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Weekly Meal Plan {week 82}

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a pretty low-key couple of days and I got in some reading and relaxation time!  It is starting to get hot here in New York!  My goal for today is to try to stay cool!  Monday  means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you. Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes to try.  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan. Here is a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday: Our daughter was at her friend’s house, so we ordered sushi and Chinese takeout for my son, husband and me.

Sunday: We spent the day at the Liberty Science Center.  We had leftover pizza from Friday evening, when we got home.

Monday:  My daughter had requested that I make lasagna last week, but I just didn’t have the time to do it.  So, I made sure to put it on this week’s menu.  I also purposefully made it early in the week so we could eat the leftovers for lunch during the week.  I made World’s Best Lasagna from Allrecipes.  I’m not sure I’d call it World’s Best…..but with 5 stars and over 10,000 reviews, I knew it had to be good.  I only used ground beef, even though the recipe also called for sausage.  My only problem with the recipe is that it takes so long to make it.  This should have been a weekend meal, with overall cooking time being 2 hours and 30 minutes. Well, my sauce only simmered for about 30 minutes while I was doing all the other prep work!  Even with the the abbreviated cook time, this still came out delicious and my daughter was super happy.  As predicted, there was plenty of leftovers for lunches. I served this with a Caesar salad.

Tuesday: I made ground beef tacos for “Taco Tuesday.”  I picked up an Ortega nacho cheese taco shell kit that I saw in the grocery store.  They tasted like Doritos and I assume are similar to the one that Taco Bell sells.  They weren’t bad and tacos are always a hit.  The kids love being able to pick and choose what they put on their tacos.  I served these with some veggies.

Wednesday: I made Thai-Style Lime Risotto with Pork & Coconut from the May 2017 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day.  I used ground pork instead of cutting up pieces of a pork loin, like the recipe suggested.  Earlier in the week my husband picked me up some Thai green curry paste, since our local grocery stores didn’t carry it.  Well, I didn’t realize how spicy Thai green curry is.  The kids were troopers and ate this, with lots of milk to help cool their tongues off!  There was definitely some heat in this dish, so it’s not kid-friendly.  Although the flavors were different from the risottos that I normally make, I wasn’t a huge fan of this recipe myself.

Thursday:  My husband and I attended a local Burger and Beer event.  We gorged on burgers (like the one pictured above that had beer braised onions, wild berry fig jam, and field greens on a brioche roll!) and all kinds of tasty treats.  Earlier in the day I cooked up some breaded chicken cutlets for the kids which I served to them with rice for their dinner.

Friday:  Friday I made our usual homemade cheese pizza.

What are you having for dinner this week?

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Five on Friday {Hooray for the Weekend!}

It’s Friday, which means we made it through another week!   As of now, the only thing scheduled for the weekend is soccer.  We haven’t had a free weekend in awhile, so I’m looking forward to it.  Here are five from this week:

1.Reading – I am currently reading This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.   Five-year-old Claude wants to be a girl when he grows up.  His parents want him to be whoever he is, which for him means wearing dresses and changing his name.  However, they don’t want to share with everyone that their child is transgender.  They also have to worry about the four older siblings who are burdened with keeping this secret.  I am almost finished reading this book and from what I’ve read, I highly recommend it.  It’s a heartbreaking book about a topic that has become pretty relevant today.

2. Watching –  I finally watched Rogue One.  My husband said I’d like it…..but he was wrong.  I didn’t dislike it, it was just okay.  I’ve come to accept that I’m not a big Star Wars fan.

3. Family Fun – Last weekend our family visited the Liberty Science Center in Jersey, City, NJ.  We received complimentary passes, for an upcoming post I’m writing for the Westchester County Moms Blog.  None of us had ever been before and we had such a great time!  Our favorite exhibit was the limited-time, MythBusters exhibit.  My husband has watched every episode of the show, so this was right up his alley!  There were props from the show on exhibit as well as many hands-on activities and a live show.

4. Lunch Date –  My husband and I had the chance to enjoy a rare lunch date last week.  Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at the Empire City Casino, invited me to try their burger entry in the Westchester Magazine’s Burger and Beer Blast.  We got to try this Bloody Mary Burger and several other items from their menu.  We had a delicious time!

