Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Weekend + Dinner Menu

Sofia had the best bath of her life tonight & stayed in there until her little hands and feet were wrinkled all over.

Also, I just went in to check on her, usually she's sound asleep but tonight she was wide awake. She stood up arms in the air, I picked her up, she pointed to the rocker & told me to "SIT!", then looked up at the monitor and said "Dada, wa wa" - Mike was there 30 seconds later with a fresh water and big girl straw. I swear she's 1.5 going on 16! ;)
 
Our weekend was busy - we watched my niece, went to a wedding Saturday & stayed out entirely way too late which led to bad decisions, like McD's for a late night fish filet (Sofia woke up at 6:58am, that was a fun one!) & the guys stained the deck all day Sunday while I tried to pick up the pieces of our life (aka laundry, cleaning, grocery store, change the sheets & plan our week).
|Dinner Menu|
Monday| Beef stir-fry with steamed rice. I buy one of the Birds Eye stir-fry frozen mix bags & cut up whatever veggies we have fresh and add it to a big skillet of cooked beef or chicken then pour in teriyaki, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic & sriracha then let it cook down for about 10 minutes.
Tuesday| Skillet Shrimp with broccoli and pasta shells with butter, garlic & parm.
Wednesday| Bacon Asparagus Pasta adapted via
Thursday| Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad - this is a quick one, cook 2 chicken breasts & cube it, also cube 1/2 block of cheddar and dice a couple cherry tomatoes then mix with this pasta salad and sprinkle the top with bacon.
Friday| Out - not really out but more like take-out in bed, which happens to be one of my most favorite times of the week! ;)
Saturday| Grilled steaks, loaded baked potatoes & asparagus. Speaking of potatoes, did you know you should always buy organic? Potatoes carry a huge amount of pesticides - the soil they grow in is treated with chemicals, they are sprayed with more toxins before hitting the grocery store & it all survives in the meat of the potato, yeah the part that we eat.
 
Hope your Easter week is off to a great start!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bug Mania + Agave Soy Baked Chicken Recipe

Sofia has a new obsession, it's cute and it's gross but she can't get enough, "bug-E!" We spent 30 minutes before bedtime out on the deck when she saw an ant, every neighbor I'm sure heard her yelling "bug" "BUG-E" "ewwww" "bug bug bug" - she gets real mad when they crawl between the plank & yells "BUGGGG-E!!!" then runs away when they appear, with a hysterical "I don't know if this is funny or freaking me the f out" laugh. I love watching her explore the world around her, things that are always there but she's just now noticing. Life through her eyes is pretty awesome & so are these strawberry shades, wish they came in my size!
I wanted to share this quick recipe that uses less than 10 ingredients, anything with more than a handful of ingredients I usually pass right on by. Ain't no Mama got time for that! You can use chicken breasts but Mike loves chicken thighs, so that's what we used & served it up with fluffy white rice (because brown is too weird for Mike but I'm sure that goes for the majority of guys!) and green beans.
 
|Agave Soy Baked Chicken|
Recipe adapted via
Ingredients
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c reduced sodium soy sauce
4-5 Tbsp agave
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
salt & pepper, to taste
 
Directions
1| Dump all ingredients into a Ziploc bag and massage the marinade into the chicken then let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, if you're in hurry you can surely skip the cooling session and go right on to baking
2| Preheat oven to 425 degrees
3| Place chicken skin side down into a baking dish then pour all of the agave soy goodness over top
4| Bake 25 minutes then flip the chicken and cook 15 minutes then turn one last time (so it's skin side up) for about 10 minutes or until crispy
 
Hope you have a great weekend! We have a wedding to go to tomorrow, we have to stain the deck (been putting this off since Sofia was born, so 1.5 yrs now!) & then I'm sure the rest of the weekend will be spent looking for bugs! ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What Sofia Ate | Mini Meals

Happy Wednesday, we're halfway through the week ladies!
Mike and I have a wedding to go to this weekend and I'm nervous about getting dressed up, I've been in Mom mode for far too long! ;) In preparation for the wedding and not wanting to show up with split ends that look like they went through the lawn mower, I treated myself to a cut and color for the first time in 6 months. It's crazy what a little trim will do to the soul!
 
Moving on to mini meals, here's a day of food in Sofia's world.
 
|Breakfast|
French toast, raspberries & clementines
 
|Lunch|
Mac n' cheese with mixed veggies and a side of fruit
 
|Snack|
Sofia is all about fruit, so it's no wonder this melon salad was a hit. I just cut watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew into little bite size pieces - these will last a couple days in the fridge.
 
|Dinner|
Veggie turkey burger topped with cheese and guacamole and a side of fresh fruit
 
Hope you're having a great day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Basket Treats + Bucket List

Can't believe Easter is almost here and it was in the 40's yesterday, Spring needs to make an appearance stat. Hopefully, by time the Easter bunny makes a visit it will be warm and sunny, we plan to have an egg hunt in the backyard!
 
I'm so excited for Easter this year, now that Sofia is old enough to enjoy the festivities! I filled her basket with lots of random goodies and I can't stop thinking about the fun eggs at Target, have you seen them? I'm thinking I need to run back and grab these and these.
Here's a few things we would like to do:
 
|Easter Bucket List|
1| Color eggs, although I'm sure we'll both be covered in pastels by the time we finish
2| Bake cookies, our holiday tradition
3| Easter egg hunt in the house, hopefully it buys me enough time to throw dinner in the oven
4| Pictures with the Easter bunny
5| Easter egg bath
 
What's on your Easter bucket list?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Our Weekend + Dinner Menu

Oh Sunday, I could really use an extra day before heading back to the office.
By the time Friday hits, I'm exhausted and all I want are nachos in bed. ;) Saturday is our lazy day and lately we've been hitting up some family walks. Come Sunday, I have to be productive - I plan our meals for the week, make a grocery list & a list of all the other essentials we need, run to the grocery store (we used to go as a family but now that Sofia thinks the cart is a jungle gym, I quickly realized it's much more zen alone!) rapid fire the laundry, squeeze in a quick cleaning, blog, shower, take fistfuls of white cheddar popcorn to the face and finally, bed.
 
My favorite moment this weekend was when Sofia giggity gigged in our shower yelling "I SHOWA, I SHOWA!!!!!" Her voice is the cutest thing ever, I could listen to her talk all day.
"Do you love Mama?" "YESH!"
 
Highlight of Sofia's weekend?
A big girl cup, that she chugged water out of like a champ but the minute I poured milk in, it was game over & rug soaked.
Here's what's going down in our kitchen this week:
*Sunday/Monday meals are carried over from last week, pizza & sushi won those nights out. ;)
Sunday| Soba Noodle Salad + Spicy Shrimp - for the shrimp, I coated them in sriracha, agave, soy sauce & a sprinkle of corn starch then cooked on the stove, 2 minutes per side. 
Monday| Sliced Pork Tenderloin w/ Citrus Slaw
Tuesday| Buffalo Chicken Salad - marinate chicken breasts in buffalo wing sauce then grill. For the salad I chop up Romaine and top with shredded cheddar, carrots, tomatoes, sliced chicken and buffalo ranch.
Wednesday| Grilled Chicken Fajitas - coat chicken breasts & sliced green bell peppers in fajita seasoning and olive oil then grill. Top with mounds of cheese & salsa.
Thursday| Turkey Club Sandwiches with chips and salad
Friday| Dinner Out
Saturday| Dinner Out & Mama and Dada out, we have a wedding to go to!
 
Hope your weekend was filled with lots of sun & all things Spring!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What Sofia Ate | Mini Meals

Let me just say, I couldn't be happier that Spring is FINALLY here, but oh my goodness, my allergies are in full swing after just a few days of warm air! This is going to be a season filled with tissues, sneezes and watery eyes. Speaking of sneezing, I get totally freaked out when I sneeze while driving, it's a struggle to keep my eyes open. This is a real fear, my friends.
 
Back again with mini meals this week. This has honestly been a fun series and I hope I can continue to keep up with it. I love hearing all of your favorite meals, they truly inspire me.
As always, hit up the comments below with any must make meals!
 
|Breakfast|
English muffin with a touch of butta baby, cottage cheese (surprisingly Sofia loves it & not so surprisingly curds end up in her hair) & mixed fruit.
 
|Lunch|
Agave soy chicken mixed with peas and carrots & a side of peaches.
 
|Snack|
Dried fruits are a fave in this house. Unlike fresh fruit, Sofia can carry these around and I don't have to worry about an apricot mural on the wall.
 
|Dinner|
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! No but really, she had chicken topped with guacamole and cheese for dinner. BIG HIT! Served with mixed fruit and mac n' cheese with broccoli.
 
Hope you love this series as much as I do & hope you have a great weekend!
I'm off to enjoy a little sushi take-out action with Mike. It's one of those screw the dinner menu and order out kind of nights. And I have to ask, does your husband take 30 minutes to look at the damn menu too? Lord knows I love him, but really, is strategizing a take-out "bracket" with all of his favorite meals necessary? #marchmadnesstakeover

Before I go, my girl, Natasha just opened up her own online clothing boutique for children - Sugar Bit. I'm loving this, this & this.
Take a peek, I know you want to! ;)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Diaper Bag Update + Toddler Chaos

Happy April, the sun is shining bright and it's finally warm! Can't wait to take a walk around the 'hood once Sofia wakes up from her nap. Lately, she hasn't been much into sitting in the stroller. Yesterday evening, our own little mini Hulk continually thrusted her entire body forward in an effort to break though the straps, obviously the stroller won and she was pissed. We plopped our dog in the there, Sof's held the leash & everyone came out a winner.
 
Our diaper bag used to accompany the stroller everywhere it went but as the stroller is fading away, so is the diaper bag. I've received numerous requests for a diaper bag update, you can find the original post here.
Here's what we're working with in the Toddler bag!
(Sofia's Growth Stat book, snack cup, snacks, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bubbles, boogie wipes, diapers, baby powder, change of clothes, bib, sippy, paci and blanket)
While a lot of items are the same, we've been able to cut back on a bunch too, making for a much lighter load. The diaper bag still goes everywhere we go, only now, I leave it in the car and stuff any essentials in my purse - mainly sippys & snacks
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Halfway through writing this post, Sofia woke up from her nap early, ready to tear the house apart. We came downstairs so I can finish up my work for the day, she was having a snack next to me and I hear "DOOO-DA NO! DOOO-DA NO!" It's really quite unreal how much they pickup, I always tell our dog, Vinny (Sof's calls him Doo-Da!), to stay away from her while she's eating. Guess we better start watching what we say around her now, the fun has just begun! ;)
Oh, and Michele Jenney, would you please send me an email at hellonewlywedlife@gmail.com about your FP moccs! :)