Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up....Another Busy One!

Well it's safe to say we had another full weekend here at the Perryman house! This one kind of kicked off a little early too, as Paul & I ran the Corporate Challenge together Thursday night.
It was such a fun race with over 12,000 runners/walkers!
Friday Luke was off celebrating his friend Nathan's birthday so I took Ella & Nathan's sisters out for our own celebrating!
I went to pick Luke up that night and the kids started playing and before I knew it the kids were swimming and my girlfriend and I were in relaxation mode! It was the perfect way to start the weekend!
Saturday brought and early morning baseball game.....
Luke did his best to warm up, but I tell you early mornings are not his thing!
Then we switched gears to soccer....
Grabbed a quick dip in Granny's pool... it was a hot & humid day!
and then off to baseball game #2
We started Sunday slow with the best homemade Father's Day gifts.
And I could not resist getting this card for Luke to give to Paul. #lukeiamyourfather
Paul requested steaks on the grill (I had planned a clambake) & he volunteered to grill them....unfortunately it was pouring.
But he and the dog weren't phased at all!
Side note.....I get a lot of questions about how I get my kids to eat on the healthier side. It's nothing too complicated, but I just do my best to keep them involved in the kitchen. I was chopping mushrooms for the steaks and Luke just started munching on them.
I have found that if they are part of the cooking or food shopping process they are more open to trying different things!
We finished dinner with a raspberry pie and then early to bed for everyone!!!
Happy Summer friends!
See you soon......there's always room for one more at our family table.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Talk..... 57 Things About Me

Hi friends! I am linking up with  Erika Ashley for Tuesday Talk. A monthly link up where we can talk about any and everything!
It's been so busy the last two months I have felt kind of scatterbrained and was struggling to come up with something fun for Tuesday Talk. I decided to write a post sharing some random facts about me! I originally wanted to title this with some witty title and an even number of things....but instead I just started typing out tidbits about me. Warning....its a random bunch of things!
Here we go.....
1. My Name... Genevieve. I was not a fan when I was younger. It was a lot to write out on your paper in school and no one could ever say it correctly, let alone spell it! But I must say, as I have gotten older I love my name. #thanksmomandpapa
2. I love Christmas. I mean I really love Christmas.The sights, smells, all the magic of Christmas.
3. I do not like heights. No traumatic experience, just have never been a fan.
4. As I have gotten older I am also not a fan of small spaces.
5. I love to cook. It is my favorite part of the day.
6. My favorite cake is chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream.
7. I enjoy trying all foods but cannot stand canned peas.
8. I was on my cross country and track teams in high school and still love to run.
9. My favorite cereal is Life (don't tell Paul as he works for General Mills)😉
10. I am a procrastinator.
11. I love lists.
12. I love our landline phone and am not sure I could ever give it up.
13. Summer is my favorite season.
14. The beach is my happy place.
15. I am the oldest child.
16. I got married when I was 22 years old.
17. My first concert was NKOTB with my mom. And we are going to see them again on Friday! If you told me that 25 years ago I would not have believed you!
18. I could watch Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman every single time they come on.
19. My favorite Disney movie is Tangled.
20. I don't have any tattoos.... and I don't see myself ever getting one.
21. My knickname growing up was Gennie or Vieve.
22. I am not a fan of scary movies. And if Paul's out of town I flip the channel if a commercial comes on for a scary movie!
23. I am a Sagitarrius. But I am not at all into astrology.
24. I love to dance.
25. I love all things coconut.
26. I despise hearing people chew.
27. I am still hoping to complete a full marathon someday.
28. I have completed 4 half marathons.
29. I hate riding my bike down hills... I actually get off it and walk down with my bike at my side.
30. I travelled to Italy and Greece for two weeks my senior year of high school.
31. I did not have a date to my junior prom.
32. My best friend from kindergarten lives just a few houses down from me.
33. My goal in high school was to not wear the same outfit twice. What was I thinking?
34. I do not like wearing socks.
35. I am not a fan of cats....they creep me out.
36. I could live off of chips and salsa/guacamole.
37. My favorite vegetable is asparagus. I could eat it all day, everyday.
38. I am a football and draft beer girl come Fall.
39. But I love a good mojito or margarita in the Summer.
40. I love to golf and wish I had more time to do so,you really need to play more to get better.
41. I was scared to use the grill, but love using it now! Girls get your grill on!
42. I never considered myself an animal person, but I could not imagine my life without my Maddie!
43. We did not find out the sex of our first surprise ever!
44. We did find out with number two.... still a fun surprise, just earlier.....and I spent way too much money knowing what we were having!
45. I have lived in New York, Ohio, New Jersey and now back to New York.
46. I love the first snowfall and love a good snow day!
47. I like strong coffee with a tiny splash of half & half.
48. My favorite memory of my childhood pool was night swimming. Night swims in the Summer are the best!
49. Somedays I struggle being a full time working mama....somedays I feel like I really nail it in my job and other days I feel like I really nail it as a mama. Most other days it's just a juggling act!
50. I am an early riser. I love starting my day early. Up by 5 during the week and if I sleep past 7 on the weekends, I feel behind.
51. I also prefer to turn in early.
52. My hair was super straight when I was younger, I got perms and then all of a sudden in high school my hair turned curly. Its not a good curl either...more frizz than anything and lots of steps/product to control it.
53. I love gum. I always have gum in my car.
54. My first job was a newspaper girl.
55. My next job was at the mall and I have stayed in the retail world ever since.
56. I was a store manager for Target #stillmymostfavoritejobever
57. I owned a cupcakery in my town for four years.
And there you have it. 57 random facts about me. I hope you weren't too bored reading through them!
 Have a great Tuesday! See you tomorrow for our weekend wrap up. There's always room for one more at our family table. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Five Meals for Your Family Table.... Week 24

