Friday, August 22, 2014

Tomato Salad-Topped Grilled Pizza

Nearly every Friday night, it's pizza and a movie night in our house. It's one of the only nights that I allow us to gather around the coffee table and eat dinner while we watch a movie. Last Friday, it was Eden's actual birthday.
(I know. You guys have been hearing me talk about her birthday for almost 2 weeks now. Can't help it. Can't stop. Won't Stop. ) I love celebrating birthdays!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bruschetta Chicken Capellini

I know that school is just around the corner for a lot of you. I've seen on Facebook that even some of your kids have started school already! Even though I homeschool my kids (starting in October), I do know how hard it can be to get everyone around the dinner table and enjoying a meal together. As a busy mom myself, I know that we want quick, snappy meals that don't take long to prepare, but will also nourish our kids. Am I right? Or am I right?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Tidings!

1. The fair came to town last week and we always go on a kids get in free night. This year, I managed to snag some pretty good coupons for ride tickets at a really good deal. Both Grace and Eden got to go on 6 rides which is kind of unusual for us. Usually we stick to around 2-3 rides per kid because it is so expensive. Of course, I like going to the fair purely for the food. Haha!

2. Have you seen this trailer that's floating around that is like if "Michael Bay directed the movie UP?" It's pretty funny. Reminds me of all the trailers they did for "Frozen."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Menu 8/18-8/24

This past weekend...I'm surprised I'm still standing it was so busy. A full weekend of birthday excitement. Eden turned 6 yrs old on Friday and she spent the day eating her favorite lunch, going to out to ice cream with her b-day twin, her Boppy (my mother in love), picking books out at the library, eating pizza for dinner, and settling down with Rio 2 with the family with a huge bowl of popcorn. Saturday morning, Josh whisked her away to a birthday breakfast, just the two of them and then home to get ready for her birthday party/bbq/sleepover. Sunday, we had church and after church, I went through all of our homeschooling supplies to make a new list of what we needed and was able to get everything at the store before heading out to Josh's parents house to celebrate his mom's birthday.

It was quite the weekend. I happen to love birthdays. Lot's of laughter. Lot's of cake. Lot's of celebrating another year of a person's life. What could be better than that?

Eden's festivities are ending quite yet though. Instead of getting Eden a bunch of gifts, we got her a few small things (puzzle, infinity scarf, and a My Little Pony Build a Bear Costume)-her big gift from us is an afternoon at Oaks Park (our local amusement park) and have dinner out afterwards and she is thrilled about it. :) Me too-I love rides!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Catz on the Move: River's Edge Hotel & Spa (Portland, OR)

Chels and I have toyed around with the idea of putting up occasional posts under the heading "Catz on the Move" (inside joke of sorts) to do little reviews of restaurants, hotels, and family activities. Realistically, we don't travel that much, so the hotel reviews would be pretty few and far between (we'd like to change that!), but we could probably field an opinion on the occasional restaurant, etc.

Well, very recently, we had the opportunity to get away overnight to celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary. It was the first time we'd gone away from the kids overnight in seven years (Hey, we're not complaining - we like our kids! Also, they had gone away from us - we just hadn't gone away from them...), so I wanted it to be special, even if it was just here in Portland (we live in a suburb about 10 miles southeast of the city). Unfortunately, the weekend our anniversary fell on happened to be a very popular weekend in downtown Portland, and I was seeing hotel room prices above $500/night for a decent room. A small room sans balcony, jacuzzi tub, etc, could be had for around $300, and I was about ready to just do that when I came across a little hotel about two miles south of downtown called the River's Edge Hotel & Spa.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blackberry Donuts

Hey Friends,
I'm over at Evermine's blog today sharing these gorgeous and delicious blackberry donuts.

Here in the Pacific Northwest it's blackberry season and blackberries are abundant everywhere right not. We even have a ton in our yard that my kids enjoy picking and tossing into fruit salads.

These baked donuts are super easy to make and the perfect treat to share with your friends and family.  All you need is a cute little bag that's personalized with little tags and your ready to share some summer hospitality with those around you.

Click on over to Evermine's blog today to get the recipe and have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oven Baked Turkey Tacos

Let's get one thing straight. I am not into sports. While I enjoy running, I'm not a fast runner. While I enjoy badminton, I dislike tennis (except for the cute outfits). When I think of the world's most boring sport, golf comes to mind. BUT I LOVE MINI GOLF SOMETHING FIERCE. Did I mention that I'm completely awful at it?

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