One Fish, Toadfish

I’m super stoked to be teaming up with my current company obsession Toadfish Outfitters, for this post and a sweet Instagram giveaway starting next week. (Be sure to follow me on Instagram for details ~ @dinnerwiththeduffys) So you know, I have the kind of personality that when I find a new product that works (facial, kitchen, home, whatever), I become immediately obsessed. It’s all I can think, talk and write about. Enter Toadfish and their amazing products. I first noticed their gear online and was immediately sucked in to their products, their story, and their passion.  The Toadfish Frogmore Shrimp Cleaner, Put ‘Em Back Oyster Knife and Crab Claw Cutter are just three of their best selling products.  They all look great and perform even better.  As you know, here at Dinner with the Duffys, we are all about eating and cooking healthy, family friendly, foods that do not require a whole lot of time and focus in the kitchen.  Seafood tends to be one of my go-to’s because it’s healthy, adaptable and quick to cook. But, the prep can be a pain – like peeling and deveining a pound of shrimp.  This is why I LOVE the Toadfish guys. Their products make cooking and eating seafood that much easier.  Peeling and deveining shrimp is no longer a tedious task.  It took me no time to peel AND DEVEIN a pound of shrimp.  Let’s be honest – we all know we should devein the shrimp but when it comes down to it, most of us don’t because it takes so much effort – we just eat the poop and tell ourselves it’s nutritious.  But is it?  Really?  Probably not. 

My next favorite tool is the Crab Claw Cutter. Growing up in the Lowcountry, some of my favorite memories are of sitting at a news papered table, covered in steaming blue crabs .  Back then we used the backs of butter knives to crack those suckers.  We would spend hours picking through the whacked shells to get what little meat would could get.  My girls won’t have that same problem.  The Toadfish Cutter “was designed to cut evenly around crab claws in one step, keeping meat intact and shell fragments out. It allows you to create stunning presentations with lobster, blue, king, and dungeness crab claws.”

Beyond creating tools that will save you beau cops of time, these products actually do a hell of a lot of good.  I recently interviewed Thor Rhodin, CMO of ToadFish Outfitters and was blown away by the true heartfelt desire this company has to make a huge difference in improving our waters. When asked how the Toadfish guys got started Rhodin stated, “We all grew up in Beaufort since we were little kids, so the water was ingrained in us whether it was surfing, fishing and just being outside. From a young age we all realized the massive amount of strain that the explosive population growth and urban development put on the waterways we loved and considered our back yards.” From that point on the seed of conservation and preserving what these guys loved was planted. Rhodin continued, “The wheels started spinning and we started thinking of ways we could positively impact water quality and that’s where the oyster came in. The oyster was the perfect solution considering that a single one can filter up to 50 gallons a day removing all the toxins and pollutants we put in as a society. Without oysters we would be in a water quality crisis much like the Chesapeake and New York harbor. When we started Toadfish, SC was harvesting a 150,000 bushels of oysters a year and was only replanting 40,000 bushels of shell a year so we wanted to bridge that gap. So far we have planted close to 70,000 square feet of new oyster reefs throughout the country and are on a mission to continue our efforts.” ToadFish products, which have been featured in national media like Garden & Gun, Coastal Living, Food & Wine, Real Simple, are sold both online at toadfishoutfitters.com and in stores across the country including Sur La Table stores. Do yourself a favor and purchase a Toadfish Outfitters product.  Whether it’s an oyster knife, Toadfish Inshore fishing rod or their “Toad You So” hat, you won’t regret investing in what they are offering.  I know I haven’t. Well, my husband hasn’t seeing as he’s snatched everything I’ve purchased! I’ll deal with him later. 

MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK OF 3/31

Sunday, March 31st – Crock-Pot Tuscan Garlic Chicken – I can’t even put into words how excited I am that today is the last day of March. Everyone knows April is by far the best month of all of the months. It has nothing to do with the fact that my special day falls on the 18th – nothing at all. Because it’s Sunday and technically a “splurge day” we will put this over orzo or pearled couscous!

Monday, APRIL 1st – Smoked Sausage and Peppers – A little Cajun spice for you in this dish but you can adjust to your preference. Also, I will serve this over cauli rice to cut down on calories and carbs.

Tuesday, April 2nd – Chicken Jalapeno Burgers – Again with the spice, but you can absolutely remove the jalapeno if you need to. Just use as a garnish instead of in the mix. I will sauté some frozen okra to serve as a side!!

Wednesday, April 3rd – Low Carb Creamy Chicken Stuffed Peppers – You can use a rotisserie chicken for this dish which is perfect for hump day. Just remember to pick your chicken when it’s warm. I made the mistake of picking mine cold, the other night, and it was awful.

Thursday, April 4th – Buffalo Chicken Salad – I know, again with the buffalo chicken but y’all I love buffalo flavored anything. This is not a creamy buffalo chicken salad like last week so chill your jets.

Friday – April 5th – Flank Steak Caprese – Such a perfect Friday night meal. This will take no time to make but looks, and tastes, divine. Serve over lettuce, with a side salad or with whatever you are craving.

BE SURE to follow along via Instagram @Dinner with the Duffys, so you don’t miss the chance to win $100 to Toadfish Outfitters next week!!!!

Healthy, Happy Eating Y’all!

XO ~ Kelly D.


