Weekend Recap! (Days 6 & 7)

We had a really fun weekend planned this past weekend. It went by way too fast! (Don’t they all though? :))

First up was Saturday. We were excited to do one of our favorite fall activities – apple picking! Before we left we had some cereal and coffee for breakfast.

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We had a great time. Β We didn’t go to our normal farm, but this farm had Honeycrisps, which I was happy about! We got a 10 lb bag of apples, and still have about 7 of those pounds left, so expect to see some apple recipes this week! (Apple Crisp will be up first!)

After apple picking we headed home for lunch. Earlier that morning, I had made The Novice Chef’s Creamy Tomato Soup, which is a Panera copycat recipe. It was a hit! Delicious and fresh, and definitely reminded me of Panera’s creamy tomato soup. I served it with crostini for dipping, and croutons and grated cheese as toppers. Definitely a soup to add to my recipe book! After lunch we hit up the New England Pet Expo! Holy pet overload! Toby had a great time though and we got him a few goodies along the way πŸ™‚

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For dinner, we had a few friends over for taco night! Our friend Sarah mentioned how taco night is definitely one of those meals meant for a few people, so it seemed like a natural choice for our get together! We made ground turkey tacos and bulked up the meat with chopped onions and zucchini. We had all of the normal fixings – lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, guac, salsa, and refried beans. The tacos were gone in no time at all πŸ™‚

Sunday started off with a Weight Watchers Apple French Toast Casserole that Sarah made for us! It was yummy, and a great way to use leftover bread and some of the many apples we had rolling around in the kitchen. Around lunchtime we headed to Delphine’s parents house to hang out with her step-dad and watch the Patriots game (we don’t have cable. We picked up a few things at the grocery store to grill while we were there. We had quite the game day spread!

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Steak tips, kielbasa, buffalo chicken strips, grilled onions, sweet potatoes, and a caprese salad. (Sorry for the not so great picture, I have been slacking on taking food pics, and had to use one that Delph quickly took!) We also had some chips and dip to snack on.

The Patriots ended up winning, so happy moods were all around πŸ™‚ We headed home after that for some Sunday night relaxation – video games and reading. We ended up having pancakes for dinner because we were craving something sweet! We also watched a few episodes of Call the Midwife. We’ve been enjoying the series and ended up finishing season 1 last night. So happy season 2 is already on Netflix!

And just like that, our weekend had come to an end. It’s back to the grind today, and onto the countdown until next weekend! We now have completed the first 7 days in our 30 day challenge, and I have to say that it wasn’t too much of a challenge this week! We were able to eat home cooked/home prepared meals all week with not too much extra effort. Hopefully that will continue as we move into the second week!

– Jordan (& Delphine)

Day 5

Friday went well, and luckily went fairly quickly! Quick update of our food:

Breakfast – Cereal, coffee

Lunch – PB&J, Ham and cheese

Snacks – Carrots, cottage cheese with pineapple

Dinner – Ravioli with tomato sauce, bread

Next up, a recap of our weekend!

– Jordan (& Delph)

Day 3 & 4

It’s finally Friday!! Life got in the way yesterday, so I’m a little late on my recaps! Wednesday and Thursday were fairly uneventful; I plan to have much more interesting posts coming up πŸ™‚ Breakfasts and lunches were basically the same both days, dinners were different.

Breakfast – WW egg sandwich, cereal, coffee (Cool Brew, which we always have in New Orleans! We ordered some to have especially for this challenge.)

Lunch – PB & J, Ham and cheese, carrots

Snacks – Sugar free pudding

Dinner – Wed: Egg sandwiches and some leftover piergoies. Thurs: Our friends made us dinner! Spaghetti and meatballs and a yummy brussels sprouts salad…plus a pumpkin beer or two πŸ™‚

Today is more of the same, but I have some fun plans for dinner tonight and some new recipes to try this weekend. I’ll be back a little later with a post devoted to that!

– Jordan (& Delph)

Day 2

Quick recap of Day 2:

Breakfast – Raisin toast/cottage cheese with pineapple, coffee

Lunch – Leftover chicken and sausage with leftover rice and sesame dressing, carrot sticks

Snacks – Chocolate πŸ™‚

Dinner – “Homemade” Chicken noodle soup aka pasta and some cut up carrots boiled in chicken broth…fast and comforting

So far we are doing a good job of using what is already in our fridge. We did do a light shopping last night, but we plan to keep coming up with meals from items already in the fridge. Thinking egg sandwiches for dinner tonight πŸ™‚

– Jordan (& Delphine)

Day 1

Well, day 1 is in the books. Β It went pretty well considering we didn’t plan very well for our first week! No big grocery shopping trip, no meal plan. We had plans to do so, of course, but life got in the way πŸ™‚

Here is the recap of what we had yesterday:

Breakfast – Cereal and coffee. I had coffee from home, Delph’s co-worker bought her’s (against the rules! Delph will have to do an extra morning at the end of the challenge, haha)

Lunch/Snacks – Ham and cheese wraps, carrot sticks, apples

Dinner – Grilled chicken with caramelized onions, and brussels sprouts

Dessert – Delph had a mini magnum chocolate bar

Today’s plan was more of the same, finding food from the fridge for most of the meals. I do have plans to make some yummy tomato soup for dinner tonight, and luckily already have the fixings for grilled cheese! Fall is definitely here πŸ™‚

I’ll recap day 2 later tonight!

– Jordan & Delphine

30 Day Challenge!

Hello! Welcome to our little corner of the internet! We will be chronicling our 30 day challenge to eat 100% homemade or home-prepared foods. In other words, 30 days with no take out or going out to eat. We really want to get back in the habit of eating at home and grocery shopping (and saving some money while we are at it!) πŸ™‚Β We know it won’t be easy, but we’re determined!

We got married in June and after 18 months of stressful wedding planning, we didn’t want to plan anything ever again! Needless to say, that included healthy meals at home. And while we aren’t specifically trying to eat super healthy, we know we always make better choices when we have fresh groceries in the house.

Here are the rules we have agreed on for the challenge (additions will be made if necessary):

  1. No eating out at restaurants
  2. No take out (includes salad bars, and fully prepared meals at the grocery store)
  3. No drinks out (includes coffee, alcohol)

Wish us luck!

– Jordan & Delphine