Meet the Sullivans: March 2018

March 23, 2018

Friday Five: Perler Beads, Ikea and St. Patrick's Day

Happy Friday!

| O N E | We celebrated St. Patrick's Day last weekend with a big family dinner, and lots of good Irish food. I brought my usual Irish Soda Bread like I do each year. I made 4 loaves this year since our group was pretty big this year. What's pictured isn't even all of it, there were 1 1/2 loaves not pictured.

Owen worked on his leprechaun trap during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day and we set it up in the kitchen the night before. Unfortunately, he did not catch a leprechaun again this year, but he wasn't too bummed because the sneaky guy left behind some chocolate gold coins instead. 

The leprechaun also left behind proof of his mischief in form of a green toy battle scene and green toilet water.

| T W O | My sister-in-law watches Luke for me on Wednesday mornings so I can help in Owen's classroom. I'm usually done helping early, so I'm left with a little time to run some errands. This week I went to Ikea with a list of items to aide in some spring organizing plans I have.

I picked up...

- an Algot drawer thing for Owen and Luke's closet
- some shelf risers for the kitchen
- bins for the pantry (they were on SALE for $4.50 and $2.79!)
- napkins because I always buy them when I go. I love their fun designs and low price!
- trains for Luke's Easter basket
- a set of mesh bags for luggage organization
- a plant and prints for a PTA Teacher Appreciation Day project
- Perler beads for Owen

I pretty much always buy napkins and straws when I go to Ikea, and it's always fun to see what new things they have.

| T H R E E |  The MVP purchase of my shopping trip was undoubtedly the Perler beads! Owen sat for over an hour and a half creating his designs. I have to admit, I'm pretty into them myself! Pinterest has some really cute design ideas.

| F O U R | My first Grove collaborative order arrived this week! Can you believe my whole order was $22.41? There is an offering going on (you can find it on Megan's blog, Honey We're Home) that will give you some free Mrs. Meyer's items with a purchase of $20 or more, so I jumped on it. I love the peony smell!

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| F I V E | My favorite snack this week, rice cakes with PB2, half a banana and a dash of cinnamon. Filling, a little sweet, the perfect snack with a cup of coffee in the afternoon!

Have any fun weekend plans? I just checked the weather and it looks like there is no longer rain being anticipated for the weekend, so we will probably be busy with t-ball practice and games as planned! Have a good one!

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March 19, 2018

Lately - T-ball, Trains and a Recipe

Where has time gone? I pulled these photos off my camera over a week ago to share here and now I feel like they're way old. A little this and that from what we've been up to lately.

Greek Burger Recipe. In an effort to eat a little healthier these days I've been trying to eat a high-protein, low-carb diet, not really a "diet" since I'm hoping to make it a norm. I'm not eating like this all the time, I still drink my International Delight coffee creamer every morning, and I still drink a glass of wine most nights, but otherwise I'm trying to keep my intake of empty calories low.

The dinner you see above, Greek Turkey Burgers, is one of my favorites right now. The burger has all sorts of good stuff in it with so much flavor! I top it with about 2 tbsps of homemade taziki or Good Foods Cucumber Feta dip.
Ballpark visit. We took the boys up to San Francisco on the train last weekend to visit the ballpark, eat lunch and ride the Coca-cola slide.  Owen started t-ball a few weeks ago, so we thought this would be a fun field trip for him. It's always neat seeing the ball park empty! We can't wait for baseball season!

Luke loved riding the train on the way up! Every time we stopped he would say "New choo-choo??", which means "more choo choo", but on the way back he was not as keen on it. On the way back he would get up at each stop and say "Allllll done!" He was pretty cute.

T-ball season is here! Owen's t-ball team had their first game last weekend! I thought Owen looked so handsome in his uniform and he really loved getting to play baseball with all the kids on his team. Keith is helping with the games and stays on the out field or dugout with the kids most of the game, which Owen loves. 

The snack parent for our first game really knocked it out of the park (get my joke?) with the snack! Each snack had a cute personalized tag, sunflower seeds, chocolate baseballs, a baseball toy, goldfish crackers and a cutie! I'm not sure I'll be able to top that when it's our turn! 

Soccer Camp. Speaking of sports, I'm signing Owen up for another week of Challenger Soccer camp this summer, since he loved it so much last year! Not only did he have a lot of fun, but it also got him moving in the summer and prepared for soccer season in the fall.

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March 14, 2018

RECIPE: White Bean Turkey Chilli

This White Bean Turkey Chili recipe is one of those recipes I make all the time and feel like I'm always telling people about, because we love it, but I don't have the recipe written down anywhere.

