Football weekend and rotisserie chicken

What do you do when you come home late late late Sunday night after spending a football weekend with your kid who is a senior in college and her closest friends’ parents too?

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You pick up some rotisserie chicken(s), spinach, tomatoes, avocado, tortillas, cheese and stuff to get the rest of the kids at home through lunch for the next few days.  Then, you make a big green salad one night and snuggle up with your favorite baking show on TV.  The next night you make quesadillas and catch up on mail and emails.  There’s still frozen turkey meatballs in the freezer, with pasta and sauce, and frozen broccoli too for the next night.  There’s always eggs and green beans with rice.   Have I made it to Friday yet?

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xo M.

Football weekend and rotisserie chicken

Weekend ramblings and weekday food

Things we’re eating this week:  lomein

  • Pork loin (try this method!), wild rice, greens with avocado & tomatoes (the last from our garden, boo hoo)
  • Vegetable lo mein, with chicken, (recipe discovered by Isabel)
  • Tortellini, sausage and kale soup (so many recipes to choose from)
  • Shredded chicken tacos, rice & beans, salsa, lettuce, avos, etc.
  • Meatloaf (with whatever is in the vegetable drawer and topped with hoisin sauce), roasted potatoes & garlic peas
  • Spaghetti & meatballs (easy dinner for kids-home-alone night)

Things on my mind this weekend:  IMG_1848

  • If you hang on to some things long enough, they will be used again.  For example – Disney princess folders (bought for my pre-K girls), now being used by one them for high school.  Or, my Birkenstocks, which were soooooooo NOT COOL ten years ago, are now one of my daughter’s preferred pair of shoes.
  • Technology is not all bad.  My mom wrote love notes on our lunch napkins every day.  These days, I can send my kids a text during the day to let them know I’m thinking of them and love them.  Awesome.  I love it when a TED talk teaches me something… a new way to think about what I look at every day.
  • No wonder it feels like we’re working harder these days and getting further behind.  Remember when adding call waiting for $5/month was a big deal?  Now we have the triple-play option and a cell phone bill that is triple the electric bill, and 3 pairs of shoes for one sport, and so on & so on & so on.
  • Weekend afternoon naps may be are the most luxurious thing ever.

Bye for now….  I’ll be running again soon….  I hope….WP_20150830_011

xo M.

Weekend ramblings and weekday food

Back to school… and doctors…

Back to school, back to sports, back to doctors….  It’s been a crazy month here.  Visit to the dermatologist for icky skin – “Do you have an autoimmune disorder?”   Visit to the podiatrist for an ingrown toenail – “What’s this bump?  Bone cancer?”   Visit to the Physical Therapist for knee pain – “Sounds like a torn xxx; any family history?”     NO!!!  NO!!! and NO!!!  Ugh, no wonder I haven’t been focused lately!

Tonight we ate one of my favorites – grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon and garlic (and s&p of course).  Grilled eggplant and tomatoes with olive oil, parsley and s&p.  Lemon/garlic yogurt sauce.  Rice.


What’s next?

  • Green salad with grape tomatoes, avocados, black beans and grilled chicken breast.  Maybe cornbread as a side.  Or, chicken fajitas.
  • Quesadillas with cheese, spinach, tomatoes, turkey.
  • Quick marinated steak, kale salad with roasted chickpeas (and I will definitely be trying that carrot salad recipe soon too!).
  • Baked pasta with meatballs, broccoli.
  • Roasted maple butternut squash, Tuscan pork sausage, wild rice.

Can’t deny the days are getting shorter and the early mornings cooler.  Here are a few ideas for when the temps drop about another 20 degrees:

I sure do hope everyone is healthy in your home!  Love, M.

Back to school… and doctors…

Magazine page meal planning

My inspiration for meal planning this week came from a ripped out magazine page I found in my purse.  Go ahead, look for the magazine name, it’s not Bon Appetit or Fine Cooking or anything fancy like that.  But hey, a good quick tasty meal is still a find, right?!


  • Soy-Ginger Salmon Salad with wheat berries (this will be new for me, and do you know how cheap wheat berries are? Score!)
  • Grilled Skirt Steak Bowl with couscous
  • Avocado-Grapefruit (maybe on the grapefruit…) Chicken Bowl with wild rice (because unlike wheat berries, farro is not cheap)
  • BLT’s with extras (avocado, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese…)
  • Grilled tri-tip steak (hard to find but inexpensive and really good, so grab it if you see it!) and red potatoes with chimichurri, green salad.
  • Spanish potato tortilla, green salad
  • Asian noodles (have I already posted this one?  It’s so good and flavorful and easy!)

Here is what happens when you go to Whole Foods after the third game of a Labor Day weekend soccer tournament where your daughter scores the only goal for her team for the whole tournament and you tell her to go ahead and get whatever she wants from the hot bar because you are proud of her effort and know she is hungry:


In case you were wondering, that is $21.58 of hot bar.  Two kinds of noodles, mashed potatoes, fried rice and teriyaki chicken.  Please don’t remind me how much this would have cost to make if I had bought the pasta and rice and potatoes in bulk.  It was worth it.


Have you been to Boothbay Harbor, Maine?  Cute little New England town.  My dad and his wife spend a week or two there every summer, and I was able to see them for a quick 24-hour visit last month.  Had the best seafood risotto EVER here and lunch here.  I’ll be back 🙂

Have a great week everyone!  xo M.

Magazine page meal planning