Get Out Your Coats!

It’s going to get really cold here in the Metroplex tonight, so get out your coats if you live in the area. We’ll definitely need more than a lightweight jacket. I do know someone who will think it feels great and will probably have on a lightweight jacket, but I know someone else who will probably have on long johns under her clothes. I’ve learned from experience and am planning on wearing several layers because it’s supposed to warm up in the afternoon.  You gotta love Texas weather!  It’s no surprise to have multiple seasons in one week!

Tools

There are many tools in my husband’s tool box.  I don’t know how many different kinds are in there, but I do know there’s quite a variety.  My husband’s tools are something that our family wants to keep.  They bring back many memories of him either working on his car, replacing a faucet when remodeling, or installing an InSinkerator.  He could do many different things and was a man of many talents.  He truly was!   So his tools remind us of him and bring back many different memories.  Treasured memories!

 

Menu Plan Monday

There isn’t a menu this week because of all the food from church friends.  There’s enough left in the fridge to eat on all week.  So blessed!

Be sure to hug those you love every morning before you/they leave. It might be the last time you get to hug them.  I never dreamed that would be the last morning with my husband.  Make sure that your life is right with God. We have absolutely no guarantee of tomorrow.

Here is a song that I love:

Menu Plan Monday 9/9/13


Tomorrow is something we are not promised.  I’ve heard that many times.  But it’s just a thoughtful saying, right?   Until tomorrow comes and your loved one is suddenly gone from your life.  That happened to me the next morning after this post published.  My husband died suddenly on Sept. 10th!

Hope everyone is staying cool and surviving the hot weather!  Cooler days should be here before long.  School is still keeping me super busy.  Teachers were worn out by Friday this past week!
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Monday:  Catfish, green beans, corn…..

Tuesday: Food for Life Tortilla Pizzas made on stove top using a griddle

Wednesday: Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Thursday:  Parmesan Crusted Tilapia,  organic spinach salad with mushrooms, organic baby carrots

Friday:  Pizza and salad

Back Massage

Teaching a special ed class, we do a lot of bending over, kneeling down, and sitting on the floor with students during the week.  We have to help some students stand up.  Needless to say, we’ve been having sore backs this week.  It would be nice to send for a massage therapist to come and give us all back massages in the classroom.  It would be really nice to have them come every week.   Ok, I’m dreaming!  Actually, my husband gives me a back rub when I have a backache.  It’s wonderful!

Chicken Vegetable Soup With Fresh Cilantro

There’s nothing like fresh, homemade soup.   The fresh cilantro in this soup makes it so good!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 – 2 cups of Rotisserie Chicken (or a 12-ounce can of chicken breast)
  • 1  can chicken broth
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 10-15 baby carrots, sliced
  • 1  can black beans, do not drain
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic (I keep a jar in the fridge)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, snip off whole leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 

The Percussion Years

For a decade, our son has been involved in band or in an ensemble playing some type of percussion instrument.   Actually, he’s played for the past eleven years.   He’s enjoyed playing drums and several other instruments but now that he’s graduated from college, he isn’t in band anymore.  Knowing his love for music, however, I imagine that he will continue playing and that the “percussion years” are not over.  I hope not!  I miss hearing him play!

Kia Soul Video & Entry for $25 iTunes Gift Card

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Have you seen the new Kia Soul commercial? My favorite parts are where the Kia hamsters are working out, especially where one is on the treadmill and falls off. I was surprised at the end. When you watch it, let me know what are your favorite parts.

Now, here’s the good part!  If you watch the video and tweet about it, you’ll be entered in a gift card giveaway.

Please note the requirement for entry for the $25 iTunes gift card (mandatory):   Watch the Kia Soul commercial and then tweet your favorite part of the commercial including @Kia and the hashtag #Hamsters.

San Diego

We have some friends who moved to San Diego years ago.  They bought a house and settled there for several years.  I had thought of San Diego as being a smaller town but found out it is actually one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and is the second largest city in California.  That really surprised me!  It has everything you would expect a large city to have.  I’ve heard it’s a nice place to visit plus the cityscape is impressive.  Maybe someday we’ll visit there.  For now, I need to brush up on my geography lessons a little bit.  Well, actually a lot!

Menu Plan Monday 9/2/13

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Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating family birthdays.  This week is going to be busy with three days of after school meetings or training.  Something tells me that this four day work week may end up seeming like five days.

Here’s our menu:

Monday: Pan grilled Talapia, sauteed spinach, carrots, chocolate birthday cake

Tuesday: Catfish, veggie salad, chocolate birthday cake

Wednesday: Leftovers, including chocolate birthday cake

Thursday: Chef salad (I need to eat salads for the rest of the month after all this birthday cake!!)

Friday: Pizza

Menu Plan Monday 8/26/13

MPM-Summer bannerHope everyone had a nice weekend before the beginning of school this week.  Teachers worked all week including yesterday in the district where I work .  We learned more technology than my mind will absorb at once:  Live Binders, Symbaloo, Smore, Scoop.it, etc.  This is going to be such a busy week that we will probably use coupons and eat out or get carry-out food:

Here’s our menu:

Monday: Chick-Fil-A (coupons)

Tuesday:   Wendy’s salad with chicken (coupon)

Wednesday:  Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, and okra (great comfort food)

Thursday: Chef salad

Friday: ?

Popular Musicians & Grocery Shopping?

There’s a really popular grocery store here called Central Market that not only carries foods from all over the world, but they also have live music out under a nice, large covered patio area on the weekends.  They have various singers and musicians perform from week to week.  You can hear them all over the parking lot and it’s kinda cool.  It’s popular to buy food from the store’s deli and then sit outside to eat and listen to the music. It’s fun to eat outside even when the musicians aren’t there.  Even though the parking lot is very big, it’s hard to find a parking space on the weekend because so many people enjoy listening to the music.  They make going grocery shopping fun!

P.S.  Update fall 2014.  I only ate there a couple of times and now I’ve moved away so I don’t shop there anymore.  So many times, we’d think about how we should eat there but it was always “we’ll eat there later.”  I’ve learned to make the most of every opportunity because you may not have it again.  And remember that people are more important than things you have on your to-do list.  You’ll have your list, but you may not always have them.