Category Archives: Parenting

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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12 Days of Christmas

Please join me in a song about how this holiday season has been going.

Sung to the jingle of The 12 Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: One pizza made with mozzarella cheese.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Two puppy puke piles.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Three hours of shoveling.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Four over draft charges.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Five purple balls. (don’t ask)

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Six strings of lights.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Seven sitting sneezes.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Eight board games playing.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Nine loads of laundry.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Ten sugar cookies.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Eleven jolly jingles.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Twelve French Cuss Words.

And a pizza made with mozzarella cheese.

Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Journal, Parenting, Vegetarian


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Week 29 Menu

I feel like I need to give my four year old a break. She is the youngest in the house by 10 years and we as a family sometimes forget that although her pallet is advanced for her age she is still a young member at the table. She has been a hard core trooper while suffering (not always so quietly) through my obsessive attempts at serving healthy meals for my entire family!

She has brought love back into our family. She reminded us to stay close to one another as we were all growing apart with age. She reminds us to play pretend, run and dance, and to laugh at the silly things. She has a unique look on the world that none of us have ever seen before. She was our special gift from God and we need to let her know more often how much we appreciate her. Yes, we tell her we love her every five minutes, and we give in to her relentless games of pretend that last for five hours at a time, but I do not know if she truly understands how much she really saved our family and made us complete.

So, this week I hope to please and celebrate her while keeping the rest of us satisfied as well. This week will be Pizza Week at our house. Wish us luck and joy this week as we celebrate our dear little one!


Left-overs / Clean out your fridge


Spicy Chicken and Mild Sauce Pizza



Italian Sausage, Mushroom, & Fresh Tomato Pizza


Roasted Cauliflower and Olive Pizza


Deep Dish Pepperoni Spinach Pizza


Broccoli Pesto Pizza

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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Frugal, Menus, Organic, Parenting


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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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