July 18, 2014

Catching up + Menu


We have been busy.  Non-stop actually.

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…and to think our July calendar looks just as packed!


This past weekend was alllllll about catching up, with laundry, friends and rest.  I think our go, go, go summer agenda/vacation finally caught up with us and it was nice to have a weekend to recoup.




Saturday I don’t really know what we did during the day…but I do know we met up with our friends at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse to celebrate Jill’s birthday.  E was excited his girl Kennedy was there, and then was excited to go back home with Gransie while Mike and I headed for some chill time with the grown ups (even though I ended up falling asleep during the movie we were all watching!).




Kennedy (16 mo) and Everett (17 mo)



E was not so sure about the fire!!!


Sunday was spent bird feeding, swinging, doing a marathon shopping trip to prepare for the Kiddie Top Chef camp I taught at our school’s summer camp this week, followed by a World Cup Finals marathon.  I don’t think E and Mike even left the house on Sunday – which is unheard of!






This week, which is now basically over, was busy, fun and chalked up to a success.  Have a great weekend!



M:  Philly Cheesesteak Paninis w/ Sweet Potato Fries

T:  Grilled Steak w/ Roasted Green Beans and Grilled Corn

W:  Soyaki* Ribs w/ Napa Salad

Th:  Broccoli, Cheese and Mushroom Potatoes w/ Brown Gravy

F:  Zesty Chicken Tenders w/ Yellow Rice and Chopped Salad

Sa:  Brinner – Eggs Benedict over Potato Pancakes and Yogurt Parfaits

Su:  Roasted Turkey Breast w/ Dressing and Green Beans


*Trader Joe’s Soyaki ($3, 21 oz) - A classic teriyaki with a rich flavor of fresh ginger and sesame seeds, that really penetrates and renders meat juicy.  The ribs were delish!



July 9, 2014

We’re Back !!! (and our menu of course)


What a whirlwind!  We are home from a long and very fun trip to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.  We were literally on the go from the minute we left Orlando until we returned home and instantly crashed.  We are now resting from our vacation (should be the opposite, right?!?).

Below are just a few (picture) snippets from our trip which had funsies planned every.single.day in and around the Madison area…just the way we like it.  It’s a lot of planning on the front end, but we never had a moment where we were saying, “What should we do?”.  We love having options, and although we don’t have to get to all of them, we definitely try to!

Our final schedule of events ended up closely mirroring the one we had planned before we left.  Here’s a recap:


Wednesday – June 25:  Depart Orlando, stop in SC to see Pops and Vicki

Thursday – June 26:  Arrive Madison 7am, USA World Cup game, family BBQ

Friday – June 27:  Mickie’s Dairy Bar, Henry Vilas Zoo and Middleton Splash Pad

Saturday – June 28Dane Co. Farmer’s Market, golf for the guys, Camping at Hickory Hills

Sunday – June 29Devil’s Lake State Park for swimming, hiking and fishing

Monday – June 30Eugster’s Petting Farm, Milton Splash Park, dinner out with friends

Tuesday – July 1Bike Madison, Babcock Creamery Tour, Picnic Point, Camp Randall Tour, USA World Cup game and the Memorial Union Terrace, dinner out with the fam.

Wednesday – July 2:  Visit with Great Grandpa Art and Great Grandma Katie, Cave of the Mounds, Free Family Night at the Madison Children’s Museum

Thursday – July 3Monona M.Y. Dream Park and Summerfest in Milwaukee to see The Zac Brown Band.

Friday – July 4:  Evansville 10K run, 4th of July Parade and cookout and fireworks with friends.

Saturday – July 5:  Paddleboarding around lake Monona at Brittingham Boats, Madison Mallards Baseball game

Sunday – July 6:  Depart Madison, stop in Chicago to see Erica (and The Bean), drive straight through

Monday – July 7:  Arrive Orlando 4pm and crash!!!



From top left to right: 

Madison Mallards game, E having fun with his friend Will at Eugster’s Petting Farm, Milton Splash Park, family walk around Edgerton, photo in front of the rhinoceros exhibit at the Henry Vilas Zoo, a visit with Great Grandpa Art and Great Grandma Katie, Camping at Hickory Hills, running on the field at Camp Randall (home of the UW Badgers), parade watching on the 4th of July in Evansville, and Summerfest to see Zac Brown!


To see the full Flipagram recap of our trip, click here.


As for this week, Mike is back to the grind, I am actually back at work for a few days of workshops before summer camp starts for the next two weeks and E is at daycare 3 days a week to get back in the grove.  Busy, busy, busy – but fun.  Here’s our menu for this week (so happy to have some home cooked meals – eating out gets very old!)


M:  Pantry Dinner

T:  Chicken Pesto Pizza on Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough (from Trader Joe’s – my first trip!)

W:  Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Baked Potatoes

Th:  Taco Salad

F:  Grilled Steak w/ Balsamic Roasted Green Beans

Sa:  Stuffed Peppers w/ Mashed Potatoes and Chopped Salad

Su:  Pasta Fagiole


Have a great week!

