Saturday, September 6, 2014

They Hear What They Wanna Hear

I overheard the kids about 7 this morning playing a game. Michael was giving them definitions/examples so the girls could guess the word. The conversation went something like this. 

"This is what mom would be if she didn't teach."

 "A stay at home mom."

"I'd like that but no. It's what Mrs. Wendy is after she takes pictures."


"What she does to the pictures."

"Make them skinny." "Give them teeth." "Cut out the background ?"

"What's she called? Ok ok mom does this to our stories." 

"She fixes our mistakes. You know she doesn't really wanna teach English and Mrs Wendy doesn't add English to her pictures."

"Good grief! She wants a corner office with all windows where she can wear her jeans and flip flops everyday. So what does she wanna be after she retires from teaching?"

"Oh she wants a corner office on liberty hill so she can write and embarrass us the rest of our lives."

"You're close."

Time runs editor. The word was editor. 

"Michael editors don't write, they edit. They don't get to embarrass the people they love. And they don't get to wear jeans to work. Mom can't be an editor she hates tights."

Hmm...they do listen. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another typical day

For the person who said I wish I could be you here ya go. Get up at 5:30, that's AM, take shower, remember your wearing a dress today, get back in shower shave legs, 6:00 get up 4 whiny kids, get self ready, 6:15 drag Michael to shower, 6:40 load car, 6:41 tear house up looking for socks and shoes for 2; 6:47 forget it and get in car, 6:55 get breakfast stuffed biscuit and Mountain Dew freeze, 7:06 pull in elementary school, 7:15 kick kids to curb, 7:20 park at middle school, go in get Mollie's backpack, 7:23 leave middle school, 7:26 park and walk Mollie's backpack to the office at elementary school, 7:30 drive to my middle school, pull over the railroad tracks and realize the crossing arms going down behind you, get a little nervous, you can't pull forward, car finally turns, 7:45 pull in parking lot, 7:47 late but in room, 8:04-11:12 teach 3 classes, eat lunch, travel to afternoon school, teach 3 classes, find out your oldest daughter is the school Beta Vice President, do car duty,  3:50 drop off kids to paw at new house where we now have sheet rock and concrete started in the shower, 4:15 pedicure, 5:10 mcdonalds, 5:25 put heels back on smudge pedicure, 5:30-8:00 open house, 8:10 get gas cause it's dinging, 9:00 arrive at paw and memes pick up sleeping kids, 9:50 drive home realize dog and bunny need to be fed, see neighbors dog off his leash running up the road, dig through clean clothes in laundry room floor for socks, find missing shoes, shuffle 2 kids through shower, eat two Oreos and a glass of milk, decide whether you should go to bed, fix the two fingernails that peeled today, do what has to be done for the women's conference or just surf Facebook. Write this diatribe and post it to your blog cause somewhere in the world someone might care. So when I grow up and become a mom can I be like you since you think your life is so boring. I like boring I really do. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Happy Project--April 25

Mikie and I are headed to Georgia to run our first mud obstacle race...the Superhero Scramble. Love coming through the Gorge at the Tennessee/North Carolina line. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Project--April 21

Mollie came off the bus carrying her Bible. So I snapped this pic. Later in the afternoon I was on Instagram and her teacher had snapped a pic of her open Bible on her desk. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Me Happy Project--April 15

I just can't get the hang of posting every single day or even once a week for that matter. I'm going to try to post once a week a picture that makes me happy and brings me joy. My goal is to work my way up to a post a day...a quote, a picture, a real post by the end of summer. Maybe you can help make me accountable and join me in my "Me Happy Project."

Michael struggles with reading. He got excited when his book came...The Dangerous Book for Boys."        

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Chicken Parmesan-Ragú Style

Ragú has some awesome new recipes they have been promoting on the Ragú Facebook page and on Ragú's official website. I was recently challenged by Ragú to prepare an "Official New Tra-Dish." I was provided a recipe and a gift card to use to purchase Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce of my choice. Each jar of Ragú Old World Traditional Sauce is packed with 11 juicy tomatoes, making it richer, thicker and just taste better.

Having four kids I always have help in the kitchen. We decided since we had never tried this particular recipe to keep it as it is, except we used fiesta cheese instead of mozzarella. The challenge was to make it fit my busy life style and our eating habits. 

The recipe is below and you can find the nutritional value here Ragu No Frying Chicken Parmesan.

  • ¾ cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 ibs.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Fiesta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, then crumb mixture; turn to coat.
  2. Arrange the chicken in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Pour Pasta Sauce over chicken; top with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Just a side note before I poured the pasta sauce over the chicken, I removed the chicken from the pan, poured out the chicken juices, then put the chicken back in the pan. Then I poured the sauce over it and put the cheese on top. I wanted to be able to use the sauce that dripped off also and didn't want it to have the chicken juices in it. 

Dinner was a success. We placed it on a bed of spaghetti with brussel sprouts on the side. Even my pickiest child who doesn't like tomato based sauces loved it. This is a keeper on my menu plan. Ragu has a lot of great tasting sauces and this meal would go great with any of them.

Moms this is a quick easy meal that your kids will love. Give it try this week for dinner. 

Disclaimer: I was compensated with a gift card to purchase the Ragu sauce of my choice for this meal. The recipe was supplied by Ragu and I could have changed it if I had wanted to. All opinions in this post are mine.