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What’s for Dinner {October 16, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

Conner and I had a great dinner tonight, as for everyone else…….

Dad had taken Charlotte and Thatcher out for little dates earlier in the week, so tonight was my turn to take Conner on a date. I don’t normally take him to places nicer then McDonald’s or maybe Noodles and Company. but….he is a shrimp LOVER and with Endless Shrimp happening at Red Lobster, I just had to take him there.

hand-breaded-shrimpHe loved it. I’m not going to lie, I kinda felt like supermom.

I left Sim to fend for himself and the other children for dinner. This is what he came up with. He said he had some eggs and toast, but this is what he gave the kids and he let them eat it downstairs on a blanket while they watched a movie.

What's for Dinner October 16 2014I couldn’t figure out why he chose such a strange combination of things to give them, but as I am typing this I realize it was because he wanted them to be able to eat everything with their fingers.

ice cream socialThe kids don’t have school tomorrow and the PTA threw a Halloween Ice Cream Social tonight, so as soon as Conner and I got back from Red Lobster, we threw costumes on the kids and headed over to the school.

dressed up ic socialConner and Thatcher were both Characters form Clash of Clans……Clash of Clans, Clash of Clans, Clash of Clans.  We have gone from not stop chatter about Minecraft at our house to nonstop chatter about Clash of Clans. I was not surprised when he announced he wanted to be a Clash of Clans Wizard. Thatcher just wants to do everything Conner does so he decided to be a different character form clash of Clans, he’s a Wall Breaker (whatever that is.)

fam ice cream socialThe kids had a great time playing and dancing in the gym and eating their ice cream. The Costume Contest left them both a bit sad, seeings how they were both absolutely convinced they had the best costumes ever and can’t figure out why they didn’t win.

super man dadCharlotte had fun too, but there were a few costumes that really scared her. Which translates to, Dad, who was already caring Trever in the front pack, was sporting a scared little Cinderella girl for half the night too.

Conner was killing me all night, it was like the costume had taken him over.

Crash of Clans WizardAnd Thatcher, from the moment he hit the gym floor was dancing the night away.

Thatcher getting downAs if on que our Cinderella turned into a sad, melting down pumpkin when the clock struck bedtime, so we had to get out of there quick. Good times!

Cinderella melt downKeep it Real!!!


Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken aka Mexican Delight

Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn

Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken is about to make you the hero of your family. And believe me when I say you’ll be patting yourself on the back when you taste this delicious and healthy meal that even your picky kid just gobbled up. [Read more...]

What’s for Dinner {October 9, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

 Tonight we had cabbage rolls for dinner. I love cabbage rolls. Instead of using all ground beef for the filling I grated a bunch of veggies and threw them in with the filling. They were delicious.

Cabbage rollsHowever, I made the fatal mistake of not getting them put together and in the oven before the kids got home from school. I literally thought I was going to have a mental breakdown trying to get them made and in the oven while simultaneously helping the boys with their homework. Thatcher was in rare form and it was all I could do not to lose it. It didn’t help anything that Charlotte was having a breakdown over who knows what and the baby was also screaming during the whole fiasco.

It was one of those moments where I found myself saying (in my head) “Why do I even bother?” and the lyrics of that Adam Sandler song  from The Wedding Singer were playing on repeat in my head, You know, the one he sings for Drew Barrymore when they are looking for a wedding singer….”somebody kill me please, pretty pretty please kill me, I want to die, put a bullet in my head…..

wedding singerTell me I am not the only one who has that song go through their head in these moments. And don’t worry, in my head it isn’t morbid it is actually pretty funny. :) Maybe you have to have seen the movie to know that is is funny…don’t worry I am not suicidal.  [Read more...]

No-Boil Meatless Lasagna…on the table in just over an hour

No Boil Meatless Lasagna on the table in less then an hour

A few years ago my sister-in-law let me in on the little secret that you don’t have to boil noodles to make awesome lasagna. Life Changing!

I went from making lasagna once every three years, to making it at least monthly. It’s a simple meal I can throw together in a matter of minutes and it only needs to bake for 45-60 minutes. Awesome weeknight dinner.

I have a veggie version I make frequently, but every so often I don’t have time or don’t feel like sauteing veggies, so I make this super simple meatless version. [Read more...]