{family meals} 7/26/15

  The heat is back, so I tried to make dinner without using the oven. I did use our toaster oven (we have a mini size) a few times. I had leftover Rotisserie chicken from the weekend that I shredded and mixed with our favorite BBQ sauce below. I used the chicken BBQ meat to […]

paint nite with the girls

I’ve seen these fun paint and wine events for awhile now and I’ve always wanted to try it. A quick group text among my girlfriends and we made it happen. We got news that my friend E was flying down from San Francisco and she wanted to celebrate her birthday doing Paint Nite. The event […]

{recipe} lemon blueberry bread

  We had plenty of rain this past weekend so I took advantage of us being forced indoors to do some baking. I also had plenty of babysitters since my mom and brothers stayed over, so I went thru my list of recipes to make and picked one that looked good at the moment. I […]

{family meals} – 7/19/15

Last week’s family meals had lot of greens. However, it was just my toddler and I at the table for most of the days,  as the hubby was travelling at the end of the week. We hosted my mom and brothers this weekend. We had plans to go the beach and had our picnic food […]

{current favorites} #1

    Tessemae’s Salad Dressings – I found this dressing in January and I think I am on my 7th bottle already. My favorite is the Southwest Ranch flavor and I’m on my 3rd bottle now. The ingredients are very simple and all real food. It packs a lot of flavor and a little goes […]

{dinner at the table} 7-10-15

  I grew up in a household with my 4 sisters and my step mom and dad. Both of my parents worked and all the kids were involved in after school activities, so evenings are the only time we all sit together and see each other. I have fond memories of my step mom cooking […]

{book report} the geography of you and me & paris letters

I’m changing the format of my book reports. The once-a-month book reports were getting too long  and by the time I sit down and write about the books, I’ve forgotten my review already.  I’ll be posting the book reports in real time, so that they will be fresh in my mind.  I’ll post as soon […]

berry blast popsicles

Last summer I purchased a few popsicle molds but never got to using them. This summer, I am using them constantly.  I’ve tried 3 flavors already and I am excited to try new ones. This weekend, I whipped these berry blast frozen pops and we enjoyed them while lounging pool side. I made these according […]

4th of July weekend

We had a wonderful 3-day holiday weekend. Here are 10 things I want to remember during our 4th of July weekend. #1 – Hubby and I both had Friday off for the holiday. Since we just got back from our vacation last Monday, we only had to work 3 days during the week. Woohoo! #2 […]

{currently} – thoughts after our first family vacation

  – We just got back last weekend from our first family vacation with a kiddo. We flew to Miami (pictured above) and cruised for a week around the Caribbean. This vacation has been in the planning since the new year. Last time the hubby and I went on a real long vacation was during […]