Good morning! I hope everyone’s been having a fabulous weekend.
Today, I’m having a day of pure relaxation. After a busy holiday week, I’m looking forward to nothing but lounging today. That’s what Christmas break is for, right?
Yesterday I was up early and off to do my grocery shopping. By the time I got home, I had approximately 20 minutes to put groceries away, change and be out the door again, so no grocery layout for you this week. I do, however, have a meal plan:
- Saturday: spaghetti
- Sunday: Tina’s tortellini soup
- Monday: lobster tails, rice and veggies (seems like an appropriate New Years Eve dinner, doesn’t it?)
- Tuesday: turkey meatball subs
- Wednesday: chicken, sweet potatoes and veggies
- Thursday: Pork and sweet potato gumbo
- Friday: leftovers/out
After almost a full week off from cooking, I’m happy to get back in my kitchen again.
Evidently (Yes, seriously loving that apron).
Although it was snowing yesterday, the roads weren’t too bad, so I made the trip home for the shower. My cousin’s wife (what is it when your cousin gets married? Are they now your cousin, are they your cousin-in-law…?) had a bit of a health scare earlier this week, but fortunately she and baby are both doing great.
When we arrived, I hadn’t eaten in about 5 hours and was starving.
Hello, cookie tray. I went right for a peanut butter blossom – quite possibly one of the best cookies in existence. After I had eaten my cookie, I went for the rest of the food. Hey, dessert first is ok once in a while!
Baked brie (cranberry sauce and puff pastry. So good!), crackers, and mixed fruit. I finished this plate and went back for another.
Of course, you need games for a baby shower, right? The first game we played was a guessing game for how big the mom is – we had to cut a ribbon at the length we thought Melissa was around her stomach. Apparently, I have a good eye; I had it almost perfect. So I won the first prize! They were wrapped, so I went for the one with the most interesting shape.
A cute little candy dish filled with mints! I showed it to Eric when I got home, and his response was “it’s like a Grandma jar!” It kind of is – I just need to fill it with Werther’s originals and you’ve got my childhood and my grandma’s right there.
The second game was a “what’s in the diaper?” game. Kind of gross, but clever! My foodie skills failed me at this one – I only got one right.
My mom ended up winning that one – she got a cute little pen and notebook set.
While Melissa opened gifts, we played baby shower BINGO; seriously, I love games. I need to play board games or something more often.
Melissa got a lot of really nice gifts! Because she and my cousin are keeping the gender a surprise, they got a lot of whites, greens and yellows for clothes and blankets. I love that – I’ve never been a fan of strictly blue or pink.
Would you want to know?
Between my family and seeing all the pregnancies/new babies popping up in HLBs, I’ve been thinking lately about whether or not I’d want to know the sex of the baby. While I love surprises, I think the wait would drive me absolutely insane! But at the same time, I’d want to keep the baby’s things as gender-neutral as possible, which is hard to do when everyone knows the baby’s sex.
I think I know what I would want to do though; last spring, I went to a “gender-reveal” baby shower.
I love this idea! One person knows the gender and orders the cake for the shower. When the couple cut into the cake, pink cake means it’s a girl and blue means it’s a boy. Such a fun way to figure out the baby gender! And if it’s at the shower, gifts have already been bought so you don’t have to worry about excessive pink or blue. Seriously, adorable.
It should also be noted that I am nowhere near being ready to have kids yet (23 and still in school? I think I’ll wait) but I have a planning sort of personality so I tend to think of these things really early. It’s just fun to think about!
Lunch Part 2
Of course, I can’t be at my parents without my mom offering to make me food. We’ll call this lunch, part 2.
An open-faced turkey and tomato sandwich with a bit of Miracle Whip. Seriously, the best thing about leftover turkey is turkey sandwiches. It would have been perfect if there had been a bit of cranberry sauce left over too!
After my drive back (which actually wasn’t too bad. I kind of love long drives by myself) I took a short nap on the couch before putting together a late dinner.
I made a beefed-up meat sauce (a jar of tomato sauce, an onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 chopped bell pepper, 1 lb ground pork, 1 can of mushrooms, spinach, and Italian seasoning) over whole wheat spaghettini with Parmesan on top. Not bad, considering that I hadn’t made a proper dinner in a while.
Now, I’m off to enjoy a lazy Sunday. Hope you have a great one!
<— What you want to know the gender of a baby beforehand? What do you think of gender-reveal cakes?
<— Do you like long drives? I find them pretty relaxing, but anything over 2 hours and I’ll be needing some sort of break in the middle.