Happy Hump Day!

The one nice thing about being insanely busy at work is that before you know it you are over half way through the work week!  This is even more exciting because we have a fun family day trip planned to finally check out Portsmouth, NH AND daycare is closed next week meaning I have to take a few days off from work to hang out with my daughter……stinks doesn’t it? (note the sarcasm).  I am seriously so excited for my stay-cation!  I feel like we have been so busy this summer and I am looking forward to a couple days off from work where I can do whatever I want around the house or around town.  I’m also having an “I know I’m old” moment because I am soooo excited that I have a new steam mop coming tomorrow, combine that with a couple days off from work to play with it and you get one happy lady 🙂  After reading probably a hundred reviews I decided to get the Eureka Enviro Steamer.  It was a front runner in most of the reviews I read and when I looked it up on Amazon it was majorly on sale so I was sold.  I hope it’s good and I don’t have to start over looking for a different one.

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Now continuing with my meals containing all things cheesy now that I can eat dairy, I decided to whip out a couple really yummy dishes for dinner last night.  Bruschetta pork with the quick and easy egg noodle side dish makes one yummy meal!  The pork is super easy and has a lot of flavor.  The original recipe is one from Kraft so it calls for Shake N Bake and some specific dressing.  I don’t like to buy items that I can only use for one meal so I normally sub out the Shake N Bake for some good ole bread crumbs (the 4C panko breadcrumbs have the least amount of sodium) and use some italian dressing instead of the sundried tomato vinegrette that I can never find.

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The pasta side dish is sooooo easy and has a lot of flavor.  I have made egg noodles with parmasean before but it has never had as much flavor as this recipe has.  You can buy egg noodles that contain extra nutrients now too so it can be a bit healthier than a normal pasta side dish.

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The best part of a delicious meal these days though is when Miss Eva J likes it and she absolutely loved this and made lots of yummy noises 🙂

Have a great rest of your week everyone!

Dinner and a little Product Love

For the past few days I have been eating take out or a frozen Amy’s meal for dinner since going to the trouble to cook for 1 person seems silly to me, so I was super excited to actually cook dinner when Mort finally came home from yet another business trip.  I’m all for meals that have few ingredients, don’t require a lot of prep, and have a lot of flavor.  One of my recent favorites is a recipe I found online called Drunken Pork Chops.  It only requires a few ingredients that I always have on hand mixed all together and poured over some pork and left to simmer.  It makes a really yummy sauce that looks like brown gravy but really tastes almost like a sweet bbq sauce, so good and such a great use of one of my Dad’s home brewed beers.  I choose to chop up some red skin potatoes to quickly mash because you don’t have to go to the trouble of peeling potatoes.  Throw it together with a veggie on the side and you have a really yummy week night meal!  The best part is you can just plop it on the stove and go do something else for a while.

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Every so often there are things I come across that are fantastically wonderful.  They either are completely delicious, somehow make my life easier, do something cool, or fix something.  I love to get reviews from friends and other bloggers of things to try out because you seriously can never that a review on a website is 100% accurate.  One of my most recent favorite things I have discovered is So Delicious’ Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream made from coconut milk.

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The name seriously says it all.  I had given up all hope on having ice cream this summer until my wonderful husband saw this and convinced me to try it.  I had my doubts because I HATE coconut milk but I can’t tell the difference between this ice cream and another ice cream I have ever had.  It has been my go to treat for the last couple of months and I still can’t get enough!  I’m also so impressed by their website.  Since having a daughter with a food allergy I have become very aware of the companies that really get the fact that people have different dietary restrictions.  Right on their website they break down their products by different allergies so you can get a special treat no matter what you are looking for.  This is HUGE!  Visit their page to fill out a form to get a $1.00 coupon, you have to try it!