August 18, 2014

Menu Monday–


First week of school and a sick kid.  Not a good combo. Last week, Everett came down with a pretty bad case of roseola (come to find out) and was out of commission all week.  After a doctor’s visit that ruled out anything else, we were told in regards to the fever to just “wait it out”.  Mike was home with E Monday and Tuesday of last week and then our savior, Gransie, came down to stay with him the rest of the week.  I was back at school for Meet Your Teacher on Monday with the first day of school the next day, so I was not available to stay home with the sick boy Sad smile. Boo.



E is not really a fever guy, but he had his share of them with roseola.  Monday he was averaging 101.5-102, Tuesday it was up to around 103 with the highest coming Wednesday morning around 3am at about 104.5---scary.  Luckily, after some Motrin and some sleep on mom it came down pretty quickly.  His fever finally broke on Thursday with a pretty nasty looking rash showing up Thursday afternoon.  He was miserable and not eating (luckily still drinking) all week, but seems to be on the mend now.  Fingers crossed.

Roseola (also known as sixth disease, exanthem subitum, and roseola infantum) is a viral illness in young kids, most commonly affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. It is usually marked by several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks.





 E was pretty much back to normal-ish by Friday when he and Mike took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Rock stars.




After a family run and visit to the park on Saturday morning, we headed up to Palatka to see the family before our crazy fall schedule starts!  We did lots of running, eating and relaxing




Sunday we were up and at ‘em again with another run, this one 5 miles as we prepare to run the Miracle Miles at the end of September.  Luckily the view was pretty nice.




We headed to brunch at the cutest little place in downtown Palatka called The Magnolia CafĂ©.  I loved the vibe and the food.  It was delish!







We headed back late Sunday afternoon to get ready for the week ahead.  Everett is back to daycare this week and will hopefully remain healthy for a while!  Here’s what we cooked (last week) and will be cooking (this week)!


Last week’s menu---


M:  Black Bean Soup w/ Yellow Rice

T:  Pressed Sandwiches w/ Tomato Bisque

W:  Steak Salad

Th: Chicken and Turkey Sausage Chow Mein (w/ veggies)

F:  Meatloaf w/ Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Sa:  Palatka

Su:  Chicken Kebabs w/ Roasted Veggie Orzo


This week’s menu---


M:  Turkey Cranberry Panini w/ Carrot Sticks

T:  Southwest Salad w/ Chicken

W:  Tomato Pesto Pizza

Th:  Pulled BBQ Chicken (Crock Pot) w/ Sweet Potato Fries

F:  Lasagna

Sa:  Mushroom and Onion Quesadillas w/ Roasted Green Beans

Su:  Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Baked Potatoes


PS--- Since I didn’t post last week, I didn’t get to recap our awesome time at Islands of Adventure last weekend!  This was Everett and Carson’s first time at a theme park and they did great!  E even got to go on his first official ride – so fun!




Have a good one!

August 5, 2014

Menu Tuesday


Howdy y’all!  Here’s our weekend recap…



We started our Saturday off with a family run (our next 15K is coming up quickly) and then headed to Wekiva Springs for the morning.  We found a nice shady spot and had a great time just hanging out.  We also had a great visit with our friends Jill, Ryan and their daughter Kennedy (E’s girlfriend) Saturday afternoon.  We grilled ribs and corn on the cob and had a blast watching the two little people run around.  They are SOOOO funny together!



E and K even helped make a batch of yummy fruit smoothies!



Well, our initial goal on Sunday was to be productive.  I guess we kiiiind of were.  It was a stay-at-home and try to get caught up and check projects off the list day, but it turned in to a stay-at-home, nap, lounge around and play with Everett kind of day.  Which is a-ok in my book (and Mike’s, too!).  We did get grocery shopping and a trip to Lowe’s in, but as far as our project check off, we didn’t do too much.  I guess that’s what weeknights are for!




