Friday Five {08.11.2017}: Ideas for the Week and Life

Here are five things we are doing and loving this week to inspire you. Read on for more…

ONE

My quest to continue to cook more continued this week with a few great recipes

Once, two years ago, we had a dinner with shrimp and zucchini, so now, every time we have zucchini, D says he will only eat it if there is shrimp.  So I found this great recipe for Grilled Shrimp Zucchini and Tomatoes with Feta to try.  I don’t think he actually ate the zucchini, but he loved the shrimp.  This also made great leftovers tossed with pasta the next night.

Our pasta recipe this week was Fettuccine with Lemon, Zucchini, and Ricotta, the kids did not love that the zucchini was hard to pick around, but I loved how easy it was to make, and I maybe snuck a few veggies in.  Our pizza recipe was flatbread with artichoke, zucchini, and prosciutto.  The best part was the red pepper honey!

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week and Life: Fettucine with Lemon, Zucchini, and Ricotta

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/artichoke-spinach-and-prosciutto-flatbreads-with-spicy-honey

 TWO

I am a big fan of podcasts for both the kids and myself.  Here are a couple of my recent favorites.

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the biggest health crisis facing America..stress.  He is an amazing individual and this was an awesome podcast to listen to:

http://audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20170516_Vivek_Murthy_Podcast.mp3

There is a reason that your kids drive you crazy.  This podcast was a great look at the neuroscience of the brain and how it changes as children age and how we as parents can best support our kids through this development:

THREE

Big D was in camp in Tilden Park this week, so we spent a ton of time going on adventures over in Berkeley.  Our favorite was, of course, the Redwood Valley Railway.
 Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week: Tilden Park Steam Train
Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week: Tilden Park Steam Train

FOUR

We went to the A’s game this past Wednesday.  Tater Tot’s first baseball game!!  We watched half the game and then explored the stadium…food trucks on the plaza and Stomper’s fun zone.  The kids had a blast.

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week: Oakland A's Game
Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week: Oakland A's Game

FIVE

I am maniacal about afternoon quiet time.  By the time the afternoon rolls around everyone needs an hour to decompress and do their own thing, especially me.  This week, I spent my quiet time in our garage (scenic, isn’t it?!), working out, and watching the Bachelorette finale.  Trashy and amazing!

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the Week and Life

What have you been up to?  What are you loving this week?

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