Friday Favorites #7

TGIF! Am I right?! How has your week been? Ours started on a rough note, when James had a pretty bad fall on Monday morning which sent us to urgent care followed by the hospital followed by the dentist. It was a really stressful start to the week and I have found myself in an emotionally fragile state ever since. This morning Josiah and I are on our way to the Adirondacks to spend the night camping with friends. I am hoping some time away to recharge and connect with friends will be just the cure for this slump that I’ve been in all week.

I love these Friday Favorite posts because they are a great way for me to reflect on the bright moments of the week and express gratitude even when the week felt like a hard one. Let’s take a look…

  • James Dancing

Despite an epic fall at the beginning of the week, James’s spirits have been high and no matter how I’m feeling, watching him bust out some dance moves never fails to bring laughter and joy into the moment. James absolutely loves music of any kind, especially when he can “hold” the music and dance right along with it. His dance move collection is growing and what used to be a simple bopping up and down now involves claps, twirls, and stomping his right foot to the beat. I hope he never loses his love for music and dancing, it’s just too darn cute!

  • Mom and Dad

On Wednesday night when our oven was still out of order, James and I packed up dinner supplies and I made stromboli at my parents house. Thank goodness Mom and Dad live just 15 minutes away and were willing to accept two last minute dinner guests! A girl that loves to cook can only go so long without using an oven. Fortunately I won’t be needing our oven for the next couple of days, I’m just hoping the replacement part comes in soon!

  • Chocolate Nutty Cone Ice Cream

I’m usually raving about Trader Joe’s over here, but Wegmans you’re onto something with this one. I discovered this ice cream when we went to Rochester for a family birthday party a few weekends ago, and finally caved to purchasing a quart for us. If you’re a Wegmans shopper, do yourself a favor and give this flavor a try!

  • Our Second Wedding Anniversary

This week Josiah and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and considering the fact that we barely did anything for each other just about sums up our whirlwind 2 years together. While we aren’t big gift givers, I would love to find the time to write out my thoughts on our first two years of marriage and share it with Josiah AND we did celebrate in the form of an extra special date night this week to Texas de Brazil which I had never been to before. PLUS wait for the next Friday favorite to find out another way in which we are “sort of” celebrating our marriage this weekend!

  • Weekend Getaway

We’re going away with our favorite people and I CANNOT wait! I guess I gave this one away by mentioning our camping trip at the beginning of the post, but we are super excited to be with the same group we travelled with a few months ago when we rented an air BnB just outside of Lake Placid. This time we’re heading back up to the Adirondacks and going full blown camping. Josiah and I will only be joining for one night of the trip, but I’m feeling very fortunate to spend even a short amount of time with our friends thanks to Grammy and Pappy who are spending the next couple of days with James.

Question of the Day: What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back next week with all the details on our camping trip and James’s adventures with Grammy and Pappy. Stay tuned!

Life Without An Oven + Food Highlights

Hey guys! How’s it going? We have been dealing with oven issues this week among other things…ugh! It was just the broiler that wasn’t working but when maintenance came last Friday and realized they would have to order a new part, it turned into the whole oven not working, fortunately the stove top was. On Monday maintenance came with the new part, but it wasn’t fixing the problem and we were left with no oven or stove top! And that’s where we’ve been the rest of the week. In the long run, I know a few days without an oven or stove isn’t a big deal, but it’s been a rough week over here aside from that, and it’s just another thing adding to the stress. On a more positive note, we’ve still enjoyed some delicious meals over here despite our kitchen dilemma, and I will never take for granted a working oven in the future!

Do mine and Josiah’s plates even look like the same meal?? I was experimenting with different plating techniques, which one do you like better? I combined three different recipes to create this dish which sounds super complicated but it really wasn’t. Thank you Ambitious Kitchen for providing the recipes to create this super delicious meal. It was coconut rice (oh my gosh amazing), topped with chili maple lime salmon, and mango salsa. The perfect summer meal!

Blueberries fresh from the field! The best kind of blueberries of course ;). I haven’t made anything fancy with these blueberries yet, hence our oven malfunction, but I did make blueberry almond flour pancakes one morning and those are always a hit with me and James.

I made this rotisserie chicken salad on Thursday night and we liked it but didn’t love it. I think this is a really good salad, the truth is I am just in a salad rut lately. No salad sounds good to me. I might have overdone it with salads the past couple of weeks, and now it’s time for a salad break. Does anyone else relate to this? I feel like I become obsessed with certain meals and I eat them over and over but then there comes a day when I’m just over it.

Buffalo chicken wing dip, now that’s a meal I’ll never get sick of! Just kidding, I probably would if I ate too much of it, but an occasional batch is always happily devoured!

Vegan egg roll in a bowl served over ramen. I made our version with chickpeas because I wasn’t sure how our family would do with the tofu version. I’m not a huge fan of Asian cuisine, but I don’t mind eating a meal like this once in a while. Italian food on the other hand, all day every day!

Saturday morning donuts! I want these back in my life ASAP. I can’t handle looking at the picture.

Sunday was rainy and cold which meant a mid-summer grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of night. My go-to comfort meal when the weather is gross.

