What’s For Lunch?

Trying to figure out what lunches to pack for the hummingbird since she started kindergarten has been a challenge. I found that her class only gets 20 minutes to eat lunch. I think that includes getting a bunch of 5 year-old’s into the cafeteria, have them sit, and unpack their lunches.

I’ve been making more of her favorites but still add a bit of variety. I’m hoping I can downgrade her eating status from extremely major picky eater that sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out because she absolutely refuses to take a tiny, little bite of something new to major picky eater.

l to r: Sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries, cheese pizza, ranch dressing

l to r: carrots and cherry tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries, cheese pizza, ranch dressing in container.

 

l to r: salad, sweet pickles, applesauce, mini banana, chees-its, pb and honey, ranch dressing.

l to r: salad, sweet pickles, applesauce, mini banana, cheez-its, pb and honey sandwich, ranch dressing.

 

broccoli and carrots, strawberries and blueberries, yogurt, ranch dressing.

l to r: broccoli and carrots, strawberries and blueberries, yogurt, pb and j sandwich, ranch dressing.

 

l to r: cashews, craisans, and chocolate chips, strawberries and grapes, pepporoni, cheese, goldfish.

l to r: cashews, craisans, and chocolate chips, strawberries and grapes, pepperoni, cheese, goldfish.

 

l to r: strawberries and grapes, pretzel stick and peanut butter in container, cheese, pb and j.

l to r: strawberries and grapes, pretzel sticks with peanut butter in container, cheese, pb and j sandwich.

 

goldfish, strawberries, tortilla wrap with shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced sweet pickles, and shredded carrots with mayo.

goldfish, strawberries, tortilla wrap with shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced sweet pickles, and shredded carrots with mayo, yogurt.

 

Apple Slice Cookies

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I made these for the hummingbird recently and she loved them.

Directions:

1. Cut an apple into slices (I took the skin off… per my kid’s request).

2. Soak the sliced apple in 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for

5 minutes to prevent browning.

3. Take out of water and blot dry.

4. Spread with any nut butter you prefer. (That made me giggle. Yes, I’m 12)

4. Add toppings. I used cashews and mini chocolate chips… or any topping you prefer;

pecans, sliced almonds, coconut, craisans, etc.

What was your favorite and least favorite lunch as a kid?

Sometimes, I would bring my lunch to school but would always look forward to pizza day. It was like the rock star of school lunch days. In junior high, I was obsessed with the salad bar and would have a salad and baked potato every. single. day.

My least favorite lunch was when my mom would put a banana in my lunch box. EVERYTHING would end up tasting like a banana (my sandwich, potato chips… ick) and to this day, I don’t care for them.

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Salmon With Brown Sugar Chili Powder Rub

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and have made it for my husband and I twice already. It’s so easy as well as fast and delicious. I had never cooked fish before this but it was much easier than I thought. I only got 2 salmon steaks to cook since our daughter doesn’t like fish but you can easily double the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 salmon steaks (or filets)

1 lime

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a bowl, add brown sugar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix together. Lay salmon on a cutting board. Cut lime in half and squeeze each half on salmon steaks on both sides. Take the rub and coat the salmon on each side with fingers.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the salmon steaks (if using filets, put them skin side up) and cook, undisturbed for 4 minutes. Flip the salmon on the other side and cook another 4 minutes until fish is firm and flaky.

I served this along with baked sweet potatoes and fresh steamed green beans. Delicious!

I hope you enjoy!

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MakeUp

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The other night I was getting ready to go out and the 5 year-old hummingbird was watching me put on makeup. I hate wearing it and as soon as I can, I like to take it off. So, she doesn’t normally see me in it that often.

Hummingbird: Wow, you look so pretty.

Me: Thanks!

Hummingbird: How did you get your lips so red?

Me: Lipstick.

Hummingbird: I like it! Really, really like it!

Me: Thank you!

Hummingbird: Why don’t you normally look like this?

Me: Um, well, I don’t really like to wear makeup. But maybe I should start wearing it more.

Hummingbird: You should. You look so much better!

Me: Next time, I’ll put on a little more.

Hummingbird: Okay.

Hummingbird: Mom?

Me: Yes?

Hummingbird: Can you put on more now? Please? You look better with it.

Leave it to kids to be so honest!

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Kindergarten Hummingbird

Her first day of Kindergarten has finally arrived. Yes, I cried. I was fine… mostly… this morning. But when the school bus got here and when it was her turn to walk up the steps, the little bird looked up at me as if to say “Screw this, mom!”

After I took her hand to get her on the bus and as it drove away, I wanted to yell “OH MY GOD, MY BABY IS ON THE BUS!!” as I fell to my knees and shook my fists at the sky.

You know, for the full effect.

So, of course we had to go outside while the husband and I took a zillion photos of this first day.

Hold it together! Hold it together! Don’t cry!

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Comic relief. Her backpack is bigger than her!

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Aaaand there goes the hummingbird. Thankfully, I had a therapy appointment right after so I could sob, whine, and babble about my baby growing up… Oh wait, whining and babbling is what I do on my blog too!

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Then I had a shit load of errands to run and her soccer practice that we had to go to after she got home from school. I thought once she starts school, I would have more time. Ha!

