What’s For Dinner (No. 145)

place setting

This was a bad week for menu planning and cooking.  Between the floor refinishing on the house and David’s newest eating plan, I gave up.  I cooked dinner a couple of times, we ordered pizza once for a family birthday and the rest of the time we improvised with leftovers and what was on hand in the refrigerator and pantry.  We didn’t starve. But here’s the deal.  David’s been having stomach … [Read more...]

Mexican Casserole (GF)

Mexican Casserole

This gluten-free Mexican Casserole was easy to make and tasted great.  I'll definitely be making it again. Ingredients: 1 cup gluten free chicken broth (1) 1 cup Mexican-style diced tomatoes 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 (4-oz.) can green chilies ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon dried sage ¼ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ½ … [Read more...]

Planning for Special Days

Planning for Special Days

Thanksgiving is coming up next week and it looks like we’re having about 22 people over for the big meal.  I love hosting Thanksgiving but it does take some planning ahead.  Thank goodness for my planner. I started something new this year that I think I’m going to do for every special day.  I decorated the Thanksgiving page in my planner with washi tape.  I also put a tab on the Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

One of My Favorite Organizing Tools: Bankers Boxes

Bankers Box

There are lots of storage containers out there but one of my favorites is the humble Bankers Box (you can read about it’s history here).  I first discovered these boxes when I was working at a law office.  The boxes come flat and you assemble them using the directions on the box. They’re not as easy to assemble as you might think, but once you get the hang of it, they’re a piece of cake.  … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 52

House exterior

Somewhere along the way I missed a week.  My records show this should be week 51 but it’s really week 52.  It was one year ago today that we closed on this house and started transforming it.  Can you believe it’s already been a year?! But back to business.  This week we worked on Phase 2 of the floor refinishing project.  Take a look at what we accomplished. Tuesday Tuesday was a work day for … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 144)

place setting

We’ve been working on the house this week and pretty much every room is out of commission in some manner.  I still managed to feed us – but just barely! Monday Grilled Lemon Chicken Skillet Mexican Corn Baked Sweet Potato Tuesday Baked Salmon Red Quinoa Steamed Vegetables NOTE: I baked the salmon in the oven at 375 for about 14 minutes.  Before baking I brushed the salmon with olive … [Read more...]

No Bake Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Bars

I haven’t made a dessert like this in a while and it was DELICIOUS!!!  I’m guessing David liked it, too, since he ate three bars at one sitting.  No, it’s not gluten free.  But it was worth every bite.  You’re going to want to make this - as soon as possible. By the way, I just call it the Chocolate Pretzel Dessert.  It’s easier. Ingredients: 2 cups creamy peanut butter ¾ cup (1-1/2 … [Read more...]