Thai Steak Bites

Thai Steak Bites – tender pieces of steak marinated in a ginger, garlic, and Thai seasoning.  Great served in a lettuce cup or on its own.  An easy dinner recipe you can make any night of the week.

Thai Steak Bites - tender pieces of steak marinated in a ginger, garlic, and Thai seasoning. Great served in a lettuce cup or on its own. An easy dinner recipe you can make any night of the week.

Ok, I hate to start Monday by talking about the weather, but seriously?!  Colorado can not figure out what spring is, the last few weeks.  We have been in the 80’s, and then we have had snow.  Something is wrong!  This weekend it was cold, and flurries were flying.  Not far away from us I was seeing pictures of real snow fall.  On Thursday my husband sent me an email that a company in Arizona wanted to interview him.  Arizona is not where we want to live, but the idea of no snow again was tempting after this weekend.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 42

Weekly Meal Plan Week 42 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 42 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

This week went by so quickly, I can’t believe it is Saturday again already!  Between my son’s birthday, after school stuff, work, the crazy weather, and everything else it went by in no time.  Hopefully the weekend doesn’t go by as quickly :)  Things have been busy lately, so I am looking forward to a relaxing and slow weekend.  With Mother’s Day around the corner, down time will be nice.

Are you ready for Mother’s Day next weekend?  I think you should make mom the Texas sheet cake skillet from this weeks meal plan.  At least, I am crossing my fingers that is what my family does!  I was a good daughter and sent my mom her Mother’s day present this week, so it should get there in no time! So make sure you are planning ahead and thinking about mom!

In the mean time, come up with your meal plan for the week!  Meatballs, sandwiches, french fries oh my!  A delicious week is in store.  Make that grocery list and get ready for a the week.

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi – You can not get any easier than this shrimp scampi recipe.  Ready in minutes, perfect dinner for any night of the week or even for entertaining!

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi - You can not get any easier than this shrimp scampi recipe. Ready in minutes, perfect dinner for any night of the week or even for entertaining!

I officially have an 11 year old.  My little guy had a birthday earlier this week.  Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies were what he wanted for dessert, and they have been wrecking my diet all week!  Instead of a party this year he opted for a day of fun with the family.  So we went to Denver and played game at Dave & Busters and then did an escape room (Escape Works Denver). I think it was my sons dream day!

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 41

 Weekly Meal Plan Week 41 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 41 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Welcome to the weekend!  I hope it is a gorgeous spring weekend where you are!  It is sunny and in the 70’s here, which is just about perfect.  Today I am spending the day with a girl friend biking in this gorgeous weather and dining outside. Tomorrow we are headed to Denver to spend the day celebrating my sons birthday.  My little guy turns 11 on Monday.  He has always wanted to go to Dave & Busters, so we are heading to play games, go to the Lego store and then doing an Escape room.  Pretty much his perfect day.  If you could throw in a sporting event, it would be the best day ever for him.

Given the busy weekend, I am having to meal plan first thing this morning.  Gotta make sure we have something on the menu, or the week will go crazy.  Monday my son requested Stromboli for his birthday dinner and Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies for dessert.  Something I can definitely handle.

Pretty sure the Baked Halibut and Peri Peri Chicken from this weeks meal plan will make the menu.  They look amazing!  So get out your pen and make that grocery list for your weekly meal plan.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 40

 Weekly Meal Plan Week 40 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 40 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

This weekend is supposed to be crazy in Colorado.  We had 80 degrees and sunny this week, but this weekend….snow.  And feet of snow.  They aren’t quite sure how much.  I have heard everything from 4 inches of rain to 27 inches of snow.  And what it is in Fort Collins, is not the same 30 miles away.  So I think we will just plan on an indoor weekend, and hope it isn’t too bad.  The forecast is back up in the 70’s next week, so whatever happens will be short lived.  You can always count on the mountains to deliver the unexpected.

Good thing I thought ahead yesterday, and stocked up on stuff at the store for our meal plan for the weekend.  Not exactly sure what we are having, but I made sure we had a little bit of everything in the house.  All the time inside over the weekend will give me time to come up with a meal plan for next week.  I am eyeing the Potsticker soup on this meal plan.  I love potstickers, and have some in my freezer.  Might actually turn into dinner tonight!  And those strawberry peanut butter bars? How fun!

I hope the weather is better where you are this weekend, and you can enjoy spring!  Make time to get that grocery list made and check out the meal plan though, because we have one tasty week in store for you!

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 39

Weekly Meal Plan Week 39 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 39 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Happy Weekend!  Spring is in the air, it is sunny, warm, flowers are blooming, and the grass is turning green.  Love this time of year!  I hope it is the same where you live.  This weekend is supposed to be in the 70’s, so we are breaking out the smoker and going to see if we can smoke a brisket.  My husband and I are both just a little nervous.  We invited the neighbors over, because have 13 pounds of meet, and there is only so much 3 people can eat.  They have had my cooking before, so they know I can cook.  So if everything turns into a disaster, at least I don’t ruin my reputation!  :) I just might make the Cranberry Apple Coleslaw on the meal plan this week go with the brisket!

