September 8, 2014

Menu Catch Up

 

Hi everybody!  Here’s what we have been up to over the past two weeks:

Last weekend we headed down to North Palm Beach for our annual trip to El Cox Casa.  Our friend Jenny’s parents have a spectacular place near Juno Beach and welcome us year after year for a fun Labor Day getaway…this year Mr. Cox even surprised us with shirts!

This was the first year with the kiddos (Everett, 18 months and Carson, 6 months), and it proved to be just as much fun.  We spent our long weekend relaxing, eating, drinking, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, beaching and watching football.  It was such a nice little escape from reality and we (as always) can’t wait to go back!  Thanks Captain and CC!!!

 

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This past week/weekend we spent catching up.  Catching up on sleeping, cleaning, grocery shopping…you know, the necessities.  It was nice to have a weekend that we didn’t really do a whole lot.  We did get a 7  mile run in on Saturday and then spent the rest of the day vegging out and watching a whole lot of college football.

 

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This weekend we are back to being busy as we are heading up to celebrate my mom’s birthday in Palatka, while making a side trip to Gainesville to watch the Gators play with our friends Jill (UK alum) and Ryan.  Then we are headed back early Sunday morning as we await the arrival of our Wisconsin family that will be in town visiting all next week.  Fun times are ahead…if only the weather would cool down juuuuust a bit!

Here’s our plan – I hope you’re eating something yummy this week!

 

M:  French Dip Pressed Sandwiches and Roasted Carrots

T:  Steak Salad w/ Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

W: Tomato Pesto Pizza

Th:  Pot Roast Baked Potatoes

F:  Palatka

Sa:  Palatka/Gainesville

Su:  Egg Salad Sandwiches w/ Potato Chips

 

Have a great week!

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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

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Have a good one!

August 5, 2014

Menu Tuesday

 

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

 

Saturday:

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!

 

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

 

Sunday:

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!

 

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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!

 

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

 

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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.

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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