We are so pumped to be in the home stretch of this school year... 2 more days!!! To be honest, the most exciting part is two more days of making lunches! Yes... my kids still eat lunch in the Summer, but something about making them for school everyday feels like it takes hours! HA!
Now dinner planning, I don't mind that one bit. So it that's not your thing, we have got you covered with five great Summer meals this week.
We usually don't eat a lot of pasta. Paul is not a huge fan, so I don't make it often but this Lemon Pasta is a winner. The fresh lemon and asparagus is so good and the perfect start to the week
Now I said we don't eat a lot of pasta, so we sub in with Zoodles or any type of veggie noodles. I am a huge fan of zucchini in the Summer and zoodles make it into our dinners on the regular. You can make your own with a spiralizer or a lot of grocery stores sell them already done. Heat up a little olive oil, and saute the noodles for about 10 minutes and season with salt and pepper. They are so good! Add some grilled chicken sausage and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese for a simple dinner.
The first day of Summer calls for clams in this house. Assemble some packets, toss on the grill and dinner is a quick cleanup too! I add about 12 littleneck clams, an ear of corn (cut in half) a few slices of sausage, and some parboiled red potatoes to a sheet of foil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and add 1/4 cup of beer and close the packet. Sometimes you need to double wrap so they don't leak. I usually make 
4 packets. Heat on a high grill for 15-20 minutes, or until the clams begin to open. The perfect Summer dinner!
Chicken Cordon Bleu has some of my favorite flavors! I have lightened the dish up with these grilled roll ups. You can grab the recipe here.
Finishing up the week with one of my favorite burgers. The Sundried Tomato turkey burger.  Mix 1lb of ground turkey with 1/4 cup of chopped sundried tomatoes, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Form into 4 burgers and grill until cooked through. They are delicious topped with some crumbled feta and spinach!
Have the best week friends! See you tomorrow for Tuesday Talk....there's always room for one more at our family table.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Rollups

I loved to eat Chicken Cordon Bleu growing up. It was usually breaded, stuffed with a cheese sauce and maybe not the healthiest option. So I decided to lighten it up a bit with a grilled rollup style with the same flavors
1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
6 -8 slices of thinly sliced swiss cheese
6-8 slices of thinly sliced ham off the bone
Handful of fresh spinach
Herbed EVOO (or plain)
kitchen twine cut into 12" pieces
Slice the chicken breast lengthwise and pound until about 1/4" thick.
On each piece, lay a few pieces of spinach, a slice of swiss and a slice of ham.
Beginning at one end, roll tightly and secure with kitchen twine.
Drizzle with the herbed olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Grill over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning often.
These will be a new Summer go to meal... and you can get creative on other ways to stuff them too!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites....Father's Day Edition

Woohoo.... it's Friday! We are counting down... two more days of school for my kiddos! The past few days have been so sunny and warm and we are ready for Summer Vacation! I shared some of our Summer fun on Wednesday. If you missed it, you can catch up here. You know, Summer......that time of year when the kids!
 am linking up with some of my favorite blogging friends, AndreaNarci, and Erika to share a few of my Friday Favorites. A few  things that made me smile this week!

This was a fun week with Paul's parents! They come visit once a year (although this year we get an extra visit later this Summer!) so we pack it all in.  We got in lots of baseball, dance and soccer over the weekend.  Grandma made her lazy pierogi...a family favorite & chocolate pie! We went out to dinner with some family one night
And the kids had fun sharing all their latest and greatest with them! A fun visit!
Still reminiscing about our dance weekend! Ella just beams when she is on stage... she is just a happy dancer! I shared some details from our dance weekend yesterday, you can catch up here.
We celebrated Flag Day this week and that afternoon when I got home from work, I noticed a woman and her daughter placing flags around our neighborhood. I stopped to chat with her and found out she delivers them to nearly 700 homes on flag day! Now there is something to make you smile! Our street looks wonderful with all the flags!
Father's Days is this weekend and I think we will have a ClamBake. It's one of his favorite Summer meals.  It's really a "clam grill"... simple and delicious and tastes just like Summer.
Speaking of Fathers' Day, I was going through some old pics and found lots of me and my Dad or my Papa as we call him. As I looked at them, the same thing popped out at me in each pic.... my Papa was always looking at me, smiling.
Picture after picture it was him smiling and looking at me. And I have got to say....nearly 40 years later he still looks at me like that..... I am one lucky girl!
And my crew is so lucky to get to call him Papa......
And this guy as their Dad!
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Have the best weekend friends!
See you Monday.... there's always room for one more at our family table.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up.... Dance, Dance Dance!

