Friday, August 11, 2017

Meal Planning August 12th - 19th

Review from last week:

The last Blue Apron meal from last week.  Really loved this one, particularly the white cheddar:

The hot weather we have been having has me wanting more and more salads.  This one made with red leaf lettuce was especially great.  The perfectly-ripe avocado made it excellent:  


Blue Apron again: Black Pepper Beef.  Sweet and spicy:

Pork burgers with a cucumber-sour cream sauce and blistered shishito peppers.  LOVED IT.

Plan for next week:

Saturday:  Our friends Charisse and Brad (+ kids) are in town and staying with us this weekend.  Brad is an amazzzzzzzzzzzzing cook and is going to cook for us tonight!  I volunteered to be his assistant and I'm hoping to learn a bunch of new tricks :)  Menu TBD.

Sunday: Mozzarella, Tomato and Pesto Zucchini Pasta Salad with this pesto and grilled chicken

Monday: Lentil Tacos from the "Thug Kitchen" cookbook:

Tuesday: Salmon Roll Sandwiches

Wednesday: Leftovers

Assuming the burn ban is finally lifted, grilled burgers with caramelized onions and salad

Friday: Out to eat

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meal Planning: August 5th - 11th

Review from last week:

Surf and Turf, courtesy of Greg:

Zucchini Rollatini.  I asked Greg to grill up some chicken to go with this dish because I was afraid he was going to tell me that vegetables alone do not cut it for dinner.  He was definitely a skeptic.  Afterwards he declared "we didn't even need the chicken!  This tasted pretty damn close to lasagna".  I mean, of course it didn't, but it was super delicious and filling.

2 of the 3 Blue Apron meals:

Salmon and Freekah Salad:

Sweet and Spicy Beef with squash.  Loved this one.

Plan for next week:

Saturday: TBD.  We are going to a pool party with some friends so dinner may be there or out to eat afterwards

Sunday: Baja Chopped Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Monday: Soup and Turkey BLT's before a t-ball double header!

Tuesday: Blue Apron Meal: Black Pepper Beef Bok Choy with Garlic Rice

Wednesday: There is a food truck event happening in Bellevue where we will be dining :) 

Thursday: Blue Apron Meal: Pork Burgers & Blistered Shishito Peppers with Cucumber & Heritage Tomato Salad

Friday: Chicken & Cherry Tomato Sauce with Farro and Green Bean Salad

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week in Photos: T-Ball, Summer Diet and a Haircut

Ben has a particular way he likes to lay on the couch when he is watching his iPad - forehead on the arm of the couch, face down.  This often results in a hilarious hairdo, especially when his hair is damp after a shower.

Our T-Ball team photo!  The team is made up of 4-6 year olds.  Upon meeting the kids, I had a general sense of who was what age - until the kid in the back row middle shocked me by telling me he is only five.  FIVE.  And I thought Ben was tall!

Ben and his teammate, Josie, who also happens to be attending the same summer camp as he is!  So much fun.

What is better than trying new beers on a hot summer day?

Ice-cream for dinner!!!

Out trying a new (to us) pizza place in West Seattle after visiting Lisa and Evan and seeing their new house!  The Mariner Game was playing on a TV and they were behind, so Greg and Ben put on their rally caps.  It wasn't until the ride home that we realized the game was a replay ;)

My mom took Ben on a Where's Waldo hunt around Edmonds.  A bunch of the local businesses were participating - you go to their place, find the Waldo and then they give you a sticker or a stamp.  He had so much fun and found so many of them!

Ben lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvves games, and he is getting to the age where we can put away some of the "junior" versions and transition to the classics!  This week we played Life and Battleship.

Photoshop fun:

Greg and Pepper!

Ben and Raleigh comparing their (almost) matching shoes!

Racing three times around the house. Ben won :)

Hair styling in the shower by dad served as inspiration to get a fresh haircut a few days later:

Enjoying the "cool" weather on the deck before it got excessively hot (95) and smokey (smog/smoke in the air due to fires in Canada).  YUCK.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Meal Planning: July 29th - August 4th

Review from last week:

The last Blue Apron meal from last week:


Kalua Pork over Cauliflower rice with cabbage slaw:

Greg has perfected his rib-smoking process.  We had the Mills family over to enjoy them with us!