Warmer Days Ahead

Well, after three full weeks of the Duffys being sick, I think we have finally turned a corner. It was a rough three weeks, y’all. I thought I was going to loose my marbles. I’m pretty sure I spent more time in the Dr.’s office than I did at work this past month. February is a complete blur. I apologize for not getting a meal plan out last week but I was sick as a dog and didn’t move for days. So….let’s see. What should we chat about? Oh, I know. I started cracking up the other day, thinking about horrid tan lines, so let’s talk weather. Spring is trying to “spring itself” here in Charleston but mother nature has thrown us a bit of a curve ball. This time of year is so funny. It will be consistently cool and then all of a sudden we will have two or three really warm days and everyone, I mean everyone, pulls out their shorts, t-shirts and Rainbow flip-flops. A few weeks ago, the high was around 70 so I took the girls, and Clare, to the beach. We were in long sleeve tee’s, pants and I think I had on a fleece. Y’all, everyone else on the beach was in a bathing suit. It was so comical because you know they had to be freezing. I was cold in layers. But, the weather guy said it was going to be above 68 so to the beach, to sun, they went. I can’t blame them. I crave the sun too. Our family gets so excited about this local festival, hosted by the James Island County Park, at the beginning of April. This is where the tan lines come in. Everyone always assumes it’s going to be warm, and it usually is, so they dress in their Charleston uniform – shorts, tank and Rainbow flips – but we totally forget to pack the sunscreen. Happens, without fail, every single year. It’s like our brains haven’t fully accepted it’s warm enough to burn. But burn we do. Everyone wakes up the next day with goggles around their eyes, thick tank straps on their shoulders and super straight tan lines right around mid-thigh. It’s awful and hilarious. Happens every year. I love it. How many more days until spring?

Meal Plan For the Week of 3/10

Sunday, March 10th – Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti – The St. Paddy’s Day festivities start early in our family. Like on this day. Patrick will be at a golf tournament all day long. I think it might just possibly be the longest golf tournament in the history of golf tournaments. So, I will make this yummy, comforting dish, for the Duffy girls and leave the leftovers on the stove for P. I think he gets fed at the tournament but Patrick is always hungry – yet he never gains a pound. Go figure.

Monday, March 11th – Sausage Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet – I know – so many cauli rice recipes. Funny thing is I’m not a HUGE fan. I mean, I like it but I don’t LOVE it. As long as the other flavors dominate the dish I’m OK. And they do in this recipe. The sausage and taco seasoning are so powerful that you barely notice the cauli rice. Honest!!

Tuesday, March 12th – Mustard Chicken with Skillet Zucchini – Normally I can’t stand the thought of just chicken and a veg on a plate. It makes me a bit ill BUT not tonight. The marinade for this chicken is to die for. Recipe calls for you to grill the chicken but I’ll just cook mine in a pan. Oh, and the balsamic zucchini – so bloody good. If you don’t have time to make the balsamic glaze, you can just buy a bottle of it from the grocery store. Try to marinate the chicken overnight if you can fine the time!!

Wednesday, March 13th – Coconut Lime Chicken – I love coconut milk. Lord, it makes everything taste so good. This recipe calls for full fat coconut milk but I will sub light. Not as flavorful but that full fat coco milk is super high in calories. You do you. Pair with basmati, cauli or brown rice!

Thursday, March 14th – 10 Minute Pizza Zucchini Noodles – Call me crazy but this looks so good. When I was a kid, my Uncle Robert used to make homemade pizzas for us every Friday night. The best part was he would let us eat the extra pepperonis while he was making the pizzas. I could eat an entire package of pepperonis if you placed one in front of me. This recipe looks like a better option – since I’m trying to eat healthy and all.

Friday, March 15th – Shrimp, Smoked Sausage and Peppers – This is an instant pot recipe but you can totally adapt it to just be a one pot wonder. I will sauté the veggies and shrimp and then add the tomatoes – I will not add water if I do this on the stove. Healthy, quick and delicious!

I am reviewing a really cool product this week, Beeswax Food Wraps. I can’t wait to try them and let y’all know what I think. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!! Here’s wishing that your heart be full of love and your life be blessed with good fortune, always. Slainte!

XO ~ Kelly D.


One Fine Day….

Well, I thought we had turned a corner last week but no such luck. Regan came down with the flu on Tuesday – she literally came down with the flu. Fainted in school and all. She’s fine, thank goodness, but my plan to get back on track has been pushed to God knows when. Taking care of children is exhausting but taking care of sick children is a whole different ball game. I’ve learned, this week, that I am not a natural caregiver. #OVERIT. I think I’ve cooked twice this week – twice. Exercise – two and a half times. I started yesterday, got distracted, and totally forgot to go back to my video. I’m so ready to get back into our routine. I need the structure. I really need the structure. If you follow along you know aside from the flu infestation at 111 Duffy Lane, I had other big life happenings this week. Huge happenings, actually. After what I thought was a shut adoption book, I made contact with BOTH biological parents. In the same week. To say I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster is a bit of an understatement. This is how it all went down………
My search angel ( now more like a family member), Daniel, messaged me last Tuesday saying he had located my biological father. I was beyond shocked. I did a little digging and turned up nothing. There was one individual on Facebook who seemed like she could be related to bio dad so I bit the bullet and private messaged her. A day went by and nothing. But, then on Thursday I had an email from one bio dad. Y’all he had no clue about my existence. It was crazy, but long story short, he is very kind and excited to learn more about me and my family.  After connecting with him, I felt like I had to exhaust all of my options and decided to call my biological mother.  Well, that’s not entirely true. I asked my best friend, who had done a little PI work on her own and found out where bio mom worked, to call her. I know, we are crazy – it’s why we are friends.  So, my friend called her.  At work.  And tried her hardest not to give away every detail as to why she was calling, but in the end, she was forced to reveal the real reason she had picked up the phone.  And guess what, the biological mom had never received any of my communication attempts. She had no idea I was trying to connect with her.  Quick lesson here folks – never assume anything.  I was truly functioning, and making decisions, under the idea that she had received and made a choice not to connect. I was wrong.  Life is so surprising.  You just never know what tomorrow will bring.  Two weeks ago I had no medical information, no family history, nada.  Today, I know medical history, the missing pieces of my adoption story and have multiple blood relatives that I never knew existed.  But here is the important part, especially for my fellow adoptees – it doesn’t change anything.  I am still Kelly Regan Duffy, the daughter of Patty and Steve.  The wife of Patrick and the mom of Regan and Ava.  I’m still only 5’1. I still love to cook, eat, drink and be merry. I’m still a very Irish Catholic Charlestonian. I still have the most incredible family and friends in the entire universe.  I’m still the luckiest girl in the world. Now I just have more people to share it all with. And that is truly the lens thru which I see all of this.  Will I get to meet this lovely family with whom I share DNA? I don’t know.  It’s still really early and there are many moving parts. But I think I would like that very much. We shall see.  One day….

