How about a combo post for the Encyclopedia of Me me started at Bella Dia.
Something I enjoy the most about being able to stay home with my kids is being able to cook whatever food I want, whenever I want. And I am so taking advantage of it!
A couple of days ago I wanted chocolate chip cookies – and waited until last night to whip up a batch. I love bar cookies more then regular cookies and Chris said maybe it’s because I don’t like the edges of cookies. No idea if that is true, but mmm they are so good!
There have been a handful of times over the past few weeks when I’ve had a quick “oh that sounds good!” moment and jumped up to make it. I tried a batch of scones (didn’t come out at all!) and a fruit salad. We have a grocery store five minutes away and have only had to quick run over there once or twice, otherwise I’ve been lucky to have all the ingredients here. Last night I found a box of baking soda that I didn’t even realize I had! Thank goodness because I just wasn’t in the mood to run out.
I’ve tried to be mindful of what I am eating, of course I will gain weight but it doesn’t have to be potato chip weight! Okay, or cookie weight either. I am starting to write our meals out each week in hopes I won’t wake up and wonder what will be for dinner or have to cook half frozen meat. We are still rotating through the same ten or twelve meals, but that’s fine with me.
I did just find a recipe for skillet goulash that took minutes to prepare and then just about twenty minutes to cook. Here is the recipe if you’d like to try it! I did modify quite a bit – I left out onions, celery, a few spices they wanted me to add. I did find the recipe online but when I looked I had ten (or more!) tabs open and didn’t save the page.
Cook one pound of ground beef until it’s brown, drain. Add a can of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 (or 1/2?) teaspoon of pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, spices (I used italian spices) and 1 1/2 cups uncooked pasta. Once all the ingredients are in, let cook for 20-30 minutes, checking on it so you can add more water if necessary. We added parm cheese on top and oh my gosh, delicious! The kids loved it and I’m making it again this week.