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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 Ultimate Pork Cutlets and the BBQ Meatloaf Stacks!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  Now that Fall is here in the ‘burgh, we tend to gravitate more towards comfort foods. Where I live the leaves are falling and are EVERYWHERE, the days, while still warm turn to chilly at night. The weather is odd to be honest. If you leave the house in the morning, you need a sweater or light jacket but by say 10:30am you’re hot and when you leave work you put on the AC. By 6:30pm you’re cold so on goes the furnace, fuzzy socks and sweater. I wonder what it’ll be like when we finally move out West and we don’t have to deal with these types of things. For those of you that were used to the 4 seasons or snow at Christmas and moved out west, was it hard to get used to?

I used to say “I could never imagine Christmas without snow” but I honestly can’t remember the last time we had a white Christmas. It’s like our winters with snow don’t really happen until February. Oh sure we get the butt-cold weather (seriously that’s the worse) but no real snow. *shrugs* But right now, our focus is on the leaves. Having 5 acres where you HAVE to pick up the leaves simply put, sucks! You can’t leave it on the ground as they kill the grass. My next house – I want a non-shedding tree, non-growing grass and no bugs. LOL So yeah, pretty much I’m living in Lego-Land!

This weekend I was (still am) super busy in the kitchen working on recipes and upcoming posts. Like right now I have pizza dough proofing in a cast iron skillet for maybe a breakfast pizza. I haven’t decided on that yet. Plus I have 2 casseroles to make and a chicken sheet pan dinner. But I’m tired today. Last week was just busy and we traveled all over the place to get these bar stools for the downstairs. So they opened up an At Home store here and if you’ve never been in one, you MUST!  They remind me of a way larger Home Goods (which you all know is my favorite store) but with a little bit of everything. So you all know Mr. Fantabulous HATES shopping (he doesn’t count Home Depot or Lowes as shopping as that’s necessary stuff – I guess underwear or milk aren’t necessities?!) but when we were out the one day I told him I wanted to check out the store to see if they had items we could use for the house once we’re finished with the remodel.
I need a week of Sundays!

Three Meat Stuffed Italian Banana Peppers

Fall is here in the ‘Burgh which means we have an abundance of banana peppers! Today I’m taking the classic stuffed banana pepper and putting an Italian spin on the meat filling and using my Spicy Banana Pepper sauce as well! Perfect for dinner now and dinner later (freezer-friendly!)

Oh Fall how I love you. The cooler weather, hoodies, farmer’s markets with Fall fruits and vegetables and comfort food. For me I’m all about “stocking up” for the winter food-wise. I’ll make huge batches of soups  or chili for both dinner and the freezer. Pans of lasagna or stuffed shells make great freezer meals and then stuffed “stuff”. Growing up this time of year, early October was our “busy” season in the house. Mom was a canning madwoman between apple sauce, apple chutney, 87 million stuffed cabbages and pretty much everything else she could stuff. She’d regular stuffed green peppers (which I HATED – still do actually) for the family and my one brother she’d make stuffed banana peppers.

First, I cannot stand green peppers. They taste complete different from red/orange/yellow peppers.. they are more bitter. And of course Mom never grew the ‘fancy’ peppers. LOL And for the banana peppers my brother would get those from a neighbor and only he would eat them. I never had them as I was a wuss and thought they were hot. Yeah I know, idiot. LOL

Italian Meat Stuffed Banana Peppers

It wasn’t until years later did I try one at a restaurant and was like “Whoa!  These are awesome!”. Now it did take me a few tries to get the heat level right as I will tell you this, the first time I made them they were so hot that I actually had a blister form in the roof of my mouth!

That is not these. *smile*
These have just a hint of heat with amazing Italian flavors!

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 Potato Gnocchi in a Bacon Cream Sauce and the White Chicken Chili!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! I hope this finds you well. We’re both chugging along. Mr. Fantabulous still isn’t back to his normal healthy self but this, whatever he has, is just going to take time. His doctors are on top of it so all we can do is pray and keep investigating what is making him so ill. But that man, I swear, he’s a machine. He doesn’t let it get him or his spirits down. I, on the other hand, have on the brave face. “Think positive, Lori Ann” is all I keep hearing in my mother’s voice. So that I shall.

Last week was pretty busy, but then isn’t life busy?  I guess for us, we tend to not lead a “normal” life. Like he has his own company, as do I, but then I also work a full time job on top of that. His “other” full time job is the complete renovation of this house. Plus our grounds aren’t your typical lawns. It’s like everything we have to do that is normal life for everyone else – cutting the grass, weeding, sweeping even is a project for us. It’s funny as our version of retirement is literally coming home from work, having dinner and the only thing we have to do that night is figure out what to watch on tv. On the weekends just a couple of hours in the morning to do the yard or housework and then we literally have the whole weekend to do anything we want or nothing at all. Like it’s literally been almost 9 years since we’ve sat on a couch in our media room and watched tv. God how I long for that day. Where most people’s version of retirement is no work, travel, freedom to do whatever.

What’s your vision of your retirement like?

Retirement…<deep sigh> someday.

What does your retirement vision look like?

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 Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and the Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! How’s your week been?  The past couple of weeks ours has been rather relaxing. Sometimes you have to just shut off the world and take a breath. We (all) work so super hard that often we lose track of ourselves and our needs. We push ourselves to (and through) our limits just to meet a deadline or get something done. Or maybe that’s just the norm for some. Only knowing full speed or level 10 high at a constant rate. However, at some point you’re going to burn out or worse.

We forget to look after us or put our needs last. That’s kind of what we have been doing. Well, not so much me as I can’t do much, but rather Mr. Fantabulous. About 2 weeks ago, after our sister in law passed away, Mr. Fantabulous’ brother called us and asked us to go on a last minute trip to Ocean City, Maryland for a couple of days to just get away. His heart had been broken with the loss of his wife and he needed to get away from their house just for a few days.

So us, and the Fantabulous in-laws, headed up to Ocean City for a couple of days. Overall the trip was really nice as anytime I can spend with the Fantabulous family is a blessing. I truly am blessed to have married into such a great family. Have you ever been to OC? This was a first for me. See growing up we couldn’t afford vacations like that. Our vacation was maybe a weekend trip to Sea World in Ohio for the day and then we’d all cram in a single crappy motel. I always always got the rollaway bed.

Let’s get our deliciousness on!

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 15 Minute Creamy Lemon Pepper Parmesan Pasta with Langostino and the Thai Peanut Shrimp Summer Rolls!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  How are things in your world? So guess who just realized that Labor day is only a couple of weeks away? Yeah, this girlie. Dear God, my entire summer…wasted on this stupid shoulder surgery. Well okay it wasn’t wasted as it definitely needed done but my entire summer was spent stuck in a recliner, going to PT or to the doctors. Ugh…

So tell me about your summer!  Did you go away?  Where do?  What’s the BEST THING YOU DID THIS SUMMER? Let me live vicariously through you. Actually my summer wasn’t that bad, aside from the pain, it was pretty good. I got to spend so much time with Mr. Fantabulous that it just made us even closer (if that’s even possible). But it was nice, you know?

Tell me about your summer!

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