Weekly Menu and Goals

 

 

This week we totally kicked it into gear!  I am feeling so much better about Belle’s party given everything I got done this week.  :)  Pretty much the entire week was given over to getting the yard ready for the party with the exception of a graduation party I went to on Saturday night.

We did have a slight mishap out in the flower bed.  In addition to being elbows deep in poison ivy (a bird dropped poison ivy seeds a few years ago and now the ivy is mixed in with my clematis) which fortunately I do not appear to be allergic to, I was attacked by killer bees.  OK, maybe they weren’t actual killer bees but they certainly felt like it!  While digging a hole to plant some flowers, I inadvertently dug into a bees nest.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize it until they were already swarming and stinging me.  Needless to say that pretty much wrapped up my outside work!  While the stings hurt like heck no damage was done.

This week I’m traveling for work so we’re keeping it easy in regards to menu and goals.

Weekly Menu

You’ll notice a bit simpler foods into addition to some take-out.  One thing I’ve learned about my Wonder Woman complex is that I can’t do it all.  Food is one of those things I can definitely go simpler on so that’s what I’m doing this week!

Brats

Hamburgers

Baked Chicken

Take-out

A LOT of fend for yourself!

Fortunately for me I’ll have some good dinners since I’ll be out with suppliers.  There are definite perks to my job :)

Weekly Goals

This week I was actually able to cross off everything on my list.  Yay me!  Here is what I needed to get done:

  1. Keep working on the flower beds
  2. Mail graduation party invitations
  3. Post two more times

Given that Belle’s party is less than two weeks away, this week will be dedicated to finalizing everything for the event.

  1. Finish the yardwork
  2. Plan the menu
  3. Finalize the tent delivery
  4. Post two more times
  5. Work on the photobooth (this should be a lot of fun, I can’t wait to share it with you guys!)

That’s it for me, I’m sure there will be a few more things that crop up but I’ll deal with them as they come.  Anything fun that you’re working on?

I’ll be linking up at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Chicken Under a Brick

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We eat A LOT of chicken at our house.  My go to recipe is to drizzle bone-in breasts with a flavored olive oil, salt and pepper and then bake for about 45 minutes.  Super easy and tastes delicious.  Sometimes though one needs to step outside of the comfort zone and shake it up.  That’s why I was so excited to get this recipe from Plated.com

One thing I’ve learned as I’ve been amping up my cooking this year is that there are different ways to infuse your food with flavor.  Cooking chicken in coconut milk when making Thai food is one trick I’ve learned.  Another trick I’ve just learned is to put something heavy on top of chicken.  Forcing the meat down while surrounding with fresh herbs allows the flavors to infuse all the way through the meat.  Who knew?!

The recipe calls for an oven proof skillet (which I don’t have) so while I was browning the chicken in the skillet I heated up the baking dish I was going to use so that it would be hot when I added the chicken.  Since my baking dish was pretty small, I used an actual brick wrapped in tin foil to press down my food.  Worked like a charm :)

I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did!

Pad See Ew with Pork and Sweet Peppers Plus Plated Giveaway

Pad See Ew - WWIN

We have had many, many delicious dishes from Plated.com but the Thai dishes seem to be our favorite.  This dish in particular has made it’s way up to my most favorite meal to date.  I can’t believe how easy and incredibly yummy it is!

I’m giving away another two FREE weeks (a week consists of three meals for two) from Plated.com.  To enter, leave a comment below.  If you’d like a second chance to win, sign up for my mailing list.  See below for details.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Flowers Window Boxes_WWIN

Where is the summer going to?  I can’t believe we’re rounding the corner to the end of June!  This week was fairly quiet for me.  I spent A LOT of time out in the yard trying to get it ready for Belle’s party.  Mike is about ready to take away my debit card I’ve been spending so much money on flowers – yikes!  While I still have a lot more to do I’m seeing definitely progress which is encouraging!

Father’s Day was pretty low key.  We saw my father-in-law (I’m having my dad over for dinner on Wednesday) and then took the bike out for the day.  We were gone about five hours which doesn’t “sit” well with my backside but we did take a few breaks along the way so I could stretch.  Once again we headed up to Kettle Moraine which is absolutely beautiful, love that place!

This week is shaping up to be fairly quiet, hopefully the weather will hold out and I’ll be able to spend some time in the yard!

I’m running my second give away from Plated.com.  For details and to enter you can click here.

I chose not to order a Plated box this week so I’ll be recreating some of our favorites.

Weekly Goals and Menu

Belle's Graduation

This week I have something special to offer you.  As you know, I’ve been loving getting our meals delivered by Plated.  For our family it’s been one of the best changes we made this year.  I’m excited to tell you that I have a few FREE weeks of Plated to give away.  To enter the giveaway (the first of which ends tomorrow, Tuesday) you can go here.  Five winners over three weeks will be drawn to win 6 free plates from Plated.com.

In other news, Belle graduated last week.  I was pretty emotional during the day (graduation day also happened to coincide with the anniversary of my grandfather’s death) but was able to pull it together during the ceremony.

