Category Archives: Dinner

Brinner with Krusteaz {+giveaway}

Anyone else love breakfast for dinner? Or Brinner?

Serioulsy, it’s one of my favorites.

Easy, quick, delicious, kid friendly. Winner winner breakfast dinner.

Luke is in l.o.v.e with pancakes lately. And he loves to help in the kitchen.


So, when Krusteaz approached me about doing a review of their pancake mixes for their breakfast night program, I honestly couldn’t say yes fast enough.


For Krusteaz, every Wednesday night is Breakfast Night, where the family can spend quality time together and enjoy a meal that’s easy, familiar, and delicious.


{amen to that!}

And you guys, breakfast night couldn’t be any easy than with Krusteaz products. Their mixes are complete and all you have to do is add water, mix and cook.

And thankfully, I have the perfect 3 year old helper.





And EAT. Smile


And Krusteaz  has offered to do a giveaway for R4C readers –>

Giveaway includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk pancake, Belgian waffle, Blueberry pancake, and wild blueberry muffin. PLUS a squeeze bottle, a spatula and a coupon for free product.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which pancake mix you would be most excited to make!

2 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Instagram.

3 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win an amazing breakfast night prize pack from @Krusteaz and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 4th, 2015  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!


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Weekend Update: 7/12/15

Monday. Yup.

Let’s talk about the weekend instead, ok? Smile 

Mine started off with teaching BODYPUMP 94 – I am loving this release. Full review coming soon. . .


And a family 4 mile run.


Farmer’s Market.


Enjoying the beautiful weather.



Dinner. And is there anything better than the smell of fresh basil?


Outside fun.



Afternoon baking.


Dinner success. Chicken Cacciatore from Fitnessista. Really good.


Sunday morning started with some relaxing on the screened in porch. . .



followed by a very hot and humid family run.


and some water play time.


afternoon quiet time. with some Revenge watching – on season 3!


Date night with my favorite guy. Famous Dave’s ftw.


So, what were you up to?

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Hey! Happy Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving Eve. Wait, that isn’t a thing, is it? Well, it totally should be. And we should probably get the day off work for it. Whose with me? Because we all know that food prep starts way before Thursday anyway. . . btw – isn’t it crazy how much cooking and planning goes into one! meal. Thank goodness there are always tons of leftovers. Smile

In honor of Thanksgiving Eve, I thought I would share the typical dishes that make up my family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Turkey. Duh, right. Have you guys seen the Jennie-O oven ready whole turkey? As a member of Jennie-O switch circle team, I was sent one to check out!


A whole turkey that comes all ready to go in it’s own bag. Pretty amazing. All you have to do is poke a couple of holes in the bag and put it in the oven. I’ve always been super nervous about making my own turkey and screwing it up, but I am pretty sure I could handle putting it in the oven. . .


bahahahaha – they even call the bag “The fool proof bag.” Yup, perfect for me. Winking smile

2. Mashed Potatoes and gravy. My Mom rocks these out. But doesn’t this recipe for crockpot garlic mashed potatoes look amazing?

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

3. Stuffing. Does your family call it stuffing or dressing? I think in mine we call it both, it depends on which recipe my Mom makes. . . My Grandma Christine’s recipe is dressing, but the other recipe Mom makes (Mark Consuelos stuffing recipe) is stuffing. Craziness. This year, we are trying something new. I am going to make this recipe.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Double score for a crockpot recipe on Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed that I don’t ruin Thanksgiving.

4. Crescent rolls.

5. Canned cranberries. That no one really eats. . .

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

6. Corn.


7. PIE.


My Dad makes the best pies. His apple is amazing. Seriously, I wish I could send you a piece. .. but then there would be less for me, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it. Winking smile

What’s on your menu for tomorrow??

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!

Finally, my winner (according to my random number generator – aka my husband) for the Les Mills Good Protein giveaway is AMY! <– check your email!!


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The Melting Pot


On Friday night my sisters (Laura and Jenny) and I went to The Melting Pot in Minneapolis for a sisters, girls night dinner. We had all gone together before when Jenny lived in Nashville a few years ago and had such a good time, that we decided to go again. Also, someone randomly mentioned that they were going there a few weeks ago and ever since then I have been dreaming about the chocolate fondue. .. and so of course, I needed someone to go with –> isn’t that what sisters are for?


The night started off a little rocky with hitting traffic on a Friday night in Minneapolis, but we were still able to get there just about on time for our reservations at 6:15. . . Then, the lady informed us that we didn’t have a reservation. So I pulled up my email from the online confirmation reservation, only to realize that I had reserved it for the night before! Thankfully, they were still able to seat us right away. . . we had to sit at a table for 6, instead of 3, but it still worked out just fine! Thank goodness.


