Spring Soccer

Heyyyy! Soccer practice officially started back today. It’s been pouring here lately so after 2 cancelled practices in a row, Jack’s coaches moved his to an indoor soccer facility today. I love soccer season, but with both kids playing (plus ballet, scouts, etc.) it makes for a crazy week! Luckily we finished homework right after school- buuuuut we didn’t sit down to dinner until almost 8.

I had to run to Costco today and ended up grabbing an easy dinner: Caesar salad and rotisserie chicken. My mom gave us a quiche this weekend, so I ended up eating that too (just avoided the crust). Jack had pesto pasta with chicken and Isla had mac & cheese- because God forbid she actually eat what the rest of us are having. Who doesn’t like rotisserie chicken??

Sorry, most boring dinner ever but we’re just in that season!

This weekend was fun! We took the kids out for sushi on Friday night, then Saturday night my parents watched the kids while we went to our school auction. Brian and I were both a little worse for wear on Sunday- can’t hang like we used to.

Hoping to head to bed early tonight like the mid-30′s mom that I am. Catch y’all tomorrow!

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On the Mend

Hey! So we’ve basically been in survival mode around here the past few days. Isla seemed to have a pretty mild case of the flu, thank goodness. I think the flu shot helped buffer the symptoms a little. She seemed great yesterday and I planned on sending her back to school today, but then she fell asleep on the way home from picking Jack up yesterday, napped for 2 hours and woke up with a 102 degree fever. Sigh. So no school for the 3rd day today. Luckily she seems 100% better (as in, the wild child is BACK). We’ve also had crazy storms ALL week, so we’ve been stuck inside for days. I do love the nighttime thunderstorms, but we’re going a little stir crazy with it cold and rainy all dang day.

Our morning routine has been cartoons and breakfast in (my) bed. She’s enjoying it a little too much- I’m expecting a revolt tomorrow when I tell her she’s going to school.

Not a lot of cooking going on here this week. Jack had his cub scouts banquet last night, so Isla and I ended up ordering pizza and having a movie night. Otherwise I’ve been eating a lot of leftover taco soup.

Looking forward to a fun weekend! We have our school auction on Saturday but otherwise things should be pretty low key… and hopefully flu-free, knock on wood.

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And We’re Down

Isla climbed into my bed at 5 this morning complaining of a headache and burning up with a 102 degree fever. I took her in to the pediatrician and she tested positive for flu B. Ughhhh when is this season going to be over?? Since December, we’ve had strep, stomach bug, now flu- and that’s just Isla, poor thing. Since she seemed to have a pretty mild case (as evidenced by her nonstop talking and wrestling match when it was time to swab her nose… I had to climb underneath the exam table and literally drag her out), the doctor advised against Tamiflu. She said that kids Isla’s age sometimes have pretty nasty side effects from it, so she just recommended rest and lots of fluids. Her fever has climbed to as high as 103 this afternoon, but ibuprofen seems to be pretty effective at bringing it down. Also, can I just say that chewable fever reducers are a godsend??

She took a really long nap this afternoon, so I managed to throw dinner in the crock pot while she slept: low-carb taco soup.

Ingredients- 2 lbs sausage (I used breakfast sausage), 1 lb cream cheese, 2 cans ro-tel, 4 cups chicken broth, taco seasoning.

You brown the sausage, drain the grease, then add the meat to the crock pot. Add in the other ingredients (I cubed the cream cheese), stir and cook on high for 2 hours.

It was really good! Also LOTS leftover for lunches this week, which is perfect since it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting out of the house much.

Jack has a Cub Scout banquet tomorrow, and it includes a cake decorating contest. He and Brian made this campfire cake tonight and it is SO DANG CUTE. I had zero involvement in this- they melted Jolly Ranchers and butterscotch in the oven for the flames, toasted the marshmallows on the stove, arranged those pirouette cookies for logs.

Off to Lysol the entire house. Night!