There was a lot of sidewalk chalk, bubbles, baking, finger painting and Sesame Street watching going on as well.  E loves to help in the kitchen and is actually pretty good at it.  He has his own apron, step stool and set of mini-spatulas (that he LOVES to lick) and thinks he truly is my sous chef, which melts my heart. 

We made these pumpkin muffins which were very healthy and toddler friendly; the measurements don’t have to truly be exact and everything can be dumped in the bowl at one time.  We added a few dried cherries and will definitely add nuts next time for crunch!  Overall, we all gave the recipe two thumbs up! 

My tip when cooking/baking with toddlers…make sure you have all of the ingredients prepped and on the counter within easy reach.  once you start, you have to be quick because little hands are grabbing everything!  We did crack the eggs together and he loved it!



Reaping the benefits of baking – the eating!  He loved them (while watching Sesame Street for the first time!).




We did get the top of E’s new-old desk (I used this exact desk, along with many family friends when we were younger) painted with two coats of chalkboard paint.  He loves his “creation station” and I love the placement right in between the kitchen and the couch…the two places that Mike and I frequent!  He feels included, but has his own space to color, play with Legos, and sometimes just turn around and watch a little TV.






This week is back to work for me…sigh.  I am sad to see my summer break come to an end, but am excited for my routine again, fall fun and of course…FOOTBALL SEASON!!!  Here’s our grub, I hope you’re eating something yummy this week, too!


M:  Tuna Sandwiches w/ Carrot Sticks

T:  Crock Pot Roast Beef w/ Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

W:  BBQ Chicken Pizza

Th:  Meatball Subs w/ Chopped Salad

F:  Ham and Veggie Omelets w/ Cinnamon Raisin Toast

Sa:  Black Bean Soup w/ Yellow Rice

Su:  Southwestern Baked Potatoes

July 30, 2014

Menu Hump Day!


We have been having a blast during these last few days of summer.  I go back to work next Wednesday, so I’m trying to make every last little bit count. 


My mom was in town over the weekend to attend Finley’s Celebration and see the little dude; which meant Mike and I got to partake in some funsies – kid free!  It was a win-win for all of us!

Saturday and Sunday we actually found ourselves headed to Oviedo for some activities I have been looking at for a while.  We opted for the Good Neighbors Farmers Market which includes a petting zoo on Saturday morning. 

Besides being super hot, it was so cool.  The cost was $2 per person (under 3 were free) and I thought was well worth it.  E got to feed goats, a brahma bull, chickens/ducks, donkeys and pigs!  Truth be told, I was a little bit scared of the pigs, but I think they were Mike’s favorite.  The food costs a little bit extra ($0.50 per cup) but it was well worth it.  Be sure to bring cash (they do have an on-site ATM)!




Sunday we headed back to Oveido to check out the Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter.  I have heard great things about the Butterfly Encounter (and I think I have even been to the nursery once) and knew my mom would love it…however I think I loved it more than anyone. 

I will say, the whole encounter is H-O-T, but feeding the butterflies was so cool!  E was a little scared of them and didn’t quite get that you had to be very gentle when touching them, but he loved pointing to the “buu-fie” (as he says) flying around the open area.  There were also finches and quail walking/flying around.



Monday found us heading to St. Pete for a baseball date night.  The Milwaukee Brewers were in town playing the Tampa Bay Rays and we had to represent Wisconsin.  We ate at an amazing burger joint called Engine No.9 (thanks Urbanspoon) and highly recommend it.  We split the One Bad Pig burger and it was out of this world.  Beer, my boy and baseball…not a bad night!





Here’s what we will be eating this, our last week, before reality sets back in!


M:  Brewers vs. Rays Game!

T:  Oven Fajitas over Baked Potatoes

W:  Lasagna Roll-Ups w/ Chopped Salad

Th:  Greek Flatbread w/ Roasted Carrots

F:  Grilled Porkchops w/ Balsamic Mushroom Orzo and Green Beans

Sa:  Spaghetti and Meatsauce

Su:  Ham and Veggie Omelette w/ Wheat Toast



Gotta run!