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Transition plan for our babysitter

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Planned a slow cooker meal for soccer practice day and it was raining...at least I am getting the planning part right!

Planned a slow cooker meal for soccer practice day and it was raining…at least I am getting the planning part right!

Thank goodness Chloe has done well taking the bottles of breastmilk…we gotta get our last few bites in of our favorite places in Dayton!  Our babysitter thought we were moving later in the year and told me she needs a transition plan.  Guess that means we’ll have a few date nights before the kids and I head to my parents.  How will we ever find such a great babysitter in Germany?!

Monday:  Chicken bratwurst with broccoli slaw.  This is a slow cooker meal which is great because it means I have a lot of time when it is just me plus three kiddos.  Hubby has another late night training this night.  I will be so excited for this training to be over so we can enjoy our last few weeks in Ohio together…and all the nice weather!

Tuesday:  Pork tenderloin gyros.  We are having our homemade version of Shish!  We love pork and gyros so this should be a crowd pleaser in these parts.

These kiddos are going to miss our babysitter SOOO much!  It would just not be right to take them away from her without a bunch of date nights, right?!

These kiddos are going to miss our babysitter SOOO much! It would just not be right to take them away from her without a bunch of date nights, right?!

I will most definitely get the homemade Thousand Island dressing at Coco's. It is made with beets.  Amazing!

I will most definitely get the homemade Thousand Island dressing at Coco’s. It is made with beets. Amazing!

Wednesday:  Either leftovers or breakfast for dinner.  The kids and I are planning to make some muffins and I am in the mood for an egg and chorizo scramble…might just have to do breakfast and skip leftovers!

Thursday: Leftovers for kiddos and dinner at Pasha Grill (a Turkish restaurant) with some of hubby bubby’s peeps that are in town.  I can’t wait for the lebneh, baba ganoush and shish kebab with yogurt.  Yummy!

Friday:  Dinner out at Coco’s Bistro.   I know.  We are eating out way more than usual.  We have GOT to get our last suppers in at all of our fave places before the kiddos and I head to my parents and who knows when we’ll have a reliable, awesome babysitter in Germany?!   Gotta get date nights in while we can.  And we need to say goodbye to Jason, our favorite waiter.  Okay, maybe we do have a problem.

Saturday:  Sloppy Cubanos or Chorizo burgers.  Something sandwichy that will use up all the chorizo in our fridge.  The Cubano has pickles on it so I am leaning that direction.  And I always love a riff on a sloppy Joe.  MMmmmMM!

What will you be eating this week?  How are you doing with the transition to Spring and nice weather?  Hope your week goes well!  Thanks for reading!

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Move prep craziness

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Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos.  Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos. Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay.  Can't believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay. Can’t believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Whew!  Finally have a minute to sit and snuggle the baby…and get back to blogging for a bit!  The past few weeks have been filled with a gazillion appointments (not one, but two passport photo sessions!), packing, sorting, cleaning, fixing, organizing and scheduling more appointments.  Is it sad that going grocery shopping by myself with all 3 kiddos is now an easy item on the “to do” list?

How did your holidays go?  Easter? Passover?  Ryan and Hannah had to miss half of Easter mass because they were being crazy.  There will come a day when all five of us can make it through a whole mass, right?  I mean, we’re Catholic.  Mass isn’t really THAT long!  And they even had their new mass books.  Yeesh!

Saturday: Pork satay with rice and cucumber salad.  This was delish and I actually remembered to make the marinade for the pork.  We made an Asian cucumber salad that is probably my absolute favorite way to eat cucumbers…and I am obsessed with pickles!  This salad is so good I just CAN’T EVEN!  It was originally published in Cooking Light with a hoisin flank steak recipe.  The flank steak was just meh, but the cucumber salad is outrageous.  I pinned it on my Pinterest.  You MUST try it!  Especially with it almost being cuke season and all.

Sunday:  Happy Easter! Herb-and-honey-mustard crusted leg of lamb, mashed potatoes with leeks, marinated asparagus and fruit salad with blackberry basil vinaigrette.  This might just be the menu we stick with for years to come.  Everything was easy to prep and worked well for timing.  We were able to prep some things earlier in the day and then just relax.  Everything went really well together and we all loved it.  The lamb was definitely a splurge, but it was Easter!  I am really thinking I need to try Damaris Phillips’ lamb with chimichurri while all this lamb is around at the grocery store.  Just might have to grab one on sale!

This is the easiest soup ever!  And the fam loves it!

This is the easiest soup ever! And the fam loves it!  This pic is from the last time I made it when we had some tortellini in the freezer.  Love that it is so versatile!

Monday: Turkey sausage-gnocchi ravioli soup.  This was supposed to be Hannah’s first day of soccer so she helped me prep it in a mad rush to get us all fed and out the door in time.  Hubby bubby was working late at his training so it was just me and all the kiddos.  We open the garage and it is a down pour.  Ugh!  At least dinner was yummy and Hannah sure did look cute in her pink everything.

Tuesday: Shish wraps!  Of all the yummy food in Dayton Shish is probably what we will miss the most!  The food is yummy, healthy and Simon is the best!  I tried a new sandwich this time, the beef shawarma.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I knew there was a reason I always tried something new.  It was AMAZING!  I really think everything they make is my favorite (is that allowed?  Having more than one favorite?).  We might have to have weekly Shish until we leave!

