Project 12 // August 2015.

 *Project 12 – A photo on (or around) the first day of each month.*
{Idea credit & linking up with  The Lady Okie}


IMG_1327^ Backyard selfie.  Attempt #45. ^ 

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell – 4 stars
Bringing Up Bebe:  One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman – 4 stars
Simple Pleasures by Alfred Portale – 3 stars

Travel Adventures:
It was a month for staying home.  We didn’t leave the metro area in August!

Noteworthy Days & Events:
August 7 – Kevin gave notice at his job!  He’ll be embarking on a new work adventure beginning September 8.
August 15 – Baby shower tea with some of my favorite Junior League ladies.  We felt very spoiled and loved, and had the added benefit of celebrating another mama who is expecting a girl in October.
August 29 – Inaugural football game for the team that Kevin helps coach!  This is his thirteenth season to serve in an assistant coach role for high school football teams (12 of those 13 years have had him working with the school and coach that he played for through high school!) and I love how excited he gets each year for the new season.

Ate: (new recipes & restaurants)
—I made bread using this recipe one Sunday afternoon.  I halved the recipe and added a bit of cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter before rolling it up to put in the bread pan.  It turned out really well and was very quick – only around an hour of total rise time versus the usual 2+ that bread recipes require.
—We tried this Brussels sprouts recipe one night.  It was quite tasty!
—We hosted Kevin’s mom for dinner one night when his dad was out of town and made this shrimp stir fry.  The Pioneer Woman really can do no wrong.  Our version included eggplant fresh from my cousin’s garden and some red cherry tomatoes from our own garden.  We liked the shrimp stir fry so much that we had it at least once more in August!
—It was a last minute decision to make this oven baked pork chop and rice dish – and it proved to be an excellent one.  This will definitely make regular appearances at our casa during the cooler months.
—We did a ground beef and rice dinner that was very loosely based on this recipe.  We didn’t use tomato sauce or sour cream, and I did toss in some frozen corn along with the frozen peas.  We also kept it as a skillet meal rather than putting it in a casserole dish to heat in the oven.  It was a really easy dinner and I thought it was even better as leftovers at lunch the next day.
—Kevin made this cod recipe while I was at yoga one evening and we agreed that the flavor was awesome.  Really, I liked the dish in its entirety but Kevin was not impressed with the breading “crust” which he thought was far too mushy.  We’re thinking we’d do the lemon/butter/paprika combo again and just sprinkle some panko bread crumbs on top of the cod rather than using flour.
—Tiffany posted this recipe for a chicken/pasta/green chile dinner and I knew we had to try it.  Oh my goodness, it was so good.  We’ll definitely do this one again!

Tell me something about your August!


9 thoughts on “Project 12 // August 2015.

  1. Congratulations to Kevin! I look forward to hearing more about his new endeavor!

    A baby shower tea! How classy! And how fun to get to celebrate with one of your JL sisters who is also expecting!

    And hooray for football season. Which is funny to hear me saying that because I am so not a football fan. But because of mentoring teens I am always at football games it seems, ha! I find I like the conversation in the stands. And the chili frito pies. Don’t judge me. ;) Anyway, it’s so cool that Kevin gets to coach! Christopher would love doing that with basketball!

    That cod sounds yummy! I’ll have to try it with the Panko bread crumbs instead of the flour. Thanks for the tip. :)

  2. I’m making that green chile pasta this weekend. Green chiles aren’t popular in the Upper Midwest which makes me sad.

    I started Christmas shopping in August. I know that sounds nuts but I like to be done before all the advertising campaigns gear up so my gifts aren’t influenced by them. Plus it keeps me from impulsive purchases for myself.

  3. Is it weird that I read Bringing Up Bebe a few years ago?! I thought it was a great read! Sometimes it was annoying that “the French way” was upheld as the best way to parent, but I love all of the tips and things I learned regarding sleep and just adjusting to life with a baby!

    I can’t wait to hear (maybe?!) about Kevin’s new work adventure! That’s exciting!

  4. I remember reading Bringing Up Bebe (or rather, listening to an audio version along with Justin on a road trip car ride) before having Jake. Now that he’s here, I can identify with some of the things that she wrote about, and other things I am more or less failing with (like attempting to get Jake to try a wide variety of foods. What can I say? The boy likes to eat the same things over and over again, and I hate fighting over dinner).

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