ON THE MENU WEEK OF FEB 12
This Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. Just remember to be super sweet to your sweetheart! As you will read I’m not a fan of going out to dinner on Valentine’s day, and really I’m not so much into the hearts and roses thing. I much prefer jewelry or furniture… no just kidding (or am I?). I love events. Don’t tell Bobby but we are going to a The Philadelphia Art Museum and then to dinner in Philly. We love museums! Fun and memory making! What are you doing with your honey or friends? And Happy birthday brother Alan! xo
Let’s have a yummy week!
We finally got our first big-ish snow! It’s cold and windy and the snow is swirling around the farm fields! It makes me so happy! I love snow and it makes me want to cook warm and cozy meals!
Adding pumpkin to a recipe give it a warm and oh so scrumptious flavor! I keep a couple cans of pureed pumpkin in my pantry for meals like this… and pumpkin protein shakes!
Make sure you listen to episode 7 of Decorating Tips And Tricks HERE. We are talking about how blogging has influenced our decor style! Some behind the scene stories too!
I try to eat fish once or twice a week. And I love finding easy to make recipes. One of my very very favorite fish recipes is fish piccata. YUM! Lots of lemon and capers and mouth watering flavors! I found such a great blog called Recipe Tin, filled with wonderful eats! Doesn’t this 15 minute meal look amazing?
- Fish Piccata
- Crispy Potatoes
- Green Beans
TUESDAY- HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my sweetheart readers! I hope you feel very loved today!
I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day dinner at a restaurant. The restaurants are so busy and the menu is usually a special prix fixe one. We have an intimate dinner at home and go out the following week!
Lobster tails are so so easy to make and cost a whole lot less than in a restaurant. Sweet C’s has a fabulous video for perfect Lobster Tails. See it HERE. The secret to a great succulent lobster tail is good lobster and to not overcook it!
- Lobster Dinner For Two from Sweet C’s
- Twice Baked Potato
- Wilted Spinach With Golden Raisins And Balsamic Vinegar
- Flourless Chocolate Cake (see upcoming post)
Today I’m planning all the spring decor I’ll be adding to my home. I’m thinking lots of twigs and branches. Lots of greens and fresh organics. And I’m even thinking about adding a mustard yellow color to the mix of neutrals. What a fun day to plan and dream!!!
Make sure to catch episode 8 of our new podcast Decorating Tips and Tricks HERE. We are talking about decorating mantels. What a fun conversation!
I’m making a double batch of Loaded Baked Potato Soup and freezing some for lunch!
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Do you eat leftovers? I have to disguise them. Bobby grew up eating leftovers day after day and is not a big fan. We eat leftovers for lunches and that’s okay, but now so much for dinner.
I made a whole chicken last week and froze the leftovers. So today I’m making a delicious single-serve chicken pot pie with a puff pastry top with some of the leftover chicken. So much easier than making pie dough and so much tastier, I think!
- Cheater’s Chicken Pot Pie
- Roasted Broccoli With Parmesan and Pinenuts
I love Fridays, not because it’s the end of my work week… it’s not! But that means Bobby’s home and company often comes and I love when my home is filled to the rafters! Jacqueline and Jonathan and my sweet baby Anderson are here this weekend. YIPPEE!!!! I’ll be making lots of snacks because Jonathan likes to graze when he comes home! Did you just say you would like to see a picture of Anderson? Oh of course I’ll share a sweet picture of him! He’s three and a half months old. How time flies!
Make sure to listen to episode 9 of Decorating Tips And Tricks. We are talking about FIXING PROBLEM AREAS IN OUR HOMES. You can listen HERE.
I’m making one of my family’s favorite! I’ll have all my kids home. What bliss!
- Killer Fajitas
- Refried Beans
We love Grandma Lo Bianco’s Meatballs. My friend gave me the best (and easiest) homemade meatball recipe. It was her grandmother’s and Grandma Lo Bianco swore her to secrecy. You see how that worked! Fran says she knows her grandmother is sitting outside the pearly gates just waiting for her! YIKES!
Really, these meatballs are so scrumptious! See the recipe tomorrow. We have Fran and Grandmom Lo Bianco to thank! If you are listening Grandma Lo Bianco don’t be too hard on Fran… your meatballs have made countless meals so delicious!
- Spaghetti and Grandma Lo Bianco’s Famous Meatballs
- Caesar Salad
- Crusty Italian Garlic Bread
OTHER RECIPES ON THE MENU…
BREAKFAST STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
You might like to follow me on Pinterest and see all the great recipes I’m pinning every day HERE.
All sounds so delicious??
I don’t think the meatball link goes to the recipe for them. ??? I can’t wait to try these if I can find the recipe. Thanks!
Yes, definitely the wrong link.
lots of great meals to add to the weekly menu!
For me, Valentine’s Day is also a celebration of 36 years with the love of my life. A couple of steaks, some baked sweet potatoes, a nice salad, and a bottle of wine…who could ask for anything more. Unless of course, it’s a slice of homemade Rosemary Cake fresh from the oven! Enjoy your day out…we’ll be keeping warm at home.