It's pretty basic and the photos aren't gorgeous (sorry, nothing Pinterest-worthy), but this chili is GOOD and you should probably add it to your arsenal of family-friendly recipes. This is also one of those recipes I can make without measuring or checking a recipe, which I love, because who has time to do that! And it makes a ton, so there are always leftovers or enough to freeze.


1 pound ground turkey
1 (16 ounce) can diced no salt added tomatoes
3 (16 ounce) cans Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4 ounce) can fire roasted green chiles
1 medium onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 qt chicken stock
1 cup 2% colby jack cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste 

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom pot. Sauté the onions until translucent, then add the garlic for about a minute. Make sure the garlic doesn't burn. I like to add a little salt at this point. Kosher salt is my favorite.

2. Add the ground turkey and stir until it is cooked through and brown and crumbly.

3. Add the taco seasoning and stir. Sometimes a do a few shakes of cumin as well. Add the cannellini beans, diced tomatoes and stir to combine.

5. Pour in some of the chicken stock, but just enough to make the whole thing full, but not so much that it covers the chili -- you don't want it to become a soup. Now let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or longer if you need to or want to. Make sure to keep an eye in case you need to add more chicken stock.

6. Add a handful (about a cup or so) of cheese and stir, then serve!

If you give this a try please let us know how it turned out for you and if you liked it! Enjoy!

March 2, 2018

Friday Five - Easter Decor, Another Soup Recipe and More

Hello, friends and HAPPY weekend! I am just so thrilled another weekend is here. The weather has been so gross all week -- really cold, pretty wet and all together pretty dreary, which has kept us at home a lot this week, so we're looking forward to getting out.

| O N E | I've been itching to organize all the things this week. I don't really have the time or energy to tackle huge projects like our walk-in storage closets, but small victories like color coordinating the board books in the playroom make me feel happy, even if they only end up lasting a day or two before Luke throws them on the floor.

Also, do you follow @lifeineneral or @neatmethod on Instagram? They are serious organization goals.

| T W O | I like to buy a giant bag of broccoli at Costco with grand plans of using it all before it goes bad (2-3 days in the fridge after opening, says the directions on the bag), and this week I was actually successful. We had it with salmon one night, can't remember the 2nd night and then on the 3rd night I made broccoli soup on the fly. We all (except Owen, he doesn't do soup) liked is, especially Luke, who LOVED it! Here's the recipe I kind of made up:


Half a bag of broccoli florets, washed
2 cups carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1- 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1 handful shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste

Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot. Saut√© onion until transparent, add carrots, celery and cook until softened, add garlic and cook until fragrant being careful to not let it burn.

Add broccoli and chicken broth, cover and let it steam the broccoli for about 20-30 minutes over medium heat. Once the broccoli is steamed and soft, transfer the soup in batches (broth and all the other veggies) to a blender. Add the beans to one of the batches and blend until the soup is smooth or chunky enough to your liking.

An immersion blender is super handy here, but mine broke and I haven't replaced it yet.

Add back to the pot and mix in a handful or so of cheese to make it a little thicker and creamier. Enjoy!

| T H R E E | The struggle with stuffed animals in our house is REAL. Owen loves them, Luke loves them, and when they play with them, they're all over the place. They've lived on the top bunk for a while now while I've been trying to figure out a better storage system for them. I've tried purging them, but Owen will inevitably remember which ones are missing...

Anyway, earlier this week I was watching one of those "how I clean my house in 30-minutes" videos on YouTube (I'm obsessed with these cleaning videos) and the family had a STUFF 'N SIT and I had to have one immediately. I mean, how genius!

It arrived Wednesday and it has solved all of my stuffy problems. The kids no longer need close supervision to get their stuffed animals down like they did and they're easy to clean-up, and out of sight! Oh, and it doubles as a pretty cute little bean bag chair in their room. I'm SOLD!

| F O U R | It sure doesn't feel like spring outside with this storm we're having, but I'm getting in the spirit of spring inside with our Easter decorations. I bought that cute rabbit for $3 at Target (you probably saw it there too, or own it yourself) and the tulip bulbs came in the vase and are around $8 from Trader Joe's. I thought they were pretty and that the boys would like seeing the below the surface-ness of the bulbs. I've kept them alive for a week, so things are looking good.

| F I V E | Weekend plans, etc. Tonight is family movie night, and Owen is asking to watch The Lorax, so it's going to be a good one. Sometimes it's hard to balance movies that both boys will watch. Luke only watches about 30% of any movie at best, and Owen often wants to watch movies outside what's appropriate for his own age range.  We also have a weekend full of t-ball activities with Opening Day and team pictures. And Keith and I have a date night set. I'm hoping we'll see Game Night, but I know Keith wants to see Black Panther. Have you seen either?

That's all for now. I hope you have a good one!

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