what we ate. 04.05.13

If I were really honest with you, I would call this post “what we meant to eat.” Somehow, the last two weeks got the better of us and we just went crazy off of the menu. My intentions of making spectacular meals because I had a four-day weekend just fell flat. Oh well. Some weeks taste phenomenal, some weeks taste like leftovers. 

So, without further ado, here is what we ate:


Portobello, Broccoli, and Red Pepper Melts

Delish. Just make sure you use real cheese, instead of accidentally buying processed. It will make a huge difference. You just can’t cut back on quality, my friends.

ImageVegetable Lasagna

Holy moly, we loved this. We ate every bit of the left overs. Just make sure you cut the eggplant and zucchini into small pieces, rather than just slicing it. Or, if you do slice it, slice thinly.

ImageRoasted Asparagus and peanuts.

Yep, just pop open a can of peanuts and you have dinner…the asparagus was amazing, though. Go out and buy some, now, before the season is over!

I promise, that is really all that is worth telling you about. Sure, we had take-out pizza one night, and I had an incident while making Spaghetti Carbonara that made it mostly inedible, but it’s not really worth talking about….

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

a few things.

1.) I have been seeing a chiropractor for two weeks now. Holy cow. It has been amazing. If you have never seen a chiropractor before, even if you feel like there is nothing wrong with you, I highly recommend you go. Your back and neck will feel so amazing. They did this scan thing on me to see how tense my muscles are, and mine were off the charts tense. Literally, the nurse thought the machine was broken until she started going all down my back and realized that I am just that tense.

2.) I also started going to Zumba this week. Actually, I only went once. But once was seriously enough to make me feel every other muscle in my body that the chiro didn’t get. Have you ever been to Zumba before? I always thought that I was a pretty good dancer, but going to Zumba made me realize that I actually can’t dance. Anyways, I really encourage anyone out there to go to a gym, even if you feel like you are so out of shape, everyone would stare at you and you would feel really dumb. While I was not the best Zumba-er out there on the floor, I guarantee I wasn’t the worst! And I’m sure you will find that about yourself as well.

3.) Aaron is gone for drill this weekend and I am really going to miss him. However, last night I slept 14 hours. That would seriously never happen if the love of my life had been with me. See, Aaron and I have different philosophies about sleep. For me, if I am tired, it doesn’t matter how early it is. I feel no shame about going to bed at 7:00, 8:00 at night. And I have no shame about sleeping in as long as it takes for me to feel fully rested. Normally, about 10 hours. But if I have had a week where I have not slept enough, it could go much longer. Aaron, on the other hand, has very clear sleep boundaries. 7 hours, tops. When his subconscious hears that first birdie chirping out the window, he is up, ready to start the day. One thing about Aaron is that he hates feeling like his day is wasted (whereas I do not feel like sleep is wasteful, especially if you are tired). So, as you can see, our sleep patterns are rather conflicting. I know Aaron works hard to be patient and let me sleep in on the weekends, but let’s face it: when you are married, it’s just not the same.

And so, when Aaron is at drill, it’s the one weekend a month where I sleep. And sleep. And sleep. And it feels so amazing. While I miss having my best friend around, I choose to focus on the positive, and for me the positive is 14 hours of sleep.

4.) Finally, I will leave you with this lovely exchange I overheard in the cafeteria this week:
Girl: I wish Mrs. Westerfield were my teacher. She’s so nice!
Boy: I don’t! She’s mean!

And there you have it, folks. Have a lovely weekend!

Adventures at Dinnertime…

On Saturday I decided to try my hand at cutting up a real chicken.

My reasoning behind this brilliant idea was because it seems cheaper. I was shopping for chicken when I saw that Jewels had a whole chicken on sale for $0.99/lb. I was like “Whaaat???? That’s way cheaper than buying chicken already cut up!” I was not daunted in the least about having to cut the chicken up myself. I mean, jeez, I have a Taste of Home Cookbook!!! It tells me how to do everything!!!

So, the whole experience turned out to be somewhat successful. Aaron said I could work for the CIA, I was so good at torturing the poor bird. The most disappointing part was realizing that after I was done, there was about three pounds worth of bones n’ guts that I couldn’t eat and had no clue what to do with. So it was almost a waste of $3.00 (my obsession with frugality just can’t stomach losing that  $3!!!)

Overall, I think next time I’ll leave the hacksaw in the toolbox and let the butcher cut up my birds for me. But the meal turned out to be delish, and my Mr. did ask for seconds, and so it made it all worth it.

A lesson in patience…

I certainly did not have the smoothest of mornings today. It all  began with me just being late. And tired. And sickly. (Yes, the second week of school and I already have a cold.) At any rate, I left eight minutes later than I normally do and it really made a WORLD of difference. It’s called: the bus. Why do we always call school buses “the bus” by the way…surely there is more than one, right? Anyways, I happened to get behind one while driving down a one lane highway, so I couldn’t pass it! And it stopped every twenty feet! I was so stressed about getting to school on time. And then my husband calls and tells me that I left my Special Star supplies at home! This week I am the Special Star, which means I can bring in pictures or collections or anything really cool that I own and I forgot everything! At this point I was devastated. So Aaron sweetly told me that he would get in the car and drive the thirty-two miles to my school so I could still be the Special Star.

While I did make it to school before it actually started, it was a close call. And then I was sitting at my desk intently looking over the math lesson for today when my cooperating teacher, Mrs. Fink, said, “Sweety, what are you doing?” to one of my favorite students (a really rowdy tike who can’t sit still and is ALWAYS the last person to finish.) And I look up and there he is tiptoeing around the room–I didn’t even notice! And he says, “I thought she was sleeping!!” Oh my, that was so precious! It really put a smile on my face after a lot of non-smiling just moments before!


So, I just completed my first week of student teaching! It was exhausting, eye-opening, and heaps of fun! My little third graders are adorable and they were super excited about reading, which is my favorite thing too!!! Best quote of the week: “You have a health ribbon on your foot!”, in reference to my ichthus tattoo. Hmmm…never got that one before.

At any rate, my home is slowly, slowly coming together.I can’t wait for it to be done and I can show you all pictures! But for now, you will just have to hang in suspense. Also, my sewing has drastically been put on hold, except for a forever-long project making a shower curtain. I thought for sure a shower curtain would be easy peasy, but it’s taking me forever! Does anyone have any advice on using grommets? It’s the last step, but they just don’t want to work with me.

Massive update…

 I know, I know, this blog is hardly up and running yet, but one of my goals after getting hitched to my Mr. was to start blogging. And now that I am no longer planning a wedding, I have a smidge more free time! 

Our wedding day was the most beautiful, perfect day…everything that I imagined and wanted came to life! It was so crazy to see my vision become a beautiful reality. I have so many people to thank: my grandparents, my sisters, my best friends, and my amazing in-laws! Anways, pictures to come soon!!! 
We also had a super fun honeymoon! Some highlights were:
hiking up Peaks of Otter (my daily bike rides during the summer could not have prepared me for this!):

grilling outside at our lil’ home away from home (thanks for the camping grill, Grandma and Grandpa W!!!)

going to Charlottesville, doing some shopping, eating at The Nook, and going to a winery!!!

Anyways, since being back in Kankakee, I have moved in with my Mr., sewed a shower curtain, been amazed by how many dirty dishes two people can generate in one day, and have started my student teaching. 
Oh, and one more thing….