Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are all ready to start this new week! Anybody have big plans for the eclipse?? I was really not all that interested in it until this morning, when Brantley expressed that she would rather watch the eclipse with her family than at school (read my Facebook post outlining the conversation here), SOOO… I ran to the Dollar General and bought up some Sun Chips, Sunny Delight, Starburst, and Cosmic Brownies, and we’ll be having our own little eclipse viewing party in our driveway.
We had a great weekend FULL of baseball and softball, some cooking, some relaxing, and some celebrating!! Saturday was mine and Scott’s 11th wedding anniversary, and we were able to scoot out on Friday night for a lovely dinner out.
Oh, these crazy kids!!
We went to home.made in Athens, and loved it! They have a modern take on Southern cuisine, and everything was delicious. We have been eating a basically vegan diet for almost two months now, but definitely want to indulge and enjoy delicious non-vegan food once in a while. And what better opportunity to indulge than in celebrating 11 married years! So we started out with char-grilled oysters, then enjoyed a charcuterie platter with housemade pickles, sausages, pate, whole grain mustard, and grilled bread. We also had a few mini-bites: their pickled deviled egg and cheese straws with pimiento cheese. Everything was amazing. Scott ordered the shrimp and grits for his entree, and I had Amberjack filet with pureed carrots, roasted beets, and okra. Everything was outstanding, and we left completely STUFFED. We would absolutely recommend it, and can’t wait to go back! And in true Scott and Amanda style, we were home and on the sofa, on our computers, watching tv, drinking wine by 9:00! Happy Anniversary to us, haha! Wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
Saturday was full of softball and baseball practice! Brantley was first, and had her first scrimmage game. She did AWESOME!! She hit the ball all three times at bat (got out twice, but she hit the ball!!!), fielded three grounders like a pro at second base, and fielded 3 balls in center field like a champ. She loved it and we were SO proud of her!! Bennett was up next and just had a regular practice, but did great, listened well, and played hard. Grayson was last, and after a long day at the field already, did a great job practicing fielding and running the bases. Her first game is tomorrow night, and we are so excited! Then they ALL have games on Thursday, which will be a smidge tricky, since they’re in two different places! I think our family theme for this season will be divide and conquer, haha!
This little girl loves to watch Chopped, so she and I snuggled on the couch for a bit and watched Chopped and a few other cooking shows as we gathered inspiration for our Saturday night dinner. I love that Gracie says she wants to be a “cooker” when she grows up. Let’s make it happen, Gracie!
We have THE BEST two little farm stands near our house for fresh, local vegetables and we take FULL advantage of them. Before ball on Saturday, we picked up fresh tomatoes, okra, squash so when we got home, we were all ready to cook up a big vegetable plate for dinner. I roasted the okra, and when I say this, I am not even kidding, but I think roasted okra is as good, if not better, than fried okra. And fried okra is literally my favorite vegetable! But we roast okra almost every Saturday now, because even the kids LOVE it! I also roasted some beets (as per usual as well), sauteed some squash and onions, sliced up some tomatoes, made black eyed peas in my Instant Pot, and even made vegan cornbread (subbed almond milk for regular milk, and 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water for an egg– couldn’t even tell it was any different). PERFECT meal to end a long day. The kids cleaned their plates, and Scott even said he could eat a meal like that 3 times a week! I think this will be our weekly Saturday night meal.
Sunday was pretty typical- church, then home for lunch. We tried some vegan hotdogs for the first time that were good! We pile so many toppings on our dogs that we couldn’t tell a difference anyway, haha. We relaxed for a bit, then I went to the grocery store, came home, made a ton of hummus (my own recipe coming soon!), dinner, and called it a day. We finally watched The Jinx Friday and Saturday night (SO GOOD), and then started The Leftovers last night. So good too! We tried to go to bed a bit early last night since we have a BUSY week ahead, but you know how that goes, haha! All in all, a fun weekend had by all.
We’re trying some MORE new recipes this week, and cheating a bit since Wednesday is Scott’s birthday! The kids said they wanted to have steak or ribs, so we might be grilling up a bit of meat for his special day. Otherwise, we’re sticking with a vegan menu! Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:
Sunday- Dan Dan Noodles and Spring Rolls– We ate this last night, and to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite (shown above). It’s a lot like pad thai or peanut butter sesame noodles, since the sauce has tahini in it (sesame seed paste), so if you like pad thai, then you’ll probably like this a lot! But I don’t think I’ll be making it for us again.
Monday- Vegan Pizza (Daiya has a great tasting vegan pizza in a few different combinations. We tried the mushroom and garlic and roasted vegetable and liked them both a lot. Found the with the other frozen pizzas at Kroger!)
Tuesday- Spicy Lentil Tacos and Firecracker Salad
Wednesday- Steak/Ribs, Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob, and Sliced Tomatoes
Thursday- Mexican Quinoa Soup and Grilled “Cheese” Sandwiches
Friday- Asian Noodle Salad and Spring Rolls
I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!