There is nothing that puts me more in the mood for cooking than a beautiful day. Sunny skies, perfect temperatures, and a lazy Sunday all remind me that summer is right around the corner. I feel happier and more energetic. I got more done today than I ever could get done on these rainy, dreary work weeks in Houston. Read more
Before starting this blog in 2012, I was a first year school counselor, a grad student, member of a professional dance team, and a side artist. I had little time and quickly became frustrated with the lack of resources I was finding out there for busy school counselors like myself. I started the blog in hopes of helping others around me with similar issues. Read more
When we are little, we are taught throughout all our young lives how to be a good friend. We are praised for including others, disciplined for leaving others out. Thumbs up for sharing, thumbs down for calling a friend a name.
As a kid, everyone you meet is your friend. You instantly engage in play, you laugh, you run, and you literally lose all your cares. Not a single child is on the playground thinking about what someone might think of him, how long that friendship will last, will they turn their back on you, or will they truly be there through thick and thin. Carefree friendships are a childhood treasure. Read more
Part 3 . . .
I promised you a changed life by Wednesday . . . well my busy work life took over and now you might consider me some what of a liar . . . oh well, I have my shield up . . . don’t know what that means? Lucky for you I’ll tell you all about my shield. Read more
Spence, Ocean, and I just got back from a 10 day excursion to Colorado. And by we just got back I mean we got back 5 days ago and it’s taken me that long to figure out how to live in Houston again, how to organize my life, and most importantly, it took me that long to catch up with 3 great friends all of Wednesday!
(Photo Courtesy of Kip Naleski) Read more
I woke up on this beautiful April morning and decided I needed some breakfast.
If you didn’t know any better you’d have thought this was some sort of cooking blog, by the way I keep posting all of these recipes. But quite frankly, I can’t help myself. I have been cooking vegetables like they are going out of style. Read more
I love Honey Crisp Apples. I love them with peanut butter, on a plate, in the car, while teaching, practically anywhere, with anything, and any how I can get them. Read more
How do I know? Well, let me tell you it’s not the cool temperatures, the boots, the scarves, or gloves because here in Houston I’m still wearing my skirts, flip flops, shorts, and tank tops.
It’s the butternut squash!!! And the boat load of butternut squash recipes.
Much to my delight, Whole Foods had a pack of butternut squash pre-cut. No, I’m not lazy, but these baby fingers begin to hurt 4 seconds into cutting through one of those bad boys. Even worse is peeling away the skin. So when I found pre-cut butternut squash I took it and ran (to the cash register).
Apple Cider Glazed Butternut Squash
- 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1/2 c. spiced apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Coat butternut squash with oil and place in a glass baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
- While the squash is roasting, heat the apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan over high medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 10 minutes.
- Toss butternut squash with apple cider vinegar reduction.
A little apple flavor, a little butternut squash, and little Walking Dead . . . the night complete.
So last year, right around this time, I had the one of best experiences in my life. It consisted of me, two of my dancer friends, Kerry (our dance instructor), and bunch of his closest friends. We got to perform for Kerry’s 22nd birthday bash!
I pretty much talked about the night for weeks to come, showing the you tube videos to anyone that was willing to sit down and watch them. Read more