Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #92

Hello everyone! I'm SO sorry there was no link party posted last week - my family and I were away on a short impromptu vacation that had literally NO internet access whatsoever! Even on our phones, people. I found out that I'm both miserable without the internet, and absolutely useless haha! We were at a lakehouse in the mountains of Pennsylvania and it took us probably triple the amount of time to figure out where we were going with maps and all, I clearly use my phone GPS WAY too much!

Anyway, I have a flash giveaway going on at the Mostly Homemade Mom Facebook fan page - we hit 10,000 likes last night - WOO HOO! Because you guys are such amazing and supportive (and understanding, haha) readers, hop on over to the Facebook page and enter - there's a $15 Dunkin Donuts gift card up for grabs! Let your next iced coffee and treat be on me. ;)

Ok, let's take a look at the features from our last party:

Peach Pie Overnight Oats - What the Fork Food Blog

Southwestern Pork Tostadas - Leapfrog and Lipgloss

Chocolate Pudding Trifle - A Mom's Take

Copycat Sonic Ocean Water - My Frugal Adventures

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Mostly Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who gets featured!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini - with Lipton Iced Tea!

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Thick french bread slices, a mayo pesto spread, grilled chicken, sauce, and cheese grilled to perfection and paired with a refreshing Lipton iced tea - the perfect summer lunch! #TEArifficPairs #CollectiveBias

In the summer, I honestly don't remember a time when my grandmother didn't have a pitcher of iced tea in her fridge. She still uses that frosted clear Tupperware pitcher, with the button on the lid, do you remember that one? It's amazing how certain objects bring back you childhood!

Grandmom's iced tea is not that super sugary stuff that you scoop from the can. Nope, her iced tea is the real deal - I remember her having that pitcher on the counter with the Lipton tea bag tags hanging over the side as it steeps. Dark iced tea with just enough sugar to take the bitterness away. 

We were just there a few weeks ago for a last minute visit with the boys. One of them must have asked me for a drink and of course as soon as I opened that fridge, there was that familiar pitcher. Loving the old memories and the new memories our family is making. :)

This Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini is the perfect sandwich to go with that iced cold glass of Lipton iced tea, from the Lipton 100 count box of tea bags. The pesto mayo spread gives the sandwich an amazing garlic punch and of course the sandwich gets grilled and toasted for an amazing texture. No need to heat up the big outside grill, use your panini press or your indoor tabletop grill - easy kitchen clean up, too!

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini
Makes 4-6 sandwiches

1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared pesto
8-12 thick french bread slices
9 oz package pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, Italian style
6 slices mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, stir together mayo and pesto. Spread generous amount over one side of two slices french bread. Assemble sandwich with chicken strips, 1 tablespoon pasta sauce, sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and one slice mozzarella cheese. Top with second slice of french bread. Repeat for remaining sandwiches. Grill sandwiches on tabletop grill or griddle for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping if you don't have a two sided grill. Allow sandwiches to sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with an ice cold Lipton iced tea!

Hellmann's Mayonnaise and Lipton 100 count tea bags. Seriously, these two guys were made to go together! Even better, they were super easy to find in my local Walmart - I love being able to go to one store and find all the ingredients I need for a great family meal. 

For more info and lots of recipe ideas, visit Walmart's Lipton site and the Lipton site as well.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/18

Well, I can't believe I'm saying it but the end of summer is here! For some of you it's already ended! Next Monday Silas starts school and then next Wednesday he starts soccer. We have "Meet the Teacher Night" this Wednesday and I have to have all of his school supplies ready by then. Thankfully, Paul has a two week break before his fall semester classes begin so we can really spend some time as a family and enjoy Silas' milestones together!

As far as dinners are concerned though, I really need to be better at using what I have! I was just complaining to my mom yesterday that I find myself going back to the store several times per week because I forgot something or I thought I had something and it turns out I didn't. All the while at the end of the week, I'm throwing out produce that's turned bad. What's wrong with this scenario?! Anyway, here's my plan for the week ahead:

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Crockpot Black Beans & Rice

Loaded Oven Chili Dogs

Creamy Cucumber Bagel Sandwiches

Tomato Mushroom Oven Omelette

Tangy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks


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