Friday Food Round-Up!

We live in an all-inclusive resort now.  It is very fancy. All meals are provided, we simply show up. 

Just kidding. But that is sort of actually what it is like. Let’s just say that if I were solely responsible for cooking each night AND we were packing (which we are), we would probably be eating baked potatoes only or something at this point. 

Anyway, as promised, check out what my Mom made for dinner!  She and Dad have declared Wednesdays to be date night so ongoing I’ll be cooking on that night but other than that or the odd side dish wrangling, that is it. 

Sunday – Pot Roast with Salad

Monday – Lobster, Lobster Bisque, Tater Tots, Coleslaw, Garlic Bread

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers, Salad, Asparagus Salad

Wednesday – Grampy Jim’s Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Chef’s Cupboard Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is the meal we cooked this week. 

The amount of broccoli in the soup was negligible so I bought a steamer bag to add to it. It was a good idea.

Thursday – Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Peas, Kale Slaw Salad, Freshly Baked Bread


Someday We Are Moving: Basement Dwelling

We survived the move into my parents’ house and everyone is still married.

Critter had let me know that he is totally fine with everything because anytime I I dare to venture more than 10 feet away from him, he screams.  We are well and truly joined at the hip right now.  BFFs for sure.

If you were to look in our “closet” you would see that I am probably still living in some sort of low-grade denial because even though all of my things on hangers are hanging, all of the dresser things are in suitcases and I just cannot be bothered to organize them.  Related/unrelated, I really probably could straight-up pack up all of my running gear for the time being since I am not…running.  Just not mentally there yet, people.

I will not lie, there are some perks.  Mom cooks dinner.  There is full cable (we cut ours and switched to Sling in January).  We planned our first date night!

On the other hand, it is still exhausting because we have movers coming on Sunday (we’re set to close on the 24th) so every night after dinner we have to head back to the house to pack.  Who would not want to do such a thing after a long day of work/Critter tending?

Over the past month, we’ve toured four more houses.  Two were absolute “nos” and the other two were definite possibilities if the price drops.  All of this is to say that we have no idea where we’re going next.  At least open houses give us something to do on the weekends?


Friday Food Round-Up!

This week, I thought Oh hey I probably need to use up more things in our pantry so we don’t have to move them.

We managed to work through a couple of cans of Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce, two cans of white beans, a stray half-box of spaghetti, turkey chili from the freezer, curry (also from the freezer), potatoes, chicken thighs, chicken breast, ground turkey.

I don’t know what the Friday Food Round-Up! will look like between now and whenever it is that we move into The Next House That Has Yet To Be Found.  I am guessing it will probably just be a showcase of what I’ve cooked and also what Mom has whipped up in her kitchen.  Friends, I will not lie, it is not a terrible prospect to not have to cook constantly for the next few months.  Plus we will be living in a beautiful, beautiful land where we can eat ribs and prosciutto and shellfish and it will be Good.

Saturday – Pan Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas, Steamed Broccoli, Rice

Sunday – Pizza

Tuesday – Baked Potatoes with Chili, Bagged Caesar Salad

Wednesday – Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Bagged Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday – Curry with Chicken, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Miscellaneous – Puppy Chow


So Big!

How is this week going?

Well, we are moving ourselves out of our house this weekend and I am still just not really thinking about it so that is where we are at I think.

But the sickness has passed! So that’s not nothing!  And none of the molars have fully broken through yet so we are surviving!

We accidentally put Critter’s little leather shoes through the wash. With the diapers. On hot.  I wish I could explain how this happened but the story would be winding and boring. We’re still waiting to see if there is a comeback there or if it’s RIP shoes. 

I bought Critter ladypants. Hear me out. He is a super big guy (it is known) and apparently when you get to boys 3T pants you can only buy structured carpenter jeans and whatnot. My baby is 13 months old and is a crawler. So I jetter over to the little girls section and grabbed a couple of pairs of leggings and PRESTO!  A baby wearing clothes that looks like a baby. 

Critter finally learned how to stack one block on top of another. 

