Chicken Quesadilla

This week I was in a hurry to make a grocery list and none of the recipes I found really inspired me so I just made something off the top of my head. We do have griddle we can make things like pancakes, quesadillas, etc. but I was too lazy to get it out so I just used a pot.

Chicken Quesadillas

What you need: Chicken, Bell Pepper of your choice (we did red), 1 onion, shredded cheese of your choice (we did cheddar and Monterrey jack because we already owned them), tortillas (we did flour), olive oil, salt, pepper, spices of your choice and any extra toppings like sour cream.

What you do:

  1. Slice chicken into thin slices and cook in a skillet with olive oil.
  2. Chop up veggies and add to the chicken once almost cooked.
  3. Once everything is cooked, take off heat and put to the side or on a plate. Use the same skillet or a new one (make sure to add some oil) and put a tortilla on it. Add your shredded cheese and add some of chicken/veggie mixture.
  4. Put the other tortilla on top and smoosh down.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on each side. They should be sorta crispy.
  6. Serve.

Ease: 4.5/5. Pretty easy.

Husbands rating: 3.5/5. I used chili powder while cooking the chicken but we wanted more spices.

What is great about quesadillas if that you can make them your own by switching the meat or just making cheese.  Trying different cheese/spices and just experimenting. Plus, it is not really an ingredient filled recipe.  For my son, I just use shredded cheese and tortilla. Easy.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This week I made a super easy chicken parmesan casserole for my husband to take to work.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ease: 4.5/5. After you shred the chicken, you just dump everything and stir to combine.

Husbands rating: 3.5/5. He said it had too much sauce but he would rather have that than not enough sauce.

Changes: I did not add basil. One thing I did do differently for me was I baked the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes instead of using the stovetop of cook it. Not sure if there is a taste difference but for ease, it is easier in the oven.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Barbella Box July Review

I have never done Barbella Box before but I love Fleo shorts and when Fleo shorts said they were putting a pair in the July box, plus I found a $5 off coupon, then the box became cheaper than the shorts are. So I signed up. Just so you know, I paid for this box. I am not that fancy where I get free things.

Barbella July 2017 Box

Cost: $49.99 a month. If you sign up for more, it gets cheaper.

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I put numbers so that you can see each item.

  1. Fleo Shorts( $48)

These shorts came  in 4 different colors and you did not get to pick. So I got the blue pair but there was also a purple pair, green pair, and an orange/red pair.  I really wanted the blue pair so I was so excited when I saw them!

2. WOD Bottom Beach Bum Headband($16.99)

It is a wider headband than what I normally would wear but it fits well and feels like it would stay on diuring a workout. It also came with a 25% off coupon to their store.

3. Pro-Tec Athletics Spiky Ball($9.95)

This one is for the foot and good for preventing injuries but also help if you have injuries like plantar fasciittis which my husband has had.  Even though it says it is for the foot, I will be using it for other parts like my shoulder or legs.

4. Eat Your Coffee Energy Bar($2.50)

I am saving this for my husband as I cannot stand coffee.

5. Little Moon Essentials Clear Mind Mist($3.99)

This is not pictured because the shorts were covering them and I did not notice. So this is a spray you can put in the air or on your clothes to give you a little wake-up call.  Once I go back to work, I will try it out.

There was also a coupon for a free sample of Halo Top Ice Cream.  I have never tried that but have wanted to.

All in all, I think you get a lot of good stuff for the price. Will I continue the box? I am not sure since I did it for the Fleos. I will see what spoilers they give for next month and then decide.

You can sign up here.

Toddler Meal Plans

One of my challenges with having my son home all summer is lunchtime.  I never make him lunch. His school makes his lunch during the week and we go out for lunch during the weekends after he wakes up from his nap(it ends up being like 2, the restaurants are usually dead and then he only needs a snack for dinner with his milk). My go-to lunch is peanut butter but that is not an option for my son.  I also want him to have something different everyday but my son also has a habit of not eating.

So I went to my parenting bible: Pinterest.  I looked up toddler meal plans.  I looked at a bunch and took what I liked from different ones.  Some were very time-consuming.  I am too lazy to cook everyday for lunch for my son to take one bite and then throw it to the dog.  I also thought about what I know he does like.  So I made a week of meal plans. Every week we do the same thing so it makes it easy for grocery shopping too. Here is what I do which if you are lazy, it is easy.

