Now that the holidays have said their final farewells and winter has settled in all snug and comfy, it seems that school work is our constant but welcome companion. This time of year hums along at a steadfast and reliable pace. Not many interruptions, activities, pushes and pulls on our time...just pure learning in its most relaxed form.
School is a welcome guest at this time of year, who encourages us to relentlessly push toward those end of the year goals that are waving to us from over the horizon.
Having long uninterrupted days of school followed by engaging documentaries and movies in the evenings nicely parallel this seasonal stretch. We're working our way through the British classic "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens. It is a moody story filled with capricious characters working out their entanglements during the cold and fretting English winter.
P. and I have had a few getaways recently in order to recharge our batteries and gain fresh perspectives on the commanding work at present. High School subjects are a beast of a challenge to teach but simultaneously rewarding to tackle. Seeing young minds form opinions and struggle to express those ideas while the world of history, science, and literature expands on a deeper level before them is intensely rewarding as parents.
To stay motivated, P. and I try to plan getaways so we can recharge our batteries and regain perspectives as we juggle and meld the roles of teachers as well as parents and all of the stress that entails. Teens need 'guiding' more than 'parenting' and when that gets tangled up, its time to take a break and regroup.
Brief getaways can having such an amazingly refreshing effect on our energy levels. Two days at a time to abandon all worries, responsibilities, and schedules can be entirely exhilarating.
To giggle with my husband at silly observations; to throw off the cloak of teacher and mother; to dine for hours with cocktails gingerly sipped are indulgences unqualified.
It's at this time of year that I often look for super quick and easy meals on week nights to follow our long days strapped to books. For me, a bowl of steamy oatmeal sprinkled with fruit and nuts is a perfect dinner.
My super quick chili recipe is one of the quickest meals that I go to when we need something more than a humble bowl of oatmeal.
My homemade cornbread recipe never fails me and it is entirely quick and delicious to pull together on those week nights when I want to be anywhere but in the kitchen for a long time.
In concluding these ramblings today, I should mention the kids have noticed that Chester always usurps the starring role here at "Snippets". He is certainly not camera shy while our kitty, Polly, possesses a more timid and , oh so sweet personality. She is a wonderful indoor cat, always looking for a lap to snuggle in or for someone to wiggle her favorite ribbon around for her to pounce. So, here she is...called 'Polly Wolly' by one, 'Poopy Baby' by another, and finally 'Pa-wee' by yours truly.
Ugh, we are so utterly sappy around here.
My quick and easy weeknight Chili recipe
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Ingredients ( Edit )
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 cans (8 oz. each) tomato sauce or 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained. Snippet's Notes: I use the roasted tomatoes.
- 1 pkg. McCormick Seasoning Mix
- 1 can kidney or pinto beans, undrained
- Toppings: Shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, etc.
Instructions ( Edit )
- Brown meat in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
- Stir in seasoning mix, tomato sauce and beans. Bring to boil, cover. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with toppings.
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