Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It Looks Like Summer

     If you need me for the next few months, I’ll be doing summery things.  Yes, that’s right, school’s out (for summer…forever…)!  I made it through my first year of teaching, and am well on my way to enjoying my first full summer as a married lady.  My plans include organizing closets, working at the daycare, and spending a glorious week at the beach!

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     I am by no means wishing my summer away, but three and a half weeks is almost nothing…aaaaaaand it’s been two years since I’ve sunk my feet into this sand.  We are so ready.
     In other time-related news, it’s been almost a year since Keith and I got married (I know!).  After all this time, I finally finished our photo album.  I used Somerset Albums to create a lay-flat photo book. It should be here any day, and I cannot wait. 
     There you have it friends:
          1.  Clean closets
          2.  Wedding album (…finally)
          3.  VACATION! (Seriously…I may not make it three more weeks.)

What is your summer looking like?  Are you staying busy with fun plans?  Happy SUMMER!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Better Days are Coming

     I think I’m late to the party again; I’ve been seeing this cute little #100happydays thing going around on Instagram…and I had to Google it to make sure it was a real thing.  Now that I know that it is in fact a real thing, I’m going to do what I usually do and jump on the bandwagon late and probably fall off early.  Feel free to peruse my Instagram and see if I ever actually start it.
     In other news, in two and a half days you will no longer be reading from a first year teacher!  I have almost made it through a full year of teaching! (Is there a punctuation mark stronger than an exclamation mark?)

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     All of that means it’s almost summer.  Really it is.  I  can almost taste it – or maybe that’s the chicken we grilled earlier.  In less than one week, I plan to be sitting in the sun and eating summertime food and doing all of the things that mean summer!
     On that note, we have about a month until time to head to the beach, and I could not be more ready.  I’ve finally found some swimsuits that fit.  The meal plan has been made, and I’ve been looking at the place we’re staying just pretending I’m there.  Anybody else pretending to be on vacation?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dinnertime

     I should have titled this “We Eat This Way Too Often,” because we do…but it’s so good.  Allow me to introduce you to my little friend – Krystal Burger Casserole.

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     This recipe is sooooo easy (would I tell you how to do anything more difficult?).  Let’s jump in.  If I could actually jump into this stuff I totally would. 

1.  Gather your stuff.  Let me break it down for you:
          2 cans of crescent rolls
          1 lb. of ground beef
          dehydrated onion
          American cheese (enough to cover at least half…or all if you want)
          dill pickles
          mustard
     Notice how I didn’t measure?  You don’t even have to.  That’s right! Toss those measuring spoons back into the drawer.

2.  Brown your ground beef.  While it’s working, toss in a palmful of dehydrated onion.  When it’s done cooking, drain.

3.  In the bottom of a casserole dish, roll out 1 of your cans of crescent rolls.

4.  Pour on your ground beef/onion mixture.  Then toss on your pickles (as many as you like…for me that’s about 258,521), do a big squiggle of mustard, and place your cheese slices.  I usually do half cheese and half not, but it’s totally up to you.

5.  Top all of that deliciousness with your other can of crescents.

6.  Bake according to the directions on the crescents.  Tip:  I usually leave mine in a little longer so that the crescents are fully done.

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Note:  I care not one bit that this is an extremely ugly picture.  It was delicious, and I ate every bite.

     This masterpiece tastes just like a Krystal burger.  So, so good.  If you eat this and don’t love it, I’ll help you find a taste bud transplant doctor. 
     This is on our menu probably once a month.  It is so easy, and can be tossed together really quickly even if you’ve been working or busy all day.  Did I mention it tastes just like a Krystal burger?!  It does.  Cook.  Eat.  Thank me later.