I have always loved decorating for holidays and it’s extra special now that I’m a mom. Bear and I could hardly wait to flip over the calendar to October which, of course, meant it was time to drag out the Halloween decorations. Watching Bear decorate the house was absolutely the highlight of my week.

Spooky, glittery decorations – check.  Outerwear washed and hung by the door – check. Halloween books, movies, and cozy blankets at the ready – check.  Something delicious in the oven – check.

We’ve got it covered.

The Menu


Aamodt’s Apple Farm, lunch at LoLo American Kitchen, & leftovers for dinner


Sheet Pan Chicken with Figs and Bread Salad (recipe from Emily C. via Food 52)

Creamy Chive Potatoes (recipe from Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer via Bon Appetit)

This entire meal made our home smell amazing. Just think about a pan of crispy, succulent chicken legs with chunky croutons to soak up the delicious drippings. Also, sweet figs, honey, and red onion to round it all out. For as delicious as the sheet pan chicken was, however, the real show stopper was the creamy chive potatoes. The recipe is a quick one -pot gratin, cooked right on the stovetop. It’s salty, creamy, and oh so comforting.

Sides: Steamed Green Beans 


Shaking Beef (recipe from Alexandra Stafford via Food 52)

Popovers (recipe from Ina Garten via Food 52)

The Shaking Beef was leaps and bounds my favorite meal of the week. I never imagined I could cook such flavorful skirt steak at home. Be sure to slice your steak thinly across the grain at a good angle. For the vegetable component, I used thinly sliced brussels sprouts, green beans, and carrots. Also, I omitted the fish sauce. Warm beef and veggies over crisp lettuce may be more suitable for warmer weather, but this was so delicious I will be making it year round.


Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Casserole (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

This broccoli, cheddar and wild rice casserole is a family favorite and great for young eaters.

Sides: Raw snap peas & roasted delicata squash

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cake  (recipe from Super Healthy Kids)

This recipe was such a dud. I am reminded why I disdain cookbooks and food websites for kids. The cake was dry and flavorless and the creamy topping was just weird. The directions will tell you to beat the cold cream cheese with the yogurt. Obviously, cold cream cheese stays somewhat intact, so it looks like we topped the cake with cottage cheese. We took a few bites and tossed the entire cake in the garbage. If you’re in to healthy, barely sweet desserts for kids, give this a try and see if you have better luck than me.


Spaghetti with Turkey Bolognese (recipe from The Kitchn)

Full disclosure. I left out the wine in this Bolognese recipe after heading down the rabbit hole that is the internet. Turns out wine doesn’t always fully evaporate during the cooking process. Being pregnant and all, I decided to err on the side of caution. The Bolognese sauce without the red wine was fine (and quick) for dinner, but I can’t really critique it.

Sides: Salad


Pizza party (and sleepover for Bear) at my in-laws with my niece and nephew.


Dinner at Ingredients Café in White Bear Lake to see Sarah Morris (!) 

(Sep 30th, 2017 – Sep 6th, 2017)

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