Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This week I made the Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven. It was a tasty and easy variation on something we have pretty regularly. We’ve been making our own taco seasoning for some time (it’s hard to find one without garlic or onion in it), but this recipe offered a slightly different spicing that was still fantastic. If you are looking not to turn your stove-top on in the hot days to come,  you may want to consider some slow-cooker beef tacos!

Shredded beef tacos all ready for the rest of the toppings!

Ham and Penne Skillet

Tonight I made the Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats. In hindsight, it would have been a great meal to photograph and make in one of our Le Creuset dishes, so if you have one and end up making this recipe, you should totally do that! Aside from accidentally letting the dish boil over and managing to get milky chicken stock on and in ALL FOUR BURNERS, it was a pretty easy dish to make. Finding ham steaks for meals like this have been a real game changer; The estimated 30 minute time from start to table, was pretty accurate.

Here’s a picture from my dinner!

Fusilli, ham, veggies, and parmesan for the win!

Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins

The Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins from Finger Pricking Good recipe turned out really well. Our house was turned upside down this week as we prepare for (unexpected) major foundation repairs this coming week. This meant I didn’t end up making anything snack-wise for the week until Saturday. Ah well. At least the recipe turned out fantastic and I have a lot of tasty muffins to share with those helping with all the dog sitting that’s needed this coming week while we have contractors over.

Here are some photos of this tasty recipe’s results!

Tasty tasty muffins

 

I typically would use frozen blueberries for baked goods, but fresh ones were on sale and really popped in your mouth in a way frozen ones would not, so be careful if you end up eating them hot out of the oven!

In the spirit of streamlining our activities for a stressful week, my sister Keely will be contributing her meal plan this week so I don’t have to prepare one, so stay tuned for that in a little bit!

Italian Ricotta Cookies

These cookies smell divine, and their taste is not too far from that either. The Italian Ricotta Cookies from Love Bakes Good Cakes were relatively easy to make although I did end up cooking them for twice as long as was recommended, and they didn’t taste overcooked either. I made 47 of them so co-workers, hope you are ready for some fluffy and delicious snacks!

Here are a couple photos:

That moment when you realize you’ll need to vacuum the counter clean before wiping it clean…

 

Sprinkle cookies!

Three-Mushroom Teriyaki Stir-fry

The Three-Mushroom Teriyaki Stir-fry from The Art of Living Well is somewhat of a staple in our house. It is published in a cookbook of the same name that I received as a gift a couple of years ago but is also conveniently on the author’s website. I’m always a little hesitant to buy so many mushrooms, but they always cook down to a manageable amount for 3-4 servings. The brown sugar, rice vinegar, soya sauce mix is a little bit gnarly to clean, but it smells quite fantastic so it balances out.

Here is a picture from our dinner!

Sesame seeds totally make the dish — do not skimp out on those!

Roasted Carrots with Honey Butter

We hosted my sister, her husband, and her kiddo for Easter dinner this year and made: turkey, roasted potatoes, feta strawberry sunflower seed salad, and Roasted Carrots with Honey Butter from the Eating In The Middle cookbook. The carrots I have made many times before, but if you’ve never had roasted carrots with honey butter, you should definitely try it out the next time you’re cooking something in the oven for an hour so. While it takes a while, they are positively delicious and use relatively few dishes to prepare!

Here is a picture of our dinner:

Tasty, tasty Easter dinner!

Maple-Crusted Salmon

Lenny has been quite busy preparing for his defense April 21, and last week when I asked what traditional Easter foods he might like to have, he was only half listening and heard “what Eastern foods would you like?” This joke has carried on for a few days but today we finally made his requested Easter dish: fish on Good Friday.

The Maple-Crusted Salmon from Foodie Crush proved fairly easy to make, tasted delicious, and required minimal clean up. I will warn you in advance, if you skip putting the fish on tin foil you will be sorely upset with the amount of clean up. Using the recommended tin foil on the other hand, made clean-up a breeze!

Here are a couple photos of our fancy Good Friday dinner!

Finally, some good natural light for a dinner photo! I love that the days are becoming longer. Feta, instead of butter, on steamed vegetables is one of my new favourite things to do.

Fancy dinner to celebrate the end of Lenny’s first week at work!

 

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

This week I made the Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Budget Bytes. I accidentally put in 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper instead of 1 tbsp of paprika (they looked the same at 7am…). It fortunately (?) made a large number of portions, but Lenny loved having something spicier so that worked out well. I tend to find many slow cooker meals mushy, but the cured meat and rice stood up really well so if this is something that also prevents you from using your slow cooker more often, you may want to try out this recipe. I foresee revisiting this recipe in the future with a more appropriate amount of spice!

Can you smell the spice from there?

 

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Last weekend I finally made the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch. It was a bit of a dudd. I didn’t cook the potatoes for long enough and I didn’t properly follow the recipe in terms of mixing the butter and flour first. I will probably try it again in a bit, but if someone else gets to it first, please let me know how it goes!

“A” for effort. There is nothing quite like cooking something for about an hour only for it to not turn out.