Monday’s stink! The lustful look at the weekend ahead seems like an eternity away, so why not shake up your week with a fun family game night. In my house on Monday’s by the time I wake up, my husband is already gone for the day, the house is sort of a wreak from the weekend, my kiddo is whining about school and I know once I hit work there will be a thousand emails and meetings no stop. Monday’s are non-stop, so do yourself a favor and have a little fun when you get home!
Fix a crock pot meal, have a drink and enjoy a little bit of time having fun with your family. One of my favorite easy game Monday night meals is Park Place Chicken Sandwiches. I grab a prepackaged bag of salad or pre-chopped fruit from the grocery and serve with my guys favorite chips. The goal is to make it so easy that you just walk in the door and you’re ready to get your monopoly on!
Sunday night before bed…
- I pop all the ingredients into the crock pot and just place it in the fridge till the morning.
- I also write myself a post-it note and put it on the garage door, because Monday mornings are nuts and I have totally forgotten to pull it out of the fridge and get it cooking in the base.
- I grab 2 cans of Sophia Coopola’s Champagne (I mean it’s a Monday, if you want to go all in pop a whole bottle in there) and a few beers for the hubs to make sure they are chilling in the fridge
- Track down the monopoly game and toss it on the table
- Prep done!
- Walk in the door, pop your champagne and get your kid to start setting up the game as you shred up the chicken.
- Serve everything on paper plates for less clean up
- Soak up your family time and feel the magic of what Monday’s can be like if you plan on just carving out a little bit of fun time!
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Taxes are the worst! The IRS kicks off the tax filing season on Monday January 29th and I strongly suggest burying your tax blues in a big pile of tostados! Between now and April 15th you’ll need to start digging through that big box of receipts and prepare to send your taxes over to the IRS who expects to receive nearly 155 million individual tax returns for 2017. As you might have heard…thank you 24 hour news cycles… there were some big changes to the tax code so keep an eye on your mailbox over the next few weeks as your major tax forms will be distributed. My head is spinning just thinking about it all and I’m sure George Boutwell, who was the first Commissioner of the Internal Revenue under President Lincoln, would agree… Tostados make everything better.
I am obsessed with these creamy black bean tostados, they are vegetarian but still very hearty, super quick and easy to prepare and they are cheap so you can start packing away your savings to hand over to Uncle Sam. So do as I do, eat a ton of tostados and pretend to not think about taxes again till April 14th.
No matter which side of the isle you sit on, you know the state of the Union on Tuesday January 30th is gonna be one to watch! This annual message has been delivered to the US since Woodrow Wilson’s days and will be held before the joint session of the United States Congress and is held in the House of Representatives chamber of the United States Capital. This key note address was once intended to just be between the president and congress, but over the years has proven to be a direct connection to the American public through first newsprint, then radio and now television. You might call this the OG Twitter account.
So in an effort to give you a little bit of comfort food to help brace you for the drama and but also not totally wreck your diet, we present you with the “State of the Union” Cheesecake Salad. This super easy salad is packed full of fruit and tossed in a light blanket of low fat cheesecake. This non-guilt inducing salad is something you can stuff yourself with as you eat your way through all those long applause and boo breaks.
On Wednesday January 31st the world will witness a Blood Moon! It’s a total lunar eclipse where the moon doesn’t go totally dark…it goes blood red! This happens when the moon reaches it’s closest point to earth in this orbit and it will appear bigger than normal with a deep reddish tint. Legend’s say that this type of moon causes increased aggression in werewolves and many more people are bitten and transformed on the nights that a Blood Moon hangs in the sky.
This is the type of moon legends are built on, so if you dare, mix ya up some Blood Moon Martini’s pack them in your KELLBEE Cup and head outside to watch the show! KELLBEE Cups are a Stainless Steel Yeti Style Tumbler that comes in an AMAZING variety of bright vibrant colors and will keep your beverage cold for 24 hours in it’s double walled vacuum insulated stainless steel walls all while insulating your hands from the cold! I have several that I use everyday for both hot and cold beverages and I totally love mine!
So put on your big girl panties, mix up a Blood Moon Martini, fill up your KELLBEE and keep your figures crossed that you don’t fall victim to the Blood Moon Werewolf attack statistics!
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National African American history month is kicked off on Thursday February 1st and can be traced back all the way to 1915 and it’s a super important month for remembering people, event and achievements of African diaspora. Historian Carter G. Woodson started this celebration way back in 1915 and it has since grown from a single week to an entire month. It’s a great time to dig deeper into well known topics such as the courageous stories told during the Underground Railroad movement and discover lesser known stories such as inoculation was first introduces to America by a slave in 1706.
I don’t know about you, but it’s been a while since I’ve been in school and I am looking for ways to educate myself and my sweet baby on all the important achievements that African Americans brought to our great nation. I’ve dug all over the internet for ya and wanted to direct you to some super awesome support sites that will help provide you resource materials to share with your family. I cant think of a better way to kick off a dinner conversation than bringing out some of these unbelievable stories!
You know you are thinking it, this winter has been BRUTAL! I don’t know if you can stuff a groundhog, but ole Punxsutawney Phil best be watching his back if he sees that shadow! On Friday Feb 2nd the little guy is gonna pop out and predict if we’ve got six more long weeks of winter to do. This is derived from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition where a groundhog emerges from it’s burrow and then, wahhhallllaaaa, it’s as if he’s a meteorologist and predict the weather. In Germany, they also celebrate a weather predicting animal, the badger.
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Pop on Amazon and stream Ground Hog Day, the classic film staring Bill Murray, while you mix up our overnight Punxsutawney FrenchToast Casserole a kids favorite full of cinnamon, bread and apple gooey goodness! On Friday morning wake up the kids early, tune into the Official Groundhog Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s live feed (BTW-this is a real thing and it is totally hysterical) and pray (HARD) that this little critter don’t see that shadow!
JT! He’s back, he’s really really back! A few years ago (or maybe a few decades ago) I would have spent album release day popping my cassette in the boom box, gazing longingly at my Justin Timberlake posters and dancing around my room all night in PJ’s and socks while I memorized all the lyrics. My husband and son might think I have lost my mind if I did that today, plus I have a feeling “Man of the Woods” isn’t going to be dropping to cassette. So my plan is to snag a bottle of my favorite wine, mix up a batch of my favorite woody’s bath salt, download the Justin’s new album and binge listen while soaking in the tub and flipping through my favorite pile of trashy magazines! If you are as much of a music junkie as my, why not try out Amazon’s Music Unlimited with a free trial at this link! Try Amazon Music Unlimited Free Trial
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