This Week in the Charming South Kitchen

Train cupcakes

Sorry for the absence all week.  Last week was the toughest week of parenting to date.  And I know there will be more.

But, when life is tough I’ve come to not turn to blogging.  I really did find solace in the Word last week and journaling some prayers for mommas this morning.

But, I also didn’t turn to cooking, either. When I’m trying to eat healthy, I don’t always want to cook.  So, poor husband didn’t have a lot to eat last week.  One of my comforting things to do is to bake – well, that means I eat it – which won’t go well for me when I’m struggling because then I will eat all the cookies.  NOT GOOD. But delicious.

So, this week, here we go again!

This leftover soup tonight with some homemade hummus.

Chicken Korma – finally, if I can find Paneer without haven’t to go to every grocery store in Atlanta.

Turkey enchiladas.  I didn’t get to make them for my friend who visited this past weekend, so since I have all the ingredients I will make them for us this week – and my boys like them.

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Orange muffins for our end of the semester Bible study brunch.

A strawberry elmo cake for a neighbors birthday party.

What are you cooking this week?


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Raspberry Buttercream

Wow.  We’ve already started a new month, new food budget, and gearing up for the biggest family food fest holiday.  Though Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, I’m already thinking of our menu (it will be our family and my in-laws).  But, this week – just normal stuff!

Feta Herb Scrambled Eggs

Baked Ravioli from a Freezer Food Party I went to in September

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Salads

Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

Mojo Chicken Enchiladas

Brinner one of these nights this week



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Orange Bowl - Little Rock

We are at the end of another month.  Fall is slipping quickly away from us.  The nights and mornings are darker and chillier.  Here is what is taking place in our kitchen this week:

Pasta Bake (from my freezer night with friends)

Asparagus Ham Swiss Quiche

Chicken Sausages from TJ

Corn Waffles

Pumpkin Pancakes

Cream Toffee Dip for our Bstudy ladies on Wednesday morning

Lentil Chard Soup that I made over the weekend.

Lots of oats and scrambled eggs and grilled chicken on spinach for me!


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Counter Culture Coffee

We are finally out of celebration mode – and I’m happy to say I didn’t gain any, but actually lost some in the last month even with the celebrations.  Thankful for exercise and grace!  I definitely ate too much – but new mercies are every day!

This week I’m cooking high protein and low carb, to jump start my weight loss again – and also using Pinterest.  One other thing I hope to start doing is going back through my old food blog and recreating those recipes and taking better pictures and making improvements.  I’ve hopefully improved some in both photography and cooking in 9 years!

Going Asian with Skinny Mom’s beef and broccoli

POPsugar’s Egg White Frittata for breakfast on my Mister’s day off

Spark People’s Creamy Chicken and Spinach Bake and Buttermilk Chicken

My old recipe of Lentil, Chicken and Chard Soup.


Tuna Melts



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Another week is here.  This one is a big and busy one for us.

We celebrate our little turning ONE!  I can’t believe it!  I feel like a lifetime has passed in the last year with so much happening in the life of our family.

And the littles and I are heading to Little Rock to follow-up with a nutrition study we were doing and see lots of friends and celebrate his birthday up there.  We can’t wait.

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Funfetti Pancakes

Baked Breakfast Tacos

Oreo Brownies (for a women’s event on Thursday night)

Spaghetti Casserole (for my mister while we are away.

So, not much going on but plenty in our books.  I’m making another cake for the birthday too, so will be sharing pictures of that.

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Yay for celebration week!  It is our 3 year anniversary.  I love October (and the last 11 days of September).  It is a great time of the year for our family!

A fall salad with roasted squash, pears, pecans, goat cheese, cranberries – and a maple mustard vinaigrette.  I’ll post recipe later.

The Angus Barn chocolate chess pie

King’s Hawaiian Breakfast Casserole

Turkey Enchiladas

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Pumpkin Ravioli (date night in)

The rest will be eaten out – and some of the above will be eaten with friends.  I love sharing food with good friends.


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Menu this weekthe

Bring on October.  These last two weeks of September through October are my favorite of the year.

