Friday Food Round-Up!

Uno: Send me your favorite pasta salad recipes.

Dos: There is no dos.

Sunday – BBQ Chicken, Roasted Tiny Potatoes, Coleslaw, Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread from Cravings

This seemed Father’s Day-y to me?

Monday – Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausages, Garlicky Wilted Spinach, Leftover Cornbread

A fast meal.

Tuesday – Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

(1) I added chicken. (2) The last time I had this was a girls’ weekend three years ago. MISTAKE. IT IS SO GOOD.

Thursday – Chile Lime Chicken Burgers with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus

I realized we had to start making more meals with asparagus because Critter will eat asparagus? Anyway, more of that on the way.


Some Things

Your girl Kat here.

Some things.

This is how I thought I would look when I was a Mom.


Actually me. All the time.

The landscapers are coming next week and our deck is being stained this week thank you God.

An animal met its demise in our front yard and I am not sure which kind but it is…problematic.

I am watching the World Cup every night and it is cutting into my BRAVO time and my Perch (our upper deck) time.

Our anniversary and Father’s Day happened and I didn’t do any social media posts so did it even count?

I have purchased so many pairs of these shorts and they are the best (not a referral link run don’t walk).

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week we observed week three of me being the primary parent, but with more cooking because at least both of us were home this week.

Can I also just take a moment to say I am so glad we are into grilling and eating outside season? Because it is just the best.

Friday – Spicy Italian Chicken Sausages, Roasted Tiny Potatoes, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

I barely had the energy to help Marcus assemble this but we made it!

Saturday – Tuna Melts

Never ever forget we are fancy people.

Sunday – Auntie Kim’s Sweater Box Chicken Salad, Salad

After eating this at the cabin a few weeks ago, I decided we needed to eat it here.

Tuesday – Burgers with Roasted Tiny Potatoes and Garlicky Wilted Spinach

This was actually our anniversary dinner.

Thursday – 90’s Taco Salad

The more I make this, the faster it comes together.


New shoes for basement workouts only heyyyy.

18 weeks of working out three times a week and it’s…a lifestyle again? It seems normal? I only worked out twice the week we went to the cabin but then last week I made my 3x/week goal – I managed to do one workout while Marcus was out of town and another when I was running on fumes the day he got home.

There are no excuses! You’ll never regret a workout!

I am still doing That Cardio Dance Yoga Thing once or twice a week. The other once or twice a week I am…CYCLING.

I bought this Sunny spin bike for $140 on Target dot com. It is not fancy at all and the flywheel is only 20 lbs, but it gets the job done.

Once upon a long time ago I biked over a thousand miles on a stationary bike that looked like this to train through tendonitis to run the Twin Cities Marathon for the second time.


I really didn’t mind the rides at the end of the day – I did a lot of biking to recorded stages of the Tour de France. But my first choice was running and we didn’t have enough space in our basement for more workout equipment (this bike was at my parents’ house) so it was a pretty easy choice to go back to running.

As we all know, right now is not a season of my life that I feel is at all conducive to running. So when the chance to start cycling presented itself, I thought I would give it a try again and so far it has been really nice.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Or, how I spent my week Not Cooking.

Number one rule of business trips is: don’t do any unnecessary work while your partner is gone because there is enough if it already.

I embrace this by preparing food in advance so my dinner is not one of the things I have to worry about. This week, Dad actually grabbed takeout for us a few nights but I also ate a few pieces of this egg bake that I cooked and froze two weeks ago. I also bought…a lot of salad kits.

Friday – Chili-Lime Chicken Burgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

We haven’t had these burgers from Trader Joe’s in…forever? So I picked up a few packages of them at the store. Still delicious.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I made more of these because I only had one left in the freezer, and I had two bananas that NEEDED to go.

Survival Mode

Working title: I am really too tired to be assembling a string of coherent thoughts right now but whatever I am going to put this on the internet forever anyway.

Marcus was on a business trip this week and he comes home today and I am (surprise!) tired. This is week two of a three week long thing (for lack of a better scientific term) in which I am the primary parent, which is fine but HEY THE END IS IN SIGHT.

I will also take a brief moment to complain that I have had the tiniest, most obnoxious cold that has made me extra draggy and most offensive is that it is a summer cold. It can be gone now please.

My sister-in-law and my Dad have saved my life by being bedtime helpers and taking Critter to T-Ball and bringing dinner (though I also actioned a survival egg bake for the week so I wouldn’t have to cook).

Also life saving, my whole mom tribe, keeping our lives full of playdates and adventures to get us out of the house. Oddly, the most touching act of the whole week was when we were at an early evening pool party (yes feel free to ask the question how do you even go to a pool party alone with a toddler and an eight month old and a chlorine allergy) and one of the dads in attendance offered to take Critter swimming if he wanted to get in.

We have experienced every combination of sleep this week: Glitter wakes up at 5:20 AM, Critter wakes up first – Glitter wakes up second, and today’s latest iteration, it is 6:30 AM and the children are still asleep. We have also had Glitter sleeps through the whole night, Glitter wakes up once and Glitter wakes up twice (last night! so fun!). It is impossible to overstate how much I am looking forward to the day where Glitter sleeps through the night all of the time and has a consistent morning wake-up time.

There is no moral to this story, mostly just that however your week is going, I’m in the trenches with you.

How the Garden Grows.

Our garden is starting to blossom!

Apparently this Iris is pink?

I had been told to expect purple or yellow but this is nicer in my opinion.

And these are the hot pink Peonies we have.

I had never seen one like this before – after doing some research, I think it is a variety called “Mikado.”

I also have a tiny white Peony as well. This was a transplant from last fall so it will be interesting to see how it grows up!

Last but not least, the Raspberry Bushes.

Marcus accidentally weed whacked one (I know, we all mourned) but we’ll see if/how it bounces back in the next year or two.

I should probably cut down the grass between the bushes or do some sort of hoe-ing of the area so that it is just dirt. In time. I’d also like to add some rhubarb plants here and do a small, sunny jam garden that is low maintenance.

I cannot remember if I shared this, but we finally committed to a landscaper whose final quote came in SIGNIFICANTLY lower than what we were initially seeing (and he was recommended by Bruce, so legit) and our project should start in the next two or three weeks, so that is exciting! Once they’re done, I’ll be able to plant and relocate our current crop of Irises/Hostas/Day Lilies and we are going to have a pretty spiffy situation.