Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The simple thing that made me smile this week

I overheard a phone conversation between my daughter and my father earlier this week.

They talked about the latest movie she wants to see, her new toy, school and she gave him detailed instructions on how to play clumsy ninja, one of her favorite games.

The phone call lasted for a ½ hour.

She got off the phone and said “Mom, Opa says when I come visit we will go get ice cream

As I responded to her I smiled.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Two ways to complete a maze

I will leave it to you to figure out which was my daughter's path and which was mine! I will say this much she is definitely always one step ahead of me.


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Menu Plan Monday

We have a fairly busy week so I am glad I took the time to sit down and come up with a meal plan to limit the chaos of meal time at least! As usual when I make a meal plan I have linked up over at Organizing Junkie as part of Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Normally I take the time to cook us a nice meal without convenience items but on busy nights like tonight we need something fast and easy. We found Johnny's potato/cheddar powder soup mix at Costco recently and really liked it.  Grilled cheese will be made for the picky child eater. 

Tuesday- Taco night

Wednesday- My go to slow cooker dinner is putting a chicken in to cook all day. I plan to serve some lemon roasted microwave potatoes, cooked carrots and leftover buns with it. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/151802/lauras-lemon-roasted-potatoes/

Thursday- We will use the leftover chicken from Wednesday night to make salads. We have spinach in the fridge and in addition to the chicken will add in cucumbers, peppers, dried cranberries. I like adding some mushrooms to mine and have some feta cheese in the fridge so will throw some of that in too. I like that each member of the family can customize their salad as I simply put the spinach out with bowls of cut up vegetables/toppings. 

Friday- Like I mentioned above we usually eat mostly home cooked meals.  Sure we at times rely on things like Annie's boxed Mac and Cheese for lunch but I am very happy to have found this kid pleasing homemade mac and cheese recipe from Living Well Mom. It is definitely a keeper! http://livingwellmom.com/2012/05/easy-kid-friendly-macaroni-n-cheese-recipe/

Saturday- Going to give this recipe a try - pineapple bbq meatballs - http://diethood.com/pineapple-barbecue-sauce-glazed-meatballs/

Sunday- Going to give this recipe a try - teriyaki chicken with pineapple -  http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2012/11/teriyaki-chicken-with-pineapple.html  http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2012/11/teriyaki-chicken-with-pineapple.html
What are you planning for dinner this week?
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Five (recent) favorite things

Over at Mama Kat’s weekly linkup one of the prompts she gave was to list our five recent favorite things. So in no particular order here are mine:

1. Adult coloring books: Of course I colored as a child. Adult coloring books are a whole new world compared to the the thin paged cartoon books of our childhood. I have started a nice little collection of books/coloring supplies and am finding it's a great stress reliever. Which apparently it's obvious I need. I was at the mechanic the other day (luckily an oil change this time and not another unexpected repair) when telling him of my broken toe he remarked "it's been a tough 6 months, scratch that a tough year for you guys". Pretty bad when the mechanic recognizes your life has had more downs than ups the last year.

2. Kids –  This is  specifically in relation to my daughter lately. Always one to keep us on our toes and be leaving us waiting for the next funny antic she has not disappointed this week. She brought home a letter from a friend at school that asked her for a sleepover soon. Well, when I went to pick her up at school the other day, her friend walked by and said “See you next weekend for a sleepover!” It was obvious the girls were badly wanting this so I messaged her friends Mom that evening to make the arrangements. When I told Karensa this she informed me that she had invited another friend but told her that the sleepover would be on Friday. Seems I am the last to find out about the plans of 7 and 8 year old girls.