Friday, July 10, 2020

TGIF!!

My husband had to go back to the office this week, but did work from home on Wednesday so this first week back to summer kinda normal, was interesting.  I am so sad that we can't do most of what we'd do in a normal summer to break up the day and be exciting.  But we are making do.  I have the 9 year old signed up for summer enrichment through her school for the month of July so there is SOMETHING to do.  We are trying to do daily walks.  This week she had an eye appointment and I had a dentist appointment so those things broke up the days.

My favorite pictures from the week:





this was actually enjoyed on the 5th of July but I went for a red/white/blue theme for a snack/lunch


Our 'Blue America' drinks we made up for the 4th in the backyard


I made this bean dip for our 4th in the backyard


I made this pudding pie for our 4th in our backyard

The high of my week was the 9 month old said mama! And gave me snuggles.  It was adorable.  When I texted my husband he said .. "now let me go pull on the curtains.." which is so true.  Children give love and then go and do insanely infuriating things. :)

The low of my week was seeing ridiculous photos of how people spent 4th of July with a crap ton of people not social distancing and numbers going up and wondering how the heck school can resume.

Meal plan for the week was 

Monday -  Brisket Nachos
Tuesday -  Brisket Tacos
Wednesday -  beef stir fry, made with veggies from our garden!
Thursday -  Flatbread Pizza, one pepperoni/onion/ yellow peppers and one Pesto/Mozzarella,Tomato
Friday - a local restaurant take out

The best money I spent was on not sure

What I’m listening to Small Town Murder

What I’m watching  the last season of Criminal Minds

What I’m reading: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr as a buddy read with my friend Erin

My plans for the weekend include finishing this book! Getting my hair cut for the first time since November and getting it colored for the first time since February!

What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Currently July

Reading:  All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,  It's been hard to get captivated by it.



Loving:  that first hot cup of coffee in the morning.  OMG.  It makes you feel like you can do anything.  So magical.  Also, one of Adeline's first words is book.  She says boo boo boo and grabs books and will look at them.  She will even bring them to you.  She also loves music and 'sings' back.  

Also, more Adeline words are hi, Isla, mama, and the occasional moo.  She's becoming a little parrot.

And our library reopened for curbside after having to shut down due to flood damage!




Feeling: all the emotions.  It's been a year.  I can't process all of the things I'm feeling for all of the events that have taken place.  I worry about my oldest's mental health.  I can see she has anxiety.  I know not seeing her people makes her struggle.  It's hard because now that school is 'done' it's summer and we can't do a lot of the fun summer stuff we usually do.  And I know having a baby sister making even more of the stuff a no is hard.  Plus, our library flooded and it had been closed and one of our favorite things is going to the library multiple times a week.  At least we have curbside! And we have our own free little library at our house now.  It's hard because for 2 months we thought, 'okay, this summer will suck but we will be able to go out on the lake and visit the beach.'  Clearly, there are no lakes.  And a freaking pandemic.  And people not doing their due diligence when we have for months now and we STILL CAN'T DO THINGS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ASSHOLES.

Anticipating: in two weeks we are driving north for the day to visit a beach on Lake Huron that's 2 and a half hours away and pretty secluded.  

Grateful: my family is healthy and safe.  





Working: trying to sell baby stuff and clear out the house.  I would have loved to have a garage sale this year because I have so many items that need to go!

Listening: podcasts. Small Town Murder is my current go to listen.

Watching: We just got caught up on the last SWAT, so we should be catching up on Criminal Minds next.  Also still watching a ton of Hallmark movies!

Wishing: for a scientific breakthrough so we can get this virus under control.  Also, for idiots to stop idioting.  

What are you reading> What are you anticipating?

Monday, July 6, 2020

What I Read in June

I did a much better job of focusing and powering through books in June! I am back on track with 7 books finished.  We shall overlook that a bunch were middle grade. :) They were good! I am currently buddy reading All the Light We Cannot See and I may have to read about 324234 books at once to make my way through it.  It's one of those books that I WANT to read but it's hard to get into.  I also got Lowcountry Boondoogle for a review copy and I WANT TO READ IT NOW!!!! So we shall see.



