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August 28, 2017

This Week's Menu | Lemon & Chive Fish, Stroganoff, Chicken Noodle, Short Ribs & PB&J Bars

Good Monday Morning.  I'm having trouble getting to task this morning.  The house needs tidying up after a weekend of lounging and laziness.   To get myself going, I tidied up some easy areas in the house and snapped some photos to show some of my favorite unsettled moments happening right now.

I picked these Navy Blue Berries from our Privet bushes last night.  I love an easy 'centerpiece' that can dress up our table for the entire week.  Seasonal and easy and pretty.

My office is a bit of a wreck with piles of samples, note cards, and papers after the launch last week.   If I took a photo of what is below this on the actual desk surface, it would not be pretty.

Stacks of things pile up in my office that are constant reminders of things I need to do - like these new note cards that all need signing to go out in our orders : )    I am obsessed with the new navy color.

Thankfully, this room always looks about like this... unless there has been a fort or house made from the pillows.  Otherwise, it looks like this and it is nice to have one room in the front of the house that feels tidy and put together most of the time.

I am loving the combination of the new pillows and the striped throw in this room.  Playing mix and match with stripes and patterns always gives a layered and casual look.

Anyone spot Mr. Darcy's tennis ball?  They are all. over. the house.

This Striped Throw (in Stone) really adds a graphic freshness to this room.

The Chestnut Diamond Throw is so gorgeous.  It will be a staple in this room now through Winter.   I love how mixing the blues with the neutrals adds warmth.

How to Decorate circa 1996.  Classic.

These baking canisters really need to be washed!  But, I'm getting ready to make PB&J bars for an after school snack... so I should wait until later.

The Beige Topiary pillow found a home on the leather chair - love the combo.

I'd like to replace Mike's desk chair this fall, so I'm starting to think of options... since he is currently using one from my parents' basement and making it comfy with extra pillows.   I wouldn't mind something a little clean looking... maybe even slightly contemporary?  Or I could do a comfy herringbone and be done with it.  What do you think?

This Week's Menu

With the school routine in full swing, I've also been working on indexing all of our favorite go-to dinner ideas.  You can find it here : Dinner Ideas Index.  There is also a photo/tab in the Recipes Index.

It is basically a photo index of my Dinner Planning Tablet.  The tablet is a list of all of our favorite dinner ideas that will help you organize your meals for the week.  When I use the tablet, I'm always reminded of something we haven't made in a while or an easy dinner that I forget about.

Dinner Planning Tablets >

I like to start the week off with something light and fresh - and really easy.  This Lemon & Chive Roasted Fish & Vegetables is all made on a sheet pan.  Everything is layered onto a sheet pan, and then it roasts in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.  A delicious sauce accumulates in the bottom of the pan to pour over when serving.  So yummy, fresh and easy.  

This is my favorite dinner (beside spaghetti).  Surprised?  It is Emma and Mike's favorite, too.  Why? It is like being kid.  It is easy and Old School, and everyone (except my sister) loves it.  

Once a week I am making soup.  I make a really large batch of it and put individual portions (in my Kitchen Containers) in the freezer to get out for lunch or easy dinner.  This is a classic and Emma's favorite.  If you have never tried making Homemade Chicken & Noodles, you are missing out - it is so easy.  If you make it from a rotisserie chicken and it is ready in 20 minutes.

A classic, creamy French Chicken stew served over rice.  The aroma from this will knock yo off of your feet.

I'm trying to make a homemade snack once a week that we can have after school.  These are sooooo good.  I might be known to eat them for breakfast, too.

Fall Sundays are for Short Ribs.  They go in the oven, cook for hours and make the house smell delicious... can you hear the football game in the background?  So many warm and cozies...

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