Friday, January 19, 2018

Dinners January 12-18

Here's another roundup of dinners from the Nullmeyer household! I'd love to hear what you all have been cooking lately.

Friday: Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup with Kale
This tortellini soup is on regular rotation around here in the Winter. I like that it's similar to chicken noodle soup, but the cheese tortellini gives it that extra cheesy flavor. And the veggies make it extra healthy. This is great with extra parmesan sprinkled on top.

Saturday: Chicken Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan Supper, Bread, Fruit
This sheet pan supper was a winner! I used the spice mixture from this recipe, although I didn't have all the veggies on hand. I used Aidell's Chicken and Apple Sausage (I ate this while on the Whole30 and still love it, so it's a new favorite), bell peppers, and potatoes. The flavor was delicious, and just as tasty the next morning mixed with scrambled eggs. I also made a quick no-knead loaf of bread. Strawberries were on the table but I only got one before the kids ate them all.

Sunday: Taco Casserole, Chips and Guacamole
Adam took the boys out for a little "boys" dinner, so it was just me and the two littles eating this meal. I tried this new recipe called Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole, and it honestly wasn't my favorite. It was a mixture of riced cauliflower, ground turkey, tomatoes, cheese, and taco seasonings. I went light on the cheese, so it wasn't super cheesy. Jenna wouldn't touch it, but Andrew loved it! On the side we had chips and guacamole.

Monday: Bean and Bacon Soup, Cheddar Biscuits, Cucumber
This Bean with Bacon Soup was a yummy Pioneer Woman recipe. It made such a huge batch that I've been eating bean soup for most of my lunches this week. On the side I made our favorite Whole Wheat Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits. The kids love them because they kind of taste like my homemade cheez-its. Jenna and I also had some cucumbers.

Tuesday: Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry over Quinoa, Raspberries
I made a quick stir-fry using up the veggies we had on hand, which included broccoli, carrots, and onions. I also cooked some chicken with it, and covered everything in hoison sauce and a little sesame oil. The kids had rice but I had mine over quinoa. Raspberries on the side because the kids love them!

Wednesday: Patty Melts, Fries, Southwestern Chopped Salad
I realize this is the ugliest looking patty melt ever, but it did taste good! It was just a burger I cooked up and topped with melted Havarti cheese. I had mine on rye bread. On the side I made frozen fries from Trader Joe's, as well as homemade sweet potato fries. I had the kids try both and they all liked the regular fries best. (To be honest, so did I!). I also served this salad from Trader Joe's that I love.

Thursday: Shrimpin Dippin Broth, Rice, Green Beans, Garlic Bread
This was definitely a special dinner for a Thursday night! Have you ever eaten at Bubba Gump's? They have an item on their menu called Shrimpin Dippin Broth that is fantastic. Many years ago I found a copycat recipe and I make it about once a year for Adam and I. You eat it over rice and it soaks up all the broth and it is just amazing. We had green beans on the side, and I made some quick garlic bread using whole grain sourdough. The kids basically ate rice for dinner, but that's ok. It almost felt like a date night for us! Except for the 4 loud kids......

I've got chicken cooking in the crockpot right now to make these tonight:

I feel like we ate some really good food this week! I'll likely keep it simple tomorrow night, and then I'll be back at it on Sunday, meal planning and grocery shopping for next week. Good thing I like food. Otherwise cooking for a family would feel like such a chore! What are you all eating this week?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2 Things - The Bigs

As a follow up to yesterday's post, here are a couple silly, weird, cute, or memorable things about my two "bigs".

RYAN 7 yrs 9 mos
-Ryan has learned the "s" word. As in, the word "stupid". He knows he isn't really supposed to say it, but according to him a whole lot of things are stupid. Especially homework.

-Ryan is really proud of how fast he is. And he is SO fast when he runs! I remember his pediatrician commenting on his strong legs as a baby, and telling us that he would be a fast runner. Well, he was absolutely right. A couple kids at school have started commenting on how little Ryan is. Adam told him to say "Yea, but I bet you can't catch me!".