5. Eating – And speaking of Westchester Magazine’s Burger and Beer Blast, last night, my husband and I gorged ourselves with not only burgers (and beer for my husband) but also ice cream, empanadas and more!  We left the event a tad bit stuffed!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

2017 calendarMonday I shared our weekly meal plan.

Currently 2017Wednesday I joined the monthly Currently link up.

I’m linking up with Katie, Andrea and April!  Have a great weekend!

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Currently June 2017

Currently 2017
June is here and that means school will be ending soon. We are busy with all of the end of year activities going on as the school year comes to an close. I’m sure I say this every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the school year went by!  I am linking up with Anne and Erin for the monthly Currently link up.  Here is what I’m currently…..

Planning – Our summer vacation.  This summer I’ll be taking my kids on a tour of New York state.  I’m going to have a more detailed post coming soon on the blog, but my plan is to visit different areas of the state that they (and sometimes I) haven’t been to.  I’m hoping this will be a fun and educational experience for us all!  I didn’t realize how much planning would be involved in such an endeavor though!  So, yes, lots of planning happening here.

Wishing – For some warmer weather.  Yesterday it was rainy and in the 50’s.  I don’t want to complain too much because once the heat comes it stays!  However, it’s definitely not feeling like June!

Learning – I’m currently reading up on all things blogging.  Although this blog started out as a hobby of mine, I’d like to learn to monetize it.  Instagram and twitter are my favorite social media platforms.  However, I think using Pinterest, and more specificially Tailwind tribes, will be beneficial.  Any resources and tips are appreciated!

Browsing – Goodreads and online book lists for some summer reading recommendations!  In the summer I prefer to read lighter, chick-lit and quick, suspense type reads.  If you have a good summer read you can recommend, let me know!

Going –  Tomorrow night I’m going to a local Beer and Burger Fest.  Many area restaurants are participating and I plan to have a fun and tasty night out with my husband!

 

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 81}

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In a blink of an eye, it’s Monday again!  The weekend always flies by much quicker than I want it to! We had a fun-filled couple of days, but now it’s time to get ready for another week.  Monday  means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you. Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes to try.  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan. Just to note, this week’s menu does not actually have any formal recipes as you will see.  But hopefully, it can provide you with some dinner ideas!  Here is a look at what was on our menu this past week.

Saturday: We were in Rhode Island for the weekend.  Saturday we spent the day in Providence.  We started the day at the Roger Williams Zoo and then went to see Water Fire.  Before Water Fire we ate at Fire + Ice, a restaurant nearby.  At this restaurant, you basically create your own meal.  You choose what starch, veggies, protein and sauce that you want.  You then bring it up to the grill and watch as it gets cooked.

Sunday: We got home from our long weekend in Rhode Island and we were exhausted.  We raided our freezer and cabinets to find something to make for dinner.  We ended up making a box of mac and cheese and some chickpea veggie burgers.  Nothing fancy or homemade and fortunately for you, no picture!  It was not photogenic at all!

Monday: It was chilly and raining on and off for Memorial Day.  So, I marinated a London broil the night before in a mixture of Teriyaki sauce, Soy sauce, Hoisin sauce and garlic. My husband then cooked the London broil and roasted some potatoes, which we had with a garden salad.

Tuesday: I made Chorizo Breakfast Nachos.  I cooked chorizo in a pan.  Once cooked, I took it out and then scrambled some eggs in the pan.  I put the scrambled eggs and chorizo on a pan of tortilla chips.  I then sprinkled some shredded cheddar on top and topped with salsa.  Then I broiled until melted and served with sour cream.  Breakfast for dinner is always a hit in our house.  I love breakfast nachos since they can be customized to whatever you want to put on or have on hand in the house.  I’ve made these before, as my kids pointed out.  I don’t normally repeat recipes.  However, when you need quick and easy, this is a go-to recipe.

Wednesday: I made a Ravioli Bake, again no real recipe.  I put some jarred pasta sauce in the bottom of a baking pan.  Once I cooked the ravioli, I put them in the pan and covered them with sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Then I baked it in the oven for about 10 minutes until heated and the cheese melted.  I served the ravioli with garlic toast and Caesar salad.

