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Weekly Meal Plan 1/11 and an easy sheet pan dinner

Week of 1/11 meal plan

Happy Monday and welcome to the first of my weekly meal plans! Today is also the first day that I am starting my new job, back to working 5 days a week! So to be more intentional, I decided to get back to creating weekly meal plans. Below is a list of what’s on the menu for this week. I’m also sharing one of my family’s favorite sheet pan dinners as well as a printable for the weekly menu and grocery list.

 

MondayCreamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

TuesdayDoritos Taco Salad

Wednesday – Sheet pan honey mustard pretzel chicken (scroll down for recipe)

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Naan pizzas

Saturday – Crockpot Pot Roast

SundayCreamy tortellini and sausage soup

 

 

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken with roasted veggies and potatoes

Sheet pan Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

(Feeds 4-6)

Ingredients:

8 chicken tenderloins
1 cup of honey mustard dressing
1 egg
2 cups of crushed pretzels
3 cups broccoli florets
3 cups diced potatoes
Olive oil
Garlic powder
Salt/Pepper (to taste)

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400F.
2.) Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
3.) On your prepared pan, place diced potatoes and chopped broccoli. Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4.) Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
5.) While broccoli and potatoes are baking, pour honey mustard sauce in a medium bowl and whisk with 1 egg. This will be your wet mixture. In a shallow baking dish, pour the crushed pretzels.
6.) Using one hand, pat the chicken with a paper towel and then dip in the honey mustard/egg mixture. Using your other hand (dry hand), dredge the chicken into the crushed pretzels.
7.) Remove the baking pan from the oven, flipping the potatoes and broccoli so you now brown the other side. Add the pretzel coated chicken tenders onto the aluminum foil lined pan and place in the oven for an additional 15-18 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
8.) Serve with additional honey mustard sauce for dipping.

 

Click here to download the weekly meal plan and grocery shopping printable

3 In Christmas/ food

Holiday cookie squares recipe

holiday chocolate squares recipe

This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday cookie squares

One of our favorite holiday traditions is baking sweet treats and watching holiday movies. (Home Alone is the best hands down!)
Last weekend the kids and I were in the spirit to do some baking. We decided to make these holiday cookie squares topped with Ghirardelli chocolate. We got all of the ingredients from Walmart and had it delivered right to our house in under 2 hours! I’m sharing the recipe below.

Holiday cookie squares

Ingredients


Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Then set aside.
  2. Using mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one mixing completely. Add the vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed wet mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Press gently into a flat disc. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, remove from the refrigerator. Dust a clean countertop with flour and remove the dough from plastic wrap and place on the floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a square cookie cutter or use the Ghirardelli chocolate square to cut the dough into the appropriate shape and size.
  8. Transfer the cookies onto sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving about 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are slightly firm and center is soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square. Eat right then and there or store in an airtight container.
2 In Christmas/ DIY

How to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!

 

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

 

This morning was a rainy and chilly one.  A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.

Homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
  3. Add in 1 cup of water
  4. Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
  5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
  7. Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
  10. Let cool. String with twine.

 

For more Christmas DIYs check out

DIY Christmas garland

My Homemade Irish Cream (this is a family favorite)

 

 

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homemade scented salt dough ornaments

0 In Baby/ kids/ Motherhood

Benefits of sensory play

sensory play ideas- baby einstein

This post is sponsored by Baby Einstein™, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Giving your child opportunities for sensory play encourages them to learn about their surroundings.  From babies through children, they learn about the world around them through their senses.

What is sensory play?

Sensory play is any activity that encourages children to use their senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance and motion. Sensory play has been shown to enhance brain development and neuroplasticity.

Benefits of sensory play:

  • Promotes fine motor skill development
  • Promotes language development
  • Stress reduction
  • Promotes independent play and imagination
  • Aids in developing and enhancing memory
  • Invoke curiosity

Some of my favorite sensory play ideas:

Baby Einstein Strum Along Songs™ Magic Touch™ GuitarThis guitar is made with magic touch technology and plays sounds to respond to your baby’s touch. The guitar helps introduce colors and music while also encouraging the development of motor skills. It responds to baby’s strumming patterns to encourage self-expression and creativity. You can switch between 2 guitar sounds: acoustic and banjo. You can find the BabyEinstein guitar available at BuyBuyBABY now!

sensory play ideas - baby einstein

Sensory bins – I like to make various ones for the change of the seasons. It usually involves either cloud dough or water beads and an array of seasonal items for the kids to dig through and find.

Homemade play dough – My boys love this edible dough made up of frosting, confectioner’s sugar and sprinkles! And it’s super easy to make.

homemade edible sensory dough