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  1. Sunday, October 9

    Week 246 Menu

    I am officially the most tired I’ve been since Owen was born. Last night was a rough one. The whole time he was awake, I just kept reminding myself how wonderful and adorable he is and that I should be enjoying the time since he won’t be this little for very long. The pep talk mostly worked. 😉

    When Mom is busy feeding the new baby and napping when she can, the older kids in the family turn into delinquents. Graffiti is Step 1 on the path to rebellion. But, I gotta say, I’m digging those colorful bricks. And graffiti is better than drugs and alcohol.

    It’s a good thing we have people still bringing us meals this week because my brain is simply not functioning today. I couldn’t create a meal plan if my life depended on it! I’m hoping next week to {maybe} get back on the meal planning train. We’ll see how things go. Until then, please please please share your menus to provide inspiration for one another!

    Also, I have more delicious recipes and meals to share with you this week from what people have been bringing us. Seriously, we’ve been getting great dinners. We are so grateful! Stay tuned for some of that yumminess.

  2. Friday, October 7

    New Pizza Flavor: Apple Bacon

    First off, I think I should have a baby once a month just so we can get dinners brought to us all the time. Okay, not really. But seriously, every meal we’ve gotten so far this week has been DELICIOUS. And, yes, I’m gathering recipes to share with you! Today’s “recipe” is simple…a new pizza flavor that is simple and awesome.

    Last night our friends Sarah and Harry brought us homemade pizza, which tasted great. One of the pizza flavors was apple bacon. We’ve never had apple bacon pizza before and I must say we’ve been missing out! We loved it. It’s sort of like an autumn twist on Hawaiian pizza. I had to share it with you because, well, I just think it’s a super cool pizza flavor! Enjoy!

    {If you’re looking for a homemade crust to put your bacon and apples on, this one from a bona fide Italian uncle is mighty fine.}

  3. Thursday, October 6

    Salt Box

    I love coarse salt. And I love Penzeys. So when I saw a big bag of course salt at Penzeys, of course I bought it. However, I had nothing to store the salt in that made it easy for me to use, so it’s just been sitting in my cupboard for months. Until now.

    Shopping on Amazon is something I can do while I’m recovering from Owen’s birth, so I finally spent a little time this week searching for the perfect salt container. There are all kinds of salt crocks out there so it was tough to pick, but I decided to get this small bamboo salt box. It came in the mail yesterday and…I LOVE IT. I almost went with the Le Creuset salt crock but decided to go with this one instead, and I’m so glad I did. Here are the reasons it rocks:

    • It has a lid, so foreign objects can’t easily get into the salt.
    • The swinging lid has a little magnet that helps snap it closed.
    • It’s small, but fits in a good amount of salt, I think around 3/4 of a cup.
    • I like that the opening to the box is on top of the container rather than on the side.
    I can’t wait to start salting things!

  4. Tuesday, October 4

    Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

    One good thing about me not cooking the next few weeks and having people bring us dinners is that we’ll get to try lots of fun recipes, which I can then share with you!

    For our first post-baby dinner, my friend Julie brought us Hungarian Stuffed Peppers. Julie got this recipe from her Hungarian landlord in Vienna, so it’s totally Hungarian legit. I know you were worried about that. The peppers were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thanks, Julie!!

    Hungarian Stuffed Peppers
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Hungarian
    • 8 green peppers
    • ½ pound ground beef
    • ½ pound mild italian sausage
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup uncooked rice
    • 2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
    • 1 large white onion
    • 3 or 4 yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
    • 2 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika (buy it fresh!) (Julie used a combo of smoked and sweet paprika when she made ours, and it was yummy!)
    • 1+ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh pepper
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1+ cup water
    • Sour cream (full fat organic is best)
    1. Cut off tops of peppers. Take out seeds.
    2. Mix: meat, egg, rice, potatoes, salt & pepper, paprika. Stuff meat mixture into peppers. Set upright in pot. Make meatballs with extra meat to set on top.
    3. In Cuisinart chop onion and tops of peppers finely (or blend smooth in blender.) Mix onions, pepper tops, crushed tomatoes, sugar, water, bay leaves.
    4. Pour mixture over peppers in pot. Bring to simmer and simmer on low heat for 1 ½ hours. The key is low heat! Add water if sauce looks too thick.
    5. Serve with fresh sour cream and sauerkraut if you have it. Great paired with noodles or dumplings.


  5. Matthew Kate Giveaway Winner!

    Time to announce the winner of the Matthew Kate giveaway. And the winner is…

    Samantha N, who said, “Adorable shirts! Congrats on your precious baby boy Owen! Hope you are getting a little sleep!”

    Congratulations, Samantha! And thanks for the positive sleep vibes! 😉

    Thanks to Matthew Kate for such a cute giveaway!

  6. Sunday, October 2

    Week 245 Menu

    In case anyone was wondering, recovering from an emergency c-section is way worse than a regular delivery. But there is one benefit to being forced to do nothing. I get to stare at these…

    …all day.

    My mom leaves town today, after two weeks of having either her or my dad here to help. (I don’t know what we would have done without them!) We have a bit of time before more family can get out to help us, so I’m a little nervous about what the next week or two will bring. Thankfully, between church and good friends looking out for us, we have people bringing us dinner 10 nights in a row. I can’t even begin to express the gratitude I am feeling for everyone who is helping us out in so many ways.

    Anyway, here’s my meal plan for the week…sit back and let the food come to us!

    What are you having for dinner this week? Please share your menus! And have a fabulous week!