Meal Plan for the week of 2/24

Photo Cred ~ Ashley Bakery

Sunday, Feb. 24th – “Fat Sunday” Celebration! We are doing a neighborhood “Fat Sunday” celebration this weekend so I will not be cooking dinner. Instead, I called my favorite, Ashley Bakery, and ordered a King Cake.  I’m hoping the rest of my neighbors are making something really delicious because they are on tap to feed the Duffy’s dinner.  I warned them but they may, or may not, have taken me seriously. So, we may just be eating cake.  IF I was cooking, I would definitely be making my favorite Slow Cooker Jambalaya. ( Make sure to test rice before you turn off crocker – it may need more time!)

Monday, Feb. 25th – Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice – Not exactly family friendly but I have GOT to get my bum back in gear.  I am going on the assumption that everyone in my house will be healthy come Monday so I will be back to my routine, ready to cook, eat healthy and TAM! (Tracy Anderson, y’all. My exercise of choice) Don’t forget to purchase the frozen cauli rice! Oh, and I WILL add chicken, chicken sausage or flank steak to this recipe to beef it up. Pun intended.

Tuesday, Feb. 26th – Lemon Thyme Grilled Salmon – Again, purchase frozen cauli rice here. Will save you some much time and effort. Once you have microwaved your rice, add some fresh lemon juice and thyme to give it some additional flavor. Just a straight forward, healthy dish here, y’all. Oh, with avocado – if you want. I always want.

Wednesday, Feb. 27th – Teriyaki Chicken Bake – Super family friendly to make up for the spicy Monday meal. Feel free to sub out veggies and use what you have on hand – peppers, asparagus. Get crazy!

Thursday, Feb. 28th – Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa – Pretty straight forward blackened chicken recipe but the cilantro lime “crema” takes it to a whole new level! You can sub cauli rice for the quinoa or just serve with a veg or side salad.

Friday, MARCH 1st – Spicy Thai Chicken and Quinoa – Sorry for the quinoa overload this week. Just happened that way. It’s March y’all. MARCH. I’m so excited because we get to kick winter to the curb and bring on the spring. I hate the winter. Plus, spring in Charleston is just so good. Flavorful dish here people. Again, sorry for the spice. You can back down on the chili sauce if you need to.

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends! Remember to follow along on Instagram – dinnerwiththeduffys!!!

XO – Kelly D.


A Few of My Favorite Things

Happy Friday Y’all.  We made it! I have been looking forward to this day for what feels like an eternity. My HUGE work event is finally behind me and was, by all accounts, a great success.  I actually took off today to do, well, nothing.  I thought about going a number of places but eventually decided to do a few things around the house, exercise and then sit on my back porch and read.  We have had the most unbelievable weather in Charleston this week. Today it’s going to be 76 degrees. 76 in February. I’m in heaven.  I had planned on doing this great tag team post, with a local Charleston company, but we haven’t had a chance to meet up SO, I decided to blog about some random products that I’m LOVING lately and quite honestly, not sure how I lived without. Some have to do with food, and some don’t but they are ALL fabulous!

PDiddy and I usually give each other one gift, from Santa, at Christmas. This year Santa brought us this gorgeous @All-Clad Non-Stick all in one pan and I’m in love. I may give more care to this pan than I do my children – no judgement. It’s not an inexpensive purchase but if you enjoy cooking, it’s so worth it. One of the keys to cooking is to make sure you NEVER overcrowd your pan. NEVER. This beauty is big enough to handle any dish! P.S. – thanks @Williams-Sonoma Charleston for your help! P.P.S. – it’s HALF OFF right now. Click HERE

My name is Kelly and I have oily, acne prone skin. I have dealt with skin issues since I was in middle school. As I age, I have to fight controlling the break-outs with anti-aging and it’s not a party people. But, thankfully brilliant folks are creating brilliant products that combat both! Like this Green Cure Mask. One of my favorite peeps, Brittany @ Gwynns, turned me onto this CBD line a few weeks ago. This mask calms, clarifies, evens and improves the skin. I LOVE it. Not too pricey either. Perfect for any skin type! Go see Brittany and check out the entire Lab to Beauty line!

Every now and then I get obsessed with a new product and it’s all I can talk, and think about. The @Toadfish Shrimp Cleaner is one of those. The genius dudes behind Toadfish are well, genius. This little tool allows you to peel, devein, and butterfly your shrimp in one single movement. Obsessed.

Meal Plan for the week of 2/10/19

Sunday, February 10th – Cajun Shrimp Casserole – Pull out your @toadfish shrimp cleaner people, you are going to need it for this beauty. One of my all time favorite casseroles. I’m not quite sure there are words for how much I love this recipe. Not healthy but SO worth it. The flavors are binge worthy.

Monday February 11th – Healthy One Pan, Baked, Smothered Chicken – You had me at “one pan” but then you had me again at “smothered”. I’m pretty sure I would make anything that had “smothered” in the title, regardless of what is was smothered in. Lots of veggies in this one. Serve with cauli, brown or white rice.

