Tucking for Tacos…

Happy New Year! I started the year off right by going to an Orangetheory class (THE ultimate HIIT workout), Barre class, and eating lots of clean food including margaritas and tacos! My secret for eating lots of great food???? Eat half and save the rest for leftovers! Except the margaritas. You should just share a small pitcher with someone you ❤


Margaritas and Bean Tacos


Bean tacos included some sour cream and guacamole


Cheese Poblano

No Shame

Becca has been begging for Sonic for a long time, now. I have tried to forget that she ever requested this, but too much time has passed. When I asked her what she wanted for dinner, without skipping a beat, she asked for Sonic again. So Becca got her beloved mozzarella sticks and tater tot’s, Katie got her cute little cheeseburger, and I had a pretty yummy grilled cheese with a stolen tater tot or two or half of the large size😂😂😂.

Turns out that we ❤️ Sonic. See you again in the fast food rotation in a few weeks when I feel like closing my kitchen after a mind-numbing day! 

Full disclosure- those mozzarella sticks were so yummy, too! 

Surprise Date Night 

The hubby and I only get a few date nights. Some are planned and some are unexpected.  I was planning on going to a Barre class, but the hubby got off earlier than expected.

Normally I would stand by my workout class, but since it is summer I am able to workout a lot more than normal. Since school has gotten out, I have already taken many classes and rocked the gym in the last few weeks; HIITT, Bootcamp, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Cardiolaties (trampoline and weights), Hubalates (hullahoop and more), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and cardio  (walking Brutus, treadmill, StairMaster, and elliptical). I think the Barre can wait until the morning.

So we hit up our favorite sushi place and enjoyed some alone time.

My pick was Tempura Soft Shell Crab

His pick was pan fried dumplings…

Our Sushi lovers for the night…


We also got some eel and salmon unami (not pictured)…

Clean plates…


Cinco de Mayo

 Like I really need an excuse to eat tacos and drink a big ass margarita! 😜🌮🍺
Beautiful Grilled Shrimp Tacos with some rad green tomatillo sauce!   
I hope you ate lots of tacos and drank margaritas/ tequila/beer on this mostly American holiday (seriously, only one state in Mexico celebrates). 

Mommy’s Choice

Monday I had a night with my girls, so after I picked Becca up from Cheer, I decided we were going  out to dinner. I chose Opa, one of our Mediterranean faves.

Avgolemono Soup (Lemon and Chicken)



Falafel, hummus,  taziki

Tonight was my choice as well…Oven roasted Chicken Thighs and Legs—-375 for an hour or so with a good handful of salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and a hearty supply of olive oil. I served with rice, corn, and a side salad. Perfection! Happy family!

Flowers for Lizzie



A couple of pics with my girls 003002



Favorite Friday Family Dinner

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  Shrimp Quesdilla
With LOTS of shrimp!!!

Becca and daddy

  Katie  Katie and mommy

Love Mexican night!!!!

Happy Friday! This week is spring break for us!!!! So ready and super excited to spend time with my girls. 😍😍😍

Sushi Date Night

Happy Friday, ya’ll! The kids are having a slumber party with the grandparents on this cold rainy/snowy/icy Georgia night, so the hubby and I decided to spurge on a sushi date night. We don’t get to have these very often; the girls turn up their noses at sushi, and it can get a bit pricey. There are a ton of great sushi places here, but we decided on a casual place less that 5 miles away called the Mori House. We usually get a few plates to share; a couple of rolls and a few appetizers. Great drinks and food every time! Here is how we “rolled” tonight 😉

Calamari with spicy dipping sauce 

Perfectly Pan Fried Potstickers


Unagi (eel)

Gaga Roll (deep fried California Roll) and Dragon Roll (shrimp tempura and eel)


 The rest of the evening? Cracking open a bottle of red and catching up on my DVR’d shows 😉 I get to sleep in tomorrow, so I am super excited to snuggle under the covers for a few extra hours of sleep!

Merry Christmas!

Hey guys! I hope everyone has had a great Christmas. Here are a few pics from the past few days.

Christmas Eve at my parents house…

Their sweet kitties, Chester and Tiger.

My mom’s cheese straws- I look forward to these all year. I have the recipe now 😉


Christmas Eve Dinner- Mustard Marinated Pork Loin, Squash Casserole, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, and Deviled Eggs


Selfie with my mom


Girls Opening presents


Christmas Morning

Breakfast at Denny’s


Chinese Christmas Dinner


026029Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Friday Faves 12/11/15

Happy Friday, ya’ll! I hope you all had a great week!

It has been an emotional one for me. Yesterday was the anniversary of the  death of my sweet Lizzie. She would be 10 and had been fighting cancer since she was 4. That life was all our little family knew, so it was our normal. This past year we have been trying to get used to figuring out how to live our lives in a whole new way. It has been mostly amazing, but of course we miss our girl more than anything.

Pretty holiday flowers for Lulu.




Learning about Hanukkah.


Holiday parties at the girls’ school.


Dinner at Lizzie’s favorite restaurant- Habatchi =)


After Becca’s party, I went to yoga.  It was so weird going to a class in the middle of the day.

After yoga, I was starving, so I treated myself to an amazing Indian buffet for lunch.  I especially loved the lamb meat balls and the Cheese Paneer. I went back to the buffet twice! I tried EVERYTHING. Soup, salad, veggies, meat, and amazing sauces! Sweet, sour, spicy; I  loved every bite!

This weekend  brings Pilates, parties, shopping, cooking, eating, Barre, family pictures, and DVR catch-up. Hope you have a great weekend!


Stuffed Shells and Some Shenanigans

Hey guys! It is so weird not typing out a new blog every day or so. The kitchen is coming together! The floor and most of the electrical is done! It looks so amazing!


This week the hubby is putting up some drywall and doing some other odds and ends to prepare for the cabinets to be put in next week. He has a few little helpers who have loved helping out here and there.



As for food, we have been going out, getting take-out, using the toaster oven and microwave, and actually have been cooking at a neighbor’s house a few times a week. I miss having my kitchen, but it will be worth it in the end.

Made some lamb for the girls last night…https://funfoodiefamily.com/2015/09/10/cast-iron-lamb-chops/




Made some stuffed shells for the family a few days ago. They turned out delicious! I will be making them again, but maybe adding sausage or doing a vegetarian version.

Stuffed Shells –

1 container of Jumbo Shells
1 pound ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
1 large bag of Italian Cheese Blend Shredded Cheese
2 containers of pasta sauce


Cook your shells in a big pot of salted water. Let cool.
Brown your meat, onions, and mushrooms. Salt and pepper liberally. Let cool.
Stuff the shells with the meat and veggies. Cover with sauce and cheese.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.


Today we went to lunch at a yummy Dim Sum place. Katie loved it! Becca was not sold on it but loved practicing with her chop sticks!