Friday, November 21, 2014

some things | 11.21

some thing to make | cafe du monde's cafe au lait.  i brought back some coffee from new orleans and want to brew a pot this weekend with some steamed milk. hopefully bobby can get a taste of the famous street cafe.  i also brought back some beignet mix and we may fry some up as well.  i'll need to buy a lot of powdered sugar first.

some thing to share | speaking of new orleans i have a ton of photos to share and am working on a blog post with some details of what we did.  of course i have lots of food photos as well.  will get them posted next week if you're interested in checking that out.

some thing to listen to | anyone else obsessed with the serial podcast?  it's fascinating.  i've been listening to it while i do things on the computer or around the house or in the car on the way to pick up the kids and i am hooked.  i have a serial page in my daily notebook where i take notes of names and situations so i can keep it all straight. i'm only on episode 5 so please no spoilers.

some thing to read | while i was in new orleans, actually just on the plane ride to and from, i read yes please by amy poehler and i loved it.  it's funny and touching, hysterical and emotional, light but insightful.  it made me want to watch old snl skits as she talked about what was going on in her life during that time.  i was sitting in my row on the airplane reading this and i wanted to laugh out loud at one point but had to keep it to myself.  great, and very fast read.

some thing to purchase | the super cute starbucks mugs.  i bought one for my sister in law's birthday and one for me.  they make great gifts.  you can even add a starbucks gift card with it.  and while you're there try the chestnut praline latte - non fat and no whip to cut calories. yummy!

some thing i'm working on | finishing up my some mini albums so i can get started on my december daily album.  this is one project that i have done for the past few years and love!  i'll share this year's in december.

some thing to inspire | "The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaiman

have a great weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 weekly menu #47

muffuletta from the napoleon house in new orleans
let's all take a collective sigh of relief.


this weekend marked the end of so many fall activities for our family. football and water polo seasons are over, boohoo but yay! jordan had his last band revue on saturday. sofia had her last softball game on sunday. and andrew attended his first high school open house on sunday afternoon.  jordan has no practices of any kind this week. and there are no school or sports activities for the kids this week.


last week i returned from new orleans and we survived on leftovers, quick meals and some take out.  this week my goal is to get reorganized around the house so we can enjoy the upcoming holiday season.  that means putting laundry away, coordinating our calendars, cleaning out the pantry and fridge and stocking up on holiday baking and cooking items.


weekend eats
saturday: sushi
sunday: mexican food

making this week
monday: pork posole
tuesday: school dine out at sharkey's
wednesday: pizza
thursday: birthday dinner with family
friday: maple glazed salmon, couscous, grilled vegetables

this week will be the calm before the storm and i'm looking forward to every minute of it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 weekly menu | #45

homemade caramel apples for halloween

glad we made it through last week with minor incident. the week was a blur to me. on top of all of the craziness of halloween i also participated in ali's week in the life project.  that means i documented our adventures last week through pictures. and now i have to organize and print them all.  but more on that later.

this week i'll take a huge breather.  not that there isn't a lot scheduled, it's just the end of this busy season for us.

for now, it's all about fall menus.  soup, stews, and comfort food.

weekend eats
saturday: hot dogs at the rose bowl
sunday: salmon burgers

making this week
monday: turkey meatball and vegetable soup, bread
tuesday: taco truck after the water polo game
wednesday: creamy mascarpone and spinach linguine, green beans
thursday: pizza
friday: last home football game of the year

wishing you lots of deep breathes this week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 weekly menu | #44

october band birthday celebration.  gotta love costco cake!
this week i'm baking for a treat sale at school, volunteering at the book fair, putting together the final halloween costumes, practicing sofia's book report presentation, working our school's fall festival and home football game, trick or treating with the younger kids, water polo tournament on saturday, volunteering for a ucla game, cheering on the dirt diamonds at the softball game on sunday, followed by a friend's birthday party and great grandpa's birthday celebration.

does everyone have this much to do this week or are we just crazy busy?  i put together a menu for this week but not sure i can pull it off with everything else.  good thing we have lots of leftovers in the fridge from this weekend in case i collapse.

