Wednesday, November 18, 2015

what's for dinner?

Over the weekend, in the midst of us running errands, my husband and I went into Barnes & Nobles. He can get lost in a books store for hours (actually, his whole family is the same way). I will admit, it's therapeutic. As we were leaving, I said, "If someone ever questions what their hobbies are, they just need to put themselves in a bookstore and see which sections they gravitate towards."

For me, it's Crafts & Hobbies and Cookbooks, Food & Wine, oh, and that section at the front with all the random bargain books, that section is my favorite. 

Cooking, or more the reason behind what cooking means, gathering of friends and family, has always been something I've enjoyed. A few months ago however, my husband and I started something called The Fresh 20. It's actually a plan Britney has been trying to get me to use for the last 3 years and after growing tired of meal planning and still going over our grocery budget, I finally gave The Fresh 20 a try. I can't give this meal plan service enough praise! The meals are healthy, no processed food, enough to feed a family of 5, if I am estimating, and they save time! For me, the best part of using this program is that it's taught me how creative I can get with certain ingredients, using them in ways I never thought of before.  The first time I went to the commissary with my grocery list, I remember throwing piles of vegetables into my cart and thinking there is no way this is going to make 5 full meals, but it did! 

These are two things from this week:
Crockpot Garlic Chicken with Capers - fall off the bone, tasted just like chicken picatta good!
Clams Casino Style
It has completely transformed what and how we eat. 

PS. As I was writing this I realized they offered an entire Thanksgiving (Fresh 20 style) meal for it's members! I printed it to save for the next time I host Thanksgiving, but I plan on using a few of the sides for Friendsgiving this year! ---- Thanksgiving is next week!! Yay - I cannot wait!


  1. That looks so good! I love to go to bookstores too :)

    1. They are so calming! It's actually really nice I noticed when we went in between our shopping excursion, especially during this time of year with everything is SO crowded!

  2. so insightful about book stores! My husband is the same way -- nerds out over the business section and fishing/electronic/entrepreneur mags, so boring! I'm more of a cooking/baking/Top 20/classics girl myself ;) Also-- your dinners! they look amazing -- Yay! thanksgiving >>>FOOD!!

    1. Ha, I spent 30 minutes with Ben in the military/war section and I was so bored! Thankful that someone is smart about that kind of stuff in our family! :) SO EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING, can't wait to see you food post about it, I am sure it's going to be delish, I want to lick my computer screen every time I see food on your blog!!!!