I’m titling this post Broken, because everything is breaking down around us this week. It all started last Saturday when our kitchen sink fell right through the counter. Seriously! I ask you, how does that happen? Our garage door is making weird noises. My car is acting up. Our grandfather clock stopped ticking at eleven past two. Baby L. decided bottles are so last month, which means I’m on call 24/7 for the foreseeable future. Or, you know, until next December. But, worst of all… Joel is broken. I knew three girls might break him some day, but two months in?! His back just went out, and for no apparent reason. Not only is he not able to lift Baby L., but he is unable to snow blow the driveway, help with bath time, dinnertime, etc. etc. Poor guy. Poor me. I’m about ready to hibernate until Spring. Who’s with me?

Last Week’s Menu


Convenience foods to the max. Hot dogs. Frozen French Fries. Canned beans. Frozen broccoli.


Simple Baked Chicken Leg Drumsticks (recipe from The Kitchen Girl)

I could eat succulent roasted chicken drumsticks every week for eternity.

Butternut Squash Salad with Farro & Pepitas (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

This butternut squash and farro salad with pickled onions and salty cheese is a longtime favorite in our house. I like to replace the ricotta salata with goat cheese and crumble it over the top of the warm salad.

Sides: Steamed Asparagus




Parker’s Split Pea Soup (recipe from Ina Garten via Food Network)

I like my split pea soup smoky, so I fried up six slices of diced thick cut bacon, removed the bacon from the pot, and then carried on with the recipe as written.

Favorite Kale Salad (recipe from Alexandra Cooks)

Raw kale + shallot vinaigrette + toasted bread crumbs + parmesan cheese. We ate nearly the entire bowl and Bear loved it. That’s a win!




Sloppy Joes with bottled bbq sauce.

Sides: Roasted green beans


We got together with my family to celebrate a couple of birthdays tonight. The guests of honor requested cheesecake, which meant I finally had a reason to try the famed Three Cities of Spain Cheesecake recipe I’ve been hoarding. That picture above is of the last forkful. I stuffed the entire bite into my mouth. It was delicious.

(Feb 17th, 2019 – Feb 23rd, 2019)

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