Menu Plan Monday

menu plan monday

The Autumn weather has definitely arrived this weekend. As a result, I’m putting some warm and hearty comfort food on this week’s menu. Hopefully some soup and a casserole will help fight off the chill from the falling temperatures!

Monday: Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup with crusty bread

Tuesday: Chicken (and “Chick’n”) with potatoes and Green Bean Casserole

Wednesday: Burritos made with Cuban Black Beans

Thursday: Go Timbers! Dinner out to watch the game.

Friday: Leftovers, or something from the freezer

Saturday: Dinner out before a concert!

Sunday: Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta in Lemon-Cream Sauce

Happy eating!

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Fabulous Old Navy Dress Find

Friends, can we talk about this really cute dress from Old Navy for a second?

Old Navy Pink Dress

Imagine it with boots and a textured blazer, or some patterned tights and a leather jacket. Swoon.

It’s on sale for $15 at the moment, and using the code HOL2013 (that provides an additional 30% off through November 5th) the final price is $10.50. Yes, that’s correct, TEN DOLLARS. With six vibrant colors to choose from, I’m definitely picking up one (or three).

Just thought you should know. You can thank me later. 😉

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Menu Plan Monday

menu plan monday

Another week, another meal plan! I did make it to the store last week (and the power stayed on), and as a result I went a bit heavy on the cooking. So this week, I’m taking it easier – only 2 nights of from-scratch cooking! We’ll also have some friends staying with us over the weekend, so it’ll either be dinners out or takeout then.

Monday: Soup (from our favorite soup booth at the farmer’s market, Souper Natural) and garlic bread

Tuesday: Burritos, made with Cuban Black Beans

Wednesday: Creamy Garlic Shells with roasted veggies and proteins

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Thai food! Curry from one of our fave local spots

Saturday: Dinner out and about

Sunday: Pre-game dinner (Go Timbers!) – probably pizza

Have a wonderful (and delicious) week!

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Menu Plan Monday

menu plan monday

It’s baaaaack! Or rather, I am… but more on that later. This week I’m cooking up some tried-and-true favorites to both fill our bellies and get back in the habit of meal planning! Of course this plan is contingent on me braving the rain and venturing to the store… and our power staying on. Luckily, though, it seems that we’re through the worst of it. Now I just have to dig out those galoshes!

Monday: Proteins with wild rice and Sauteed Mushrooms

Tuesday: Creamy Ravioli & Pesto Gratin

Wednesday: Pizza (or dinner out)

Thursday: Cuban Black Beans – probably in burritos

Friday: Stir-Fried Broccoli with Bell Peppers and Cashews

Saturday: Freezer dinner (probably leftover Barley Risotto)

Sunday: Leftovers

Hope you have a great week!

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Winter Break Bucket List

Today marks the beginning of a much-needed four week break from school. THANK GOD. This first quarter was quite tough, so I plan on taking it (intellectually) easy for the next month to recoup and recharge.

But what’s the holiday season without a little fun? To keep from accidentally wasting the weeks away (which, trust me, is very easy on our comfy couch…), I made myself this handy-dandy little bucket list: almost all play, with a tiny bit of work, to keep me busy during the holidays!

christmas break bucket list

If you’re wondering why Gossip Girl is on the list: I started watching it from Season 1 on Netflix as a sort of background distraction during dead/finals week, and am now in the beginnings of Season 2…

In addition to the list I’ll be celebrating the holidays with family and friends, as well as exploring our new neighborhood and doing a bunch of chores that I’ve been putting off (like getting Oregon license plates! eek!).

But first up on the list is trying to procure some Gonzaga basketball tickets for the game against the University of Portland in January… tickets go on sale at 11, so wish me luck!

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The Grad Student Gift Guide

The holiday season starts out pretty rough for us grad students. An epic whirlwind of reading, papers, final exams, and to-the-brink stress is what awaits us after Thanksgiving, instead of the shopping and sleigh rides and hot-cocoa-fueled ice skating winter fun that others might be enjoying.

Okay, just kidding. The holidays are stressful for everyone! But if you’re considering getting a gift  for the professional student in your life (especially if it’s going to arrive before that final paper is turned in…), don’t worry! Here are a few suggestions to consider that will double as thoughtful and useful, and might help boost a few grades to boot.

Grad Student Gift Guide

1. A stylish bag for all of those library books. The grad-student-stipend budget usually requires reusable grocery bags for heavy book transportation, so extra bonus points abound for something durable and cute! This Fossil bag fits the stylish-and-smart bill quite nicely.

2. Favorite school supplies. Every grad student has their ritualistic attachment to their favorite school supplies. I’d kill for a pack of my favorite pens, or some perfect-sized personalized post-its, a brand new notebook, etc. etc. Check out what they use and help replenish the stock!

3. Something comfy for those marathon study sessions. Sitting in cold libraries for hours on end preparing for exams and writing papers requires being cute and cozy. This Gap sweatshirt, or anything else fleecy, soft, and snuggly would make a great gift.

4. BOOKS. A grad student’s life revolves around books – finding them, buying them, reading them. A gift certificate to the school’s bookstore, or to Amazon, will help your favorite student stretch that book budget a bit further. Bonus points if you figure out which books they need for next quarter and get few!

5. A caffeine fix. Because you probably can’t provide a caffeine drip, a coffee date to take a break from studying would be a perfect present. Or a nice bag of coffee, a gift card to the closest coffee shop to campus, or a french press. Basically anything that provides a study-inducing buzz.

Happy shopping! And good luck on finals!

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Menu Plan Monday

WOW it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these! I blame not having an oven of my own and being completely overwhelmed with moving and school. But even just having been in my own kitchen again for the last 6 weeks, and being insanely busy, I’ve realized how much I depended on menu-planning in Spokane. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wanted something, or planned to make something, but found myself missing one key ingredient (or, more horribly, the milk for my morning coffee).

So it’s back to meal-planning for us. And what better time to than the last week of school/first week of the (true) holiday season! As always, a few old favorites and a couple new dishes, with plenty for leftovers. Yum!

Monday: Creamy Fettuccine with Corn and Arugula

Tuesday: Red Lentil and Tofu Curry

Wednesday: Tacos with Cuban Black Beans

Thursday: Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Friday: Last day of the quarter! My cohort’s getting together to celebrate, so dinner out tonight!

Saturday: Macaroni Con Queso

Sunday: Leftovers!

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