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I’m Lovin’ It: Easy Dinner Ideas and Mikasa Dinnerware


I have two requirements for week night dinners: Easy & Quick

I love to be in the kitchen to bake………but when it comes to cooking, I like to get in and out.

I’ve been collecting recipes I’m finding around the web for dinner ideas – some I’ve tried already, some are on my list  and others are on my Dinner Ideas  pinterest board.

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What’s easier than a one dish meal that can be prepared all in one pot too! …… THAT is my dream dinner!  Kevin and Amanda shared a recipe for Spicy Sausage Pasta that I can’t WAIT to try! I love that it has summer sausage instead of our usual chicken or ground beef with pasta.

We first made  Chicken Enchilada Puffs last fall, and they have since showed up on our menu at least once a month!  All of the taste of a chicken enchilada rolled up in a crescent roll.  Toss up a salad while they are in the oven and you have a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love! – these are great left over too!

Pork Tenderloin is on our table a few times a month – I usually just season and toss on the grill, which is super easy, but I was starting to get a little bored with it.  Enter the day I found the Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin over at C+C Marriage Factory, who found it from Let’s Dish Recipes!  This recipe changed my life! …..ok, maybe not really, but this is one FABULOUS pork tenderloin, it’s tender, juicy and mildly sweet.  You can pop in the crockpot in the morning and serve with your favorite sides, or as sandwiches or wraps.  I would guess it would be delicious leftover…..but we never have any left over to try!

This Chicken Spaghetti Recipe has been on my must make list for a while, but for some reason I haven’t made it yet.  What I love about it, besides being a one pot dish, is you can use a Rotisserie Chicken!  I love to pick those up for a really quick dinner and I love using them in recipes.

More quick & easy dinner recipes

Southwestern Club Wrap

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss

Basic Roasted Chicken

Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

Blackened Tilapia Sandwich

Chili Rubbed Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Red Pepper Chicken

Grilled Italian Pizza

Rosemary Grilled Scallops

Easy Pasta with Vegetables

Asian Chicken  Salad Lettuce Wraps

Lemon Spaghetti

Spicy Bow Tie with Broccoli and Sausage

Because every good dinner is better served on beautiful dinnerware, TidyMom sponsor,  Mikasa would like to give 8 place settings of Mikasa dinnerware to one lucky TidyMom reader!  How cool is that?!  

UPDATE:  Giveaway has ended!

Congrats to comment #423 Heather

Heather said she loves the Italian Countryside pattern!

Mikasa Giveaway WIN 8 place settings from TidyMom

 I have selected three of my favorite patterns, and the winner will get to chose which of those 3 patterns they would like to win!

Choose from: 40 piece Italian Countryside |  32 piece Swirl Black | 32 piece Anissa

If you are looking for great tips for entertaining and styling your dinnerware, be sure to check out Mikasa’s The Great Dinner Party  for lots of great tips for parties and more in their Table Tips section.


To Enter Giveaway

Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of these 3 patterns you would choose.  That’s it! (if you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email)

Earn Extra Entries

(be sure to leave a separate comment for each)

  • Let me know if you Like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook
  • Tweet this giveaway:  Easy dinner ideas and a beautiful tabletop with #Mikasa #win 8 placesettings @TidyMom
  • link up a post to I’m Lovin’ It linky below 

 Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on April 19 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and Mikasa are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.

Good Luck!

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


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    Mary Baker says:

    I liked Tidy Mom On Facebook

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    Mary Baker says:

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    Easy dinner ideas and a beautiful tabletop with #Mikasa #win 8 placesettings @TidyMom
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  3. 716
    Mary Baker says:

    If I win, I would choose Swirl Black!

  4. 717

    I would LOVE to have the Italian Countryside set! I need to give my dinnerware to my exhusband so he’ll have some dishes and this would be a perfect replacement!

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    I liked Tidy Mom on FB and I already liked Mikasa : )

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    Merrilyn says:

    The Swirl Black is lovely! It would go wonderfully with my red & white dishes I already have. I already adore your blog, just discovered it today via Pinterest.

  7. 720
    Nathalie says:

    Hi Tidy Mom! I would love to win the Mikasa Swirl Black! :)

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    Nathalie says:

    Been following your Facebook page & Mikasa too.

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    Thank you TidyMom so much for a chance to win the Mikasa Dinner set. I love the Italian Countryside set. After being married for 31 years a new set would be super. Mikasa Dinner ware is a old family favorite!

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    Lolita Dampier says:

    I would LOVE to have the Italian Countryside. It’s Beautiful!

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    I would choose the Anissa pattern. Its lovely.

  12. 725

    I love the Anissa place settings! Lovely!

  13. 726

    I think the Anissa is so beautiful. What a joy to eat from these plates. This is the one I would choose.

  14. 727
    renee e. says:

    That swirl Black is amazing. I would LOVE it!


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