I almost did not put this post together because this week has gone so fast and I had so many stressful events, I just did not get to take many pictures. Today, I got to spend the day with PJ, my baby brother, whom I adore, he told me I must post, even if it just a simple post with what pictures I had. Since he made a convincing case, I decided to put the stress aside and write. So here it is, WIAW, Father’s Day Edition.
The weekend was busy with parties, poker, horseshoes, friends and preparing for Andy’s family to come for a Father’s Day picnic. Andy’s brother was in town from Florida, he has not seen him in12 years! Mya was so excited to meet her Uncle Pat. Since most of Andy’s family have not seen Pat in twelve years as well, a Father’s day picnic seemed like the perfect way to celebrate his visit and our dads. My dad came up with his puppy. Prince was so happy to have a playmate! Several of Andy’s cousins came who had never been to our home, we were so excited to have them.
The morning started with coffee, cards, and a Father’s Day breakfast. Gluten free pancakes, hash browns, and an open face tofu egg sandwich on GF bread was served.
Mine and Mya’s were a smaller version. We split the hash brown, pancakes, and each had one open face tofu egg sandwich.
After breakfast I prepared all the food that was going to be served at the picnic. I wanted everything as easy as possible so I could spend time catching up with everyone.
Everyone brought a dish. There was a variety of Italian tomato pies, various potato salads, deviled eggs, hoagies, chips, dips, hummus, salsa, bruschetta and bread. I also made a vegan hoagie for Andy, dad and Mya and some GF lettuce hoagie bites for me. I made a dessert tray of slivers of cakes and a bowl of fruit salad.
Everyone seemed top have a really great time. Mya just loved meeting all her relatives. We took several group photos.
Now just the boys…
and now the girls…
Father and Sons…
Me and dad missed our shot, so here we are!
It was a beautiful day, a few spots of rain did make a short appearance. By the days end I was exhausted! I had some great help with the clean up and all was back to normal by bed.
The next day I woke to make my favorite go to meal of the week, tofu egg tacos! I made these for breakfast and lunch quite a few times.
Tofu egg, avocado, peppers, onions, salsa, Daiya, and cilantro from the garden on corn tortillas. Only 250 calories for two!
Schools out, playing, relaxing with Prince and snacking take the place of school, homework and chaos. Mya had friends over to play, they were very creative turning our balcony into a Monster High city street!
With kids and friends home in the summer, plenty of snacks are requested. To keep my sanity and keep the girls from raiding the fridge, pantry and freezer, I came up with a daily snack container. I used a Tupperware vegetable tray to keep it clean, neat and offer a variety of goodies for hungry girls. A variety of fruits, veggies, crunchy snacks and dip are available whenever the mood strikes, without them making a mess!
When they are not picking at the snacks, the lid goes on and it gets stored in the fridge until hunger strikes again between meals.
How do you manage your snacking kids?
Thanks for joining me this week, I promise next week will be full of summery meal ideas. I cracked under the pressure of the week and let it get away from me. Until then, eat something summery!