Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Charlotte's 5th Birthday party so we ordered Pizza after it was over!

Movie Date night - I had leftover chinese, hubby had some grilled salmon

Salmon Pasta (with leftover salmon) and hubby is going to grill something on the side for more "substance"

*new* Crockpot Taco Chicken Bowls (pin)

*new* Crock Pot Corned Beef

February's Couple Date Night

*new* Mushroom Asiago Chicken

 Guinness Pork Chops - not very good. Dry!
 Teryaki Chicken - kind of dry too
Sausage and Ravioli Lasagna

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

{Pinned there, Done That} Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

This recipe is DEFINITELY a keeper!
I'm on a roll with my new crockpot recipes; seriously.

This recipe for Crockpot Balsamic Chicken that I found on pinterest is great! I'm not entirely sure where the actual recipe is because the pin linked straight to healthychefonline.com... not the recipe.

Anyway, all my girls (nearly 5, 3, and 1) devoured the chicken. It was tender, fall off the bone, NOT DRY (like crockpot chicken recipes tend to be in my opinion).... very good. The hubby ate it with some hot sauce, but he eats most things with hot sauce, so that's normal.

In case this recipe gets lost online... here it is:
Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
1t garlic powder
1t dried basil
1/2t salt
1/2t pepper
2t dried minced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced pre-minced, jarred garlic
1 T extra virgin olive oil * so we ran out of olive oil (ahem ahem hubby) without my knowledge; luckily I happened to have some high end olive oil/balsamic vinegar dipping oil mix -- so I drizzled that on the bottom of the crock pot.
1/2 c balsamic vinegar
8 boneless, skinless bone in; skin on chicken thighs
Fresh chopped parsley (which I forgot...)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl and rub on both sides of chicken; set aside.
Pour Olive oil and garlic on bottom of crockpot.
Place chicken on top.
Pour balsamic vinegar over chicken.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. My schedule today was tough for me to be home to set it for 4 hours on high. So I did it on high for about 2 hours and then switched it to low for another 3 or so hours... then to warm while I waited for the hubby.
Sprinkle with fresh parsley (again, I forgot this)

Hope you like it; we did!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
"Clemson Family" dinner at a friends house... I brought a taco dip


TUESDAY (Ballet)
Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

Guinness Pork Chops

Creole Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya

FRIDAY (Family in town)
No clue... depends on what my parents are in the mood for after the drive

SATURDAY (Family in town)
Chef Salad... maybe

SUNDAY (Charlotte's Birthday party!)
Probably Pizza Take-out


Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Superbowl... I made BBQ pulled Chicken for the potluck

Taco Night

TUESDAY (Ballet)
Crockpot Minestrone Soup (with some ground turkey)

Crockpot Chicken Teryaki with a salad

House guests arrive!!

House Guests!

House Guests!
Ranch Pork Chops

Taco Night with black beans

Steak, stuffed mushrooms, and cheesy boiled potatoes with edamame


Saturday, February 1, 2014

1 year old Duckie Party

My poor 3rd child has gets to share a birthday month with Christmas; I'm so sorry sweetie! Really I am. At least you were good enough to come early in the month. That said, she is probably not going to get the all-out-spend-weeks-planning-hoopla of a party that the other 2 have gotten. I will be too busy planning our annual Christmas Cocktail party, cookie baking, or Christmas prepping.

In fact, she got a repeat theme of my oldests 1st birthday party... the Duckie Party. While the cake was the SAME exact cake I did for Charlotte AND I had the ball pit again, I DID however change the decor and  party favors.
I had the cake pan already, and had figured out how to decorate it for Charlotte's birthday (top) so doing it again for Lizzie was a breeze (bottom).

 For Charlotte's party (top), each kid got a bucket with their name painted on it filled with some ball-pit balls and a duckie or two. Lizzie's friends got a plastic cup filled with York Peppermint Patty Pieces - the water - with a rubber duckie sitting on top, all wrapped in cellophane (bottom). They also got a little thing of bubbles

Charlotte (top) got a banner going across the fireplace with a picture for every month. We don't have a fireplace at the new house so for Lizzie (bottom), I made them smaller and put them around the high chair. I think it worked out just a cute.
 I am pleased with how the "Backdrop" for the high chair went; I just took some yellow crepe paper and tied it through one of the blind slats and let it hang down. Super easy!

 I think I have put out a ball-pit (baby pool + ball pit-balls) for EVERY birthday party that has been at the house. The kids love it... clearly! Charlotte (top), Lizzie (bottom)

 Taking a page from my car party playbook, I made duckie crayons using a silicone mold. Then the kids got to color some duckie pages that I downloaded online.

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