Menus with Meredith, Fall/Winter Menu, Week 2

Fall/Winter Menu 
Week 2

Monday- 
Lasagna Soup

Tuesday- 
Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole and Salad

Wednesday- 
Big Ol’Bowl

Thursday- 
Chicken Parmesan and green beans

Friday- 
Nachos

Saturday- 
Go out or take out

Sunday- 
Easy dinner- ie. Cheese plate, fondue with bread, fruit and vegetables, homemade pizza, burgers on the grill


Breakfasts- 
Fried egg on english muffin and apple; oatmeal with blueberries; eggs, bacon and grits; muffins (homemade or from a mix) and a boiled egg


Groceries:
Produce-

  • 1 bag salad (for chicken poppy seed)
  • baby spinach (lasagna soup)
  • green beans (chicken parmesan)
  • 1 green pepper (Big ol' Bowl)
  • 1 yellow onion (lasagna soup)
  • 4 Roma tomatoes (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Salsa (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Cilantro (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Avocado (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Carrots (Sunday night)
  • Apples (breakfasts and Sunday night) 
  • Broccoli (Sunday night)
  • Blueberries (breakfasts)


Bakery-
  • 2 loaves of french or Italian bread (lasagna soup and cheese plate night) 
  • English muffins (breakfast)

Meat-
  • 3 packages chicken breasts (chicken poppy seed and Chicken Parm) 
  • 1 package organic, grass fed ground beef (Lasagna soup)
  • Bacon (breakfast)


Staples-
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (lasagna soup)
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce (lasagna soup and chicken parm)
  • 1 box fusilli, or other small/ medium curly pasta (lasagna soup)
  • 1 box angel hair (or whatever pasta you prefer with your chicken parm) 
  • 1 box chicken broth (lasagna soup)
  • Scoops chips (nachos)
  • Popcorn (family movie night)
  • Oatmeal (breakfast)
  • Grits (breakfast)
  • 1 box fried rice flavor Rice a Roni (chicken poppy seed)
  • 1 can cream of chicken (chicken poppy seed)
  • Ritz crackers (chicken poppy seed)
  • Poppy seeds (chicken poppy seed)
  • 1 family size package yellow rice, Vigo (Big ol’ Bowl)
  • 2 cans black beans (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • 2 cans corn (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Taco seasoning (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • 1 large can sliced black olives (Big ol’ Bowl and nachos)
  • Italian seasoning (chicken parm)


Dairy-
  • Shredded parmesan cheese (lasagna soup and chicken parm)
  • Sliced mozzarella (chicken parm)
  • 8 oz. container Ricotta Cheese (lasagna soup)
  • 1 lg container sour cream (chicken poppy seed, Big ol’ Bowl and nachos) 
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese (nachos)
  • Eggs (breakfast)





Lasagna Soup
1 yellow onion, diced ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes 

2 c. chopped spinach 
jar spaghetti sauce 
box of chicken broth 
Box of fusilli
Ricotta cheese 

Parmesan cheese

In a soup pot, brown ground beef and diced onion. Add can of diced tomatoes, about 2 cups chopped fresh spinach (I sneak it in for for extra vitamins and iron), spaghetti sauce, box of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook until done, approximately 12 minutes.
Turn down heat and add ricotta cheese and mix well. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top and warm bread. (Save one piece of bread for making bread crumbs later in the week.)




Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole
1 box fried rice
2 package chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 to 1 c. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 sleeve Ritz crackers (put in large zip lock and pound until you have cracker crumbs) 

6 T. Butter
1 T. poppy seeds


Cook rice, and cook chicken and shred. Put cooked rice in the bottom of a baking dish (approximately 11x7). Mix cooked chicken, soup and sour cream in a bowl and spread over rice. Melt butter, mix with cracker crumbs, and sprinkle over chicken. Finish with poppy seeds on top. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. This is a rich dish so serve smaller portions with a big salad.



Big Ol’ Bowl
1 family sized bag of yellow rice 
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 large can sliced black olives 

2 chopped roma tomatoes
1 chopped green pepper 
chopped cilantro
1 chopped avocado shredded cheddar

sour cream 
Salsa

Cook rice according to package directions. Warm black beans with taco seasoning, and corn, (in separate pots.) Assemble each plate first with cooked rice, then black beans, corn and then all other vegetables and toppings. You may want to set it up buffet style and let each person make their own just in case you have someone who doesn’t like cilantro or avocado, etc... This has been one of our family’s favorite dinners for years and is as healthy and easy as it gets!



