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My West Virginia October 2020 Trip Videos Part 2of 3

This is a collection of videos from Hubby and my trip to Elkins, WV. During the 3 day excursion, we visited the West Virginia Wildlife Center, traveled around the Monongahela National Forest, explored our “cabin” and backyard river, visited Buckhannon, and rode on a train to see fall foliage.

We traveled there because it was the one year anniversary of my mom’s death. Buckhannon was her favorite place to visit, so this was a way of remembering her legacy she left for me. Her favorite time to visit was during the fall.

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My West Virginia October 2020 Trip Videos Part 1 of 3

This is a collection of videos from Hubby and my trip to Elkins, WV. During the 3 day excursion, we visited the West Virginia Wildlife Center, traveled around the Monongahela National Forest, explored our “cabin” and backyard river, visited Buckhannon, and rode on a train to see fall foliage.

We traveled there because it was the one year anniversary of my mom’s death. Buckhannon was her favorite place to visit, so this was a way of remembering her legacy she left for me. Her favorite time to visit was during the fall.

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Posted in Meal prep

July Meals

I’m a gluten free pescatarian who can eat some milk products but not all. So I’m going to do something different this month. A few times during the week, I’ll cook for the family; however, now they are teenagers they have started to cook for themselves. This is a good skill to have once they move out plus their tastes are different then mine. Hubby’s eating habits have become irregular. Sometimes he’ll eat one big meal in the afternoon, so he doesn’t need me to cook him a dinner.

This month I’m going to be focusing on making myself individual meals that I can warm up. Sort of like frozen meals, but I’ll be the one who is cooking them. I got myself some Souper Cubes to make it easier. The meals will be portioned. I don’t eat that much at a time, so that will help.

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Posted in Writing Workshop

Google it . . .

My chosen sister/ friend, Molly, and I are on our annual EPIC trip. Yesterday’s adventure took us to Reston, VA which by the way is the most expensive town/ city in VA to live in. We went to a small zoo there and then tried to find a LOVE sculpture. We ended up at the Reston Square which is where one of the Google offices is located.

We were having difficulty finding the sculpture because it was the one place we hadn’t looked. We asked a security guard where it was located. He gave us the deets and we were on our merry way.

A few moments after finding the sculpture, he walked around the building to make sure we found it. Not only that, he offered to take our photo next to it. We were afraid he was going to get hit because he was on the curb on a very busy street.

He took our photo from different angles, so that we could have the best photo of the both of us.

Even though, it’s not what someone said, it’s what someone did for us on our adventure.

After our photo shoot, we rode on the Metro to Arlington and back. However, that’s a story for another day.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Posted in back to school

August Writing Prompts

Good morning! I hope all is well for y’all. I’m planning for the next school year. Yes, I know it’s my summer break. However, I need to have a few items in place before school begins.

So I created a list of writing prompts for the month of August. I have planned to make them into Google forms, so that it is easier to track their final writing. They will need to do some sort of prewriting/ brainstorming, first draft and many other drafts, editing, and revising before typing it into the Google Form. I’m thinking Google Docs will be utilized during the other steps of the writing process.

Here are the prompts I created for the month of August. Some of them can be used in other months, not just in August.

The fonts I used were Century Gothic and KG Somebody I Used to Know.

I hope these help you with your planning for next year’s school year.

Happy summer break,

Traci

Posted in faith

Numbers 13: 1 – 33

Notes about Numbers 13: 1 – 33:

