Welcome to week two of Katie keeping it easy.....it's a meal planning miracle over here for me! In fact, it seems that deciding to blog about my meal plan, and having one more task added to my weekend list, encourages me to spend the time creating the post rather than an extensive meal plan itself. So it's a win, win! Here are some of my tried and true dinner recipes as well as a few fun extras that I am looking forward to trying! Enjoy the sneak peak of Friday Girl's Night cocktail and dessert! Happy Eating!
Monday: Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt by Half Baked Harvest
Tuesday: Breaded and Baked Artichoke "Fish" Tacos - By Love and Lemons
Wednesday: Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce - By Joanna Gaines
Thursday: Leek and Radish Green Tart by Love and Lemons
Weekend Cocktail: Watermelon White Sangria by Cookie and Kate
Girls Night Happy Hour Cocktail
Weekend Sweet Treat: Warm Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake by Half Baked Harvest
This will be our girls night dessert...
Dress code: Stretchy Pants
There are certain things I just have to plan in advance...the weekly meal plan is one of them! My new career as a full-time Nanny and homeschool teacher involves making the weekly meals - and between ensuring we have all the ingredients and needing to prep parts of meals in advance, it only hurts me to be last minute in this process.
Sometimes I over-think the plan, but not this week. I relied on flavors I was craving and ingredients I know I have in the house. Hopefully this plan, or parts of it, will save you from some of the decision fatigue I am so often plagued with! Happy Eating!
Monday: Fish Cakes over Farro Salad (food processor for the win!)
**a note on the salad! I wasn't a huge fan of the dressing - if you do choose to use it, perhaps use it sparingly! I also think a simple balsamic and oil combo would be really nice!
Tuesday: Mexican Quiche - I'm having dinner with a friend but it's taco Tuesday - what better way to ensure the household gets their Mexican cuisine fix?
Wednesday: Fig, Prosuitto and Arugula Salad - I have everything for this delicious salad already, minus the figs, which I will be ordering from the store today.
Thursday: Chickpea Stew - My brother made this a few weeks back, and I happened to show up at the perfect time to steal a taste from the pot. It was so flavorful and comforting!
Weekend Cocktail: Blackberry Champagne Mule - Enough Said
Weekend Sweet Treat: Strawberry Pop-Tarts
So, since it's me, of course there is a story behind my fascination with cookies...and of course I will be sharing it. Isn't that why you are here?
When I was younger, my Mom and I would go to visit my Grandfather. He was a widower by that time, and we had our little routines when I would visit. He would leave his bed unmade, but when I arrived, it was my job to make it. I remember running from one side of what seemed like an enormous bed, to the other, to try to even out the sheets and blankets. Other times, sorting and rolling coins, is how we would spend our afternoon...but no matter what, there was always either cookies or cinnamon rolls.
My Pop-Pop would have a cookie jar which was typically filled with store bought cookies...like vanilla sandwich cookies or iced oatmeal cookies. Other times...he would have these pecan cinnamon rolls (also store-bought) that we would warm up and put a slab of butter on. Unrolling them was the best...because all of the butter would pool in the middle....so the last bite was always the best one!
All of this is to say that when I see what looks like a great cookie recipe, I have a hard time passing it by. That's how I found myself...plugging in the kitchen-aid (which I totally didn't need for this recipe btw)...at 10:15pm.
I follow Strength And Salad on Instagram...she has the best recipes and tips...and around 10:13pm...as I was mindlessly scrolling, I found her post about these hazelnut cookies that she made. The picture was enough to give me a second wind...and an anticipatory sugar high...so I deduced that although I didn't have hazelnuts (damn!) or gluten free flour (typical!)....I did have macadamia nuts and totally regular flour! So I decided it was a brilliant idea...and got straight to work.
Well....these did NOT disappoint...despite my alterations! Here is a link to the original recipe...and below are the changes that I made. Share your tried and true cookies recipes below...and we can be fast friends!
Last night was the most fun I have had with friends since Covid has colonized our society! If there is a silver lining to having to stay far away from our most favorite people, being unable to partake in our most loved activities….like going to restaurants, bars, museums, trips and basically anything inside….then it’s certainly backyard dinner parties!
Kristen and I have many separate Pinterest dreams…(helllooo home library with a ladder….and can you say shiplap???)....one jointly held dreamboat of a Pin, is the backyard dinner party. Now...for a pop-up party...following an entire day of rain...we didn’t do so bad...but there IS room for improvement (see outdoor chandelier)....so we will have to keep trying until we get it right!
Since Kristen has spent soooo much time this year letting me vent, keeping me sane and just being over-all amazing….oh and expended all of the energy doing that small task of growing a new life inside of her….(minor details)...I wanted to make it special….so the Dinner Party - Covid Edition was born!
The hubs, sister and SIL decided on a French theme. So I went to work collecting pins and ideas to make it feel special. SIL was on mocktail duty for the Mama To Be! Sister was in charge of desert, Hubs - music and I had the table and menu!
Here are the Pinterest recipes I used to make this night a hit!
Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
Coq Au Vin Blanc