Baube taught Critter how to do “so big.”  It is super cute but also super hilarious. He now does the hand gesture for any “How _____ is Critter?” question. He is very proud of this. 

At Nana’s house he used a toy to climb up on a piece of furniture. 😳

So, that’s where we’re at for today. 


This is me, trying to write a normal blog post.

As you can see, Uncle Billy was home this weekend!  Critter was still on the mend, but he was happy to sit next to him and play, pet his beard and even gave him a cuddle at one point.  It was pretty cute to see.

What else happened?  Martha was in town so we went to Bacio for dinner on Friday night with a group of our sorority sisters.  I wore adult clothes and my hair down and it felt very glamorous.  After a LONG week, it was a great thing to look forward to.  One of the mamas in my mama group declared an impromptu wine night on Saturday, so after dinner was finished and put away I headed over to that.  It was nice to catch up with those ladies WITHOUT having to keep an eye on the little ones.  We laughed so hard we cried and it was a beautiful thing.  Since Critter was sick for Zayde’s 60th birthday, we missed his brunch (Marcus went, we stayed behind).  On Sunday morning we got to go to breakfast with him at Fat Nat’s.

It was busy.

And the rest of the time when we were not eating, Billy and Marcus were hauling things to the storage unit and re-arranging some things in my parents’ house so that we can move there.  In one week.  I wrangled Critter and it was just a whole thing.  By the time that Sunday night arrived, we were on the couch and done with all of it.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Before we get into it, does anyone have the new Skinnytaste Fast/Slow cookbook and if so, how do you like it?  It sounds like it could be a good one for our lifestyle but since I really don’t NEED more cookbooks I am hesitant. 

Marcus was out of town this week, so I already had plans to subsist Tuesday through Thursday and then Critter got sick again and the whole thing was just a survivalist-style journey.

I know I haven’t written a ton other than the weekly round-up lately, I promise I am trying to get back into some sort of blogging routine. Last weekend I thought I would do a recap of our adventures but the only pictures I took were of my Friday night sushi and the HBO documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett.  Someday!

Anyway, if you’re still sticking with the program, thank you.

Without further adieu, what we ate!

Saturday – Chicken Tacos, Black Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

We were supposed to have friends over for dinner and then we did not. We still needed to feast!

Sunday – Help with Hamburger from Farmhouse Rules, Peas

I forgot to take a picture of this one, y’all.  Probably because I whipped it up for Marcus and Critter and then went off to book club.  Next time.

Monday – Garden Pie

I made this so I would have something to subsist on while Marcus was away.

Thursday – Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Honestly, my original plan was “baked potatoes” but when Critter and I went on a milk run on Thursday morning, chuck roast was on sale.  I quickly Googled a recipe, threw a roast in my cart and then promptly tossed the whole thing into the Crockpot when we got home.

I felt like a Domestic Goddess for having this dinner together after Marcus came home from his business trip.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’ve been craving this for about a month now but have not had the time for baking. It’s possible I’ll make ANOTHER loaf next week.

It’s getting a little ridiculous.

On the 10th day of Critter’s first round of antibiotics ever, his fever returned.  And, after another trip to the doctor’s office (on advice of the nurse line) it was revealed the ear infection was going strong in addition to a possible vaccine reaction and also (OMG WILL IT EVER END) very apparent teething.

As the good doctor said, he’s got a lot going on.

We are now going to observe the end of the traditional completely healthy first year by going on a 20 day antibiotics bender.

When I told my family that this was the ear infection without end, my darling brother was quick to respond with the following instruction: Make sure to post on facebook at least twice today, here, just copy and paste this: “UGHHH, another fever on the last day of antibiotics, really?  Any other moms out there with advice for how to bring the fever down??” 

This is only hysterical because if you know me, 100% the time my fever battle plan is to give Tylenol/Ibuprofen and call the nurse line if it seems hinky.  100% of the time this is what I tell other people to do when they leave similar status updates on Facebook.  None of this should be surprising.

Someday we’ll all be healthy again.