We have another great week on the meal plan.  I kind of love anything with green chile, so I can’t wait to try the enchilada casserole.  And the toffee brownie crackle looks like something I would not be able to stop eating!  And asparagus is in season again, yay!!

So make that grocery list and have a delicious week!

 

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 38

Weekly Meal Plan Week 38 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 38 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Happy Saturday!!  Hope you had a great week and are ready or the weekend!  We had a super early morning, so we could drive up to the mountains to go skiing today.  Well, my son and I.  My husband got to stay in bed.  I am sure we will have more fun today, but I was pretty envious of him getting to stay in a nice warm bed at 6 am this morning.

So another Saturday, another meal plan.  Are you ready for a delicious week? I am eyeing though strawberry tarts, don’t they look good!!  Strawberries have been on sale all over the place recently, so I am going to put them to good use.  And those tacos?!  I love tacos, and I love Greek food, so putting them together seems like a win to me.  They will be making it on our meal plan for sure.

So start your grocery list, and get your meal plan ready for the week!

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Shrimp & Avocado Tostadas

Shrimp & Avocado Tostadas – a fun and easy way to get Mexican food on weeknights, in minutes! Crispy tostadas topped with guacamole, spiced shrimp, and your favorite salsa.

Shrimp & Avocado Tostadas - a fun and easy way to get Mexican food on weeknights, in minutes! Crispy tostadas topped with guacamole, spiced shrimp, and your favorite salsa.

My son is participating in the school science fair this year.  We were in New Zealand last year, so he didn’t participate.  He wasn’t super excited about it, but one of his teachers pulled him aside and said it would be really good for him to do.  So he came up with an experiment, and has been working on it.  The fair is on Friday night.  I must say, I will be thrilled when it is over.  As much as he liked doing the actual experiment, getting him to put it all together and ready to present has been a lot of work.  And a lot of pushing on my part.  So I am hoping that next week will be a little less stressful at my house!

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Tomato-Basil Tortellini

Tomato-Basil Tortellini – a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

Tomato-Basil Tortellini - a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

My 10 year old turns 11 in just about a month.  I can’t believe that he is getting so big.  He starts middle school in the fall, and I am not sure that I am ready for that.  He is.  He brings it up all the time, he is more than ready to leave elementary school behind.  I am excited for this new adventure, but scary how fast time goes! We took advantage of him still being 10 and wanting to hang out with us, and went to Arizona for spring break.  He got to see plenty of baseball, play in the pool, and have a great time.  Hopefully that stays the same for awhile!

Tomato-Basil Tortellini - a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

One thing that doesn’t seem like it will ever change is my son’s love of pasta.  Who doesn’t love pasta, right?  But this kid is obsessed.  Every time I ask him what he wants for dinner, he asks for a one pan skillet meal.  Wouldn’t it be nice if it was because he was thinking of me, and didn’t want me to put a ton of work into making dinner or doing dishes?  But no.  He just loves them! This Tomato-Basil Tortellini is no exception.  He practically will lick the plate to get all of the sauce.  We have had it over ravioli, just regular pasta with some Italian sausage mixed in or like this with tortellini.  Every way I made it was a hit.

Tomato-Basil Tortellini - a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

This isn’t quite the same as other skillet meals, because I did boil the pasta separately.  But you could cook it in the sauce, and just add a little chicken broth (maybe 1 cup) to it, so the tortellini have something to cook in. I kind of love sun-dried tomatoes, so I love this tomato-basil pasta sauce.  I came up with the recipe based on this Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta recipe, that everyone loved.  If you don’t have fresh basil, don’t worry; dried will work.  But if you can get your hands on fresh, use it.  Your family will love this tomato-basil tortellini, add it to your menu now!

I am sharing this recipe over at Food Fanatic today.  Head over and check out all the other Easy Dinner recipes I have shared as well!

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Ham & Cheese Tortellini

Ham & Cheese Tortellini – use that leftover ham to make this easy creamy tortellini dinner in 20 minutes!  Great one pan meal any night of the week!

Ham & Cheese Tortellini - use that leftover ham to make this easy creamy tortellini dinner in 20 minutes! Great one pan meal any night of the week!

Easter is this weekend, are you ready?  Picked up my ham yesterday, and am going the easy route this year.  I am making Tangerine Glazed Ham and a side of cheesy potatoes.  We have friends coming over for dinner, and they are bringing a side dish.  Followed by French Silk Pie for dessert.  That is eat.  Easy, simple, and not a crazy amount of food. And then next week I am totally making this ham & cheese tortellini again!

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