Did everyone have a wonderful, fun, and safe New Year's Eve?
We had a very relaxing and low-key New Year's Eve which I think was really good for our family. We used a giftcard that we had received from my Grandma for a Christmas gift and treated the kids to Olive Garden. It was so busy there but thanks to Josh using the Call Ahead Seating method, he called Olive Garden on his way home from Salem ( which is about a 35-40min drive) and we were able to get seated right away because the wait time was about an hour. Grace really enjoyed her kids Fettuccine Alfredo, Eden snacked on breadsticks and ate the salad, and Josh had the Chicken Alfredo, and I tried the Parmesean Crusted Tilapia. Josh stopped by the Redbox on our way home after dinner and picked up Knight & Day and we got a bottle of a Spanish Champagne for us adults to toast at Midnight.
Grace has been sick since Christmas Day so the kids pretty much went to bed right away and we started our movie and fixed a bowl of popcorn until 10 minutes till Midnight. It was such a lovely evening. The movie was really good ( and I am not a Tom Cruise Fan) and pretty mild in terms of conduct...which I appreciate. Then we watched the Ball drop and toasted our champagne in our wedding flutes and had our annual New Years kiss <3
The rest of the weekend has been really low-key...mainly for Grace who kind of had a relapse in her cold. She seems to be feeling better tonight which is good because I'm about ready to get her into the Dr.
Josh is making dinner right now, so I could work on a few blogs. He's making a homemade pizza tonight. This is our second attempt at this. The first time, our crust was huge...and though it was really good...it was really huge. So tonight, we're trying my sister in law's recipe that she had on her blog, The Rookie Cookie for a Whole Wheat Thin Pizza Crust. She's been making homemade pizza for awhile now, so I'm going to trust her on this one ;) I'll let you know in next week's menu how the pizza turned out :)
Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup and some rolls or biscuits
( My mom suggested I make this for Gracie since she's sick)
Spaghetti Bolognese, salad, and garlic bread
Chicken BBQ Sandwiches and my mom's homemade macaroni and cheese...with some fruit
Leftovers or Chili Casserole...I'm just not sure what I'll have time for.
Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots, and gravy...and rolls
I am really hoping for a date night...but if not, we'll either do leftovers or the Chili Casserole
I'm super excited about this coming Sunday. We're celebrating my dad's birthday and having an amazing brunch breakfast at The Quey Restaurant at the Red Lion Hotel in Vancouver Washington. We've been coming here ever since I was a little girl as a tradition for my dad after Christmas. They have the most amazing breakfasts!
That night...I want to make a Baked Potato Soup from Our Best Bites.
I won't be making any desserts or treats this week. I need one more week of a break. I'm sure you all understand. If I get ambitious, I'll make some muffins...but it's sooo cold and windy here right now, oatmeal for the mornings and rich warm dinners seem to be enough for right now. Next week...maybe I'll plan something delicious to make.
Have a wonderful week everyone!