Thursday: I made Bacon and Blue Cheese Burgers which I served with fries.  I didn’t use a recipe.  I took ground beef and added Steak seasoning that had salt and pepper in it.  I then cooked the patties in a cast iron skillet and once cooked, topped with slices of bacon and blue cheese crumbles.  Easy, but tasty!

Friday:  Friday was super busy with me shuttling my daughter back-and-forth between two different events.  I managed to make our regular homemade pizza and squeeze dinner in.

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Untermyer Park and Gardens {Yonkers, NY}

If you’ve ever driven on North Broadway in Yonkers, you may have sped right past Untermyer Park and Gardens and not even known it {guilty!}.  Hidden behind a gated brick wall, the entrance is unassuming.  However, once you pass through those gates, you are transported to another world.

Untermyer Park is a public park in the city of Yonkers.  It’s named for successful corporate lawyer, Samuel Untermyer, who acquired the property in 1899.  An avid horticulturist, he commissioned architect William Welles Bosworth  to design the gardens in 1916.  Untermyer opened his 150 acres of gardens to the public and intended for them to become a state park when he died.  Unfortunately, due to the high cost of this endeavor, his dream couldn’t become a reality.  Instead, in 1946 a portion of the property was given to the City of Yonkers to be used as a city park.  Today, Untermyer Park consists of 43 acres that is maintained and being restored in a collaboration between the non-profit, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy and the city of Yonkers.

I recommend picking up a brochure which is available in an outdoor case at the Community Center (bathrooms and benches to sit and rest are located here as well).  You can read about the history of the gardens and use the map to ensure that you don’t miss anything. As much as I wanted to fill this post with tons of beautiful pictures of the gardens I restrained myself. There’s nothing like seeing their beauty for the first time in person.

 

Begin your tour at the Walled Garden.  This Indo-Persian garden is based on the Garden of Eden. Divided into quadrants by waterways, some things you will see in this garden include an open air amphitheater, reflecting pools filled with goldfish and koi, marble columns, a Grecian temple, fountains and mosaic-tiled floors and walls.

Make your way toward The Vista, the staircase that takes you down towards the Vista Overlook. At the circular Overlook, you will have spectacular views of the Hudson River.  As you make your way down the steps, you’ll pass the remnants of what was the Color Gardens.

At the bottom of the Vista Overlook you can take the Woodland Trail up the the Temple of Love.  We opted to walk down past the old Gatehouse and take the longer Carriage Trail.  This trail runs parallel to the Old Croton Aqueduct and Warburton Avenue.  Hearing police sirens and cars driving by as we walked on the trail were the only reminders that we were in the midst of a city.  When we came upon the waterfalls at the Temple of Love, my jaw dropped in disbelief! Seeing the rock gardens with the water cascading down is truly a breathtaking sight.

The whole family was surprised at the history and beauty of Untermyer Park.  These gardens are truly a hidden gem in Yonkers that every Westchester County resident should visit at least once.  The beauty of the gardens is that you can come back at different times throughout the year and get a different perspective, as they change the floral displays with the seasons.

The Details:

Untermyer Park and Gardens
945 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 613-4502
www.untermyergardens.org

Admission:  Free

Hours:  7 AM – dusk (daily)
Please check the website for the Walled Garden hours

Tours:  90 minutes – given on Sundays by docents from late April through early November (focus alternates weekly between history and horticulture – check the schedule for information)
Cost:  $10/adult, free for children 12 and under  –  no reservations required

President’s Tour:  Given one Sunday a month
Cost:  $20/adult, free for children 12 and under  – no reservations required

Parking:  Two small lots at the community center next to the community center at Untermyer or street parking on  North Broadway (both metered and unmetered)

Additional Info:
There are restrooms on the property.

Pets are not allowed on the grounds.

Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Food and drinks are not sold on the property.  However, feel free to bring your own and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

We visited with our two children, ages 8 and 11.  Walking at a leisurely pace, we were able to see all of the gardens and take plenty of pictures in about one hour.  You can make a longer or shorter visit, depending on your needs.

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 80}

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Did you have a good weekend?  We enjoyed a fun weekend in Rhode Island at my parents’ house.  I’ll be posting more about it on this week’s Five on Friday post!  Hopefully you have today off and get to celebrate Memorial Day.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast is looking like rain for most of the day, even when we’re supposed to be at our town’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.  Monday  means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes to try.  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan. Here is a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday:  My daughter and I had some Moe’s takeout while the boys were at a Cub Scout event.  We were too hungry that no pictures were taken!

Sunday: We spent the afternoon at Smorgasburg Upstate and then spent the later part of the day doing yard clean up. By the time we were ready done neither my husband or I felt like cooking.  So we had Chinese takeout and watched La La Land.

Monday: I made Pulled Pork with Cornbread Topping from the October, 2014 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.  My son saw this recipe in my pile of ripped out magazine recipes ages ago, and has been asking me to make it ever since.  Well, I finally made it!  This is not a quick and easy recipe.  The pork needs to roast in the oven for almost 2 hours!  Mine luckily didn’t take that long but it still has to bake 20-25 minutes more once the corn bread batter is poured on top.  I served this with some veggies.  This was super tasty and there were no leftovers!  My son was happy that he finally got the meal he wanted.  However, I’d recommend this for a weekend meal in the fall or winter since it is perfect cold-weather comfort food!

Tuesday: I made Reuben Sandwiches.  I had bought an extra corned beef back in March when they were on super sale for St. Patrick’s Day. I put it in the slow cooker, poured a bottle of beer on top and let it cook.  When we were ready to eat I put some corned beef on a roll and topped it with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing.  I know, this sandwich traditionally uses rye bread. However, I thought that the rolls would hold up better to all the filling.  No real cooking was involved, but we had a tasty sandwich for dinner!  I served the Reubens with fries.

Wednesday: I made Chicken Fajitas.  Again, no real recipe for this meal.  I sauteed some onion and bell peppers in a pan. Once they were cooked I removed them and added a pound of chicken that I had cut into strips to the pan.  I sprinkled a lot of Penzeys Fajita seasoning on top and cooked the chicken.  Once the chicken was cooked I added the onions and peppers back into the pan. I served the fajitas with sour cream and guacamole and also made Goya Mexican rice.  The kids liked this meal.

Thursday:  I made Korean Beef Bowls from Damn Delicious.  This is a recipe that I’ve actually made before but I know the kids really like it.  Plus, it’s quick and easy to make!

Friday:  We were in Rhode Island for the long weekend.  My mom cooked a turkey breast and made mashed potatoes and veggies.

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Five on Friday {Memorial Day Weekend}

Happy Friday!  I am currently in Rhode Island with the family enjoying a couple of days at my parent’s house.  It’s not quite beach weather yet but a couple of days of rest and relaxation is what this family needs!  Here are five from this week:

1. Mother-Daughter Day – Last Saturday my husband and son were at a cub scout event.  I took my daughter to Djembes and Dance at Philipsburg Manor.  It was a celebration of African culture through music and dancing.  After we came home, got some Moe’s takeout and watched some television together.

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2. Reading – I’m still reading A Gentleman in Moscow.  It’s been very slow reading for me.  I’m also reading The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares.  While I enjoyed her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, this book isn’t my fave.  I’ll hopefully finish it today and then I’m not sure what book I’ll be starting next.

3.  Family Fun – Last Sunday we went to Smorgasburg Upstate where we had this Mac and Cheese Donut topped with a Bacon Jam.  It was so good!  Crispy on the outside and cheesy and creamy on the inside!  You can read more about our day in my post (linked below).

 

4. Watching – We finally watched La La Land this past weekend.  I like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling……but I was not a fan of this movie!  I really like musicals too, so I was surprised that I wasn’t into it.

5.  Eating – Thanks to Brenda, I learned about Firework Oreos.  After she wrote about them in a recent Friday Favorites post, I was on a mission to find them.  Well, I was successful and I was not disappointed with them.  They are regular Oreos but have Pop Rock candy mixed in the filling.  They are so fun to eat! I haven’t been the biggest fan of some of the more recent limited edition Oreos, but I really enjoyed these!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

2017 calendarMonday I shared our weekly meal plan.

Wednesday I wrote about Smorgasburg Upstate.

Linking up with Katie, Andrea and April!  Have a great weekend!

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Smorgasburg Upstate

For those of you without NYC foodie friends, Smorgasburg is, “the largest weekly open-air food market in America.” Thousands of people visit each weekend and my Instagram feed has me drooling at all the deliciousness that one can find to eat there. However, living in the suburbs of New York City, trekking down to Brooklyn, even for some amazing eats, does not appeal to me.  Fortunately, for us suburban folks there is Smorgasburg Upstate.

