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Sick and settled

Monday morning was long.  Flying with a child with allergies is always stressful, even though we are sailing through OIT. Since we had to leave before the sun was up to get to the airport, I had to figure out a way to give P breakfast and his dose while on the plane.  And bringing milk through security isn’t exactly a breeze.  Long story short, he had a minor reaction on the plane – likely due to not eating enough for breakfast beforehand but who really knows – so Kyle and I were on high alert. Not to mention, V is barely potty trained.  More stress. Parent life, ya know? He’s also in the middle of a cold.  It’s a minor cold, but for him, anything that makes him immunocompromised exacerbates his already taxed immune system. Little buddy was sneezing every four seconds.  And I’m not exaggerating. Kyle and I take turns freaking out, so that we are never freaking out at the same time.  At least one adult has to be calm!

We finally got back to Davis and kept P home from school to get extra rest.  Showers and baths for all!  Kyle had to pack up again right away because he was leaving later that day for a work trip. 🙁  I took the hours he was home to get life squared away – two grocery trips, two loads of laundry, and checking lots of random things off my to do list.  Adulting.  I tell ya.  My phone reminder has been alerting me to prune and spray the nectarine tree for a month and I keep pushing it off.  And our car’s outside is so gross!  Now it finally looks silver again 😉 and the windows are sparkling.

Glad I had some food already prepped.

I added sriracha to the home-made ranch dressing to give it a kick.  I’m amazed by how authentic this ranch tastes considering I made it myself with pantry staples that didn’t involve buttermilk.  Kinda cool.

I actually snuck in a run too (!!) before eating this chopped salad, which had romaine, cucumber, celery, yellow tomatoes, fried chicken, avocado, and sriracha ranch dressing.

With plantain chips too.

And way more than shown because I’m a human, not a bird.

And because of the time change and my extraordinarily productive afternoon, I was starving by 4 pm, so as soon as Kyle left we just ate dinner.  At 5.  Whatever.

I had pulled leftover ribs from the freezer right when we got home and they were ready just in time.  A friend made them for us last week but I froze them because we had too much fresh food to eat before leaving town. I couldn’t wait to dig into them though, and it was soooo awesome to have a home made dinner on that first day back in town. The ribs were crazy good and the meat basically fell off the bone and since she’s an instant pot lover (and I know that’s how she made them), it made me realllllly consider one.  Guys, I have been putting off the insta-pot for so long because DO I REALLY NEED another kitchen appliance?!?! No.  I have everything. And we have no more room for anything else.  I need to be strong.  Please, no comments about how an instant cooker will change my life.  Please.  Please?  Hypothetically, what size should I get?

Since dinner was so early, I had time for this after.  It’s pretty rare that I feel like a night time treat that isn’t chocolate, but oddly enough that day arrived.  I had a scoop of this (found at Costco of all places!!) and a few scoops of salted caramel gelato (insanity) that Beverly bought me when she was here.  Holy moly. I could try to put into words what salted caramel gelato tastes like, but it wouldn’t do it justice.  Just. Wow. I think I went to sugar heaven.  New Barn failed me with their almond milk (I tried two different kinds but it’s not worth the $$$)> The almond creme was definitely way better, but still not something I’d buy again.  At least it was affordable though. Win for Costco.

I spent the rest of the night watching football with P (he napped so he got to stay up a little later) and then doing some prep in the kitchen.

Too soon??

Now let’s hope some heavy meds can nix this cold in the bud because I have a long stretch of time as a solo parent and I’m feeling pretty good and set up for now.  Healthy kids makes everything a LOT easier though. At least Valley is walking decently on her own now though.  So many ups and downs!!!

Cousin time

I went on a leisurely run this morning and the weather was perrrrrfect. It is 100% Fall in Idaho.  I have been listening to two new podcasts “Throwing Shade” and “Homophilia” which are similar in that they very casually discuss LGBT issues and current events with as sarcastic and comedic tone as possible.  I like it. Plus there’s only so much NPR politics I can listen to without pulling all my hairs out.

Anyway, I digress.  Afterwards, I made myself a three egg scramble in coconut oil and mashed up half an avocado on the side. Fats much?  I had a decaf coffee with almond milk on the side which was so heavy on the milk side it was basically a latte.  I had a second and then kicked back while the kids played on their own.

FOOOOTBALLLLLL.  TIMEEEEEE.

Seriously, you think they have enough doll houses?? Also, check out my walking girl 🙂

Same (ish) lunch as yesterday but with a whole new bag of chips.  These chips are so addictive, it’s like, if they are in the house, I can’t stop eating them. I have no willpower no matter how hard I try, so I just didn’t even bother fighting it.  Salt, pepper, fat, carbs, repeat.

Connect the dots are a big hit right now.

Cousins!  Kyle’s brother’s family came over and my wee ones could. not. wait. to play with them. They asked from the second they woke up that morning and then every 5 minute interval thereafter. They were so ecstatic. And it continued all day long.  It was so sweet.

In case you were wondering what burgers for 12 (18?) looked like.