Monday:

  • Applesause
  • Cucumber slices (if he takes 1 bite, I am happy)
  • Sandwich with jelly and cream cheese.  I use one piece of bread, roll it up and cut it into little rolls. Sorta looks like sushi. It usually goes undone if I am honest.
  • Milk

Tuesday:

  • Grapes
  • Sunbutter Quesadilla (one tortilla just folded in half)
  • Milk

Wednesday:

  • Hummus
  • Sliced pita
  • Sliced cucumbers (only have to buy one)
  • Raisins
  • Milk

Thursday:

  • Cheese cubes
  • Crackers
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Little apple slices
  • Milk

Friday:

  • One Chicken Finger
  • Grapes
  • Milk

Is it perfect? No. However, my kid eats so that is good enough for me.

Breakfast:

  • Leftover donuts from the weekend on Monday.
  • Cheerios/other cereal the other days(he eats it dry)
  • Milk

Snacks(this is just a list of what he eats, not an everyday list):

  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Raisins
  • Pouches with hidden veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Freeze-Dried fruit
  • Grapes
  • Fruit cups
  • Puffs
  • Cereal bars

 

Entertaining a Toddler

Every summer I pull my son from daycare and we spend the summer together. Every year I wonder how I am going to entertain ourselves all day. I was especially worried this summer with an active 2-year-old but I have kept us extremely busy. This will not work with everyone because it depends on your needs plus how your toddler is.  I know some toddlers that are fine being in the house all day.  My son is not that toddler.

Every morning we go out.  We start our day by walking our dog. Then we have our schedule:

  • Monday- Little Gym class
  • Tuesday- Library storytime
  • Wednesday- changes every week, some include a little water park,playing with friends at a park
  • Thursday- book store storytime
  • Friday- I workout, he goes to the daycare center

I always check the library for things to do in the summer and enroll in summer reading.  I also am in a group called Hike It Baby where families meet up for playtime, walks, etc. The Little Gym helps because they have open gym too. We also recently bought a blow up pool for the hot afternoons so that he can still play outside but it not be so miserable.

Next summer will be harder in a way because I am not sure how much longer we will go to The Little Gym. However, he will also be more independent too so he will be able to play by himself more. I was going to get a zoo membership this summer but never did but I think as he gets older, that might be something we do more.

I am fortunate that my husband gets home at about 3:30 on most days and around 12 on Fridays so when my son wakes up from his nap around 2, there isn’t much more of the day without dad so we usually stay home and color or play. I am dreading when he stops napping though. Luckily for next summer, there are a lot of movie theaters that do weekly $1 movies for the kids.

Quick Trip to Memphis

Last week I did a quick trip to Memphis.  I was not even gone 48 hours. I have a volunteer job and they sent me to a conference. I lucked out in having a friend who could babysit one day and my husband going into work late another day until I got home.

Wednesday

I arrived in Memphis with a delay. It was storming around the country so it was a mess at the airport.  I was supposed to be there at 5:45 and then at a happy hour gathering at 6:15 but did not get to the hotel until 7 so I ended up being about 20 minutes late to the dinner portion.  We were staying the Sheraton Downtown.  It is a little older but still nice.  Excellent service and staff. They also have a skywalk to take you to the convention center which is where my event was so it was convenient.

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My room

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Pretty good Memphis beer I tried

Thursday

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Tom Lee Memorial

I woke up early and threw on my running clothes. I had made a route in my head but wanted to ask the hotel staff if it is safe. The agreed that my route would be good.  They said I might see some homeless people but that is all. Since I was unaware of my surroundings, I ran without music and I texted my husband before and after my run so that someone would know where I was running. I also brought my phone for pictures. I ran through downtown and to the Riverwalk and Tom Lee Park.  There were plenty of people out and a lot of runners. It was a really nice run. My way back, I changed it up a bit to go see Beale St. I also ran by the Peabody but didn’t go in and see the ducks because it was only 6:45 am.

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St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The rest of the morning, I listened to speakers. I then go to take a tour of St. Jude Children’s Hospital which was the whole point of my trip. I finally got to visit the hospital I fundraise for. Afterwards, I ate dinner at Central BBQ and walked across the street to tour the National Civil Rights Museum. Central BBQ was really enjoyable. The museum was awesome.  It was very interactive and they way they set the museum was nice.  I really liked it and was surprised by how much they had.

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Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel

Friday

Went home.  So it was a very quick trip but really enjoyable.

Blackberry Cobbler

Last week my son and I went blackberry picking with our walk group and a couple of other friends.  The blackberries were cheap because it was the end of the season and it was hot! The blackberries are thornless so the little kids could pick them.  My son picked them for about 2 minutes and then decided to either smash them in his hand or throw them at me (2 year olds are so much fun).  I decided to my blackberry cobbler as it is a dessert my husband actually likes.  Even with making the cobbler we still have a lot of blackberries left.  I could make another cobbler and still have more left over.

Blackberry Cobbler

Ease: 5/5. Very easy recipe.  My son helped me by placing the ingredients in the bowl and helping me stir. He also helped put everything in the pan to cook.  He had a lot of fun.

