Friday, August 29, 2014

Trying out some new recipes can somewhat throw your budget out of wack - Meal Plans and Grocery trip for August 29th - September 4th

So, the other day I started looking for some new recipes via Pinterest so that we wouldn't get into another rut.  Since this weekend we are going to be out of town for Jon's family's reunion, the dinner meal plans are on the short side.  Here's what we have coming up:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We made it through potty training!

I've been meaning to sit down and write a follow up from my two other posts about starting potty training back in the end of May and beginning of June (Preparing to Potty Train and Week One of Potty Training).  At first I was worried that this was never going to happen because of him having so many accidents.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nationals Play Park in the Dulles Town Center

At the end of June, the Dulles Town Centre retired the airport themed play area for a new Washington Nationals themed play area in the food court.  We actually checked out the new play area right when it

Split Turkey Breast

A few weeks ago I had wanted to make turkey, but not a whole turkey.  Wegmans had exactly what I was looking for, a split turkey breast.  I've cooked several whole turkeys, but never a split breast.  I took to the

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Great to have lots of money leftover from the week before - Meal Plans and Grocery trip for August 22nd - 28th

When figuring out this week's dinner plans, I ended up picking meals that we had most of the items already.  This helped out tremendously with the items that we needed.  Here's the list of dinners for the

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen

restaurant reviews in Central Kentucky, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A week of carry overs - Meal Plans and Grocery trip for August 15th - 21st

So last week we didn't stick to the meal plan, so this week meal plan are all carry overs.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal - Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

Last month when my Dad and Step-mom were in for a visit, we went to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Potomac, MD.  My family has always been about visiting historical/educational places.  Growing up when we would go on vacation, my Mom would make sure that we went somewhere that was historical/educational.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hadley's Park - Dulles, VA

I love living in Northern Virginia.  There's so many playgrounds and parks to take your children to.  This is such a blessing since I have such an active son.  A few Sundays ago we decided to check out a park we had

Nick Ryan's

restaurant review in the Central KY of Nick Ryan's,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

We are on a roll! - Meal Plans and Grocery trip for August 8th - 14th

Friday was a little different than how we normally go about our Fridays.  Michael had another week of swim camp so we ended up waiting until he got up from his nap before I took him to do the grocery shopping.  It did give me time to figure out what to have for dinners during the week.  I started getting into a slump

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sponge Bombs

sponge bombs are the water balloon fight alternative, easy to make and easy to clean up water balloon fight alternative, sponge bombs,
A Water Balloon Fight Alternative

I found this on Pinterest a year or two ago and finally got around to buying the supplies to make them.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Palmer's

restaurant review of Palmer's in Lexington KY,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We are back at it! - Meal Plans and Grocery trip for August 1st - 7th

Friday we weren't able to do our normal morning errands because Michael was in swim camp.  So we ended up doing the grocery running on Saturday afternoon.  Here's the meal plan that we came up with for this week:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Family Fun at the Drive-In

Family Drive-In in Stephens City VA, family fun at the drive-in,

Family Drive-In

5890 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA  22655
(540) 665-6982 (movie hotline)

It had been many years since I had been to see a movie at the drive-in.  I remember we would go every so often to see the new kid friendly movie that was showing first.  My brother and I would then fall asleep during the more adult friendly second movie that my parents would watch.

I hate it when I chicken out on things...

My husband finds it crazy that I love to watch all these shows that are about cooking, but I hate to cook.  We have Master Chef, Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, Dinner: Impossible, and Restaurant: Impossible

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