Ok so the deal with the sides…Beverly overthought this by approximately 17 hours.  I thought both were good but she wasn’t feeling awesome about them.  The pasta salad was a little meh because of the GF pasta, but I think it’s hard to make a cold pasta salad in advance with GF noodles.  I still ate it and enjoyed it!  The mayo sauce had me.  But the slaw was SOOOO good.  I went back for another massive plate.  Like piled high.  I think I ate 1/3 of that bowl by myself.  So I got the recipe to share, obviously.

Cabbage and Corn Slaw with Cilantro And Orange Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 (8 oz) bags coleslaw mix
  • 4 ears of fresh corn, shucked, kernels cut from cob
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, cored, cut into thin strips
  • 6 medium green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Whisk orange juice concentrate, rice vinegar, and canola oil in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine slaw mix, corn kernels, carrots, red bell pepper strips, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro in large bowl.

Toss with enough dressing to coat. Season slaw to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes for flavors to blend. Toss again and serve.

There are crinkle cut fries under there too.  I had more of those too.  I was soooo stuffed after this meal. Probably because we ate at 4 and I was still full from lunch when I started.  No. Self. Control.  That said, I knew I was going to eat a ton this whole weekend, so whatever. It’s fun to be spoiled with heaps of delicious food that I don’t have to prepare myself so naturally I have to take advantage.  I’d have to be crazy not to.

I am so happy we got all these kiddos together. They don’t get to see their cousins nearly enough and they look up to them sooo much. P and V mention “my cousins” constantly because we have a photo of them on the fridge but due to geography (and the logistics of working around six kids’ activities), we see them hardly ever.

He was getting the hang of this but unfortunately it was too close to him taking his peanut dose and we had to call it quits because he started having a reaction.  He is coming down with a cold so his immune system is already compromised so we have to follow the dosing rules by the books until he gets better.  And medicate aggressively.

Eventually they left and we put the kids down (they were SO exhausted) and spent the rest of the night packing while watching football. Looking forward to our next visit!

Seeing Star

Eating like kings and queens in Star.  Beverly would never let us starve.  I don’t think I’ve known hunger since we walked through the front door.  Not complaining!  You can roll me back to the plane.

We all woke up around the same time (West Coast time) and Kyle and I traded off watching the kids to go on runs.  They hardly needed us though with all the “new” toys!  I broke the fast with an Udi’s GF blueberry muffin and a slab of Earth Balance, scrambled eggs, applegate bacon and a frothy almond milk coffee.   Just a small plate, NOT.

P played puppy dog and V practiced walking and we were lazy and it was awesome.

But eventually we made it out.  To the park!

Lunch revolved around salt and pepper crack kettle chips.  I made a chicken salad with the leftovers (we had roasted chicken the night before) and avo and mustard.

After naps we went out to get V a haircut.  I’d been meaning to get her ends trimmed (there’s not much else to do) for a while and then her cast situation totally stalled me.  So I was itching to get her a fresh new ‘do for fall.

P fell asleep on the way there, but joined us later, and was happy to set up shop in the tractor and watch tv (!!!) while his sister got a trim.

They took off maybe a tsp of hair in total, but whatever.  It was worth it for the pigtails and glitter hairspray alone.

Oh my gosh, I can’t wait for real hairstyles!!

They got balloons too.

And after posting this on IG I realized it looked a lot like a baby announcement.  NOPE!  People, that ship has sailed. V locked that down when she broke her leg.  We out.

They switched balloons right after because my kids refuse gender norms.

Kyle forced my arm and drove me to Athleta afterwards.  Bad news.  I had a friends discount code burning a hole in my pocket and so I went in thinking I’d try stuff on so I’d know what to ask for for my birthday next month. Wellllll…Kyle just took over after I tried things on and now I’m going to be the most stylish person at drop off ever. EEK.  The weird part was I felt NO GUILT or buyers remorse when we left the store.  Usually I’d be freaking out. Maybe it’s because I haven’t gotten any new clothes in forever. Or maybe it’s because we landed in Boise and it’s suddenly COLD and I realized Fall is finally here!! Best season e v e r r r r r r.

We got home and the kids burned off steam while dinner was cooking.

Thank goodness we had some super heroes to keep us safe. With flashlights.

Kyle’s dad grilled halibut with herbs for dinner and the best sun dried tomato and caper sauce ever.  It’s from the Weber Grilling Cookbook.  We had corn and broccoli too and then kombucha for dessert. Much needed because potty training is going OOF. I thought we were good after the cast came off but I was wrong.  I just want to get through this phase of parenting and get to the end because I know it’s happy rainbows and butterflies over there and this phase is fleeting but it is so hard right now.

Lemon Halibut with caper sauce

For the herb paste:

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 halibut filets (about 6 oz each)

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped oil packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

I highly recommend doubling the sauce though.  It’s eat-with-a-spoon good.

Pancake belly

I stuffed myself with pancakes and butter.

They don’t look like much but boy did they stick to my ribs.

Or maybe it was the insane amount of butter I added.  Beverly made them with Namaste’s GF mix. You can’t tell but there are blueberries in them 🙂 which you WOULD know by looking at Valley girl’s mouth.

