Cheers to Friday! The kids are off of school today and we are headed on a family trip to Niagara Falls. But first, we are squeezing in family pictures this morning! Wish me luck:) Today as usual, I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea. for Friday Favorites. I’m wrapping up the week with some meal planning tips, home decor shopping finds and a review of a new kids cookbook!
Meal Planning 101
Earlier in the week, I shared some of my tips for family meal planning. The timing of this post was perfect as I have been feeling “off” from our meal planning game. It is so easy to slip off the dinner routine—traveling husband, busy evening with kids activities, sick kid…you name it!
Our evenings are so much more organized when we have a dinner game plan. I’ve gotten a few requests to share what our dinner menu looks like, so here is our plan for next week:
This week’s menu:
Sunday: Homemade Pizzas (This is a bit of a change from our normal dinner theme for Sundays but pizzas are one of the easiest, throw together meals for our family. I buy flat bread and then everyone can add their own toppings and perfect amounts of sauce and cheese!)
Monday: Mac and Cheese (my husband and I will not be home for dinner–so I am keeping it real!)
Tuesday: Chicken Tacos/Bowls
Wednesday: Eggs, Bacon and Cinnamon Rolls
Thursday: Salmon, Pasta/Zoodles, Garlic Bread
As I have mentioned, I am obsessed with Instacart! It saves me so much time. I will be ordering our groceries on our drive home from our trip on Sunday. We will have groceries delivered just minutes after we get home. Normally, the day we get home from a trip, we end up eating take out because we have nothing in our refrigerator and we are too tired to go to the grocery store!
Kid Chef Junior Cookbook Review
Speaking of food, I just received the new cookbook, Kid Chef Junior. This book was written by Anjali Shah, who also wrote Super Easy Baby Food. She is a board certified Health Coach who focuses on baby and child nutrition.
Kid Chef Junior is super easy to read and is filled with fun and healthy recipes! I like that this book grows with the child. Younger children will need assistance with most of these recipes but as the kids get older, many of these can be done on their own.
My five year old and I got right to work trying out some recipes. We made Alphabet Pretzel Sticks with Cheese Dip! We had all of the ingredients to make on hand–which is my kind of recipe!
I ended up prepping the dough before my son got home from school. Then when he came home, he got to roll out the dough and make the dough into letters and shapes!
P.S. I love this red mat with measurements for baking! It comes in handy when we are making pizza dough, pie and bread! You can roll out your dough to the size needed.
My little guy loved brushing the dough with butter and sprinkling on some salt.
These pretzels are perfect for an after school treat and we were sure to share with the older siblings when they got home!
Is it just me or do you also flip to the back of a cookbook to see the dessert recipes?! Err…maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies when the kids were at school. The recipe was a little healthier than your typical brownie with the addition of greek yogurt and applesauce plus there was less sugar!
I have to admit that these brownies were perfect with my morning coffee!!
There are a ton more recipes that I look forward to trying! This is a great starter cookbook for kids! It would make a perfect Christmas gift especially if paired with an apron or a few cooking tools:)
Kid Chef Junior was just released this week and is currently on sale!
This cookbook was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
Christmas Home Decor Preview
I am still working on a wrap up on the mother-daughter shopping getaway. However, I wanted to share some of the home decor finds we spotted. Of all the stores we visited, Kirklands had the most Christmas decor of any! I wanted to grab one of everything!
I love all of the red buffalo patterns and I think the lanterns are so pretty!
These buffalo check garlands are so adorable! How pretty would these be for a Christmas tree or a mantle?
These signs seem Rae Dunn inspired! Kirklands does sell some Rae Dunn but these are not RD!
These white and silver stems are so pretty!
I love that rustic Santa painting and I think the red mailbox is adorable!
Do you think it is too early to think about Christmas?!
Despite all of these glimpses of Christmas, for now, I will enjoy all things fall! I hope you have a great weekend!
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