Sunday, February 16, 2014

On The Table

For my peanut butta lova :) 

Autumn Salad that has been on the table a few times this year, I love 
the apple cider vinaigrette.  

First time making these bad boys. Chickpea Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers. YUM-O.
For left overs, I mashed them up and put them in a wrap with spicy mayo. 

Just made this tonight, we had all the ingredients already and
 no cream required! Substitute for whole wheat penne and a mediterranean  
seasoning instead of parsley. 

Tomato-Basil Spinach Risotto, I served this with a simple chicken. 
Would be better if our tomatoes were in season :) 

Are you seeing a trend here? I basically use the blog Iowa Girl Eats and 2 Martha Stewart books to make our menus each week. Once in a blue moon, I will use other recipes I have found from Pinterest.  I like to plan 4-5 menus so we don't over buy and to stay healthy! Any recommendations? 

Something new on the table this week were smoothies. We bought a VitaMix but unfortunately the voltage/watts (long techie story) doesn't work, but we have been using our old blender. Each night we make a smoothie to bring to work for the next day. Ry has been able to get right into the green ones, me on the other hand, it's taking time. I'll post more about some recipes we have tried this week! 

Happy Eating!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Power of Empathy

As some of you may know, one of my resolutions was to read the book "Daring Greatly". I wanted to share this quick video about the power of empathy and the importance of connection. Connecting with someone can make bad times better! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teaching Abroad

I recently wrote an article for TEFL, a program to help me teach abroad. I took the online version of the class before we moved to Belgium. It's a great opportunity to live, work, and teach abroad. You don't have to have a teaching background to do it either. Check it out! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

On The Table

I haven't been so good at posting what we have been eating but here are some favorites from the past week. 

With a light dijon vinaigrette from Martha. I love this lighter version of the
oh so popular Belgian salad! Who doesn't love a heaping about of goat cheese? 

 Second time around, we made it with bio-bacon and 
they weren't as good! Recipe from Hint of Honey (just discovered
her blog) 

Black bean and Sweet Corn Guacamole Dip from my girl (I feel like I can
call her my girl since we eat the same foods) Iowa Girl Eats 

And last but not least, tonights meal from Iowa Girl, again. I just need to talk about this
recipe. This was the first time I have ever cooked tofu... and the first time I have ever eaten a MANGO. Seriously folks. I went to town. It was so delicious and juicy. What have I been doing with my life? Just walking past mangoes at the store, not any more! This pizza has a peanut sauce, broccoli, green onions, mozzarella cheese, and topped with chopped peanuts, mangoes, and cilantro. Just make it. 

Happy eating! 

Monday, February 3, 2014


One of my resolutions this year was to take a photoshop class. After some research I found this e-course online - FREE

I just completed the 10 part mini course and have signed up for Kim Klassen's "Photoshop the Essentials" for a 3 month self-paced class. I have been loving spending time learning something new and creating some beautiful pictures. It's also nice to do something after work besides lesson planning! 

Here's a glimpse of some before and afters from the free e-course... 


Happy Monday!

100 days smarter

On Friday was our 100th day of school. This celebration is very common in the states, but it was the first time my kids had ever heard of it! Here are some ways we celebrated... 

 One of my favorites, I call him Curious George :) 
What Maria will look like when she is 100! 

Sarah will use a hair dryer when she's an old lady :) 

 Some sweet writing from my boys! I can't 
make this stuff up! 

What we would do when we are 100 .... 100 Things We Want (100 Miss. H's!) 

It was a really fun day and the kids were overall very good. I have such a great class and I feel that they really have grown since the first day of school. I sure feel 100 days smarter, hehe!