Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What I Ate {August 2016}

Aug 2 - 7-Layer Dip
Aug 3 - Hamburgers with Secret Sauce + French Fries
Aug 5 - Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken 
Aug 6 - BBQ Chicken + Rice Pilaf
Aug 7 - Digorno Pepperoni Pizza + Veggies
Aug 8 - Beef, Rice, Bean Burrito {bowl for me}
Aug 9 - Chicken Adobo
Aug 11 - Black Eye Peas + Green Salad + Cornbread
Aug 12 - Dirty Rice
Aug 13 - BLT Sandwiches + Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips + Baked Beans
Aug 14 - Taco Salad + Berry Dump Cake
Aug 15 - J's Mac & Cheese + Cucumber Slices
Aug 16 - I forgot what we ate.  Whoops!
Aug 17 - Digorno Pepperoni Pizza
Aug 18 - Hot Dogs
Aug 19 - BLT Pasta Salad
Aug 20 - Jack & Jamesons Smokealotta Platter + Cinna-Waffle
Aug 21 - Jumbo House burger + side salad + curly fries
Aug 22 - Beans & Rice Bowls
Aug 23 - Chicken Divine + Cucumber Slices + Carrot Sticks
Aug 26 - Beef Tacos + Spanish Rice
Aug 27 - The Pharmacy Burger + Black Bean and Corn Salad
Aug 28 - Pepperoni Pizza + Salad + Homemade Berry Ice Cream {@ my dad and mom's}
Aug 29 - BLTs + Wedge Salad with homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
Aug 30 - Chicken Pot Pie
Aug 31 - Black Eyed Peas + Cornbread

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Week #34 {2016}

Sunday afternoon, the kids went to Papa Nutt & Gigi's house and Chris and I went and had a date!  We went and window shopped a bit, went to Downtown Columbia and went to the Faded Farmhouse.  We went to dinner at the Jumbo House...everyone needs to eat there at least once.
We went to pick up the kids and this is what Payton looked like when we got there.
Monday Payton's class had pajama and stuffed animal day.
We ate Beans and Rice Bowls for dinner.
Tuesday morning it was so cool outside that I had to wear a hoodie {for the first time in MONTHS!} while walking Dylan to the bus.  It's fun having time with just him on school mornings.  He gets on the bus at 6:30 and when I get back Payton is usually just waking up.
My mom came over for lunch and we ate {this} yummy salad.
This kid cracks me up.
For dinner we had Chicken Divine!
Wednesday morning was the first day of Run Club for Payton.  3rd-5th graders can show up early to school twice a week to run for 45 minutes and the parents can join them.  I was shocked that there were about 200 kids there!
Wednesdays are our crazy busy days...all 3 kids have practices.  While we were waiting at Dylan's practice, Rylan was doing this.
 He's such a big kid now!
And Payton was braiding my hair. 
Then Chris started classes at TKD too! 
I joked with the owner, that we will just be moving into the studio!
Side note:  I love this boy.  He is becoming his own person and I am so very proud of him.  He's so intense with his interests and hobbies, he can be a total goober at times and he makes me laugh daily. He really is a rad kid.
For dinner I made Beef Stew in the slow cooker.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to have family dinner together, since everyone just ate in between classes...but dinner was hot and yummy {P.S. Chris liked this recipe better than the pot roast I usually make}. And I had a bunch of leftovers - score!
Thursday we had a beautiful sunrise at the bus stop.  God is so good, isn't he?
Little man, loves to wear collared shirts, just like daddy.
We had a funky {but beautiful} storm roll in.  It just thundered but never rained.
It's 90 degrees and Dylan requested Chuy's Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner. It's so easy and so yummy.
Friday morning I went to Run Club with Payton and I thought that I would have to workout by myself when I got home {it's the same time as when Chris exercises before work}.  But I had the most adorable workout partner.  He did the entire T25 Gamma Pyramid with me.  He rocks!
Then he helped me fold the laundry and stole his daddy's TMNT shirt.
Saturday we went and had lunch at The Pharmacy.
It was delicious and I highly recommend the tater-tots.  They are excellent!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tangy Spinach Salad {recipe}

Have you ever had a Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing? is stinkin' fantastic.  You must try it someday.  
Anyway, my mom came over for lunch and I was looking up a recipe to make the warm bacon dressing, when I stumbled upon this recipe for Tangy Spinach Salad.  It would be quicker, cleaner {didn't need the bacon grease for the dressing} and I had everything I needed.  I whipped this salad up and it was excellent, looked pretty and even Rylan devoured it! 
I will definitely be making this again!
(1) I used red onion in the dressing and it made it a pretty pink color.
(2) I roughly chopped the onion and put it with all the dressing ingredients in a cup and blended it with my immersion blender. The dressing came out smooth.
(3) I skipped the "Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours to blend flavors." part and I don't think I missed out on anything.

Click {HERE} for the recipe!
Let me know what you think if you make this!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Week #33 {2016}

After church on Sunday we had my parents over for lunch.
And I made Berry Dump Cake for dessert.
I love walking the kids to the bus in the morning because I get to catch beautiful sunrises like this one on Monday.

Rylan created a science experiment with construction straws.  He tried {and spilled a lot} to drink the water and slowly figured out he had to plug the holes to make it work.  He was pretty proud of himself once he figured it out.
Tuesday I caught this sweet photo.  Ry guy sure loves his Dada.
Wednesday - I can't believe how much Payton has grown lately.  She makes me smile.
Chris and I have been doing T25 Gamma for 2 months now and boy does it still kick our rears.  It feels so good when we are done though!
Ry and I had a fun game of Sorry Madagascar going.
I love this kid.
Then this happened:

The builder came back in to center our kitchen sink {it was installed wrong}, fix the holes in our backsplash {finally!}, and fix the hollow spots in the tile.  While all that was going on a guy showed up to replace Payton's carpet {which I wasn't expecting this day}, so we quickly threw all of the contents of her room into Rylan's room and the hallway.  It was a MESS!
Fortunately I had a really good helper to help clean up Thursday.
Friday we got to hang out with my momma.  We were going to go garage sale shopping, but it turned into boutique and antique shopping because it was POURING rain.
She treated us to lunch at the Old School Cafe.  We shared Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Cornbread....
and peach cobbler.  It was  awesome.
When we got home, I found this gem on my phone:

I think she is so cute...
For dinner I made BLT Pasta Salad.  It is delish and so easy to make.
Saturday morning.  My girl and me at Ry's tkd class.
Chris had a hankerin {oh goodness, I really DO live in the South, don't I!?!?!} for Jack and Jameson's again, and it was just how we remembered {which is a-maz-ing}.
The server convinced us to get a Cinna-Waffle. {P.S. Aren't the plates cute?  They are glass but look like plain paper plates!}

which we promptly devoured.
A summer storm rolled in and the kids ran in the rain {until the thunder and lighting started}.
Back in the house, all cleaned up and in our jammies, the littles and I worked on a puzzle together.