Weekend Things

We had a productive but also relaxing weekend.  It was only near the end when I had a small panic attack about everything that I need to accomplish before school is out for summer break.  But, I know that I can do anything these next two weeks because then I will have all of my babies at home with me for the following twelve weeks.

1.  The weekend started on Friday with Gabriel’s 3rd grade field trip.  Sean has never attended a field trip, and I had a substitute teaching opportunity, which would allow me to be at school with Ethan.  So, Sean, Summer, and Gabriel attended the field trip, and Ethan and I were at school.

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2. On Friday night, it was pizza and movie night followed by a very early bedtime.  We were all exhausted from our busy day.

3.  Saturday started with our new tradition of having breakfast pizza.  I changed this one up a little by using bacon instead of sausage.  We liked the bacon version even more.

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4.  I am taking my oldest niece to school this week because my brother-in-law has had a change in his schedule. To thank me, my sister, my youngest niece, and I all had pedicures on Saturday afternoon.  I seldom ever treat myself to a pedicure, so I enjoyed the little afternoon of pampering.

5.  Gabriel wanted to get some additional, bright fish for his tank, so the littles and Sean took off to the pet store to purchase some fish.  They came back all smiles, ready to introduce the new fish to their family.

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6.  We had our new Saturday night dinner of hamburgers and onion rings.  I failed to take a picture of the onion rings yet again, and they did not turn out as pretty this time.  When they are pretty and I am not starving, I will take a picture and share the recipe.

7.  After dinner, I finished a project that I had been working on all day.  I made our 2012 Summer Fun List.  When I read it to the littles, they were literally squealing, clapping, and naming their favorite things from the list.  The excitement level has hit an all time high.

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8.  I had my sweet husband help me with some lawn work, and then I got a terrible headache and left him to finish.  He not only finished that project but continued to work on beautifying our lawn by completing some other projects, as well.   I am a lucky, blessed lady.

9.  I finished the day on the couch, and the littles eventually all joined in on the lazy night by watching a movie together.  This picture was not posed.  I walked in and found them on the couch, all cuddled up together. They truly do love each other so much.

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I am not sure if the weekend truly prepared me for what lies ahead this week.  It will be busy but fun, and we will continue to count down the days until 2012 Summer Fun begins!

 

Weekend Things – Recipe: Breakfast Pizza

 

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It was a perfect weekend.  After an extremely busy week, with Ethan’s ARD, teacher appreciation, and extra errands, I was ready to just be at home all weekend.  And, that is exactly what we did.

1.  Of course, we started the weekend with pizza and movie night.  But, before that, we bought some new fish for Gabriel’s fish tank.  It is a mini obsession of his right now.

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2.  Saturday was spent making cupcakes for a dear friend who was hosting a couple’s shower.

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3.  Since I was in the kitchen baking all day, it was a perfect time to work on Gabriel’s end of the year project.  Let me just say that I think Mommas become smarter while their children are in school.  I now know more about Ulysses S. Grant than I think I ever knew when I was in elementary school.  And, I loved having Sean and Gabriel in the kitchen with me working on the project while I baked.  Gabriel finished his paper and is almost finished with his presentation/tri-fold.  I am so proud of him!

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4.  We ended the day in a perfect almost summer fashion by grilling hamburgers and making homemade onion rings.  The onion rings were amazingly delicious.  I was too hungry to take pictures, but I will be making them again very, very soon.  We actually decided to have a weekly hamburger night because it is just so simple and fun.

5.  Sunday began with my sweet husband whispering “Happy Mother’s Day” while our very smart dog crawled up to my head, curled up, and started giving me Mother’s Day kisses.

Then, one by one, the littles came in to kiss me, hug, me, tell me “Happy Mother’s Day”, and excitedly let me know that they were working on something special for me.

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Sean went to get breakfast while I took my time getting dressed, and we all enjoyed a lazy family Mother’s Day breakfast together.

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After breakfast, it was time for presents.

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I love flowers and presents, but, on Mother’s Day, my favorite gifts are always the homemade cards and poems. They really outdid themselves this year.  Gabriel wrote a letter for each of them, one in his words, one dictated by Summer, and one what he thought Ethan would say.  It was perfect.

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Gabriel asked Sean to go on a bike ride.  Sean said that I should go in his place.  While I do not have a bike, I borrowed Sean’s bike, and Gabriel and I went on 4 bike rides throughout the day.  It is definitely something that we will do more, especially when I get my own bike.  It was fun, and I really enjoyed spending the special time with the boy who made me a momma.

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When we returned from our final ride, I had a shower, followed by a nap.  It was so nice to wake up in my cozy bed, knowing that it was not only allowed, it was expected, for me to be lazy today.

Sean cooked dinner, which was delicious.  While I am the one who cooks the majority of our meals, as I have mentioned before, Sean is an excellent chef, and I love his cooking, especially on special occasions.

It was a perfect day.  That is truly the best way to describe it.

6.  Inspired by Jessica at How Sweet It Is, I made a breakfast pizza this week.  It was a last minute Saturday morning breakfast.  I knew that I would be cooking sweets all day, so I decided that I needed a hearty, healthy breakfast in order to make it through taste testing frostings and cupcakes.  This pizza totally hit the spot.  It was so good that I told Sean breakfast pizzas might become a Saturday morning tradition, especially since we always have pizza dough leftover from Friday night pizza and movie night.  If you have never made a breakfast pizza, you should give it a try.  As with any pizza, you can create it into whatever you want – fried eggs or scrambled, bacon or sausage, veggies or no veggies, and any kind of cheese.  Here is how I did it.

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cups plust 3 tablespoons water

3 teaspoons olive oil

4 2/3 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Pizza

Lia Marie's Garlic Spread

1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheese

3/4 pounds sausage, crumbled and cooked

4-6 eggs

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Instructions

    Preparing the Pizza Dough
  1. Prepare the pizza dough according to your bread maker's instructions. For mine, water first, then I layer the flour, salt, and sugar next. After that, I make a small indention in the middle of the flour mixture and add the yeast. The final step is to add the oil to the corners of the pan. Start the bread maker, and let it works its magic.
  2. Preparing the Pizza
  3. Preheat the oven to 500.
  4. Prepare a cookie sheet or pizza pan by lightly spraying with cooking spray.
  5. Spread the dough out with your hands or roll it out with a rolling pin.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, and remove from oven.
  7. Spread the dough with a layer of the garlic butter.
  8. Sprinkle on a fine layer, about 1/2-3/4 cups of cheese.
  9. Add the sausage, making sure to cover the entire pizza.
  10. Crack open 4-6 eggs in various places around the sausage, making sure to spread them out evenly.
  11. Sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper, just as you would a fried egg.
  12. Add about another 1/2 cup cheese.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/05/14/weekend-things-recipe-breakfast-pizza/

Have a great week!

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Weekend Things – Recipe: Mexican Pizza

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We had a great weekend, one that started with the usual, added in a little busy, and ended with an appropriate mix of fun family relaxation.

1.  We had our typical Pizza and Movie Night on Friday.  We did not have a new movie that we wanted to watch. Since Gabriel is re-reading Harry Potter, he wanted to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and we happily agreed on that one.  We never get tired of watching Harry Potter, and Summer has started enjoying it in small bursts, too.  She can never sit through the whole movie, but she came into to snuggle for the last hour.

2.  A relaxing Friday night changed very quickly into a busy Saturday morning that started with an alarm that startled me awake, convinced that something was wrong.  Why else would my phone be ringing at 6:30 am on a Saturday?  Oh, yes, it was the alarm that I set for Gabriel’s 8 am soccer game.

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3.  The soccer game was fun, and we enjoyed our oldest boy win his last game of the season.

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4.  After I did some work in the yard and garden, my sweet husband let me take a 2-hour nap Saturday afternoon while he guarded the bedroom door and kept the house quiet for me.  And, as if the nap was not enough, he also cooked a delicious beef and vegetable stir-fry for dinner.  It is all of the little things that combine into one big thing that makes me love him so much.

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5.  Sunday found us eating our normal late breakfast, enjoying the beautiful day, and listening to the littles and their cousins play in our sun room most of the day.  While we were not ready for the weekend to end, it was definitely a nice ending to a weekend that had a perfect mix of busy and relaxing.

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6.  I also made some yummy food this weekend, which I will be sharing throughout the week.  One of my favorite things was this Mexican Pizza.  I was so tired after soccer that it occurred to me at around 11 am that I needed to determine what to feed the family.  I could not believe that I had not planned better.  Then, I remembered that I did have a plan.  Leftover pizza dough plus leftover taco meat equals Mexican Pizza.  I love it when leftovers create something fantastic, which was definitely the case with this Mexican Pizza.

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza dough

Refried beans

3/4 pound taco meat

1 cup corn, cooked

2 cups cheese

1 jalapeno, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500.
  2. Prepare a pizza sheet or baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. Roll or push the dough out with your hands, making a giant circle or rectangle.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, and spread the refried beans on the dough.
  6. Add the taco meat to the beans, making sure to completely cover the beans, creating a 2nd layer of toppings.
  7. Sprinkle the corn on top of the taco meat.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese all over corn.
  9. Sprinkle the diced jalapenos all over the cheese.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/30/weekend-things-recipe-mexican-pizza/

Have a great week!

I linked up at the following:

Add a Pinch for Mingle Monday

Mrs. Happy Homemaker for Makin’ You Crave Monday

Delightffully Dowling for Mangia Mondays