Friday Food Round-Up!

The transition to cooking continues, albeit gently.  And, I forgot to snap a photo of the beautiful quinoa salad made by Emily. THANK YOU EMILY. 

Friday – Chicken Noodle Soup, Kale Salad, Brownies


THANK YOU SARAH. 

Sunday – Slow Cooker Turkey, White Bean, and Pumpkin Chili from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


Not as good as our favorite chili recipe but we liked it and would make it again. And, I made a cornbread! I rock!

Monday – Slow Cooker Indian Chicken and Peas from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Rice, Steamed Broccoli


I think it is generous to call this “Indian” and honestly I don’t think it needed to be in the crockpot but it was tasty and the house smelled nice. 

Tuesday – Chipotle


I have been craving this for like a week and a half now. THANK YOU STEPH. 

Wednesday – Mexican Quinoa Bake with Avocado and Salad


THANK YOU JAMIE!

Thursday – Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Rice, Steamed Asparagus


THANK YOU PAST KAT. I have really appreciated the ability to thaw these meals and dump them in one fell swoop into the crockpot. 

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins


It was my week to bring treats to ECFE. 

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Stuff I Am All About Right Now

I went to the dermatologist for my post-partum skin check last Thursday. They removed one mole, it is benign. PARTY TIME. This is your regular reminder to wear sunscreen and to never ever go into tanning beds ever.  Also if you have never been, visit a dermatologist for a skin check.  

Anyway here is a bunch of stuff I want you all to know about because, well, it’s Tuesday and I feel like sharing. 

Maple Leaf Cream Cookies. 


I grabbed two boxes of these at ALDI but you can find them at Trader Joe’s too. They’re by far my favorite seasonal treat. 

Tall Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte with an extra shot of Espresso. 


This is a delicious, delicious thing. 

Trader Joe’s Raises the Bar Granola Bars. 


These are just tasty. I think they taste like pancakes and syrup. 

Trader Joe’s Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix. 


This box mix is overly complex but it is tasty and easier than baking from scratch. 100% will be bringing these bars to both Thanksgivings. 

Trader Joe’s Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. 


It’s like $5 for 16 oz (v. $7-8 for 32 oz). The coconut flavor is strong enough you can mix half of the coconut cold brew with some of the regular stuff and it is still very tropical. 

Simpler Wines White Italian Sparkling Wine. 


$4 for 4. They make it in rosé. They sell it at Trader Joe’s. It’s cheaper than the Sofia Coppola canned champagne. I want an advent calendar of only this Amen. 

Peak Maternity Leave. 

I am living it.  We’re seven weeks in with five weeks left to go. 

There are some things that are just easier this time around. Because Glitter is a chill baby who doesn’t mind going places. And our list grows!  6Smith, Surly, Glam Doll Donuts, The Bachelor Farmer Cafe. 

My house is cleaner with two kids than I expected (though it still looks lived-in to be sure) A lot of this is thanks to The Terminator.  But every night we do a toy rodeo to get all of the toys cleaned up and frankly for the rest of the house, when I see it needs to be cleaned, I just speed clean when the time allows.

I finally finished both seasons Last Chance U.  In the last week I’ve re-watched The Big Short, the first episode of The Office and most of season one of The West Wing.  Yesterday, Netflix asked me if I was sure I wanted to keep watching. YES NETFLIX I AM BINGING. LET ME BE. 

I ordered another pair of yoga pants, and an oversized long sleeve shirt from the U of M. I liked the yoga pants and cut of the shirt enough I ordered it again. 

And I am in the process of trying to figure out (at LAST) what to do about a kitchen table and the family room (AKA paint?  furniture? lighting? rugs?).  I am hoping they are resolved by the time I go back to work. Because I have the time to accomplish this now and it will feel good to just enjoy those things in our home.  Related: the lighting in our kitchen dining area and family room is terrible and so it needs to be resolved. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

Y’all, we have a few more meals coming but the meal train is winding down.  I’m not really ready to start cooking again but we need to do it and thankfully we still have a significant amount of food in the freezer to work through.  This will make the following weeks easier.  

