Monthly Archives: July 2017

Friday Food Round-Up!

When I meal planned before our move, I tried to pick a menu of things that would be easy to assemble at night, so that we wouldn’t waste energy cooking that we would need for unpacking, and so that we would have time after dinner to do different projects.  Also, we bought four salad kits to see us through the week.  KIT SALAD I LOVE YOU. 

I will say, coming from feeding four adults to two, I am trying to remember exactly what amount of leftovers we need in order to be set for lunches for the week, etc.  We ended up coming pretty close, but still ended up deciding that tonight we’ll be having leftovers instead of takeout because our fridge is FULL.

Sunday – Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, Rice, Southwestern Chopped Salad

You literally cannot even get more basic than this meal.  Especially since the chicken was in the Crockpot and the rice was in the rice steamer.

Monday – Baked Potatoes, Simple, Perfect Chili, Caesar Salad

On Monday, Linds texted and I ended up inviting her to join us for dinner.  We were already planning to have turkey chili on our baked potatoes but I just knew my one can from Trader Joe’s would not be enough.  And, I really wanted to make Our Chili because we haven’t had it in ages.

Wednesday – Corn, Cheddar and Scallion Strata, Caesar Salad

This is the best vegetarian egg bake, in my opinion.  Truth be told, I did not assemble it and let it sit in the fridge for 8-24 hours, I assembled it and threw it in the oven.  It was still fine.

Thursday – Green Chile Potato Soup, Southwestern Chopped Salad, Corn on the Cob

Really, letting the Crockpot cook all of your meals is the best policy.  Period.




I wish I could share a photo of our garden with you, but our house has no flowers.

Okay, that is a lie.  There is a peony bush on the side of the house.  But it bloomed approximately one week after our offer got accepted.

So, no flowers right now.

But here is this from our bedroom. It is like living in the tree!

Anyway, we are moved!  Our storage units are empty, all of our possessions have been evacuated from the multi-generational compound.  For the first time in five months, we are not living with two other people and for the first time in five months those two other people are not living with two other people and a boy king!

How freeing.

Because I am a pregnant and also we’re old now, we hired movers on Friday and that was a beautiful beautiful thing.  They hauled things about the house and as I watched them do it, I thought about how mad and sweaty I would be if I was moving things. But they weren’t!  Because this is their job!  And it was a miracle and then all of the things were in our house.

But then, on Saturday, we were blessed with nine people who unpacked everything (in addition to the two who helped us conquer our kitchen on Friday) on our main floor and in our bedrooms so that we could live like civilized human beings and also because I am having a baby in 7.5 weeks.

And now, since time stops for no one, we are filling our house with humans, moreso than is probably advisable when you’ve been living on the premises for less than a week.  First, Lindsey came over for dinner on Monday night.  Yesterday, I hosted the weekly playdate for my playgroup because Lord knows I owe them five months worth and what better way to christen the floors than with the shards of many, many Goldfish crackers?  Tomorrow, our ECFE friends are coming to play.  Angie is coming to breakfast on Sunday.

Between closing and last Friday (so, a week) Bruce painted Critter’s big boy room, Glitter’s nursery, ripped out a sliding glass door attached to the bathtub in the kids’ bathroom.  Painted the interior of our entryway closet.  Built shelves into the cabinet we’re going to use as a pantry.  Removed all of the mini-blinds in the house.  Installed cordless blinds on every window in the house.  Tomorrow he will start work on the next round of projects – he will replace some doors, paint the basement white (there are magic eraser spots everywhere), rip out the bottom shelf from the above-laundry cabinets so that we can actually store detergent and other such items in them.  Fix Glitter’s door so it doesn’t stick when you pull it shut.  Install a laser level safety thing on the garage door that is missing them.  Bolt our toilets to the floor (they’re not…it’s bizarre).  On Monday, another contractor will come out to build stairs onto our lower deck (right now it has none), replace the support posts and crossbeam on our master suite deck.  Re-do the venting on our dryer and fix some masonry.


But our house looks very spiffy now.

And to think we still need a kitchen table.  Rugs for many rooms.  Coffee tables for the family room.  A television for the main floor.  Lamps because there is like NO OVERHEAD LIGHTING IN THE ENTIRE HOUSE.

It’s a good thing that we have 7.5 weeks to finish getting settled.


Friday Food Round-Up!


On Sunday night we had dinner with Billy before he flew home to Texas and ate Tollefson brats and other farmers’ market things.

Saturday – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Hibachi Vegetables, Dijon Potatoes

Easy.  And we discovered that Critter likes dijon potatoes!

Sunday – Asian Chopped Salad with Teriyaki Chicken and Hibachi Vegetables

We tossed a salad kit and leftovers together for a fresh lunch.

Monday – Korean Beef Tacos, Black Beans and Rice

Mads shared this taco recipe with me and IT IS SO GOOD.  We added the rice and beans to make it a fusion meal.

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Potato Salad and Corn on the Cob

Simple.  Tasty.

