Weekend recap – best-laid plans + super quick dessert recipe

Hey, friends! How was your weekend?  Ours has been a series of little ups and downs.  On Friday I ended up taking my little dude to the doctor because his school called and said he had been tugging on his ear and complaining it hurt. We were worried he may have an ear infection, but everything was clear. Feeling good about him not having an infection and him otherwise acting like he felt well, we scooped up the little miss and headed over to Costco. On this outing, I  discovered that Costco now carries frozen riced cauliflower!

I was pretty excited about this find, we go through a ton of riced cauliflower, and Costco’s prices for it are awesome!  Also, while waiting in the check out line a lovely young woman was watching the kids and me, and told me that she “hoped to be a mom like you one day.”  It totally made my day, thank you so much sweet lady at Costco!

Friday night was pretty mellow, we had pizza for dinner and relaxed. After the kids went to bed the hubs and I caught up on some TV and I tried out a face mask sample.

It smelled awesome, and I liked the feel of it on, but I didn’t notice an immediate difference in my skin and clarifying products can be a bit drying for me, so I don’t see myself buying it in the near future.

Saturday morning I put some of that frozen cauliflower to use and tried something I had been meaning to check out for a while.  A smoothie with cauliflower in it!

The verdict, I loved it. I mixed it with vanilla vega, almond milk, and raspberries. I could not taste the cauliflower at all, and I love sneaking some extra veggies into my smoothies.  It does also add a little creaminess, though not as much as a banana would.

I also taught a class Saturday morning, then we ran some family errands.  Midday,  I was able to get in a super sweaty Orangetheory class while the hubs laid the kids down for their naps.  After my class and the kid’s naps, we headed out to meet up with my mom and niece.  The plan had been to get pictures taken of the kiddos, but there was a mix up with the time scheduled, so we went shopping instead.  Turns out my little miss is quite the shoe aficionado (takes after her momma), she loved these sparkly little flats! 

After getting home and getting the babes to bed, I was off to check out a local speakeasy for a friend’s birthday.  It was fun to actually get dolled up.  My makeup routine for work is a five minute, no frills affair, so I had some fun playing around with my makeup a little.

The speakeasy was super cute, but a little hot and stuffy (it was a really muggy night).  They had several fancy cocktails to choose from, or you could select a spirit and have the bartender make you a special drink. I did the bartenders special with bourbon, and I think it was a take on a Manhattan.

I also enjoyed some Antipasto.

It was great to catch up with some dear friends and check out a new place.  One thing I was a little bummed about though, is it is associated with a favorite restaurant of mine, but you can’t order restaurant food in the speakeasy. I plan to use this minor inconvenience as a reason to go out to dinner soon.

On Sunday, the plan was some morning chores and then to go to book club. My mom was hosting this month, so the hubs and kiddos were going to join to hang out and eat snacks. But, the little guy woke up with a cough and complaining of a headache, by midday he was feverish and obviously feeling bad.  So we ended up spending the afternoon in urgent care and the evening snuggling a dude and trying to convince him that taking his meds would make him feel better.  Fingers crossed it passes quickly and he is back to his energetic, happy self soon.

I had made a pie for book club, which I did not want to go to waste Fortunately, the hubs has kindly offered to take care of.  If you are looking for a quick dessert or potluck dish, this was super easy and delicious! Maybe not the healthiest ever, but sometimes dessert just needs to be dessert and it’s always nice to have something comes together in 10 minutes.

Strawberry Pretzel Pudding Pie

Crust: pour about half a bag of pretzels into a food processor and pulse until broken into medium size pieces. Pour in approximately 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix until well incorporated. Press into a pie pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Filling: Prepare one package vanilla pudding according to package instructions. Pour into prepared crust.  Allow to set in the fridge for about 5 minutes.  Top with strawberry pie filling. Chill until ready to serve.

How was your weekend? Anyone watch Game of Thrones last night?  Friends with kiddos, any tips on how to get a three-year-old to take meds?

Hope you all have a great day!



26 thoughts on “Weekend recap – best-laid plans + super quick dessert recipe

  1. Awh, I’m sorry your little guy doesn’t feel well! I don’t have kiddos but even working in the PICU that is so hard! I usually dress up goofy and follow up with a favorite juice but even that doesn’t always work! Also that pie sounds amazing!!

  2. Aw your poor son! When I used to not like medicine I would have it with a spoon of sugar (if it was a pill) and my mom would crush up the pill. Probably not the healthiest but whatever worked I guess. I will definitely try that dessert next time I need a quick one.
    Have a good day!

  3. That pie looks amazing! I am really excited about the frozen riced cauliflower. I am planning to do the Whole 30 in a few months so this will be awesome!

  4. Sounds like a nice weekend! CAULIFLOWER in a SMOOTHIE!? You are one adventurous lady – you certainly have me intrigued. Do you have the recipe posted anywhere? Also, that speak easy looks like so much fun.

    1. It was kind of an on the fly smoothie so I didn’t jot down the recipe. But I used about a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, about 3/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower, about 1/3 cup frozen raspberries and a scoop of vanilla vega. Let me know if you give it a try.

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