New Year, New Blog Post

One day, one day I will have the time to blog endlessly.

One day that isn’t filled with rising early (more like S literally dragging me out of bed)

or early morning commutes (S drives, I sit there and pretend to be awake)

or stacks of paperwork (score one for me, making it all digital!)

or long days (but not long enough to get it all done)

and busy nights cooking dinner (meal prep is my friend)

ending in bed, 15 hours after waking (no such thing as too much sleep).

 

Okay, my life is pretty darn sweet. For example, this week, my lovely husband made a weekly meal plan, went shopping with me, and spent all of our day off cooking dinner for the week with me. He wakes up before I do and makes me coffee to cure that caffeine headache before it sets in. I feel so lucky to be living here with him.

Of course, a constant goal is to get healthy. We have decided to do the Keto lifestyle. Essentially, low carb, high protein and fat. Definitely takes some getting used to, but we like it. I’ll start posting our keto meal plans this week.

Hope you all are doing great. (Sometimes I feel like a cheerleader, running around work telling people they can do it. It happens.)

Until next time.

It’s official…

I am terrible at blogging.

I keep thinking “Today is the day! I am going to blog and it is going to be great and I’ll DEFINITELY stick with it.”

The fact that it has been months shows how completely wrong that is.

To be fair, though, life has been absolutely crazy around here. S has been in leadership school for the past 5.5 weeks, meaning he hasn’t known when he was getting home until he showed up at our front door. Doesn’t translate well to meal plans!

Update on our lives: S is now a STAFF SERGEANT! Woohoo! I, as of today, have a FULL time job, which is so exciting. I am not a very good stay at home wife. Its driving me crazy, although  I LOVE all of the time it leaves me for kitten cuddles!!

Another update, my best friend since 7th grade is getting MARRIED in August. I am so incredibly excited to go home and be her bridesmaid!

I am going to work on being better at this whole “blogging” thing.

 

Thank you all for sticking it through with me!

week 4 meal plan pt 2

Meal Plan: Week 4

One day I will get the hang of posting every week. I swear, since we got here I have been either sick or on the verge of sick the entire time! I don’t know what it is. Plus, last weekend for our 2nd anniversary (?!?!) we took an AMAZING trip to Nuremberg. It was completely spur of the moment, but so incredibly worth it. I’ll make a post soon with photos!

I have been majorly slacking on meal planning. After S’s friend left I just needed a minute to breathe and recollect myself and sadly haven’t gotten back into it. Plus, at the end of this week I’m headed back to the states for my brother’s wedding!! That means this week will be full of yummy food that can be made in large batches and frozen for while I’m gone. So much to do, so little time!


Sunday: Homemade mac and cheese adapted from All Recipes

Monday: President’s Day steak and sweet potatoes!

Tuesday: Balsamic chicken with roasted veggies from Skinny Taste

Wednesday: Turkey and bacon meatloaf from Joy the Baker

Thursday: Chicken tacos

Friday: Date night!

PLUS three great freezer meals for when I’m gone!

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs from Picky Palate

Baked Ziti from Picky Palate

Chili from McCormick

Week 3 meal plan

Meal Plan: Week 3

Wait, January is almost over already? This year is going by too quickly. Make it stop!

I can’t believe that in two weeks S and I are having our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Didn’t we just get married like… last month?! MAKE IT STOP!

Anyway, here is this week’s meal plan!


Sunday: Homemade wings from Food Network

Monday: Beer Brown Sugar Brats with Sauerkraut adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Tuesday: Caprese Balsamic Chicken from Yummy Healthy Easy

Wednesday: Chicken with Cranberry Mustard Sauce from Fake Ginger

Thursday: Taco Night!!

Friday: Date night!

Saturday: Thyme Crusted Pork Roast with Soy Caramel Sauce from Melanie Makes

 

Happy cooking!

week 2 meal plan

Meal Plan: Week 2

I know, I know, it’s already Tuesday. With S’s friend here last week everything has been crazy. We “exchanged him” with other friends on Sunday, and have been playing catch up since. He gets back here Thursday, so insanity will again insue.

This week is a “Pining for California” meal plan. We have been craving different foods from home, so I am recreating them! S has been MADLY craving Pho, as when he was in Georgia he and friends would go almost weekly. I am VERY happy with how it all turned out. We couldn’t find bean sprouts sadly, but the rest worked perfectly. I sent him to work today with tons of tupperware for lunch.

I hope you all have a delicious week!

 


 

Sunday: Sloppy Joes

Monday: Quick Vietnamese Beef Noodle Pho from The kitchn

Tuesday: Blackened Shrimp Tacos adapted from The Novice Chef

Wednesday: Lemon Chicken With Pasta from Kevin And Amanda

Thursday: Going out with friends!

Friday: Chicken Enchiladas from The Pioneer Woman

Saturday: Castle Hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meal Plan: Week 1

Even though I have been meal planning since we arrived in Germany, I just keep forgetting to post them on here! We live about 25 minutes away from the market, so meal planning is necessary. I plan on Friday and shop on Saturday for the week. Thankfully the market we go to has everything super fresh, so there is no need to worry about food spoiling before we get to it. The commissary however… sometimes food goes bad the next day!

I love meal planning. Finally, after all of these years of bookmarking recipes I get to use them!

