Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A July 2014 Recap

Yep, I know.  I've been a bad blogger.  I haven't blogged in forever and I'm just as far behind on my blog reading.  I will try to catch up, but it may take a while.

When we last left you, baseball had just wrapped up and so had the Fourth of July.  So what else has happened?

The Middle Man celebrated his 10th birthday.  Yes, my little guy is moving into the "tween" years (sniff!!)

He asked for a "Mexican food" theme for his family party.  We had Walking TacosChicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker7 layer dip, fruit, corn chips and salsa, and salad.  I also had corn tortillas which are low in sodium for those of us with high blood pressure or heart problems.  We also had safe cupcakes and ice cream.

And we just got back from vacation.  Between the birthday and planning for vacation.  Things have been a little busy around here.  We went back to the beach again this year.  We really love it there and it works for all age groups of our family.

We rent a condo with a full kitchen so that I can cook for the Middle Man.  We've looked into safe restaurants and there really aren't any.  Most of the restaurants are local and being by the ocean they are heavy on the fish.  Lots and lots of breaded fish.  Middle Man loves fish, it's the breading that's the problem.  And the restaurants that I did call were kind and gracious but all said that they didn't feel they could cook safely for him since their kitchens are covered in flour.  So I cook for the most part.  I don't cook anything elaborate.  Just easy, sometimes healthy meals.  In years past we did have one restaurant that could cook safely for him and we usually ate there twice during our trip.  We planned on doing that again this year, but unfortunately it went out of business.  We were all very sad about that.  But we regrouped and it was fine.

The big boys had fun fishing.  They also tried "crabbing" this year and had a blast.  After they caught their first one, it was game on.  I ended up taking them to a local fishing supply store and we bought ropes, and baskets, and chicken necks.  Yes, crabs like chicken necks.  When they weren't crabbing, they had fun at the beach and the pool.

The Little Monkey LOVED the pool.  He loved the "cups" which were actually buckets that pour water on you.  He also liked the kiddie submarine.  He enjoyed the beach too.  He liked digging in the sand.  But mostly he liked just running.  Luckily his life jacked has a handle on the back because it was the only way to keep him in place.

So a good, safe, food allergy friendly time was had by all.  God willing, we'll do it again next year.

Beach Menu:

Sunday:  Chicken fingers and frozen fries.  We were supposed to go to the safe restaurant this night so I regrouped by using food from the frozen food section. (don't judge me)

Monday:  Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Thighs, baked potato and green beans

Tuesday:  Tacos

Wednesday:  Oven baked chicken breast over salad

Thursday:  Hot Dogs, baked beans, homemade oven fries, green beans

Friday:  Pizza.  We ordered in and I made Middle Man's pizza

Saturday:  We ate out.  There wasn't anything safe for Middle Man so we took his food with us.  I called ahead to make sure the restaurant was OK with us bringing in his food and they were.

Breakfast was cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit

Lunch was left overs or sandwiches

Snacks:  Veggies with safe dip, fruit, cheese and pepperoni, popped corn, crackers

And yes, I did learn to cook the crabs they caught.  Luckily all I did was boil the water and put in the Old Bay Seasoning.  They had to put them in and take them out.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/7/14: The Post 4th of July Issue

 Yes, I'm a tad late getting this up today.  We had a good weekend.  Not too busy but still had activities and things going on.

For the actual 4th, Older Boy had 2 tournament baseball games and the rest of us just worked/relaxed at home.  We BBQ'd but since it was Friday and we are Catholic and abstain from meat on Fridays all year , we BBQ'd shrimp, portabella mushrooms, and polenta.  We had watermelon too.

Saturday was the final tournament baseball game.  Older Boy had a great season even if they didn't win much.  He just loves playing.  I know I said ABSOLUTELY NOT to travel baseball next year, but I may have to change that to a maybe.  Maybe.  We'll see.  It's a lot.

Saturday we did burgers on the grill.  And afterward, we built a fire (or tried to.  It never really got roaring) and roasted marshmallows.

Then Sunday morning we woke up to this:

It's all over his face, neck, chest and stomach.  I thought poison ivy because we do have it in the yard, but Urgent Care said no but they didn't know what it was.  I took him to the pediatrician today and she said it's some kind of contact reaction but we don't know to what.  So he's fine and on prednisone to try and stop the itching and clear it up. Baseball camp started today and he missed it because we needed to get him checked but he can go the rest of the week.  Both boys are in camp this week.  Middle Man goes in the morning and Older Boy goes in the afternoon.  And in between that I get to clean the house and prepare for Middle Man's 10th birthday (actual b-day is Wednesday but the party is Saturday).  

And our area moved their fireworks from a park to the high school due to a new housing development and now I can lay in bed and watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own home.  SCORE!

No traffic.  No crowds.  No mosquitoes.

So that was one super long MPM and I didn't even post the menu yet.  I guess when you get behind on your blogging, you throw in what you can, where you can.

Friday July 4th:  Grilled Garlic ShrimpGrilled polenta (but let me just say that I used the tube polenta), Grilled portabella mushrooms using the same marinade as the grilled shrimp and watermelon.

