Sweet GG

Hey guys. Sorry it’s been so quiet over here the past few days- we’ve had a tough week. On Wednesday my sweet grandmother (my dad’s mom- Grandma to me, GG to the kids) was put on hospice. She’d been in and out of the hospital several times within the past few months, but this time she was having major breathing issues and wasn’t responding to antibiotics. She passed away on Thursday, almost exactly 24 hours later. We were able to visit her on Wednesday night and tell her we loved her, but I don’t think any of us expected this to happen so quickly. I know in my heart she’s in a better place and I’m happy that she’s no longer suffering, but man we will miss her.

I love this picture of her…

Among other things, I definitely inherited my love of reading from her. I remember passing along books to her even when I was in middle school, and she would ALWAYS read them and then discuss with me after.

(Jack’s first Christmas- SO tiny)

My pics of her were few and far between over the last couple of years. She wasn’t able to get out of the house, but I did manage to get one at her 90th birthday last year:

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Bounce

It’s a sad day in our house.

Jack literally bounced through our trampoline.

That thing has served us well through (almost) 4 years, 2 houses and a million hours of jumping. Every single day, as soon as Jack gets home from school, he immediately heads out there and jumps for at least half an hour.

Poor guy. He’s devastated- it’s like he lost his best friend. Of course he’s already gunning for a new one (we’ll see… it’d be nice to actually see some grass grow in our backyard for a change). RIP Little Tykes trampoline. We’ll pour one out for you.

A while back I got hooked on these Frontera sauce packets that you can add to fajitas, enchiladas, etc. They were on sale at Target last week so I grabbed a few for old times’ sake. Tonight I made chicken fajitas with the chipotle lime sauce, but first I marinated the chicken for a couple of hours in a mixture of beer (Modelo), pineapple juice, lime juice, cumin, Worcestershire, garlic powder and avocado oil.

Sauteed onions and peppers in oil until they were nice and caramelized, then removed from the pan. Added a little more oil, then the (drained) chicken and cooked through. Added the veggies back to the pan, along with the Frontera sauce, then simmered for a few minutes.

Served over low-carb tortillas with cheese, sour cream and guac.

There ya go. Easy Monday dinner.

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Weekend o’ Recital

Brian and Jack headed out on Friday for their last camp out of the year, so Isla and I had a girls weekend here at home. On Friday night I had a work event- an family movie night with the Hamburger Man, fire trucks, photo booth and giant inflatable movie screen. Seriously, so much fun… I love my job.

Despite being up LATE on Friday (I caved and let Isla crash in my bed; Chloe was less than thrilled with this), we were up early on Saturday morning for recital photos. OH MAN- you know what’s a lot of work? Getting a four year old dressed and made up for a recital. It involves a lot of bobby pins, hair gel, blue eyeshadow, hairnets, and pink lipliner. And this fake bun-making thingy. The rest of the day was spent being pretty lazy- Isla played at home while I cleaned. Then we grabbed dinner at Pie Five (her favorite) and a shaved ice at Sno.

Stealing my shaved ice. Every. Dang. Time.

Then today was allllll about the recital. Isla and I headed up to SMU this morning for rehearsal, came home to see the boys and grab lunch, then we all went back to SMU for the recital this evening.

Post-rehearsal, looking so sweet and angelic, right?

But then this. That’s more like it… mmmhmmm.

Greeting her fans after her performance:

Such a great weekend, though we definitely missed the boys on Friday and Saturday!! Glad they’re home!

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Conferences and Princess Rice

I have a big work event tomorrow and spent most of the day getting ready for it. We also had our last parent-teacher conference for Jack. He’s doing great and his teacher was happy to report that he’s “cut back on the talking.” Ha! Brian told her that he talks so much at school because Isla won’t let anyone talk at home. Lol. But true.

How is it that we’re almost at the end of kindergarten already?? She started talking about kinder graduation and I thought I might cry. As Jack says, he’s almost a “grader.”

OH, so my car was broken into on Tuesday night. Ugh. And the worst part is that I’m 99% sure I left it unlocked. Jack and I unloaded groceries Tuesday afternoon and then I got distracted and must have forgotten to go back out and lock it. Brian and I were up until midnight watching TV, then we had CRAZY storms all night long. On Wednesday morning I went to get something out of my car and noticed that my school ID badge and running gloves were out of the console and sitting in the driver’s seat. Weird. And then I opened the glove box and realized that a sentimental necklace was missing, along with my prescription glasses (REALLY??). And probably more that I haven’t even realized yet. People are jerks. Also- even more concerning- both of our side gates were WIDE open, meaning that they went into the backyard, too. Very, very creepy. Needless to say we have locks on all gates now. Yay for city life.

Anywayyyy. My car was in the shop today for unrelated issues, so the kids and I grabbed a quick dinner from Roll N Go before picking Brian up from work and heading to the dealership. Jack was really excited to try a smoothie with boba. Those things gross me out.

My dinner: lemongrass chicken with tomato rice. It was more pink in person and I tried to convince Isla that it was “princess rice!” She was having none of it.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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Tamer Tuesday

Crazy Tuesday was slightly less crazy today since soccer practice was cancelled. I was really okay with that. The rest of the day was pretty busy- reading helper this morning, ran a quick errand to grab ballet recital supplies (spray gel, blue eyeshadow, pink lipstick… hello, 1985) before I had to head to school to work in the cafeteria until 1, fast trip to Target for dinner ingredients (and to browse the Marimekko goods- found a CUTE dress for Isla and a giant pool bag for me), back to school to pick up Jack, then finally home. Since I actually had time to cook dinner, I made a quick decision to try this recipe that popped up on my blog feed today: Simple Stuffed Shells.

I altered it a little by substituting ground turkey for the beef, reduced fat cream cheese for regular, and adding sliced mushrooms. Also, I forgot to buy an onion so that didn’t make the cut (I did add onion powder).

Not bad, though next time I will definitely cut wayyyyy back on the bread crumbs. Isla just ate buttered shells- typical- but Jack really liked it! And we have lots of leftovers, just in case the rest of the week gets crazy… which could happen.

How is it almost Wednesday already??? This week is flying.

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An Old Favorite

A few years back we got in the habit of making Moroccan chickpeas & eggs ALL THE TIME. And then I forgot about it. But it’s such a good recipe- quick, healthy, filling, and we usually have all of the ingredients on hand. So! Guess what we had for dinner?

Here’s all you need:

Big jar (or 2 regular jars) of marinara sauce

  • One can of chickpeas
  • Eggs (6)
  • Spices: I use garam masala, cumin and smoked paprika

What to do: Preheat oven to 350. Heat a little oil in a cast iron skillet. Dump the (drained, rinsed) chickpeas into the skillet, sprinkle with spices, and cook for a few minutes until lightly toasted. Pour in sauce (careful, it will splatter), stir, and heat through. Crack 6 eggs on top, then place entire skillet in oven for about 12-15 minutes- or until whites are cooked.

Serve over rice, pasta, or with naan. We had ours over cauliflower rice.

SPEAKING of cauli rice! My friend Laura shared a tip for cooking it that is way easier than standing over a hot skillet. Just toss cauliflower crumbles (I use the bag from the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s) with olive oil and whatever spices you want. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and roast in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. I stirred mine halfway through. It cooked perfectly and even caramelized a little!

Love finding shortcuts like this, and it will be perfect for weekend meal prep (if and when I ever get my act together enough to do that).

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Moms Gone Wild

So I had a pretty amazing weekend. After years of saying, “We really need to take a girls trip!”- we finally did! On Friday afternoon we packed up the car (7 of us AND bags) and were off to the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country.

Can you tell that we’re just a little excited??

(Where are you Jill??)

After about 6 hours, including lots of traffic and a quick stop at Buc-ee’s, we arrived.