Tuesday, February 12th – Green Curry Salmon – Super healthy, delicious and quick recipe from @themodernproper. The salmon cooks in the curry, in the oven, so technically it’s a one pan wonder. Serve with cauli rice! (remember to buy it frozen)

Wednesday, February 13th – Tuna, White Bean Salad – Sorry, not sorry, for the seafood heavy week! Dump, mix and pour – that’s about the extent of it for this one, y’all. I may even have my 10 year old make this for me. I’ll probably have some cooked chicken on hand, for Patrick, if he feels the need to bulk his up. I’m excited because it’s super easy and light, perfect for mid week.

Thursday, February 14th – Chimichurri Steak with Asparagus – Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!! I know some of you will not be home to cook this evening but here is a fabulous steak recipe just in case. Patrick and I most always stay in for V-Day. We celebrate with the kids and cook a delicious meal. But this year we are heading out. One of my favorite bands is playing in Charleston, Taj Mahal, and I can’t wait! If they were not playing, I’d be home, eating this delicious steak, in my pjs. You can use whatever cut of beef you like!

Friday, February 15th – One Pot Jambalaya – I’m excited to try out this recipe as the creator, @ThymeandJoy, is from Charleston. She is a whole30 partner and all of what she makes looks delicious. Can’t wait to test this one!

There you have it. I told you eating healthy can be tasty. You just have to follow me for the goods!! As long as you are following, follow along on Instagram @dinnerwiththeduffys for night of tips & tricks.

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly


Out of Time

Well, unlike the past few posts, this weeks will be short and sweet. I have a HUGE work event this weekend and ALL of my focus needs to live there. I feel like the Super bowl is a party planned just for me for surviving this event. I guess I must survive first. Note to self : survive. Got it. I almost decided to just can this weeks post but then I realized I would have nothing to eat next week. My lunch choices for today showed me this is not an option. Left to my own devices, i.e., no meal plan, I eat like a mad woman. Today’s lunch – chicken sausage, ice cream with chocolate sauce, tortilla chips, salsa and potato chips. No lie. And not in that order. So, here’s the meal plan for the week of 2/3!!!

Photo Cred to my food blogger favorite @The Modern Proper

Sunday 2/3 – Sausage, Parmesan Cream Cheese Soup – Most peeps will be eating appetizers with friends and family so I get this might be a waste. We will definitely spend some time hanging out with friends, but I will make my way back home in time to eat this delicious soup. It’s basically rotel dip in soup form, but so much better than I just made it sound.

Monday 2/4 – Apple Crunch Salad with Rotisserie Chicken – I need a serious re-set y’all. I meant to do this in January but then January got really crazy and I kind of forgot. I’m hoping life calms down and I can refocus. Thinking this easy, healthy, salad will steer me in the right direction. Top with whatever you want – I prefer less work, hence the rotisserie chicken.

Tuesday 2/5 – Quinoa and Black Beans – Healthy, cheap and quick. I mean, come on y’all. This ones a beaut.

Wednesday 2/6 – Fish Florentine – I have been craving white fish ever since I ate that delicious dill fish we made the other night. Great day that was easy and good. If you haven’t made it, make it. So, here’s the thing. I love fresh spinach, but not a huge fan of wilted spinach. I don’t like cooked lettuce. BUT, with the half and half, cream cheese etc. for 351 calories, I think I’ll survive.

Thursday 2/7 – Creamy Sausage Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash – Stay with me – don’t roll your eyes. I have not made this recipe BUT, it looks tasty and pretty easy BECAUSE we will use frozen, spiralized, spaghetti squash. Just thaw the squash the day of – leave it on your counter. No need to roast and scrape. The reviews are great so let’s give it a try!!

Friday 2/8 – Green Chicken Enchilada Soup – You are gonna need TWO rotisseries this week! This makes me happy. REMEMBER – pick your chicks while they are warm. SO MUCH EASIER. I kick myself when I wait to pick those things. Not a crock pot. Just a simmer soup. Perfect for a February Friday.

I need to apologize to the kind follower who I met last Saturday night. It was loud, I couldn’t hear and I had been dancing for God knows how long. BUT, thank you for coming up to me and thank you for following along. I think I told you but you made my year!!!!

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly D.


You Want What??

How many of you are done with your Xmas shopping?  Not me – no where close. Most years I’m pretty good about making a list, with everyone I need to buy for, and then inserting the purchased item next to the name. This way I have a chance at gifting the correct gift. I can’t keep it all straight without a list. Don’t tell my husband but I think I’m over spending!!!! I’m blaming someone other than myself. Not to mention, this year my kids have asked for some random things and it’s throwing me for a loop.  For some odd reason the only Christmas magazine that made it into my mailbox was the Hammacher Schlemmer magazine. Now, nothing against this magazine as it has many, many “unexpected” items to choose from but none that I have ever heard of.  The Bunyanesque Backpack for example.  I was sure Regs had misspelled this item so you can imagine my confusion.  And then I finally located this interesting backpack and can’t imagine why one would need such a thing, especially Regan? What in God’s name do you put in there? 

Photo Cred ~ Hammacher Schlemmer

What else did she put down? A “speaking Zoltan” toy, a marshmallow blaster and a $145 “Mickey through the Years” rotating watch.  We need a Target magazine in our house stat. Then the other child wants every tacky piece of clothing that exists on the market.  Short with sequins – she wants it.  Any shirt with “You Got This Girl” – she wants it. And then of course make-up, a phone, fuzzy boots, and an Ipad.  She is nine.  So basically, neither of my girls are getting anything they have written to Santa for.  I feel for both of them but there is no way my nine year old is wearing make-up and you couldn’t pay me to purchase that gold body bag pictured above. What are they getting you ask?  Well, below are my suggested, appropriate and usable, items to gift a nine to ten year old girl or boy:

