Monday, April 30, 2018

Tomorrow is May!  Oh my gosh!  April had to be the fastest month ever!

First, a recap of the weekend…

Friday after school I desperately needed to go to the grocery.  We had NO food!  We had done take out Wednesday night and Jimmy John’s Thursday night for the boys while I went to book club and had a yummy spread.  We really didn’t need to do take out again and no one wanted to go out to eat after a long day and week.  So, guess what I did… I didn’t go to the grocery!  I was a rebel and enjoyed two Bravo shows after school and then a bit of sun outside with a lo cal Jalapeño Lime Margarita and listening to 90s country on my Amazon music app.  It was in the 70s outside and there’s just something about warm weather and country music – and I’m not really what you would call a country music fan!  The songs that came on were “My Maria” by Brooks and Dunn, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, and “Cowboy Take Me Away” by Dixie Chicks just to name a few.  How great is that lineup?  I’m going to be repeating that station I can tell.

Portabello Bello Pizza
BLT Wedge Salad (on my beautiful Pioneer Woman plates)

So, after that music and margarita, I greeted hubby and walked the pooch with him and then I went alone to our favorite take out pizza place.  While I waited I went to a little boutique and bought some earrrings I couldn’t stop thinking about that I had seen there a week ago (white leather feathers!) and some ice cream to take home.

We split a BLT wedge salad and I had an individual mushroom pizza. Yum!

So, kids, three nights in a row of not cooking is the result of poor meal planning this week. I must do better for next week.

Saturday I did get my walk in and while I walked I listened to a new to me podcast – Dax Sheppard’s Armchair Expert.  He was interviewing his wife, Kristen Bell. It was so cute!  Dax was Crosby on Parenthood.  My other favorite podcasts are The Big Boo Cast and Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  

My boys walked to school for their practice test – no, I didn’t offer to drive them and they didn’t ask me to.  I left for Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and the library.  Trader Joe’s was already packed at 8:45!  Look for my post tomorrow about my favorite products and please chime in.  I love shopping there and I love hearing what you all buy!

Free at my library – I almost paid $5 at Kroger!

I stopped at the library to pick up a book that they held for me and I found this magazine in the free bin.  They have a bin where you can leave your magazines and take other ones.  Isn’t that genius?  I was so happy!

Since the sun was shining, I decided to make an iced coffee and sit outside and read before the boys came home.  I might mention that I put all the groceries away and did some laundry, too.  My friend (Hi Victoria!) taught me how to make this.  You put a little bit of instant coffee and a little bit of sugar in your cup.  Boil a little water or microwave it and then mix that together.  Add some milk (I forgot the milk in the photo) and then froth some cream on top.  I bought this little frother on Amazon several years ago.  

Homemade Iced Coffee!
She’s a beauty!
Spanish tapas to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday!

I made the boys a nice lunch because I thought they would want a little pampering and then hub and I went to see a new boat that his brother in law received to sell.  We got to go inside and tour it.  It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms!  I volunteered to put some decor in the boat.  I’m excited about this little project.  I am thinking nautical accents that match the blue and white of the boat.  

Lastly, we ended the day with a wonderful time spent with our friends at our 
Spanish tapas restaurant up the road.  The wife and I ordered a Swirl Margarita that has a mixture of Sangria and Margarita.  We shared many different things – patatas bravas, stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, ham and chicken croquets, empanadas, salmon, and bread with tomato.  

Sunday, my boys had to volunteer at an art fair and I had to take them there pretty early. I dropped them off and then went home to clean and finish laundry. A little later hub and I went back to the fair and met some friends to enjoy the art until the boys’ shift ended. I sat outside and read then took my kids to work on a video project. I meal prepped my breakfasts and lunches for the week and heated up leftovers for dinner. It was a nice weekend!

If you lasted this long, you deserve a decent weekly meal plan!  Ha!

Monday – pork tenderloin (pre marinated from TJ), zucchini, little roasted potatoes

Tuesday- fusili pasta with meat sauce with bread and Caesar salad

Wednesday – mojito lime chicken (using the packet I talked about), rice, beans, corn

Thursday – frozen fish, macaroni and cheese, peas, green beans for those who don’t like peas

Hope you survive your Monday!


2 thoughts on “Monday Meal Plan and Weekend Wrap Up!

  1. Hey Amy – congratulations on your blog! I love it! It is real life and they are my favourite types of blogs. Plus love the tapas talk – sounds like what we had yesterday! I had the croquetas de pollo, empanadas and bravas too! Looking forward to reading more! Are you in Instagram too?


    1. How funny! I’m reading your blog link up with My Glittery Heart right now! Thank you! I’m enjoying it but have lots of learning especially with pictures. I don’t know if I told you I’m a high school Spanish teacher and I lived in Spain so I loved your Spain recap!


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