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Early Easter Dinner

This weekend we headed up to my parents house in Chagrin Falls for some quality family time. They were coming back from Mexico and my papa and aunt and uncle were in town visiting my cousin and her husband (who are having a baby in June).

The projects of the weekend included getting the baby room ready (putting up crown molding, etc) and planning the shower (Sunday, April 19th). It was a productive weekend and included a feast for Saturday night dinner.

Since my parents were not planning on hosting 12 people for dinner approximately 45 min. after returning from their vacay in paradise, I had to take charge. My cousin Cindy and I did the menu – the goals were:

  1. easy and quick
  2. healthy and colorful
  3. low in sugar for Papa
  4. prepped before leaving for the airport

Place setting:


All goals were met with this meal:

  • Grilled Veggies on Kabobs (onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms, zuc. with balsamic vinagrette)
  • Rosemary balsamic turkey tenderloin
  • Roasted asparagus with parmasean quinoa
  • Salad


Grilled Veggies:


Rosemary Balsamic Turkey Tenderloin


Roasted Asparagus with Parm. Quinoa (Recipe posted!)




The Sisterhood: My mom (in the middle) and my Aunt Marilyn on the left, Aunt Sharon on the right.


Papa, my mom and I


My dad (on the left) and Uncle Jim


The Mom and Dad to Be (in June)! Cindy (my cousin and her husband) Tom

A weird picture of Brady and I


Today was spent prepping for the baby shower – it’s in two weeks! I will post pictures soon! We have a great centerpiece planned and some wonderful food!


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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.



Cookies made by Jen and I!!


Trying to tie the book club into the shower.


Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…


Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe




Lots of sweets for Baby Addison


Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!


Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!


Kate’s Strawberry Salad


Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!


And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper


I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!


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Last night for Brady’s birthday we had people over! A few people came for dinner but most just came to celebrate after dinner! We had a great time playing WII and Partini while managing to consume a LOT of beer and wine!

Napkin of the night:


B-Day cupcakes:


I wanted to make something easy and fun for dinner since people were coming over right after. Paninis seemed like the perfect thing because Brady loves sandwiches!

We had an assortment of choices:

  • grilled chicken we cut into strips
  • bacon
  • smoked turkey
  • Colby-jack cheese
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • pickles
  • avocado
  • apple
  • black bean spread (just pureed black beans with red pepper flakes)
  • roasted red pepper spread ( pureed roasted red peppers)
  • mustard
  • mayo



Plus a salad:


And some DELICIOUS roasted veggies (zuc, squash, and potatoes) that Brady made and I somehow missed. 😦

Such a fun night!!


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Today was nice and relaxing!  We did things around the house and then went to the pool for a few hours to read and relax!  When we got home we had to get things ready for Brady’s parents and sister to come over for dinner.  We already had the menu planned so it was time for action!

Napkin of the Night:

Seseame Cabbage Salad

I have posted this before known as napa ramen salad.  This salad includes:

  • Napa cabbage
  • ramen noodle crushed – I used some pretzels tonight too
  • cashews
  • sesame dressing:homemade

I also placed baked tofu around the salad for the fam to try.  I am working on perfecting the tofu, but it went well with the salad and I think I will get it soon!  I will let you know when I do!

Tasty Turkey Burgers

(This recipe was modeled and changed from Oprah’s favorite turkey burgers)


  • 1 granny smith apple chopped fine
  • 1 c. celery chopped fine
  • pam/water to make it moist
  • 1/2 c. arugula chopped
  • 1/2 c. cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 T. chipotle marinade

Mix all of the above ingredients into the ground turkey.  Add more salt and pepper.  Let the turkey mixture sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.  Shape into burgers and grill!  Serve with your favorite toppings- mango salsa is wonderful!

Huge Grilled Onions

Slice onions and skewer with a bamboo skewer.  Paint lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic wine seasoning.  Grill them up!

Check out how big this is compared to my cell phone.  This is not a small cell phone either!

We also had fruit salad and baked sweet potato fries!  Way too much food, as usual, but everything we made is great for lunches so you can guess what we are having for lunch.  After dinner we walked to get ice cream!!! I had a dish of pink champagne sherbert and fresh strawberry sherbert.  It was a very pretty pink bowl of delicious ice cream!  I wish I had a pic!

Tomorrow, after going to school to set up my classroom and going to a few meetings, we are making “healthy fettuccine alfredo with grilled shrimp”.  Brady requested it!  I will also get back to posting what I eat – i missed a few things this weekend 🙂 !

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