Well, other than Sunday's Word for the Weekend, I can't believe I haven't posted since last Wednesday. For a person usually spilling over with too many words, this is most unusual. Life, as I know it, was just a little crazy last week. Between getting myself ready for an interview for a new child in dayhome and trying to get 3 teens ready for a weekend camping trip it was a might busy. Thank goodness Kay pretty much just gets herself together. She's been on enough camping trips, youth conferences, and trips to know what she needs to pack. But being she would be the oldest of our family at the camp out, of course, I had instructions for her a mile long. She very patiently let me ramble all my instructions about medication and acting responsibly and being safe.
The interview went well and I'll be having a new lovely family in my dayhome starting September. And the kids got off to the camping trip without leaving one thing behind. A miracle around here! LOL.
The rest of the weekend was wonderful. Funny how quiet everything around the house is when 3 teens are removed from it. Hubby and I actually got three dates, count 'em, three dates in on the weekend. Friday night we walked to Starbucks, ordered our fave drinks, a vanilla bean frap for him and a cinnamon dolce latte for me. My fave is usually a white chocolate mocha, hot or iced, but I've had a few of those lately, which is what happens when Starbucks moves into your neighborhood within walking distance, so I thought I'd be wild and crazy and change it up a bit. I know. Nothing but excitement in my life. How do I stand it? LOL. Then we sat on their patio for about 1/2 hour and watched all the fancy muscle and classic cars driving by as they cruised the strip on the car club's special Street Machine weekend that they have once a year. Cars from all over come for this and they put on quite an event filled weekend. Cruising, 100 ft. competition and show and shine, where the public can come and ooh and aww up close over all their fancy cars. Some of the cars are really nicely fixed up and some put on quite a show revving their big engines and showing off. There is no stunting allowed though, and the police are out and about enforcing that rule.
Saturday I went shopping with my mom and spent way too much moolah. But alas, it was on nothing frivalous. It was all stuff that was needed. But more on that tomorrow. In the evening hubby and I went and enjoyed a bowl of won ton soup at a little Chinese restaurant that is on a second story on one of the city's more main streets. We got a window seat and again got to watch the fancy dancy cars going by again.
Sunday found us at down at the river bottom park Samson, the dog and furry, four footed member of the family, having a hamburger picnic and enjoy the gorgeous day. It was absolutely beautiful. Birds chirping, the sound of kids farther away by the playgrounds, the sounds and smell of the river. Hubby and doggy by my side meandering the trails. Ahhh. One of my favorite places.
I tell ya. Maybe I need to be sending these kids off of more camping weekends. The "dating" thing is pretty nice. LOL
So back to routine and Menu Plan Monday. I've been seeing it's got to simplify. Between hubby working evenings and the two oldest working their own work shifts, I have been cooking way too much food and the fridge is burgeoning with leftovers by the end of the week. Sometimes that no one is eating. Last week the "Inside Out Ravioli" was a huge hit and made 2 meals for us. I did add about a cup of drained cottage cheese to the sauce because we like cottage cheese in our ravioli. It was delish!
Monday: Layered potatoes and sausage, mixed veggies
Tuesday: Marinated grilled steak and veggie bites
Wednesday: mac and cheese, carrots
Thursday: Slow Cook Thai Chicken (I'll post the recipe on Thursday), rice, brocolli
Friday: Ground Beef and Pepper Saute, noodles
Saturday: BBQ burgers, potato salad, fresh veggies
Sunday: not sure yet
For more great menu ideas and recipes see our host for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie