Monday’s Mixture

IMG_4011Well another week has flown by and can you believe it we are almost in October.  It seems my mind has been on other things recently and I have not been able to sit down and write.  However that does not mean I have not been cooking up a lot of things.  In fact just the opposite one day last week that is all I did aside from driving carpool… I cooked.  We had a couple really nice meals and I was so caught up in entertaining and getting things together that it completely slipped my mind to take pictures.  Clearly being a food blogger has not been my top priority.

We are in the midst of the busiest fall week for our family three birthdays and an anniversary and this year to the holidays are falling right in the middle as well.  Needless to say our days and nights have been busy.  I will try and link to some of the recipes we enjoyed and others I will have to recreate and post with pictures at a later time.

1.  What We are Eating ( September 21 – 26th)

Sunday – Super Nachos

Monday – Leftovers, we needed to clean out the fridge and make room for the anticipated holiday food

Tuesday – Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Quesadillas

Wednesday – Chicken Matza Ball Soup with Challah, Kale & Apple Salad, Noodle Kugel, and The Baked Brownie with Vanilla Ice CreamIMG_4012

Thursday – Brisket (epicruious.com), Sweet Potato Casserole, Salad, Challah, & Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday – Repeat of Wednesday/ Thursday just the three of us (Brisket, Kale & Apple Salad, Sweet Potato Casserole)

Saturday – Another busy weekend that included dinner out

2.  Pumpkin Spice – I am very much a fan of pumpkin flavor as I have always enjoyed a good pumpkin pie.  In recent years pumpkin flavor has become so popular it is everywhere.  I will admit I do enjoy pumpkin products – pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin dip, and pumpkin soup.  But how far is it going to go with this pumpkin obsession?  Have you seen some of the products on the market recently?  Pumpkin Spice Oreos, and M &M’s.  This is where I draw the line some things are just better in their original form.

I did, however, grab a bag of pumpkin seeds for mixture this weekend and popped one in my mouth this morning.  I did not realize when I purchased them they were pumpkin spice flavored pumpkin seeds.  They are fine and I am sure Little Miss Mixture will enjoy them, but they do not taste like pumpkin seeds rather they taste like cinnamon sugar crunch.

3.  Shoes – Did you know that shoes can grow a mold?  What else is this.  With the changing of the season and the cooler weather moving in, I started to move clothes around in my closet.  I do this each season.  I put the sandals and whites up high and bring down the sweaters and boots.  Apparently after the downpour I was caught in during pick up a few weeks ago my sandals, though they felt dry, were in fact still damp.  This is what I found when I went to move shoes around.  Luckily it had only been a few days and they cleaned up well.

How odd.  Now I am rethinking whether I like keeping them in the clear shoe boxes or not.

 

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Luckily it had only been a few days and they cleaned up well.

How odd.  Now I am rethinking whether I like keeping them in the clear shoe boxes or not.

4. Beer – If you recall about two months ago, Mr. Mixture and I visited some local breweries and did some sampling.  We visited Triple C first and by the end of our afternoon I had forgotten which beers I enjoyed at their brewery.  This weekend we attended a function where Triple C was on tap.  I am not sure which beer out of the four was the most popular of the night, but both Mr. Mixture and myself enjoyed the Smoked Amber.

5. Birthday Party – Little Miss Mixture has a birthday this week and like may little girls she has specific ideas on what her birthday should entail.  Here are some of the ideas she has us working on her to make her birthday special.  What did we do before the internet and Pinterest for ideas, tutorials, and pictures?

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Be sure to check back next week to see how we made the birthday special.  What our go to fall mixture snack is and some recipes of what we have been eating.

Happy Monday! Happy National Coffee Day!

 

*Pictures via Pinterest, Real Life, Real Estate, Real Dana, fortandfield.blogspot.com, food.com

Monday’s Mixture

August – I cannot believe it is the beginning of August already.  If you live on the East coast you have probably experienced the taste of fall like weather.  Though fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I am not ready for it and I am not ready for the cooler weather.  Mid to upper 80’s I would be happy, but barely hitting 70 for a high.  NO! I want more days of sitting by the pool flipping through magazines and watching Little Miss Mixture swim.  As much as I like fall and the weather has felt nice, I want to enjoy the beauty of summer and that is hard with overcast skies rain and cooler temperatures.  Here is how we enjoyed our week, regardless of the weather.

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1.  Busy Season – August is the start of what I refer to as busy season in our family, and it has started already.  Between now and the end of the year we have 8 Birthdays and 3 Anniversaries, not to mention the start of school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.  Between new routines, fall activities, decorating for the holidays, and celebrating everyone and everything, it seems like a whirlwind when nothing gets done- at least projects and things.  Each year I say I will start early to prepare and be organized, stay tuned to see how this year goes.  What are some of the hot new gifts going to be for kids and adults?

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2.  What We Are Eating (July 27 – August 2)

Sunday – Steak, Grilled Corn Salad, Arugula with Grilled Peaches

Monday – Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce, a perfect Meatless Monday meal

Tuesday – Steak, Watermelon, Corn Salad

WednesdayMixed Greens, Grilled Chicken & Peaches Salad

Thursday – Sausage, Pepperoni, & Pepper Pizza

Friday – Dinner out at local Mexican Restaurant

Saturday – Grilled Salmon, Grilled Potatoes & Onions, Arugula Salad with Grilled Peaches

3.  Websites – Take a note I have new bling on my webpage.  I have been blogging for over four months now, so the Nutrition Network has added my blog to their registry.  This is a listing of dietitians that blog.

4. Ice Cream for Breakfast – Several years ago after peach picking, I made this recipe.  It is simple, fresh, and good for you.  With all our peaches this week, I decided to make a batch and Little Miss Mixture was so excited when I let her enjoy peach sorbet for breakfast.

5. Entertaining – When I have guests over for dinner and I entertain, I am one of those people who puts out multiple pick me up type foods.  I typically make a couple things, but also pick some items up.  Here are some of the ones we enjoyed recently.  Havarti with dill, Various types of Olives, and Dried Okra – If you have not already tried some, do.  It is slightly sweet and crunchy and a little bit addictive.  What are some of your favorite appetizers?

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6.  Sunday Fun Around the City – This is how we spent our Sunday afternoon, visiting some local places and enjoying a flights of beer.  Have you ever had A Road to Nowhere or a  Baby Maker .  I prefer darker beers but I will try different and unique flavored ones.  One of my favorites is Blueberry Beer.  IMG_3602

This weekend I found a lighter beer that I enjoyed Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewery.  IMG_3605

Our fun in the city ended with a refreshing treat from another local merchant.  King of Pops.  @KingofPopsCLT you definitely did Blueberry Cobbler right.

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We will be back for more of some of these local treats.

Stay Tuned for more reviews of local places we visit and the food we are eating.