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 Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos and Whiskey Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! Gosh, can you believe it’s already the middle of summer?  How are you spending your summer?  Vacation(s)? Family reunions? Or just working and chilling out in the evenings? For me (us) we’re staying home. Traveling while injured is not fun and it’s not fair to Mr. Fantabulous that I limit our fun because of this stupid surgery. We decided that come Octoberish I should be okay enough to take a vacation.

I’m kinda bummed as our anniversary is next month and he’s asking what I want to do/how I want to celebrate. I’ve always told him on our 10th anniversary (we’ve been together though 21 years) that I wanted to tour Italy for 2-3 weeks but that won’t be possible right now; not with the way I’m feeling. So we’ll wait until early 2018 to go.

Now for him when I asked him what he’d like he gives me the normal “I don’t need anything as long as I have you” (yeah he’s a keeper) buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut…. he’s been looking at lots (AND LOTS) of new guitar equipment. So I have a feeling that’s his not-so-subtle hint. #boysandtheirtoys lol

Favorite thing you’ve done so far this summer… GO~

Mom’s Classic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

No summer cookout is complete without a tray of stuffed cabbages! Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, seasoned ground meats and a rich tomato sauce make this the perfect summer comfort food. Plus these freeze beautifully!’

This dish, God this dish brings back so many childhood memories that I literally sat here for 30 minutes in a daze just remembering some of them. Like there was the time we were harvesting cabbages from our garden and we each got to pick a single plant that we were in charge of to take care of. Whoever grew the biggest cabbage won. The prize was Mom would cook our favorite dessert to go with her famous stuffed cabbages. That summer I ended up winning. This cabbage was so huge that I couldn’t lift it. I know I have a picture of me trying to hold it on my lap. I’ll dig it out to share the pic once my arm is better.

Then there are the countless memories where our kitchen was soooooooooooooo hot (we didn’t have AC growing up and we only had window fans) and Mom had 3 large canning pots on the stove with boiling water making hundreds of stuffed cabbages. I can still remember that hot cabbage smell and hot/wet air in the kitchen. Dad would use the tongs to pull out the leaves, put them in the colander and my Mom, sister and I would each trim the stems.

When Mom made stuffed cabbages it was never just a pan for dinner or just enough for a single meal. Oh no, not in my house. You made enough for dinner, leftovers, enough for company to take some home and enough for the freezer. Mom’s kitchen and cooking style are you cook in bulk and never, ever waste anything.

Summer means cookouts, gatherings and stuffed cabbages!

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 Creamy Chicken & Salsa Pinwheels and Meatball Stuffed Manicotti!

Happy Sunday TKW Family and Happy 4th of July weekend! First and foremost, THANK YOU to those of you that serve or have served in our military. It is because of your selflessness that my family and I are free from harms way. Thank you for your service. You are loved, honored, respected and appreciated. May God bless you, keep you safe and bring you home soon to your families.

So I’m not going to lie, I kind of didn’t realize it was the holiday weekend until my girlfriend sent me a text asking if I was up to go over their house for a cookout for the 4th. Other than extreme boredom and the inability to do squat while my shoulder heals, I lose track of time. My sleep schedule is so whack it’s not even funny. I mean I’m not sometimes falling asleep until 4am and then only catnapping til 8. I blame it on the recliner.  How people can actually sleep in them is beyond me.

I wish I had more exciting things to share but honestly I don’t. Being house/recliner bound is not as luxurious as it sounds. I’ll try to help out Mr. Fantabulous as best as I can but my contribution is rather bleak. Instead I go and sit with him while he works on the house. Last week he got 4 more doors stained and hung. Oh guys you should see them!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  Once he finishes up putting up the trim and such around it I’ll post a pic. The work he does truly is amazing.

God Bless America!

4th of July Recipe Roundup

Delicious-up your 4th of July with these mouth-watering must-make recipes!  Be the STAR of the bbq this year!

I’ve put together some of my favorite recipes that will take your backyard cookout dishes to a whole new level! Skip the standard burgers and dogs this year and go, full-on foodie!

Today I’ve gathered some of mine and your favorite burgers, sides, slaws, salads, and desserts to make your 4th of July even more amazing!

Let’s get cooking! I’m hungry!

Candied Sweet Potato Wedges with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Glaze

These Candied Sweet Potato Wedges are a great twist on the classic candied sweet potatoes we make for Thanksgiving. Bathed in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, it’s the perfect side dish to your next roast, chicken or pork dish.

I always have sweet potatoes in my house though that wasn’t always the case. For years I refused to eat these things as they were ‘odd’ and fugly looking with their orange skin and weird sweet taste. But then Mr. Fantabulous walked into my life with this nasty gold velvet crushed sectional couch and a sack of sweet potatoes.

He was a bachelor whose whole life was pretty much work, school, working out and his guitar. Food was just sustenance. It didn’t have to taste good let alone look good; it just had to do its job, sustain him.

And in walks me – this oddly shaped chubby girl who thinks a brown shirt and black pants can work in an ensemble, that can create a 5-star meal out of canned goods and could write code in her sleep. On the surface we didn’t look like a couple but I knew he was the one. He was (is) my splitapart.

Take your sweet potatoes to a whole new level with this recipe!

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