Chicken Parmesan
Olive oil
1 egg
1 package chicken breast (just make sure there’s enough for each person to have one)
1/2 c. bread crumbs (either store bought or just stick a piece of bread in your blender or Nutri bullet for a few seconds.)
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
Sliced mozzarella

Mix egg in shallow dish. Mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese together and place in another shallow dish. Coat each chicken breast in egg and then dredge in bread crumb mixture. Place chicken inside crock pot that’s been sprayed with olive oil. Top each piece of chicken with mozzarella. Once all the chicken is in the crock pot, top it all with a jar of spaghetti sauce and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low. Serve over cooked angel hair and steamed green beans.



Nachos!
Friday night is movie night in our house! We usually have nachos for dinner and popcorn with a movie (sometimes with fruit loops mixed in for the children!)
Scoops chips
1 bag shredded sharp cheddar 

1 can black beans
1 can of corn
1 large can sliced black olives 

chopped cilantro
chopped avocado
chopped tomatoes
fresh salsa


Use 2 baking sheets and spread the Scoops chips right side up and cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. While that’s in the oven, put black beans and taco seasoning in one pot and corn in another to warm. I assemble all the nachos at once, using slotted spoons for the beans and corn. (I also leave the cilantro and avocado off a few nachos for one family member who doesn’t like them.)



Sunday Night
Sunday nights are usually very low key as we get ready for the upcoming week, and so we’ll have a fun, easy dinner. Some Sunday dinners that we enjoy are...
-burgers on the grill
-let the family roast their own hot dogs over the grill or an outdoor fire, (S’mores would be a great dessert!)

-Cheese plate with our favorite cheeses (Manchego, Gruyere, Brie), along with crackers and hummus and vegetables.
-Fondue, with bread, broccoli, carrots and apples.
-When the children were young, we sometimes would have “Brinner” on Sunday nights, which is just breakfast for dinner... pancakes and bacon, or eggs and toast.


As always, thank you so much, Meredith for sharing your family's recipes with us!  

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Menus with Meredith, Fall/Winter Menu, week 1



Fall/Winter 2018 Menu
Week 1


Monday
Chicken Corn Chowder, bread and salad

Tuesday
Tacos

Wednesday
BBQ chicken sandwiches and Coleslaw

Thursday
Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts

Friday
Nachos for Family Movie Night

Saturday
Go Out or Take Out

Sunday
Cheese and veggie plate- cheese and crackers, raw veggies and hummus, apples, grapes, olives, etc..., or fondue with veggies, apples and bread. Burgers on the grill or a big pot of chili would be perfect for a Sunday night too.

I try not to spend too much time in the kitchen on Sundays.

Breakfasts
Fried egg on english muffin and apple; oatmeal with blueberries; eggs, bacon and grits; muffins (homemade or from a mix) and a boiled egg


Groceries:
Produce-
  • Salad (Chicken corn chowder night, either ingredients to make your own or bagged salad)
  • yellow onion (chicken corn chowder)
  • Iceberg lettuce (Taco night, I buy a bag of pre-shredded)
  • Cabbage (BBQ chicken night, I buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage)
  • Brussel sprouts (2 bags for my family, pork tenderloin night)
  • 1 bag of baby red potatoes
  • 4 Tomatoes (tacos and nachos)
  • Salsa (tacos and nachos)
  • Cilantro (nachos)
  • Avocado (nachos)
  • Carrots (Sunday night)
  • Apples (breakfasts and Sunday night)
  • Broccoli (Sunday night)
  • Blueberries (breakfasts)

Bakery-
  • 2 loaves of french or Italian bread (Chicken chowder and cheese plate night)
  • Hamburger buns (BBQ chicken)
  • English muffins (breakfast)

Meat-
  • 1 package chicken breasts (chicken corn chowder)
  • 1 package chicken thighs (BBQ chicken)
  • 1 pre-seasoned pork tenderloin (my family eats 2)
  • 1 package organic, grass fed ground beef (tacos) 
  • bacon (breakfast)


Staples-
  • 1 box chicken broth (chicken corn chowder)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (chicken corn chowder)
  • 2 cans of corn (or frozen) (chicken corn chowder and nachos)
  • Orzo pasta (chowder)
  • Dried basil (chowder)
  • Dried Thyme (chowder)
  • Taco shells
  • Taco seasoning(I buy this in a large container from Costco or you can get the small packets) 
  • 2 cans of sliced black olives (tacos and nachos)
  • 1 jar of favorite BBQ sauce (BBQ chicken)
  • Mayonnaise (cole slaw)
  • Vinegar (cole slaw)
  • Scoops chips (Nachos)
  • Popcorn (family movie night)
  • Oatmeal (breakfasts)
  • Grits (breakfast)

