A week of dinners

Switching up our diet has been a little bit of an adjustment. Today when we went grocery shopping the kids kept asking for stuff and I had to tell them, “We can’t eat that anymore.” Each of us have different areas of our new diet that are hard for us: Danny doesn’t really care for the all vegetarian meals, the kids can’t stand the beans and I have trouble with fish.

Here is my new weekly dinner schedule:

-Monday: beans and rice

-Tuesday: vegetarian pasta

-Wednesday: date night

-Thursday: leftovers or sandwiches because we have cg

-Friday: fish

-Saturday: meat

-Sunday: eggs

I am holding this schedule loosely and it may not happen on the assigned day, but the point is to have a plan!!

How we did: Eh. The dinner that I loved, everyone hated. The dinner Bentley and I liked, Danny and Marseille didn’t like. The family LOVED the salmon, I only gagged once. All of us really enjoy the cod, so we will eventually get the hang of it!! Thankfully, I enjoy baking because I am now making all our bread too. I made whole wheat bread last week but it was a little too sweet and it made 3 loaves of bread! So today, I made pita. The pita recipe that I use, you can refrigerate the dough and use it as you need it. I made 8 pita this morning and will save the next 8 for later in the week because fresh pita is the best!! A lot of people make all there stuff from scratch but for some reason, I feel like this is a big deal to me. I guess because I am no longer giving myself the option to buy a loaf of bread. Either I make it or we don’t have it. Oh well, maybe I’ll have nice arm muscles from kneading this dough!

We are consuming a lot more veggies and fruit. I cut back a little on the nuts for the kids but they love them so much it’s hard to deny them the fat!  So here is to another week!!

xo, nikki :)


DIY love

Here are some projects that I have done since the new year. It has been refreshing!

What can I say? I love to do crafts.

Unfortunately, like a true “artist”, I always choose to do them at crazy times and in crazy places. Like the clock, on a whim, I took it down and did most of the work on my dresser. Weird. I know. Despite that, it was completed and I didn’t break it! Believe me, it crossed my mind more than once.

Thankfully, the next project was planned. The diaper strap and wipe case were for a friend’s baby shower. At first, Danny thought it was for me. A diaper case… he forgot that Marseille was potty training! I was grateful for a quick sewing project because it reminds me how much I love sewing.

The message board and chalkboard were nifty things that I saw on Pinterest last year and decided that I just needed to do them. A little Nike action. Just do it. I’m glad that I did because we have been using and enjoying them.

Lastly, I received the pasta machine that I have been drooling over for Christmas. I had been waiting for a good opportunity and it came, so I seize it! Can I tell you that I absolutely LOVE making pasta?! I do, it’s so relaxing and fun. The family LOVED eating it, so it was well worth it!!

Here’s to DIY!

xo, nikki :)

Sorry, little blog…

Yes, I have been neglecting you. I’m back now and want to be waaayyyy more consistent.

So, it’s almost Feburary, you may be thinking “What in the heck have you been doing since October?” You probably didn’t say that but I’ll imagine that you did :)

Friends, we have done too much. We’ve done way  too much for comfort, too much busyness, just plain too much. I have felt like that since we went to the beach at the end of the summer.  To some this might not seem like a lot, but for our family it was.

October- I went to NJ, NYC and NY and had a fabulous time. I could not have asked for a better trip! The kids went to Charlotte. Danny got quite a few things done around the house while we were gone. A week long trip takes a week to get ready for and a week to re-coup from.

November- In the beginning of the month we were still trying to get back on track. I had little projects here and there. Then we spent a week preparing for my family to come for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the kids and I went to my parents new place in FL. Danny came and stayed the following weekend. We also got to see my Uncle and his family, which was an added bonus.

December- We came back from FL, and had Danny’s work party. The next week, I had two Christmas parties and a girls night out.  Then that weekend we had a stay-cation for our anniversary. We hit every thrift store in the upstate up to Asheville, NC. It was a lot of fun. Danny took off work, so we had 5 days together. The house got a makeover, specifically our bedroom :) Which then brings us to the weekend before Christmas, we went to Atlanta and came home Christmas Eve. We like waking up on Christmas Day in our home :) Danny’s parents stopped in for Christmas and had dinner with us, as they made their way back from Atlanta.


I am too! Oh, and sprinkle in 4 doctor appointments, an ultrasound, and bloodwork too! Their nephrologist believes that since they are progressing so slowly that transplants will not happen for another 5 to 7 years, if at all!! What a blessing! We know that this isn’t a guarantee  but it is exciting all the same! The next round of appointments will not start until the end of Feburary.

We hope that you are looking forward to the new year too!!

xo, nikki :)

ps- enjoy the pictures from October until Christmas!

Oh my goodness…

Where has the time gone?! It seems like this has been the gist of my posts lately!

We are still alive and living… and doing! What exactly, I’m not 100% sure.

Here are the rest of my Olympic dinners:

Passport Olympics: Brazil

Passport Olympics: Cuba

Passport Olympics: Germany

Passport Olympics: China

Passport Olympics: France

Since the Olympics, we:

-have been doing school here and there. We started a version of Five in a Row (FIAR). This is Goodnight Moon, and homemade moon phase oreos.

-went to a baseball game– that was a disaster! This is before the game started :)

-went on a beach trip (which takes a good week to get ready, then go, and a good week to get back into a routine!).


– my Mom came to visit — it was a whirlwind trip. She took tons of pictures, so I don’t have any on my camera. We had a great time apple picking, going to the zoo, and eating out :)

– book studies and visits with friends

– celebrated my birthday– I wanted to cook a live lobster… Julia Child recipe of course :) the count down begins!! 369 days until I’m a 30!!!!!! YaY!!!


So that is a quick update. I hope to go back a do a few posts on school, the beach and my birthday ;)

xo, nikki :)

Passport Olympics: England

To be honest, British food doesn’t really excite me. I just wanted to find something traditional and this is what I made, Toad in a hole. It was actually delicious. We listened to Elton John, Phil Collins and Coldplay.


I forgot to include the passports that I made for the kids. We “stamp” them before every dinner.


xo, nikki :)


Olympic Passport: Greece

Opa! We’re in Greece! We ate gyros, yellow squash (leftover), hummus along with homemade pita. The music of Vangelis set the mood. Ironically, we listen to Vangelis a lot in this house, he is one of Danny’s favorites. He is the composer of the famous Chariots of Fire music, which has been played a lot during this Olympics!

Homemade Pita

Gyros- my quick recipe


Yummy Dinner :)


xo, nikki :)