Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Back to School Survey for Kids


Back to School Survey for Kids

You may remember back in May when I shared a fun survey I give my kids at the end of each school year as a way to see how their interests and favorites change over time. I give them a similar survey at the start of each year as well. They went back to school last week (yes, I know - so early!), so I thought I'd share the questions here again. Try this with your kids. I promise you'll love to see how much their answers change over time, especially if they're young kids.


1. What is your name?  
2. What grade are you in?  
3. How old are you? 
4. What is your favorite color?  
5. What was your favorite thing to do at school?   
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school?  
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?  
8. What is your favorite food? 
9. How old is your mom?  
10. What is her job?  
11. What is mom's favorite food?  
12. How old is your dad?  
13. What is his job?  
14. What is dad's favorite food?  
15. What do mom and dad like to do?  
16. If you have siblings, what are their names?  
17. How old are your siblings?  
18. What is/are your sibling(s) favorite food?  
19. What is your favorite toy? 
20. Where do you live?  
21. What is your favorite thing to do?  
22. What is your favorite place you've ever been?  
23. Who is your best friend?  
24. What is your favorite animal?  
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be?  


(Chalkboard signs we used for our photos were purchased here.)



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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Vegetarian Oven Nachos


Vegetarian Oven Nachos

You guys know how much I love tacos, but believe it or not, I like nachos even better.  And I have the most divine oven nacho recipe to share. They're vegetarian, but you won't miss the meat at all. They're full of yummy black beans, cheese, and spices, and topped with tangy salsa, spicy jalapeños, and avocado. 

Vegetarian Oven Nachos
Vegetarian Oven Nachos

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
1/2 bag tortilla chips 
1 can black beans 
5 cups shredded cheese
3/4 tsp chili powder 
1/4 tsp cumin 
1/4 tsp garlic powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1-1/2 cups thick salsa
1 fresh jalapeño, sliced 
1/2 avocado, cubed 
lime

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse black beans. In a bowl, mix chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Add a single layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Spread beans evenly on tortilla chips. Cover with cheese. Sprinkle with spice mixture. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with CHI-CHI's® Thick & Chunky Salsa, avocado, and jalapeño slices. Squeeze on a little lime. Serve immediately.

Vegetarian Oven Nachos

These oven nachos make for a delicious snack, or even a meal. Enjoy!  



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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Easy Black Bean Burrito Bowls


Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

These black bean burrito bowls are such a great summertime meal! We love using the cherry tomatoes from our garden and eating them on the patio. And if you make the rice in advance, they only take a few minutes to prepare. 

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
3-4 cups warm cooked rice (any variety) 
1 can black beans, drained
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
handful baby greens
salsa (we like salsa verde)
salt to taste
half a lime
cilantro (optional)
hot sauce (optional)

In a small sauce pan, heat black beans over medium heat. While beans are heating, slice cherry tomatoes and the avocado. In individual bowls, add rice, beans, avocado slices, tomato, and greens. Top with salsa, lime juice, and salt. Add cilantro and/or hot sauce if desired.  

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

My daughter also loves hers rolled up into a burrito.  So good!



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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Our Iceland Trip


The Blue Lagoon

I will admit that as Instagram (find us there) and TikTok (yep, I'm now there too) take over (or more accurately, have been taking over, for years) blogs, I only rarely share pieces of my personal life here anymore. The blog these days seems to be more of a place for me to share recipes or home projects or other content that will be of use to others, rather than glimpses into my experiences.

Reykjavik rainbow road
Rekjavik buildings
Reykjavik church

That said, I felt compelled to share some images from our trip to Iceland. This was way back in March, and since we've been on other trips (Disney, Clearwater Beach, various road trips), but Iceland was just so unique. The band my husband works for played there, and it was delayed two years because of the pandemic, which ultimately made it even more special. It was also the longest my husband and I have ever been away together without our kids. I missed them a lot, but it was so good for all of us. 

Reykjavik shops
Reykjavik music venue
Reykjavik
The Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik architecture

We didn't get to see or do much outside of Reykjavik. It rained almost the entire time and we didn't have a personal vehicle to explore. But I still felt satisfied. The city is really incredible - full of color, progressive, safe, and easy to navigate. I liked everything I ate and drink and saw. We also got to go to the Blue Lagoon, which was magical and a bucket list adventure.

I'd love to make it back and explore the country more, hopefully in the summertime. 


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