French toast with strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream because it was our two year wedding anniversary and I love any excuse to celebrate with an extra special breakfast <3.

Can’t resist an ice cream sundae…especially one that is super reasonably priced. Thank you Dad’s Ice Cream for this mouthwatering (and affordable) treat!

And that’s pretty much all I’ve got for this week’s food highlights. Between not having an oven and also forgetting to take food pictures, it feels like I don’t have a whole lot to share. Oh well. We’ll see what next week brings!

I hope that the week is going well for you! We’ll talk soon πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites #5

Welcome back, and happy Friday! I hope that your week has been a good one, and that you’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead. I used to never see the value in relaxation, but as I get older and learn from wise people, it is for our bodies to rest and recharge. If you are feeling a bit run down as we approach the end of the week, I hope that you get a chance to participate in any activity that helps bring restoration to you this weekend, even if it’s just a good night of sleep!

At this point, I’m a blank slate with favorites from the week, so let’s dive in and see what we can come up with!

  • Homemade Root Beer Floats

This was a random idea that came to me the other night when Josiah was drinking a can of root beer at the church. I want to be more of a root beer float person, and I’m trying! I like ice cream and I like root beer, I’m just not crazy about the two mixed together. It was a fun dessert though!

  • Outgrowing Nana’s Lap

Nana can’t resist scooping James up into her lap at some point when we are over for a visit. As you can tell he is getting a little big for her lap these days… His routine at Nana’s consists of turning on the radio, dancing, locating the bag of goldfish that’s always sitting on the coffee table, bringing the bag over to Nana, and waiting for her to hand him a goldfish. The cycle repeats itself over and over! I love it.

  • Love-Hate Latte

I’m calling this the love-hate latte because this latte tasted out of this world amazing! I’m not even a big coffee drinker, but wow. Way to go cafe Kubal! What I hate about this latte was that it cost just shy of $6. Yikes! It was a small, and my hand is practically bigger than the cup. When did coffee drinks become so expensive? And why the pressure to leave a tip on top of that?!

  • Playground vs. Destroy the Apartment

And we choose…playground! I would be lying if I didn’t admit that one of the reasons we try to fill our mornings with lots of activities, including trips to the playground, is because the alternative to that is James wreaking havoc at home. And if the apartment is a total disaster, then I end up spending his entire nap cleaning. Only to have him tear it apart two seconds later…yes we have reached that stage of life.

  • Adidas Sneakers

For my birthday this year, I was gifted a pair of Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers, and then I gave Josiah and my mom each a pair for Christmas (they were super on sale during the holiday season). We all really like our cloudfoams and I would totally get another pair when mine wear out. They are the perfect every day shoe. But then I saw one of my favorite bloggers sporting these sneakers from Adidas, and I think they are super cute! I love how white they are, with a subtle pop of rainbow on the sides. Based on my shoe experience, I would never be able to keep them white, so I should probably stay in the cloudfoam family.

Question of the Day: What are you loving this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Favorites #3

Hey y’all! How’s everyone doing this week? James and I got out of our usual routine and took a trip to South Carolina earlier this week. I am feeling very grateful for the change of scenery and time with family. Which brings me to my first favorite of the week…

  • Family Time

We got to soak up lots of time with family the past couple of days and it was so much fun! I love a bustling beach house. James did too, as it meant lots of people giving him attention. This is an annual trip for my family and it’s usually the only week during the year that we get to spend together.

  • Sun, Sand, and Surf

The name of the game. I appreciated the fact that the beach and ocean offered instant entertainment for James, no toys necessary. Although he did spot a cute girl named Baker one morning who was pulling a little wagon full of sand toys. James quickly caught on to that fun and started shuffling down the beach in pursuit of Baker and her wagon. Luckily she was willing to share πŸ™‚

  • Having a Twin

I happen to be married to a twin, hi Josiah and John! It’s also been a life goal of mine to be twins with people, so I was more than thrilled when I realized I had bought James and I yellow shirts that *almost matched. Still soaking up our twin moment. These also happened to be our travel outfits on Wednesday, just look for the two in yellow!

  • The Sweetest Husband

Can we just flashback for a second to the most patriotic and beautiful welcome home sign that Josiah greeted us with on Wednesday night. It is still putting smile on my face.

  • Date Nights

Speaking of flashbacks, if you read my post yesterday, I was talking about having a good day but I knew that anything could happen to upset the mood. Well, Josiah and I got totally rained out on our date night last night. Downright drenched. It was discouraging at first but we rallied our spirits and didn’t let our soaking clothes stop us from ending the night with a drive (blasting the heat) for some ice cream. Ain’t nothing gonna stop me from getting ice cream on date night. Ha!

Question of the Day: What’s one thing making you smile this week?

An Embarrassing Frisbee Golf Experience and Other Weekend Happenings

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful summer weekend! It feels like there is always so much to do in the summer, it makes me wonder what we all do during those cold winter months to stay busy…

Saturday

Our Saturday morning kicked off with a quick breakfast followed by a little road trip. Not much of a road trip really, but it was a solid 30 minute drive which is pretty far for us these days. We wanted to check out a disc golf course that we had never been to and I thought it would be totally doable to have James tag along with us. When we pulled into the parking lot early Saturday morning there were already a number of cars there, and we immediately got the impression that this was not necessarily a family friendly disc golf experience.