Once a Midwife by Patricia Harman is the third book in a series.  You could read these as stand alone books but they have continuing characters and reading all of them help you get the story.  The timeline in this book is right as US is entering WWII.  Patience's husband Daniel is very anti-war after having served in the first world war.  The country and the town are changing and it has great historical aspects in this good fiction series!

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner was soo good! I hadn't read a book of hers in quite a few years and I'll be honest I wasn't excited about it when my book club picked it.  IT IS SO GOOD.  So good I spent 4 hours one night hurrying up to finish it! It's about two sisters who grow up in suburban Detroit.  It covers their life from the 1950s until present.  It's crazy how many political and social changes has happened in that time frame.  Neither girls adulthood looks like they thought it would.  They both persevered through traumatic situations and got what they wanted, but it took awhile.  Highly recommend!



Celebrate Your Body is a body positive book that talks about the changes that happen during puberty.  I got it for the 9 year old last summer and just read it for myself.  It's written in a matter of fact manner and very well done.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall is a book I got from the library maaaaaany months ago because I had gone through goodreads and clicked on 'books you may like if you liked CeeCee Honeycutt."  This did not disappoint.  I also recommend it!  Starla Claudelle lives with her grandma in small town Mississippi in the 1960s.  Her dad works on an oil rig and her mom moved to Nashville to follow her dreams to be a singer.  Her grandma is not kind to her.  Starla runs away on the 4th of July and meets a Black woman who also has some big secrets.  Together they may a perilous journey to Nashville to see her mom.  Lots of strong female characters. 



Boxcar Children the Beginning was eh.  I mean it may have been better when I was a kid, but this could have been done better.

Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson was really good.  Got rave reviews from the 9 year old too! A group of students meet together in a classroom every Friday and talk about whatever they want.  These kids have a lot of worries, immigration, parents in prison, ADHD, racism and they think they are alone.  Until they start opening up and find hope and help from their fellow classmates.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed was really good too.  The 9 year old also gave this one 5 stars.  A smart young girl in Pakistan is at the market one day when she insults the wrong person.  She goes from eldest daughter in the family to a servant.  She is strong, speaks her mind and never gives up.  For my 9 year old who reads everything on Malala Yousafzai this was a great fictional book.



My library opens back up for curbside today and we have been requesting books like crazy.  Kind of excited to see what we pick up today, and also thinking I need to be reading like a crazy fool to get ahead of my reading again!

What was your favorite book read in June?




Friday, June 5, 2020

What I Read in May

Well, since I last posted, the crazy that is 2020 got even crazier.  I grew up on a lake, as did my husband.  The lakes were connected by a dam.  It's technically a river that was dammed up about 100 years ago.  We got a lot of rain.  One dam broke.  Now there are no lakes, my hometown is destroyed, houses destroyed, property destroyed and this happened to loved ones and strangers in 3 counties.  This is a short simple way of saying, our stressful situation was made more stressful, and my in-laws home is down to the studs.  My husband and his siblings, plus many helpers spent a about 5 days cleaning and demoing out 42 years of living.  Many of my child's school friends had flood damage.  The ball fields I grew up playing on are destroyed.  My favorite breakfast place - destroyed.  Many small businesses - destroyed. 

Yeah.  It's been a few weeks.  I actually have not read a book since the day before this happened.  Probably the longest I've ever gone without reading.  I have a book sitting by my chair ready to go for weeks now, but I start the first page and my mind goes.  It's been a time.  It's hard too, because the feelings I have for my hometown are complicated, like most of us probably feel towards our own home towns.  I never felt like I belonged.  I always felt like an outsider and I don't share the same viewpoints as many.  I still feel deeply about its destruction.  I may have made fun of the lake I grew up on, but man did it give me lots of memories. 

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo that being said, I read 2 books in all of May..


The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray was really good! It was a page-turner and set in Michigan! It does do some jumping in time so I feel like if you read it in a couple sittings it's better than walking away.  I devoured it in two days.  It has a lot going on and my only complaint is that the eating disorder part wasn't really elaborated on more towards the end.  I also liked that when it ended, you still had some questions, not so much about the plot, but where the family would go next. 

