Posts Tagged ‘week night dinner’
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 BBQ Crack Chicken Casserole – Tots, Crispy Bacon, Cheeeeese and BBQ Ranch Sauce! and Lord Have Mercy Triple B Burgers!
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter TKW Family! So full confession, I didn’t realize it was Easter week until this past Thursday. That’s how crazy my work schedule has been. But this, God willing, is the last week I have to put in 16-17 hour work days as our project goes live over this upcoming weekend. So let’s dish about last week (and today – all I’m going to say is I. AM. AN. IDIOT! You’ll find out why later in the post). Since I transitioned to working from home I tend to take some things for granted – wearing real pants, makeup, a bra (TMI I know) and traffic. Well, I had to go into the office on Wednesday for a meeting and OMG you want to talk about torture! The night prior was kind of like the night before the first day of school. Like you go to bed early but then you lay there watching the clock. It’s like you’re anxious or something. Weird, huh?
Thankfully I didn’t have to stay there all day and could finish the rest of my bajillion hours at home – in my comfy pants. Every night we worked on the flooring. Today we will be DONE. DONE. DONE with installing the hardwood! This has been a long time coming! However, we still have so much more work to do and what’s funny is we’re killing ourselves remodeling it just to sell the house. It wasn’t in bad shape whatsoever; it was just dated. We just, honestly, bit off more than we could chew. However, I thank God every day for being married to Mr. Fantabulous as he literally is that guy that can design, build and fix anything. There has yet to be one thing that he hasn’t been able to fix. When the house is all done I’ll post before/after pics. He should be on one of those HGTV shows for the work he has done on this house.
Now Friday I was supposed to be off, however, I had to work to get work done for the project. We had every plan on going to the movies but that fell to the wayside due to the flooring and work. However, we did go over later that night to our friend’s house to chill out by the fire. Was nice to just relax ya know? Saturday was a busy day for us – I had 4 photo shoots I had to get done, feed him and apparently “WE” had to go to Lowes and Home Depot. Yes “WE”…. just shoot me. ugh!
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 Boneless Thick-Cut Pork Chops with Oniony Mashed potatoes and Pork Gravy! and Grandma’s Orange Cream Ice Box Pie!
2 more weeks people; 2 more weeks and my critical path project (phase 1) will be done. And what that means is I’m taking a day off of work. Yes, a real day off of work. LOL Now it may not sound like such a big thing but trust me, these past 3 months or so have been kicking my butt big time. Putting in 16-17+ work days, plus working on the hardwood flooring and running TKW I’ve truly been pushing the limits of little to no sleep. But sometimes being an adult you have to suck it up and do your best. Thankfully Mr. Fantabulous has been truly patient and understanding with me if I get cranky/snappy/well okay b*thchy. I try not to but I’m just mentally and physically done.
But last week, while hell with work, wasn’t too bad until it went from 65F and sunny to 27F with snow up to 73 with monsoon rain. So needless to say allergies are in full swing. And of course, that night when I told Mr. Fantabulous that I wasn’t feeling well but that it was just allergies he said he wasn’t feeling well. Why is this? Is it sympathy sickness or some other guy thing? Now I can’t speak to if the ladies do the same but for me, my husband ALWAYS “gets sick” when I announce I’m not feeling well. However the day the man says he has cramps I’m done. LOL Ah but I love him none the less. So needless to say he mas a Man Cold.
So last week we decided to use up one of those free birthday things you get from restaurants. Now for the past 2 years on our birthdays, this place sends us $30 vouchers for a free meal and every time we go we say “never again” as it’s always a disappointment. So yes, even if it’s a free meal, if it’s not good it’s not worth cashing in. However Tuesday night we were exhausted and the thought, honestly of making dinner was painful. Like I cook every day but I just was hashtag #soovercooking that night. I grabbed the card and asked “do you just want to go here? The worst case scenario we eat chips and salsa.” We get there and since it was one of those almost 70F days out we sat outside at the bar. The barmaid was super nice and recommended 2 of their newest dishes – some type of steak and street corn tacos and barbacoa nachos. He ordered the tacos and I got the nachos thinking “it’s just nachos, something little.” OMG folks this thing, when she brought it out I swear she needed a forklift. It was on a platter and HUGE! I mean in Donald Trump’s voice “HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!”
