Today we’ve got a special team post from both Mike and I. I’ll let him start with the March Madness update:
Like millions of office workers around the nation, we’ve taken a break from our regular schedule to fill out our brackets this month. We’ve also done some other stuff too, but more on that in a minute. First we’ve got another French Toast matchup to tell you about. This week’s clash paired second-seeded Blueberry Stuffed French Toast against the three seed, Grand Greenlandic French Toast, for the right to meet Bermuda French Toast in next week’s finals.
First out of the gate was the Blueberry Stuffed French Toast, and it brought its “A” game this weekend. Kristy sliced up the bread and made the blueberry syrup and pecans, while Mike whipped up the stuffing and tucked it into the bread pockets. We stuffed them a little fuller than we did the first time we made them, and that proved to be an excellent strategy.
On the other side, the Grand Greenlandic French Toast had clearly put in the practice time for this matchup. The bread was prepared ahead of time, then expertly soaked in the egg mixture and fried up on the griddle while the orange sauce simmered alongside. Add a slice of orange on top, and it was clear this was going to be a battle.
Kristy had installed the Grand Greenlandic as the favorite going in, despite their lower seed, but in the end, the Blueberry Stuffed was too much to handle. It just had too much flavor, and while the Grand Greenlandic was expertly done, the selection committee voted unanimously for the Blueberry Stuffed. “It has yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy blueberries,” said Miss A. Tough to argue with that.
But we finally got some good snow and that of course meant sledding. Then we had the all-important “Daddy-Daughter Dance,” Miss A and Mike’s first. Miss A had to make her grand entrance down the stairs (Mr. N was the MC).
Next we set off for our first family getaway back to the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
If you have any sort of claustrophobia or tendency to develop motion sickness, this ride may not be for you. The elevators are SMALL jelly bean shaped pods that ride you up the arch to the very small viewing area to see the city and Mississippi River. The Gateway was definitely not for me, but the kids had a fantastic adventure.
Then there was another extended weekend trip to the Milwaukee area to see my old roomie and her kiddos. Try though we did, we could not tucker our kids out even after two hours at a park, two hours at a pool and a movie night. Still we snuck some good girlfriend bonding time in, making cookies, drinking wine and talking for hours after the little ones finally went to sleep. Then there was lots of shuffling the kids around town. Mr. N successfully auditioned for another play and has been enjoying lots of rehearsals. Miss A is now in two gymnastics classes and preparing for her mini-Olympics in June. We’ve been to fundraisers, the Arboretum , and the movies, on dates, girls’ nights, finishing photo albums and hanging new pictures on the walls, and even trying some new recipes. (Recipe coming soon!)
I had my heart set on finding a little orange kitten this time around, but when the kids met this little guy, well, I couldn’t say no. He adores them. This is their first kitty and they are loving every minute of this little guy. Mr. N is quite the protective caregiver making sure Chipper is not diving off the stair railings, falling into the toilets and getting into the LEGOS. He is constantly on safety patrol. Miss A is also full of love for Chipper. She reminds me a bit of this little girl…
His big brother Charlie on the other hand, he’s taking a little bit of adjusting to having a little sibling running mad through the house, and he is running mad through the house and on my keyboard making it quite difficult to type this post. But I have no doubt Charlie and Chipper will be fast friends in no time. He is a joy for us all.
We hope you enjoyed our flashbacks this past month. Thank you for your patience while we took a little “rest” and put the spring back in our step. We made the most of our time away that’s for sure, but we’re looking forward to getting back at this. Next week we’ll bring you our French Toast Champion, that enchilada recipe and then our cooking adventures to Thailand begin. Here we go!