Breakfast for Dinner

I bought the Magnolia Table cookbook right after it came out, but due to all the end-of-the-school-year craziness, I never really sat down and looked through it. Last night I got to bed pretty early and decided to flip through a few pages… and then an hour later finally put it down (with just a FEW recipes marked):

This cookbook is legit. There are a massive number of recipes, they use fairly simple ingredients and techniques, and everything in it sounds amazing. For dinner tonight I ended up making the three-cheese quiche. Not really a dinner recipe but it sounded good with a big salad and fruit (plus, leftovers!). Again- simple ingredients: eggs, cream, spices, cheeses (sharp cheddar, parmesan and gruyere), and chives.

LOTS OF CHEESE.

I opted for ease and picked up a frozen pie crust, so the assembly only took maybe 10 minutes… and that was mainly just grating the cheese. If you did that part ahead of time, it would take about 2 minutes to throw together. It smelled soooo good while in the oven and turned out great! I think I baked it for 48 minutes and then let it set for 10 before cutting.

Delicious!!

We had it with that ever-present kale and broccoli slaw salad, strawberries and bacon. It’s definitely rich and not something I would make every day, but really, really good.

So it’s our anniversary!! Lucky 13! Not the most exciting day (VBS, gym, grocery shopping, dinner at home with the kids) but we’re heading to Gruene this weekend for a concert and night away.

Look at those babies…

Catch y’all tomorrow!

Posted in June 2018 | Leave a comment

Summer Snack

Hey y’all! Quick post tonight. We just got back from the pool, the kids are in bed, and I’m hoping to get some reading done tonight (without falling asleep 3 pages in- which, honestly, is what usually happens).

New Costco find! I feel like a giant dork posting about cottage cheese, but seriously this stuff is SO GOOD.

I bought a case of it at Costco the other day for around $10. To be honest, I bought it because there were only a few left so I figured that it must be pretty good. And it is! Each cup is 150 cals and 18 grams of protein- so they are super filling.

I’ve been eating it with diced grape tomatoes, chopped green onions and sliced seedless persian cucumbers, then top the whole thing with TJ’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning.

Not a bad no-cook light lunch/snack… always looking for those in the summer!

We have a busy couple of days coming up- namely Miss Isla’s big 6th birthday party! Have a great weekend!

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Post-Pool Dinner

I was all set to make this skillet gnocchi recipe I found online, but when we went to TJ’s today they were STILL out of the cauliflower gnocchi. Also Costco was sold out of cotton candy grapes and the amazing cherries that I picked up there last week. WHYYYYYYY? My faves are letting me down!

I ended up taking the kids to the pool around 4:30 today, because it was hot and we were all getting a little stir crazy. We swam for a couple of hours and the kids ate dinner there- because it’s easy and swimming makes them hangry. We got home around 7, and Brian and I heated up a new Trader Joe’s find for dinner (since gnocchi was out… boo):

You just bake the frozen skewers in the oven for about 12 minutes, then brush on the accompanying mango chutney. They’re not bad! The chicken is seasoned really well and the chutney isn’t too sweet. They stay tender since they’re thighs and not breasts, so take note if you’re not a dark meat fan.

I was going to make coconut-lime cauliflower rice but ended up just microwaving some jasmine rice instead. Kale & broccoli slaw salad alongside = EASY summer dinner.

I’ve been feeling some major anxiety since the kids have been out of school because our house is a huge freaking disaster all. the. time. Today I spent 20 minutes cleaning out the pantry and felt like I finally had my ish together (for like 5 minutes but still). Ugh tell me I’m not the only one?? Also my money is on the pantry being wrecked by the end of the week…

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Isla is 6!

Well Isla Grace turned 6 today! How is that possible??

Her birthday party isn’t until Saturday, but she’s had a pretty fun couple of days. Yesterday my mom took her to the American Girl store and let her pick out a doll. We also had lunch after at the cute American Girl Cafe (the doll gets a seat, plate and cup). She was in heaven!

Last night we took Isla and her bestie, Molly, out for dinner at Campisi’s. Isla was SO EXCITED. These pretty much sum up the night. They were hilarious:

(Shout out to Jack for putting up with those two all evening…)

This morning we had swim lessons, then Isla took a painting class at Pinot’s Palette with her friends Luna and Belle. It was a 2 hour class, and the theme for this one was Ballerina Princess. She loved it- I may sign her up for more later on in the summer!

