Rule #236: Time flies when you’re having fun.
Our holiday weekend was full of food, family, friends, and lots of fun! We spent tons of time outdoors, a couple of us went to an Astros’ game, we ate yummy food, and got to enjoy a few moments of reflection. At the end of this post, I share an easy Grilling Season favorite of ours: Pork Tenderloin Kabobs. In the meantime, here are our whereabouts from this weekend!
This big fella somehow is no longer a “toddler”. I know I’ve already posted about this, but just look at that handsome little man. I love that he’s his own person: strong-willed, independent, hilarious, and sensitive. I just need time to slow down a bit.
Sunglasses are for hiding tears.
To celebrate the last day of school, we went to Julio’s in Tomball. They have awesome food, great service, and even a little spot for kids to play outside. Perfect for our eat-at-5-and-let-the-kids-get-tired lifestyle.
Brooke decided she loves guacamole.
But queso… not so much. I’m not sure if she’s my daughter anymore.
I’m glad I did Body Pump at the gym that morning by the way. I’m still sore as I type this post… and that was 5 days ago! If you haven’t tried a Les Mills class, you’ve gotta do it! Worth the pain!
Jon Boy took Corey to an Astros’ game for a little daddy + son trip. I think it’s safe to say Corey was a happy camper.
And luckily he didn’t come home with this hat.
Brookie and I had a mommy + daughter + doggie date at the vet’s office for Penny’s checkup. Somehow I don’t feel like I got the better end of the deal this time. Although I did get to hang with this sweet cheeks and her furry sister for a good bit.
Houston Garden Centers is having their 1/2 off sale right now! I couldn’t help myself. I lugged both kids (one on my hip + one “helping” push the cart) and bought everything that I could reach with one free hand.
Meet Lewis the Lemon Tree! He was only $25! Hopefully he gives us some cute little Meyer lemons soon. I think it would be perfect for some Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese and Lemon!
PSA: don’t try to garden in your cute swimsuit coverup. Doesn’t end well for the coverup. I’m still trying to get these stains out!
I love that this nugget is at the age where she can sit up and play, but not quite at the “crawling everywhere and eating everything within reach” phase. It’s fun to just sit on the lawn with her and watch big brother play. And when she gives me this look, I’m pretty sure I’m doomed to buy her anything and everything she wants for life. I’m sold.
I haven’t been able to organize my “want to cook” recipes for a while, so I had a lot of work to do. I keep my recipes in binders labeled and organized by type of recipe. Let’s just say I’ve got some serious cooking to do!
I came across this hilarious recipe in my Grandma’s collection of recipes. I’m not sure if you need an egg nog recipe for 50, but if you do, here ya go!
It’s hard for me to post about a fun weekend and not mention FOOD! Here’s what we ate:
The next night, Jon Boy and Corey were at the Astros’ game. I wanted a quick meal that was still low-carb and yummy! I found these Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Filets at Costco, and they’re DELISH! I had it with the leftover Mexican Veggie Medley + Mexican Cauliflower Rice.
We went to our friends’ house for a little Sunday Funday! I made this yummy coleslaw from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Hungry for More cookbook! Definitely a hit and will be making it again. Sorry to my friends for Brooke dumping it all over their kitchen floor as we were leaving. Those baby fingers are dangerous!
I also made my Jalapeño Popper Dip as a little appetizer. We hadn’t had it in a while, and it’s so simple to make. Perfect for a grilling day! My sweet friend made a yummy Corn Dip that I’m hoping to post to the blog soon. It is Jon Boy’s absolute favorite! Pretty sure Corey ate about 1/3 lb. of it, too.
We spent Memorial Day with lots of family! We swam, talked, and grilled. The epitome of being an American in my book. I’m so grateful we live in a place that allows us to celebrate our fallen heroes however we wish. No amount of gratitude is enough. As part of the Memorial Day celebration, I decided to try Barefoot Contessa’s Cook Like a Pro Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Salad. It was so fresh and delicious! I’m looking forward to when I can find some good heirloom tomatoes to pair with the herbed ricotta. So perfect for grilling season!
Now to get to these Pork Tenderloin Kabobs. They’ve been a grilling go-to of ours for years now. There’s really not a “recipe” for them, but I thought I’d share how we throw this together on a hot summer day. First, chop up 2 pork tenderloins into bite-sized (ish) pieces. Make sure to remove the membrane as you’re chopping.
Soak your kabob sticks in some water for about 20 minutes. This helps make sure they don’t catch fire when they’re on the grill. Never had that happen, but it’s always good to be safe.
We like to have red onion, bell pepper, squash, and cremini mushrooms on our kabobs. You feel free to add/subtract whatever you like. Again, this isn’t really a “recipe”. Make it your own!
Sidenote: when you wash mushrooms, do NOT submerge them in water or rinse them under the faucet! Just get a damp cloth and rub the tops of them to remove the dirt. Otherwise, your mushrooms will have a spongy texture. No bueno.
I like to arrange the kabobs on the skewers in a somewhat organized fashion. I usually start and end with a tough vegetable like bell pepper or mushroom to make sure everything is secure on the skewer. I also had a lot of meat leftover, so I made a couple of kabobs with just meat.
We love Stubb’s pork marinade as the seasoning for our kabobs. I used 1 bottle per 13×9 dish.
Just spread it all over, cover the dishes with plastic wrap, and marinate for a couple of hours. Grill ’em up and enjoy!
This was Jon Boy’s plate. I can’t eat quite this much! Ha! We had our pork tenderloin kabobs with roasted Brussels sprouts and Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Hungry for More Roasted Carrot + Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing.
Whew! It was a great weekend, but I’m off to attempt a nap now. I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day!