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Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a couple days now, but things keep getting in the way!! And by things I mean children. Mine, specifically.

I love them to pieces, but it’s really hard for me to form sentences on a page when they’re all REALLY good at:

Algonquin Park Algonquin Park

I’m finally getting around to blogging about our trip to Algonquin Park!! Yay Canada! 

Ever since I was a teeny tiny baby, my parents have taken me and my siblings camping at Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park. Tradition!! Every summer we would go here without fail. 

Like you probably saw on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago, my little family (plus the rest of my five siblings and their families) traveled back to Canada to surprise my Mom for her last day of work as she heads into retirement. She had no idea that we were going to be surprising her, let alone camping with her and EVERYONE a few days later! This has never happened before and many of us have not been back to Algonquin Park since we were in high school. Needless to say, we all were pretty excited to show our kids around the park and create lots of memories! 

This Week at the Brennan’s This Week at the Brennan’s

Hi Friends!!

You probably noticed I took a few days off from blogging 🙂 Since it was the long weekend and since I posted every day last week (unheard of!!) I took full advantage of the Labor Day weekend with my family. You probably caught a glimpse of what we did on my Instagram Stories, which is to be expected! We had a fun time being together, as per usual.

Friday Things Friday Things

Hi Friends!

I wanted to quickly pop in and say Hallelujah!! School is starting for my kids next week and I’m so so excited 🙂 Brooke realized today that school is literally starting in just a few days and it got her all nervous. She’s so cute! Still working out where Blake will go since he’s still on the waitlist for preschool at a couple of spots, including the same school as Brooke. We’ll see if anything comes to fruition with that.

Also, if you don’t follow me on Instagram, you totally should! Not everything you find on the blog will be published on Instagram and vice versa. The same goes for all of my social media accounts, actually. Just trying to keep it all fresh…plus I can’t keep up and syndicate them all. I need a nap just thinking about it. Most days, I need naps.

What are you doing for Labor Day? We are heading to the Hamptons because its close and we’ve never been! What are all the things to see and delicious places to eat at? I’m packing lots of healthy snacks for the in betweens, but I’d love to get your opinions. I’ve heard Ina Garten mention that Duryea’s Lobster Deck and 1770 house were good?! Thoughts? Kid-friendly spots only please 🙂

Creamy Crockpot Cauliflower Soup Creamy Crockpot Cauliflower Soup

When we lived in Idaho, one of our favorite restaurants was Zupas. (Any Zupas fans out there?) 

My daughter was a little obsessed with their cauliflower soup because it “didn’t have any chunks”. The recipe for cauliflower soup I had been using up to that point is one I inherited from my Mom and it is supposed to be chunky. That’s how it was always made at my house growing up and to be quite honest, I like the chunks. But my Brookie Cookie does not and is very vocal about it.

So one day earlier this week, I tried to appease her and create a non-chunky, extra velvety cauliflower soup (in the crockpot no less!) for this daughter of mine.

You guys, I think I might like this creamy version better. The half & half, bacon and cheese might have something to do with it though. Don’t be alarmed, though! Yes, those are high calorie ingredients, but considering how much soup this makes, when you break it down per serving, its really not terrible. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Mommy-Daughter Date in Eataly Mommy-Daughter Date in Eataly

I took Brooke on a Mommy-Daughter date today! Not only because it was raining and I was feeling blah, but because I love having a daughter that wants to do girly things with me, plus school is going to start soon and her brothers were really bothering her today. It was just a last minute decision that totally worked out in our favor.

Here are a few photos from our trip to Eataly. (I wish that was Italy, but for now, Eataly will have to do!)

For those of you who don’t know what Eataly is, it is an Italian marketplace with various cafes, counters and restaurants. Lots of authentic, Italian foods (like two zillion cuts of pasta!!) are available for purchase as well as amazing options within the different restaurants. We went to the Flatiron District location.

We were able to mostly take our time and just explore. Eataly is huge!! At first it seems small, but it just kept going! Lots of different sections and I’m dying to go back to just eat meat and cheese. (Not quite what Brooke had in mind for our little date. Haha!)

When I started this blog, Brooke was just 6 months old and that girl has grown up with a mother who loves food, so she is blossoming into a mini foodie and New York is *the perfect* landscape for us! (Also, hi to all you wonderful readers who have been following along since I only had one kid!!)

Alfredo Stuffed Shells Alfredo Stuffed Shells

I know lots of you already have kids back in school and I’m only a teeny bit jealous. Ok, a lot jealous. But, I know come September 7th (my kids first day at their new school….does that seem a little late to you?) we’ll all be in the same boat, struggling to get dinner on the table, trying to feed these starving kids. My kids are in a constant state of starvation. Allegedly. OR so they say.

So, here is a great option to add into your dinner rotation that is filled with lots of protein and veggies galore while is still being so amazingly butterific!! How is that possible you ask? Homemade alfredo sauce. If you’ve never made homemade alfredo sauce before, giiiiirl get on it! It is one of the simplest things to make and is approximately 1400 times better than store bought. I figure the stuffed shell filling is so healthy that I can afford to be a little more generous with my homemade buttery alfredo 😉

This Week at the Brennan’s This Week at the Brennan’s

‘ve just spent the last two hours researching NYC real estate and avoiding writing this post. And by researching, I mean dreaming. But it was fun while it lasted! Ha!

Here’s what happened this week:

The beginning of the week, my kids started their second half of day camp. They started doing field trips to other parts of the city which thankfully saved a lot of the morning arguments over why they HAD to go to camp. (“Mommy will go crazy if you stay home.”)

So they went to camp and I got my work done. 

I went to the dermatologist on Tuesday and it was the best experience ever. Like, where has this woman been all my life? I have some scarring on the sides of my face from acne and I wanted to get her opinion of what to do. I also had a few other questions too, but first she wanted to address my adult acne because I STILL HAVE IT. Props to all you other ladies having to deal with work, home, family, kids, life AND acne. We cannot catch a break.

Anyways, she asked me how willing I was to x, y and z and I said “DO IT ALL!!”