "pick sides"
 and finally...

The wrapped box of balloons

The reveal

Someone edited my "boy or girl" sign on their way out!

Here is what I posted to facebook (after I stopped laughing at the fact that we were having our THIRD girl... poor super outnumbered hubby)!

There were 2, but pink I see, now our count of girls is 3!

Linking up: DIY Showoff , Creating my way to SuccessMaking the World Cuter,  Our Delightful HomeBlackberry Vine,  Elizabeth and CoVintage Wanna BeeChef in TrainingHomeworkShwin and Shwin,  Not Just a Housewife, Sew Much Ado, 

Trophy Wife, My Girlish Whims, DIY by Design, Momnivores Dilemma, 
Vintage Gwen, Someday Crafts, Dragonfly Designs, Trendy Treehouse, Delicate Construction, 
Sun Scholars, Happy Go Lucky,


Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan #35

Look who is back from a her 10 day vacation! Yup... me!!!  It was a super fun (and crazy) 10 days including a couples bridal shower, lake boat trips, water filled ball pit, 107* weather (sheesh, it was hot!), HUGE water slides, family fun... oh, and 1 broken collar bone for my 3 year old {tear}.

We all know what awaits us when we get home from vacation, a mess...

Ok ok, that's my garage filled with hubby's army drill stuff (that has yet to be put away), halfway packed moving boxes (for when we EVER get the house we have an offer on), laundry (since our "laundry room" is in the garage all of my laundry mess will be there actually), of course the kids outdoor toys, and JUNK!

I just feel that my house is in the same condition. It didn't help that hubby was home alone for a week of this 10 day vacation so I have his stuff to clean and put away. Woo hoo!

I will return to some regularly scheduled posting when I dig out from this mess!

Weekly Meal Plan (ish)
Ham brought back from my parents house and macaroni and cheese... without milk because it apparently went bad

Chicken Noodle Bowl

Pork Tenderloin

Debating... either snow crab legs (on sale) or grilling out for the 4th!

Italian Sausage Pasta

Pizza Night

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