Don’t Cook Another Meal Until You Read This!

So, I really need to tell you about all the highs and lows of this week. First of all, I spent a lot of time watching the election coverage. I feel as if I lost half the week lol. I even stayed up all night long to watch the ending of the election, the speech from our President-Elect, and then I recorded the rest of the news because I was exhausted.

I know there is a great divide in our country right now, so the last thing I’ll do is say anything about the election, but I happen to love the entire political process. Not only did I major in political science in college, but my son is studying American government this year, so it has been amazing to teach him this subject while the real live events are happening before our eyes.

The next development is I had to cook. Yes, cook! I HATE cooking, but I survived. The hubs was extremely busy last week, so I cooked dinner twice toward the end of the week and guess what? I LOVED it! I couldn’t believe it!

I must tell you what the requirements are for me to cook and why it’s so difficult to get going in the kitchen. Number one, every time I cook, the meal must look as if it came from the kitchen of a 5-Star Michelin restaurant haha. That can take a lot of time. Second, because I like gourmet-style cooking, it takes a huge amount of ingredients to get the job done. There really isn’t a problem with getting those ingredients, but I always think I might only use them once or twice and they’ll go to waste. I think for normal every day cooking, I prefer recipes that are a little more simple, and I guess if I cook more I can use all those exotic ingredients in different recipes. Number three, because I’m a baker at heart, most of the meals I make, except the ones I’ve made many times, need to come from a recipe. I’m a measurer (is that even a word? Lol). Again, this can be very time consuming.

So, because I love you so much, I went pin crazy on Pinterest and saved some easy dinners that might interest you. I made the One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce on Thursday. On Friday night, I made barbecue chicken and from-scratch mashed potatoes.

This coming week, I’m sticking to mostly crock pot meals. The first one I’m making is the Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken and several more of the recipes I pinned. At least one day, I’ll make salmon, and another day, we’ll have a salad or a meat with veggie sides.

After you look at these pins, please comment below with the one you love the most, but in the mean time, here are some tips to having a successful cooking week:

  1. when you go grocery shopping, buy what’s on sale – you will save a TON of money!
  2. when it’s time to cook, cook what’s already in your fridge/freezer/pantry.
  3. pre-plan your cooking week – make sure you have all of what you need for each meal.
  4. try different recipes – follow my board on Pinterest for some ideas

I also have a huge announcement. I’ve been asked to write for an editorial magazine – Wild Child MagazineIf you head there, you can find my blog post and recipe for the softest pumpkin chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever make. Hurry and read it though. Pumpkin-everything is almost over 🙂

Here’s a pic of the cookies when I made them:

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***Survey time: I’m going to enter all commenters into a giveaway for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Which topic would interest you for an ebook? Here are the choices:

  1. How to dress like a fashionista and be able to afford it all?
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  3. How to save hundreds of dollars using coupons?
  4. How to decorate your home on a budget.

If you could comment below with your choice, I would really appreciate it. I’ll run this survey for a week or two and then announce the winner. If the commenter doesn’t work, please send me an email or a DM on Instagram.

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