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3 Ingredient Chicken

I have to say, it was really nice not to have to be up and going early this AM! The kids both slept in until 8 (late for them!). Then I took them to see Peter Rabbit. It was cute but I think I’ve been spoiled with really good kids’ movies lately. It’s definitely more slapstick than clever… but of course the kids thought it was HILARIOUS. After that we met Brian for lunch, walked around the mall for a little while, Target run for groceries, then home. It rained this AM but then was so nice out the rest of the day- I’m ready for spring break!

For dinner tonight I made this parmesan-mayonnaise chicken that Haute & Humid posted about today. It’s ridiculously easy- you just stir together mayonnaise and parmesan (and I added garlic powder), spread on top of chicken and bake. That’s it. It’s low carb/keto AND kid-friendly, which is always a win.

FYI: Trader Joe’s mayo is a recent fave- it’s not sweet at all and only contains eggs, canola oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and spices.

I crowded the pan a little, so there was a lot of extra liquid and the tops didn’t brown as much as I would have liked:

So once Brian got home, I moved our servings from the glass Pyrex to a metal baking pan and put it under the broiler for a minute or two. That made a HUGE difference. The topping was crispy and perfect. Super flavorful.

(Served with Jack’s leftover steamed brussels sprouts, because by the time Brian got home it was like 7:20 and I was DONE. I’m out of practice at entertaining/refereeing these 2 allllll dayyyy lonnng #somanyfights #andmesses. Isla dropped not one but TWO full root beers during Peter Rabbit today… which caused me to inadvertently whisper-yell “SHIT!!” in the middle of the children’s movie. So that was fun.)

Happy Presidents’ Day!

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Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!! We had a very love-filled day. The kids opened their goody bags this morning…

Along with heart-shaped donuts for breakfast (thanks, Bri).

My sweet dad agreed to accompany me to the courthouse downtown in order to update my car registration. It was really expired, and I was pulled over and cited for it last week. Ugh. Anyway, we were literally a mile from my house when I got a call from the school nurse saying that Isla had a stomachache and needed to be picked up. So we turned around, grabbed her from school, and she accompanied us to the courthouse. I’d like to add that she made a pretty miraculous recovery between school and downtown… so much so that she was able to put down a corn dog, fries, a tortilla and a sucker when we met my mom and Brian for lunch afterwards. Interesting.

(She’s going to school tomorrow. I had a major Come to Jesus talk with her about missing school and not being able to move on to first grade. Not sure if it registered but we’ll see.)

I picked up a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s for the kids’ dinner tonight, and made a keto pizza using the Fat Head Dough recipe for Brian and me. Topped ours with Rao’s vodka sauce, fresh basil, mushrooms and pepperoni (Brian skipped the meat because he’s a good Catholic and I’m a heathen).

And now we’re about to crack this open. It’s been a DAY- did I mention that Isla took a pair of scissors to her adorable, brand new Valentine dress? And then wiped pink lip gloss all over our cream chair upholstery?? I’m ready for some wine.

Night!

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Chile Relleno Casserole

Since Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year, the kids have their Valentine’s parties tomorrow (Tuesday) instead- so we’ve been busy busy busy decorating boxes, signing cards and gathering cookies. I may have phoned it in with the Valentine’s this year. Jack’s are Star Wars with little light saber glowsticks and Isla’s are these CUTE plastic unicorns from the Dollar Spot at Target. I bought the unicorns way back in January because I’ve learned the hard way that you have to jump on those Dollar Spot deals early or they’ll be gone. You snooze you lose. I also found these cool pink and blue mini letter boards to give the kids for Valentine’s Day.

Dinner tonight was slightly more complicated than what I would normally be up for on a Monday, but it’s a big casserole that will hopefully stretch for a few more meals. It’s kind of a cross between chile rellenos and Mexican lasagna: Beefy and Cheesy Low-Carb Green Chile Bake.

