Birthday Week!

Birthday week continues!! Oh man, am I annoying you yet? Probably. Sorry about that. But birthday week in a nutshell looks something like this…

swingI had three relatively good stroller runs this week. It hasn’t been too hot for Ethan, but it has been warm enough to slow me down. Yikes – wish me luck on my 11 miler later this morning; the high today is 97!!

strollerOh, and speaking of today’s long run, my awesome dad is waking up early to come watch Ethan so that I can get it done. Isn’t that sweet? I’d do it tomorrow, but I’m going out late tonight and am not sure I’d have the energy. I’d do it Sunday, but we have company.

In short, Grandpa to the rescue!!

Since I mentioned going out tonight, I should share that I’m going out with the girls to see this guy while Kevin stays home with E. Fair enough, right?

keith Daddy and son haven’t had much alone bonding, so I think this might be good for them… and me. Especially me. I’ll still be home at some point tonight, so if E wakes up with teething pain, as he did earlier this week, mama’s arms will be there.

Oh, lastly – I’ve had ice cream most every day this week and splurged on mid-week Mellow Mushroom pizza (yup, we fought the crowds for $2.50 cheese pizza night and 75-cent PBR night). Win win – happy Friday y’all!!

pizza

  • What are you up to this weekend?
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Play Hard, Sleep Hard, Eat Hard!

I know I missed the What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) party last week, but I’mmmmm baaaaaaack! Ethan kept me busy busy busy, but we still made time for some good meals.


Breakfast: grapes and two microwaved broccoli egg cups

egg

Snack: pb on toast (Ethan decided to take only a mini nap, so I didn’t get time for my workout. womp womp. We headed to the park instead.)

toast

Lunch: salad (romain & spinach with chickpeas, feta, Italian dressing, cucumber, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion)

salad

It’s not easy photographing things around here.

cat bomb

Ethan was so tired from his mini nap and from the park that he fell asleep at the table. I scooped him up, gave him a bottle in the rocking chair, and put him down for a nap… another short nap that was too short for me to workout or get in a shower. (womp womp again)

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Snack: a couple of these beauties!! pumpkin and dark chocolate chip muffins

muffins

Dinner: sweet potato, spicy chicken sausage, and summer squash gratin

dinner

Dessert: Breyer’s half-the-fat vanilla – Does anyone else find it fitting that ice cream week falls on my birthday week? Also, does anyone else think it’s odd that there’s a week dedicated to ice cream?

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Broccoli Cheese Bites

Today’s a new day, and I’m starting it with breakfast. And coffee. Always coffee. I know I shared the week’s meal plan yesterday, but that only covered dinner.

Want to see what I whipped up for a couple other meals?

Come on.

They have cheese…

See, now that’s the spirit.

broccoli egg

I made broccoli cheese bites for Ethan, which he’ll be having for lunch a few days since I froze most of them. And I also made broccoli egg bites for me, which I’ll pair with some fruit for breakfast.

broccoli

I’ve gotta’ tell ya – the kid loves these things. I stole one, and I love them too. Since he’s still figuring out his finger foods, I crumbled it for him. Older kids would do great just eating them as-is… if your husband doesn’t steal them all first.

rollingBroccoli Cheese Bites for Baby (or any cheese-loving kiddo) Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz package of frozen chopped broccoli, boiled and drained
  • 1 cup crushed Cheerios (I use a baggie and rolling pin.)
  • 1.5 cups shredded full-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs (if your pediatrician is cool with whole eggs)
  • 1 tsp spices of choice (optional – I went plain on the first batch)
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Make sure to use cooked broccoli, and further chop any pieces that may be too large for baby. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Mix all ingredients with your hands in a mixing bowl. Plop onto a greased baking sheet in cookie-like shape. I used olive oil for mine.
  3. Bake 25 minutes. You could flip halfway, but mine turned out fine without flipping. Allow to cool slightly before serving, and crumble for baby.

 baby    ethan

Broccoli Egg Cups for Mama Adapted from this recipe <– has nutrition info too!

