Monday, January 30, 2012

Pinewood Derby and why we will eat leftovers on Thursday

Moments ago, I closed the door after saying good-bye to my parents. They were here for the weekend, a sort of "Happy Birthday" last hurrah for the boys. A fun weekend to be sure, and a great weekend for me, since my parents are two very willing and able extra sets of hands with the boys.

The weekend started on a very special note too, as R had his Cub Scout Pack's big Pinewood Derby on Friday. SPH and R worked long and hard on shaping his car, which R named "Dark Shadow" and painted himself. It was a labor of love for both of them, which included a late night trip to the local 24-hour Postal Center to weigh the car to make sure it was the exact weight required (note to self: maybe that kitchen scale you've had your eye on would serve multiple purposes).

In the end, it was all worth it when R won this:

First Place Overall! It was a fun kick-off to a great weekend.

But now, the weekend is over and with SPH at work, the boys at school and my parents on the road back home, I'm easing into our new week and coming up with our meal plan:

Enchilada Rotini, Fruit
Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage, Pepperdews and Feta
Chicken and Orzo Soup, Perfectly Simple
Thai Peanutty Stir-fry
Leftovers (see below)

February is a mere two days away and on February 2, we'll celebrate Groundhog's Day.

(Here's how I know we've had a mild winter: I almost *hope* that we have 6 more weeks of winter to come, since we've hardly had any real winter yet. Usually at this point in the year, I am begging Punxsatawney Phil to please, please tell us that spring is imminent.)

To celebrate Groundhog's Day, try these fun ideas for your dinner:

*Serve pork sausage, ie, ground hog. On second thought, maybe keep this joke between the adults, since you may not want to conjure up such images at dinnertime.

*In the spirit of the movie, Groundhog's Day, you can serve leftovers.

*Other ideas: Twice-baked potatoes (need a recipe? I just posted one this morning on, Refried Beans, etc

We're doing leftovers, since I will use just about any feasible excuse to have a night off in the kitchen!

Have a sweet week,

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