What a fun AND relaxing weekend with my family in town. Do I really have to head back to work tomorrow? Here’s a little recap.
Fall has OFFICIALLY (I think I said this before) come and stayed! The past week has been off and on in the 60’s and 70’s which is pretty warm for the Northeast in October, but this weekend we hit the low low’s and I’m pretty sure it’s not going anywhere. I’m so not ready for the cold vehicle and scarf deal. Although, my automatic car starter is HEAVEN in the winter. We woke up this morning to 37 degrees – not OK with that. My slippers made their “Winter 2014 Debut” as well!
Kevin went to Boston last Thursday to see a concert with my brother and they both drove back here on Friday. We made a nice easy Panko Crusted Mayo/Sriracha Baked Chicken with a side of steamed Broccoli! I woke up super early on Saturday and started prepping some meals for the weekend – I boiled potatoes for homefries, made homemade sauce for meatballs and stuffed cabbage, par-boiled cabbage leaves, mixed the insides for the cabbage AND made breakfast for the three of us. For my stuffed cabbage, I decided to use a combination of meatloaf mix with ground turkey, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, rice (cooked) and a handful of basic spices. I mix everything well and then roll them in the cabbage leaves. Put a scoop of homemade sauce in the bottom of a crockpot, layer the cabbage and top it with more sauce. I cooked these on low for about 7 hours and they came out delicious! I absolutely love my crockpot when we have a houseful. Kevin made Oatmeal Porter bread in the breakmader last minute which came out SO good I can’t even believe it. We also had a nice healthy side of broccoli and a tossed salad. That was just ONE meal.
As soon as dinner was over, the leftover cabbage went into a container and I immediately prepped lunch for the next day in the crockpot. We made some basic meatballs with two pounds of meatloaf mix, breadcrumbs made from the leftover bread, an egg, some basic spices and garlic. We chose to saute the meatballs first to get a nice crust and then right into the crockpot with the extra sauce I made earlier that morning. Turned it on low for about 4 hours, set it to go off around 2am and then turned it back on around 8am so they were ready for lunch. Can meals seriously be ANY easier? Totally slacked off on pictures and I feel so crappy about. I was able to snag a breakfast pic before everyone totally cleaned the dishes! For breakfast that morning, while trying to be somewhat healthful, I opted for ham and egg boats. I chose low sodium ham in a muffin tin, filled with peppers, onions, cheese and topped with an egg. I baked them in the oven while I cooked up turkey sausage and made the homefries. No breakfast is complete without toast!! Gotta be unhealthy once in a while.
It was a super fun weekend with my family in town and being together for my Mom’s birthday. We celebrated with dinner out and just lounged around the rest of the time.
Today was my ultrasound and my parents were able to see a real life image of their grandbaby! We were all told to look away when the tech determined the gender – so no one snuck a peek! Everything is looking good and we are on the right track. Up exactly 10lbs – not bad for halfway through…and the baby is 12.1oz- 61 percentile. Right on target here! All good news!!
Hope everything had a nice chilly weekend, cozied up on the couch with hot apple cider and a donut!