Monday, January 18, 2021

I am still weekending, but I thought I would keep to my regular posting schedule. I am linking up here with the gals at Hello Monday if they are here today.

Let’s go back to Friday night. We were invited to get takeout and eat at my friend’s house with our little group – my two college besties and their husbands. I had not seen them since mid-November in person. Two of them have had the virus and two of them had the first dose of the vaccine a week ago. But, I was still careful. My friend spread us out by couple and I wore my mask when not eating.

I ordered a cheeseburger salad and it was so good! I forgot to take a photo of the dressing. It tasted like Big Mac special sauce.

Saturday morning I went to Fresh Market and found my green chilies!

And, I ran to Kroger to do a return (Clicklist gave me something that was totally wrong) and to get a few more things I needed. I had done my Clicklist on Wednesday.

I found this street taco kit marked down to $5!

I started this book. I did not finish my last book; it was really dragging.

And, then my kids were home for the long weekend! We ate lunch and we watched some Gilmore Girls. They enjoyed spending time together. Then, we streamed Mason’s play. They had to record it and wear masks while recording. During the introduction I started crying because a senior girl was saying she wished they had an audience and it just made me so sad. I miss live theatre, live music, movies in the theater, not having to be so careful around people, and more… I am usually really positive, but there are times when it just hits me.

We got this picture of cousins watching it, too.

Mason did such a good job and this was his first play ever! He is in another one in February.

We had off and on snow both days. Sunday morning the boys slept in and I enjoyed the snow,

watched Sex and the City while

doing some meal prep. Here are my breakfasts.

Then, Tom and I went out in the snow to check out a new to us store, @home.

I wore my yellow Hunters and brought some coffee.

I was underwhelmed. It is a huge store. We left empty handed.

For Soup Sunday, I did the famous tortellini soup that you may have heard of. I have made it a few times, but this time changed it up a bit. I used a carton of chicken broth, two cans of tomatoes – one had basil, garlic, and italian seasonings, sausage (about half of the amount), one block of cream cheese (the recipe I had called for 3!), and a big container of spinach.

It calls for the cheese filled tortellini, but I decided to do this fun noodle and keep the noodles on the side.

Yum! It is so good! I put it in containers for lunches this week.

The boys and I watched some more Gilmore Girls, we ate dinner as a family with Tom (he won’t watch GG, but he will watch football!), and the boys hung out and did some homework. We also got Blizzards from Dairy Queen.

The boys head back to campus this afternoon and I will be sad again. I think the winter is just hard. There is not much to do! I need to work on a list, I think. Are you having the same troubles with winter?

Also, I have not been very motivated to do my 30 Bags in 30 Days, but I hope to tackle some areas today.

I enjoyed having my Valentine’s decor up this weekend. I’m glad I put it up last week.

Hope you are still weekending, too!


17 thoughts on “Hello Monday!

  1. I’ve loved having snow on the ground the past few days. I’m a weirdo who likes winter 😂that being said if it’s going to be cold, there should be snow. Otherwise, it should just go ahead and be spring. The soup looks amazing as well as your hamburger salad! So glad you had some extra time with your boys.


    1. I totally agree on the cold with snow and I am liking it, too. But, I also am trying to balance the isolation with the boys being on campus. I know it is silly but May seems a long way away!
      Thank you – craving more soup and more of the salad!

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  2. I often feel so blah in the winter; I think it’s being cooped up indoors so much and yet I really have to force myself to get outside when it’s cold. Cold is just not my thing at all. Your meals look delicious! I made myself up a crustless quiche last week and it was so handy to have one meal all prepped and ready to go without having to think about it. I still haven’t settled on a recipe for this week…

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    1. Me too! Even just getting out for 30 minutes helps me. I’m a spring and fall person I think!
      Thank you! Your quiche sounds great too! It is so nice to have it prepped and you make a better choice I think.


  3. Way to go on your meal prep! It’s going to feel so good this week! Your soup looks delicious! I found some chiles in the grocery store this weekend and bought 5 cans! I was so excited! Congratulations to Mason on a successful play! Have a great week!


  4. Great deal on the tacos! That is so nice that your boys were home this weekend. We have an @home here, and I agree – underwhelming. I never go, after a few unsuccessful trips. The soup looks delicious. That is smart to keep the pasta separate. It soaks up all the liquid when it’s combined. I also agree about the cream cheese…one is plenty! I had no idea there is a shortage on green chiles! Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

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    1. Yes! I was happy – about the boys and the tacos. I am having a harder time now than in August. Are you? The soup turned out great and I finally got smart about the noodles after learning the hard way! Maybe the shortage is only here? I’m not sure.
      Thanks for providing the link up!


  5. I am not a fan of the At Home stores either – so big and the prices are too high. I usually leave empty handed and wondering why the parking lot is full. Oh well!
    We are still weekending in Nashville till Wednesday!


  6. That cheeseburger salad wants me want to try to “copy” it sometime!! YUM!!! I wonder if it’s on Pinterest?
    Also…….I love how you prepare your breakfasts!!! Can you please share your low carb breakfast casserole? YUM!!!
    We, too, are experiencing….”what should we do next weekend?” We live in MN. We can go hiking outside at parks, it’s chilly, we can go cross country skiing, but it’s not always fun to be inside!!! oh, well…….spring is right around the corner, right? 🙂
    Have a happy week!!


  7. Thanks for sharing all your fun weekend things!
    Winter is in full swing over here, it’s so beautiful!
    School has started for real and I’m struggling with the half classes (one half is working from home, one from the classroom, over whelming…).
    February is soon here, and then it’s almost spring! Hang in there!


    1. You are welcome! I bet your winters are very pretty! OH – that is the hardest of all the schedules with trying to do both. We were promised we would not do that in our district. The virtual kids will go to a virtual academy.
      Spring feels far away!


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