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Sheet pan dinners

24 Mar

I’ve found a great new way to make dinner easier. It’s called a sheet pan dinner. You put everything on a rimmed cookie sheet, put it in the oven and in 25-45 minutes, your complete dinner is done. And only one pan to wash.

Tonight is hamburgers and roasted vegetables. I’m using preformed quarter pound patties. Put the burger patties on one end of your cookie sheet. Put your cut up vegetables on the other side. Put them in a 375 oven and set a timer for 15 minutes. Turn the burgers over and stir up the vegetables and give it another 10 minutes. I’m serving it with cottage cheese.

I also do frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs. They usually take 30 minutes, then turn over and add another 10 minutes.

My favorite vegetables are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, and zucchini. I put the broccoli tops in the middle and the harder veggies on the outside.

I put a little oil in the pan under the vegetables and a little drizzle over the top of them. Everything gets seasoned with pepper, seasoned salt and garlic powder. The chicken gets some dehydrated lemon powder sprinkled on them too.

  • I’m grateful to find easier ways to cook that don’t require me to stand at the stove. I’m grateful the oven helps warm the house when it’s cold. I’m grateful that dinner is done.

Night all. LOVES


Let the sneezing begin

23 Mar

It must be springtime. I can tell because I’ve been sneezing almost nonstop for the last couple days.

I have really bad allergies pretty much all year. I take medicine for them every day. But a few times a year, I almost need to double up. In the fall when the season changes, around Christmas when all the pine and cedar come inside, and every spring. And spring is the worst. I think it’s because everything is waking up at the same time and sending out new shoots, leaves and flowers.

  • I’m grateful for tissue paper. I go through rolls of it. I’m grateful for lotion under my nose. It gets so sore. I’m grateful for allergy medication. I couldn’t imagine life without it.

Night all. LOVES

Always say I love you

22 Mar

I love you. I say it all the time. Some might think that it’s just words because I say it so often, but it’s not. I always mean it.

I’ve been saying it ever since my mom passed. I never got to say it to her that last time we talked because I had been dodging her calls. She was on the warpath about something and I didn’t want to listen. So I just told her goodbye and I’ll talk to you later.

I have decided that I will never miss another chance to tell my loved ones how I feel. I say it when the kids go into another room. I say it when I don’t want to yell down stairs and call instead. I’ll even say it if I call you from across the room because you’re ignoring me.

  • I’m grateful to have another chance to tell you that you are special and are important to me. I’m grateful to tell you I love you frequently. I’m grateful that you tell me too.

Night all. LOVES

I’m in trouble tonight

21 Mar

I went to a church function tonight and left my child home alone. I had planned on having someone come hang out with him, but that fell through. I hoped that he would be OK being home for a couple of hours by himself so that I could hang out with some grown ups.

I had my phone but I had it set on vibrate. Then I stuck it in my jacket pocket on the back of the chair. And forgot about it. So I missed his calls. Yes, CALLS! He called me 15 times in 20 minutes. Because he wanted to go outside and play. Now he’s sitting downstairs having a cow and refusing to come to bed. He says I don’t love him. SIGH!!!

  • I’m grateful to get to spend some quality time with the ladies from my church tonight. I’m grateful for an amazing salad bar for dinner. I’m grateful that nothing major happened while I was gone.

Night all. LOVES


20 Mar

I spent the afternoon with my middle child today running errands. I had to pick up prescriptions and I didn’t want to be nauseous on the bus. I’d much rather be nauseous in a car.

He’s learning to drive a standard and he’s doing a really good job of it. Only killed it a couple of times. And both were on hills.

  • I’m grateful that he was willing to come and take me today. He’s such a good kid. I’m grateful to have my meds. I’m grateful he’s coming back over to babysit tomorrow night so I can go to a party at the church.

Night all. LOVES

Counting blessings

19 Mar

As I sit here listening to lullabies playing, I’m counting my blessings. My son is almost asleep. He came home from his foster mom’s with a basket of clean clothes, a new hair cut, and a new attitude about him. And he’s tired.

I made it to Sacrament Meeting today even though I had to come home afterwards. I didn’t stay for Sunday School or Relief Society because I felt terrible.

I was able to cobble together something to eat today that hasn’t had too many bad consequences for my stomach. Sometimes oatmeal is amazing.

  • I’m grateful to have my needs met most of the time. Even when I don’t think I do, it’s mostly because I’m being lazy and not doing my part. I’m grateful to all those who bring sunshine to my soul. I’m grateful to know that things will work out the way they are supposed to.

Night all. LOVES

St Patrick’s Day

18 Mar

I’m celebrating this holiday by staying home and off the streets. I shipped my son off to his foster mom’s where she is going to spoil him with pizza and a movie and doing a load of laundry I sent with him. She is such an amazing woman and I’m blessed to have her.

I’m not having a good day with my medicine so I’m probably going back to bed early after making some chicken soup.

  • I’m grateful to have extra amazing adults in my child’s life who can step up when I can’t. I’m grateful for simple, easy to digest food. I’m grateful for warm and cozy blankets all throughout the house.

Night all. LOVES