Never-Ending Dinner

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Secret Subject Swap  – Baking In A Tornado  – The Momisodes – Stacy Sews and Schools – Follow me home . . .  – Outmanned  – Confessions of a part-time working mom – Dribbles and Grits  -Spatulas on Parade -Dinosaur Superhero Mommy – Someone Else’s Genius – More Than Cheese and Beer – Searching for Sanity – Rants From My Crazy Kitchen –Climaxed

SSS collage dinner

My subject is “You have an unlimited amount of money, what is your family gonna eat tonight?”  It was submitted by  Here goes:

So many possibilities came to me? What would I buy? Would it be organic? Would it be the most expensive seafood on the planet? Would it be Mexican? hmmm

Would I make plans to go out with my family to the most expensive restaurant in town and get service that would put all other restaurants to shame. 

I thought long and hard then realized I am not really a fancy type of girl. I love a bargain, love saving money and always having extra food. 

I decided to go to our local specialty pizza joint in town and have a nice dinner there…BUT…I would also order one of everything and have it wrapped up to go home. 

makeup collage

YES! THAT’S RIGHT! I would have it all wrapped up, the prompt did say “unlimited amount of money”, so we’d eat our meal then have TONS of pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, entrees, and desserts. The food would be endless. I would section them up and save them in freezer bags. We would eat like royalty every weekend for months. Yes only on the weekends, I want to make this food last.

Just look at how decadent their food looks and it tastes even better.

makeup collageI did tell you LAST WEEK I am frugal, though I don’t always make the best decisions or know the best prices on things other than food and coupons. LOL  


Our Meal Plan Feb 23rd – March 1st

meal plan main collage

  • Sun  Italian Bread Pizza      
  • Mon  Penne, tomatoes, and peas with parmesan sauce – original recipe here
  • Tues   Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry                                                   
  • Wed   French onion soup, cannellini beans, shells, cheese         
  • Thurs  leftovers
  • Fri       Rice and Beans with cheese                                             
  • Sat    Potato Casserole: ground pork, green beans, mushrooms, potato gnochi


On Sunday, we had our favorite most versatile meal, Italian Bread Pizza…I swear I could eat this every night and it would be so different based on the toppings. 

Italian pizza CollageOn Monday night, we had Pasta shells with sauteed peas and tomatoes. Tomato sauce makes me sick, but fresh tomatoes seasoned and sauteed I can handle. Even better when mixed with frozen peas and a bit of diced onion…the taste is amazing. After the veggies were done and the pasta was cooked, I tossed the veggies over the pasta and mixed it all up. Then I sprinkled a bit of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top. I didn’t over do it on the cheese, just a bit..enough for some stickiness and flavor.

Dino ate every last bite of his dinner…it was easy and a BIG hit.

pasta pea CollageOn Tuesday we had homemade Chinese Food and it rocked. We recently bought Chinese food and it was too expensive and the amount in each container shrunk. Janine suggested making our own, so I did. Thanks for the idea babe. I used white rice, frozen Asian stir fry veggies, and chicken breasts which I marinated. I baked the chicken and veggies in our cast iron skillet. The meal was PERFECT and a new family favorite. We are going to make it again next week.

chinese food CollageOn Wednesday, I decided to just throw the leftover pasta, tomatoes and peas in the French Onion Soup with with Cannellini Beans.

On Thursday we had leftover pizza…mmmmm…still so good.

On Friday, I made another favorite, rice and beans.

rice bean CollageOn Saturday I experimented with potato gnochi and ground pork casserole. I LOVED it, Dino thought it was okay, Hubby ate bowl full, but didn’t ask for more. Well at least the leftovers are all mine.

I cooked the ground pork, broccoli, and cauliflower in the cast iron skillet. Then added it to the tray. Then I sprinkled the onion, mushroom seasoning on top of the pork mixture. Next I scooped the half cooked gnochi on top. After fully cooked in oven, sprinkle with cheese and let melt.

In retrospect, I could have mixed it all together in the cast iron skillet…oh well.

gnochi Collage

What meals did you plan? How did they work out? Did you change plans?

Who else has had it with the snow?

Possibly linking up with one or more of these blog hops…

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Tuesday Tastings


French Toast Dinner

Sometimes a simple dinner is the best one. Both hubby and son agree I make the BEST french toast.

Unlike hubby, Dino and I like fruit preserves mixed in with our syrup.

french toast and ham dinner

too much mommy

Dino complained that there was too much on his plate.

taking bites

He slowly started eating

all eaten

Then it was all gone and in his belly… I swear that boy can eat!

What simple dinners do you make that are ALWAYS a big hit?

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pot roast and breakfast casserole

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Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

I made so much this week, but forgot to take pics. Silly me.

Last night my son was sick and didn’t eat all day. I made pot roast and put a little bit in a bowl thinking he would just sit back on the couch. Instead he took and bite and kept eating. He even asked for more! Isn’t that great? Made me feel good knowing that my pot roast made it into his sick belly.

I got the recipe from

Divide into two freezer bags and cook on low for 6-7 hours
1 pot roast
2 bags mini carrots
1 bag celery
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

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march pot roast


I also made my version of a breakfast casserole. I find that cooking it in a cast iron skillet on the stove top does the trick.

you need…

1/2 cup shredded hash browns4 eggs
1/4 almond milk
1/4 shredded cheese
4 slices turkey bacon

march egg casserole 2

march egg casserole

I cook the turkey bacon in the microwave, to save space and room in our tiny kitchen.
cook hash browns in skillet until almost brown
cut bacon into tiny pieces
beat eggs and milk and mix in bacon. Pour over hash browns
cover and cook on low for about twenty minutes. sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and cover for another three minutes.

