Category Archives: Dinner

Donuts, Olives, Hot Dogs, and Some Healthy Stuff

This week there are people in my house who are sick.  I’m working hard at not catching it, so far so good, knock on wood.

I’ve been eating a lot of garlic, and drinking all kinds of antioxidant concoctions.  It’s working, I know it.


Tonight I wasn’t too hungry at dinnertime, after a busy day of eating donuts, hot dogs and olives.  My husband made himself some Ramen Noodles with chunks of hot dog floating in it, which didn’t appeal me (go figure!).  So, I made some yummy steamed kale tossed with raw minced garlic, parmesan and some apple cider vinegar.  Then I toasted up some bread and butter.  It was a nice little dinner that didn’t make me feel unhealthy, so I thought I’d share.

I know the picture is horrendous, which is why I used Instagram to fool you into thinking it was artsy!

Kale w/ Yummy Bread

Consider yourself fooled sucka!

I ate it all, then screwed it all up and ate 2 chocolate enrobed donuts.  I may or may not be drinking a martini now.  There’s always tomorrow.

xoxo, Mere

Meal Planning – Sigh.

It took a lot of discipline for me to plan the next week’s dinners today.  It’s so gorgeous outside.  Fridays I’m off and the kids don’t go to daycare, and it’s all I can do to stop myself from lounging around all day in my sweats while the kids destroy our home.  But, this is the only day I’m able to go to the store, and if I don’t do it relatively early in the day, it haunts me and I can’t enjoy myself.

I’d like to thank the good friends who came to Brooke’s birthday party over the weekend and gave us beautiful presents.  Those presents came in handy while I was writing this post!

He’s not afraid to draw dresses with pink crayon!

Making a pretty bead necklace.

Also, a very big thank you to the makers of Pirate’s Booty for giving me a laugh.

I am very mature.

‘So here’s what we’re eating!  You may notice there’s some cheese in the plans.  That’s right, I’m eating dairy again.  I have my reasons, which aren’t that I couldn’t live without it.  It’s that I just started having a gut feeling that dairy was not the problem.  I plan on going into more detail about that later.  For now, I need to get to the store.

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Meal Planning – Kid Food!

Today is my Brookie’s 5th birthday!  Most people would say 5 years flew by, but I think it felt like 5 years.  Brooke is a beautiful fairy sprite, and I am completely head over heels in love with her.  She came into this world and completely turned mine upside down.  Being her mom has taught me so much about patience, and for that I am truly grateful.  I look at Brooke, and I see pure joy, love and wonder in her eyes.  If everyone took a page out of her book, the world would be a truly magical place.

On that note, in honor of my sweet girl, I dub this week Kid Food Week.  Every dinner will be easy, and kid friendly, hurray!!!
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Meal planning – Food Bliss Week

I’m a little late in the game this week due to a very busy Thursday and Friday.  But, the plan goes on!  I’m really looking forward to the food I’m planning to make this coming week.  I’m still going strong on my dairy-free diet, and I really don’t miss it at all.  It’s funny how that happens.  Once in a while I’ll think I miss gobs of melted cheese, but then I remember how it makes me look like I’m 5 months pregnant, and poof, craving gone!

This week I’m making three recipes from pins on Pinterest, so I’m pretty psyched for that.  The zuchinni fritters look awesome, and I am going to have them with goat cheese, so that’s kind of a treat.  Then the Korean Kongnamul Bap, I mean, kim chee, rice, korean spices, you just can’t go wrong.  Jared and I love to eat Bi Bam Bap at Korean restaurants, so I’m curious to see how this compares.  The grilled shrimp with cilantro, lime and peanuts just looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it.  Next week is going to be an awesome week.

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And, as usual, you probably can’t see/click on my calendar if you’re viewing from an iPhone or from your email.  Check it out in a regular browser when you can.

Meal Planning – Back to Reality

I’m back in the saddle!  We’re off to Trader Joe’s for groceries today, because the toy-buying frenzy that is Stop and Shop has got to stop.  I got into the habit of letting my kids pick out a small toy every time we go to the store, and it’s getting really old.  They’re starting to beg to go to the store every day, and when I say no, it’s a whole tantrum thing.  Then, when we’re there, it adds a good 10 extra painful minutes to my trip while they labor over their decision of what to buy.  After spending a million dollars at (almost) every. single. gift shop at Disney World, I’m done.

I love Trader Joe’s not just for the lack of toys, but the better quality ingredients, and abundance of easy food.  Ready-made brown rice? Yes please.

