Mom, What’s For Dinner? – July 30, 2017

This week is kinda weird. Actually it’s kind of busy.

This week I have

  • professional development 3 mornings and 1 afternoon
  • to take my son to the fair so he can work 4 times
  • Vacation Bible School Tues. – Fri.
  • Kung Fu Tues, Thurs
  • Going out to work Tues.

I did a little bit of prep yesterday and video taped it. Please be kind because it’s the first time I attempted to video tape my prep. My bird decided it was a good time to talk in the living room so you’ll hear him throughout the videos.

The Hummus video is 11 minutes long and was cut off at the end. I never finished meal prepping because after the video, a jar of mayo hit my right pinkie and broke the bone. I’ve been trying to take it easy. (Ha! Ha!)

The lettuce filled up a gallon sized storage bag.

On to my menu. I will be feeding the whole family only on Monday. The Wee One will be fed at church the rest of the week and the Imaginative One will be fed there on Wednesday and Friday.


Pizza with the church at a local Italian restaurant – The church provided the pizza. We bought me a gluten free pizza and the Imaginative One ravioli because he does not eat pizza.


Sloppy Joes, fried potatoes, celery


Tilipia with the lemon garlic marinade, quinoa, veggie

Left over Sloppy Joes for the Imaginative One


Steak, baked potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini


Turkey Italian Sausage, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Zoodles for me, Pasta for the Imaginative One and Hubby


Orange Chicken, Rice


Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Homemade French Fries, Veggies

Happy eating,

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Dollar Store First Aid Kit

When my boys went to Boy Scout Camp, I needed to make sure they had a personal first aid kit. I knew there was going to be an infirmity if they had a serious injury. All they needed was band-aids, first aid ointment, and something to clean up his injury.

So we headed to the Dollar Tree to get those items plus a container.

I almost got a sandwich container to hold of the items in the first aid kit. The Imaginative One who is the Boy Scout veteran told me that the sandwich container was going to be too big.

Then I realized there was school supplies in the store. I decided using a pencil bag would be compact enough.


All of the first aid items that I put in the kit. We also got them so medication for bug bites.

All of the items were bought at the Dollar Store. Each kit was about $4.83. (The sanitizer came in a pack of 3 and I put half of the wipes in each kit.)

I love this idea that I came up with and am planning to make one of those kits for my desk at work. I’m going to add an eye glass kit to my kit. My students are always asking for band-aids. The clinic gives us a limited amount of band-aids at the beginning of the year. Once those are gone, I’ll use band-aids from the Dollar Tree.

I think I’m going to also make a hygiene kit with another pencil bag. In the bag, I would put a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, breath mint strips, deodorant, and a brush.

I hope these give you some ideas.

Have a magical day,

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

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2017 Summer Bucket List Update

It’s been about a month since I wrote out my summer bucket list so it’s time to recap the list.  My updates are in bold and have red font.


Rochester, NY I enjoyed this trip.  I’ll start a series of photos from this trip in mid August.

Folly Beach, SC – On Saturday, I’ll begin a series of blog posts from our trip.

Toledo, Ohio / Louisville, Kentucky – I’ve not decided when I’ll be doing this series.

Hershey, PA – I’ve not decided when I’ll be doing this series.  I have planned to do a blog post about visiting the Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11.

Pittsburgh, PA –  I’m not going on this trip until Labor Day.


I have three items on my bucket list involving reading.  The first two help with the third.

#1 – Cozy Mystery Bingo  – I’ve read 7 books for the cozy mystery bingo.  Here is a link to my picnic bingo book list on Goodreads.  

#2 – I’m also reading through the cozies.  I have different themes that I need to find books that fit that theme.  Then I read the book and put it on my list.

  • – One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.) – On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1) by Cleo Coyle
  • – One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
  • – One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
  • – One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)  Brownies and Broomsticks
  • – One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series)  Pancakes and Corpses
  • – One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
  • – One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
  • – One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.) Banana Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #21) by Joanne Fluke
  • – One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8) by Victoria Thompson
  • – One is your choice! (freebie!) The Chocolate Falcon Fraud (A Chocoholic Mystery, #15) by JoAnna Carl

Again this is from Goodreads.

#3 – Complete the Adult reading program at my local library.  I’ve already read 6 books so far this summer.  I’ve currently read or listened to 13 books this summer.  Here is a link to the books I’ve read this summer.