It comes out so fluffy and moist. Of course, it tastes even better with a big heap of ketchup.

Happy Waffles

I don”t have time to make my own waffles and pancakes, so I stock up when they are on sale. I also stock up on fresh fruit, wash them off and freeze them. I can then take the fruit I want for waffles, pancakes, muffins, cakes, and other baking.

waffle face2

It makes for a quick Dinosaur breakfast in the morning. Sometimes Dinosaur wants me to make a smiley face and other times he wants to make his own patterns. Either way enjoys his waffles.

waffle face

What do you do for a quick breakfast treat?

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Success and Failures

Sometimes recipes work, sometimes they fail, and sometimes you can use leftovers to make a better meal.

I made pierogie lasagna the other day. We ate every single bite, well at least Dinosaur and I did.  Hubby just couldn’t handle that it wasn’t traditional lasagna, he is VERY picky, but I love him. I didn’t use all the frozen pierogies, I decided to try some with eggs the next morning and it was a SUCCESS! 

frozen pierogies
spice mix

heat up pierogies in iron cast skillet on stove top
add scrambled eggs and spice mix

Dinosaur ate EVERY bite of his…with ketchup it was a heavenly breakfast.


Normally I make pancakes with fruit INSIDE of them, but this time I decided to try fruit on the outside in the shape of a smiley face. Dino was NOT having this at all, he refused to eat any of the fruit. He clearly explained that it is supposed to be inside his pancake. He at least ate some of the pancakes and politely asked for cheerios. I smiled and gladly fulfilled his request, knowing I should have NEVER deviated from my usual pancakes.


I took the left over pancakes and decided to try the same trick with the eggs. Dinosaur LOVED this too. Anything with eggs seems to be a MUST for Dino. I bet with fruit inside, it would be even better.


I did NOT learn my lesson from the smiley face pancakes, and attempted to make chicken and fruit kabobs. Since it was a last minute recipe I made it up as I went along

~At the time, I was hoping it would come out good~


chicken breasts
olive oil
seasoning mix

Pour lots of olive oil into cast iron skillet
add a good amount of spice mix
Add chicken breasts and brush on spice mix and olive oil mixture onto to both sides
Add squash around the chicken, cover and bake at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes.

I then cut the chicken, strawberries, and grapes. I carefully added the pieces on the kabob sticks and presented them to Dinosaur. He was impressed with the design, but only ate the chicken. Did I really expect anything? So silly mommy. But I have another idea for the chicken and fruit and will post about it next Tuesday.


 I quickly gave made a peanut butter and jam sandwich, he ate almost all of it.

What are you recipe successes or disasters?

I FINALLY caught up with my cleaning schedule. WOOOOHOOOO

Chocolate Pancake Heaven

OMG, I am in heaven with these pancakes. THEY ARE BEYOND DECADENT.
I did my usual batter but used Trader Joe’s CHOCOLATE almond milk this time. I like to experiment and try things out, you never know until you try, right? And if if turns out bad, you just keep trying till it comes out right. I’ve never really had a food I couldn’t eat, it was just different than I expected.
Doesn’t that looks so delicious and creamy. Oh, I knew it was going to be good.

I didn’t get a pic of me cutting and adding the diced strawberries and mashed banana chunks, but here is a photo of them cooking on the cast iron skillet. Can you see the chunks of strawberries and bananas in the batter. I was dying to to try them.

My hubby will eat almost any dinner I make (with the exception of pork and things with soy cheese) but he REFUSES to eat my pancakes. He prefers plain boring pancakes, who wants that when you can have…..

THESE!!!! Just look at how mouth watering those chocolate strawberry-banana pancakes are. You can see the fruit bursting to get out and when I added syrup…well oh my I was so hungry to eat them.
I didn’t get any pictures, because Dinosaur and I were stuffing our faces, they were THAT good.
How do you like your pancakes?

run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
clean bathroom
clean living room shelf
(Still need to clean fridge and microwave)

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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Mini Banana Muffins and Leftover Egg Muffins

Dinosaur loves to eat food he can hold in his hand. He can eat with a fork and spoon rather nicely, but the best way he eats is when he eats with his hands. As moms know, we have to get our kids to eat anyway we can.

I love taking a trusted banana bread mix and using it to make mini muffins. I follow the directions, instead I pour the batter into a mini cupcake pan.

Dinosaur loves to lick the spoon and being an only child you get to lick two spoons! 

After they are done, they look so yummy and smell delightful. They are the perfect size for Dinosaur’s hands.


 These are perfect for daycare as breakfast or lunch, or even dessert with coconut or soy ice cream


After seeing this all over pinterest, I had to try it. I chopped up our leftovers from the diner (chicken fingers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and french fries)  and put them in a bowl with four eggs. I added parsley, onion, curry and garlic.

 They came out so unbelievably delicious. Dinosaur ate them right up.

Reminds me of quiche, may have to make these when company comes over. Would make a great appetizer.

NO CHEESE Breakfast Wrap

One of my favorite breakfasts is turkey bacon and egg wrap. My dinosaur superhero loves it too. He can eat it, very carefully, on his own. Even dips it in ketchup sometimes.

three eggs
three strips of turkey bacon
olive oil
wrap of your choice

I heat the wrap on the cast iron skillet first then put it on the plate

put a little olive oil in the skillet

Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in the skillet

Once bacon is cooked, add the eggs

I don’t have time to scramble, I just crack them in and mix them as I cook.(Hubby hates when I do that, lol)

Place bacon and eggs on wrap and fold up two ends,then roll the up the tortilla on the other sides. This ensures food doesn’t fall out as you eat it.

You don’t need cheese to keep the eggs and bacon in the wrap. As long as you wrap it correctly, it all stays put.