Everyday Life and Menu Plan 7.18.16

Since yesterday was just such another horrible and sad news day, I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and write about my little menu plan - ya know? But, it's one of my favorite things to do and makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? An excellent summer cocktail makes everything better. We perfected our Mai Tai recipe for the summer and I highly recommend it!

Just use equal parts of the ingredients shown above: one shot each of triple sec, orgeat, dark rum, Jamaican rum, and lime juice. Throw it all in a shaker and pour into your ice filled glass. YUM.

This has been a great month for reading and my kids are getting more and more autonomous at the pool and beach, which gives me even more time with a book (or time to chat with mom friends, which I was also lucky to do last week).
Since we've been beach-going, I think we've hit the beach by May some years and always by June. This summer has been odd, to say the least. With all the cloudy weather, we've been taking EVEN MORE trips to the library than usual.
Last week we checked out the remodel of a nearby library, and after perusing the choice reads section, I happened upon this lovely moment of peace and sharing.

Today we went to our usual library and picked up summer reading prizes for the kids. Since they have completed the whole summer challenge already, they received the halfway prize of a collapsible water bottle and the final prize of a medal and a free ticket to a Seattle Storm game, along with official certificates signed by the librarians.
It was really fun, they even placed the medals over the kids heads and gave congratulatory handshakes after talking about the books they read.

Of last week's new recipes, the Chicken Florentine from Pink Parsley (adapted from ATK) was goooooood. It was slightly rich, so I might try subbing half and half or whole milk in lieu of heavy cream next time. This week is a busy one, with two different nights of meetings for me (a Moms Demand Action one and a jog-a-thon one for our school), a potential sleepover at our house, and a first soccer practice for my son. So I'm keeping things pretty easy, nothing new.
As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie and Mommy Run Fast- be sure to check out all the great weekly menus!


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