Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monkey Toddler

I think my toddler is turning into a monkey with all this winter weather! It was absolutely freezing here last week, and then this week we've had two small snows, but small snows are still enough to keep us home for the day here in Charlotte.

We visited NYC last weekend during the "polar vortex" and while it was freezing there, we had a ball. I need to upload my photos to my computer and do an update next week, because we really had so much fun! I was nervous to travel there with a toddler in the dead of winter, but I'm glad we did it. It was a fun adventure.

Signing off now to go eat monster cookie ice cream and to catch up on Downton Abbey (side note...poor Edith this season!). I'll try to be less of a stranger next week and squeeze in a few posts!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five on Friday

Been awhile since I linked up! Happy Friday friends!

1. On Tuesday night of this past week, J had a meeting, so M and I were on our own for dinner and I didn't feel like cooking for the two of us. We headed to the mall because I wanted Chipotle and I knew she'd want Chick-Fil-A....everyone wins at the food court! It also helps that we live closer to the mall than we do to a CFA or a Chipotle. After her dinner we went by the new American Girl store, and well....she was mesmerized. It was also empty since it was a Tuesday night at 6:30pm...perfect time to go and let her play. I thought I was going to drag her out kicking and screaming, but after half an hour and a few warnings, she was happy to leave with a "doll book" (....a catalog...) to take and read in the car on her way home. It was a fun little date night for us!

2. We finished Game of Thrones this past fall, and I am still thinking about it. All the time. I know, it's just a tv show. But people...I'm obsessed. I don't think I've been this "into" a fantasy world since my Harry Potter days. I have been seeing the trailer for season 5, and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

3. Speaking of Harry Potter...this popped up on my FB this week, and well, it kinda made me want to go back a reread the series. I'm sure all you HP fans will enjoy.

4. We have been doing the Experiencing God study at my church this winter. On Sundays our pastor has been preaching on this book (so worth a listen!), and then we've been breaking the book down and studying it and talking it out with our small groups. I recently switched Wednesday morning Bible Study groups, and I can't say enough good things about this study, the new group of women I have been spending my Wednesday mornings with, and what I have learned. I won't lie, when I started the workbook, I kind of hated it, but it has been really growing on me. I have learned so much in the past two months. We're about half way through and I'm excited to see what all I take from the next half of this. Anyone else ever done this study?

5. Anyone else a big fan of these vinyl resuable sticker books from Melissa and Doug? We're obsessed! We have this one with different animal habitats and another one of girls that your dress up. M loves them and will happily do these stickers for long chunks of time. I'm a big fan of anything that keeps her entertained on her down for more than ten minutes! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend was a fun one. It was gorgeous outside and we had no plans whatsoever! Is there anything better? Saturday morning we got up quite early for our home, so we figured let's go to breakfast since we knew there wouldn't be a wait! We went to The Flying Biscuit, and as always, it was a crowd pleaser. I got a southern style eggs benedict which is basically eggs benedict with pimento cheese and bacon. It was fabulous!

After breakfast, J and M went to Lowe's and by the fish market to get a salmon to smoke for Sunday, and they dropped me off at home to prep Saturday's dinner in the crock pot. When they returned we headed to the playground and played and played till lunch time. We ran into some friends there which made it even more fun!

We enjoyed our slow cooker dinner on Saturday night! I posted this picture and meal on instagram, but it's worth sharing here too so you can have the link o the recipe. This Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef and Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa was faaaaaantastic! And really easy too! 

Saturday night after M went to bed I got caught up on my 2015 Project Life pages. I need to take some pictures and update my progress on here!

Sunday we all slept in, went to church and had lunch at Five Guys, and then more outside time. I know we'll probably get another cold snap before spring, but I have loved these nice days! M picked out her play clothes after church....can you tell?

For Sunday dinner, we had an awesome smoked salmon courtesy of J, with sweet potatoes and my favorite bean salad from Natalie's blog. I love this salad so much....mostly because I love pancetta! It makes a great side! And I got a mandolin slicer from my mom for Christmas, so now I'm always looking for recipes that let me use it. Slicing the radicchio and onions were a breeze!

It was a slow weekend, but it was filled with good food, sunshine, and my favorite people!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Our sock secret!

I wish I could remember who shared this genius idea with me, but this is one of my top tips for new moms! When M was little and I started washing all of her socks, I found that I was constantly losing those teeny baby socks, or they'd get stuck inside of other pieces of clothing and I'd end up finding them two weeks later in the pant leg of a sleeper. Not long after she was born someone suggested we use a lingerie wash bag to put her socks in, and since then we haven't lost a single sock!

We keep it hanging in her room and at the end of the day she throws her dirty clothes in her hamper in the closet and then we toss her socks in this bag. It makes our lives so much easier, and I'm not always looking for lost socks! I've also found that the lingerie bag makes a great addition to a baby shower gift. I realize this is such a silly little thing, but I thought it was worth sharing after hearing a group of friends recently complain about constantly losing baby socks! Problem solved!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Odds and ends from last week....

Last week, life looked a little bit like....

This gorgeous sunset. J and M went to take our trash barrels to the curb and we saw this outside waiting to greet us.

Pigtails for Miss M and a care package from her Gigi that included some teddy grahams... 

A hike in the mountains for J and Rosie

Pulled some chicken with my "bear claws" (which I LOVE btw...I never want to shred meat another way) to make these amazing Creamy Chicken Taquitos (Ernie sticker courtesy of M)

A little toddler and dog bonding. M is really into Layla these days. Let me rephrase that, she's really into bossing Layla around these days. Layla, as you can see, pretty much ignores the demanding toddler. 

These YUMMY greens beans with a bacon vinaigrette. Make them for a side for your next meal. You won't be disappointed.

Crafts with some friends last Friday. We had some buddies over to our place to make some hearts out of torn up tissue paper for Valentine's Day. We made ours on wax paper and they now hang proudly on our back door. M actually really, really liked this activity, so now Im looking for some more fun and simple toddler crafts for her.