Thursday, September 20, 2018

Her weekly lunches

Amy stopped by yesterday, after going to the gym, and after picking up her week's worth of lunches. 

She's been doing the week's worth of lunches for about 6 weeks now but she just told me about it a few days ago.

She knew I was intrigued by it all so she brought the lunches by to show me.  

She's explained to me how it works. 
Every Wednesday she makes up 8 lunches 

All the same, and put into 8 separate containers.

*All the recipes are from cleansimpleeats.com

Then she meets with 3 friends who also 
have made 8 of the same lunch. 

Each of these 4 ladies goes home with 8 lunches (2 of each kind) 

I know, I didn't understand it at first either. 

So she took the lunches out and put them on my counter so I could see...

(Two of the eight she made, she left at home.)

Here they are up close:

This is a spinach salad with turkey, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, cucumbers...with strawberries and avocado with dressing to be mixed in later. 


This one will be a chicken salad sandwich complete with the cashew nuts mixed in just before serving. 


I think she said this was some kind of chicken pizza and broccoli




Below is the one Amy made for everyone.
It's a cooked yam, with added greek yogurt, turkey bacon, cheese, and green onion. She kept raving about how good this tastes!

These are all busy Moms. So the idea is each lady will have 8 lunches to eat for herself throughout the week. I guess that means one day she will have 2 lunches to eat, or an extra to share.

Amy has been doing this weeks now and 
every single lunch she has enjoyed. 

The food is all simple and clean. No big prep. 


Anyway, just had to share this. 
I'm always looking for new food adventures 
and LOVE the idea of simple and clean!


*There is a cost for the recipes on cleansimpleeats.com
but they offer a free 7 day recipe/menu plan 
if you want to try it out. That's what I'm doing.

And of course I have nothing to do with any of this.




Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Monday morning

You would think Den and I would be good at this school morning send off by now....but we aren't so much. 

Like this morning for example.

At 6:45am we put music on....
and Den noisily empties the dishwasher from the night before.



15 minutes later and now it's 7am. 
Music and clanging dishes does not phase them in the least.

"Come on little Chickadees!"


Den announces, "It's a great day in America!" 



I say, "Breakfast is READY. TIME to get UP!" 

7:15 and we're making progress.


"Nope, little darlings...


"It's time to eat!"



So glad we bought this new Black and Decker
grill on Saturday for $24.99.
The one I bought in 1994 died a few months ago 
and I probably paid more for it back then!




They laughed at our 1960s music. 

I told them that was the music we listened to 
when we were their age.

But some things have not changed through the years...

Tea said, "I will show you how this works!"

I said, "Oh but I remember! 
I use to make these too when I was your age!!
Whatever they are called!


But Téa's new lunch bag is something I could not have even dreamed about back in my day...

We put the whole thing in the freezer the night before because the entire bag is lined with internal ice packs! 


As I watched Jonas put the toothpaste on Téa's toothbrush, I said, 
"Oh having a twin is the best!"


and Téa's response?
"Why? Do you have a twin?"

(She gets her sweet air headedness 
from the Rozier side of the family.)




8:15 and I think they are both awake enough now 
to shuffle off to school!



And to think tomorrow they need to be at school 30 minutes earlier 
for Téa's bookclub!

Amy is in Idaho for a week getting Laurynn situated in school and visiting Austin, Brooke and little Levi. Logan comes every night for dinner, unless he's working a double.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

My wonders of the past few weeks....

In no particular order....

1. This is what 93 usually does not look like.


My Uncle Don turned 93 less than 2 weeks ago.
He's my Mom's brother, and our only living uncle.

My Grandma use to tell me that as a baby he had a hard time thriving. The doctor told her to feed him meat. He didn't want meat. So she would put baby Don in a buggy and every few steps try to coax him into eating another bite. 


2. If I would known how popular this recipe was going to be, 
I would have taken better care of it. 

We made several of these for a recent funeral. 
The recipe was passed on to us from our Stake Girl's Camp. 
I've lost track of how many have requested it so far.


3. So nice to have Tyler's cousin Julie and her family,
 in the same neighborhood in Meridian! 
My brother John and Suzanne, 
and Alex live not too far from them either. 
Makes me happy to see my family intertwined. 

4. Envy Apples

Tyler introduced me to these. They are a cross breed between two apples and have only been available since 2009. 
These are now our very favorite apple! 

They are only grown in Washington, New Zealand, Chili and Costco (which is where we get ours.) 



4. This just makes sense to me.

I was intrigued at first by the last on the list: "have a strong sense of control"...I thought it was just me who needs that. Apparently not. 


5. Last month (in August!) we received probably the earliest invite to a Christmas party. 

How can we not go when they have already tried this hard?



6. Den and I get our happy treasures every Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market. 

Did you know that 1/3 of all produce in the US 
is grown right here in our valley?
(We won't talk about our air quality, 
just focus on the fruits and vegetables.)



7. This is just basic human reflex....

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone understood this. 



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I'm one with a chicken

I have never felt so connected to an animal as I do with this chicken.....


Monday, September 10, 2018

Oakmont

My Dad and Susan's new home.


In many ways it's like living in a luxury hotel. 




And for those who feel inclined to have a little variety in their day.....



They even have their own little movie theater, 
complete with recliners and a popcorn machine. 


Every day at 2pm and 7pm.
This week's features:


Or they can bring their own movies to watch there at other times. 

They have "touch up Tuesdays" 
just in case anyone runs into a wall with their wheelchair.


They even have a little entry way to their apartment.  


Just so happens, every time I've been there so far, 
there has been a hospice nurse, such as this one. 


They are loving the food so far.
I am, too! 


They can go in there whenever they want to eat, 
not just regular meal times. 



Last time we were there, Dad and Susan 
were discussing the fish on the menu.

She thought sole and salmon were the same fish.
Dad said they weren't. 

So she asked what the difference was and my Dad responded:
"S-A-L-M-O-N"



Some of the other residents like to decorate outside their front door. 


But this one is my favorite:


And I just have to say, isn't Susan adorable!


Friday, September 7, 2018

Back to School for the Grands 2018



Since Leo started preschool this week in Idaho.....



...I can show his cousins on their first day of school too...
which for most, started last month. 

I don't think I will ever get use to August school!

Richie


Juliet doesn't appear to be suffering too much 
with her brothers at school now.


Some of the grands are not so sure about having their picture on here, so I will basically just stick with the grade schoolers. 

Then we go to Montana....


Grant



Scarlett



And Annie who has gymnastics every Wednesday. 
That counts, right?


Then back to Clovis
Téa and Jonas


They have the same teacher their Uncle McKay 
had for 2 days in 1st grade back in 1990!
(I pulled McKay out of her class because it was her first day teaching and it was too chaotic for me....but I hear she is great now, lots of experience.)


And I snuck one in here who is in HIGH SCHOOL
(because I know she won't mind)
Elora

Cami

Violet