August 18, 2017

Coffee, Cameras and Cauliflower Rice?

OH Friday!  I am celebrating you with a afternoon cup of coffee and thanking you to for being nice to me. I have slept like a newborn this week. And by newborn, I mean I was up every few hours. Sometimes I was hungry.  Other times I was wide awake. A few times I may have cried. Who ever coined the phrase "sleeping like a baby" clearly never had a baby.

But Fridays are still one of my favorite days.  Because happiness!  Lord knows we all need more happiness in our lives.  So here I am with a few happy highlights of me week.

Books, books and more books!

Watching David play with his new drone.

Coffee and my new Keurig.

Music. Little story: When David and first started dating, he was neck deep in Hip Hop and I loved everything and anything but. We met in the middle with some Reggae. Now, he turns the station to country when we are driving, he loves him some Linkin Park and I am blasting some Jay-Z.

Walking into the pharmacy and not having to open my wallet!  BOOM!  Totally winning when that happens.

The boys and I have had lots of serious, deep conversations lately. At 8 and 12, I am always blown away at how thoughtful and kind they are.  Even after a day of having to separate them to keep them from choking each other out their hearts are golden.

YouTube! Its where I get lost at night when I can't sleep.  Anyone else?

Getting out my big camera. Cameras on the phone are so convenient, but every time I get out the DSLR I remember how much I miss it.

The weekend.  I have no idea what we are planning but I know I'm excited about it.  There are only 2 weekends till school starts and you better believe we are gonna make the most of them!

New food.  There were 3 new recipes on the menu this week.  The Taco Wraps were a hit. The stir fry tasted like the Mushroom Chicken from Panda Express. And tonight I'm making the Garlic Shrimp. David was a little put off by the cauliflower rice with the stir fry so I'm a little worried about tonight's dinner. Wish me luck!

Speaking of dinner, I better get a move on.  My shrimp are still frozen and Davids on his way home! Silly as it is, this man has been mine for 18 years and I'm blushing knowing hes coming home to me.

My heart is happy!

What made you happy this week?  I'd love to hear all about it.  Have an amazing weekend guys!

August 17, 2017

3 ways to enjoy the last slice of Summer!


Summer time!  Its winding down.  Some kids have gone back to school already. Thankfully we still have a few weeks. All things pumpkin spice are popping up on my social media and yesterday someone tagged me in a CHRISTMAS countdown. Guys, I know it's hard to believe it but Summer isn't over just yet! Fall isn't officially here until September 22nd.

This Summer the boys and I came up with a whole list of things that we wanted to do to keep us busy. After crossing a few off the list, they decided they would much rather toss the list and go for a swim. So that's what we have been doing. We did still cross quite a bit off our list though. And even though their supplies are bought, backpacks are filled and ready to go, we are still going to enjoy whats left of the Summer. Don't worry guys, I have a plan-ish. We are going to fill the last of Summer with 3 things.

WATER

Is there anything better than a cannonball into a cold pool when it's 100+ degrees outside. We have been ending our 3 days a week at the gym with swimming. And the other 2 days of the week, they boys have been in swim class.


Throw in a few trips to the beach and water has been a big part of our Summer. Who am I kidding, water is life. I did grow up on a tiny pacific island after all. If you haven't gone for a swim or chased your kids around the yard with a water balloon yet, you need to! Dip your toes in the lake or float the river. And while we are talking about water, don't forget to drink it up too!

SUN

I mean it is Summer after all. Summers have always been so stressful. I always try to pack as much as I could into a couple of months so when the boys decided just to toss the plan and wing it, I was a little nervous.


Reading in my hammock while the boys played out back has been a sanity saver. Taking a mid week trip to the park to tire the boys out after swim class? Yes please! Hopscotch on the sidewalk with the neighbors. Before we know it, there will be a chill in the air. The days will shorter and darker. Get outside and enjoy it today!

PIZZA

I bet you didn't see that coming. But let's be honest, after all the swimming and sunshine, sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook.

Papa John’s gluten free crust

Over the past few months, one of the big changes around her has been our menu. I love cooking. I love planning my menus and I love sitting down around the table with my guys and a balanced meal. But one our our favorite nights is Pizza Night and there is no way I could ever convince myself the guys to give that up. And now I don't have to.

Papa John’s gluten free crust

Papa John's now offers a Gluten- Free Crust. Made with Ancient grains, including Teff, Sorghum, Amaranth and my new favorite thing, Quinoa. There is so much that I love about this new option. The thin crust bakes up crispy. It is a small pizza, so the portions are more my size. But it still packs a big punch. It tastes great!

Ready to try it for yourself?  Right now you can get a 2 - topping Gluten Free Crust Pizza for $9.99 with the PROMO CODE; GLTN2T


So there you have it. A little reminder to enjoy whats left of the season. I know its hot and miserable at times. Especially here in Texas. But it's also almost gone. We will never get this summer back. So make the most of it. Spend time with the kids before they go back to school. Be a kid yourself. And give yourself a break and let Papa Johns handle dinner spend more time enjoying the last little slice of Summer!

I want to know:  What are your favorite pizza topping? We usually go one plain jane pepperoni and one with everything.  Except anchovies.  Believe it or not, I have never tried them.

August 13, 2017

Menu Plan: August 14th

I hate to say it out loud but Im going to do it anyways. Im really excited for a new week.  Im excited to get back on track and get back to our school routines. Im excited to sweat and Im excited to go grocery shopping. Im probably jinxing myself, but its better than going into the week grumpy.

My menu done and I am super excited about it. Three new recipes again. They are all light and they all look amazing. True story, I pick my meals based on the picture probably 90% of the time. Im a visual kinda girl. Im also a procrastinator which is why we are grocery shopping tomorrow after the gym. Zero sleep last night, an angry liver and bad food choices made for a very rough Sunday. And a late afternoon catnap meant a late dinner. But nothing's gonna stop me from waking up and being thankful for a new week. Here is what's on the menu this week!


Tacos on a Monday? Yeah. Im a rebel, I know. But Tuesday and Thursdays are swim and Im trying to keep dinners super easy those days. Do these Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps not look amazing?! 

And what about this Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry. I will use aminos instead of soy to bring the sodium down.  Im debating on trying a fried rice from cauliflower. Might just make brown rice pilaf to keep the boys happy. They prefer cauli rice with saucy dishes, but I know it's not as filling for them. Growing Boys I tell you!

Plus Friday we are having Garlic Butter Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice. This is a sheet pan dinner. Which means easy to prepare and clean up. Hello! Perfect for a Friday! 

What's on your menu this week? Or what are you hoping in on your menu for the week if you haven't planned it out yet? Cheers to a tasty week!

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