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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Easy Weeknight Meal: Breakfast Tacos for Dinner

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Guys. Cooking dinner every night is hard. With my new job, I'm going into the office every day and talking to people and I'm tired when I get home. Not to mention I often don't have any idea when Pearson will be home and most nights, he's home pretty late. That right there kills my motivation to cook.

But guys, I've found the solution: Breakfast for Dinner. Now before you click away, this recipe is going to be a fun little twist, I promise!

I love having breakfast for dinner for many reasons!

One being that it's quick. I don't even have to think about it until Pearson is home from work and we're still usually going to eat dinner at a decent time.

Two, it's easy. I don't need to consult a cook book. I don't need to get all fancy. And yet, I can put my own variations on it if I want.

And three, it's condusive to multiple cooks. Pearson likes to help in the kitchen as much as possible and I enjoy cooking together, but it's usually just not very practical for whatever we're making. But with breakfast for dinner, one of us can easily make the pancakes while the other scrambles the eggs or vice versa.

And a bonus reason would be that it's delicious. I mean, everybody likes breakfast food, right?

So now that I have you convinced that breakfast for dinner is like the best idea ever, let me present...

Breakfast Tacos

Now those are two of my favorite words in the English language, so you know putting them together is going to be awesome!

Ingredients:

  • Hungry Jack® Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Breakfast Sausage (or bacon or whatever meat you want)
  • Jif® Flavored Spread (I used Cinnamon flavored)
  • Hungry Jack® Syrup
  • Taco holders

Directions:

  1. Spray your griddle with non-stick spray and heat it up to ___degrees. OR heat a drizzle of olive oil in a non-stick skillet over meadium-high heat.
  2. Mix the Hungry Jack® Pancake & Waffle Mix with water using the ratios indicated on the back of the box. For me and Pearson I started with the 6-8 pancake ratio but aparently I make bigger pancakes than they expected so I ended up using that amount of batter twice for 5 pancakes.
  3. Pour enough batter out onto the griddle or skillet to make large enough pancakes to serve as taco shells.
  4. While the pancakes are cooking, scramble some eggs and cook your meat. Pearson did this step while I made the pancakes.
  5. Take a pancake and spread some yummy Jif® Flavored Spread on it.
  6. Slightly fold the pancake and place it in the taco holder
  7. Fill the pancake with meat and eggs. I put two sausage links down end to end and covered them with eggs.
  8. Pour the delicious Hungry Jack® Syrup over the whole thing. I like less syrup on my pancakes so I just used a line or two like putting mustard on a hotdog, but you could go crazy.
  9. Pick up the taco with your hands and enjoy. And don't worry about the mess. You can clean up later!
Oh my goodness were these tacos to die for! They were so much better than I expected! The Hungry Jack pancake mix was the kind where you just add water so it was super easy but it still provided delicious, hearty pancakes! I'm excited to try it as a waffle next time! The Jif Spread privides protein with delicious, natural flavors, no GMO, and no gluten! 

So basically, you can achieve a perfect, delicious, wholesome breakfast (or dinner, as it were) with Hungry Jack and Jif products. You can see these products demonstrated in Meijer stores on August 28th and September 4th. Also, right now Meijer has mPerks offers for all these great products: $0.75 off 1 Hungry Jack pancake & waffle mix, $0.75 off 1 Jif Flavored Spread, and $0.75 off 1 Hungry Jack syrup.
So tell me, do you enjoy breakfast for dinner? Are tacos one of your favorite foods on the planet (if not, we can't be friends)? Are you going to try these breakfast tacos for dinner?
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Thankful Thursday: Pearson

Alright guys, I haven't written about my wonderful husband for Thankful Thursday since January. I think it's safe to do so again this month without getting too sappy and annoying. Am I right? Actually, I don't care whether I am right on that or not. This is my blog, I blog about marriage, my husband is awesome, and I want to tell you about it!
If you've been following/reading my blog this year, you probably noticed that I published 20 posts in January and 21 in February. These numbers were on par with my monthly average from the end of last year. I was blogging a lot and I loved it. But then March hit. March and April are always difficult months for me. I always get a bad case of seasonal depression when it's still freezing and snowing outside and I haven't seen the sun in 6 months. So my number of posts in both March and April was like half of an average month.

But that trend continued into May and the beginning of June. I was more than just "seasonally" depressed. That's why I quit my job. I needed a change. I felt stuck and isolated in my job. It was bad for my mental health.

What does all this have to do with Pearson? Well, he supported me through the whole thing. There were times back in the spring when I know I was being unreasonable. Nothing brought me joy. I hated waking up every morning. I dreaded most of my life. But Pearson did what he could to help. I'm sure he was frustrated. I'm sure there were times when he didn't know what to do or say. But he never showed that to me.

He was patient. He was kind. He was everything that 1 Corinthians 13 lists. He reminded me of the good things. He constantly gave me compliments and lifted me up. He listened. He encouraged me to make changes. He encouraged me to find help. But he didn't push anything on me.

When I quit my job and started my new one, I thought that would help things. I thought I would magically get better and be happy again. But it turns out that wasn't just a magic fix. I'm much happier than I was, of course, but it didn't fix everything. Lately I've been feeling ugly, useless, and a bit nostalgic (as shown here and here).

