Friday, July 20, 2018

Fantastical Friday: Life Lately


Hello, everyone! I thought I would pop in since it's coming up on 6 months post-ablation and do a little "life update" - also summer is almost gone!

So we've been pretty busy this summer trying to keep the kids from getting too bored. We've visited the Farmer's Market, went to a go-kart park in Pigeon Forge, taken a million trips to the library, brought Saydee to the dog park, and had fun at the pool. The big kids even went on a nature hike with Nick this week with his Reserves unit. Matthew went to Washington DC early in June as a belated school field trip (I would share pics but there are other kids in it and school identifiers). He also has been down to the local quarry to kayak and went to Dollywood. Cami hasn't gotten to do as much as Matthew but has enjoyed having playdates with a few of her friends. They both just completed a second round of swim lessons and really enjoyed learning how to swim. Cami wants to go back because she has a goal of getting on the swim team in high school.


Nick broke his foot and sprained his ankle back in April and he goes for his final check up today with a hopeful clean bill of health. This is the fourth time he has sprained his ankle since he has been in the army. They have all occurred during army functions. It was a little bit of a rough go, but he's mostly been healed for the summer and able to do things with us.

I, like I said above, am nearly 6 months post-ablation. I need to do a good write up on my personal blog because I never updated after my hematologist appointment or follow-up with my electrophysiologist. But basically, I should be cured of SVT and I'm cautiously optimistic this early on in my recovery. I've been doing yoga and feeling pretty good. Oh, and I had my hair dyed recently. My hairdresser, Camile, is amazing and I came in saying give me galaxy hair and oh my gosh, I LOVE IT. She's got some magic up her sleeves and always makes my hair look incredible.


Summer is definitely winding down. I'm hoping we can make the last few weeks memorable for the kids. We've already done our school shopping and I am also ready to start college back up on August 1st. Hope everyone else is enjoying their summer so far!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Funfetti Cheesecake Cake

This amazing cake has a cake bottom, cheesecake middle, and a lovely, fluffy whipped cream topping! And ALL THE SPRINKLES!

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My daughter has this obsession with whipped cream frosting nowadays, so when it came time for her to pick her birthday cake (back in February), it was a top priority for her to find the perfect recipe. We stumbled upon this cake which has both cake elements and cheesecake elements...which was also something she was having trouble picking between. Best of both worlds seemed like the right choice. And this cake having whipped cream frosting was like...well....icing on the cake!

As complicated as it may seem, it's actually not too much more work than just making a cheesecake. The sprinkles add so much spunk to the already gorgeous cake. We were able to use some of the special sprinkles Cami had received in an Owlcrate Jr subscription box (it's a middle grade book box!), which is why you see the big pearls and hearts on top. The frosting was everything she wanted and she ended up being so happy with this cake. In turn, this made me super happy because I just want the kids to have the perfect birthdays! :)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gyro Kebabs #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is KEBABS. Or kabobs? Kababs? I don't know how you want to spell it, but it's food on a skewer! Bonus points if it's grilled because July is National Grilling Month. I knew right away what I wanted to make - these amazing kebabs from Wendy's blog! I found these when I was hunting for a Secret Recipe Club recipe. I have never purchased lamb and made a recipe at home. I've only had lamb in doner kebab. However, our local German fast food restaurant shut down for good and I can no longer get doner and it bums me out so much. Enter this recipe!

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I loved that doner kebabs had tons of fresh veggies and tzatziki sauce (a MUST). These kebabs have a sauce that is very close to tzatziki sauce and I absolutely adore the Greek salsa. The recipe is easy to prepare and the lamb is the only part that needs cooking time and even it doesn't take long. The seasonings added to the lamb kebabs are simple but work so well with the salsa and feta-yogurt sauce. All-in-all this is definitely a recipe I will make every once in a while (since lamb is a bit more expensive per pound than other meats) because I just love the combination of ingredients so much and it's incredibly easy to make.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Garlic Beef Noodle Bowls

Simple ingredients are combined in under 30 minutes to make this full-of-flavor Asian-inspired pasta dish!

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Ignore the fact that this Garlic Beef Noodle recipe isn't in a bowl. Also ignore those sad green beans. But don't ignore this awesome recipe! It's one of the simpler Asian-inspired recipes I've made and you can make it with any type of long pasta. I used thin spaghetti because I couldn't find linguine noodles. You can use rice noodles or even ramen. It's up to you! We've taken to making a lot of stir frys and Asian dishes on Thursdays and this one is definitely going to be a part of our regular rotation of recipes!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - July 16, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 16, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week is all about remakes and old favorites because I'm saving up all my cooking luck to make macarons for the first time! I'm excited and incredibly nervous, but I finally got around to trying them in the end of May and loved them so much. I just have to make them.

Monday - Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta
Tuesday - Crunchwrap Supreme
Wednesday - Middle of the Cinnamon Roll Muffin // Egg Drop Soup
Thursday - Herbed Pork Chops
Friday - Kids Menu Burgers
Saturday - Cheese & Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Sunday - Breakfast Scramble // Birthday Cake Macarons [link to video]

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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