God is it Sunday already? It’s funny because Monday through Friday went so painstakingly slow yet Friday night and Saturday were a blur. So last week was cray-cray as usual. 100 hour work weeks, full time TKW job, working on the house and trying to celebrate Mr. Fantabulous’ birthday. Since we had gone out the weekend before his birthday the actual day of his birthday we kept it low key. For dinner I made him one of his all time favorites – Linguine di Mare and Angel Food cake for dessert. Two things I so am not a fan of. Well the linguine I actually hate as I cannot stand mussels or clams like that. And Angel food cake always, always taste like cherries which you all know I’d rather cut off my arm than eat one. I know it’s the almond extract that gives it that flavor and if you omit it, well it tastes like nothing. I’ve put vanilla in it prior and it was okay but not the same.
Making that cake though, honestly was kind of rough. You see that was my sister, Dianna’s, all time favorite cake. She’d never cut it but rather she’d pull off pieces, roll it into a ball and then drop them in a glass of milk using a spoon to scoop them out. Ever since I was wee little she did that. So as I was making it I did tear up (as I am now) because I really, really miss her. To think she’s been gone now only a few months just doesn’t seem real. What I wouldn’t give to hear her laugh again or look into her jaw-dropping blue eyes.
I was actually surprised that Mr. Fantabulous asked for this cake as normally for his birthday I make him his childhood favorite. Mama Fantabulous makes this Austrian Sponge cake that’s 4 layers and filled with a super light whipped cream, pineapple and strawberry filling. It’s HUGE and so light and airy. It’s a pain to make as you have to make it all by hand, even the cake mix.
So of course thinking I could be ahead of the game I bought all of the ingredients I needed to make that cake only he turned around the day prior and said he wanted the Angel Food cake to which I had to go back to the store as I had only 3 eggs in the house and I need about a dozen for my cake. Oy! The things we do for our loved ones.
Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful amazing mothers! Today is all about celebrating you whether you’re a Mom, Step Mom, Grandmother, Mother in Law or just simply that amazing individual that is Mom to all.
To my mother in heaven –
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you, wishing you were here to see the woman I’ve become, to meet the man I married, to hug you just one more time, to tell you that I love you.
But you are at peace with Daddy and grandma watching over me, guiding me in my decisions. When I feel the warmth of the sun on my cheeks, that’s you kissing me. When I feel the wind wrap around my body, that’s you hugging me.
I’ll forever miss you Mom. I love you and long for the day to hold your hand again.
With that, go and enjoy your day and this week’s Weekly menu.
♥ Monday – Meatball Stuffed Manicotti
♥ Tuesday – Better than any Chinese restaurant’s Crab Rangoon!!!
♥ Wednesday – Creamy Baked Gnocchi with Arugula and Sausage
♥ Thursday – Skinny Chicken Burrito Bowl
♥ Friday – Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread
♥ Saturday – Beef ‘n Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes
♥ Sunday – Ultimate Roasted Beef Tenderloin Filet
♥ Dessert of the week – Chocolate Zucchini Brownie with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting
God it is May already? So we didn’t make our goal to have the house in the market by May 1st. *sigh* To be fair it was a really, really aggressive schedule but one can dream. Mr. Fantabulous says June 1st should be no problem but I’m not sure. When I look around all I see is stuff EVERYWHERE. Nothing is put together or finished but I just continue to have faith. So with this week’s edition of the Weekly Menu you’re getting a very tired, very sore TKW. Yesterday we primered for 7.5 hours downstairs and we’re still not done. Today we HAVE to finish the rest of the ceiling and walls in the main room. For those that have been to my house you get why this is not just an ordinary task due to how big the place is. For those of you that haven’t – just one the one room is 2,000 sq ft. It’s a PITA and I’m telling you what folks I’m about 3 steps away from buying a micro house.
But then again not all of my kitchen stuff would fit in one of those tiny houses and lord knows I need my kitchen stuff. And ok fine, I suppose I need room for Mr. Fantabulous. But I told that man that our next house he will not own a hammer or have a single nail. He will be allowed a glue gun and duct tape. Never again will I do one god forsaken DIY remodel job. Hell to the NO! You people who do this for fun or a living – God bless you. Now come to my house and help me, please!
So if you’ll pardon me I need to get back to primering. However I had to make sure I gave you guys my weekly menu. Wish me luck…and say a prayer *wink*.
Have one fantabulously amazing week!
Monday – Pressure Cooker Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs
Tuesday – Mom’s Comfort Beans & Weenies Tater Bake
Wednesday – Unstuffed Cabbage Lasagna
Thursday – Crispy Baked Chicken Croquettes
Friday – Strawberry Poppy Seed Bacon Feta Pizza with Balsamic Glaze
Saturday – Pickle Pinwheel Pops (Tortilla Ham Rollups)
Sunday – Crock Pot Eye of Round with Mushroom & Onion Gravy
Dessert of the week – Oreo Fudge Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping