I was thinking it would be fun to post my planned family meals for the week on here. I can’t promise it will happen every week; but I do think it’ll be a good way to connect and share dinner ideas (I would love to hear yours!). Here’s this week’s plan:
baked eggplant casserole
white bean chicken chili
homemade pizza & salad
steak & avocado salad
After posting for my mom and a few friends on Instagram for the past couple of years, I decided to make my account public! You’ll find pics of mostly family and food–like you couldn’t have guessed. Check us out, spread the word! @carolinepshields (click here)
^^That time when they held hands in the car on the way to the grocery store.^^
I was having a funny conversation with my parents the other day about raising kids. We were talking about how my friend’s grandma had two sets of twins 14 months apart. Can you imagine? Hearing that makes me immediately feel like a real weenie when I sometimes struggle with two (ok, a lot of the time). And then there are Brian’s parents who both come from families of nine. NINE! I would like a snapshot into that life (but just a snapshot). And these women were not running out to Starbucks on a bad day, or taking their kids to Chipotle when they didn’t feel like cooking.
My parents responded with…”playpens, they had playpens for goodness sake!”
I thought about setting up a playpen (a.k.a. pack n’ play) for George when he started to crawl and pull himself up on the furniture. That point when I realized I could no longer make dinner on my own, not sanely at least. And then I considered one of those play yards. But then after mentioning this to a few friends who retorted to something along the lines of… “you are not…” I thought “Yes! Have you seen our house at dinner?!”
In the end, I never set up the pack n’ play or purchased a yard, but still contain him at times (with chair blockades). And I’m all about some crib-time if he’s awake while I shower.
While I can only offer anecdotal notes on this situation, THIS ARTICLE has some real meat. What’s your take?
p.s. that’s my brother Charlie in the playpen.
I love a good movie, especially the ones I watched as a kid/college student/new mom over and over and over again. I thought it would be fun to show some clips this week in case you needed a good laugh, or maybe just wanted to waste a little time on the internet today.
I would love to know, what are some of your favorite movie/tv scenes?
Crazy Stupid Love – “Ok, cuz, I know I seemed confident at the bar, but that was mostly just because I was cold and wet and trying to be dramatic.”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”
The Breakup – “I’ve got to talk to Brooke about something…it’s called the baseline.”
When Harry met Sally – “And I’m gonna be 40.”
The Cosby Show – Bill – so deadpan and Rudy…just killing it.
Ghostbusters – “Back off man, I’m a scientist.”
Father of the Bride – “Well..what is that, is that dollars, twelve-hundred-dollars?!”
It’s Complicated – “Hey, there’s your…”
This post is on the evolution of parenting and how one day you hear something you thought you’d never hear.
A child is born! They are an adorable little peanut. Yes, they cry, but they are so cute and cuddly. Ok, they occasionally drive you bonkers when they don’t sleep, but for the most part it’s all good (with the exception of mom-hormones). You have thoughts that this sweet child–your baby–will be perfect for life. Like forever, and ever.
Life moves on, and your little one–now a toddler– has figured out how to push your buttons with tantrums, not listening, and overall defiance. You keep it pretty positive but still resort to cliches like, “this mess isn’t going to clean itself,” “you are not in charge, I’m in charge” or “fine, bye, I’m leaving the park without you,” in hopes that you are getting through to them–in some way.
But one day comes, the day when all the buttons have been pushed, the encouraging words have been used up, and all that left is your scary mom voice* (it just speckles itself right into the day–like that). And nothing, I mean nothing, prepares you for this moment. I used mine the other day and scared myself. It’s weird when you do something so parent-y. As they say, sh*t got real. So, yeah, this parenting thing is tough work. Can I get an amen?!
p.s. but…how cute are they??
*term picked up from @teammandy!
Today is the last day of #CKTdrinkweek. And as it goes, I’m not even posting a drink. I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a food recipe, but I thought it was time. All these drinks and nothing to eat? Come on, we need at least one snack.
While guacamole is an easy one and something you surely know how to make. I think you’ll like this take on it…it’s all about the roasted garlic and man does it make a difference.
Enjoy the guac with any and all of the drinks featured on #CKTdrinkweek–like tonight.
CKT Roasted Garlic Guacamole
4 ripe avocados
5 cloves roasted garlic – minced (TO MAKE GARLIC: place head of garlic (cut off pointy top, brush with olive oil and season with salt) in an 350 degree oven for 50 mins; remove garlic from skin)
1 1/2 TBS red onion – minced
3 TBS cilantro – chopped
3 limes – juiced
5 – 10 splashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce
s & p
Place prepared avocado in a bowl, mash until desired consistency. Add in other ingredients and stir. It is important to use kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, season and taste until it is just right. Place in airtight container and refridgerate until ready to serve. **Can be made up to 5 hours in advance.
Today is Day 4 of #CKTdrinkweek and we are keeping with the cocktails. Brian has been a big fan of ginger beer these days. When we were up in Michigan he was playing around with some new cocktail ideas. He landed on the Fog Horn–have you had this? It’s very close to a Moscow Mule, but uses gin over vodka.
It was new to us and so refreshing with intense lime and ginger notes, yet clean and easy to drink. Enjoy this one on the porch with a good friend or spouse–hopefully (for your married folks) they are the same.
Fill a glass with ice, 2oz gin
squeeze half a lime in–stir
fill glass half full with crushed ice
fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer – we like Gosling’s
Today marks Day 3 of #CKTdrinkweek and I’m making cocktails. My brother, Charlie, is the resident bartender of the family–he called me last week with a recipe that I knew was a keeper. But as it goes, his girlfriend, Krystal, created this one!
It’s a vodka-limeade with a splash of cherry. It was inspired by our trip to Michigan (cherry country) and is perfect to make before summer’s end–by the Labor Day bonfire perhaps?
CKT Cherry Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces vodka (I like Tito’s)
3 fresh cherries — pitted and minced
limeade (I like Trader Joe’s)
Fill a glass with the vodka and cherries–stir (let the color come out). Then fill the glass half full with crushed ice. Finally add the limeade until your cup is full and garnish with some fresh squeezed lime. (This would also be a great cocktail sans the vodka!)
#CKTdrinkweek continues! Day 2 is all about summer wine. Naturally I’m drawn to rosé, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinto grigio, and dry riesling–and it’s best enjoyed by the water, under the stars, or in the backyard–and always with good company.
You suggested some amazing wines, but one stood out as my favorite. Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé fit the bill (thanks, Mom!). It has gorgeous packaging, beautiful color, and a fruity yet acidic flavor–the perfect summer wine.
Turns out, the wine’s vintners are pretty famous…like Brad and Angelina famous, no really, they are the vintners (thank you Internet). They have a great wine-maker and people in the wine world think of this as a serious wine. Plus, how perfect would this be as a hostess gift?!
Wine found at Costco // Price: $19