Big News And Lots Of Changes!

Well I have definitely been missing from the blog world over the last few weeks!  But we have had A LOT going on and blogging has just not been a priority.  I'm so excited to fill you all in on all of the new and exciting things going on in our lives!

A few weeks ago Josh started a new job that will take him out of the Northern VA area.  We were originally planning to have him stay in a hotel during the week and come home on weekends.  As the time got closer for this to start we just knew that it wouldn't work for our family.  I can't imagine how much our kids would miss their daddy time and with a new baby coming it just didn't seem like a realistic option.

As we began to explore other options we realized that there was a possibility that we could move to a beautiful part of Southern PA.  We drove up and explored the area a few times before deciding to meet with a Realtor (just to look).  We spent a day looking at beautiful homes on large rural lots in the rolling farmland and we were sold!  We even found a house that we loved that very first day.  It was a gorgeous, unique Victorian built in the 90's that had tons of potential but definitely enough projects to keep us busy for a long time.  Of course we thought there was no way we could buy that house since we hadn't even talked to a Realtor about listing our house yet.

When we got home that weekend we decided to jump in with both feet and get started on the process of listing our house.  We spent a week packing up extra clutter and cleaning like crazy.  At the end of the week we met with a fantastic Realtor from our church and before we knew it, there was a sign in our yard!

If you know my husband you know that usually when he sets his mind to something it happens and it happens fast.  Of course buying and selling homes is something that is out of anyone's control which drove him crazy!  Luckily we didn't have to wait long!  We were under contract in less than a week.  I like to think it was fast because of our amazing decorating and DIY skills :)  but the real reason is that the market here just moves really fast.

Since only two weeks had passed since we first saw the pretty PA house we were able to put an offer in on it and we got it!  We don't close for a few more weeks (on either house) but we've already gone through inspections and assessments and everything is right on track!

Our beautiful new PA home.
Although I will feel a bit sad to leave this beautiful home that we have invested so much time and energy into I am so excited to move to a more rural area.  I will not miss the traffic and the street noise and the frantic pace that Northern VA seems to exude.  We will be about 40 minutes from Lancaster, PA (of Amish fame).  It is a beautiful area consisting of rollings hills, lots of farms and little towns.  I've already found several fantastic Amish farmer's markets that will supply us with all of the organic vegetables we can eat for a lot less than Whole Foods!

Along with all of the moving details to be worked out I am about 4 weeks from my due date.  I have been feeling really good and was able to do lots of cleaning and packing last week.  This week though, my body is telling me it's time to slow down.  I've been trying to rest more and have been filling some time with planning out lots of new decorating and DIY projects for the new house.  One of our first projects will be to completely renovate the 90's kitchen.  I am so excited to be able to customize a kitchen, and have been having a blast planning it all out.

The kitchen, isn't it just begging for some updates!
I'll leave you with a few more pictures from our new house.  Although I may not be blogging often over the next month I will be back with lots and lots of projects after we officially move!  I'm so excited to share them all with you!

View of the private drive, perfect for riding bikes!
View from the front porch

Menu Plan - Feb 24-March 2

Homemade Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Another week passed by and now I'm in the single digit countdown for this baby!  Woohoo!!!  I can't wait to see his sweet little face!
We had a wonderful break from winter this weekend and the kids were able to get outside and jump on their trampoline and ride their bikes a little.  It was so great to be able to let them get some energy out.  Unfortunately, it's looking like winter is on the way back with several more days of snow in the forecast for this week.  I'm sure spring will come eventually but at this point it's looking bleak...
  Last week I really did poorly with my meal plan.  Oh the plan was there, and it was a lovely plan...unfortunately I did not follow it very well.  I have been so tired every night around dinner time, so we've been eating a lot of salads and sandwiches.  Not bad meals, just not the kind of warm homey meals that I like to provide my family.  I'm hoping that this week I am able to follow the plan better and do a little bit more cooking.  We'll see how it goes!

Breakfast (berry smoothie, applesauce muffins)
Lunch (turkey and cheese wraps, sliced fruit)
Dinner (meatloaf, baked potatoes, tossed salad, steamed carrots)

Breakfast (whole wheat blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs)
School Lunch (nut butter and jelly sandwich, carrot slices, pretzels, applesauce, cookie)
Dinner (self crusting quiche, I will be substituting the asparagus and proscuitto for spinach and turkey bacon, whole wheat toast, peach cobbler I use organic jarred peaches from Costco)

A Spring Quiche Recipe: An Asparagus and Prosciutto Self Crusting Quiche
Self Crusting Quiche

Peach Cobbler
Breakfast (strawberry banana smoothie with spinach, applesauce bread)
Lunch (leftover quiche, applesauce bread, grapes)
Dinner (shepherd's pie, tossed salad)

Applesauce Bread
Applesauce Bread
Breakfast (Greek yogurt with granola and fresh berries)
School Lunch (whole grain crackers with cheese slices, yogurt, apple slices, cookies)
Dinner (black bean and beef tacos, brown rice, tossed salad, ice cream)

Breakfast (waffles, sliced strawberries)
Lunch (leftover tacos, apple slices, cookies)
Dinner (pizza movie night)

Real Food Waffles
Breakfast (veggie omelets, sliced fruit)
Dinner (chicken noodle soup, tossed salad, French bread)

Breakfast (pancakes with homemade applesauce)
Dinner (pot roast in the crock pot with potatoes and carrots, tossed salad)


Menu Plan - Feb 17-23

Applesauce Bran Muffins
Applesauce Bran Muffins
Another week closer to baby and another week closer to spring!  After the crazy snow storm we had last week I am totally done with winter.  I can't wait to start seeing my tulips poke their little heads out of the ground and let my kids run their energy off in the backyard!

