Sunday, February 07, 2016

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu 25

Happy Superbowl Sunday! Hope the team you're rooting for wins!

Indoor soccer starts this week, which now means we have 4 sports active right now, and why menu's have been a little uninspiring lately. But, still, we have to eat, so this is what I've come up for this week. Hope my menu helps with yours!
On Monday, we'll be doing a little detoxing from all the Superbowl snacks with this Spicy Southwestern salad with Avocado Dressing

Soup on Tuesday is my secret weapon against two back-to-back busy nights. There's always leftovers! Homemade Chicken Noodle for this week.

Leftovers or something equally quick on Wednesday.

Tacos on Thursday. Ole! 

Pizza night on Friday. (It's always a game day decision weather we order out or make at home. Lately, making them is our favorite way, since we can't seem to find a good pizza place around here. It's my mission to find good wood-fired crust!)

Out on Saturday! Kitchen is closed!

Salmon on Sunday with my Sweethearts! The kids have never had chocolate fondue, so that's what's for dessert. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday 5 (minus 2)

The most exciting thing that's happened around here this week has been Vaughn spilling a trail of honey across the kitchen floor. I didn't see it happen, but saw her wiping the floor, and actually believed her when she said she had it handled. I, myself, have spent some time on my hands and knees scrubbing sticky spots, but everyday new ones mysteriously pop up. Spilled honey is no joke.

Here's a few things making me happy this week:

My little bird and these holly branches.

Working on the kid's Valentine's.

This nail polish remover from Target, that has the pump.

How about you? What made you happy this week?
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


We recently went to Colorado, and thinking back about it, our days can be organized by footwear.

Plenty of days we were in ski boots,

one day we wore snow shoes,

 the kids wore snow boarding boots for a few days (which are way comfier than ski boots),

and there were ice skates,

and sometimes, at the spa wearing no shoes at all. (Which may just be my favorite place to spend on a ski trip.)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu 24

Plans changed and we didn't have salad and baked potatoes last Monday, so they're back in rotation for this Monday. 

Soup on Tuesday and I'm trying a new recipe - Italian Orzo Spinach soup. Hope it's good!

I'll pick up a rotisserie chicken for a quick dinner on Wednesday and roast some veggies to go along with. 

Two weeks ago, we were supposed to try this Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine, but we didn't get to it, so I'm planning on it for Thursday. 

Pizza on Friday!

Out for dinner on Saturday! 

Superbowl snacks on Sunday! Menu TBD...

Have a great week!!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday 5

Thank goodness for daffodils! They brighten up my mood on gray winter days. A reminder that spring will eventually be here!

I'm cold and everyone in this house is tired about hearing about it. (This is going to be a long winter.) Hot soup helps and this hit the spot. 

Valentine's Day is near and Vaughn has started making hers for the family. I found this on her desk and the sweetness nearly killed me. I mean, I can't even. EYELASHES, people! On a heart with sibling labels, interlocked arrow-arms, a haloed heart, and fireworks. Time please stand still! 

This bag of yeasty stuff showed up this week and I may or may not have given it an eye roll. Vaughn, on the other hand, is super excited about the Friendship Bread, and has been following the daily directions explicitly. Soon we'll have starters to share, so watch your back (or your doorstep's!).  

I've always loved this line from Biggie's song, "Juicy", so I decided to watercolor it yesterday and was happy with how it turned out. It's now my newest addition to my Etsy shop. (I know it's supposed to be sip, not drink.)

This weekend is supposed to bring us warmer weather, so I'm excited about that and the fact that Vance's basketball practice just got cancelled for tonight! We all needed a night off! Hope you all have a great weekend too. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine's Day Classroom Party Ideas: Fortune Tellers & Estimation Jars

I didn't volunteer to help out with classroom parties this year, but I always get asked, and I can never say no. You'd think planning an hour long party for kids would be a no brainer, but there's many (many!) hurdles to jump that make you want to pull your hair out. Another reason that's weighing on me is that next year Vance will be in middle school, so this is my last year to help out in his classroom. It's bittersweet for sure! 

I thought I'd share 2 of the many activities that we have planned for the party, in case you need some quick and easy ideas too.

I channeled my inner 11-year-old and made a cootie catcher, or a fortune teller, as part of the craft for the party.  

Click HERE for the fortune teller

And because you'll need a refresher on how to fold the darn things, here you go.

Click HERE for folding directions.

In case you'd like to fill in your own fortunes, then here's a blank one

The kids always get a kick out of estimation jars, so here's a fun spin on one for Valentine's Day. 
Be sure to drop the filled jar off to the classroom a few days before the party, so it can create some buzz.

Click HERE for the Kissing Booth Sign

Click HERE for the Estimation Jar ballots. 

Here's hoping the party is a success! 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu 23

We get to add one more hurdle to our already busy schedule starting this week, making dinnertimes tricky as ever. I may or may not asked the family if we can't just eat cereal on our busiest days and if so, I'd make it up to them over the rest of the week. They didn't seem to be on board, so here's what I came up with for the week. 

Monday will be quick baked potatoes and salad. I do russet for them and sweet for me and have been adding salsa and black beans to mine for an added kick. Ole!

Soup on Tuesday is the best plan of attack because it's 100% ready for whenever who needs to eat it. Since the only home made soup that Vaughn likes is Chicken Pot Pie Soup, that's what I'm going with.

Grilled cheeses and leftover soup for Wednesday!

Green chile enchiladas for Thursday. Love these!

Pizza on Friday.

Kitchen is closed on Saturday. 

On Sunday, I'm going to make the controversial Tuna Casserole. The kids hate it but I love it, so it always adds some extra dinnertime panache.

Hope this helps with your menu planning!

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