  • Deuteronomy 1:19 -25 provides the procedural details about the mission.
  • Fear and discouragement was sounded throughout this account.
  • The tribal representation did not include the tribe of Levi’s. (Le-Vee)
  • The Levi’s were the priests.
  • Instead it included Joseph’s tribe being divided into 2 for his sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
  • In Numbers 13:16 – Jesus is Greek for Joshua.
  • They had set up camp in the wilderness of Paran in Kadesh Barnea – 50 miles south of the Promised Land.
  • 12 men sent into the Promised land – spent 40 days gathering samples of local crops.
  • Both good and bad news reported which divides the people
  • Spying was a popular military tactic of the day.
  • The spies traveled 275 miles north to the territory west of the Jordan River.
  • The first area they explored was Negev – Very dry
  • Further north was Canaan – Much more fertile – Ideal for milk producing sheep and goats. The flowers and plants produced pollen for the bees to turn into honey.
  • This was 2 years after leaving Egypt. They had found the Promised Land but continued to be fearful. Lack of faith.
  • For their lack of faith, they had to wander one year for each day they had gone on the mission. 40 years.
  • They didn’t believe they could go against the giants.
  • The Nephilim were mentioned one other time in the Bible. Genesis 6:4 – Those Nephilim died during the Great Flood.
  • We need to have Caleb’s faith. (Numbers 13:30)

30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Numbers 13:30
Isaacology | Wilderness of Paran
NOVA | The Bible's Buried Secrets | Teacher's Guide image 1 | PBS

Be blessed with this reading.

Traci

Posted in Writing Workshop

Chokers, stirrup pants, and body suits – Writing workshop June 3, 2021

The 90’s . . . Teenaged me and then young adult me . . . A time where I began to know the real me. The fashions of the 90s . . . Some need to stay while others just need to go.

There used to be this one clothing store in the middle of downtown Dayton that I used to go and explore. I think I bought a piece or two from that store. So what was I looking for when I shopped at that store? Stirrup pants and body suits. Yes, you read that right pants with a strap at the bottom of your foot which is a disaster waiting to happen. You could have been de-pantsed just by bending down incorrectly. And I bought pants that would do that naturally for me. What was I thinking?

Then there was the body suit. So not only did I have a piece of fabric under my foot, I also buttoned up my shirt in an unmentionable area. This time wedgies were enviable. So I could lose my pants bending over and I would have a wedgie. And I chose to wear these outfits. Twenty year old Traci, what were you thinking?

I also wore overalls. My aunt sent me this cute overall shorts that I wore while on the Disney College Program. To this day, I don’t know what happened to them after I got home. I probably wore them but when I moved away from home, they got lost. Even if I found them, I could only get my big toe into them. I was much smaller then.

The last piece of 90s trend that I wore was the choker. Why did we think we needed to put this piece of jewelry on our neck to emphasize an area that is not always flattering. Think double chin anyone. Okay, to be truthful, some chokers can be cute, so I would wear them now if I had a choker to wear.

Wearing those dreaded stirrup pants and an ex boyfriend’s jacket. Don’t ask why I had a pen in my mouth.
I labeled myself in this photo. I’m wearing one of those body suits. This is actually one of my favorite pictures of me from the College Program.
16 year old me up to no good. I’m not wearing anything fashionable here. However, my sons tell me that I look like a typical 90s teenager in this photo.

This post is linked up to Mama Kat’s Losing It’s Weekly Writing Workshop.

Posted in menu plan monday, Menu planning, travel, West Virginia

Teen Friendly Meal Plan

A year ago yesterday, we drove down to the New River Gorge area. Hubby, my sons, my niece and nephew, and a few of their friends were going white water rafting. I was just there because my niece was going.

I took over cooking for the group of kids. We had a small fridge, a microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. That’s it. No sink, so everything needed to be disposable if we had any dinner.

There was a sink in the bathroom of our cabin, but it was so small that it was hard to clean anything there.

I brought my Instant Pot to cook the dinners while my nephew brought something to cook pancakes on for one of the breakfasts.

So what did we eat during the 2.5 days we were there. I had 2 dinners and breakfast to consider. Lunch was on the river when they went white water rafting.

The two dinners we had were spaghetti and hot dogs with Mac and cheese. The hot dogs were frozen before we left for the trip. Even driving the 4 to 5 hours to New River Gorge did not defrost the hot dogs. They tried roasting them over the fire, but they remained cold inside. Ugh!

