Posts Tagged ‘Dinner’

Sep 17 2016

Alaskan Cruise – New Holland Zaandam


Pool and inside deck area on the ship!

Once we were back on the New Holland Zaandam cruise ship after exploring the town of Seward, Alaska we were able to check out more of the ship.  The girls were thrilled to see all the cool activities and places on the ship.  They couldn’t wait to try out the pool deck, play a little bit, and try out the different foods as well as fun activities that were coming up that week.  Thankful for the opportunity to spend this time with the family.  We had a blast spending time together.  It was a wonderful family vacation!

Alaska, Alaska Cruise, Zaandam, New Holland, Wildlife Conservatory

Testing out the courts…..they had fun even in the rain! 🙂

Cruising on the Alaska Trip - New Holland Zaandam - Summer Vacation

 Brina enjoying her first dinner on the cruise.  She found out that although the window views were nice at dinner it was a little chilly and she needed her jacket!


Our first night on-board the ship and heading to dinner!

p1680531cBrina and I trying to stay warm at the evening meal.  We were trying to get used to the cooler weather after coming from the 100 plus degrees we were having that week in South Carolina!


Jake and Karlie having fun at our first dinner on the cruise!

Aug 22 2016

Tuna & Spinach Salad Made with Love

My delicious Tuna & Spinach Salad made by Karlie

A few days ago Karlie was in charge of making the family meal.  She made a super delicious meal.  For my meal she put together a Tuna, Spinach & Tomato Salad.  When I sat down for dinner this beauty greeted me.

I love how she displayed the tomatoes around the edges of the salad and the 1 spinach leaf on the top of the tuna fish salad mix she put together on her own.  It was amazing!  Thankful for a thoughtful and sweet kid who made a delicious and healthy meal.

She made tuna fish sandwiches for the rest of the family, which based on their reactions turned out really tasty as well.  Thanks Karlie for a great meal!  Love you kiddos!

Jul 09 2016

What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say?

Our fortunes!

Recently we had Chinese food and the following were our fortunes from the meal:

  • Jake – “You will be traveling to distant lands for business purposes” (He travels a lot of places for work!)
  • Bridgette – “You will travel to many exotic places in the next few years.” (I LOVE to travel.  I have already been to many amazing places over the years and I cannot wait to see more of the world.  Plus, sometimes I get to travel with Jake when he goes on work trips.  Maybe our fortunes were suppose to be together, sounds like more fun for me though! 🙂  Already looking forward to these exotic places we are going to together!)
  • Brina – “You have a flair for adding fanciful dimension to any story.” (She is definitely the more fancy of the two kids!)
  • Karlie – “You will soon be involved in many gatherings and parties.”  (I am curious about what she’s going to be doing!)

It was a fun evening of relaxing with the family, eating Chinese food, and laughing about silly fortunes.  We have so much to be thankful for in our lives.  We are richly blessed and take many things for granted every day.  Let’s treasure the time with have with our friends, families, and those around us.  It is not impossible to run into people that you know even if you are across the world.  Our lives leave an imprint of each person we interact with whether it is only once or many times!  Make each moment count for good!

Oct 19 2015

Recipes: Beef, Broccoli, and Bok Choy


Beef, Broccoli, and Bok Choy

A main dish with beef and two green vegetables – broccoli and bok choy.  This dish is inspired from my Mom’s Beef & Broccoli recipe a few years ago.  We took her Beef and Broccoli recipe, adding more ingredients, and removed other ones.  The main dish includes both your meat and vegetables, yet the kids love it!  You can choose whatever meat you want to use with this recipe and whatever amount of broccoli.  We like this nice blend of meat and broccoli with a touch of bok choy for this recipe.

Beef, Broccoli, and Bok Choy Recipe:

  • 1 lb lean boneless Beef Steak (round or sirloin work well)
  • 1 head Fresh Broccoli
  • 1 small head Fresh Bok Choy
  • 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 clove of Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoon of Water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • Dash of Red Pepper

1.  Cut broccoli and bok choy into 1 inch pieces set aside.  Slice the beef along the grain into  1/2 inch wide strips.  In bowl mix beef, soy sauce and garlic.  Let marinate 10 minutes.  Mix together corn starch, ground ginger, dash of red pepper, and beef broth.

