Friday, May 01, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to leaving uplifting and inspirational notes in the kids lunchbox. 
(I should do that instead of leaving notes to mess with them.) 

Here's to student art shows!
(Proud that both kids had items chosen for this year's show. Vance's is the one above him - it's a drawing of himself and then the abstracted version with the yellow background. Vaughn's is the one closest to her, on the bottom, and is a series of 4 circular designs.)

 Here's to Vaughn's last indoor soccer game.
(The Shooting Stars took 3rd and we celebrated with medals, cupcakes, and a pizza party afterwards. (I couldn't help myself and made individual printables for the girl's cupcakes. Love it!))

Here's to Silly String. 
(I'm ashamed that my kids do not know what Silly String is, but oh, how that'll change this weekend. Sneak attack in full affect!)

(I felt that needed to be in all caps because that's how I reacted when I first saw them. EEEEEE!!! I can't wait for Vaughn to open them on her birthday!)

We have a big weekend upon us - a baseball tournament and Vaughn's birthday!
What are you celebrating this weekend? Cheers!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Dinner Menu 4/27 - 5/3

This week I'm going to utilize some meals that I've had in the freezer. (Mainly from dishes that I've made too much of and have stuck in the freezer, rather than saving for leftovers that end up getting trashed because no one eats them.) Between you and me, I've frozen them in dishes that I need, so let the unthawing begin!

On Monday we'll have lasagna roll ups and salad. (I'm going to use the timer feature on my oven, so fingers crossed I don't burn the house down while at soccer practice!)

Tuesday will be a quick breakfast for dinner - diner's choice of what's around.

Wednesday will again be something quick, BLAT's.

Thursday will be green chicken chili enchiladas and guacamole.

Friday and Saturday are really up in the air due to not knowing the game time's of Vance's baseball tourney. We didn't end up doing last weeks sliders, so if we're around I'll plan for that on Friday. 

Sunday is Vaughn's birthday and she gets to pick. There's different dinner scenarios in place that depend on if Vance's team plays on Sunday but they all include chocolate brownies with chocolate icing and rainbow sprinkles. That's my girl!

Have a great week!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. 

Here's to two-wheeled bike riding. 
(Tired of seeing her struggle due to lack of space on our sidewalks, I packed up her bike and went to school, where she could stretch her legs a little bit. She took off on the first try and hasn't stopped yet. Atta Girl, Vaughnie Bell!) 

Here's to not giving up and working hard. 
(This picture is terrible, I know, but it's the only one I snapped. It was FRIGID out and I was ridiculously underdressed, so my hands stayed in my pockets. Vaughn started with a new soccer team this week and I was proud of how well she did at practice. I haven't seen her cheeks so red in a long time!)

Here's to technology.
(I love watching Vance play and I've missed more games than I'd like to, due to 8:00 start times on school nights. It's way too late to keep Vaughn up, so Justin keeps me in the game with text updates and pictures.)  

Here's to breaking all the fashion rules and not caring. 
(Someone, ahem, forgot about the dress code for Vance's string concert and he had to wear last year's pants. (At least I know he's growing!) In a daring move, he paired his high waters with purple elite's and blue shoes and didn't care one bit. It was fun watching him play and he did a great job.) 

Here's to Sunset Beach.
(That's the name of the limited edition Method spray from Target. I picked it up last week and am loving how it smells. I'm super-picky when it comes to smells, so I was quite surprised! Check it out next time you're there!)

What are you toasting to this weekend? 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fast Fajitas!

Hiya! I mentioned on Sunday's menu that Thursday is fajita night and wanted to share how my family does fajita night. It's super easy and a crowd pleaser! 

Cut up yo' veggies and sauté them. Some nights we'll leave it at that and others I'll cook chicken to add to the mix. 

I'm normally not a sauce-in-the-bag type of girl, but this caught my eye awhile ago when I noticed the Frontera logo on it and decided to give it a try. (For those not familiar with the brand, it's owned by chef Rick Bayless.) Add the Frontera Fajita sauce to your sautéed veggies and cooked meat and let it simmer. Depending on how much I'm cooking, sometimes I won't use the whole bag. Just use your judgment. 

When you're ready serve with warm tortillas, desired toppings, and (my favorite side!) guacamole.
Look how perfect those avocados are!!

This week has been busy for us - looking forward to having tonight off and eating dinner as a family! Ole!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

No Solicitation Printable Signs

Spring weather is here and so are the door-to-door solicitors. Any chance you've noticed it too in your neighborhood? I'm too nice to be mean and listen to their spiel before kindly saying no thanks, but it's a waste of time for us both because I'm not interested in anything. Growing annoyed of being bothered, I scribbled out a No Solicitation sign with a Sharpie and a piece of paper but figured I could make something a little nicer. Hopefully one of these fit your style. And your sense of humor. Click HERE for printable.

(Printing Tip! Each sign measures 3x4 if printed out at 100%. If that's too big or too small for you, adjust your printing percentage.)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan weekly menu 4/20 - 4/26

On Monday I'll keep it fast and simple with salads and bread. (The kids usually grab an apple, a kiwi, or a handful of baby carrots to go with every meal.)

Tuesday is busy and everyone will eat at a different time, so a pot of soup is perfect. I'll make bean and cheese quesadillas and keep them warm in the oven for whoever wants to grab one.

Wednesday is also busy and it's one of those nights where I wish dinner was offered in a pill form. (One gulp and no cleanup!) Leftovers or Diner's Choice! of what can be found in the pantry.

On Thursday we'll celebrate with fajitas because it's a free night. No activities! I'll be back later this week with how I do the fajita dance.

On Friday we'll hopefully have nice weather and will do pizzas on the grill. I'll sauté mushrooms, onions, a red pepper, and grate mozzarella cheese for toppings. Oh and goat cheese. Pizza is better with goat cheese. 

Saturday is for salmon and I'm going to try it like Rebecca and her Blue Apron meal. See it HERE

Slider Sunday is becoming a thing and I'm going with it because a peaceful dinner where everyone eats is the best kind of dinner. I didn't list it but I might pick up a bag of Alexia fries to go with. 


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple things from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to giant inflatable swans. They make me happy.
(If I had a pool, I'd fill it with these guys.)

Here's to 4th grade field trips.
(Life in the 1800's was the theme and square dancing was a part of it. Squirming and shrieking ensued because all of the cooties in the room. I had a blast do-si-do'ing though!) 

Here's to all you youngsters. Enjoy your youth while you still have it.
(One day you're invincible, the next you take a walk and then wake up with shin splints. Still trying to process what exactly happened.) 

Here's to the first softball game of the season.
(Vaughn played well and had fun. Score!)

Here's to Lilly for Target.
(Can't wait for Sunday! Although I hear a lot will only be available online, I'll still go and check it out.)

What are you celebrating tonight? Whatever it may be, Cheers!!!

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