Tonight my parents threw her a birthday dinner, along with Zach, Laura, Owen, Stevie and Aunt Kathy. Isla requested pizza and “rainbow sherbet ice cream cake.” She knows what she likes!

Happy 6th Birthday Isla Grace!

Posted in June 2018 | 1 Comment

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

I have to share my latest afternoon pick-me-up:

That coconut cold brew is a major fave, but it’s only available in the summer. For some reason TJ’s sells it in tiny 16 oz bottles- half the size of their other cold brews. Anyway, I love mixing cold brew concentrate with those shakes for a little protein boost. Sometimes after the gym I’ll run through Starbucks and get an iced doppio (double espresso) in a venti cup, then pour the shake over and mix. I used to love the chocolate Premier Protein, but I think I got a bad box and they started making my stomach hurt. I avoided them for a while, but have been drinking the caramel recently and so far so good. ANYWAY- the coconut-caramel flavor is awesome together and it feels like a little treat (whatever keeps me out of the Oreo’s at 3pm). I add a bunch of ice to a shaker cup, then pour in 1/2 cup of the coffee concentrate and 1 protein shake. It’s pretty sweet so you may want to play with the coffee:shake ratio. If you don’t have a TJ’s nearby, I love Chameleon cold brew too- especially the pecan flavor.

I threw dinner in the crock pot earlier today- those zesty lime chicken tacos I got from the @glutensnob Instagram post. This time I used the salsa verde from Trader Joe’s and that made a huge difference. They were good last time, but wayyyyy better this go-round.

Ingredients:

It’s so easy. Just place 4 big frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot. Add 1 can diced green chiles, 1 jar salsa verde, 1/2 bottle of Kraft Zesty Lime dressing and the juice of 2 limes. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. Remove the chicken, shred, then add back to the crock pot. Served on low carb tortillas with avocado, shredded cheese and Greek yogurt.

YUM. This would make the BEST enchilada filling. I’m definitely trying that next, along with some type of verde-sour cream sauce.

Hope everyone has a fun weekend! Isla turns SIX on Monday and I can hardly believe it.

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Stall Tactics and Phoning It In

Want to see what phoning it in looks like? This is what I brought to book club tonight.

It’s been a WEEK. With swim lessons in the AM, driving Jack wayyyy out to boy scout camp every afternoon, and just adjusting to everyone being home 24/7 (my house is a dumpster fire right now), we’re all pretty whipped. To be fair, Trader Joe’s informed me today that they are officially out of the pickle popcorn and won’t be getting any more until next year… SO that bag I squirreled away was really a hot commodity. I love you, book club.

I did cook today! I made a turkey vegetable soup in the Instant Pot this morning, and then late this afternoon I made The Bakermama’s 4-ingredient flourless chocolate chip banana bread. Mainly it was a stall tactic because I had all of the ingredients and didn’t feel like cleaning the kitchen (AGAIN… all these kids do is eat). It’s super simple- bananas, peanut butter and oats in the blender:

Then stir chocolate chips into the batter, pour into a loaf pan and bake.

I ended up baking it a lot longer than the recipe indicated- maybe 40 minutes? And even then I wasn’t positive that it was cooked through. I think it’s just a very *moist* (ugh, sorry) banana bread. But it tastes good! How could it not, with all of that PB and chocolate?

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Shrimp Foil Packs

Well, summer has officially started but we have a busy couple of weeks ahead! Jack and Isla both started swimming lessons today, so they’ll have those M-Th for the next 2 weeks. This week Jack also has Twilight Camp for Boy Scouts. He told me today how excited he is to see his friends (since it’s been a whole three days, ha). We did make a quick trip to the lake this weekend. It doesn’t really seem like summer until we kick it off there.

So that’s what we’ve been up to!

Tonight I made a definite keeper recipe: Skinnytaste shrimp scampi foil packs. As soon as I saw this one I knew I needed to make it ASAP. You marinate shrimp in olive oil, salt and lots of garlic. Then you place the shrimp on a piece of foil and top with MORE garlic, lemon juice, white wine, butter and red pepper flakes. I added a few spoonfuls of capers to each of my foil packs, too. Fold up the packets, bake for 10 minutes (I actually did 12) and that’s IT.