Dairy-
  • Butter (chicken corn chowder and mashed potatoes)
  • Milk (chowder and mashed potatoes)
  • Sour cream (mashed potatoes)
  • 2 bags shredded sharp cheddar cheese (tacos and nachos)
  • Assorted cheeses or fondue cheese for Sunday night
  • 2 dozen eggs (1 dozen to boil and 1 dozen to cook with and for breakfasts)







Chicken Corn Chowder
This is one of my family’s all time favorite dinners! I’ve made it so many times and shared this tried and true recipe with many friends and family! Hope you enjoy it!! (It’s adapted from an old Southern Living recipe)

1 T butter
1 chopped onion
1 can corn
2 c. cooked, chopped chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 box chicken broth
1/2 c. orzo
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 c. milk
2 T. All-purpose flour


Melt butter in soup pot and sauté onions. Then add all ingredients except last 2, milk and flour. Simmer until orzo is cooked, about 10-12 minutes. In a small bow, mix together milk and flour and then add to chowder. Simmer 5 more minutes. Enjoy!



Tacos

1 box taco shells
1 lb. browned ground beef
1 packet or 2 T. taco seasoning
chopped tomato
chopped avocado
chopped cilantro
shredded sharp cheddar
1 can sliced olives
1 container sour cream (I buy the squeeze kind just for tacos and nachos. You can also put it in a zip lock bag and snip the corner to make it easier for putting on things.)


I line up everything on the counter and let everyone assemble their own. Who doesn’t love taco night?!







BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and Slaw

When cooking chicken in the crockpot, use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. It just cooks better. I rinse and put a package (about 2 lbs.) chicken thighs into the crock pot, along with about 1 cup of our favorite BBQ sauce. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Done. It will shred apart when done, I’ll add a little more sauce and then serve on warm hamburger buns. For the Coleslaw, I use pre shredded cabbage or slaw mix from the salad section, add approximately 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and mix together. (I could eat just that for dinner!) This is a perfect dinner for a busy night of sports and school when you just need to walk in the door and have dinner ready!

Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted
Brussel sprouts
2 lbs. pork tenderloin (we like the pre-seasoned teriyaki but you could use your own favorite seasoning)
1 bag (approximately 3 lbs.) small red potatoes
Brussel sprouts


-Cook the pork tenderloin on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 for approximately 1 hour, or until the center is at least 145 degrees.

-While that’s cooking, wash and dice potatoes. I leave the skins on but if you prefer them without skins, you could peel them as well. Boil until tender and drain. In pot, add approximately 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 c. sour cream, salt and pepper to taste and mash by hand.

-For the Brussel sprouts, wash, cut off the bottoms and slice in half. Put them in a gallon ziplock and coat with olive oil and garlic salt. Put them on a foil line baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes (until brown and crispy) with the tenderloin. Easy!


Nachos!

Friday night is movie night in our house! We always have nachos for dinner and popcorn with a movie (sometimes with fruit loops mixed in for the children!)

Scoops chips
1 bag shredded sharp cheddar
1 can black beans
1 can of corn
1 large can sliced black olives
chopped cilantro
chopped avocado
chopped tomatoes
fresh salsa

Use 2 baking sheets and spread the Scoops chips right side up and cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. While that’s in the oven, put black beans and taco seasoning in one pot and corn in another to warm. I assemble all the nachos at once, using slotted spoons for the beans and corn. (I also leave the cilantro and avocado off a few nachos for one family member who doesn’t like them.)


Sunday Night

Sunday nights are usually very low key as we get ready for the upcoming week, and so we’ll have a fun, easy dinner. Some Sunday dinners that we enjoy are...

-burgers on the grill
-let the family roast their own hot dogs over the grill or an outdoor fire, (S’mores would be a great dessert!)
-Cheese plate with our favorite cheeses (Manchego, Gruyere, Brie), along with crackers and hummus and vegetables.
-Fondue, with bread, broccoli, carrots and apples.
-When the children were young, we sometimes would have “Brinner” on Sunday nights, which is just breakfast for dinner... pancakes and bacon, or eggs and toast.

I try to keep Sundays as relaxed as possible. Hope these recipes help your week to run more smoothly and help you to enjoy more relaxed evenings with your family!

xo, Meredith

Thank you so much, Meredith for sharing your family's recipes with us!  I am headed to the grocery store now!!

