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Dinner Plan

I feel like my dinners have been pretty lame lately. I have a goal this week to be more organized with my meal planning. Here is what my plan is for the week: Monday-Indonesian Chicken http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/indonesian-ginger-chicken-recipe/index.html This recipe is really easy, and I just serve it with steamed veggies and rice.   Tuesday-Szechuan Noodles http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/szechuan-noodles-recipe/index.html […]

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Amanda Whitmire - March 5, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Hey Kara! I have been trying to do the same thing lately! Now that we don’t live across the street from the grocery store, and I’m working more, I’m trying to cut down on trips to the store by being more organized. And, hopefully save a little money in the process. I was actually thinking of you the other night when I made this: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/creamy-chicken-spaghetti-casserole/ It was easy, tasted good, and made a ton of food. Plus, I have enough chicken left over (it used about half of the bird) to make enchiladas or something else later in the week. If it sounds good to you, I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Adrienne W - March 5, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Can you do this every week!? I love getting ideas from other people. I’m not very good at meal planning, but when I do, I’m so glad I did. Denver ‘s gone for work this week, so I have a hard time planning stuff when the kids don’t usually appreciate my meals. So I usually take these weeks to make stuff that I really want and then we usually have breakfast for dinner at least once. By the way, what exactly is yum sauce? i’ve never heard of it.

Audra - March 5, 2012 - 4:16 pm

I am so excited for thursdays dinner! I made our menu this weekend too. I am going to try and stick to it. The week goes so much better with a plan:)

Elisabeth@SimplyParkers - March 5, 2012 - 5:18 pm

I’m terrible at meal planning…but it really makes life easier and meal time so much less stressful. Love seeing what’s on your menu. Keep posting them so hopefully it will rub off on me one of these days! So nice running into you at the store last week…did you like how I was lamenting to you about Weight Watchers while carrying around a package of Oreos in my basket??

kara - March 5, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Amanda,
That recipe looks totally delish and like something I would try. Thanks! With your work schedule, do you always cook when you get home or do you try to prepare parts of dinner before so you can whip it together? I miss you and Naomi. Your chubby babe is longer a babe!
Adrienne,
Ooh… I like the idea of doing this every week. It would keep me organized’ish. The only disappointment to you all will be to see that after a few weeks most things just get rotated. Actually, beans of some form are a weekly occurrence around our house. I love breakfast for dinner, and so do most kids. There is a restaraunt here called “Cafe Yumm” that has yummy sauce. Here is an imitation recipe:http://greenbabyguide.com/2009/02/18/yumm-sauce-recipe-imitation/
I have no idea if it is good at all, but I just found it!
Audra,
You are actually getting enchiladas on wed if that works for you. Audra more than anyone could tell you what kinds of foods I cook, since she i part of my dinner club. I need to do a post about dinner club!
Elisabeth,
Come and play with us sometime. I think that Judah and Miriam would have fun together. Hey, Oreos aren’t actually that many points are they if you only have a few?? I guess the key is only having a few which is hard for me to do :). No judgement at all from me…. I can’t think of the last day that I haven’t had some sort of sweet :).

Amanda - March 6, 2012 - 10:11 am

I usually get home around 4:15, so I have time to get dinner started pretty early. On work days, I usually cook things that are fairly quick, and save more involved dishes for weekends or Mondays (which I have off). My system for planning meals involves a spreadsheet (of course!) with main dishes on the left, and side dishes on the right. The night before I go grocery shopping, I ask Curt if he has any special requests for the week, and then look over my list of meal options to pick out what to do for the week. It really helps me keep a good variety while sticking with things that I know I can do. If I try something new, I usually do it on a weekend so we can order out if we have to!

It would be so fun to see you and Miriam! You’ll have to let me know if you are hosting play time this summer and we will come by! I can’t believe how fast these kids grow…

Katrina - March 6, 2012 - 2:15 pm

I second the request that you do this every week. You KNOW I have a hard time planning new things, so it’s helpful to see what’s for dinner at your house!

Making Applesauce

  Applesauce making was a family affair the other day, and my kids had so much fun helping. Yes, when all of the regular spoons are in the dishwasher, we resort to eating off of measuring spoons. “Say Ah Miriam!” Here is a video of the kids making applesauce all by themselves: And the kids […]

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Kim - October 19, 2011 - 5:49 am

I LOVE the kids using the measuring spoons! That is SO fun! And the applesauce looks delicious! My three-year-old decided all applesauce is baby food and refuses to eat it. Maybe if we made some she have a vested interest in trying it…

Camille - October 19, 2011 - 9:09 am

Levi LOVES looking at your photos of Gabe. Maybe we should get together again sometime.

nancy - October 19, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Sophia’s eyelash-batting while cranking the sauce maker is *adorable*. Miriam looks like she’s thinking, “Come on, guys! Get the spoon IN MY MOUTH!”

Kara - October 19, 2011 - 10:00 pm

Kim,
The sauce maker was an awesome investment. Makes the process so much easier!
Camille,
Yes, we would love to see you guys!
Nancy,
Oh yes, she knows how to work her charm :), and I love how she takes a bite after every bite she feeds Miriam.

adrienne w - October 20, 2011 - 9:57 am

I also love Sofia’s “one-for-you, one-for-me” method. Very cute. How much applesauce did you make? Do you freeze it or can it?

Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - October 23, 2011 - 12:15 am

That is a super handy looking contraption. Where did you end up getting your apples?

Grilled Pizza

Am I the last person to catch on to the awesomeness of grilling your pizza on the bbq? I don’t know if we will ever go back to baking pizza in an oven again. I will admit that I don’t usually make my crust from scratch. I usually buy Winco or Trader Joe’s fresh pizza […]

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Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - October 7, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Our favorite pizza dough is from Big River…they sell it at Fred Meyer in the natural foods section (and maybe at the co-op too). We’ve never tried grilling our pizza but it sounds tasty!

Kara - October 8, 2011 - 8:16 pm

I’ve heard the Big River dough is good. If I were on top of things, I would just plan and make my own every time, but I’m not on top of things… so I probably will just keep buying dough :)

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Cooking it up with Juliette Mulholland

Juliette with her adorable and fun family. There are many different levels of ability when it comes to cooking and baking. There are people who know pretty much nothing and get take out or cook completely out of boxes. Next, there are people who may cook a tiny bit but still rely on processed food […]

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Tricia - July 20, 2011 - 5:34 am

Lovely interview and gorgeous photos! I’m so glad you liked the Massaged Kale Salad, it’s one of my favorites too :) ~Tricia

Sunny - July 20, 2011 - 10:17 am

I’ve sampled some of Juliette’s fare and agree that it is quite good! I’ve just started branching out from recipes and my mom’s hand me down tried and trues. I’ve been trying to find new and easier ways to use dried beans, like making my own refried pinto and black beans. I really like to make my kid’s birthday cakes too! I think I may have peaked for Grace’s fifth birthday though, she wants the same thing this year!

carolina amador - July 20, 2011 - 12:37 pm

I am so jealous of Juliette’s cooking skills! And she is such a relaxed, down to earth mama too!

betsy - July 20, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Juliette is an amazing cook for sure. I feel privileged to eat at her home whenever I’m invited. Sometimes I even invite myself.

Adrienne S - July 31, 2011 - 5:43 pm

How did I miss this post? Juliette is so funny about her cooking, if she makes something and you say, “is it good or was it good?” She’ll say, “It was alright.” Then you taste it and omg it is g-r-e-a-t. She downplays all her cooking. Perfect modesty. Then I make something and I say, “wow, try this it’s great!” and she says, “don’t talk it up so much.” HAahahah! I’m need to learn her modesty. Ask her for her Marshmallow recipe!

Yogurt Making the Silly Way

Yogurt making is my new thing. My friend Adrienne (who is pretty much a goddess at all things domestic) showed me this simple way to make yogurt. It ends up being so much cheaper than buying it at the store, and it will keep in your fridge for a long time! Some people use dehydrators […]

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EmmaJ - June 21, 2011 - 4:11 am

So cool! Not sure if I am brave enough to try it though. Do you use plain yogurt for the cultures, or is a flavored yogurt ok?