This would be awesome over orzo or couscous. I was trying to cut the carbs a little (womp womp) so we had ours over mashed cauliflower, and Brazi Bites on the side. The sauce/juice is soooooo good.

Our house reeks of garlic now but it was totally worth it. Catch y’all tomorrow!

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The Graduate

Well we officially have a kindergarten graduate!

Her program and graduation were so cute. She was nervous about performing, but they all did a great job! Then the entire class, along with teachers and parents, headed to the local splash park for a picnic and a surprise visit from the Kona Ice Truck. Such a fun way to end the year. And now poor Jack has to go for ONE HOUR tomorrow- mass and then to grab his report card. I was tempted to let him skip but he wants to be able to tell all of his friends and teachers bye for the summer.

Dinner was a repeat of that AMAZING cauliflower gnocchi and shrimp with lemon pesto that I made last week. It is seriously so, so good. This time I added a little white wine but otherwise kept everything the same (as in, I winged it again).

I’ve been to Trader Joe’s twice in the past week and they’ve been out of the cauliflower gnocchi both times. That makes me nervous because I’m officially addicted. They did, however, have 2 of my summer faves back in stock: coconut cold brew and pickle popcorn. Also the pink pomelo-grapefruit hand soap is ridiculously good (I bought 4 bottles), and the tangerine mango candle smells exactly like Capri Blue Volcano- but for $4 instead of $30. NICE.

Pretty excited about our summer *officially* starting at 9:30 tomorrow!

Posted in May 2018 | Leave a comment

This Is 36

Hey! Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend! We are *this close* to summer- Jack’s last day is Thursday, and Isla has kindergarten graduation tomorrow.

Somebody hold me. How is this possible??

We had a fun weekend! My birthday was on Saturday, so we met my family for an early b-day dinner at Breadwinner’s on Friday night. At this point in our lives, we choose restaurants based on who has the best play area for the kids… because really that’s the only way we get to enjoy a meal.

The kids had a blast (and my shrimp buccatini with lemon was GREAT).

Had to include this because EVERYONE IS LOOKING AT THE CAMERA. Birthday miracle.

Saturday was pretty low key. Brian took the kids to a birthday party and let me have some time to relax at home. Then we met friends for dinner at The Lot (again, kids play area!). On Sunday we hit up the pool for opening weekend, then my parents watched the kids so we could have a birthday date. We had dinner at Javier’s- I ordered the snapper mojo de ajo, which was fantastic. We had big plans to go out for drinks after… but then ended up on the couch watching SNL. Because #thisis36 #oldpeopleproblems.

Finally on Monday we ended up running to Central Market for some meat to grill. We have a charcoal grill so it’s rare that we have the time (or foresight) to get that going, but I’m hoping to put it into the rotation more this summer. Brian grilled dijon chicken, a giant steak (we split it), jalapeno poppers, and hot dogs for the kids. I made my very favorite BBQ beans with kale and a watermelon, feta and basil salad. Perfect Memorial Day meal!

Ok, I have teacher gifts to assemble, a graduation dress to wash, and supplies to grab for the post-graduation splash park party. Gonna be a late night!

Posted in May 2018 | Leave a comment

Ballet and Brazi Bites

So I just realized that my driver’s license expires on Saturday (my birthday!) aaaand this year I’m not eligible for an online renewal. How much of a beat down is this going to be? I really need to take care of it before the kids get out of school next week, because hanging out with them at the DPS sounds like a special kind of hell. I may try to knock it out tomorrow (there’s an online check-in, not sure what that does- if anything??) so wish me luck.

Also really sad that I don’t get to keep the current photo that was taken maybe a week after our wedding. Two kids and thirteen years later… sigh.

Our dinner tonight was super simple. Have I talked about Brazi Bites before? They are these little Brazilian cheese breads that are amazingly good. They’re so cheesy and doughy (and gluten free if that’s your thing!). I get a big bag at Costco, but Whole Foods carries them too. Anyway, you just bake them in the oven for 20 minutes and they’re good to go.

Earlier today I marinated some chicken breasts in Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki, then tonight I just threw them in the oven to bake. Had the chicken with some poppyseed chopped salad and the Brazi Bites.

Isla has one more ballet class next week, but today was her last class with the teacher she’s had for the past three years. Ms. Janie is definitely one of Isla’s very favorite people and we are going to miss her so much!

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