weekend updated

I haven’t updated this blog in *gasp* 5 days … shame on me 🙂

Life got a little busy, we lost a dear friend on Thursday and it was really hard.

Thursday evening, I made whole grain organic spinach and tomato pasta with spaghetti sauce, and the kids had that while Stephen took me out to dinner.  We never went out for our anniversary, and since my birthday is Monday, we kind of combined the two.

We went to Outback Steakhouse .. I was craving Bloomin’ Onion


All I can say is YUMM!!! It was DELICIOUS! I needed a cheat day in my diet too, I had meat AND gluten that night 🙂

Friday morning was a bit of a blur, I had a juice (as per my usual) and the kids had bagels with Nutella, nothing special.

We quickly ate lunch (leftovers- Grace had chili, Charity had pasta, Dominick had fried chicken) and headed out to the Nature Center to play with our friend’s all afternoon.

The kids have been being promised Dominick’s Pizza now for weeks, so since it was pizza night and we were out until the Nature Center closed at 5, it seemed like a good night to do that.

So we did… and it was movie night, and I DID NOT take a picture 🙂

Saturday, we got up and I made a coconut milk smoothie for everyone before we headed up to our dairy farm for their easter egg hunt.

We had a great time, and definitely enjoyed ourselves.  We had some hand dipped Ice Cream

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and then stopped at Panera Bread on the way home for a snack.

By Sunday, we still had plenty of leftovers and snacks that needed to be consumed, so I made up some nachos with some avocados that were about to turn.


UM- again, delicious!

For dinner, the kids and Stephen had leftover pizza and I had the rest of the stir fry.

Super no effort huh?

I tend to get on a pattern of not cooking things when I don’t cook, and when I do get in the habit of cooking every meal, things just go better.

Monday was a snow day, and I gave myself the day off.  I promised I would update, but then I failed to do so because playing out in the snow with my little monsters was more important.

BUT- we did have a lovely cooking day.

We started out with whole wheat cranberry orange carrot muffins with orange cream cheese frosting

2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 2 cups shredded carrots, 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup milk, 2 cups chopped cranberries, 1/4 cup brown sugar.


The frosting was improvised out of a block of partially used cream cheese, a Tablespoon of Orange Juice concentrate, 1/4 cup of melted butter, and 1 cup of confectioners sugar.


They were AWESOME! My kids actually ate them!

I dealt out the rest of the leftovers for lunch, and made pulled BBQ chicken in the crock pot.  2-4 chicken breasts, depending on how big they are, how many people you are feeding etc, some worstershire sauce and some BBQ sauce poured in on top, set on high for 3-4 hours and then separated with a fork.  The longer it cooks, the easier it is to separate.

Served on buns with green beans on the side.

(I’ve really been slacking on the picture front, I will do better).

Anyway.  That catches us up.  The kids had oatmeal for breakfast, I’m still juicing my breakfast in order to get a good start to the day.


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