October Recap (It’s been HOW long since I posted???)

Five weeks.  Yep.  It’s true.  Five weeks since my last post.  Oopsie!

Clearly October was a very busy month for me.  It started with a family trip to Albuquerque and my birthday – woohoo!  Then I got sick – just some upper respiratory stuff.  Then my hubby and I took a mini-getaway to Texas.  Combine all this with the everyday hustle and bustle of life, and it didn’t leave much time for blogging.  Sorry for the hiatus.  Here are a few brief stories to get you caught up…

My family – including my family of four, my parents, my brother and his family of four – went to my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.  Of course I’d been several times growing up in ABQ, but it remains one of the most amazing events I’ve ever been to.  My husband had been with me once before we had kids, and I took my oldest son when he was 18 months old.  It’d been eight long years since I’d seen those balloons in person.  And it was every bit as magical as I remembered.

Balloons1

Balloons2

We ate our way through Albuquerque, hitting all my old favorite restaurants along the way, but I didn’t gain any weight because we walked and walked and walked around the Balloon Fiesta Park.  We burned off every goodie we indulged in that weekend, including my favorite – sopapillas with honey.  Mmm-mmmm!

Before we could leave ABQ, I caught a cold that several of my family members ended up sharing and missed a couple of days of work the next week.  No exercise occurred.  Then the following weekend my husband and I escaped for a weekend getaway.  I bought him tickets to see Dana Carvey for Father’s Day, and it was finally time to redeem them!  We stayed in the upscale little town of Frisco, Texas, which we had visited last fall for a friend’s wedding.  Again, we ate our way through the town, but again, we walked off most of it in the fabulous Stonebriar Centre mall and a Premium Outlet mall we found nearby.  My favorite meal was at the Cheesecake Factory.  I had their popular Chicken Madeira and a piece of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.  Heaven.

Cheesecake Factory

The Monday following our trip, I finally got back on the exercise wagon.  I have only lost one pound during the month of October, but I’m okay with that considering all the activities and foods I enjoyed.  I’m back in the groove with my blog now, too, and I’m going to try my best to stick to my goals during the fast-approaching holiday season.  Halloween is Thursday – and that will provide me plenty of bite-sized temptations – then Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it!

Don’t be surprised to find a few more gaps in the blog as we enter the holiday season, but I’ll do my best not to have any more five-week lapses.  I’ve missed this!  Thanks for taking the time to catch up with me.  Goodnight, friends!

Birthday French Toast

Good morning!  I am SO glad the weekend is finally here!  It’s been a wild week.

This week we celebrated my youngest son’s 6th birthday!  Woohoo!  As I mentioned in my last post, he is a very picky eater.  He doesn’t eat a wide variety of foods, the only plus being that he doesn’t eat hardly any sweets.  He doesn’t like cookies, cakes, candy, or chocolate.  Sometimes I wonder if the stork brought me the right baby, but then I remember he gets some of this rejection of sweets from his father.  The only “treats” he likes are things like Teddy Grahams and the occasional Nilla Wafer.

The one sweet my son does like is French toast.  He even likes to dip his French toast in syrup (a BIG deal for this boy with sensory issues).  As soon as we discovered his love of French toast, I set out to find an easy recipe and perfect my French-toast-making skills.  One of the easiest recipes I found was Robert Irvine’s, available at Food Network.  It is super yummy!  And I’m proud to say I have perfected making it on our Cuisinart Griddler.  I’m a French-toast-making machine.

Because my son’s birthday fell on weekday – when the odds of me making a large breakfast and still getting everyone out the door on time are not very good – I promised him that I would fix him a big French toast breakfast today, the day of his birthday party.  Which I did.

French toast

Knowing that today would include French toast for breakfast and birthday cake and ice cream at the party, I have been saving most of my splurge calories for today.  One of the books I’m reading allows two cheat meals each week.  My first cheat meal this week was two slices of pizza with our college students Wednesday night at church.  My second will be today.  :)

Here’s to a great weekend!  Hope you have fun whatever your plans!