Hello everyone! This past weekend was jam-packed full of celebrations – with field trips, a 90th birthday party, the opening season of softball and t-ball, our school’s annual Family Fun Fair (I was the main organizer), a little holiday called Mother’s Day, and company at our house for 4 nights – but all of the celebrating began with Noah’s 5th birthday last Thursday.
After helping prepare the school garden, the kids (especially Noah and Emma) were even more excited to plant our own garden. You may remember that last summer was the first year we had planted a raised garden of our own in our side yard. Noah is just now really old enough to full understand how planting a garden works and the work that goes into making it a success – and all of that comes from hands on education and awareness – it makes it so much more exciting for young kids, and they are more eager to try new vegetables’ after they’ve put the work into caring for the plants.
We’ve got about half of our little garden finished at this point and Noah is proud to have his first “garden” barrel of his very own this year.
Last weekend here in Oregon was absolutely magnificent. If you didn’t know it was March you would have sworn it was June. The kids spent the entire day on Saturday playing out in the front yard – jumping, singing, playing make-believe. It really made me excited for the school year to be over and summer to be here! There’s something so relaxing about a gorgeous day and no obligations.
About Our Picnic:
They were having so much fun out there that I decided to break out our picnic basket and let them eat lunch outdoors. They were SO excited when I brought it out! Normally when we do picnics or tea parties we don’t worry about being too traditional. We make whatever we have on hand and what the kids like to eat – so I made some yummy Horizon Organics Macaroni and Cheese, apples slices with peanut butter, raisins, Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks, and milk. It was definitely a kid friendly picnic!
I found the Horizon Organic Fruit snacks at the store last week and thought I’d buy them and see how the kids like them. You know that I’m not opposed to having most everything in moderation, but I don’t really buy any fruit snacks anymore because, well, frankly I have to hide them from the kids because they would eat the entire box and sneak them and then I’d have to deal with the aftermath. Horizon Organics New Fruit snacks however have no corn syrup and 32mg of DHA Omega-3 per serving – which makes me really happy!
They sat there nibbling and imagining, relaxing with their toys and blankets in the warm sunshine. Emma and Anika had Horizon Organics New Microwavable Macaroni and Mild Cheddar Cheese. Noah had some Pasta Shells and White Cheddar Cheese.
The more and more I look back upon days and memories made in photos, the more I’m reminded that food plays such a big part in our lives. Even little moments like picnics in the yard can only happen when there’s good food to enjoy – and sometimes the simplest classic foods can make life easier as a parent, and create those fond memories for the kids.
What are some classic foods that your kids enjoy for lunch or dinner?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.
the house, listened to my favorite easy listening music on Pandora, and watched the kids play in the sunshine. It was a beautiful day.
Anyways, last weekend we stayed three nights in Lincoln City. I had found a Groupon a few months ago for a one bedroom hotel room with a full kitchen right on the beach, and snagged up the great deal. The weather was absolutely amazing.
I won a gift card to The Ringside Steakhouse from my friend Marlynn over at Urban Bliss Life as part of her holiday giveaway series ( I was so excited because I rarely win anything )! Wayne and I decided since the holidays were already a time of chaos and over commitment that we would hold on to the gift card until February, and use it as our Valentine’s celebration.
We unpacked our bags, as well as a bottle of wine. We relaxed until about 6:30, then got ready and headed down for the happy hour where I sampled their sangria before catching a cab for our reservations at 8:00 pm.
I’ve sampled some of The Ringside’s food at various events, but hadn’t ever experienced dinner at the restaurant before – I did know three items I had to eat though – their famous onion rings, butternut squash soup, and a filet mignon.
Their onion rings were unlike any other I had tasted before – they practically melted in your mouth! I already knew the butternut squash soup was delicious, and that’s why I opted for that instead of a salad. I also tried a cocktail named “The Spirit” –which included vodka, muddled strawberries and lime. I would have had ordered another one if we hadn’t ordered a bottle of wine with dinner.
Wayne ordered the night’s special – an 8 oz filet mignon dry cured for 28 days, served with mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts. He decided to add a lobster tail on as well…can you believe with all of the food events we’ve attended over the past couple of years that neither of us had tried lobster before?!