Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad

Do any of you remember the Barbara Streisand movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces?” In it, as Jeff Bridges watches with affection, she methodically tackles the disparate elements on her plate, uniting them in the right proportions until she has The Perfect Bite. This is how I cook–each element on the plate can be mixedContinue reading “Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad”

Mother’s Day Tea: Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

It has been a very busy week for me, as I had a writing deadline for work that seems to have sucked one week of my life away (yes that’s a play on a Princess Bride reference). It was good writing, though, and feels satisfying and exciting now that it’s off into the world, whichContinue reading “Mother’s Day Tea: Dark Chocolate Chip Scones”

Weekly Recipes: Mojo Pork with Caribbean Rice and Beans

I think I’ve mentioned previously my devoted love for rice and beans, so it should be no surprise that for my birthday last week I opted to make myself one of my favorite versions of rice and beans, a recipe I found rather fortuitously one evening several years ago. You see, my husband and I,Continue reading “Weekly Recipes: Mojo Pork with Caribbean Rice and Beans”

Weekly Recipes: Lemon Pea Shoot Pasta and Vegetable Fried Rice

My apologies for the delay in recipe posts this week! It’s a hectic time at the Homestead. I’ve been photographing a lot of our meals, and hope to catch-up with writing recipe posts this weekend (which should make it easier to publish during the week). 🙂 Now–let’s get on with it! This pasta is oneContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Lemon Pea Shoot Pasta and Vegetable Fried Rice”

Garden Progress and The Weekly Meal Plan for the Second Week of May

Last week was a very busy week! If you recall, we did May the 4th (be with you) with a Disney at Home day visiting Hollywood Studios. Then, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo, then my birthday, and then Mother’s Day (post coming about that). It’s also been a chilly few days in Central Indiana. WeContinue reading “Garden Progress and The Weekly Meal Plan for the Second Week of May”

COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day

After the success of our first Disney at Home Day, which I had planned very much on the fly, the kids kept asking to do it again. On our first day, we had park hopper tickets and visited all of our favorite highlights from each park. For subsequent Disney at Home days, then, I thoughtContinue reading “COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day”

Weekly Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken

This recipe has been a family favorite for 6 years and is, by far, one of my kids’ most requested dinners. I originally found this recipe on Pinterest, and it was labeled as a baked sweet and sour chicken. While it is technically baked to finish it off, the chicken still gets fried in aContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken”

Throw Back Thursday: Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff

5/05/2013 Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff Ah Sunday dinner, that somewhat bygone tradition from yester-year, and one this family is trying to bring back.  You know Sunday Dinner, right? Cloth napkins, nice plates, candles, and a big family-style feast?  A time for everyone to reflect on the weekend, to talk about the upcoming week, and toContinue reading “Throw Back Thursday: Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff”

Weekly Recipes: Lemon Honey Chicken with Herb and Butter Noodles

Growing up one of my favorite meals my mother made was called Lime-Grilled Chicken, and believe it or not, it was a very old Weight Watchers recipe from the 1980’s. Chicken marinated in a heck of a lot of lime juice, a smashed clove of garlic, grilled, and topped with honey-butter (though I’m certain itContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Lemon Honey Chicken with Herb and Butter Noodles”

Weekly Recipes: Refried Bean Burritos and Spaghetti

My family knows I absolutely love rice and beans; truly, it’s pretty much my favorite meal (stay tuned for my birthday meal!). My family tolerates this love, and even participates to a certain degree, though with varying degrees of enthusiasm based on person or bean-type. Baked beans are an adult-only delicacy (which I don’t understandContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Refried Bean Burritos and Spaghetti”