Monthly Archives: September 2019

A Not Friday Food Round-Up

  • No dinner photos, just an assortment of thoughts.
    • I made this kale slaw and like probably tripled the dressing, skipped the seeds. Three of four family members loved it the first time I made it, have made it many times since.
      The Thai Yellow Curry Sauce from Trader Joe’s is 11/10. You can use it to make this slow cooker meal (that we love!!!) OR you can marinate chicken or salmon with half a bottle and then grill it and it is happiness!
      Also from Trader Joe’s, their Jalapeno Sauce. Good on tacos, good as salad dressing. Probably good for a crockpot full of chicken but I have not tried that one yet.
      I love RX Bars, they are also $$$. I have been making these no-bake energy bites for the last few weeks to see if they are a good replacement. Not nutritionally the same, but I am eating far fewer bars. I use half the honey and half the chocolate chips. They are tasty.
      To simplify meal planning (now that we are eating with the kids!!!), I added a post-it to the fridge that has a list of dishes we can make variations of. So right now we have tacos, pizza, pasta, marinated chicken, soup, beans. So many variations!!!

    House Updates

    We have been doing some things to spiff up our house a bit more.

    I bought a wreath for our front door so people know we are nice neighbors!!!

    Marcus did a DIY and repainted our fireplace doors black they are 100% better looking. Look at before and after.

    We had the rest of our main floor and the stairwell/upstairs hall painted in Behr’s Bleached Linen. Hallways unpictured. We had painters do this as it was a two day project even for them!

    We installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Again, better.

    Upcoming: Installing a new light fixture in our casual eating area, adding new/different/more lamps to our family room and living room. Sourcing a new light fixture for the entryway. Creating a wood mantle to add to our fireplace! Each thing in its own time.

    Fall in the Garden

    It is watermelon harvest time. We picked our first one on Sunday, it was huge.

    I did one final pick through of the beans and then pulled the stalks out as they were DONE. I am already planning what sort of trellis we can do next year to be even more successful.

    Now that the beans are out, I need to spend time organizing our strawberry runners into rows. It is possible that one of our beds next year will be 100% strawberries and co-plants.

    We have approximately five carrots left to pick.

    The kale and parsley continue to grow strong. I don’t know that we need six kale plants next year but we might. The ever-bearing nature of the plant is enjoyable.

    Cabin Wrap-Up

    We went to the cabin three times this year. We were supposed to go a fourth time, just after Memorial Day, but with dodgy weather that weekend we ended up adding a weekend in September instead. That was nice in its own way because we got to enjoy the start of fall colors Up North!

    Since I was on my blogging break when the first two trips happened, consider this a summer recap with a lot of photos. Mostly for my benefit when winter comes and I need to remember what summer feels like.

    This year the children did 100% better on the drive than they ever have. On the third trip we had them share a room for the first time ever to very middling success. They went down well, at 3 AM on Saturday, Critter informed us his body wanted to be reading and that was just not going to happen at that hour but he also refused to return to sleep and that was in a word, awful. The second night, they slept great and meowed at each other as they fell asleep. Kids are adorable and weird.

    The rest of our time was spent eating ice cream, pizza, pontoon riding, park playing, and swimming. Critter and Glitter’s enthusiasm for water grew 110% over the course of the summer. I attribute this to LOTS of trips to Auntie Michelle’s pool and Wednesday summer swim lessons at school for Critter’s age group.

    I went fishing twice, this was not my biggest summer ever for catching fish, but I am thankful for the time I had on the water. Billy replaced the reel on my fishing pole with one of his old ones because he snapped a rod this summer. We both upgraded to 14 lb test line and apparently now we will be able to catch anything!!! Cousin Chris has been of the opinion for some time now that the strength of the line and lessened chance of snapping it outweighs the increased visibility of it in the water.

    Now, for photos.


    June II


    Back to School!

    Yes, I managed to get them outside for a picture. No, we don’t have a sign, it is like 1991 here.

    After a LONG week off, these two headed back to school, new age groups, and new teachers!

    During summer “camp” they wore swimsuits/sandals in the AM and we had to send an extra set of dry clothes/shoes for the afternoon. Now that fall and the school year are here, no more of that! I am so glad they have that opportunity in the summer but it is a relief it is over. Our mornings and prep are easier, our laundry is less.

    This year, they’ll both be at school full-time, four full days and then one morning. The one morning is because there wasn’t a four day option. The one morning also marks the first time since Critter was born that I have three hours to myself each week to do everything! Nothing! Something! It’s literally amazing, no one is more surprised this has happened than me. My goal for the time each week is to do one thing for me, one thing that is productive and if time allows, a workout too.

    Happy Fall, Y’all!

    Labor Day.

    Summer is gone.

    In all seriousness, Lis and I went for a walk around Lake Nokomis and to Sandcastle and when we saw a tree whose leaves had already changed, she observed it was on the Starbucks schedule.

    Except a ton of trees are already changing and it is already crisp! I think it is an early fall.

    What else to report about this LONG weekend?

    Ate ice cream twice.

    Went to one BBQ with our neighbors and hosted another with my sorority sisters and their littles.

    Spent three hours at the State Fair.

    Played outside.

    Battled a sneak attack double ear infection (Critter) and some latent pink eye (also Critter).

    Tested out a new weekend breakfast tradition and wheeled out the waffle maker. It seemed popular. Will try again.