Sunday, March 26, 2017

Menu Plan: March 26 - April 1

Sharing our Menu Plan for March 26 - April 1.

We're about a week into spring, and the snow from Winter Storm Stella is still here. In some spots, the snow piles are still pretty impressive. As the snow melts, it reveals a wake of destruction underneath. The weight of the snow pruned the shrubs in our front garden. And the cute wooden snowman we bought a few months ago for our front garden emerged with a damaged top hat.

Poor little fellow.

Compared to past winters, the Lehigh Valley wasn't hit too bad with snowy weather this year. But I'm still ready to commit myself wholeheartedly to spring.

Who's with me?

While I wait for the rest of the snow to disappear, why don't I share what's on deck for dinner at our house this week?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stylish Serveware: Cake Stands {and a Pregnancy Update}

These cake stands are beautiful and stylish and would make a lovely addition to any table.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Buttercream Frosting on an Antique Store Cake Stand | Taste As You Go

It's official. I'm 20 weeks pregnant (!) and halfway through my pregnancy. I was hoping for an uneventful back stretch, but I haven't been that fortunate. Because I delivered Caroline at 36 weeks and 6 days, my doctors labeled my pregnancy as "preterm". And because my first pregnancy was a preterm one, I get to have weekly Makena injections this time around... plus, I have to go for an ultrasound every two weeks.

Super fun.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Menu Plan: March 19 - March 25

Sharing our Menu Plan for March 19 - March 25.

Last Sunday, I pointed out that I hadn't written about anything but our menu plans for the past three weeks. Facing that fact did something to me. It motivated me to share a new soup recipe. And, because I'm definitely in the middle of the baking stage of my pregnancy, it also inspired me to get back into our kitchen to create something that wasn't out of necessity (see here and here).

You'd think pushing myself like that would have exhausted me, but it did the exact opposite. It exhilarated me! I even took the time to take photos of the things I baked so I can share those recipes with you down the road... You know, eventually... ;-)

For now, though, let's concentrate on our menu plan. Here's what's on deck for dinner at our house this week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder

 Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder - the subtle sweetness of the corn balances the slight heat from the peppers, making this chowder the perfect dish to make during the final weeks of winter!

When I lived in New York, I didn't think twice about paying for grocery delivery. In my mind, it was a necessary expense. I didn't have my car in the city, and, since I lived a few blocks from the nearest store, it didn't make sense to take a taxi. Plus, I admit... It was nice knowing I didn't have to carry everything up to my third-floor walk-up.

Then I relocated to Pennsylvania and had access to my car again. Grocery delivery slid over into the "luxury" column. It classified as an unnecessary expense. I could drive to the grocery store, pick out my items, ring them out, and bring them home. Grocery shopping became a game for me as I tried to see how far under budget I could land. I started to enjoy that time I had by myself.

But life changed. Again.