What We Ate: 9/1 – 9/7

Lunch: French bread pizza (French bread and sauce from the freezer)
Dinner: Papa Murphy’s pizza (B) Ham and pepperoni, (K) Mushrooms, peppers, and tomatoes

Lunch: (B) Chicken noodle soup, (K) Leftover pizza
Dinner: Grilled burgers, baked beans, salad, and chips

Lunch: Leftover cheeseburgers from Labor Day
Dinner: Homemade waffles *

Lunch: (B) Cheeseburger and chips, (K) Salad of mixed greens, black beans, red bell pepper, onion, pepitas, cheddar
Dinner: Fried yellow potatoes with onion, smoked sausage, and green beans

Lunch: (B) Chicken and cheese tamale, (K) Rotisserie chicken, green beans
Dinner: (B) Chicken sandwich, (K) Out for dinner with friends- vegetable beef soup and lemon meringue pie

Lunch: Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner: BBQ chicken, pasta salad, roasted carrots **

Lunch: Butternut squash soup and walnut and apple salad with walnut vinaigrette
Dinner: Roasted salmon, sweet potatoes, and asparagus

* I was not impressed with the recipe I used. The waffles turned out tough and lumpy. If you have a suggestion for a great stand by recipe for waffles, let me know!

** Starting Friday night, we were on vacation with two other families in a large rented house across the street from the beach in Manistee. I know, tough life! We planned out that each family needed to prepare two meals, one lunch and one dinner, to give all of us a break from cooking. We made dinner on Friday night and lunch on Sunday.

What We Ate: 8/25 – 8/31

Our freezer is getting pretty full so, while there are some things that will just have to wait, I’m making it a priority to use as much food from the freezer as possible over the next few weeks. We have a large chest freezer (this guy) in the basement and we’re struggling to find room for groceries right now. We need to use it up!

Lunch: Hopcat (sandwiches and incredible fries)
Dinner: Nothing. Brian and I were both too exhausted from a really busy weekend to bother eating

Lunch: (B) Last of the chicken noodle soup and rosemary and olive oil bread, (K) Spinach salad with mushrooms, onion, chicken, peas, and cheddar and rosemary and olive oil bread
Dinner: Pasta with chucky meat sauce with added zucchini, garlic bread, and fresh green beans *

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) I think I forgot to eat
Dinner: (B) Pub food with the college students, (K) Nachos!

Lunch: (B) Chicken tenders, fries and 5 onion rings, (K) Green beans and Brian’s leftover fries
Dinner: Junk food **

Lunch: Mac and cheese
Dinner: Grilled ham and cheese on rosemary and olive oil bread

I stopped recording what we ate after Thursday and truthfully, nothing we had last week is worth remembering. Hot weather threw us off so we ate whatever sounded good which made for a lot of skipped meals. Ben ate much better than we did last week!

* A friend of ours asked if I’d be intersted in some fresh green beans since their garden was producing far more than they could eat or freeze. I love green beans and so does Ben so I told her I’d love some. She came over with at least 15 lbs of beans! I’ve been working on freezing them all in meal size portions but we’re also eating as many as we can fresh.

** I think it must have been the hot, muggy weather but neither of us felt like eating much this week. We ate whatever sounded good and would get stuff out of the freezer.

What We Ate: 8/18 – 8/24

This week was a bit of an odd week. We didn’t get home from the wedding until dinner on Sunday night and Brian was finishing up the last minute plans for WordCamp Grand Rapids at the end of the week. We knew that both of us would be busy over the weekend and actually had babysitters lined up for Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. That’s the most baby-free time I’ve ever had!

Lunch: Thai Chicken Pasta at Gull Landing in Pentwater, MI. Delicious!
Dinner: (B) Candy, (K) Leftover chicken taco meat as nacho toppings

Lunch: (B) Forgot to eat, (K) Leftover zucchini filling with fresh pasta
Dinner: Dinner with a friend. He brought zingy marinaded chicken, corn on the cob, and cherry pie. I provided spinach salad with lots of feta and cucumber

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Leftover spinach salad from Monday night with grilled chicken added
Dinner: (B) Leftover Thai chicken pasta, (K) Popcorn (I was uninspired and exhausted)

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Last of the sausage and veggie filling from the zucchini boats and a giant glass of iced coffee (headache)
Dinner: Homemade chicken noodle soup from my stash in the freezer

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Carrot sticks, good cheese, celery with peanut butter, and fresh garden tomatoes with salt
Dinner: Frozen fried rice from Trader Joe’s with edamame, egg, and peas added

Lunch: (B) WordCamp errands and a brewery stop, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: Speaker/sponser dinner for WordCamp Grand Rapids

Lunch: (B) WordCamp- bar food, I think, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: WordCamp after party

What We Ate: 8/11 – 8/17

Lunch: Quick Sunday lunch. It’s very likely we had pasta.
Dinner: Church potluck (we brought spinach salad with white cheddar, carrots, green pepper, and pepitas)

Lunch: (B) Rotisserie chicken sandwich, (K) Leftover Sunday salad with chicken
Dinner: Dinner at friends’ house (they provided pot roast and salad, we brought corn on the cob)

Lunch: Mac and cheese
Dinner: French toast

Lunch: Chicken and black bean tacos
Dinner: Steak at Logan’s *

Lunch: Leftover tacos
Dinner: Stuffed zucchini boats with linguine, similar to this recipe

Lunch: Leftover zucchini with linguine
Dinner: Rehearsal dinner **

Lunch: Subway (oven roasted chicken on herb and cheese bread with provolone and veggies)
Dinner: Wedding

* My middle little sister is going to be a senior in high school this year so Brian was called into duty to take her senior pictures. We drove out to the beach and shot for about 2 hours. It was after 8:00 when we were done and were all starved. We headed to Logan’s and filled ourselves up on steak and rolls.

