MPM: Week of March 2

It's been a while since my last post -- and to be honest, I am not sure how much more life this blog has. I (luckily / thankfully) have been getting more and more work coming my way - and since my computer time is limited this blog takes last priority. I have my clients work, than my own marketing work for my consulting and my household stuff like bill paying, etc. that all comes before this blog. Which means I barely get time to plan my meals.

But here I am! I am putting together a meal plan for this week. We'll see if I can get another post or two up before my next meal plan.

Anyways - here is the idea.

Monday: Broccoli-Basil Mac n Cheese
Tuesday: Creamy Sausage & Spinach Tortellini
Wednesday: with family
Thursday: with family
Friday: Apple Walnut Gorgonzola Pizza
Saturday: with family
Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ok, hope we stick to it - should be easy since 3 nights are with family (that I may or may not be cooking so I can't plan too much!) More plans at org junkie of course.

Why I can't get my house cleaned, let alone write a post

Well, this gave me a good chuckle. Watch this video - add another little munchkin in the mix - and you'll understand my lack of posts. But man, I'm trying to enjoy every minute.

Hopefully more posts will come soon. But I'm not promising anything. Did I tell you that Gus started to crawl? At 6 months? Too early for momma's liking.

MPM: Week of February 9

I don't think we stuck to the plan much at all last week. Oh well, you can't be perfect all the time, right? Here is the idea for this week.

Monday: fettuccini alfredo
Tuesday: gnocchi skillet with sausage and tomatoes
Wednesday: Dinner with the hubby. If we actually get to do this it will be the first time in nearly 2 years (other than for a wedding.) OMG.
Thursday: Dorito Chicken & Cheese Casserole (recipe below)
Friday: charred cauliflower quesadillas
Saturday: braised coconut spinach & chickpeas with lemon (over rice)
Sunday: Valentine's Day pizza dinner :)


3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of corn, drained
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 medium sized bag of nacho cheese Doritos, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Spread the bottom of the pan with half of the Doritos . Reserve one cup of cheese. Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bow. Pour chicken mixture over the Doritos. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and Doritos. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.

More menu plans at orgjunkie of course.

A kitchen helper

My kids are good eaters. Lucille is 21 months now and loves to eat. She ate everything we gave her as a baby - but I'll admit we had some issues switching her to real foods vs. pureed. Veggies that she LOVED pureed - she wasn't so fond of as whole foods. And meats weren't really her favorite.

I decided to conduct an experiment and invite her into the kitchen while cooking and let her nibble on things. The difference was amazing. It started with rotisserie chicken. I've got a bit of an obsession with cooking with rotisserie chicken, because it is so good - and SO easy. Bring Lucille in the kitchen while pulling the chicken off the bone - she ate some and loved it! That was her first meat.

Other things that followed: pepperoni while making pizza, carrots while making baby food and sweet potato while roasting it. It has been a slow process - but it has been the easiest way to get her to eat a meal closer to the meal that we are eating.

And in addition, she loves to cook - so much that Santa got her a play kitchen for Christmas. Now she makes us "coffee" and "apple pie" every morning. She also loves to help us do the dishes, clear the plates, set the table, sweep the floor and make the babies food. We're taking full advantage of this stage. She also got this broom set for Christmas from her aunt - which she also loves.

My next purchase to aid our little kitchen helper is one of these GuideCraft Kitchen Helpers. Because obviously I can't continue to leave her on the counter. She's too squirmy.

Any other things I need to know about from kitchen loving toddlers? I would love to find a toddler's cooking class in the Sacramento area. Any mom's know about one?