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Greatest tip ever…..Peapod!!!!

So..I am happily sitting here at my laptop with the next two weeks groceries in my fridge and cabinets and …I NEVER left my house.

I took the picture above this afternoon with Mini me. This little girl is a riot. She was convinced that the delivery man “blessed” us with all this food. She kept saying “How does he know we love this? ….he got applesauce????…I love applesauce!!!!!”

How is this possible??? (No ..I didn’t hire a personal assistant)

It’s the wonder of >>>>PEAPOD.

Now listen….I HATE grocery shopping. Even more…I can’t avoid it. The little people here need to eat. The only thing worst than having to grocery shop is sending the hubby to grocery shop

he’s a budget blower and…he always gets yummy treats that I love.

So…I found out about this little gem and…

I’m hooked, baby!!! I’m not looking back!!! (insert evil laugh)

*** I will say that this is not a paid endorsement. I am not getting paid to write this blog...I mean..if someone WANTS to pay me for endorsing something I love you can…..I just LOVE when I have found something I love and have to share about it****

So….what’s this all about???

Well…it’s an online grocery delivery service for Giant food. You simply “browse” though the online “aisles” and select the foods that you want to purchase. You can select the quantity and watch yourself create a grocery list on the right side. The site lists the weekly specials, and also has printable coupons. The delivery fee was $7.95 and it also enables you to leave a tip for the driver.

I mean….you can find countless codes for free delivery and $15 or $20 off your first order at retailmenot…but…really $8.00??!!!

That delivery fee is SOOOOO worth getting it delivered to your door!!!

You decide what day and time you want it delivered. You pay for your groceries online and can have coupons waiting to hand to your delivery person to “credit” your account. In addition, the peapod delivery person will bring the groceries right into your house….just don’t expect them to unload them. haha.

So….are you tempted?

Here’s another few reasons you need to do this:

  • don’t want it to be delivered??? you can also get free pickup at certain area Giant stores. Order online and schedule a pickup at your local store. You simply pull up and they will load them in your car for you.
  • are you sick? or home with a little sick one but need to go grocery shopping? stay in your pajamas and get your groceries ordered. Better yet…cuddle with the little one while you order. haha.
  • do you know someone who is physically disabled or can’t get out to get their own groceries? this would be a great resource for them or you could offer to “pick up” their groceries for them. They could order them and you could pick them up.
  • are you trying to stay on a budget? then this site is for you!!! Take the time to really plan for your grocery shop. Plan your menu and then order your groceries. You can see the running total,as you order, and you can make changes if you are over or too close to your food budget.
  • are you on a diet or trying to make healthier food choices? Stick to your food menus and make your choices. No last minute candy purges or bakery goods “calling your name”. No shopping when you are hungry to ruin your diet. I know, right??!! So great!
  • is your spouse out of town? yep…no schlepping kids across town to grocery shop. Thanks, peapod!
  • is your schedule just crazy hectic? baseball, gymnastics, and other afterschool activities? Schedule a delivery for right before dinner and then add a frozen pizza to your order. Make sure you have taken care of those lunches for the kiddos and all the ingredients for the “bake sale” for school too!

But…don’t take my word for it….try it!!!

You will NOT regret it.

The biggest “success” for me was unloading my groceries without the fatigue that I normally experience after shopping. I had that extra energy and time to cut up all my veggies for snacks; rinse my fruit and really review my menu for the week.

I’m so thankful for one less errand in my week….and for healthier eating!

God bless,

Tammi

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Football season is here!!!

As much as I love to sit by the hubs and watch Notre Dame play…I’m really all about the football food.

I mean…really??!!!

Who isn’t??!!

You can sit there and shovel food in your face and people are too busy watching the next play to see how many wings you “actually” ate.

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Just sit me in front of a plate of my husband’s teriyaki chicken wings and a beer and I’m happy. Maybe he will let me share this recipe with you…but..that’s for a later blog.

For the hubs...it’s all about chili!

He wants a good beer, a bowl of homemade chili, and a couple of club crackers with plenty of butter.

We like our chili, like everything else….no “cream of” soups. No simple “packets” or preseasoned envelopes.

