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Lunch Bag Talk

LUNCH BAG So many of you been asking me about the different LUNCH BAGS that I used for my KIDS and MYSELF ...I used to buy Vera Bradley lunch bags for the girls but I found while its PRETTY ...it didn't really FIT much in them and IT can be PRETTY PRICEY. So, for the...

School Lunch IDEAS

As you know...I pack lunch for my 4 almost every single day and usually its some sort of HOT LUNCH in their thermos. I usually try to cook something simple....so I can pack it for us in the morning. I try to prep everything on the weekend so that making lunch at 5:45...

Suon Kho (Caramelized Pork Spare Rib)

This dish is always one of my favorite ASIAN dish!! Whenever we go to an Asian  restaurant ...if this is on the menu..we would order it. My kids LOVE it and I love it too. I used to make it all the time but lately with packing the kids lunch for school....I don't make...

Hotpot

Cold weather calls for HOTPOT. I think HOTPOT is so easy to make and my family so enjoy them...its just the PREPPING takes so long because they have so many different items that goes into a GOOD HOTPOT. My kids love eating hotpot because they can cook it themselves...

Hamilton

Yesterday my oldest and I went to see HAMILTON...and OH MY I have to say...it is one of MY FAVORITE!!!  The singing was just amazing!!! If you ever have a chance to go...you should DEFINITELY GO!!! I only have one side note...I don't think its appropriate for children...

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Today is “PI” day March 14....3.14 for “PI” at my kids school so we were asked to make a pie. My son LOVES chicken pot pie so that is what I made. In this post I will post just the filling. I will post the pie crust that I made from scratch later on in the week. I...

The BEST Beef Chili

INGREDIENTS:  1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds ground lean beef 2 cups coarsely chopped onions 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 large sweet red pepper, cored, deveined and coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 jalapeno pepper, cored, deveined and finely chopped 1...

Chicken Enchiladas

  Ingredients: 1 cup jasmine rice 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 8 medium (soft taco sized) flour tortillas 3 cups (12 oz) chopped chicken 3-4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend 2 bottle —10 oz enchilada sauce  ...

Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce

  Ingredients:  1 lb pasta Meat Sauce: 2 T olive oil 3 piece of Canadian bacon (chopped) 1 large onion (finely chopped) 1 medium carrot (finely chopped or grated) 1 stick celery (finely chopped) 3 cloves garlic (minced) 12oz ground beef 14 1/2 Oz can chopped tomatoes...

Epcot …On Day 2

We woke up early today to head to church at 9:30am at Mary Queen of Shrine. I love this church..it is BEAUTIFUL inside. After mass..we wanted to grab something fast and easy. My son wanted some burger so we headed to Freddy’s Frozen Custard and...

And WE are Back

We arrived EARLY Saturday morning and we hit MAGIC KINGDOM. Wow..today was SUPER HOT but it wasn’t crowded at all. I had scheduled our fast pass for later in the afternoon because I knew that we were driving in that morning and didn’t want to rush to the parks. We...

Ready for Parading

Today, I am just trying to get ready for my little girls parade at school tomorrow. At the kids school every year they host a parade where the 2nd and 3rd graders participated in the parade. They get to bring beads, candies, and LOTS OF TOYS to throw to their fellow...

Salt and Pepper Porkchop

INGREDIENTS: 6 Bone in Porkchop 1 cup Green Mountain seasoning sauce (if you can't find the seasoning sauce you can use soy sauce) 2 tablespoon white sugar 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 bunch of green onion (green part)...

Classic Mac and Cheese

M Ingredients:  1 lb dried macaroni  Cheese Sauce  4 T butter  4 T flour 3 C milk  1 teaspoon mustard  2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/4 teaspoon pepper  Topping:  1 cup grated cheddar cheese ...

Gone Bananas

Last week was one of those week that I was so HAPPY that it is OVER...not that it was a BAD week..but it was a SUPER BUSY week at home and WORK. At work we had the BOOK FAIR all week so I knew that it was gonna be a SUPER BUSY week during the day time...since I am...

Lasagna (No Boiled Pasta)

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb ground beef 1 small onion diced 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 24 oz marinara sauce 15 oz ricotta cheese 2 eggs 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated 12 lasagna noodles (no BOILED) 2 cups...

Pan Sear Steak

INGREDIENTS: 1 bone-in or boneless rib eye steak or sirloin steak at least 1 ½ pounds, cut to at least 1 ½ inches thickPinch of saltFreshly ground black pepper2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil3 tablespoons butter2 peeled garlic cloves, left wholeFew sprigs fresh...

Trader Joe’s Favorite

Today... I am talking all about my FAVORITE items at Trader Joe's....this list is an ongoing list....because it seems like every week when I go...I find something NEW that I LOVE..... Since...its FEBRUARY and Valentines is right around the corner...I figure I post...

Fridays FAVORITE

Happy FRIDAY!!! Gosh...this week has been such a busy week. I am so HAPPPPPPY its FRIDAY. So...today I have a few of my FRIDAYS FAVORITES for you. I haven't done one of these in awhile. My 1st FAVORITE item this week is this STREET TACO from Costco!! OH...MY!! It is...