Everyone seemed to be dressed professionally while sporting official golf carts loaded with more discs than I could even count and ALL of the disc golf accessories. Meanwhile our crew showed up unpacking the baby stroller, grabbing my bright yellow recreation frisbee, all while trying to get James’s sneakers on as we fed him a bottle. A hot mess of a family about to do a walk of shame across the parking lot, passing by all of these “real deal” players as we tried to locate the first hole.

We gave it our best shot on the course, no pun intended πŸ˜‰ James spent some time in the stroller until he got restless, then he lagged behind us getting distracted by every leaf along the way. The course was long and we felt the pressure to move quickly because the pro’s were on our tail. At one point we saw a playground on the horizon. I didn’t think much of it, but Josiah quickly abandoned his motivation to continue golfing, and James seemed like he could use some toddler fun, so we made our way to the playground. Sure enough, James had a blast!

After completing 3.5 out of 18 holes with a baby, we concluded our experience by saying, “never again will we bring James disc golfing”. At least we got to explore a cool playground instead! Not to mention a stop at a local bakery on the way home. Yes please to a donut and a box full of other delicious treats!

After James took a quick nap on the car ride home, we all ate leftovers for lunch, followed by a walk to the library. James and I still hadn’t been to the library near us, so I was excited to check it out. Unfortunately all of the children’s toys and games were packed up for Covid reasons so the children’s room looked a little bare, but James still enjoyed exploring the new space and quickly found some stairs to climb. We walked out with a library card too!

The rest of our Saturday included a nap for James and play time at home, followed by pepperoni pizza chicken from the meal plan that I posted last week. I will be sure to share a full recap of the meal plan after we’ve tried all of the meals. This one was a bit messy and I’m shocked that I was able to get a decent photo of it. Tasted great though!

Sunday

On Sunday we had plans to do an even longer road trip to meet up with friends at Lake Ontario. Josiah’s mom kindly offered to take James, so he got to spend the afternoon with his grandma and cousin Maya. It was HOT on Sunday, so a lake day sounded perfect! The water was intimidatingly cold at first, but once you were in it was very refreshing. Josiah insisted on dragging a giant tree branch into the water and it quickly became our lake entertainment as we all attempted to stand and sit on the branch all while having lots of fun splashing in the lake.

After a few hours of water excitement, we made our way over to Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In for some Fish n’ Chips. We lucked out with a table right along the water in the shade and enjoyed our fish sandwiches while chatting away. An ice cream shop was conveniently right next door and our group had no hesitation concluding our time together with some ice cream!

A weekend that includes donuts, ice cream, family time, friends, and swimming is a good one in my books! I hope you all had a fun weekend as well! Talk to you soon!

Friday Coffee Date

Happy Friday everyone! Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? We have a couple of Father’s Day celebrations going on, maybe a trip to the park with James, and hopefully some delicious meals…my favorite, always πŸ™‚ It’s a 3pm coffee date today, for all of my caffeine people. Those of you that can drink coffee this late, how?! I say that as I sit across from my husband who’s drinking a caramel iced latte at the moment…

I don’t have a list of favorites today, I feel like they would be a little boring this week. So instead we are going to have a quick coffee date! More as an imaginative place for me to escape to since I’m sitting in my usual spot in our apartment. Let’s all pretend we’re at a lovely cafe in any location you’d like to be in right now. Ahhh…

I have been laughing out loud at the 5 minute marinara sauce I posted yesterday. Raving about how it was a lifesaver for getting James to eat vegetables. Truly a comical moment because a few hours after I published the post James didn’t touch his pasta with the vegetable marinara sauce at dinner. He much preferred the strawberries and bread that were on his plate. It turns out I can’t promise miracles at the dinner table.

Almost mask free! That’s where my mindset is as I anxiously wait to get my second Covid shot this Tuesday. I’m excited and nervous. So many mixed reviews about side affects from the second shot. Either way, I can’t wait for the freedom of not wearing a mask everywhere.

Summer plans anyone? Such a great season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about winter, but with a baby in the mix winter just seems harder. Like it takes an hour just to get properly dressed and out the door type of hard. Summer on the other hand, throw on a pair of flip flops, lather on the sunscreen and you’re good to go! I sort of kid, because let’s be honest there are still a million things to pack for summer, but it’s all for fun. James and I are looking forward to a mini beach vacation in a few weeks with family down in South Carolina, I’m hoping he loves the beach as much as I do!

Does anyone else dream about ice cream non-stop all summer? That’s where I’m at. I plan activities around stops for ice cream, and it quickly becomes the highlight of every weekend. Let’s add ice cream to the list of why summer is the best.

Alrighty folks, that’s all I’ve got for ya today. Behind the scenes I’m working hard on releasing my first meal plan for you guys so stay tuned for that! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite season during the year and why?