Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Weekend Update

Alternatively titled “We didn’t go to visit Aunt Stephanie”
or “Aunt Stephanie comes to Pittsburgh”
or “The Beans have the best Aunt ever”
or “Fynnlee won’t poop”

Is this the face of a miserable child or what? My poor baby.

Our week continued to be pretty crappy (or NOT crappy, depending on which way you look at it)…Greyson was still cutting teeth and feeling sick. And Fynnlee was still dealing with her digestive issues and diaper rash. But we decided we would press on and hope for the best. We were so excited to see Aunt Stephanie so I picked the kids up on Friday at noon and we were on our way.

We were pretty hopeful when they both passed out 30 seconds into the drive. But around the 45 minute mark, Fynn woke up screaming (like crying SO hard). Jerry pulled over on the turnpike and I changed her in the back of the van. That’s when I saw how bad the diaper rash was (aka bleeding) and we made the tough decision to call Steph and tell her we couldn’t make it. There was no way I could let this child sit in a car seat for another 3 hours. We turned around and called our pediatrician on the way home.

If you don’t like reading about poop, skip to the next paragraph. So basically what is happening with Fynnlee is she got herself constipated and when she finally went it really hurt. Now, whenever she has to go, she squeezes her little butt cheeks together so tight (she’s afraid) and only a little bit comes out. She was doing this 10+ times a day (hence the diaper rash). Currently, I’m pumping her full of prunes and a probiotic and hoping she’ll have a big BM she can’t control and see that it doesn’t hurt to go. As far as the diaper rash is concerned, our doctor recommended Calmoseptine…which I had never heard of but is a miracle!! Ironically Danielle had actually mentioned it after my last post and we picked up a tube on the way home from the doctors. Within one diaper change there was marked improvement. You put the calmoseptine on the affected area and then cover with a zinc diaper rash cream (my favorite is Triple Paste). There is a little menthol in it, which I thought might burn a little but I can only assume it’s soothing based on Fynnlee’s reaction. Prior to this cream, she would literally scream “NO, NO, NO…!” when she saw a baby wipe (and we were using water wipes with nothing in them). It killed me. So, if you have a baby, pick up some of the pink stuff in the green tube (Calmosepine)!

Poop discussion over.

Back to Friday…We were so excited when Stephanie offered to come to us! Rather than rush around on Friday, she decided she’d drive to Pittsburgh on Saturday morning and spend the whole weekend with us. So Friday night was low key. I pilfered through the fridge and freezer and managed to find enough stuff to make pasta with sausage, peppers and mushrooms. The kids ate it too!

Saturday morning was pretty uneventful. We hung out around the house for a bit, went to Whole Foods (the kids napped & Jerry stayed in the car) and then back home to wait for Aunt Steph.

Aunt Stephanie got to our house around noon and she brought pizza! So we all had a nice, big lunch and then headed to Ross Park Mall. It was pretty ugly out so an indoor play space sounded like a good idea.

Note I said “sounded” because that play area is always hit or miss. Often times, there are kids have no business being there (aka they are bigger than me) or there are too many kids running wild (they are kids, I get it) or there are little punks whose parents are a-holes and just stare at their phones the whole time, completely unaware that their kid is being a jerk.

Saturday was one of those “miss” days…and after Fynnlee got knocked over, I knew it was time to leave. Or I would be bailing Jerry out of jail.

So we walked around.

And played in the cars

And rode the train.

And we still had a great time! Although Fynnlee didn’t love the train.

Grandma & Papa agreed to babysit so Jarrad, Steph and I wrapped up our day at Patron.

Sunday had us Jerry up early and we spent a lazy morning with Mickey, Daniel and Do Do (Pink fong). It was a pretty nice day so we decided to try a new playground at Pine Community Center. I didn’t take many pictures but it was a nice park.

Grandma made a fantastic Sunday dinner (again, no pictures…sorry Grandma!)…chicken cutlets, roasted carrots and potatoes, green beans, chicken thighs and apple tart for dessert. Fynnlee ate all of Papa’s chicken (she’s got that sign for MORE perfected) and a little bowl of ice cream. Greyson had a meltdown pretty much through the whole thing (poor bug and his ouchy molars) so we had to say goodbye sooner than we would have liked.

We have another trip planned to see Aunt Stephanie in June and we’re already counting down the days!!

