A Relaxing Weekend & Easy Sunday Dinner

It was nice to have a weekend at home with little planned. It seems like we have been go, go, going–so to just be able to relax and catch up at the house was exactly what I needed.

Friday night after work we met up with a couple friends for dinner at Parlor City. If you’ve never been there–they have an extensive beer list with over 50 beers on tap. It’s always fun to try something new, so I asked the bartender if there were any fruity beers {because I’m longing so much for spring!} He recommended Lindemans Framboise Lambic — which was a raspberry beer. Little did I know it was one of the most expensive beers on tap ($7 for a pint) and had the LOWEST alcohol content.  Plus, it was waaaay too sweet for me, but was something different, and wasn’t too bad for having just one. Since it we couldn’t eat meat, I ate Fish & Frips (their version of homemade chips) and G tried their Fish Tacos. Yum, yum!

Saturday we slept in and then decided to go see a movie at the cheap theater because we had a ‘buy one get one free’ coupon. We saw Argo a couple weeks ago and decided to see Life of Pi in 3D. It won best director during the Academy Awards and I’d heard it had awesome visuals. I must say it did NOT disappoint. Even though 3D tends to make me a little dizzy, it didn’t seem to affect me too badly. The movie was over 2 hours long, and while it was a little slow at times, the ocean and animal scenes were absolutely stunning. I usually say it’s better to just wait and rent movies when they come out–but this one I would definitely recommend you go see it in the theater, and in 3D if you have the chance. And, since the tickets at Collins Road are just $4 during the day and $5 at night–I think G & I will start being much better about seeing movies in the theatre.

Today I just worked around the house and ran errands. It was a good, lazy day to get things done and ready for the week. We’re supposed get more snow {WAHHH!} this week, so I decided since it’s March and I’m oh so ready for spring, it was time to decorate for Spring and Easter. I got out all my pastel colors and bought a new Easter egg wreath for the front door at Kohls. Thanks to their Grand Opening weekend sale & $10 in Kohls Cash, I got the wreath for only $6!

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By supper time, I was pretty exhausted and didn’t feel like getting too creative or time consuming with dinner. My dad had sent me several recipes to try, so I actually used parts from two of them to make my own Chicken Mexi-Mac creation. It was really easy, and tasted great. AND it made a lot–so we’ve both got lunch in containers, ready for tomorrow.

Chicken Mexi-Mac

1 box Velveeta shells and cheese (I used HyVee brand “deluxe mac and cheese”)

1 lb chicken

1 1/4 cup thick and chunky salsa

1 green pepper

1/2 onion

1 cup frozen corn (thawed)

Prepare the mac and cheese according to the box. Slice chicken in thin strips and cook in a skillet. Slice green pepper and onion in thin strips and add to the chicken when it is almost cooked. Add corn and salsa and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low. Mix in with mac and cheese and stir well. Add cilantro if desired and salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Mexi-Mac

Perfect warm meal for a Sunday night! Thanks for the recipes, Dad!!


2 thoughts on “A Relaxing Weekend & Easy Sunday Dinner

  1. That recipe looks delish! I’ll have to try it out. We hit up the Knights of Columbus fish fry this weekend too, they had $2 margs- holla! I love lent! 🙂 BTW- I laughed at your $7 a pint. A couple of weeks ago we got a drink at the Huntley and for 2 drinks it was $26. Whaat? Crazy business!

    • Margs at the fish fry?!? For $2??? That rocks! I need to check a fish fry out! I’m glad you made a comment about my $7 pint–I actually thought about you and Karlie when I was typing that thinking you guys would think that was a steal. When you’re used to $3 pints, though–it’s like whoaaaa!!!! $26….damn you L.A!

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