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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+


  1. 356

    I really love the Swirl Black set. They would go really nice in my new kitchen!!!

  2. 357
    Susan H. says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway. @sebh55

  3. 358

    I love the Anissa pattern

  4. 359

    I like you & Mikasa on FB (they are our wedding dishes from 16 yrs ago!)

  5. 360
  6. 361

    I linked up with my Bacon Wrapped Smoky Chicken. =)

  7. 362
    Jenise van Hulsentop says:

    Anissa please! :)

  8. 363
    Jacqueline Benevento says:

    Love the Italian Countryside pattern from Mikasa! AND I love and appreciate your blog. Awesome :) Thank you!

  9. 364
    Melanie Hunt says:

    I love the crisp clean look of Italian Countryside!

  10. 365
    evelyn mcgoldrick says:

    I love the Italian Country side dishes and hope I win.

  11. 366

    I love the Italian Country Side!

  12. 367

    Love Mikasa!

  13. 368

    Love your blog as well!

  14. 369
    Alice C. says:

    I love the Italian Countryside!

  15. 370

    I’d choose the Italian Countryside. You can never go wrong with white dishes!

  16. 371

    I’d like the Anissa ones

  17. 372
  18. 373

    Hard to pick between Italian Countryside and Anissa. I love them both for different reasons. We have Mikasa Arabella dinnerware that we received as wedding gifts when we married almost 18 years ago. We love them but they are starting to get chipped and scratched looking. I’ve been starting to think about replacing them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. 375

    I linked my Mom’s Goulash recipe.

  21. 376

    Italian Countryside!!! Love this pattern!!!! So classy!!!!

  22. 377

    I really love the swirl black design. Plus, it’s somewhat masculine so my husband would love to use them as well!

  23. 378
    Andrea D. says:

    I love the Italian Country Side Pattern. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  24. 379
    Andrea D. says:

    I am a facebook fan of both. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  25. 380

    Thanks for having us to your party Cheryl, and providing such bella Italian Countryside Dinnerware. I’m crossing my fingers because I would love to win it!!! Happy weekend too.

  26. 381

    I would definitely choose the Black Swirl.It’s sleek and so modern.

  27. 382

    I love Italian Countryside. So easy to mix and match

  28. 383

    luvvvvvv the swirl black!!!! oh, and the anissa….couldn’t possibly choose, they are beautiful!!!! i am a fan of both mikasa and tidy mom on FB!!!! :)))

  29. 384

    Italian Countryside is my favorite. Love your blog….keep up the good work.

  30. 385
    terri dobbs says:

    I would love Anissa it’s beautiful!!

  31. 386

    Anissa please

  32. 387

    I love the Italian Countryside!

  33. 388

    I like Tidymom on Fb

  34. 389

    I Like Mikasa on FB!

  35. 390

    I love the Italian Countryside – it could coordinate with so many different patterns.

  36. 391

    Italian Countryside – gorgeous!

  37. 392
    karen delmarco says:

    i LOVE the Italian Countryside, crisp white plates make such a beautiful backdrop to a colorful feast! Thank you for a chance to enter!!

  38. 393
    karen delmarco says:

    Following you on FB

  39. 394

    I’ve been doing brightly-colored dishes for awhile & need a change… I love the classic Italian Countryside.

  40. 395

    Fan of Tidymom on FB

  41. 396
    Jennifer says:

    I love swirl black

  42. 397

    Love the Anissa pattern.

  43. 398

    It’s head to pick one pattern but I really like the Italian Countryside!

  44. 399
    Chris Lawlor says:

    I love the Italian Countryside design… What an awesome giveaway! Thank you.

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    Chris Lawlor says:

    I am also now a fan on Facebook.

  46. 401

    I’m torn – I like both Italian Countryside and Swirl Black. I suppose I’d have to go with white as I don’t think my husband would like the black.

  47. 402

    I like both Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook

  48. 403
  49. 404

    Italian Countryside!

  50. 405

    I think Anissa is kinda neat


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