Category Archives: In the Kitchen

Reuben Pinwheels

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With St. Patrick’s Day only a few weeks away, I’ve been trying to find some festive meals to incorporate into our meal plan. When I’m thinking of Irish food, corned beef definitely comes to my mind. One of our favorite ways to have corned beef is in Reuben sandwiches! I am always looking for a new way to put a spin on this classic recipe. We have made the sandwiches, casseroles and now we have a brand new favorite way to have this meal!

And don’t forget to print your Free Printable Recipe Card for this delicious recipe!

Ingredients

2 tubes of crescent roll dough
1/2 lb corned beef, chipped
1/2 lb Swiss cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, drained & squeezed dried with a paper towel
3 tbsp Thousand Island Dressing
1 stick butter
caraway seeds

Lay out crescent roll dough side by side on a greased 13×18 baking sheet.
Pinch together all seams and gently roll out dough to the edges of the pan.
Top with sliced corned beef.
Top with Swiss cheese.
Top with sauerkraut.
Tightly roll up like a cinnamon bun.
Cut into slices, approximately 1 inch.
Place rolls in a greased 9×13 pan.
Melt butter and add thousand island dressing.
Whisk together until smooth.
Pour over top of the rolls.
Sprinkle caraway seeds over top of the rolls.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Enjoy this delicious meal and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

My 2-Week Meal Plan {March 4, 2017 Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! I know that it has been quite a while since I shared a meal plan. However, I will be starting this back up! I will be posting my family’s 2 week meal plan every other Saturday! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Hobo Beans, Rice
Monday-Tacos, Corn
Tuesday-Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes
Wednesday-Chili, Cornbread
Thursday-Tuna Noodle Casserole, Peas
Friday-Pizza, Salad
Saturday-Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts, Rice, Green Beans

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Week 2
Sunday-Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Squash
Monday-Breakfast (Eggs, Toast, Corned Beef Hash)
Tuesday-Venison Hamburger Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, Peas
Wednesday-Homemade Chicken Potpie
Thursday-Grocery night-We always grab something while we are out for $10 or less
Friday-Pizza, Salad
Saturday-BBQ Kielbasa & Rice

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If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

My 2-Week Meal Plan March-4-17-Edition

Homegrown Herbs: Basil Pesto

homegrown-herbs-basil-pestoMy herb garden has been doing exceptionally well this season. They are all growing so fast that it seems I can barely keep up with them. I have already cut them back multiple times this year and they just continue to grow! Which is a good thing, I’m not complaining! It seems like as soon as I get one batch dried and prepared for use, I’m out there cutting them back again. So far, I have 3 quarts of dried spearmint, 2 quarts of dried lemon balm and 1/2 quart of dried tarragon. And that is in addition to topping off my “working” supply of herbs in the kitchen. It definitely is exciting to be stocking up my pantry with lots of  dried herbs to use over the winter!

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With the abundance of fresh herbs that I have on my hands, I am always looking for recipes to get them used up. One of the herbs that I currently have an over-abundance of is basil. One of my favorite ways to use my fresh basil is making pesto! We like to mix it together with pasta and turkey sausage (chopped in slices). It is absolutely delicious! This year we discovered that we can make large batches of this in the summer (when we have more basil than we know what to do with) and freeze it to use later on. I’m very excited that we are stocking up our freezer with fresh herbs to enjoy all year long!

The recipe is really simple and it only takes a few minutes to throw together. The most time-consuming part is going to be washing and removing the leaves from the stem. So, give it a try. You are sure to love it!

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Basil Pesto

2 cups packed basil leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
4 minced garlic cloves or 2 tsp minced garlic

Place all ingredients in your food processor or blender.
Blend until basil is finely chopped and ingredients are combined.
Serve over your choice of pasta and enjoy!

Or…If you are making it to freeze, simply transfer the pesto to a quart freezer bag.
Seal the bag most of the way and gently tap on the counter to remove air bubbles.
Lay it down and then slowly flatten it out.
Once it is flat, squeeze out any remaining air and finish sealing.
Always make sure you label and date your freezer bags as well.

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If you have an herb garden, make sure you are preserving your harvest for the winter months and not letting it go to waste. Most of my herb plants can be harvested 3-4 times throughout the summer months. And I’m not talking a little harvest. I’m talking about a lot-Like my dining room table full of baking sheets of herbs drying.

If you have more herbs than you know what to do with, check out my post on how to dry & preserve your own herbs!

How do you like to use your fresh herbs? Share your ideas in the comments below! I always love to hear from my readers!!

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My 2 Week Meal Plan {The August 21st Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Tacos, Creamed Corn
Monday-Tortellini, Asparagus
Tuesday-Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, Tossed Salad
Wednesday-Venison Hamburger Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Carrots
Thursday-Basil Pesto Pasta & Sausage (We’ve been eating lots of basil pesto because my herb garden is going crazy! I will be sharing my recipe for pesto.. on the blog soon!!)
Friday-Pizza, Tossed Salad
Saturday-Lasagna, Green Beans, Garlic Toast

Week 2
Sunday-Shrimp Kebabs, Roasted Red Potatoes
Monday-Breakfast
Tuesday-Asian Meatballs & Rice
Wednesday-Chicken Tenders, French Fries
Thursday-Grocery Night-We always grab something while we are out for $10 or less
Friday-Taco Salad
Saturday-Pierogi Casserole, Cooked Spinach

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

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My 2-Week Meal Plan {The August 7th Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Monday-Fish & French Fries
Tuesday-BBQ Pork Sandwiches & Tossed Salad
Wednesday-Tacos & Salsa Rice
Thursday-Shrimp Kebabs, Quinoa & Roasted Red Potatoes
Friday-Going Out!
Saturday-Family Picnic-Burgers, Hot dogs, potato salad, and more!

Week 2-Vacation Week
We are both on vacation from work this week! YAY!! We have a lot of different activities planned throughout the week, so it will not be a normal week for us. We will probably be eating a few meals away from home. So, I didn’t make a formal meal plan for this week. However, I do have a few meals in mind for the evenings we find ourselves at home.

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

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