Summer Week in Review

Hot out. Lower 90s and humid.

Some evening thunderstorms. ❤

Enjoying our beach tent and kiddie pool, both in the back yard. Today, I literally tossed the tent off the deck folded up, it popped open mid-air, and was thus pretty much set up for me so the girls and I could hang out by the pool.

Baby C just had a well visit, which confirmed what we thought: she’s doing great.

Week 2 of our CSA included spinach, kale, scallions, Swiss chard, and lettuce. I processed it all the evening we got it, even though we had a late dinner and I didn’t get out of the kitchen till 11ish. It felt good.

I cooked my most successful Glorious One Pot meal yesterday. It was mostly free-styled. Just need to do a better job adding seasoning.

F and I worked together to wrap a present for her best friend’s birthday party tomorrow. F wrote the card and insisted on putting it inside the box before we wrapped it. 🙂

New dinner clean-up strategy?

We had a nice dinner, and for a treat (to go with fresh strawberries) I made a Dutch Baby for dessert. Not the exact one I linked to, but it’s pretty close. And yes, it’s supposed to be breakfast, but it was quite fantastic after dinner too.

F was super excited about dessert. We told her we’d serve it up after we finished cleaning up dinner.

What we meant was clearing the table. But then I found myself washing up all the pots and pans, loading the dishwasher, etc. It didn’t take long at all, and I had the promise of dessert to keep me on task.

It was so nice to come back to the kitchen after dessert to a kitchen that was 90% cleaned up! This should become a more frequent strategy – bribing ourselves with dessert.

Strawberries

We drove out to a farm and picked strawberries!

It was a gorgeous day and there were plenty of ripe berries for the picking. Even though it was hot and sunny, the breeze and fluffy clouds helped keep us very comfortable. Plus I had packed an unreasonable amount of water.

Highly recommended outing for a 3.5 year old!

Tulips!

red and yellow tulips

This is not my yard!

We took a trip to a public garden a county or two over from ours. We met a couple of friends there with their kids, and F and the others got lots of exercise! Also, it was beautiful. Also, picnic lunches are extra delicious after a lot of walking.

We have a few surprise tulips in our yard too. I’m honestly surprised at all the bulbs in our neighborhood, given the incredible squirrel population.

Alarm-ing Myself

I haven’t been waking up to an alarm clock since Baby C was born. Unfortunately, with one thing and another, my sleep schedule has been creeping later and later. I hate when I have no morning, but I also hate being tired. And Baby C wakes up to feed anywhere between once and four times each night. Even when she doesn’t wake me up, I wake up, and often can’t fall right back to sleep. So I need kind of a lot of “sleep” to cobble together enough of it.

I set my first alarm yesterday, and my second one today. I’m tired, but I’m encouraged that I’ve still got so much of the day ahead of me. I’m hopeful that I’m tired enough to return to my normal, early-ish bedtime tonight. Maybe soon I can start waking up at a reasonable time without an alarm.

Under the Weather

I’m so pleased to report that none of us is horribly ill! F has a runny nose (that I really really really don’t want Baby C to catch…), and J and I have sore throats. So far, Baby C has no symptoms and is happy as a clam.

Also, the basement freezer didn’t close right last night, and so all of a sudden we have quite a bit of cooking to do on our sick day! Frozen pizza, soup, more pho broth, and two sausage recipes (sausage and peppers, and this one with kale and spaghetti squash) will minimize the waste. Bye bye to my small stock of frozen breast milk though.

We’re also planning to rent Frozen! None of us have seen it yet, and today seems like the day. F is beside herself that special movie plans are in the works.

Picnic!

F, baby C and I ate lunch on the porch today. It was warm but quite blustery.

Then F watered the herbs and the pots we planted seeds in. I don’t expect those seeds to sprout, by the way – spring wasn’t early (but no way to know up front), and those pots seem to have been dug through (squirrels, probably) many times.

Peaceful and spring-like!

Starting the Week

So, Deb’s pho recipe: not a minimalist undertaking! Quite good – F and I liked it, and J really really liked it.

Another not-so-surprising revelation: leftover pho would require a fairly elaborate system of packing to become a brown-bag lunch. Too elaborate. I opted to make tonight’s planned dinner casserole last night after dinner and use it for today’s and tomorrow’s lunches instead. Dinner tonight: pho again! We’re all pretty happy about that. 🙂

We took F to the playground yesterday, even though the cool breeze was cutting through me while I nursed C on the sidelines. J didn’t mind it because he and the other dads were all playing some no-rules version of tag with the kids.

Hoping to get outside again today, at least as far as the shed to finish raking up our leaves. Major mulching plans are afoot with our supply of leaves from 11 oak trees.

It feels good to start the week with dinner already cooked, all three of us dressed and ready for anything right after getting up, blog blogged, and a very modest, flexible plan that inches us toward our goal of a garden.

Early Dinner Prep

I think the keys to getting anything done around here are:

  1. do it early
  2. either involve F or get someone else to hang out with her

We’re having some family over this evening for dinner, and dinner and dessert were pretty much ready to go by lunchtime.

The menu:

The prep:

  • J and I threw the BBQ in the slow cooker this morning (even better would’ve been to mix up the dry rub and the sauce last night) and it’ll be done cooking by 4:15.
  • F and I mixed up the corn bread’s dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. When it’s almost dinner time, we’ll mix them up in the bigger bowl, toss them in the pan, and toss that in the oven.
  • The frozen veggies and fresh salad were purchased pretty much ready.
  • And F and I made the pudding right after the corn bread was prepped. It’s setting in the fridge right now.

I’ve already mostly cleaned up the kitchen, too. It’s a good feeling!