I hope your week has been great! The weather has been beautiful here over the past few days which has helped with the mood of life these days! Getting outside for a great run, start of some painting projects and the kids enjoying the fresh air and their playhouse again. Signs of spring can put anyone in a better mood!
Unfortunately, S has come down with THE FLU! I was just discussing with my mom how I’m pretty sure my family has been sick the ENTIRE year so far. S has been hit pretty hard as she hasn’t gotten off the couch since Friday morning. Today is the first day fingers crossed we have been vomit free. I know TMI but there really isn’t an easy way to share the joys of the flu. I’m hoping we can get back up and running by this evening as I hate to see her miss school but I also hate to have her bring the bug to the classroom. Let’s talk about more exciting news! What do you think?
Let’s talk food first as we haven’t shared any history making recipes recently! I think today is the perfect day to talk about two delicious dinners I made so far this week! I am loving when I try a new recipe and it is a hit by everyone in the house. I know I have said this before but I am a firm believer that if you have your kids help you in the kitchen they will eat what they have made until their tummies are full. The other thing I’m finding especially with K is that he loves to smell and try each item as we are adding them. Then trying the final product tasting how it all came together makes him sooo happy! So up first we made Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa. Earlier in the day S had wanted mashed potatoes so we whipped (no pun intended) these up to go with it. This dinner was light before we added the potatoes 😂. The kids absolutely loved this chicken they had the salsa on the side so it played the role of their vegetable. Imagine this S didn’t touch the mashed potatoes. She said they were disgusting…Joe ate four servings and K had two so I guess as it goes different strokes for different folks! Any who, I absolutely would recommend this as a weeknight dinner. It is also a great getting the kids involved as we are only teaching them skills that will benefit them now and later! The next dinner I’m excited to share was that of Skinny Lasagna Rolls. I was hesitant on this one more so of how it would go over for my meat and potatoes husband then anyone else. This is a vegetarian dinner at least I made it that way as the sauce I used was also a vegetable pasta sauce. The kids well S was iffy on this one but ended up eating enough to get her dessert and lately I’ll take it. I must have said it a few times as she is completely under the impression that you don’t know if you like something until you have tried it at least eight times. So this gives me seven more times to prove to her she likes spinach! LOL! This would be so easy for a busy mom to whip up while the kids are eating breakfast cover and put in the fridge so it’s ready to pop in the oven when you get home! The longest part was making the noodles so 12 minutes but within that time I mixed up the filling. You could even make the filling the night before and make noodles when you get home. So here you have it two pretty healthy and quick dinner recipes!
Now after we have filled our bellies with delicious food we have to mention that great thing called exercise! A year ago I wouldn’t catch myself typing the word let alone doing the actual act. Well I started my new me journey on the 2nd of January of this year. I completed Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30” about a week ago. I did do a few of the weeks for two weeks as it felt right. After completing her workout I researched other programs to do at home. I have been still running but typically I can only get out twice a week:( I wanted something that would continue to challenge me but I also didn’t want to spend a ton on a program. The program that I have started is Fitness Blender. I’m doing it via youtube which is great as I actually set myself up in my office as you can do with no equipment but since I’m on marble I use my yoga mat and I add my weights so items that cost little $7 to be exact as my mat I got at Five Below and my weights I bought at the Goodwill! Fitness Blender is free with PLENTY of workouts and challenges to do. So for all of you still sticking to your new year new you commitment I strongly suggest checking out Fitness Blender! (I was not paid for promoting any of this either) Here are a few shots as I am still doing my daily pics and sharing them to be held accountable.
WE ALMOST FORGOT! Valentines celebrations and MY BIRTHDAY also happened this past week! With the passing of my grandma last week honestly was kind of a blur. S & K were also fighting the flu so celebrating wasn’t a priority but when you have toddlers you have to put your focus on them and making it special. So here are a few pictures of how we celebrated. The kids made banana bread just before the weekend to enjoy for the holiday! On Sunday we made cookie cutter bird seed hangings as we are soooo ready for spring! Sid and I created her Valentines day box and last I did a variety of things from lax and mimosa’s for the morning of my birthday to oysters and Rum Chata for a birthday dinner celebration! There were a few fun things in between too including phone and text messages throughout the day and fun gifts of flowers, running gear and of course Starbucks! The best gift I received had to be that from S & K! They went and picked out cards for me and filled them out themselves. They were super sweet and were honestly all I needed to make my day great!
I have so much more to share but think I will stop where I am! I’m looking forward to sharing some of Joe’s recent work accomplishments in my next post and a few fun crafts I have been working on! Have a wonderful day! Cheers🍻