A Week of Dinners: The Good, the bad, and the burger.

Happy Wednesday! Smile

Rather than sharing one day of eats with you today for WIAW, I thought I’d share the dinners I’ve been enjoying the past week. 

Well, I’ve enjoyed most of them. Thinking smile

Dinner #1 “Slow Movin’ BBQ Chicken

shredded BBQ chicken

I wrote about this meal a long time ago … like, when the blog was just a baby-blog.

You can click on the link above for the original “recipe” (I use that term loosely, because it’s so darn easy). 

But this time, I actually did things a little differently.  I just threw 3 chicken breasts into the slow cooker with some salt and pepper and covered them with water (just enough so that they were fully immersed).  I set the slow cooker to “low” and let them cook all day.  When I got home that night, I took out the chicken and shredded it in a bowl, added BBQ sauce, and that was that!

The above picture is actually an old one.  This time when I made the chicken, I served it on whole-wheat sandwich thins.  And I made a sweet potato for the side.  Delicious and crazy easy!

Dinner #2: The Pinterest-fail.

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I found this recipe for Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli on Pinterest.  And I had high hopes for it, because the commenters left good reviews.

Sadly, it was a massive disappointment.  It was way too salty and really lacked any other flavor. 

It was so bad, that we threw out all of the leftovers.  And if you know me at all, you know how much that pained me to do.  I HATE wasting food (and money!).

I don’t want to share the link to the original recipe because I don’t want to be unkind to the original creator.  And who knows.  Maybe it was something I did wrong? 

But if you find a recipe for crock pot beef and broccoli on Pinterest, know that you’ve been warned. Winking smile

Dinner #3: The Pancake Success Story!

So I’ve made some good pancakes in my day.  Pumpkin pancakes, blueberry oatmeal pancakes, pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes

… but the last time I tried making good, old-fashioned pancakes from scratch, it was a hot mess.

This time, however, I am so excited to say that we found a winner!

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When I decided that I wanted a good pancake recipe, I headed over to The Pioneer Woman’s blog

I figured that with her down-home, feel-good style of cooking, she was bound to have a great pancake recipe.

And I was right!

I followed this recipe to a T.

Do exactly as she says, and I promise you will have some of the best pancakes in the history of pancake-making. Winking smile

With the combination of cake flour, lots of vanilla extract, and butter, you feel like you’re eating a piece of cake.  But with less sugar.

I don’t know if that makes any sense.  Just trust me, and try the recipe.

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I topped my stack with peanut butter and plenty of syrup.  So, so good.

The recipe made a ton of pancakes, so after Brandon and I had our fill, I froze the rest.  Since then, I’ve had a few mornings where I enjoyed pancakes, instead of my normal peanut butter and banana on toast!

Dinner #4: Date night at Armando’s.

Last Friday night, Brandon and I enjoyed a much-needed date night.

We went to Armando’s, which serves Latin and Caribbean dishes.

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Brandon got the lobster tacos, while I went with the calamari tacos.  Then we swapped one taco each, so that we could try a little of both.

Both tacos were delicious and super fresh.  I also loved the never-ending supply of chips and salsa that was provided at Armando’s.  It was a definite win, and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon!

Dinner #5: Dinner in Decatur with friends.

On Saturday night, we met our friends Todd and Shannon for dinner at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur.

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As you can see, they also brought their little one, Amelia. 

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She and Addie are going to be BFF in just a couple of months. Winking smile

Leon’s was a super cool place with a relaxed but funky atmosphere. 

And their menu was pretty funky, too!

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Todd started the evening by ordering “bacon in a glass,” served with a side of house-made peanut butter, for the table to share.

Bacon in a glass.  With peanut butter.  Every pregnant woman’s fantasy.

For my main course, I chose a burger.  It included grass-fed beef, cheddar cheese, house-made catsup & mustard, bread & butter pickles, and baby iceberg lettuce.

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On the side, I had an order of their “pub frites” (a fancy way of saying French fries), with smoked tomato mayo dipping sauce.

Leon’s is known for their fries with various dipping sauces.  Between of the four of us, we tried the garlic aioli, Leon’s BBQ, fresh horseradish mayonnaise, and my smoked tomato mayonnaise.

