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Easy Dinners: Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Noodles

Now that September is here we are in full on BUSY mode at our house. Between school, soccer, work, and church activities we are home late more than three weekdays a week. This can make it difficult to create meals, sit down, and eat as a family. I must admit that at least once a week I give up and pick up food. I try to only do it the night we get home the latest. The night we have absolutely no chance of cooking and eating before the kids need to be in bed. I plan my week around that night. I know that is the one night I do not need to have a meal planned. That gives me some peace of mind so that I can make sure I am “on my game” the rest of the week.

How do I stay “on my game?” I PLAN! Wednesday is my no plan night. So I make sure that I have everything else ready. I make a list of the meals for the week, on nights we will be home late I plan meals that require very little prep, and I take advantage of my Instant Pot. I LOVE my Instant Pot. It allows me to cook quickly, and not even be in the kitchen.

On nights when I can be in the kitchen and can enjoy making something special, but I still stick to simple! This fun and delicious recipe from Life Made Simple Bakes is exactly what I need on those nights. It is a delicious pasta dish that tastes like a chicken pot pie. So it tastes like I spent all day baking delicious homemade pot pies for my family, when I really only spent 30 minutes in my kitchen and made pasta. The full recipe and tutorial is available at Life Made Simple Bakes. So check it out!

Remember, fail to plan, plan to fail!

Simple Dinners: Summer Garden Meals

My summer garden has been very productive this year. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears! I love tomatoes, and so do my kids. So I try to incorporate them in to a lot of my meals. However, during part of the summer my niece and nephew were visiting and they are not huge fans of tomatoes. So I had to try and use them in a way that would make them still want to eat. They love spaghetti, so I thought of making that and using my tomatoes to make sauce. But it is still so hot here and I hate to be int he kitchen using the stove for so long. So instead I found this amazing summer fresh-tomato spaghetti recipe by Martha Stewart that actually impressed everyone in my house.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

What You Will Do:

  1. Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

    This dish gave that perfect little taste of Italy without the heat of the stove in my kitchen. It was great for a quick meal, and it used up a LOT of my tomatoes. My niece and nephew even sat there and ate their entire bowls. We added some bread to the side and the kids used their bread to pick up what was left of their tomatoes. It was a perfect night.

Summer Sweet Treats: Popsicles

We love summer sweet treats, anything from ice cream to popsicles are total hits in our house. I love creating new and fun sweet treats while the kids are home for summer break. This year I found an idea that totally blew my mind, and surprised my kids. Milk and Cereal Popsicles. Yes, you read that right. It seems a little unconventional, but that is part of its appeal. It’s sweet. It is unexpected, and it has the slightest crunch to it. It’s amazing.

If you want to try something that will totally impress your kids and their friends for that next big summer play date then you have got to try this recipe. It isn’t too hard to make, its cold, its sweet, and it’s something everyone has the ingredients for.

Summer sweet treats

What you will need:

  • 1 med/large banana (or 2 small)
  • 1 Cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup dry cereal

What you will do:

  1. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the banana on medium until mashed and smooth (approximately 1 minute).
  2. Slowly add in yogurt and milk. Continue mixing until blended. Add the cereal and stir by hand to avoid crushing it.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze 8 hours until solid.

You can even mix it up and make it with chocolate milk or strawberry milk. Add any cereal you like, the possibilities are endless!