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 French Bread Garden Pizza with Herbed Oil and the Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  So was your St. Patrick’s Day weekend full of corned beef, green beer and lots of festivities? Ours was fun-filled though it wasn’t anything St. Patrick’s day related. We went to a local bash with family and friends. Many of us at our table came home a winner including the 2 of us. We won a 50/50 raffle as well as one of the bigger prizes. But the real prize was spending the day with those that I cherish so much. A few of my friends got to finally meet the Fantabulous In-Laws and by the time the bash was over, they kept saying how amazing they were and how they, too, wanted to take them home with them. I seriously lucked out on having such incredible in-laws!

This past week was crazy busy with the house. I swear it’s never going to end. Have any of you taken on a home construction job yourselves? How do you not give up hope? Granted ours is a bit extreme considering the size of the entire ‘job’ plus the fact that we’re doing it all ourselves but man, it’s hard to keep the faith. I mean I know the end is in sight but talk about a strength-tester.

Today I’ve been super busy in the kitchen as Mr. Fantabulous is out of meat sauce (it’s pretty much a law that we have it in the house at all times) which means I’m making a few quarts now. Plus I’m taking photos of stuff I want to post on the local fb groups to sell. With the huge remodel we are purging most stuff in the house that simply we don’t want to take with us when we move. For example, a million years ago, I was a Partylite candle person. I did really well with it thus I accumulated TONS of stuff! I mean I have boxes upon boxes upon boxes of brand new items that simply I just want out of the house. So we’re selling it all. I bet you have a few thousand dollars worth of stuff. If only you guys lived closer! lol

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Weekly TKW Share A Smile!

Somewhere out there someone has lost their smile. Share a pic on our Facebook page today of what makes you smile and help give a smile to someone who needs it! #tkwshareasmile

I started this movement a few weeks back on Facebook where I needed help smiling. I lost my reason to smile. The result was incredible. The outpouring of love from you all was truly overwhelming. Then what surprised me, and moved me to tears, were the private emails and messages from folks thanking me for this. They, too, lost their smile. Some are battling cancer, some a heart-crushing loss of a loved one, some that just are down on their luck.

That’s when it made me think. If a seemingly, selfish act (my post) can help me and so many others than this needs to be a regular posting on my site and Facebook. In a world where there is so much hate and negativity, let’s help give others hope by simply sharing a smile. Post a pic on Facebook of what makes you smile  – it can be your kids, your fur babies, a saying, sunrise, or just a plate of crispy bacon. Everywhere I’ll capture some of those images and compile them into a collage to share with those of you that aren’t on Facebook.

The images are just so heartwarming as are the stories that posted with them. From the birth of a newborn to teaching a grand-daughter how to make pizza. This is what makes me smile. It’s the simple things in live folks.

Smile, it looks beautiful on you!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Fresh Herb Chopping Trick You Should Know

Find out today how to prevent fresh herbs from flying all over creation when you chop them with this simple trick!

I am a HUGE fan of fresh herbs. If I had the time I would literally have an entire garden dedicated to just fresh herbs. Basil, Cilantro and Parsley are my 3 besties in the kitchen. The smell of fresh dill, lavender and thyme are amazing. Rosemary…eh, not so much. It tastes like soap and it’s prickly which means I get jabbed like the dickens when I work with it. Plus if I’m being fully transparent here, I kill it. Every single Christmas I buy one of those Rosemary shaped Christmas trees for the kitchen and every January it’s dead. Like it shatters when you touch it dead. I’ve made peace with it that I’ll never grow it and I’m okay with that.

So while I have a pantry full of dried spices I’ll reach for fresh any day. There’s just something comforting about using fresh herbs albeit it the smell, the colors or just that ‘freshness’ it imparts on a dish. Plus the colors are so much more vibrant (obviously). I LOVE making Sunday gravy and seeing ribbons of fresh basil throughout. Or when I make a pizza on Friday night and I see the fresh oregano and basil sprinkled on top. To me, fresh herbs = homemade – at least visually.

However one thing that can be a pain about dealing with fresh herbs is chopping them. Sure you can roll them up if they are leaves or do your best to squinch (squinch is a combination of squish and pinch in TKW language) it up real tight and chop it small. What ends up happening? It flies all over the board. Well today I’m sharing with you a simple trick that can help prevent this!

What are your go-to herbs?

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 Guinness Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage with a Guinness Reduction Sauce and the Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches!

