May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

We had a great Memorial Day weekend, it was busy, but we also had a lot of fun!  The weather was going to be iffy this weekend and we had so much stuff to get done around the house, we decided to stay home this year.  Friday night we went golfing with friends of ours, and then enjoyed a campfire.  Saturday was a working day.  Brad got the garden planted and worked on cleaning up the yard while I scrubbed all the wood on our porch.  6 hours worth of scrubbing.  Yowsa.

I can't even tell you how amazing it looks, and how sore my arms are!

I am so bummed that I didn't take any pictures at all.  Saturday evening we had a birthday party for my niece, and we picked up Alayna's bff Brynn and had her overnight.  The older two were gone at friends houses.  We got home around 7:30 and Brad and I were wiped out!  We decided to rent the movie Unbroken.  Wow.  It was very good, but very dark.  There were parts we skipped because the violence was a bit much.  Really makes you think of all the POW's, past and present and how horrible they are treated.
Sunday we finished up planting flowers and then decided to have some friends over for supper.  Brad smoked some salmon, steaks and a whole chicken.  I made homemade baked beans (they were so good!) and we had lots of yummy salsas and dips.
I framed this picture of my late grandpa Arlo and made a little Memorial Day tablescape in honor of him.  He was in the Navy for 4 years and I was able to get some information on his service through  Miss him so much!

Monday was a day of relaxation!  It was glorious!  That afternoon we took the girls to see Pitch Perfect 2, it was ok, the girls loved it.  After the movie we went to Park Diner for supper and gorged on burgers, fries and chocolate shakes.  Soooo yummy!  We were all exhausted and I went to bed at 8:30, haha!

May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's that time of week again!  Linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites...

This week was CRAAAAAAZY busy.  I'm so happy it's Friday I could fall asleep....Monday I had a LLL (I'm a La Leche League leader in our area) meeting, Tuesday (normally my day off) I had a work conference from 8-noon, then shot over to the girls' school to watch Emma's rocket launch, then ran home got dinner going and brought Alayna in to get her glasses (which I FORGOT to get a pic of) which is definitely a favorite!

Alayna started softball this week and she is really having a lot of fun.  She is on an older team and it's fast pitch, but I think she's holding her own so far!  She looks so damn cute...

Since turning 40 (like a month ago) I've gained 5 pounds.  Seriously.  Everyone told me shit changes when you turn 40 and I just give them the side eye.  They weren't kidding!  So Sunday I decided I need to change up the eats.  I am a healthy eater, but love me some carbs (yes I'm looking at you, mother!).  So instead of my morning oatmeal and toast I am eating 2 scrambled eggs and some sort of meat.  This week we had venison sausage left over so I ate that.  I bought some nitrite/nitrate free turkey bacon for next week, we'll see how tasty that is.
Lunches I eat a ton of steamed veggies with a grilled chicken breast.  Snacks are almond thins with sunbutter, and dried fruit.
These dried apples are the bomb!  I'm also incorporating some kombucha in my diet.  It's a fermented tea that is SUPER good for your gut.  You have to get used to the taste, but I love it.  I like to mix it with my La Croix for an evening "cocktail".
Anyway, in 5 days I've lost 4 pounds.  Yowsa!

Last night we had Rachel and Emma's orchestra concerts.  It was Rachel's last one ever at Kennedy.  Sniff, sniff.


With our long weekend here, we have no real plans of going anywhere, and Brad is actually home this weekend, yahoo!  We are hoping to get lots of yard work/gardening done outside and some big projects done inside.  We'll see what gets done...


Excited to enjoy Memorial Day...      

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 I think of all the families who have loved ones in the military and I am SO thankful for them.  I honestly don't know if I could do what they have sacrificed so that I can feel safe.  It seems there is so much going wrong in our country right now, but we have to remember all the behind the scenes things that are happening today, so that I am able to enjoy a holiday weekend.  


May 18, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for another 

Menu Plan Monday with
Homespun Kitchen

Here's what's on deck this week!  I did have a couple roll overs as I didn't get to them last week...

Monday:  Tator tot hotdish

Tuesday:  Crispy chicken cutlets- from last week

Wednesday:  Cheeseburger Quiche

Thursday:  Either chicken or pork chops on the grill with veggies

Friday:  Most likely pizza night!

This last weekend was a great, but busy weekend.  Brad was out of town (which I HATE) but I got SO much stuff done.  Organizing drawers, cleaning out closets.  Things that have been neglected for a loooong time!
Emma had her bestie Kyleigh over and we did a photo shoot!

I did daycare for Ky from newborn until she went to Kindergarten. I also went to high school with her parents.  I love this kid (although I don't always love MY kid when they are together, uffda) and love that her and Emma are so close!

And since Brad was out of town, it would of course be the first weekend that we get severe weather here.  I think we got about 3 inches of rain and tornado warnings.
This is the pasture next to us, there is a small creek that runs through here, but you generally don't see it,


May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's that time again for Friday Favorites!  Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals.

These shoes are at the top of my favorites list!  I have been dealing with a leg injury since November.  I had recently bought new shoes and didn't think my injury had anything to do with it.  I may have been wrong.  I ran 6.5 miles on Saturday with NO pain.  It was unbelievable!


I received my newest Influenster Voxbox and I LOVE it!  The Beanitos are delicious, however my stomach doesn't do well with black beans, getting old sucks...
The Clairol Hair Food shampoo is amazing, I will most definitely be buying more!

I have been on a Bluegrass music kick lately on Sirius XM.  This song by Ricky Skaggs is my favorite!  There is nothing that makes me feel like home like some good ole Bluegrass!

I have professed my love for LaCroix Sparkling Water before.  My favorite is Cherry Lime, that is until I tried the Cran-Raspberry.  Ah-mazing!

We had our school picnic on Wednesday and we sat with the other Zimmers, these kids crack me up!

I am very much looking forward to this weekend.  Brad is out of town for work (big fat dislike) and we literally have NOTHING planned.  No where to go, nothing to do.  I have a long of things I want to accomplish, but I also just want to hang with the girls...

May 11, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday
Homespun Kitchen
This week I'm starting something new at Homespun Kitchen, I'm doing my own Menu Plan Monday.  I am not linking up with anyone, just wanting to document our eats (or lack thereof) for the week! I *try* (using that word loosely) to make my meal plan every Saturday or Sunday and then grocery shop.  Lately it's been more of a "what should we have tonight?" phone call to Brad around 10 am. 
My recipes I find from many different blogs I frequent such as Mel's Kitchen Cafe and a new one I just recently found and love, Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, and of course from my Taste of Home and Cooking Light magazines.
Here's what's on our menu for the week!

MondayCrispy Chicken Cutlets which I found from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.  Looks amazing!

Tuesday:  Meatloaf- This is my mother in law's recipe, I'll try and get the recipe up next week.

Wednesday:  School picnic- rubbery hotdogs for all!

Thursday:  Shrimp fettuccine- this is Emma's favorite meal and has been begging for it for awhile.

Friday: Cheeseburger Pizza- another My Recipes find from Sweet Tooth

I'm excited to have a couple new recipes on the list!  Happy Monday everyone!

May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

I want to take a few minutes to honor this lady, my momma!  Yes this picture is a couple years old, but we really haven't changed much, I know *I* certainly haven't changed, haha!
This lady is my best friend, my cheerleader, my voice of reason.  I can't count how many times I've called her up with mom questions.  I know I made her partially mental back in high school, but it's all good, right ma?!
I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for her, I learned SO much by watching her!  (Okay, maybe not the cooking part, haha!!)  Love you so much mom!

I am blessed to not only have a wonderful mother, but an amazing step-mom also!  I love that I always know these two have my back, and that my girls have these ladies in their lives.  I love seeing the relationships my girls have with them and am reminded of how much my grandmas taught me.  Life lessons, people!
Thank you and we love you both!!!

Friday Favorites: Girls Weekend Edition!
Linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites!

We've got another fabulous girls weekend in the books!  This is our fourth year doing it, the first year we went to Vegas, and the last 2 years we did a weekend in Stillwater.
This year Tonia planned it all and we had no idea what we were doing, it was awesome!
She picked us up on Wednesday night and we headed to the cities to stay with Christi.  We got there and had drinks and played cards.  We didn't go to bed until 2 am, yowsa!

Thursday morning we were lazy, had a few screwdrivers, played some cards and had a dance party!

After having lunch, we went to Vertical Endeavors in downtown Minneapolis.  I am SO not a rock climbing gal, but I LOVED it!  I scaled the top 4 times (it's only 25 feet) and it was so much fun to try the different walls.  I was really pleased with how strong I felt!

After working up a sweat, we walked across the street to Glam Doll Donuts.  Um, YUMM!!!  I had the salted caramel and chocolate donut and it was scrumptious!!

We stayed at the Grand Hotel and boy was that an experience!  So fancy.  We walked in and were greeted with a glass of wine, everyone was SO friendly and welcoming!
They even left us a bottle of champagne and some girls weekend decor, so fun!

For dinner that night we ate at Seven which is a sushi/steakhouse.  It was a gorgeous night so we sat out on the rooftop dining area which was awesome!

My beautiful ladies!

Being a country gal, it was so fun to live the city night life for one night!

Unfortunately later that night Christi's purse was stolen.  Such a bummer on such a fun night.
We got home around 3 on Friday and it was so nice to know that we had a whole weekend to relax!
Saturday after Alayna's party we met some friends at the La to watch to Kentucky Derby.  I was excited to wear a hat for the first time!  Brad didn't have a hat, so Maren (our favorite bartender, is that bad that I regularly text her???) gave him a party hat, haha!!

It was a great weekend, but I was kind of glad it was over with how busy we were!