Enough Of This Shit

Really, no extra comment needed here. I had to reblog this because it is such an everyday issue, something that we all face.

Drifting Through

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“Where you born to resist, or be abused?

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?”

-Foo Fighters, Best of You

Saturday was a fun day. We spent the evening at friend’s house. The kids laughing and playing in the pool while we enjoyed good food, great conversation and more than a few drinks. We all came pouring in the door full of energy and laughter. We shuffled the kids upstairs to get ready for bed. I paused for a minute to soak up the moment. My family. All of us smiling, happy. I was still reflecting on the fun evening whenI grabbed my phone. I popped on to Twitter for a quick peek to see if there was anything of interest happening.

#YesAllWomen. That’s what was happening.

I stopped my distracted cleaning that I had been doing while reading tweets. I had to…

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Protein Style Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries – Husband Approved!

Protein Style Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Protein Style Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

The hubs is a total carnivore, so I have to come up with healthier versions of his favorite not-so-great meals often, but this time he actually recommended having burgers sans the bun! No convincing necessary! So we tried it out with some baked sweet potato fries and it was SO GOOD. Super easy too.

You’ll need…

  • Burgers & toppings (whatever kind you fancy…)
  • Lettuce for wrapping (something like green/red leaf or butter)
  • 2 med sweet potatoes
  • vegetable oil
  • coarse salt & black pepper

Fries – Crank the oven to 400. Peel and slice your potatoes into fry sized chunks. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil, and arrange the slices best you can without too many touching. Drizzle with vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper flip over and sprinkle again. If they are too dry, not enough oil, they will get soggy instead of crispy. Make a foil lid that fits tight, you’re going for steaming effect here so no holes if possible. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Take the pan out and remove foil lid, place back in oven for 10 minutes. Remove one more time and flip fries, put back in the oven, 5 – 10 minutes depending on how crispy you want them.

Burger and Fries

Burgers – We ALWAYS barbecue our burgers, but you can cook them however you like. We typically use either fresh lean ground beef and make our own patties with husbands special seasoning skills or we use the Private Selection (from Ralphs) pre-made ones. Once they are cooked and have cheese added (totally optional.. but uh… weird without! ha) let them cool for just a minute before placing on the lettuce. Grab 2 -3 pieces of lettuce big enough to wrap around both sides of the burger patty. Layer them together and lay them flat out on a plate. Place your burger and add your normal fixings. We use avocado, mustard, ketchup, light olive oil mayo and pickles typically. Fold your lettuce over and you’re ready to eat!

Enjoy! xo

Wednesday Night Dinners : a series

Wednesday Night Dinners

Here we are, mid-way through the week, always a nice feeling knowing its just cruising from here until the weekend. Wednesday also happens to be the day my sister frequents our house for dinner (or sometimes us to her house). Since we are always trying some new Pinterest deal or one of moms old recipes, I figured I would find a neat way to showcase our masterpieces and get our great finds out to others. So check back here each week for the next installment of Wednesday Night Dinners from our kitchens to yours!

Not at our most flattering.. but hey, this is typical cooking attire for us.

Not at our most flattering.. but hey, this is typical cooking attire for us.

Quinoa Quiche

WND – Quinoa Quiche

So easy and so delicious

So easy and so delicious

Okay, the last couple weeks have been a bit.. well.. hectic. Prepping for vacation, actual vacation, trying to convince myself I am home from vacation and need to get back to the daily grind (you know how that goes…), so the fridge has been scarce and my motivation at a near zero for cooking. Sister came by this week for dinner and collectively we had everything to turn this out. So good, and both our husbands approved (although mine requested more meat next time.. of course).

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 eggs (you can substitute up to 2 eggs with egg whites only)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (we used both red and green)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (we used white)
  • 1 cup zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar (we probably used more like 2 cups.. we love cheese!)
  • 3/4 cup diced ham (or like us … Canadian bacon the whole package…)
  • salt & pepper
  • whatever-you-want you could add a million other things or swap veggies out. We thought about broccoli & cauliflower, we also considered yellow squash, really whatever you have in your fridge would be yummy.

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Dice/chop/shred everything and mix with your eggs in a large bowl. Add in the cooked quinoa and stir until nicely mixed. Add in cheese (about 1/2) and stir. The original pinterest recipe that we were following (or lack there-of) called for “mini” quiche done in mini cupcake trays but we got a little too excited about all the veggies and had a ton so we opted for a pie pan as well as 2 mini pyrex 4″ squares. Please note: this mixture did not rise, like at all. I guess we assumed because normal quiche does and it has 4 eggs, but it didn’t. so you don’t need to leave extra room when filling, we could have easily done ours in just the pie dish! Really who cares what the shape is.. it’s freaking delicious! Although, the cupcake size route would be great for work lunches or quick breakfasts!

Anyway, once everything is mixed in and seasoned with your salt and pepper, bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, possibly up to 30 depending on what shape/size pan you choose.

enjoy! xo

Clean Eats – Work Lunches

This is an older post from Ashley at One Dreamy Mess, but I really like her suggestions and use most of these while packing my own work lunches. Check her out she has some great stuff going on over there!

Lunch

Work Lunches..

Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

I may not have had the greatest most efficient elementary education.. but books were always highly encouraged, at any level we wanted not just at school but at home as well. My sister and I both feasted on book after book, for hours upon hours. Each one leaving a little stamp on our brain, our heart and our soul. I was never discouraged from reading something “beyond or below my level” and I don’t think any child should ever be denied or made to feel uncomfortable reading whatever inspires them.
This letter to Google from Teach From the Heart really hit home with me. I couldn’t agree with her more. I believe that every child should grow up with more books, more outdoors and more things that inspire them to live passionately, I mean really.. isn’t that what being a kid is all about? Finding what inspires you to learn and grow?

teach from the heart

Dear Google,

I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.

I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do.

I witnessed it for the first time when I tutored a struggling 5th grader…eighteen years ago.

He hated to read.

He hated being locked into a level.

He hated the points associated with the books.

But more importantly, he was humiliated when he didn’t earn enough points to join in the monthly party or get to ‘buy’ things with those points at a school store full of junky prizes.

I’ve seen kids run their fingers along the binding of a book, a book they REALLY wanted read, but then hear them say, “But it’s not an AR book,” or “It’s not my level.”

I’ve watched them scramble to read the backs of books or beg a friend for answers so they can get…

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