Kara - June 21, 2011 - 7:04 am

Emma,
No bravery needed. Worst case scenario.. you are out a gallon of milk if it doesn’t turn out well for some reason. You can use any flavor of yogurt as long as it has live cultures (which I am assuming most do).

Holly Bakker - June 21, 2011 - 8:16 am

You are so cute! I might give this a go just to amaze the kids and bewilder Chris.:)

Niki - June 21, 2011 - 8:22 am

I know I should try it, but it seems too crazy! You have talked about this for awhile and I have to be honest I want to try it but I am a little fearful :). So you are right, worse case scenario I am out a gallon of milk.

Jill - June 21, 2011 - 8:27 am

We use to make our own yogurt. We would put it on the water tank, in our apartment, to keep it warm. I like the sleeping bag idea too.

Amanda N. - June 21, 2011 - 9:03 am

Kara- I love you and you make me laugh. That is all!

adrienne w - June 21, 2011 - 9:55 am

Hmmm… interesting. I might even be able to handle this. Other than it being cheap, what are the other benefits to making your own yogurt? Is it healthier?
I wish that I was the Adrienne that is a domestic goddess. But I am the Adrienne that things YOU are a domestic goddess!!

adrienne w - June 21, 2011 - 9:57 am

P.S. You look really good! You are looking so fit!!

kara - June 21, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Holly,
Bewildering husbands is always good, eh?? He will be shocked that you could be more domestic than you already are :).
Niki,
Try it!! I can coach you on the phone while we are chatting someday.
Jill,
Water tank… very interesting. Another creative way.
Amanda,
I need to call you soon!!
Adrienne,
You totally are domestic girl. One benefit is that it seriously cuts down on the amount of sugar in it. Yogurt from the store has so much yogurt in it. You can flavor this with a little honey and fruit instead of tons of sugar. Also, just the fact that it is less processed and has less ingredients is always a bonus! Oh, and thanks. I’m not feeling very fit (especially in the stomach bum area), but I appreciate the compliment :).

Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - June 21, 2011 - 7:13 pm

I was just talking to my hubby last night about making our own yogurt, it would save us bundles!! Glad to know that it’s working for you! I’m pretty much incompetent in the kitchen, but I think this is something that even I could handle. Now if I could just get the hubby on board…I convinced him to switch from his trusty Yoplait to Nancy’s/Stoneyfield/Chobani (whatever is cheapest) just a couple months, so baby steps I guess :)

Anne - June 21, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Thanks so much for posting – I’m going to give this a try! (You’ve also inspired me to make fruit-n-yogurt popsicles this week, so the timing for this post was perfect!!).

Karli - June 22, 2011 - 1:10 am

Thank you for posting!! I’ve soooo been wanting to make my own yogurt for a really long time now, but have been intimidated. Not sure what it is, but something about using a sleeping bag makes it less intimidating. :D

kara - June 22, 2011 - 8:23 am

Elisabeth,
If your hubby will go for Nancy’s, he will totally go for this. Nancy’s isn’t very sweet, and you can sweeten this however you want. To wean my family from sweet yogurt, I mixed half store yogurt with half of the homemade yogurt at first.
Anne and Karli,
Let me know how it works!! The sleeping bag totally makes it less intimidating :).

Kara Jimenez - June 22, 2011 - 11:37 am

A sleeping bag is such a neat idea!

We have a yogurt maker at our house and we sometimes make coconut milk yogurt because I think dairy bothers Victor’s eczema.

kara - June 22, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Coconut yogurt. Oh my… I must hear more about this. That sounds so amazing. Do you heat it up the same way you do regular milk?

Elisa - June 22, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Kara….too funny! And Chris goes along with you…even better :)

Kara Jimenez - June 24, 2011 - 12:28 am

Yeah it’s pretty much the same process as with cows milk except you have to add about a tablespoon of maple syrup because the coconut milk doesn’t have enough sugar to feed the bacteria without it. It doesn’t thicken up as much as regular yogurt but Victor likes it.

kara - June 24, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Elisa,
Haaa. Chris knows that his energy is betters spent embracing (or at least going along with) the dorkiness rather than fight it :)
Kara,
I am going to have to try that!! Sounds interesting!