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Week 43 Menu


Leftovers/Clean out your fridge.

Dinner and a movie night. MST3K: The Beast of Yucca Flats.


Asparagus Frittata


Chorizo and Eggs with Green Onions in a Tortilla


Red Beans & Rice, Corn Bread, Peaches


Hamburger and Macaroni


Chicken Fingers, Potato Wedges, Corn


Brats, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Frugal, Kids Cook, menu, Menus


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Dinner and a Movie Night

Tonight after the girls came home from their first day of school and asked “Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?” I said, “It’s your favorite stuffed shells recipe. The girls responded, “Lets have a dinner and a movie night tonight.” SO.. we are!

We have not blogged an official dinner and a movie night in a long time. This will be an interesting one!


August 29th, 2011 Dinner and a Movie Night


Letters to Juliet  


Spinach Stuffed Jumbo Shells & Fruit Kabob Salad

*What Is Dinner and a Movie Night, you ask? Well, just like the old T.V. show with the same name (that TBS brought back after a long hiatus); we cook and eat a meal together while watching a movie that corresponds to the meal some how. Much bonding time and many laughs are had during this event! It is so fun that no one ever remembers to snap photographs!

Try this one night a month with your own family/friends! Feel free to post a link to any photo’s you take of your own event (If you remember to take pic’s)


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Kitchen Gift Ideas

Around Christmas everyone starts asking behind the backs of the chefs/cooks they love “Do you know what _____ would like for Christmas?” Because apparently a person who is amazing in the kitchen is difficult to buy for. I can understand the assumption that one may make about an amazing chef, that is; they must already have all the equipment they need or else how could they make things that taste like Heaven itself?!

Here is a nice, low-cost list of kitchen gadgets, appliances, and tools every kitchen would love to acquire.

I have been wanting a microplane like this for a long time. I think every kitchen should have one to make zesting cleaner and easier. It’s also great for grating chocolate, nuts, and in a bind you could make bread crumbs with it too!

These round dough cutters would be very cool for making biscuits, cookies, and even tops for individual pot-pies!

Every time I make split-pea soup or hummus or a salad dressing or sauce, I wish I had this hand immersion/blender in my kitchen!

I could have that bottle of wine I’d like to serve with supper already open, aerated, and chilled by the time I put the plates on the table (And do it all by myself) with this wine bottle opener.

Over the years I have tried every coffee maker there is on the market. I have been so disappointed in my purchases that during one month I bought four different coffee makers. Until I bought the Mr Coffee 12 cup coffee maker. I’ve had it a year now and she still brews up a delicious pot of my morning Colombian like the first day I pulled her out of her packaging womb. If you’re like me and you cannot survive the day without a cup of coffee you’ll be needing a great coffee maker too!

Another item I could not live without would be my crockpot. Over my 17 years of parenting I have been through many of these and I haven’t found my favorite yet. I keep two of different sizes on hand and I use them every week because honestly, I have more spunk in the morning (it could be the coffee) and fixing dinner when you have more spunk trumps ordering pizza when you are so strung out from a day of never ending stress that you can’t stand the sound of your family’s voice. I use this little beast to keep me sane!

The Chef Pan; This baby is my best friend in my kitchen. I cook practically everything in it. I got it this year and I actually don’t know what I did before I had one! Remember to not use metal or a scratch pad on it!

I want to make a plea for liquid measuring cups here. I know grabbing the measuring cup that you use for flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients is just plain simpler but having this liquid measuring cup not only helps keep baking consistent, it makes any chef/cook look cool too!

This list could go on and on until tomorrow so I’ll stop here for now. This list should give anyone a great start on what to get the cook in their life!


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Creations from my Creation

My four-year old has played kitchen since before she could walk. I would take her to play at the park and we’d rush to sit  under the picnic benches that would transform into her hot dog or ice-cream stand, and I’d be the many costumers ordering fantastically named imaginary items. When she turned two we bought her a large play kitchen with every cent we could scrape together, borrow, find in the soda machine. We spent Christmas Eve putting it together (after we put her to bed). Then we wrapped it up with a big red bow.

It took her a while to notice the giant present in the room because she was two and extremely excited to see all of us sitting on the couch waiting for her as she teetered out of her room in the dark. Our faces were lit up by the lights of the tree and she thought that was the most wonderful thing. When she noticed the wrapped present we encouraged her to try to rip the paper. That is when she really woke up to full speed. She was so fascinated by this gift of a play kitchen just like mommy’s that she still plays with it everyday. We moved it out of our living room and into her own room seven months ago, and that is when her creations became very detailed. We call her ‘Chef Windy’ and she is the family delight! P.S. She is very creative with her dish titles.

These are some of the dishes she has created this week:

  • Corn-on-the-cob with garlic, lemon, butter and salt/ peppered to taste
  • Donuts with a side of cold shrimp
  • Strawberry peanut ice-cream
  • Garlic Chicken
  • Pizza Pot Pie
  • Avocado Bread
  • Sweet Celery Shrimp

Her stories are exhilarating while endless, she inspires everyone she meets to be a little more child-like, and I love her more than words could say!


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