Mother’s Day 2012

We had a super low-key day on Mother’s Day, which was perfect. The day started off with a breakfast of donuts (yum!) and some relaxing around the house. We had plans to go to a Rome Braves game, but since it poured the night before and rained up until about an hour before game time, the game was postponed.

That’s OK, though! We all napped a bit — I while Joe took Lucy to McDonald’s (only because I could.not keep my eyes open), and Joe and Lucy later in the day — and then we had a late lunch/early dinner at Armando’s, one of our favorite restaurants. We hadn’t been there in a while, and it was a great choice because there were hardly any other diners there.

After we ate, we ran a few errands, which included getting Lucy a toddler t-ball set at Target. She was SO EXCITED. Seriously. Excited was probably an understatement. We also got her a baseball hat because she INSISTED that she couldn’t play baseball without one. And, even though the ground was wet, we stopped at the park on the way home so Lucy could play for a bit.


Lucy insists that the correct way to hit the ball is with the handle. Telling her otherwise just made her scream.


You know what also made her mad? Taking the bat to show her how to use it. That made her SERIOUSLY mad.


Eventually, she did try to hit it with the correct end of the bat. Unfortunately, she’s back to using the handle again. Oh well!


I love my little athlete!


Cheeseless Mushroom Stuffed Shells and Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

I’ve been thinking a while about trying my hand at some kind of stuffed shells dish. I don’t eat cheese or like anything with that kind of texture, so it’s hard to figure out what to stuff it with. I decided to go with chopped mushrooms and onions mixed with a bit of spaghetti sauce. I was going to add spinach as well but my spinach had gone bad.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste, but it was really good. I was pretty impressed with myself. I also roasted a head of cauliflower with garlic to go along with it. I got the idea from a recipe on All Recipes, and left out the Parmesan. I also used less olive oil (like a little more than 1 Tbsp instead of 3) because I ran out, but it turned out fine. It was such a tasty meal, and we have leftover shells for dinner tonight! If you like this recipe, please make sure to pin it!


Cheeseless Mushroom Stuffed Shells
10 shells
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package mushrooms (I used white mushrooms but I bet baby bellas would be yummy)
1/2 onion
Oregano or other spices

Cook shells per package instructions. Chop mushrooms and onion, and saute in olive oil. Add a little bit of the spaghetti sauce. Stuff shells with mixture, cover with remaining spaghetti sauce, sprinkle spices and put in oven until sauce boils.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower
3-4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
Black pepper to taste

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.

Tea Parties

We have been having lots and lots of tea parties in our house. Lucy loves to host, and the Care Bears and her numerous Tiggers are always available for a last minute get-together.

Lucy puts together a pretty good spread.





Sometimes, Callie comes to the tea parties as well. Lucy is happy to have her.


I love my little girl’s imagination!

Wordless Wednesday: Child Bride

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Shout® Out Stains

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Lucy had a hard time going down for her nap today. It was her second nap in her big girl bed (a separate post about that transition coming up later), and while she wasn’t talking or fussing, I could hear noise coming from her room. When I went in to see what she was doing, I found her laying in bed hitting her comforter with her hands.

Then, she started to cry. I tried to calm her down and get her to go to sleep, and she said she wanted an applesauce pouch. I asked her if she would go to sleep if I gave her one, and she said yes.

I was a little hesitant, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I took her into the kitchen, gave her an applesauce pouch (the purple one, please) and turned down her requests to watch Barney. When she finished, I took the empty pouch from her and told her to go get in bed.

And, she did. She asked to look at her Barney book, and I told her she could but she had to go to sleep when she was finished. That was 2 1/2 hours ago, and I haven’t heard a peep since. I’m so proud of her for being so obedient.