I’m taking an online class about ADHD.  Fortunately for me it’s a self paced class.  – I’m still working on this class. 

I also have a seminar about Growth Mindset.  I’m excited about the seminar because it’s going to be the theme for next school year.  – The class was this week.  It was very informative.  I got a lot of good ideas for next year.

After I wrote my summer bucket list, I added on four other classes.  I’m taking them next week.  Each one is worth 3 contact hours.  One of the classes is about ADHD, two of the classes are about co-teaching, and one of the classes is about problem students.


Get it clean in preparation for next school year.  – Hubby took care of this while I was in Hershey with the oldest.  Actually I started cleaning it a little bit before I left, he continued the cleaning.  We also cleaned out the Wee One’s room.  Funny story:  We couldn’t find his Boy Scout’s handbook so the room was cleaned and purged.  It was finally found.  The book was at the church where the Boy Scout’s meetings are held.


So far we haven’t gone on any staycations.  The Wee One and I are traveling to an hour away to a science museum this week.  Other than that, we don’t have any staycation plans.

I go back to work in 1.5 weeks.  Next week, I’m either in class, driving the Imaginative One back and forth to the fair where he is working, getting stuff ready for my classroom, and going out to my classroom.  The following week I have a dentist appointment and a chiropractor appointment.  Then it’s back to work.

Have a magical day,

Lemon Garlic Marinade (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Whole30)

When I went grocery shopping last Sunday, I got some boneless pork ribs.  I almost bought a bottle of lemon garlic marinade for the ribs but decided not to get it.

I decided to make my own lemon garlic marinade for the ribs instead of buying that bottle.

When I served dinner last night, Hubby was delighted with the ribs.  Since there were a couple left over, he claimed them as his own for our left over night.  So I think this marinade is a winner.

This marinade would be good on pork chops, boneless pork ribs, pork roast, or even chicken breast.

Bonus:  It’s Whole30 friendly.

Oh, and I finally figured out how to make my recipes printer friendly.  That’s been a big problem during the 7 years I’ve had this blog.


Lemon Garlic Marinade

  • Difficulty: easy
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-1 lemon, zest and juiced

-1 clove of garlic, minced or 1 Tbsp. minced garlic

-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

-1 tsp. Salt

-1 tsp. Pepper

-2 tsp. oregano


  1. In a gallon sized ziploc bag, add the ingredients. Close the bag. Knead the bag until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Add either boneless ribs, pork chops, or chicken breast.
  3. Allow meat to marinade for 4 to 12 hours or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place meat in a baking dish.
  5. Cook the pork or chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

The pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees and chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Happy eating,

They Really Do Like Each Other (Throwback Thursday)

1. Throwback Thursday: Share an old photo and let it inspire your blog post.

I could share a photo of a summer sunset.  However, I shared one a month ago and will share more with my Folly Beach blog posts.

Another prompt I could have written about what was your child’s favorite part of the summer.  So last night, I asked the Wee One what has been his favorite part of summer 2017.  His response was simple and to the point “I’m not in school.”  The reason is because school is boring.  He then responded the beach was his favorite part.  He didn’t want to talk any more because he wanted to listen to Harry Potter and his brother did not so he was upset.  (We were driving when I asked him the questions.)

Since neither prompts were going to work, I’ve decided to find an old photo and tell more about the photo.

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Three years ago, I reconnected with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.  We decided to meet up in Cleveland.  When Molly and I made plans to meet up, I decided to make it a road trip.  The boys and I visited Cedar Point, the Cleveland Metro Zoo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, and the Wilds.

Today’s photo is from our visit to the Cleveland Metro Zoo.

As we were walking through the zoo, I witnessed the boys holding hands which rarely if ever happens.

This photo is one of my favorites of both boys together.


This is another photo from the zoo.  I love the Wee One’s innocence in this photo.

Here are some other photos that I took while we were at the Cleveland Metro Zoo.


I really enjoyed the Cleveland Metro Zoo.  If you were to visit the zoo, make sure it is not a hot day because there is a LOT of walking.  Plus make sure you are wearing shoes that will hold up to all of the walking.

Since there is a lot of trees in the park, I bet it will be beautiful in the fall.

Have a magical day,
Mama’s Losin’ It

Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the buildings.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.


Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

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