Friday, October 13, 2017

Meal Planning: October 14th - 18th

Review from last week:

On Sunday night I cooked a turkey breast in the crockpot!  We had it with roasted veggies one night:


And had turkey cobb salads the next night:

Greg and I celebrated our TENTH anniversary on Tuesdsay night by going out for deep dish pizza with Ben :)  SO romantic!  (But seriously, it was delicious and perfect)!

And since there wasn't any leftover pizza (...oops), we had breakfast for dinner on Wednesday.

Thursday night we had zucchini noodles, chicken and green beans tossed in basil pesto sauce.  This one was really good and easy to make.

Tonight we are grabbing take out on our way to babysit the Cougan kids for the evening!

Plan for next week:

It's a short week of meal planning, because on Thursday night Greg and I head out for a weekend away!!!

Saturday: Filet Steaks & Grilled Kale and Avocado Salad

Sunday: Beer Can Chicken and roasted vegetables

Monday:  Skillet Chipolte Chicken Enchiladas

Tuesday: Leftovers with a salad

Wednesday: Leftovers again!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week in Photos: So much to Celebrate!

It's been a fun week!  

On 10/10, Greg and I celebrated 10 years of marriage!  It's really hard to believe it's been that long.

Since we have a trip coming up next week, Greg and I agreed to keep it simple on the actual day.  But that didn't stop Greg from bringing me the most gorgeous flowers!

Nor did it stop us from going out for pizza with Ben!  I happily had the chance to try my very first deep dish pizza and it was everything.

And Ben had some rootbeer in a bottle and that kept him occupied for awhile :)

I also had the opportunity to celebrate my 36th birthday (a little early) with my friends!  I had attended a Pampered Chef party over the summer and loved checking out all of the cooking gear, so I invited her to come to my house for one in combination with lots of delicious wine and my friends.  I stocked UP.

The wine flowed and I loved having so many of my friends there.

Like, really REALLY loved it.

Ben got to celebrate ANOTHER lost tooth.  This makes 5.

We also got his school pictures back, which were taken the first week of school.  Back when he actually had teeth.

And lastly, chips.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Meal Planning: October 7th - 13th

Review from last week:

Greg threw off my meal plan over the weekend and declared he HAD to grill burgers (which I always kind of love).  We made a special sauce to have with them and used up extra bacon from breakfast.  Delicious.

I roasted up some Brussels Sprouts, sweet potato, and green beans and made lentil bowls for dinner one night (and lunch a few days).

Tried a new recipe - zucchini noodle spaghetti puttanesca.  It was good, but very watery with the zucchini noodles cooked.  Next time I'd try this over raw zucchini noodles (and probably add meat to the sauce).

Was inspired by a new episode of Pioneer Woman recently when she made Texas Braised Brisket Tacos.  I made a cabbage slaw to have with ours (cabbage, cilantro, green onions, red onions, olive oil and lime juice) and then made avocado lime crema to put on top.  Yum.

Hoisin Chicken with Yu Choy (because I messed up and purchased that instead of Bok Choy - turns out they are essentially the same thing)!

Plan for next week:

Saturday: Celebrating my birthday (a little early) with wine and appetizers and friends at home :)

Sunday: Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Sweet Potato

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: 10/10! It's our 10 year anniversary!!!  Due to an upcoming trip and the general chaos that always seems to come with the fall (and especially for us in October!), we are going to keep our anniversary celebration simple this year and go out for pizza as a family after work/school! :)

Wednesday: Leftover pizza and salad

Thursday: Pan Seared (or grilled) Chicken with Basil-Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Friday: TBD

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week(s) in Photos: FALL

Feeling SO happy to bundled up, drinking hot coffee and walking my little guy to the bus stop!  This is definitely one of our favorite parts of the new routine!

Ben's soccer team is undefeated so far!

Putting the Halloween books up on the shelves!  Looking forward to putting up the rest of our Halloween decor!

Ben earned a Kindness Card at school - we were so proud!

My company went on a half day wine tour around Woodinville (can you guess whose suggestion that was) ;)

Forcing Ben to sit on my lap on his birthday to prove he is still my baby.

Green and blue hairspray for Seahawk Sunday (a birthday present from a friend).

