This has been one crazy but good week which has left little time for blogging. I have lots to share with you but it will just have to wait until later because today isn’t looking any slower. This little elf needs to finish up shopping, prepare for a few Christmas parties, and somehow manage to get a little house work done.
In the meantime I want to share with you some of my favorite Christmas pins on Pinterest.
This recipe claims to taste just like a Wendy’s frosty and it does not disappoint. ML and I for the most part gave up fast food almost two years ago. Before that Wendy’s chicken nuggets and frosties were a road trip staple for us. Let’s just say we still long for a frosty almost every time we pass a Wendy’s. So when I saw this pinned on Pinterest I just had to give it a try. We prepared it for a pot luck dinner party and everyone loved it. To give it a healthy touch we used chocolate almond milk, and Whole Food’s version of cool whip. The change in ingredients worked fine and did not alter the taste. This has definitely become an ice cream favorite for us.
This pasta recipe I pinned from Ashley my friend over at Attempts at Domestication. She shared this easy go to pasta recipe a few months ago and I just had to try it for ML. He loved it and I did too because I already had all the ingredients on hand. Using tomatoes, frozen vegetables, some spices, and a little left over wine this recipe leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the night.
This is a fabulous cheesy chicken and rice bake. I tweaked it a little by doubling the black beans and eliminating the chicken for a vegetarian alternative. We love black beans, corn, and cilantro. This recipe has them all and is packed full of flavor. Who doesn’t love a one stop casserole dish for the Summer? Pair this with some salad and you have a complete meal!
Sharing all these recipes has gotten me hungry and ready to cook. I guess that’s a good thing for ML! I love trying new recipes. This post begins a new series I am starting titled “Pinning and Dining”. I hope to share more wonderful recipes I have found or have pinned to Pinterest. As well as give you real life pictures and comments on how it actually turns out. I am sure ML will fully support this new series on the blog.
Have you found any new Summer recipes that your family loves? Do you share our love of frosties? Does your family have a theme night for dinner on certain nights of the week? (Italian, Mexican, comfort food) I have thought about implementing this once Noah gets older.
Interested in more great recipes I have found on Pinterest? See here, here, and here.
We had a busy weekend over hear at Color Transformed Family. We had the joy of celebrating our five year wedding anniversary, Noah’s four month birthday, and working on our anniversary present to each other.
I finished the last touches on our gift this afternoon and can’t wait to share it with y’all. Remember my hint from last week? It’s wood. Unfortunately, Michael Luke still has one more step to do, and our downstairs needs to be put back in order before revealing our gift to each other. One of the benefits/downsides of having a smaller house is it doesn’t take much for things to look messy. Because of that I am always motivated to get it back in order quickly.
Michael Luke and I had already started planning to work on this project for each other a couple of weeks ago. Then last week Sherry @ Young House Love announced the Winter Pinterest Challenge, and it was the perfect motivation to get the ball rolling and have this little big gift for each other finished by this week.
I tend to lean more to the procrastination side of things, so it’s always helpful when I have a deadline to work with. With Wednesday as the deadline, we really had to kick things in high gear around here. The great thing is that not only are we almost finished, but we can also get the house back in order way before we would have without a deadline.
Wednesday, I will have all the juicy details of our gift to each other and how I used Pinterest as my inspiration. In the meantime head on over and check out my Pinterest page to see everything I have pinned. The recipes on there are my favorite!
Incase you missed it… check out my challenge I conquered last fall. I can’t believe it was pre-Noah (barely). I went back and read the post earlier today and little did I know when I was writing it that Noah was only a day away. Good thing we planned and made the most of our time together.