November 16, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Where is the time going? I can't believe we are half way through November. My mom actually put up her Christmas tree yesterday.

We've had a relaxing weekend. Clyde got to take home Barney Bear from school. So we've had fun photographing his adventure with us this weekend. Camille also got to take Barney home when she was in Junior Kindergarten. You can read about their adventure here. Here are Barney and Clyde in front of my mom's Christmas tree!

Good thing Barney was tucked away safely with Clyde last night because this morning Michael and I woke to find this at the foot of our bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cougar was so proud of her catch that she brought it right to us. You can only the imagine the screams that followed this discovery. The poor, sweet chipmunk made a wrong turn and I believe got in through a vent we accidentally left open into our basement fireplace. This morning, Cougar was hanging around the fireplace hoping for another catch. :(

How was that for a transition? Sweet Clyde and Barney Bear right into the poor, lost chipmunk. Do you even want to hear my menu planner now?

Well here goes....

Sunday....7 Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Cornbread

Monday....Crusty Black Bean Chorizo Subs, Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday....Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Wednesday....Spicy Sausage Pasta

Thursday...Burgers & Fries

November 13, 2014

Alexander's Antiques

Have you ever been to Alexander's Antiques? I've had a few friends win items at auction there. So when I was looking for a place to hide our computer router, network etc, I decided to check out Alexander's. 
I went on Thursday for the preview before that night's auction. Earlier in the week, I looked online and found a small corner cabinet that I thought would work. However a rookie mistake was made when I got to Alexander's and thought this was the cabinet I had selected online. So I decided to leave a silent bid for the item. When I got home and looked at the site again, I realized I put a bid on the wrong item! 

It was really this small corner cabinet I wanted to bid on! So I frantically called Alexander's and lucky was able to retract my bid and put a silent bid on the correct item. And I won it! If you ask, the staff at Alexander's will give you a range for the item and my bid was right above the mid-point. Also, if you are a first time customer, ask for a coupon. I believe I saved $25 off my winning bid.   

Here's the cabinet now in our family room. 

 Perfect spot for hiding all these computer devices! 

I did try the next week to bid on another item that was similar to this bamboo chair in my family room. I would love to have two matching by the fireplace but unfortunately my bid wasn't high enough that time. Oh well, it was not meant to be. Maybe next time. Have you ever bid and won? 

November 9, 2014

New Front Door Color & Menu Planner

We had a great weekend! It was fairly low, yard work, cleaning, laundry, a little bit of work too. We did have some fun and had some friends and their families over for an early pizza dinner and football last night.

I wanted to share a curb appeal update to our new house. Richmond is the city of bright front door colors and I knew moving into our house that I wanted something other than black for our front door.

Here is the before picture from August.

We hired Virginia Green to treat, seed and aerate our yard. They do an amazing job. Michael also did an amazing job of keeping up with the daily watering which isn't the most fun job.

Here is the after with the new front door color and refreshed grass!!!!

Next fall, we will work on re-landscaping directly in front of the house but for now things are looking better.

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

Sunday....Steak Caesar Salad Simplified using the streak marinade from this recipe.

Monday....Chicken and Gnocchi (I am cooking a whole chicken and will use the remaining for Thursday's Tinga Tostadas. I also use store bought Gnocchi in this recipe)

Tuesday....Baked Spaghetti (From the Freezer)

Wednesday....Blue Apron Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli & Caper Sauce. (This was one of our Blue Apron meals and we loved it so we are using the recipe to recreate.)

Thursday....Tinga Tostada

November 7, 2014

Turkey Pumpkins!

My kids (and maybe their mommy) love a good craft! I had to say goodbye to the Halloween decorations first thing on November 1st but Clyde and Camille had a hard time parting with their mini pumpkins. We decided to turn them into turkeys for Thanksgiving. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and I thought they could be cute centerpieces for the kid's table. With the help of brown spray paint, feathers, leftover candy corns, googly eyes and a glue gun our pumpkins were transformed.

Clyde was kind enough to let me decorate the tall gourd that he selected at the pumpkin patch with my mom. I think I got a little carried away and the turkey mama is slightly over done!

Happy weekend! Go paint some pumpkins!

November 4, 2014

New House: Clyde's Room

Clyde's room had curtains with a fish print until last week. We have lived here since July but I just managed (to convince Michael) to help me hang the Ikea curtains from our old bedroom

I found this chair at the Goodwill for $10 and then spray painted red. It reminds me of this Crate and Barrel chair

Clyde loves Nutcrackers and is growing quite the collection. We picked the one on his dresser up for $6 at an estate sale. 

My mom bought him that bottle for $15 at a craft fair. He was dying for it and she couldn't say no! He is lucky he was with her! Michael's grandmother needled pointed the Virginia art. And you can see the bottom of the giraffe my grandmother made for him in her pottery glass. 

A nice color on the wall would warm up the space. Clyde requested black but we may have convinced him to go with a dark blue! His room is by no means a finished product but will definitely do for now.

November 1, 2014

Halloween Recap & Menu Planner

It was fun having Halloween on a Friday! This was our first Halloween in our new neighborhood and it was great! We had a cute Halloween parade and then trick or treating. We also had a few shot stops along the way. I made these Black Widows! I couldn't find black vodka so I dyed it with food coloring. 

Here are my Elsa & Alien before the parade! 

So many kids in our neighborhood! 

My sister, Anne Hunter's family trick or treated with us! Elsa x 2! 

My mom always dresses up...she found her costume for $4 at a thrift store this year! The kids love it! And look at my sister, Anne Hunter's sweet new baby boy, Blanton! He is soooo adorable! 


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

Sunday....Baked Spaghetti (This makes a ton so I plan to freeze smaller portions for later)

Monday...Kickin' Chicken with Crunch, Vigo Beans & Rice Mix, Corn

Tuesday....Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos

Wednesday...Italian Sausage Soup, Bread & Salad

Thursday....12 Minute Chicken & Broccoli

Friday...Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, Fries

October 26, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We had such a fun but busy weekend! Friday there was a neighborhood fall party then yesterday a birthday party for my nephew Winters then last night an engagement party for my cousin, Abigail, who is getting married next summer.

My dress was a steal from Forever 21!

Today we may go to Trick or Treat Street at U of R!

Yesterday we did a family grocery shopping trip. This is a very hit or miss experience. We went in without a list or a meal plan! Here is what we came up with....

Sunday...Steaks on the grill, risotto, Brussels sprouts

Monday....Taco Casserole

Tuesday....Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

Wednesday....Turkey Burgers, French Fries

Thursday....Store bought sauce and tortellini, bread

I snapped a few pictures of Clyde's room yesterday. I will try to do a post this week! Stay tuned.