My May classes are a little earlier in the month and I am really looking forward to them! I ended up needed to reschedule one of my classes from April because Taelin had a voice concert (which was so much fun) and I was so grateful that I was able to push it back!
I was rereading my 101 in 1001 list and realized that #94 will never become realized. I challenged myself to find 10 new recipes for my crockpot, which when I made my list was a kitchen tool I used all the time. A tool that has since been moved to the garage because I needed room in the cupboards.
So why, you might ask, has a kitchen tool fallen so far? Two words…instant pot.
An instant pot is an electric pressure cooker. There are entire blogs dedicated to this tool and I will admit to anyone that I have not explored all it can do. But, I have used it a lot and I love it so much.
Here is a picture of my lovely pot working. There was a ham in there. The one we were supposed to have for Easter until we all got sick.
The beauty of it is that I don’t have to plan ahead for it. I don’t know how many times I would plan to make a pork roast using my crockpot and forget to do it in the morning, leaving me with the “What in the hell am I going to make for dinner?!?” question that I had tried to avoid with my well-intentioned Sunday planning.
So, I am slightly altering my plan and going to look for 10 new instant pot recipes! Until then, here a couple that I have tried and really like!
Honey Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken and Brown Rice Soup
Beef Stroganoff (I used stew meat because that’s what I had in the freezer!)
I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like one that I would really get into. But I didn’t. I just didn’t.
I was sitting in one of my favorite little coffee shops a few weeks ago and in walked a dinosaur.
Oh my goodness! If you are not prepared for the cuteness you are about to see, take a second to get ready. Continue Reading
There will be no pictures in this blog post. You are welcome.
Easter did not go quite as planned. Joe started feeling sick last Thursday afternoon and has pretty much been in bed with a fever since. The lingering cough I have had for awhile decided to double down and my body hurts from coughing so hard. Then Taelin decided to throw her hat in the ring for a glorious 10 hours of throwing up.
Eggs, not even hard boiled yet, are sitting in the refrigerator. Plastic eggs are filled and in a bucket on the table with a note from the Easter Bunny. Gatorade and saltines were the only things anyone was eating for dinner. Continue Reading
I remember when I was in the 3rd grade my dad, who worked for the Soil Conservation Service, came to my school and helped us plant trees. I don’t remember if it was for Earth Day or Arbor Day or anything formal and I highly doubt that climate change was a part of the conversation, but I do remember planting those trees.
Earth Day is coming up soon. Next Saturday, April 22nd to be exact. It strikes me how different a world Taelin is growing up in. She was just talking this week about the Great Barrier Reef and how much of it is dying because the ocean is warmer than it used to be.
The current political climate is apparently making room for the argument of whether or not all the scientific data we have been collecting for year is even accurate. So, it seems like this year, there needs to be a little bit more action on Earth Day than just planting a tree.
Our family will be attending the local March for Science to support well…science. It is a bit baffling that it even needs to be done but we will be there.
I was doing some reading on what else we might be able to do to recognize the day and came upon Billions Acts of Green which shares some very tangible ideas for what people might do to take action for the earth. I took the ecological quiz and found out if everyone lived liked I live it would take 4.6 Earths to support us. Yikes. There is only one earth.
What will you be doing to recognize Earth Day this year?
I was chatting with my best friend yesterday and admitted to her a tragic truth…I have only read three books so far in 2017. Her reaction was appropriate. Her jaw dropped and she looked at me like I was an alien. I have since gone back in preparation for this post and realized that I have actually read five books, but I am pretty much the reaction would have been the same. I need to get going if I am going to meet my goal of 40 books for 2017.
So, here’s what I have read…
The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy was not one I enjoyed. I think this landed in the “it’s not you, it’s me” category. You can read my thoughts here.
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult was a book that Santa put in my stocking. Such a smart guy, that Santa. In the past, I have enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s books quite a bit but this one I gave 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t love the story. The story centered around a man who worked with wolves; at one point even deciding to leave his family and go live with wolves. The predictable twists (predictable in that it is a style of Picoult) were a little forced. It was not one of my favorite Picoult books, although it probably won’t stop me from reading the next one I get my hands on.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was the best of the five books I read. I read this one with Taelin and we both loved it so much. In addition to it being am amazingly well written story, it had 284 pictures in the 533 pages. The illustrations moved the story just as much (if not more) than the writing. A young boy, Hugo, tends to clocks in a Paris train station and his life is forever changed when he gets caught stealing. This book won the Caldecott medal in 2008 and I am a little angry that it took me so long to read this. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton was a book I read with friends. We haven’t talked about it yet and I am interested to see what they thought. I honestly can’t decide what I think about it. I liked it. I finished it and I enjoyed it. But there is something about it that I am unsure about. The book centers around Kevin, a 14 year old boy that is spending the summer at this grandfather’s house in Kentucky after his younger brother dies. The story is almost a “coming of age” story for the small town as tragedy after tragedy strikes. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline was a book that Santa got my mother-in-law. Again, that Santa. I read it after I traded her the Picoult book. I have read other books by this author and this one was not my favorite. I liked it fine, just not my favorite. I started it one night and finished it the next day so it would definitely fit into the “quick read” category. Ellen is a reporter that one day sees a card of a missing child that looks eerily similar to her adopted son. The book follows her as she finds out if her son is really someone else’s. Craziness ensues and although I only gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, I will admit to crying at the end.
I have few more books in the queue that I think I will like so hopefully that will get me going again!
Even though I haven’t been writing about them much here, I am very much still doing them. Here are some of the cute creations from the last few months.
I have been starting to get repeat customers and it has been a lot of fun to have kids excited to come to class. Look at this little painter…. She’s three and the rainbow painting above is hers. So sweet! Continue Reading
It has been awhile. 68 days to be exact. I don’t know if it is because the Oregon rain hit be harder this year than in years past or if I have been having a Trump media hangover from trying to keep up, but I haven’t been writing much at all lately. Last week, while on vacation, I decided that needed to change.
I realized the other day that it has been a year since I decided to resign from the school district and take a different direction. What a difference a year can make. I can truly say I have no regrets about my decision. That doesn’t mean it has been without challenges. I should have expected, but didn’t, how many questions I was going to have to ask. There have been so many new places I have planted roots and I had to figure a lot of stuff out.
So, am I doing what I thought I would be doing? Kind of. Continue Reading