Yum Yum Yum!This is our meal plan from the last week and all of these recipes were first timers in my kitchen. I loved trying them all out! The ones we REALLY loved this week was the spinach dip pasta, stuffed shells and the BBQ chicken!Monday:One dish meal: Ranch Chicken with Potatoes and Green BeansTuesday: Cheesy Spinach Dip Chicken PastaWednesday:Cherry Coke Pulled BBQ chicken(We used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ sauce and it was delish!)Thursday: LeftoversFriday: Crockpot Mac & CheeseNote: We found this recipe to be a little dry, so I would suggest to double the milk and add a little more cheese to make it creamier.Saturday:Date NightSunday: Spinach Ricotta . . .
What is 101 in 1001?It's a bucket list of sorts-a list of 101 tasks to be completed in 1001 days. I stumbled across this idea in the blog world when I stumbled across Hello Rigby; a blog after my own heart: a girl and her dog.I have always liked the idea of having a list of big goals but really like that this list gives me the motivation to complete them all in 1001 days, instead of waiting until I die. I asked D if he would do it with me, and he was all for it! Some of the goals we came up with are more for him and some are more for me, but as long as we are supporting each other, I figure we can accomplish them all! We love that we have a list to refer to on rainy . . .
During my student teaching experience, I found that the one thing I really wanted to get my students to do was to want to read on their own for enjoyment. That was a hefty goal, I soon realized. I figured the only way I could even expose them to the wonders of books was to incorporate as many excerpts and as many samples from as many books as I could during my lessons. I read to them The Fault in Our Stars, The 5th Wave, Pride and Prejudice, Love that Dog, Divergent, Les Miserables and so on. Before I knew it, I had students in line to borrow different books from my little personal library. I had students coming in after powering through a book in two nights and . . .
In my post about D and I becoming debt free, I mentioned how I got serious about meal planning and grocery shopping, which helped us cut our grocery bill in half. Before my obsession with meal planning started, I would pick a few things out that I might want to make before going to the store, but I basically just walk into Winco and make up our dinners as I shopped. This resulted in two issues: One: I would end up buying food for about 15 different potential meals and never remember later in the week what I was planning on making and Two: I would buy so much produce and we would never eat it all before it went bad. We were wasting so much money and the amount of food . . .
One of my favorite things about cool fall weather and the transition from hot, dry days to blustery, crisp days is being able to make soup for dinner. I LOVE soups and stews and if I had it my way, I would eat soup three-four times a week. Dustin isn't as big of a soup fanatic as I am, but is a good sport when I announce to him that I'm making soup AGAIN for dinner. Anyway, I wanted to stray away from traditional chicken noodle soup and try something new. I found this recipe on pinterest and immediately knew I had to try it. First of all, I make a killer lasagna (not to toot my own horn, but it's awesome). Second of all, I love my killer lasagna, but it can be time . . .