But you know what? Pearson is there to support me again. He has his own problems. He's getting a PhD, for goodness sakes. But he puts mine first as much as he can. He's sacrificed so much for me. Just the other day he told me that if I'm really feeling this way about myself then we should work together to better ourselves. We made a plan to go grocery shopping that day, clean the apartment, and prep healthy meals for the week. It got done and I felt so much better about life. And it was fun to do those chores with him.

We're turning over a new leaf and we're doing it together. We're going to be more active together (especially now that it's getting cooler outside). We're going to keep each other accountable. We're going to meal prep together. We're going to keep the house clean. We never set real boundaries on chores in our house so we're going to do that and just be more intentional about everything.

So, all this to say, I am so very thankful for my husband. He's exactly what I need. I am so blessed.
What are you thankful for this month? Be sure to link up below and remember, it can be an old post as long as it's about gratitude in some way.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Flashback Friday: Back to School Then and Now

Boy am I feeling nostalgic this week. I don't know what's going on. As I sort of mentioned yesterday, it's back to school time and I can't help but continue to reminisce about my school days and all the awesomeness that came with going back to school. I was the nerdy kid who loved going back even if I pretended that I didn't love it.

Has your family gone back yet? Does "back to school" affect you in your stage of life right now? I was almost quick to say that it doesn't affect us anymore, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it does have an effect. So I thought I'd compare "back to school" from the old days to today.

What back-to-school looked like then:

  • An excuse to buy new clothes.
  • Me getting super excited about school supplies.
  • A new backpack every year.
  • Getting to see my friends again after summer break.
  • Meeting new teachers.
  • High school football games.
  • A normal routine again.
  • No more lazy days at the pool.
  • No more summer job.
My first day of Kindergarten

What back-to-school looks like now:

  • An excuse to buy new clothes because, why not?
  • Me getting super excited about school supplies because all the new stuff is all over the stores this time of year! But now, I limit myself.
  • Cold weather coming soon. Boo Ohio.
  • Football season starting soon.
  • Pearson has to TA again (teaching assistant) so he will be even busier than he has been.
  • The students come back to OSU campus so he has a hard time finding a parking spot.
  • Playing Pokemon Go on campus will be more difficult.
  • All the students will come back to church and we will be even more full on Sunday mornings. I don't know where we're going to put everybody.
  • Fighting school traffic on the way to work in the morning.
My first day of 3rd grade, my brother's first day of Kindergarten
Back to school season is far less exciting now than it used to be. Oh well. I'm going to make the most of it anyway.

How has your "back to school" season changed over the years?

P.S. Go check out my Back to School Round Up Post over on Love, Pasta, and a Toolbelt today!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stupid Things I did in College that I would Never do Now

Well guys, colleges will be back in session soon. Ohio State classes start on Tuesday. Harding classes start on Monday. Sigh. I miss college. I've been feeling really nostalgic lately for some reason so I thought I'd take this opportunity on Throwback Thursday to reminisc a little.
Here are some things I did in college that I would never do now that I've graduated and matured.
  • Eat Taco Bell every day. Wait I still do that.
  • Play Pokemon Go. Ok I didn't do this in college because it didn't exist. And because I didn't have a smart phone. But I totally would have. But it doesn't belong on this list either because I do it now.
  • Stay up super late for no good reason. Yeah I still do this too.
  • Eat Raman Noodles when I'm too lazy to leave the apartment and get food. Still happens.
  • Binge watch Netflix when I'm procrastinating. Still on an almost daily basis.
  • Never have time to read for fun. It's still a problem and it's still so sad.
  • See a movie premier at midnight on a school/work night. Marvel, Harry Potter. The Hunger Games. Yep.
  • Stay up late talking to Pearson on the phone after spending all day with him and having to leave each other at curfew. This actually doesn't happen anymore. Instead we stay up late talking in person in our apartment. It's an improvement.
  • Stay up late just laughing and talking with my roommates. This doesn't happen anymore because I live far away form my roommates. :(
Ok so I actually still do most of these things. Oops. The difference is, I don't do them as often anymore and I don't live with all my closest friends. And the consequences are a little more severe because a) my body is older and can't handle some of these things as well as before and b) I have a job and more responsibilities now. Sigh.

I really don't know why I've been so nostalgic lately. I mean, yeah people are going back to school right now but they do that every year and I haven't been this sad about it since the first year after graduation. I talked to my brother on the phone last night for almost 2 hours and most of that conversation was about college. The good old days.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here are some Throwback Thrusaday pictures for your enjoyment. Sorry some of them are blurry. Our cameras were old. Some I even took with my iPod Touch.
SprIng Sing
Pledge Week Roll Call
Pledge Week Messy Night
Famous Couples Function. We went as a HP group. Left to right: Ginny, Harry, Nevil, Luna, Ron, Hermione
On one of our many hikes
Roomies
Rough Night
Another hike
A ChiO's Formal
Another ChiO's Formal
All the friends who stayed to watch me graduate
My family in front of the science building at graduation.

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