Description: The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.

The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.

November Road by Lou Berney is a crime novel that takes a look at the Kennedy assassination.  A what if the New Orleans mob was behind it look.  The main character Frank, realizes that he knows too much and is about to be considered dispensable so he high tails it across America trying to save himself.  On the road he meets a woman and her daughters who are running from her alcoholic husband.  He uses them as cover as they move West to their new starts.  I wasn't as impressed with this one, it's graphic and really I finished it to find out how it ended.  Slightly disappointing, and I like stories about the Kennedy's and the Kennedy assassinations.  

What were some highlights of your May reading?

Friday, May 15, 2020

TGIF!

I cannot believe that it is already the middle of May. I have been working on the same book for like ever.  I am having trouble reading.  But my Words with Friends game is strong! We started Schitts Creek, and I am walking almost daily.  So I mean good things? Also, our school year is getting a week cut off, so that's nice and yet what the eff am I going to do with the extra time in our day???? Mom school starting soon.  Hopefully, we will be able to leave our house by then and I can at least take us on outdoor adventures places, or even to my parents house.

My favorite pictures from the week:





The high of my week was dropping off moving boxes to some friends and a front porch chat.

The low of my week was just seeing how not caring of others so many people are.  And selfishly irritated at how life is changed.

Meal plan for the week was 

Monday -  Lasagna, garlic bread, blackberries, and cottage cheese
Tuesday -  leftover lasagna, sweet corn, and blackberries
Wednesday -  Buffalo chicken salads, baked potatoes, and blackberries
Thursday -  Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs, green beans, stove top stuffing
Friday - Take out Pizza

The best money I spent was on a Harry Potter robe for Isla's bday.  I had been going to gift her 2 weeks of summer camp and my parents had gotten her a week of it, but I'm fairly certain they will all be cancelled so I decided I had better get her something to open, and well eff it, we are in a pandemic, the kid can have a ridiculous amount of bday presents for once!

What I’m listening to My Favorite Murder

What I’m watching The Good Witch movies on Hallmark and Schitt's Creek

What I’m reading: November Road by Lou Berney

My plans for the weekend include finishing the darn book.

What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

April Reads!

I've definitely realized that at this point in time there are books I am flying through and then books that seem to take 10 years.  There is no in between! With that said, I finished 5 books in April.


Chocolate Chip Murder Mystery by Joanne Fluke was mostly read in March, but I finished it up in April.  It is the first in a series about Hannah Swenson who owns a bakery in a small Minnesota town.  I found this series because of the mystery series on Hallmark.  Because apparently having a baby and winter and a pandemic have me discovery the world of the past 20 years of Hallmark movies and shows I never paid attention too! I liked that this book had recipes included, and we totally made the Chocolate Chip Crunch? I think that is shared and it was a hit here.  We changed up the type of cereal used because of what we had on hand but they were delicious! If you are looking for a cute series, I'd say check it out!



Some of Adeline's reads



Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes is sooo good! I sporadically listen to NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast,which she is on.  I kept hearing her voice in my head as the lead character, Evvie.  It has such a quick witted dialogue and is a very fast read.  Highly recommend it if you need something to quickly engage in.  It's not an extremely happy book, Evvie, rarely leaves her house and many people think she is too grief ridden to 'move on.'  She meets someone she tries to 'fix' and along the way they both come to terms with the hand life has dealt them.  Both are hurt and both need to restart their lives and live for themselves.  LOVED the dialogue.





Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven was suggested to me by Goodreads after I finished my reread of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  It is set in the 1930s North Carolina mountains.  Velva Jean is the youngest in a large brood of children that live atop Fair Mountain,which is named after a relative who first settled in the area in the1700s.  The book follows Velva Jean from a very young girl to an 'adult' of 19.  She is very close to her brother Johnny Clay who joins in her a lot of her adventures.  His life dream is to be rich from panning gold and her life long dream is to sing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.  I would recommend this book but it is NOTHING like Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Yes, it is set in the South but that is about it.  It reminded me of Dolly Parton growing up dirt poor and having a beautiful voice in a holler far away from 'civilization.'

Book Scavenger is a middle grade novel that is perfect for kids/adults interested in puzzles and books.  It had a Willy Wonka feel to it, and it was a quick read.  I think any of the 'issues' I had with the book were some simplicity plot lines, that wouldn't bother me if I was in the intended 9-12 year old age range it is meant for! It was one of of the library books my daughter got that I decided to read.  The main character is Emily, and her family is on a quest to live in 50 states.  She love solving puzzles and is in an online community called Book Scavenger where users hide books and leave clues for other people to find them.  They earn points and level up by finding and hiding books.  Her family relocates to San Francsico the home of the creator of Book Scavenger and Emily is excited.  She gets immersed in a very unique puzzle , learns how to be a friend, and it is a neat book with a neat premise!



Educated by Tara Westover was our book club pick for April.  It was a fascinating peak into a life that I can hardly imagine living, let alone surviving.  I had put this book off partly because it was super hyped and then I tend to hate those books.  I have to say I was not impressed.  A friend and I both agreed it was just okay, and if we hadn't already recently read and loved Where the Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone, we would maybe have liked it more.  I just felt like I had already read this story before.  Which it is similar to The Great Castle, if you've read that.  And I think I've read a few books about religious extremists that while disgusting isn't as captivating the millionth time I hear about oppressed and abused women. 



What did you read in April? What was a book you'd recommend? Have you read Educated? What were your thoughts?

Friday, May 1, 2020

TGIF!!!

So first of all, ANDERSON COOPER IS A DAD and I am a puddle of awwwwwwwwwwww over it.  He has such a good soul.  This week was better than last.  I have been out for a walk every day this week and the warmer temps made a huge difference.  We also have had only a few meltdowns.  But it's Friday and all the school things that haven't been finished need to be finished today, so the day is young!! :) Our first friend has gotten Covid-19, (he is doing well), and our friends grandma passed away from suspected Covid-19. :( All the people in my state that think it's cool and okay to take their weapons and intimidate our legislators and governor in our state capital building can all suck a big fat toe.  Selfish ignorant fools.

My favorite pictures from the week:






The high of my week was Zoom book club meeting and watching Adeline go to town on some avocado!

The low of my week was just thinking of how crappy this summer may end up being after putting so many hopes on it after last year being pregnant and miserable.

Meal plan for the week was 

Tuesday -  Grilled chicken sandwiches, strawberries, and roasted broccoli
Wednesday -  Crock Pot Pork Chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, strawberries, and applesauce
Thursday - Pulled Pork Tacos, strawberries, veggies and homemade dill dip, strawberries, guacamole, and chips
Friday - Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos again!

The best money I spent was on a baby swing for our backyard.  We never had one with Isla because we live next door to a park, but I don't foresee us going there at all this summer so we needed one for our backyard.

What I’m listening to My Favorite Murder

What I’m watching random Hallmark movies and just started Workin' Moms

What I’m reading: November Road by Lou Berney

My plans for the weekend include being outside.. working on raking the yard

What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Friday, April 24, 2020

TGIF!

This week I struggled.  The weather sucked and my mood always sways when the weather is gross.  And probably because I spent 95 percent of my time in the same 10 ft.  And Adeline LOVES to go outside.  We've only been outside Monday and Thursday this week.  This weekend is shaping up better thank god.  The temp wasn't so 'bad' but the wind was horrid. I also forgot a few things that I shouldn't have, which is a tad ridiculous because it's not like we have a busy schedule right now.  I think the missing my mom and having any sort of a break from any people hit me.  It's so frustrating when you see on social media people hanging out with other people or sending their kids to hang out with the grandparents and you are all yeah, must be nice not to care if you somehow kill your mom and dad.  Must be nice not to have that fear, because I WANT MY MOM.  Anyway, my husband turns 37 this weekend and the celebration is far different than we had planned. We were going to go to a more upscale local restaurant and celebrate both of our birthdays with a nice meal and have my parents babysit.  Instead, we will be picking up a grocery order and cooking at home and he will be making his own birthday treat because he is the baker and normally I'd just buy him a treat somewhere but he said he'd make his own. :)

My favorite pictures from the week:









The high of my week was getting Dr. Pepper.  It tasted so good  It would have only been better if it had been a sunny day and it was a fountain pop!

The low of my week was just the missing my mom.  Wanting a hug.

Meal plan for the week was 

Monday - Taco Pie, Spanish Rice, leftover Chorizo Dip, Applesauce
Tuesday -  Easy Chicken Fried Rice, peaches, salad
Wednesday -  Pizza, breadsticks, and salad from a local restaurant
Thursday - BBQ pork sandwiches, salad, celery/pb, applesauce
Friday - hot dogs, mac and cheese, applesauce

Can you tell we are at the use all the canned applesauce status of our fruits/veggies?

The best money I spent was on I got a smock for Adeline that covers her entire upper body while eating.  She is so messy.

What I’m listening to enjoying back episodes of Crimetown and  Unladylike!

What I’m watching random Hallmark movies,and catching up on NCIS New Orleans

What I’m reading: November Road by Lou Berney

My plans for the weekend include celebrating my husband's bday and hoping for warmer/no rain/no snow weather



What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ten Things I've Learned About Food During the Time of Covid-19

In the middle of the night when I was NOT sleeping (ugh), this list of things came to mind.

1.  I am just not a fan of apples.  I keep trying but I just am not aboard the love train here.  I know I prefer it sliced to whole, and I do like using it with peanut butter but I could totally live without eating apples.

2. I really do like homemade stir frys.  While they haven't been a mainstay in our house in about a decade we've been eating a lot of variations lately and I'm back on the train.  We've made chicken fried rice, broccoli and beef, and a few other chicken / veggie combos and I've enjoyed them all.  Part of this is because we now use Jasmine Rice and this was a rice game changer for us.  And we have better seasonings/sauces in our lives.

3.  I do not snack when my family is home.  I had become quite a snacker since Adeline was born, and part of this was extra hunger from breastfeeding, and some of it was boredom.  But we have an abundance of snacks currently, some I really do like, but having to share? Having to get a snack for another human? I'll sit here and starve thanks.

4. Feeding a baby is a messy business and I am over it.  Thank the heavens Adeline is so far as unpicky as her sister she literally LOVES food and grunts, grabs, and whines for more.  Ugh so annoying IS THAT GRUNTING.  But, it's so messy.  She's definitely a do it yourself girl.  I had tried some oatmeal/breastmilk with her after 5 months and she was not a fan so I was slightly worried about how she would be a bout food.  But about 2 months in the oatmeal attempts I can tell you, the only food the child refuses is oatmeal.  I've tried various ways of fixing oatmeal and it is the only food she will close her mouth and not put any in.  So, whatever.  I'm not a fan of most oatmeal either.
:)



5. I have saved a lot of money not grabbing a beverage sporadically.  I also survived over a month without a pop/tea and while I survived and was fine, I missed an ice cold Dr. Pepper and I picked some up at Target, and of course my husband who teased me and said , "I can't remember the last time I had a pop." is now drinking MY DR. PEPPER.  Lay off dude, I want to savor this slowly. 

6.  One most maintain a secret stash of treats.  Before the poop hit the fan, I stocked up on 3 bags of my favorite chocolate/peanut butter cups from Aldi.  I hid them under my bed and have been slowly enjoying a couple during some rough moments/I need a treat.  I also had a stash of Easter candy that I got early and then an extra stash for myself.  I so far have not been found out.  THANK GOD because as seen by the Dr. Pepper debacle my stash would all be gone and I'd be sad.  NO SHARING MY TREATS.

7. I drink a lot of coffee when my husband is home.  When it is just me at home I only make myself about 2 cups a day and then move on to water/tea/pop.  Since he is home we are making about a pot a day and I have upped my coffee consumption.  Probably why I haven't missed my pops/teas.



