November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

 We have had a busy few days! On Thursday, we attended one and hosted another Thanksgiving. 

Here are a few pictures from our weekend. Lunch in Ashland with Michael's family

 Then back to our house to host....


My mom's friend let me borrow this centerpiece! It is beautiful and was perfect for my table. 

 Kid's Table
My sister, Kate and our nephew, Blanton

So nice to have both of my grandmother's in attendance! 

Gaga meets Piper! 

Then Friday, Michael and I headed to Charlottesville for Saturday's UVA v Tech game.  Great close for the Wahoos!
 We had awesome seats!

We decorated for Christmas yesterday and I am finishing that up today. Back in the swing of things with school this morning was a little tough on this rainy Monday but everyone made the bus so I consider it a success!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Monday....Turkey & Sausage Gumbo, Cornbread

Tuesday....Taco Casserole (carryover from last week)

Wednesday....Chicken Piccata, Risotto, Spinach

Thursday....Office Holiday Party

November 22, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Michael was in Blacksburg all weekend so it was just C, C and me. Yesterday, I took them and my nephew Winters to see the Peanuts was pretty cute!

My mom's birthday was  yesterday and after the movies, we went to the Dollar Tree to get poster board to make to make birthday signs for Gammy! She loved them!

My sister, Kate and brother-in-law, Ross hosted us to celebrate!

Michael should be home later this afternoon and we are excited to see him! Here goes with this week's menu planner.

Soup Sunday - White Bean 'n' Ham Soup & Apple-Cheddar Bread (my neighbor Kasey made this and said it was delicious - can't wait to try it)

Monday - Pork Tenderloin, Hash Brown Potato Casserole (from the freezer), Roasted Brocoli

Tuesday - Barefoot Contessa Lasagna (from the freezer)\

Wednesday - Taco Casserole

Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving!

We are hosting again this year and I am getting a head start on my table setting.

November 8, 2015

Menu Planner

Have you been to RVA's new Quirk Hotel? I had a fun girl's night last Thursday to the restaurant, Maple & Pine. I ordered the hanger steak and it was delicious. We had a sectioned off area of the restaurant which was perfect for our group.

Friday night, Michael and I had a date night to Wild Ginger. No pictures taken but our food was yummy!

We are hosting Thanksgiving again this year so I have been working a little bit on my decorations.

Friday, we had a bunch of wood delivered. Too warm in RVA to make a fire this weekend but we are ready!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Pork Carnitas (I follow the instructions from this recipe and the spices from this Weelicious one)

Monday - Taco Pie

Tuesday - Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

Wednesday - Kickin Chicken with Crunch, Rice, Corn

Thursday - Simple Homemade Meatball Subs, Fries

November 3, 2015

My favorite products at ALDI and blu bags

I did a post last spring on the ALDI on Parham Road's grand opening. The other day at the bus stop, I was talking to some other moms who weren't sure what ALDI was all about. After that conversation, I decided to share some of my favorite items sold at the store. Here are what I think are the best deals....

Mixed Nuts for $2.79! 

12 pack of K-Cups for $4.49! 

Large Bottle of Spices for $1! 

Vanilla Extract for $1.99! 
Canned Beans for 59 cents!

I recently delivered pumpkins to past clients and found that ALDI had the best pricing.

At ALDI, customers need a quarter to unlock a shopping cart but you get it back when you return the cart. You are also encouraged to bring your own bags. I recently received a sample of blu bags and I love them! blu bags are stylish and reusable totes that are perfect for picking up your groceries at ALDI or Relay Foods. I didn't realize this but the average American uses 300 plastic bags a year and one bag can take 1,000 years to disintegrate. These bags are machine washable, fold up into a small pouch and can hold up to 50 pounds. Click here to purchase...they are $9.95 each or $27.50 for three. For every bag purchased, rockflowerpaper will donate for 20 cents to help Ocean Conservancy.

They were perfect for all my Halloween candy from ALDI.
I also really like that they will go over your shoulder. This is helpful as I am hauling files, kids, water bottles, trash from the car etc into the house. It seems my hands are always full.
I need to work on my selfies!

November 1, 2015

Halloween Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Happy day after Halloween! How is everyone surviving the sugar rush combined with daylight saving time?

We had a great weekend. Friday, we added another to our favorite to our kid-friendly RVA Restaurant List...Buz and Ned's Real BBQ on Broad Street.

Saturday, I showed houses a few houses including one with this great kitchen overlooking a private backyard with pool!

Saturday night, our neighborhood had a Halloween Parade and then trick or treating for the kids (candy) and adults (shots). We love our neighborhood....look at all the kids!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday....Barefoot Contessa Turkey Lasagna

Monday - Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday - Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli (Crock Pot Copycat)

Wednesday - French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries

Thursday - Girl's Night at Quirk Hotel! :)

Friday - Homemade Pizza - recipe TBD

October 29, 2015

Road Trip: Luray Caverns & Staunton

Life happens and I have had this post half finished and saved in Blogger for over a month now. Finally had a chance to finish it up. See how we ended our summer....

Camille, Clyde and I squeezed in one last trip before school started. Michael was headed to Blacksburg, so I organized an overnight with my mom and sisters to Luray Caverns and Staunton. We piled into the family truckster with four kids and four adults and headed to Wally World Luray Caverns. When we got there it was quite the opposite of closed, we were definitely not the only ones who decided to visit Lurary on the Sunday before Labor Day.

We quickly ate our picnic lunch and realized there was one line with a 45 minute wait to buy tickets and another with an 1.5 hour wait to get into the caverns. We started waiting in both lines and quickly decided that we couldn't do it. Thankfully they have a ropes course, a garden maze and mining!

 Clyde had no fear and was the only one to go up to the top level on the ropes course! 

After mining, we did the garden maze which had just the right amount of challenge to it.

And the big hit of the day was mining. We may have spent close to $100 on these "gems". But we figured why not since we couldn't do the caverns.

That afternoon we headed to Staunton, VA.  It is a little under an hour away from Luray. They have the cutest downtown with lots of shopping and restaurants within walking distance to our hotel, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center.

We had dinner that night at the Byers Street Bistro and it was tasty and very kid-friendly.

So lesson learned....if you are going to Luray Caverns....don't go on a holiday and perhaps buy your tickets in advance. I hope we will be able to go back and actually see the main attraction!

October 25, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Michael's parents were in town this weekend! It was so nice having them for a visit. Yesterday morning, we took Michael's mom to the South of the James Farmer's Market. C and C cannot resist the Mrs. Yoder's Donut there!
Last night we all went to a super fun and creative wedding! 

Here is cute Camille working her model pose while I was getting ready for the wedding! Those front teeth are trying to make their way down.

Couldn't resist sharing this cute picture of Piper. This is one of Camille's stuffed animal carriers that Piper now thinks is hers!

We are on our way out the door to a pumpkin carving party! Such a cute idea and C & C are so excited to wear their costumes.

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - 4 Cheese Ravioli (from the Farmer's Market), Vodka Sauce

Monday - Beef & Broccoli Bowl

Tuesday - Takeout

Wednesday - Fast Chicken Chili, Cheese Biscuits

Thursday -Pork Sliders with Smashed Avocado, Fries