Happy Sunday funday TKW Family!  What a crazy/odd week it was last week. Like I know I was busy but I honestly can’t recall what I did. Is this the first sign of old age? Can’t remember stuff? I’m thinking it’s probably due to all the stress but who knows. Maybe it is old age with me. It’s a chilly day here in the ‘Burgh where we had a small snow squall on Friday which worried me a bit as we were having company that night AND I made enough food to feed an army.

Do you do that? When you host people do you serve more food than you think you need? I’m way better than how I used to be but I still do it however I can justify it by saying it’s part of my “weekly meal prep”. I mean let’s get real here people. Weekly Meal Prep cooking is nothing more than just putting leftovers in cutesy little containers and labeling them Monday – Friday meals. Hey I bought into the concept as it does work and it helps justify why I cook enough for the neighborhood. Oh speaking of cutesy weekly meal prep containers, I SWEAR by these glass 3-section ones and these 2 section ones!

Oh… wait, now I remember all that happened last week – WHEW!  I thought I was losing it!  So Monday we had the rest of the custom bedroom furniture delivered. We found this Amish company out in Ohio that does the absolute best wood work I’ve ever seen. We bought 2 full bedroom sets and 1 additional bed about 8 years ago from them. With the remodeling we’re doing we gained back a 4th bedroom so we had to buy all new furniture for that as well as finish the rest of the bedroom set (the room where we only bought a bed for). It’s all cherry and absolutely gorgeous.

The week itself we spent cleaning more, well Mr. Fantabulous did most of the work as I was tied up with my jobs. Yes, jobs – I have 2 full-time and another part-time consulting gig. I don’t sleep a lot plus the more money I can make now, the quicker we can retire. At least that how I look at it. Perhaps it would be different if we had kids but we don’t.

What are your Sunday Funday plans?

Cold Tuna Noodle Casserole with Peas and Dill

My Mom’s cold tuna noodle casserole is creamy, packed with tuna chunks, green peas and the brightness of dill! It’s the perfect Friday meal during Lent!

This dish… gosh people this dish was literally served every Friday during Lent in my house growing up. And it didn’t matter if was for lunch or dinner. You see Mom had 4 go-to meals on Fridays during Lent – plain cheese pizza, grilled cheese, baked tuna noodle casserole (which is different than this one) and this dish. Some Fridays we’d have this for lunch and baked tuna casserole for dinner. So needless to say I got “tuna’d” out VERY FAST! When I moved out on my own I quit eating this. There were 3 reasons if you must know why:

  1. I absolutely can’t stand mayo or to touch it. It works in recipes, don’t get me wrong but the actual container of mayo makes me shudder.
  2. I get the heeby-jeebies when mayo is mixed with tube noodles. It’s a specific sound it makes and it makes me cringe. Trust me, I have to seriously be in love with you to make you her macaroni salad. Even now I’m making that “OMG no” face!
  3. I was beyond burnt out from eating it.

It wasn’t until, what, 5 years ago or so when a TKW family member asked if I had any Lent recipes. Immediately I thought of her dishes. And then something happened.. I actually craved this stuff. Since the ingredients are pretty much a pantry stable (fyi… you can use ziti, penne or good ol’ elbow macaroni in this recipe) I decided to make it. I was getting ready to assemble it when I got to the jar of mayo. I seriously had to put the jar down and walk away for a minute. No joke, there’s just something not quite right about it. Yet I have no issues with ranch, sour cream or even when I make homemade mayo. I’m weird, I know. But I sucked it up (not the mayo, God no) and put it in the bowl. Next came the mixing. I knew there was no way around that so I got smart. You’ll laugh (or roll your eyes and think I’m an even bigger dork) but I put my head phones on, turned up my tunes and got to mixing. No squishy noodley sound (as I sit here and shudder as I know that sound!

Now you can eat it right away but it’s best when it chills so into the fridge it went. About an hour or so later it was time for lunch. And just like clock work Mr. Fantabulous came into the kitchen, rubbing his tummy looking to see if I had read his mind and had something prepared. I just smiled, got out the casserole and plated it. Now what was funny was the look he gave me, his plate of food and then me. He said “Ahhhh what’s this??? Did you make macaroni salad??? For real? Wait! Did you gag???”. LOL he knows me so well. I said what it was and why I made it. As we sat down to eat, that first forkful all those wonderful Friday memories came back from my childhood. It literally tasted just like Mom’s. As he ate he said “Oh wow honey, this is really good! How come you never made it before? Oh wait, that’s right you have this issue with mayo and noodles. Yeah, get over it as I want this again… please my darling wife.” LOL

Call it a casserole, call it a salad just don’t call me late for dinner with this!

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