Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Meals | 01

Well, it's another Monday and the week is off to a busy start. I always have staff meetings on Mondays and when they're in the am, the day seems to fly by so much faster. Today is one of those days. But, I'm not here to give you a play-by-play of how fast or slow my day goes. Today I'm going to share three quick meals that you can use in a bind.

I chose three, because that just so happens to be what I had planned for this week's Monday. So why not give you some ideas for the upcoming week?!

It's a short school week for me with it being fall break, but quick and easy are our go-tos lately. Lewis has to eat between 5:30 and 6 or else he's a monster. Here they are!

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This is one of Kyle's new favorites. I first heard about it from April over at Smidge of This. It was also one of her Monday Meals a while ago. Here's how it goes when I make it: 

1 pound ground pork 
1 1/2  – 16-ounce bag coleslaw mix (shredded carrots and cabbage) 
2-3 large cloves garlic, minced 
1 teaspoon ginger, minced or grated
⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce 
2 tablespoons sesame flavoring oil 
Green onions, for garnish (optional) 
*and if you like a little kick, add 1-2 T Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce*

Here's the thing...the sauce goes a LONG way. The original recipe calls for 1 bag of slaw mix, but it gets too soggy for my taste, so 1 1/2 it is. 

Also, I add chow mein noodles to the top of my bowl for a little extra crunch.  

The longest part of the process is browning the pork. It takes approx 5 min to prep and should be on your table in less than 20 min.

serves: approx 6

Hoisin Chicken and Veggies
This is also a new one for us. I wanted a one pan meal and it kind of worked. It was easier for me to roast the veggies in one pan and the chicken in another. 
Here's our version with modifications:


2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
4-5 small/med red potatoes, halved or quartered
2 large carrots, sliced
1/2 head broccoli florets
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1/2 head cauliflower florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste 
1/3 onion, in chunks
For the sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated or minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon corn starch

Toss veggies with olive oil and salt & pepper. Roast at 400 or 450 for 15 min, turn over, drizzle 1/2 sauce over top and cook until tender enough.
Bake chicken breasts at 400 or 450 until done. Cover with remaining sauce when almost done.

Serve alone or over rice/quinoa
Serves: approx 6
Prep Time: 15-20
Total Time: 60 min

Spaghetti w/Homemade Tomato Sauce

6-8 roma tomaotes, quartered
1/2 white onion
2-4 garlic cloves, halved
1/2 c red wine
2-3 T evoo

1 lb ground beef
1/2 box spaghetti

The night before, coat tomatoes, onlion, and garlic in olive oil, add red wine and roast for 30-40 min at 400 deg. Let cool for 10 min, then puree and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 year.

The next day, brown your hamburger, heat up your spaghetti sauce, and cook pasta according to preference. 

Serves: approx 4-6
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time (including roasting): 60 min

This is just a glimpse into our menu this week. The rest of the week consists of pumpkin pancakes, chicken in the smoker w/quinoa or rice, homemade pizza, and at least 2 batches of scrambled eggs. 

If you try these and modify, have suggestions, or love as is--please comment below!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Writer's Block

Here's the thing. For the last two years, I've had built-in, monthly posts for you all. I was either pregnant or had a new baby. So now that Lewis is one and I'm not pregnant now, so I'm stuck on what to write about. I currently have five, yes five, started, but not completed posts.

FTM favs
Camping at McCarthy Beach State Park
Lew at 10 & 11 months
Why I love my Chiro
and a post on worth

What do you think? Do any of those sound awesome? Are they all terrible?

Like I said, I'm stuck. Sure, I'm a mom and a teacher, but I don't want everything I write to bombard you with teaching and mothering. I'm also not a fashionista. So, please don't request OOTDs (I hate that I even wrote that)...or make-up tips (when was the last time I wore make-up?).

Help a girl out. Thoughts? Suggestions? Affirmations? Criticisms?

And here's what our house has been busy with this early Christmas present from Great Grandpa and Gigi.

Oh, and Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm still here. Quick Updates.

I'm just now realizing that I've not been good at all about writing lately. We've been so crazy busy with the getting into the swing of things with work and daycare and new jobs, that I've not even thought about sitting down to write.

But alas, here I am. And we're still around and we're still thriving. Here are 5 updates on our lives.

