Recipe to Make A Carrot Smoothie



Nathan wanted to make his own smoothie concoction and it actually turned out tasty.  He wanted me to share the recipe with others, so here it is.  The recipe is all his own (I just did the typing).

-Little water.  Fill to the top of the blades.

-2 apple slices.  Add to blender.

-1 graham cracker.  Break-up and add to blender.

-1 large carrot chopped.  Add to blender.

-Blend until everything is blended.

-1/2 cup coconut milk.  Add to blender.

-1 tablespoon maple syrup.  Add to blender.

-Add some ice.

-Blend it all together.

-1 banana.  Add to blender.

-3 or 4 handfuls of berries (we used marionberries).  Add.

-Blend it all.

-Add 1 cup of ice.

-Blend it all.

-Smoothie is done!


Weekly Menu



And I’m back with posting our weekly dinner menu plans!  For awhile there I was all gung-ho and was planning out the whole month, but I found that there were just too many days that we didn’t stick to our plan and things got moved around.  A weekly menu seemed more manageable.

Sunday:  Chicken wings with rice and veggies.  My friend made us these chicken wings one night for dinner and they were so tasty.  I have been meaning to make it and I finally am!  I’ll have to do a post of the recipe for these wings later!

Monday:  Pulled Pork Gnocchi by Bev Cookswhich reminds me that I need to go pull out the pork from the freezer!

Tuesday:  Roasted Chicken with potatoes & veggies.  We decided to make roasted chicken every other week.  My husband brines it first because it ends up tasting much better.  He then cooks it on the Traeger.  After we eat the chicken we always make chicken broth in the amazing Instant Pot (affiliate link, but it is also at a good price right now!).

Wednesday:  Cheater Pho Soup from Damn Delicious.  I have not made this yet, but her recipes are winners with us.

Thursday:  Quinoa Black Bean Tacos from Damn Delicious.  Haven’t made these either, but I have high hopes.

Friday:  Mac & Cheese with Veggies.  Wanted something simple for this night.  It’s the mac & cheese out of a box from Trader Joe’s with veggies & chicken thrown in.

Saturday:  Cheeseburgers.

Happy eating!


Weekly Menu


Hard to believe that we are on our last day of February already.   Here is what we are planning for dinner this week (BTW, the Quinoa Broccoli Casserole from last week was a big hit!  Anderson, my picky eater, ate almost all of his dinner which is huge!).

Sunday:  Swedish Meatballs from Damn Delicious.  Right now this is my favorite cooking site since the recipes are good and so easy to make!  This recipe looks a little heavy on the meat, but I wanted to see if they tasted like the Ikea ones.  We will also be having cauliflower mashed potatoes with these.

Monday:  Chorizo, Avocado, and Zucchini Frittata from my new Inspiralized Cookbook

Tuesday:   BBQ Chicken Salad from Damn Delicious

Wednesday:  Grandmom Gennaro’s Minestre Soup (Vegan soup) from Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker

Thursday:  Hamburgers

Friday:  Slow Cooked Asian Glazed Chicken by Six Sisters.  I will be doing what a commenter said and decreasing the soy sauce and adding more water.

Saturday:  Skillet Baked Ziti from America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook


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Weekly Menu



First, I would like to say something about my absence.  I’ve had a lot going on these days.  Lots of activities and really a lot of cleaning going on.  I plan to add some more posts this week to play catch up!

Here is our menu for this week:

Sunday:  Homemade pizza

Monday:  Topless Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (from last week)

Tuesday:  Beef Stroganoff with sweet potato noodles

Wednesday:  Wiener Schnitzel with cauliflower mashed potatoes

Thursday:  Birthday Dinner for my husband!!!  We’ll be having ribeye steaks with veggies.

Friday:  Sausage, Potato, and Kale soup from Damn Delicious.  I have to just say a little something about this site.  I’ve made a few of her recipes and each one has been so easy and fast to make, which is a huge plus for moms.  The bonus is that they have tasted good and the whole family eats them.  I have a feeling that there will at least be one or more meals from her every week.

Saturday:  Broccoli Quinoa Casserole also from Damn Delicious.


Weekly Menu


Sunday:  Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna.  This looked really tasty (& it was), but it took about three hours to make and I doubt I will make it again.

Monday:  Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches  with homemade bread (I have a recipe that I printed, but I can’t find the original source for it).

Tuesday:  Chicken Fried Rice

Wednesday:  Topless Vegan Shepherd’s Pie from Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker (affiliate link)

Thursday:  Going out to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year

Friday:  Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas.  I just found this blog and I LOVE it!  So far the three recipes I’ve tried have tasted good, but the best part is that they are all so quick and easy to make, which is something that I appreciate!

Saturday:  Basque Chicken with Red Potato Noodles .  I get to use my awesome Spiralizer (affiliate link).

Happy eating!


Weekly Menu


Here is our menu for this week:

Sunday:  Homemade Pizza

Monday:  Veggie Curry from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.

Tuesday:  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with spinach, feta, shredded mozzarella, tomatoes, and ham.  Loosely based on the recipe from Cooking Classy.

