Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noodle Bake

A few weeks back, I was scheduled to make dinner for a friend who had just had a baby. I was trying to come up with something from what I had around my house. My friends husband is a big fan of Lasagna, so as I was looking through recipes, this one stood out from Pioneer Woman. I didn't have all the same ingredients and played with it a bit but it turned out great! Maxwell says it tastes even better the next day.


Noodle Bake


adapted from Pioneer Woman
1.5 lb ground beef
2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce (1.5 bottles goes into the dish, save the rest for the side if you want)
1 package of egg noodles
1.5 teaspoons garlic salt (I use Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt)
1.5 cups sour cream
4 oz of cream cheese
2ish cups shredded cheese, I used colby jack
  1. Brown ground beef, season with salt and pepper. Add sauce and allow to simmer. Set aside.
  2. Cook egg noodles to the directions on the package, drain but save 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Put the pasta back into pot and add sour cream, cream cheese and garlic salt. If the cheese mixture seems thick, add some pasta water to thin it out a bit. You want it to stick to the noodles but not be too thick.
  3. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Add half the noodle mixture into the bottom, spreading a layer. Top with meat sauce, then sprinkle with cheese to cover, then repeat.
  4. (At this point, you could make two smaller ones and freeze it for another time. It would do really well pulled out and cooked later)
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until all the cheese is melted on top and the mixture looks bubbly.
Enjoy!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #18


Good morning! And happy Monday! I'm running a little behind because we had Aston's birthday party yesterday so I didn't get to write my post or plan my meals until this morning. It's been VERY hot and humid this past weekend and into the week, so I'm using my crock pot a lot so that I don't heat up the house. When it's hot like this, I put my crockpot outside on a table in the shade to cook so I don't heat my house up any more. It works great! Anyways, have a great start to your week and I'll see you tomorrow with a new recipe!

Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Roast Chicken
Thursday: Brown Sugar and Balsamic Pork Roast
Friday: Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
Saturday: Steaks
Sunday: Out

What are you having for dinner this week? I always love new ideas!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

House Update: Aston's Room


It's been a little while since I've posted about the house and really I've never posted about the inside of the house yet. So I'm going to start with the first room that was on our project list. 

Our moving day did not go as it was supposed to. We didn't have enough movers to take care of the move, so my painting crew(my dad and father-in-law) were sent over to help the movers out. It was an exhausting, overwhelming day but our number 1 priority was to get Aston's room set up and ready for when he got home from spending the day and night at my in-laws house. So after a very long cleaning and moving day, Maxwell and I grabbed the paint and started at it.
Previous Owners Picture
As you can see Aston's room was the brown/tan the rest of the house was/is with a pink wall. We knew we at least needed to get rid of the pink before he got home, so we painted that wall blue first. We used Glidden's ??????? We got the one wall painted by midnight that night and decided to hit it first thing in the morning. We got up bright and early and Max got to it. We painted the rest of the room with Behr's ??????
Before the move, Aston had been very into the Planes movie and all his Planes toys so we decided to go that route for the decorations. We got the bedding from Target, comforter and sheets, with the assumption that it would eventually change over time, so we didn't want to spend a large amount of money.
We purchased this Ikea Kallax unit to hold all of his clothes and some toys. I think we are going to put this one in Leia's room eventually and get Aston the bigger unit because he needs more storage.

As with all the rooms, they are works in progress and keep changing as well realize how we need things to function in the house and we still do not have pictures hung on any of the walls but that too will come. I'll hopefully have another update on his room before Christmas but we shall see which projects before priorities :)

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #17


It's Monday again! I am all thrown off because today is the first day of our "weekend" at home. My husband, Maxwell, works for a church, and his work days just changed, so he works Wednesday thru Sunday now. It's thrown me off in numerous ways this last week but we will get back into the swing of it.

