What’s Up Wednesday!

Hi there and Happy Wednesday! We’re making it people…half way to the weekend! I’m linking up with Sheaffer and Shay for What’s Up Wednesday, thanks for following along to find out what we’re up to this week!

What's Up Wednesday

1. What We’re Eating

I’ve learned over time that the simpler we keep our menu the less frustrating it is for everyone. Our kids really like to keep things basic. Our dinner usually consist of a protein (typically poultry or fish), a vegetable and a complex carb.  On Monday I made THE EASIEST dinner you’ll every make which is also a staple around our house. We call it Russian Chicken, super creative being that it’s made with Russian Dressing. Ha!  One of my good friends made this meal for us when we first had Parker and we’ve been making it ever since.

Russian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1/2 a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mis
  • 1 bottle of Wishbone Russian Dressing
  • 1/2-1 full jar of Apricot preserves

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix onion soup mix, dressing and apricot preserves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place the 4 chicken breasts in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Once the mixture is brought to a boil, pour over chicken and place pan (uncovered) into oven for 30 minutes
  • *Cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the chicken breasts

We usually serve our chicken over a bed of brown rice alongside green beans or asparagus.

2. What I’m Reminiscing About

Now that the weather’s getting nicer, I’m thinking a lot about summer! I’m looking forward to summer break and being home with the kids!

3. What We’ve Been Up To

Since we got back from Spring Break, it’s pretty much been business as usual around here. Our weeknights are filled with hockey, gymnastics, dance and flag football.

 

4. What I’m Dreading

I honestly can’t say I’m dreading anything right now!

5. What I’m Working On

I’m working on organizing our basement. #alwaysaworkinprogress  You know what, this brings me to something I WISH I were working on. I wish I were re-organizing my Tupperware cabinet, anyone of any great tips on how you organize all of your Tupperware?

6. What I’m Excited About

I’m really excited about Parker’s Hockey Tournament this weekend! It’s Thursday thru Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing the boys play! I’m also really excited that it’s supposed to get up to 63 degrees today, woot!!  #timetobreakouttheshorts Ha!

7. What I’m Watching/Reading

I have been trying to watch the Heal documentary on Netflix for forever! I’m about half way through and I really am enjoying it but it’s one of those movies that you really have to be watching 100% in order to get everything out of it and a lot of times I’m doing about 50 million other things while I’m watching a movie or TV show. #whoswithme  Has anyone else seen it, what did you think?

Other than that, the only other thing of watched at home recently was “Abducted in Plain Site”. This story is beyond tragic, especially since as the story continues to evolve you can’t help but to think her parents could have done a much better job of protecting their daughter…instead they were protecting themselves. I try to keep my TV viewing a little more upbeat than the last show.

Over the last month I’ve read “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown, “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle and “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan. All three books were great. “Rising Strong” is in the personal development genre while “The Dinner List” is fiction and quite an entertaining read. I read this one while we were on vacation, you can read about our trip HERE. The last book, “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” is a fictional book but based on a true story about one person’s account of their time in Italy during Word War II. A very interesting, suspenseful and heart wrenching story. I would recommend all three books.

 

 

8. What I’m Listening To

I spend a lot of time in the car on the days that I’m working driving from patient to patient. I used to listen to talk radio a lot but I’ve gotten into the habit of either listening to audiobooks or podcasts. Usually I’m listening to self improvement, motivational speakers or educators on various topics or listening to a non-fiction audiobook. The podcasts I listen to most are:

  • Rise Podcast
  • Rise Together Podcast
  • Goal Digger Podcast
  • TED talks
  • Earn Your Happy
  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
  • Healers
  • Parenting Beyond Discipline #becausegivemeallthepointers
  • This American Life
  • 20/20
  • Heather Dubrow’s World ~this is where I get all my updates on world news 😉
  • Brandi Glanville Unfiltered~she covers a lot of current events too
  • House of Kim with Kim Zolciak #oncearealhousewivesfanalwaysafan

If I’m at home, I’ve been telling Alexa “play me some Jason Mraz” , please and thank you.

9. What I’m Wearing

I’ve been wearing a ton of Athleta lately, mostly their travel pants. I bought The Wander pant and The Brooklyn Pant in olive before we left for our trip to San Francisco and I’ve been wearing them a few times a week ever since.

