Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meal Planning Tuesday

There will be some more substantial posts one of these days besides weekend photos and meal plans, but those two things pretty much make up life right now! Here is what's on the menu this week...

Monday: Buffalo Chicken Salad (I cooked a bunch of chicken in the slow cooker during the day today to use in lunches and dinners this week)

Tuesday: Black Bean & Lentil Chili (slow cooker, meatless)

Wednesday: One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta (using up the last of our garden tomatoes, sniff!)

Thursday: Sweet Potato Hash & Eggs

Friday: family dinner

Saturday: birthday party

Sunday: Fish Taco Bowls

What have you been making lately?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: Making Strides 5K

October means Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides 5K Walk. A group of us donned our pink and strolled with the kids this morning through downtown.
How cute are these little cousins?
We worked up an appetite and headed back to our house for brunch. Three "big kids", three two-year-olds, and three babies.
The brunch menu was all make-ahead, so we just had to heat up the quiche's and pour the mimosas!
The menu:

Pink Grapefruit Mimosas
Pink Lemonade
Apple & Pecan Coffee Cake
Yogurt with Granola
Fresh Strawberries & Watermelon
Quiches: Broccoli & Cheese, Jalapeno Popper, and Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato with Feta
How was your weekend?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two months.

Two months...plus two weeks... or so. Better late than never, right? Third kid issues, for sure.

Here is how the three kids compare at 2 months old:

23 inches
11 pounds 12 ounces

23 1/4 inches
11 pounds

23 1/2 inches
12 pounds

Taylor slept 10 hours consecutively last night. TEN. HOURS. Which gave me six straight hours of sleep. We got up this morning at 5:15am and played for a bit by ourselves and she was back to sleep at 6:30am, just in time for the other two to get up. :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

I mean, if that's not the best way to start the week then I don't know what is.

Happy Monday! Here's what's on the menu this week...

Monday: Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese (was on the menu... but after we got the kids to bed I went grocery shopping and Matt ate potato chips with pesto... meal plan fail)

Tuesday: Taco Pie (this is already prepped and all Matt needs to do is bake it tomorrow night, so I'm counting it as a win)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken with roasted sweet potatoes

Thursday: Honey Garlic Pork Chops with Quinoa & Spinach Pilaf

Friday: Chicken Stir Fry Bake (with the chicken from Wednesday) with rice

Saturday: Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk & Tomatoes (from our garden!) over brown rice

Sunday: Chicken Amandine with green salad

What are you making?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: Apple Hill

I love, love going to Apple Hill every Fall. Not just because of the apples, apple wine, and apple doughnuts, but because I have gone every year since I was a kid. My great grandpa took us when we were little and then when my generation grew up, Grandpa Jay and I would still make the trip up each year and come home with a box of apples and a pie for everyone in the family.
This is one tradition I am so happy to continue, and I am so happy Matt loves it just as much as I do.
Taylor enjoyed her first Ergo experience. How stinking cute is this hat my coworker knitted for her?!
Marlee's favorite part was the apples themselves. Right off the tree.
Grandma Pete joined us again this year, and so did Samantha and Jax!
Mmm... apple wine... and apple beer.
Still working on that apple (and thank you for the cute outfits, Auntie Heidi!)
"Hey geese! I have an apple!"
The rule is, you can only get as large a pumpkin as you can carry.
Mason has taken that rule as his personal challenge to get-- and carry (up a hill)-- the largest pumpkin possible.
Both kids were very proud of their selections and are already looking forward to carving them.

How was your weekend?

P.S. If you are able to get up to Apple Hill, our two favorite stops are High Hill Ranch and Kids Inc. :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Happy first day of fall! I love this picture of the kids from last fall. Mason collecting acorns and Marlee in her hand-me-down orange squeaky shoes that insisted on wearing with every outfit. How quickly these seasons really do pass.

As with anything, it takes some time to find your groove. Going on three weeks back to work and getting up twice during the night with Taylor... we're just now finding our meal planning groove. Here is what this week looks like:

Monday: camping leftovers

Tuesday: friends over for pizza

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Thursday: BLT's

Friday: Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Saturday: Mustard Glazed Salmon with Lentils

Sunday: Carrot & Apple Soup

What are you making this week?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: Santa Cruz KOA

KOA = camping, for those of you who aren't familiar. :) We took off on Saturday morning and met up with some friends on beach in Santa Cruz. The sand, sea, and salty air were just what we all needed.
8 adults + 7 kids

7 kids, aged 5 and under

It was so cold, but these guys didn't mind.

As for this one, she was perfectly happy nestled right there.

Camp dirt and all, she is still pretty cute.

Grainy, but oh so sweet.
How was your weekend?