Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MENU: 4/17/14 - 4/23/14

We only tried one new recipe last week and it wasn't good enough to share.  Not bad, just not great, which means no new recipes to share with you.

And we only have to pack lunches three times, thanks to conferences.

And I'm not making any dessert because the little Ws will have Easter candy.

So, here we go!

BREAKFASTS
* doughnuts (we have these at church, though we usually have some 
dry roasted almonds, fruit, or cottage cheese at home or on the road first)
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, raisins, fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and energy mix as optional toppings 
     - with cottage cheese and fruit x2
     - with yogurt, fruit, and spinach smoothies 
* scrambled eggs (ours are always made with a ton of chopped spinach, sometimes some chopped tomatoes, a bit of pepper, and always a sprinkling of some type of cheese)/toast x2

* blueberry sour cream pancakes

SCHOOL DAY LUNCHES
meat & cheese sandwiches/red bell peppers/cukes
* black bean dip/quesadillas/carrots
* lemony sour cream muffins/pea pods/dry roasted almonds

DINNERS

* leftovers
tacos (seasoned meat and crockpot beans from the freezer) 
* coconut chicken (crockpot)/rice/frozen green beans
* Cuban black beans & coconut rice (using up the rest of the can of coconut milk)/garlic roasted cauliflower
* new recipe/strawberry, kiwi, and spinach salad
* six layer casserole (crockpot)/rosemary parmesan brussels sprouts
* chicken tortilla soup (crockpot)

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* produce
* nuts - pistachios & dry roasted almonds
* popcorn (kernels from the Winco bulk department & a West Bend Stir Crazy to pop them in)
* Easter candy

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

4/10/14 THANKFUL THURSDAY

I'm thankful that it's not pitch black when I wake up in the mornings anymore.

What is something that you're thankful for?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MENU: 4/10/14 - 4/16/14

I've been posting new recipes on Facebook as I tried them over the last week, but I'll also list them here for easy reference.

* chicken tortellini with kale - This is a simple, tasty dish from Tiffany at Eat at Home.  I cooked my own chicken for it, but she uses a rotisserie chicken to make it a super quick meal to pull together.

* Cuban black beans & coconut rice - Kama shared this recipe on Facebook and I decided to try it for the first time for a potluck.  I thought it tasted good and I came home with an empty pot, which is always a good sign.

* kale frittata - Heidi posted this on Facebook recently and we had it a few nights ago, though I made it as a scramble.  It's similar to our normal way of scrambling eggs, but I really liked the addition of minced onions and garlic powder.

And now for our regular menu.  Devon doesn't have school on Friday, which I'm happy about, and so there are only four school day lunches this time around.


BREAKFASTS
* doughnuts
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, raisins, fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and energy mix as optional toppings 
     - with cottage cheese and fruit x2
     - with yogurt, fruit, and spinach smoothies 
* scrambled eggs (ours are always made with a ton of chopped spinach, sometimes some chopped tomatoes, a bit of pepper, and always a sprinkling of some type of cheese)/toast x2

* Alton Brown's granola

SCHOOL DAY LUNCHES
* meat & cheese sandwiches/red bell peppers/applesauce
* tuna sandwiches/cukes/apples
crockpot beans & rice/tomato slices/olives
* wheat germ whole wheat buttermilk pancakes/home canned peaches (from a friend)/boiled eggs

DINNERS

* leftovers
tacos (seasoned meat and crockpot beans from the freezer) 
* broccoli chicken dijon (going to change this up by roasting the broccoli, then adding it to the cooked chicken)/rice
* new recipe (not bad, but not that great either)
* steak salad/whole wheat biscuits
* spinach enchiladas/apple & cranberry green salad
* peanut butter noodles/roasted broccoli

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* produce
* nuts - pistachios & dry roasted almonds
* popcorn (kernels from the Winco bulk department & a West Bend Stir Crazy to pop them in)
* crackers/green hummus (we never pulled the leftover hummus out of the freezer last time, so it's back on the menu)
* honey & spice cookies


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MY FIRST TABLE RUNNER

Becky had a sewing machine emergency a few weeks before Christmas and I was able to loan her my machine. (Yes, I actually own a sewing machine.  Shocking, I know.) I never use my machine and it wasn't an inconvenience at all to let her borrow it, but last week she gave me a thank you gift.  My very first table runner, which she made to coordinate with my crazy lime and cobalt walls.