weekend eats
saturday: pizza
sunday: chinese food with my parents after church

making this week
monday: turkey burgers, sweet potato fries
tuesday: stuffed chicken with prosciutto, pears, and brie, salad
wednesday: salmon with pineapple salsa, green beans
thursday: grilled flank steak with cilantro balsamic marinade, roasted potatoes
friday: football game and halloween

wish us luck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

around here | october

haven't been able to run for two days due to a strained muscle in my neck and shoulder - most likely happened in yoga on monday. hmph.  getting out the foam roller to massage it out.

there are still remnants from a good birthday.

the camaro is back and parked in our driveway.  i promised b that i wouldn't sell it while he is at work.

a few weeks ago b and i test drove some electric cars.  thinking of trading in our "gas guzzling" tahoe for something new.  not sure 100% electric is the way to go for the amount of miles i put on every day.

at our sophomore parent meeting they gave us (way too much) information on the college process.  i can't even think about it right now.

 our weekends go something like this:  friday night, football game. (let's not talk about the unfortunate defeat at our homecoming game against crespi on friday. but the halftime show was awesome!)
 saturday, band review in riverside or anaheim or tustin.  some combination of us attends.

sunday, early morning softball game.  lately the games have been at 8am.  she's doing great and loving it.
then it's confirmation class and church or dinner out with friends.

last saturday the boys and i went on a date to see whiplash at the arclight.  loved it even more the second time around.

i think it inspired jordan.

picked up the rosie project again (took a break to read wild) and i think it's so funny.  i have my next book lined up so i'm in a bit of a hurry to get through this - but i'm enjoying it.

organizing and purging my craft area.  and freeing up some creative space.

making good use of my creative space.

almost done with the craziness that is the combination of water polo and band season. i wonder if we'll miss it when it's all over. i'm pretty sure jordan won't.

finding inspiration everywhere i go.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 weekly menu | #43

dinners last week were as posted.  lately i've been rearranging (or totally changing) the menu to fit our schedules.  but last week i made everything and it was all good.  had great success with both of the skinny taste recipes and loved the pork chops with apples and pears from the paleo cookbook.

this week i'm going with dinners that i don't need recipes for.  these are tried and true meals that i can put together without too much thought.  i have to mix it up sometimes.

weekend eats
saturday: pf changs (and movie) with the boys
sunday: tgifridays with friends from school

making this week
monday: italian sausage, white bean and spinach soup, bruschetta
tuesday: chicken tostadas
wednesday: bbq pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw
thursday: pizza
friday: football game

jordan requested that i make this granola again. i'm tempted to making some kind of bread with pumpkin this week.  i've stayed away from the onslaught of pumpkin filled products that i've seen at trader joe's lately - except for a pumpkin kringle that was too good and apparently no longer available.  the cooler weather is a perfect excuse to get in the pumpkin mood, don't you think?

have a great week.

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 weekly menu | #42

i was really happy to find the skinnytaste cookbook on my last trip to target.  you know i love gina's website and have enjoyed every recipe i've made from her site.  what makes this cookbook even more exciting for me is that the photos were taken by penny de los santos, one of my favorite food photographers.  good food + beautiful photos = perfection.

so of course it came home with me. and it inspired me to pull out another cookbook to make up this week's menu.

weekend eats
saturday: hawaiian luau at the nd gala
sunday: the habit with sofia and friends for her birthday

making this week
monday: pan seared rosemary and sage pork chops from the paleo kitchen cookbook, roasted veggies
tuesday: crock pot chicken, salad, mac and cheese (making the chicken stock again as well)
wednesday: sweet and spicy salmon from the skinnytaste cookbook, brown rice, roasted sesame green beans
thursday: chicken pot pie soup from the skinnytaste cookbook
friday: homecoming football game

in other news: i am working on updating my blog.  i haven't changed it in far too long.  may have to learn some html coding and bring back the uppercase.  it's time for improvement.  so excuse me while i try a few things out, move things around and figure this little space out.  hopefully in the end you will like it even more.

thanks for stopping by.