Penny's Passion: Weekending - May 17, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekending - May 17, 2019

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new week and all things are possible!  We had a great weekend and I feel like I'm winning at life right now because my laundry basket is empty, my FitBit is charged and my gas tank is full.  Bring on the week!

The  highlight of the weekend happened on Sunday when my nephew's family grew by one.  One precious little baby boy and we were lucky enough to be able to meet him just a few hours after he was born.  He's perfect is every way and Mom, Dad, Big Brother and Baby are all doing great.

Backing up to Friday, we grabbed dinner with Ian and Kayla then ran home to watch the St. Louis Blues hockey game.  They managed to pull out a win, making the series tied at two games a piece.

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Saturday morning Eric had to work, so I took advantage of the alone time by reading my book club selection for this month, Educated.  This book has been sitting in my Kindle since last December and hadn't floated to the top of my reading list until my book club selected it for this month's subject.  Here's the summary from Amazon:
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated: A Memoir by [Westover, Tara]

When Eric got home, we ran some errands and then stopped by Weber Grill for an early dinner.  It had been years since we dined at the Weber Grill in Chicago and had never eaten at the one here in St. Louis.  For an appetizer, we selected their skillet cornbread with molasses butter.  YUM!  Eric chose the brisket for his entree and I went with the meatloaf.  Both were good, but neither excited me enough to want to go rushing back.  The St. Louis location does have a Weber Grill Academy that offers cooking classes.  Now that's something I wouldn't mind trying.

Sunday morning we took it easy around the house and was waiting word on the arrival of our new great nephew.  For lunch we whipped up a recipe that used our air fryer.  It was a salmon recipe from SkinnyTaste and it will be making an appearance at our house again in the future!  It was quick and easy and tasted marvelous.  I'll be sharing the recipe later this week, so stay tuned!

Speaking of the air fryer, my copy of The SkinnyTaste Air Fryer Cookbook, was waiting for me when I got home Friday and I read it cover to cover.  There are 75 recipes in this book and I found at least 60 I wanted to try.  I don't think the air fryer will be collecting much dust sitting on a shelf!

The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer by [Homolka, Gina, Jones, Heather K.]

The St. Louis Blues were playing again on Sunday and it was a pure joy to watch!  They easily skated past the Sharks in a 5-0 victory and I had to bite none of my fingernails while watching the game.  One more win and we'll be in the finals for the first time in almost 50 years!

As soon as the game was over, we headed to the hospital to meet the newest member of our family.  Guys, he is so darn sweet!  We can't wait to watch him grow and blossom.

And just like that, it's Monday!  I swear Saturday and Sunday have fewer hours than Monday through Friday.  Hope your week is off to a great start and we'll see you back here soon.


  1. What a sweet baby!!! Love him already! That recipe looks delish - I can not wait until you share! I love my air fryer! Annster's Domain

  2. Yes the blues rocked it...we went Friday and we go Tuesday! Congrats on the new family member and that educated book was good!

  3. Congratulations! I am also a huge Blues fan, how cool would it be to play Boston again to earn our 1st Cup!!! Thank you for book referral too.

  4. Aww what a sweet little baby! Congrats to your nephew's family! I cannot wait to read Educated, it's been on my to-read list for awhile now. I plan to tackle it on vacation next month!

  5. Your new little one is so precious! Congratulations to your nephew's family! I've had the Skinnytaste cookbook on my wishlist for quite some time. She always has the best recipes. I read Educated last year and had some mixed feelings about it, but I know a lot of people who loved it. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. How's that book? I feel like I've seen it a few times lately.