Oh Monday. Today was a doozy. There’s no weekend to recap because I am sick. My weekend consisted of rotating to different sides of the couch. Jeremy thought fresh air would heal me, so we did go out for a walk. It didn’t heal me, but I was able to snap a few fall pics.
Today, my students were shockingly well behaved, for which I was extremely thankful. I think they can tell when teachers feel like crap. After school and detention, Jeremy and I drove down to Concord to meet some friends who were up visiting from Tennessee. We went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Then we went to Legal Seafood in Burlington. They are up here with a college group for a literary tour. Our friends did not plan the dinner.
Long story short, for all the hype surrounding Legal Seafood I was not impressed. Since I was sick, I just ordered a salad. Everyone else’s food looked uninspired. Our server was rude and inattentive. The prices, in my opinion, were outrageous for the style of restaurant. I think at a restaurant where the plates are 20 – 25 dollars, paper placemats are a bit of a faux pas. The one redeeming quality was that they served Cabot butter with the hot rolls. Even with all that, it was great to see friends we don’t get to see often.
We get a little goofy when we’re together. I’m drinking lots of juice, tea, and water, hopefully I can drink my cold away.
Here’s to a good week.
One of the things I was most looking forward to today was bbq nachos. A few months ago, I ordered nachos and was brought barbequed beef nachos. At first I didn’t like them, but then they really grew on me. Since then though, we’ve been making our own variations of bbq nachos at home.
While I wouldn’t say this meal is “healthy” it’s really not horrible there are lots of veggies and lean meat.
.5 pound of chicken
any barbeque sauce
50% reduced fat jalapeno cheddar
Preheat oven to 400
Cook chicken (we usually boil ours, which cuts out fat and makes it easy to shred)
Shred chicken and mix with 1/4 cup of bbq sauce and jalapenos
Place chips in a pie pan and top chips with chicken, green pepper, onion, and cheese
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese and chips brown
Top with lettuce and a little extra bbq sauce
These are a great meal for a tired night. If you chop the veggies in advance, all the better. It was nice enough to eat outside so pumpkin beers with cinnamon sugar rims were enjoyed at the picnic table along with delicious nachos. This is not my favorite bbq sauce, but it was on sale and hfcs free. When we use the rest I’ll dilute it with some vinegar.
If you can get Saranac Pumpkin Ale where you live, DO IT! It is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had all year. Do not drink it out of the bottle. This beer must be enjoyed in a glass because the autumnal fragrance is just heavenly.
Enjoy the weekend.
While I held tightly on to summer this year, I am excited for fall.
I am excited for scarves, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin beers, apple picking, apple pie, cider doughnuts, and crunchy leaves. This list goes on and on.
Wow! What a whirlwind of a week. The first week back to school in the fall is always busy, but being at a new school made it even more so. I didn’t post after Tuesday because my days went something like this:
- Get up at 5:30 (a full four hours earlier than I’ve been waking up for the last two months)
- Work (frantically try to remember students names, my own schedule, and all of the content I need to teach)
- Come home and shovel in dinner lovingly prepared by husband
- Prepare for next day
- Fall on couch and stay there until time for bed.
It never fails to amaze me how tiring it all is. By next week I’m sure I’ll hit a groove, but this week took it all out of me. I’m definitely going to have to go back to posting less.
Here’s a quick look at my classroom, right after I finished getting most things up on the walls. I’d still like to order a few cool literature posters.
Work is finally getting into a flow, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to more regular blogging. I really like blogging, which means I should do it more often.
Three things . . .
Work is going well, but some of my students are just wacky. Yesterday, one of my freshmen (with a 8 inch tall mohawk) asked me if I wanted to see the skunk he had. I assumed he meant a picture and told him I would look at it after he did his work. He finished his work and asked if I would now look at his skunk. I said yes. He proceeded to pull out an actual skunk skin/coat/pelt; I don’t know what to call it. I was a little taken aback but have come to expect things like this. He said his dad had given it to him as a gift. He was really pretty happy about it and pretended like it was a puppet. There are crappy, crappy days at my job but things like make it pretty enjoyable sometimes.
Jeremy joined my gym. I guess that means that now it is our gym. Last fall and winter, I had a hard time getting to the gym. Time is so limited when we both get home that we wanted to be together. Since we went to separate gyms, I usually ended up not going. This fall has been a lot better though. We’ve been working out frequently, and my jogging/running is definitely improving. It’s been fun to have someone to work out with. I’ve kept off all the weight that I lost in Europe. I would like to lose 10 more pounds.
Fall is here. Summer was short, but I still love fall. My friend Mindy is coming to visit the first weekend in October. We have a lot of great things planned: Apple Picking, Salem, MA, Books Sale. It should be great.
Fall also means baking. I made the best blueberry muffins I’ve ever had. They are a bit blurry. Sorry.
I started with a recipe from the cookbook Hearts and Flour and of course changed it all around. The topping is the best part in my opinion, which was not in the recipe. A mix of oats and wheat germ, nutty and delicious.
Keep checking. I will be blogging more frequently. My goal is three times a week.
When you bake do you follow the recipe or just see it as a suggestion? Leave your thoughts.