Lunch and... a giveaway!

I know you're probably wondering who the heck I am because I've been on hiatus for so long but I have a good reason :) On February 22nd I gave birth to my little boy. He's taken up quite a lot of time and that leaves less time to cook (or finish cooking) and take pictures. Most nights are spent with Joseph getting home and taking Ethan for a walk (or playing on his play mat) while I start dinner. Ethan gets hungry about 1/2 an hour in and Joseph ends up finishing the meal and serving it. Doesn't leave much room for pictures and Joseph's not really into taking pictures of our meals...

So, in order to thank anyone who's still reading this I decided I should do a give away! This past Christmas we did a gift exchange with Joseph's family. It's one where you get assigned a Secret Santa and than buy for just that person. Well, there was a bit of a mix up and I ended up with gifts from two people and Joseph didn't get anything :(

On top of that one of the gifts I received was a duplicate. I was planning on returning it and using the money to buy Joseph a book he wanted but time got to us and we missed the 90-day window to return it. So I'm sure you've guessed that the extra book is what I'm giving away and you're dying to know what it is, right? I hope so!

This book helped out a lot when I was freezing meals for the days/weeks after Ethan was born. It's called Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer and it's filled with useful tips on how to meal plan and stock your freezer full of yummy dinners for the week/month. This worked out soo well for us! We didn't have to make our own dinner for 5 weeks! Yeah, we did eat out but we mostly ate in (and had left overs) so it worked out great.

So if you're interested leave a comment on my blog letting me know what you want to see from me now that I have a bit more time (during Ethan's naps) to blog about what I cook. Oh, and just an update... I'm now back on Weight Watchers too so I'll start to incorporate point values in my recipes when I get a chance!

I'll randomly choose a winner on Friday, April 24th using the random number generator on

Oh, and I found a wonderful and simple lunch "recipe" while at Trader Joes a few weeks ago and fell in love with it! So tasty. I changed things around and used Havarti instead of the Swiss TJs uses but it's still as yummy!

Source: Trader Joe's samples

Grilled Ham & Cheese
  • 2 slices bread of choice (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 slice ham
  • 1-2 slices cheese (I used havarti, TJs uses swiss)
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry apple butter
  • 1-2 sprays non-stick cooking spray
Spread 1/2 tablespoon cranberry apple butter on each slice of bread. Depending on the bread's absorbancy it might look like there isn't much butter on there but don't worry... you don't want to overdo it! Heat non-stick skillet to medium. Place cheese on buttered side of bread and than place ham on top. Add optional slice of cheese on top of ham and place buttered side of other slice of bread down.

Spray the skillet with non-stick cooking spray and put sandwich in pan. Get a heavy pan or flat pan lid and smoosh sandwich down for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden brown. Flip sandwich over and repeat until golden brown and cheese is oozing.

Plate and enjoy!


Miranda said...

I hope I win!

Joelen said...

Ooh - I love that from Trader Joes and never thought to use in it my grilled cheese! Awesome idea!

Natalie said...

Oh I really want to learn all of your tips for dinners in the Freezer!! With me starting grad school and already barely home anyway with everything -- we're going to need it!!

I love your recipes, I seriously use them more than you know!

Emily said...

I really need to be better about cooking from the freezer...but I get so intimidated by reheating things!

Anonymous said...

congrats on your new addition!

I'd love learning more about freezing meals. I would love to do that, but never seem to be organized enough!

zentmrs said...

I'm looking forward to seeing WW pts values on your recipes! And dinners the freezer is such a great idea!

Thanks for a fun giveaway!!

Tiff said...

Congratulations on your baby boy! I am looking forward to seeing some WW recipes.

Toby said...

I am in the same boat as you... a little one but mine is only 4 weeks! Sooo-- this cookbook would come in handy!!!

ewoods said...

This is the first time I have checked out your blog and I love it!! I will definately be marking it as a favorite and visiting it often for wonderful meal ideas! Thanks for all of the cooking tips:)

Brooke said...

Congratulations on the new baby!

I could most definitely use that book - I'm expecting triplets in August :)


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