Oh & Fynnlee still won’t poop.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Weekly wrap-up and Weekend update

Looks like Tuesday is the new Monday! Jerry has been traveling for work and I’m just keeping my head above water at this point, so I ask for a little leeway. It actually hasn’t been tooo bad. He was home on Saturday before taking off again (he’s in Palm Springs…can we get a collective Whhhaaaaaa) and comes home tonight. We all miss Daddy at our house!

So let’s jump in with some pictures from last week since I flaked and forgot to post those. There were some pretty cute ones and I’m sure you don’t want to miss them!

The warm weather returned and that meant story time outside! The only thing that makes books better is reading them out in the fresh air!

My little Sunshine. She’s a fan of the playground, clearly.

Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ba...you get it. He’s a fan of balls, clearly.

Fynnlee is too. We’re going through a big bouncy ball phase at the moment.

Throwing or riding. They don’t care.

Other fun included felt stars.

Sitting on top of the climber.

And making some art.

And as Easter is right around the corner, no better time for plastic grass! This is at the beginning of playtime…you should have seen the aftermath.

Fynnlee is absent from the picture above because she spiked a fever on Thursday and spent the day at Grandmas. She spent the day cuddling and napping and was fine the next day. Three cheers for quick recoveries. And for Grandmas (and Grandpas)!

Jerry came home from Trip #1 on Friday night and it was so nice out, we decided to take the kids to the playground.

Followed by a walk around the neighborhood.

The holding hands…I can’t.

Of course we have sibling squabbles, but oh my goodness…I love that they are best buds. And I love matching PJs. They will be doing this till they move out of our house. When they’re 30.

Jerry let me sleep in on Saturday and go to morning yoga (best husband award, right there). Mama needs a pedi, stat.

He took the kids to Grandma & Papa’s while I was getting my Zen on. And when he got home, we noticed the kids eyes were all gross and goopy. Greyson has trouble with his right eye watering a lot and it often gets gunky when he has a cold. Well gunky doesn’t begin to describe it…it was funk-y. So I called the doctor and got them both in at 10:45.

No pinkeye, just a symptom of their colds. We left with a prescription for warm compresses, nose wiping and lots of hand washing. They don’t have their 2 year checkups until 5/13 but Fynnlee weighed in at 29.15 and Greyson at 27.10. Why am I worried about what they’re eating???

It was a beautiful day so we grabbed some DiBella’s and decided to hit North Park. We found the most perfect little playground, tucked away from the main area and it was empty! (For you locals, it’s by the cannon, across from the gas station/ice cream shop. There is an entrance to North Park Mansions there too). The kids ran around and played for a good 2 hours.

Not to worry…we emptied out the soda from these cups and filled them with water.

Wawa is better through a straw!

The rest of Saturday was filled with long nap, grocery shopping, buffalo chicken chili and catching up on the DVR.

Jerry had to catch a flight bright and early on Sunday so we were up at 3:45.  I never really fell back to sleep because I know the kids wake up early…so I hopped out of bed at 4:15, made some coffee and watched the news. That relaxation lasted until 4:35 when Fynn woke up and Greyson was up around 4:45 #sleepwhenyouredead.

I knew I was going to have some cranky babes at swim class if I didn’t let them catch a quick snooze. So we left an hour early and I drove through Starbucks while they caught a 45 minute car nap. It worked like a charm and we had happy babes when we got to Goldfish.

Papa volunteered to help out this week and Jarrad may have lost his swim coach job forever.

That blur you see is her jumping into the water, which she did 800 times. No fear in that child!

Swim class was a success and I headed home with the kids for lunch and a nap. It was a beautiful morning and we spent the rest of it hanging out on the deck.

We are all happy Spring is here!

The kids took a killer nap and I finally fixed my toes, while watching The Challenge.

After naptime, I dropped the kids off at Grandma & Papa’s, went to Costco and then joined them for dinner.  Greyson’s eyes were getting worse and so was his mood. So after an amazing dinner of chicken, sausage and tortellini (which Fynnlee actually ate…food always tastes better at Grandma’s), we went home & wrapped up the weekend.

Jerry comes home tonight and we’re so excited to see him!  Hope you have a fabulous week!

Weekend

Weekend Update

Happy Monday Tuesday! I’m a day late with my weekend update but better late than never, right? Let’s jump right in.

The kids woke up bright and early on Saturday. Fynnlee was up at 3:15! We tried to get her to go back to sleep in our room but she basically just cried for an hour and a half so at 4:45, I just got up for the day.

Greyson was up around 5. We did our usual morning routine (Mickey, snuggles, breakfast, PinkFong, play, play, play) and then we got everyone dressed. We were finally going to hit the water floor at the Children’s Museum! Yay!

We made a pit stop in the “Garage” (see what I did there??)

And then played with the beads/toys/light brights in the “nursery”.

Then it was time to get wet! I put their bathing suits on under their clothes so we just had to strip em down and change up their shoes.

The water was freezing! But they didn’t care. They filled up buckets and dumped them on their heads. They splashed in the fountains and pushed their boats in the river.

I looked over at Greyson at one point and his lips were blue and he was shivering. I wrapped him in a towel and said “You ready to get dry, buddy” To which he yelled “NO NO NO NO NO!” Ok then.

Jerry had an appointment that afternoon (fantasy baseball draft) and I didn’t want to get stuck wrangling the kids by myself so we made them dry off and get ready to go home.

We left around 1:00, Jerry went to his draft and I headed to Grandma & Papa’s, who graciously offered to watch the kids while I went to the grocery store. They fell asleep on the way to their house so I drove through Starbucks. I’m loving these Springtime cups!

They were fast asleep when we got to Lois & Paul’s house & they didn’t wake up until after 3:00. Driveway naps for the win!

Once they woke up, I hit up Aldi and scored the motherload. Cases of Le Croix for $3.99! And they were a 15 pack too. I bought 5 cases. #lecroixaddict

I also cleared their shelves of pouches.

Since Jerry was going to be out for the night, I was invited to stay for make your own pizzas. Grandma was giving the Beans their first lesson in Pizza making.

And picky Fynnlee ended up eating 3 pieces! That is definitely a record.

We headed home around 6:30, did a quick bedtime routine (pjs, milk, Mickey) and the Beans were fast asleep by 7:30. I watched the finale of “Are you the One?” and was out by 9:15.

Sunday was Jerry’s morning to get up with the kids and they let him sleep till 5. I almost got up with them when I heard Fynnlee calling “Mommy! Mommy!” but thought better of it. Mama needs one good day of sleep. Daddy handled breakfast duty and morning playtime until about 7:30 when the whole family busted into our bedroom for Sunday morning cartoons. We snuggled in bed for about 15 minutes, watched some Daniel Tiger and then got ready. It was time for Swim Class!

They insist on walking pretty much every where these days.

In the couple of months we’ve been attending Goldfish, we have seen definite improvement in the kids “swimming” abilities. Fynnlee is fearless and will jump in the water whether your ready for her or not. Her kicks are outstanding and we’re working on floating (who wants to lie still when you can flail around like a fish?). Greyson is a bit more cautious but has no problem going underwater. His kicking has gotten so much better from our first class (where the number of times he kicked his legs was zero) and he’s really good at floating on his back.


It’s often more trouble to get the kids out of their suits than the actual lessons but they really love it.

Jerry’s is giving free surf lessons to the first 3 people who comment on how cute Greyson’s bathing suit is.

After class we headed to Grandma & Papa’s for brunch. The kids fell asleep in the car on the way there so we all got to eat a hot meal in peace!  Yes, another driveway nap! They only slept for an hour or so and then had some bacon, fruit and cereal. And read books.

And watched Daniel.

After brunch we went home and tackled the typical Sunday stuff. Laundry, food prep, standing on the table which we know we’re not allowed.

It was a good weekend.

And because I’m late, yinz guys get a bonus of Monday’s school pictures! The kiddos were happy to see their friends and teachers yesterday.

 


I also had a discussion about their transition to the Twos classroom (cue heart palpitations). Looks like they won’t be moving till end of May/beginning of June. Which is fine with me. I can keep pretending that they are not getting older.

Hope you all have a good week!

Weekend

Weekend Update

If I’m going to start doing these Weekend Updates on the regular, I need to get better at taking pictures! So this one will be a little wordy but next week will be full of photos…promise!

Last week seemed like a really, really long one. Is it just me? And then the weekend flew by. As it usually does. I’ve been fighting off a cold for over a week and it kind of morphed into some ridiculous sinus infection situation. Who’s sick of being sick? I am.

So we laid low on Friday night.

There was plenty of snuggling with my favorite little monkeys. I was in bed by 8:30.

Saturday I took some Mucinex, shot some Afrin in my sinuses and put on my big girl panties. It was time for the St. Patty’s day bar crawl! First stop, Cafe on Fifth. This little guy was all kinds of clingy (fine by me!) when we got there but he quickly came out of his shell and charmed the pants off of all the Irish lasses at the Pub.

And Fynnlee was right next to him, dancing a jig and hopping all over the place. Hopping is her new favorite thing. Of course I didn’t take any pictures of how cute they were because I’m dumb (and Jerry & I were chasing them all over the joint). But they were pretty cute.

Next stop was the Pub in the Park in Swissvale. Which was NOT kid friendly at all. But it’s where my Jenny was hanging out for the day and I wanted to see her. Both kids passed out in the car on the way there and Greyson napped for our entire (short) visit.  Thank you to Jerry for hanging out in the car so I could spend some time with Jen.

Fynnlee got to say Hi to Aunt Jenny and then we were promptly kicked out.

Because “We’re really not allowed to have babies in the bar“. Why thank you Mr. Bouncer Man…I completely support that rule.

And…bar tour over.

Boy have times changed!

Final stop for the evening was Grammy and Grandpa Carl’s for dinner.

We forgot the booster seats (again!) and tried to use pillows to sit them up in their chairs. You can see how well that worked. Grammy made a delicious dinner of filet, asparagus and baked potatoes. And lemon bars for dessert.

Right after dinner I started feeling really lousy so we headed home and I was in bed by 7:45.

I have zero pictures of Sunday but it went something like this. Swim class, brunch at Grandma and Papa’s, grocery store, yoga, Jerry went to see King Kong and I got the kids in bed by 7:45.

And then these two lazy buggers slept until 6:00 am this morning!! Whoop, whoop!! I was up at 4:45, naturally.  They were well rested and ready for school this morning.

Looks like they’re already having a fun day!

Hope you have a happy week!

We’re supposed to get a wicked snowstorm tonight. They’re calling for 3-6 inches of snow, maybe more. Only upside is we have an extra hour of daylight tomorrow night to play in the fresh powder! Stay warm friends!

Weekend

Weekend Update

Don’t you love those kind of weekends where you have nothing planned? So you just go with the flow and hang with your people and feel totally refreshed when you start a new week. That was our time over the last two days.


Western PA was beautifully sunny albeit pretty cold. But no one wanted to be stuck in the house. So here’s what we did….

Saturday

The morning was filled with playing & naps (The Beans), Yoga & Grocery Store (The Mom) and prepping Taxes (the Dad). Then we decided it might be fun to spend the afternoon at the Children’s Museum. And we packed an extra set of clothes for the kids so they could hit the water floor at the end of our visit. Finally. Parental win!!

It wasn’t as crazy busy as we thought it might be. Saturdays can get really nutzo. We wasted no time heading straight to the BEADS!

Fynnlee is obsessed. Still.

Greyson played at the bead table for a while before checking out the giant light bright.

We spent the next 1/2 hour in the Garage.  Lots of observing.

Watching car races

And hanging at the ball table.

Then we psyched the kids up to leave by promising SO MUCH FUN on the water floor! The elevator opened and we immediately realized our parenting fail. I thought it was lots of fountains, and splashing and rubber duck ponds. Nope. Full on rain showers and hoses and an absolute need for bathing suits. Sorry Beans. Next time.

We were pretty hungry afterwards and thought a stop at Mad Mex might hit the spot. We ordered the children’s chicken quesadilla for our kiddos (came with rice & corn). Guess how much of it they ate? none. zero. zilch.


They did, however, eat 1/2 of Jerry’s french fries.

On the way home, we decided to make a quick stop and get Greyson’s hair cut.

He was a perfect little angel sitting on Dada’s lap and I’m swooning over his new do.

Sunday was pretty chill. We had swim class at 9:30, then weekly food prep and laundry while the kids napped and before you know it, it was time for Sunday dinner at Grandma & Papa’s! It was the first Sunday dinner we had at their new place and Grandma made macaroni and meatballs at Jerry’s request (it was his first taste of carbs in almost a month!).

The adults and Greyson devoured the meal.

This one…this one ate goldfish.  She’s lucky she’s cute.

And just like that. It’s Monday! I have 2 weeks worth of school pictures to share later this week so stay tuned!

Roadtrips, Weekend

Going back to college

A couple of months ago, my dear friend Amy sent a Facebook message to our little group of college friends saying “Hey everybody! Wanna meet up at Homecoming this year LOL?”. I don’t believe she was 100% serious but the OMGhellyeah!s starting pour in. Within a day or two we had commitments from 10+ girls saying they would love to get together. My friend Jen G/B checked hotel availability and whatdoyaknow…we found one with a bunch of rooms!

