Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's for Dinner?

I'm surrounded by sick germs....

My Love woke up with a sore throat on Friday morning and felt worse as the weekend progressed.  So, he spent the weekend sneaking in naps between meals and activities.

Meanwhile, Lovebug fell asleep at 6:30 Friday night, which should have tipped me off, but I didn't think much of it.  She had a piano recital Saturday morning and spent the whole recital complaining of being cold and having a tummy ache.  So, we headed straight home where she spent the whole day on the couch alternating between being hungry, tired and saying her tummy hurt. Luckily, a tummy ache and a slight fever were her only symptoms and both had subsided by Sunday afternoon.

Last but not least, is Littlebug.  She has been a little snot monster for the last several days, which is always fun.  Luckily, she doesn't seem to bothered by it and is as happy and playful as ever.  But, seriously, how does a human so small have so much snot in her tiny little nose?  So gross!

I did my best to fight he sick germs but last night, they won the battle.  I went to bed around 6:45 feeling completely sick.  I think I literally caught everyones sick germs.  Boo!

So, what's for dinner?

Sunday: Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe coming soon)

Monday:  Pizza (Dough & Sauce) and salad

Tuesday Chicken Tetrazzini

Wednesday: Eat out

Thursday: Thanksgiving Feast!

Friday:  Leftovers

What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#DisneyKids Sofia the First Royal Tea Party Playdate

** I received free products in order to host this Disney Kids Playdate.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own.

Over the summer I attended my first blogging conference, which was hosted by Disney Social Media Moms.  It was a magical event, in the way only a Disney event could be, and I learned so much.  Plus, I got to meet some incredibly talented women via various social media platforms and in person at the Phoenix event.  

Fast forward to October, when the amazing people at Disney reached out about an opportunity to host a playdate courtesy of DisneyKids and MomSelect.  So, I jumped at the opportunity.  I mean, who wouldn't?  

We were thrilled to learn we'd been selected to host a Sofia the First inspired playdate and decided a Royal Tea Party would be the perfect event.  Lovebug could hardly contain herself, she was so excited, and kept a running countdown until her tea party.  It was the cutest thing!
Sofia the first Royal Tea Party

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So Into / So Over - Episode 18

If you know me personally, you know that I am a very honest person and not at all shy about sharing what I think, whether it is good or bad.  So Into / So Over posts provide me a forum to share my thoughts on things that make me happy as well as things that make me, well, not so happy.  Here's what I've been So Into / So Over this week:

So Into:  Mommy-Lovebug Day
Lovebug's first mani / pedi!
A couple months ago, I traveled back home to California for a week long business trip.  Littlebug was still nursing at the time, so I took her with me and had my family watch her while I was at work.  Meanwhile, Lovebug stayed home with My Love, who spent the week spoiling her all kinds of fun activities.  In fact, two days into my trip, they had already rode bikes to the park, gone to the movies, made fun snacks, etc.

I was a bit envious of the time they got together so I promised Lovebug that she and I would have a Mommy-Lovebug day full of fun activities after I got back.  We knew that I would have Veterans Day off of work and that her school would be closed as well, so it was the perfect day for us to go have some fun while My Love was at work and Littlebug was at school.  So, we set a date and it finally arrived last week!

We started the day with a huge breakfast, complete with a giant hot chocolate with tons of whipped cream for her.  Then, went to pick up a couple things from the party store for her tea party play date.  After that, we headed to my favorite nail salon, Pink Polish, for Lovebug's first mani / pedi salon experience.  She loved it and I loved sharing the experience with her!!  (I see a lot more mani/pedi dates for my girls and I in our future!)  She wanted black nails with white polka-dots but ended up getting the opposite and I went with a fall brown color.  Once our nails were dry, we headed to one of her favorite restaurants for lunch then squeezed in a movie and ice cream before heading home for the day.

I had such a great time with my sweet girl!  I haven't spent that much uninterrupted quality time with her since Littlebug's arrival and it felt so good to focus just on her for a little while.  I could tell that she really enjoyed having my undivided attention as well.  So, it was good for both of our souls.

I'm so into spending quality one-on-one time with my family.   It just fills my heart with happiness to reconnect and make so many fun memories.  I hope to do this more often with both my girls.

So Over:  Changes rockin' my world

I am a creature of habit so change of any kind takes a bit of getting used to.  Today, I learned of a pretty big change at work and I have to admit, I'm not into it.  I really enjoy my job and a big part of what I like so much is the people I work with.   So, to learn that there will be changes in my client group has me in a major funk.

I know that I'll adjust to the change and that I just need some time to digest and get used to the new normal.  But, right now, I'm struggling to wrap my mind around the changes that are to come.  

