It’s Sunday night already?!?!  Shoot.  I’m always a little sad on Sunday night as I think about how much fun we had as a family over the weekend.  The weekdays bring so much hustle and bustle and it’s always a little daunting to think about on Sunday night.  Lately I feel as if Calvin is dropped off at daycare and when I go to pick him up he has mastered something new.  His confidence is growing as he pulls himself up to stand on anything and everything- coffee tables, bookcases, my legs, the bathtub, the chairs.  Cal is close to the REAL crawl though the army crawl is suiting him just fine for now.  He is catching on to the games we play and imitating us from time to time.  Cal is babbling non-stop and I have loved the addition of “MAMA” into his vocabulary after hearing “DADA” for the last two months!  When daycare showed me a picture of Calvin eating at the big boy table it really hit me how fast he is growing up.  Each day I am amazed at what a smart, happy, engaged boy is growing right before my eyes.  The weekends give me more time to watch him grow and change but most of all to snuggle him, hold him, kiss him and breathe in that sweet little scent of his.  More time to LOVE HIM.

Before I lose myself in tears…again…. I will share some of our fun weekend activities with you.

Friday Night:

We got home from work, made Cal dinner, read some books got him in his ‘jams (as we like to say) and Nick and I headed out on the town for a date night.  It’s always hard to leave Cal but I knew he was in good hands with Meecie and Papa J.

Playing after work and daycare. Glad it’s the weekend!

Nick and I enjoyed two delicious and totally unhealthy burgers with tots and drenched our thirst with few flights of beer at The Bulldog in NE Minneapolis.  Considering the smiling face below woke us up at 5:20 a.m. that morning we were pretty impressed we made it out until 10:00 p.m.  We know we are so lame……..

So happy to be up with you so early Mom!

Saturday:

We were so excited on Saturday to welcome Nick’s Dad back to MN and to our house for the weekend.  Dan recently started a new job in Duluth, MN which means he’s only 2 1/2 hours away!  We look forward to many weekend visits from Dan and hope to go visit him in Duluth and check out the big ships on Lake Superior (among other things).

Cal had so much fun helping Grandpa Dan work on a little carpentry project at the house.  While we certainly appreciated the effort Grandpa Dan put forth it turned out that neither Cal nor Grandpa Dan really know that much about carpentry.

Are you sure that’s right Grandpa Dan?

It was important for us to be together this weekend as we remembered the anniversary of the passing of Nick’s Mom, Patti.  In honor of Patti we wanted to make one of her favorite meals, Pasties.  Pasties originated in Cornwall, England and are prevalent in mining towns over here in the good ‘ol US of A as well.  Pasties are a hearty fall/winter meal utilizing the most delicious root vegetables.  Best of all they are super easy to make!  Here is a rough recipe, be forewarned,  I rarely measure:

In a medium bowl, mix the following ingredients:

1 lb. beef stew meat

2 carrots

1/2 rutabaga

1 turnip

1 parsnip

1 small onion

1 potato

1 tablespoon of fresh parsley

1 tsp. thyme (fresh or dried)

1 tsp. ground mustard

1 tablespoon water

salt and pepper to season

Make sure all the veggies/potatoes and the meat are in about 1/4 inch cubes so they cook quickly and all the way through.

I cheated and used Pilsbury’s premade double pie crust which made this recipe super easy.  Let the pie crust sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes and unroll onto a clean, flat surface.  Place about 1 1/2- 2 cups of the filling onto half the pie crust.  In order to seal the pasty, I brush an egg wash over 1/2 the crust.

Fold over the top half of the pie crust and pinch the edges to make a nice little pocket for the pasties.  I cut a few slots into the top of the crust and coat with the egg wash for that golden brown effect.

Base at 350 degrees for an hour or a little less and enjoy!

Mmmm…delicious after a hard day of mining or playing with a baby.

While the pasties were cooking Nick, Cal and I ran up to our “local pumpkin patch” aka the Cub Foods parking lot.  We got out to the apple orchard this year but didn’t make it back for the pumpkins….maybe next year.  Parking lot pumpkin patch or not, we had a good time and I got a few fun pictures of the boys:

On our way to pick out our pumpkins!

Papa J, in case you were wondering, Nick was RIGHT THERE in case Cal lost his balance!

Cal among the mums.

Too many things for Cal to look at. Good smile from Dad though!

Sunday:

We started off Sunday morning with, well what else, more food.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the final product but I was too busy savoring every last bite of the amazing french toast we had for Sunday breakfast.  Challah bread was soaked overnight  in melted vanilla ice cream, oranze zest, orange juice, vanilla, triple sec (just a little) and eggs.  A-mazing.

Served this with simple berries with some fresh mint and we were set!  Nick, Cal and I were able to head outside and enjoy the GORGEOUS fall day taking a big walk.  Probably didn’t come close to burning this off.

Rounding out our weekend full of family and food was a celebration of my Grandfather’s 81st Birthday!  We headed to Buca and believe it or not somehow found room for more food.

Celebrating with Al-Pal.

Cal Pal & Al Pal- 80 years apart!  Happy Birthday Al Pal, we love you so much!

Cheers to our family for a great weekend!  Here’s to the next one!

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