Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Hump Day!

Two things I want to capture that happened yesterday. 

My middle guy walked into the room with a piece of cheese on his eye.  He said he couldn't reach the ice pack so he was going to use the cheese instead to soothe his eye which was hurting.  He then ate the cheese before I could catch him.  :)  It was really cute and funny.

Also my youngest came home with the sweetest drawing of me and him from school.  On the back of it his teacher wrote how amazing this is for someone his age.  So proud!  Took some photos of him holding it and now it is hanging proudly on their artwork wall.

Getting excited for the long weekend ahead.  Time to review summer pinterest recipe boards to try some new recipes.  Can't wait!

In other news, I love that Chandalier song by Sia.  I made the mistake though of looking at the video.  The dancing is amazing, but it is dark and creepy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Party Weekend

Had a busy, fun weekend.   Friday night went out with some friends to dinner.

Saturday birthday party followed by a night out with some friends.

Sunday I took my littlest guy and my nephew to Build a Bear.  They were SO CUTE!! I was in Berlin for my nephew's 1st birthday party so even though the rest of my gang was there to help him celebrate I wanted to make up for my absence and do something special with him given it was his 1st.  :)  We wound up staying at my brother and sister-in-law's for dinner and I sat on the back patio and relaxed which was a nice change of pace.

Have a busy day ahead.  Can't get Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk out my head, which is going to be distracting but maybe once I get crackin' it'll leave. ;)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Communion Weekend

What a great weekend.  Friday night was hectic getting ready for my big boy's communion. I was up late into the night baking cookies in the shape of a cross for the big day.

Saturday, the day of the communion, was great.  My big guy looked so handsome.  We had a nice party at a local restaurant afterwards to celebrate.

Mother's Day was a lot more running around then I would have hoped.  Went to visit my grandmother, ran errands.  My husband went shopping and cooked for me, the kids and his grandmother.  Not sure what army he was feeding because there were a lot of leftovers.  By the end he was exhausted and the house looked like a bomb hit it, so I told him to sit with his grandmother and I cleaned up. :)

He made my favorite - steamers - plus steak, asparagus, peppers and onions, mushrooms, salad.  It was gorgeous out so we ate outside which was so nice!

I told him not to bother with dessert since we had a lot of leftover cake from the communion.  This was before I realized he never took the cake in from the trunk the night before (UGH!).  It pained me to throw out such an expensive cake (even though baker said it should be fine I get weird with the buttercream frosting not being in fridge), so I cut off frosting and cubed the actual cake and layered it between fresh whipped cream and berries to make a trifle.  It was delicious.
I am a genius. :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Beautiful Weekend

What a GORGEOUS weekend!

Friday I left work a little early to take my big boy to a birthday party.  He had a blast with some of his friends driving race cars.

Saturday was low-key.  Tball in the morning and the rest of the day was spent with my 3 little men in the back yard playing. The neighbor's kid's came over before dinner and then rejoined us after dinner for an impromptu ice cream party.  They had so much fun.

Yesterday was looonnngg.  Went with my entire family to the zoo.  Everyone else had the same idea apparently since it was packed.  Felt like we walked for 8 hours and saw 2 animals.

My middle guy was complaining the whole walk back to the car until we distracted him to run and jump on everyone else's shadow.  So he perked right up and was running even for a bit to try to catch his own shadow.  Hilarious.  If you learn the art of distraction you can always keep a kid in check.

Looking forward to fast forwarding through this week to get to Saturday when my big boy makes his communion.  The big decision is which of the two dresses I ordered from Nordstrom will be the winner for the big day....I can't decide. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Organizing Checklists

Thank you Martha Stewart for this very random list of organizing checklists!  Organizing your linen closet to greening your home to your grill.  The topics are a little all over the place, but the individual checklists are good.  Enjoy!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Barefoot Contessa: Make it Ahead

I am spoiled.  Two Jean George restaurants in a week!  First ABC Kitchen for lunch with my team.  The ambiance was gorgeous and food was great.  Friday night we went to the Inn at Pound Ridge.  Again, beautiful ambiance - farmhouse, high vaulted ceilings, candlelight. It was gorgeous.  Food was good too.

Saturday we had friends over and we decided to make everything from apps to dessert using Barefoot Contessa's new cookbook Make it Ahead.

I gotta tell you it was slim pickings.  I made for an app roasted kale parmesean chips. They were good, but not exciting.  Neither were the other apps that I could have selected.

For dinner I made the strip steak recipe -- dry rub, charcoal grilled.  They were good.

Kept two plain for the kids -- although all 5 of them devoured those plus more.

I also made her baked potatoes topped with whipped feta and the Spanish tapas red peppers -- the adults loved both of these.

My friend made the banana chocolate chip crumb cake and the chocolate cluster cookies - both were delish.

Our friends came/left early so the boys had time for a movie before bed. When I brought in the popcorn I found them having a tea party and saying "let's have a toast to the team".  They crack me up!

Sunday was insane.  We had baseball parade through town for my two big boys so I knew I wouldn't have time to go food shopping so had fresh direct deliver.

They love to play food delivery....too cute. :)

The parade/barbecue/bounce castles were super fun, but impossible to tear the kids away from everything


I got home with the little two around 2:30 to clean and start a ton of cooking including a recipe for these Sesame Snaps which were a pain in the a## to make, but good.  I also made for dinner Pioneer Woman's Apple Pork Roast which was AWESOME.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Banana Blueberry Muffins

What a gorgeous weekend!

Kicked off Friday night with my oldest's baseball practice and then we picked up his friend to come over for a bit to play/have ice cream.

Saturday we had a communion for our good friend's twins.

Sunday was a bunch of running around and cooking, including these banana blueberry muffins.  I also threw in some blackberries since I had them leftover from last week.

Let's get this week movin!

Monday, April 13, 2015


What are Paul McCartney and Rihanna doing hanging out with Kanye?

Makin' magic apparently.

Heard this on Pandora a hundred times (and skipped over it 99) before it finally clicked -- wow, great tune.  Sorta like that thinking out loud song by Ed Sheerhan.  If you listen to it 543 times it grows on you. :)