It’s so GREEN out there right now! Hello, spring, we’re excited.
Also exciting: this little nugget likes hiking as much as we do! Matt, Riese, and I hit the trails earlier this week and she legit hiked 2+ miles with us. This girl has energy for dayssss!
The fresh air was really good for all of us. Nature just has a way of taking my stress levels way down. Feeling really grateful to have access to places like this right now!
Also, if you haven’t thrown rocks into a stream recently, I highly recommend it – quite enjoyable!
It’s been pretty rainy/gray lately (it’s pouring as I write this!), so I was also really grateful for some sunshine one day earlier this week, especially because it was on my morning to go out for a run/walk virtual phone date with my friend Karen!
As for food this week, we are continuing our Mexican food kick! Stomping Ground cafe in Del Ray is doing dinner pick up, and they had chicken and black bean nachos on the menu for Monday – clearly we had to partake. We added some extra chicken and black beans to the mix, plus some extra cheese, and threw it in the oven to crisp it back up once we got it home. So good!
It made me want to make some of my old fave Mexican casseroles, like my Mexican Lasagna or my Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas (try my Cook a Sweet Potato in the Microwave approach to save time on this one!).
We also had chicken and black beans tostadas one night… mmmm. (These were via Sun Basket <- get $40 off if you want to try it out!)
We also had some Asian-themed jumbo shrimp and glass noodles via Sun Basket one night.
As well as a yummy turkey sweet potato explosion with olives, capers, tomato, and more.
Another dinner from the week: leftover roasted potatoes, baked beans, chicken, and veggies.
For breakfasts this week, I bought us a whole quiche (mushroom + goat cheese – so good) from Stomping Ground when I was there picking up our nachos, and it’s soooo good. Been loving having this on hand!
Here’s a fun craft Matt did with Riese earlier this week (aka he mostly did the craft and she helped a little bit, but they had fun). Save those toilet paper rolls, friends!
(More ideas: At-Home Activities for Toddlers.)
I will leave you with a “find the toddler” photo game. Can you spot Riese in the photo below? 😉
Have a nice weekend my friends, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. Stay safe and healthy out there!
p.s. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, now might be a good time! Check out my How to Start a Blog on WordPress post… and then my Tips for New Bloggers! 🙂
Favorites from around the web this week:
- 40 Fun Free or Super Low-Cost Activities to do with Kids at Home — great ideas in this post!
- Everything Bagel Seared Tuna – this sounds sooo good and I love that it’s made with frozen tuna so that you don’t have to make the recipe right away!
- Chia Seeds for Babies – this post was interesting and made me feel good about that fact that I have been tossing chia seed’s into Riese’s meals since she was first eating! Great way to amp up their nutrition (especially iron). (If you want to learn more about how we approached food with Riese, and for a throwback with some baby Riese pics, check out this post: Our Experience with Baby Led Weaning)
- Podcasts, Books, and TV Shows to help rediscover the joy in eating – love this!