Category Archives: Eating

Chomp it up.

It’s Election Day and I want to eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dinner

Today is Midterm Election Day in America, and it’s kind of a big deal. We talked about that yesterday, though, and I am trying not to spin the wheels of anxiety thinking about that. I’m also trying to be more mindful about eating my feelings, so instead of diving into a big pile of Halloween candy let’s talk about our menu for the week.

Monday: Crab cakes

Everyone else was elsewhere for dinner last night, so I bought myself some crab cakes from Publix and had a nice and tasty little dinner all alone. It was not unpleasant.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Bacon Apple BBQ Chicken
It almost takes longer to type the name of the recipe than it does to prepare it. Not really, though, because I have to peel and chop five apples and I am slow at that.

Wednesday: Poppyseed Chicken
Wednesday is Pete’s birthday, and this is what he wanted for dinner. I haven’t made it in a long time because it’s chock-full of sour cream and I don’t eat dairy anymore. I have not decided if I’m going to pop some Lactaid and go for it or not.

Thursday: Undetermined
The kids have play practice and we’ll have guests visiting, so we may go out.

Friday: Frozen pizzas
Fancy Friday, as always.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

This week on the Great British Baking Show challenge

It was caramel week on the Great British Baking Show challenge I’m doing on Facebook, and the organizer chose Millionaire Bars as our bake du jour. I made a peanut butter shortbread and a coconut caramel with semi-sweet chocolate.

Friends, Paul Hollywood would be greatly disappointed in my Millionaire Bars.

The shortbread was too thick and the caramel was too squishy. I wish I’d put a little flaked sea salt on the top, because they are Wonkarificly sweet.

But they are delicious.

I’d like to smash them up and sprinkle them over some vanilla ice cream.

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean

Pete had a three-day weekend, and while he was the only family member that did it is still making today feel like Monday for me. And it was a pretty busy weekend, complete with the annual chili cook-off at church (I placed third), a fly-fishing trip for Rockford (he dropped his phone and himself in the river), and auditions for a performance of “A Christmas Carol” for the children (no word on whether or not they got parts).

This week is going to be busy but not any more so than our normal weeks. Here’s what we’ll be eating, sort of.

Tuesday: German lentils and sausages
I’m not sure what makes this recipe from Five Heart Home a German dish — the sausages, I guess? Is parsley German? — but I’ve been on a lentil kick lately and this will be 95 percent done when we get home from soccer practice so its nationality nomenclature is really a secondary concern. I started this in the CrockPot this morning, and the house currently smells like a garlic factory.

Wednesday: DIY
It’s one of those Everyone Is Everywhere At Every Hour of the Day days. There’s food in the kitchen, happily, and all members of the family know how to access it.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Pete’s going to be assisting on this one.

Friday: Something Poppy doesn’t like
Poppy will be dining with her friends at a homeschool dance (yes! they exist! and not in the family basement, “Good Luck Charlie”!), so we’ll be having something she especially doesn’t like but the rest of us do. Possibly Chipotle.

According to, our pal parsley is native to the Mediterranean. Our Herb Garden has a lot of information about parsley in folk lore, including that the Ancient Greeks associated it with death! I’m so glad to have learned that just after adding a tablespoon of it to tonight’s meal!

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.