I had an absolutely CRAZY weekend! Hubby and I took Little Chica to visit some great friends, Brad and Amanda, in Charlottesville, VA. Brad and Hubby have been friends for many years (we all went to high school together), and were both in each other's wedding. There are far too many stories involving the two of them, most of which are not appropriate to share on this blog. Amanda came into my life when she married Brad. And she is a keeper! Amanda is a fun, smart and extremely hilarious friend.
Brad and Amanda. Aren't they cute?
I stole this off of Amanda's Facebook profile. I couldn't resist.
Quintessential picture of Hubby (front) and Brad (next to/behind Hubby). I'm not sure what is happening here, but I'm sure there is an inappropriate story behind it.
Yeah. We love them.
So, we set out to get to Brad and Amanda's on Friday evening. Thinking it would be easy to transfer her from car to bed once we arrived, we started the road trip around Little Chica's bedtime. Our hope was that she'd fall asleep during the ride, and seemlessly stay asleep when we arrived and put her in her pack-n-play.
We were wrong.
We arrived, bleary-eyed, at 12:30am. And, for whatever reason, Little Chica woke up. I mean woke up. And would not go back to bed. For several hours. It took a lot of finessing, but finally around 4:30am, I got her to fall back asleep. I felt like I was back to having a newborn! Augh!
You can imagine this lack of sleep on the first night threw off the rest of the weekend: a cranky toddler, sleepy parents, and a toddler completely off of her schedule in unfamiliar surroundings.
To top it off, Saturday night, our dear friend (and host), Brad got food poisoning and spent the better part of the night/early morning puking his guts up. We are thankful that after Saturday night, he woke up feeling better (and Little Chica got a good night's sleep). Sunday was much better (despite another round of bad night sleep for Little Chica) and the ride home was perfect.
I am exhausted.
All that to say, I did not get to post a Simple Supper recipe yesterday. So I will make up for it today (and check back later this evening or tomorrow morning for a Meatless Meal recipe as well).
This recipe was served to us by Brad's wife, Amanda, while we were visiting. She actually made this for dinner Saturday night, but Brad was too sick to eat it. I can't say enough what amazing hosts Brad and Amanda were: Brad was sick for an entire evening, and they had to deal with a crazy 18 month old who never quits. They were generous, gracious and a lot of fun. Thank you, Brad and Amanda! We love you guys!
So, Amanda (who is a fantastic cook) got this recipe from Whole Food Markets, who sends out recipes via their e-newsletters. I was skeptical at first, but after tasting this meal, I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH. I just got back from grocery shopping, and will be making this meal again later this week. I also might experiment in making this a meatless meal, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
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Simple Supper Monday
Beef and Quinoa Meatballs