After a busy week of cooking for Thanksgiving dinner and running the Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday morning, I headed to Rochester on Friday with the kids to visit my mom and brothers. My mom and younger brother both live in Rochester and my older brother was visiting from New Jersey. Thankfully, it’s only a few hours drive from our house to my mom’s (Mormor she’s called by the kids) and we arrived in the early afternoon.
My kids always want to do as much as possible when we visit Mormor and they chose Barnes & Noble as the place they wanted to go on Friday. We all piled into my van (Mormor insists it’s a bus) and headed to Pittsford. Once we arrived, my brother went off to the Health & Wellness section, my mother to look at books about dogs, my 13 year old daughter headed for the young adult section, I wanted to check out some vegan cookbooks, but the younger two wanted to go to the kids’ section to play with Lego’s and the stage.
We headed back to Mormor’s house and had Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner. Then my older brother got the kids all wound up before bed. Thanks Uncle Fred!
Saturday morning I headed to Trader Joe’s and Wegmans by myself. Yes, I like to go to the grocery store and browse, it is relaxing for me. I had never been to a TJ’s and one recently opened up in Pittsford Plaza so that’s where I went first. I found a few items that I purchased, I will share those in another post after I’ve had a chance to test them out. I went over to Wegmans next. I only grabbed a few items this time around since I had just done a big Wegmans grocery shop last week. I found pastry flour which I had searched everywhere for to make my pie crusts! I am now the proud owner of a 6.5 pound bag of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. I also found some Go Max Go Candy bars and stocked up on those. I needed to feed my kids lunch so I headed to the Fresh Foods Bar at Wegmans. There’s something for everyone! For my teen girl I grabbed a package of Shrimp California Rolls (the girl loves sushi!), my boy got six chicken wings, and the little girl some macaroni and cheese. Couldn’t forget about my big brother who was so graciously watching the kids for me so I could get my Wegmans fix! I got him some sesame chicken and lo mein noodles. For myself, I heaped a box full of a little bit of each hot food item marked “vegan”; shredded Brussel Sprouts, roasted butternut squash, chickpeas with kale and tomato sauce, kale sauteed in garlic, and pumpkin curry tofu.
After lunch the brother and I took the kids to Bounce-it-Out. The age limit was 10, but my teen girl played with the younger kids anyways. We spent about 2 hours there and the kids had a blast! (sorry about the lighting!)
I had a gift card for Starbucks so on the way back to Mormor’s house I stopped to grab a Pumpkin Latte (with soy, no whip) for myself, chai tea for the two younger kids and a hot chocolate for the teen girl.
Once back at Mormor’s my little girl headed out to the park with my mom and her dog, Pedro, for his afternoon walk. Then it was off to my little brother and his girlfriend’s house to meet Chablis. My brother and his girl have rescued and adopted three exotic birds. The most recent addition is a Moluccan named Chablis. She is about 14 years old and was rescued due to severe neglect. She became so depressed and desperate for attention that she has ripped out a lot of her feathers and chewed on her chest. Although she is safe and loved now, her feathers won’t grow back and she has a permanent scab on her belly. Have you ever heard a Moluccan bird laugh? Oh my goodness. Chablis was in a great mood and just laughed and laughed the entire time we were visiting.
Sunday it was time to head home, the time my kids always dread and fight to the end! We stopped at Chipotle on the way out of town, I’ve never been and spotted the restaurant on my trip to TJ’s and Wegmans the day before. Mexican is always a good choice since all my kids love tacos and quesadillas! I got a vegetarian burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce and corn salsa. Yummy and very filling. My boy had two crispy steak tacos, my little girl a soft chicken taco, and my teen had a fiesta burrito bowl. After we finished up with lunch, it was time to head home.
How did you spend your weekend? Did you travel to visit friends and family?