Located at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY, this is the second season of Smorgasburg Upstate.  While last year, it took place once a week, this year it is scheduled for only one weekend a month.  My family and I visited this past Sunday for opening weekend.  From northern Westchester County, it is approximately a 90 minute drive. Both parking and admission are free.  The location is very photogenic with Hudson River views and vestiges of the old brickyard including a Lidgerwood crane and frames of the steel kiln sheds.

Smorgasburg is located under a giant pavilion.  Savory food vendors include Itsa Pizza Truck, Pakt, Hookline Fish Co, Santa Fe Tacos, Ramen Burger, Kovo Rotisserie, Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape, Nacho Nirvana and The Grille Wagon. Bakery and sweet food vendors include Bread Alone, Cafe Warshafsky, Seraphine Bakery, Jane’s Ice Cream and Fruition Chocolate.

While we were there we sampled the mac and cheese donut with bacon jam and “The Big Daddy” (pulled pork, cheddar cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, jalapenos, and BBQ sauce on a roll, pressed on the flattop) from The Grille Wagon.  Both of these were delicious!  The Grille Wagon was smart with their advertising  and had samples of some of their more popular menu items on display.  They were even roasting a whole pig and serving it later in the afternoon!

We also shared BBQ Duck Nachos with Fontina & Mango-Avocado Salsa from Nacho Nirvana.  They were a good dish to share.  However, I found them to be just okay.  There was a lot of cheese and it became cold and congealed very quickly.  The mango-avocado salsa (pretty much guacamole) was delicious though!

We finished up with some ice cream from Jane’s Ice Cream.  I loved the Apricot Orange Blossom and Kahlua Calypso Crunch flavors!

The Ramen Burger from Ramen Burger and the Fried Avocado Sandwich from PAKT looked tasty as well and if I wasn’t stuffed, I’d give them a try!

You won’t go thirsty at Smorgasburg Upstate.  Besides water and soda that vendors sell, Maya’s Lemonade (from Maya’s Jams) and STAND coffee provide non-alcoholic beverages.  There’s a bar serving local craft beer and hard cider on tap along with wine and cocktails.

For those wishing to shop, some of the flea market vendors include Mezzanine Vintage, Hazel and Hudson, So Mid-Century, Bohemian Farmgirl and NorthCountryClassics.  There are also food vendors selling honey, hot sauce, olive oil, brittle and more.

Once you’ve gotten some food, you can choose from several seating options.  The Adirondack chairs with Hudson River views are very popular and are the first seats to be taken.

There are also several picnic tables both under the pavilion and out on the grass where you can sit and eat.  For the younger visitors, there are a couple toddler-sized dining tables and chairs as well.

Sit, relax, and bask in the sunshine while you enjoy your good eats.  You can be entertained by the live music, or, like my children did, engage in some fun dog watching.  Smorgasburg Upstate is very dog-friendly!  We couldn’t believe the number and different types of dogs we saw while we were there.

If you’re up to it, you can even play a game of cornhole out on the lawn.

Although I’ve never been to Smorgasburg in the city, the number of vendors and the uniqueness of foods sold at the Upstate location is a bit lacking (and disappointing) in comparison.  Compared to the 100 vendors at the Brooklyn location, Smorgasburg Upstate had a lot less food vendors.  The Ramen Burger (Ramen Burger), Smoky Tails (Hookline) and Mac and Cheese Donut (The Grille Wagon) were probably the most unique food items available.  If you go to Brooklyn, you can expect to find Ube Ice Cream served in a dragon fruit bowl, Spaghetti Donuts, Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, Raclette Sandwiches and more!

For reference, most main dishes (sandwiches, pizzas, etc.) are priced between $10-$15 and and are cash only.  There is an ATM onsite if needed as well as restrooms with flushable toilets and sinks.