So, here’s my plan for the next week. I’m off dairy, so I’ll substitute Earth Balance for butter and hemp milk for regular.  It’s not too hard.  I’m feeling pretty confident that the kids will eat just about everything on my list this week, but I’ll keep some PB&J and noodles on hand just in case.
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And, as usual, you probably can’t see/click on my calendar if you’re viewing from an iPhone or from your email.  Check it out in a regular browser when you can.

Meal Planning – OK I Did It.

It just keeps getting easier, little by little.

So I did it, we will eat again!  Basically I changed it up a tiny bit.  One of the major problems was that the sophisticated recipes I was making were making my kids, especially Brooke, gag.  I would be exhausted from the arduous process of following a recipe after a long day of work, with cranky, hungry kids nipping at my heels.  The meal would finally be ready to eat, and then the kids wouldn’t eat it, and remain cranky the whole time Jared and I were trying to enjoy our meal.  We’d end up having to then make them something else, while simultaneously washing dishes, getting them ready for bed, and feeling exhausted.

This being said, I have to admit that planning ahead and making sure all the supplies were in the kitchen in advance did bring much more peace to my mind than not.  So I’ll keep it up, but with a few changes.

Now I’m planning one night of takeout and two nights of leftovers.  Every night that we’re eating home cooked food, I’m going to make something quick and easy for the kids just as soon as they get home from daycare, before I cook for me and Jared.  That way they’re busy eating while I’m cooking, and then if they feel adventurous and snacky later, they can try some of ours.  I’ve been doing an abbreviated version of this for the last week and it’s been great.

Also, the recipes I’m cooking are simpler, with less steps.  I’m tired of reading the whole time I’m cooking, it makes it take so much longer!

So here’s the calendar, best (and in most cases only able to be) viewed in a browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer:

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Meal Planning – OK, Got It.

All shlopped out.

Here’s the calendar for the rest of this week.  I’ll have to go shopping tomorrow night after work, which really stinks (I’ll be tired and grouchy), and means we’ll have a really late dinner.  I have to say I did start feeling a little burned out on all this organization and predictability, I’m glad I took a little break from it because it made me realize how much it stinks to have nothing decent to eat.  I wish I could figure out a way to do my shlopping (typo, but I like that word better) on a different day, or at a time when the kids aren’t with me.  It’s kind of fun taking them to the store, but I always feel exhausted when it’s all finished, and then we have the whole rest of the day together, but I’m unmotivated to take them somewhere else.

Anyway, I’m rambling, here’s the calendar.

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Meal Planning – Off the Wagon

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, but it’s ok.  It’s been a busy time with Easter, plus a sudden massive increase in my workload, which is wonderful, so I can’t complain.  I will get back on track though, hopefully tonight, so I’ll post as soon as I have the calendar updated.  Until then, have a beautiful Monday!

Meal Planning – What a week.

I’m going to need some extra motivation to cook today. Thinking about those 5 pounds I don’t want to gain back.

It’s been a very full and busy week, one with two nights of takeout (gasp!).  After all the cooking we’ve been doing for the past month or so, I think we’ve earned it.  This week is one of my busiest of the year.  I’m working on a big bi-annual alumnae newsletter for a summer camp (which I hope someday my kids will be into).  I love working on this project, but it does take up almost every spare minute, plus, I’ve been blessed with a new client, so it’s been an adventure.  Thus, the delicious takeout.

Here’s my plan for next week.  Note the abundance of potato love.  There will be yoga.

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As far as my reviews of the food we made, the winner of the week was the sushi bowl.  I was craving soy sauce with a vengeance, and it delivered!  Jared didn’t actually make the Korean drumsticks, but he made his own delish creation.  He’s really good at improvising a big bowl of whatever we’ve got laying around.  We’ll do the drumsticks next time.  I liked the chickpea casserole, but I was the only one.  Jared ate it like a good sport, without a word.  Brooke and Leif politely handed their bowls back to me and walked away.  You can’t win them all.

Alright, I’m off to spend my day off with my lovely babies.  We’re planning a trip to the dollar store, it’s a big day!


I Almost Forgot to Mention…

… I made Allie’s Bulgogi Pizza last week, it was AMAZING!  Please try this sometime.  We added a splash of lemon juice and with some fresh avocado on top, and it was probably the best tasting pizza I’ve ever had.  I didn’t use homemade dough, I bought dough at the store, but it was still delish (although I’m sure Allie’s dough recipe would have made it that much better).  Highly, highly recommended, thanks Allie!