A couple of awesome things happened this week.
1) Starbucks brought back their fall seasonal drinks. For many of you this means that your precious pumpkin spice latte is back. Don't get me wrong, I love the pumpkin spice latte (and most pumpkin flavored things for that matter) but for me it's all about the salted caramel mocha. I've had an obsession with it since I first tried it on Halloween in 2008. Near the end of my pregnancy I couldn't keep from going to Starbucks up to twice a day for a venti decaf soy no whip salted caramel mocha.
2) Aunt Shelia came and picked us up yesterday morning for a trip to the farmer's market in market square. I'd never been before. It was really cool. Bailey said "Hi, puppy!" to every dog we saw and "Hey, baby!" to every kid we walked past. She danced with the street musicians. We checked out lots of fresh, local, organic produce (and came home with some corn and green beans). I seriously debated trying like, everything from the flavored lemonade booth. There were at least two people selling fresh baked bread and I snagged a couple of small loaves of ciabatta bread to go with our spaghetti last night. (One of them was plain and the other was rosemary. I toasted them with a little butter and garlic powder. They were both delicious.) Before we left we went to Tupelo Honey for brunch. Bailey, the only kid I've ever known to turn down bread, ate almost a whole biscuit with honey and fresh blueberry jam. She also enjoyed some maple peppered bacon, some scrambled eggs, and some deliciously crispy home fries. She stole some of my fried Parmesan corn on the cob as well. Shelia said that her fried green tomatoes and okra were delicious (and they certainly looked good). In fact, the only problem we had all day was when I left the table to use the restroom and Bailey thought I was abandoning her for good. She cried until I got back to the table.
After five days of sickness running around our house and still not feeling a whole lot better today, I texted Dad to cancel dinner tonight. I just really didn't want to spread it to him, or to CJ. They said we could have some ice cream (at my favorite, Bruster's) some night this week when everyone is feeling better. Who knows, maybe I can convince Aaron to come with us!
Since Nana is in rehab (I'm not sure how long she will have to stay in rehab) after that nasty fall, Grandpa is left to fend for himself as far as food and laundry and cleaning the house (and paying the bills which I've been helping with lately anyway, writing the checks since Nana's dominant hand was broken). My cousin J and I are worried that Grandpa will be depending on peanut butter crackers and fast food for sustenance so we are going to take turns cooking him some home cooked food. I'm taking Mondays and Wednesdays and she is taking Thursdays and Saturdays. We figure he will eat leftovers (or more likely grab a sandwich at Hardee's) the rest of the week, but that will be at least over half the week of home cooked meals. I'm just going to make extra of whatever is on my menu and take some to him.
I'm hoping for a relaxing week of recovery since I've had two stressful weeks in a row. I plan on spending mornings snuggling with Bailey in front of the television and afternoons playing quietly (probably with blocks and stuffed animals) in her bedroom. I'll have to start cooking dinner early to get some to Grandpa while it's still warm. I may try to do a load or two of laundry for Grandpa and make sure the dishes are clean while I'm over there. I will have to do some cleaning around the house since I kind of took last week off thanks to my cold, but I'm not that far behind so it shouldn't take too long.
Now for the main event. Here is the menu for the week.
Breakfast- baked apple cider doughnut holes (I can't wait to try these!)
Lunch- spicy sausage pasta skillet
Dinner- chicken taco casserole (and chicken soft tacos for Grandpa)
Breakfast- yogurt and nectarines (Bailey's never had them but they were on sale at the store)
Dinner- undecided... We're still not sure if we will be eating with Yaya this week.
Breakfast- oatmeal with raisins and maple syrup
Lunch- ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner- herb crusted chicken with basil cream sauce over angel hair pasta and broccoli
Breakfast- yogurt and cereal bars
Lunch- crock pot chicken and barley vegetable stew
Dinner- Huli Huli Hawaiian grilled chicken with sweet potato fries and baked beans
Breakfast- apple cinnamon scones
Dinner- hamburgers, french fries, and macaroni and cheese
Breakfast- apple fritter bread
Dinner- loaded potato and buffalo chicken casserole
Breakfast- bacon, eggs, and biscuits
Lunch- grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner
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