Black Bean and Zucchini Quesadillas

Let me just say, I’m pretty impressed that I spelled “zucchini” correctly on the first try, that one always gets me!

Anyway, its been a while since I’ve actually gotten to cook! My dad was a professional chef back in his 20s, and he loves to cook, so he’s been doing most of it around here.

But every now and then I’m still sneaking back into the kitchen. Especially since I’m trying to encourage him to eat just a little bit healthier.

But I made these quesadillas a week (or maybe two?) ago when I was still in Memphis. They are super cheap, and super easy.

First I just diced up some zucchini. I then mixed it with half a can of black beans that I rinsed (to get the extra salt and weird tin can taste off). I mashed them up together a bit, and then added some salsa. Then I took 2 tortillas and added the mixture to each. I grated up some sharp cheddar cheese and topped with another tortilla. I chose to broil them, about 3 minutes each side because I thought it would be quicker. Finish Reading: Black Bean and Zucchini Quesadillas

Easy and Healthy Snacks

winnerI’m a snacker. It’s my curse. I love eating, but as everyone knows, snacking all the time isn’t very healthy. So over the years I’ve had to find ways to indulge without completely killing my body. Even though the effects of my over snacking weren’t visible on the outside, I knew there was no way that eating candy and chips all the time would be good for my body in the future. Here are the snacks that I eat nowadays that I (hope) are a better option than grabbing a cookie.

Pretzel Chips and Hummus

This is such a simple snack to go for. I always make sure that I have a nice big bag of pretzel chips around and hummus in the fridge. When it’s snack time, or even lunch, I’ll limit myself to about 15-20 pretzel chips and dip them in delicious hummus. It doesn’t sound like much, but hummus is actually extremely filling, so this is the sort of snack that leaves me feeling satisfied when after I’ve eaten it all.

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Experiment: avoiding caffeine, along with the meat

coffee-beans-759024_960_720Lately I have been avoiding caffeine, along with the meat. In an effort to make my stomach and insides happier, I’ve been drinking herbal tea throughout the day. While I love me some herbal tea, the lack of caffeine has been giving me awful headaches. Usually, I just continue to hydrate with the tea and water, but today I’m meeting my mom for dinner after work, so I figured I should try to at least feel better. So, I went to the soda machine to get a can of diet coke. (Don’t even get me started on the 20 oz. bottles. I can’t finish them and I like the way it tastes better from a can. Colder. Am I odd? Hell yes.)

What came out? A can of REGULAR coke. I am now hysterical from all the sugar and I still have a headache.

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Zombies and glasses and chunky black sandals

08-avoid-while-tired-gauging-tired1I feel like a zombie. I’m stressed, stretched too thin. Exhausted. I have so much on my mind…there are so many thoughts screaming through my head that I wish I could just turn my brain off for a while. My jaw is sore from clenching my teeth so hard. Inside my head is loud. It’s one big perma-headache.

As I pack our lives into boxes and tape them shut I come across things that I forgot I had. Stuff of my mom’s that still hold her scent, papers and cards that bear her handwriting, things that trigger a flood of memories; nostalgia. It’s easier when they’re tucked away in boxes, out of sight, out of mind. I like it better when I can keep them – and the memories that come with them – all under wraps, hidden, so I don’t have to deal with them. Finish Reading: Zombies and glasses and chunky black sandals

Much To Say About Anything

Well, my blogging seems to have hit the back burner a bit these past few days. I’d love to say I’ve been crazy busy, but I really haven’t – I’ve just had nothing to say which, as my friends will say, is very unlike me. I feel like my life is beyond boring at the moment… sure there are dramas here and there but nothing to write a full post about. For those of you who are interested, my week has consisted of the following things.

