Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend Fun, An Award, & Weekly Menu

We had a nice long weekend. We decorated a gingerbread house.

We also were lucky as the weather cooperated much better than expected based on the forecasts earlier in the week, and we were able to go to a park and on walks treasure hunts.

Now on to the award. Last week, Melinda from Nutrition, Food, Travel and More awarded me the Versatile Blogger award.

Versitle Blog Award

Melinda is an R.D. and a military wife. I started following her blog when she lived on the Azores, and I loved following along her island adventures. And I always was a bit jealous of the amazing cheese and olive appetizers that accompanied many of the meals she ate there… Winking smile Melinda also did some exploring in Europe and took her readers along on her trips. About three months ago, Melinda moved to Japan and has been documenting her adventures there.

I’m supposed to share seven things about myself with my readers. I have shared quite a few “unknown” facts about myself in previous posts, so I thought I’d share my seven favorite foods with you today (you may know some or even most of them, but I’m sure some are new):
  1. Tomatoes. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would definitely be tomatoes. I would never get tired of them…
  2. Beets. This one is funny to me as I seriously disliked beets until I was about 35. Now I love them, especially roasted or with a vinegar dressing/marinade.
  3. Avocados. Avocadoes and tomatoes go so well together…
  4. Sweet potatoes: Another food I truly disliked for many years but has become a favorite in recent years.
  5. Hot chocolate. Growing up, I DID NOT like chocolate AT ALL. In fact, I got mad whenever I received chocolate as a gift. But recently, I have grown very fond of chocolate, and even more recently, of hot chocolate.
  6. Cheese. I love pretty much any cheese (and always have!) and have to seriously control myself around it…
  7. Radishes. I have always loved radishes, and recently hubby has started to love them as well.
Thank you for the award, Melinda!

And now on to this week’s menu:

Meal 1: Pizza with sautéed mushrooms and onions. I’ll recreate the pizza using TJ’s whole wheat refrigerated pizza dough that was such a hit in our house a few weeks ago. We’ll have a salad with it.
Meal 2: Quesadillas with black beans, avocado, salsa, and Greek yogurt.
Meal 3: Salmon and roasted veggies
Meal 4: Pasta & veggies.
Meal 5: Leftovers.

Questions: What are some of your favorite foods? What’s on your menu this week? What was the highlight of your weekend?
Be well,


  1. I have never made a gingerbread house but it looks like a fun project for me and my grandson in the next year or two.

    I love anything spicy. I love all peppers and onions are yummy! My trainer does not like me to have too many peppers and onions so I need to try some other type of veggies. I like your list and have see now that I should really open my food vocabulary because I am missing out on a lot.

  2. i love the gingerbread houses!

  3. Love the gingerbread house! I've always wanted to make one, but it's still a "to do." Did you use a kit?
    We've been living off leftovers for the last three days, so I'm excited to make a new meal plan for next week. Your list has given me some ideas...pasta sounds like a good plan!

  4. @Dawn: Yes, it's a lot of fun with little kids! :)
    @Simply Life: Thanks!
    @Lara: Yes, it's a kit from Costco. This year, the house came actually assembled, and all we did was decorate it. In past years, the kit included the pieces of the house, and we assembed the house (which was a bit tricky with a small toddler).

  5. Wow, who would have thunk ANYONE could hate hot chocolate. That is unbelievable. Too bad I didn't know you as a kid, as I would have gladly downed your share. LOL

  6. I share several favorites with you, mainly cheese and sweet potato!! But my number one is peanut butter (mixed with sweet potato, of course).

    Your menu looks delicious. The quesadillas sound marvelous! Tonight I'm making my "famous" brown rice pizza.

  7. Anonymous11/27/2011

    favorite food: corns and kabocha are top in my list followed by green veggies, dark chocolate and coffee. I think I can pretty much live on these.
    highlight of the weekend: a lo of shopping and hang out with my family! :)

  8. Hi Andrea. LOVE the gingerbread house and no longer a toddler photos. Favorite foods? Cheese, warm bread, cheese, hot spinach dip ('cause it's cheesy), kale (a new favorite), cashews, and almond butter. Have a great week!!!

