It’s gonna be hot….like 100 degrees hot…I don’t have an appetiate when it’s this hot—I suppose that makes up for craving baked goods when it’s snowing outside…am I right?!?! :) These shrimp lettuce wraps are just the ticket on a super hot evening. They are full of flavor and low on calorie…have as many as you want:) I served them with some cilantro rice and it was a nice summertime meal…pass the margarita mkay:)
Seriously though….what is better that throwing everything into one pot and having it taste completely awesome? These one pot meals are so trendy right now….and this garlic spinach pasta is a huge hit! I used whole grain linguine which is higher in fiber—so a little will fill you up quicker. One serving of this pasta is just a tad over 300 calories…serve it up with some grilled chicken or shrimp and dinner is done:)
Well how was it? Did everybody get their wishes granted? Are you still picking up the glitter and streamers of Christmas Day? Still counting all your little blessings? I for sure am! It has been raining here nonstop for about 3 days and I really do wish it would snow at least it would be prettier to look at outside me window! I am determined to get the house a little bit back in order this week. I love that New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday so we get another long weekend.
We had a big-fun-crazy exciting Christmas Day at our house. As you know, we have twins and they will be celebrating their 16th birthday in about 2 weeks. We thought we would do a once-in-a-lifetime surprise on Christmas and give them cars. They were totally not expecting it and it was really quite fun for us! It’s the question that we have been asked countless times since our kids were born… What will you do when they turn 16? Do they each get a car? Do they share a car? Do they use mom and dad’s car? Hubs has been thinking on this a very long time deciding that they would each get a car if they deserved one….and they have proved to be very deserving kids. They are very good hearted, hardworking and have done a really good job at showing us that they know right from wrong. We felt like it was an epic surprise that was really so much fun to pull off! Some might say that it’s completely over the top and I would agree with them. But at the same time it’s something that we were able to do and we really wanted to do and we really felt that they would appreciate it….and all of those things have been true. You can pop in on Instagram to see the picture that I shared. There were tears it was a whole bunch of fun!
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My dad was in international sales when I was growing up. This job required him to travel quite a bit. When I was little and adults asked me what my dad did for a living….I would tell them that he worked at the airport—because every Friday and Sunday we would pick him up and take him back. He was a hard worker, and weekends were spent filled with family time. That is when we would build projects and play. Since he traveled most weeknights, my mom was left with dinnertime duties, along with everything else like homework, activities, school projects, play dates…everything. She too was a hard worker :) My mom never ever ever failed to put a meal together and have dinner on the table for all of us. I grew up knowing that mealtime was family time. It was a top priority. You don’t answer the phone, you don’t answer the door, and the TV is off. You talk, you share, you find out how everyone’s day went. We still hold dinnertime very sacred. We sit down to the table every week night.
My kiddos have braces….and we all love ribs—but many times eating ribs with braces proves to be a challenge. I have shared a recipe for ribs previously that are great for the weeknight because they cook up in just an hour. These ribs that I am sharing today are also a great weeknight meal…but you have to plan a bit more in advance. You can cook these ribs and then refrigerate—and before you eat them just heat them up on the grill. When I make these I tend to cook them earlier in the day while I am working…and then just leave them covered until dinner time. This recipe will produce tender, juicy, fall off the bone ribs every time.