What is frustrating me most is that I had finally gotten into a groove of balancing things since adding a new little human into our world.  I was just beginning to feel like I had things under control and then, of course, something new is thrown at me.  I realize that's what life is about, but couldn't I just have, I don't know, a week or two to enjoy feeling on top of things? 

Anyway, I wouldn't say I'm so over change, because change is good. Plus, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  But, it would be nice if things in this control freaks world were just a tad more predictable!  Honestly!

I'd love to hear from you!  What are you So Into and So Over?  Products? Projects? Gadgets? Books? Anything really!  Leave a comment to share.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ham, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

We had a tea party play date for Lovebug and her friends yesterday (post on that coming Wednesday) and wanted to serve a savory item in addition to all the sweet treats we had on the menu.  My Love suggested we make Ham, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits, which sounded delicious to me.

So, I looked for a recipe online and didn't find any with the right combination of ingredients.  So, I did what any person would do and made my own recipe.  I never serve recipes I haven't tested to guests.  But, I was short on time so I made an exception.  If they didn't turn out, I just wouldn't serve them.  But, lucky for me, the biscuits turned out delicious and were a big hit at the party!  In fact, they were the best seller!  We had hardly any left!
Ham, Cheddar & Chive Biscuit

What's for Dinner?

Sorry this post is up a day late.  Time got away from me yesterday.

So, we hosted a tea party play date yesterday (post on the play date coming Wednesday) and I was feeling a lot of pressure for it to be successful.   I didn't really define what would constitute a successful play date.  But, I just really wanted it to go well.  So, My Love and I spent most of the weekend cleaning house, cooking and setting up for the tea party.

I would like to say that I handled myself really well and that I didn't let the play date get the best of me.  But, that wouldn't be true.  I got a little out of hand in my efforts to make sure everything was "perfect", especially in the last couple hours before the party, and I'm not proud of it.

But, when all was said and done, I apologized a lot for being a crazy lady and we ended up having a lovely play date.  After the kids went to bed, My Love and I were chatting and he asked me if all the effort was worth it?  I thought for a moment, then said that I would do a lot of things differently if I had to do it over.  But, that I was generally happy with how things turned out.  He agreed, saying that it seemed like the kids had fun but that we I made it bigger than it needed to be.

This morning, the first thing Lovebug asked when she woke up was whether we had stuff left over from the play date?  I asked her what kind of stuff? Activities? Food? Decorations?   She said, "All of it.  I want to do it all again."

And suddenly, it was completely worth it and I wouldn't change a thing.  Well, except, my crazy lady-ness.

So, what's for dinner?

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday:  Lasagna with steamed broccoli

Wednesday: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops  with mashed potatoes and Green Bean Salad

Thursday: Hamburgers with sweet potato fries and fresh fruit

Friday:  Eat Out

Saturday:  Chicken Pot Pie

What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Several years ago, I made Giada De Laurentiis' Halloween Spice Cake and was blown away by the immense flavor in each delicious bite.  The spices work together perfectly to create a perfect warm harmonious bite without overpowering each other.   Plus, this cake pairs perfectly with coffee or tea, which makes it the perfect thing to serve to guests.  

The original is fantastic, but over the years I've switched things up here and there and the result is always delicious.   I'm sharing my favorite version below, Pumpkin Spice Muffins.  This recipe screams fall to me with all the warm flavors in it, so I thought pumpkin was a natural addition and it works perfectly.  Making individual servings allows for quicker cooking and easier serving, which I love as well.

Like I said, you really can't go wrong with this recipe (the original or my version below).  It is full of flavor, it's really easy to make and it's the perfect thing to serve to guests.  It is also a very thoughtful and delicious gift.  In fact, we've made both versions as gifts for our neighbors around the holidays and it's always a hit.

Give it a try - your taste buds will thank you! :)
Pumpkin Spice Muffins

What's for Dinner?

We finally got a break in the heat!  The temperature dropped literally overnight here is Arizona.  

Hot Saturday, Cool and crisp on Sunday.  It was glorious!

The bet part is that it wasn't a fluke thing.  The weather has remained cooler since.

Of course, cold for us in Arizona is in the 70's - 80's.  But, when you've been dealing with 100+ degree weather anything below 90 is considered cool! :)

So, what's for dinner?

SundayTuna Casserole with fresh fruit

Monday:  Leftovers

Tuesday Chicken and Pasta in Light Cream Sauce with seamed broccoli

Thursday: Eat out

Friday:  Cheesesteak Sandwiches with sweet potato fries

Saturday:  Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup (new recipe)

What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.
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