Family Dinner + dinner roll recipe

After having a rough couple of weeks, I decided to change things around. I told several friends at work that I was having a positive attitude, and they were given ALL the permission to tell me when to cut it out. And let me tell you IT WORKED!

Today on my day off was no different. I headed to the gym. I tried this new workout, which turned out to be more arms than I expected. But still a good workout!

After doing things around the house, even spray painting the railings out front (oh fun!) I was able to read a few chapters outside.


My view for a half hour was pure bliss

Later that day was family dinner. Where I made apple cinnamon tenderloin.


I have tried this before and loved it, and my family did too! Which was surprising because some of them are picky

I also baked paleo dinner rolls and were the HIT OF DINNER!


(sorry for the dark oven picture)

again I was worried that they would be plain, but they are amazing!

For dessert they had gooey butter cake, so instead I took a roll, sprinkled it with cinnamon, butter and honey and I loved it even better tan the plain rolls!


Seriously, these take 5 minutes to make. 35 to bake and 2 seconds to fall in love with them. Try them!more pictures

And sorry I didn’t take any pictures of the ACTUAL family dinner. I was baby hogging on the twins 🙂

Question for you:

Do you have family dinners?

-We usually meet up about once or twice a week. It was so fun to have all the kids there, since last week Andrew was sick and we were not able to go.

Mr Flowers photo shoot

Hi everyone! I have been a little  preoccupied the past few days. Mr Flowers visited!!!!

I worked on Monday, and after work we met at my house for dinner and relaxing by the TV. He drove 8 hrs by himself, and my third 12 hour shift, ended on a crazy hectic note. We needed some down time

The past few days have included walking Andrew to school while drinking coffee. I have converted another person to iced coffee 🙂

We both walked Andrew to school, and then he needed to work a bit each morning. He trades stocks, and luckily he can do that from home. I am interested in what he does for a living, but I only understand about 5% of it. haha

While he worked, I would do laundry, or just sit and read. Yesterday, after work was through, we both were on the couch reading. The quiet was so relaxing and comforting. It was absolutely perfect.

After working or reading for a few hours, we would head to lunch. Some places on our list: Mom’s deli and Rigazzis’, and (my families favorite) Joey B’s.

While driving around, I was able to show him a lot of places that mean a lot to me. My old gradeschool, where I used to lifeguard during the summer, and houses of family and friends. I loved being able to share all of that with him.

We also had a big task this week. Find a house to rent. Mr Flowers and his girls are moving to St Louis in the next ‘few months!! (I can’t contain my excitement) I know this might seem fast for some, but the feeling we have is hard to explain (especially on a blog). I feel that I have know him MUCH longer than a few months.

He has already stolen my heart. And that is not something I give away lightly. We are also very lucky to have family and friends that are very supportive. I think I talk about him nonstop to my family and friends. (I’m suprised they keep answering my calls haha)

Our main “to do” was completed! We found a house for him to rent. We would then pick up Andrew from school and got homework out of the way.

Another task: Introducing him to the family. Thats right. We had a family dinner at my house with my immediate family. I wasn’t really nervous for them to meet. I knew he would fit right in. But I could tell he was nervous.

most uninteresting table EVER haha

A few hours after dinner, ice cream, and letting the kids play, it was time for them to head home. I then received three texts messages saying that they really liked him, and they were so happy for me. (makes me tear up again just thinking about it)

Today, he had to head home. It was extremely tough to let him go. A few hours later, I found a note from him left on the frig. ❤

Mr Flowers will be back in two weeks, let the countdown begin……

Question for you:

Where do you take visitors when they come to your city or town?