LUCAS 5 yrs 7 mos
-Lucas loves organizing! He will randomly go into our hallway closet and organize everyone's shoes and socks. When he puts his laundry away he first starts by taking everything out of his drawer and putting it back in neat stacks. He will sometimes even do this for his brother's drawer!

-Lucas eats SO much after school! Just yesterday he came home (After eating all his lunch at school) and ate 2 bowls of tortilla chips, half an apple, animal crackers, a big cup of orange juice, 2 yogurt tubes, and a bowl of cinnamon shredded wheat cereal. And then just a couple hours later he ate 2 servings of ground beef at dinner. Growth spurt??

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2 Things - The Littles

Every once in a while I like to document the weird, cute, silly and strange things my kids are doing. Here are a few for my "littles".

JENNA 3 yrs, 2 months
-Now that Jenna is nearly 100% potty-trained, she is quite particular about her cleanliness. If the slightest drop of peepee gets anywhere near her, she must immediately strip and take a bath. The trouble is, this happens multiple times during the day. It's not uncommon for her to be naked.

-Jenna is in love with sunflower seeds. We keep a bag of Trader Joe's salted sunflower seeds in the freezer and she calls them "Daddy's seeds" because Adam also loves them. Every single day she requests her "Daddy seeds" in a certain little blue cup, and she never tires of them.

ANDREW 10 months, 2 weeks
-Andrew is obsessed with our TV remote control. The minute he sees it he shrieks and lunges for it. If I give him another remote, like the one for the DVD player or for the sound bar, he literally tosses it on the floor and starts crying again. He wants the one specific remote that we don't want him to have. Maybe he secretly delights in changing the channel when we're trying to watch TV!

-Andrew has started making fish lips. He sucks in his cheeks and makes a smacking sound with his lips, like a fish. He loves it when we do it back to him.

Stay tuned for 2 things about "The Bigs".

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Exploring the American River

This afternoon we took a little family trip to the American River. There is a spot in Auburn (Or Foresthill?) where there is a really tall bridge called the Foresthill Bridge. It's actually the tallest bridge in California, at 730 feet.
We parked and headed out to explore.
We chose a calm spot by the river to skip rocks. There were other parts of the river with white rapids!
Just me and my blonde baby....

And my Minnie Mouse girl! Right after I took this picture she reached up and got her lollipop stuck in her hair. Ha!
What do you think Adam was telling Lucas? I'm guessing it was either "Don't jump in the water" or "Don't throw rocks at people".
Daddy taught everyone how to skip rocks.
I took a short video. Adam is so good at skipping rocks! I practiced a few times and actually skipped one once. In my defense, I was wearing Andrew.

After that we went on a little hike. After a while we turned around because it was getting really overcast and some people warned us the trail was about to get a lot steeper.

We drove over to the other side of the river. The trail going down to the water was much too steep for Jenna and myself, since I was still carrying Andrew. So we stayed behind while Adam took the boys down closer to the rapids. (Note to self....don't even try to take your 3yr old to the porta-potty while wearing your baby. It doesn't work).
 He took some great pictures!
It was a fun way to spend a few hours together as a family! What other local areas can you recommend for us to explore?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Week of Dinners January 1-6

I don't know about you, but I feel like I didn't do a lot of cooking in December. I definitely ATE a lot. Especially cookies. But healthy homemade dinners? They were a little scarce. Obviously I fed my family every night but there's just something about the holiday season that makes cooking dinner so much harder. Am I right? So come January 1st, I was more than ready to try out some new recipes and get back in the kitchen. Here were our dinners from last week:

Monday: Baked Lemon Garlic Chicken, Whole Wheat Couscous, Steamed Veggies
I tried out a new recipe for lemon garlic chicken. Adam thought it was okay, but I loved the lemony sauce, especially on top of the couscous. Ryan and Jenna did love the chicken, so I'd call it a success! On the side I steamed cauliflower and carrots.

