Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Elizabeth's birthday March 2010

Tasty Tuesday

I have come up with a new alliteration for Tuesdays because tickle me Tuesday jus wan't working out for me (I don't have a kid that says lots of funny things). So this is what I came up with, Tasty Tuesdays. Each week I am going to try and make something new and the next Tuesday I will let you know how it was or I will post about a recipe I have used in the past that I really love. Yes I am doing another blog about food...what can I say, I love the stuff!

Last week I made a chicken tender salad. It turned out really good (I would make some changes the next time I make it, but I will get to that later).

I used a Rachael Ray recipe for the chicken tenders (which are baked, not fried)
I made home made ranch from a hidden valley ranch packet (milk, mayo, and HV Ranch packet). I added tomatoes and mixed greens...Drew and I absolutely loved the ranch (we will never buy bottled ranch again).

For a Saturdy or Sunday afternoon lunch this is a perfect meal, just serve with some fruit. WHEN I make this again I will add shredded cheddar cheese and avacado (I love avacados). If you decide to make this yourself I hope you enjoy it as well.

Happy eating!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: I have to work, so Drew will be on his own

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with sauted vegetables

Wednesday: Meatloaf, potatoes, and rolls

Thursday: Spirit night at CiCi's (Jeans pass here I come!)

Friday: Again I work...Drew's on his own

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sauted vegetables
  • Lunch: Leftovers and sandwiches (Maybe lunch with the Lovelaces)
  • Dinner: I work


  • Lunch: Easter dinner with the family
  • Dinner: Snacks and leftovers

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Week in Review

As you can see I have been a horrible blogger the last two weeks, my excuses... 1. Spring break (I'll post later) 2. I've just been super busy! So here is what went on this last week.

Meal Planning Monday:

I really did not do a whole lot this week because Drew was out of town (it is no fun to cook for myself) and then other nights I have been working my second job at Ann Taylor Loft. There was one meal I made this week and I made it on Thursday, I really liked it and I think I will make it again sometime.
Baked chicken tender salad with homemade ranch.
I used this recipe for the chicken

The contents of the salad:
Mixed greens
blackbean and corn pico de gallo (store bought)
hidden valley ranch dressing packet (follow directions...very good).

Next time I make it I will make the black bean and corn salsa from scratch and add avacado.

Tickle me Tuesday:

I think that I am going to have to change my alliteration here, because I don't have kids I don't usually have a funny story to share. And for some reason my students don't come up with too many funny things or I forget because I didn't write them down (they are only 3 and 4). So I will be thinking and will keep you posted.

There is something I just remembered that happend at school this week. I was walking two of my students down the the motor lab (like a gym) and they were holding hands to stay together.

Student #1 says to students # 2: Hey what are you thinking about?
Student #2: Fire trucks
Student #1: Oh I like fire trucks, they're red. I'm holding your hand so you don't fall.
Me: Oh that is so nice to do for your friends.
Student #1: Yeah, you can ride a bike with me but don't take my red bike.

It made me chuckle that he wanted to help keep his friend from falling and they were in conversation together about fire trucks...but he most certainly could not take his red bike. Kids are so funny!

Wordless Wednesday:

Crested Butte 2010

Thankful Thursday:

I am thankful for my job working with students, they definitely brighten my day. It is fun learning and exploring with them and just getting to be goofy and silly. Children are such a blessing they are so real and innocent. I love that I get to spend my days with 17 wonderful Pre-K students.

Please pray:
I am currently working as a classroom aide, but I am hoping to find a full time teaching position for the next school year. My heart is Kindergarten or Pre-K. I find myself getting discouraged that I won't find a job next year and I would love to have my own classroom especially since that is what I went to school for. Please pray that God will provide me with the perfect opportunity.

Show me your life Friday:

So today I thought I would share a little about my job...teaching Pre-K students! This last week and next week we have been talking about farms. The students absolutely love it! Well on fridays we make a special snack because we have a kitchen in our classroom. Since we had been talking about farms we decided to make butter because milk comes from cows, and with the milk we make butter, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese. The kids loved it!

Butter Recipe:
1 tall tupperware container
Heavy whipping cream

Fill the container about 1/2- 3/4 full, then shake. We had the students take turns shaking because it takes about 10 minutes. Dump out the butter milk and then mix in some salt and you have homemade butter.

While the students were shaking we played lots of songs so they could dance and shake to the beat of the music. I love that we get to make food and try new things with the students. It is such a fun time of learning. We made biscuits and had them with our homemade butter, jelly, and honey. Here are some pictures (sorry they're not that great because I can't post pictures of my studnets).
Shaking the whipping creamSpreading butter on their biscuits
Getting honey and jelly
The final product after shaking the cream...Butter!

What do you love about your job?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for the opportunity to get a second job. I know that it will be a lot of work and most nights I will be extremly exhausted but it will be worth it to take a bigger bite out of student loans.

I just started to night as a sales associate at Ann Taylor Loft...I am really excited about the discount on great teacher clothes!! My husband is so AMAZING and I am most thankful for him while working two jobs because he is so willing to help out more around the house (basic cleaning stuff) and have dinner ready for me when I get home on the nights that I work. I am truly blesses especially during this time when it has been so difficult for people to find jobs. I am very thankful.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Mini Turkey meatloaf (brought over from last week)

Tuesday: Open House at something quick

Wednesday: Tacos

Thursday: Chicken fried rice

Friday: Ranch Style Chicken

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon rolls
  • Lunch: Left overs
  • Dinner: Leftovers

Sunday: With the Family

Friday, March 5, 2010

Show Us Your Life!

Whats on your TV?
What is your favorite show or shows to watch on TV?
My number 1 favorite show is...Chuck (and I got drew hooked)
And of course the humerous office

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am very thankful for my wonderful husband. He has really been a great help to me. Lately he has really gone out of his way to help me around the house. Mainly cleaning up the dishes after dinner because it is one thing that I really don't like doing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tickle me Tuesday

I was really trying to get a picture of this, but I could not get it just right from my car. On my way home today I saw a car who's liscense plate read Paid4. It really made me chuckle because Drew and I are currently taking Dave Ramesy's Financial Peace University and his philosophy is to pay for everything in cash (except for the house...other than that NO loans!) It was nice to see someone else wanting to not be in debt like society tells us to be!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Veggie Quesadillas and homemade salsa

Tuesday: Chicken Sausage and sweet potato fries

Wednesday: Chicken ravioli with asparagus and grilled artichokes

Thursday: Mini apple cheddar Meatloafs

1 Ib. Ground Turkey
1/4 panko bread crumbs
1 med. onion shredded
1 med. granny smith apple peeled and shredded
1 lg. egg lightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375. Gently combine ground turkey and next 6 ingredients and 1/2 a cup of cheddar cheese. Just until combined using hands. Spoon turkey mix into 12 lightly greased muffin cups.
2. Bake at 375 for 16 minutes, sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and a meat thermometer reads 165.

Friday: Dinner with the Lovelace's

  • Breakfast: veggie omlets
  • Lunch: Chicken tender salad with homemade ranch
  • Dinner: Mission Trip Dinner at Church


  • Lunch: with the family
  • Dinner: Bertolli pasta bag, rolls and salad