Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Menu Planning & Meatloaf Cupcakes

Hadley is down for an extremely early nap. Sweet little baby... this weekend wore her out!

So now I am sitting down to menu plan for this week because I neglected to do so before we left town last week. And, well.. the cupboards are bare.

Here is a household favorite we enjoyed last week...

Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting
Barely adapted from: Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

Meatloaf Cupcakes:

  • 1.25 lb of 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 3 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs {We sometimes use oats}
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp kosher salt
Mashed Potato Frosting:
  • 1 lb (about 2-3 medium) gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • 2 tbsp fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp almond milk {or regular}
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • dash fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme

::Preheat the oven to 350 degress, and line a muffin tine with foil. 

:: Peel and cube potatoes, then place with garlic in a large pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover. Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

::In a large bow, mix the turkey, zucchini, onoin, breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, and salt. Use an ice-cream scoop to place the meatloaf mixture into the muffin tins. Flatten down the top of each cupcake with a fork. Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from tins and place onto serving tray.

:: Drain and then return the potatoes and garlic to pot. Add sour cream and the remaining ingredients, and then mash until smooth. Season with salt & pepper. 

:: Pipe the potato frosting onto the meatloaf cupcakes and serve. {We usually pair these with green beans and steamed broccoli}


Servings- 6
Serving Size- 2 Cupcakes
WW Points+ - 6 pts per serving


Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm on a Purging Kick

I'm on a purging kick.

Keep it. Chuck it. Donate it. This is how I "Spring Clean".

This past weekend we took on the mother-load... the garage. My allergies took a beating as we rummaged through each box of holiday decor, old files, and childhood memoirs.  We also categorized the items in each box or tub using the Emily Barnes system.

Two of my favorite finds:
My father-in-law's high-school football jersey.
To this day if you visit his high-school there are still trophies encased with his name on display.

The calling card I used to called my husband while in Cancun for my older sister's wedding. As newlyweds on a tight budget, this was the only memento I could afford to bring home.  

Since today is a rainy spring day, we're inside tackling the linen closet, the coat closet, and my shoe collection. {I may be a closet shoe hoarder}

Before I start that, in memory of last weeks sunshine...
{Click images to enlarge}
Prancing around the park

Found her shadow

Found a puppy

Found a green box

Found a water fountain 

Found a swing!

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cleaning Revamp & Printable

The past few weeks have been crazy-busy, but I did manage the time to revamp my cleaning schedules! I wanted them to be pretty enough to hang on the fridge and bright enough to jump out at me. In reality, not everything is accomplished every single day... but at least I have a goal! 

So many of you commented on the last two I made that I decided this time to create blank copies for you to print and customize. Click on on each to expand to full page format. 

Happy Tuesday!


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