And one of my favorite new recipes I've tried lately, these zucchini noodles tossed in sun dried tomato pesto!  The zucchini was left raw and it went so nicely with Greg's amazing grilled chicken.  YUM.

Plan for next week:

Saturday: Zucchini Rollatini

Sunday: Turkey BLT's and Tomato Soup

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Blue Apron Meal: Salmon & Freekeh Salad with Sweet Peppers, Dates & Olives

Wednesday: Blue Apron Meal: Sweet & Spicy Beef with Jasmine Rice & Crispy Shallot

Thursday: Canyons Reunion!  Greg's former place of work (aka the place we met long ago) is having a reunion!  So fun and can't wait to reunite with everyone!

Friday: Blue Apron Meal: Olive & Pepper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Butter Lettuce & Cherry Tomato Salad

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meal Planning: July 22nd - 28th

Review from last week:

I've been trying a lot of new recipes lately, and it's been fun!  

This Pizza Spaghetti (Squash) Casserole was a big hit.  Greg really liked it and I made it a second time for lunches during the week since I had all the ingredients.  Big thumbs up.

Just a big salad.  Nothing special.

Grilled scallops courtesy of Greg + roasted green beans.

Mexican Quiche with sweet potato crust.  This was actually more of a fritatta (it didn't have the consistency of a quiche), but it was good!  Greg surprised me by how much he liked it (as in, he ate half of the skillet, LOL)!  He had it with a greek yogurt/siracha dressing I had made for the buffalo chicken bowls last week and it was an excellent combo.  I personally thought it would make a better breakfast than a dinner and next time I think I'll add bacon :)

These lentil bowls are basically just an assortment of roasted veggies and cooked lentils and they were so filling and delicious.

Blue Apron this week!

This pasta was so simple but SO delicious!  Really enjoyed this one and will definitely make it again:

I remembered to take a picture of this one mid-way through!  Greg grilled the burgers and topped them with smoked gouda:

This dish also had a side of zucchini slaw - another super easy dish I'm sure I'll make again.  I had leftovers and added some cherry tomatoes to it:

Tonight is Caribbean Curry Chicken!

Plan for next week:

Saturday: Saturday we are heading down to West Seattle to check out Lisa and Evan's new house!  While their big moving day was on Wednesday, we are hoping to be somewhat helpful and are looking forward to hanging out there for awhile.  Dinner is TBD.

Sunday: Smoked Ribs and a green salad with this salad dressing

Monday:  Crock Pot Kalua Pork, Cauliflower Rice and Cabbage Slaw

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomato Zucchini Noodles (replacing the pork chop with chicken from this recipe)

Thursday: Grilled Chicken (making extra on Wednesday) salad with this salad dressing

Friday: Butter Lettuce Salad and grilled scallops

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week in Photos: Rock Climbing, Boating and Remlinger Farms!

Ben and I have been going to the climbing wall at our gym for the past 3 weeks.  It's been super fun to see him get more and more comfortable, and get higher and higher on the wall each time.  This past weekend I decided to try it myself and felt SO BAD ASS when I made it to the top!  It was so much harder than I remember it being (upper body strength - ugh), but it was so fun to be up there and try to figure out which direction to go next to get to the top.  I'm hoping that Ben continues to try and make progress.

The crystal growing set we got for Ben was a lot of fun.  After a few days they started to grow and after a couple weeks they were huge!

My mom and I took a day off and took Ben up to Remlinger Farms and it was a blast!  So perfect for Ben's age and we loved it.

Ben has played 2 of the 5 t-ball games we have scheduled this summer.  It's been fun (and hilarious) to watch.  He really is good though and is always so excited to play with his friends in a "real" game.

We spent last Sunday boating with Jamie, Collin and Jailyn + a couple of their friends.  Jailyn is now speaking SO many words and I loved talking with her all day.  She would wave and say "hi" a zillion times and loved to eat "Schnacks" and it was so adorable.  Ben really had fun with her, too.

These hard seltzers are so great.  They taste just like sparkling water.  Great boat drink! (Great recommendation, Kristin)!