February 5, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk 6

It's a little light this week due to the ski trip.  The ones at home can fend for themselves!

Meal 1: BBQ chicken

Meal 2: Pork Chops

Meal 3: Hot dogs

Meal 4: not my problem!

Meal 5: not my problem!

: )

February 3, 2016

Day 1 - Tomorrow!

The basement renovation officially starts tomorrow! Delaying the start by a week was a blessing in disguise. All the snow has melted since winter has basically disappeared yet again.

We had a close call with my FIL but he is home now and on the mend. It's taking some time to make him understand he isn't 25 years old anymore and he must pay attention to his health if he wants to be around to see his grandchildren graduate from high school. Many men are very stubborn when it comes to needing to see a doctor. It's frustrating.

Next week I'm going on a short ski trip with my 11 year old, just the two of us. Let's hope the weather holds and there is snow on the mountain! I'm looking forward to a little time off from work and some one-on-one time with him.  Be aware that The Husband and the almost 14 year old have chosen not to go. Their loss!

January 29, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk 5

Meal 1: London Broil

Meal 2: Macaroni & Beef  (I know this was just on the meal plan but due to poor grocery list management, I didn't have the stewed tomatoes I use to make it!)

Meal 3:  Baked Chicken - trying new recipe. Will post.

Meal 4:  Grilled cheese/soup

Meal 5:  Leftovers/sandwiches

January 27, 2016

Vanilla Confetti Ice Cream Bread

I'm late to the game with this recipe that's been floating around the internet for some time. But hey, that's me.  I was very skeptical that this would even work. To my surprise, it did!

It was recommended to use a high quality full-fat ice cream so I chose Haagen Dazs. Bonus - it was on sale!  I used vanilla simply because the idea of mixing in mini chocolate chips and jimmies was highly appealing to me.

You literally just mix the (almost) a pint of softened ice cream and 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour and them mix in any toppings you choose. Spread in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  During that time, an awesome reaction happens in the oven and you're left with ice cream bread cake?!

The cake itself is pretty dense but moist. It's sweet but not sweet at the same time. It's really weird but in a good way.  I did end up frosting my ice cream bread with some (canned) chocolate frosting - made it even better.

I also bought a pint of chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream. So that will be happening soon! One baked item in my house at a time, please!