  • Amazon Fire 10 – Kids Edition – I’m big on Amazon products.  First of all, if this breaks it’s not the end of the world as it didn’t cost $800 – I got my two bundled for under $300!!  Second, it comes pre-loaded with an endless array of APPROPRIATE books, magazines, games, TV shows and movies.  Win win as I don’t need them asking me to purchase an app or game every two minutes.
  • New boots – not Uggs but Fuggs (Fake Uggs). Until they stop growing I can’t quite bring myself to purchase shoes that cost over $50.
  • Droid Inventor Kit from @littlebits – I stumbled upon this site this year and I’m in love.  Regan is really into coding and building robots so this is perfect.  And they have a ton for all age groups.
  • Slippers – my girls love slippers and Target has the cutest Cat & Jack options online.  I even went as far as to purchase Av’s the gold sparkly ones. Between the slippers and the glitter fire case, I hope her tween needs are satiated. 
  • Legos – they don’t always ask for Legos but as soon as they receive they spend hours putting them together. We purchased the Harry Potter set which should be really cool – and require hours of their focus!!!
  • Floor Chair – This could fall into the “unexpected” category but Ava put this in all caps on her list. I could view this as a warning sign she’s watching too much TV but I’m going to pretend like I didn’t type that and move on….
  • Fitbit – I struggled with this purchase as I don’t really think it’s necessary and Ava didn’t ask for it.  She asked for a telephone watch but the reviews are awful and my current cell phone carrier doesn’t support any of the kids versions. So I’m kind of just hoping this will fly. 
  • Stocking Stuffers – socks, underwear, toothbrush, deodorant, a book…..things they need anyway. 

That about does it! Hopefully by the time 12/25 rolls around R & A will have forgotten they asked Santa for the most random gifts of 2018!!

Tip of the Week – To say “thank  you.” It’s hard to believe but this month will mark four months since I started down this blogging path.  I had no clue what I was doing and quite honestly, still don’t really know what I am doing. I hope my weekly visit to your inbox has encouraged you to meal plan, and home shop, so you have more time to cook, eat and enjoy your “you” time for whatever purpose that may be.  There is still much to be done.  Over the next four months I hope to find time to organize the linked recipes, so you can search by food type, and not have to scroll down past all of my yackity yacking.  I also hope to start sharing some of my own recipes – just need to figure out how to squeeze three more hours into a day. And who knows what else lies ahead.  What started as three followers on Instagram has grown to close to 2000 and I am beyond thankful to all of you.  You have allowed me to fulfill a passion I didn’t realize I was so in need of filling.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! 

Ravioli with Tomatoes & Asparagus Sunday, December 9th – For those of  you who are new to DwtD, Sundays are my cheat days – hence the pasta and cheese.  If your kids won’t eat the veggies, pull theirs out before mixing. Perfect Sunday supper meal!! 

Classic Tacos – Monday, December 10th – Today is Ava’s birthday!!! My baby is 9.  Bananas.  Avs is my foodie child.  She will try anything I put in front of her and prefers salads to French fries. She LOVES tacos so tonight, it’s “Taco Tuesday”….except it’s Monday.  When we do tacos in the Duffy dome, we go classic taco style all the way – hard shells only.  Since I’m trying to be calorie conscience I will make my tacos more of a salad and crunch up some of the hard shell.  You can also sub ground turkey for beef, add a can of black beans, use greek yogurt in place of sour cream and half the cheese!!

Filipino Adobo Chicken – Tuesday, December 11th – I’m stoked to make this dish.  I love drumsticks and my kids do too. Oh, and I LOVE apple cider vinegar. I will serve this with basmati rice!!!

Roasted Herbed Beef Tips – Wednesday, December 12th – This recipe calls for sirloin which is super inexpensive.  I like my beef rare – like rare rare – almost still mooing rare, so I will pull my tips out well before the 30 minute instruction.  Thinking I will check at 10 minutes.  Serve this with a side salad. 

Easy Shredded Harissa Chicken – Thursday, December 13th – Yum, Yum, Yummy Yum.  I’m throwing all kinds of flavors at you this week!!! You can cook this in the crocker or the instant pot.  I will serve with basmati rice and cucumbers! You can purchase tzatziki if you aren’t in the mood to make your own!!

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries – Friday, December 14th – I think I’ve shared this one with you before? Maybe?  I could go back and check but I really want to incorporate this into my meal plan this week. Tonight the kids have a choral performance and a drama performance so zero time. I will cook the chicken on Thursday so it’s ready to go when we finally get home!

I’ve gone on too long this week – apologies!! Happy, healthy eating friends!! 

XO ~ Kelly D.


Keeping Up with the Christmas Joneses

Photo Cred ~ @SkinnyTaste

Well, it’s official y’all. The Holidays are upon us. I seriously love the Christmas Season; Christmas cards, wrapping presents, Christmas music on the radio, decorating the house, decorating the tree, taking kids to see all the lights, parades, being off of work for an extended period of time – I love it all. Unfortunately, you have to be Wonder Woman in order to do it all.   Just for giggles I researched “Christmas To-Do List” and was FLOORED with all of the results Google came up with. Honestly, I thought one might pop up but oh, no. There were SO many and the number of things you needed “to-do” went on forever. At first I got all panicky, reading all of the things, but then I quickly reminded myself I didn’t actually need to complete any of them. For example, item #3 – Purchase Plane Tickets. For a second I convinced myself I needed to do this – wth? My family lives ten minutes away. And it gets better. #15 – Have all your Christmas cards labeled and ready to send by Dec. 2. NOPE. # 21 – Make a homemade gift. DEFINITELY NOPE. # 5021 – Go to a local Christmas Festival. Maybe. Chances go up if they serve food and wine. My point here is to simply say the expectations surrounding the holidays are just bananas. And you know what? Up until three years ago, I was that insane person trying to complete all the wacky Christmas “to-do’s” on that wacky “to-do” list. For whatever reason I made myself believe Christmas would not be complete or “merry” if I didn’t bake homemade cookies with my children, take them to see The Nutcracker, do the gingerbread house, send out the most perfect photo of our “perfect” family by the 1st of Dec., have all the gifts ordered, wrapped and under the tree by the 5th and on and on and on. The worst part was I did this to myself. My kids and hubs weren’t asking to do all of these things. Nope, this was all on me. I was trying to keep up with the Christmas Joneses and I was losing my mind because of it. But then something awful happened and my world flipped upside down and I no longer had the time to try to be the Pinterest version of Mrs. Claus. And you know what? I like this me SO much better. Now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that I still struggle to say “no thank you” to invites and quiet the “guilty mom” chorus in my head. I’m a work in progress. But, I absolutely know I’m a much better wife, mother and friend because I was forced to let go of the things that just don’t matter. And Christmas is merrier in my house because the only people I’m trying to impress are the people that live there. So friends, don’t get offended when our four Duffy faces don’t show up on a Christmas card, in your mailbox, this Christmas. I’m not sending one this year – it didn’t make MY “to-do” list!!!

