Friday Favorites

Missing the beach already!

Here are some of my favorites of the week!

I’ve got this book on my list when A reads through all of The Mysterious Benedict Society series.

Balance. An important part of summer learning.

These sunglasses. And I’ve got this podcast on my listening list for our Texas road trip.

I added a whole bunch of books to my reading list after talking to my Mom this week.

I’ve been trying to figure out my game plan for packing for a trip where we have to switch hotels a bunch, then I saw this genius packing tip.

And I’m thinking about getting the boys Citiline Roka slip-ons for our fall Disney trip.

A painted terracotta planter project to do with the boys.

And finally, a steak and noodle salad is on my list for summer dinners.

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Destin 2018


One of our favorite trips of the summer is our beach trip to Destin! We build sandcastles, boogie board, and eat all the fresh fish, and key lime pie we can handle. Here is a re-cap of some of the highlights from our trip!

Some of our favorite restaurants in Destin are Surf Hut, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Kilwin’s, and Hammerheads. The kids almost always get wiki sticks and crayons…

And I almost always get key lime pie…

We typically stay in the Miramar Beach area, near SanDestin and 30A. The boys pretty much want to spend the whole time playing in the sand and boogie boarding…

 

However, we cannot beach twenty-four seven, so we also go to the wharf at SanDestin. We look at the boats, do some rope climbing, and look for Ospreys on the Jolee Island trail…

And best of all we just veg out. We watch movies, play board games, and watch for dolphins from the balcony.

We love our Destin get away!

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Our favorite enchilada dishes

 

Enchiladas are one of my all time favorite meals. Chicken or beef, cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack, at home or at a restaurant, corn or flour tortillas, they’re one of my favorite things to eat. My classic enchiladas are these.

Created by my Mom, they’re the recipe that everybody in my family knows (cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.), and they always taste like home. They also are dear to me because B and I made them together for our first Valentine’s Day together. No frills, no fancy dinner out, just cooking enchiladas and watching re-runs of Reba. I could’ve married him that day!

However, with B’s food allergies I’ve created modified ones over the years to accommodate his diet. These include three cheese enchiladas

 

And green chile enchiladas

My beef enchilada recipe is also a take on my mom’s recipe and the boys’ favorite…

And sometimes I’m just cooking for me and make a modified version for lunch…

And in summer we make The Pioneer Woman’s chicken enchiladas with strawberry poppyseed salad

Hope you find your favorite enchilada!

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Friday Favorites

Perfect sunset. ?

J is so excited about the Christopher Robin movie! I’m going to be sad the day he doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh as much as he does now.

Proxemics in action. Also known as why people get offended that I have a bigger personal space bubble than they do.

Key lime pie was created by a ghost?? The key lime pie from Marlin Grill has been my favorite so far in Destin, but no worries I will try more!

Beach waves…also known as me being lazy and not doing my hair all summer. Kind of like this…

And I’m all about summer tops right now, so I’m going to search out this one while I’m at Nordstrom in July.

And finally, this y’all:

J holding his cousin’s hand so she doesn’t run and slip while she’s walking is my absolute favorite thing of the week.

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This and that

This is the haul of shirts I bought for the boys at Old Navy and The Gap for $14.15 (total):

No, this is not a paid advertisement. Yes, this is why I have a Gap card. And actually I got a free gift with purchase, so if you deduct that, the total is actually $2.

This is my favorite lunch at Connor’s…

Crab cakes with sweet potato fries.

This is the beach set B asked me to pick up from Costco…

Hopefully now we have enough sand castle building items!

These are the books J is loving right now, and are on his summer reading list…

I hope that he’s always this excited about summer reading!

This is the way the boys are chilling in the shade outback right now:

These are the baby birds hanging out by our baby maple tree:

And that was the happiest way to tell me I’m done grading in my Canvas app…

 

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Friday Favorites

We are officially on summer break! That means for two whole months there are no lunches to be prepped, no morning rush, no car line, staying up late, sleeping in, and lots of cousin time. The boys are pumped and I’m just glad that I get to join in on the fun! Right now we are catching up on Battle Bots and Pokemon episodes and I’m still binge watching Chef’s Table episodes after the boys go to bed. And now on to some of our favorites from the week!

I honestly need to stop collecting lip balms…it’s a problem!

Tips for getting kids to smile in photos….my favorite is to quickly grab a camera snap three pictures and hope for the best because they’re done after that, ha!

A colorful office tour that I love.

A hair mask to counteract my hair dryness due to the pool and sun.

A book that essentially tells you to look on the bright side.

Why you’re hungry at eleven, also known as why I eat second breakfast.

Cotton candy smoothies because, summer!

Things to do in Waco, to add to my Texas trip travel list.

And finally, creating a summer capsule wardrobe. Which honestly is just wishful thinking on my part. Expect to see me on mostly Athleta shorts and Madewell tees all summer.

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Natural well trail

B and I recently headed out on our last hike before fall that’s just the two of us. During the summer we hike with the boys, but there are some trails they can’t do, or that we want to test out before taking them on it. The natural well trail, across from Burritt on Mountain in Huntsville, is at least 4.5 miles round trip. I say at least because we didn’t go all the way to the end. It got too hazardous and over grown at one point and we ended up heading back.

The trail begins fairly smooth…

But about 1/2 mile in, we began having to climb over and under fallen trees, and make our way around streams and various little wildlife.

 

The main attraction of the hike is a large natural well, as the name indicates:

It was very cool to see, and we’d also heard that there was a waterfall further down. So, after more climbing and encountering a snake and bees, we reached the waterfall:

Not as cool as the well. But there were two unusual rock stacks:

So there’s that. We were moving so quickly downhill, that when we started back up, we didn’t realize how strenuous it would be. It definitely is NOT a kid friendly hike (at least not age 10 and under), but I would recommend it if you’re a middle of the road hiker, and if you have better hiking shoes than I did. After slipping twice climbing over trees, B said he’s buying me real hiking shoes!

Happy hiking!

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Best of road trips

For being a family that doesn’t always road trip well (motion sickness sufferers unite!), we have taken over fourteen plus road trips with the boys. As we’re planning for at least four road trips this year, I thought I’d share some of our favorite road trip past recommendations!

Recommendations if you’re going to the beach and staying at a condo…

If you’re sightseeing in the city with toddlers…

If you’re packing a backpack for each kiddo…

If you’re staying at a hotel

Essentials for on the road

And my necessary car items

If you’re packing for yourself and kiddos (including kids under the age of two)…

Carry-on essentials for myself and the boys on flights…

The reason we always carry two backpacks and my ultimate packing list.

Happy road tripping!

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Enchilada nachos

This super simple recipe makes for a perfect Saturday night dinner. I just slow cooked three chicken breasts for 5 hours covered with my taco spice blend, then shredded it. I cooked some Whole Foods frozen rice (have you tried their frozen rice? It’s awesome) and then piled chips, rice, chicken and a healthy drizzle of enchilada sauce (recipe to follow). Top with cheese and melt in the microwave or like this. Then add whatever you’re using up in the fridge that day!

Here’s the recipe for the enchilada sauce:

1 15 oz can red enchilada sauce (mild or medium)

1 tbs butter

1 tbs cornstarch mixed with 1-2 tsp warm water

1/4-1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

Heat enchilada sauce and butter in sauce pan until it reaches a boil. Let boil, stirring constantly for three minutes. Add in cornstarch, then reduce heat to low. Simmer five minutes then stir in sour cream. Serve over chicken and rice on nachos!

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