December 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: December 11th

I wanted so badly to be ready for today!  To be all, Yay, its Monday!  Lets do this.  Instead, I'm tired, possibly a little grumpy and I just don't wanna.  But, since that's not possible, I'm gonna make my self some extra strong coffee and tackle this to do list, that is growing by the minute.  (Unlike this guy, hes finally melted away.)

Texas Snowman

And all I really want to do is play in the snow again.  That's right, snow!  It snowed in San Antonio and it was amazing!  The first half of the week was cold and rainy and then next thing you know, there was snow.  We had a snowball fight, the kids make snow angels and a snowman.  Its been 25 years since the city has had snow like this.  And I'm here hoping it snows again this month!  Nothing wrong with dreaming big!

Rainy Riverwalk

I spent the week before last sick and stuck in bed.  David stayed home from work last week with me.  Although we did not stay home really. I was determined to get Christmas shopping done.  We went to the same three stores, every day all week.  Plus 2 different malls.  Then decided Amazon was so much easier. I think I bought more leggings and coffee for me than I did presents for everyone else.  When I am looking for clothes, I can't find anything and nothing fits.  When I'm not looking everything fits and in a smaller size even.  Whats up with that.  I think the coffee was David way of making sure I make it though the next few weeks.  I'm going to need it.  The only thing Ive got a start on is the menu.

  • Tacos
  • Oven Fried Chicken
  • Green Beans 
  • Salads
  • Clean out the fridge night
  • Lemon Pepper Turkey
  • Broccoli
  • Spaghetti
  • Cesar Salad
  • Garlic Bread

Another pretty easy week in the kitchen.  No complaints here.  I have a feeling I will have lots of other things to do to keep me busy all week.  I'm still waiting on the green light to go back to the gym.  Never in my life did I think I would be so bummed about not being able to work out.  I do need to stop by the library, so maybe I can squeeze in a little bit of cardio while I'm there.  Or maybe I should just not push it.  Just drop my books off and run.  The struggle is real!

I probably should share a little Monday motivation, but right now, I am fresh out.  Maybe once I make a dent in this to do list!
  1.  Vacuum and steam clean.
  2.  Reschedule dental appointments.
  3.  Call Cardiologist.
  4.  Cancel auto refill on meds.
  5.  Return books.
  6.  Organize garage.
  7.  Give the dogs baths.
I haven't even started and I already want to crawl back in bed and watch Christmas movies until its time to get the little kids.  Must.  Not.  Give.  In!!!

December 3, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: December 4th

Hello December!  Its been a quiet start to the month.  But something tells me that its going to be a busy and crazy one.  So, pretty much it will be another normal month around here.

My menu is done though!  I'm starting the week with at least one thing done!  Nothing new, but all delicious dinners!  And we are catching up on our veggies since it seems I though that pie was a vegetable last month.  Don't judge me!

  • Fajitas
  • Rice 
  • Beans
  • Veggies

  • Parmesan Chicken
  • Salads

  • Beef and Broccoli
  • Brown Rice

  • Baked BBQ Chicken
  • Salads

  • Burgers
  • Fries

Not to bad right?  Wanted to get in a few more grill nights in before it gets to cold for BBQing.  The rest of the week I was going for easy and quick.  We have no swim this month and with David home I wanted to make sure we had extra time to hang out together.  

I am finally kicking this cold.  We had all forgotten how bad it gets when I get sick.  I'm usually able to get over it pretty quick with rest and fluids but this time was something different.  My body was just to tired to fight it off and nothing worked besides time.  I'm not 100% but I'm feeling so much better than I did just two days ago. 

Whats cooking in your kitchen this week?  Oh and how many of you have an instant pot?  Love it or Leave it?  I put one on my Christmas list but I'm still on the fence about it!  

November 30, 2017

Family, Food and Football with #HormelGatherings

“I received free product in exchange for my honest review.”

Thanksgiving for me is about two things.  Family and Food.  Ask any of the guys around here what they love most about Thanksgiving and I am 90% sure they will say Football.  The other 10% thinks they will probably say food.  Growing boys are all about food!

Last week, little brother and his family drove down and I finally got to meet his two youngest children. His oldest daughter is my mini me!  They also brought along a surprise.  My oldest sisters youngest son.  This Thanksgiving was all about cousins.  Don't get me wrong, I was so happy to see my bother and his fiancée, but seeing our kids play made my heart ridiculously happy.  I love being an auntie and my boys LOVE seeing their cousins!

Thanksgiving was spent in the kitchen and around the table.  My little sister and her fiance came over as well and Grandma and Grandpa! I think we ate turkey for 2 days straight.  There was so much food!  And pie!  We colored, played cards and stayed up late talking for hours!  We did take a day and get out for a bit.  The Zoo is kind of our thing.  Dad loved taking us to the Zoo.  I remember sitting on his shoulders listening to him tell me all kinds of crazy facts about the animals.  I do the same thing with my boys now.  Except I can't carry them on my shoulders anymore!

When we got home, it was time for some football!  Nephew #1 graduated from Auburn last year so we were hoping they would do better than the Cowboys did on Thanksgiving!  War Eagle!  Or at least thats what I think they say.  I don't know much about football.  But I DO know a little about football food.  Nothing is better and easier than HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays.

I love cooking, but I love spending time with family even more.  So I grabbed a few party trays to hold the guys over while I hung out with the kids!  And to get us through a few rounds of cards afterwards!  

With options like salami, pepperoni, ham and turkey, there is something for everyone.  Add in Sargento Cheese and some round crackers and call it a win!  The Supreme Trays have olives as well.  The best part is that everything is done for you.  Already cut up and sliced.  Just add people!

You can serve them in the tray or on a platter.  I like to lay them out on a board and set in on the table or the bar.  As soon as I set it down the kids were asking for "Cracker sandwiches!"  You heard it here, Auntie Kim makes the best cracker sandwiches in town.  Just don't tell them yet that all the credit goes to these party trays.  And before I knew it, there was nothing but crumbs left.  I couldn't help but smile and lay out more.

Thats what Thanksgiving is all about.  Spending time with your family and friends.  Laughing. Eating.  Gathering! 

Have you tried HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays yet?  Pick one up for your next gathering and spend more time with your family and friends!


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