10 Easy Dinner Ideas To Make This Week

My main objective when it comes to dinner time is that I spend the least amount of time in the kitchen as possible while still putting a delicious and {somewhat} healthy and nutritious meal on the table.

I like cooking but by the time dinner rolls around I have usually hit a wall and would rather do a mindless activity that involves very little to no effort. Sooooo, I have to make dinnertime as easy as I can on myself!

I am big on meal planning and am always on the lookout for good recipes to bring to the table. Every Monday I make a list and head to the grocery store to stock up for the week.

Here are TEN recipes that have made my short list this week.

Corn Chowder – ready in 40 minutes

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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders – ready in 30 minutes

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas – ready in 45 minutes

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Grilled Nacho Pizza – ready in 25 minutes

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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken – ready in 35 minutes

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Zesty Grilled Santa Fe Chicken – ready in 25 minutes

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Quick & Easy Italian Meat Sauce – ready in 20 minutes

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Asian Jalepeno Chicken – ready in 20 minutes

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Chicken Wings in Teriyaki Sauce – Slow Cooker

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Slow Cooker

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Let me know if you picked any of these for your dinner table this week!

Cheers,

Kimberley

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My Spirit Animal is a Moose!

Do you believe in spirit animals?

This may very well be when I lose you and you think I am absolutely crazy, haha!

BUT…..

I have, since I was quite young, noticed that from time to time certain animals would show up in my life in what seemed to be odd coincidental spurts. It wasn’t until the internet and google was born that I made the connection of them possibly being spirit animals.

If you think I’ve lost my marbles…….sorry, bare with me!!

Obviously, living on a farm I am surrounded by animals all the time so it is kind of hard to explain when you know a “spirit animal” has came into your life. It’s just a gut feeling you have. It maybe happens to me once or twice a year but lately it has been quite a long time since I have noticed anything.

Until yesterday!

I was driving home from Moosomin (which makes this even more ironic) and about 40 minutes into my drive a moose and her calf nearly ran out in front of me on the road. Okay, it is definitely not everyday I see a moose but I didn’t think anything of it because I am after all in moose country! Smack between Moosomin and Moose Mountain Provincial Park, ya, I am pretty sure they have a moose or two around there!

I continued on with my day not giving it another thought.

Later that evening Liam had a ball game in another town and on the way home, about 15 minutes from our house we come over a hill and standing just off the road are……you guessed it. TWO freaking moose.

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Random picture for attention! I definitely did not have time while driving to snap pics of the actual moose I seen!

Okay, I don’t get out as much as I would like but I have travelled a fair bit across our great nation and NEVER have I seen FOUR freaking moose in one day. And yes we do have the odd moose around where we live…..but it is pretty rare to see them!

Like I said, you may think I am crazy but I dare you to google the symbolism sometime if you have a hunch a certain animal is showing up more frequently in your life than normal and see what it says! They might be sending you a message!

My mom actually has a spirit animal book and this is what it says for the moose as a spirit animal……

“You can feel proud of your recent accomplishment and share it enthusiastically with others, not to be boastful or competitive, but for the simple joy of sharing.

It’s important to encourage others with their dreams and visions.

You have the strength and ability to endure this emotionally turbulent period.

Others will soon be looking to you for direction, inspiration, and guidance.

This is a time to explore new depth of awareness and be prepared for increasing sensitivities.”

Ya that pretty much sums me up to a tee!

So wether you believe in it or not or think I am an absolute loony, haha, I challenge you to keep your eyes and heart open to it, you just never know!

{I will update this with the name of the book I quoted once the hour is more reasonable to text and ask my Mom….or better yet, Mom, when you read this want to text me the name of the book, haha}

I promise you this is as weird as I get and if you have made it this far double thumbs up for you!

I would love to know if you have had a “spirit animal” in your life lately and was the meaning significant to you?

Have an amazing day!

Cheers,

Kimberley

Thoughts on the Road

I had a whole lot of time to myself today while driving home.

Just me and my thoughts……that could seriously get me in trouble, haha!

The main thing on my mind is how the hell I am going to get everything I need to get done by myself in the next five to seven weeks.

And yes, I won’t be afraid to ask for help. You can’t be afraid to lean into those that are willing and able to help.

But I couldn’t help but also think of the crazy roller coaster that has brought us to where we are now and how much everything that happens to us is just building us up for something bigger and better.

You just have to see it as opportunity and grab it by the horns!

My husband HATES it when I use the “everything happens for a reason sign” but I think he just might be turning into a believer.

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He has had a lot of shitty hands dealt to him, as many people have (it’s good to know you are not alone) and at the time the “everything for a reason” line is the last thing you want to hear.

But you know what. If you are able to stay thankful and stay positive the light will eventually shine and you will realize that everything that happens to you sets you up for something bigger and something better.

At the time of darkness it is hard to see the big picture but you have to believe there is something better on the other side. You also have to choose to not wallow in pain and self pity and keep pushing and fighting through it or you could very well miss that opportunity.

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You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Cheers,

Kimberley

My Husband Moved Out

I have been dreading this day.

I know we will be just fine and that we have so much to be thankful for but I was getting pretty darn used to having my husband around all the time!

For the last three months since he was let go from his job he took over doing all of the farm chores, plus helped around the house, and hauled Liam to his sports. Oh, and helped ME with my store!

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And now he has officially moved out. Off to start his new chapter in a new town at a new job.

And I have to take over ALL of the responsibilities ALL of the time and that just freaks me out a little! Plus I have to pack up our house in the midst of all of that.

Thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel and in 5 weeks (cross our fingers) we will moving out with him so we can all start our new adventure.

And I am sure we will be making the 5 hour drive many times in between to see each other.

We will miss him thats for sure…..but it will all be totally worth it!

Cheers,

Kimberley

I Drove A Tractor At My Brothers Wedding

My baby brother tied the knot today (well technically yesterday but I didn’t get home until well past midnight).

Congrats to my brother and his beautiful wife on their marriage and their wonderful country wedding.

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Love the chandelier in the barn!! The wedding ceremony was on their new farm and it was the perfect location for a little country wedding!

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They served refreshments out of the bucket of the tractor after the ceremony. Someone needed to take the tractor home between the ceremony and supper…..I handled it!

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You can dress me up but I will always be a farm girl at heart!

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It was a great day and I was also honoured to welcome the bride to our family during the reception!

Best wishes to them on all of their future adventures!

Cheers,

Kimberley