Thursday, June 22, 2017


We decided to grab dinner downtown and then a walk through the park.  
Claire took photos of me and Mr. Nielson being all cutesy.
When we got home and after The Little Nies went to bed, 
I looked through photos on my phone.
I smiled as I scrolled through them.
I hope my children know how much I love their father.
These photos will always prove that...
and also prove that we were young...once.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This is Summer!

Today was almost 100 degrees.
This is Summer!
The Little Nies watch a movie on the couch practically every night.  
Come to think of it, I don't even think that the boys
 have slept in their own beds in weeks.
This is Summer!
Tonight after dinner the Little Nies jumped into the pool with their clothes on.
The light in the pool glowed as they screamed and teased each other.
This is Summer!
And, I bought a 12-pack of Toaster Strudels.
This is Summer!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A weeks worth of meals

Early on Monday morning, I sit at my kitchen table and plan the meals for the week.  
This takes me a good hour because I love searching for new
 menu ideas, plus I've started "Project Lunch" with the Little Nies. 
 They each have a designated day where they plan, cook, and clean up lunch. 
 It really is the best.
Today we all sat around the kitchen table looking through cookbooks
and searching recipes online.
Since last week I wrote about our families meatless diet,
I thought I'd share (with links) what we came up with for this week:

Martha Stewart

Minimalist Baker

 Lunch-Lottie/me: Potato Cakes 
(with leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner),
Dinner: One Pan Pasta
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Tuesday: Lunch-Claire: Grilled cheese sandwiches with quinoa salad (added feta)

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Wednesday: Lunch-Jane: Fruit salad pops & carrot muffins
Dinner: Grilled salmon

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Thursday: Lunch-Ollie: Veggie dogs/onion rings/smoothie
Dinner: My favorite Black bean burgers
(it's better if you soak the beans overnight).

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Friday: Lunch-Nicholas: Upgraded Ramen noodles (minus chicken)
Dinner: OUT

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Saturday: Lunch- Everyone: Eat everything in the fridge.
This means we eat leftovers again or make whatever we want.
Like the beans I soaked on Thursday and make burritos, tacos, nachos.
Dinner: Homemade Pizza//date night

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Sunday: Lunch-Everyone: Again, we eat whatever we have leftover in the fridge.
Leftover pizza, chips/dip, hummus/pita bread, fruits, more beans...etc.
Dinner: Mr. Nielson makes a beautiful spread of vegetables,
I make a huge green salad, rolls, and fruit salads.

Then we do it all over again.