Here are closeups of each flower.




She picked bright fabric for the back that had colors all the little Ws like - green for my Duck-loving Silas, orange for my Beaver-loving Devon, pink for my girly Naomi, and blue for my littlest boy Tyler.


Isn't it pretty?




Monday, April 7, 2014

MEETING AN OLD FRIEND

I've known Pamela online for many years, but had never met her in person.  Until today, that is.  She's in the area for a couple of days and stopped in at my house this afternoon for a couple hours of chatting.  I've been doing this "meet e-maginary friends in real life" thing for a lot of years now and it never gets old.  Love it!


FIVE JOBS

Right now there are five job openings that appear to be great opportunities for Tim.  Four administrative positions, one teaching. Four in schools he's subbed in most of this year. One charter school, one primary, one middle, and two high schools. Varied pay, varied hours, varied responsibilities. Each with different pros and cons. Three where interviews will be done and decisions made before the end of the month. Some in schools and districts where other employees have encouraged him to apply or made comments this year about how they'd love to have him on staff.

They are jobs that, though they're all a little (or a lot) different from each other, seem like Tim would do well in. These are jobs I'm emotionally invested in.

I really want him to get hired for a position that he'll do well in and will enjoy. I also really want each of these schools to hire someone who will do the job well and whose skills and personality will be a complementary addition to the rest of the staff. If those two desires don't mesh and he doesn't get hired for any of these five jobs, then I will be disappointed.  That's just the truth.  I'll have a big cry, then we'll move on and keep applying for other jobs.  If, however, he does get hired for one of them, then I will be giddy. That's also the truth. The thought of returning to the world of full-time employment and entering the foreign territory of not spending all summer looking for jobs sound pretty wonderful.

Right this minute Tim is driving to the charter school for a visit. They want him to check out their campus and see how things run so that he can decide if it's a job he'd even be interested in. I'm thankful that they're giving him that opportunity early in the process. I'm thankful that a rare day of not having a sub job allowed him the freedom to visit there today. I'm thankful for friends who keep their ears open for job, passing info to us and dropping Tim's name at schools. I'm thankful that subbing this year has given him the opportunity to get to know the staff in several schools. I'm thankful that subbing has paid our bills this year.

I'm really hoping that I can say "I'm thankful Tim has a job" in the near future, regardless of where that job is.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

I LOVE CLOTHING EXCHANGES

Several years ago Becky invited me to a clothing exchange that Randi and Hannah were putting on.  I'd never been to one and I'm no slave to fashion, but I thought I'd go check it out anyway.  So fun!  Between Randi, Hannah, and Becky hosting the events, I've gone to two exchanges each year (well, I think I've missed a couple) since Naomi was a toddler. One every spring, one every autumn.

I love the chance to get clothes and accessories for free.  I love seeing some of the items I brought go home with a happy new owner. I love that it's an organized, but still relaxed, process. I love knowing that all the garbage bags of unclaimed items left at the end get donated to worthy causes. I love that it's a fun event, whether I come home with three things or thirty things. I love hanging out with a bunch of women for a couple hours. I love that everyone, regardless of height, width, or personal style, finds things they like. I love that I can take things home that I'm not sure about, taking more risks than I would if I were paying for clothes, and just bring them to the next exchange if I don't end up liking them.

Here's what I brought home last night.  And, yes, I'm a wee bit predictable in what I'm drawn to. Solid blues, greens, browns, and blacks.


* scarf
* vest
* two tanks for layering
* two sleeveless shirts (They both have little touches of girly-ness, which is a stretch for this tomboy.  We'll see if I actually wear them.)
* one zippered sweater
* two jammy/exercise shirts (I don't like wearing clothes with words on them, but I always snag some for jammies or exercising)
* one short-sleeved shirt
* one long-sleeved shirt (Not sure if I like how it fits, but I'll just toss it in my next clothing exchange stash if decide it's not going to work.)
* three pairs of sweats (Huge blessing, as these fit perfectly! I didn't own any, but have wanted some as an alternative for jammy days and for going on walks.)
* two pairs of shorts

Sixteen items. Free. Two hours. Fun.