It was kind of effortless how this thing all came together. And amazing. I hadn’t seen a lot of these ladies since my wedding. And some I hadn’t seen for much longer. Of course, a few dropped out last minute and a few couldn’t make it. But overall, the turnout was fabulous!

For those of you new to the party, I went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Which, in the late 80s, was voted the #1 party school in the country by Playboy. Side note: Jerry also went to IUP but he was a couple of years younger than me. We had a lot of the same friends but never really met each other.

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And here are the OGs. Left to right…me, Lynn, Janine, Amy & Jenny

Amy and I met at the beach when we were 15. We were old school pen pals all through high school and decided to go to the same college…and be roomate. Janine and I went to high school together. We were friendly but not close. We really connected the first day at college when we were placed in the same dorm. Lynn was her roomate freshman year. Jenny and I met at orientation. We hit it off immediately and joked about how awful we scored in our math placement exams. We ended up in the same remedial math class our first day of freshman year and the rest is history.

The 5 of us lived together for all 4 years of college. I love these ladies more than pizza.

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And the rest of the crew…left to right. Jen D (flew in from California!), Chris (Pgh), me, Amy (Philly), Jenny (Pgh), Kristen (PA), Lynn (Philly), Dana (Ohio), front…Jen G (Philly) and Janine (Pgh).

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Years go by when we don’t see each other…but when we get together again, it’s like we’ve never been apart.

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These are my people.

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The festivities started out at the hotel when this guy brought Lynn her beer.  He’s been with us for 25 years. He just keeps getting passed from roomate to roomate. He’s our mascot.

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The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun didn’t stop shining for 3 days.

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We spent a good part of our day walking around campus. It’s been almost 15 years and so much has changed!

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We stopped by one of our old off-campus houses and the current tenants invited us right in! They guys announced us as “The Moms are here!” and one of them mentioned that his Dad graduated from IUP in 1998. Which is 3 years after me.

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We stopped at our first off campus house…Lazor Brothers #7. To quote SATC “A lot of sh*t when down in this apartment. Attention must be paid…”. So many memories!

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BFFs forever…all because we suck at Math.

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And of course we had to recreate this gem from our sorority days. You should have seen us trying to get up from these steps. It was ugly. #old lady problems.

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We’re already planning our next reunion. Love you Crazy Girls to pieces! You complete me.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Easter Weekend 2016

I don’t know about you guys, but I could get used to 3 Day Weekends! I had Good Friday off, as did the kiddos. It was so nice to have a day off with the Beans. We had a blast playing all day and I got to catch up on all of our laundry during their epic 2 hours naps. Yes, napS. One in the morning & one in the afternoon! Hooray!

I wasn’t going to do Easter baskets for the kids this year for obvious reasons. But I changed my mind at the last minute and picked up a couple cute ones at Target (where else?). Grandma & Papa sent them a giant Mickey & Minnie from Florida and I found a few little things to add to them. The Mice were a huge hit and the other stuff…well, it was ok.

You might have seen the picture on Instagram but it’s all Mickey, all the time at our house. I know, I know…no screen time until they’re 2. (Who came up with that bright idea anyway?? I guarantee they didn’t have twins! Or they had tons of free time, a nanny, a chef and a housekeeper. This mama needs to get stuff done. And I’m 100% ok with my little Disney babysitters. Note: they usually sit in their highchairs to watch TV.)

So back to Easter. We had a cute Gymboree little dress ($4.99 from ThredUp!), a crisp white shirt from baby Gap w/ a baby bowtie and a perfect Spring Day. Photo Shoot!

Yeah, cold wet, grass is on Fynnlee’s most hated list.

The blanket made things a little better. But I had already soured the mood.

I couldn’t get a smile out of either of them to save my life! #momfail

We went to my Mom’s to eat too much Ham, scalloped potatoes, lasagne and chocolate eggs. Don’t my guys look super handsome? (note the Julius Cesear/Justin Bieber hair thing I mentioned on Greyson. He’s still adorable.)  Matching bowties from Haddon Co.

The babes were so well behaved while we ate dinner. Thanks to…you guessed it…Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!  Yes that’s a babydoll Greyson is playing with. And no, I do not see a problem with it.

Bring on Spring!