  9. @Carolyn: Yup. I was a very weird kid... :)
    @Gina: Your brown rice pizza sounds good!
    @balancejoyanddelicias: Sounds like you had a very nice weekend! :)
    @Roz: Cheese is the best!!! Have a great week, too!

  10. Congrats on the award!! You know, I recently started liking beets also.
    I also love avocados!

  11. Hi Andrea! Congratulations!

    What a lovely memory for you and your son! You are an excellent mama!

    :-) Marion

  12. Our favorite foods overlap a lot. I didn't do the whole menu but have groceries arriving this morning and dinner planned (stir fry) for tonight. Love the weekly menu reminder, thanks!

  13. @Kristen: Thanks!
    @Marion: Thanks! :)
    @Lauren: Stir fry is one of our favorites!

  14. Love the gingerbread house, Andrea! I like your pizza topping idea. I may need to steal that one. ;) Haven't posted my meal plan for the week yet. It's looking really busy and I haven't had a minute to sit down a figure things out.... :/

  15. Aw, love the ginger bread making! I haven't done that in years. :(

    Nothing new on the menu this week, I need to eat up what we have and start again fresh next week - hope to get to the gym tonight too!

  16. Oh Gingerbread house decorating!! I haven't done that in a while! I loved breaking it apart after decoration and chomping on the hard icing. Hee hee.

    My favorite food is sweet potatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, good cheese and good bread! :0)

  17. @Krista: Yup, it's such a busy time! Have a good week!
    @Biz: Hope work slowed down a bit, and you made it ot the gym!
    @Sophia: The kid had the best time eating the gingerbread men... :) Good cheese and good bread are the best!

  18. I want a gingerbread house!

  19. I also love cheese, and I love to eat cheese with grapes!

  20. I love making a gingerbread house with the family! So much fun. What a great menu you have planned.

    We had two successful dinner parties over the weekend. Now I am exhausted and don't want to cook this week. Ha ha, that's kind of how it goes.

    I will be making some new soup recipes this week in an attempt to stock up the freezer.

  21. @TheBlondeDuck: :)
    @Melanie: Cheese and grapes is a great combo!
    @Tami: It's hard to get excited about cooking when you've cooked a lot! Love a stocked up freezer!

  22. You are welcome! I love the foods you shared. Good twist on the award. I am so glad you love reading my blog. I love following along with your adventures too, and I can't believe how big the toddler is getting. That ginger bread house looks awesome. I picked up a mailing envelope today so those chopsticks should be out in the mail, tomorrow on Saturday, but possibly not until Monday since things are crazy. But I promise they are on the way.

  23. @Melinda: Thanks again! :) No worries regarding the chopsticks. Just send them when you can!

  24. I'm with you on tomatoes, avocadoes, and cheese! And, like you, I also disliked beets as a kid, but like'em now. Other favorites are sauteed onions and mushrooms, chocolate, and potatoes. So glad you joined the December Fit challenge!!!

  25. Anonymous12/04/2011

    How fun to be making a gingerbread house! Congrats on the award.

  26. I love all those things too (surprise!) except radishes. I don't dislike them but I can't say I love them!

  27. we are finally gingerbread house decorating tonight.
    I cant wait....

  28. you're meal plan looks delicious! and I love that you've incorporated some of your favorite foods into it! Some of my favorite foods include apples, avocado, black beans, peanut butter, and Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) cereal. Yum!

  29. I have to admit something to you, Andrea - every time I see the toddler, I let out a huge 'squeeee' because of how cute he is! Love the gingerbread house - I'll bet your house smelled wonderful during and after!

    Congrats on your well-deserved award! It's funny how foods we hated when we were little become some of our favorites (mine is ginger - can't get enough!). Although, I can't see how you didn't like hot chocolate! ;)

    Great weekly menu, as always! Our week is a little fragmented because of business dinners, but I see pasta and stew in our near future :) Have a great week, Andrea!

  30. @EA: I guess there aren't too many kids who are fond of beets. Although my older son liked them early on.
    @5 Star Foodie: Thanks!
    @Jenn: It's funny how many of the same foods we like! :)
    @MizFit: Hope you had fun! :)
    @Kati: Black beans are another one of my favorites!
    @Jessie: Thank you! :) Have a great week, too!