Sunday, March 18, 2012

Week 47: Family Baking Day!

Don't you just love those beautiful, blue sky, warm weather days?  Today was definitely one of those memorable days.  All of the southern flowers are blooming (even the beautiful, yet invasive wisteria) everywhere you look and the colors are just eye-popping!  Of course, the other side of that beauty is that everyone is suffering from sinus-related illnesses.  ;)

Nevertheless, we took full advantage of the weather today on a Girl Scout field trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!  There were tulips blooming everywhere and in every possible color that you can imagine!  It's also 'Orchid Daze' so the fragrant scents of those delicate orchids were spread out through the Garden!  I guess I'm a sucker for flowers. . . the hyacinths are my favorites and they were everywhere too!  Loved it!
Emilie is obviously posing in the back and Zach can never stand still for any photos!  
Anyway, I got a chance to bake a snack for the field trip (because I happen to be the Daisy leader for the troop) and all of my kids wanted to help me bake chocolate chip cookies!  I can't honestly remember the last time that all three kids helped me bake one recipe.  Typically, Zach and Emilie take turns, but Annabelle has been doing her own thing now that she's a big third grader.  So, I let Annabelle help Zach take care of the dry ingredients and Emilie helped me with the wet ingredients!  I know that it really stresses some people out to have the kids in the kitchen with them, but I love baking with my kids.  I don't love cooking dinner with them as much because I am usually in a hurry to get dinner made, but with baking we can take our time and enjoy the experience!  Above is the best picture I could get!

Now onto the menu. . .

Week 47 Menu

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Chicken stir fry with cabbage, broccoli and carrots, white rice
Tuesday - Thai basil shrimp, cabbage, red peppers, white rice (we have lots of cabbage to use up this week)
Wednesday - Burgers
Thursday - Grilled salmon, wild rice, roasted mixed veggies
Friday - Out to Dinner
Saturday - Shrimp fra Diavolo, zucchini pasta, angel hair pasta, steamed broccoli

Happy menu planning everyone!  I'd love to see what you're cooking this week!



  1. I disagree Emilie isn't posing she just simply looks angelic as always!

  2. Cute family. Love the blog.
    Beth Z

    1. Thanks, Beth! They are quite a team. We had quite a bit of Zach grunting at Annabelle because he wanted to do everything by himself! I guess Annabelle is learning a lot about patience. . .

  3. Monday- Meatball Subs and Italian French Fries
    Tuesday- Lemon Dill Chicken and Feta Asparagus
    Wednesday- Sushi Night
    Thursday-Pizza Casserole
    Friday- Shrimp fra Diablo (thanks for the idea)
    Saturday- TBD, but probably out to dinner
    Sunday (Easter)- bringing muffins to Mom's house: Whole Wheat Oat Pear Muffins with Walnuts (long title for a yummy/healthy muffin)

    Most recipes are from Pinterest, I'm trying to make use of all the time I've spent pinning!

    Kristen Pittman

    1. Yummy, Kristin! Glad you are making use of the shrimp recipe and I think you might have to share the recipe for those oat pear muffins. I'll check your pin board! Thanks for sharing your menu!