Fall Recipe Round-Up!

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Thanksgiving in the US is just a few days away, and for most of us, it means cooking a HUGE feast to share with family or friends.

I wanted to share with you some of my family’s favorite fall recipes- They are all pretty tasty, and easy to make. Some are great for Thanksgiving dinner, and some are just tasty fall recipes.

Wendy’s: Get FREE Frosty® for a YEAR!!

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When you buy a Frosty® key tag, not only do you get a year of free Frosty, but 85% of proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® to help children waiting in foster care find forever homes. Getting a Frosty is always a good thing to do, but this time of year, it’s also the right thing to do. Order one online here (or check with your local Wendy’s location).

Fine Print: *Limited time only at participating U.S. Wendy’s. 85% of every Frosty Key Tag sold between 11/25/19-1/31/20 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Key tag price may vary in select markets. Key Tags valid from 1/1/2020–12/31/2020. One free Jr. Frosty per visit with any purchase.

Tea Collection $15 or Less Sale!

Tea Collection Black Friday Sales Event starts today (Monday 11/25/19).

Tea Collection clothes are so cute and unique- I love that they gather their inspiration from cultures all over the world! And they are so well made!

They have more styles than ever all for just $15 or less! This is the one you have been waiting for, their biggest sale of the year!

Fine print:
Black Friday Event applies to select styles only. Offer ends on 11/30/2019 at 11:59pm PST. Limited to stock on hand. Restrictions apply

11/25/19 Weekly Meal Plan!

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This week is Thanksgiving here in the US, so the kids are off school all week, and I’ve got tons of fun stuff planned! Zoo, making Turkey Cookies with the kids and my niece, playing at the park, and of course, daily visits to the YMCA. Meals will probably be light because we’re super stoked for all the yummy treats on Thursday.  I’m taking this dish on Thursday!

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste. If you are looking for kitchen inventory printable, I like the kitchen inventories here. They are great printables.

You may notice a lot of plant-based meals- We are not vegetarian (well, the big kid is, but the rest of us aren’t), but I am trying to get more veggies into our diet. I do a lot of cooking from scratch- I find it easier to get veggies and fruit into recipes that I can have 100% control over.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day:

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids (they love the Kodiak Cakes Mix).  I also keep sandwich Ziploc bags of other frozen fruit on hand to make the kids smoothies when they request them (a few times per week). Berries, peaches, and mangos are pretty popular.

Lunches are leftovers, salads, or soups for me and Bitty. The big kid takes his lunch to school, but once in a while, I can convince him to buy his lunch.

For dinner, when we’ve got busy days (like Mondays), I’ll try and put something in the crockpot in the morning, or pull something I’ve already prepped out that can be quickly cooked. Last week I did a lot of veggie prep and I’ve got a bunch of bags of veggies in the freezer for meals this week.

  • Monday: Breakfast for dinner: Smoothies and Dave’s Killer Bagels with Cream cheese.
  • Tuesday: Quesadillas, green salad, fruit
  • Wednesday:  Chicken and Veggie soup
  • Thursday:  THANKSGIVING FEAST WITH FAMILY
  • Friday:  Some sort of Thanksgiving leftover based meal (perhaps a Moist Maker Sandwich- Friends fans know what I mean)
  • Saturday:  Pizza time (also salad will be served)
  • Sunday:   Leftovers, as per usual

I had someone ask me how we always have enough of anything for leftovers. I always cook enough of the main dish for 6-8 servings, that way we have leftovers for lunches later in the week or leftover night. And really when you make stuff like soup, it’s hard to make a batch of soup that only feeds 4 people.

Talk Back: What are you planning to cook this week?