WIAW: Cleaning Out 2013 {Recipes}

I’ve got a feeling that today is going to be very…  Interesting?  School is delayed two hours and yesterday we were supposed to have a FLE (Family Life Education) lesson in the morning and attend a strings concert in the afternoon.  I suspect that both of those “special” activities will be rescheduled for today, meaning I’ll be trading discussions about multiplication and the solar system for hilariously awkward chats about human anatomy and listening to classical music.  Winning or losing?

what i ate wednesday

When it comes to sharing recipes I’m bad.  I’m bad because:

a) I don’t usually follow recipes.  Rather, I mix this and that to create something that sounds good to both Ryan and me.  This is also why I don’t meal plan, our minds change by the minute.

b) I don’t usually measure ingredients, which makes it hard for me to recreate dishes.

c) I don’t usually write down ingredients/amount of ingredients/the cooking procedure.

That said, in 2014 I’d love to try to change.  Key word: try.  I’m not promising anything, but for the sake of sharing more recipes on LAB, having tastier WIAW posts, and for my own good, I’m going to try to make more of an effort to write down my recipes and to use the cookbooks that are gathering dust on our bookshelves.

What I Ate Wednesday Is & Isn't

via Peas & Crayons

It’s an excuse, but the main reason that I don’t write down recipes is because I’m usually ravenous by the time I step foot into the kitchen and all I wanna do is eat, not write.  In the morning I have more time (hence, why I bombard y’all with breakfast recipes), but dinner is usually made immediately when I get home from work/the gym and both Ryan and I are hungry.  But remember my 2014 mantra?  Make it happen.  So that’s what I’ll try to do.

Since this is my first WIAW post of 2014, I’d like to clean out the 2013 clutter – pictures of recipes that I planned to share but…  Never did.  If y’all are interested in any of them, let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to try to recreate all or none of them!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

Cocoa Cinnamon Cereal Pancakes

Deliciously Simple Chicken Parm

Semi-Homemade Sunny Potsticker Soup

Eggnog French Toast

Overloaded Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Red Skin Pecorino Potatoes

Tart Cranberry Orange Compote

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Pumpkin Pancakes

Kicked Up Green Beans & Mushrooms

Crock-Pot Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Question:  Do you prefer using a recipe or creating your own?

Question:  Where do you find your food inspiration?  Blogs, cookbooks, referrals from family/friends…

— Allison


Whatcha Think?

  1. Mmmmmm, chili. I love chili. I have a recipe that I’m addicted to, but I’d love to see yours!

  2. So I just ate breakfast an hour ago and I’m hungry again 😉 Lately I’ve been following more recipes than anything else…but I need to work on getting more creative in the kitchen again!

  3. Those redskin potatoes are caaaaalling my name.

  4. Ooh fun! I vote for Spicy 4-bean chili soup, Cocoa Cinnamon cereal pancakes, overloaded pumpkin pie oatmeal, and crockpot applesauce! OK that’s greedy, but I look forward to whatever you share!

  5. I love doing both, creating my own recipes and tweaking {not twerking} other recipes. I am not one to measure anything, so when I do recipes and post them on my site, you either get what you get {and just go for it} OR I take the time to really measure out…depends on the day LOL

  6. OMG! i want to pin all the things!!! This might be a crazy/random question, but if you don’t meal plan, how do you grocery shop? Just once a week for things that you will probably use or do you go every day? I’ve always been a meal planner and only bought things on the meal plan, but this pregnancy has me changing my mind every 10 minutes and I don’t know how to shop anymore LOL!

    • That’s a question I get asked a lot… We typically buy protein (eggs, chicken sausages, chicken breasts, pork, ground turkey, etc.) from Costco and freeze it. On a weekly basis I’ll buy lots of fresh and frozen produce and any breads/beans/dairy grains that we’re out of. From there, we decide what we want and use what we have. It doesn’t work for everyone, but so far it’s worked for us!

  7. I do a little bit of both. I like to find recipes for inspiration but I change things to fit our family better. I get a ton of refs from my sisters bf (he’s a chef) so when I make substitutions he helps a lot!

    I do have a ton of cookbooks, but they are mostly baking ones, in that regard I usually follow that recipe pretty closely and once I have a success under my belt than I change it.

    As for meal planning, we suck at it. I always make a list of veggies and/or salad stuff we want for the week, and snacks that we want, but I sort of wing in terms of dinners. This usually means I have to go to the grocery store at least 2 times a week. Which I would hate if I wasn’t a SAHM, but it’s a fun adventure with the B man.

    • Agreed! Recipes are a guide (in my mind) and we make changes depending on the ingredients that we have and/or flavors that we’d prefer. That’s awesome that your sister is dating a chef! But I always wonder – do chefs wanna cook when they get home after spending the day working in a kitchen?

  8. I love spaghetti squash with meat sauce! YUMMY!

  9. That eCard is hilarious!! 😉 People who don’t participate in WIAW often ask me about it and are totally confused when I tell them that the posts normally contain my Tuesday or weekend eats.

  10. I was literally gonna make spaghetti squash tonight so now I’ll try this! I like using recipes to get my brain churning/remember creations I made and loved. But I think of them more as guidelines. If there is something I don’t love or think can be improved, cooking is such a great way to let those creative juices flow (into your belly).

  11. French Toast is my favorite breakfast food. I’ve never made Egg Nog French Toast before though. It sounds delish!


  12. Good luck today girl! Anytime you want to share any of those recipes, I highly doubt I’m the only one who would enjoy that 😉 I typically find a recipe and stick to it until I’m completely comfortable with it…then I might use it as a base for experimentation. Usually takes awhile to hit that point though 😛

  13. I wish I could meal plan better! I have like 5 recipes that actually come out edible so we get really tired of them. The chili soup sounds awesome,

    • We tend to stick to similar dishes throughout the week too, but with a simple change of spices/grains/veggies you can create a whole new dish – I bet you’d be surprised!

  14. That Chicken Parm looks so good!! Actually, just about all of your stuff looks tasty. 😉 Hope school was ok!!

  15. OH MY GOSH! The spaghetti squash and chocolate pb pancakes are totally happening next week!

  16. I would love to see the potsticker soup recipe and the eggnog french toast! yum!! :)

  17. Do you have any recipes to these….?

    • I made these dishes in 2013 but didn’t write down the recipes (whomp, whomp). I’m planning to recreate them and share them on the blog throughout this year, but if you have any specific questions you can email me and I’d be happy to share the rough recipe/ingredient list :)


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