Tuesday, November 20, 2012

weekly menu posting

not much on the menu at our house this week as we are headed home to celebrate thanksgiving with our families, but what we did have was amazing and easy so i thought i would share.

sunday: mexican lime soup with chicken -- topped this with some greek yogurt and chips and it made for a tasty easy meal, along with some delish leftovers.

monday: carne asada tacos with carrot-pepper slaw -- these tacos were better than most from a restaurant, highly recommend trying this recipe.

tuesday: rigatoni with roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts -- i was skeptical at first of this recipe but it turned out to be great and i even had to go back for more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

weekly menu posting

this blog is dedicated to my good friend matt, who sent me a screenshot of my last blog post from 9/11. 
it has been too long since i've blogged so i thought the best way to get back into it is to post this week's menu.

sunday: taco salad -- we volunteered at our church serving a meal and they were kind enough to let us eat what we were serving, tacos -- i made mine into a taco salad and it was so good.

monday: chicken noodle soup -- threw this into a slow cooker and it was awesome better than anything out of a can or panera.

tuesday: dip night -- kate and nicole came over for dip night, yes you read that right.  we had spin dip, greek dip, corn dip and gauc.  when they left my stomach hurt from laughing so much, it was pure bliss.

wednesday: chicken stroganoff -- this was on the menu this evening and i thought it was just alright.  i prefer beef stroganoff but this was a healthier alternative.

thursday: ravioli alfredo with peas -- looking forward to quick easy meal when we get home from work, per the recipe this should take 20 minutes from start to finish.

friday: cosi cucina -- we have a groupon to use to one of our favorite places, bring on the cheesecake!

saturday: kung pao chicken -- i haven't decided if i'm going to use chicken or not yet, it might just become a spicy veggie stir fry. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

9/11 day

crazy to think that 9/11 has been 11 years ago.  it is one of those days that i'm sure like many others i will never forget. it is the day that changed our country forever.

when i heard of the  9/11 day tribute movement, i couldn't stop thinking what a brilliant idea. why not remember a day of such tragedy and sadness with good deeds and positive action?
do something for someone else tomorrow, i will.

laundry room makeover

while we don't spend a lot of time in our laundry room, we do pass through it every day getting to and from the garage.  so i decided it was time for a makeover and a little organization.

the first step in the process was to take everything off the shelves and then organize it. i put the cleaning stuff together, then the laundry supplies, the extra rags, etc. i then headed to target to get some cute bins to store everything.  i also picked up a large glass canister to store the dry laundry soap in. i also filled a mason jar full of clothes pins, just for an added touch.

the next step was a fresh coat of paint. we had some leftover paint from the living room so i thought it would be a brilliant idea to use that.  jared graciously offered to paint so after a couple of hours i decided to check on him.  well that's just say i hated it.  the color was way too dark for the little space and there was no way i could just "get use to it."  a quick trip to the lowe's and we had a new lighter grey shade that i ended up just loving.  also a shout out to my wonderful husband for painting it all over again with a smile on his face.

we then created wall art by spray painting a couple of clothes pins and gluing them onto a piece of burlap and throwing them into some frames i found at hobby lobby. 

the last piece of the makeover was a new light fixture.  i found a super cute one that matched perfectly at world market on sale for $17, what a steal.

now i have a brand new space that i just love!

after - the finished project

close up of the wall art we created
super easy cheap project
another angle of the finished project

Sunday, September 9, 2012

weekly menu posting

happy sunday!  hope you all had a great weekend, the only thing that could have made mine better was the hawkeyes pulling off a win but oh well.  this week the goal is to eat all meals at home.  the new iphone comes out soon and in order to fit it into our budget we have to save somewhere, so last week we only ate out once and this week we'll be dining in all week.  hope you're worth it siri.

sunday: baked potatoes with broccoli and cheddar -- we had our hawthorn hill donation today, so i just threw in a couple extra potatoes and dinner was done. 

monday: cheese tortellini with spinach, peas and brown butter -- life group starts up again this week, so mondays will always have to be a quick meal. the recipe states this is only supposed to take twenty minutes, we will see. they tend to always be off on their timing or i'm really slow, not sure which.

tuesday: spanish chicken and rice -- i pinned this recipe awhile back and have been dying to try it, i'll have to report back and let you know how it was.

wednesday: brown sugar-glazed salmon with green beans and shallots -- the best part of this recipe, you take the leftovers and put it towards another recipe, later in the week, see friday's recipe.

thursday: slow-cooker chipotle beef tacos with cabbage and radish slaw -- so excited that fall is almost here, bring on more slow-cooker recipes.

friday: salmon fried rice with cabbage and chilies -- typically friday night we eat out so i thought this could remind us of a take out kind of meal for much cheaper.  i also discovered this week that the fresh salmon at costco is cheaper than frozen, yes please.

saturday: tortilla soup with pork and squash -- another slow-cooker recipe, can't wait to smell this all day while watching football.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

weekly menu posting

back into the menu swing after

sunday: chicken & rice dinner -- we got home from chicago and needed something to eat.  i wasn't up for going out to eat once again, so i threw this together with stuff we had in our pantry.

