Quick Family Meal Ideas

*This post is sponsored by Foodie and Mode.  All opinions are mine.  And I will be making all of these meals for my family.  Because they are fast, delicious and I’m fairly lazy so I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Check out 14 Quick Family Meals

by Sharon Garofalow (Cupcakes and Cutlery) at Foodie.com

How is it possible that school is starting soon!  Ok, I guess we have a month left of summer.  But when I look at my calendar, its FULL.  We have so much to do in this month I know it is just going to fly by.  With our days jam-packed full of super fun things, I’m having a really hard time planning dinner.  We don’t eat out much but I REALLY don’t want to be in the kitchen.  And I’m not paying attention to what time we are leaving activities.  So we get home way later than we usually would which leaves much less time for the preparation of dinner.

My favorite quick family meal is to bake everything on a few cookie sheets.  I do simply seasoned chicken breasts, broccoli and some sort of chopped potatoes.  The clean up is easy, they all cook at relatively the same time and it is super healthy.  But that can get really boring. And I need to have enough time to allow for baking.  I gathered up these quick family meal ideas for myself.  But you can use them too.  I won’t be selfish with them. I don’t want you to have to be in the kitchen forever either.  These recipes or recipe ideas are all really simple and I know I can modify the ingredients to suit my family’s tastes.

Most of the recipes from this collection are pretty healthy or can be made more healthy by leaving out cheese (WHY?!) or subbing ingredients like in this Chicken Parmesan Bake.  And these Chicken Lettuce Bowls (use store-bought rotisserie chicken to keep you from having to cook the chicken ahead of time – ain’t no one got time for that…) would let your family members create their own meal which I find gets my kids more involved and then they eat more.  And then there is this Chili Dog Casserole…Not healthy at all. But to me, this sounds like the perfect Friday night dinner. Toss some Fritos on top…Dang. I might eat this for breakfast.

What is your go-to quick family meal idea?

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February Loves

I am in love with this Saarloos and Sons white wine! This wine.  So yummy.  I had gotten a bottle of this white and a red from Saarloos and Sons in a silent auction gift basket from my son’s preschool.  I didn’t know too much about the company so the bottles have just been hanging around.  Well, the other night I decided it was time for the white to get chilled.  I’m a Sauvignon Blanc kind of gal.  And I’m not totally sure how these two wines stack up against each other.  But I can tell you this.  I opened the bottle, and on first sip, I hated it.  It was one of those days so I decided I’d drink the glass but I left the bottle on the counter with the intention of dumping it out that night.  But something about the second sip got me.  And I began to really enjoy the glass.  I went and put the bottle in the fridge and drank the rest of the bottle over the next few nights.  Turns out I REALLY like this wine.  Maybe the first sip just wasn’t what I was expecting but I’m glad I continued to drink it.  And now I want to go to their tasting room and drink more.  Lots more.  And go read their story.  Super cool.

My favorite candy of all time.  That I only eat at Valentine's DayThese hearts are one of my favorite candies.  And I only eat them at Valentine’s Day.  They really are just Gobstoppers.  And they used to even come in the normal Gobstopper colors but within the last few years, they have changed them to be only pink, red and white.  I realize that they are Gobstoppers and I can eat them all year long, but there is something about waiting for them to arrive in stores that makes me love them even more.  My sister and I always by them for each other.  And once that bag (or two) is gone, that is it until next year.  Have you ever tried these?

Live your passion!  My pal shared her stint on Cougar Town with us.  So proud of her! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post about this the other night.  I am super proud of my friend, Erika, for following a passion of hers.  She, just recently, decided to do extra work and start acting.  She was over the other night and I got to see her in an episode of Cougar Town and it was amazing.  I’m so excited to see where she takes it and know that she is doing what she loves.  I am lucky to know this gal and look forward to seeing her in more things!!

My husband has taking to making us pancakes on the weekend!So I’ve been married for 10 years now.  My husband hardly ever cooks.  So color me surprised when he decided to make us pancakes one morning.  We liked them so much he has taken to making them for us on the weekends.  So fun!  Food really does taste better when you don’t have to cook it.

blair-ritchey-for-meg-biram-gator-phone-caseI’m totally in love with my new phone case.  I got an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I had to get a new case.  This gator skin case by Blair Ritchey found in Meg Biram’s shop is so great.  I love everything about it.  It looks like it is sold out but they do have it in olive which would also be super cool.

Merry Christmas!

family-photo-2013From my family to yours, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!  I hope the day is filled with family, food, friends, and thanksgiving.  I’m lucky to have you as readers and I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!

xmas-site-blog-buttonIn the mean time, you might want to check out the blog I created for our family Christmas cards.  In a Few Years our Kids Will Hate Us.  We are going on 10 years of creative cards and I thought they should all be kept in one place.  Sort of a visual time line of our family.  Through Christmas cards.  Enjoy!

Crafting Community Family Weekend in Palm Springs

Ace Hotel Palm SpringsThe Ace HotelThis is the 4th year of the Crafting Community family weekend at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  And this is the 4th year that I have wanted my family to go.  It is AMAZING.  The Crafting Community creates “immersive design experiences” where families can spend time together, create together and experience art, music, and making new friendships…together.  And The Ace is awesome so you know you are going to have a good time just being there.  My son still talks about swimming in the pool there.  See an example of how the day is structured here.  Doesn’t that sound so great!  One of these years I will remember to not travel so much during the summer and save up for this family trip in early fall.  Someone remind me, OK?  In the mean time I have entered every contest I could find to see if I can win us a trip for this year!

See full details and pricing here.

Buccaneer Cove opens at Boomers in Irvine

*My family was treated to an afternoon of water-ific fun at the new Buccaneer Cove at Boomers in Irvine.  All opinions are mine.

Welcome-to-Buccaneer-Cove-at-Boomers-IrvineTo say the boys were excited about getting to try out the new Buccaneer Cove area at Boomers in Irvine was an understatement.  They couldn’t wait to get there.  We first heard about the new water slide area when we were playing miniature golf at Boomers right after school ended for summer.  And, of course, you can see the brightly colored slides right from the 405 freeway.  They couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.

shark-statue-at-buccaneer-coveBut first we made a new friend.

water-play-area-at-Buccaneer-CoveBuccaneer Cove has a huge water play area in the center of the enclosed park which is surrounded on one side by cabanas and chairs and on the other side by the water slide tower.  The cabanas need to be reserved ahead of time but are a really great idea for those of you who want or need to be in a bit of shade.  It was easy to watch little kids play in this area, but be warned it is very easy to get wet here and if you need to chase after your kids for any reason, you most certainly will have to go directly through this area. So wear a suit!  Even if you aren’t planning to get wet.  You will.

yellow-water-slide-at-Buccaneer-Cove-IrvineThere are 5 water slides, one of which is perfect for toddlers and smaller kids.  You must be 36″ tall to ride the other four slides.  3 are covered and 1 is open air.  There are no “pool” at the bottom of the slides so being a strong swimmer is not necessary.  There are also several workers operating the slides and they are really great about safety and getting kids out of the way of the next rider.  I was pretty impressed with them.  [Read more…]