Our server was awesome in explaining everything and giving us recommendations. It was totally fate because the morning after I emailed my sisters to see if they wanted to go, a Living Social deal popped up in my email for the Melting Pot. So, we were able to snag that and use it. . . which I think saved us about 30%.

Fondue is typically a 4 course meal: cheese, salads, meat and dessert. So, that is exactly what we did.

1st up: cheese! Our favorite of the night. .. even beat out the chocolate!!


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It was served with cubes of bread, raw veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) and granny smith apples.


Next up, salads. We got 2 to share between the 3 of us. They were good, but next time I would just get more cheese instead of salad.

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Then, meat. We were allowed to pick 6 options from this list.

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We picked: salmon, potstickers, ravioli, 2 orders of filet mignon, and chicken.


And the meat comes raw, and you cook it in the fondue pot, in a vegetable broth. There are also potatoes, mushrooms and broccoli with it. The highlight of the meat course was all the sauces they brought with it.


The table favorite was a gorgonzola cheese sauce. . . I may or may not have even licked the little spoon out of that one. . .


Finally, dessert! I think we were all really looking forward to this one! We got the Flaming turtle.

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And it came with lots of little things to dip in it. ScreenHunter_44 May. 18 07.11
My favorite was just using the spoon. Winking smile


We were very surprised when we got up to leave and realized we had been there for over 2 1/2 hours! It didn’t seem like that long. .. but I guess that is what happens when you have good food and great company. It has also been a while since we have all seen each other so there was a lot of good catching up! But of course there was some time for some shenanigans. . .


Overall, it was a great meal. If you ever go and it is your 1st time – you should do all 4 courses for the experience. However, next time we go, we are just getting cheese and chocolate – and lots of it!!

**Did you enter the Feetures! giveaway? Ends tomorrow at midnight!!


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Weekend Update: 9/30/12

Another weekend that went by way too fast. . . thankfully we fit a lot of stuff into it! An early post this week because tomorrow is the scheduled Foodie Pen Pal post for October!



A new book. . .



a new toy. . .


I don’t want to be in my bumbo. . . wait what’s coming up behind me.  .. IMG_1742IMG_1746

One picture with both of them looking at the camera and then. . . not. Winking smileIMG_1750IMG_1752

It’s already started. .. having to put away baby clothes. Sad smile IMG_1753


More baby food – this time carrots!


Target trip! Still working on product placement (for Planters Peanuts) in photos. Winking smile 


Stopover at Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s


Lunch at Cane’s Chicken Fingers


Then, off to look at new homes in the Parade of Homes in the cities.


Getting ideas for our house that we will (someday) build.

Big entry from garage with bench/hooks. Beautiful kitchen cabinets.


Big laundry room with sink and counter space. Beautiful railing detail.


Love love love this kitchen – big island! IMG_1787

Open floor plan into living room. . . IMG_1790

Someone was pretty tuckered out from all the houses. IMG_1805


Sunday morning. . . Mom, I know you can see me and I don’t wanna nap!


And FINALLY the highlight of the weekend – dinner at China Buffet with Jodi, Chris, Evan, Sarah, Matt, and Brynn!


Brynn wasn’t too sure about all the commotion. . . Luke was loving sitting in the high chair in his super cool new high chair cover! Thanks Matt and Sarah (and Brynn!).


Evan wasn’t too sure about sitting in his high chair. . . sitting with Mom and showing off his sweet fork skills was way more fun! IMG_1822IMG_1833

Thanks to all for another great trip to CB! Winking smile


Scott and I also managed to get in an 11.1 mile run in preparation for our half marathon in Des Moines in October!!!

What were you up to this weekend??? Enjoying this beautiful fall weather?

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Maple glazed fish

I made dinner tonight!


Starting to figure out this whole working Mom thing. . .

1. wake up
2. snuggle time with Luke
3. get out of bed (boo)
4. feed Luke
5. play
6. get ready for work (*make coffee!)
7. take Luke to daycare
8. go to work
9. work
10. pick Luke up from daycare
11. get home
12. play with Luke
13. work out when Scott gets home from work
14. shower,
15. make dinner,
16. eat dinner,
17. bath time,
18. bedtime routine with book and bottle,
19. catch up on the Olympics/couch time with the husband,
20. go to bed and do it all again tomorrow! Winking smile 

Anyway back to dinner. . . looking for a quick, easy and tasty recipe? Check this one out.

Super quick with frozen fish fillets (I used tilapia). Topped with a tasty sauce. (I found the sauce on Carrots’n’Cake.) Pair with steam in the bag veggies and potatoes –> dinner!

Here’s the sauce:
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T maple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
1 T olive oil

And the recipe:
Mix 1st four ingredients together to make the sauce. (*I added extra Dijon mustard and maple syrup to mine – prob about 1 T extra of each – taste it and add extra if you like too) Salt and pepper fish. Cook in large skillet with extra olive oil. Remove from pan and brush with sauce.


