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Indoor Family Picnic Lunch

We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.

The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…

Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…

Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…

Fed the tortoise…

And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.

On a cutting board.

Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.

And just let everyone eat what they wanted.

Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.

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What I Get At Aldi

I am just now jumping onto the Aldi train, but let me tell you I sure am glad I did!

I had been seeing my friends’ posts about it and I was always a little skeptical. To be honest, it seemed like one of the “cheap” grocery stores and I wasn’t sure it would have good, quality stuff.

Boy, was I wrong.

Since the girls have started school, I make one day a week my grocery shopping day. I plan out all of our meals on Sunday and usually do my grocery shopping on Wednesday.

My Aldi obsession all started with this lady. I found this meal plan and made almost everything on it.

I started with the Italian Beef. Then, the Snap Crackle Pop Chicken and then the leftover Italian Beef & Black Bean quesadillas.

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Since then, I have moved the majority of my shopping over there and here’s some of my favorite things I have discovered there:

Bread

  • Seedtastic is my everyday bread, I have one in the fridge and one in the freezer at all times.

  • Baguette
  • Plain Bagels
  • Brownies (I used to make the Raspberry Brownie Bites for Valentine’s Day)

Produce

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Oranges (Cuties)
  • Kiwi
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Strawberries (Which were LOCAL, btw! Plant City strawberries! What?)
  • Caesar salad mix
  • Tomatoes

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Valentine’s Day in the Silverstein House

The day of love has come and gone…

Here’s what ours looked like!

Crafts:

This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds

“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts

AND I added in some school stuff too:

Homeschool:

Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.

 

Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):

DONUTS!

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Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

I don’t know about you, but with all the breads, rolls, candy, gingerbread houses, cookies, etc. this time of year I NEED a good salad.

I had seen shaved Brussels sprouts salads around, but had never eaten one. I always thought, “Do they really just shave a Brussels sprout?” Turns out, yes.

Here’s my super easy recipe for a healthy salad this holiday season to keep you feeling on track and not so icky and bloated from all those holiday treats!

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels sprouts
dried cranberries (aka Craisins)
pecans
cheese (I don’t like blue cheese or feta but either of those would do)
chicken (my hubby grilled some for the week that we store in a Tupperware in the fridge)
hard boiled egg
avocado

I took a cheese grater and literally shaved my Brussels sprouts into a bowl. For like two of them. Then, I just started slicing and dicing them into small enough pieces for a salad.

Then, I arranged all my toppings and finished it off with a white balsamic shallot dressing:

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It’s Soup Season!

Happy December!

We are *STILL* waiting for cold weather here in Florida, but something about fall/ winter makes me ant to eat. all. the. soups.

I have made three different soups in the last two months (which doesn’t seem like a lot, but still)

First, in October, I made a Crock Pot French Onion Soup. We took this one to Disney with us and made it in coffee mugs there. It was a little strong on the thyme for me, so next time I will dial it down to 1 teaspoon.

Anywho, here’s that recipe:

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Crock Pot French Onion Soup

1 HUGE onion
1 tsp thyme
EVOO
1 container Beef Broth
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 loaf French Baguette
Thick sliced cheddar cheese

Cook onion with EVOO and thyme until tender. Add to Crock Pot. Add beef broth and spices. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Place soup in coffee mug, place French baguette and cheese on top and broil for 5 mins or until cheese is nice and melty and brown.

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Recipe: Shrimp Tacos (21-Day Fix Approved)

I could eat tacos every day for the rest of my life.

In fact, when I met Eric the only two things I could cook were tacos and spaghetti.

When I started the 21-Day Fix last year, learning how to make “Fix approved” meals was a big deal.

(P.S. I now know how to make both spaghetti and tacos that are approved!)

I kind of feel like Bubba on Forrest Gump when I talk about all the different ways I can eat tacos.

There’s:

  • Ground beef tacos
  • Ground turkey tacos
  • Ground chicken tacos
  • Fish tacos (Grouper, Mahi Mahi, tilapia)
  • Barbecue tacos (NOT Fix approved! lol)
  • Steak tacos
  • Chicken (not ground)
  • Shrimp tacos

Ok, so maybe there aren’t AS many as Bubba, but still I would eat ALL of those tacos.

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Camping with Kids: Part Deux- Food to Pack

One of the things I didn’t touch on too much in my last post about Camping with Kids was food

And let’s face it…

Toddlers NEED food…

They get HANGRY…

So, here’s what we packed for our weekend trip (we had a refrigerator, also):

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Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

I know I just did a recipe share, but I’m kind of obsessed with eating, OK?!

I had bought this package of ground sausage at Publix a while back because it looked interesting. I thought, “that looks different!” “I could make something cool with that!”

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Meanwhile, it sat in my freezer for months. LOLZ

I finally took it out last night and couldn’t think of a DAMN THING to make with it.  Pinterest to the rescue. I found this recipe and it sounded pretty good, somewhat healthy (what?! it has spinach!) and easy to make.

Only problem? I didn’t have shells. I did have this fancy ass pasta. Pennoni Rigati. Is it Penne? Rigatoni? I have no f-ing idea. I don’t even know where I got this!

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Anywho, so I improvised and this is what I came up with:

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Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage

Handful of spinach

4 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. oregano

4 cups ricotta cheese

1 package (8-12 oz) mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use the Fixate Grandma’s Sauce recipe)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown and drain the sausage.

Toss the spinach in the same pan and cook 1-2 minutes, until wilted.

Cook the noodles according to package directions.

In a mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, garlic powder, oregano and parmesan cheese.

Pour spaghetti sauce in the bottom of pan (I used a 8X8, but you can use a 9X13 also).

Drain noodles (whichever kind you use).

Place noodles on top of sauce. (This is where you would stuff the shells if you used shells)

Since I did not use shells, I just put the ricotta cheese mixture on top of the noodles.

Top with ground sausage. Then sprinkle top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-35 minutes. I baked uncovered for the last 5 minutes to melt the cheese on the top.

Enjoy!