Friday, May 15, 2015

Random Pictures From Our Week

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen several of these.  I just like to throw them on here every once in awhile to document our week!

Friday night was our last concert in the park until October.  It's become something we love to do each week...we'll miss it!

My Mother's Day was just perfect.  We went swimming with friends that afternoon.  It felt like summer for the first time!

This girl would never get out of the pool if I didn't make her.  I'm currently trying to talk her Daddy into a pool in the next house...we'll see how that goes. :) Mother's Day dinner.  I got my pick and of course it was sushi.  I couldn't imagine a better meal!

Our week has been a whole lot of this.  It's the first week with no school around here, so we've been lounging around a good bit.  I love weeks like this sometimes.  I think we left the house once to go to the grocery store.  It was fabulous!  That being said, I need some structure starting next week. :)

I put this picture of our dinner on Instagram, and several people asked for the recipe.  It's an eMeals dinner (from their All You plan), and it definitely didn't disappoint! 

Chicken Ceasar Pasta Salad


12 oz Rotini Pasta
1 1/2 cloves minced garlic
9 flat anchovies
3 tbsp mayonnaise (I used light)
1/4 cup plus 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp water
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 lb chicken, sliced thin
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
chopped fresh basil


Boil pasta in salted water until tender, about 10 minutes.

While pasta is cooking, combine garlic, anchovies, mayo, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, water, and 3/4 tsp salt in a blender until smooth.

Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.  Toss in half of the dressing and tomatoes and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.  Toss in parmesan.

Toss chicken, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together.  Grill in a medium skillet over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Throw in Worcestershire sauce and let reduce for a minute or so.  Let chicken cool.

Cover lettuce in remaining dressing and divide onto four plates.  Place pasta salad over lettuce and top with chicken and chopped basil.

She's wanting a top knot more and more...she calls it her "Cinderella hair" (we've been watching a lot of Disney World videos leading up to our vacation, and she loves the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique ones).

Probably my favorite one of her this week...she just kills me sitting like this!

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And I couldn't let this post go by with at least mentioning what happened in our city Saturday night.  Two officers were killed in a traffic stop less than a half mile from where we were.  We were at a downtown festival at the time...the only reason we didn't hear the gun shots was because of a passing train.  Minutes later, we saw what seemed like dozens of police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks go by, and immediately knew something major must have happened.  I'm sure many of you have seen the coverage of it on the news, and it's been on my mind all week.  I can't imagine the pain that those families are going through right now.

I vowed a long time ago to keep my political opinion off of this blog...I just don't think it's the appropriate place for it, and this topic veers a little bit too close to that.  But I will say this - I am so proud of how my community has handled this situation.  Instead of radiating hatred and negativity, they've wrapped their arms around the families of the victims and other policemen/women.  They've lined the streets to show support during the funeral processionals, donated their time and money to support the victims' families, and shown love for their fellow man countless times.  For some reason, you hear a lot of negativity about Mississippi - in the past week, it has shown that there is so much good here.  We've loved our community since we moved here, but the way this city has handled themselves this week has really made me proud.