  • ASSIGNMENTS; It’s almost the end of my penultimate year of university, and the workload is steady and slow, but it requires so much more thought and organisation. This could be due to the fact that it’s all group work, and there are 5 more people to contend with other than myself. I don’t mind – these people are my good friends, but sometimes I wish I could get a degree on my own terms, just in case someone doesn’t pull their weight.
  • PLACEMENTS; Still struggling to find a decent placement nearby after my previous one kinda sacked me. I’ve written to over ten companies asking if they’ll take me for free and some have asked for my CV and then said no, and then others have just ignored me. I don’t know what is worse – leading me on or just blatantly being a moron. I’ve applied for a huge company but it was advertised on a huge arts website, so I can imagine they’re a little snowed under with applications! My adult teaching job is not in danger, but it my be time for a change…

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What is your career personality and other questions

I found this awesome website when you can take a test and based on your answers you will be assigned to one of the 6 career personality groups. There are also suggestions for career/job that will be the best match for you. This test is based on Holland codes  and it’s really interesting. The career test has just 3 questions, you choose number of answers and in 5 minutes you know your career personality. According to this test I am a social type, a helper and one of the suggested jobs was a teacher! Wow, this is what I always wanted to do.

So my first question to you. What is your career personality? Take a test and check.

I am a social type.

2. What order do you put on your clothes?

bra, underwear, stand in front of closet for an extended period of time, then pants/skirt, shirt/sweater, shoes

3. Are you generally on-time, early or late?

I’m never exactly on time. I’m either early, or more frequently, running late. Finish Reading: What is your career personality and other questions

To the mall

hqdefaultI took quick advantage of having a car again yesterday and took Caitlin to the mall to go to the play area. We’d never done this because of the fact that we’ve only gone to the mall on Saturday and Sunday nights and it was always filled with children who definitely exceed the 42″ maximum height and looked like they would eat her for breakfast along with their cocoa puffs. So we’ve always passed it up, while she stared longingly at the large foam tree and listened to the screeching laughter of the other monsters children. Guilt has always eaten me alive by this.

I made plans to take her there yesterday and after getting the three of us cleaned and ready, off we went, just us. Just me. And two kids. Under two.

After an uneventful lunch in which I accidentally ate a red bell pepper (yuck) and Caitlin stuffed a piece of her pizza up her nose, I nervously lead the way to the play area on the other side of the mall.

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The one in which my panic starts to rise because I only have 3 and 7 months before birthdays

I am ready for this massacre of a holiday season to end.

For reals, ‘yo.

I am running out of space for the mass quantities of gifts my children are receiving from my family. I am actually contemplating getting rid of a desk we don’t use to make room for everything. They are getting a (rather large) indoor/outdoor slide for crying out loud. That doesn’t include the table and chair set the girl is getting, or the freaking tea set or gazillion dolls. Or the TWO musical creeper tables and Lil’ Zoomers huge thing a-ma-bobber my little He-Man is getting.

But once January 1st is here, my focus is once again taken to other things. Such as Caitlin’s upcoming second birthday in March and the little celebration Chris and I will be having for her. And the Powerwheel four-wheeler she’s getting. And the drum set. Along with a gazillion more dolls and tea sets probably. And then, as soon as THAT is over, Kinley’s first birthday in August.

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Overpaid profession, overrated musician-My 5 series

I recently joined a community of people who prepare for the GED exam  ( I write questions for their online-classes).

Somebody suggested this funny game to answer these 5 questions.

  • What’s a profession you believe to be overpaid?
  • Who’s a musician you believe to be overrated?
  • What in your life could stand to be overhauled?
  • What’s something interesting you recently overheard?
  • Who is the most overextended person you know?

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A couple of names

In the spirit of Taking a Breather From the Hellish Land of Statistics Assignment and Study, here are two names I am loving at the moment.


This name is gaining some popularity; birth announcements occasionally surprise me. However, the most frequent comments made by people who wouldn’t use the name is “It sounds too literary”/”It sounds pretentious” or some combination of the two. Most people who did high school English are aware of where this probably stems from: Atticus Finch, one of the characters in Harper Lee’s Too Kill A Mockingbird. According to Wiki:

“Atticus is To Kill a Mockingbird’s most upright character, representing the moral ideal of both a lawyer and a human being: he is brutally honest, highly moral, extremely opinionated a tireless crusader for good causes (even hopeless ones), a virtual pacifist and, for the most part, devoid of any of the racial or class prejudices afflicting the other citizens of Maycomb.”

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