Dad's family gathered here in Knoxville for a visit last week, throwing our schedule right out the window. I'm not complaining. As much as I like routine, there's no way I would sacrifice quality time with out-of-town family just to keep our schedule.
We spent at least part of almost every day with them all week. We ate lunch with them Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday night I made a triple recipe of garlic knots and Bailey and I took them for spaghetti night. We skipped Saturday so Aunt Shelia could take us to Dollywood to celebrate Aaron's nephew's birthday (14!) but Sunday I made challah bread and we took it to Boomsday where Bailey got to enjoy her first real fireworks show.
I didn't do much cooking this week. Monday night we were invited out to dinner with my cousin and his wife. Wednesday I was feeling lazy after a long day (between chasing Bailey around Dad's house and then trying to get the grocery shopping done before nap time I was worn out) so I scrapped my original plans and made some baked taco macaroni and cheese. I typed most of a post with the recipe, but was too tired to finish the directions so that one is coming soon. Thursday I made a mistake with the new recipe, something that rarely happens. I curdled the cream while making the sauce so we just got fast food instead. Thanks to that little mishap I had no recipe to share this week for new recipe night. Saturday night we ordered pizza for the birthday boy and Sunday we brought Bojangles fried chicken to the fireworks.
I am exhausted. I can't wait to have a day off... and by that I simply mean a day where I don't have to dress myself or Bailey, cram her in a car with no air conditioner, and keep a close eye on her in someone else's house (or out in public) so that she doesn't destroy other people's things, disrupt other people's dinner, or get lost or taken from me. I'm ready for a day of pajamas and popcorn in front of the television, where I'm not too tired by nap time to even dream of cooking dinner.
So here's hoping that this week brings a little relaxing mommy time, even if it requires a glass or two of wine to get to the relaxing part.
Breakfast- French toast muffins
Lunch- turkey and cheese roll-ups
Dinner- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and green beans
Breakfast- yogurt and Cheerios
Dinner- We aren't sure what we will be doing for dinner. Nana has injured herself again and is in the hospital. We haven't decided if we will be having dinner at Yaya's or not.
Breakfast- apple cinnamon oatmeal
Lunch- leftovers or turkey sandwiches
Breakfast- bacon, eggs, and toast
Lunch- leftover pizza
Dinner- crock pot buffalo chicken sliders and french fries
Breakfast- grilled egg and cheese sandwiches
Lunch- vegetable pasta
Dinner- double crunch honey garlic chicken, rice, and steamed broccoli (macaroni and cheese for Aaron)
Breakfast- waffles, bacon, and eggs
Dinner- Yaya's spaghetti, salad, and garlic toast
Breakfast- pancakes, sausage, and eggs
Lunch- grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner