Tag Archives: Dinner

Delicious Macaroni Salad

12 Jun

My Dear Aunt Penny makes the most delicious macaroni salad. This is a perfect dish for a summer party, graduation or birthday. You name it this salad will be a hit!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box of macaroni or rotini,
  • Veggies: chopped green pepper, celery, carrots and diced red onion.
  • Dressing: 1 cup of Mayo, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 7 ounces (1/2 can) sweetened condensed milk, a dash of salt and a shake of pepper.

Whisk it all together and add it to the macaroni.

  • The Secret: I don’t add all the dressing right away…add 1/2 or 3/4, mix it together and let it get cold. When u take it out of the fridge, give it a stir (and a taste) and add the rest of the dressing if u think it’s necessary. (You can double the dressing recipe – it will last quite a while in the fridge)

Let me know if you try this!

XOXO – Elizabeth

I’m on STRIKE!

3 Nov

This week I am going strike. Let me tell you how it all went down.

 I get home from work approx 5:45pm. In no particular order, I let the dog out, make the bed, thrown in some laundry, fold the blanket on the couch, pick up any dishes lying around, and straighten the bathroom. Now, those chores don’t take that long to do, but everyday I do them.

After I am done winding down, I decide what we should have for dinner. Now it is usually 6:30.

As dinner is cooking I switch the laundry, start a new load,  pull of the vacuum and do the stairs and the around the back door (the dog brings in lots of leaves).

By this time my Husband gets home. (around 6:45ish)  He drops his stuff off in his office, plays with the dog for half an hour, and then comes to the kitchen for a “snack”.

Really, a snack! Dinner is almost ready and you need a “snack”

Here is where my protest started. As I am setting the table he tells me is going for a run. OK, fine, it’s not like he is gone for an hour, but dinner is ALMOST ready.

I stopped and turned to him and say:

“Well, I would like to go for a run also, but I cleaned the house and I am making you dinner.”

(My dinner strike is about to start)

Husband replies: “I don’t ASK you to make me dinner!” “You should go to the gym after work”

I stood there for a few seconds. Took the half-baked chicken marinated in garlic lemon sauce topped with white rice out of the oven and said,

“you are completely right, my dear, and this is your last dinner.”

Now my question to you is am I over reacting? I am not sure.

If my Hubs does not “need” dinner at night. Do I “waste” my time?

Below are a few comments from some twitter friends (who are awesome).

Looks like everyone goes on strike once in a while.

Have you ever?

  • “I’m protesting the o’de’urine in the bathroom!” — @Baby_Wrangler – Molly mae
  • “yup! If hubby doesn’t think helping me around the home is important he can take care of himself!” – “with kids it is harder to do the food strike for me, gotta feed them so he lucks out! Good luck!” — @frecklyone – Amanda
  • “I protest sweeping wood floors cleaning wood floors spotting wood floors and then repeat. Over it” — @LCCindee – Cindee Smith
  • “leah and i agree,mowing the lawn!! And both our hubs clean floors better than us :-)” — @reallifemoms  – MommiesNeedSleepToo
  • “I’d take dinner over chores any day! ” — @mommyofamonster  – Natalie H
  • “Yes, at least once a week! But I can’t stand dirty dishes in the sink…drives me nuts so I break down and wash them.” — @EverydayMama Christine Fox
  • “I protested them all once when I went on a week long strike. No cooking or cleaning. I even made them walk to school.” – “My family still panics at the word strike.” — ooph Stefanie Mullen
  • “LOL yes, laundry. But, it didn’t make a difference, it just piled up until I did it. Hubby does his own most of the time.” — @LaraJCoffee Lara Coffee
  • “haha no. as much as I would like to, clutter/mess drives me nuts” — @gutimom Lori Gutierrez
  • ” I have absolutely protested. I hate to vacuum.” — @Vdkeck Vanessa Keck
  • “I am the anti-chore woman! lol. I like kitchen stuff, but hate cleaning, ironing. Barely tolerate laundry.” — @trininista

xoxo – Elizabeth

What’s in the freezer?

15 Feb

Oh man, heading home after a log day at work and all I can think of is the chicken turkey burger in the freezer.. What can I do with that? I guess I will stop at the grocery store on my way home. Well, I should probably Google something quick before I pack up.

Do you have any suggestions?

xoxo

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

9 Jan

After an amazing holiday season full of so many treats, filling meals and let’s be honest, far too many beverages then I really needed to drink it’s time to padlock the pantry and get down to business. To make things even more serious my boyfriend and I are going to Mexico in three months… there is no extra time to push off the inevitable it’s time to start the diet.

From what I’ve heard and experienced through the tightness of my pants eating out isn’t the healthiest past time. Lucky for me my New Year resolution is to start cooking! So my meal #1 comes straight from a Weight Watchers cook book. I have never done Weight Watchers but my parents have and I have seen first-hand the amazing results. So here it goes my first meal I made was Sesame Chicken, Broccoli and Couscous (like fancy rice I guess?).

My Boyfriend is still spending time with his family for the holidays so lucky for him he was not a test rat for my first kitchen attempt.

To my surprise my meal was delicious, low in calories, nutritious and SO easy to make.

If you are looking for a light, SUPER easy meal that tastes amazing and you can whip up in a jiffy follow these steps:

First you’ll need a few ingredients:
2 TBS Sesame Seeds
4 Chicken Breasts
Cooking Spray
EVOO
2 TBS Honey
2 TBS reduced sodium Soy Sauce
½ TSP ground ginger
Box of Cous-Cous
Broccoli

For the Chicken:
1. In a non-stick skillet spray with cooking spray and lightly toast sesame seeds
2. Heat up two TBS of EVOO in a new skillet, cut up chicken breast into small strips and place them on the skillet, cook 3 minutes on each side or until chicken is lightly browned
3. Combine toasted sesame seeds, honey, soy sauce and ginger; pour over chicken, and cook 1 additional minute, turning chicken to coat with sauce

Broccoli:
1. Cut it up
2. Through it in a bowl ¼ full of water
3. Microwave on high for around 4 minutes

Cous-Cous
1. Buy at grocery store
2. Follow directions on box 😉
Such a yummy meal and it was SO easy. Maybe I’m not that clueless in the kitchen?!

Turkey Leftovers

9 Jan

This past week I pulled the leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving out the freezer to make some Noodle Soup. This was my perfect opportunity to wow the husband with some homemade soup since this was the first time that I have ever seen him get sick. What I thought would be just turkey soup turned into a whole week of turkey dinners. (We cooked our first turkey this year for his family. He bought a 19 pounder for 5 people.)

Ingredients:

  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • Handful of fresh parsley – chopped
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 24 oz of generic store brand egg yoke noodles
  • 2 boxes of chicken stock
  • Few handfuls of chopped/slightly shredded Turkey breast
  • I poured the stock into a large pot with the carrots, parsley, and celery. After a light boil I threw in the turkey breast. After only a few minutes I added 1-bag noodles. This may have been to many seeing the bag was 24oz not 16, but it was still delicious! After 10 minutes of boiling I served. The Hubby was in heaven with my first and very easy turkey noodle soup!

    I still had a considerable amount of turkey left. Two nights later I called my mother for her yummy Turkey Ala King recipe.

    Ingredients: I eyeballed all the ingredients for it is not hard to mess up or make.

    Ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Wondra flour
  • Frozed green peas
  • Chopped red peppers
  • Salt and pepper
  • bread to toast
  • I used a large saucepan and heated up some milk, again just poured it in un measured. Let it heat, not boil. I then added the Wondra flour until the liquid was more consistent. In went the peas and red peppers. Stir away and then I dropped in a few handfuls of shredded turkey breast. I poured a few spoonfuls over the toast and served. Again the husband was amazed by my cooking ability =)

    But, I still had Turkey breast left! So I shredded it up finely added some light mayo chopped up some green onions and was able to eat for lunch the next day.

    That week, I was very proud of my cooking! They were very simple recipes but very good! Do you have any suggestions that would have made these simple recipes even better?

    xoxo