Every dinner I make is 4 servings. That is enough for us to have dinner and lunch the next day before we get sick of the meal. It saves us so much money as well, as S takes lunch every day now. It is so much healthier too!

Because we have leftovers for lunch, I have to switch it up often. This is especially prevalent with the proteins we eat. There are only so many days you can have chicken before you go crazy. We try to do at least one day of seafood (usually salmon), one day of pork, one pasta, one beef, and the rest chicken. It really forces me to try new things as well. For example, one week the market was out of salmon. On the fly I had to think of a new seafood recipe that used Cod, which I had never tried before. Those blackened fish tacos were one of my favorite meals!


 

WEEK 1 MEAL PLAN

Sunday: Baked Macaroni and Cheese adapted from Joy the Baker (we just used all sorts of cheese that we found!)

Monday: Crockpot Chili cheese dogs with french fries

Tuesday: Thyme Crusted Pork Roast with Soy Caramel Sauce by Melanie Makes (I’ve never made this before and am so excited to try it!)

Wednesday: Mozzarella stuffed meatballs from Picky Palate (OMG so good.)

Thursday: Chicken Cordon Bleu from Emeril

Friday: Going out to dinner!

Saturday: Might go on a trip… we will see!

Hope this helps you all out with your meal plans. My goal is to post ours on here every Friday… we will see if that works!!

New Years Dinner Fail!

You guys, I am so disappointed. S and I spend hours in the kitchen on New Year’s Eve cooking a traditional German holiday meal. We made goose breast, red cabbage, dumplings, and clover rolls all from scratch.

It was terrible.

Honestly, it was the worst meal I have ever had, let alone made. Every single aspect of it was bland.

S wanted goose SO badly and I always am up for a challenge. Unfortunately, when we looked up traditional recipes they were all super complex, which we didn’t want to deal with. Finally we found one that was simple and sounded amazing. It could have been. It had such great potential… if we hadn’t severely overcooked it!

Here’s a tip for you, thermometers are your FRIEND! USE them!

Then, the cabbage. S had red cabbage at dinner a month ago and fell in love. When cooking it, it just smelled amazing. The cabbage had red wine and a lovely cheesecloth of bay leaves and cloves. Too bad that flavor never got to the cabbage itself. It somehow turned out rubbery and tasteless. Yuck!!

To be fair, the potato dumplings were a compilation of a few different recipes. I couldn’t find one particular one that I liked the look of so I took aspects of three different recipes. We had also never had a potato dumpling before so we were going in blind. We boiled and grated/mashed potatoes, added the egg and flour, formed and boiled… into a bland, gummy textured glob. Even thinking about it makes me dry heave. Ugh.

The rolls. Oh the rolls. In total they took over three hours of rising. We worked so hard on them. We were so excited for fresh baked homemade rolls, and what perfect theming for New Years! Germany is all about clovers for the holiday. Too bad they were so tasteless. We slathered on butter to give it something, but it still wasn’t enough. Thankfully we only made 1/3 of a batch or we would have been throwing away three dozen.

You know, everything is a learning experience. Even though we didn’t eat dinner until 1 a.m. and it was terrible, at least now we have great memories!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for all of us in 2016!

The BEST Pumpkin Bread Recipe

You know a recipe is good when you have made eight loaves of it in three weeks. No shame. Although, to be honest, two of those I completely forgot any leavening. Best part, it was our first time making it and S and I were eating this… pumpkin fudge wondering if it was just undercooked. 0/10, would not recommend.

We had a work Thanksgiving party and brought three loaves. By the time the potluck ended it was almost gone. S was laughing at me so hard, when we left I grabbed the tray with the leftovers to take home because I didn’t want it to go to waste. Again, no shame.

I wish I had taken photos of it, because it looked just glorious. Unfortunately, that would have taken away from me eating it. Your loss is my gain… literally.

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I’m back!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since my husband and I moved to Germany. Can you blame me though with this view from our window?

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Honestly it looks like a painting. I love it so much.

Everything has been so chaotic. We moved into our BEAUTIFUL house, then I flew back home for three weeks for my cousin’s wedding, and now we have adopted a kitten! Welcome our little Jack.

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I am so smitten with this little guy, you don’t even know. He is the most spoiled cat.

I have also been really focusing on home cooking. For the first time in my life, I am making weekly meal plans and actually sticking to them. We are finishing our third week, and I am so impressed. Our trash has decreased significantly and we are spending less than 150$ a week on food. I learned early on that the best method is to reduce recipes .I make enough for four servings, which is perfect for dinner and lunch the next day. If I make anything more than that, it just gets thrown away sadly.

I am going to start posting the weekly meal plans here with links to the recipes I plan to make. Then, afterwards I will edit the post with my tweaks and reviews.

I hope this helps some of you out!

Guten Tag Deutschland!!

After almost TEN MONTHS of preparing, we are finally in GERMANY!

It took so much effort and so much stress, and I am pretty sure I have a few grey hairs now, but looking around us it is completely worth it. I still have to constantly remind myself that we are not in the United States of America anymore, but are on a different continent entirely.

Everything here is hectic currently. We just finished inprocessing Friday, and still need to find a house and a car as soon as possible. We have been walking everywhere and it has been fun but also exhausting. I can’t wait to be able to just drive around base instead!

We can’t wait to find out what is in store!