** Brian was a groomsman in a wedding this weekend so we did a lot of traveling and eating food provided by someone else. It was a wonderful break!

What We Ate: 8/4 – 8/10

Lunch: Cheese stuffed pasta shells, garlic bread, California blend veggies
Dinner: Chinese food!

Lunch: Leftover shells and garlic bread
Dinner: Chuck roast in the crock pot with sweet potatoes, yellow skin potatoes, and carrots

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Leftover Chinese
Dinner: Brian skipped dinner and I had nachos

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Grilled cheese
Dinner: Birthday party for my dad (baked spaghetti and salad)

Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Spinach salad with chicken and green pepper
Dinner: Clean out the fridge night

Lunch: Last of the chuck roast
Dinner: Date night (wood fired pizza)

Lunch: Homemade vegetable beef soup with the very last of the chuck roast
Dinner: Fundraiser in Brian’s home town for his aunt who has cancer

July Photo Dump

Ben loves the kitties and tries to play with them as often as he can catch them
Ben was very proud of himself when he figured out how to make his toy play music
Happy Independence Day!
Grandma was cleaning out her house and found the ViewMaster my dad and uncles when they were kids. She was going to throw it out so we claimed the toy along with a stack of slides from the 50s-70s. Love it!
Independence Day yard work. We tried the back carry with the Ergo for the first time. Ben didn’t like it as much because he can’t see and I don’t like getting my hair pulled. So far, nothing beats hip carry!
Celebrated our independence by grilling a few filet mignon steaks, mini potatoes and fresh corn
When the weather gets hot, we enjoy spending the afternoon in the pool
Chicken is now Ben’s favorite food
About half of the time that Ben goes quiet in the living room, I find him laying in a sea of books, happily turning pages and telling himself stories. That’s my boy!
Big news of the month was when Ben started to crawl! He demonstrated his new skills by helping Mowgli chase down a half-dead fly
Now that he can move, he doesn’t stop traveling and exploring
He is still a cute sleeper, even when he is a stinker during the day
Oh, you know, just reading a book like a BIG KID! The crossed ankles get me every time!
He figured out where we keep the good stuff he isn’t supposed to play with.
Giving kisses to the adorable baby that lives in the hall mirror
Cute hat day is always a good day
We had our second reenactment of the season. This was Ben’s first time wearing his new green dress and our first event with a mobile baby. Since he didn’t get lost, hurt, or eat more than a blade or two of grass, it was a pretty successful weekend!
I really wish this photo wasn’t blurry but it shows off Ben’s cheese-face so well! You can also see his top, front teeth that came in too.
Pondering one of life’s many mysteries: Where does the water go after a bath?
Ben figured out how to sit himself up from laying flat so bed time is much more complicated now
Sometimes it’s just too much work to finish laying down before falling asleep
I picked a peck of purple peppers… Not really a peck, only 3 so far but they are tiny and delicious! My supposed “early” tomatoes are not turning yet. I think the weather is too cold.
Pulling himself to his knees on anything that sits still longer than 5 seconds. Baby proofing the living room was very high on our priority list
Daddy left for WordCamp San Francisco and I decided to cut three teeth at once and be mean to Mommy for 5 days by not taking naps. She didn’t appreciate it.
I can picture these two getting into a lot of trouble together in the future
Brian and I have been lamenting the sudden turn toward being a big kid. Where did the baby go? Did the big boy eat him?
Brian came home from San Francisco and Ben and I were thrilled!

What We Ate: 7/28 – 8/3

Lunch: Homemade sloppy joes, supreme pasta salad with zucchini, carrot, red onion, and green pepper, lemon bars *
Dinner: Popcorn

Lunch: Leftover sloppy joes
Dinner: Went to Mom and Dad’s for dinner (blueberry pancakes, bacon, and watermelon)

Lunch: Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate Brian coming home!
Dinner: Last of the sloppy joes with tortilla chips because we were out of buns

Lunch: Leftover wings
Dinner: Personal pizzas (Italian herb crust, homemade sauce, Brian had pepperoni, I had bell peppers)

Lunch: Mac & cheese
Dinner: Chipotle (Brian got a chicken burrito, I got a chicken bowl)

Lunch: Grilled porterhouse steak with sautéed onions, grilled potatoes, fresh steamed green beans
Dinner: Popcorn (still full from our enormous lunch!)

Lunch: Both of us skipped lunch to get more yard work done. Not the best choice but we didn’t really miss it.
Dinner: Block party potluck!

* In an attempt to have some adult company while Brian was out of town, my brother and sister-in-law came over for lunch on Sunday. We had to change our plans to grill at the last minute because of rain but the homemade sloppy joe’s turned out incredible! I followed the recipe as written for the most part but I had around 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin that needed to be used or tossed so I added it to the sauce mix and cut down the amount of ketchup. Delicious!