Thursday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Sauté, Steamed Rice, Roasted Vegetables

Last shrimp feast before I revert to a kitchen where I cannot cook them.  I am so glad that we found this recipe.  It will serve us well when I convert it to chicken.

Mom Life (and a nearly 18 month old update)

Y’all, I just want you to know that you have not truly LIVED until you are sitting in the dermatologist’s office, feeding your child raisins one-by-one during what should be naptime as the dermatologist chops a lump off of your ear for further inspection.

But you get through it because You’re A Mom Now.

Anyway, I haven’t written an update about Critter in a while nor have I written an update about this pregnancy and since we’re moving tomorrow, if I don’t do it now, you probably won’t get one until Glitter is here (I sort of kid, but seriously).

This is the pregnancy of weird skin spots, though the dermatologist wasn’t overly concerned about it and thought it was probably a pyogenic granuloma.

Otherwise, I don’t have gestational diabetes.  My weight gain is only tracking a few pounds ahead of pregnancy #1.  Everything hurts, my sleep is trash and in approximately eight weeks Glitter will be here.  HEY.

Since I am not a gestational diabetic I have been keeping up my rigorous diet of sweets.

Critter is the world’s cutest, most rambunctious toddler.

He knows how to make all animal sounds.  He just learned how to climb up on things and it is horrifying.  He still wants to be carried everywhere.  He blows kisses to everyone.  He can eat a half pound of cherries in one sitting and there is no one I would rather pit cherries for.  At his 18 month appointment, he weighed in at 31 pounds and 3 feet tall.  So I have a preschooler who will be transitioning into 4T clothing very shortly.  If I could keep him this age forever, I would because it is precious, but the amount of energy it takes to sustain this lifestyle is simply exhausting so I am enjoying it for what it is.

We Bought A House

There is just a lot going on in our lives right now and much to share (for example, I’d like to recap our last Cabin adventure) but for the time being, we bought a house!

We closed on Thursday, we’ll actually move in next weekend. 

For the time being, we’ve (and by “we’ve” I mean my husband, brother and brother-in-law) have been hauling over things NOT stashed in our storage unit and building IKEA furniture. 

We established a play room for Critter in the three season porch.

He is delighted that he now possesses his own personal ceiling fan!

I’ve been doing my part for the team by loading our freezer up with…meals. 

Related/unrelated: freezer lighting is terrible for photos and our freezer is really small so thank God we have a separate standing freezer that will be operational next week. 

Anyway, I’ve made three Garden Pies and six freeze and dump Crockpot meals: Honey Garlic Chicken, Mongolian Beef and Ropa Vieja. 

Since we’ve only got nine or so weeks until Glitter arrives, and a handful of friends who have welcomed new little ones and are in need of food, my goal is to batch cook every weekend from here on out to make sure everyone is fed. 

Someday we are moving!

Friday Food Round-Up!

I’m just gonna come out and say it – for the forseeable future (AKA until I have time or energy or both), bagged salads are just going to be a way of life and I am not ashamed. They’re $2.49/kit at ALDI and they get vegetables onto our plate. 

Friday – BBQ Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Southwest Chopped Salad

Sunday – Grilled Kalua Pork and Cheese Sandwiches on Jalapeno-Cheddar Bread

Swanky plating right?  Dad made this pork and then I got this awesome loaf of bread from Reed’s and on Sunday they came together. Even Critter enjoyed a half-sandwich. 

Wednesday – Egg and Prosciutto Sandwiches

Usually my solo-artist lunches don’t make it onto the round-up but since I put three slices of prosciutto on this sandwich and it was so tasty and so pretty looking I had to share. 

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Caesar Salad

This was actually going to be a dinner just for me, but then Marcus made it home in-time for dinner so I split the salad and fries in two and added grilled cheeses. Who doesn’t love that?

Thursday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Southwest Chopped Salad

Easiest, most tasty crockpot recipe to be sure. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

If you can’t tell, the fact that I’m posting this now means we have been busy.  After packing Critter AND me for the cabin after dinner, I am basically collapsed in bed and moving my fingers to type on the keyboard is borderline exertional.

This week, I forgot to take snaps of one of our own meals!  We had Michelle and Jared for dinner on Saturday night and we grilled brats, corn, roasted some sweet potatoes and enjoyed buttered green beans.

Friday – Pork Roast, Salad, Roasted Root Veggies

I did not have to cook this dinner.

Sunday – Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Roasted Potatoes, Chinese Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Oil and Garlic

‘Tis the summer of the cucumber salad. Honestly, I wouldn’t waste the time trying to smash them next go round but we would make it again.

Tuesday – Teriyaki Cheeseburgers, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Parmesan-Cauliflower-Bacon Salad, Tater Tots, Corn, Personal Fruit Pizzas

(1) The Teriyaki Burgers were my Dad’s idea based on a burger he ate in Hawaii in the 70’s.

(2) Dad wanted to make pinto beans and then tricked Mom into Sloth-Potting them.  I am glad I am not the only culprit of this!

Thursday – Hot Dogs, Beans, Coleslaw, Chips, Cherries

We had Not Shabbat dinner at my in-laws and I remembered to take a photo!