Here’s a recap of our winter break!
Winter Break Fun!
We had a fun, long winter break!
It takes a village to raise children. And the past few weeks, I was the co-chief of that village. We packed in a lot of at-home activities and had a lot of fun together time. How ironic that I come out of a “break” needing a break 🙂 They need their schools, friends, and the playground as much as I do!
I tried to implement some arts & crafts every morning
While we did have some warmer weather, the mornings were gray and cold, so we focused on indoor activities. The boys got KiwiCo boxes from KK for Christmas, and they were a bit hit.
Mazen and I built this awesome remote control snake. You can buy it without a subscription too here (affiliate links).
Birch and I made watercolor fish in a fishing game, and this foam puzzle was a huge hit from the Under The Sea kit.
We also played with kinetic sand!
Our neighbor’s kids were finished with this, and we were glad to take it on!
Mazen finished his Harry Potter lego
(Much faster than i had hoped!)
We did this puzzle 100x
There was playdoh time with our cousin
(Birch missed his mask and asked to wear it!)
And couch forts!
ET in the closet!
In the afternoons, we had outside time
Mazen is getting so great at his hoverboard!
Sometimes we went in costume!
This is the one Birch got for Christmas.
Thomas made a camp site
And Mazen put up my old tent from growing up!
We went for walks to see the trucks down the street
And really really wished for more sunshine.
I had some help from bro-bro with bedtime a few times!
He will only help if he can “be me” in my robe!!
Birch and Lambie are BFFs
Before Christmas (and before omicron got crazy) we went with Thomas’s parents to Siren, Laura Fonner’s new restaurant. If you watch the Food Network, you might remember Laura as the winner of Guy Fieri’s show Guy’s Grocery Games! She’s a long-time family friend of the Donnes and actually catered our rehearsal dinner. She is head chef at Siren that just opened before Christmas.
We had a delicious seafood meal starting with calamari and seafood chowder. I loved this rockfish with gnocchi.
and John’s whole flounder was impressive!
Real Food Meals
Cozy morning oatmeal!
Egg muffin + pear breakfast
There’s nothing like some playdoh to season a salad!
My go-to salad
I made a Reel on Instagram with my favorite salad dressing of late. Check it out!
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That dressing + greens, gorgonzola, and roasted pecans
Plus whatever protein I have on hand.
Broccoli and Cheese
I added spinach + fritos to Broc and Cheese soup from Whole Foods
Homemade Bone Broth Soup
We made this one with mushrooms, bone broth, parmesan, spinach, and leftover rotisserie chicken.
A veggie scramble is my go-to lunch if I’m not in the mood for a salad and don’t have time for soup!
Meatloaf, mashers, and kale chips with green beans
Blue Apron Panko Chicken
One of my ALL TIME favorites. Always order the panko chicken at Blue Apron! Served with a saucy sauce, sweet potatoes, and roasted broccoli. Check out the refreshed Wellness meals collection for the new year over at Blue Apron right now. Nutrient dense and veggie-packed!
Family Taco Night
This time we made pulled chicken in the crockpot instead of beef. I loved the lighter taste with lots of fresh cilantro and chopped romaine.
Once a week for the kiddos! I wilt spinach under my noodles so I don’t have to bother with a separate salad.
Rotisserie Chicken with rice and asparagus
Mona Lisa Lasagna
And old fav! With broccoli, sourdough, and kombucha.
Wine on the weekends
I’ve been trying to stick with kombucha during the week. In a wine glass, it’s the perfect bev. I turned my Winc subscription back on for the weekends though. They have the best balance of price and creative labels. And I’ve never had a bad wine from them! They now have some vegan and clean wine options too.
A special visitor!
Lastly, we had a special visitor! Karen came up from New Orleans for the first time since the pandemic began! It was great to see her, Andrew, and his daughter. Birch loves KK too! She says hello to you all!