Summertime=Salad time!

And ice cream!  I mean, FroYo of course.  Since we are back on the wagon seeking a healthier lifestyle, we {I} don’t really do ice cream anymore. The wagon still has chocolate chip cookies.  End of story. Save your judgement.

Well, today’s post is brought to you courtesy of “wet field conditions”.  No soccer, and no plans for the gym, I thought I’d share what’s up in our little neck of the world.  Hmmm..Nothing really.  Nothing’s up.  School is almost over. Bobby and Autumn did fine, and should be moving on.  I’m not sure Allison is going to see her senior year; bad study habits, lots and lots of excuses and a boyfriend got to her this year.  She’s definitely bought herself a little summer school. I won’t touch upon how parenting factors into this. The ol’ man reads my blog, and probably wouldn’t like it if I did.  All I’m going to say is I find it frustrating.

Ms. Autumn is all signed up for summer recreation.  Summers kind of suck for her.  Ok..well they probably really don’t.  But she doesn’t get to sleep in during the week.  Mama still has to be at work at 8am!  I remember being a kid and sleeping in, eating breakfast and then home promptly at 5pm for dinner, after chores, I didn’t have to be home until the street lights came on.  Between breakfast and 5pm? Crazy chaos all over the neighborhood!  I’m kidding of course.  I mean, there were lazy days, and days I stayed inside, days I laid out in the sun slathered in baby oil. (GASP!!  Simmer down Millennials. It was the early 80’s and skin cancer wasn’t a “thing” yet. Besides, I had an older sister who made tanning seem soooo awesome!)  By the end of July, I was bored, and was ready for summer to be over.  However, I started babysitting in the summers at 11 years old. My childhood hell-raising ended at 11.  Autumn on the other hand, is 10 years old in the year 2015.  She goes to the local recreation for 6 weeks. Field trips and swimming are the extent of her daytime hell-raising.  It’s all I can handle.

Enough of my boring life. Let’s talk salad! I’m not sure that’s any more exciting….Anyway, no one likes to eat heavy in summer; unless it’s meat smothered delicious BBQ sauce.  I love Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey sauce.  I could drink that shit straight from the bottle. FOCUS: SALAD. This recipe is from another blog, Green Valley Kitchen.  It was floating around Facebook and I thought it looked fantastical.  I’ve made a similar version in the past, so I did change their recipe just a little, as with most of the recipes I post. My kids are so damn fussy. Have to keep the buggers happy. Ish.  Happyish. I switched out the Feta cheese for mozzarella. And I added extra onions.  I love onions and I didn’t feel like kissing the ol’ man.

Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado Salad (with a Little change)

  • 1 ½ C Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced. (I just used an English cuke)
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, cubed small
  • 2 Tbsp Red onion (2 Tbsp or your discretion)
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 8 Twists of black pepper from a pepper mill
  1. Chop tomatoes into a medium dice.  If using cherry tomatoes, (which I did because it’s easier) cut in half. Add to bowl.
  2. Peel and seed one cucumber and dice.  Add to bowl
  3. Remove pit, dice avocado and using a spoon, scoop out the avocado from the peel.  Add to bowl.
  4. Cube cheese, add to bowl
  5. Add minced onion and parsley to bowl.
  6. Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and black pepper, pour over salad.
  7. Toss gently so the avocado doesn’t break up.  Serve immediately.
  8. If refrigerating, keep the avocado aside and add before serving.



Off to surf Pinterest for inexpensive, yet cute teacher’s gifts!

First week done!

What?  What’s that?  Everyone in the house survived the first week of school you say?  It’s impressive.  Even the French Horn has made its way safely to the living room.  Ms. Autumn will be starting lessons next week.  Heaven help us.  The. French. Horn.  Did I ever mention that we live in a very tiny ranch?  And she’s required to practice for a minimum of 20 minutes a day?  Yep.  Wonderful.  But she’s very excited about it.  So I’m going with it.  I’m going to bundle her up and throw her in the garage to practice.  Allison  has actually turned in assignments.  Without threats of taking her iPhone away. Maybe it’s the full moon status or maybe, just maybe, this year will be different than the past two. Personally, I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s going to be different, and will keep you posted.

A month ago, I joined the year 1997 and signed up for Netflix.  I mean, everyone has it.  I don’t know that very many people had it in 1997, but in 2014, nearly everyone I know has it.  I couldn’t take the peer pressure anymore.  I felt like there was so much I was missing in the world by not having it.  The kids love it. The ol’ man love it.  I have yet to watch anything on it. My free trial is up today.  There is not a single kid in my house right now. How much fun would it be to just cancel it?  OMG! They would flip their shit.  It would be hilarious. Ok.  So for me it would be hilarious, probably not for anyone else reading this.  But if I could make you understand the amount of Hannah Montana that has been forced upon me?  You would find it funny too!

Ok, back to serious issues.  After school snacking. Now I try to buy only things the kids hate for them to snack on after school.  Bananas, apples, I think there are pears and peaches.  Cottage cheese and Monkey Butter, pretzels.  You know, anything basically healthy. Because heaven forbid we eat anything healthy after a long day of school.  I was off for the first few days of school last week, and I had a few extra minutes on my hands. I probably should have watched some Netflix! But the Mama in me thought I would create an after school snack for the scoundrels. I decided to mix a little good with a little bad for a delicious, almost nutritious after school snack.  Yes…I said create.  Not a “recipe” from someone else!!  Although in all honesty, I probably read it someplace and it stuck in my head. It’s not really a recipe but more of throwing some pre-made items together. But don’t take my thunder.  I created it!


Vanilla, Vanilla and a Little Banana

  • 1 Box            Mini vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 C            Vanilla Pudding (prepared as directed on the box) I used the fat free pre-made cups
  • 1                    Banana
  • 1/2 C            Cool Whip (I used fat free)
  • Drizzle         Caramel sauce
  1.  Toss a couple of vanilla wafers in the bottom of 2- 1 pint mason jars.
  2. Use 1/4 cup of the pudding in each jar.
  3. Slice the 1/2 the banana in one jar, and 1/2 in the other.
  4. I’m fairly certain you know where I’m going with this.
  5. Spoon 1/4C of the Cool Whip in each jar.
  6. Drizzle a little caramel over each dessert.

Of course any of this is at your discretion. Vanilla pudding, butterscotch pudding.  Cool Whip, no Cool whip.  Fat free..full on delicious fat.  All of it your choice. BUT!!!!  It must have banana.  It’s what makes it healthy!!


This has 2 layers of everything, for the kids I just used one layer.