Big Birthday Weekend

I spent the day playing catch-up after a WILD weekend. Jack turned nine on Saturday, which doesn’t even seem possible. NINE. His last year of single digits. On one hand I hate how fast he’s growing up, but on the other I really love this age. He’s just so sweet and fun.

We were up early on Saturday for our school’s Jingle Bell Run, then home to open presents. Jack had a birthday party to attend that afternoon, and Isla was invited to a sleepover Saturday night. It actually worked out great because Jack had a few boys over to spend the night for his b-day… so no little sister inserting herself into the fray!

The kids both had basketball games on Sunday. Those first grade girls were SO FUNNY. Isla kept grabbing the ball and just running down the court without even attempting to dribble (or pass, for that matter). I was dying. And of course they have to hug each other after every basket.

Tonight is literally the only night this week without an activity. Jack has basketball practice tomorrow, Isla has her Nutcracker tech rehearsal Wednesday, dress rehearsal Thursday, and performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She is SO excited but I have a feeling we’re going to have an exhausted girl on our hands come Sunday night.

Anyway, given that I actually had time on my hands tonight, I figured I should probably make dinner. Sigh. Wasn’t feeling chicken but wanted to make something semi-healthy, and I found this recipe for Garlic and Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin. It sounds (and looks) fancy but was actually super simple… AND I had everything but the pork on hand. My basil is long dead but our rosemary bush is still hanging on!

You make a “paste” of olive oil, balsamic, lots of rosemary, LOTS of garlic, salt and pepper. Then you rub most of it all over a pork tenderloin. The pork roasts over high heat in the oven for about 15 minutes, then you reduce the temp and throw in some quartered red potatoes (tossed in the remaining balsamic sauce). Put all of that back in the oven for about 50 minutes.

So good! Next time I’ll use a bigger roasting pan because some of the potatoes weren’t cooked through- I think I crowded the pan. Oh well.

Also, it makes the house smell amazing! Love those high impact/low-effort recipes, right?

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