The weather in ATL has been kind of rainy – but definitely cooler.  Thanks to the gym my jeans and other clothes are fitting better.  And I’m getting to wear lightweight scarves.  Both of my boys were born within 4 weeks of each other (different years of course) and my mister and I celebrate our anniversary in between their birthdays.  It is full and packed with love and fun celebrations and highlights of the year for sure.

This week here is what’s going down in the kitchen.  Right now it is a total mess because we’ve had my parents here as a vacation follow-up so we’ve done more and I’ve not felt like cooking. Hello Monday.  Time to declutter.

Trader Joe’s Chicken and sweet pepper sausages – mashed potatoes – mixed vegetables

Jiffy corn waffles

Egg noodles with Trader Joe’s Pesto Gouda and some sweet grape tomatoes (trying to flash back to summer real quick)

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Taking these to our Brinner Fellowship Meal at our church on Sunday night.

Brinner for one night featuring some hawaiian rolls

And you know the normal sandwiches, quesadillas, and chicken nuggets during the day to feed some hungry and growing boys.

What’s cooking in your Fall kitchen this week?

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Charming South Kitchen goes to Vogel

This week is vacation week mostly – for our little family (and my parents, otherwise known as Mimi and Pops).  We are heading about 90 minutes north of us and retreating to a place we went to while we were growing up (yes, my Mister went too though we didn’t know each other).  It will be great to go as a new family!

So, while I won’t be cooking in the Charming South Kitchen, we will still be cooking because the cabins have full kitchens.

Mom is bringing taco soup

I’m making this cake to celebrate both of the boys’ birthdays with Mimi and Pops.

We are grilling out burgers (repeat of yesterday)

Making this totally sweet breakfast bake

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancakes for brinner.

Hawaiian Bread Ham and Cheese sandwiches for dinner along with some greens.

Chicken salad on croissants

And then when we get back we will probably enjoy some corn waffles and leftovers and eating out with my mom to finish out the month.

I will be making some fall cupcakes for a church luncheon we are going to on Saturday.

Easy cabin food!  Can’t wait.

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

We have a HUGE week ahead of us in the Charming South kitchen household.  Can’t wait to share it with y’all.  The biggest event is my older mister turns 2 on Friday!  TWO!  Can’t believe it.  So much has happened in two years.  Two years ago we were living in Durham and now we live in ATL with Little Rock in between us and another baby.  Wow – God has a purpose in all of this!

Here we go:

Leftovers of chili and cheeseburger mac

Beef Tips over Egg Noodles

Taco Soup from our Freezer Meal Party

Juicing (because I have been feeling so bloated the past few weeks and need to feel comfortable in the skirt I want to wear to Elijah’s party (hopefully)

Burgers, Crescent Dogs, cupcakes, a school bus cake, and side dishes for the big party on Friday.

Jiffy Corn Waffles

Tuna Noodle Salad (a box – my mister loves it)

When I have one big thing that I need to cook for : I like to try to find shortcuts for the rest of the week.  Leftovers, freezer meals, and some easy semi-homemade foods are a great fit.  That way I don’t burn myself out in the kitchen (believe me it happens) before the big event!

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Eggs and Corningware

Yes, Fall has officially begun because we are now passed Labor Day!  Do you still wear white?  Just curious!?

Well, I’m definitely cranking out some warmer meals this week. The only thing that has been different about the Atlanta weather for the past week is we’ve had a lot more rain. I love the big storm clouds.  I don’t love the fact that the storms seems to come during my boys’ nap time.  They aren’t fans of constant thunder!  Oh, well, I will train them right!

Pot Roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions

Beef Tips over Basmati

Chili (from a friend through a freezer meal exchange that I will be sharing) and cornbread

Fish tacos and cole slaw

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper – will share with you my adapted recipe

Baked Potato Bar

Baked Ravioli and Homemade French Bread

And i’m baking some soft batch cookies with fall candies.  Can’t wait to show you finished product!  And share them with a mom who is about to have another baby!

What are you cooking this week?