The favorite meal was the spaghetti. There was nothing left after the meal. I believe we had some sort of bread with it.

Breakfast was pancakes and cereal. They had milk and juice to go with their breakfast. We forgot to bring a spatula, so that was interesting using my wooden spoon to flip the pancakes.

We also had lots of snacks for the boys. Plus the boys brought their own food. One brought MREs to share with their friends.

Hubby and I were able to sneak away for a while. Since the teens we took were older teens except for Youngest, we didn’t need to watch them constantly. We went to Sheetz for coffee and their snack packs. We ate it while walking to the overlook.

After walking under the New River Gorge, we left. We needed to get food before leaving. Our original plan was to go to Sheetz for cheap eats. Instead we went to the Secret Sandwich Society for good burgers and pimento fries.

Five months after to visiting the Secret Sandwich Society, it burned to the ground.😭 I can just picture us sitting there on the patio waiting for the food. The teens just talking about whatever popped into their head. We were saddened to hear of it’s demise.

So why am I sharing this menu with you? This started a trend for me. I went on a few pandemic trips where I needed to plan out the meals for the trip. In a week and a half, I’m leaving once again for a trip. I planned out the food for that trip. I’ll share it with you once we get closer to the trip happening.

I’ll also share the menu from my Epic trip with my friend Molly last July and our menu from our beach trip last December. I can plan meals like nobody’s business but can’t keep a meal plan to save my life.

Menu:

Breakfasts:
Cereal, French toast muffins, cheese, applesauce, or fruit cup – Juice and milk

Lunches:
On the river and at Sandwich Society

Dinners:
Hot dogs with Mac and cheese
Spaghetti with Hawaiian rolls (favorite meal)

Dessert:
S’Mores on the campfire

Happy eating,
Traci

Posted in Recipes

Easy Salmon in the Air Fryer (GF)

Easy Salmon in the Air Fryer

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-1 wild caught salmon fillet

-2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

-1/3 c. Brown sugar

-2 tsp. Garlic herb seasoning


Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together the mustard, brown sugar, and garlic herb seasoning.
  3. Pat dry the salmon fillet. Remove the skin, if desired.
  4. Slather on the mustard, brown sugar, and garlic herb seasoning all over the salmon.
  5. Place in the air fryer.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy with your favorite side dish.

Posted in menu plan monday, Menu planning

Mom, What’s for dinner? – Meal Plan Week of May 31st, 2021

I planned out the meal for Memorial Day. Then Oldest needed to make sure it was an American meal. I don’t know what an unAmerican meal would look like according to him.

Here is our menu for the week. As you can see most of it is easy meals to put together. I think Friday’s is going to be the hardest meal because I’ve got to make the crust. I have a pizza crust kit, so that shouldn’t be too hard.

Monday – Memorial Day

Burgers (Impossible burger for me), Corn on the Cob, Chips, Baked Beans, Cucumbers

Tuesday

Rice and Beans, Roasted Cauliflower & Broccoli

Wednesday

Tacos, Roasted veggies

Thursday

Shrimp scampi on gluten free pasta, chicken from freezer for the family

Friday

Pizza and cheese bread

Breakfasts for this week keep changing. I ordered Kodiak’s gluten free protein pancake mix which came yesterday. So that is going to be some of my breakfasts. Another breakfast idea is to have smoothies with chia seeds and hemp hearts, if I can find them. They were not at Aldi’s when I checked the other day.

Lunches are often difficult for me. I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick lately since I have some gluten free sour dough bread. I’ll eat the grilled cheese with either a salad or a veggie. Another lunch idea is a snack plate of cheese, olives, nuts, maybe a hard boiled egg, and crackers. I may add some tuna to it. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with the exception of seafood.

If you would like some other breakfast ideas, please click on this link. Here are some lunch ideas. And dinner ideas

Happy eating,
Traci