It’s that time of year again. The summer is coming to a close, and the kids are heading back-to-school. Mine are headed back this week, and this year in particular is bittersweet for me. For the first time ever I will have all four kiddos in school. I am both ready to be on my own and wishing the summer would last forever. Since this was the first summer with my children that I have not had to work third shift and every other weekend, I felt truly able to enjoy it. I will definitely be missing the company of my little guy as I run my errands during the day, and I will probably shed a tear or two as the bus pulls away. But I am certain that I will be far more productive without them here, and I will finally be able to focus on building my business.
Beyond the sentimental side of back-to-school season and the melancholy of summer’s end lies the comfortable routine of the school year. I love the predictability, but it can also bring anxiety. Sorting through school supplies and class schedules promising ourselves that this year we will have things under control. We will be organized, and we will be involved. We will not fall behind and end up buried beneath a pile of field trip permission slips and reading lists mid-November.
I was not introduced to asparagus until I was in college, and I distinctly remember trying it for the first time on a trip to Atlanta. It was cooked perfectly – still crisp, slightly charred, and with a light lemon flavor. It has since become one of my favorite vegetables of the spring and summer. And, to my delight, the kids love it as well. This recipe is my best attempt at perfecting that first restaurant quality bite, except in the comfort of my own home.
Wow! What a day! And it only took thirteen years to get here…
When I was about seven months pregnant with my first child, my husband and one of his good friends decided they would compete in the Devil’s Lake Triathlon. I remember watching and cheering them on from the sidelines. It was my first experience with an event of this nature, and I became swept up in the excitement. As I was screaming encouragement through their transitions, I silently wondered if I could do what they were doing.
Breakfast is my happy place, especially during the school year. I wave to the kids as the big, yellow bus pulls away from my corner, and I start my morning routine. After a vigorous workout and a refreshing shower, I prepare my breakfast. Oftentimes I am able to get through my workout only by envisioning my reward at the end…a peaceful, delicious meal.
Nine times out of ten, my breakfast consists of a veggie scramble with a side of berries and a coffee with almond milk. It is a great way to get more than a serving of vegetables in the first meal of the day, and it is so fast and easy to make. Plus, it has the added benefit of being delicious. You can choose to make your scramble out of whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand, but the following are my favorite combinations.
I have a shocking revelation for you. Although we often look like superheroes, mothers are in fact HUMAN! This means that we are fallible, we make mistakes. Yes, all of us! We lose a child at Target, we leave a hot cup of coffee unattended for a moment, we don’t realize the basement door is open when our two-year-old is toddling around. And each time we make a mistake and survive unscathed (or with very little damage), we thank God that we were spared a tragedy.
This is a year-round favorite in our house, and also a great meal to entertain with. Saturday nights used to be reserved for going out to eat. Then, fueled by a desire to rein in our food budget, we decided to eat more meals at home. Fajita Night is our version of a fun, restaurant-style meal where for one night, we don’t worry about sugar, fat, carbs or excess. And though we typically eat fajitas on our “free” night, there are ways to also make it a healthy dinner for any night. The best thing about Fajita Night, besides the margaritas of course, is the kids LOVE it! There is definitely something about being able to create your own masterpiece, with the ingredients laid out before you, that draws kids in. But the key to having a successful Fajita Night is to remember to HAVE FUN!
The kitchen counters, your desk space, your kids’ backpacks, the car…do they all look as if they’ve been hit by a paper tornado? Even though so many aspects of our lives have been digitized, we still seem to end up with an abundance of paper. And once the paper starts to pile up, it becomes more and more difficult to dig your way out. I’ve assembled at list of simple, easy ways to manage and minimize the paper in your life.
Our family loves sweet potatoes! There are so many good reasons to add them to your grocery shopping list and make them your new go-to carb. They are a great healthy substitute for all those starchy side dishes we normally fill our plates with. I love that they pair equally well with sweet and savory preparations, and I am always in search of new ways to cook them. This particular recipe is both sweet and savory with a little heat to excite your taste buds. It is perfect for the summer months because it’s super easy to put together, and it cooks very well on the grill with little clean-up.
The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move. -Aleksandr Popov
When you hear the words summer vacation, what is the one thing that comes to your mind? Water. Whether it’s traveling to the ocean, floating down a river, spending a day at the beach, or just going to your local public pool, summer means being close to water. Even if you never jump in, water seems to having a cooling, calming effect on the mind and body.