And thank you Mike for the Culvers!  Mama needed a burger in the worst way. 

Saturday – Perfect Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad from Cravings, Tater Tots


Billy was home, so Mom made scallops for dinner. And it rocked. 

Sunday – Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow


When Kay brought this for dinner a few weeks ago I loved it and asked her for the recipe and she said the Skinny Taste cookbook. Since half of the cookbook is dedicated to the crockpot I was like HEYYYY THIS IS MY SPEED. 

Monday – Lasagna, Salad


THANK YOU KATIE. 

Tuesday – Quinoa Enchilada Bake, Avocado, Salad


THANK YOU JENNA. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

Idk what happened to this week. Magically it is Friday. 

This week in my efforts to placate Critter during the annual family fish fry with tater tots and strawberries, I neglected to photograph that. 

Saturday – Steak, Baked Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Salad


THANK YOU MOM AND DAD. 

Monday – Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Spaghetti, Salad


THANK YOU LINDSEY. 

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, Rice, Steamed Broccoli


I made this one. And it was the sort of day where if I had not set a reminder on my phone to start the crockpot I would have forgotten.  I wasn’t overwhelmed by the flavor of the chicken but I made it, so, hey!

Wednesday – Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake, Salad


THANK YOU JENI!

One Month!

Or actually I’m a few days late but whatever.  Second baby.  Roll with me. 

Glitter had her one month checkup today. Our darling dear is growing like a weed – she is 10 lbs 13 oz now!  Related/unrelated she slept eight hours straight last night which was her longest stretch to date. Blessings to all people on Earth. 

So there is some stuff that is just easier with Glitter. Like, we can go places and she’ll sleep the whole time!  When Billy was in town last, he, Glitter and I went to lunch onat 6Smith and it was perfect and glorious. 


I didn’t think a glass of wine on a patio on a lake was going to be in the cards for me this year but thank you 70+ degree days in October!

I am still working on getting out of the house to go places with both children that are not other people’s houses. I did succeed in taking both children to library storytime and no one (read: Critter) ran away.  To be realistic, mostly we’re just trying to work a playdate heavy schedule at this point. 

I started pumping and now have enough milk stashed away to buy myself some freedom if I want/need it. I really don’t plan on escaping Glitter for at least another week (first stop: hot yoga) but, hey!  Having milk to give her is a start!  Related/unrelated: feel free to start placing bets on what kind of bottle she will actually take!

I ordered more pacis (Nuk and Mam) because after leaving the hospital Glitter decided she was not into the Soothies and we would really like for her to take a pacifier. She is not into the Mam and so far Critter is more excited about getting into mischief with the new pacis when he finds them in the nursery.  Fun!

Critter is finally cutting at least one of his two year molars thank God. Only three more to go!  He is also starting a course of antibiotics because he has the toddler plague and it has not resolved on its own. He is otherwise healthy but has just a terrible cough. It needs to go. 

Critter is starting to be more interested in Glitter. The funniest moment to date is when he went over to her “nest” (rock and play) while she was sleeping and ordered her to “stand up.”  Which we all know to be impossible since she is an infant.  He was very disappointed when she did not in fact stand up. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

We spent part of the week afflicted by (and recovering from) food poisoning so we ate and then…we didn’t. 

Saturday – Chocolate Chip (oat) Banana Muffins 


Frankly, this was a day where Glitter wanted to eat and then nap on me. Period. For the whole day. But I could assemble the batter for these in five minutes. So I plopped her into her rock and play and I did.  This time, I substituted one cup of oats for one cup of flour. 

Saturday – Turkey Chili

THANK YOU KATE!

Sunday – Spaghetti with Meatballs, Garlic Bread


A dinner I cooked!  Rejoice!

Marcus threw a salad kit together as well but I could not handle vegetables. 

Wednesday – Tamale Pie, Salad


THANK YOU ERICA!  Not pictured: cut fruit, lacation cookies. 

Thursday – Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup, Salad


THANK YOU KAY!