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What’s for Dinner {October 23, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

We’ve been trying to eat more fish around here. I shoot for once a week, but the price of fish is pretty painful. So for dinner tonight I decided to try something we’ve never tried before. Salmon Patties. I used a can of canned salmon which is significantly cheaper but still has all the fish oil benefits.

Salmon PattiesI was really nervous it was going to bomb and everyone would hate it, but to my surprise everyone said they would vote to have this dinner again.

After dinner, Thatcher had a complete breakdown when he saw that one of his school papers had been thrown away. That kid is a hoarder.  We had a nice little talk (the same one we have every time he finds his school work in the trash) about how we can’t keep everything……..

MeltdownA friend gave us a Jonny Jump-up today and Trever was so excited to play in it after dinner. He was born to jump and I foresee many hours of jumping time in his future….the trick will be keeping Charlotte form pushing him in it like it’s a swing….He already had two minor incidents where his head collided with the door frame due to his sisters over zealousness with “trying to help him.”

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Jump JumpAnd earlier today Charlotte, Trever and I met up with lots of our friends from church to visit the pumpkin patch. It was a chilly and windy day but we still had a great time.

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Pumpkin Patch……speaking of pumpkins, can I just say how excited I am for Halloween. I love love love that my kids are still so little they don’t notice when I raid their candy stash and take all the good stuff.

Keep it real!!!

Maria

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Absolutely Amazing Double Chocolate Cookies

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I have my niece Aurora to thank for introducing me to these magical cookies. She made them for a reunion this summer and I innocently grabbed one not knowing how amazing they were. I should have grabbed the entire container and saved myself the multiple trips back to get just one more….

Who knew an innocent chocolate cookie could be so delicious!

Out of this world double chocolate cookies

These cookies have the power to make even the most annoying child look cute again, the dirtiest house to just look lived in, and they can even make an eight year old practicing their recorder sound like Mozart. Seriously there isn’t anything that won’t look 100 times better when you have one of these cookies in each hand. [Read more...]

What’s for Dinner {October 16, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

Conner and I had a great dinner tonight, as for everyone else…….

Dad had taken Charlotte and Thatcher out for little dates earlier in the week, so tonight was my turn to take Conner on a date. I don’t normally take him to places nicer then McDonald’s or maybe Noodles and Company. but….he is a shrimp LOVER and with Endless Shrimp happening at Red Lobster, I just had to take him there.

hand-breaded-shrimpHe loved it. I’m not going to lie, I kinda felt like supermom.

I left Sim to fend for himself and the other children for dinner. This is what he came up with. He said he had some eggs and toast, but this is what he gave the kids and he let them eat it downstairs on a blanket while they watched a movie.

What's for Dinner October 16 2014I couldn’t figure out why he chose such a strange combination of things to give them, but as I am typing this I realize it was because he wanted them to be able to eat everything with their fingers.

ice cream socialThe kids don’t have school tomorrow and the PTA threw a Halloween Ice Cream Social tonight, so as soon as Conner and I got back from Red Lobster, we threw costumes on the kids and headed over to the school.

dressed up ic socialConner and Thatcher were both Characters form Clash of Clans……Clash of Clans, Clash of Clans, Clash of Clans.  We have gone from not stop chatter about Minecraft at our house to nonstop chatter about Clash of Clans. I was not surprised when he announced he wanted to be a Clash of Clans Wizard. Thatcher just wants to do everything Conner does so he decided to be a different character form clash of Clans, he’s a Wall Breaker (whatever that is.)

fam ice cream socialThe kids had a great time playing and dancing in the gym and eating their ice cream. The Costume Contest left them both a bit sad, seeings how they were both absolutely convinced they had the best costumes ever and can’t figure out why they didn’t win.

super man dadCharlotte had fun too, but there were a few costumes that really scared her. Which translates to, Dad, who was already caring Trever in the front pack, was sporting a scared little Cinderella girl for half the night too.

Conner was killing me all night, it was like the costume had taken him over.

Crash of Clans WizardAnd Thatcher, from the moment he hit the gym floor was dancing the night away.

Thatcher getting downAs if on que our Cinderella turned into a sad, melting down pumpkin when the clock struck bedtime, so we had to get out of there quick. Good times!

Cinderella melt downKeep it Real!!!

Maria

Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken aka Mexican Delight

Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn

Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken is about to make you the hero of your family. And believe me when I say you’ll be patting yourself on the back when you taste this delicious and healthy meal that even your picky kid just gobbled up. [Read more...]