1. Kyle got a new job. He's no longer in the teaching career. It was a great 5 year run, but he's moved on to sales. Cars, to be exact. So if you're ever in the area or you're needing a new (or new to you) vehicle, call him up. Word on the street is that they can ship you a car too. Who knew?

2. I'm in the midst of the beginning of year 4 at my current school and our first semester is almost over already. Plus I just celebrated my birthday, so I'm starting to feel a little nervous about the big 3-0 in not so many years. I know, I know. Inevitable.

3. Lew is growing like crazy and he FINALLY cut his third, yes, THIRD, tooth yesterday. It's been a long 4 months. And he's started walking...just a little. But it's walking nonetheless.


4. Karli has taken to retrieving these days....diapers from the garbage can...and hoarding them in her kennel. *gag me* And she still pees on the floor when she's scared or excited. *yay*

5. Gus is getting huge and he now has his big dog teeth (yay no more puppy teeth!) and he likes to chew on my shoe laces. *Thanks Merrell for sending me a replacement pair!*

We are doing well and trying to stay sane with two puppies and a toddler, but if you think of it, pray for our sanity anyway.

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

He's ONE!

Wasn't it just yesterday that I looked like this...

40 weeks

 41 weeks + 1 day (induction day)

And then you were here! Granted, it was a little more work than that. And if you've not read Lew's birth story, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here.

But he's here and has been for an entire year. How is that possible?? He's our favorite little boy and we are so thankful to have him in our family.

Lewis still loves to eat...anything and everything. Including dog food. He loves his Papa (my dad) the most. He is a champion sleeper...taking two 2 hour naps per day AND sleeping 10-12 hours per night.

He only has two teeth and pictures don't do it justice, but he really does have hair. It's just super blond.

He's still a peanut, but there's a lot of personality, adventure, and spunk in that little boy. We love you so much and are SO excited for year two.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9 Months: Lewis

On Tuesday, May 2, Lewis was 9 months old! Wow! I'm sorry that you really only get updates once a month...but I promise, I'll try to get better.

He weighed in at a whopping 15lbs 10oz (first percentile) and measured 71cm (approx 28"--33rd percentile).

He loves crawling (or scooting) around and will sometimes bear crawl...Mom is worried that he's going to decide to walk out of the blue one day.

Other loves: food, any and everything...(bananas, kiwi, prunes, apples, squash, peas, spaghetti, green and red peppers, oranges, grilled chicken, fruit popsicles, ice cream, yogurt, Cherrios, veggie straws, oatmeal [baked and the regular], coconut, peanut butter, eggs [most days], sausage, hamburger, avocado...the list could go on), baths, walks in the stroller, drinking water from his Camelbak, letting the puppy chew on his fingers and toes, and I could keep going.

Things he hates: waking up from naps, taking baths when he's tired, being able to hear Mom but not seeing or being held by her,'s the funniest thing ever, the puppy when he is tired, and I'm sure there are a few more, but he's really a pretty easy going baby.

As always, I'll end on a thankful note. We are so thankful for Lewis and the addition he's been to our family. I love watching him grow and even moreso, I love being his Mama.

And finally, what sorts of things should Lewis be asking for for his birthday? It's right around the corner. OMG(osh).

Happy 9 Months, bud!

And Happy Thursday, all!

Monday, April 3, 2017

7 & 8 Months: Lewis

I just realized that I forgot to post about Lewis turning 7 months old and now he's already 8 months old! So this post will be a double whammy.

Seven months came and went with a flash and he's progressed so much. I have no idea how much he weighed or how long he was, but he was solidly in 3-6 & 6 month clothing. He loved his food and his parents. And then one day (yesterday), he turned 8 months. I'm also realizing that his face is thinning out a bit...

As of this morning he clocked in at 15 lbs 3 oz. He's still a peanut and that's okay. Lewis loves food, his parents, snuggles, playing, his friends at daycare, and the Parks & Rec theme song. He's not happy when his tray is empty. His first tooth popped through last week and he's been so much happier since.

Apparently it's comfortable to have your foot on your tray while eating? Even so, he's our favorite little guy and it's so fun to watch him grow up. Here's to month 9!

We love you, Lew!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life update. aka Photo Dump.

Happy Friday Wednesday! Today is our Friday for the week. Can you say Spring Break? Woo! So, we're going to spend our time with friends and family. Here's what we've been up to lately.

Have a great weekend!

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