Summer @Home: Week 3

I am definitely in full-out summer mode…not really sure what day of the week it ever is, what day of the month…wearing no to minimal make-up…living in a t-shirt and short shorts around the house…sweating….eating lots of ice cream…

I love this time of the year.  Even the sweating.  Especially the ice cream!

This week was another fun one: some new fun findings, cute Riley sayings, athletic feats and woes, culinary adventures, and more.


So I already posted about our meals through Wednesday.  Here’s the rest of the week:

Thursday: mac and cheese, baked beans, and hot dogs (yes, all mixed together)

Friday: pizza slices at TransMet.  I had gone to the one downtown last August, and we all had a great time and a great meal at the one right down the road from our house tonight.  The kids scarfed three slices of cheese, Shawn had two BBQ slices, and I had a veggie pesto slice (plus the kids’ crusts).  Sidney slept.  I’m already looking forward to our next visit.

Saturday: Veggie bake and leftovers.

(I adapted this from an idea I saw on Pinterest…zucchini, squash, and tomato layered on top of some cooked onion and garlic powder…sprinkled with some olive oil and breadcrumbs…will add a little cheese half-way through cooking for an hour on 350.  Can’t wait!)


Girls’ Breakfast @ Panera on Wednesday

Movie morning (1 dollar tickets) on Tuesday

The YMCA most days for 1-4 hours (swimming, basketball, Kid-Watch, running, playground, and hockey).  Unfortunately, I am sort of falling apart.  Between my feet, ankles, and knees, I am all sorts of sore.

DQ Happy Hour!

Castle Park

Botanical Gardens.  We had a blast…checking out some flowers, taking a hike on the purple/orange trail, swimming in mud (Riley, that is, after trying to climb up on a sideways tree after her father), climbing trees, telling another He-Man/She-Ra story, wiping mud on each other (well, Riley tried to get me muddy), and cooling off in some water (well, I dumped two water bottles of water on Riley after she got mud on me).  Once it cools down a bit, we will definitely head back.  The area was beautiful, and we’ve got a nature scavenger hunt I found on Pinterest to finish.

Highlight of the Week

Lunch with CAROLINE outside Atlanta!!  Hands down.  Riley, Sidney, and I met Caroline on her way home from TN.  So, so cool!  We ate at Panera, did a little shopping, talked in person…it was awesome!

New and Refined Feats

Sidney has mastered the army crawl

Riley ran/walked 3/4 of a mile.  The goal is a mile.  If she does, she gets another monster cookie from Publix.  The things this girl will do for a monster cookie!  She’s pretty quick, too.

(Monster cookies look something like this!)

I can code Objects and Methods.

Sidney is starting to consistently sleep through the night!  Woot.  But of course, she’ll be up a lot tonight because I typed this.


I think Panera coffee makes me sick…I had it twice this week, and afterwards, my head was seriously spinning for a bunch of hours.  This makes me unbelievably sad.

My phone or battery is dying.  Boo!  I just ordered a new battery…we’ll see if that works.

Adrian loves to pull Shawn’s body hair (especially leg and chest hair).

Riley’s Favorites and Least Favorites

(Can you guess which are which?)

He-Man and She-Ra stories.


Sleeping on the couch.

Computer games.

Brushing her hair.

Sweet potato bread.


Riley: Aunt Caroline is poisoning us?

Me: She is?  How?

Riley: With this lip gloss.  And our new clothes.

Me: Do you mean spoiling?

Riley: Yeah.  Poisoning.

Adrian’s Breakfast One Morning

Two frozen pancakes (one toasted, one frozen).

Half of a bagel thin.

Nutri-grain bar.


Fun @ Home

Water balloon fight!

Cardboard box house-building.

Puzzles, coloring, and reading.

Baking.  Four loaves of sweet potato bread!

Playroom obstacle courses.

Don’t Listen to Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines…

I’ve been making cake mix cakes ever since I was a kid (right, mom?).  They are easy and versatile.  I’ve had them as dinosaurs, as tigers, in trifles, in dump cakes, as cookies.  But I’ve always followed the directions and mixed them with water, oil, and eggs.

Until Thursday.

And now I don’t think I’ll go back.

On Pinterest, I found this pin one day…

So last weekend, I bought a cup of Greek yogurt (It was on sale.).

Thursday, I was craving something sweet and we just so happened to have a confetti cake mix in our cupboard.

The recipe is simple: One confetti cake mix, one cup water, and one cup of Greek yogurt (I used vanilla bean, honey).

WOW.  That’ all I’m going to say.  I’ve haven’t been able to stop raving about the results.  Usually, I need (a lot of) frosting in order to eat cake. Ask my twin sister.  We used to frequent Barnard’s dining hall in college just for their desserts.  We’re talking monstrous triple layer cakes, which of course we scraped the frosting off to eat by the spoonful.  In my opinion (until Thursday that is), the best kind of cake was the kind with the best (and most) frosting.

But WOW.  The Greek yogurt made the cake so moist and a little denser than normal cake.  Almost a brownie consistency.  And because it is healthier than the eggs and oil kind of cake, you feel GOOD eating it.  Ours was gone by the next night!

Delicious Cake + Good Feeling While Eating = No Need for Frosting + Happiness

Hungry Girl also features different substitutions to try, but I might have to stick with Greek yogurt for a while.  Seriously, so good!  Plus, Publix has BOGO cake mixes this week.  I plan on stocking up!

Baking Prodigy?

Me: Riley, we have those two really ripe bananas.  Wanna make some banana nut bread tonight?

Riley: Sure, Mom.

Me: Although we might not have enough eggs.  We’ll have to see.

Riley: Well, if we don’t have enough eggs, we can substitute apple sauce.

Me: Why not?  Good suggestion, kid.

PS: This conversation occurred on our way to school.  Girl cracks me up!  We’ve had to do some substituting recently to bake with the ingredients we have at home.  We made cupcakes for the grandparents last week with only two eggs instead of three.  As the batter was mixing, I asked Riley if we should add a mashed banana.  I think that is where she got the idea from.

PPS: The cupcakes turned out really good.