Makin’ Plans!

There are so many fun things that come up in the spring and summer! This really nice unseasonable weather we have had for the last few days has triggered the itch for those spring/summer traditions. Just the grilling, bike riding, and sunshine are enough to perk up your mood. So, I am looking ahead on my calendar and scheduling some fun for the spring!images-44

Here are just a few of the things coming up on the calendar. Maybe you and your family will see one that you want to add to your traditions.

Upcoming events and traditions:

  • March /St Patty’s day: We love celebrating even the tiniest of Irish heritage and one of our favorite Irish pubs is: Keegan’s Irish Pub; great atmosphere, amazing service, and super food! Check them out!!!the-whole-family2
  • March/ My Birthday: I love celebrating a birthday! Whether it be my birthday or someone else’s, I think birthdays are fun and a great excuse to check out something new or splurge on an old favorite! I love Q Cumbers, The Tavern, or  The Bulldog.the-bulldog-lowertown
  • April / Girl’s Day @ the Crafty & Bingo – we do this 3 times a year, all the girls go out to the Craft Fair and then to Bingo afterwards. It’s a day full of laughs and new crafting ideas.
  • Mexico trip – This year the Hubs and I are going to Playacar Mexico and I will be shooting my cousin’s wedding! Cannot wait. In fact, I put a countdown on my calendar at work. Check out the amazing resort we will be staying at (and look for a post all about it when we get back).
  • I have a black thumb and kill just about all things green, however, I love this event on Mother’s Day weekend. The Friends School Plant Sale has become an annual tradition. It’s got awesome prices and serves a great local charter school. The little volunteers from the school in tye-dye don’t hurt
  • May-ish: Depending on weather, my mother-in-law comes to hang out with me (us) for the summer. I cannot wait to have her with us again this year. She really is one of the best people I know. mom-and-me
  • June: Back to the 50’s car show! This is a favorite and a family tradition. If you have never been, just picture thousands of old cars and the people that love them. cropped-2010-back-to-the-50s-day-3-046a

Well, that is just a couple month’s worth of usual events. Take a look ahead at your calendar, what fun spring/summer plans are you looking forward to? What do you have fast approaching that brings a little excitement to your day?


Simple Grilled Tilapia Fajitas (You can also do this with chicken or steak)


2-4 Tilapia fillets

2-4 tbsp fajita seasoning

1 white onion sliced in thick slices

2 bell peppers sliced into thick slices

1 lime (optional)

1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro

drizzle of vegetable oil

4-8 flour or corn tortillas

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans, and your favorite salsa or pico

*Tip – Grab an aluminum broiler pan from the grocery store. Fish won’t stick to the grill and clean up is a breeze*


Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Season fish with fajita seasoning. Place on oiled broiler pan and set pan on grill.  Let cook for 3 minutes. Flip fish and add peppers and onions over top. Reduce heat to medium and let cook another 3 minutes. Lift fish and scoot peppers and onions on bottom of pan and place fish on top (this allows your veggies to get a little color). Let cook another few minutes while you finish the sides. Remove broiler pan and squeeze lime over fish and sprinkle with cilantro. Place tortillas directly on grill grates allowing to warm and get grill marks (no more than 15 seconds per side). Wrap in aluminum foil to retain heat.

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans, and your favorite salsa or pico

Eat up and Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe:cilantro-lime-rice


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