Hey pals! How was your Monday? Mine was just about as good as smooth as you could hope for. My kids were CHATTY, but otherwise, not too bad. I started with a walk with Punky, and some push-ups and sit-ups. An easy way to ease into this week.

Then breakfast.


Fruit cereal with a little extra crunch


My first time trying these little nuggets – I liked them!

1 peach, 1 banana, pecans, the above cereal and my favorite almond milk


Mmm, the bowl was so dang good. I felt like I was eating cold pie for breakfast – insanely delicious.

I also wanted to share with you guys the latest addition to my classroom…

I was so tired of being starving all day long – that I made myself a snack drawer. Dried fruit, nuts, bars, and tea. It worked perfectly. When I started getting that gnawing in-between-meal-hunger (which is usually at 10:30 and then again at 4pm) – I just reached into my snack drawer and had a little handful of food. It worked like a dream – I didn’t feel famished all day. I’m kind of sad it took me so long to think of it.

For my real lunch


Sweet potato with hummus +bbq sauce+ avocado

Sweet potatoes for lunch are perfect – they fill me up so well, but don’t ever make me too full.

On the way home, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some basil for my dinner.


Garlicky Pesto Rice

I combined these ingredients:

  • Fresh green beans (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 tbs. Roasted Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 cup brown rice

And simmered until the rice was tender. Then I made a basil pesto with:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup evoo
  • 1 cup packed basil
  • Salt

into the food processor. Then combined the two! It was so easy – and it made the creamiest, most flavorful rice. But warning: it was really rich. I couldn’t finish my bowl, but it was darn good.

In the 3rd grade world…

My kiddos had Spanish today – which the teacher comes to our classrooms for. Thus, I get to hear oodles of silly songs in español, and get to listen to them butchering and stumbling through all sorts of Spanish words/phrases. It’s really cute.

Today, when the Spanish teacher was leaving, she told the class: Hasta Luego! (which means “until later” or “see you later”) and one little boy in my class proudly waved his hand and shouted:

Ocho Nueve!! (which means “Eight Nine”) – it was precious.

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