Friday Food Round-Up!

We did not cook a lot this week.  Everyone was out of the house and going in different directions and doing different things.  Here’s what we ate.  Also, I am reliably informed that Mom actioned some stuffed peppers on Tuesday night, but since I was not present, they will live on in mystery.

Saturday – Prime Rib, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Yorkshire Pudding, Bread, Ile de Flottante

Sally came over for dinner and Mom wheeled out the tastiest things, including this ile de flottante-arrangement which is apparently a dessert the three of them enjoyed many times while they were in north France.  11/10 would eat again.

Sunday – Scrambled Eggs, Scones, Fruit, Cheese, Salumi

Mother’s day brunch!  Mom made the eggs, I brought the scones home from the (delightful) Colossal Cafe in Minneapolis.

Monday – Coconut Curry Shrimp, Steamed Rice, Roasted Broccoli, Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan

Mom saw the Pioneer Woman make this curry and then it went onto this week’s meal plan.  She reported it was not terribly time consumptive to make.

Miscellaneous – Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad from Cravings

This week, I made another salad I could take to work for lunch.  I haven’t made this one in a while, so it seemed like a logical choice.



22 Weeks!

I am…over halfway done being pregnant?  I will also say that this is the point of pregnancy that I consider to be peak-cute.  You like, finally look pretty pregnant, but not so big that you look like you’re going to imminently give birth…FOR THREE MONTHS.

Getting into bed has started to be a massive pain.  Which is only hilarious because right now our box spring and mattress are on the ground and not in a bed frame so I don’t even have to climb.  True story: Marcus and I have discussed the possibility that when we move, maybe we won’t set-up our bed frame right away because the thought of having to start climbing into bed after all of this not-climbing is horrifying in the context of third trimester pregnancy.

In the last week or so, I’ve finally been in the mood to eat actual “real” food instead of all-carbs, all the time so that has been…an interesting change?  The french fry life was not a bad one, but it is nice to want to eat vegetables again.

I will also say we had the anatomy ultrasound last week.  The little one looks perfectly healthy and…it’s a GIRL!  We weren’t going to find out the sex and then finally I just needed to know.  We didn’t do any sort of flashy gender-reveal.  We just told our parents, and then, our siblings, and then finally Marcus’ grandparents on Mother’s Day.  No cake.  No balloons popping out of a box.  No confetti out of balloons.  I think we all know I’m just not that person.  It was still lovely without those trappings.  Allison /Beka/Jeanne/Kirsten/Madelyn/Megan have been calling her “Glitter” since I told them that I was pregnant.  Best name, right?  I think that’s probably what we’ll call her on the blog from here on out.

Critter still has no idea that he’s getting a little sister.  Even though we should be getting ready to welcome her, I’m just trying to soak up the last 18 weeks of it being just me and my best little partner in crime.

What I’ve Been Reading

I can’t say my reading pace is increasing, per se, but at least I’m trying?  I’ll also say that 100% of these books took just ages to read.

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

Settle for More

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Anders

All the Birds in the Sky

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week, I was not the most inspired to meal plan.  This is also possibly because I was hosting a baby shower with Becky last Sunday.  I took no photos of that, but if you want some great egg bakes, this Prosciutto, Spinach and Feta Strata is just the best.

Saturday – Chicken Salad

We had some chicken breasts in the fridge that we needed to cook and also we needed to eat lunch.

Saturday – Steak, Roasted Broccoli, Hashbrowns

At-home date night.  Also known as I wanted to cook something super-easy and for some reason hashbrowns sounded REALLY good.  I don’t know why we haven’t served these as a side before.

Sunday – Butcher and the Boar Sausages, Cole Slaw, Hashbrowns

Then, in a twist, after hearing about our hashbrowns for dinner on Saturday, Dad wanted hashbrowns for his dinner instead of tots so we made the rest of them to go with our sausages – a very traditional pairing, as I am sure you are familiar.

Monday – One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Potato Salad

This was basically a total repeat dinner.  It was even easier the second time.

Tuesday – BBQ Chicken, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Three Bean Salad

Honestly, this was not my most inspired meal.  But the chicken turned out MUCH moister than I was expecting (chicken breasts just don’t fare well without advance marination).  Shout-out to Dad for that.  And we got to have three bean salad for the first time in a long while.

Wednesday – Asparagus and Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

I tore this out of the Food Network Magazine a while ago.  For some reason I felt like we could survive eating salad for dinner this week.

Miscellaneous – Marinated Mixed Beans

I just made these so that I’d have them on hand as an extra lunch food.  This has probably been our biggest issue with food in the multi-generational compound – having enough for leftovers the next day, simply because four adults are eating.  Plus I haven’t made a bean salad for lunch in a long time.

Mother’s Day is Happening

It has come to my attention in the past few years that apparently Mother’s Day is not the rosy holiday of my youth.

Newly minted moms are either underwhelmed by their gifts/celebration or exhausted because they are driving their tiny, non-napping children all over town to celebrate with others.

Some are mourning the loss of their mothers.

Others are mourning the loss of children, both those they held and those they never got to hold.

This is all super-valid stuff, but Sunday is still coming for us and it’s a Hallmark holiday so there is no escape.

I will say the following.