June 19, 2014

Menu…is up!


Hi everybody!  You know, to be honest with you all, I thought that I would have so much more time to blog this summer once school got out.  As you probably have noticed, my prediction was way off. 

E and I have been having a blast exploring new and exciting parts of Orlando and are on the go each and every day – and I wouldn’t want it any other way!  I actually do have a post (halfway written) on the way detailing all of our adventures and hope to get that to you very soon.  There are so many hidden gems in Central Florida!

As far as last weekend goes, we wives surprised all of our hubbies with a Father’s Day golf outing (we thought we were pretty awesome) followed by a cookout.  We feasted on chicken kebabs with onions, red and green peppers and pineapple.  So yummy.  We also got to see handsome baby Carson who is growing like a weed!



Sunday was all about the dad in our household.  He started his day with some delicious apple strudel french toast and dippy eggs before we headed to Blue Spring State Park for some family time.

Blue Spring is located in Orange City, FL and is about 40 minutes from Orlando.  We had never been and didn’t know what to expect.  The water was crystal clear, but I have to tell you, I was not prepared for all of the gar swimming around!  I have been afraid of those things since childhood and was not totally digging swimming side by side.  Luckily they didn’t bother us, but were a little too close for comfort.

There wasn’t a real “swimming hole” like we are used to at Wekiva, it’s more for tubing, kayaking, canoeing and diving, and they do have a rental store with tubes available onsite. Blue Spring also has a playground, pavilions, pontoon rentals and off road Segway tours available. We did some swimming at the end of the tube run and then hung out while E ate lunch in his new chair from Aunt Lynnie.




After leaving the spring we headed for some grown up grub.  We decided on some Mexican goodness at La Hacienda in Orange City and definitely weren’t disappointed!  So good and so authentic.  Oh, and take it from Mike, when you order a large beer…it is large!!!



Cheers to the best dad Everett could ever ask for! 

This week has been packed full already with a USA soccer party on Monday, swimming with Aunt Susie and a trip to Yalaha Bakery on Tuesday, a visit to Gransie in East Palatka and a trip to the Ravine Gardens State Park yesterday, a daycare day today followed by a trip to the downtown library for story time tomorrow!

We are starting to pack for our road trip to Wisconsin as well and are getting so excited to head north!  As for our food, here’s what we are feasting on this week---


M:  Pasta e Fagiole

T:  Grilled (bone in) Chicken Breasts w/ Balsamic Green Beans

W:  Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes

Th:  Steak and Blue Cheese Pizza

F:  Chopped Salad

Sa:  Chicken Tetrazzini

Su:  Hot Dogs w/ Fruit and Chips


Have a great week!


June 11, 2014

Menu ----


Hi all!  I hope this post finds you having a spectacular week!  I am in a CGI Math research study workshop all week(sounds amazing doesn’t it!?!) with the hopes of actually starting my “summer vacation” next week.  Fingers crossed!

This past weekend was packed full of fun and non-stop action.  We were on the go from the minute we got up until we dropped!

Saturday morning started off with a 2 mile hike on one of the trails inside of Wekiva Springs State Park.  We had a blast blazing through the trails and loved having shade most of the way.

The bugs were definitely out and about (I would highly recommend some sort of bug spray) and we were so thankful that E loved being in his backpack for an extended period of time. 



We did have a trail mix/water break about half way through and then Mike and I switched carrying the backpack.  Luckily we didn’t see many animals in their natural habitat (only skinks) and were nice and hot by the time we got back to our spot by the spring.



The rest of the morning/early afternoon was spent eating and swimming in the (frigid) refreshing water.




As for Saturday afternoon/night – we headed to Aunt Lynnie and Uncle Jay’s house (the newlyweds) for some cornhole, beer, grilling and soccer.  Great time with great friends.  Always.





We started Sunday off with a 3 mile run that ended with a visit to the park.  Somebody’s dad put him in the big boy swing and he was pretty proud of himself!




Our afternoon excursion took us to Clermont to pick some citrus!  I was kind of the ringleader for this activity (Mike was not too excited about the heat factor that was going to be involved) and thought it would be a blast – which it was…however…it was also AS HOT AS THE BLAZING SUN.






E obviously had the best seat in the house and loved the gigantic creamsicle treat at the end (more info on our experience coming tomorrow).  He has since eaten 3 of our freshly picked Valencia oranges…including the juice!


As for this week – Gransie is watching E while I am “mathing” it up and we are counting down to another fun weekend!


M:  Leftover Baked Spaghetti

T:  Creamy Veggie Pasta

W:  Grilled Mustard BBQ Pork Chops w/ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Th:  Steak Kebabs w/ Fried Rice

F:  Salisbury Steak Meatballs w/ Egg Noodles and Green Beans

Sa:  Baked Chicken w/ Chopped Salad

Su: Chicken Tetrazzini


Have a great week!