Summer Buggin’

Last Christmas my oldest daughter received a bug vacuum and a critter case to provide a home for special catches.

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Needless to say this summer has brought a plethora of fun bugs into our home. I have to admit that I have even found the bug vacuum to be handy when trying to catch a rogue spider here and there. It sucks the insect up and puts it into this small vile with a built in magnifying glass for your viewing pleasure.

To date she has hatched on moth and one Monarch Butterfly. Presently, we are awaiting two additional Monarch Butterflies to hatch. If you are looking for an fun gift to give a young child I would highly recommend this combination as it has provided our family so much fun. It’s also a great learning experience for our girls who happen to be into science and the environment. Imagine that!

**Quick Update: Since my original post the two additional Monarch Butterflies that we were waiting on have hatched and were successfully released into their natural habitat. I won’t get around to posting much about this in 2015, but at our new house next spring/summer my girls’ and I are going to be putting in a “Butterfly Garden.” I have been doing some research and trying to get a good list of the plants/flowers that would do best for our region and will work to put together a section on this in the month’s to come! Stay tuned…

Chasing the Storm

So two weekends ago now I made a impromptu trip to Oshkosh. Again for those of you not aware we are two hours away. For some of these trips I choose to get up around 3 am and do the trip alone and get back before everyone’s awake. So this particular weekend I choose to do just that. I got up and headed into Tomah to fill up the truck, when my husband called. This is unusual as he generally goes right back to bed after I leave. Anyway, he advises me there is a severe thunderstorm heading east and that I’d better fill up and hit the road. So I did just that.

Needless to say the storm followed me the entire trip and was the result of the most amazing sunrise and increadible photos! The only regret I have is that I did not take my Canon camera. As I hit Omro about 15 minutes outside of Oshkosh the overwhelming urge to pull over and take photos was too strong so I actually had to turn around to get some of these as the moment was just too perfect to pass up. To be honest, I have never seen such spectacular clouds….apparently, ¬†I need to get up earlier and watch storms roll in more often.

Just outside of Oshkosh, while taking the rainbow photos….was moments before the storm hit. It wasn’t until after the roof of the truck started making this crazy noise, similar to going through the dryer in the carwash, did I realize the severity of the impending storm and the need to get to our home to seek shelter. I am happy to report I whethered the storm just fine and enjoyed the beautiful drive!

Quick Hawaiian Haystack

This dinner is a family favorite and requires limited cooking and preparation.

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Ingredients:
2 (10.5 ounce) cans of cream of chicken soup
3 COOKED boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of milk

Prepare these items in individual bowls for addition to plate:
4 cups of cooked white rice
1 bag of chow mien noodles
1 (8 ounce) can of pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 green or red pepper chopped
3 green onions chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp soy sauce or to taste

Directions:
1 – Mix chicken soup, cooked chicken and milk together in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until smooth and heated through. The recipes I used says this should only take you 5-10 minutes, but I also find that it takes me longer.

2- On your individual plate spoon requested amount of rice. Layer rice with the items from the bowls as wanted. Enjoy!

Caprese Avocado Chicken Salad

So it’s been extremely warm in our rental with the recent heat and our air conditioning has been struggling to keep up so we decided we need to try and eat more meals that require less cook time. In looking through recipes this week I stumbled upon a caprese avocado chicken salad. We tried it and it was amazing, our children opted to eat theirs with ranch over the recommended dressing.

Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourselves (you won’t be disappointed).

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Ingredients:

Boneless grilled chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
Avocado
Fresh Basil
Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
Fresh mozzarella balls (halved or quartered depending on size)
Fresh spring salad mix

Dressing:
1/3 cup oil oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice

Summer 2015

So as you can tell summer is not going according to plan….then again life rarely goes according to plan. You’d think with two children, I would be use to this by now? Anyway, my family and I are excited to announce:

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We ultimately are shooting for healthy, but in all honesty a boy would be much welcome to our family. We will find out in early September what our little “nugget” will be.

My original plan was to dedicate my time, energy and resources this summer to getting my blog up and running. Well I have spent the little free time I have ¬†had the past three months sleeping and being nauseous. I’m not complaining and is will all be worth it in 9 short months. However, with the new addition to our family I have also had to change my graduate program plans. I will be taking on six credits this Fall 2015 so that I can graduate with my MBA before the baby arrives in January. I’ve done it twice before (been in school while pregnant) it will all work out, but it sure is gearing up to be a strenous 14 week semester.

It would seem that once again my plan to get this blog off the ground has been waylaid. It will happen, but it would appear that I will be learning patience along the way. There really isn’t a rush. It just was sort of a vision I had of working from home and raising my children. Not that I want to be a stay at home mom. I think this is different I would still be working and providing for my family. To me, there’s a difference. I need to put in the time if I would like to reap the rewards/benefits. I do not have the mindset that I am entitled to anything. I am a firm believer that dedication and hard work are the way to success. I need to do a better job of taking time and setting aside time to just get it done.

I just wanted to share our big news and explain my hiatus. I’m not even entirely certain that I have any followers yet. If I do have any…..thank you and I will work to do a better job of updating.