Sunday, January 26, 2020

What's for Dinner: January 26 - January 31

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

School Crayons Box with Colored Pencils | Photo by Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash


The time has come. The moment I have been anticipating since our sweet girl was born.

It's time to make a decision about kindergarten.

Because I work at a school, we're in a unique position. Do we register her at our assigned public elementary school? Or do we figure out a way to make independent school happen so she can go to "my" school?

To help us work through the latter, we've had a series of steps to go through with the school. Stephen and I took the tour a little over a week ago. Then, yesterday, she attended a special visit on campus for prospective kindergarten students.

As expected, she had the time of her life. For her, it was as if her summer camp session started six months early.

So, we have a lot of talking to do before completing any type of official paperwork. While we attempt to get that conversation started... why don't you keep reading to see what I've planned for dinner at our house this week?


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Homemade Bacon Jam

This homemade bacon jam is a tasty way to combine salty and sweet. Seriously, put this stuff on everything.

This homemade bacon jam is a fantastic savory way to combine salty and sweet. It makes the perfect partner to cheese and crackers and will take any sandwich you put it on to the next level.

I am of the mindset that bacon makes everything better. In fact, I'm pretty sure that a love of bacon is a prerequisite for anyone looking to join our family.

Of course, in my world, bacon isn't only a breakfast food. BLTs for lunch? Amazing. Especially with some sliced avocado on top and a heaping pile of potato salad on the side. When I don't want to have bread with my bacon, then I'll chop the bacon up and sprinkle it on top of a salad.

Also?

Bacon makes a delicious topping for a burger. My go-to burger order used to be a bacon cheeseburger... I'd consider it a bonus if I could also put barbecue sauce and caramelized onions on that bad boy. Slide some crispy fries onto the plate and I'd call that heaven.

Then I met bacon jam.

I don't remember how long ago it was when I first tried bacon jam. And I don't remember exactly where it happened either. But I do know that my life changed at that moment... And now I'll order any burger on the menu that comes with bacon jam.

Because I love bacon jam so much, I thought it high time I made some at home. Ironically, my initial thoughts didn't go to burgers. I wanted to use the bacon jam as a spread on the charcuterie board I was planning on serving on New Year's Eve.

But, well, that didn't happen.

Keep reading to see how easy it easy to make homemade bacon jam... and keep an eye on the blog over the next several days as I'll be revealing how I used this particular batch of bacon jam in a post down the road!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

What's for Dinner: January 19 - January 25

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

Snow-Covered Wooden House | Photo by Greg Rakozy via Unsplash


If you guys caught my latest batch of Tidbits, then you'll remember how ready I was for the weekend. After a hard week full of work-life balance challenges, I had my eyes on Saturday night.

Date Night.

We had tickets to a show, and I had a babysitter booked weeks ago. I was so proud that we were making the effort to get out of the house without the kids. And I was happy that I'd be making progress on my goals for the year.

But then the snowstorm started. Stephen and I were willing to try making it down to the theatre for the show, but then our babysitter canceled. Which turned out to be the right call given how quickly the snow was falling... And it didn't matter anyway since the theatre notified us that they were canceling the show.

Naturally, my mood shifted pretty quickly. I was counting on a night out, just the two of us. I wanted that time to focus on my marriage. But I also wanted the time to give myself a mental break from my mom responsibilities.

Damn snow.

I've been having a hard time pulling myself back up after that disappointment. And now I have to figure out how to get back in the game, so to speak. Stephen and I have another hard week of juggling ahead of us, so I hope I can shake it soon.

In the meantime, I have dinners to plan and to get on the table. So, without further ado, here's what I have planned for dinner at our house this week.

PS. Did you guys know I created a special What's for Dinner? Facebook Group? If you're on Facebook, then check it out!


Friday, January 17, 2020

Tidbits

Sharing what I'm loving right now, family/life happenings, favorite finds, and whatever else pops into my head.

Bundle of Newspapers | Photo by Fabien Barral via Unsplash


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I am so happy the weekend is here. After spending the first part of the week in Atlanta for work, I'm tired. I've been playing off the beat ever since I got home from my conference and could use a day to reset.

Plus, if the weather cooperates, Stephen and I are planning on going out for our first Date Night of the year. Keep your fingers crossed for us that the snowstorm that's headed our way doesn't ruin those plans... or my efforts toward meeting my goals for the year.

Speaking of those goals... I've been proud of myself for following my content calendar and blogging on a more regular basis. For the most, I've stuck to my publication schedule and have only published one post late.

Not bad!

To keep the ball rolling, here's the latest batch of Tidbits for you to read at your leisure this weekend.

Enjoy!