I wanted to do something special for her when she got off the bus so I got some flowers for her… she looks less than thrilled.

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Holy hell, this new schedule is such an adjustment. And she has her first soccer game this weekend. And her gymnastics class starts soon! Agghh! Fingers crossed that we don’t get in the same class as Kate Gosselin 2.0 like last time.

How have you been adjusting to school starting for your kids? Are you a new Kindergarten parent like me? Do I need to stock up on more alcohol and chocolate from all of these crazy new happenings in our schedule?

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50 Shades Of Grey: I’m Reading This Craptacular Book So You Don’t Have To. You’re Welcome.

I know, I know. Many seem to LOVE this cringeworthy, hot mess of a so-called book. Me? I’ve tried reading it twice and was only able to barely make it through the first few pages. But the movie is coming out next year and stars Mr. Hottie McHotster, Jaimie Dornan.

And yes, I will absolutely, positively see this craptastic masterpiece of a movie when it comes out on Netflix. Because I have a 5 year-old and have pretty much forgotten what a movie theater looks like.

I first noticed this gorgeous man, Jaimie Dornan, in Marie Antoinette, playing Count Fersen. Whooo! Is it getting hot in here? And I remember some scenes where he was grinding up against the lucky, lucky Kirsten Dunst.

Yeah, it is hot in here.

Now, I’m not a book snob by any means. I mean hello, I look forward to my US Weekly coming in the mail every week and may even do a happy dance when I see it. But 50 Shades Of Grey is pretty fucking awful. And that’s putting it mildly.

So, a few days ago I gave myself a little talk. I said “You know what, me? This craptastic book must be read! It’s not like you need to read it for the movie or anything. You must read it for the laughs.”

Keep in mind. There are a few universal truths:

1. Laughter really is the best medicine.

2. You need those guilty pleasures because life can be a pain in the ass.

3. Jaimie Dornan is such a hottie.

Now, this is where you may or may not come in. I would love for us to read this “book” together. And no, I won’t judge you if you’ve already read it. Or maybe even liked it. Okay, I probably will judge you but that’s besides the point. I promise not to hold it against you.

We need to read this book together, have some laughs, and snark the shit out of it.

I will try my best to give weekly updates on it and you are more than welcome to do the same. Whether you put your take on it in the comment section of my blog, on my FB page, or if you have your own blog and aren’t worried about your readers and/or family members questioning your life choices and sanity.

Whatever the case may be, if I have your permission, I’ll include your views of this book in the updates or link the post you write on your blog.

So, who’s with me?

Don’t worry, if you’re all for it and want to participate but then decide not to, no big deal.

So, ladies… this week, we will be reading the first 4 chapters.

Remember, Jaimie Dornan is counting on us!

Oh my, excuse me while I stick my head in the freezer and cool off.

Hot damn, this man is fine!

Hot damn, this man is fine!

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How To Survive A Visit From Your In Laws

1324012756612_5703688My in laws have finally left and surprisingly, I survived. I pretty much avoided them and stayed out of their way as much as possible. Unless of course they took us out to eat. Because HELLO, FREE FOOD! Who the hell doesn’t like a free meal?! Nobody, that’s who.

If I didn’t avoid them as much as I was able to, I would probably be writing this with pencil and paper from a prison cell. I would’ve been all Orange Is The New Black but really though, orange just isn’t my color.

Well, it isn’t really anyone’s color, except for maybe super hotties like Mark Ruffalo, Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsworth, Liev Schrieber, or perhaps even the always gorgeous Kerry Washington and Robin Wright.

But I’m totally getting off point here.

For the low, low price of zilch, zero, nada, you too can follow these easy steps to survive your visiting in laws.

Take notes, people! There may be a pop quiz later on.

Step 1: Drink… A Lot. Vodka or wine in a coffee mug is a great choice. Especially one that has been hand painted by your child. It will look sweet and innocent but at the same time, you’ll be getting plastered. It’s a win win.

Hiding your alcohol intake will be one less thing your mother in law will judge you by and bitch about. It will also make it more tolerable and entertaining when your in laws tell you stories about your spouse growing up that you’ve heard 1oo times before.

Step 2: Fake an illness (cramps, bloating, pms, mad cow disease, problematic anal warts) and hide out in your bedroom with chocolate and a good book. Make sure to let out a few groans of pain in their presence.

Step 3: Fake raging diarrhea and hide out in your bedroom with chocolate and a good book. Nobody questions diarrhea. Ever.

Step 4: See steps 1-3.

Happy visiting!

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I’m Finally Ready

Well, as ready as one can be after losing a child.

After we lost Ben, it took some time to receive his ashes. When we finally got them, we quietly decided that the best thing to do at the time was to lock them in our safe.

While we didn’t speak the words, I think it was mostly because we weren’t ready to accept it. So there his ashes sat, locked away along with our feelings about such a tremendous loss.

Recently, I felt it was time to take them out. Time to slowly face what happened, as difficult as it is.

The loss is too great and I still can’t seem to find the words to express my grief.

The pain comes in waves and I think the reason that it happens that way is because if grief came all at once, it would be too overwhelming to handle.

Too heartbreaking.

So much more heartbreaking and devastating than it already is when dealing with this grief every day.

But I’m finally ready to take this first step.

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