monday: bbq at the murphy's -- celebrated labor day at greg and leslie's with a bbq.  we had a delicious steak dinner and these roasted balsamic sweet potatoes.

tuesday: baked ham & swiss sandwiches with oven roasted garlic brussels sprouts -- oh my goodness.  this dinner was so good, i can't wait to make it again.  instead of using king's hawaiian rolls, i used my mom's homemade sweet rolls. if you're looking for a way to fancy up a ham and cheese sandwich, i highly recommend checking this recipe out.  the brussels sprouts were fabulous as well, tons of garlic.

wednesday: steak salad with bacon, crispy potatoes & blue cheese dressing along with creme brulee  -- i've made this recipe before and just love it.  it's super filling for a salad with lots of different flavors and textures.

thursday: pretzel crusted pork cutlets with garlic roasted green beans with shallots and hazelnuts -- i love a pretzel crusted chicken recipe so this should be just as good.  for the green beans, i'm going to use pine nuts or almonds because i have both on hand.

friday: sakari -- we're only dining out once this week so sushi it is, pretty excited.  we're going to hit up sakari as they have amazing happy hour specials, including $4 rolls.

saturday: iowa/iowa state game -- tailgate food all day long, so excited that fall is here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"homeless kit"

last june i came up with the idea of always having a "homeless kit" in my trunk just in case i ran across someone who was in need i could supply them with some of the basics.  well since last year the homeless kit has evolved.  it now includes: a reusable bag, socks, underwear, ensure, water, powerade, granola bars, a t-shirt and soap.

if you'd like one to distribute, just let me know i have plenty to share! 

i'm still not 100% sold on the name "homeless kit" so i'm taking suggestions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

house number makeover

while i love our house, from the inside out it is full of gold everything.  from the fixtures to the doorknobs to the house numbers.  so little by little i'm trying to get rid of it all. i searched for new house numbers and just couldn't find anything i loved so instead i got a can of spray paint for $4 or $5 and was thrilled with the results.

below is the step by step process i followed:

remove the house numbers
sand them all down
wash with soap and water
now you're ready to paint
spray paint away
here is the spray paint i used, in oil rubbed bronze of course

leave to dry
don't forget to paint the screws
the final product...they look brand new

Monday, August 20, 2012

weekly menu posting

jared asked for a week of repeat recipes, which doesn't excite me too much because i just love trying out new recipes but with it being restaurant week and all, i happily obliged.

sunday: black bean burgers with cilantro lime rice and homemade gauc and salsa -- pretty simple and quick meal that makes our menu often.  to make things even better we got to enjoy it outside on the deck.

monday: steak salad with bacon, crispy potatoes and blue cheese dressing --  well this was supposed to be on the menu tonight but we had leftover steak for lunch and  i just wasn't feeling steak again so instead we had a fridge full of leftovers that got put to good use. but if you're looking for a different way to have steak, i would recommend this recipe, it was one of my favs.

tuesday: chipotle-honey-glazed chicken wings with toasted sesame seeds and green onion and sweet corn -- i stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago in one of bobby flay's cookbooks and was in love.  these wings are sticky, spicy and sweet, i just love them. as far as the sweet corn goes, i'm going to try something new by baking it.

wednesday: picnic dinner with chicken salad, cheese, salt and vinegar chips and fruit -- we're hitting up our first i cubs game of the season so instead of eating out before, i'm going to pack a picnic for us to enjoy before the game. and i do have to say, i make a mean chicken salad.

thursday: cafe di scala -- i can't wait for another trip to cafe di scala, everything on their menu is simple but elegant. oh and you have to get their tiramisu!

friday: 801chophouse -- we have a special occasion to celebrate, my parent's 30th wedding anniversary.  i've said it before and i'll say it again, 801 deserves all the hype it receives.  hands down they serve the best steak i've ever had...i can't even think of anything that has even come close. their grand marnier souffle is also worth the splurge, it is served with three decadent sauces. 

saturday: jethro's bbq -- my dad is busy working on a home project for me so to repay him, we will treat him to his favorite restaurant in town.

whoa, talk about a week of eating out. i can't think of any other week where i've gotten to eat at four of my top ten restaurant picks in one week.  looking forward to a week of good food and family.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

biscuit cutters

my mom bought me a set of biscuit cutters awhile back and i couldn't wait to use them. well turns out it was finally time to use them and they were no where to be found. ugh, what a let down so i was stuck using a glass once again. 

fast forward to the other night, i am chatting away on the phone and jared is switching out the drinking water filter. all at once i hear water spraying everywhere so i quickly end my conversation and go check out the situation. 

jared asks me to get some towels so i run over and grab all the towels i can find.  well at the bottom of the drawer, sure enough there are my biscuit cutters.  i am so thrilled i grab them and show jared "look my biscuit cutters!"

his response to me "seriously stacy, we have a flooding issue."

oops, apparently he wasn't as excited as me. 

the good news, the water eventually stopped, the flood got cleaned up and my biscuit cutters have been found!