Portable Picnic

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 No comments
 Here's a quick idea for a get together I threw last summer.  My family rented a beach house, and one of the meals I brought was lunch to take to the beach.  To make it a little more fun (and easy to carry), I bought these plastic containers at Party City (near the candy-sold for a dollar).  I put a sandwich, fruit, and chips in each ball, closed it up and then carried to them to the beach.
It was easy to pass out, and a vessel to hold the grub as we ate.

Oklahoma

Saturday, May 30, 2020 No comments
      This year has rocked my world.  In particular 2020 so far, not just the 'school year'  I usually measure things by as a teacher.
     I'm not ready to dissect it yet, but after a LOT of changes at work.  A lot of unknowns.  After quarantine for all, and a personal battle with Covid-19  I feel stole a huge part of the last 6 weeks from my personal life and those of my immediate family.  Lots of things to say about that eventually.  Praises to be shared as well.  This weekend I need something normal.  I'm sure we all do.
       Last weekend I packed my facemask, and my hand gel, and gloves, and I drove North to Oklahoma.  Just two hours, but it's the farthest I've driven BY almost 2 hours in almost 3 months.
     I sat by a lake away from the new normal these days and I got to feel, for just a moment, like, even as we take these lessons we learned over the last few months, there are going to be things that still can feel the same.  Sweeter, not worse.  My iPhone and I looked at the details of these flowers, by a lake, and then we drove home again and I took a little bit of that back home with me.

Shower in a Bag

Thursday, May 28, 2020 No comments
 One of my work pals is having a baby.  It's her third little baby since I've worked with her over the last 14 years.  We wanted to do something fun for her and the family, but a shower wasn't possible.  We put together a 'shower in a bag.'  Different teams sent gift cards for meals and little treats.  Her teammate and I put in lots of her favorite treats, plates, napkins, cups, and decorations for the family to enjoy, including a shirt and toy for the big brother and sister.
I added balloons and a honeycomb bottle to the bags and then let her know it's on her porch.

Smore Gift

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 No comments
 Last week, we wrapped up our year of Secret Sister...a little different.  We usually do a fun "3 Clues" happy hour, but this year we just did a porch exchange, with our name attached.
 My secret sister likes to travel, but....quarantine.  So I tried to put together a bucket of things for adventures near or far.  I put in a picnic blanket, a monogramed coffee....or wine cup, and then all the stuff for making smores.

Tiger King Cookies

Sunday, May 24, 2020 1 comment
       I can go months without watching Netflix.  I should probably reevaluate my subscription, BUT it has come in handy this quarantine.  Some of my work friends convinced me to watch Tiger King.  I regret every moment, but-I made it through.  We then zoomed, dressing like the characters (lots of animal prints, mullets, and one poop costume, otherwise known as Carol Baskin's first husband).  If you know...you know.  If you don't.  Well, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
      I bought some dopey teeth from USToys (there was a lot of drug used that impacted the teeth of the reality stars), I grabbed some animal print ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and I made these 'poop  cookies' with Wilton Eye Balls.  I wrapped them up and handed them out to my friends as end of school year gifts.  And....another year of weird friends that get me through is a wrap!

Tomato Basil Pasta

Friday, April 24, 2020 1 comment
Last summer, one of my favorite instagrammers posted this recipe and I took a screen shot.  I tried it out this week and it was delicious!  It far exceeded my expectations, and was very simple to put together.  It reminded me a little bit like a supreme pizza.

All you need is a box of rotini pasta, 1 jar of tomato basil pasta, a cucumber (peeled, sliced, halved), 1 c. of cherry tomatoes (I quartered them), half a purpose onion (halved and thinly sliced), and 1/3 c. feta.  It also called for basil leaves to garnish, but ain't nobody got time for garnish in quarantine.

I boiled the pasta and then tossed the rest of it together when the pasta cooled a bit.  I put it in the fridge and then I had lunch for a week.

This salad already has me dreaming of summer!