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.)

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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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Free Printables: Shopping Lists and Weekly Menu Planner

I'm a list maker. And by list, I mean the old school pen and paper type. I know there's an app for that, but I find it quicker to write items down on paper and to then hold it or throw it in the basket while shopping, not having to juggle a phone and worry about dropping it. 

Note pad's are a commodity at my house because my daughter swipes them as soon as she lays eyes on them and then they disappear into the abyss of her room, desk, or backpack. Never being able to grab a quick piece of paper, my shopping lists are often on the back of bills or even on napkins. Not anymore though! I made a printable so that it's easy to print a few out and keep them on hand. 

I made smaller half-lists because that's what I prefer, but I also made a longer, full-paged list in case that's what you like. (My little drawings remind me of the lickable wallpaper from Willy Wonka's factory!) For good measure, I also made a blank weekly menu too. Here's to organization! List on people!
Click HERE for half-lists

Click HERE for full list

Click HERE for menu

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

What's for Dinner: Weekly Menu for 4/13-4/19

 Dinnertime is going to definitely look different this week because of all the activities we have going on, so apologies for this week's menu due to it's lack of inspiration. I'm not sure how much of this menu will pan out, but it's always good to have a plan, right?! 

On Monday we'll celebrate baseball with ballpark food at home, per the kid's request. 

On Tuesday I'm planning to make Jane's Malibu Wrap's. They're great for quick dinners!

Wednesday's dinner will be quick naan pizzas and some fruit. Again, another good one for quick dinners!

Thursday's dinner will be lemon and garlic crock pot chicken, with brown rice noodles, and broccoli.

On Friday, I'm planning tacos, because it's our family's version of comfort food and after a busy week  it's something we all look forward to. Let's hope the weather is nice enough to maybe dine al fresco!

Saturday we'll eat out and on Sunday I'll make Edie's tortellini soup

Have a great week!

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