Weekly Meal Prep Made Simple with Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™

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Your weekly meal prep just got a whole lot easier with the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 pc set! Prep your lunches for the week, store it in these containers and stack it up neatly in the fridge!  Easy peasy!

Okay TKW Family if you haven’t heard of these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage container have I got a treat for you! As you know I cook a lot, no like A LOT.  We live a healthy lifestyle that, at times, can go astray but we always find our way back.  So one of the ways to help keep us, and by us I mean me as that man could eat everything in the fridge and not gain an ounce <hate him lol>, on that healthy path is by doing weekly meal preps.

What I love about these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage systems is they are so truly universal from fridge organization, to meal planning & prepping as well as entertaining and grilling (perfect for marinades). And let’s dish for a bit.  These are NOTHING like your old time plastic storage containers.  These are crystal clear which means no longer do you have to play that fridge game “Oh what’s in this bowl??”. And probably one of my biggest loves is they are completely odor and stain resistant.  So yes you can put your pasta sauce in one container and fish in another and when you clean the containers they won’t smell or have that oh-so-lovely stained orange hue to them.  AND AND AND what is HUGE for me is they are 100% Leak-Proof.  And it’s GUARANTEED!!!  Dude, that’s HUGE!

You SERIOUSLY need to get in your car and go get these!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Pressure Cooker Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Savory Onion Gravy and Grandma’s Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  So what in the world is up with this weather?  It’s literally 65F degrees in FEBRUARY in Pittsburgh!  Like I was driving around yesterday with the window half way down. Then earlier today I was outside with just a short sleeve shirt on.  So either Mother Nature finally got her act together OR she’s being truly cruel and secretly waiting to dump a crap-ton of snow on us. Either way I’m LOOOOOOOOOVING this weather!

Any who, how was your week?  Mine wasn’t too bad.  I got a lot done with work and around the house. Mr. Fantabulous and the flooring guy started on Friday prepping the downstairs to install the hardwood flooring. They’ve only put 1 1/2 full strips down as a guide and then they will do the rest this upcoming week.  I’m suspecting it’ll take them a few weeks to finish but either way, it’s progress.  What else?  Oh… so Friday I went out to lunch at work with my one friend and ended up getting food poisoning.  Nice, huh?  I was so sick Friday and Saturday it was horrible.  But I’m better now but man such an awful feeling.

So good news (at least for me and Mr. Fantabulous) starting Tuesday I’ll be working from home full time and will only head into the office when needed. I spent an hour or so Saturday setting up my temporary office.  I’ll move all of my stuff into our real office once we relocate it downstairs.  And I buy a new desk.  Right now I run 3 large monitors and I need my space.

Sundays are meant to be spent in pajamas

Classic Monte Cristo

You’ve not had an amazing grilled cheese sandwich until you’ve made this Monte Cristo!  Layers of salty ham, luscious gruyere cheese, tangy dijon mustard and sweet raspberry preserves dipped in this French toast mixture and then grilled to perfection!

I have a confession…

*hangs her head*

I’ve been holding out on you.  <deep sigh>  This recipe I made about a year ago *ducks to miss the shoe that someone just threw at me*. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. For the past year I kept saying to myself “You have to post that sandwich. You need to get your butt in gear and post this. People will flip over it!” But I didn’t listen. Honestly there is no real reason why held out on sharing this.  Monte Cristo sandwiches aren’t a new thing but for some reason I posted everything but this. Like we’re talking recipes I literally just created, took the photos the same day and posted the recipe the next day.

I suck, I know.. but you still love me… right???

And I guess while I’m treating this like church, I might as well confess one more thing.  Mr. Fantabulous does not like this but he does not hate it either.  What that means is he refused to try it; not even a single bite. He said and I’m quoting here “That is NOT French Toast, that is NOT Grilled Cheese.  That is a Frankenstein concoction that I will not be a part of.”  Frankenstein?  I didn’t exactly create a monster here dude.  LOL big baby!
I’m telling you, make this once and you’ll be making this a thousand more times because you’ll fall in love with it!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Keeping Bananas Fresher Longer

You’ll go bananas over this tip to help keep your bananas fresher, longer! A seriously easy trick that actually works!

“Go Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” First, you’re welcome for that cheer stuck in your brain all day. Trust me it’s been playing over and over in my head for the past few hours as I was typing this. It’s like a bad cheer at a football game and that’s the only cheer they know so it’s repeated a hundred bajillion times. Second, I never thought of doing this trick until I kept noticing it on the type of bananas I bought and then I finally researched it.  Once I read why it worked I was like “DUH!  You should have paid more attention in science class in high school because every 9th grader knows this!”

So let’s face it, one can only eat so much banana bread/muffins/pancakes/cupcakes/cakes, puddings/custards/cookies/smoothies that involve ripened bananas. I seriously love bananas – a little tinge of green at the tips with a vibrant yellow body is positively perfect for me. When I was training and working out like it was my job I was cramping up pretty bad.  An increase in my potassium helped with that.  And ever since them I’m at least a one-banana-a-day kind of girl.  So I was easily buying 2-3 bunches a week. However when I got hurt with my shoulder I was still buying that many bananas however I couldn’t eat them fast enough.  Oh trust me I’d bake like a fiend but again you can only have so much banana-based foods before it starts to wear thin.

So I stopped buying bananas… for like a week.  I love bananas and I cut back but then I realized that if I only bought one bunch (about 5 bananas per a bunch) that it wasn’t enough for Mr. Fantabulous and I for the week. It was a struggle when we’d get down the last banana – do I eat it and make him have his cereal without one or do I show him that I love him more by leaving it for him.  Yes, these real things in my house.

Anyway, the one day I’m at the grocery store buying bananas and the normal ones I bought were pretty crappy looking while the ones labeled organic looked positively gorgeous.  So even though they were slightly a bit more expensive you could just tell by looking at them they were going to be good.  When I got home I put the groceries away and peeled one. OMG seriously.. this was unlike any banana I had ever had.  I mean it was so amazing.  It tasted fresh and the banana taste was just intense.  It was so good that I called Mr. Fantabulous out to the kitchen just to try one.  Even though I got the side eye look as I was forcing him to take a bite as soon as he tasted it he totally agreed how awesome they were.  Since that I was hooked and back up to 2 bunches a day.

Go Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Southwest Turkey Burgers with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde and Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Skins!

Oh Sunday how I love you and how I hate you.  You signify a day when I’m “supposed” to sleep in and rest (though let’s be real, that never happens because I always have 114 things going on at the same time). But then you signify that I have to go back to work tomorrow. I used to think Sunday’s were the best but I’ll be honest I’m re-thinking that logic.  It’s your last day to sleep in and you have to work the next day.  I’m thinking Friday nights are the best time of the week. Think about it – for most of us it means you have 2 “free” days where you can do what you want. Right?

Yeah, that doesn’t happen either.  LOL Ahhhhhhhhhhhh this whole being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Kids if you can’t wait to grow up and be an adult, trust me, stay a kid as long as you want. This adult thing is kinda hard. It’s stressful and can be taxing at times. Sure we get to do “funner” stuff in your eyes – stay out all night, party with friends, vacation, buy as many animals as we want.  But here’s the truth – staying out all night isn’t want it’s cracked up to me.  You may not be able to sleep in the next day and most people cannot function on a few hours of sleep.  Then if mix in adult beverages you will probably feel yucky.  Next vacations – oh sure they are awesome BUT you have to work, work, work to pay for them. And the animals – now truth be told I had about 3 cats, 2 pigs and a dog right now if I could but the issue is – SOMEONE has to take care of them, pay for their food, clean up after them.  It’s a lot, A LOT of work.

So yeah, stay a kid as long as you can – color on the floor, play with your dolls, and just enjoy your family and friends.

So last week work-wise was ROUGH but honestly it’ll be like that for the next few months. However I did get some good news – I’m going to be working from home pretty much full time starting next week.  My commute right now is about 3-4 hours a day with just “normal” traffic.  Since my group is relocating to another building it was going to add on another 40-60 minutes to my commute thus giving me a 4-5 hour daily commute. Thankfully my company cares about their employees and offered me this option.  Honestly, not many companies these days would give 2 cents about an employee but the company I work for, they do.

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