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Books on my coffee table: French Country Cottage

One of first blogs I fell hard for was French Country Cottage by Courtney Allison.
Courtney has just released her first book and I got my hands on an early issue.  Friends, this book is delicious. 
French Country Cottage the book by Courtney Allison
 is a must have for your coffee table!

Courtney Allison's style is soft and romantic, a little bit shabby, but mostly chic.  Her photography draws you into the space begging you to sit down and stay awhile... florals are abundant, soft and muted fabrics adorn the furnishings, and a touch of gorgeous gilding is the icing on the 
French Country Cottage Cake.


It all started with a $20 vintage chandelier that first gave Courtney the confidence to transform her cottage into the stunning home that it is today.


Simple, everyday things that might otherwise go unnoticed are what inspires Courtney in her decor.  Faded linens, layers of chipping paint on antique furniture, touches of gilding on the daintiest of pieces, flowers of all shapes and sizes, crystal chandeliers, family, children, nature.... all of these elements lend a hand in shaping what is currently my favorite book on my coffee table.



Can't you just feel the crunch of the gravel as you carry your morning coffee over to that wicker chair near the hearth?  Throw another log on the embers and cozy up to the fire with your book.



Off I go down a rabbit trail scouring craigslist, ebay, and facebook marketplace for like items with every turn of the page.  






I'm going to leave you with these last images and urge you to hop over and purchase your copy HERE.  There are over 200 more pages filled to the brim with delightful inspiration to entice your senses and teach you how to decorate your own home.

Happy Decorating!



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Father's Day Favorites

First things first, Happy Father's Day to this guy!  He loves us well and we are so very thankful to have a wonderful, godly man as the head of our household!!  We love you!! 
xoxoxo




Father's Day is just around the corner so I've enlisted my husband to help me choose some of his favorite things.

But first let me show you what I got him.
Our home is 20 years old this year and the sprinkler control panel has been dying a slow death.  Have you seen the appliance commercials where the husband and wife embrace because their cooktop went out?  Well, this was me when I discovered the sprinkler panel was fried.  I did a little dance then purchased 
THIS 
(on recommendation from our trusted Sprinkler Repair Man) 
and arranged for our sprinkler man to install it.  It took him less than an hour; I probably could have done it myself.  I programmed everything and when my husband and I were in the backyard, I turned on the sprinklers remotely.  He was shocked, amazed, and so surprised.  I've noticed the garden sprinklers come on while he is at work and I am home.  Someone is enjoying watering from his app while at work!  No more calling me to run out and figure out what zone I need to turn on so the hydrangeas don't wither away.

Okay, now for the hubby's picks!

He is an avid runner and admittedly becomes very damp while running.  THESE headphones are his favorite.

Got flies? THIS Fly gun has become the house favorite.  No more squashed fly residue.  I can't believe how much we all enjoy killing flies now.

Aches and Pains? My husband lets the kids operate 
THIS Massager on his back.  


THIS Battery Blower is something we use DAILY!  From a quick patio clean-up, to a full yard clean-up!  It's one of our favorites...even the kids can operate it.

While doing yard work or just hanging on the back porch, you will often see THIS Wireless Speaker nearby.

Another MUST is THESE Garden Shoes!  They stay on the back porch and are quick to put on/take off... much easier than garden boots.

Okay, I think that's all for today, but if he thinks of some more 
must haves, I will update this post!
Thank you, dear husband, for sharing your favorite gift ideas with us!

I hope he has inspired you to find something special for the dad in your life!  

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XOX,

Emily


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Summer Strawberry Frosé (Frozen Rosé)

Do you love a slushy, cold drink
 on a hot summer evening as much as I do?  I concocted this delicious beverage and snapped a few photos along the way.  It is so easy.  You need to make this.




Here is what you need:

1 bottle rosé
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
8-10 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered

Directions:

Pour Rosé into a 9" x 13" glass dish and put in the freezer

After 2 hours, use a fork and rake it across the top




Freeze another 2 hours


After 4 hours, the rosé should be perfectly frozen to resemble this.

While the rosé is freezing, bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Stir constantly until all the sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes).  Add the strawberries, put the lid on the saucepan and let cool.  Strain the sugar water and reserve the strawberries.  Place Strawberries in the freezer while the rosé is freezing.


Now it's time to prepare!


Scrape the frozen rosé into a blender, add the strawberry infused sugar water, and frozen strawberries.  Purée until smooth.  Put entire blender jar into the freezer and keep until guests arrive or you are ready to enjoy.  Place on the blender and blend for a milkshake consistency.  Enjoy!!!


Happy National FROSÉ Day!


Here is another yummy goodie I whipped up for some friends:
(I originally posted this on Instagram!)



xx,  Emily
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