Here's what we are having for dinner with week:
Monday: Summer "Spaghetti"
Tuesday: chipotle lime butter whole roasted chicken with the easiest black bean + corn salad.
Wednesday: Out
Thursday: Balsamic Steak Skewers
Friday: Whiskey Peach BBQ Chicken (modified from this recipe)
Saturday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Sunday: Aston's Birthday Party!!

What is on your menu for the week? I'd love some new ideas!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

High Five for Friday...On Saturday

I meant to post this yesterday but my phone didn't cooperate. So here it is on Saturday :)

Its been a long weird week with new schedules and daddy gone 11 hours each day. I've been struggling to find the good in the crazy, exhausting days but this is helping me to see the good. So my top good things this week:

1. My baby boy who is almost 3 started his first full year of preschool this week. He went last year, starting halfway through the year. He was so excited to start school. He missed his friends this summer and was so happy to get back to it. I was so surprised by the tears that came as I walked away. I wasn't prepared for it because this was like old times but man it hit me. My boy is growing up so fast! 

2. I've been in a bit of a cloud this week because I've started re-reading some books that I found while unpacking. They are great Christian romance novels by Lori Wick and I've been really enjoying them. I haven't mentally been with it as much because of it but it's nice to escape reality from time to time. If you are in the market for a good, easy pleasure read, I highly recommend the English Garden series as well as many others of her work. 
3. Sunflowers! These have become some of my favorite flowers and just make me smile! After a hard day yesterday, I bought these to bring some happy into the house. 
4. We finished painting Leia's room last weekend which means we are so close to have the whole house painted! Two bathrooms, the remained of the hallway and the laundry is all that is left!! I took a painting break this week because it's exhausting but I hope by November to be pretty close to done!
5. We are loading up this morning to go to the zoo! I think we are all excited to get out and enjoy the day away today. We will miss daddy but it will help our day move along more quickly! 

Have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday!
Samantha


I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwich


This is one of my easiest and tastiest meals. We ran out of hamburger buns last week so we decided to use the hot dog buns we had and it was so tasty and less messy. Give it a try and see what you think!


Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

1.5-2 lb Chuck Roast
2 cans beef broth
2 T garlic salt or Santa Marie Seasoning
1 Bottle of BBQ sauce
Favorite Buns
  1. Place the Chuck Roast in a crock pot on low. Add in beef broth and Santa Maria Seasoning. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  2. After 6-7 hours, remove meat and shred, removing any fat, it doesn't taste good in the sandwich. If you are doing a french dip version, use the broth from the pot as your au jus. If doing BBQ beef, discard the cooking liquid and add the meat back into the crock pot. Coat the meat in bbq sauce and allow to sit in the crock pot until you serve on the "Keep Warm" or low setting.
  3. Fill buns with the BBQ beef and enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simplified Planner


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I'm soooo excited! Early this morning, my favorite planner that I've ever used went on sale! Today, Emily Ley released her Simplified Planner and I cannot wait for mine to arrive. I had my phone set and ready to go at 7am. You can click on the link above to see all the detailed pictures.

I have used this planner this year and it has been wonderful! I put our meals for the week in it, all our appointments for the whole family and do my to do list on it throughout the week.
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This next year, I'm going to give her new Weekly Edition Simplified Planner a try. Our days are not very full and I don't have lots of meetings to schedule so I'm going to try this mode out. I think it will be nice to see our week all laid out together so I'm going to try it out. You can see a comparison about the two different types of planner here.

This planner so pretty and so sturdy. I love that it can get pushed around and not have to worry about anything happening to it!

I also love using all the printables in her free printable library. Everything is so clean and organized yet so special feeling. I just love it!

I am also excited to get my hands on her Home Base Binder. I bought it this morning with my planner and I cannot wait for it to arrive! As we head into the busiest time of year for us in this house, I love getting tools to help me stay grounded and feel like I can do it all.

I hope if you are in search of a planner that you go check this out. It is truly a wonderful tool!
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