Meal Planning Monday Week 2 by The DIY Mommy. Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole, Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, Buffalo Chicken Tacos, Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes, Lemon Chicken Romano, Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Tenderloin
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Meal Planning Monday: Week 2 – Simple, Real Family Dinners

Did you meal plan with me last week? How did it go for you?

I ended up cooking 4 of the 6 dinners I planned last week. Why only 4? On Tuesday, we heard the pitter patter of little mouse feet behind my sewing cabinet and I heard squeaks behind the stove. We set out traps and I was NOT in a million years going to cook dinner at home that night. We went out to eat. I’m happy to say the mice were caught and we are squeak free.

This weekend, my parents and siblings helped us work on Our DIY House and watch the girls. We had a simple BBQ one night, and I made a delicious pork tenderloin recipe the other night. I’ll include a link to that recipe in this week’s list so that you can try it too.Continue reading

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Make Homemade Gnocchi Bake

by Christina Dennis

Life is crazy, busy and more crazy with toddlers and babies in the house. While I love experimenting every so often with more complicated & exotic dinner recipes, I have a few that aren’t so exotic or complicated that I love to make for my family. This Homemade Gnocchi Bake that I’ve concocted is the ultimate comfort food! While it’s made from “scratch”, I find it pretty quick to put together and it’s something that both my husband – and even my toddler! – loves. Gnocchi is a type of pasta that is really easily and inexpensively made by hand; you don’t need a pasta machine to make it because it’s rolled and cut into pieces. Chopped chicken is optional in this meal, and the addition of tomatoes and spinach add some tasty veggie goodness!

Homemade Gnocchi Bake by The DIY Mommy


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese (I use the “light”) version
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour


  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped OR 1/2 cup canned halved tomatoes
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (optional)
  • 1 cup mozarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


To make the gnocchi pasta, whisk the ricotta cheese, egg, olive oil and salt together in a medium bowl. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour into the ricotta cheese mixture gradually, using your hands when it gets thick. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and then cut it into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1″ in diameter, and then chop each piece into approximately 1″ long pieces.

Homemade Gnocchi Bake by The DIY Mommy

Bring a large, salted pot of water to boil. Add the gnocchi and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Once the gnocchi has cooled a little, mix it in a large bowl with the chopped spinach, pasta sauce and tomatoes (and cubed chicken breast, optional). Put half of this mixture in the bottom of a medium-sized casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the grated mozarella cheese on top. Layer the rest of the gnocchi mixture on top of that and sprinkle with the remaining mozarella cheese and parmesan.

Homemade Gnocchi Bake by The DIY Mommy

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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The Secret of How to Make Organic Baby Skin Care Products Revealed

Row of Babies

By Yigal Ben Atiya

When you bring your baby home and you want to ensure he gets the best in organic skin care, you may realize that the optimum way to get the kind of products you need is to make your own. They are quite easy to create and they make great gifts too! It doesn’t matter if you are the new parent, a relative or a friend, or simply want to try out making them on your own, you will be awestruck at how easy and inexpensive it is to make these products.Continue reading