It’s been a while since I’ve done a Snaptacular Weekend post and I have some . . . interesting . . . I-Phone shots from our Labor Day weekend so I thought I’d give the series another go.

Right then.  Let’s start how every day starts.  With breakfast.  I ordered a vegetarian omelet.  I assumed the vegetarian omelet would include things like tomato, onion, cheese, green peppers and mushrooms.  I did not imagine it would be a thin crepe like egg substance stuffed with a frozen bag of veggies that included broccoli, carrots, red peppers, water chestnuts and mushrooms.  I guess at least I got the mushrooms I had been expecting.  Fortunately my side of grits saved breakfast.  Note to self: always ask for clarification on vague menu descriptions. Always.

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After breakfast came shopping.

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Raspberry Marshmallow Peanut Butter Waffles. With Barbecued Banana Bacon!

Let’s not get confused, this post is actually about books.


According to Supermom’s Superblog, today is Kids’ Reads.  Participating bloggers post about books their kids are reading.  Hence the name.  Kids’ Reads.  Right then.  We’re all up to speed.

My little fellow is one and currently his favorite thing to do with a book is either to slam it shut or to crawl all over it.

So I’d like to discuss a book that might be best suited for a slightly older child or even two children.

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly

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The end of the month did not sneak up on this challenger.  My September Foodie Pen Pals box sat on the counter and stared me in the face every day for two weeks.  Mocking me.  Taunting me to make an entire dish from its contents..  Teasing me with its salsa and date combo.  I am pretty sure there is no culinary way to pair those two things up.  I found a recipe for Medjool Date Salsa, but let me tell you . . . it did not contain salsa.

Let’s take a peek at the goods this month that came from Esther, a former Midwesterner currently living in DC.

She sent me pitted dates and salsa.  We discussed this already.  Sigh.  As a disclaimer, I did not use these actual dates in my Chopped Challenge.  Of the three items Supermom received in her FPP box, one of them exploded during transit.  So I donated this bag of dates to her.  I already had an open container of dates in my fridge and since Supermom heard dates are supposed to help with labor I figured she could use them way more than me right about now.  The new addition to the Superfamily should be here any day.  Besides, I stole the guacamole chips from the new baby basket I made for her to eat the rest of the yummy salsa so I kinda owed her.  For the record, I love dates and this salsa.  Love love love.  Just not together.  Again, sigh.

Annie’s Rice Shells and Creamy White Cheddar Pasta as well as Cocomama Quinoa Cereal.  Annie’s is perfect to doctor up in a challenge since I find this brand to be too bland to cook as directed on the package.  The Cocomama was quite tasty, especially warmed with a few blueberries.  These would be great to have around for quick and easy meals

Two types of bars and two gluten free cookies.  The Taste of Nature bar was full of sesame seeds and was my favorite of these three.  The Good Bean Bar?  Very unusual texture and flavor, unlike any other bar I’ve tasted.  So glad I had a chance to sample it as this is something I probably would not have picked out on my own.

Sweet and Spicy Tea.  Strong.  Smelled good.  Just like The Husband.  Clearly we both dug this.

Now that you’ve met the soldiers in my food battle, let’s get to war.  War.  Against myself.  For the sixth time.

You’d think I’d stop challenging myself with five consecutive wins under my belt.  I’m a sure thing.

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How was your Independence Day? With a mid week holiday, it begs the question did you celebrate the weekend before, the day of, or are you celebrating this coming weekend? We celebrated the day of – going the traditional route and all.

Having any day off is never a bad thing in my blog, but it does unbalance the rest of the week. Resets it, if you will. Oh, and to all my Twitter friends who tweeted that Thursday felt like Sunday . . . YOU’RE WRONG! It felt like Monday, cursors down. So get your facts straight before you tweet.

Right then, back to it. Did you celebrate your freedom by reading the Declaration of Independence and eating good food with good people? We did. Supermom invited us over for dinner and prepared classic picnic fare of grilled burgers and corn on the cob. She did let me bring a side dish though (she throws me a bone every now and then).

I decided to go with a non-traditional, traditional dish.

So I made potato salad.

With sweet potatoes.

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