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz package frozen chopped broccoli, boiled and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, reserve a little (I used Swiss, but cheddar would be good too.)
  • 1/5 tsp olive oil plus olive oil to grease the pan (or cooking spray for the pan)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Make sure your broccoli is cooked.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into muffin cups until 3/4 full. I got 10 cups.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes.

egg cups

See, there’s lots of eggy, cheesy, broccoli goodness for the entire family. Enjoy!

cheese

  • Bro, do you even food prep? ;)
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Dreams n’ Plans

Oh hi Monday, back already? It was a good and bad weekend here. I did some good stuff but also had some realizations. Before I dive into it, I want to share a brief bit about the “dreams” part of this post.

**Post is decorated with pics from the weekend

If you haven’t seen this movie, go do it. What Dreams May Come is one of my favorite Robin Williams flicks.

dreams

As for my dreams… ya know that big project I mentioned? Yeah, well I’ve thrown in the towel. Luckily I only invested about $200 in it so far, so from a business perspective, not much was lost. But it’s still sad when a dream dies.

salmon

Friday Date Night @ Napa on Providence (bacon wrapped salmon wrapped around scallop puree)

I’ve had a couple interviews since E’s birth, and I was angered that the opportunities expected me to work so many hours without what is in my opinion, adequate compensation. So I was excited to be starting something on my own where I make the rules. Eh… maybe I’ll revisit it in a couple years, but there are a couple issues with the plan that make it unfeasible at the current moment, with my current mommy constraints, and with my current budget.

meck

Wrapping Up Date Night at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

That’s okay – it’s going to leave time and energy for other things. So enough about that, let’s move onto the “plan” part of the post.

Here’s the weekly meal plan.

  • Sunday: braised chicken with leeks and tarragon, along with baked potato
  • Monday: beef picadillo
  • Tuesday: chicken sausage, sweet potato, and summer squash gratin
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash
  • Friday: leftovers (can you tell we dig leftovers?)
  • Saturday: out for my birthday!
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Pedicure n’ Pinot Grigio

Yes, as you can tell by Saturday’s plan, it’s my birthday week. Uh huh, I’m one of those people who celebrates all week. I’m celebrating Friday with friends and Saturday with family. In an early celebration, my mom took me to get a mani/pedi (my first since before E was born!) while my dad babysat Ethan. ‘Twas lovely.

run

Sunday’s 5 Miler (pre-run pb&j and Diet Coke worked well)

  • What’s your plan for the week?

 

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Friday Five

Oh Hi, long time no see, eh? Okay, it hasn’t really been that long, but it kinda’ sorta feels like it. In order to catch myself up to speed, I’m opting for another “Friday Five” post to share recent thoughts and happenings.

1. Coffee. Seriously. Just hook me up to an IV drip of the stuff. E was up due to teething last night and only wanted to sleep in mom’s arms. Though I would have liked some sleep myself, I have to admit that it feels pretty darn good to be wanted.

2. Beer. Some of you may remember me posting this on Instagram last week. I’ve only had two thus far, though I’m not really in any hurry to finish my mix-six pack.

beerThe first I tried was Stone Saison. Wow – that’s a punch of lemon, and I didn’t like it. Next up with Samuel Smith’s Porter. Mmmmm, now that’s how beer oughtta’ taste.

porter

3. Date Night! Kevin and I are having our second date night since E was born. What should I wear????

4. Walking. Nope, we’re not there yet. Two weeks ago he got better at cruising around furniture.

walking

Now he’s walking on walls. I wonder when he’ll be moving on his own; it’s so fun to watch his progress.

walking

5. The Bear Books. I know, it seems like a silly thing to end on, but I love these things. I’ve purchased two big hardcover bear books, and I checked out one board book from the library. They’re just so darn cute! If you’re looking to get a little kid or baby something sweet, I recommend a couple from this series.

Oh, and by the way, since I mentioned Instagram above, I have to note on a photo I posted yesterday. A couple folks complimented my kitchen, so I took a followup shot to show the entire thing. Not so glamorous is with a pack n’ play in the middle, eh?  haha #momproblems

kitchenK, time to run! Well, not literally, E and I had a great stroller run yesterday, so today is yoga.

  • What are you up to this weekend? Do you make time for date nights?
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