Baby Car Outing + Recent Eats

Hi guys! Big news – Riese and I had our first solo car outing yesterday! We’ve been on a ton of solo walks together with her in the carrier, but nothing involving the car yet since Matt was around until this week (and since the car seat with her in it was too heavy for me to lift solo until just recently given the C section).

solo car trip with baby

I joined a PACE mom’s group (thank you to those of you who told me about PACE – you’re how I found out about it!) and yesterday was the first meeting. It’s an educational and emotional support group for new moms and it will be great to get to know some other ladies in the area who had babies right around the same time! Should be great for future play dates once the babes are more alert, too. :) The first session was everyone introducing themselves and their journeys to being a mom, and about half of us went out to lunch after, too, so Riese also had her first restaurant outing! She obviously had a diaper blowout during the group meeting that involved an entire outfit change and about a thousand wipes, but she did okay in the restaurant thankfully. This group is definitely going to help me get more comfortable changing diapers and feeding in public, that’s for sure!

As for food highlights from the week, on Tuesday night Matt’s mom made us my Sheet Pan Asian Salmon (<- recipe) plus quinoa and a yummy Edamame Slaw with Orange Dressing I saw in the Food & Nutrition Magazine. The slaw also had an Asian-ish flavor so it went well together!


I ended up mixing together the leftover edamame slaw and quinoa and drizzling it with the leftover Asian salmon pan sauce – great combination! We have a couple pieces of salmon leftover as well so I’ll be enjoying it all together for lunch today. I love colorful food – it was so pretty!


As for last night, we went over to my parent’s place for dinner and I made my Almond Crusted Tilapia for everyone.

almond crusted tilapia

I hadn’t had that in ages and it’s an old favorite… nice to have it back in the mix! I forgot how long tilapia takes to cook (it was pretty thick, and I’m used to salmon lately where you can leave it a bit rare on the inside), and as a result I slightly overcooked the additional almond topping because I had to leave the tilapia on the stove for longer than anticipated, but it was still tasty. :) Served with some brown rice and string beans on the side.

almond crusted tilapia dinner

Dessert was coffee ice cream (Haagen Dazs – the best) with some fresh raspberries. Delicious combo, especially when enjoyed by the cozy fireplace. I really wish Matt and I had a fireplace in our house – it’s so lovely in the winter! Riese must have liked it, too, because she was really cheerful and smiley last night! The best. <3

coffee ice cream with raspberries dessert

Riese has her 2 month pediatrician appointment this afternoon… another big outing! I am excited to see how much she weighs and how long she is now – she’s definitely getting bigger. I think she gets some of her shots at this appointment, so hopefully she does okay with that.

Have a nice day guys!


  1. 1

    Oh my goodness. It’s been so long since I visited that I didn’t even realize there was a new baby in the mix!!! Congratulations.

    A solo drive with the baby … that’s big. I remember that being a pretty big step.

    Also loving the slaw picture. Looks yummy. Maybe I’m hungry.

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    Laura Swanson says:

    I remember how scared I was to drive with Emma alone for the first time! I was convinced she was going to stop breathing for some reason since I couldn’t see her! haha

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    Mmm… that salmon + quinoa + slaw looks amazing! Just put that meal on my list for next week. :)

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    Fireplaces are the BEST! Maybe you guys could get one of those portable fireplaces that you can roll to wherever you want them. I always think those seem like great options if you don’t already have one built in. The food looks yummy!

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    I’m so excited you’re doing PACE! I did it when I was on maternity leave two years ago and a bunch of us are still friends. We have done group birthday parties for our (not so little) babies both years, and it’s really fun to watch them all grow together. My son is in a toddler class with two of his PACE friends and he’s recently learned their names and talks about them all the time. The moms try to do happy hours or dinners every month or so. I hope you have a great experience!

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    I just finished the “formal” PACE group in October and we’ve been meeting every week since! It’s the best thing I did after having my daughter. And my baby had her first huge blowout in the group! I also loved the looks we got at lunch – eight moms with babies in strollers get attention!

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      Aw I love that you guys still meet, that’s awesome! And yeah it was hilarious how much space we took up at the restaurant with all our strollers!

  7. 9

    What a lovely mix of meals, and congrats on your solo car outing!

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    My baby had 2 mo shots a couple days ago…make sure you get Tylenol. My little one slept for hours and woke up bawling and inconsolable.

  9. 12

    Yay! I’m so happy you are liking PACE so far. My PACE group just celebrated our 1 year anniversary last week haha. We talk daily and they’ve been such an incredible support in the parenting journey.

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    TrackBuddy says:

    Hopefully she does OK with the shots! When my girls were babies they always cried a lot when they got shots, but I always rushed them outside to walk around right after and that calmed them down. (Just like mom – ALWAYS want to be outside.) We never any issues with fevers etc. either. Good luck!!

  11. 17

    The almond crust looks really good!

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    Roadrunner says:

    What a fun set of outings! Well done! Interesting to hear about the group. And, yup, nothing like a fire in the winter!

  13. 19

    The PACE group sounds so wonderful! Congrats on all the milestones :D

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    Mom groups that start when they are little are THE BEST. My daughter is almost four, and some of my very best friendships came out of a lactation/new Mom group I did when she was little.

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