Hey friends.... it's almost the weekend and I am here just getting a chance to recap last weekend! It feels like an extended weekend, as Paul's parents are in visiting so it still feels weekend-ish. Here's a peek at our weekend. 
I kind of feel like it started on Thursday night, as Bud & Sylvia came in that day. I was off to dress rehearsal with Ella that night. Look at her walking in... we sure look like we know what we are doing! But don't be fooled... we had a hair malfunction!
She was doing so well through the first few dances until we had a bun catastrophe! Any dance mom out there can feel me! I could see it moving while she was dancing and there were literally bobby pins flying across the stage. She was giving me the "ugh mom" my bun is falling out look from stage. I met her backstage and we thought we fixed it and then her next dance it came out.... again. By the fourth dance I gave up and just put it in a ponytail and for the fifth dance it was it my own creation.
Perfect Bun.... Ponytail... I give up! Ha! 
She was a trooper through it all! I got some bun advice from some of the older girls and felt ready like I had a better game plan for recital night!
We rushed home after 4 hours of rehearsal to change and head to the ball park to see Luke play. There is just something about a little league game under the lights... so fun!
Friday night we went to recital night number one and Ella was leaping for joy over the amazing bun I created! I felt like leaping too!
                                  Ella had a soccer game on Saturday afternoon, as well as recital. She really wanted her Grandma & Grandpa to see her play soccer, so she played until halftime. And.. she almost scored a goal!! It was pretty exciting!
A quick shower, another solid bun and a whole lot of glitter and we were ready for recital #2! 
She did an amazing job! Especially considering the darn hat kept falling in her eyes and she pretty much did the whole dance like this....
But it's easy to keep smiling when you have the best cheerleaders out there!
We all came back to the house for pizza and a cookie cake to celebrate a fun dance season! Then, as if the day wasn't full enough...Paul and I were off to the baseball fundraiser with good friends. It was a fun night out for sure! Sunday I planned to get back to running again. I am still bummed that I missed the marathon because of my injury and have been itching to get back out there. So early Sunday morning I met my girlfriend for a great run and coffee. The best start to the week!
We were so excited to just relax Sunday out on the boat. But when we got to the marina it was so darn windy we couldn't go out.  It was still sunny and beautiful though, so we just hung out on the boat and played some Uno. 
We took a walk to the lighthouse and climbed all the stairs to the top! 
I haven't been up there in a while and forgot what a neat view it is! 
And then it was another baseball game that night! Another win for Luke and his team, so we capped off the weekend with a stop for ice cream!
We had a great weekend and I think Grandma and Grandpa are all caught up on the kids' stuff... they got in lots of baseball, dance and soccer! 
See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites....there's always room for one more at our family table.

Workin' It Wednesday.....Summertime!

Happy Wednesday friends! It is Workin' It Wednesday. A monthly link up with Shay & ErikaSharing tips for working mamas on keeping it together.......
Today's topic is keeping the kids busy during the Summer. Now for me, it's not so much an issue of keeping them busy, but keeping them fed....
I am sure all you Mamas out there feel me on this one! But I guess what it comes down to is they are "bored" so they eat!
We are really a laid back Summer family. I don't like to schedule a ton of stuff. I don't sign them up for a million camps. I am pretty much a play outside til the sun sets, swim all day, float in the lake, ride bikes, make s'mores, and have lemonade stands kind of Summer mom. 
I do work full time outside of the home, so they spend a lot of time with my parents. My mom was an elementary school teacher, so she does offer a pretty great Summer program for the kids. Ha! And they have a great pool and waterslide.... and the best snacks according to the kids!
Seriously though, they have their Summer traditions with my parents and sister.... trips to the zoo, museums, movies, park, lots of swimming, and every year they take a trip downtown to visit my Aunt at work. We are so fortunate that E&L can go to Camp Granny & Papa each year!

These are just a few of our Summer Fun To Do's...
Trip to the Dollar Store
Lemonade Stand
Ice Cream for Breakfast
"Chopped" in the Sandbox (kids make sand creations and we judge)
Water Ballon Fight
Slip N Slide
4th of July Parade
Minor League Baseball Game
Bike ride to town for lunch
Drive In Movie night
Craft Store for Supplies
We just love Summer and try to soak up every second of it and we are lucky to do so by the water.
Here a few of our other Workin' It Wednesdays....
And here's a peek at what's coming up later this year.
See you tomorrow. We are sharing some fun details from our dance weekend!! There's always room for one more at our family table.