In case you didn’t know, my neighbor and good friend, Hannah, and I cohost a podcast titled “It Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time.” It has been SUCH a fun project, and we’re currently sitting just over 10,000 downloads, which feels wild.
Well, I really put the title to work over the weekend when I filled our Saturday with the perfect gorgeous-weather fun. We started the morning strawberry picking at our favorite local farm, settled in for quiet time, then packed up for a 30 minute trip to a gorgeous South Carolina greenway that features trails, a lake, a suspension bridge, flowing creek, and pastures full of horses and donkeys. The big girls were VERY excited about our plans to see the horses and to “hike.”
Within minutes of parking, we were already at odds, as they both wanted to sit in the double stroller, which meant I would need to carry Jane Ellis. After much cajoling, I convinced them to take turns on the hike portion, so they would stop and switch roughly every 100 steps. I was feeling increasingly great until we hit the bridge, where I quickly realized I would need to ditch the stroller and hoof it instead. Naturally I’d forgotten the baby carrier so hiked the remaining 2/3 of a mile with baby in arms and an increasingly suspicious 2 year old in hand.
When we finally reached the horses, the big two were kerfuffled to find they were not baby horses, but rather large, big, horses. While Annablair shouted at them “GO AWAY RIGH NOW!!! DON’T YOU DEER!” and Nora Beth scolded her for hurting their feelings, I juggled a 10 month old who just wanted to be in the dirt and gravel, eating nature, and exploring barbed wire.
We decided that the great adventure on our return trip included splashing in the creek (one of my most beloved childhood memories). I was wrung out but so glad that they were delighted by our trek, and we made our way back to the car with all 3 magically situated in the double stroller while I sweated, huffed and grunted my way uphill.
Our last stop of the day was Brixx for some sit-down pizza. The girls were soaked and barefoot, I was stained and sore. We settled in our booth with chalk, crayons, pizzas, noodles, noise, and mess, and I almost apologized to our teenaged server for the grime we left behind. But I didn’t. We were the best kind of happy and delighted with our adventures.
It sounded like a good idea at the time. And my neck and shoulder muscles protested that notion. But at the end of a very full day, it was a very, very, very good idea.
Simple Hot Cocoa for One – We had an unexpected snow day several weeks ago. Nothing really stuck, but it was so fun to see the flakes falling, and the girls requested hot chocolate. I happily obliged using this recipe.
Baked Breakfast Cups – I love these, but tend to assume they’re too much trouble. They really aren’t. I mix a little bit of cream cheese and whatever jelly I happen to have on hand to make the filling, and the girls thought they were a fun change of pace.
Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes – I had ricotta for a recipe but didn’t need as much as I had. I have been aware of food waste and trying to limit ours, so I looked up a ricotta pancake recipe, and this one was really good.
Better than Takeout Szechuan Noodles – As much as we love Asian flavor profiles, David and I seem to be picky about which ones we ultimately really like. He isn’t into heavily peanut butter and peanut flavors, and I don’t like overly sweet, teriyaki style sauces. I wasn’t sure where these noodles would land for us, but I’ll make them again.
Bacon and Kale Stuffed Shells – Stuffing shells really seems like more trouble than its worth, plus I bought the wrong size shell. Soooo I just mixed in small shells sans stuffing and called it a day.
Savory Pork and Fennel Baklava – This recipe was a whole lot of work for a very blasé finish. Bummer.
Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice – Really, really loved this one and will add it into the rotation this fall and winter.
One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew – Ditto with this one.
Crispy Chicken Bacon Pesto Gnocchi Skillet – We keep finding ourselves making crispy gnocchi, sheet pan gnocchi or skillet gnocchi dishes. Not sure why we’re so drawn to them, but I always have a pack or two on hand, and in a pinch they are super versatile and a nice departure from noodles.
Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage – Rarely to never does a Pinch of Yum recipe miss for me. This one doesn’t miss, but it also wasn’t a gold medal recipient.
Date Night Rigatoni – On the other hand, this will become a regular for us, and I’ve already made it twice. David is a bigger pasta fan than I am, but I can totally get on board when the result is this delectable.
Garlic Butter Steak Bites and Fries – I would define this as forgettable but fine.
Spaghetti Squash Parmesan – a scrumptious meatless option!
One Pot Cacio e Pepe Couscous – I know people go wild for cacio e pepe. I mean… I don’t really get the hoopla. But I did like this simple twist using Israeli couscous. I probably won’t make it again, but I’m glad I tried it.
Crockpot Tuscan White Bean and Lemon Soup –
One Pot Lasagna – If I had to name a top 3 family favorite, it would definitely be this killer lasagna. A breeze to make, and a home run with every family member from 10 months and up.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins – Honestly, I thought the girls would like these more than they did. I’m not personally a huge meatloaf fan, but they love both muffins and meatballs, so I thought they would be into these, and they sat firmly in the “meh” column. But, if your household is a meatloaf house, give them a whirl.
Guinness Pot Pie with Beer Bread Biscuits –