Last week I had a Dr. appointment and found out that I passed my glucose test!  I am so excited to be able to enjoy carbs and not have to test my blood for these last two months.  In celebration of that I am including lots of delicious whole grain breads and muffins in this weeks menu.  There is nothing more delicious than homemade bread and I love how it makes the house smell!

This week I have another menu filled with real food and lots of homemade goodness!  Hope you enjoy!

Breakfast (whole wheat pancakes, strawberry smoothies)
Lunch (chicken noodle soup, whole wheat toast, apple slices)
Dinner (stovetop turkey, rice and veggies, tossed salad, applesauce bran muffins)
Stove Top Turkey & Rice
Stovetop Turkey, Rice and Veggies

Breakfast (strawberry smoothies, buttermilk whole wheat raisin bread)
School Lunch (almond butter and jelly sandwich, pretzels, cheese stick, cucumber slices, leftover Valentine Day cookie)
Dinner (salad bar with rotisserie chicken, homemade French bread, ice cream sundaes with strawberries)

Buttermilk Whole Wheat Raisin Bread

super cheap homemade french bread
Homemade French Bread
Breakfast (scrambled eggs, whole wheat raisin bread, sliced fruit)
Lunch (chicken salad made with leftover rotisserie chicken on whole wheat toast, veggies with ranch dip)
Dinner (hamburgers with homemade sesame seed buns, roasted sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, banana cream pie made with graham cracker crust)

Post image for Homemade Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns
Homemade Sesame Seed Buns
Banana Cream Pie Recipe
Banana Cream Pie
Breakfast (leftover cinnamon raisin toast or whole wheat pancakes from freezer, fresh juice)
School Lunch (turkey and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks, whole grain crackers,applesauce, grapes)
Dinner (oven baked salmon, homemade macaroni and cheese, tossed salad)

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Breakfast (strawberry banana smoothies, leftover cinnamon raisin toast or cereal)
Lunch (leftover macaroni and cheese with peas, cucumber and carrot slices)
Dinner (pizza and movie night, red velvet angel food cupcakes)

Red Velvet Angel Food Cupcakes
Red Velvet Angel Food Cupcakes

Breakfast (breakfast hash with fried egg, mixed berries with bananas)
Dinner (steak fajitas with peppers and onions, chips with guacamole)

Breakfast Hash
Breakfast (Greek yogurt with berries and granola)
Dinner (broiled ribeye steak, baked potatoes, sauteed peppers, mushrooms and onions, tossed salad, chocolate eclair dessert)


Menu Plan - Feb 10 -16

Applesauce Bread
Applesauce Bread
As my pregnancy rounds into the third trimester I find myself blogging less and less.  I still want to keep up with everything but it seems like naps are getting more and more important!  I'm sure that as it gets closer to baby time (only 11 weeks from now!) this will only get worse.  But for now I will leave you with our menu for the week.

This week I borrowed a lot of ideas and recipes from Kristin at livesimply.  Her blog is full of inspiration and fantastic real food recipes.  I just love her ideas and I know you will as well.

Breakfast (applesauce bread, scrambled eggs, strawberries)
Lunch (sweet brown bread, tossed salad with sliced turkey)
Dinner (oven baked salmon, green beans, baked sweet potatoes, whole wheat apple bundt cake)

Sweet Brown Bread
Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake |
Whole Wheat Apple Bundt Cake
Breakfast (strawberry spinach smoothies, leftover bread, or cereal)
School Lunch (turkey sandwich, apple slices, whole grain crackers, naturally sweetened granola bars)
Dinner (spinach and kale quiche, tossed salad)

Strawberry-Spinach Smoothie with Banana and Gelatin | Real Food Outlaws
Strawberry Spinach Smoothies
Naturally Sweetened Granola Bars
Spinach and Kale Quiche with Four Crust Options from The Organic Kitchen
Spinach and Kale Quiche
Breakfast (whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread, leftover quiche, turkey bacon)
Lunch (Greek yogurt egg salad on leftover brown bread, sliced fruit)
Dinner (tacos with black beans and corn, brown rice, tossed salad, triple citrus dessert bars)

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread by Real Fit, Real Food Mom
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Lunches for Kids with Momables (including recipes!) - 100 Days of Real Food
Greek Yogurt Egg Salad
Triple Citrus Bars by Real Food Girl Unmodified- Not your normal boring lemon bars!
Triple Citrus Dessert Bars
Breakfast (oatmeal with apples, brown sugar and cinnamon)
School Lunch (whole grain crackers with cheese slices, carrot sticks, blueberries, leftover citrus bar)
Dinner (cheesy broccoli soup in the crock pot, grilled cheese with ham and tomato slices)

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in the Crock Pot
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Breakfast (waffles with strawberries and whipped cream)
Lunch (leftover broccoli soup with leftover cinnamon bread, sliced fruit)
Dinner (pizza and movie night, brownies)

Real Food Waffles
best healthy brownie recipe
Breakfast (cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, fresh juice)
Dinner (chili, whole grain cornbread, tossed salad)

Better than Cinnabon Real Food Cinnamon Rolls by Real Food Girl- Unmodified
Cinnamon Rolls
Basic Chili.  Simple and delicious food for a chilly winter night.
Basic Chili
Whole Grain Corn Bread
Whole Grain Cornbread
Breakfast (soaked pancakes with blueberries)
Dinner (crock pot turkey breast with gravy, cooked baby carrots, mashed potatoes, green beans, strawberry rhubarb pie)

Soaked Pancakes
Crock Pot Turkey Breast
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Post Image
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


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