143.2…Need Dinner Ideas?

I know I do sometimes! I found a great website that is really helpful in answering the famous question “What’s for dinner?”. It’s DinnerTool.com and it’s loaded with recipes, dinner ideas, weekly meal planners, grocery lists, etc. I added a link for it on the right hand side of my blog under “Helpful  Links” so that you can find it easily in the future. Anything to make life easier right? :)

Speaking of dinner, last night’s was an early one. A mom in my daughter’s class decided to start a book club and last night was the first meeting. We bring the kids in their pajamas and they watch a movie while we discuss the book. Before I left I made a quick tuna melt and salad:

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Last night was my first book club ever! We read “Love the One You’re With” by Emily Giffen. We started out with a light girly read and it was a cute book. We discussed the book a bit, drank a little wine and laughed at how cute all the kids were.

This morning I had some strawberries that were looking a little sorry so I decided to incorporate them into breakfast. I put them on top of Fage yogurt and Trader Joe’s low fat berry granola:

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I think I’ve decided that I don’t like that granola. Can’t quite pinpoint why but I just don’t. I really need to make my own but I’m afraid I’d eat it all in one sitting. Good thing I don’t really like the Trader Joe’s one. It’s safe on the shelf and not in my stomach.

I took the kids to school, went to Target and Trader Joe’s and came home. I am feeling better today but when lunch rolled around,  I was hungry but didn’t have an appetite for anything specific. So I went with boring:

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Turkey sandwich with carrots and hummus. A boring lunch is ok because dinner tonight will not be boring. We are going out to dinner with some friends tonight so I’m looking forward to a nice glass of wine (or two) and a great meal!

Off to pick up the kids from school and jump in shower to get ready for tonight. Have a great day!

Do you belong to a book club?

Do you have a favorite granola recipe or favorite store bought one?

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  1. I do like to make my own granola also. I think your book club with the kids is a terrific idea

  2. Love, love the new site! I would love to belong to a book club, a great way to meet new people :)

  3. Hey you! Loving the new design! Looks great!

    And I wish I belonged to a book club!

  4. I love your new blog layout, it's super cute and cheerful!

  5. Your blog is so adorable, I could DIE!!!! I love that you feature wine, cupcakes, and candy--the important food groups! Bwah! Did you hire someone to do it for you? Whoever did it did a fab job! Anyway, I've never been part of a book club, though I think it would be fun. As for not liking granola, whenever I find that I don't like something that is kinda high in calories, I count it as a blessing! That said, there are only a very few things I don't like that are high in calories. My palate likes to work against me! lol I love all granola and have made a good one that I think might be lower in cals but I never calculated. I remember liking it, so here it is if you want to try:

    2 c old-fashioned oats
    1/2 c wheat germ
    2 T dark brown sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 c extra ingredients (list below)
    1/4 c real maple syrup
    3 T falvorless oil, such as veg or canola
    1 T water
    Flavoring (see below)

    Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat to 275 degrees. Coat a 9x13 metal pan with cooking spray & set aside. Mix oats, wheat germ brown sugar, salt and extra ingredients-except dried fruit-in a bowl. Bring syrup, oil, water, and any flavoring indicated below to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir to combine. pour miture onto prepared pan. Woring a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 min longer. Let cool. Granola can be stored in an airtight tine for up to two weeks.
    Extra ingredients
    1. Classic granola: 1/2 c chopped walnuts, 1/3 c sweetened flak coconut, 1/3 c dark or golden raisings. Flavoring: 1/2 t cinnamon
    2. Crunchy: 1/4 c slivered almonds, 1/4 c sunflower seeds, 2 T sesame seeds, 6 T currants
    3. Tropical: 1/4 c chopped roasted unsalted cashews, 1/4 c chopped banana chips, 1/4 c sweetened flak coconut, 1/4 c chopped dried pineapple. Flavoring: 1/2 t ground ginger
    4. Cherry Almond: 1/3 c sliced almonds, 1/3 c sweetened flak coconut, 1/3 c dried cherries. Flavoring: 1/4 t almond extract
    5. Trail mix: 1/4 c chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, 1/4 c sweetened flake coconut, 1/4 c dark or golden raisins, 1/4 c mini chocoalte chips
    6.Orange-Berry: 1/2 c chopped pecans, 1/4 c dried cranberries, 1/4 c dried blueberries. Flavoring: 1/2 t finely grated orange zest.
    Obviously you can add just about any combo of nuts and fruits and flavorings!

  6. This kids in PJs book club idea is fantastic!

  7. i've never been a part of a book club, but getting a literature degree kind of felt like one at times :)

  8. I do! i love my monthly book club. Almost as much as I LOVE the new look of the blog!!

  9. What an AWESOME website. I want to join a book club so bad...we should do a blogging one! Those strawberries look delicious to me!!!


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