Monday’s Mixture

Image 1We are one week into our new school and it seems as if rather than having more time on my hands, I am in a complete whirlwind.  I am sure it will settle down, but it may take a few weeks as there is so much going on with parent meetings at school, new after school activity schedules to get accustom to, etc.  Big sigh of relief.  The first week went well and I am sure by February I will find extra time on my hands since I am sure to get accustom to the new routine and then realize I am on a time crunch for getting organized for family birthdays and holidays.  Thankfully I had a big container of mixture to help get us through the busy week.

 

1.  What We Are Eating ( August 17 – August 23)

Sunday – Tuna Salad Cold Plate, Vegetables a & dip, Fruit

Monday – Lemon Chicken, Sautéed Squash & Fennel, Cottage Cheese & Tomato Salad

Tuesday – Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas

Wednesday – Bacon Cheddar Burger Patties, Grilled Okra, Watermelon, & Pickles

Thursday – Ladies Night for me, Mr. Mixture & LIttle Miss Mixture had Tuna Melts on Naan Bread, Vegetables & Dip

Friday – Tomato Mozzarella Salad, Shrimp Scampi over Whole Wheat Angel Hair

Saturday – Cheese & Red Pepper Nachos

2.  Pickles – A couple of weeks ago I saw this post on Smitten Kitchen.  I grew up eating cucumbers marinated in a vinegar type solution, but I never thought of them as pickled.  Little Miss Mixture loves pickles but I am not a fan of most of the store bought ones anymore.  I gave this recipe a try, cutting it in half and using less salt.  The revised post on smitten kitchen now indicates less salt.  These are so easy and so good.

3. Back to School Party – Since Little Miss Mixture entered Kindergarten I have had a back to school party for her class.  It is a simple get together just before school starts.  This year I swapped out the juice boxes and muffins for smoothies to accompany the doughnuts and fruit.  The plastic BPA free bottles I found at shopsweetlulu.com  worked perfectly .   I had three smoothies Peachy Watermelon, Tinkerbell (my version with coconut milk and fresh pineapple), and a Berry Blast.

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4. Hummus – I have a couple tried and true hummus recipes that I have for years.  However a lot of times I just create them as I go based on herbs I have in the refrigerator or my garden barrels.  Little Miss Mixture asked for hummus and carrots for snack at school this week.  Yes I am smiling as I love some of the healthy items she has asked for and you better believe I will get some made before tomorrow.  This is a great chart for ideas and ratios to make different hummus flavors.

5. Projects – I am enjoying this whole blog thing, but like other things it is a hobby and a project to me.  As the new school year is beginning and the rush of the holiday season starts, I just realized I am really behind on my other projects.  How can it be almost a year since our big birthday trip for Little Miss Mixture?  Worse yet how is it I have not made the picture book yet.  Anyway as I will continue to blog and make my readers aware of What we are eating and recipes worth trying, but I am going to have to get back on track with other projects before another busy season passes me by.  I would love to hear from my readers as to what really interest you.  Breakfast food, Snacks, School Lunch ideas, Weeknight Dinners, Desserts.Image

Monday’s Mixture

It is hear the official end to our summer.  The lazy days of not having a particular plan, not needing an alarm clock.  Of course I was really starting to be ready for fall since the temperatures had not hit 90 this month and we had some wonderful evenings.  The perfect weather to sit outside and enjoy dinner.  But alas that is changing too, as this weeks forecast will be the warmest we have had in weeks.  On a positive the neighborhood pool is still open on the weekends and the temperatures are sure to heat the water back up again.  I can still wear some of those cute summer outfits, and the summer produce is still available in the markets.

1.  What we are Eating (August 10 – August 16)

Sunday – California Burgers, Grilled Okra and Watermelon

Monday – Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts, Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Tuesday – Any Season Salad

Wednesday  – Super Nachos

Thursday – Low Country Kebabs and Watermelon

Friday  – Srirachi Chicken over Quinoa (Family Fresh Cooking), Roasted Asparagus

Saturday -Squash, Corn, and Green Onion Flatbread

2. Srirachi Chicken over Quinoa – This is one of those recipes I pinned awhile back and keep meaning to add into our weekly menu.  I finally made it and as Marla Meridith says in her post of this recipe “hopefully you can make this ASAP,”  well I am sorry I waited as long as I did.  We will definitely be making it again soon.  We like sauce, so I would probably increase the sauce next time to enjoy the flavor over all the quinoa.  Unlike so many recipes where I increase the spices or heat for our taste this was perfect just the way it is.

3. 2 Ingredient salad– It is Meatless Monday and we had this today.  A simple salad of cottage cheese and fresh heirloom tomatoes.  So simple yet perfect on a hot day when tomatoes have so much flavor.

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4.  Ice Bucket Challenge – If you have been anywhere near social media this week, you have seen numerous videos of people taking the ice bucket challenge.  Our family has not yet been called out, but I have enjoyed watching friends, friends of friends, strangers, and celebrities take the challenge.  It is for a good cause and is helping to spread awareness.  But can we talk about how funny I think it is that here we are in the midst of summer, a season when most of us have donned our bathing suits at a pool, beach, or even a water park.  Family, friends, and strangers have seen us, yet only a few have taken the ice bucket challenge in their bathing suits.  Some have kept the cover up on, but the majority are fully clothed men, women, and kids.  Is it more fun to get cold water dumped on you when you are dressed?  Oh and I love the individuals who are not only covering their body, but their hair as well.  The shower cap videos are great.

5. Milk Bottles – I am so excited to use these for a party I am having this weekend.  For several years, I have pondered when to use those cute vintage milk bottles that pop up all over pinterest, but I never seem to have a use.  I found one.  I will have pictures next week.milkbottle1 milkbottle milkflower

 

It has been a busy week so my content is a little light, but hopefully I will start to have more time to cook up some great new ideas for family meals and snacks.

 

* photos of milk bottles courtesy of fashionmo.com.br, cathcmyparty.com, karaspartyideas.com