Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, Friday

Anyone else feel like this week dragged on?? We have absolutely nothing on the calendar and I couldn't be more excited! I'm linking up with ChristinaAmandaKarli, & Erika to bring you my 5 things this Friday.

 I went to a local nursery and stocked up on some mums for the front porch and it took everything in me not to take this giant 5 foot elephant home as well. A girl can dream right? 

Ben's school had their fall festival last Friday night and they ended the night with a huge fireworks display. The company who did the show also happens to be one of my husband's clients and Ben thought that was so cool. I'm wondering how the PTA is going to top this next year.

My good friends had their second baby and I took them lunch which really just gave me an excuse to love on their sweet boy while they ate. He is so precious and so tiny. He also has a big brother who is the best.

After years of wanting to go apple picking we finally went last weekend. Honestly, it wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be and there were SO many bees! I've never heard anyone talk about how many bees there are at apple orchards but apparently it's thing and bees love apples. Am I the only one who didn't know this?

The husband and I finally decided where we'll be going for our anniversary this spring and despite my strong urging and begging to go to Banff or Hawaii we decided upon Washington, D.C. I know it's not super romantic, but neither of us could lay on a remote beach for a week and we love exploring, plus THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! I've had to start booking some things already because the wait lists are crazy long. I think we've got the sights down, but any recommendations on a hotel or favorite places to eat?

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fun on the Farm

Last weekend we headed to a research farm run by the University for their showcase. Once a year they open the farm up to the public and have tons of activities like hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and of course animals. We've been going the last several years and it's always a great time plus the weather this year was perfectly fall-ish.

For the second year in a row, Ben decided to stick his hand inside a cow's stomach. Researchers create a fistula or passageway to the cow's stomach in order to study digestion as well look at bacteria that may be growing. The staff assured was that the cow wasn't in any pain and it was put under during the procedure. Ben said it felt like mud, but it smelled far worse. Gag.

For the first time this year they constructed a butterfly house and it was one of our favorite things. There were so many butterflies and a few even let me hold them on my finger. Despite their best effort, no butterfly would land on the kids. Even as they yelled, "THERE'S ONE!" Wonder why.

Trying some local honey.

Next up on our fall bucket list is apple picking!

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crispy & Tender Chicken Parmesan

Despite seeming complicated, Chicken Parmesan is actually pretty easy to make. One thing that will kill this dish however is a soggy coating. Blah. Just thinking about it makes me want to gag. Lucky for you, this recipe will leave your chicken crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

What You'll Need:
-4 small chicken breasts
-1/4 cup flour
-1 egg
-1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
-1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 to 1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
-2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
-Penne/Spaghetti noodles (optional)

What To Do:
1. Place the oil in a large skillet and heat to medium/medium high
2. Trim any excess fat off the chicken
3. Place flour, egg, and breadcrumbs each in a separate bowl
4. Dip each chicken breast into the flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumbs
5. Place each chicken breast in the skillet and cook on each side 2-3 minutes until golden brown
6. Once browned, remove chicken and put it on a greased baking sheet or rack and cook at 400 degrees for ~20-30 minutes or until the center is no longer pink
7. Once chicken is throughly cooked, top with mozzarella and place it back into the oven for 1-2 minutes until the cheese melts
8. Top with sauce and serve over a bed of pasta if desired

Linking up with Karyn for Two Cup Tuesday.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekend Recap {Birthday Weekend}

Saturdays are amazing. Birthdays are amazing. And when your birthday happens to fall on a Saturday it's like you've hit the jackpot. 

Fall temperatures graced us with their presence this weekend and I made my first official batch of chili Friday night. We let the kids stay up as late as they wanted and J and I rented Independence Day Resurgence which despite horrible reviews, was actually pretty good.

Saturday morning we made our usual donut/bagel run and then the boys gave me their gifts. J got me a new Kate Spade purse and the boys got me a selfie stick. Let the selfies begin! And before you go thinking that my husband picked out a purse all on his own, I sent him the link to this exact one and told him to buy it :) This way he doesn't get anxiety over what to get me and I don't get anxiety over what he may buy :)

After presents the boys and I went to a neighborhood garage sale and then to a farm showcase. They have hayrides, pumpkins, and tons of animals for the kids to pet as well as a cow they can milk.

Although I failed to document it, we went to lunch with J's family and then my MIL took the boys for the night. I headed to Marshalls and then grabbed a drink (or two) with some girlfriends before J and I went to our favorite steakhouse for dinner. When we don't have kids, J and I usually go to dinner around 8:00 or so but we went around 6:30pm which meant I was in bed and asleep by 9:03pm. It was the perfect ending to a great birthday!

Sunday was a lazy morning and after making breakfast I headed to Target. Alone. I haven't done that in forever and man it feels good to just walk around and look at everything. I ended up getting these two pairs of flats and ordered the boots online since my Target didn't carry them. While I was ordering the boots however I noticed that shoes/clothing were all 20% off online only so I ordered them online and will be returning the store bought ones. 

Although I didn't end up getting it, I loved this Champagne Campaign shirt. 

Our weekend ended like usual with cleaning, laundry, and getting ready for the week ahead. Bring on October!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Recap

Sorry for the silence this week. I was out of town for my work's annual conference which kept me busy busy. This weekend was one of those really good weekends. My husband and I both looked at the clock on Saturday night and couldn't believe the day had gone by so fast and Sunday wasn't any different. After being out of town most of last week I was glad we didn't have anything on the calendar and could spend time together at home.

Hotel life. 

Between food & snacks during the conference and dinners out, we ate a lot (and really well).

My colleague Brooke who definitely makes work trips lots of fun.

By the last night I was really missing the boys. As much as I'm an extrovert and people person, I was over peopling by the end of the conference. Especially when you're around people all day from 7am-10pm. The kids didn't miss me too much however since daddy took them to get a new toy and Taco Bell. I came home to two nerf guns, several Paw Patrol cars, and kids who may not have eaten a vegetable since I left. 

I got home Friday night and we all had a pretty early bedtime. Saturday morning I tried out Walmart's new grocery service. I usually use our local grocery store which delivers to your house, but I wanted to give Walmart's new online service a try. It works the same way in that you order online, but instead of delivery, you drive to the store, park in the designated spot, and then call the number and someone brings your groceries out to you and will load them in your car. I also got a little goodie bag since it was my first order. If you're interested in trying this program out you can use this code to save $10 off your order.

The rest of the day was spent doing a few things around the house and playing outside. Once we came inside the kids crashed on the couch and watched/slept through Zootopia while I got my craft on.

I made this DIY Faux Pumpkin & Succulents. Something about fall puts me in the mood to make all the things.

Sunday was filled with more time outside, a few competitive games of Sorry, and a trip to a local ice cream shop. We went to J's aunt's house for dinner and made it home right at bedtime.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.