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Welcome to my blog. One Busy Momma is my space to rant about my life and the things that happen in it. I have a crazy life - and instead of focusing on the crazy - I like to focus on the funny. Because if I focused on the craziness - well, I'd have been shipped off to an institution long, long ago. And while, I'll admit, there are some days when being institutionalized sounds PRETTY GOOD compared to making ANOTHER diorama at 1am - I'd rather be right where I am - in my messy house with my not so perfect kids making crooked dioramas in the middle of the night.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Dinner Dance

Hi Peeps! How is 2012 treating you? We've had a good start to the year. Well, most of us have. Jake, the puppy, is having a hard time figuring out the facts of life here in Busy Momma land. You see, it's almost like he is trying to tell us something. And that something is: "Well, now WHY would I poop and pee-pee outside where it is cold when I can just poop and pee-pee in here, on the carpets where it is warm? You silly humans you!" Hmmm - problematic doggie thought proceess - huh? It wouldn't be such a problem if he wasn't so gosh-darn cute. But he is so cute and cuddly and soft and wonderful - it's hard for me to yell at him and get terribly angry at him. (Especially since I stopped procrastinating and I picked up Darling Dixie's ashes yesterday. :( I cried. ) And isn't it true that all puppy accidents are really PEOPLE's issues - as in our fault? As in - we weren't watching carefully enough? And by WE - I mean PC and the kids - 'cause as we all know - mommy here is beyond reproach. I mean look at that little yummy pup kissing Bella! He's delicious!!! How could you get mad at that? (If you want the answer to that question - check out PC's blog at http://www.whatwerewethinkinggettingapuppy/?.com Just kidding!)

But I digress - the topic of this blog isn't Jake: The Wonder Dog. That will be a post when he is COMPLETELY housetrained! No - today's blog is about a topic that we ALL have in common - the daily dinner dance. Am I the ONLY mommy who is just sick and tired of making the SAME things for dinner week after week? I can't be! I cannot put another pot roast into the slow cooker again without wanting to slit my wrists. And I think my family agrees. We have fallen into a dinner rut over here and we need to break out of it and explore other recipes! But here is our issue - I have a very picky eater at my table. Jack is an eating champ. He has tried sushi, he loves salad, he eats calamari, shrimp, chicken, EGGPLANT - pretty much whatever you put on his plate. Bella on the other hand is a bit pickier. And that makes menu planning really hard. I cook what I know Bella will eat. And that consists of stir-fry, plain chicken, rice, plain pasta, pizza, pork chops,burgers, pot roast, and anything that covered in barbecue sauce.

Now in her defense - she has gotten a bit more adventurous. Tonight she ate eggplant and beef ragu over sauteed polenta. (The recipe is in this month's Weight Watcher's magazine)Now I know that sounds exotic - but it's basically meat sauce with eggplant over polenta - that she didn't really like. But she really is trying. And I am so proud of her for that. But she definitlty knows what she likes and doesn't like. When she was little, I used to make all of those yummy "sneaky chef" recipes for her. The ones that involved steaming and purreing veggies and "hiding" them in food. The recipes are SO good - but now that I work full time - I really don't have the time to do that. AND I really don't think that "hiding" veggies is a good tactic for tweenagers. They have to make good choices for themselves.

So - what is a Bust Momma to do? I am REALLY hoping that you guys can help me. I am in desperate need of some recipes that are healthy and picky-eater friendly. I really like to cook at least 5 night a week and I try to make healthy meals. So - Here is my "dinner dance card" - the meals that rotate in and out of our weekly rotation - and while they are all super yummy - we are kind of sick of them!. If you want any of the recipes - just comment on the blog or on FB and I'll be happy to share. All of these meals take 30 minutes or less to prepare - unless they are slow cooker recipes. Ready?
  • Pot Roast and veggies (slow cooker)
  • Home-made Chicken Soup (Ina Garten's recipe - so easy - it cooks itself)
  • Turkey Cutlet Marsala
  • Chicken Parm (This takes a bit longer than 30 minutes)
  • Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry with rice or noodles
  • Burgers
  • Tacos
  • Cranberry Chicken
  • Pulled Pork (slow cooker - Kathi Spaeth's recipe - YUMMO!)
  • Pork Tenderloin on the grill (Kathy Caslin's recipe - so good!)
  • Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Shepard's Pie (Really great!)
  • Steak/London Broil on the grill (Hermione's dry-rub for London Broil is to die for)
  • Marie Collander's Chicken Pot Pies - SHAMEFUL!
  • Gigi's stew (Sookie's Mommy's recipe - oh yum!)
  • Roasted Chicken (A Sunday night staple)
And that's all folks. Sometimes we do breakfast (pancakes and bacon) for dinner and we do pizza WAAAAAY to often. I try to stay away from fast food for dinner. In fact we never do it for dinner unless we have an emergency. (However - I don't consider pizza fast food. :) ) Can anyone help me widen my repetoire? I am trying quesadillas next week. I think they will go over well. And that is the extent of my culinary prowess. So - can anyone out there help a Busy Momma out? Let me know what's in YOUR weeknight rotation. Maybe we can all help one another.....


  1. Turkey burgers with homemade sweet potato fries (so so good!!)
    Spaghetti squash with meatballs and zucchini fries (breaded and baked zucchini slices)
    Carmalized onion lasagna (replace half the noodles with zucchini slices)

  2. Thanks lady! The spaghetti squash sounds yummy! I'm going to try it.

  3. Love trying new and easy recipes! And our puppies must be twins - mine doesn't get my idea of house training either.... Sigh.