I take the used limes and put them in our water glasses for dinner. Slight taste of lime in the water makes it more exciting than just plain water! IMG_0942

Scott says “Boiler Up!” Any Purdue fans out there? Winking smile 


This recipe grabbed my eye because of the maple syrup in it. My husband LOVES maple syrup so I figured it would be right up his alley. And it was. He really liked the sauce. Me.. . not so much. Thankfully, I had a backup!


And the veggies (steamed garlic cauliflower) and mashed potatoes made for a great dinner. The mashed potatoes were from the freezer: Steam n’ Mash from Ore-Ida and were new to me.

IMG_0948 And they were super tasty. And way easier than making the real thing! Cook in microwave, mash, add milk and butter, mash and serve.

Now off to watch more Olympics! I wish there were more hours in the day for me to be able to watch all the coverage. .. So far I have really enjoyed watching Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor kick some booty in beach volleyball and Missy Franklin having so much fun swimming her heart out. What is your favorite so far???

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Skinny baked mozzarella sticks



I made these mozzarella sticks over the weekend and had them in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal. Paired with a simple salad, they baked up super quick in the oven and made a great addition to the meal. They are perfectly cheesy, and not greasy! They hit the spot when you are craving cheesy goodness!

The recipe is from Skinny Taste. And can be found here.

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Served with marinara sauce = YUM! Great for a weeknight meal, appetizer or snack at a party!


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My Summer Dinner List

Healthy Living Blogs challenged all its members to write a post on

“My Summer _____ List.”

Fill in the blank with whatever you want!

Is it just me or are there meals that just taste better during summer? And that you only eat during the hot months of the year? There are quite a few meals that we only eat during summertime, as well as a few, that just taste better during the hot, humid days of summer!

So, here is My Summer Dinner List. . . all the meals that are eaten during summer and taste better too!

Smoothies – the more fruit the better! Love them topped with coconut butter and chia seeds.


Salads – fresh lettuce and veggies from the Famer’s market, roasted corn fresh from the cob and topped with grilled anything!

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Grilling: Burgers, Brats, Chicken, Steak

BLTs – fresh tomatoes, lettuce, crisp bacon slices – all on toasted white bread – YUM!

Chicken salad – perfect for summertime lunches – served over letttuce, in a sandwich or wrap.

Gazpacho – I have a recipe for mango gazpacho that I am hoping to make this summer!

What’s your favorite summer dinner?

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Sausage and broccoli stoup

I haven’t done much cooking since the baby was born, but I made this recipe a while ago and it was easy and yummy. . . so I had to share it with you!

‘stoup’ –> thicker than soup and thinner than stew according to Rachel Ray

Thick and flavorful. Slightly spicy with the spicy turkey sausage. Filling with the addition of pasta. And sneaking in some veggies with the addition of broccoli!


The original recipe (for Sausage-and-broccoli rabe stoup) can be found here from Rachel Ray Everyday Magazine.


Here is the recipe with the changes I made – based on what I had in the house.

Sausage and broccoli stoup
1 large head broccoli – cut into small pieces
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb hot turkey sausage
1 large onion – chopped
3 cloves garlic – chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups small shell pasta
Parmesan cheese – for sprinkling

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, salt it, and add broccoli and boil for about 3 minutes. Drain and cool.

2. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.

4. Stir in broccoli and bring back to a boil.

5. Add pasta and cook until al dente.

6. Top with cheese and serve.


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Panko parmesan crusted tilapia


I have had frozen tilapia fillets in the freezer for quite some time. We bought a big bag of them at Sam’s Club a while ago, but other than baking them in the oven with a little seasoning, I haven’t been too adventurous with them. Since they have been in the freezer for so long, I finally decided I needed to find a recipe to use them up. I always like parmesan crusted fish at restaurants and have heard of using panko as a light breading on fish before, so after a little googling. . . I put together this recipe and made Panko parmesan crusted tilapia.

2 tilapia fillets
1/2 cup Parmesan
1/2 cup Panko
1/2 t garlic powder
1 egg
salt and pepper

Thaw tilapia fillets (if frozen) and pat dry with a paper towel.


Season with salt and pepper.  I then cut each fillet in half to make then easier to work with.  Mix parmesan, panko and garlic powder together in a bowl. Add egg to another bowl. And flour to a 3rd bowl.


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Heat about 2 T olive oil in a skillet. Cook fish about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and fish is flaky.


The outside panko parmesan crust is crunchy, flavorful, yet light enough for the delicate flavor of tilapia. Perfect with a little bit of tartar sauce for dipping.

A great Sunday night dinner and use for frozen tilapia fillets. . .

Now. . . what to do with the last 3 fillets? – do you have any good fish recipes???

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