Tip of the Week:  I know I said I’m not sending X-Mas cards but please, don’t stop sending them to me!! In years past, I struggled with what to do with all of the cute cards as you hate to just throw them away.  And putting them in a pile on your kitchen counter is no good either.  Then I found this easy idea on Pinterest that took me all of five minutes to engineer.  Cut as many pieces of ribbon as you have kitchen cabinets, long enough to run the length of the door. Open the cabinet, slap some tape at the top and some tape at the bottom – scotch tape will do!When cards come in just clothespin those babies to the ribbon.  See my empty ribbons above. By the end of Dec. they will be full of all the faces I love. Such a fun way to display the cards, keep the clutter off your counter and add a simple decoration to your kitchen. Make sure to save the ribbon – I’m going on four years with the same pieces!!

There you have it peeps.  My thoughts for the week of 12/2!!! Now, let’s talk food!!

Meal Plan for the Week of 12/2

  • Sunday December 2nd – Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole: I’m excited about this dish peeps.  I have like ten cans of tuna in my cabinet, taking up way too much space.  Simple to throw together and super family friendly.  Should have leftovers unless you are married to my husband who eats eighteen servings and never gains a pound – what is up with that? 
  • Monday December 3rd – Walk Away Chickpea Tomato and Spinach Curry :  Yes, this is a vegan recipe but it will not leave you hangry – it’s super filling.  If you can’t get behind a chickpea, just sub chicken.  I will use olive oil, not coconut, and lite coconut milk.  
  • Tuesday December 4th – One Skillet Chicken with Bacon & Green Beans – Y’all know I love any excuse to use my Costco green beans and this one is well worth it.  Healthy, Delicious & Quick all in one pan.  If you are out of GB’s just sub peppers, asparagus – whatever you have in your veggie bin! Super adaptable.
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Pollo in Potacchio (Italian Braised Chicken with Tomatoes for those of us who don’t speak Italian) – Yum Yum Yum.  I love love love this dish.  I want to eat this curled up under a cozy blanket, sitting by the fire. The reality is I will be standing in my kitchen, eating this out of the pot. To each her own.
  • Thursday, December 6th – Sheet Pan Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks & Potatoes – Another sheet pan wonder, folks.  Nothing tricky here – just good old fashioned flavor. I will throw in some asparagus to add some color!! Basically you just toss this in the oven and walk away – pretty hands off! 
  • Friday, December 7th – Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burgers – Get excited people.  It’s Friday. And burgers are on the menu. I love this turkey burger recipe – super moist and full of spice. This is not your normal boring turkey burger. Make the sour cream “sauce” – too good not to. I plan to  serve this with a side salad unless my kids talk me into French fries!!!

And that was all she wrote. I hope everyone has a fabulous first week of December.  Cheers to food, family & friends. 

XO ~ Kelly D. 


Gobble Wobble Recovery

Holy Mother of God.  Y’all, I have been in a food coma since Thursday.  I actually ate more on Friday than I did on Thursday and became ill.  I think I consumed an entire five pound bag of potatoes by my lonesome.  But it was so good and SO worth it.  My apologies I never got around to sharing creative ideas on what to do with all of the leftovers but I was too full and too tired to make it to the computer.  And, since I’m two days behind in getting out my weekly meal plan I’m going to cut this blog super short so you can get to your home shop shopping.  OH – one more thing before I go. I’m partnering up with some amazing females this week on Instagram for an unbelievable giveaway.  I think the value is over $400.  Just follow me on Insta, by tomorrow,  for all of the deets – DinnerwiththeDuffys!! 

Photo Cred ~ Foodie Crush
  • Sunday – Lemon Chicken Stew –  I had a recent request for my favorite chicken soup recipe and I didn’t have to think twice to come up with this goodie.  Now, I’m sure you are thinking, “it’s just chicken soup so I’ll pass on this one” but don’t you dare.  This is the most satisfying chicken soup you will ever eat. The tarragon, lemon and leeks are a triple threat in this one. Perfect for a Sunday. 
  • Monday – Shrimp, Arugula, White Bean Salad –  I need the biggest metabolism reset button of my life this week and this little salad is gonna kick it off right.  Nothing complicated or fancy here but really good flavor, low cal and easy peasy. 
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker (Instant Pot) Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili – This recipe right here is genius. There are literally two steps – dump and turn on. And, wait for it……you top this chili with goat cheese!!!!! WHAT WHAT??!!!
  • Wednesday – Balsamic Chickpea, Avocado, Feta Salad – I told y’all I was going light this week. I wasn’t kidding when I said I ate myself sick.  But, I will add chicken to this one as my husband doesn’t count a chickpea as a protein – more like a garnish.  Super quick hump day dish.
  • Thursday – Grilled Zucchini & Sausage Kabobs – You know how I feel about kabobs (such a waste of time) so I will just stir-fry the sausage and veggies.  PDiddy will eat his over rice but I’m going lean this week so no whites.
  • Friday – Steak and Asparagus Quinoa Bowl – Last day in November peeps.  How is this possible? Our Elf on the Shelf, Carter, arrives tonight so I need a quick, easy Friday dish as all of my energy will be sucked up trying to remember to do something with him. Feel free to start taking bets on what time I will sit straight up in the bed, panicked, because I forgot to move him. 

There you have it friends.  My shortest blog post ever!!! Enjoy!!

XO ~ Kelly D. 


Walking, Talking Hot Mess

It’s Friday and I’m just sitting down to write this post, so apologies. This week. Y’all, this week has been the week from hell. Two work events, Halloween and then my childhood best friend’s mother died suddenly. I’m DONE – emotionally, physically and mentally, DONE.  Not sure two days off is going to  heal what I’ve got going on but it’s a start.  My house is an absolute mess, full of candy wrappers and dirty clothes, but I’m just going to ignore all of that and relax this weekend.  It will be there, waiting for me, when I finally get around to it.  And let’s be honest – my house is rarely clean.  I  would choose cooking over cleaning any day of the week.  It’s funny, since starting the DwtD blog, people are  always asking if I truly cook every single night.

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HOT MESS!!!!

Yes, I always answer, but also make sure these peeps don’t walk away thinking that I have my you know what together because that’s just hilarious. I don’t know anyone who does it all, and I know a lot of people.  I’m 100% OK admitting that on most days there is toothpaste all over the bathroom counter, dirty dishes are in the sink, wet towels in my bathtub (yes, in), piles of clothes on the floor, beds unmade and occasionally clothes are pulled back out of the dirty hamper to put on –  but only certain items – we do draw the line at undergarments.  (Note to self – remind my children where we draw the line) In a nutshell, I’m a walking, talking hot mess. But you know what, that’s alright.  I’m a full-time working mom of two and it just is what it is.  One day I will have time, or a cleaning service,  but until then I’m going to continue putting the things I enjoy first. To hell with the house. Let’s eat!!!

Tip of the Week: I got nothing.  Well, a quick something.  I’m working on categorizing my recipes so you can sift thru them a bit easier.  Stay tuned. I got nothing else.

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly D.

Sunday, November 4th – Balsamic Mushroom Pearl Couscous – Y’all I LOVE pearl couscous.  No doubt it’s right up there with mashed potatoes.  And you KNOW what a balsamic nut I am.  PLUS this has goat cheese.  Do I need to say anymore?  I’m going to add chicken to mine – just a breast or two to make it a little heartier.  Not excited for Sunday but this will help ease the blues!

Monday, November 5th – Casablanca Chicken – This is a yummy, low fat & all-in-one chicken dish with incredible Mediterranean flavors.   I need a re-set button after Halloween and this will help.  Honestly, I am going to try and keep it lean and clean up until Turkey day – who’s with me? Back to the recipe. As y’all know by now I’m not all paleo, no carb or no sugar – I’m just low calorie. This recipe calls for things like “ghee” and cauliflower rice.  Do what you do but I will be subbing olive oil for ghee and brown rice for cauli.

Tuesday, November 6th – Cilantro Pork Pot – Instant pot recipe right here BUT there are also crock pot instructions.  I do not own an instant pot but after just reading this thing would only cook for 8 – 10 minutes in an instant pot, I may have to go out and purchase one.  EIGHT minutes.  Impressive.  I will serve this over lettuce.  Purchase tomatillo salsa instead of regular salsa if you can find it – changes the flavors just a smidge but in an oh so good way.

Wednesday, November 7th – Skirt Steak Salad – I love red meat.  When I was a kid I was super picky – like maybe ate four foods – but one of my favorites was really rare steak.  Odd, I know. This recipe does call for baby potatoes so if you are a no carb eater, just leave them out.  I’m of the mind that a few baby potatoes aren’t going to tip the scale but again, to each his own. Miso dressing is insane in this.  Don’t skip that step!

Thursday, November 8th – Spicy Basil Chicken – No, probably not kid friendly but sometimes I’d rather eat what I want to eat and cook my little people something they want to eat.  I get if you aren’t down with that so this one may not work for all.  It definitely works for me. In my house thai = heaven!!!

Friday, November 9th – Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers – I feel like I’ve shared this with y’all before but maybe it was a stovetop? All chicken and peppers dishes are pretty equal but I like being able to throw this into a crock pot (or instant pot if I get on Amazon tonight).  It’s Friday so I will inevitably end up having street drinks (literally drinks in the street) with my neighbors and before you know it, two hours will have passed and then it’s 8 o’clock – too late to cook.  Crock pot to the rescue.

Have a great one, y’all. I’m starting my Thanksgiving “list” so next week we can chat all things turkey. Can’t wait.  I love a list!!!

 

 

 

 


