favorite recipes of the month (December)

It’s no secret that I love Pinterest.  I pin like my life depends on it.  You can follow me by clicking this link.  Every week I look through my pins and pick new recipes to try.  I’m adventurous that way.  Here are our favorite new recipes we’ve been enjoying lately.  None of them were fail.  If you missed my last linked list you can find it here.  I will state that I usually have to triple recipes for our size family.  I made more in each one listed.

Broccoli Pesto Bake

General Tsao’s Chicken

Chicken Terriaki

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

I hope you enjoy these meals as much I we have.  The kids loved the first so much, I made it three times in one month!  What are you favorite finds on Pinterest?  Please share below!

recipe links and reviews

Last month I planned all of our June meals.  We are in the middle of the month right now.  What better time to give the links and reviews for new recipes we’ve tried out.  I’d like to do this once a month for you.  It’s nice to have someone (me) be the test rat so you don’t have to worry about whether that beautiful Pinterest meal tastes good.

For starters, I’d like to say that our family isn’t too picky.  Josie is the pickiest of all, but does that surprise you?  Not me.  Lol.  I printed a monthly planner from Money Saving Mom.  What I like about this is that is has breakfast lunch and dinner areas.

Now for the recipes.  I looked on Pinterest at meals I’ve been wanting to make.  Some were crock pot, some quick, and some regular or more in-depth.  These are my picks and what I thought of them.

Korean Beef (Quick meal)

Everybody really loved this one.  You can make it spicier or sweeter by adding more chili sauce or sugar.  The only thing I didn’t like was the lack of veggies.  Next time I think I’ll add snow peas or broccoli.  Maybe both :)

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These were A-Maz-Ing!  For reals!! I had a strange craving for french dip sammies for weeks.  This hit the spot!  I made double and we ate it later that week as well.  I couldn’t find french onion soup, so I used the dry soup mix.  It was AWESOME!!!!  It was also extremely easy.  I took about 5 minutes to put in the crock pot.  I’m salivating just thinking about this.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I wanted to liven up our breakfast menu this month.  This was soooo great.  I made a double batch and put it in a 9×12 pan.  It worked great.  Imagine a slice of a muffin/scone hybrid.  Yeah.  It was yummy, yummy.

That’s all I have for now, but come back soon for my end of the month list.  I can’t wait to share with you the other delicious dishes we’ve been gobbling up.

Have you tried a new recipe recently?  Please share a link or recipe in the comments below.  I LOVE comments!!!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see what else I’ve been pinning.



baking and meal plan

According to my weekly mama chore schedule, I am supposed to be doing my weekly baking (bread, sauces, granola, cookies, mixes-powder, ect) and meal planning today.

Since I skipped this chore last week I have no plan for what I should bake.  So, I’m not baking or doing any other meal-prep for the week today.

I am sort of meal planning and getting a list together though.  Doing this reminded me that I need to share something with you. Once a Month Mom.  Read it, do it, or you will get into the same rut I have been ever since I stopped.  I have done this one time, and really wish I would stop thinking of reasons not to do it again.

We followed the Gluten Free (for my food allergies)/ Dairy Free (for Desmond’s allergies) Menu.  The rest of us love and enjoy dairy, so I divided things up for Des and added our own goats milk where the recipes allowed.

I admit it was a LONG day.  However; every other day was so nice.  I used all the lunches as dinners, and had a total of 22 dinners frozen and DONE!  They were all very yummy.  The kid’s didn’t like the stuffed bell peppers, but I figured they wouldn’t anyways.

Next month I need to do this.  Maybe you could join me and I document my journey, and you all can update me of your progress in the comments section.  What do you say?  Are you in?

February…the month of no more fretting over, “What’s for Dinner?”

*UPDATE* I didn’t realize earlier that they have changed the most recent plans to a “paid members only” access.  I will be using the older FREE menu plans.  

killer mac n cheese

Last night I wandered over to PW Cooks for the ever-so-yummy mac n cheese recipe.  I have in the past tried her other dish, but I ventured to the more complex one this time.

My substitutions were:

1/2 c of cream (instead of half and half…I had none)

2 cups of sharp white cheddar

1 whole package of Light Laughing Cow spreadable Blue Cheese

1/2 package of turkey pepperoni (instead of bacon)

1 tbs of EVOO to replace the bacon grease

It turned out very delicious.  If you want a crowd pleaser, try it out.

*still no camera charger if you were wondering*