Sweet Potato Stew

This past week, I have been trying to plan dinners. Usually, I go and grab stuff from the store (always from my list) but then 4pm rolls around, and I’m at a lose of what to make. Then we end up making/buying food that isn’t healthy, or that we didn’t need to buy since we have food in the frig!

I had a craving for stew. My grandma has the most amazing stew recipes. I wanted to use sweet potatoes, so I did a little searching and found this recipe. But I actually didn’t follow it. I just through everything together!

Ingredients:

-1 lb stew meat

-3 tbs flour

-salt and pepper

-2 cups small carrots

-1  cup frozen peas

-1 can fresh green beans

-2 sweet potatoes, cut in cubes

Directions:

1.) Cut stew meat into small cubes

2.) Flour meat, and then heat large pot with olive oil.

3.) Brown meat in hot oil.

4.) After browns, add carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, and I ended up adding corn too. Cover with water

5.) Simmer for an hour and a half

6.) ENJOY!

Naps are a life saver

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. My tuesday started by walking Andrew to school, and then I headed back to bed. The past week of workouts, and late night talks with Mr Flowers, I haven’t been sleeping at all how I should. I know that when I don’t get sleep, I started eating junk, and then I don’t have the energy to workout.

Luckily, after my short nap, I hit the road for a 12 mile bike ride.

It is still incridibly hot and humid, but I got the job done.

   

I am also addicted to this book. I can’t put it down! I highly recommend it!

Andrew also has been obssessed with his new spinjitzu toys. (thanks ya ya! haha)

I also made stew for dinner, it was amazing! Recipe soon!

Question for you:

What did you have for dinner?

Do you like to take naps?

Nesting, empty nesting, or just organizing

No, I am NOT nesting. no baby on the way for me. And Andrew hasn’t grown up that quick to make it an empty nest. But I was on a cleaning/organizing rampage today! And if I would have started earlier, WHO KNOWS WHAT Would HAVE  HAPPENED!

First, I sent to Andrew with a hidden note in his lunch

And ice coffee for me ( I think that is where I got the energy for the cleaning spree)

It all started with the kitchen. The cabinet/food pantry was getting out of control. 

I couldn’t find anything!

First, I cleaned out the cabinet of everything. Wiped all the shelves.

And then reorganized with black containers I already had.

TA DA!

The Second organization task was easy. The multi-disciplinary drawer

After a little moving around

And then the third, and monster of a task. The hall closet. With every leftover, rejected thing that wouldn’t fit in the kitchen

What a nightmare! But I am loving it now!

Two great organization blogs I have found:

-Little Inspiration

I heart organizing

Question for you:

– Would you rather have things clean and shiny, or everything in its rightful place?

I have everything in its place. At one time, I couldn’t sleep unless everything was picked up off the floor and put away. I guess in case of a fire?!?!? !haha who knows!

Mr Flower’s visit

In May, Mr Flowers and I started talking. (and by talking I mean facebook messages and texts) Fast forward to July, where phone calls began, and he was going to come and visit!  (man was I nervous!) But things fell through, when his uncle passed away the night before his visit.

We rescheduled for August, and again. ….Nervous. haha

Mr Flowers arrived the day after my hornet stings…..

~Friday~

Mr Flowers (or T that I call him on the good o’ blog) brought his twin 4 year old girls with him. We were treating the first get together like friends. We met at the park by my house. I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I was shaking the entire time I was making the sandwiches haha)

At the park, I was greeted with a hug, and shy hellos from the girls. Then the kids took off, and T and I headed to the picnic tables. For about 5 minutes, I could tell we were both a little nervous. But then we got to talking, just like we have the past 3 months, and it was like we had been friends forever

After running around, Andrew and I took them to Ted Drewes! You can’t come to St Louis, and not get custard!

We ate on the  patio, and then the three kiddos colored and decorated paper, and before we knew it, it was 9pm and way past everyone’s bed time.  With a hug goodbye, they were off to their hotel

~Saturday morning~

I woke up bright and early, to a text from T.  They would be ready to go to the zoo in 15 minutes, whoops. Better go get Andrew up! haha.

While we were getting ready, T and the girls ran to the gas station to get drinks and snacks. I was impressed!

The zoo was an adventure, but the kids loved it! I was glad to show them a great part of the city.

(his girls with Andrew)

Then it was time for pizza and little relaxing.  Our mutual friend, Chrissy, had a birthday party for her son, and we all went to celebrate.

At the party, it never felt forced or uncomfortable with T and his girls. It seemed natural. Of course the other moms/friends were there asking who he was. haha. They even commented that it didn’t seem like our “first meeting”. I have to agree.

The only bad news: we didn’t take one picture together. And I didn’t take ONE PICTURE! WHO AM I!??!!? haha

Who knows what the weeks/months/years will bring, but I know, I can’t wait to find out.

 

The next visit….September 3rd 🙂

Question for you:

Would you call this talking, dating, or exclusive?

haha just kidding. I think my mom will appreciate that question

Two times in one day

The weekend started nice and early for me and Andrew. 6:45 to be exact! (andrew it’s saturday!!!) haha

Andrew went to his dad’s today. And after 15 minutes, I was bored  and a little lost. So I headed out for a bike ride!!!

I rode about 12 miles on one of my favorite trails, Grants trail. It is a must if you live in St Louis.

After that, my cousins and I headed to the pool. And before I laid out to get some much needed vitamin D, I swam a few laps.

I didn’t want to swim a specific distance, I just swam. I told myself for 15 minutes. It felt great, but I am definitely REALLY slow.

Tomorrow, I hope it really isn’t raining and cloudy like they say so I can go for a run 🙂

Question for you:

What are you doing this weekend?

How are you getting your body moving this weekend?

As the years pass….

With the first week of second grade officially to a close. I thought I would just show pictures of Andrew over the past few years of going to school. Just imagine the pictures for 8th grade, highschool, and college!!! Ok. I need to lie down haha

Preschool 2009

Kindergarten 2010

First Grade 2011

Second Grade 2012

The preschool picture makes me want to cry. Ok they all do. And to think about last year at this time.

Question for you:

What was your favorite subject growing up?What was your least?

-Mine was definitely math. I think it just came easily to me, and thus required less work haha