Just a great selection of the seasonings from McCormick……

***just a footnote…if you have won chili cookoffs like my girlfriend, Jaime, this blog is NOT for you. If you have gone to school for cooking….you may just read this to make fun of me. However, if you are new to cooking homemade or have always wanted to make a homemade chili….read on.*******

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb or less of ground beef (the leaner the better)- I prefer grass fed
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 1 lg pepper, diced. ( You can use green or red. I like to do half of each.)
  • 1 bottle of lager beer ( i love Stella Artois)
  • 2 cans of rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 cans of dark kidney beans
  • 1 can of Goya black bean soup
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (subtle but delicious)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP onion powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 TBSP coriander
  • 2 TBSP worcheshire sauce
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapenos **Sometimes, I will serve this on top of a bed of elbow macaroni to make it a little heartier*****

chili3Helpful Tip: I like to put my spices out on the counter like this so I don’t have to keep referring to my recipe to see how much I need of everything. I put the spices in groups with the measuring spoon right in front. (I initially used 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon but the husband thought the flavor was too strong so I reduced it in my blog to 1/4 tsp.)

Let’s get started….

  1. Start by browning up your ground beef in a dutch oven on medium-high heat. (If you don’t have a dutch oven, use a nonstick large pot.) Once your ground beef is browned (usually around 5-8 min.), add the diced onions, peppers, and garlic and saute an additional 5 minutes on medium-high heat.chili2
  2. Add in all your spices (onion powder, chili powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and nutmeg). In my opinion, this is when the “magic” starts. If you can season the meat really well at this stage, then the seasoning is stronger throughout. I don’t add salt or pepper to my chili. I find that I like things a little TOO salty so I don’t add it to big stews or chilis. I leave it to the individual. Stir it constantly for about two minutes. Then add your 2 Tbsp of worcheshire sauce.  Cook for another minute then carefull add 3/4 of a bottle of beer….the other 1/4 is your reward for making chili. (You’re welcome!)
  3. You will want to continue to stir that beer while the alcohol continues to burn off. I usually let it cook another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Now add the 2 cans of kidney beans, the 2 cans of rotel diced tomatoes, and the can of Goya black bean SOUP. I don’t rinse the kidney beans as I like to have extra liquid in my pot so I can simmer it for longer. I also like to use the Goya black bean SOUP because it has a little extra seasoning that is a great addition to the chili. Stir to mix it all up.
  5. I usually wait til the mix comes to an active boil (bubbling) and then turn it down to low.  At this point, you can continue to cook your chili for 30min. or up to an hour. I think at least 30 minutes allows all the flavors to mesh.
  6. Check on your chili every 15 minutes and stir.
  7. Dish out your chili and top with your favorite topping.chili4

Enjoy!

Grab a bowl, cuddle up with a throw blanket, and let’s go ND!!!

Round Two: If for some reason, you have some chili left over…..(this RARELY happens in my house.) You can freeze it and save it as a dip for your next party.  Simply take a softened 8 oz. box of cream cheese and spread it generously along a 9 x 9 square aluminum dish. Top with about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of chili. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake in a  350 degree oven til hot and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips!!

God Bless,

Tammi

Let’s “Dish” about summer dishes!!!……

Summer time food….Ummmmmm….I can totally smell it………

I like to spend most of my time outside watching the kids have fun. Speeding by on their bikes….. the wind blowing their hair as they laugh……everything just seems so perfect….then I check my watch and I realize that my family has to eat.

You know you’ve been there…….

I love to enjoy all the incredible flavors of a grill and cooking with the veggies that I harvested from our summer gardens. I wanted to use this blog to hit you up with some great Pinterest “wonders” that I have already given “5 stars” to….

So “let’s dish” about appetizers or side dishes….these are some of my favorites to bring along to the neighborhood cook out or grill party or just a great complement to a grilled steak/chicken.

These babies combine three of my favorite things: fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil, and small grape tomatoes. They are so easy to assemble that I often let Sweet Pea put them together for me. If traveling, I would place a dry paper towel under them to absorb the extra moisture that the mozzarella releases.

I’m also a huge fan of bringing watermelon slices or some other kind of fresh fruit. At a cookout, it’s nice to have something refreshing and watermelon is perfect.

I’m a sucker for anything cheesy and that contains crabmeat. I found this recipe years ago and I have been asked often to bring this to parties. I like to make this the night before and grab a baquette on the way to the party. Warm Crab Dip

Side Dishes

Sautéed zucchini and grape tomatoes

The above dish is a great way to utilize your summer squash and tomatoes that may be abundant in your garden.

Southwestern Black Bean Salad

This pairs really nicely with some chicken fajitas or soft beef tacos. You can scroll down and see the recipe for honey-lime chicken which would also be great with this. The recipe requires that you let it marinade for at least 30 minutes so this would be a great “make ahead” in the morning dish for that afternoon cookout. (You KNOW we love when we can make stuff ahead….)

