Monday, October 7, 2013

Goodbye Summer... Hello Fall! { Giveaway }


You know that special time of 2am when you solve all the world's problems, mentally fold all the laundry and write all your brilliant blog posts? Yeah. Me too. 11:56pm - 2am is about when I write all my pithy and brilliant Wifey With a Knifey blog posts... in my head of course... which never seem to magically translate to pithy brilliance on the keypad at 11:56am the following day. Or the day after that... or the day after that. This is precisely why upkeep of a blog is about manic jots in a Hello Kitty spiral notebook and forgiveness from fans for writing a new entry about twice a month.

I had all these great topics I've been wanting to write about. Stuff like 'How to organize your children's toys in 5 easy steps so you never have a mess to clean up after 8pm ever again' and 'Kama Sutra for married 30-somethings'. Important mind-blowing topics that will better your home and enhance your marriage! 

But, alas, the shining moment for these ideas expire as soon as the melatonin kicks in and before I know it it's October and there are no new recipes or food-porn and certainly no toy-organization and (sadly) no suburban sex dungeons. What I do have for you is this adorable photo of my kiddo enjoying the last days of Summer on our beautifully manicured (and fake) lawn, a Monday night dinner idea, and a $25 gift card to giveaway to Target!

That's not so bad, now is it?

So first thing's first! A Monday (or Tuesday or Thursday) night meal plan. Over the past year I've been oscillating between Once A Month Cooking/Freezer Cooking (where you cook enough food for 30 days and keep in the freezer) and ordering fresh fruits and veggies from Door to Door Organics and Cooking Light every night. I couldn't really tell you which I prefer more over the other. They each have their own pluses and minuses and as I far as I can tell, cost about the same. 

The trick is with cooking fresh, however, is only buying what you need for the week. Otherwise you risk losing quite a bit of produce (and money!) when perishables go bad. So here's my Wifey compromise: Plan each week of meals the week before and shop accordingly. 

Yes - it means hitting the market every week, but in my experience thus far we are eating much fresher and healthier and spending a lot less on wasted food and eating out. You can also use one of several free meal planners out there in the cybersphere to help. I personally pay the $50 a year for Cozi Gold because we use it to plan everything like Hubby's travel schedule to Cupcake's play dates and my laser hair removal. Being able to see our activity calendar next to our meal planner is super helpful. 

There are so many recipes and plans to choose from, but here's ours for tonight just to give you an idea. Hubby will pick up Cupcake from school around 5, I'll start dinner and we'll all be seating by 6pm. Done and done! I've even included a fun pre-Halloweeny dessert (courtesy of our friends at Breyers Ice Cream #partners #ambassador #deliciousmoments). Ok ready? Let's go!

Dinner: Fiesta Biscuit Casserole


I've been craving some serious WT (you know what it means) comfort food lately. Yesterday I made chili dogs during the football game and don't think for a second I wasn't eyeing the Frito Pie at my nephew's birthday party last Saturday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!!!!). In keeping theme here, I'm making this repeat recipe for Fiesta Biscuit Casserole, slightly hijacked and tweaked from A Cowboy's Wife. I adjusted ingredients to accommodate the gluten free and low-fat needs of our family.

You can use whatever wheat filled, fat stocked ingredients you like! 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb extra lean ground beef 
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies 
  • 2 cups corn 
  • 2 cans (15–16 oz) ranch style beans 
  • 1½ cups reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar 
  • 2 cups Bobs Redmill Gluten Free Biscuit Baking Mix 
  • ½ cup water

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 
  2. Cook ground beef and tomatoes in large skillet until beef is browned. 
  3. Mix in corn, beans, and ½ cup of the cheese. 
  4. Pour mixture into casserole dish. 
  5. Combine baking mix and water in a medium bowl, and pour over the meat/bean mixture. 
  6. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
Serve with a salad mix (lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and you've got a pretty decent meal in regards to flavor, comfort, produce, and family time. And now for dessert...


Dessert: Ice Cream Goblin






This isn't as much a dessert as a fun and silly after dinner family activity. Who doesn't like to play with their food? Even if you make one serving and split it, you've had a hand in (1) building your child's creativity and (2) swapping 1 episode of Caillou on the Sprout Goodnight Show which no matter how you avoid it, is a solid win! Also, remember that October 14th is National Dessert Day (as if we needed a reason to dessert haha)!!!







Ingredients

  • 1 sugar ice cream cone 
  • Decorating icing, candies and/or sprinkles 
  • 1 scoop Breyers BLASTS!® REESE'S® Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups 
  • 2 small soft square candies, halved diagonally 
  • 2 small round candies 
  • 2 small black oblong shaped candies [or black sprinkles] 
  • 1 small red candy

Preparation

  1. Decorate sugar cone "hat" as you wish with decorating icing, candies and/or sprinkles. 
  2. Place scoop of Breyers BLASTS!® REESE'S® Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups on plate. Place two soft candy pieces on sides of ice cream scoop for goblin's pointy "ears". Use remaining 2 soft candy pieces to make "nose"in center of scoop. Place small round candies above nose for "eyes". Place small black oblong candies or sprinkles above eyes in downward angle for goblin's angry "eyebrows". Place small red candy below nose for "mouth". 
  3. Place hat on top of ice cream scoop. Dot eyes, if desired, with decorating icing for "pupils". Serve immediately or place in freezer until ready to serve. and bake for 25 minutes.
Last but not least...

Giveaway: $25 Target Gift Card

Our friends-with-benefits at Breyers are giving away a $25 gift card to Target via Wifey With a Knifey and it's so easy for you to win! All you need to do is comment on this post! Say hi! Share a recipe! Share your favorite meme! A randomly selected and amazing individual will be announced in our next post and it's off to my favorite mid-day SAHM hangout: Target.

I hope everyone is enjoying their transition from green to gold and bikini bod (PHHHT BWAHAHAHAHAHA) to fall sweater body! See you in a few weeks!




Loves,


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9 comments:

  1. The casserole recipe looks great, my kids would love it.
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  2. The ice cream goblin is so cute!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. Hi! That ice cream goblin is so cute and creative!! I am SO going to make this on Halloween! And yuummm that casserole looks amazing!

    Lily_West2 at aol dot com

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  4. I need to be banned from Target, seriously ;) That place spends all of my money! Definitely trying your fiesta biscuit casserole recipe next week
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  5. OH my gosh, that looks so good! I too have to eat gluten free since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 6 years ago. I am going to have to try this for our family!! I get so tired of making the same old recipes! Thanks for sharing it!!!! landfjacobson at charter dot net

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  6. I challenge myself to get past the dollar bins in less than 15 minutes every time I go into Target. It's almost impossible!

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  7. I have to just blow past the dollar spot. Although, they changed ours recently and it's way, way, way smaller and less enticing.

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  8. Hahaha, the "Fall sweater body" meme - true that! My gym membership is going to massive waste right now. Sigh.
    walindeman at gmail dot com

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