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Monday wasn’t so bad after all.

Such a busy day today, I was about to give up and go to bed until…

We started off early with getting the kids ready at 6AM.

Followed by running around all day looking for a new water heater since the old one crapped out two days ago.

Then headed to Best Buy to purchase a new router and modem after 3 days of no internet. Who knew we could survive that long!

Grocery shopping was uneventful except that I decided to do it while everyone else in my town decided to go grocery shopping too.

Fixed dinner for the family. Thank goodness it was taco night. Nice and easy. See below for a recipe for rice.

Got some knowledge in for myself by going through a HTML/CSS lesson. I’m excited that I had time to do this today. I have been talking about it for some time and I am finally getting around to it.

By this time, I’m completely exhausted after all of that. Not to mention I’m still not at a hundred percent from going to the snowy Bears game yesterday.

We finally end our day at about 10:30PM by sitting down to decompress and watch a few episodes of Last Man Standing on Netflix and I get such a cool gift from the universe…

While sitting in the family room working online and watching some TV, I get the coolest ending to my chaotic day… There is an owl sitting on my chimney and we can hear it hooting. Loud and clear!  This literally made my day. I LOVE OWLS! After questioning all the crazy annoying things happening throughout the day, this was cool. We even woke up the kids to listen to it. They were excited about it too.  It felt like we were about to get a message from Hogwarts. Of course, I sneaked outside to catch a glimpse of it and as we stepped outside it flew over to the neighbor’s house. What a beautiful animal! It was a good 2ft tall and the wing span was massive.

This experience put today’s events into perspective for me. No matter how tired and discouraged I get, there is always a prize at the end. Whether it’s experiencing the beautiful sounds of nature or getting kisses from your kids before bed or quiet time to get your thoughts together. Life is beautiful. Don’t let the little things blind you from seeing the beauty of what is around you. Just open your heart and let the universe do the rest.

Here is a quick recipe for you… my family really likes it.

White Rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Medium pot with lid

Start by adding olive oil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and rice. Stir. Add water and heat till water starts to boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and cover. Cook approximately 20 mins or until tender and the water is absorbed. Serves about 6.

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Sick Days

On days like today when I’m sitting on the couch with an upper respiratory infection and no sleep for three days it’s even more difficult. As you can see, I could not stay away. Call it motivation or determination or just plain stubbornness but here I am looking for ways to stay focused.

By the way, here is quick recipe for the chicken soup I just made to hopefully feel better quickly.

Easy Chicken Soup

Servings: 4

Time: prep 5 mins, cook 20 mins

Ingredients:

4 cups Chicken Broth

1 cup water

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

3 large carrots, peel and chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1/2lbs. chicken breast

1 Tbl spoon olive oil

1 cup egg noodles

Directions: cut chicken into bite size pieces. Add olive oil and chicken to a medium soup pot and cook for about 5 mins or until no longer pink, make sure to stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick. Add chicken broth, water, carrots, celery, and salt. Cook for 10 mins then add noodles. Cook for another 5 mins or until noodles are tender. Serve.

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Pasta & Garlic Bread Dinner

Servings 5-6

Pasta:

1lb pasta

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 large jar of your favorite pasta sauce

  • Heat sauce in medium sauce pan over medium heat till hot. Stirring occasionally.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  • Place cooked pasta into a large bowl. Stir in sauce. Stir in mozzarella cheese.
  • Serve

Garlic Bread:

6 slices of Italian sliced bread (or any sliced crusty bread)

Butter

Garlic powder

  • Heat griddle or pan over medium heat
  • Butter both sides of the bread.
  • Sprinkle with garlic powder. My family loves garlic so I go heavy on the garlic. If you are not sure, lightly sprinkle with garlic powder.
  • Place buttered garlic bread into pan and brown on both sides. Remove from heat.
  • Serve

Enjoy!!