Husbands rating: 5/5

Changes: None

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Beef Taco Salad Pizza

This week I decided to make a “healthy” pizza version for my husband as we all love pizza.

Beef Taco Salad Pizza

Ease: 5/5. Cook meat, put on quesadilla, cook and the end.

Husbands rating: 4/5. His last one was soggy because I placed them on top of each other in a container for him to take to work.  I probably should have put parchment paper or foil between each pizza.

Changes: We didn’t use lettuce or tomatoes.  Tomatoes because my husband is not a fan and lettuce because it does not keep well. I think we also used bison meat.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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June in Review

June was an interesting month for us. We started it off with the end of the school year and going camping on a beach which ended early due to a horrible storm and my husband needing to go to the hospital. We ended the month with no daycare and my husband working long hours due to all the missed work this month with a lot of projects due. What I always do is keep my son is daycare for a few weeks in the summer so that I can get all my teacher trainings done and a couple of days to myself and then I pull him out of it for the rest of the summer which ends up being about 6 weeks. I try to do something fun with him outside of the house every morning and then errands after naptime.

Here are some things I have enjoyed this month:

TV: So I get up at 5 am with my husband.  My son gets up after 7. During his sleep time, I catch up on TV shows.  I finished Parenthood at the beginning of summer which is a great TV show.  I then watched The Handmaids Tale and Riverdale. Both were enjoyable. I am currently watching Glow as in, I started it today.

Movies: I did see Wonder Woman this month and while everyone is cheering on a female lead, which is awesome, I was not that impressed with the film. I thought it dragged and that they could have done more action. Plus, there have been other awesome strong females in media who are also human. Um…hello Buffy for example. Yes, there needs to a be a lot more but she was not the first.

Books: So I have been horrible about reading lately.  It is taking me forever to finish books. My son though, we go through tons.  We joined our local libraries summer reading program and we are killing it for him.  For mine, not really.  He loves going to the library and picking out books.

Breweries: My husband and I love going to different breweries. We love to sample a few beers, eat and just talk.  Most of the breweries we go to are also kid friendly.  If they are not kid friendly, well we don’t really go to those.  The breweries we went to this month were:

  • Texas Beer Refinery- Very kid friendly.  They have games, and a little playground.
  • Yee Haw Brewery- Family friend place attached to a taco restaurant. They have arcade games and room for kids to run around.
  • No Label Brewery- Very kid friendly as they have a playground too.
  • City Acre Brewery- They have a large outdoor space with games like cornhole and giant jenga which gives my son entertainment.

June Race Recap

So this month I did two races: a 5K and a 10K. With a vacation at the end of the month, my workout schedule was a little messed up. I still tried to do Crossfit twice a week, yoga once a week, 2 short runs, 1 long run and a track practice and then on Fridays I added a BodyPump class which I can only do in the summer when I am off from school. However, on vacation I only ran once.

First race was 1st Street 5K.  It is held Father’s Day weekend at the No Label Brewery. We have done this race every year they have had it.  We love it. Plus it is stroller friendly so my son has been in the race three times. The street course has lots of turns which I like.  It is also in a part of town I never go to so the scenery is different. It is flat and hot but there is shade. The race keeps getting bigger and bigger so the beginning of was crowded but once we turned onto a main street it clears up. I ran it in 26:47 which is about right for me.  That is a 8:37 mile. My husband always takes our son and this year they walked because my husband had an infection in the heart (really rare and weird) and did not have permission for rigorous workouts.  He is fine now and can workout again. Afterwards, we had our camp chairs already set up (in a really shady are) and just drank our free beers and relaxed with friends.  The brewery recently added a playground so I took my son over there to play.

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Just started the race so I am not a sweaty mess yet

Second race was in Johnson City, TN and called  Run the Tweetsie Half Marathon and 10K.  I ran the 10k because I was on vacation and it was an out and back course but twice for the half. The trail was beautiful.  The race was small and was just 3.1 miles out and then come back in.  There was a gradual uphill the whole back half but I love hills.  Yes my pace slowed, but the last 3 miles went by so fast. The course is on the Tweetsie Trail which is a paved trail, and very much tree-lined the entire time.  There was a part after 2 miles, where there were no trees and you just saw rolling hills of fields and mountains in the background.  It was really pretty. The race directors put on a good race. I ran it in 58:51 which is a 9:28 mile. It rained for some of the race but just a light drizzle.  It was also in the 60s the entire time which was perfect coming from a place where it is in the 80s already at 7 in the morning. My husband did not run it but walked some of the trail and made it into race photos.

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Before the start

 

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Husband enjoying his morning walk

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1.5 miles to go