They were all delicious. Thumbs up

For dessert, Brandon and I split the Chocolate-Nutella Candy Bar.

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It was topped with hazelnuts and seas salt. 

The candy bar was rich and decadent.  The perfect end to a perfect meal!

Well that about wraps up my WIAW!  Other than that one hiccup, I’d say it was a pretty delicious week of eats!

Question for ya …

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Ever had a Pinterest fail?

Would you have ordered the bacon in a glass?

Who is your current favorite on The Bachelor?

I like Ashley and Lesley right now.  But I haven’t watched Tuesday night’s episode yet … so that opinion is always subject to change!



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41 Responses to A Week of Dinners: The Good, the bad, and the burger.

  1. Angelica from UF

    Everything looks delicious! I am so hungry right now :) David and I will have to check these places out next time we are in Atlanta. Hope all is well!

    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, you definitely need to try Leon’s! It’s so good!

  2. Amy

    I will def try the pancake one!! Those Pioneer Women so it right! I made the quickest dinner ever yesterday…. Stuffed Baked Sloppy Joe’s! Gary is so picky and asked me to make it again. Make your reg Sloppy Joe’s… Get the tube of homestyle buttermilk biscuit by Pillsbury I bought the grande with 8. Flatten out the biscuit…. Place 2 tbsp of sloppy Joe on the flattened biscuit add a pinch of chedder cheese… Fold it over once and seal the edges… Bake at 350 for 10-14 min light golden brown. def everybody approved. I got this from Pinterest.

    • notsodomesticated

      Love that idea!!

  3. Heather

    Now I’m officially craving pancakes! We love Armandos – yummo and pretty close to my house!! A mom-friend’s husband is the owner and chef at Leon’s in Decatur – so glad to hear you guys enjoyed it : ) I’ll have to pass the good words along!

    • notsodomesticated

      No way! Yes, we really loved it! Maybe we’ll have to meet you and your hubby there sometime! ;)

  4. jennifer

    Those pancakes look AMAZING. I’m going to have to go find some cake flour and try those.
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  5. Eating 4 Balance

    “It’s so fluffy!” Sorry for the Despicable Me quote, I just found it particularly fitting to those incredibly fluffy-looking pancakes. Seriously, just like the ones from the diner.

    Definitely had my fair share of pinterest fails. I love the pintester website :)

    I’ll take dinner #4 please! That rice looks delicious.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I’ve never seen Despicable Me! I guess I need to visit Red Box! ;)

  6. Nicole

    That’s why sometimes I’m hesitant to share my recipes–I’m not an exacto-cook or baker so how I make something might be different from how someone else might.
    I’ll be watching The Bachelor tonight on Hulu.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I know … one of my recipes was shared by someone on Pinterest, and the girl said that she found it to be “horrible.” I couldn’t believe it, because it is one of our favorites! I don’t know if she did something wrong, or if she just has very different taste!

  7. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    Umm… Bacon in a glass? With peanut butter as a dip? Ha ha wow! My husband would be freaking out over that! ;)

    I haven’t had plain old fashioned pancakes in a while, and this needs to change! When I do make them, I will give that recipe a try!
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  8. Kat

    My sister LOVES pioneer woman!! She makes a lot of her meals. Ive never had a pinterest dail per say, but Ive totally had a lot of recipe fails!! It happens more than Id like to admit lol
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  9. Koryn @ **wife & soon-to-be blogger** ;-)

    Ok, so you have confirmed that I NEED a slow-cooker/crock pot in my life!!! Would love to try out Dinner #1 & the pancake recipe looks great too! The best thing I’ve eaten this week is actually a breakfast meal… pb&co’s white chocolate peanut butter on a slice of cinnamon swirl bread with half a banana sliced, on top! Absolute HEAVEN after my morning run!! :-)

    • notsodomesticated

      I LOVE their white chocolate peanut butter. That stuff is so addicting!

  10. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    Yummm I’m drooling big time over here! If (and when!) we ever come visit, I really want to go to this Leon’s place! It sounds like they have some really unique dishes, and they all look so delicious. And I’m definitely trying those pancakes! Possibly this weekend?! Pioneer Woman never disappoints! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, you need to come visit!! If you lived on the east coast, we’d probably already have found a way to meet up. But Utah isn’t exactly a quick car trip away! ;)

  11. Lauren

    Ok bacon in a glass sounds gross but I am sure it was soooo good! I wouldn’t have thought to put peanut butter and bacon together.
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  12. Alex @ therunwithin

    I hate when things are over salty, kills me!
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  13. Calee

    I had to stop by because that BBQ looks fantastic. I’ve had a craving for bbq all week. :)

    Happy WIAW!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Happy WIAW to you, too, Calee!! :)

  14. MassachusEATS

    Your BBQ looks fantastic! Yum!

    And don’t ya hate when a Pinterest recipe fails?! The pictures always drag me in so then I get pretty disappointed when they don’t work out.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I know. If someone is a good photographer, it makes all the difference. I wish I had a better camera for all of my food pics! ;)

  15. Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness

    Shut up! Bacon with a side of peanut butter, yum!!
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  16. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I definitely would’ve ordered the bacon in a glass! I’m a huge fan of bacon and pb together (I’ve even put pb on a blt before…don’t judge). All your recipes look delicious, and I’ll have to try out those pancakes. Pioneer Woman has amazingly comforting recipes. Miss you!

  17. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life

    I LOVE barbeque anything! Those sandwiches look so good. It’s a bummer that Pinterest failed you. I have so many “to try” recipes pinned – hope none of them are failures!
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  18. Natalie

    YUM! The bbq chicken, wow so tasty looking.

  19. Amber @ Mommy's Me Time

    Looks like you had a delicious week of eats – I’m sure little Addie appreciated every bite! :) That Nutella candy bar looks so good! You are looking so cute by the way! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Amber! I appreciate that!

  20. Nicole

    I had to come back and add re: The Bachelor…why are these girls in the great outdoors and not one of them is wearing a NorthFace? Did producers tell them to pack their club clothes for the woods?!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I always wonder how the clothing situation works on that show. Those girls must have had to pack like 10 suitcases of clothes … bathing suits, gowns, casual clothes, etc. Yet when you see them leaving the show, it’s only with one suitcase! Yeah, right!

  21. Mallory @ Mal's Miles

    That cheeseburger makes this vegetarian want to throw in the towel… the bacon in the glass looks fantastic too but I think the nutella candy bar takes the cake! I’m super jealous!
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  22. Jessie

    Oh my heavens, those pancakes look so fluffy & delicious!
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  23. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Oh my goodness, those pancakes look SO good. I haven’t had pancakes in months – must change that ASAP!!
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  24. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    bacon in a glass= yes please

    I like AshLee (or however you spell it) and Leslie and Desi (I think?) I think it will be those three for sure at the end. That dumb Tierra is just around for the drama, I’m sure she will be gone soon. I always wonder, if he want’s to know so bad if what the girls are saying about her is true, can’t he go back and watch video? I mean I’m sure they won’t let him to increase the drama on the show, but that seems like an obvious solution to me! ;-)
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  25. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    They actually SERVE bacon with peanut butter?!?! LOVE it. [Says the vegan.] Also, I want that candy bar. Like right now. [Obviously it is time for my after school snack...]

    Lesley for the win! (To be honest, I’m still on the fence about all of them. I don’t really pay too much attention until it gets to 3 or 4 girls left. :) )
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  26. Naomi

    I agree about Ashlee and Lesley. I also like Katherine after this week’s episodes.

  27. Allison

    I love your blog; so happy I just found it! I have had one too many Pinterest fails. Probably why I just pin hundreds of things and never do anything about it now, haha. My favorite on the Bachelor is definitely Lesley right now. She’s kinda spunky and not whiny like most of the other girls.
    Can’t wait to read more :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hey Allison! Thanks for your comment! I agree … I’m definitely a Lesley fan, as well! :)

  28. Julia

    Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! So excited to read more! I will definitely be making the BBQ chicken sandwich this week! It seems like at least half of my Pinterest finds are fails, I think I miss a step or something!?! I hate throwing out food too, so I get a little worried about trying new things off Pinterest now!
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  29. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    Why have I never considered freezing leftover pancakes?!?!?!? *face palm*
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