Sunny Sunday

I’m going to start a new weekly post. Each Sunday I’m going to introduce you to another blog I read. I know I’m not original in this idea but I think it’d be fun!

First you should know that I read a lot of blogs. I read friend’s blogs, I read Christian blogs, I read food blogs, I read “how to” blogs, I read blogs that cover everything under the sun, I read random people’s blogs, and the list goes on. You could say it’s a hobby.

Without further ado, I introduce you to my first Sunny Sunday blogger… The Pioneer Woman! Many of you may already know who she is but I’ve only discovered her within the last month or so. I was inspired to start blogging on a regular basis because of her blog! The Pioneer Woman, also known as Ree Drummond, is a ranch-wife who lives in the Middle of Nowhere, Oklahoma. She blogs daily about her kids, her life on the ranch, her yummy yummy recipes, her photography, and everyday life.

Go check her out!


Book Club

I know I’ve been MIA. It’s been a rough few days and, unfortunately, it’s not looking to get easier anytime soon.

Anyway, that’s not what I want to post about today! Today I want to introduce you to something I’m very excited about… an online book club! Go to the blog to find out what it’s all about!

My sweet friend (and RSC big sis) Johanna had the great idea for the club. Our first book is…

If you’re interested in joining us, either comment here, email me, comment on the blog email Johanna at

Have a great Saturday!

Quinoa and Salmon Salad

Bad news: I tried cottage cheese and I just can’t do it. I think it’s the texture.

Good news: Quinoa and Salmon Salad is delicious!

Tonight Quinoa and Salmon Salad was on the menu. It turned out great!

Next time I’ll try to take a picture before I mix it all up. It was much prettier (but it tasted just as yummy)! I’m enjoying the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Ingredients: quinoa, olive oil, kosher salt, wild salmon, arugula leaves, cherry tomatoes, garlic, raspberry vinegar, e.v.o.o., ground pepper, crumbled feta cheese. I really enjoyed the quinoa and Heather gave me a great website to find more quinoa recipes. I’m happy to post the recipe if anyone is interested! This came from the Healthy Heart book I blogged about yesterday.

I think I’m going to start saving for a new digital camera. I mean a legit digital camera. Any photog’s out there have good suggestions? I was a sports photog for my high school yearbook and really enjoyed it. I’m not looking to start a business, it would just be recreational.

Also, on another random note, my new mattress is great phenomenal. I sleep like a rock. I have had more energy over the last two days and I can’t help but give some credit to Stearns and Foster.

Gettin’ Fresh

A little over a week ago I asked for advice on healthy food. I didn’t want to go crazy and buy a lot of things I’d never eat again, I just wanted some advice on what healthy (and tasty) foods I could start substituting for some unhealthy foods I’d been eating.

I was given some great advice from friends like Dayle Hogue. I read some health related blogs. I even went to the public library and checked out a few books! (I know, I’m a nerd.) The most helpful book was this one:

If you are looking for a good, reliable book about healthy eating at any age, I highly recommend this one. While it has over 150 recipes, the best part is that the first 125 pages are full of great information on choosing the right foods (it explains why, it doesn’t just tell you what to go grab at the store). It also covers exercise, healthy lifestyles, and knowing your risks. This book is written by doctors from the Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s top heart hospitals, so I feel like it’s trustworthy.

I’ve collected all this information for a little over a week and spent some time this weekend making a list of exactly what I was willing to eat. Today was the day. After work, with the help of my sweet mother, I ventured out to H-E-B (one of my fave’s). I wandered around some but my list and my mom helped keep me on track. This is what I came home with:

Arugula, celery, black beans, grapefruit, tomatoes, blueberries, yogurt, quinoa, peaches, organic peanut butter, garlic, feta cheese, cucumbers, avocados, cottage cheese, green tea, Melba toast, eggs whites, limes, and more. Obviously, I already had some food at home and as you can probably tell, I am much more interested in having 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day than having 3 large meals.

I also want to try out some smoothie recipes for breakfast but I’m going to wait a few days to get started on that. If you have any good ones, let me know!

I’m excited to try some new things tomorrow. I’ve never had cottage cheese, for example, and that, along with peaches and some blueberries, will be one of my snacks in the afternoon. Wish me luck and keep the good advice coming!


Grown Up

I did a very grown-up thing this weekend. I bought a mattress.

I have had back problems for the last 5 1/2 years. In October of my freshman year of college, I broke my back. While that story is for another time, I will say that I had to wear a back brace for 4 months. It was awful. And embarrassing. What college freshman wants to walk around campus wearing a back brace? Lucky for me it was fall/winter so some of the time I was able to cover it up with a sweatshirt. Maybe one day I’ll post a picture.

Anyway. I moved back to Houston in May and ever since I’ve slept on a very old mattress because of a furniture incident (also another story for another time). The terrible mattress has effected (or affected? I never know, I’m a math teacher…) my sleep and my health for the last 8 months and I’ve finally had enough.

I had looked at sales and knew what type of mattress I wanted. I knew what I was willing to pay and what was out of my price range. I was ready. So Saturday, I went out on a mission.

It is perfect (or as close as a mattress can come to perfection). It’s comfortable, firm, and higher than my old mattress. I even went and bought new pillows in celebration. Tonight is the first night to try it out. I’m so excited!

(Is my excitement about these types of things a sign that I am infact growing up?)

I did other fun things this weekend, too. I’ll blog about them tomorrow!

Sweet Comments

Today was our “Friendship Party” at school. There was a mighty spread of cupcakes, cookies, chips, chocolate, Capri Sun, fruit, and even some veggies. After my kids (and myself) had gorged ourselves on everything we could eat, one of my students said the sweetest thing I’ve heard a child say in a while.

“Ms. Mahan, do you think we could figure out how to send the leftovers to Haiti?”

I almost bust into tears on the spot. At first I wasn’t sure what to say, I wanted so badly to scream YES! but unfortunately I explained to her that we couldn’t because all the food was partly eaten. She left me brokenhearted when she walked away with her head down

All of this got me thinking. What kind of impact would a fundraiser for Haiti make on my students? Obviously they know what’s happening, or at least have an idea of what is happening. They want to help. I’m going to spend the weekend figuring out what we can do. If you have any ideas, let me know!

A Valentine’s Wish

This is the reason I teach… and it’s not even our Valentine’s Day party yet!

P.S. Can you tell they’ve been working on similes and metaphors in writing?