 

10. What I’m Doing this Weekend

Hockey Tournament and flag football x 2!

11. What I’m looking Forward To Next Month

I’m really looking forward to the month of April because my parents are coming back to Minnesota after being gone over the winter. Also looking forward to celebrating Easter with our extended family.

12. What Else is New

That’s a wrap, not much else new here!

Thanks for reading today, Happy Hump Day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

Hello Monday!

2019hellomonday

It’s Monday and I’m kicking off another week by  linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya  to recap our weekend!

On Friday, Jared and I met up for lunch at Keg and Case Market. Niether of us had ever been to this marketplace before and I’m so glad we checked it out. Keg and Case Market hosts a variety of vendors, including Bogarts’s Doughnut Co , Studio Emme, Evla Pottery and Clutch Brewing Co. There are two sit-down restaurants within the building, In Bloom and Revival.   We ate at In Bloom and it was SO! GOOD!  Jared had the French onion soup and I had the Venison Mortadella Sandwich. Those of you who know  me well know that I almost NEVER eat red meat so this was definitely a leap of faith for me. I originally requested to have the sandwich without the venison, however the waiter was able to persuade me to give it a whirl and I’m so glad he did!  In Bloom uses a woodfire grill to cook most of their foods, through our conversation with one of their top chefs we learned that the restaurant gets 3-5 venison per week from a local farmer. Their menu was designed to incorporate venison into many of the dishes and they get their fruits and vegetables from local farmers.   Our entrees were so good, we decided to split desert at In Bloom too. We shared the Burnt Marshmallow and it was AMAZING! #nopicsbecause…yummm

bf67cb04-3b5a-4e22-938b-c3de370d1b135057cb01-59d7-4454-a49f-4474d21ed63c335f27d9-3e9a-463f-a455-7525fba41646

 

After lunch, we browsed the market a bit more and stopped at Spinning Wylde Cotton Candy to bring some home for the kids. I got the Strawberry Fields flavor for them and they ate it up!  They have over 50 flavors to choose from, definitely worth a stop!

 

While dining at a more traditional sit-down restaurant is an option at Keg and Case Market, you can also choose to just grab a bite from any of the other vendors and take a seat at one of the many tables and chairs located on both the main floor and upper level of the market place.

Beginning May 16 thru October 19,2019 they will also be opening their outdoor farmers market. In addition to the farmers market, they will play host to musical events, kids activities and other events!

On Friday night, we pulled out the Pie in the Face game. Always one of the kid’s favs because they would love nothing more than to see us get pied in the face. Ha! Parker actually really liked it when he ended up getting pied, it was so funny! He kept asking for another turn or to turn the dial just one more time!

 

 

On Saturday morning we all enjoyed a little time outdoors. The weather here in Minnesota is finally getting warmer! Just when we thought we couldn’t survive another week of frigid temps, we’ve started to turn a corner.

img_2233

Despite the warmer weather we were experiencing on Saturday, that afternoon we headed back down to St. Paul for our son’s hockey event.  Parker’s Mite hockey team had the opportunity to play during one of the Frozen Four Championship games so we met up with several other hockey families at New Bohemia in St. Paul before heading to the Xcel center for the game.   New Bohemia is an “American beir hall”, they serve craft beers, sausage, burgers and giant pretzels. I did not see schnitzel on the menu, that must be the “American” part of the bier hall. You have to go to a German bier hall if you want the schnitzel. Ha!

If that fare isn’t really striking your fancy you can walk over to Truck Park, which is an indoor food truck park and bar. They have street tacos, fried chicken, ice cream, grilled cheese and cocktails. The seating style in both restaurants is cafeteria style which worked out really well for our large group.

 

After lunch we headed over to the Xcel Center to watch the Frozen Face off game, Colorado College against Denver college. The more exciting game was played later that night, University of Minnesota Bulldogs vs. the St. Cloud State Huskies.

img_2271

On Sunday morning we went to church. I really loved the sermon this week on forgiving. Certainly a message we all need and can relate too!  

 

We spent the day enjoying the nice weather and getting ready for the week!  On Sunday’s I usually plan the week’s meals and order groceries online from Hy-Vee. I find that when we have a dinner plan for each night, the evenings roll much more smoothly than when I don’t have a plan! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo