Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Mercy me, it’s Friday already! The week just zoomed by!

First up, though, if you haven’t signed up for the Tis the Season Mug Swap yet, do it now! Caitlin at Coffee with Caitlin and I are hosting, and we are so excited!! You can sign up here.

And now, back to my week wrap up!

1. Since my husband was gone last week, I decided to take Elizabeth to visit my in-laws! I’m pretty lucky- there aren’t many people who would willing go visit their in-laws without their spouse. But they’re just such wonderful people, and I love watching Elizabeth interact with them. We crammed in quite a lot, but last Friday we went to Colonial Williamsburg (love!). We wrapped up the evening with pizza at Donatos! This made my Ohio heart sing. It’s the pizza of my childhood, and they’ve slowly migrated out of Columbus. I had to order my family’s old go-to pizza – mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and onions. I haven’t had this pizza for… years. A decade, maybe? I sent a pic to my sister, who wrote back immediately that she was jealous.

Govenor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg

My favorite pizza from Donatos

2. While we had a fun time in Virginia, the ride back to North Carolina wasn’t so great. Elizabeth had a back case of the icky diapers and diaper rash, so we had to stop twice for diaper changes. Then 30 minutes from the RDU airport to pick up hubby, she vomited. Ick! And then again before we got home. She had a fever for two days, and, thankfully, by Wednesday, she seemed to be on the mend. And the car seat will never be the same again.

3. I spent some time planning out Christmas presents! I’ve got some great ideas for some folks, and then zero inspiration for others. If you’re needing a little inspiration, check out my favorite mugs! (These would be perfect to send to your Mug Swap partner, if you’ve signed up!)

Favorite Mugs for Gifts at Cup of Tea

4. Wednesday I made a quick run to the Dollar Tree (my newest store obsession!) to see if they had particular craft supplies. On the way home I swung through the Starbucks drive through. I was getting irritated because it took forever to crawl to the window! Although, to be honest, it doesn’t take much to make me annoyed… #truestory. Anyway, I roll up to the window to pay and pick up my drink, and the Starbucks dude says my drink was already paid for by the car in front of me. Say what?? Awesome! I felt like a bit of a schmuck not doing the same for the person behind me, but next time I will! (Unless it’s a pick up for an office complex…)

5. Thursday night my husband’s department got tickets for the Duke vs. UNC football game! (Go Duke!) We froze our tails off, but it was so much fun, despite the fact that Duke got a whoopin’. I’ve missed watching college football.

Duke vs. UNC Football Game

This weekend the Big Eastern Coffee Championships will be in Durham. It sounds like tons of fun, so we’ll probably head out to that at some point!

So what were you up to? Let me know in the comments! Hope you have a great weekend! (And don’t forget to sign up for the Mug Swap! Deadline to sign up is November 24!)

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Menu Monday!

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Happy Monday!  We had a fabulous, but tiring weekend. Hope yours was a great one as well!

This is going to be a shortened menu this week.  I’m leaving out of town on Wednesday, so I’ll just be jotting down a few things I’m making ahead for my husband, so he doesn’t starve 🙂  It’s a lot of Mexican items…. just realized.  But it’s his favorite genre.  He’ll balance it out by going out to eat, I’m sure.

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Tacos

Tuesday:
Our 7 Year wedding anniversary.  So we’re headed out to eat!

Make Ahead Items:
Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchiladas
(From this blog) – never got around to making them this week

Breakfast Pinwheels

Frozen Pizzas

Extra Taco Mix

Large pot of black beans and rice

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Menu Monday!

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Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I was hacking up a lung (sorry… TMI?) and just trying to feel better.  But mommies don’t get sick days. Anyway, that was pretty much our weekend, summed up 🙂

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Tacos

Tuesday:
Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchiladas
(From this blog) – never got around to making them this week

Wednesday:
Mexican Pizza
(From Field of Greens, pg. 180)
I’m actually documenting the process this week so I can share it with you!

Thursday:
Tagliarini with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini & Basil
(From Field of Greens, pg. 137)
New to us recipe!

Friday:
Burgers with Pimento Cheese, Red Onion, Roasted Garlic
Austrian Potato Salad (Originally from Cook’s Illustrated, similar recipe here, and Mayo free!)
Apple Pie

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Toasted Sourdough with Roasted Peppers, Fontina & Rocket
(From Field of Greens, pg. 302)

*Grocery store this week: Trader Joe’s

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Menu Monday!



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Another Menu Monday!  I actually finished making the menu and shopping list at 2:00PM yesterday.  Not bad!  Normally the menu is created either LATE Sunday or very early Monday… so a productive Sunday.

This week I’ve been craving some old favorites and comfort food.  So you may see some serious repeats… but I was really craving it!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Mexican Pizza
(From Field of Greens, pg. 180)
The recipe makes double sauce, so I freeze half to use another time

Tuesday:
Kale & Black Bean Burrito Bowl
(Adapted from this recipe)

Wednesday:
Spicy Basil Tofu
(SO delicious and easy!! Adapting from this recipe from Cooking Light)

Thursday:
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas
(Adapted from this recipe)

Friday:
Stovetop Mac & Cheese
(Found on Pinterest – recipe here)

Saturday:
Easy Vegetarian Meatballs and Roasted Potatoes
(My own recipe – here)

Sunday:
Black Bean Tacos

*Grocery store this week: Food Lion

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Menu Monday!

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Well, well, Monday.  We meet again.

First, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw on Saturday a video of Elizabeth crawling!!!!!! She just decided to do it, randomly.  Yay her!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Father’s Day for us was quiet.  The doctor hubby was on call on Sunday, meaning he didn’t come home from the hospital until about 6:00, and then had to go BACK in after dinner… so yay for his first Father’s Day…

He did request a pretty awesome dinner.  Last week I made this Spicy Basil Tofu.  O.M.G.  This was AMAZING!  He asked for this again for Father’s Day, and then I also made a batch of Thai Yellow Curry, so our tummies were very happy.  FYI – if you like a saucy Spicy Basil Tofu, that particular recipe is lacking.  When I made it a second time, I tripled the sauce part of the recipe.

Enough chit chat… on to the menu!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Singapore Noodles
From Cook’s Illustrated
(we never got around to eating this last week)

Tuesday:
Greek Tortellini Salad
From Two Peas and Their Pod

Wednesday:
Southwest Pasta
My own little recipe… inspired from one of our favorite restaurants in St. Joseph, MI

Thursday:
Caprese Paninis
No recipe, just tomato, basil, and mozzarella

Friday:
Taco Stuffed Avocados
From Babble.com – the picture looked delightful!

Saturday:
Thai Drunken Noodles
Found on Pinterest

Sunday:
Black Bean Tacos
Because we had them last week, and I was obsessed.

*Grocery stores this week:
Trader Joe’s (it’s actually been a while since I’ve been there!) and the local Asian Market for some thai basil and mushroom soy sauce.

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