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Weekend Update: 9/30/12

Another weekend that went by way too fast. . . thankfully we fit a lot of stuff into it! An early post this week because tomorrow is the scheduled Foodie Pen Pal post for October!



A new book. . .



a new toy. . .


I don’t want to be in my bumbo. . . wait what’s coming up behind me.  .. IMG_1742IMG_1746

One picture with both of them looking at the camera and then. . . not. Winking smileIMG_1750IMG_1752

It’s already started. .. having to put away baby clothes. Sad smile IMG_1753


More baby food – this time carrots!


Target trip! Still working on product placement (for Planters Peanuts) in photos. Winking smile 


Stopover at Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s


Lunch at Cane’s Chicken Fingers


Then, off to look at new homes in the Parade of Homes in the cities.


Getting ideas for our house that we will (someday) build.

Big entry from garage with bench/hooks. Beautiful kitchen cabinets.


Big laundry room with sink and counter space. Beautiful railing detail.


Love love love this kitchen – big island! IMG_1787

Open floor plan into living room. . . IMG_1790

Someone was pretty tuckered out from all the houses. IMG_1805


Sunday morning. . . Mom, I know you can see me and I don’t wanna nap!


And FINALLY the highlight of the weekend – dinner at China Buffet with Jodi, Chris, Evan, Sarah, Matt, and Brynn!


Brynn wasn’t too sure about all the commotion. . . Luke was loving sitting in the high chair in his super cool new high chair cover! Thanks Matt and Sarah (and Brynn!).


Evan wasn’t too sure about sitting in his high chair. . . sitting with Mom and showing off his sweet fork skills was way more fun! IMG_1822IMG_1833

Thanks to all for another great trip to CB! Winking smile


Scott and I also managed to get in an 11.1 mile run in preparation for our half marathon in Des Moines in October!!!

What were you up to this weekend??? Enjoying this beautiful fall weather?


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Maple glazed fish

I made dinner tonight!


Starting to figure out this whole working Mom thing. . .

1. wake up
2. snuggle time with Luke
3. get out of bed (boo)
4. feed Luke
5. play
6. get ready for work (*make coffee!)
7. take Luke to daycare
8. go to work
9. work
10. pick Luke up from daycare
11. get home
12. play with Luke
13. work out when Scott gets home from work
14. shower,
15. make dinner,
16. eat dinner,
17. bath time,
18. bedtime routine with book and bottle,
19. catch up on the Olympics/couch time with the husband,
20. go to bed and do it all again tomorrow! Winking smile 

Anyway back to dinner. . . looking for a quick, easy and tasty recipe? Check this one out.

Super quick with frozen fish fillets (I used tilapia). Topped with a tasty sauce. (I found the sauce on Carrots’n’Cake.) Pair with steam in the bag veggies and potatoes –> dinner!

Here’s the sauce:
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T maple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
1 T olive oil

And the recipe:
Mix 1st four ingredients together to make the sauce. (*I added extra Dijon mustard and maple syrup to mine – prob about 1 T extra of each – taste it and add extra if you like too) Salt and pepper fish. Cook in large skillet with extra olive oil. Remove from pan and brush with sauce.


I take the used limes and put them in our water glasses for dinner. Slight taste of lime in the water makes it more exciting than just plain water! IMG_0942

Scott says “Boiler Up!” Any Purdue fans out there? Winking smile 


This recipe grabbed my eye because of the maple syrup in it. My husband LOVES maple syrup so I figured it would be right up his alley. And it was. He really liked the sauce. Me.. . not so much. Thankfully, I had a backup!


And the veggies (steamed garlic cauliflower) and mashed potatoes made for a great dinner. The mashed potatoes were from the freezer: Steam n’ Mash from Ore-Ida and were new to me.

IMG_0948 And they were super tasty. And way easier than making the real thing! Cook in microwave, mash, add milk and butter, mash and serve.

Now off to watch more Olympics! I wish there were more hours in the day for me to be able to watch all the coverage. .. So far I have really enjoyed watching Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor kick some booty in beach volleyball and Missy Franklin having so much fun swimming her heart out. What is your favorite so far???

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Skinny baked mozzarella sticks



I made these mozzarella sticks over the weekend and had them in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal. Paired with a simple salad, they baked up super quick in the oven and made a great addition to the meal. They are perfectly cheesy, and not greasy! They hit the spot when you are craving cheesy goodness!

The recipe is from Skinny Taste. And can be found here.

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Served with marinara sauce = YUM! Great for a weeknight meal, appetizer or snack at a party!


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My Summer Dinner List

Healthy Living Blogs challenged all its members to write a post on

“My Summer _____ List.”

Fill in the blank with whatever you want!

