I can not believe today is the last real day of summer break. The summer has really just flown by. Yesterday, I took my son to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He loves exploring there, and having fun with all of the hands-on exhibits. We have also had some of friends over to play this week. And this afternoon we are heading to the pool for our last day of fun. It seems like there was so much else I planned on us doing, but we just ran out of time. One of my husband’s college roommates is going to be in town this weekend. And one of my best friends is going to be here next week, on her move across the country. So just because school is starting, doesn’t mean things are slowing down around here.
I can not believe that it is August already. My 9 year old and I are visiting family in Wisconsin this week. We spent the weekend with my extended family in Minnesota. It was a great time catching up with everyone, and we had great weather. On Saturday night all of the adults went on a dinner boat cruise. So nice to enjoy the sunset, the company, the good food, and all kid free :) Yesterday we came to Wisconsin, and I got to hang out with Erin (Law Student’s Wife). Dinner and drinks on the patio in downtown Madison, were the perfect way to end the weekend!
I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad. For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing. If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :) But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing. His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar. Followed closely by Thousand Island.
I hope that everyone had a great Easter yesterday. We had a good time with family, hunting for eggs, and enjoying some great food. We went to our neighborhood egg hunt, and my 8 year old had lots of fun. He got to hang out with a couple of his friends, and score more candy. I tried to avoid putting tons of candy in his Easter basket this year, so he made up for it at the Easter egg hunt. Now to get my butt in gear with birthday planning, because my 8 year old turns 9 on Friday.
It is so nice to be home! We have spent the last 10 days traveling for spring break. It was so nice to take a break for a while, but I am happy to be back in my own bed and in my house. We had access to a kitchen a few nights on vacation, but for the most part I didn’t do much cooking. So I am also happy to get back into the kitchen and have a few home cooked meals again. I will be sharing more from our trip over the next couple weeks. We had a great time, and I am excited to share some pictures with you!
So this last weekend we had a house full of people. On Sunday after breakfast, while everyone was off getting ready for the day, I was cleaning up. I was taking all the extra chairs back to the garage, doing the dishes, and that kind of thing. Well, when I was taking the chairs out to the garage I managed to twist my ankle, and fall down the stairs. I couldn’t get up, it was bad. It was a good thing my 8 year old was near the door and heard something, so he could get my husband. He helped me up and got me to the couch. My ankle instantly swelled up, and I couldn’t really walk. After lots of icing, wrapping, elevating, and staying off of it, I think I am finally on the mend. I am supposed to go skiing on Sunday, so I am hoping that I am back to normal by then!
I managed to catch my son’s cold. Usually I am the one in the family who can fight off a cold, or get a mild version of it. Not this time! My 8 year old was sick for a day and a half. I am on day 3, and still lacking energy. Thankfully my husband has helped out with dinner the last couple nights, so I could just relax. I am ready to start feeling better and have more energy though, because I have some baking and dinner ideas I want to try!
Ok, the name for this probably sounds a little bit like an oxymoron. But stay with me here, will you? Cheesecake is normally super rich, creamy, heavy, and full of fat and calories, right? Well this cheesecake is still creamy and rich, but not full of all the fat and calories. And because we saved some calories with the cheesecake, we can afford to add in a few peanut butter cups.
I think sometimes we all struggle with quick and easy dinners during the week. Most of us are working, and have kids schedules to deal with as well. So finding time to actually make a meal, and sit down as a family can be hard. These spiced chicken thighs are kind of a game changer though. They are done so quickly, and have so much flavor.