Everyday Mom's Meals: 20 Minute Side Dish and New Floors

Sunday, January 2, 2022

20 Minute Side Dish and New Floors

 As of November, we have owned this house for 19 years. What started out as our "starter home" we would only be in for a few years, has become the place we've built our life. We came here as newlyweds after our honeymoon, where both of our boys came home from the hospital to, and the place Adam recovered after PE in both lungs almost took him from us 7 years ago. These four walls have seen countless birthdays, holiday celebrations, special moments, tears from sorrow...the list goes on and on. 

So why did we end up staying here so long? The simple answer is life. I could go deeper, but we will just leave it at that. But we are finally at a place where we can start to do some things we've wanted to for a very long time, as far as fixing things up a little goes. 

Back in September my dad, along with the hubby's help, laid new vinyl flooring down in our kitchen, forever covering the circa 1970's green linoleum. As I told someone, after almost two decades, I finally had a kitchen floor I loved. 

Then in November, just before Thanksgiving, it was the bathroom's turn. My dad spent a week replacing the tile flooring with beautiful vinyl plank wood; and it is beautiful! 

I can't tell you how much I love walking into both of these rooms now, not only because they are gorgeous, but because they are filled with love. They were truly a family project and I am so grateful dad could take the time and execute what I had dreamed of.

So what does new flooring have to do with this recipe? The day I tested this simple side dish, my dad was knee deep in flooring, trim and paint in the bathroom. I offered him some for lunch, and without any words I knew the dish was 100% successful. His eyes and noises as he chewed said it all. 

Take advantage of the frozen pierogies and this delicious side dish can be on your table in about 20 minutes! I served it with smoked sausage, but it would be so tasty with pork chops, ham, chicken, or burgers. 

Pierogies have quickly becomea favorite dish in our house, after I first started making them just a couple years ago. We love them as is, just sautéed in a little butter, in casseroles or finished off with yummy toppings like this dish.

These are inspired by what we all love on a loaded baked potato. Bacon. Cheese. Green onions. Did I mention bacon? Served with a little sour cream on the side and all the flavors are there!

Loaded Pierogies are not only a simple weeknight side dish, but you could absolutely put out a big platter of them at your next party or game day bash. The Super Bowl will be here before you know it and any football fan would love some pierogie nachos! 

My new flooring is beautiful and makes me smile daily. I share this story with you to show even if things take years to get done, keep working towards the goal. Don't lose sight. Try not to get discouraged. Sometimes the best things come to those who wait! 

Loaded Pierogi Skillet 

1 (16 oz.) box frozen cheese pierogi

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (2.5 oz) bag real bacon bits

2 green onions chopped

2-3 TBS butter 

In a large skillet over melt butter over medium high heat. Saute pierogies in butter for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and onions. Cover. Reduce heat to low for 5 minutes until cheese begins to melt. Serve immediately.

Shared at Weekend Potluck

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