(1) My first mother’s day was actually not that awesome and something I nearly forgot about until I was trying to remember what we did last year.  For those wondering, we drove to brunch 30 minutes across town where I got to breastfeed in public for the first time (was not really super psyched about that) and because the drive and brunch were so long, it killed my non-sleeping baby’s nap schedule.  This is to say nothing of a very tired me.  My husband left halfway through brunch to go to a friend’s grandmother’s funeral.


So this year is a do-over.

(2) I have been encouraging all of my girlfriends to launch a pre-emptive strike on mother’s day and either (a) make plans they want and just do them (b) plan an alternative mother’s day for themselves where they can actually enjoy stuff.

Like, for example, Lis and I are going out for brunch on the 13th.  In peace.  Where?  We don’t know.  But it’s gonna be great.

If you are reading this and thinking hey, that is me (mom or not!) please save yourself and make a plan.

(3) Coffee and Crumbs has a great podcast episode on Mother’s Day.  It is here.

(4) I hosted a baby shower last weekend and after writing this in the new mama’s card, I had to commemorate it for myself because it is just the truth:

I don’t really know what to tell you about motherhood – it’s an adventure, none of us know what we’re doing, there is a lot of crying, the smart mamas drink a lot of coffee and wear a lot of concealer, the days are long but the years are short, somehow all of our moms survived this, you are the best and right mama for your daughter.  Knowing what I know now, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

This is the life. 

Starting Month 3

It is May and we are at the beginning of month three of living on the multi-generational compound.

Everyone is still married.

We have seen 21 houses now (22 if you count the open house Critter and I went to without Marcus), have seriously considered putting offers in on two, and here we are.

Still living in my parents’ basement!

Our housing requirements continue to be as follows: yard that is at least .3 acres, separate dining room that is big enough for our four leaf formal dining table (or opens up into the living room so we can extend it at the holidays), space to put the treadmill. Not a split-level.

This seems like it should not be very hard, but apparently with all of this open floor plan stuff, literally no one has a dining room anymore. I will be honest, this along with people who argue against china and formal silverware hurt my soul.

From a financial perspective, by not living in our townhouse/paying utilities/cable/whatnot we are currently saving $1,700 per month so that’s a pretty great perk too.   Every month that we live here helps increase the purchase price (and down payment) of our future home OR it provides the financing for my upcoming unpaid maternity leave OR it is money to save for the new (used) car I’ll likely need in the next two years because my CRV is 11 years old.

So, all good things.

Two weekends ago, mom and dad headed Up North and Marcus, Critter, and I had the house all to ourselves. It was…really quiet. Because apparently my parents watch more television than we do (which is none during the day) and just having two less people around will do that for you. We had some friends over for dinner the first weekend (Billy: we are allowed to have friends over without parents home now?) and when they went Up North again this weekend and I hosted a baby shower here along with another girlfriend.

So, we are sort of doing some normal things?

We’ve also been doing our best to keep up with date night. I’d say that we are going out at least every other week if you average it out. That said, when I looked at the calendar last Sunday, I realized we had not planned any dates for the upcoming weeks so I wrote those down promptly.  We need to continue to take advantage of built-in babysitters as much as possible while we still can.

Marcus honestly finds the most bizarre part of this entire experience to be the fact that we eat dinner with one or both of my parents probably four nights per week.  Mostly just because we’re used to eating just the two of us.

Meanwhile, Billy has set-up an anonymous complaint hotline and I will confess I have made two false accusations: (1) That someone had consumed my BBQ Kettle Chips without my knowledge and (2) That Mom took all of the Belle Vie (ALDI label La Croix) to the cabin, leaving me with…no Belle Vie.  No one is perfect.

Anyway, here we are.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Every Monday, the week seems like it will be endlessly long and every Friday, I have no idea how we tumbled through to the end of the week.  Mysteries, I tell you!

Friday – Butcher and the Boar Sausages, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

Originally we were supposed to go out for dinner with Dan and Eli but then my parents went Up North and we needed to make a new plan.  Butcher and the Boar is a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis that also sells their sausages at one of the grocery store chains in the Twin Cities and they are just delicious.  It was fun to be able to share a dinner with friends without having to slave over the stove.

Sunday – Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings

We had a lot of different things happening on Saturday, so the crockpot was the best/only choice.

Monday – Shrimp with Cream Sauce, Salad

This is a classic family recipe that only took us…two full months to eat and it was perfect.

Thursday – Coconut Beef Curry, Slaw

It wouldn’t be an interesting week if we didn’t try a new recipe.  True story: mom threw the roast in the oven (we just did it whole) and then a few hours later I tossed in the spices/coconut milk/onions/garlic/ginger.  It turned out fine.  For a lazy, low-maintenance curry it was great.

Miscellaneous – Sweater Box Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Something we have struggled with since moving in is achieving the right balance of leftovers to make sure that we have enough for lunch the next day.  Marcus has a cafeteria in his office, and I can always get delivery or takeout, but on the days that I am home, we definitely need something to eat. This week I made chicken salad because I was craving a mayo-based salad (pregnancy, what?) and when Critter and I were wandering the grocery store, this came to mind as something that would be tasty and easy to prepare during naptime.

Miscellaneous – Cadbury Mini-Egg Blondies


Mom made these.  I ate them.