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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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    Natalie P says:

    I love the Anissa Set!

  2. 664

    I would choose Italian Countryside.

  3. 665
    Dorinda Selke says:

    I would love to win the Mikasa Anissa set. Thanks. Love your blog !! Dorinda

  4. 666

    The beautiful Italian countryside.. :)

  5. 667

    I love the Italian Countryside it is so classic.

  6. 668

    I would choose Anissa :)

  7. 669

    I love the Anissa! It is so pretty!

  8. 670

    I liked Mikasa and I already like TidyMom on Facebook!

  9. 671

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

  10. 672

    I really love the Italian Countryside, because it reminds me of a dish set my grandma had. But, I think I’d prefer the Swirl Black!

  11. 673

    I’ve liked you on FB for a long time!

  12. 674

    I’ve liked Mikasa on FB for a long time, too!

  13. 675
    MelindaB says:

    I like the Italian Countryside :)

  14. 676
    Victoria song says:

    I’m in love with the Anissa collections! Thank you so much~ Victoria

  15. 677
    Victoria song says:

    I liked both Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook :)

  16. 678
    Victoria song says:
  17. 679

    Linked you on my blog! :)

  18. 680

    The Italian Countryside would be so great to win! You can bring in so many diffrent colors accents!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. 681

    I would love the Italian countryside pattern!

  20. 682

    I Like The Nature Conservancy and TidyMom on Facebook

  21. 683

    What a hard choice! – I was torn between the black swirl and Anissa but I think I will go Anissa for the simple beauty it has

  22. 684
    Phillip Lagomarsino says:

    Swirl Black. It is sexy.

  23. 685

    I love all of them, but Anissa is my favorite!

  24. 686
    Evelyn Goettner says:

    I would choose the Anissa Set! Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. 687
    Kristie Moxley says:

    I love the Italian Countryside. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  26. 688

    Like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook!!

  27. 689
    Kristie Moxley says:

    I like Mikasa on facebook!

  28. 690
    Evelyn Goettner says:

    I Like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook.

  29. 691
    Evelyn Goettner says:
  30. 692
    Kristie Moxley says:

    I liKe Tidy Mom on facebook!

  31. 693

    Tweeted this giveaway: Easy dinner ideas and a beautiful tabletop with #Mikasa #win 8 placesettings @TidyMom
    twitter handle is @kb1285

  32. 694
    Miz Gala says:

    I would like Italian Countryside. Hard to go wrong with classic white!

  33. 695
    Miz Gala says:

    I like Mikasa on Facebook!

  34. 696
    Marilyn S. says:

    The Italian Countryside would be so lovely to entertain with & style my dinners! I love it!

  35. 697

    of the 3…Anise.

  36. 698

    I would choose the Italian Countryside set. Thanks!

  37. 699

    Love, Love, Love the Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes. Clean lines and classic white goes with everything!

  38. 700

    swirl black please

  39. 701

    Love, love, the Swirl Black

  40. 702

    I have always loved Mikasas ceramics. I am an artist/teacher and I approve! Out of these choices I prefer the Annisa set because it is “different” and a little bit more unique. Dont get me wrong, I love traditional dinnerware and if the Annisa wasn’t there I would have picked the Italian Counrty Side because both me and my fiance are Italians, and this is a classic set that would last a lifetime. I am “friends” with Mikasa on facebook and its always so great to see them doing promotions like these! Thanks Mikasa and TidyMom. I am now a fan of TIdyMom! You don’t need to be a mom to think these creative ideas are essential to a home! Thank you!

  41. 703

    i like mikasa and tidymom!

  42. 704

    would love to have the Anissa set, it’s very unique :)

  43. 705

    Italian Countryside. Such a nice giveaway.

  44. 706

    Awesome giveaway! And yes, easy and quick dinners are the best. Sometimes you just don’t have time to slave over a stove for 2 hours, especially on weeknights!

    Of the 3 patterns, I would definitely choose the Anissa. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  46. 708

    I would pick the Anissa!

  47. 709

    I liked Mikasa on Facebook.

  48. 710

    I already like you on Facebook.

  49. 711

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  50. 712
    Mary Baker says:

    I Liked Mikasa on Facebook


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