Monday, June 20, 2011

Burnt out

I'm going to be honest. I've been nervous about posting this because I know a lot of times people post something like this & just lose a bunch of followers because people aren't interested. But I'm at a place in my life right now where I'm just burnt out on blogging & I have been for a while. I think it all began when I started my student teaching last fall and basically went back to work. Then this summer I thought I'd get all back into blogging like I did last year when I was staying home with Isis, but the opposite has happened. I'm even less interested. 

I think part of the problem is that I'm hugely intimidated by people like Melissa from Dear Baby, Kelle from Enjoying the Small Things and even Adriel from The Mommyhood Memos (although this will be the first she's heard of it). I just don't have the time to put into my blog to create wonderful posts with great pictures and thoughtful commentary on my life or things I notice in Isis' life like they all do. Every time I read their blogs, I just think "mine completely pales in comparison this, so why do I even bother?" It's not that I'm not on the internet anymore. I'm still keeping up with my Google Reader & the 121 blogs I regularly follow on there. I've also recently gotten into Pinterest, which is just such a fun way for me to organize all these things I'm finding online. But when it comes to sitting down and crafting a post like I used to, the motivation just isn't there.

I'm hoping that one day it comes back, and there are definitely days when I feel like I have something to say - and on those days, I will post. So I guess this is just my way of saying I'm still here, I'm still reading all of your stuff - although not commenting as much as I used to - and I will post when I really have something to say. But in the meantime, I'm hanging out with Isis, Lewis and planning out all my future classroom fabulousness!

That is one thing I have a post planned for in the near future: my classroom. I did get a job in 4th grade at the elementary school where I did my student teaching and long-term sub. I am so excited about it! It's a school I basically spent most of the last year in, so I am comfortable with the building, their procedures and their staff. I made some great friends there and I actually feel really honored to be a part of their team. I have high expectations for myself next year and high hopes for my class! I've posted before about how I feel about teaching and the kind of teacher I want to be, so I'm spending all my time trying to make sure I'm planning a classroom environment where my students are set up for success! So that's taking a lot of my time lately, too.

I really do appreciate all of you who are still reading. I've heard from several of you! Hopefully I'll see you around the blogosphere! :) I'm hoping I'll be motivated enough to post at least once a week if I really have something to say. At least through the summer I'm trying to post about my CSA stuff.

In the meantime, here are a few blogs that are posting regularly & I just can't stop reading!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pinterest: My Internet Time-Waster

I read about Pinterest on Queenie's blog the other day and I was so intrigued! I've slowly been checking it out & getting more involved. I must say, I am all about it now!!!! It's such a fun and easy way to save all your favorite internet finds! If you're on Pinterest already, let me know!!! And come follow along! If you're interested in getting started on Pinterest, let me know & I'll send you an invite!!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

CSA 2011 #2

Veggies this week:
Collard Greens
Early Red Onions
Swiss Chard
Loose Leaf Lettuce
Lemon Balm

My Meals This Week:
I'm more excited about this meal with Tarragon than I was about last week's meal!
CSA veggies used: tarragon, leftover garlic stem from last week

Not exactly a meal, but I make fabulous salsa & I can use the red onion & some garlic from last week.
CSA veggies used: red onion, garlic stem from last week

Marinara Sauce with Collard Greens
I use the Jamie Oliver marinara sauce recipe from one of his cookbooks. I think it's Jamie's Dinners. Basically it's just a bunch of tomatoes chopped up with garlic & olive oil. This time I'm going to chop up some collard greens & add that in too!
CSA veggies used: collard greens, garlic stem from last week

Stuffed Potatoes
I'm creating my own stuffed potatoes this week! I'm going to make them the same as the recipe last week, except instead of the Mexican style ingredients, I'm going to do cheddar, broccoli, turkey bacon & chives.
CSA veggies used: broccoli, chives

Creamy Chard Potatoes with Steak and Salad
I made these potatoes last year with our CSA! They're really great & it's a great way to use swiss chard! 
CSA veggies used: swiss chard, loose leaf lettuce
Lemon Balm Pasta
I love pasta & I'm excited to try the lemon balm in this way!
CSA veggies used: lemon balm, garlic stem from last week

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CSA Week 1 Meals

Here's how my meals from Week 1 ended up!

Collard Greens Quiche
This was really yummy!! I added onions, garlic & cheese! 

Mexican Style Stuffed Potatoes with Buttercrunch Lettuce Salad
The potatoes were awesome!! But neither of us were super crazy about the salad. I need to find a different way to use the lettuce.

I ended up just baking the chicken. The caramelized endive ended up very similar to spinach & it was good, but the recipe called for WAY too much butter. If I made it again, I'd use less than half that much butter.

Baked Balsamic Chicken
This was great, but I make this meal all the time so I knew it would be! :)

I didn't end up making the mustard & tarragon chicken.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

CSA 2011 #1

Today Isis and I went and picked up our first CSA share box for the year! This year they are putting them in these cute canvas bags so it was actually much easier for me to get it and get it in my house while also getting Isis inside! 

Veggies this week:
Collard Greens
Green Onions
Buttercrunch Lettuce
St. John's Wort
Garlic Stem
1 dozen eggs

My meals this week:
Collard Greens Quiche
-I have a great crustless quiche recipe from a friend of mine where I basically just do 8 or 9 eggs, some sour cream, cheddar cheese and whatever veggies I want (this time Collard Greens) with some cheddar cheese on top. It's really easy and works great for any meal! I may add some garlic stems to this, too.
CSA veggies used: collard greens, garlic stem, eggs

Mexican-Style Stuffed Potatoes with a Buttercrunch Lettuce Salad
- This just seemed like a simple meal! With the salad, I'm just doing the lettuce, some onion, broccoli and ranch dressing.
CSA veggies used: buttercrunch lettuce, cilantro, green onions

-For this meal, I'm really just going to bake some chicken breasts with lemon, sage & butter. The endive in the share this week was more the green leafy part, so I'm hoping that words just as well when you caramelize it with some butter, garlic & shallots! I guess we'll find out!!
CSA veggies used: endive, garlic stem

-I have actually never eaten radishes in a way that wasn't just crunchy on a salad, so I'm really curious to see how I like this recipe! 
CSA veggies used: radishes

Baked Balsamic Chicken
-I make this recipe all the time. I just mix some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt & pepper & pour it over some chicken breasts & bake it in the oven. I usually serve it with garlic green beans. I normally use dried oregano, but I'm going to use the fresh oregano this time!
CSA veggies used: oregano, garlic stem

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Splish Splash!!

  We went to the pool today!!! It was the first time Isis has ever been! I wasn't sure how she would feel about it, but it ended up being so much fun! I just held her and got in myself at first and she wasn't sure what to do with it, but slowly started kicking her feet in the water and wanting to splash with her hands. After about 10 minutes, she just wanted me to let her go so she could swim around by herself. She was kicking like crazy & getting so excited when she'd make a splash! 

She also liked playing by the steps because she could stand up and splash. She wasn't very happy when we had to get out to go home & she fell asleep in the car on the way home - which she hasn't done in MONTHS! I'd say she played really hard!! So I think it was a total success!! What fun!!!

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