Surviving A Polar Vortex

Last week’s polar vortex cancelled school, meetings, and play dates for our family. I don’t think I’m alone in saying we all went a little nutty indoors for four straight days! Fortunately, Bear got to play with her cousins all week. She even slept over at their house for two of the nights. For the other stir crazy moments at home, we relied on the best method we know for entertaining a three year old: bubble baths.

This week, on the other hand, has been incredibly busy. Appointments, meetings, yadda yadda…

It’s finally Friday and this is the first chance I’ve had to blog. Bear is coloring at the kitchen table and Baby L. is asleep in my arms. I think I have about 10 minutes. Here we go!

The Menu


Chicken and Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake (recipe from Faith Durand via The Kitchn)

Our family loves this pasta bake. It’s easy to throw together and the sauce is so lusciously creamy and delicious.

Sides: Roasted asparagus


Steakhouse Steaks (recipe from Ina Garten via Food Network)

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (recipe from Martha Stewart)

Impromptu date night (with the baby) at home and a run of Family Feud episodes. We opened stouts and seared steaks. We also made a pot of mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed a mass of kale and swiss chard. We finished the greens with a sprinkling of salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


Zuppa Di Farro (recipe from Serious Eats)

A nice hearty soup for a polar vortex. I did add quite a bit of white wine vinegar at the end to punch up the flavor. Also, this could absolutely be made vegetarian. The pancetta is not a star player. Just substitute extra olive oil and season to taste.

Sides: Sliced cheese and raw vegetables


Another impromptu date night at home! We thawed leftover turkey and gravy from Thanksgiving and ate it alongside another batch of sautéed greens with lemon and the leftover mashed sweet potatoes.


Crispy Skillet Turkey Burgers (recipe adapted from Cook’s Country)

See this post for the recipe.

Yum!! We love this recipe and usually eat ours sans bun and dipped in mustard.

Sides: sautéed green beans with lots of salt and wild rice with butter


Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Orange Pork Tacos (recipe by Anna Stockwell via Epicurious)

Tacos on Friday night… yes, please! This recipe was pretty good, but it was the first meal I’ve cooked in my new slow cooker and I thought it had a bit of the “new” slow-cooker taste. As a result, I can’t fully vouch for this recipe.

Sides: Roasted broccoli and yams


Nachos! We topped ours with the leftover chipotle-orange pork, pickled onions, and roasted vegetables. We also added sour cream, corn, and loads of cheddar cheese. Oh, and we made it a movie night and watched Coco during dinner.

(Jan 27th, 2019 – Feb 2nd, 2019)

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