Sunday, December 14, 2014

Meal Planning Mondays: rae's getting her groove back.

Why hello!!! Yes, hello

It's Rae coming at you live! from my house where something BIG, something MAGICAL, something WONDERFUL JUST HAPPENED.

We ate dinner. 

As a family.

Around an actual table.

In our house!!

And all food was PREPARED AND COOKED by meeeee!!!

Guys, it felt pretty amaze, I'm not gonna lie. So amazing in fact that I thought I should get online and gush about it and post with my intermittent Meal Planning Monday links. It has been THREE SOLID MONTHS since I have fed my family. I'm totally not even kidding for one second here. THREE MONTHS. Of TAKE-OUT. 

I don't care what restaurant, what store, what ethnic flavor, WHAT.EVER it is...there is just nothing that compares to that which is made in your own little kitchen. Moral of the story is sigh, I'm feeling really happy right now. The remodel has been a stressful bugger. I was a hot mess of fancy problems and disproportional anxiety the entire time. And by 'fancy problems', I mean the sort of obnoxious first-world problems one doesn't really have the right to complain about, but does anyways. I am grateful for my fancy problems. Chances are, you have plenty of them too, right? Praise our lucky stars.

{Mallory came to visit! Yay!}

{She brought her boyfriend through town with her. We enjoyed taking them out to dinner and asking all sorts of fantastically probing questions while Tyler simultaneously provided a generous level of eyebrow raised stink-eye. hiiii mikey.}

Back to our remodeling fancy problems. I have to say, eliminating all modern conveniences in one's life is a FABULOUS way to give kids perspective. Forget Christmas presents and Santa and that whole bunch of nonsense.  We are working at this completely backwards.

Instead, try this. Simply remove every possible electronic and gas powered device in your life starting October 1st of every year and then ceremoniously re-introduce it back on Christmas morning. Done and done! No gifts necessary, people.

I'm telling you, when our refrigerator was finally delivered {and plugged into a random side bedroom} you should have seen their reactions. It was a big Haack family chorus of shouting and praising and singing Hosannas all the way. I'm still on a high. Refrigerators are awesome! Do you have one in your house too?! 

I'm very excited for the Christmas season. December has been on the up and up for sure.

{And to the rather unexpected surge of readers who have reached out regarding my Dad, thank you so much for your outpouring of support - it meant the world, sincerely!}

I'm so excited to share the details of the house in the New Year, friends. The rest of December will be dedicated to all things Haack ladies, and the spectacularly funny stuff that comes from their little mouths. Buckle your seatbelts, because a whole week of "ism's" is coming up soon.




Meal links:

*Our Nonna makes the most spectacular Crab Bisque every Christmas.
 It's the perfect holiday splurge (I'm not a huge sea-food lover, but give me a bowl of this with crusty bread any day, it's dddddelicious. The prepared crab meat from Costco works great with this recipe, I have never gone through the hassle or sheer TERROR of beginning with whole crabs!?)

*Another good one for the holidays: Focaccia Bread with Carmelized Onions

*Every holiday season, I make incessant amounts of Hershey's peanut butter kiss cookies, only I use Hershey's HUGS instead. I know it isn't the fanciest of culinary Christmas delights, but it just isn't Christmas until I've passed out from eating too many warm from the oven. Besides, they are so easy to make and look especially festive when you use the striped Hugs. Make sure to send some over to the neighbors.

*Do we need a vegetable up in here? I feel like we need a vegetable. Ok, here you go.

1 comment:

Joan said...

I'm lovin' T- man's new hair. You two make such a beautiful couple! :)