Courtney's Wedding

We also had a family wedding on Saturday which was great.  After dancing the night away Saturday I ended up spending the entire day on Sunday resting.  I guess I’m not as young as I used to be :)

Enter to Win a Week of Plated! Week 1

Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

Update:  Winners are Jackie and Theresa.  You will receive instructions via e-mail how to claim your free plates.  Thanks for entering!

It should come as no secret to regular readers how much I love Plated.com. After all, most of my recent recipes have been some of our favorites that we’ve tried from there. Every week the majority of my menu is food that I’m having delivered.

For those of you who don’t know what Plated.com is, it’s basically a service that allows you to order the ingredients (plus recipes) of meals to be delivered to your house weekly. Mike and I started using the service earlier this year as a way to break out of our food rut (you know – same recipes week after week after week), eat a bit healthier and stop the insanity of all the take-out we were getting.

When I first told Mike I was going to try it I got a “whatever you want to do” from him. He wasn’t as excited as I was but he’s usually onboard with my ideas as long as they aren’t to crazy. That one at least was going to allow him some potentially yummy meals.

After our first box we were hooked! Although a tad bit pricey (two “plates” which is basically one meal for two people runs about $24 delivered) since it’s just the two of us (Belle is never home) and we were spending a fortunate in take-out we didn’t think it was too bad.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Welcome to another Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. While mine was good, I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I’m glad last week is over. I’m feeling a tad bit overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done for Belle’s party in July. In addition to a major to do it, money is flowing out of our checking account like a raging river. Add some hormones and mom emotions and you have a recipe for disaster. Poor Mike has been living with a woman on the edge of a major meltdown. Although, to be quite honest, he has added to it a bit as well :)

In addition to all the work, Belle and I took some time out to have some fun. We had a girl’s night out last night with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants followed by a musical at a local theater. A good time was had by all.

This week we have a graduation, a wedding and out of guest visitors so it will be one crazy week!

Weekly Menu & Goals

This was a big weekend here at the Wonder Woman I’m Not household, Belle had her last dance recital Saturday night.  She had a blast although it was a bit of an emotional night for her.

Here’s a few pictures from the night.

Danielle - Dance Recital

Belle - Senior Dance

Belle with her brother Michael

Belle with her brother Michael

Belle with Mike and I

Belle with Mike and I

Belle has been dancing since she was three so it’s been a big part of her life.  She’s made some wonderful friends and learned a lot of lessons, the most important being no matter what happens on stage you “Keep on Dancing!”  I think that’s a great lesson for all of us.  We will fall down, bad things will happen but we just need to Keep on Dancing!

Belle - Dance

If I’m being honest, the night was a little emotional for me as well.  While I’m enjoying watching her turn into a beautiful young lady (inside and out), it’s definitely a bittersweet moment.  Those days when she was a strong-willed child, insistent upon getting her way, seem so far away.  The statement “the days are long but the years are short” are so, so true.

This is Belle throwing a temper tantrum at the top of the St. Louis Arch

This is Belle throwing a temper tantrum at the top of the St. Louis Arch

I know you’ve been hearing about Belle a lot lately but don’t worry, graduation is only a couple of weeks away so it will end soon :)

Korean Beef Tacos

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This week as part of our Plated.com box we received everything we needed for Korean Beef Tacos.  After 25 years of marriage I’ve learned that the way to my husband’s heart is through his stomach.  Let me tell you, he fell in love with me all over again once he tasted this meal!

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this dish is.  While it looks like there is a lot of ingredients, most of it’s vegetables.  The marinade was super easy and this recipe didn’t take much time at all.

In Mike’s opinion the kimchi on top sends this over the top.  While you could make your own kimchi if you’re feeling adventurous (I personally wouldn’t recommend it as it looks like a pain!) you should be able to find it at your local oriental grocery store if you don’t have a week to let it ferment.

The spiciness of the dish can be controlled by how much gochujang (red pepper paste) you use.  Since we like spicy food I used the full amount.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Gettysburg

 

Last week while on a business trip to Philadelphia I had the privilege of being able to visit Gettysburg.  While driving from Philly to Altoona for additional meetings we saw the sign to Gettysburg and decided a side trip was in order.  I’m glad my colleague is just as crazy as me because all I could say is WOW.

While we didn’t get to do the whole tour due to time constraints, standing on those grounds and imagining the history that happened right under our feet was astounding.  Thinking about the men who lost their lives there made me want to weep.

How fitting that I visited right before Memorial Day.  While the holiday for many Americans is an opportunity for a three day weekend and a great barbecue, it’s truly about remembering those who gave their lives so that we may have the opportunity to gather with our friends and family is this awesome country.

Gettysburg Cemetary

 

The cost of our ability to enjoy this day is quite high.  Seeing the sites of Philadelphia where men and women made so many sacrifices to birth this country as well as the largest battlefield to keep that country intact was such an honor.  We here in the United States truly have a lot to be thankful for.  Let’s make sure that we take a few minutes out of our day to honor the men and women who have made it possible.