Wednesday:  Leftovers.  I think leftovers are the surest sign that God loves us.

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini.  Come here, lovahhhhh!

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini. Come here, lovahhhhh!

Thursday: Baked lemon chicken with kale salad and rice.  We love citrus and chicken and this one did not disappoint.  It is basically fried chicken with a lemon sauce.  Yum!  How funny is it that the night we had this Food Network instagrammed this recipe?!  It is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Friday:  Date night!  First time leaving all 3 kiddos with the babysitter went swimmingly!  Hubby bubby and I went to Roost, a modern Italian restaurant for dinner then down the street to Salar for dessert and drinks.  The food was awesome!  So sad that this might be our last night at Roost ever!  The pavlova dessert at Salar was delish!  Think we’ll do dinner there one last time before the big move.  Gotta get in those dark and stormies!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl.  She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin' pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl. She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin’ pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Saturday: Sushi at Sushi Hana.  Ryan has still not mastered the “sticks” but Hannah is becoming quite the pro with them.  They both requested tuna rolls.  What will we do when they are all teenagers?!  We are going to go broke!

Sunday:  Mustard glazed chicken with roasted vegetables.  This ended up being a HOOTOWL dinner since hubby bubby’s training ran late.  As I was chopping the veggies I heard the most awful sound when you have small children: silence.  I went to investigate and both kids were sticking a foot (pant leg and all!) in the toilet.  Sigh.  At least they were in time out while I finished prepping the veggies and got those in the oven.  Loved the technique of preheating the roasting pans while the oven preheats.  We all loved this. Ryan even ate three servings of the veggies since he thought all of the “orange stuff” was butternut squash…there were sweet potatoes and carrots, too! 🙂

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs...can't wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs…can’t wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

How did your week go?  What are some of the crazy things you have found your kiddos doing?  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Teeny tiny baby Chloe! Grow, grow, grow little lamb!

Teeny tiny baby Chloe! Grow, grow, grow little lamb!

Ahhhh, Spring!  Finally!  This week we are hoping to head outside more so I have some slow cooker recipes planned so we won’t be cooped up inside while it is nice out.  Gotta get our Hannah outside on her new Princess Sofia bike!  Chloe is still too tiny to ride in the Ergo carrier so taking all three kiddos down the street to the swings might be a little challenging.  It will at least be entertaining if nothing else!

Our teeny tiny girl is still not back to birthweight. 🙁 But at least at the last weight check she was still gaining well so I can keep exclusively breastfeeding.  Makes me feel like I need to keep up with my cookie intake…luckily I picked up some Girl Scout cookies from a mama friend this week.  Hopefully all the meals planned for the week will help keep us all well fed!  Here’s what we’ll be having:

Sunday: Butcher shop chicken with potatoes and romaine salad.  I have to admit that we are trying this chicken recipe because it is a Tom Colicchio recipe and I have a little bit of a crush on him.  🙂  Who doesn’t love a man that knows his way around the kitchen?!

Chocolate cookies? Yes, please!  I'm hoping to bake a few more things this week.  Gotta feed the baby!

Chocolate cookies? Yes, please! I’m hoping to bake a few more things this week. Gotta feed the baby!

Monday: We are having a HOOTOWL meal on Monday since hubby bubby has a work dinner to go to.  HOOTOWL is an acronym that was used by a mom’s group I was in that stands for “husband out of town or working late.”  We will have my absolute favorite slow cooker meal: steamed kielbasa (we use chicken apple sausage instead), sauerkraut and pierogis.  I can’t wait!!!!

Tuesday: Tuscan-style garlic-herb pork chops with salad and either potatoes, beans or rice.  May actually be able to grill outside!  I have not mastered grilling on the real grill so I will use the grill pan if hubby isn’t home when these are ready to go on the grill.  We are big pork fans in our family and love Italian flavors so this should go over well.

Wednesday: Leftovers.

Maybe we'll make a trip back to German village in Columbus this weekend to continue celebrating our pending move.  Love that place!

Maybe we’ll make a trip back to German village in Columbus this weekend to continue celebrating our pending move. Love that place!

Thursday: Indian butter chicken with basmati rice and Indian-style chickpeas.  Since we will be moving in less than 90 days (eek! such a short timeline) we have to start using up our pantry staples.  I am going to have to make sure that I can have the Maya Kaimal sauces shipped to our APO address…someone that loves me will send them over for me if Amazon won’t, right? 🙂

Friday: Giada DeLaurentiis’ Pirate pasta with radicchio salad with sourdough vinaigrette.  This pasta has olives, capers and tuna.  Sounds like an interesting combo!  Hubby loves tuna noodle casserole and I am not a big fan of it so I keep trying to find a recipe with pasta and tuna that I like that fills this comfort food craving for him.

Saturday: I’m not sure what we’ll have yet.  My plan is for something with protein from our freezer…maybe shrimp or chicken.  We shall see what kind of food mood I’m in next Saturday.

Do you love tuna noodle casserole?  Are you willing to share your secret recipe with me?  I hope you have a great week!

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