Breaking Greg's heart a little (wearing his Seahawk gear during the Steeler game)!  Luckily, Greg is a great sport and is just so happy Ben is a football fan :)

Out to dinner with Melissa, Marc, Sammy and Sully and happened to catch the boys being quiet for 5 seconds.


FOURTH TOOTH GONE (the very next day)!  He lost both at school!

6 Years Old

Ben is six!!!  

A little recap of the last year:

  • Ben lost 2 teeth while he was 5.  One came out a month after his birthday last year and the other last December.  As of his 6th birthday, he had two VERY wiggly teeth (that came out the Thursday and Friday following his birthday). Loosing teeth was something he was terrified of last year on his birthday, but now he seems to be okay with the idea. (He got to see that he does, in fact, grow new ones to replace them)!
  • Ben traveled to Hawaii like a champ and we had a blast on our family vacation.  Looking forward to planning something fun for next year.  I think this is the first time I haven't planned something well in advance.  To be honest, it will be difficult to top our last destination (Aulani).
  • He is very much motivated by treats and using his iPad.  We threaten to take both away (and on occasion, do) when he has bad behavior.  Truly nothing will get him back on track than the thought of not having a treat after dinner.
  • Ben is still very Type A in so many ways.  He still likes a schedule and to put things in order.  He likes to "rank" things (food, treats, sports teams, activities, and sometimes even friends - which mortifies me of course, but it's a phase I think).  He always wants to know when things will happen and what the plan is.
  • Going along with this, EVERYTHING is a game. Everything (walking to the bus stop, which of us "gets" to play with him, who finishes eating something first) has a winner or a loser.
  • He is less into toys than he used to be.  He still likes them of course, but we recently did a big toy purge and he had no problem letting many things go.  He LOVES games (board games, card games, video games, math games, you name it) and sports and would do them constantly if he could.
  • Ben continued to participate in so many activities this past year!  He always looks forward to them, and now we do, too!  After another struggle of a season with swim (literally tears and complaining every morning on the day of swim and I would have to hear about it constantly until it was over), I decided I was over it and enrolled him into his Hip Hop class instead!  He LOVED that, and recently started back up again at a class closer to home!  He also did T-Ball, Basketball, and Soccer and lots of golf outings with Greg.
We celebrated his birthday this year with the same bouncy house from last year.  I've officially declared this the last "big" birthday party because it was overwhelming - not just for me, but for Ben!  Having so many friends from his different worlds there was hard for him to spend quality time with any of them, and at times he just shut down.  Plus he was fighting a cold. 

So far, six has been fun and challenging!  Being a month or so into a new school, with a new teacher, new expectations, a new routine, new friends, and a new soccer team has brought out new attitudes, new challenges and new parenting techniques to try!  It's a little hard to navigate at times, I must admit.  BUT, with all of the change, he is still our sweet, caring boy who we love so so much!  This should be a fun year :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Meal Planning: September 30th - October 6th

Review from last week:

Ricotta meatballs!  

Grilled chicken kale salad and an amazing bottle of wine to celebrate being parents for 6 years!!!

Greg and I went out to The Bine, a new spot in downtown Bothell, and had a burger and a beer!

An amazing vegetarian meal from Blue Apron (that I cooked up for me and a girlfriend when Greg was out with friends): spiced freekah, roasted carrots & garbanzo beans, with cherry tomatoes!  So delicious.


Plan for next week:

Saturday: Grilled Burgers

Sunday: Zucchini Spaghetti Puttanesca

Monday: Texas Braised Brisket street tacos with avocado lime crema

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Soup and Salad

Thursday: Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy over Rice

Friday: TBD

Friday, September 22, 2017

Meal Planning: September 23rd - 29th

Review from last week:

Made a tuna salad for myself one night.  Documenting here so I can remember how delicious it was.

Failed to take a picture of one of our Blue Apron dinners (chicken tacos), but here was the other one: Beef Lo Mein.  Spicy and delicious.

The other Blue Apron meal I'll cook up on Friday night!

Plan for next week:

Saturday: Ben will be at a birthday party having dinner while we are running around preparing for Ben's birthday party!  So dinner will be whatever is easiest :)

Sunday: Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Cabbage Slaw

Monday: Ricotta Meatballs in Chianti Sauce

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Staff dinner for probably mac and cheese for the boys

Thursday: Tuna Salad

Friday: Out for pizza and a movie!