This fall we have evening activities every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and occasionally Thursdays. I’ve been feeding the kids around 5 so they’re not starving at soccer practice, and then once we’re home for the night I usually throw together something fast for Brian and me. That means we’ve been relying HEAVILY on Trader Joe’s lately (I mean, always- but even more so). Tonight I heated up their turkey stuffed peppers, which come 2 to a package in the refrigerated section. But my favorite new discovery is this:

Brian’s trying to avoid meat (fish is okay) so I’ve had to get creative. These frozen saucy scallops with mushrooms are GOOD. The bag contains tiny scallops with mushrooms and peas in a creamy cheese sauce. I’ve made it both in a skillet on the stove, which takes around 10 minutes, and in a baking dish in the oven. Both ways worked great. While the scallops are cooking, I air fry a bag of frozen cauliflower gnocchi (400 degrees for 10 minutes, shaking halfway), then mix the gnocchi into the sauce.

Super easy, filling, and takes less than 15 minutes to get on the table.

So remember our pipe leak FOREVER ago? When they had to rip up half of the hardwood floors in our back hall and guest room? Well that was a huge ordeal. After searching and searching we realized that the floors in our house aren’t manufactured any longer. So then we were faced with either pulling up the flooring in the entire first level of our house and replacing it with something else, OR deciding to stop the wood floors at entrance to the laundry room/back hall and figure out another option for that area. We waffled back and forth on what to do and eventually decided to tile the laundry room and back hall and re-tile the hall bath to match. We’re also planning to carpet the guest room but haven’t gotten to that yet.

Anyway, they finally finished the tile this week! I was initially pretty bummed that we couldn’t match the floors, but now I love how the lighter tile brightened up the space. This was what it looked like post-leak:

Pretty, right?? Ugh.

This was mid-reno, standing in kitchen. Those doors on the right are for the washer/dryer, and on the left are the pantry and garage doors.

We never loved the tile in that hall bath, so we just got rid of it to maintain consistency between the hall tile and the bathroom. It was a loud process.

And now:

Standing at the garage door and facing down the hall (look at those sweet babies):

Next project? Replacing the brown counter in the hall bath. Seriously, it’s like if you give a mouse a cookie…

So that’s what’s been keeping us busy here! Have a great weekend!

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