Weekend

Halloween 2014

Of all the holidays there are to celebrate, Halloween would be my least favorite.  I don’t love candy, I despise dressing up, I’m soooooo OVER everything pumpkin (way to ruin a good thing, America) and for me, it symbolizes the death of warm days. 

The only redeeming thing about Halloween for me is 1) scary movies and 2) kiddos is costumes.  Oh and this year, it was our coming out party!

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I saw this shirt before I was even pregnant and saved it to my Etsy favorites just in case.  Sensing a trend here?  I’m kind of clairvoyant.  I ordered it as soon as we found out about the Beans and I couldn’t WAIT to dress up this year! 

We are now FB official…guess that means we’re really pregnant!

Weekend

Weekend Wrap Up

Jerry and I had a fantastic weekend. 

Friday

Friday night is typically our date night at home.  But we decided to take the party on the road and hit the Springfield Grille for dinner. 

Date night selfie

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I haven’t been to the Springfield Grille for over a year. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in the overall meal.  We started out with their version of Bang Bang Shrimp and they were excellent.

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But my crab stuffed shrimp and garlic orzo were kinda blah.  The orzo had zero flavor and the shrimp were really little and the crab stuffing was soggy.  It was fun to go out but I think we should probably just stick with Mexican :).

Saturday 

Jerry had an alumni soccer game in the morning.  He dug out the retro North Hills soccer tee for the occasion.  I only stayed for the 1st half.  Figures he scored a goal in the second half!  Needless to say, he’s not 22 anymore…we have some hobbling around going on today. 

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Saturday night took us to Meat & Potatoes for dinner with some friends.  Fried pickles and brussel sprouts stole the show (of course I didn’t take pictures) and my Plain Jane burger (topped with a mound of white cheddar) was perfection.  I split my fries with 2 other girls and we almost (almost) didn’t finish them.  They don’t skimp on the fries! 

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But the big talk of the night (besides Sidney Crosby being 3 tables down from us) was Jerry’s dinner.  He and a friend split the 34 oz rib-eye (served with steak fries, housemade steak sauce and bone marrow gratin).  It was ridiculous.  I passed on a sample (I’m a purist when it comes to meat and it looked too primitive to me) but I was told it was outstanding.

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UNTIL 2:30 am.  Jerry was up all night with various digestive ailments and we found out the next day that his partner in crime was sick as well.  Glad I stuck to the basics! 

Sunday

Beautiful morning in the ‘hood. 

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Jacob and I covered 3 1/2 miles while it was nice and cool.  Sunday’s weather was about as good as it gets.

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We putzed around during the morning, watched the Steelers win and then headed over to my brother’s house to celebrate this big guy who was turning 6.

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How is he SIX??  Didn’t he just look like this last month??? 

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Perfect weekend of fun and relaxing…I took 2 naps!  September is quickly becoming my favorite month. 

Hope yinz guys had a great weekend!

Weekend

Weekend Wrap Up – Food edition

This was a nice relaxing, low key weekend.  The calm before the storm that is coming for the rest of the month.  I did a lot of cooking and not much else.

Margarita pizza with my patio grown basil, farmer’s market tomatoes and trader joe’s crust.  Very yum.

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Shenot farm broccoli, Sutton Farm flank steak and sundried tomato & Asiago farro.  I am loving all of this local food!

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We need to talk about this chicken.

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Chicken is probably the #1 protein Jerry and I consume.  We usually grill it but sometimes bake or stir-fry it.  And while it’s very versatile, I get sick of eating the same grilled chicken every week.

I made these honey chipotle chicken bowls when we were still living on Shelley Street.  I was blown away by the flavor.  But as amazingly delicious as they were, I kinda forgot about it.  Until this week when I realized I had a 1/2 eaten can of chipotle chilies hanging out in my fridge.  I didn’t want to pitch them and remembered this chicken.  So I bought all the stuff and whipped it up Thursday night.  The ingredient list for the marinade is pretty long.  Especially if you’re like me and your chicken marinade typically consists of a bottle of Italian dressing.  But if you make it in the food processer or blender, it comes together pretty quickly.

Honey Chipotle Chicken from How Sweet Eats

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced

Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.

I doubled the recipe and marinated the chicken for 2 days in the fridge.  Reserve some of the marinade to use as extra bbq sauce for dipping.  Jerry proclaimed this is the best grilled chicken I’ve ever made.  He is absolutely correct.

This is the infamous Shenot’s sweet corn and it is heaven on a plate!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Oh and we’re buying a house tomorrow.  No big deal.

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