Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorite: Summer dessert

Thanks to my sister-in-law, we are in peach heaven right now. If you have any good peach recipes, please pass them along! Here is a simple one I used for a 4th of July dessert: Brown Sugar Baked Peaches.

These could not be any easier and they are good warm, cold, or room temperature. Wash, halve, and pit a bunch of peaches. Lay face-up in a baking dish, place a small pat of butter (I used about an eighth of a tablespoon on each of these small peaches) in the center of each one, and sprinkle generously with brown sugar.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and broil on high for another 3-4, until the top has caramelized. Serve with vanilla ice cream or enjoy just as they are.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer breakfast popsicles

Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles sound like a fantastic idea, don't they? We tried them last week, based on THIS recipe, and I can't say they were a hit. On the other hand, they weren't necessarily a miss either. Both kids ate them, just not enthusiastically. They liked the idea of eating popsicles for breakfast more than they liked the actual popsicles. Given that both Mason and Marlee will eat plain Greek yogurt with agave, granola, and blueberries any old morning, I think we'll stick with that. If you decide to make them, I would suggest going a little lighter on the almond milk (that's what we used) and adding another banana to thicken them up before pouring them into the molds.

We will probably try them again with some plain Greek yogurt in place of some of the milk-- and will add a ton more berries. Not much says summer better than berries and popsicles, right?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Independence Day in Pictures

Stroller sharing

Parade watching

Baby holding

Floatie swimming

Family enjoying

Forced resting

Oyster barbecuing

New dad admiring

Camera cheesing

Belly lounging

Watermelon chomping

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meal Planning Monday (not)

Matt is gone for work again this week and I would be lying if I said I was going to plan meals for myself. I am perfectly content eating salad every night.

Or cereal.

And ice cream.

This ice cream, by the way, is the best ice cream ever. Oreo Cookie & Cream Mint. Oh my word. Both Matt and I agreed that it was seriously one of the best tasting ice creams we have ever had. Ever. Good luck finding it, because we are going to buy up every single half gallon.

What are you making this week?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend in Pictures

We stayed close to home this weekend but enjoyed the beautiful weather. We hit up a community yard sale and found a few fun new treasures. Mason brought his allowance and was so excited to find a huge Speed Racer car for 25 cents. He saw Marlee pick up a plastic airplane for 25 cents and he asked if he could buy it for her. Right there, I melted. That kid never ceases to amaze me, he is so sweet.
 A local farm held a family festival where the kids got to take a tractor ride, play in bounce houses, play carnival games, pet farm animals, and basically run wild until they melted down.
Saturday night we hosted the neighborhood Popsicle Social and had friends over for dinner. Between our two families we have 5 kids ages 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. A year from now add one more to the mix and consider the amount of wine that will be consumed during one meal.
Sunday after church we stopped at an international market for lunch and were excited to find a World Cup game being shown on a huge screen and a ton of Korea fans there celebrating.
After lunch Matt and Marlee napped while Mason and I went to a birthday party. And by "Mason and I", I mean Mason went to the party while I got a pedicure. This mama is ready to be done being pregnant. I'll take whatever breaks I can get right now.
How was your weekend?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 Summer List

Saturday is the "official" start of Summer, so we took time this week to put together our 2014 Summer List.
- camp out in the back yard
- learn to swim (Mason)
- watch a parade
- State Fair
- make sidewalk paint
- host a popsicle party
- sleep over with cousins
- watch fireworks
- meet our new baby!
- make s'mores
- go bowling
- spray park
- pick berries (and make jam)
- get frozen yogurt
- go to the movies

We included lots of free and inexpensive things to do and tried to keep it to low-key activities. That whole "meet our new baby" one is going to make things interesting this summer. What is on your Summer List?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

So... about last week's meal plan... the Tortellini Pasta Salad was good. So, so good. Especially with fresh basil from our garden. The rest of the week, well, we're going to get a fresh start this week and attempt some of those same recipes.

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: Lemon, Artichoke, & Asparagus Pasta with Pineapple Sausages

Wednesday: Oven Roasted Tilapia with red potatoes

Thursday: dinner out

Friday: Black Bean & Quinoa Enchilada Bake (meatless)

Saturday: Sweet Potato Nachos (meatless)

Sunday: Flat-Iron Steak Tacos

What are you making this week?