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What’s for Dinner?

Grilled Chicken Salad |

It’s race week! The countdown to Friday morning has begun.

I still can’t believe I’m going to Hawaii in 5 days. Oh and running the Honolulu Marathon. I’m sure you are sick of me saying that, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is really happening. It’s not a dream. It’s FOR REAL.

This is a short week of figuring out what’s for dinner. Of course, it’s also a crazy, busy week right up till when we get on the plane. So I’m keeping it simple and light.

Sunday: Birthday party

Monday: Sockeye Salmon + roasted Brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + Black Bean Quesadilla

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salads

Thursday: Ron’s birthday dinner – his choice

Friday: Hawaii

Saturday: Hawaii

What are you having for dinner this week?

Lately + Meal Planning

Nor'easter 2014

I’m back!

My little Thanksgiving break was fantastic although it seemed way shorter than 4 days.

Let’s catch up on what’s been happening lately.

The first two days of my break were actually a forced break. We lost power Wednesday night around 5 p.m. from the Nor’easter. The snow was super heavy and wet. Whenever that type of snow happens, it means trees are going down. We lost one large tree in our back yard. The good news with it is that our garden can get a little bigger and will have more direct sunlight.

Living Room Camp Out |

Wednesday (and Thursday) night we had a camp out on the living room floor in front of the fireplace. At least we were relatively warm in front of it. Ron and I were both hoping that the power would be back on by the morning so we didn’t get the generator set up. Unfortunately, it didn’t. With the hassle of snowblowing the driveway, charging my dead cell phone to see if the race was still going on and getting everything gassed up/hooked up to the generator, it didn’t leave me any time to get to the starting line of the Turkey Trot I registered for. I took another DNS – my 3rd in 1.5 months. I’m not liking this trend at all.

Later in the morning, I worked up the nerve to head out for a run. The thought of coming home to a cold house after a cold run, did not sound appealing. But I knew I needed to run to shake off my crankiness. As always, it worked.

snowy run |

During my run, I had a grand vision of the power being on when I got home. It wasn’t. Second best thing? Ron hooked up the space heater and put it in the bathroom while I was gone so I would have a relatively warm space to shower. It was heavenly!

Our power finally came back on Thursday night around 10 p.m. I wanted to run the dishwasher, vacuum, do laundry, cook and crank up the heat to 90 degrees. But I withheld till the morning. The only time I will say cleaning and laundry is the best thing ever is after we are without power.

Thanksgiving dinner came Friday evening. I was a bad blogger and didn’t get any pictures. I shopped online a bit (and scored great deals), played in the snow and just chilled for the rest of the weekend. My grand plan of plowing through my To-Do list was foiled. I think I might have accomplished one thing.

How did that happen?

So now that we are caught up, what’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Monday: Turkey Pot Pie

Tuesday: Vegetarian Thai Peanut Soup

Wednesday: Veggie Stir Fry w/ chickpeas

Thursday: Black Bean and Butternut Squash Casserole

Friday: Chicken and Potato Chowder

Saturday: Dinner out with friends.

What’s happening with you lately?

What’s for dinner this week?

Easy Veggie Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Can someone tell me how it is Thanksgiving in four days?

Wasn’t it just the 4th of July and we were barbequing? This whole time flying by as you get older thing has got to stop. Seriously.

Yesterday I was picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s when I noticed it was a little crazier than usual. That’s when it dawned on me.

Ah, yes! People are getting ready for the big Thanksgiving meal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the actual turkey on Thanksgiving. For me, it’s not about the bird. It’s all about the sides. They really are the best part, right?

My perfect Thanksgiving Day meal would be all sides. That’s it. No bird. No main dish. All sides. And dessert. Always desert.

easy veggie sides for Thanksgiving

Here’s 12 easy veggie side dishes for Thanksgiving that I’ve been dreaming about.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble

Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Apple Bake

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Cranberries

Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted Purple Potato Soup

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

Sweet Potato-Ginger Spoon Bread

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday -Teriyaki Salmon + Brussels sprouts

Monday – Pick your egg sandwiches + avocado toast

Tuesday – Veggie Burgers + roasted sweet potato fries

Wednesday – Homemade veggie pizza


Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – wing it

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

What’s for dinner this week?