family meals: week 106

pizza pizza Mexican and Mushroom Pizza. We all love pizza and it’s such an easy thing to make for dinner. I think I’ve been making it once or twice a week since summer started. We like thin and crispy crust, so I’ve been working on getting that just right. A friend told me to let my pizza pan get hot in the oven before putting my dough on, and sure enough, that’s really been helping getting the crust nice and crispy. Ben also purchased this steel baking pan, and I think that was also the key in getting this crispy cracker like crust that we love. If deep dish, thick crust pizza is your thing, you won’t like my pizza.

Week of 7/27 – 7/31
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Vietnamese Chicken Pho
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Tacos
Friday: Tilapia Ceviche

It’s back to cooking for six, so there will be more to make and clean. There will also be a lot more chaos at the table, but that’s exactly how we like it! What have you been cooking lately?



family meals: week 105

mexican burger mexican burger Mexican Burger with Bell Pepper Slices. I played around with a few recipes and came up with this burger with a little bit of a Mexican flair. The ground turkey patty was seasoned with chili powder, cumin, some cayenne (and a few other spices that I no longer remember). I also made some guacamole and a chipotle and paprika mayo to go in it too. We thought it came out just alright, but when we ate leftovers the next day, we loved it much better. I think the flavors had an extra day to blend together. Of course, we had to have a vegetable dish, so we went super easy with sliced bell peppers.

Week of 7/20 – 7/24
Monday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday: Dinner out
Wednesday: Vietnamese Pork and Rice Noodles
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Leftovers

I’d like to make this, but the ingredients look a little bit intimidating. On the other hand, this Vietnamese Caramelized & Braised Catfish looks easy and delicious.


playing bartender with mojitos

mint mojito mint mojito mint mojito mint mojito We came home from our anniversary road trip still in the mood to celebrate, so we wanted a sweet wine to sip outside in our yard together. We didn’t have any on hand, so I tried to figure out if we could make a drink using things we already had. Limes, check. Mint, check. I check our stash of liquor (most of it is from when we used to make drinks when we were dating, so it’s real old), and we had rum (and a lot of vodka). Based on what we had, mojitos is what I set out to make.

I used this recipe, then thought I wouldn’t be able to make it because we didn’t have club soda, but surprisingly, we did! I have no experience making mixed drinks, but I think it came out pretty good. It’s basically limeade with rum, so can’t mess that up too much, right?! Ben’s a bartending school drop out (he only went to one week of two and never went back), so he didn’t have much to say if I did it right or not, and he thought it was good too. We ended our celebrating by sitting in our backyard together, exchanging our homemade cards for each other, while munching on chips and pico de gallo, and sipping on mojitos. As fun it is to stay in nice hotels and go on little adventures, there’s still no place like home (and of course being together there too!)




family meals: week 104

pizza pizza Homemade Pizza. We’ve had some friends over for dinner these past couple weeks, and my go-to has been homemade pizza. I made a prosciutto and caramelized onions pizza, and a mushroom one. The mushroom one is a new recipe I tried out. I used shiitake and bella mushrooms, made a light chili garlic oil for sauce, used mozzarella and havarti cheese, and loaded it up with lots of herbs. Ben and I both really liked it, so I think this pizza will be added to our go-to pizza recipes. For dough, this is the recipe I always use.

rice pork noodles rice pork noodles Vietnamese Pork and Rice Noodles. We love this recipe! In fact, we ate it for 3 days straight. It has a nice balance, since we use a lean meat and throw in a lot of vegetables. We have ours with swiss chard from our garden.

Week of 6/29 – 7/3
Monday: Easy Pasta
Tuesday: Korean Tacos
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Fish Tacos
Friday: Tilapia Ceviche

It will be weird only cooking for 2 kids this week. I have a feeling this week’s menu might change.


dinner time

family meals family meals family meals family meals Dinner time is probably my favorite part of the day. I love when the whole family is sitting together just chatting about went on earlier in the day, the girls are making jokes, and a lot of good conversations happen at the table. Of course, there’s plenty of tattle-tailing going on too… the girls are usually telling Ben about who did this or that to them, or if I was a crazy or grace-filled mommy during the day (usually, it’s crazy). With that, the dinner table is also a place of forgiveness. There are a lot of “I’m sorry, do you forgive me?” asked, and a lot of, “Yes, I forgive you.” in response back. After dinner, not only are our tummies satisfied, usually our hearts leave the table in a better place too.



family meals: week 103

family meals family meals Vietnamese Chicken Pho. I’ll never tire of this recipe. It’s so easy, and it even tastes better the next day.

family meals family meals Baked Wontons with Sichuan Red OilAfter making wontons a few times, it’s no longer intimidating and so easy to whip together. A little bit of shallots, garlic, ginger, green onions, together with lean ground turkey make a simply delicious filling. Then, with that red oil sauce… it’s just divine! Beware though, that sauce is not low calorie. Ben was eating it like soup until he realized, and then he said, “Oh my.”

family meals family meals Filipino Chicken Adobo. It’s the one Filipino dish I make, and the girls love it, especially with egg. I usually make with it chicken breast, but this was mainly for the girls, so drumsticks was the meat I had on hand.

Week of 5/25 – 5/29
Monday: Dinner out with family
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Mexican Tacos
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Tilapia Ceviche

Ben’s been working so many late nights that we only get family dinner about once a week. It’s been like this since the beginning of the year, so I’m looking forward to June when his work schedule is a little more balanced. All of us sitting together at the dinner table is something I cherish, so I can’t wait to have more of that again.




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