Monthly Archives: July 2013

Week of Dinners July 22nd

Well besides it still being summer, we are back to somewhat of a routine. We finished swim lessons and I am proud to say I am now the mother of 2 little minnows. 🙂 And I have actually made it to the gym for a workout longer than 20 minutes!

Dinners went well, I stayed on course this week without too many interruptions. My made-up Catalina slow cooker chicken was super good. The kids really liked it too. All I did was put 2 really large chicken breast in the slow cooker, add apricot preserves and fat free Catalina dressing and cooked it on low for about 5 hours. I took the breasts out when they were done and sliced them. Then spooned sauce  that was left in the slow cooker over chicken. Yummy stuff.

Geek Alert***BTW did anyone watch Teen Beach Movie??? Addison and I did and thought it was cute. But it put Todd to sleep if that says anything. The best song was “Like Me.”  If you haven’t seen it yet, it will be replaying incessantly for the rest of the summer.

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You will never guess what I did on Sunday….My mom, sisters and I went to the Bridal Extravaganza in downtown Houston. I have not even set a date or thought too much about wedding planning. It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of deal and really just a time to hang out with my favorite people. But we really had a great time. We laughed and laughed. I will try to keep an update on how the planning is going.  Check out my ginormous wedding ring 🙂 Ha!blingring

So here is my plan for this week:

Monday: Grilled Pork chops with cottage potatoes and salad. Todd makes the best “Cottage Potatoes.” I’ll have to post the recipe one of these days.

Tuesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Hawaiian Wheat Rolls. The chicken salad came from MyFit Foods. You need to check this place out to see if it is in your area. My Fit Foods is a company that makes ready made meals in 3 varying sizes to fit your calorie level. This chicken salad is sold “bulk” at my grocery store and Brent wanted to try it out.  It made for nice mini sandwiches and the kids like it.

Wednesday: Kids will be eating with grandparents. Todd and I will be at Nobi Public House for the Wit X-mas release.

Thursday: Cheese Tortellinis

Friday: Beef Fajitas

Saturday: Pool Party with Friends 🙂

Have a great week!

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Gewurztraminer…and San Fran

Gavertstawhater???  That is exactly what I thought when we made our first stop on our Sonoma Valley Winery experience. I am not a wine kinda girl so I was excited to become a little more familiar with wines. Todd and I took a great vacation to San Francisco and Sonoma while the kids were spending time with the grandparents at the farm.

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We spent 3 great days in San Francisco at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square and then traveled to Sonoma to spend two days tasting new wines and of course visiting some breweries on the way.

During our stay in San Fran we went on two different food tours. I know…1 food tour would be good but we decided on 2!!! EVEN BETTER!!  The first tour took us through a part of San Francisco called Hayes Valley. It’s an up and coming area that had some boutique type shops and all different cultural establishments. One of my favorite stops on was Smittten Ice Cream.  This place was built out of a cargo container and used liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream right in front of you. I got to try the olive oil ice cream with lavender short bread cookie pieces mixed in 🙂 It was muy excellente!! They take the raw ingredients and it freezes in about a minute right in front of you. The taste is very fresh and you could taste all the distinct flavors. Smitten Ice Cream

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Our 2nd food tour was in the evening and took us to the mission district. This tour was pretty unique because it included insights  about murals that were done throughout the area. One interesting note is that the murals were basically done to help prevent graffiti on the buildings.  This tour had lots of great places including this place called Hog & Rocks. It paired ham and oysters. YUM!!!!

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After a great time in San Fran and visiting Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies, cable car museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Southern Pacific Brewing, and City Beer Store it was time to head to Sonoma. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and stopped at Muir Woods. This is a breath taking place with unbelievable sights of redwood trees. Another highlight of our vacation.

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We traveled more north and hit up a couple breweries on our way that included Moylan’s and Lagunitas. If we had more time we would have like to spend it at Lagunitas. They have this awesome patio and of course, great beers. Even better, we can get some of them in Texas.  They give a pretty extensive brewery tour and are certainly generous with their samplings. 🙂

We finally reached our destination at the Sonoma Creek Inn and quickly ventured out to the town square. And what an adorable place it is. I was a little nervous at first because I thought these people would be complete wine snobs but to my surprise they were genuinely nice and happy to tell us all about wines.  Todd and I planned our tour of wineries on our own and tried to pick some places that were less “traveled”. Looking for places that didn’t have tour buses or anything with a huge parking lot. We packed a picnic lunch to bring with us  hoping to find a perfect place. We headed off to find an adventure since neither one new what we were doing or where we were going.

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Needless to say, we are awesome! We discovered 5 great places and some spectacular wines. This is where I discovered Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and many others. I am much more a white wine girl vs red wine and have an affinity for things that bubble. 🙂 We enjoyed a bottle of Viogneir from Kunde  Family Estate Winery with our picnic lunch.

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We ended our time at Russian River Brewery, famous for Pliney the Elder. Todd was in beer heaven. We had such a great time and made so many memories. Can’t wait to come back!!!

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Week of Dinners July 15th

So we are back at it again with the swim lessons this week. And again I am trying to plan some  really simple, easy, and fast recipes for the week. I usually try to keep things simple any ways because we are always busy, if its not swimming it’s homework, reading, laundry.. you name it.

Last week the dinners went pretty well. All the recipes worked out great. I especially love using my crock pot so dinner is practically done when we get home. This week is no exception. I am making up a recipe so I will let you know how it tastes. ImageThe bruschetta grilled chicken was very tasty, I liked how the grill gave the tomatoes and basil a smokey flavor.

On Friday night I didn’t feel like cooking and it was just 3 of us so we had a “pick” night. As in… you can pick out whatever you want to eat. Also known as FFY -fend for yourself- in my childhood years. I just moved the lasagna to Saturday night and it was super yummy but I added way too many zucchini and the kids proceeded to pick some out.

Oh! I was able to get a few days of extra activity in. And super excited that I wasn’t sore after my weights class. 🙂 I’ll try again this week on increasing my purposeful exercise.

This is what I have planned for this week

Sunday: Lasagna Leftovers

Monday: Catalina Slow Cooker Chicken- my made up recipe

Tuesday: Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps made with ground turkey breast for a leaner meat.

Wednesday: Vegetarian Yellow Curry

Thursday: “Pick” Night

Friday: Beach Dinner -Grilled Salmon and Sausage- Disney’s Teen Beach Movie Premier 🙂 If anyone has kids and has EVER had it on Disney channel this summer you know what I’m talking about….!!! I love Disney made for TV movies! 🙂

Saturday: Date Night

Have a great week!!

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