I went back for more after this.  That’s the thing that I love about black(er) pancakes.  They are like a sponge for butter so you keep adding more and more and more…and then they get all squishy and delightful.

Which is fine if you’re just going to sit around and be a bum.  But we went to a tennis center and attempted to get some exercise.

These cheeseballs looooove food.

And books.

Kyle and I enjoyed some time to ourselves after tennis because the kids were at the Discovery Museum and zoo with grandma and bumpa.

I ate this while watching football with no interruptions and it was fantastic.  That’s Field Roast apple sage sausage by the way.  And those chips.  Gahhhhh.  Such salty heaven.

I made a similar plate for the kids when they got home.

P played on his own for hours while V napped but eventually came and watched football with us.

I got snuggles in.  <3

We ended up waking her because it was 5 pm and she was still out cold.  And then read books and rode bikes and played with cars until dinner time.

Her leg is getting better and better every day.  She is able to walk (hobble) across one room very slowly now, and want to do way more so we are holding her back all day long.  Good thing we brought the umbrella stroller.

Dinner!

The beef was devoured.

And I finally succumbed to all the chocolate.

PS I had a lavender love GT’s kombucha today and had never tried it before but really loved it.  Will definitely buy again!

We out

It’s been a couple of days and she is making huge strides, but still not able to walk.  She is thrilled about her now abundant outfit choices though, that’s for sure.  And shoes!

On Wednesday I had half of this (it’s quite sweet) before stroller strides.

And then this afterwards, in the 30 minute window I had before music class with V.

Beta Boom is my favorite green juice.  It has enough sweet stuff (carrot, orange) to neutralize the intensity of the greens, but doesn’t taste as sweet as the apple ones or as “green” as the all green ones.  Sun & Soil had a good deal last weekend so I got a few.  Weakness!!

Finishing things off for lunch – including the last of this salad with the last of the chips and carrots.

I wasn’t sure if we were going to farmer’s market that night, but I knew I wanted to make dinner rather than buy it because we had too much food to use up before leaving town.  I refuse to waste anything, so whatever will go bad I will use up or freeze by Thursday!

For Kyle and myself, I made the Thai shrimp and salad from my gobble shipment.  It was a two person serving, so the kids had a bunch of different leftovers.  Perfect!

First I made an egg white cornstarch mix, which I coated the shrimp in, before frying them up.

I left the peanuts off the slaw even though P wasn’t having any just because I keep peanuts out of the house in general.

Fresh herbs in the perfect amount!  Means I don’t have a bunch of things wilting in the crisper drawer while I’m gone 🙂

There was extra corn starch egg mix, so I coated the chicken from a different gobble meal and fried them up so they’d be good when I came back.

Never hurts to have fried chicken on hand after you come back from a weekend trip right? Right. The chicken is meant to be a part of a udon noodle dish so I’ll probably just use it in that when we get home because the stuff in that gobble meal won’t go bad.

Snacks before market turned into celery and strawberry castle building.  Obviously.

She’s got the whole world in her hands.  And a whole apple in her mouth.

When we got home we enjoyed this stellar meal, all ready to go!

OMG – the sweet thai chili sauce on the shrimp!!!!!  I wanted to drink it all.

I had some quinoa and avocado to use up, so we had that on the side.

SO.  YUM.  I feel like a broken record but for reals guys – gobble is awesome and they have a deal for 6 meals for $6 right now so you should totally get on it.  I’m thinking I should become an affiliate for them or something because of how much I talk them up!!

Next time I see this meal come up on gobble again I’m going to get a bunch of servings!  Ha.  And if my family gets sick of it, then I’ll just make it all at once and have it for my own lunches all week long. 🙂

I really really wasn’t going to have dessert, but I decided to do stroller strides the next morning, so I had to carbo load 😉 JK. I mean, I did sign up for a second day IN A ROW of SS but that had nothing to do with my decision to give in to my sweet tooth.

I got this brittle at a market in the Ferry Building back when I went on my weekend trip with P.  I didn’t know what to expect but it was SOOOO good.  Crispy and crunchy but not in a tooth breaking way and not crazy sweet either thanks to the very small chocolate dipped portion.  Basically it was the perfect marriage of candied nuts, salt, and dark chocolate.  And it’s vegan and GF too.  So if you see these out and about in the Bay Area, get them!

The next morning I went to stroller strides and who buddy am I ever feeling those back to back intense workouts.  Normally V has a creative playtime class on Thursdays but it got cancelled this week so I figured I may as well fit in an awesome workout with my friends before heading out of town.

I almost forgot about these!  I bought the raw crusts at WF last week because I had been missing them, and then I found the smoked turkey a while ago at the co-op and it took me two more visits before I finally succumbed.  Apparently I really like smoked stuff?  In lieu of smoked salmon on my raw spirulina cracker crust, I topped went with the smoked turkey.

It tasted EXACTLY like I imagined it would.  Do salty and good.

No more pics from the day because we were off!

I froze these into popsicle molds before I left so that will be awesome to come home to.