Friday Food Round-Up!

My only regret of the week is that I did not capture the grill-out lunch we had for Father’s Day at my in-laws.  It was delicious and Critter ate a hot dog for the first time (as well as his body weight in cherries) and just loved it.

Friday – Lasagna, Caesar Salad, French Bread, Blueberry Buckle with Vanilla Ice Cream

Liz and Lee came for dinner.  Mom made her awesome lasagna (crazy that we never ate this prior to 2017) and Liz brought her delightful blueberry buckle for dessert.  Liz has been the bearer of desserts since I was little and her buckle is such a good one.

Saturday – Roasted Jalapeno and Chorizo Queso, Cheesy Guacamole, Stretchy Artichoke, Spinach, and Buffalo Chicken Dip all from Cravings, Celery, Carrot Sticks, Tortilla Chips, Pita Chips, Baguette, Salad with Apple, Cheese and Cider Vinaigrette

Mike and Jillian were coming for dinner and the only thing I wanted to eat were…dips?  And when I texted Jillian (who is also pregnant) she was like…yeah.  Dips.  Let’s go to that place.  So we did.

Shout-out to Jillian for bringing a salad so that we could actually call this a meal.

Sunday – Steak, Hashbrowns, Layer Salad

Dad really wanted to have hashbrowns for dinner again.

Monday – Pad Grapow Chicken from Cravings, Steamed Rice with a Soft Fried Egg, Asparagus

I finally took 10 seconds to read through this recipe when I was meal planning this week and it is SUPER easy.  I only added the egg because Chrissy referenced something to do with eggs in the recipe explanation.  It was a good decision.  Also, Critter ate about seven bites of chicken so I’d call it a winner.

Wednesday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings with Pea Pods

We made these.  For the first time on Thursday, Critter decided that he would eat long noodles (he was a macaroni noodle-only guy before this point) and was scarfing the leftovers down, so I guess we’ll be making this more often.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I made this for Father’s day because Dad loves banana bread.  And then I ate 75% of the loaf and I AM NOT ASHAMED YOU GUYS.


Items of Interest

I don’t have the time or energy to organize my thoughts so here we are. 

Marcus took this really good snap of me when we were at the cabin over Memorial Day weekend.

Goddess, I know. 

Last weekend I went to prenatal yoga for the first time in MONTHS. It nearly broke me, friends. I felt like every time we did an inversion all of the blood in my body was in my head, and while all of the stretching and  breathing felt good it did something terrible to my already hinky left glute (THANKS GLITTER). I could barely walk by the end of class. ANYWAY, I am going to give it another shot next week and then I think we’ll have a better idea of whether prenatal yoga is right for me. 

Unrelated: we have finally reached the TUMS Time part of pregnancy. #blessed

Greatest revelation of the weekend: ALDI now sells cold brew.  I have been keeping an eye out for this in the store for probably…six months?  At last, we are victorious!  It is $7.49 for a 32 oz jug and there is no price difference between french roast and regular (ahem Trader Joe’s).  I bought one of each so that I can try them and then decide which I prefer.  

As much as I really do love Trader Joe’s, if I could eliminate my trips for essentials there (cold brew, creamy salted peanut butter, 12 grain bread) so that we were only headed over for the odd case of two buck chuck and house liquor, I would not be mad.  It’s a 15 minute drive one way, so I just have other ways that I would rather spend my time.

Thanks to a hot tip from my mama group, I also scooped up a Step 2 brand water table (again, at ALDI) for $30.  Critter is delighted with it and we haven’t even put the water in.

Meanwhile we are continuing Critter’s transition to one nap (sob) and he continues to delight us as his proficiency in a variety of animal sounds (snake, owl, lion, butterfly, elephant) expands. He now barks when he sees dogs on walks and it is so cute that it hurts.  He says “blub” when he eats Goldfish. We are so excited to meet Glitter but also it is bittersweet that these 13 weeks are the last that it will ever just be Mama and Critter.  My tiny sidekick is getting an even tinier sidekick!

Friday Food Round-Up!

Getting back into the swing of things after vacation looks different now.  I made this meal plan on Tuesday of last week so that when we got home, we could make our grocery run that afternoon.  Also, there are just less salads on the post-vacation menu because we all know I am a pregnant person who cannot deal with them right now.

On the other hand, right now it is Friday, and I have yet to plan….50% of next week’s meals?  Pray for us, people.  We’re going to the grocery store tomorrow.

Monday – Brats, Spinach Salad, Potato Salad, Baked Beans

My mother would like to introduce you all to a new term – Sloth-e-que.  It’s when I plan a BBQ-style meal and then…she cooks all of it.  Voila!  It was good.

