It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all! It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m Free! -Disney’s Frozen
There is nothing more exhilarating and eye opening than being in a classroom filled with preschoolers who are singing the lyrics word for word to “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. I had chills and tears in my eyes as I watch the students I had been teaching, singing their hearts out. Right then and there it just hit me, this is why I’m here… this is why I made the decisions I did, and why I had to “let it go” to make a better life.
I absolutely love working with kids, it can be exhausting and you’re exposed to countless germs (I’m writing this as I am getting over the stomach bug), but it is all worth it to see their smiles and hear their giggles every day. I have always felt that I learn more from the kids than they learn from me. Every child has taught me a lesson and touched my heart in some way. They have taken the worst of my days and made me forget about them, they have made me smile when I wasn’t sure it could be possible to smile.
Remember that children are our future, these little hands that playing with toys and spreading the germs, are the ones who will be running the world and taking care of us when we are older. We are all teachers of children. And they are all teachers of us. It is our duty to teach them how to treat others, how to care for the Earth, and how to “Let It Go”.
Alright friends… it is confession time because I cannot contain my excitement any longer! I…Hilary…am an X-Phile….ok ok before you start freaking out, take a second to read on! An X-Phile, according to Urban Dictionary, is a person who is a HUGE fan of the X-Files show. If you’d like to learn more about how this has affected my every day life, read the full definition here, it pretty much explains my full addiction.
Tonight is the night that all X-Philes have been waiting for. At 9:00 pm central, the X-Files reboot will air! I think I’m more excited for it then I was for Christmas this year…sad I know! So in tribute to this X-Files reboot, I’ve got a cheesecake chilling, and have watched multiple old episodes today while I worked on lesson plans.
Some of you may be rolling your eyes at my excitement, and some of you that know me may be laughing. I would just like to say that I have been through some tough crap, like I’ve mentioned before I’ve had some of the best and worst experiences of my life in the past month. To be able to enjoy something so simple tonight is very meaningful to me.
Everyday I’m learning to be a little bit stronger and more confident in myself. Today I had a big awakening that validated all of the hard decisions I’ve had to make. I have such mixed feelings, but it was a source of closure for me. I am realizing that my life is forever changed and now I need to be strong and know I can take care of myself. Girl power, right?
“What doesn’t kill you only makes you blonder.” -Miranda Lambert
On the days when the temps are sub-zero here in Minnesota, you might find yourself longing for the summer sunshine. As much as I love winter, these temps make me start feeling cooped up and feeling that any temp above 0 is beautiful weather. I am definitely a Minnesotan!
As I’ve mentioned, I currently live with my parents. One of the big advantages of this is all of the amazing food in this house. In the basement are shelves filled with canned goods, canned fresh by my mom. The peaches seemed to be glowing in the dim light, calling to me, and radiating warmth as the cold air seeped through the 109 year old house. What a better way to experience summer on a sub-zero day than tasting it! So I piled some jars of peaches into my arms and decided to make Peach Crisp! Is your mouth watering right now?
The great thing about any kind of crisp is that you can make it in different sizes. Since I’d better share it with my parents, I made a full 9 x 13 pan full. If you are baking for one then you can half this recipe easily enough, it will last several days so you can portion it out and have a piece when you’d like!
Enjoy Your Taste of Summer!
6 Cups Peach Slices drained (canned or fresh if you’re lucky!)
3 Tbsp Flour
1 Tsp Cinnamon
***If you are using fresh peaches, spring 3 Tbsp sugar on top of slices***
Crisp Topping Ingredients:
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Butter (cubed)
1 Cup Oats
2 pinches Baking Soda
Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Evenly place the drained peach slices into the pan.
Sprinkle 3 tbsp flour and 1 tsp cinnamon evenly on top of the peach slices.
Next, in a food processor (or a mixing bowl in you don’t have a processor) pour in the brown sugar, flour, and baking soda and mix together.
Add the half cup of butter (make sure it’s cut up in cubes) to the flour mixture.
Pulse the mixture (or mix in the butter with a pastry blender) until the butter is cut into the mixture.
Add the oatmeal to the mixture.
Pulse in the food processor until all is mixed together is a crumbled mix.
Pour mix evenly of the peaches.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.
It’s a beautiful morning, the sun is shining, the snow is sparkling, and it’s a balmy -5 degrees out (with a wind-chill of -23)! A great breakfast is the perfect fit for this beautiful morning. When I wake up, I am usually starving, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen making myself a meal for one, but I get sick of bowls of cereal and oatmeal pretty fast.
Therefore, one of my go-to meals is a simple Toad in the Hole. Now there are several different names for this meal, Toad in the Hole, Eggs in a Basket, Egg in the Hole, and so on… I grew up with this as a favorite meal and have always called in Toad in the Hole, I was completely blown away when I first heard it called something else!
This is such a simple meal to make if you are cooking for one. It can easily feed a crowd too! This quick meal will fill your up and the protein will give the fuel needed for a busy day. Whatever life brings you, a good breakfast is a great way to kick start a good day!
Butter (I used Land-O-Lakes Light Spreadable Butter this time)
Bread 1 Slice (I prefer some homemade whole wheat!)
Egg (1 large, or two egg whites)
While heating up a skillet, cut a hole the size of a nickel in the bread.
Butter both sides of the bread (and the hole piece you cut out too!)
Place the bread in the skillet and brown one side (do the same with the hole you cut out, this is an extra treat!)
One the bread is browned on one side, flip it over.
Crack an egg over the bread, allowing the yoke to go into the hole.
Put on the skillet lid to let the egg steam.
Let it cook until the egg is cooked through, and the bottom of the bread is toasted.
Then place it on a plate for a delicious meal. A slice of ham and fruit go great with a Toad in the Hole and add a little more nutrition to your meal!
“My life is like a lemon drop. I’m suckin’ on the bitter to get to the sweet part. I know there are better days ahead.”
The words to this song really struck a chord with me when I first heard them. These are words that have stuck with me and run through my head on those sour days. Lately these words have been running through my head daily. It seems that I am having some of my most sour moments mixed with what are some of my most sweet moments in the past month.
These sour moments are inspiring me to find the strength within me. I am a teacher, writer, baker, crafter, and what ever else I can get my hands on doer. I am starting a new chapter in my life, I’ve finished grad school, I’m starting a new job, going through a breakup, and moving home with my parents at 28 years old. What could be a better time to start a blog on life’s adventures!
Join me while I start my new life, you might learn a thing or two!