For those of us in Oklahoma, we enjoyed an amazing and enviable Saturday today, no? Upper 70's, gorgeous sunshine, light breeze.....oh how we soaked it all up today, just letting that vitamin D invigorate our souls and bring us out of our winter hibernation! The kids were outside and jumping on a neighbor's trampoline by 9:30am and the rest of the day was spent working in the garage (husband), riding scooters and bikes up and down the sidewalks (boys) and chasing a curious and spunky 17 month old throughout the yards (me and Iz). I even noticed that my 6 year old had sun-pinkened cheeks at dinner tonight!
Have I mentioned I can't wait until spring?
I have nothing inspiring today. I wish I did, but I just wanted to say hello, share a couple of pictures and post a few recipes that we've enjoyed over the past few days.
We made these today from The Pioneer Woman's cookbook that I just got in the mail. They were delicious and incredibly easy. The recipe makes 8 and I was slightly concerned that it wouldn't be enough for my big eaters, plus the pictures in the cookbook looked sort of small, but I was pleasantly surprised that the calzones themselves turned out quite large and we have 4 leftover that we'll save for a quick dinner another night.
I think this is my absolute favorite picture. At least at this point. It's my middle babe with his beloved 'baby', a blanket that he's had since he was an infant, that was a gift from his Aunt and Uncle upon coming home from a long stay in the NICU. He's now 3 1/2 and there hasn't been much time that he's spent apart from his 'baby', aside from the few times I'm able to wrangle it away to wash it. The picture reminds me of the dependance our little ones have on things of comfort and familiarity. A couple of other words that pop into my mind are vunerable and innocent.
I really do love that picture....
Speaking of spring, I'm really looking forward to seeing these start to show their pretty faces again in my garden...
I made this taco soup for my best friend and her husband last week. They had their sweet baby girl, Liza Marie, on February 1st and this past week was the first time I had been able to get over to see her, having been delayed by our two lovely snow storms and a last minute trip to Michigan. This spicy and delicious soup cooked in the crock pot all day while I was at work and when I got home all I had to do was shred up the chicken, which pretty much fell apart anyway, grab some sour cream and shredded cheese, and head over to their house to spoil that sweet baby girl a little. It made a large batch, enough for them to save at least two more meals worth, and it was really good, too (and low fat!). The only thing I changed was using chicken broth instead of beer - just because I didn't have it on hand (the beer in our house tends to get drank rather quickly....).
Happy Saturday friends! I hope you make many new wonderful memories over the rest of your weekend!