Ingredients:

Okay, so those whole canned chiles are a little hard to find. Our Super Target had them (and they’re not cheap, FYI- almost $5/can) but Wal-Mart did not. You put a layer of chiles in the bottom of a baking dish, then cover with ground beef/onions/diced green chiles, sprinkle with cheese, then pour on a mixture of eggs, sour cream and spices. Then you repeat all of that, lasagna-style, and bake.

I added about a half a can of green enchilada sauce to the egg mixture to give it more flavor, though next time I’ll probably skip that. My only complaint with the casserole was that it was a little watery (“weepy” as they used to tell us in culinary school). I patted the chiles as dry as possible so I’m guessing the enchilada sauce added to the problem. But it tasted great!

We topped ours with sour cream, diced avocado and pickled jalapenos. And there’s a TON leftover for later this week. Great option if you’re trying to eat low carb and miss your enchiladas!

And roasted asparagus on the side, which is weird- but we had some in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.

I’m thinking of writing a book post soon. So far this year I’ve already finished 5 books and I’m trying to keep the momentum going. Jack read Wonder recently and passed it along to me, and I just finished it this afternoon (so good!). The key, for me at least, is to immediately start another book or I won’t read one for months. I picked up our March book club choice, The Last Mrs. Parrish, at Costco the other day so I’m planning to start that one tonight. Anyway, I’m rambling- but send me some recommendations, and friend me on Goodreads!

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Weekend Recap

We had quite the busy weekend! Well, Friday and Saturday- today was pretty lazy. The kids were out of school Friday for the Catholic schools’ academic fair. Like last year, Jack was invited to participate in the math competition. He’s been working really hard to prepare since right before Christmas. His teacher gave him a huge packet of worksheets and a lot of the concepts were things they hadn’t covered in class yet (division, geometry, etc.)- so we (well, Brian) ended up teaching him some completely new material. And this was on top of keeping up with all of his normal school work. Anyway, I’m so, so proud of him. It’s pretty nerve wracking. I think 8 school participated, and for the math competition they had 30 minutes to complete 100 questions. He ended up coming in 4th out of the 25 kids in the 2nd grade math section, which he was really excited about.

My parents came to cheer him on (and helped wrangle Isla).

On Friday night Brian took Isla to a Father-Daughter Dance. She was SO excited. We had to paint her nails, curl her hair, put on a little blush and perfume. It was really sweet.

While they were gone, Jack and I met my parents for dinner- and then he invited himself over to their house to spend the night. So much for hanging out with mom!

Saturday was crazy. Isla has a Saturday scholars program that she’s attending from 9-12 every Saturday through the end of April, so we started with that. Then both kids had birthday parties to attend on Saturday afternoon, and finally we met up with friends for dinner. Today was pretty low key, which I think we all needed. Lots of this:

Chloe loves him so much. We also hit up TacoDeli for lunch. I can’t get enough of their salsas. I ended up bringing a baggie of Trader Joe’s parsnip chips (low carb!) just so I could have chips and the Dona salsa. I don’t know what’s in it (avocado? garlic? lime?), and it sets my mouth on fire… but I LOVE IT.

OK there’s our weekend for you! Just found out that Jack’s first soccer practice of the season was cancelled tomorrow (I’m not sad about it- it’s COLD and I was not looking forward to sitting out there for an hour and a half!). I’m usually scrambling for dinner on soccer practice nights, so given the extra time I’m hoping to try out a new recipe.

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Keto Chili

I started feeling a little sad yesterday because I hadn’t planned anything to make for the Superbowl. I asked Brian about it and he said, “Well, my family ALWAYS had chili on Superbowl Sunday.”

SO. I found a keto recipe for chili. Dragged Isla to Sprouts for the ingredients. Made the chili. Brian ate 2 bites, went upstairs and threw up.

Ok, so I’m pretty sure (hoping?) the throwing-up had nothing to do with the chili, and more likely due to the stomach virus that Isla brought home last week. But still, bummer. On a happier note, he only threw up once and seems to be on the mend today!

I liked the chili though!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, then realized that it was actually from a cookbook that I own, Simply Keto. You can find the recipe here. Since it’s keto = no beans. But here are the rest of the ingredients. The meats are ground sausage (I used sweet Italian sausage) and beef:

The recipe is written for the crock pot, but I modified it for the Instant Pot. Instead of water, I used chicken broth- and I upped the amount from 1/3 cup to a full cup.

I set it to the “chili” setting, which cooked at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allowed to naturally release until we were ready to eat. After cooking I seasoned it a little more and then topped with cheese, sour cream and green onions:

Not too shabby!

It’s rush week at the gym, which means 90 minute classes. I only stayed 70 minutes this morning, and yet STILL hit my daily step goal by 11am. By the time I left (EARLY, mind you), we had done three miles of running, 18 minutes on the rower and 18 minutes of burpees, sumo squats, jumping chin ups, plyo push ups and iron crosses. All that to say I’m officially done with today and heading to bed early. Good night!

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Fat Head Dough

I think this may be the most I’ve ever watched of any Superbowl. And by “watched” I mean, “sat on the couch playing on my phone until commercial breaks.” And ate snacks, obviously. Our little keto app plate:

This weekend was pretty uneventful. Oh but Isla did lose her first tooth!!

It’s been wiggling for a while, and tonight she just yanked it right out on her own.

We let the kids have a pizza and movie night last night (we were pushing for Cars 3… but they picked Nine Lives, which is honestly just as bad as you’d expect). We ordered pizza for the kids, but I finally tried making the fat head dough for us. It’s really simple- just almond meal, mozzarella, cream cheese, egg and Italian seasoning:

You microwave the cheeses and almond flour, then stir in the egg and spices. Form into a ball, then roll out into a crust between 2 pieces of parchment.

You bake the crust for about 12 minutes. Mine got a little charred on one side because I didn’t roll it out super evenly. Topped the baked crust with these:

And then baked for another 5 minutes.

It was actually really good! It tasted like a standard thin-crust pizza. Last week I tried this low carb, high protein frozen pizza (Real Good brand) and it was HORRIBLE. The crust is made from chicken, so that should have given me a clue. It was just weird. Anyway, I was nervous about this one… but it turned out great!

Ugh it’s late and I’m realizing that I still need to return emails AND put clean sheets on our bed. Sunday nights are so fun.

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MoviePass and Sausage Balls

I bought Brian a MoviePass subscription for his birthday in January and I swear it might already be the most-used gift I’ve ever given to him. I bought it through Costco online (omg can I go one post without mentioning Costco??) and it was around $90 for a one year subscription, but you can also subscribe directly through the MoviePass site for $10/month. It’s actually really cool: you can see one movie per day, every day for a year. Not every theater accepts it, but pretty much all of them around us do- AMC Northpark, Studio Movie Grill, Alamo Drafthouse, Angelika, etc. And since ONE ticket at Northpark is usually $15, it’s worth it.

Anyway, he’s seen six movies since January 11th! Brian’s a huge movie fan (I’d usually rather sit home and read) so this has been perfect- he’ll go after the kids go to bed while I catch up on The Crown or read. Because I’m 80.

OR make sausage balls! Okay that’s just what I did last night. They’re my new favorite keto breakfast! I have them with a few raspberries and my bulletproof coffee. You can find the recipe here.

Ingredients: breakfast sausage, eggs, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, coconut flour, butter, sour cream and baking powder.

You brown the sausage, mix it with the rest of the ingredients, scoop/roll into balls and bake. THEY ARE SO GOOD. I store them in the fridge and then just pop in them in microwave for a few seconds in the morning.

I made a late night Target run tonight, and our store had just put out the new Universal Threads line. It is CUTE. Very Madewell-ish. The shoes are great too!! The cut-out booties came home with me a few days ago. Anyway, go check that out…

Have a great weekend!

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