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August 15, 2011

Whew!  It’s been a busy summer!

It started off with a wedding…an amazing wedding!  My beautiful sister in law got married!  Sadly, Joel and I both had the flu, but we still managed to have a good time 🙂  Ava and Em were the flower girls and had so much fun in their poofy dresses.

At the rehearsal:

See, she’s beautiful!

 

              Drinking their big girl drinks post

flower girl duties…nothing like a

Shirley Temple to bribe little girls

to behave!

 

 

 

 

 

Joel and I before the ceremony:

Birthday for me!  Voodoo Donuts in um, interesting shapes, from my BFF:

Despite a very mild summer here in Seattle, we’ve had a few days of sun here and there…time for ice cream!  And yes, that second front tooth fell out too!

Mama got a new sewing machine a few months ago and it’s been getting quite the workout.  I took an old t-shirt and sewed it to a little skirt and sash for Em:

And made both girls these outfits (Ava by Mod Kids…can you guess who picked it out?  And the doll sized one, too!):

someone turned FOUR:

we picked some blueberries:

made LOTS of jam!

look!  more sewing!  Mama can never have enough aprons…

And on top of all that…we ditched the kidlets in Portland for a week and had a grown ups-only staycation (sorry, um…no pictures of that 😉 ).

Only a few weeks until school/soccer/Girl Scouts/fantasy football starts up again!

meal plan monday

August 15, 2011

August 15 – August 21
MONDAY
Breakfast: oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, carrots, celery sticks
Dinner: stuffed zucchini, spinach salad, apricot tart

TUESDAY
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, toast
Lunch: soup, salad
Dinner: rigatoni with white beans and chard, salad

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: fried eggs with greens and mushrooms, french bread

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: baked french toast, fruit
Lunch: salad, sandwiches
Dinner: chicken and vegetable stir fry, brown rice

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: baked oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: spicy pulled pork tacos, salad

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: waffles, fruit, eggs
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: crab, corn on the cob, potatoes, salad

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, granola
Lunch: out
Dinner: risotto primavera, salad

Extras:
Whole wheat honey bread, chocolate strawberry mousse cake, white chocolate smore gooey bars

meal plan monday

August 8, 2011

August 8 – August 14
MONDAY
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, fruit
Dinner: sesame noodles with baked tofu, steamed bok choy

TUESDAY
Breakfast: eggs, toast
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: orange and fennel salad, grilled chicken

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, toast
Lunch: out
Dinner: salad with toasted garbanzos, plums, and feta

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: raspberry scones, tea
Lunch: turkey, brie, and apple melts, salad
Dinner: teriyaki baked salmon, brown rice, Chinese broccoli

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: granola, fruit, yogurt
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: taco salad, fruit

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: pancakes, bacon, eggs
Lunch: soup, salad
Dinner: chicken Marbella, Israeli couscous, green beans

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: blueberry muffins, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: waffles, berries, sausages

Extras:
Whole wheat bread, oatmeal raisin cookies

meal plan monday

July 18, 2011

July 18 – July 24
MONDAY
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: bringing apache dip to pot luck

TUESDAY
Breakfast: yogurt, granola, fruit
Lunch: soup, salad
Dinner: chicken Marbella, couscous, asparagus

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: waffles, bacon
Lunch: mac & cheese, carrots & celery sticks
Dinner: sour cream and ham noodle bake, roasted green beans, rainbow cupcakes

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: bok choy and tofu stif fry, brown rice

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: yogurt, granola, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: taco salad, fruit

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: green eggs and ham, toast
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: onion soup burgers, watermelon, carrots & celery sticks

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: basil grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, marinated cukes and tomatoes

Extras:
Whole wheat bread

meal plan monday

July 11, 2011

July 11 – July 17
MONDAY
Breakfast: eggs, toast
Lunch: sandwiches, salad, fruit
Dinner: pulled pork tacos, pica de gallo, black beans

TUESDAY
Breakfast: granola, yogurt, fruit
Lunch: egg salad sandwiches, veggies, fruit
Dinner: cornmeal waffles, spiced peaches, yogurt

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: leftover waffles
Lunch: mac & cheese with ham and peas
Dinner: asparagus and tofu with balsamic butter

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: eggs, toast
Lunch: salad, soup
Dinner: taco salad, fruit

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, granola
Lunch: sandwiches, fruit, kale chips
Dinner: salt and five spice chicken, rice, steamed bok choy with oyster sauce

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: eibelskiver, fruit
Lunch: out
Dinner: stir fried beef, ginger, and greens over rice noodles, grilled pineapple

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: pineapple-strawberry crisp, yogurt
Lunch: pita pizzas, salad
Dinner: make your own sushi night

Extras:
Amish White Bread

meal plan monday

July 5, 2011

July 4 – July 10
MONDAY
Breakfast: eggs in a nest
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: jalapeno popper burgers, corn on the cob, cucumber salad, trifle

TUESDAY
Breakfast: oatmeal with fruit
Lunch: egg and watercress sandwiches, pickles, fruit
Dinner: quick fiery pasta, chopped salad

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: fruit, yogurt, granola
Lunch: sandwiches, fruit, veggies
Dinner: toasted chickpea salad with plums and feta

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: mac and cheese, hot dogs, fruit, carrots
Dinner: white chicken enchiladas, black beans, salad

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: blueberry pancakes, sausages
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: corn cakes with spinach and prosciutto salad

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: cornmeal waffles, spiced peaches
Lunch: out
Dinner: flank steak with bloody mary tomato salad, rosemary potato wedges

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, granola
Lunch: steak sandwiches, fruit, salad
Dinner: pulled pork tacos, pico de gallo, mango and avocado

Extras:
S’mores bars, molasses wheat bread

around here

June 20, 2011

we’ve been celebrating a birthday:

 

napping in random places:

enjoying some much needed grown ups only time:

 

Coming up with our new Summer List:

graduating from kindergarten:

making a baby clothes quilt:

loosing teeth:

and generally enjoying ourselves.

What are you up to lately?

meal plan monday

June 20, 2011

Another week where I feel like a cheater even posting this.  We won’t be home for 3 days this week (although, this is the last weekend we are traveling for a long, long time!), and I’ve got a lot of leftovers in the fridge.
June 20 – June 26
MONDAY
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: grilled cheese, tomato soup, salad
Dinner: veggie and chicken stir fry, brown rice

TUESDAY
Breakfast: cherry chai granola, yogurt, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, salad
Dinner: roasted beet salad with watercress, lentils, soprasseta, and goat cheese

WEDNESDAY:
Breakfast: oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: out
Dinner: summer vegetable and bean soup, homemade bread

THURSDAY:
Breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, fruit, veggies
Dinner: honey mustard chicken thighs, baked tomatoes, garlic roasted green beans

FRIDAY:
Breakfast: oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: on the road
Dinner: out

SATURDAY:
Breakfast: out
Lunch: out
Dinner: out

SUNDAY:
Breakfast: out
Lunch: out
Dinner on the road

Extras:
Peasant bread

things that make me happy

June 15, 2011

Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea.  If I’m craving something sweet, I make myself a cup of this and add a splash of milk.  Yum.

Summery sandals.  So pretty.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel.  I just started using this a few days ago and I can already see the results.

My new vinyl calendar.  I like the look of stainless steel appliances, but miss my wipe off magnetic calendar.  This was done with the Cricut and I love how easy it is!

The Hunger Games Trilogy.  I literally could not put these down and stayed up all night reading them.  Great characters and a well paced story.  I hear that a movie version is in the works and I can’t wait!

 

What things are making you happy lately?

peach upside down cake

June 14, 2011

You MUST make this cake, and make it soon.  Peaches.  Cornmeal.  Lavender.  Swoon.

This would be so yummy at a baby shower or tea party.  It was especially good with a cup of Early Grey, hot.  50 points to you if you know where that’s from ;-).

Find the recipe here.