It's Wednesday, which seems impossible because I was so convinced yesterday was Thursday, but let's go back and talk about Monday. It was a full day- it started with a canceled Orangetheory class because I was super tired from cramming all my other Orangetheory classes into my two non-sick non-vacation weeks, and continued with work, extra work, a race home with stop at Kroger for a few extra dinner supplies, then home for to start the dinner we forgot to start in the crock pot that morning. Our Monday nanny, Ashley took Claire to the school to prep for her big first grade performance, and I followed with Landon and Cora ten minutes later, with fingers crossed that my improvised crock pot dinner would work.
When I first got home I found Cora in a Rapunzel dress, and as I cleaned up the kitchen from my frantic dinner-making I called out for her to "get dressed! It's time to go to Claire's school!" "Okay!" she announced cheerfully a few moments later, "I ready to go!".
And so she was. Not quite what I intended, but it's important to wear proper attire to an evening theater show.
The performance was the finale of our PTA meeting and I got to start the PTA meeting by announcing the results of our Nominating Committee meeting from the last Monday night. When I was finished with the microphone, Cora yelled out from her row, "Good job Mom!!". She's the best.
With the PTA business concluded, our fabulous new music teacher stepped out to introduce our crew of first grade ants, lady bugs, and bumble bees.
Claire was thrilled. She loves a performance.
And I love a Clairebear bumble bee.
Their spring-themed songs and poems were earnest and adorable as elementary school performances should be.
We reunited in the library afterward. Cora does NOT like to be separated and takes her reunions very seriously, and Claire just loves a good hug.
Landon was there too, but did not think he needed to be in any pictures. He accidentally (I assume) yelled out "Nay" when I was up for nomination as Parliamentarian next year, something that initially turned his face pink but he later found to be hilarious. James got home at 7:30 and I played him all the video my old and overburdened iPhone was able to record. We ate, watched the new season premiere of Better Call Saul (loooove that show; it's a small comfort to me now that the crazy good Big Little lies is over), went to bed way too late, and started Tuesday/Thursday anew. I still don't really believe today is Wednesday, but my menu (also calendars, my phone, logic, etc.) all claim this is true. So moving on to food! We've had some good things.
Monday: Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili (one of my very favorite crock pot recipes; I use half the amount of cream cheese and it is perfect), avocado, cheese, lime juice, and chips on top. We had a crazy Monday and neither James nor I remembered to start the crock pot, but I had 10 minutes between getting home and heading to Claire's performance, so I put everything, including the frozen chicken breasts, in my Dutch oven, brought it to a boil, covered it and put it in the oven on 350 for about 1.5 hours. Turned out perfectly, so that's a backup cooking method should you need one!
Tuesday: Chicken Rollatini with Prosciutto, Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs, Salad. So freaking delicious; I love this recipe.
Wednesday: Roasted Pork Tenderloin (marinate tenderloin in Soyaki, roast in 450 degree oven for ~ 30 mins until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees; let rest for 10-15 minutes while you cook the rice) and Fried Rice (scramble some egg, set aside, heat pan and add TJ's Fried Rice or cooked white rice (or both, like I did tonight), add assorted frozen or fresh veggies, add soyaki and/or soy sauce, when everything is warm, add back in the egg).
Thursday: Beef Taquitos (another one I make up: Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning and simmer, add a few ounces of cream cheese, stir until all combined and delicious; fill whole wheat tortillas with spoonful of beef and roll up, placing seam-side down in pan; repeat until pan is full. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until a bit crisp.), served with black refried beans, avocado, tomato, cheese, black olives to eat on side/top of taquitos.
Friday: Pizza! From Costco because it has been a looooong week and there is Easter prep to be done.
Saturday: My parents will be here, so we're going with the BEST Salmon, the BEST Salad, roasted potatoes (I mean, they're good, just olive oil and salt, but I don't know that they're the BEST), but this carrot cake I'm serving for dessert is.