We packed a lot in today, including two outings and lots of laundry!
Breakfast was easy – the last of the baked pumpkin oatmeal topped with the usual garnishes
After breakfast and M’s morning snack, we went to Whole Foods for a few groceries. He decided to sleep in his car seat, so I decided to enjoy lunch there!
Typical salad – greens + raw veg on the bottom, fun things on top. Highlights were some caper-dill tilapia, curry shrimp, couscous salad and grapes.
After I got home, I couldn’t resist a bite of each of our leftover desserts. I’m so out of the habit of not eating dessert since we’ve had so many things brought to our house since Mazen’s birth. I need to rope in my sweet tooth!
We are loving the Alice In Wonderland-looking flowers that Hedge sent us! Thanks Karen!
Our afternoon was filled with Virginia beauty in the countryside
At the new-ish Pippin Hill Winery!
My mom group decided to take our meeting somewhere really fun, and what is more fun than being in such a gorgeous setting on a warm day.
We gathered together a ton of chairs and enjoyed the fresh air. Lots of the babies in my group are 6-8 months old, so it’s always fun to see them play.
We enjoyed glasses of wine while we chatted and played.
I had the white blend, which was perfect on a HOT day like today. (Where are you hiding fall!?)
Karen came along with me to enjoy the afternoon and play with Maze
When we got home from our outing, I snacked on spiced pecans and half an apple that was leftover from pancake morning.
And put dinner in the oven!
Matt came home just after that and I went to feed the baby while he finished the meal. Here was an amuse bouche he brought me while I was nursing!
We had a stellar combo of:
Date, Pecan + Bleu Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Baked Pecan Butternut Squash
The recipe for the pork is an oldie but goodie – see it here!
The kale was just steamed in a few tbsp of water and then garnished with olive oil and smoked salt.
For the butternut, I halved them after 3 minutes of microwaving to soften them up (great tip in the comments lately that I always forget to do!). I baked them face down in a thin layer of water for 20 minutes at 400* and then flipped them over, dotted with butter, pecans and brown sugar and baked for another 25 minutes.
We have leftovers!
Maze loves playing with his monkey now – they are friends!