You’re probably looking at this photo and scratching your head wondering why I have another birthday photo of Zoe. Wait, you didn’t know that we celebrate birthday’s monthly in the Grandy house? I mean doesn’t everyone do that? Ha, I’m kidding (though that might be a nice thing). Zoe had a belated birthday party yesterday. I’m finding that as the girls get older, the party planning gets harder, because the kids are involved in so many activities that it’s hard to coordinate a day or time where all the girls can attend. Even though Zoe planned this party in March, there were sadly still some girls that couldn’t make it. But if we kept holding out till every girl could make it, then the party might roll into next year. Kids are just plain busy these days. So let’s get back to the party, by request, I made our favorite chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and we decorated the table in a very girly and spring-like pink and green theme (my two favorite colors).
Zoe planned the whole party, and I have to say that it was difficult for me not to micromanage everything (she actually did a great job though). She asked the girls to bring their bikes so they could bike over to the local outdoor mall to do some shopping and just plain browsing around. Before they set off, I fed them some cake and we sang “Happy Birthday,” and then they were off to the mall. I got a quick photo of them before they set off.
After a few hours of shopping, we took the girls out to dinner at DJ’s where we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful, summer-like temps, and then we headed over to see the new Tom Cruise movie, Oblivion (so good). All in all, it was a fun-filled and jam-packed day full of teenage laughter and energy. I have to say that I really love this age that Zoe and her friends are at. They’re full of giggles, laughter, (lots of laughter) excitement, and have such a zest for life.
Eli didn’t want to be left out of this week’s post! He had a great week as well. He had his school’s open house on Thursday where he posed in front the beautiful flower that he painted (see the green and blue one that he’s pointing to).
Before his open house, I grabbed some of his peeps and we headed out to the local yogurt shop for an after-school treat before heading over to the park for some much-needed play time. I love these silly boys!
I had some cooking successes this week that I posted on Instagram. I made an awesome batch of chocolate and peanut butter rice crispy treats (recipes soon).
I also made these springtime chicken enchiladas topped with a tomatillo salsa that got a thumbs up from the family. These are the perfect spring and summer enchiladas. I will post the recipe this week.
Ok, let’s move onto this week’s menu:
Sunday night dinner
We’re making Ambrosia burgers from Nepenthe and their garbanzo and kidney bean salad along with some roasted asparagus.
Monday night dinner
Tuesday night dinner
Tuesday for the time being is either going to be leftover night or sandwich night. Between carpooling Eli to and from baseball and Zoe to dance, I really don’t have a moment to cook, so I’ve officially made Tuesday nights, sandwich night. Tonight is easy, I’m serving up some curried chicken salad that I’m making up earlier in the day. For our veggies, I’m serving some fresh-cut carrots and red peppers. Fresh cut veggies are great to serve on those nights when everyone is eating at different times, because you just pull them out when needed.
Wednesday night dinner
Leftover night, basically a repeat of Monday night’s dinner! Penne a la vodka, crispy garlic bread and kid friendly caesar salad. I love leftover nights!
Thursday night dinner
I’m going to try a new recipe on the family, quinoa and black bean burritos. My kids are not the hugest quinoa fans, but I think if I sauté some onions, add some black beans and throw in some cilantro with all the fixings, they might change their minds! I will serve them up with my lacinato kale salad.
Friday night dinner
TGIF means Marin mama’s night off! Last week I had planned on making pizza, but I was too tired to cook, so we did take out instead, and I loved it. I did make up a fresh batch of caesar salad though.
Stay tuned for these chicken enchiladas!