Roasted Zucchini

Roasted Zucchini with Green Onions, Feta Cheese, and Basil

I’m obsessed with feta cheese so this combination of veggies are insanely good.

Main Dishes

So…I love grilled meat. My favorite night is when we grill up a big ole’ ribeye. I discovered last summer that one of my favorite marinades is a simple combination of equal parts of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Please try it!!! It’s sooooo flavorful.

Tuscan Pork Chop

The Italian dressing adds so much flavor to these pork chops. The marinade is simple yet perfect with pork.

Honey lime chicken

I would definitely recommend making two batches of this chicken. It’s awesome chicken to use in your salads for leftovers or to stuff into an enchilada. The longer you marinade this…the better.

This dish definitely satisfies that desire for pasta without the heavy tomato sauce. My kiddos love this dish too, which makes it that much easier to serve for dinner. I sneak in some sautéed spinach with the tomatoes and top with pecarino romano cheese.

This….I can barely stand staring at the picture without wanting one myself…they are so good….this is the perfect “meal” when you have leftover fahitas or cooked chicken to spare.

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I could list a few more…but this post is starting to make me need a second dinner. =)

Desserts

I mean…..really??!!!

I made these for a baptism in my family…but I could have polished off the tray on my own. The combination of cheesecake and chocolate chip is phenomenal…….I DARE YOU to try it!!!!!!

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

The fashionista (age 5) made these for dessert one night. They are really simple but super rich.

Hopefully, these have inspired you a little with your weekly menu planning. Writing this post, certainly has made me hungry. I’m heading to the kitchen……

God Bless!- Tammi

Easter Celebrations!!!

Just as I sat down and uploaded my photos of Easter Sunday to my laptop, my hard drive crashed! NOOOOOOOOO

Thankfully the people at Best Buy’s Geek Squad were able to salvage all my photos and the great people at DELL sent me a box to return my laptop. So I apologize for how late this post is in arriving…but a LOT of work went into getting these pictures, saving them, resaving them and then posting….

SO….let’s talk our Easter Celebrations!!!!

AND…roll pictures of our decorations…..

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I LOVE fresh flowers!!! Spring, for me, is about filling my house with fresh flowers starting at Easter. These tulips really helped to “accentuate” the easter decorations that I had.

Easter book display

I like to display holiday books on this little piece in our family room. It encourages the children to pick up these books and read through them.

My favorite family tradition is our annual “decorating of the school room” and the “running through the banner”. My children decorate a banner on Good Friday and we close down our school/play room til Easter Morning. When the children come down in the morning, they hear loud, joyous religious music playing, and they run through their banner that blocks entry into the school room. Here are the decorations that they found:(please excuse their messy cubbies)

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muffins

How cute are these little Easter cupcake toppers? And if you are like me, Easter has enough sweets so…why not use them for muffins instead of cupcakes??? My kiddos LOVED these for breakfast. I served these and some fresh fruit and juice.

Check out this view of our school/play room below. I think it turned out so nice this year:

full school room shot

And I LOVE the fragrant smell of an Easter Lily. I try to keep it alive as long as possible. It’s just beautiful!!!!

After a quick “treat” from the Easter baskets, we were off to get ready for Church. Check out my little beauties……

Then…..it was time to have the hubby hide the kids eggs.

easter egg

egg treasures

This year we decided to fill the kids eggs with candy, some cash, and some of these cute “egg coupons” that I found on Pinterest. Surprisingly, the kiddos found the coupons to be the “coveted” prize from the eggs.

You can find them here….

Here are two pictures I got that captured emptying their eggs….

shay egg results

egg results

Lastly we sat down for our Easter dinner:

table centerpieces

 tOn the menu:

  • marinated lamb chops
  • baked glazed ham
  • Martha Stewart’s mac and cheese (phenomenal….)
  • steamed broccoli
  • sweet corn
  • garlic sauteed spinach
  • some sparkling peach grape juice for the kiddos
  • malbec wine for the adults

As you can see, we had a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Holy week through Good Friday…..pictures!!!

Earlier in the week, I blogged about the events our family would take part in over the course of the week until Good Friday. You can read that blog post here.

Here our some pictures from the week thus far:

Holy Thursday:

Painting our coloring pages of Jesus washing the feet of the apostles

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Our Lenten Tea Tradition- such a great time!!!

Good Friday:

Taking the “littles” to the outdoor stations

Making their “Closing the school room until Easter banner”…

Hung and ready!!!

100 Acts of Kindess- they finished!!!! Now to work with the hubby and figure out how to reward that HUGE accomplishment!!!!

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Our family is super excited to celebrate Easter!!!

What about you???!!!