2.  When wok is hot add 1 tablespoon of oil, add half of the meat mixture.  Stir fry until browned (about 2 to 3 minutes).  Repeat with second half of meat and 1 more tablespoon of oil.  Stir in the broccoli for about 1 minute.  Add water cover and cook about 3 minutes.  Add cooking sauce to meat and stir until the sauce has thickened.  Add the bok choy and cook for about another minute or until it starts to wilt.

You can add in all kinds of other ingredients like onions, mushrooms, spinach, and more to your main dish.

Recipes - Beef, Broccoli, Bok Choy - P1410599c

 Hot and ready to be eaten for dinner!

Nov 07 2014

Make 1 & Freeze 1 Meal: Taco Lasagna Recipe


Make 1 & Froze 2 Taco Lasagna Meals!  Yay!

I have been trying to do at least one Make 1 and Freeze 1 meal a week for dinner.   The idea is we can eat the one meal that night for dinner and the other one will go into the freezer to eat at a later date when we are a little more pushed for time.  I started doing this a couple months ago as I was preparing for my two weeks away on a work trip.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty in the freezer for my husband to pull out the night before and either put in the crockpot or oven after picking the kids up from school.

This particular recipe is a favorite with our family.  I was able to Make 1 and Freeze 2 Taco Lasagnas for a later dinner!  Since I was already making up a big batch I was able to do more which will be a blessing later when we pull them out of the freezer.  I like being prepared and having a back up plan.  Whether it is a crazy week or busy weekend we have some options if we need them!

Another solution that I had to come up with regarding our meals is how to keep some food ingredients separate because we have one family member that cannot have regular refried beans or dairy.  Once I use up the refried beans that I have in the pantry I am going to try making my own from black beans or other beans that can be eaten, but for now though I have come up with a simple solution that seems to work well for our family.  I put a barrier between the refried beans and dairy side which keeps the items separate when cooking and eating.

Eat 1 Freeze One, Make 1 Freeze 1

I cut one small soft flour tortilla in half to use a barrier between the two sides.  As you can see the side with refried beans is larger than the side without it because 3 of us eat from that side and only one from the non-refried bean and non-cheese side of the Taco Lasagna.  PLEASE NOTE  that the person in our family that has the food allergy will not go into shock or needs hospitalized if they encounter or happen to eat the food so while this option works for our family it may not be the perfect solution if you have someone with severe food allergies because there still is a chance of the food cross over (usually when serving).  The food allergy is real and we have seen the side effects to veering even a little off her diet, but thankfully we have come up with a solution where everyone can share the same meal with very little adjustments.  The person with the food allergy gets a lot of extra meat for protein instead of the cheese and refried beans.


Taco Lasagna still divided this time with a layer of meat and cheese.  The side without the cheese gets extra of the meat mixture!  I have shared our Taco Lasagna recipe in the past, but will post it below again so it is easier to locate.

Taco Lasagna:

  • 1 pound ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped Green Pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onions
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1 package of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz ) can Mexican Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16 oz) can Refried Beans
  • 6 (8 inch) Flour Tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican Cheese

In a large skillet, cook the meat, green pepper, and onion over medium heat until done.  Add water and taco seasoning; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 2 minutes.  Stir in black beans and tomatoes.  Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.  Place 2 flour tortillas in a greased 13 x 9 pan.  Spread half of the refried beans then half of the beef mixture.  Sprinkle with 1 cup Mexican cheese.  Repeat layers.  Top with remaining tortillas and cheese (I try to add a little extra cheese if I have it and sliced olives if we have them in the pantry or fridge).  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted.  I usually take the foil off the last few minutes to let the cheese on top get a little crispy since our family likes it that way.


The top of our split Taco Lasagna!  Everyone’s happy (those who want cheese and those who do not) and this is now ready to be put in the freezer for us to eat at a later time!