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Menu Monday… and a giveaway!

First up – the giveaway!  I’m probably decreasing my odds of winning by doing this, but you should head on over to Miller’s blog and check out her giveaway {it’s for a great book}.  She’s a sweet Southern transplant who’s moved to the Midwest and takes amazing pictures.  I love reading her posts and hearing about her life 🙂

Hello, my lovely readers!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I’m loving the Spring-like weather we’ve been experiencing here in New Zealand.  Bring it on!

Here’s what’s on our plate for this week…


Emeril’s Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes {with squash/pumpkin!} + Walnut Salad with Avocado & Garlic Dressing


30 Minute Chilia good recipe if you prefer food that’s less spicy.  I usually kick it up a notch by adding chopped green chilies, some Kaitaia Fire chili sauce, and a few extra veggies.


Leftover Chili


Scrounge – I always keep a couple of quick prep meal items on hand – stir-fry mix, pasta, rice, veggies, etc – so that not every meal of the week is set in stone and can be shifted around if the mood calls for it


Double recipe of Butternut Squash Soup, with nutmeg instead of ginger

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Some of you may have already picked up on this, but I’m really loving squash/pumpkin in our recipes these days.  However, I wasn’t planning to make butternut squash soup and only tacked that on after a miscommunication.  The personal shopper at Foodtown somehow turned “two small-to-medium sized butternut pumpkin” {remember, squash is called pumpkin in NZ}, into two HUGE butternut squash, and I know have almost 8 pounds of squash that I need to use.  I know this, because once it arrived I measured it in the food scale.  Yikes!  I love the online grocery shopping, but stuff like this makes me wish {just a teensy bit} that I’d gone in person.

I hope you’ve all got a nice week planned with lots of good things on your plate 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Menu Monday… and a giveaway!

  1. Yum! Looks like a good week of food … I’m ready for Rob to return so I can start cooking good stuff again! It’s so hard cooking for 1, I just choose not to do so 🙂

  2. It’s funny – I was totally craving chili this weekend and all set to do up a batch in the crockpot. But then when I started going through recipes I found a minestrone recipe I decided to make instead (figured I might as well while the veggies are still summery good). Next time though! I still want my chili!

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