Mmmm it all sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!
I am so excited with the fish piccata. It looks amazing, guess what we are having this week? I also am a huge fan of the chicken pot pies. Perfect quick meal with the kids in indoor track right now. Thank you. Have a great week!
Everything looks so good. I definitely have to try your loaded twice baked potato soup.
The wilted spinach with golden raisins and balsamic vinegar sounds delish. Would you please post the recipe, Yvonne?
They all sound wonderful.
Love your recipes! Thanks for sharing!
The potato soup sounds so yummy and makes me feel warm.
Can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Thank you for sharing.
I love that you post your menus – such great ideas! I clicked the link to Grandma Lo Bianco’s Famous Meatballs but it took me to the podcast links. I tried using your “Search” and put in “Grandma Lo Bianco’s Famous Meatballs” but the recipe didn’t come up. I was hoping to get a recipe for some really wonderful meatballs and hope you can correct the link or post the recipe under “Recipes” so it can be accessed from your “Search” option.
Love your blog!
That happened to me also. Hope Yvonne posts it again… but sounds delicious.
Look like a full week coming up!
I just listened to episode 1 of your new podcast series and I loved it! I feel like I’ve gotten to know you ladies a little better and can’t wait to listen to the rest!
All your recipes sound mouthwatering! I’m confused though – you said you don’t really like to go out on Valentines Day and have lobster tails as your meal that night but you said you’ll be going to Philly for dinner. Is lobster what you would do if you weren’t going out? I’d like to try to make them one of these days – I love lobster…
It all looks so yummy! I know you will be enjoying your grandbaby this weekend!
I made the loaded baked potato soup and it is now one of our main soup recipes. VERY good.
It sounds so yummy but my work hours are so weird I forget to eat or just eat anything of course in my house it’s all yummy lol I make everything from scratch no box stuff here
I love that chicken pot pie, and looking forward to trying the fish picatta.
Thanks Yvonne for sharing your recipes.
Thanks for the recipes. The fish looks good and I am on the Gulf Coast so fish is plentiful.
I am always on the hunt for a good fish recipe and the Fish Piccata looks divine. I will be making Cheater Chicken Pot Pies again too! Man those are good. My husband will be so happy. Thanks for meal plan for the week!
The loaded potato soup sounds like it could be my new warm comfort food.
Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!
Several recipes here I would love to try soon.
My sweet husband 0f 44 years will be cooking a surprise dinner at home. So enjoying the podcasts, accompanied by all the giggles and great ideas, as well as decor confessions. Enjoy those baby snuggles this weekend.
I’ve made those Cheater Chicken Pot Pies and they’re delicious. Also, I asked about that breakfast shortcake a few weeks ago so thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the recipe!
Thank you Yvonne, for all of your great inspiration and ideas! Such a pleasure to visit your blog. 🙂
For anyone who wants the link to Grandma Lo Bianco’s Meatball recipe, I found it by doing a search in the search box.
Here it is:
Hopefully the link will open for you.
My favorite would be the pot pie !
Everything sounds so yummy.Enjoy your
Valentine’s Day with your sweetie.
Your recipes look delicious! Can’t wait to try your potato soup recipe?
Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to try them!
I made the heart shaped hand pies for a dinner party this week end. I did add a bit of frosting to some and they were a big hit. Thanks for sharing some great recipes! I do love your weekly menus.
Wow Yvonne, your menu sounds delicious! Do you really have time to do all that? How is your ankle doing?
Great ideas on your menu. I also don’t like going out for Valentine’s Day dinner — I have made it a tradition to include our children, and make either a whole special menu, or just a special dessert — if I am pressed for time during Valentine’s week. I spent the weekend with my girls, Daughter #1 came to visit during my visit to Daughter #2 (very stressed & who had too much in her college schedule to get away). I made a large pot of potato soup (Daughter #2 is vegetarian) and they each were able to have 1/2 gallon for their homes; and two applesauce cakes — which I divvied up for them for the week. Along with this, I had their <3 goody bags. Will need to make another applesauce cake for the guys at home this week, as I only left them a quarter of a cake. It was a good visit, and Daughter #1's former housemate came to visit as well — and they had lots to catch up on! We had a great Valentine's weekend visit.
I use your recipe for chicken soup. It is excellent and a big hit in my house!
Yup! It’s amazing!!!! Glad to share it with your family! xo
What a lovely menu! I’m working on my menus for the week right now & definitely adding some of these recipes! There doesn’t seem to be a link to the chicken pot pie recipe, is that something you can add? I’d love to try it!!
Wishing you and your followers and Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy your family and your new grandson. Aren’t babies wonderful. Truly a gift from God.
Really getting great ideas about redoing my fireplace ! Loving everything!
love having these menu ideas! I’ve printed out the lobster, fish, chicken pot pie recipes and will try them soon. No fresh fish in Arizona so will have to settle for frozen. Thanks!!!
All sound so delicious!
Sounds delicious! Yum!
Your link above for the Meatball recipe is faulty. When you click on the link it takes you to an unrelated page/topics,