Wednesday:  Roasted Chicken (then we will make chicken broth with the bones)

Thursday:  Butternut Squash Soup from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (this recipe is REALLY good).

Friday:  Out.  There is a local event happening at one of the restaurants that we frequent and we decided to go there.

Saturday:  Salmon & maybe some Valentines themed dessert <3

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Weekly Dinner Menu


Here is our menu for this week:

Sunday:  Chicken Tikka Masala (you might notice that this was on last week’s menu, but we didn’t get to it last week, so it goes on this week).

Monday:  Quinoa Salad (again this was from last week and it didn’t get made, so this week it will).

Tuesday:  Veggie Curry from the book Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker (affiliate link).  We have made around 15 recipes from this book and they have all been delicious!  I think the only complaint is that a little more salt was needed and that is an easy fix.  The recipes are super easy too!  I highly recommend this book for everyone.

Wednesday:  One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

Thursday:  Orange chicken (frozen from TJs) with broccoli & rice.

Friday:  Hamburger and rice (this was a dish that I had growing up and I LOVE it.  It is ground beef, green beans, peas, corn, tomato sauce, water, & rice all mixed together to form like a stew/soup).

Saturday:  Salmon


Weekly Menu


I plan our dinner menu for the week because I hate shopping.  If I can get all of our groceries in one trip out it is so much better for me than having to go every day.  I also like knowing what is planned ahead for the week.  (Christopher adds that it’s also a good move on the economy front; there’s almost no unused food in the fridge so nothing goes to waste!) Every Friday night or Saturday morning I like to plan what our family is going to eat for dinner for the coming week (Sunday-Saturday).  Our dinner ideas come from cookbooks and recipes I find online.  I am not very good at being creative when it comes to food and I find it very hard to cook without a recipe (I have done it before though!).  As I am figuring out what we need for the meals I keep a grocery list and add the items that I need, but I divide them up into three categories: Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway (I mostly just go to Costco & TJs, but sometimes there is a random item that both of those don’t carry, so off to Safeway we go).  Once I have our dinner menu planned I go through any staples that we will need for breakfast, lunch, and snacks and add those to the list.  We have a big chalkboard in our dining room (for school) that has a dedicated area for groceries that we need that are not a part of our usual weekly list.  Since I like to be efficient when grocery shopping I take my list and I put the items in order of how I would encounter them in the store; for example, on my Trader Joe’s list I always put items in this order: bread, fruit, veggies, etc because when I walk in the door I’ll come to the bread first, fruit second, and veggies third.  It makes shopping easier for me and I find that I tend not to miss an item from the list.  We do our shopping either on Saturday or Sunday and preferably in the mornings when it isn’t as crowded (just an FYI, one TJ employee told me that Sundays are their busiest day and I would have to agree for anytime after 10).

I also put our dinner list on this weekly dry erase planner.  Below is a picture of this week, so you can see how I do it (just so you know, we always have a vegetable with our dinner, but I don’t usually add it to the board since I usually just figure out that day what we will have).


Usually we eat healthier than this – but Christopher is traveling part of this week, and when he’s not around to help I tend to go with easy meals like nuggets or mac & cheese!

Sunday:  Pizza!  We make homemade pizzas (dough too) and we have this every two weeks on Sunday night.

Monday:  Quiche (I don’t have a specific link for this because I think that I’m going to use a mish-mash of different ones)

Tuesday:  Hamburgers (we also make our own buns)

Wednesday:  Quinoa salad (quinoa, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and some ranch dressing)

Thursday:  Chicken Nuggets

Friday:  Mac & Cheese (we are going to a kids’ centered potluck and figured that this was easy and a hit with our kids.  We also add in a whole bag of mixed veggies)

Saturday:  Chicken Tikka Masala using our Inspiralizer (butternut squash noodles are sooooooo good!)

For breakfast we always have the same rotating meals: steel-cut oatmeal, home-made yogurt, eggs, banana pancakes (Christopher’s special recipe), and buttermilk waffles every Sunday.  For lunch it is usually leftovers or sandwiches.

Lastly, I try and do at least one or two vegetarian/vegan meals a week so that we cut down on how much meat we eat.  This week that meal is the Quinoa salad.  We usually add some chicken or tuna to our Mac & Cheese.

Have a delicious week!


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Shredded Chicken


Please excuse the pictures.  One of my goals this year is to actually learn how to use my DSLR and start taking better photos.

I know that I heard about the shredded chicken trick from the internet, but I can’t remember where (I’m sure I saw it on Pinterest) and I’m sure if you do a Google search you can find it there, but I thought that I would share it here because it is a timesaver and sooooo easy!

Get out your stand mixer and put the mixing attachment on (see picture for the one I’m referring to).  Put your chicken in the mixer’s bowl.


Turn the machine on and let it run for about 30 seconds on low speed.  You will watch the chicken get shredded before your eyes!  It’s amazing and a little life changing.  Once it is shredded to your satisfaction you turn the mixer off.  I wish I had known about this trick earlier because shredding chicken using forks took forever!

I used this process tonight when making this super easy 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili.