Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 12, 2018

This is the first week back with students so I want to have an easy menu.

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I also meal prepped for my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  Here’s what I made for this week:

Breakfasts – Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Snacks – Pistachios, Honeycrisp apples with cashew butter, Mini Bell Peppers with hummus

Lunches –  Salad in a jar with strawberry poppy seed dressing, homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt with granola

Since I have all my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks prepped, it’s easy to grab and go in the mornings.

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom’s Visit to Golden Lamb | Lebanon, Ohio | Part 2

The Golden Lamb is known as the oldest continuous running inn in Ohio.  Operations began in 1803 and still continue today.  In fact, there was only 4 vacant rooms left on the day we visited the Golden Lamb.

Here is the link to part 1 of our visit.

 

Here are photos of the fire board my Great Uncle painted in 1971.

Until next time, have a magical day,
Traci

 

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 29th, 2018

This week is going to be a little different with my meal planning.  I won’t be around for 3 maybe 4 of the meals so the gentlemen in my family are in charge.

Yesterday, I did shopping so they would have easy meals on 3 of those days.

On Wednesday, I have to go out to work so I can move classrooms.  (I’m just moving across the hall so not hateful.)  Anyway, I’m taking the Wee One to help me with the moving.  I told him that I would get him McDonald’s for dinner.  Hubby and the Imaginative One are on their own on Wednesday as a result.

I’ve got a class at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday.  On Friday, I have the second part of the class at the Wilds.  I’m going out to that area on Thursday morning/ afternoon and spending the night by myself.  For my dinner, I bought a frozen dinner that I can warm up in the microwave in the hotel room.

I’ll get myself food on the way home on Tuesday and Friday.

Here’s the menu for the week:

Sunday – We had pizza with the family.

Monday – Grilled Cheese with Chips and Cucumber Slices and Celery

Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner

 

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – The food they can choose from are:

  • chicken nuggets and French fries
  • sausage and mac and cheese
  • pulled pork sandwiches

I wanted the meals to be quick and easy for them.

Happy eating,
Traci

Menu Planning Help – Create a List of Favorite Meals

For years, Hubby and I have had a great system for getting dinner on the table.  I would get home and cook dinner.  Or I would put food in the slow cooker before work.

This year, my schedule has changed.  I begin work 20 minutes later and as a result I get off of work 20 minutes later.  I won’t be home until almost the time I would typically have to have dinner on the table so that Hubby could leave for work.  (He works evenings.)  He’s going to be in charge of getting the boys’ dinner which is going to be an interesting experience.

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Mom’s Visit to Golden Lamb | Lebanon, Ohio | Part 1

The Golden Lamb is known as the oldest continuous running inn in Ohio.  Operations began in 1803 and still continue today.  In fact, there was only 4 vacant rooms left on the day we visited the Golden Lamb.

The Golden Lamb is also known for their ghosts.  One of the famous ghosts is Sarah.  Sarah’s family moved to the Golden Lamb when she was 5 years old.  She grew up at the Golden Lamb.  However, there is stories of a young girl haunting the inn.  Some say it’s Sarah.  (I did not take photos of Sarah’s room.)

Our reason for stopping at the Golden Lamb was because my mom’s uncle had been commissioned to paint a fire board in 1971.  I had been to the Golden Lamb previously so I had seen it in person.  Mom had not seen it.

I guess they have not had the fire board out so we lucked out it since it was on display when we visited.

Enjoy the photos I took of the Golden Lamb.

 

 

Since I have a lot of photos of the Golden Lamb, I’m going to share more of the photos in another blog post.  I’ll have photos of the fire board in the next blog post.

Until next time, have a magical day,
Traci

 

Saying Good-bye to Folly Beach and Hominy Grill – Day 10 Part 2

After we said goodbye to the beach house, we returned the keys to the house.  While we were in downtown Folly, we hunted for a new Folly Beach shirt for me.  Even though I already had a Folly Beach shirt that had been bought in 1999 during my first trip to the beach, I desired an updated one.  We finally found one that had a sea turtle on it.

I made one more stop in downtown Folly at the coffee shop before our long 20-minute drive to downtown Charleston.

Earlier in the week, we decided that our last stop in Charleston was going to be at Hominy Grill, one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston.

The Wee One decided he wanted to try the yogurt and granola which totally surprised me.  He ate most of the yogurt and granola.

All the Imaginative One wanted was French fries.  He is so picky about what he eats.

Hubby had eggs with chicken while I had a veggie omelet with potatoes.

After we were finished with our brunch, it was time to hit the road for the first leg of our trip home.  On the next blog post, I’ll share our adventure on the way home.

Have a magical day!
Traci

Newport Aquarium Part 1 – Post #5

We went to the Toledo Zoo on a Wednesday. That Friday, we traveled an hour or so south to Newport Aquarium. These next three blog posts will be about our visit to the Newport Aquarium.

You pay for your tickets outside. When it is busy, they will give you a time to come back. There is a gift shop and other shopping or restaurants around the Newport Aquarium, so you won’t be bored while waiting.

After you enter the aquarium, you will be on the plaza. There is either an escalator or an elevator taking you downstairs to the exhibits.

Before you start walking through the exhibits, there is a photo op. We opted not to get our photo taken.

This video takes you through the World Rivers exhibit, the Shark Ray Bay Theater, a small tunnel, and then finally the seahorse exhibit which was very cool.

We stopped at the Shark Ray Bay Theater to see the penguin show. Luckily, we were able to sit in the front row close to the penguin. So amazing to be that close to a penguin. They are such fascinating creatures.

Enjoy my video.

Join me next time for the second part of our visit to the Newport Aquarium where we walk through the shark tunnels and see the sting rays..

Have a magical day,
Traci

This blog series is a 9 part series – 4 posts from the Toledo Zoo, 3 from the Newport Aquarium, and 2 from the Boy Scout Camp.