Candy Steal of Shame

peanut 1Do y’all remember the McDonald’s character, Hamburglar, from the mid 80’s? He was the guy who would “stop at nothing to steal and hoard his favorite McDonald’s products all for himself“? Well friends, that will be me come Halloween night only my name will be Sweetstealer – I will stop at nothing to steal and hoard all of my favorite candy….from my children!!! Every single Trick-or-Treat Eve, I make a promise to my girls that I WILL NOT steal their candy. I really do go into this pact with good intentions, but then they walk into the house with their pumpkin bags filled to the brim.  And y’all, treat bags are no longer filled to the brim with Lemon Heads, Circus Peanuts and Boston Baked Beans  Oh no.  Now people give out Toblerone bars, full size Snickers and Butterfingers. WTH? When I was a kid, my parents would not have touched my jack o’ lantern with a ten foot pole but now, who can resist all the deliciousness? I mean, can you resist a Toblerone bar? ( For those that don’t know, they now come in white chocolate. Just sayin) If you can, I need your guidance, and resistance techniques, so email me directly!  Does anyone else do this or am I all alone on the candy steal of shame? Bloody hell.  It’s probably just me.  I have an idea though, on how to fix this large scale issue (surely it’s not just me). Can we all agree to stop spending $500 a family on Halloween candy.  Can we go back to the ginormous $10 bags that will feed 500 kids?  I mean, it’s ridiculous, right?  When did Halloween go gourmet? I need to take out a loan to buy Halloween candy. And please do not get me started on the houses that give away decorated treat bags full of multiple, full sized, candy bars all glued together to form a pumpkin or vampire or whatever the hell it’s supposed to be.  Pinterest pinning people – you are killing me. You are Martha Stewart fabulous but you are killing me. I can barely get to Harris Teeter in time to purchase the last bag of whatever candy has been ostracized to the deep, deep corner of the candy shelf.   All of us would be much happier ( maybe not the kids) if we could just agree, here and now,  to go back to giving out Lemon Heads, Circus Peanuts and Boston Baked Beans.  Y’all, I just spit out my water.  What is in a circus peanut?  I am cracking up.  OK so maybe not circus peanuts but you get my point. Let’s just take it down a notch so I have a fighting chance to honor my commitment to my children and not gain five pounds in one week? Totally doable, right?  And the kids will eat anything they think is bad for them so they won’t even notice. Are you with me?????? Circus peanuts…..that’s funny.

Tip of the Week Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – READ IT.  This book is so good on so many levels.  At brunch on Sunday, I was trying to remember the title of this book to tell my friends to read it. Y’all, I can’t remember titles of books to save my life.  I am not good with small details – although I guess some would consider the title of a book a big detail – whatever, I’m not good with remembering details.  Any who, I’m trying to recall this title and then my friend starts talking about this book she just finished, for her book club, and she says the title is Where the Crawdads Sing – I about fell out of the booth flapping my arms, so excited.  Y’all – this book.  It’s a murder mystery, but that’s just the side story.  Something about this book just settles in your soul. I want to read it again and I just finished it two nights ago.  I love a good book and I think everyone needs something to help them escape this fast paced life we are all driving these days. This book will slow things down and ground you in a way no other book I’ve read has. So go rent it or buy it or stream it or whatever you need to do.  Just read it!!

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends.

Meal Plan for the week of Halloween ~ 10/28

XO ~ Kelly

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Photo Cred ~ Roland Bello

Sunday 10/28 – Classic Coq au Vin – Y’all, coq au vin is one of my all time favorite comfort meals. It’s right up there with lasagna.  I remember the first time I had this dish.  We were on vacation with my fabulous foodie neighbors, Billy & Mandy, in NC.  One of their friends is a chef and he invited us to his house to eat Coq au vin.  The chicken people – the chicken just fell off the bone. I so badly wanted to lick my fingers but somehow I controlled myself.  What I’ve shared here is a “streamlined” version of coq au vin – just less time and effort but still delicious.  You can serve this over rice or mashed potatoes.  I always opt for a mashed potato and I just happen to have the BEST CROCKPOT mashed potato recipe. I found this last year and it’s a Thanksgiving keeper – would be great for this Sunday meal too! Grab your people and plop at the table for this one!!!

Monday 10/29 – Dijon Basil Chicken Salad – I feel like we need a low key cooking week this week.  Or at least, I do.  This chicken salad doesn’t get any easier as you use a rotisserie chicken.  A couple of things – 1. It’s so much better to “pick your chicken” hot (no other way to say this people) – don’t put the chicken into the fridge and then pick it after it’s cold.  SO much more tedious. Pick your chick on Sunday when it’s warm, place into a container, and then it’s ready to roll come Monday.  2. I will not use 1/4 cup of mayo – instead, I will do two tablespoons of greek yogurt to two tablespoons of light mayo.  You can go all greek or all mayo – up to you.  I will live in the middle.  Hubs will put this on sour dough but I’ll toss over lettuce.  You can wrap it too.

Tuesday 10/30 – Quinoa & Shrimp Paella – One of my favs here y’all.  I really love paella but it’s made with rice and not always as healthy.  This is a trimmed down version but still bursting with flavor.  My favorite part is not having to cook the quinoa separately – it cooks within the dish – so one pan here people. I love a one pan weeknight meal.  If you don’t want to spend a fortune on saffron, just sub turmeric but use sparingly – too much will overwhelm the other flavors.

Wednesday 10/31 – Stuffed Pepper Soup (Stovetop or Instant Pot) – Happy Halloween Y’all!! I’m sure most of you are rolling your eyes that I’m even posting a recipe for today, but you have to eat something, right?  Plus, it doesn’t get dark until what, 7:00, so you will have time to cook this easy to toss together soup.  I always have family popping in and out on Halloween so it’s nice to have something bubbly and warm on the stove, just in case they are hungry.  Super quick and filling, this dish is a no brainer!

Thursday 11/1 – Oven Baked Margherita Chicken – How is it November?  I swear it was August like two weeks ago.  I need to start prepping for Turkey Day – ugh.  Well, this here is a no stress, easy peasy, recipe that will fill you up and leave you light and happy.  I have been missing my frozen, Costco, green beans so I’ll dip back into those babies and sauté them up quick and easy!

Friday 11/2 – Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup –  I will be so relieved when we get to Friday of this week.  Work will have been bananas ( two events ), plus Halloween.  I know this makes two crock pot meals this week, but the thought of not having to actually cook on Friday makes me giddy.  Black bean soup has never been one of favorites – until I made THIS black bean soup.  It’s hearty and oh, so creamy.  My husband loves this dish but he totally turned his nose up at the idea of it the first time I made it – until he tried it.  All your peeps will love this one!

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