Meal Plan Week 11

Posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2014

As the semester reaches its last month, I find I have more events and happenings in the evenings, so meal planning has become more sporadic. Such is life!

Saturday: we went to the Texas Wine and Rogue Art Fest so we had dinner in Salado

Sunday: ^^beer can chicken with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts^^

Meatless Monday: Jalapeno and mushroom quesadillas with black bean and corn salad

Tuesday: leftover beer can chicken for Kyle (I'm speaking at a Baylor event in the evening!)

Wednesday: Glazed pork chops with roasted asparagus and garlic pasta

Thursday: leftovers or take out or Kyle cooks

Friday: tacos, probably!

Have a lovely week!

- S

Grad School Party

Posted on: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Last night a bunch of my social work cohort had a little get together to eat catch up and play Cards Against Humanity, which is probably the anti-social work game if there ever was one. This semester we are all at our internships just about full time, so we don't see each other regularly. It was nice to relax and take an evening off!
^^there were veggies and pulled pork sliders, but they didn't make it on to the table^^
^^Dani explained the very simple rules^^

- S

Meal Plan Week 10

Posted on: Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday: ^^Shepherd's Pie^^ (I would do this on Monday for St. Patty's day, but I'm going to happy hour with some friends and not sure how late I will be in Waco)

Monday: leftovers or other

Tuesday: baked barbecue chicken with asparagus

Wednesday: curry turkey and rice

Thursday: roasted red pepper pasta with brussels sprouts (I don't know if Monday will be meatless, so going meatless a different day this week)

Friday: lemon and herb baked tilapia with mashed potatoes and garlic green beans

Saturday: beer can chicken with veggies and leftover mashed potatoes

- S

Meal Plan Week 9

Posted on: Sunday, March 9, 2014

It was nice having a week off of cooking duty, that's for sure. I ate some tasty food at a few restaurants, and also cooked by my friends.

I was too tired to cook on Friday, but on Saturday I made these three-ingredient brownies that turned out quite well and were super easy. I recommend eating them with ice cream or milk.

Saturday: steak, sweet potato fries, sauteed brussels sprouts and garlic, glazed carrots

Sunday: turkey chili with sourdough bread

Monday: bruschetta, sesame noodles with broccoli

Tuesday: turkey chili leftovers

Wednesday: slow cooker chicken fajitas

Thursday: honey chipotle crusted salmon with balsamic roasted cauliflower and garlic broccoli

- S

DC So Far

Posted on: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Just a quick check in! This has been a more atypical Washington, DC trip, as the first two days were spent only at the conference at a hotel and not seeing anything of the city really, whereas on my last trip we were walking past the White House every day. There was also a snow storm and doing much more than getting to and from the metro in my non-snow boots was out of the question. But the conference is over and I'm staying with Abigail in Baltimore, the sun is out and snow is sort of clearing, so hopefully we'll have some more adventures! 
^^my comfy digs via Airbnb^^
^^construction picking back up after the snowstorm^^
^^Georgetown cupcake red velvet^^
^^National Cathedral^^
^^finally went to the Holocaust museum^^
^^fun dinner in Alexandria with high school friends and their significant others^^
^^learned poker over late night tea^^
^^a classic, in snow^^

- S

Meal Plan Week 8

Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2014

I was having an off-weekend, so I didn't do too much meal planning before Monday, though I knew we were pretty well stocked from grocery shopping the previous weekend.

Sunday: Kyle ended up making garden pasta with turkey meatballs, and it was very good!
Monday: ^^white bean and pasta soup^^ (I'll probably take this for lunch during the week, too.

Tuesday: salmon with mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and broccoli

Wednesday: spaghetti squash with veggies and chicken sausage

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: out to eat, leftovers, improvise

I'm heading to DC on Saturday and return Friday, so no meal plan for next week! But I will surely take lots of photos of the tasty food I hope to eat. :)

- S

One Per Month Challenge: February

Posted on: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Well, I took the plunge and purchased a pair of matte black Tieks for my February purchase. These are certainly an investment piece. I have only heard good things about Tieks, and I needed a simple, classic pair of black flats, because I didn't actually own any plain black shoes. Aside from saving money, this challenge is about finding quality pieces of clothing rather than spending money on bogo impulse buys in the Target shoe section. I thought about this purchase a lot before ordering, and in the end I decided to go for a more expensive pair that I knew was going to be comfortable and last, instead of a cheaper (but still fairly expensive) pair that might not feel much better than a $13 Target or Old Navy pair. So far these have really been amazing- best pair of flats I've ever owned. I'm looking forward to giving them a real test during my upcoming trip to DC, where I'll be walking around the city all week. The packaging was truly superb, the leather nice and soft, and I've received compliments on the teal color pop already.

As far as how the challenge is going so far- I've been tempted a couple times, to the point of adding some things to my virtual shopping cart,  to take advantage of some great online sales, but I haven't bought anything. Though, the things I'm looking at are for work/professional purposes, but I'm going to wait until closer to the end of February to get a couple things, and I will probably buy in-store so I know the items fit (and no shipping costs). Two months down, ten more to go!

Previous Months:

- S

Warm Weekend

Posted on: Monday, February 17, 2014

^^USA played Russia at 6 am on Saturday, and so we thought donuts were a good idea^^
 ^^we had a nice time at the park after the hockey game^^
^^napping Huxley^^
^^napping Darwin^^
^^the weather was lovely on Saturday^^
^^today the office was closed so I worked from home; it almost felt like a continuation of the weekend^^

- S

Meal Plan Week 7

Posted on: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Last week I didn't plan lunch for the week, and that resulted in me bringing this for lunch on Friday:
A pear and a bell pepper, yep that's right. So, I'm trying to get back into the planning, with another quinoa salad dish this week. I'm going to make it on Monday, since I'm able to work from home that day, and I will be out for lunch on Wednesday, so I'll make a smaller batch. 

Sunday: HEB roast chicken with ^^baked zucchini fries^^ (and leftover mashed potatoes for Kyle)

Meatless Monday: vegetable stir fry (broccoli, mushroom, onion, red and yellow bell pepper, snap peas) with brown garlic sauce and brown rice (update: the sauce is delicious! I substituted gin for the rice wine.)

Tuesday: pork loin with parmesan roasted potatoes and asparagus

Wednesday: leftover pork loin with brussels sprouts (leftover potatoes for Kyle)

Thursday: breakfast for dinner (eggs with veggies, bacon or turkey sausage, toast), or just leftovers

Friday: salsa chicken with brown rice

Lunch: Asian Quinoa Salad

- S

Calm Weekend

Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2014

 ^^I worked from home on Friday with this cutie; we watched the Opening Ceremonies in the evening.^^
 ^^I made spaghetti squash latkes with fried eggs for brunch on Saturday. ^^
^^We saw the Lego Movie; it was fun and everything is awesome.^^
 ^^then we got frozen yogurt^^
^^On Sunday the cats napped in the sun. I kinda wished I could join them.^^ 
^^I did a whole bunch of cleaning and cooking, including the cheddar bacon beer bread.^

- S
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