I’ve teamed up with a group of awesome food bloggers to bring you the Thrive at Five Meal Plan. Our goal is to help you get homemade dinners on the table, so each Friday we’ll be doing a roundup of recipes to help you plan your week day dinners…and some extras too!
I’m writing from Salt Lake City because I’m attending the Everything Food Conference. I finally got to meet Jenni from The Gingered Whisk and Chellie from Art From My Table is here too, but I haven’t bumped into her yet. It’s been a really long day meeting sponsors and other food bloggers and my feet are tired! My cheeks are tired from smiling too, but that’s a good thing!
But don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered for dinner this week! Yum is the name of the game for Thrive at Five Meal Plan Week 25! We’ve got two sheet pan dinners to keep things fast and easy. Jenni’s is Kung Pao flavored and Chellie’s is Greek inspired. Totally loving Vanessa’s pasta with smoked sausage because sausage is one of my weeknight faves! I’m also really digging the extras, lemon bread and churros.
What’s happening at Vintage Kitty HQ? I’ve written here many times about my husky Luna…her adventures, the ups and downs of old age and I’m sorry to say it’s not good news today. If you follow me on Instagram, this isn’t a new message, but here’s what I posted on Wednesday:
“This past Sunday, Kevin and I made the difficult decision to say goodbye to our Luna. Now days later I have mixed feelings of sadness, regret and relief. Luna had a will to live. She survived being a stray, getting shot, swallowing a fish hook, eating lots of chocolate and too many physical ailments to list. In the end she taught me that joy and pain can coexist. Throughout her 7 years with us she showed me the power of quiet strength.
I could write a book about this girl who liked to drink my coffee, eat my headphones and travel anywhere I’d take her. She loved meeting new people, walking with her cats, hanging out with her dog friends, and peacefully daydreaming. But most of all she loved knowing she had a home with people who loved her.
I’m not a spiritual person but I’d like to think she’s found a new home in dog heaven with Scout and Kahlua. Or maybe Miss Lovegood is in the ether swirling around with her daydreams. Wherever she is I hope she knows how deeply loved she is.”
The outpouring of love and support is what’s keeping me going. Everyone who has lost a cherished pet understands. So it was no surprise when Megan my #diydatenight collaborator sent this illustration. She too has a husky and knows the joy they bring to the world. Her picture captures a snippet of the many sweet and playful moods of my Luna Lovegood. Thank you, thank you Megan for this wonderful gift.
Also a big thank you to my readers who have indulged me by reading these updates about Luna. I appreciate you taking the time to listen to both the grumbles and joys of loving my girl.
Now on to the recipes, because when the heart is sad, a homecooked meal is more important than ever.
Hugs and Honey,
Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner from Art From My Table
Easy Steak au Poivre Baked Potatoes from Vintage Kitty
Easy 30- Minute Lemon Tuna Pasta from The Cooks Pyjamas
Kung Pao Chicken Sheet Pan Meal from The Gingered Whisk
Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Smoked Sausage from Smart Little Cookie
Old Fashioned Lemon Bread from Carrie’s Home Cooking
Easy Churro Funnel Cake from Kleinworth & Co.