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What’s for Dinner: Weekly Menu

Monday– Spaghetti & Meatballs with Garlic Knots

Tuesday– Mexican Fish, Spicy Rice, Corn

Wednesday– Leftovers

Thursday– Seafood Pasta Salad, Peas

Friday– Pizza Night

Saturday– BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Tater Tots, Honey-Orange Carrots

Sunday– FFY (Fend For Yourself)

Seafood Pasta Salad

1 box pasta shells, cooked as directed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 T lemon juice
1 T honey mustard
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 pkg imitation crab meat
3 cups fully cooked frozen salad shrimp, thawed

In a bowl, blend sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, and honey mustard until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Gently fold in crab meat and shrimp. Combine well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mexican Fish

8-10 frozen Tilapia fillets, thawed
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips
1/4 cup sour cream

Lay tilapia fillets flat in baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour salsa evenly over top of fillets. Sprinkle with cheese and top with crushed tortilla chips. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until fish flakes with fork. Serve topped with sour cream.

Shared with Menu Plan Monday.



Creamy Coconut Bars Recipe

 

Creamy Coconut Bars

 

I love coconut. Matt is not so much a fan of coconut but he does enjoy a good coconut cream pie. I found this recipe awhile back and bookmarked it to try. I bought the ingredients, was all set to make it and WHAM, realized that my pie dish has disappeared. I’m convinced that it went on strike after being forced into service for Thanksgiving last year. So I decided to adapt and make Coconut Bars instead of a Pie. I was really pleased with how they turned out and Matt raved about them! Plus, they are super easy to make!

 

 

 
 
 
Ingredients:
 

1/2 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups milk
1 t vanilla

 

 

 

 

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.

 

 

 

 

Beat on low speed with hand mixer for 30 seconds until combined.

 

 

 

 

Pour mixture into a greased 9×9 baking dish.

 

 

 

 

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Watch your family salivate as you make them wait for the dish to cool slightly, then slice into bars.

 

 

 

 

Eat fast because they will be gone before you can blink!

 

Creamy Coconut Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Bisquick
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup shredded coconut
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  6. 2 cups milk
  7. 1 t vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat on low speed with hand mixer for 30 seconds until combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased 9x9 baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.
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Show Us Your House: Laundry Area

I finally tackled the Laundry Room….er…Laundry closet, I mean. I wish, really really wish, that I had made a true laundry room one of my must have’s when we were house hunting. But we only had 3 kids way back then and it didn’t seem like a big deal to only have a laundry closet. Now that our family is bigger and I do what feels like 500 loads of laundry a week, it’s a nightmare. Hindsight, my friends, hindsight.

So after we purchased Stella and Frank and had them delivered, we discovered that because they were front loading, they were too big to fit in the little closet. Ha! There’s a tip for you- measure your laundry closet depth as well as width before buying a new washer and dryer. Live and learn. So our only option was to remove the closet doors, which meant a complete redo of the space. I decided I might as well go all out and do it properly since it would be visible to guests once the closet doors came down.

This is the laundry closet before, and I’m keeping it real and showing with the clutter that always seems to collect there:

Sigh…I know, right? Horrible. So my first step was to paint the laundry closet the same color as the rest of the bathroom. Luckily I had a half gallon of paint leftover from the previous owners so I didn’t have to paint the entire bathroom. 

I went back and forth with leaving it just like that but I really didn’t like the white cabinets. I decided to paint them black. First I primed them with tinted primer and then started on the first coat of black paint.


It became painfully obvious that it was going to take more than one coat of black paint. The primer helped but there were too many brush strokes with the first coat.

So I did a second coat of black.

Still seeing brush strokes. By this point I was ready to just set fire to the entire area and start over but I soldiered through and did coat number 3.

Success. I needed to add some extra storage so I had Matt cut an older leftover shelf to fit the space. I painted it black and had Matt hang it up for me. Viola. Instant storage space. I also wrapped that ugly white clothes rod with black grosgrain ribbon to make it blend a bit better.

I did not like the totally open look once we took the doors off the closet. So we hung a curtain rod and some black tab top curtains that I can close when we have guests. It was the perfect solution.

Finally, I added 3 black baskets to the shelf to hold the hot tub towels and swim stuff and the dirty laundry that seems to accumulate all over the downstairs.

The last step is finding something to put in front of the ultility box. I’m thinking, maybe a plant. Fake, of course, because I have a black thumb.



I Don’t Want to be That Mom

As I sit here typing this it is almost midnight. The kids are supposed to be asleep. They’ve been sent upstairs to their beds at least 10 times since 9pm. They keep finding reasons to wander back downstairs. Maia is the worst offender lately. She doesn’t want to go to bed. She wants to be tucked in fifteen times, she wants ten stories, she wants me to lie with her for hours, she wants…..I don’t know what she wants. What I do know is that I am exhausted. Last night, Zoey was up in the middle of the night with a tummy ache so I’m short on sleep and even shorter on patience tonight. I just want to sit here and watch mindless trashy television without being interrupted every 3 minutes by a child.

I lost my temper with Maia tonight. I feel bad about it even though she pushed and pushed and pushed me to that point. I don’t want to yell. I don’t want to go to bed irritated and frustrated with my kids. I don’t want them to go to bed knowing that I was frustrated with them. I know a big part of the problem is that we are totally off schedule and we have been since school ended. The kids have been going to bed later and waking up later. I’ve been using those couple of hours in the morning when the house is silent to get some work done. It’s been glorious to have that bit of free time to blog, to get emails out of the way, and everything else that comes with the business side of blogging. Unfortunately that free time comes with a price and I’m paying that price right now.

I don’t want to be that mom. The one who yells at her kids. The one who doesn’t appreciate the small moments. The one who takes for granted the blessings and gifts that she’s been given. I want to enjoy my kids. More importantly, I want them to know that I enjoy them. I try to take a deep breath, to count to ten…okay, sometimes it’s more like fifty. I remember too well the horrible rages that accompanied the postpartum depression. I remember feeling like a power keg that was about to blow. I also remember the looks on my kids faces when the rage would get the best of me. I’m ashamed that my kids saw me that way. I don’t know if I will ever truly forgive myself for that, even though I know it was the PPD.

So I’ll smother that irritation. I will count to a hundred if necessary. And I will tuck Maia in one more time, with a smile and a kiss and a whispered “sweet dreams”.

I’m pouring my heart out.