Monthly Archives: December 2017

Friday Food Round-Up

Christmas weekend struck and it was so feast-y. I made some Buffalo Chicken Dip for the celebration with our extended family. On Tuesday we were supposed to eat dinner at home, but then it turned into family dinner. So, I put the Skinny Taste channa masala into the crockpot so we could eat some for lunch and freeze some meals as well.

Saturday – Creamy Potato Soup, Salad, Challah

Was the soup from a packet mix from ALDI? Yes.

Sunday – Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread

We couldn’t fondue this year because Glitter doesn’t really have a bedtime so we had Christmas lasagna instead.

Monday – Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brows, Bacon, Bread Pudding

The best part of Christmas is breakfast. Also this bread pudding recipe is literally the greatest thing.

Tuesday – Steak, Crab, Baked Potatoes, Salad

Dad had to cut my meat because I was holding Glitter while I ate.

Wednesday – Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad

Adam and Whitney came to play with the kids and they brought salad, I actioned a simple work night, weeknight meal.

Thursday – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Salad

I have never made chicken and dumplings before so here I am, trying new things! Plus it was DELICIOUS and I got to freeze a few servings. Would make again!


The Current State of Things

Well, we survived Christmas, and Critter’s first encounter with pink eye (and the subsequent discovery that he was allergic to his first prescribed set of eye drops), and here we are now in that weird week between Christmas and New Year’s where nothing really happens but stuff sort of does, too.

I didn’t know that Marcus had the ENTIRE week off (I thought he was only taking the days when we needed to cover for Critter’s closed daycare) until probably Saturday.  That was The Best Gift Ever because it meant a much more relaxed week (read: No Solo Parenting Of Children!) for me.  And the possibility that I might be able to sleep in on the days I was home from work if Glitter agreed.  A beautiful thing.

It also meant that we could take care of some errands and things that we didn’t have the chance to tackle while I was on maternity leave.  Like, a lot of paperwork.  A trip to the post office.  Scheduling the our children’s upcoming well child appointments.  Some DIY water softener repair.  Rearranging storage spaces.  Decluttering and donating some things.  Moving one couch to the three season porch because it didn’t fit into the basement, and the new one that finally arrived into our family room.  Replacing covers on our heating vents because many of the ones that came with the house were BIZARRE.

Are you asleep yet?

I suppose I am sharing all of this so that we can remember we are all having the same wild week!

In all seriousness, it has been really nice to cross things off of our list that seemed like they would be there for the forseeable future and to do more settling in.  There was so much to do when we moved that I knew we’d be hitting the pause button in a big way when Glitter arrived.  Now that we’re able to start doing little things again, here and there, it feels really good.

The Holiday Card I Didn’t Send This Year

Well, to be honest, we have yet to ever send a holiday card.  This was not going to be the year I started in on this tradition even though our mailbox has been stuffed with gorgeous cards and little life updates from friends and family everywhere.  Nor was I able to hang them all up because we are still a household in transition, with most of it Not Decorated, which is fine, but I simply don’t have a place to put them at the moment.

If I were to have sent a card, it would have gone something like this.

Hello dearest friends and family,

If you were with us right now, you would be marveling at the constant stream of cars driving down (and parking on) our street to watch the Christmas light show that of course, our house is a part of.  Yes we knew about this before we wrote the offer for the house, no we were not thinking about how many party buses and limousines would be cruising down our street between 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM each night in the month of December, most certainly we were not thinking about how this light show would be covered by most a number of area news outlets.  It is really something to behold.

This year, Critter turned one, Glitter was born, we sold our townhouse, moved in with my parents, and then moved into our “forever home” exactly two months prior to Glitter’s arrival.  Marcus got a new job.  I kept my same job.

Our card is a letter and not a picture because honestly, I don’t think there is a picture of the four of us in existence, though we are planning to remedy this in late January.  It’s good to have goals.