The Details:

Smorgasburg Upstate
200 North Street
Kingston, NY

11 AM- 6 PM

Dates:
June 17 & 18
July 15 & 16
August 19 & 20
September 16 & 17
October 21 & 22

June 23 & 24 there is a Bob Dylan concert at the Hutton Brickyards.  Visit Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 79}

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I cannot believe it’s Monday again!  The weekend just flies by.  We had a jam-packed, fun couple of days.  Now, it’s back to our regularly scheduled routine.  Monday  means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes to try.  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan. Here is a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday:  I went out to dinner with some friends for a girls night, while my husband stayed home with the kids.  I had a delicious burger with hash browns, bacon and a fried egg on top.  Unfortunately, no picture was taken of this deliciousness!  My husband made bacon grilled cheese sandwiches and tater tots for him and the kids.

Sunday:  My husband and kids made me a delicious Mother’s Day dinner.  My husband cooked up some lamb steaks while my son helped make risotto.  We also had roasted asparagus.  While they were cooking dinner, my daughter made brownies so we could have brownie ice cream sundaes for dessert!

Monday: I made a Chorizo & Potato Frittata from Girl Gone Gourmet.  I roasted the potatoes earlier in the afternoon and then made the frittata closer to dinner time.  Frittatas are so versatile and easy to make.  I served it with salad.  Everyone enjoyed this and the leftovers were great for breakfast.

Tuesday: I made Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Melanie Makes.  I cooked the chicken in the slow cooker earlier in the day and then it was quick to put together at dinner time.  I cooked up some fries to serve with. I halved this recipe and still had leftovers! This is a perfect summer dinner, when you don’t feel like turning the oven on or cooking.  The kids enjoyed this and my daughter took a leftover sandwich to school for lunch the next day.

Wednesday: I made Pasta Carbonara from The Pioneer Woman.  It’s been awhile since I made SpaghettiCarbonara.  While definitely not the healthiest of pasta dishes, it’s very tasty!  The kids enjoyed this meal a lot.

Thursday:  I made Egg Roll in a Bowl from right here at NY Foodie Family!  This obviously is a repeat recipe for us, but the kids loved it so much the first time!  It was as much of a hit the second time around as it was the first time that I made it.

Friday:  I made our usual weekly homemade pizza.

What are you having for dinner this week?

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Five on Friday {Feeling Like Summer}

Happy Friday!  I’m hoping today’s temps don’t reach the 90’s like they did yesterday and Wednesday!  I’m not quite ready for it to feel like summer.  This has been a pretty uneventful week around here, which I must admit, I kind of like! The boys are spending tomorrow at a Cub Scout event so my daughter and I will get to enjoy some quality mother-daughter time!   Here are five from this week:

1. Mother’s Day – Did you have a nice Mother’s Day?  The kids brought my coffee and their homemade cards and presents to me in bed Sunday morning.  Then we all ate breakfast together.  The weather forecast wasn’t looking great but we managed to fit in a trip to Untermyer Gardens.  I’ve been wanting to visit this place for awhile and Mother’s Day seemed like the perfect day. We had a great time walking around the gardens and taking in the Hudson River views…..and we were on our way home when it started raining!  When we got home the kids helped my husband cook a delicious dinner….and dessert!

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2. Reading – I haven’t had much reading time this week, but my current book is Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens.  I’ve read a couple of her other books and they’ve been pretty good suspense/thriller type reads.  I’m not quite half-way through this one yet, but so far, so good.


3.  Proud Mom Moment – Saturday, my daughter performed her first alto sax NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo.  She had been practicing for several weeks and woke up Saturday morning with a sore throat and cough.  She persevered though and did an awesome job!  Of course I had to take her out to celebrate a job well done with a special treat of her choice.  As you can see in the pic above, she wanted a Smash Burger Oreo milkshake.  P.S. – She got her score earlier this week and received a 27/28 (Outstanding).  #ProudMom!!

4. Watching – I didn’t watch any movies or start any new shows this week.  I’ve been catching up on my regular shows:  Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, the Real Housewives of Potomac and the Real Housewives of New York.  We also have been watching the Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars as a family!

5. Eating – I’ve been trying to eat a little more healthy at home during the week.  On the weekends when we go out, all bets are off though!  I picked up these Yasso frozen yogurt bars last week and have been enjoying them.  I love anything S’mores flavored, so these were perfect.  I feel a little better eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream!

ICYMI this week on the blog:
2017 calendar

Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.

Wednesday I posted Fun Summer Family Food Experiences.

Thursday I shared Dinner Deals in Westchester County.

Linking up with Katie, Andrea and April!  Have a great weekend!