8. I am a master of utilizing leftovers/our pantry for meal planning.  We have done really well on not going out to the store excessively.  We've utilized points for office supply stores and got stuff that way and our coffee, woot.  I've been on one large Aldi trip and my husband has gone to Kroger once and our local store once to get what he couldn't get at Kroger.  I've also done Target Drive up twice.  This Saturday we will be picking up our first Kroger pick up.  We have a deep freezer in our basement, can stuff from our gardens, and an upstairs fridge freezer.  We also have a pantry upstairs and a downstairs pantry.  I am a crazy person, but as soon as I heard about the situations my family experienced in China with Covid, I made the pantry downstairs bigger.  We haven't run out of anything that has made it a disaster, but planning out a week ahead with our google spread sheet that we have of our items and keeping an updated shopping list have helped a lot.  Yay orginazation systems.  I've also gotten my husband to think out side the box a little more on combinations so as not to run out to the store.

9.  My favorite meat is pork.  I am not a huge meat eater as it is, but overall pork is my favorite.  I love pulled pork tacos, nachos, bbq pork, etc.  I love ribs.  I have a new found love of ground sausage.  It's my winner of the meats.

10.  I really want a cheeseburger.  A nice juicy cheeseburger.  We got beef from the farm across the road and I cannot wait to make a juicy cheeseburger.  I am contemplating all my toppings.  I'm thinking cheddar cheese, spinach, spicy mustard, mayo, caramelized onions and olives.

I love food so much.   We have supported a few of our local restaurants doing takeout but for the past month plus, minus 3 meals we have eaten them all at home.  This is a record.  I miss breweries and restaurants and can't wait to hug my mom and see my friends.  I hope you and yours are all safe and hanging in there.  I also hope you enjoyed my light hearted post, I need to pour myself another cup of coffee and dream of that cheeseburger.

Have you had any food realizations?

Friday, April 17, 2020

TGIF!

Phew.  I one would think time would drag by staying at home all day every day with 2 kids and a husband.  But it absolutely is flying.  We have been out of school since March 13th.  We will not be going back the rest of the year.  As soon as this started my daughters district sent out optional activities daily that they could do to continue their learning at home.  They also got sent home with their Chromebooks so that was helpful too!  I made the decision for us that we would immediately start 'mom school,' it is the best decision I could have made.  Mon- Fri I had things for her to do.  A lot were options from her teacher and others were facebook lives or things put on buy organizations and authors to entertain and teach children.  We had massive flexibility.  But the continuing to do school stuff and learning was very helpful.  This week began assignments from her classroom teacher and all her auxiliary teachers.  Phew.  If we had been lazy bums this would have been horrid.  It's actually less 'work' than I was giving her ha!  I've seen next weeks schedule from her classroom teacher however, and it looks to be kicking it up a notch.  Thankful I have the time and resources to help her.  SO many do not.  This pandemic is causing even bigger divides in the 'haves' and 'have nots' of public education.  

My favorite pictures from the week:










The high of my week was watching the 8 year old finish the FINAL Harry Potter.  I cannot believe it, but she read the entire series in the last month and a half.  Holy crap.  I guess that's what not being in school does for you! We have watched the movies as she has finished so we are halfway through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.  

The low of my week was the constant neediness of all of the people in my house and not being able to leave and just be alone.  I can only really go for a walk and it has been cold.  So dang cold this week. 

Meal plan for the week was (we have been eating very well and very creatively!)

Monday - leftover lasagna, garlic bread, cottage cheese and grapes
Tuesday -  Chicken Cobb salad, cottage cheese, applesauce, roasted potatoes
Wednesday -  Smoked Ribs, baked beans, homemade applesauce, baked sweet potatoes
Thursday - Homemade Veggie Soup, cheese quesadillas, and salad (I made the soup about a month ago and we froze leftovers)
Friday -Grilled Chicken, roasted broccoli, One Pan Parm Pasta

The best money I spent was on a large jar of nutella that is hopefully coming my way soon!

What I’m listening to back logged episodes of about a gazllion podcasts.  Still Love Dolly Parton!

What I’m watching not much! We watched the first episode of Schitt's Creek and may start watching that series.

What I’m reading: nothing! I finished Educated late last night ad haven't decided what to read next.  I need a book that doesn't have a crappy dad in it because the last few that I've read have had some really crappy parents!!

My plans for the weekend include hopefully going outside because it is supposed to warm up again.

What are you watching/reading/listening to?