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2016 Monthly Photo Project || June

My mom commented recently that we’re already halfway through 2016. What a funky year. I think my brain is stuck back in winter somewhere. Plenty has happened since then and my poor head feels like mashed potatoes after trying to process it all. But mashed potatoes is not a bad thing, as long as you have a lot of gravy to go with it. Hopefully the second half of 2016 will be smooth sailing. But who knows since the new school year will start in a month and a half and I’ve been having intense teaching nightmares non-stop since summer break began. The kind where it’s the first day of school and NO ONE will stop talking to listen to you. And you have to do the stupid backwards counting thing and still no one stops talking even when you get to 1. Then district folks come in to observe you and there are no kids in your class. So you start showing  random student work in a desperate attempt to prove that you actually teach. Seriously, my poor …

2016 Monthly Photo Project || May

As my seventh year of teaching comes to an end, I find myself pulling out of the end-of-year drudgery and reflecting on the special moments and people who have gotten me through this year. It’s no secret that work drains me. I’ve contemplated leaving the profession completely and the beginning of this school year knocked the wind out of me. I guess the universe must have known I needed a pick-me-up because it sent me the most incredible group of students. At a time when I questioned my purpose, I met kids who answered that question over and over again. I work at a difficult school, but I have some of the most kick-ass students you will ever come across. I am grateful to each and every one of them for making me feel like I matter. Oh, and I received an award from Yolo County as well. My principal and school district nominated me for the “Excellence in Education” award and even though I still argue it isn’t a big deal, I’ll concede that …

2016 Monthly Photo Project || February

Here is my month in review: Photo #1 Title: Valentine’s Day Last month my father brought me get-well-soon roses and this month he surprised me with Valentine’s Day roses. He also brought Bailey a stuffed turtle so he wouldn’t feel left out. 😀 Photo #2 Title: Garrapata Beach (Color) Photo #3 Title: Garrapata Beach (Monochrome) Photo #4: Title: Cheesecake Brownies My colleagues challenged me to make the ultimate cheesecake brownie. This was the second batch. There has since been a third batch. Photo #5: Title: Pasta a la Patty My brother and his girlfriend brought me back this beautiful pasta from Monterey. It was delicious tossed with olive oil, crispy pancetta, caramelized onions, loads of fresh garlic, and topped with a farm fresh egg yolk. Photo #6 Title: Diggin’ In I love carbs. ❤

One Skillet Lasagna for Fiesta Friday #100

So I’m a tad bit late to the party, but I attended the very first Fiesta Friday, so that excuses my tardiness, right? 😉 Two years ago, Angie (The Novice Gardender) started Fiesta Friday, and the partying hasn’t stopped since! I haven’t posted a recipe in quite some time, but I decided I couldn’t show up to the 100th anniversary party empty handed. Thanks for bringing so many wonderful bloggers together, Angie. You’re the hostess with the mostest. Also, a big thank you to this week’s co-hosts: Judi, Mollie, Steffi, and Suzanne! Here is my recipe for an easy one skillet lasagna. To make this a vegetarian dish, simply omit the sausage and replace with veggies of your choice (mushrooms and spinach are my favorite swap; if using spinach, add it to the skillet at the very end to prevent overcooking).    

2015 12-Month Photo Project || April

This April, I did a family photo session for my friend Denise and baked cupcakes. Well, that’s what this month’s photo highlights will tell you I did. I’m sure there were other activities, but since I did not photograph them, I can no longer remember off the top of my head. 😉 Ahh, end-of-year teacher brain is kicking into high gear! 😛 Photo #1 Title: Whirl Photo #2 Title: Toes Photo #3 Title: Blueberry Trio Photo #4 Title: Blueberry Swirl Photo #5 Title: Strawberry Top Photo #6 Title: Strawberry Love

2015 12-Month Photo Project || February

Here is the second installment of this year’s photo project! I had a pretty busy, yet mostly uneventful, February. It all happened so quickly, I’m not sure I can believe March is but a few days away. 😀 Photo #1 Title: Pizza Pie The BF has been in the kitchen more often since we subscribed to the occasional Plated meal delivery shipment. Here he is preparing the dough for a white pizza with Sriracha buffalo chicken and yogurt ranch sauce. It was so good! Photo #2 Title: Homemade with Love When the BF and I first started dating, he bought me chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s Day. It took a few years, but I finally told him I don’t really like eating chocolates (I prefer cake over candy) and that he didn’t need to spend money on flowers either. All I want for Valentine’s Day is a card with a long, handwritten message. And food. Always food. 😛 This year I decided to bake cookies for him since I had the day off and wanted …

Sweet Potato Souffle with Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

Originally posted on Patty Nguyen:
I love this dish. I eat it for dessert. With ice cream. It is fabulous. I promise. Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything Sweet Potato Souffle with Brown Sugar Pecan Crust Ingredients: Brown Sugar Pecan Crust: 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup flour 1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup butter, melted Sweet Potato Mixture: 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (I roast mine at 400° for 50-60 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes) 1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs, well beaten 1/2 cup butter, melted Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Butter a medium-sized baking dish. You can also use individual ramekins. For the crust: Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat thoroughly with a hand mixer for about 3-4 minutes to increase the fluffiness of the sweet potato mixture. Spoon the mixture into your baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. At this…