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Recap Week of 10/29/12

Happy Halloween!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!  We did, my little garden gnome has been all candy-crazed since Halloween for sure.  Now I remember why she doesn’t get sweets a whole lot…

Other than all of the candy, we had a great food week:

Monday, 10/29: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

It was tasty and pretty easy.  I told Boog we were having “Spaghetti Boats” for dinner and she ate it right up.

Tuesday, 10/30: Buffalo Chicken Chili

This was pretty easy made in the crock pot.  LOVED it!  Husband raved and had to take leftovers to his buddy at the shop.  Boog asked, “What’s this?  Is it a carrot?  Mmm, I like carrots.”  She asked for more carrots and more beans.  What?!?  This is a definite winner in my house, and the only prep was to chop some veggies the night before.

Wednesday, 10/31: HALLOWEEN! Creamy Chipotle Chicken

Husband was wound up about this one too.  While it was pretty tasty, I might keep some of this on hand in a bind, but probably won’t keep the Campbell’s skillet sauces in a normal rotation.  It’s a prepackaged sauce so the stats (read: SODIUM!) are a bit horrendous.

Thursday, 11/1: Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole

Ok, I get that this is definitely not a “virtuous” recipe, but anything that gets my two-year old to hork down an entire bowl of vegetables can’t be all bad, right?  Seriously, this was delicious…with no prep…and less than an hour of bake time.  Yeah.  Winner Winner Vegetable Dinner.

Friday, 11/2: Chili Mac (made with our leftover Doc’s Chili)

I know, I took super healthy chili and dumped it over carbs and added cheese on top.  But it was good.  And at least I started with healthy chili…?  Again, a hit with the Boog, but it’s “skyettee” so how could it not be.  My favorite thing about this is that the preparation was already done.

In other news, the fever is gone, but I’m still feeling a little wiped out.  So, this will be the new format for the foreseeable future, unless I get struck by some extra energy and amazing words come to me…but probably not 🙂



We Got a Short One, Folks

Boog came down with some sort of stomach bug, so I’ve been up since about 2:30 this morning.  And now I think I may have caught it.  Oh, the joys of having a germ factory germ magnet toddler.  Now we both have fevers.  Boo.

On the dinner front, we’ve had some plain jane repeats the last two nights.  Still delicious, but they might not make for the most interesting blogging.

Last night we had the Cheeseburger Mac Attack.  Basically, macaroni and cheese, so it was a hit with the Boog and with me.  She ate her vegetables and ground turkey breast too, everything but the onions.  Success!

Tonight was Honey Dijon Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Tots.  Had we been eating normal foods, these would also have been a hit.  Though, I realized tonight that the Sweet Potato Tots have added sugar.  Really?  That’s not necessary.  So, I was disappointed that I didn’t do a good label check on these and that they won’t be making an appearance back on our table.

I’ll leave you with my funny Boog story of the week.  Though, it was much funnier when I thought she was just saying she had a bellyache, before I woke up to a vomiting toddler in the wee hours this morning.

Getting into the car on the way home on Monday:

Boog: My belly hurts.  I don’t feel good. 

Me: Oh no, why does your belly hurt? 

Boog: <talking non-stop about something entirely unrelated> 

Fast-forward a few minutes and we’re almost home.

Me: Hey Boog, how is your belly feeling now?  Does it still feel bad?

Boog: <pulling up her shirt to show her belly> There’s poop in there.

Now I’m headed to bed in the hopes I can sleep this thing off.


Bugs, Boogs, MILs, and Some Me/Us Time

This week’s been a little off schedule.  I knew making swim class on Tuesday was going to be tough as I had a late meeting at work.  But, I thought I might still make it…until.  Yeah, I was sick on the way home.  I’ll leave it at that.

I barely made it pick the Boog up from school.  My dinner consisted of some bread and Sierra Mist (thanks Husband for picking those up).  He had a sandwich.  Boog had a super appetite – she ate 2 yogurts and two bowls of cereal, Life, to be exact.

Someone remind me again why I cook for her every night??  Sigh.

Yesterday, my wonderful mother-in-law came for a visit with Boog and made dinner so I could catch up on some things at work and rest up a bit after my little bug.    She made the butternut squash tostadas, so good.  I forgot to take a picture, but here’s what these delicious little guys look like from the last time we had them.


I also promised the recipe, so here goes!

Butternut Squash Tostadas


1 small onion, chopped coarsely

1 bag frozen diced butternut squash (you can, of course, use fresh, but what an easy shortcut!)

1 can Ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chilies

cilantro (or cilantro paste as a short cut)

lime juice

chipotle pepper seasoning

tostada shells (we used baked)

crumbled goat cheese


Saute onion with the butternut squash until onion is translucent.

Add the tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and chipotle.

Heat through.

Put squash mixture on tostada shells and top with goat cheese.


Seriously, the most simple meal, but it tastes gourmet.

Anyway, so last night, my mother-in-law asked if she could take Boog home with her for a visit for a few days.  Huh?

What mixed emotions!  Now, I have to point out that my daughter is more than two and a half years old and she has never been away from me over night since the day she was born.  Let’s be clear, I’m not saying that like it’s a badge of honor – the opportunity just hasn’t presented itself.

So, even though Husband and I looked through pictures of the Boog tonight, and we of course miss her, it’s nice to have a breather.  Husband and I can have some “us” time this weekend without shelling out major bucks on a babysitter.

I was able to make dinner without any arguments or whining in the background, though I missed my little helper.  And I think she would have liked the Foil-Pack Chicken & Broccoli Dinner I made tonight.  It was super easy and pretty tasty.

It was rather nice to not have to be a role model for a night.

What’s that? Why yes, I would like to eat my dinner in front of the television.  And I can watch some trash TV with absolutely no redeeming qualities and not Fresh Beat Band?  Don’t mind if I do.

Love you Boog, but much thanks to my mother-in-law for a few days off!