Wednesday – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Obsessively Good Avocado Cucumber Salad, Steamed Rice

We haven’t grilled enough this summer, so I’m trying to work that into our meal planning.  The chicken was just chicken breasts that sat in teriyaki sauce, marinating for a couple of hours.  Easy, and delicious.  The cucumber salad?  AMAZING.  We will be making this all summer long.

Thursday – Actual Drunken Noodles from Cravings, Chicken Egg Rolls, Peanut Coleslaw

I’ve turned the page on drunken noodles in Cravings too many times to count.  This week, I decided we could give them a try.  They were delicious, but with the amount of chopping and ingredients, the next time I make this will be on a weekend.

Miscellaneous – Chickpea Salad

Lunch salad of the week!


Phoenix was great.  It was our babymoon/sixth anniversary trip and based on the amount of sleeping we did, we really needed to get away.

I just took a walk down (blog) memory lane and sorted out that our last vacation-vacation was in 2011 when we went to the Bahamas on a cruise.  The friends were fun, the weather was terrible.  And before that, we went to Hawaii in 2010.

So sitting by the pool and drinking pina coladas was very overdue.

We stayed at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge because they had one saltwater pool.  When we checked in, after some further discussion with the concierge, we learned that ALL of the pools including the lazy river were saltwater.

I haven’t been in a lazy river in 15 years because of my chlorine allergy, so it was HEAVEN.  We floated, and floated, and floated some more!

We did some very casual hiking on Camelback (with absolutely no intention of making it to the top!) via the Cholla and Echo Valley trails.

I ate my favorite Whataburger breakfast each morning – a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit on a Jalapeno-Cheddar Biscuit with Hashbrowns, Coffee, and Spicy Ketchup.  It really is a high-quality breakfast for being fast-food and I am deeply sorrowful that we don’t have any here in Minnesota.

We caught up with Allison, and HRH, and Scott over dinner one night at Arizona Wilderness Brewing which was really nice, especially since I cannot make our girls’ trip later this summer.

Even though the weeks leading up to our departure were emotional because I didn’t want to leave Critter (I had terrible separation anxiety from Marcus at this point in my last pregnancy and it manifested itself in many tears as I left him in Las Vegas), it was so good for us to be away. I got to watch two whole movies on our flights (Hidden Figures, Secretariat), I finished one book and started another, we got to do things together without worrying about any sort of schedule.  It was good to have the break. By Saturday night I was more than ready to come back home.

6 Years!

It’s safe to say that we’ve been more well-rested in our lives, but there’s no one I’d rather be exhausted with than him.  Someday we will sleep again! Happy anniversary to us!

Friday Food Round-Up!

Somewhere between packing Critter’s things and my own bags for a long weekend, and going on a virgin pina colada binge, writing this very nearly did not happen. 

Saturday – Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

I totallt forgot to include this meal when I initially posted this, but we ate it too!

Sunday – Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad from Cravings

I cooked none of this dinner. 

Monday – Kimchi Udon with Scallions, Roasted Broccoli

I tore this recipe out of bon appetit a few months ago and it was fine but not overwhelmingly good. 

Wednesday – Teriyaki Skirt Steak, Steamed Asparagus, Corn and Avocado Salad, Roasted Potatoes

I was actually going to do a whole marinade for the steak but we had no soy sauce so teriyaki it was!

Someday We Are Moving: Month 4

Here we are.  At the beginning of June.  The fourth month on the multi-generational compound.

Time flies when you are living all together as one!

We saw our 30th house on Saturday, put in an offer on Sunday (we also made an offer on a house earlier in the week that we did NOT get), and on Monday we found out that we got the house!


We will close on July 13, pending a successful inspection.  Prayers please, party people.  It really does look like a well-maintained house, but we all know surprises can lurk beneath the surface.

From the department of irony of all ironies, we will be living just around the corner from my parents’ house.  What makes this okay is the fact that we will not be able to see their house from ours.  The block we are moving to is filled with families with toddlers, one of Critter’s friends from ECFE lives in the next cul-de-sac, Baby G lives three blocks away, and a sorority sister of mine lives probably five or six blocks north of us with her little family.  There are three parks within six blocks of our house and another that is half a mile away (still walkable!).  It is a 3-5 minute drive from the library, Blooma/my yoga studio, Target, and the grocery store.  And it’s only a mile away from my in-laws!  We are all near. 

It has a big, flat backyard, and a dining room.  And a private deck off of the master suite that I plan to be able to enjoy in approximately five years.

I believe God provisions us for our lives and even though we have been driving past this house since April 2016 when my parents moved in, we couldn’t have imagined that THIS is where we would be living.  Until we could.

Anyway, besides getting the inspection done and the mortgage sorted out, there’s really nothing to be done for the next 40 or so days besides splash our feet in the kiddie pool and enjoy the summer.