weekend recap mission accomplished

our goal this weekend was to knock several projects off the list before the goldfish arrives and i’m happy to report mission accomplished. we are dead tired, bones are sore and could barely get out of bed this morning but we woke up feeling good and almost ready for the little one.

friday night we were both tired, exhausted and to be honest, just really pissy. the power was out at the shop all day due to the storm and we were cleaning up messes both at the office and trying to figure out what to do at the shop all day. it was exhausting and didn’t put us in the best of moods. we decided it would be best to just stay home at night and chill out make dinner. we made a HUGE lasanga using veggies from the farmers market (carrots, zucchini, spinach etc) and just put our feet up and relaxed. well.. mostly i started in on laundry for the goldfish. it’s so weird doing loads and loads of laundry for someone who doesn’t even exist outside of the womb yet. we ate dinner and kind of worked lightly around the house before just calling it a night (after pie of course).

saturday morning we woke up bright and early and went to check on the shop. still no power. we tried everything to make it work but ultimately had to be closed on a saturday which seriously sucked. in case you haven’t noticed i HATE having to be closed. but it is what it is and sometimes all you can do is just try your best. we decided to go to the holland farmers market to pick up some berries for our favorite jam. (the one i grammed about with the champagne in it) (recipe coming soon) we grabbed coffee and a muffin from Lemonjellos just like we used to in college (almost 10 years ago) and enjoyed the morning hitting up tractor supply for sheep fence on our way home.
the rest of the afternoon i worked my a$$ off in the garden. seriously. i found the key to summer pregnant gardening is two things. 1.) a bathing suit which you no longer care about and do not care what you look like 2.) a towel to sit on so you can scoot along the rows pulling weeds. i weeded about 90% of my garden leaving just one row of amaranth left and a half row of tomatoes. while i was working on that joe was putting up a new fence in the sheep pasture so we can get two groups out there at once. the lambs who cannot be breed with earl gray yet and the ewes who need to be bread with earl gray. we busted it out until 6:30. by the time we came in and showered and got ready i knew i had pushed it a little too far. i could barely stand up and sit down. that didn’t stop us though from going to salt of the earth for a celebratory dinner. i had a very simple homemade pasta dish that had parmesan, black pepper and butter. it sounds too simple but it was so so good. during dinner joe got a call that the power was back on at some of my big girl jobs stores and he and my brother had to go move product back so the stores could open the next day. i however, made us a breakfast casserole for the next morning and about fell
asleep in it.

here is the quick recipe for that for those who were asking.

1 loaf of extra sourdough ( i had about two pieces missing from dinner the night before) cut into cubes or just ripped apart
5 eggs
3 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 cups milk (i used reduced fat)
1 cup of half and half
dried cherries ( i had about 1 cup of dried sweet cherries i made left over)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 stick of butter
pinch of salt

1.) whisk eggs, 1.5 tbsp, 2 cups milk, 1 cup of half and half and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. mix the bread and cherries and toss into a 9×13 casserole dish. pour the milk mixture over the bread and let sit overnight.

2.) the next morning (or a few hours later) mix the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, flour and pinch of salt together. chop the stick of butter into small bits and mix together with your hands or a fork and pour over the top of the bread mix.

3.) bake 350 for 55 minutes. let set for about 15 minutes and enjoy! (good with syrup too!)

sunday morning we ate breakfast and went downtown grand rapids to church to watch my oldest nephew make profession of faith. after church we went and sat out on the patio of the downtown market eating fish and chips and grilled cheese. we walked around the vintage market that was going on and then stopped at the home brewing place to get supplies for making our own mead. (stay tuned). after that we went to the outlets to get joe some new work clothes and then target to get a baby monitor and diapers (yikes!). note to self: be careful of what dad duties you give joe. he has been in charge of assembling the monitor. i will be watching tv and all of a sudden hear “if you can hear this take your top off”. yea no this is not going to fly. lol although i will admit he is clever. the rest of the afternoon we were home working on the sheep fence and i canned and froze our berries from the market before finishing up laundry, tidying up and reheating lasagna for dinner.

we finished the day exhausted again but satisfied at a hard weekend of good work.


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