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in the kitchen

September 22, 2014

burritoLast week I made a couple of new recipes- of course, many from the Iowa Girl Eats blog!

I thought her Spinach, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Home Fries Skillet was delicious- and easy. Served with orange juice, this was a quick and fast meal to serve my family!

I also made her Easy Chicken Fried Rice. Everyone liked it- even a friend my son had over- so I would make this again but possibly add a little more flavor.

Tonight I am making Easy Homemade Burrito bowls- it’s her knock-off of Chipotle’s burrito bowls which we are BIG fans of in this house!

A friend from Chicago will be visiting us tomorrow and I will make my go-to Inas Steak Sandwiches with The Best Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for a dessert. I may even make the Sauteed Corn… again! It’s become a go-to as well!

Have a great week!

september favorites

September 9, 2014

I can’t get over that it’s September!! We have been getting into a routine again amidst all the coughs, ear infections and sniffles. I have had 5 red bottles on my counter for the last 2 weeks and the one thing that has kept me sane is wine this….

landee+antibiotics  Isn’t this the greatest idea? I saw this idea on Pinterest a couple of years ago and use it on all our medicine bottles. All you need is a sharpie and you are good to go. Even marking the dosage on the cup is a great time saver.

I also celebrate the arrival of honeycrisp apples back in stores! The other day I quickly made Pioneer Woman’s Caramel Sauce which could not have been easier. I cut up some honeycrisp apples and had them waiting after school with warm caramel in individual ramekins for us all to lick clean.

Brooke began preschool last week and used a backpack I bought for our oldest son 8 years ago! It truly fits toddlers instead of falling off- and evidently- as I just looked up the link- every celebrity child is carrying them too! Beatrix backpacks- such cute designs!

Who’s Aldo? He’s a kid in a book series my fourth grader loves to read about! Set in Fort Collins, this alphabetical series is a fun read- Aldo Zelnick series.

My friend Heather made Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette the other day and I gobbled it up. Her husband added some jalapeno to it and it was perfect!

New shoe love for my toddler- Metallic Ballet Flats- bought these on a 40% off sale. They are precious.

Not to stress anyone out- but Minted 2014 Holiday cards are in! My plan is to attack this project asap! Heading to see the aspens changing this weekend and will cross all fingers the five of us will be in a picture together with all of our faces looking somewhat normal!  All moms know this is no small feat…




cooking to comfort

August 28, 2014

mashed-potatoes-1_300With the kids back in school, I am hearing so many stories from moms who are worried about their kids. As my mom wisely used to quote “You are only as happy as your unhappiest child”. It’s painful to hear that another child is not being nice to your child, or to think your child is worried about going to school. When I read this story from Jenny Rosenstrach who has written one of my favorite cookbooks- Dinner, A Love Story- it resonated with me. We cannot control all the things that happen to our kids, but we can help them with a family meal where they feel loved and safe to talk about their day. After reading this, mashed potatoes are on my dinner list this week. Here is The Amazing Healing Powers of Mashed Potatoes that was featured in Real Simple this month.

Do you have meals that you make for comfort?

glitter and glue

August 26, 2014

glitterOne of my favorite parts from Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan- “If you had asked me, after I graduated from college, whose voice I would hear in my head for the rest of my life, whose voice I would want to hear, I’d have said some combination of my dad’s and my roommate Tracy’s and Jackson Browne’s. I would have continued with ten or twenty or two hundred others before I got to my mom. But now, give me almost any situation- termites, refinancing or back pain, allowance, mean girls or sibling rivalry, a child’s despair, a husband’s inattention, or my own spikes of rage and regret- and watch how fast I dial her number.”

(quicknote to you- I didn’t LOVE this book- I actually felt like it never quite came together like her previous books have. However, she writes about coming to understand her mother as she grows older, and realizes how valuable she is to her- very insightful parts for me to read- certainly an interesting book club discussion I think)

cooking in season

August 20, 2014

sauteed fresh cornI love Ina Garten. If I could invite three famous people to dinner, she would be one of them and I’d ask her to cook the meal. Her food is so easy and seems to always be a success. I made her simple Sauteed Corn as a side dish this week and it was outstanding. My husband and my boys are die hard corn ON THE COB guys- so to cut the corn OFF the cob was met with some resistance by my 9 year old. Well, it was awesome and the last words my husband said to me before we went to sleep were “That really was the best side dish you have ever made.” Too funny.

In my relationship with Ina, I do everything she says except I always decrease the amount of butter she recommends. For this recipe I used only 5 cobs of corn and only 1 1/2 T. of butter.  Based on the fact we wished there was more corn, I would make more cobs next time! Also, here is the easy way I removed the corn from the cob without a huge mess.



mom is working out

August 8, 2014

IMG_1707I absolutely love this article by Brynn Harrington- 10 Things I Want my Daughter to Know about Working Out. As my daughter accompanies me to my workout classes, or sees me come home from a bike ride all sweaty- I want her to know all the reasons exercising is awesome!

one plus one

August 4, 2014

jojoI read One Plus One over vacation last week and absolutely loved it. It started rather slow in my opinion and then I found I couldn’t put it down. I love how Jojo Moyes writes about real, flawed characters- she is a favorite author of mine! If you haven’t read Me Before You, put it on your list!

Are you reading any great books this summer?


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