Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“Is It An Ant?”

Hey, hey! Happy JUNE! How’s it going, friends?

My morning started bright and early with a pug walk around the block. I usually rush through this part of my day because I typically want to get back to my laptop to start working, but, recently, I’ve started to slow down a bit, not have my face in my phone, and actually enjoy our morning walk together. And it’s really started to make a difference in how I face the rest of my day. Positive vibes, baby.

After our walk, I get Qman ready for school and drop him off. After the holiday weekend, it was especially hard to say goodbye. #momguilt

Back at home, I make a quick batch of Bacon & Chive Egg Muffins (<— new favorite – recipe coming to CNC next week) and cooked up some veggies for the week. I didn’t have a proper food prep day over the long weekend, so I figured some prep is better than none!

Then, it was time to dig into breakfast: Overnight oats made with cottage cheese and goat’s milk. I am obsessed and have eaten this combo pretty much everyday for the last week or so – usually for breakfast, but sometimes as an afternoon snack… and often with almond butter or a drizzle of honey. It’s SO GOOD and SO SATISFYING!

While enjoying my breakfast, I heard a knock at the front door. It was the swing set guys, ready to install Qman’s birthday present! (I was seriously so excited to see them!)

I spent the rest of the morning work, work, working before whipping out my lunch, which was a Cucumber, Radish & Feta Salad (recipe below) with chunked chicken breast mixed in. Yummmmm!

Cucumber, Radish & Feta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Grab a fork and dig in!

Makes 4 servings

FYI: The recipe above was inspired by the Mediterranean Cucumber Salad from Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes <— Get 30% off this ebook with code CARROTS30!

Mid-afternoon, my stomach started to grumble, so I ate a mug full of Blueberry Chex. The photo was taken when I was almost finished, but it was indeed filled to the top when I started! 🙂 After that, I had a quick phone call and then I picked up Quinn early from daycare.

On the drive home, I told Quinn that there was a birthday “prize” waiting for him at home. Mal and I have “secretly” talked about his swing set for weeks now, and I was curious to know if he had caught on, so I asked Quinn if he had any idea what we got him for his birthday. His reply: “Is it an ant?” Haha! I seriously died laughing. It was so darn cute.

When we rounded the turn on our street, Quinn caught a glimpse of the swing set. His eyes were open wide, but he didn’t say anything. He didn’t even smile, but when I parked the car, he hopped right out and ran over to the swing set.

He immediately climbed up the stairs and started exploring. He still didn’t say anything, so I asked what he thought of his present. His reply: “Good.” Ha! Man of few words. He did eventually say “thank you” to both Mal and me for the swing set, so we’re pretty sure he liked it! 🙂

Shortly after that, our friends and neighbors arrived with their sons to help “christen” the new swing set. Qman had a blast playing with them on his new “prize”!

It eventually started to get pretty cold, so we headed inside for some snacks and drinks with the kiddos.

After awhile, our friends needed to get home, so we said goodbye. I snacked quite a bit during our happy hour, but I needed some real food in my stomach. I heated some egg muffins + kale and dinner was done!

And the night had a sweet ending with cookie dough ice cream from Hornstra! 🙂

Question of the Day

Did you have a swing set growing up? What was it like?

I didn’t have a swing set growing up, but I played on the one at my grandparents’ house all the time. And I’m pretty sure my Grampie bought it at Kmart one afternoon and just stuck it in the ground for us. No installation needed! 🙂 It was quite the dangerous play-set that never quite stayed put, especially when you really got going on the swings, and it had rust spots and random screws sticking out here and there, but, man, we had fun on it!

Oooh, how things have changed in the swing set world!

 

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