Who can know what will come in 2018?  Actually we do!  We plan to have one frisky toddler, one teething baby (but seriously when will the teething end?), and still no pets.  We hope to each return to one hobby of the many that have fallen by the wayside since having children.  We plan to survive exactly one trip to the cabin with our children and take exactly one trip without them.  We’re looking forward to it already.

Wishing you and yours a blessed 2018,

Marcus and Kat

Friday Food Round-Up!

This was my first week back at work and it is a new routine but we still managed to cook and eat food! I made some brownies for Marcus’ work potluck. I made Megan’s Easy Egg Nog Bundt Cake for my own.

Friday – Squash Soup, Sweet and Sour Turkey Tenders, Roasted Broccoli, Latkes

Sue made a beautiful Hanukkah dinner for us.

Saturday – Chef Salad

I actually made myself a salad for lunch so I wanted to share.

Sunday – Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup with Escarole from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow,Challah

Marcus liked this soup (hey I did too!) so I made it again!

Monday -Tuna Melts, Salad

I took the tuna melt recipe from Cravings and changed it up a bit.

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Steamed Rice

This meal fed us and allowed me to use up a bottle of teriyaki sauce living in my fridge.

Wednesday – Baked Potatoes with Chili, Salad

This was a pretty easy weeknight/work night dinner.

Thursday – French Onion Soup/Chili, Salad

Sue made us some French Onion Soup that I froze in September. Marcus ate that and I had the leftover chili. We both had salad.

Resting in This

“So I saw that there is nothing better than for a person to rejoice in what one does, for that is one’s portion.  Who can enable one to see what will be afterward?

– Ecclesiastes 3:22

A few weeks ago, I ordered a book called Life’s Daily Blessings by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky.  Beka had posted a page from it on her Instagram and after being encouraged by what I read there, I knew that it was a book I wanted in our house too.  It’s a sort of Jewish Daily Devotional book and Marcus and I have really enjoyed each of the readings and reflections we have done thus far.

Anyway, this verse from Ecclesiastes came up in the past few days, and I have really been resting in that this week.  I’m not usually one for sharing “inspirations” and what have you, but just in case someone needs it, I felt like I should pay it forward.

RTW (x2)

This has been a maternity leave of productivity.

I went to the OB, dentist, optomologist and dermatologist. I got new contacts and glasses (new prescription! how exciting!). We bought a couch and had half of our main floor painted. I made a meal for another new mama.

It is harder to go back this time. Last time I needed to. NEEDED to. I was climbing the walls in my house. My baby never slept. This maternity leave has been a dream in comparison. Glitter sleeps. We go places. Thanks to Critter we already have our childproofed routine of activities and playdates each week. A social calendar for the tiny ones as it were.

But staying home will not keep this baby a baby. She will still grow up.

The last 12 weeks have taught me I am stronger and more patient than I ever thought I could be. Two weeks ago, I got to take Critter and Glitter to the doctor AT THE SAME TIME where Critter puked, not only for the first time ever, but also all over both of us and into my moccasins. I did not cry. We did not sink like the Titanic. I still feel like I am The World’s Most Okayest Mom but we are doing it. Every day! My mantra every day is Today Is The Hardest It Will Ever Be. Because it is. The children do go to bed. I will sleep. Tomorrow we get to start fresh.

Friday Food Round-Up!

I had a total crockpot fail this week (God clearly did not want us eating lentils!) so I made some Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup to make sure it still worked (it does) and to give us some freezer meals/lunches. Otherwise, we cooked/ate a lot of food and It Was Good and I go back to work next week and you guys I really don’t know what we are going to eat so YOLO.

Friday – Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos, Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans


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

I still love this soup.

Monday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings

We had Marcus’ high school friends and their kids over to watch the Christmas light show in our neighborhood. We had chili and cornbread for the adults and then chicken nuggets and tater tots for the kids.

Tuesday – Cheese Pizza with Turkey Pepperoni, Salad

This freezer pizza saved us from our failure of a crockpot meal for dinner. Amen.

Miscellaneous – Ranch Pretzels

There is a reason I have never made these in my own home before. They are addictive.