Tuesday: Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup, Salad
This was another tasty new recipe! This Stuffed Pepper Soup was delicious served over brown rice.  It was so good, in fact, that I forgot to snap a picture until I was halfway through dinner! On the side I had a small salad of romaine and cherry tomatoes.

Wednesday: Ranch Pork Tenderloin w/ Gravy, Potatoes, Roasted Veggies
This recipe for Ranch Pork Tenderloin was pretty good, but I think I've had tastier versions of pork tenderloin. The gravy was delicious though! On the side I made yellow potatoes for Adam and a sweet potato for myself. Then I blanched and sautéed some green beans and added in lots of garlic and cherry tomatoes. I don't like raw cherry tomatoes but when sautéed or roasted with garlic I think they're great.

Thursday: Egg Roll in a Bowl, Ramen Noodles, Fruit
This Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe was another new one, although I've made something similar before. I basically cooked ground turkey with a bag of coleslaw mix and a bunch of Asian ingredients. On the side I cooked some brown rice ramen noodles I picked up at Costco last year. They're honestly not our favorite but I refuse to waste them! No veggies tonight....instead I just put out some grapes and mandarin oranges.

Friday: Salsa Chicken Tacos, Broccoli
Salsa chicken is one of our go-to recipes. It's just so easy! I put a few chicken breasts along with salsa and homemade taco seasoning in the crockpot. Set it on low for 7 hours, and voila! Spicy juicy chicken ready to stuff into taco shells, serve over rice, or even roll up inside enchiladas. I had mine topped with cheese, plain yogurt, and tomatoes. Again, I don't love the cherry tomatoes but they were ok in the tacos. I'm ready for it to be tomato season again! On the side we had some good old steamed broccoli.

Saturday: Turkey Burgers, Corn, Pickle
I'm not going to lie....I was tired of cooking by Saturday. But do you know how expensive it is to eat out with 4 kids? It's not something we can do every week, so I must keep cooking! I made this recipe for The Juciest Turkey Burger. And it was pretty darn juicy! (The secret is butter). I had no inspiration for side dishes, so I opened a can of corn. For some reason I failed to fix a vegetable. Oops! Jenna and I added pickles to our plates, but the boys don't like them.

I received the new Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas and I am anxious to try some of the recipes. I have only had time to crack it open once, but I plan on finding more time soon. I love looking through new cookbooks for ideas! What's for dinner at your house this week?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jenna's Room

For the first 3 years of her life Jenna had a cute little garden-themed room. Now that she's a big girl we've been making some small changes. We had planned on having Andrew share a room with his big sister by now, but he's such an awful sleeper that it just hasn't happened. He may skip sharing a room and go straight to having his own space.

(Ryan made this last year for Jenna's door and I just want to keep it forever)
So back to Jenna's room.....last year she started sleeping under a white comforter that she calls her "cloud".  And recently my Mom gave her a soft blanket with stars on it. Then my Mom gave us a picture of a little girl reaching for the stars, so I guess we've got a little bit of a celestial theme going on. Mixed with a lot of pink and some flowers of course! Oh and some Minnie mouse.
 Jenna's room just feels cheerful and feminine to me.
 The newest addition is her dollhouse. A little girl's dream!
Under she window she's got her doc mcstuffins vet station. I'd like to find a little white nightstand for her, but this is what she has for now.
 Her star blanket is SO soft! For Christmas Santa put a Minnie mouse pillowcase in her stocking.
Under the blanket is her cloud.
 There's the angel girl reaching for the stars!
And then her kitchen, which she got last year for Christmas and still plays with almost every day. Next to the door is a Minnie mouse picture that Ryan drew and colored for her.
I love having a Bible verse framed in her room. I want to pick one out to hang in the boys' room.
 I just love her little room. We just put new carpet in there and it feels so clean and fresh now.
 Perfect for my sweet girl!