Two posts in one week? Yep, just had some stuff to write about this week. Trust me, I could fill post after post with our day to day adventures, but since we try and keep the kids’ lives off of the Internet, I honestly don’t have much to share. Our kids are my world. From dawn to dusk and beyond, we are laughing, playing, snacking, changing diapers, crying, reading, creating, and who knows what else. So, since our little tribe doesn’t appear much here on HEAB, it’s hard for me to come up with posts that don’t include photos of the kids…because they’re pretty much all I photograph these days. However, after posting about Charlie and Katie’s birthday party, I realized I do miss this space. Therefore, I thought I’d share some little things that bring a smile to my face these days, besides Summer, Charlie, Katie, & Hannah.
This quick and easy meal…
When I say quick, I don’t mean “nuke a frozen meal” or “make a sandwich” type meal, but if you plan a bit ahead, this delicious meal really comes together in no time. We cook up big batches of rice once or twice a week, and so there is always rice in the fridge to use as a base for meals. My personal favorite is short grain brown rice. I also like to keep peeled and chopped carrots in the fridge for quick snacks and veggie roasting. For the above bowl, I roasted carrots and frozen green beans in a 425°F oven with a couple tablespoons of butter and salt for…I’m not sure. It was early evening/feed kids their dinner/bath night at our house, and there is no telling how long those veggies sat in the oven. I’m guessing between 45 minutes to an hour, and I stirred them several times. I love my carrots to get sweet and caramelized, and so I probably cook them longer than most. Once the veggies were done, I scooped out some rice, added lots of veggies, and topped my bowl with crumbled goat cheese. Done and delicious, and leftover veggies usually make an appearance at lunch the next day.
We have an early riser, and instead of going the light up alarm clock route, I put some Christmas lights in a jar and set them on a timer. When Summer showed up in my room at 5:30 AM the first morning we tried them, I asked her if she’d waited for the lights to come on before getting out of bed. Her response was, “I was awake, and the lights weren’t on.” Since it was early, and I couldn’t come up with an argument for her logic, I just smiled, rolled over, and we cuddled until her siblings started stirring.
I live in long skirts these days. So nice and breezy for hot summer days.
Oh, and speaking of hot summer days, sunshine makes me smile…always.