Saturday:  Hamburgers, green beans, watermelon

Sunday:  Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Honey Glaze, baked potatoes with sour cream and chives from the garden, sweet corn and watermelon (clearly we had a large watermelon)

Monday:  Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, fresh green beans

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken over rice

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Ham and Lentil Soup, homemade bread

Thursday:  Clean Up Day

Lots of "slow cooker" meals this week since I have the camp driving to do along with party prep.  It just makes it easier.

Have a wonderful, blessed week ahead!!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 6/30/14

Has June really flown by??  On to July and baseball, camps and family time.

This weeks menu plan

Friday:  Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup (slow cooker), homemade gf bread

Saturday:  Hamburgers and fried red skin potatoes

Sunday:  Pasta sauce (left over from freezer), rigatoni and garlic bread (gf bread for Middle Man)

Monday:  Orange Sriracha Chicken Legs, rice and salad

Tuesday:  Hot dogs and oven fries

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken salad

Thursday:  Clean up day

I seem to do a lot more salads in the summer with all the fresh, local veggies available.  The family loves salad so this works for us.  We also grill a lot more.  I love using the grill whenever possible.  It keeps the house from heating up and it's usually an easy clean up.

Have a wonderful and blessed week ahead!!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 6/23/14

The first menu plan of the summer.

Friday:  Tuna Salad Sammies and mixed vegetables (gluten free chicken fingers for Middle Man)

Saturday:  The big guys ate at the Tribe game.  Little Monkey and mom had fast food (don't judge me)

Sunday:  Roasted Chicken, gluten free corn bread, baked beans and salad

Monday:  Hawaiian Grilled Pineapple Chicken over Carolina Plantation Rice

Tuesday:  Southern Pulled Pork, steamed veggies, salad

Wednesday:  Orange Sriracha Chicken Legs

Thursday:  Clean Up Day

The chicken we had for dinner on Sunday I purchased at our local farm market.  It was organic, free range, super tasty and slightly expensive.  But totally worth it.  When I came home and said I "bought a chicken", Older Boy thought I bought a LIVE chicken.  I've always thought having chickens would be a good thing.  My farm market chicken came cleaned and plucked but with all the innards packed up inside.  Unfortunately, I don't think LIVE chickens will be in our future.  I'm not someone who can deal with innards.

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Have a blessed, innard free week :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Checking In

So far so busy here.  I didn't post my menu plan for this week but I did do one.  It's just that it's all gotten switched around due to schedule changes.  But it's all good.  And last night, I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer in time to thaw so I had to improvise.  We had a modified version of these nachos and Pioneer Woman Mexican Rice.  The kids thought it was the bomb and it was a reminder to me that dinner doesn't always have to be complicated and fully balanced.  Sometimes you do what you can.

In other happenings:

Little Monkey

The Little Monkey went to his first Tribe Game.  Hubs wanted to bring him.  I was against it.  Over all he did OK.  He's going through a screaming phase and that is no fun for anyone.  But he did well and he seemed to have fun.

He's also talking a lot more and putting words together.  So far he's the earliest talker of all the boys.  I'm sure having two older brothers has something to do with that.  As of last Saturday he's 22 months old.  Only 2 more months until his second birthday.  Slow Down Time!!

The Older Boys are enjoying their summer break.  But summer break is never without issue.  Aside from the fact that my house constantly looks like a tornado went through it and I feel like I spend all day in the kitchen, they have been fighting with each other.  A lot.  So we are working on that.  Being a referee can be exhausting.

And both have chore and behavior charts that I put together from here.  They are 10 (almost) and 12.  They really should have more responsibility around here.  And I could surely use the help!

Today is a rainy day so we'll see how being shut ins goes.  I see more chores in both their futures.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Meal Plan Monday 6/9/14 and The First Official Day Of Summer Break

Happy Summer Break!!  I'm so glad to have summer and less structured time begin.  I realize that I'm saying that on the first day and in two weeks I'll probably be wishing for school to start.  But for now anyway, I'm reveling in the summer break glow.

This weeks menu plan has been a little fluid.  We had yard work to finish and surprise baseball games so things got moved a little bit.  But below is the basic menu that I put together.

Menu Plan Monday for June 9, 2014

Friday:  Last Day Of School Semi-Homemade Pizza

Saturday:  Grilled Chicken, Salad, and Baked Beans

Sunday:  Rigatoni with Homemade Sauce

Monday:  Stuffed Shells (using left over sauce)

Tuesday:  Sandwiches (Grilled cheese with turkey or ham) and steamed broccoli

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Thursday:  Clean Up Day

Lunch Ideas:  Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadilla, Salad, Pizza Wraps, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Fingers

Breakfast Ideas:  Cereal, Toast, Smoothies, Sausage, Pancakes, Bacon

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Have a Blessed Week!!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Saturday Night Fun At Our House

Doesn't everyone have a hot air balloon land in their neighbors front yard?

They fly out of one of the farms near our house

We frequently see them in the air but not on the ground

Just not something you see every day

They deflate it and put it in a bag to take it away

And a deer decided to watch what was going on

The neighborhood kids got to help roll it up and put it in a bag

Even the Little Monkey helped