Five on Friday: Working and Cooking

Whew. It has been a CRAZY week! I am SO glad it’s the weekend, and I can just relax and think about NOTHING! I decided to link up with Five on Friday today to give you a taste of what’s been going on this week since, you know, I’ve been so crazy busy that I’ve been slacking on my blog. Seriously. I WILL start posting more regularly again SOON!

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Work has been crazy. As you may or may not know, I work from home now as a blogger VA (virtual assistant). I’ve been meaning to write a post dedicated to this but, well, I just haven’t had time. I work for several blogs and post various numbers posts per blog per day. It’s fun, and I’d be looking up the deals anyway, so why not get paid for it?

I try to get most if not all of my work done at night so I have the days with Lucy. But, for the last few weeks, I’ve been freelancing for a news website, so I have been SLAMMED trying to get everything done – especially since I’ve had a big story pop up over the last day. I’m liking the extra money, but I’ll be glad when my life returns to normal.

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I tried a new recipe this week – this one, to be exact. Joe took a look in the crockpot and said, “By the way, I cleaned up cat throw up this morning. I don’t know why your dinner made me think of that.”

Seriously. For the record, it was great. My lentils could have been a little more tender, but I’ve never been good at cooking lentils for some reason.

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We saw Beauty and the Beast on Sunday! My kiddo was SO enthralled, even though the performance was 2 1/2 hours long. And, she met Belle! Best moment ever. Until, you know, her birthday party, that is!

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Speaking of her birthday party – I’ve been doing some serious planning this week. Yes, I know her birthday isn’t until November, but I’m a planner! I have been working on coming up with the decor scheme I want to do and figuring out what I need to order off Etsy. I’ll have a more detailed most coming soon with more pictures!

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I am LOVING the Ipsy Glam Bags I’ve started to get! I’ll be doing a post on last month’s box soon – hopefully before this month’s box comes! If not, I’ll show them both to you at once. Last month was my first month, and I seriously cannot wait to get this month’s! I love the variety of beauty items I get and the low price – only $10! And, they come in a cute makeup bag rather than a box!

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What have y’all been up to this week??

Week in Phone Pics ~ 3/52

Well, 2013 is just chugging along by. I’m enjoying sharing the pictures I take with my phone every week because, let’s face it, that’s how I take most of my pictures.

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What did we do last week? We:

  • Had cheers with our drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts;
  • Did some snuggling on the couch;
  • Sang along to Dora Rocks with our karaoke machine;
  • Played princesses with AJ;
  • Went to gymnastics;
  • Made a Valentine’s mailbox;
  • Mommy’s head met her car, and the car won;
  • We dressed up in our clothes for Heaven in Sabbath School;
  • And there was some snuggling with Dizzy at bed time.

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We also:

  • Sat with friends at church;
  • Went over to their house afterward for lunch and play time;
  • And, Daddy got Mommy’s favorite – Japanese – for dinner on Saturday night!

All-in-all, it was another good week! I’m looking forward to what this week has in store for us.

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings.

The Thanksgiving Curse

So, Thanksgiving. Yeah. It probably ranks up there with all the other holidays I would love to forget. Which would be every other Thanksgiving when we’re scheduled to go to Joe’s parents’.

You see, we’re cursed when it comes to the Thanksgivings we spend with his family. Every time, we either get sick at his parents’ cabin or we are blessed enough to get sick before we go. Two years ago, Joe and Lucy were sick before the holiday, and I came down with what they had on Thanksgiving, spending the night throwing up with my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law watching. Yeah. It was as much fun as it sounds.

This year, as I’ve already told you in great detail, Lucy came down with the croup on Wednesday. We decided we’d wait to head to the mountains on Friday so she would have had the antibiotic in her system for 48 hours and wouldn’t be contagious. We had a really nice day with just our little family. We took Lucy to our town’s BRAND NEW Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.

And, we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (some of us, in a box).

Then Joe and I made lunch while Lucy played outside with the neighborhood kids.

But, then…THEN, I got sick Thanksgiving night. As in, I thought I was going to die sick. I am not even exaggerating. My temperature got up to almost 101 degrees, and fluctuated between that and 99.9 all night. I had chills. My body ached and my skin hurt. My throat hurt. I was miserable.

