August 13, 2015

Favorite Family Friendly RVA Restaurants

We have finally made it to a time when we can take our kids out to dinner without the need for a high chair or the fear of a major meltdown. Now nothing is perfect and we do have one very picky eater on our hands and this limits our restaurants options. Here are some of our favorite Richmond restaurants where you can take your kids.

Glory Days Grill is one of Clyde and Camille's favorites. They have a good kid's menu and there is an arcade in the back which is huge win for the kids. All the food is pretty tasty! 

Clyde picked Glory Days for this birthday dinner. Here he is enjoying a shark attack! 

We took Camille and Clyde to Hutch Bar & Eatery at Gayton Crossing once. I thought it was a great option for kids that is a little nicer. Unfortunately, our picky eaters did not like the chicken tenders because they weren't processed.  How wonderful that they were actual hand bread chicken strips. If your kids are into food that is healthy...I recommend this place. Also, definitely try the Bacon & Parmesan Popcorn...delicious! 

Right next door to Hutch is Chianti. We love this option because we can order one pizza and Michael and I split a salad! Food is really good and it gets crowded on the weekends so go early! 

Coloring at Chianti! 

Michael and I love Mexican food. Our kids not as much....Camille may eat the occasional quesadilla....Clyde won't hear of it. We like Chuy's because the food is tasty and the atmosphere is fun. Your kids can watch tortillas being made and they may even give you some dough to play with at the your table. 

Michael and I used to go to Star-lite for brunch all the time before we were married with kids! Their toasted turkey and cheese was the perfect cure for one too many weekend cocktails. We have taken our kids twice now for lunch and it has been great. They recently changed their menu and we tried it for Camille's birthday.  I had The French Bird and it was delicious! 
Dining with the birthday girl on the patio at Star-lite! 

Our family loves pizza! Mellow Mushroom is a great option because adults can get something other than just cheese or pepperoni! We also love the pretzel appetizer. The atmosphere is fun and good for kids. It is always crowded but the wait usually goes fast with a visit to World of Mirth across the street. 

What are your favorites? We are always up for trying new places! 

August 3, 2015

What we have been up to this summer!

Someone once said to me your kids need you more when they are older then when they are babies. This seemed crazy at the time but I have been thinking more about it as Camille turns 8! this week and Clyde turned 6 in May. More time helping with homework, teaching right from wrong, shuffling to activities and trying to cure a picky eater (Clyde!) That has left me with less time for my blog. I have written 629 posts for this blog...I really couldn't believe that and I love having the blog because it is fun to look back at older posts like this one from Camille's 4th birthday and this one from her 6th birthday. It is like a little family history. I also still plan my meals out every week but haven't been motivated to add them to my blog. I have tons of ideas for posts and I am hoping once we get back to school in September there will be more time. But for is what we have been up to this summer.

Time at Sandbridge....

Memorial Day Golf Card Parade! We won first place! 
Moe's 70th birthday! Comment from Clyde...."What? Moe is 70! He is almost 100!" 

Cousin time! 

Serious driver! 

Time for Swim Team....Camille's first year and she did great!

 Time for a wedding...My cousin Abigail got married and C & C were in the wedding!

 Time for a birthday celebration at the sisters turned 35 on the 4th!

I really dressed up for the occasion! Awesome dress that a friend purchased on eBay! 

Balloon Bonanza! 

This kid is adorable and so happy!

 Time with Friends!

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Dinner at Rappahannock! 

Time for Real Estate....I have joined a new branch of Long and Foster, The Westham office! Very excited about the change.

More details on this listing can be found here. 

A good summer so far and there is still another month ahead! Looking forward to more fun and I hate to say also very excited for that first day of school after Labor Day! Two kid's on the same schedule...this is going to game changing!

May 30, 2015

ALDI Recipes

I took my first trip to our new RVA ALDI last month. After visiting the store and then later looking around on their website, I discovered a bunch of great recipes posted on the site. I am always looking for new dinner ideas for my weekly menu planner so I decided to try out a few dishes.

We have a love of Mexican food at our house so first up was Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Corn Salsa. I highly recommend this recipe. It is a great weeknight meal that doesn’t require a ton of preparation.

I grabbed all of these ingredients at the ALDI on Parham Road. 

All the products were as expected in terms of taste. I had no issues with the quality of the meat, produce or dairy. The chicken breasts were $5.40 which I think is fairy affordable for a 3 pack of fresh poultry. The canned corn was only 49 cents. The tortilla chips were very inexpensive at $1.19.

And voila here is our final product…Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Corn Salsa!

I am also so happy to have this easy summer side dish. We will definitely be adding this Corn Salsa to the meal rotation…Michael loved it!

We also tried the Lighter Baked Gnocchi Bolognese and it was really tasty!

Photo courtesy: ALDI

Photo courtesy: ALDI

There are hundreds of recipes on the ALDI website and they even have a Kid Craves section and a seasonal section with dishes for different holidays. I bought all of the ingredients to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches with Camille and Clyde. Can’t wait to try them.  YUM! Be sure to check out the ALDI blog for even more recipes. You can also “like” them on Facebook

Photo courtesy: ALDI

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own. Thank you to ALDI for partnering with me.

May 17, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Clyde turned 6 on Friday! We spent the weekend celebrating with putt-putt, dinner at his favorite restaurant, Glory Days and a birthday party at every six year old's favorite party destination, Chuck E Cheese! Are you catching the game theme here?

Lots of end of the year school activities for Clyde this week and Camille will be starting swim team!I feel spring into summer is always so busy for me personally as well as professionally. I am ready for a little downtime at the beach. :)

Here is what's for dinner this week...

Sunday - Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Monday - Lighter Baked Gnocchi Bolognese

Tuesday - Lemon Butter Chicken, Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto, Salad

Wednesday - Crispy Apricot Pork Chops, Quiona, Broccoli

Thursday - Summer Corn & White Bean Soup, Corn Muffins

May 13, 2015

Mother's Day

We spent most of last weekend in the hospital with Clyde. He fell off his bike on Friday evening and the handlebars pushed far into his belly. He woke up in tons of pain in the middle of the night Friday. We decided to take him to the ER and they ran a bunch of tests. The doctors were worried about internal injuries. Thankfully he is completely fine.

Oh and also poor little Camille broke her toe last week in music class. They were playing a game that involved galloping and someone stepped on her foot! She is doing much better but in the boot for three weeks. :(

So now that we have met our insurance deductible, we are ready for everyone to be well!

I still enjoyed a great Mother's Day with these two. I am lucky to be their mama!

May 3, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We lost our sweet Cougar on Friday. We discovered last fall that she had cancer and we tried some things to prolong her life but decided at the end of last week that she was now suffering. We are feeling some comfort in the fact that she is in a better place now. It is still a hard adjustment for everyone.

Camille and I went for pedicures yesterday to celebrate her great report card.

Today is supposed to be gorgeous in Richmond and I have an open house at my new listing. Hopefully I will have a good turnout!

Here goes with this week's menu planner.

Sunday - Burgers & Hot Dogs, Southwestern Edamame Salad

Monday - Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce, Brussels Sprouts (anyone have a good goal is always not to burn them and I am rarely successful.)

Tuesday - Chicken Caesar Salad

Wednesday - Ancho Chicken Tacos w/ Cilantro Slaw & Avocado Cream, Re-fried Black Beans

Thursday - Pizza for kids & Michael. Girl's Night for me!