Is it just me or are there meals that just taste better during summer? And that you only eat during the hot months of the year? There are quite a few meals that we only eat during summertime, as well as a few, that just taste better during the hot, humid days of summer!

So, here is My Summer Dinner List. . . all the meals that are eaten during summer and taste better too!

Smoothies – the more fruit the better! Love them topped with coconut butter and chia seeds.


Salads – fresh lettuce and veggies from the Famer’s market, roasted corn fresh from the cob and topped with grilled anything!

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Grilling: Burgers, Brats, Chicken, Steak

BLTs – fresh tomatoes, lettuce, crisp bacon slices – all on toasted white bread – YUM!

Chicken salad – perfect for summertime lunches – served over letttuce, in a sandwich or wrap.

Gazpacho – I have a recipe for mango gazpacho that I am hoping to make this summer!

What’s your favorite summer dinner?

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Sausage and broccoli stoup

I haven’t done much cooking since the baby was born, but I made this recipe a while ago and it was easy and yummy. . . so I had to share it with you!

‘stoup’ –> thicker than soup and thinner than stew according to Rachel Ray

Thick and flavorful. Slightly spicy with the spicy turkey sausage. Filling with the addition of pasta. And sneaking in some veggies with the addition of broccoli!


The original recipe (for Sausage-and-broccoli rabe stoup) can be found here from Rachel Ray Everyday Magazine.


Here is the recipe with the changes I made – based on what I had in the house.

Sausage and broccoli stoup
1 large head broccoli – cut into small pieces
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb hot turkey sausage
1 large onion – chopped
3 cloves garlic – chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups small shell pasta
Parmesan cheese – for sprinkling

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, salt it, and add broccoli and boil for about 3 minutes. Drain and cool.

2. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.

4. Stir in broccoli and bring back to a boil.

5. Add pasta and cook until al dente.

6. Top with cheese and serve.


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Panko parmesan crusted tilapia


I have had frozen tilapia fillets in the freezer for quite some time. We bought a big bag of them at Sam’s Club a while ago, but other than baking them in the oven with a little seasoning, I haven’t been too adventurous with them. Since they have been in the freezer for so long, I finally decided I needed to find a recipe to use them up. I always like parmesan crusted fish at restaurants and have heard of using panko as a light breading on fish before, so after a little googling. . . I put together this recipe and made Panko parmesan crusted tilapia.

2 tilapia fillets
1/2 cup Parmesan
1/2 cup Panko
1/2 t garlic powder
1 egg
salt and pepper

Thaw tilapia fillets (if frozen) and pat dry with a paper towel.


Season with salt and pepper.  I then cut each fillet in half to make then easier to work with.  Mix parmesan, panko and garlic powder together in a bowl. Add egg to another bowl. And flour to a 3rd bowl.


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Heat about 2 T olive oil in a skillet. Cook fish about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and fish is flaky.


The outside panko parmesan crust is crunchy, flavorful, yet light enough for the delicate flavor of tilapia. Perfect with a little bit of tartar sauce for dipping.

A great Sunday night dinner and use for frozen tilapia fillets. . .

Now. . . what to do with the last 3 fillets? – do you have any good fish recipes???

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He went back for seconds. . . Balsamic (crockpot) Chicken


My husband never almost never goes back for seconds. He eats dinner. Thanks me for making said dinner. Then, waits 2 seconds, and asks what  is for dessert (his real love and the reason he runs – see why we are totally made for each other?). But the other night, I made a new recipe – balsamic chicken. And he wasn’t even done with his first serving before he was back in the kitchen for more. He told me three (three!) times what a good dinner this was. . . And then waited 2 seconds and asked what was for dessert – cause hey, some things never change! lol. Smile 

And even more support of how wonderful this recipe was – the next night – he asked if he could have it as leftovers. . . as much as he doesn’t eat seconds… I usually have to trick him into eating leftovers!

The recipe is from SkinnyCrockPot.

And for me – soooo easy to make. Throw all ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 4 hours. Serve over cooked pasta. Sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Done.


Chunks of tomatoes, balsamic softened onions, chicken so tender from cooking in the tomato/balsamic liquid you can shred it with a fork along with a beautiful sauce that goes perfectly with pasta.


Next time: must serve with garlic bread to soak up that awesome sauce!


Make this! Smile 

Balsamic Chicken


  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t each dried oregano, basil, rosemary
  • 1/2 t thyme
  • ground black pepper and salt to taste


1. Pour olive oil on bottom of slow cocker
2. Add chicken breasts and salt and pepper each breast
3. Put sliced onion on top of chicken
4. Add dried herbs and garlic cloves
5. Pour in vinegar
6. Top with tomatoes
7. Cook on high 4 hours
8. Serve over pasta and top with cheese


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