The next day, I was feeling OK, so Joe and Lucy headed to the cabin while I stayed home. My fever was down to 98.8. I was on the mend. Insert laughter here. I was so naive. That afternoon, my temperature spiked back up to 100.9, so I headed to our local urgent care facility. There was a four hour wait. FOUR HOURS. So, I headed to the next closest one. I was in a room in 20 minutes and, though my flu test came back negative, the doctor said it’s only 70 percent accurate, so gave me a prescription for Tamiflu. I also got an antibiotic because my white cell count was high, indicating an infection.

The next day, well, I didn’t feel like death anymore, so I consider that improvement, and I’ve continually gotten better since. Hooray.

So, that was our Thanksgiving. I wonder what will happen two years from now to keep us from the mountains.

Show Us Your Life – Side Dishes

I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner.

I love finding new ideas for side dishes. I have pretty much the same staple main dishes, but coming up with new sides to go with them makes them different. We’ve come up with a few that we absolutely love, and they are on rotation in our house.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

This is something that is so simple yet SO good.

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
3-4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
Break florets off cauliflower. Chop garlic and combine in a bowl with the olive oil. Toss with cauliflower, sprinkle with black pepper and put in greased pan on 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

Garlic Broccoli

This is similar to the cauliflower dish, and it is SO good!

Directions:
Dice 5-6 cloves of garlic, and break apart one head of broccoli. Saute garlic in pan to release flavor, and then add broccoli. Saute together for 5-6 minutes.

Spanish Rice 

This is our favorite Mexican side dish. It is SO much better and more flavorful than packaged Spanish Rice. And, it’s super easy and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen! This recipe makes a TON of rice. There are always leftovers when we make it!

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup salsa
1 cup rice

Directions:
Boil water, then add salsa and rice. Leave on heat for three minutes, then remove and let sit as you would instant rice.

A Trip to the Food Truck Park

Food trucks are a new trend here in Atlanta, and a Food Truck Park recently opened. Every time we would drive through Atlanta, we would see it and talk about how we wanted to try it out.

A couple of weeks ago, we got our chance! Joe surprised me by taking a day off work and planning a trip to the Food Truck Park for lunch! He had checked out the park’s website beforehand and discovered that they had a good selection of vegetarian foods for me. I was so excited!

It was fun wandering around, trying to decide what we wanted to eat. There really was a good vegetarian selection (including one completely vegan truck), and I ended up with a burrito bowl.

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Joe had a crab cake sandwich.

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And, Lucy got peanut butter and jelly.

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We managed to find an empty bench where we could eat. It was pretty busy, especially considering we had arrived fairly early.

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For dessert, we got cupcakes! Yum! It was such a fun trip, and we can’t wait to go back and try new menu items!

Farmers Market Basket #1

I am finally back! Whew. I thought I had avoided the stomach bug that hit Joe and Lucy, but it was determined not to let me get away. Thankfully, it waited until after my grandpa’s memorial service (I’ll have to share some pictures from our weekend with my whole family later).

This week, I got my first Farmers Market Basket. Actually, I got it the day before I got sick. So, I haven’t had a chance to use much of it yet, though Lucy has gone through almost all the bananas! I think these regular baskets will last me two weeks, so my plan is to get two a month for now.

I know you all want to see the goodies. Right?? Here they are:

Farmers Market Basket 04/17/12

I seriously could not be more excited. Here’s a breakdown of what I got:

  • 1 bunch of lettuce
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bag of apples
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 4 oranges
  • 4 kiwi
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 8 red potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • I actually swapped out two limes for two extra red potatoes, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t. I didn’t realize I needed that to make salsa! Oh well. I’ll pick up either a lime or some lime juice from the store.

    So, what am I planning to do with my haul? I think I’m going to make up a salad tonight using the lettuce, spinach, half the onion and the cucumber. This weekend, I hope to use the tomatoes, extra onion and pepper to make salsa (never done this before, and I’m excited about it) and guacamole. We LOVE snacking on chips with salsa and guacamole. I’m also probably going to cut up the cantaloupe tonight.

    The red potatoes will be used either for lunches or dinners, as will the green beans, and the fruit (aside from the bananas Lucy pigged out on) will be good for snacks.

    I’m anxious to see what my next basket will hold!