Archive | January 9, 2017

Well our winter schedule is in full force

We are all recovered from the holidays (with the exception of our basement Christmas tree, I leave that up for a while because we like the lights and no one really sees that tree) just in time to start our (Birdie’s) winter schedule of activities. 

Friday was a snow day for Bird (will they ever have a full week of school?!) and Bryon had his stock club dinner after work so Birdie and I hung out Friday evening. 

Saturday morning started out with a treadmill session where I inadvertently hit the safety with my hand shutting off the treadmill. No better way to kill your rythym. I still managed to get in 2-1/2 miles. 

After that I did a little meal prep for the week. Ground beef for stuffed pepper soup and hard boiled eggs. 


We had a basketball meeting and short practice at 11am. Look at her run down that court. 


We had sushi for dinner, of course I didn’t take a picture because I dug right in. It really hit the spot. 

Sunday morning started out with throwing the ingredients for stuffed pepper soup in the crockpot and more meal prep of blackened chicken for salads and taco meat. 

In case anyone is interested in the seasoning for the blackened chicken here it is:

Blackened chicken 

2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

4 skinless, thin boneless chicken breast halves

I spread it on the chicken and bake it in the oven. I used to fry it in a cast iron skillet but the oven is easier. 



Sunday afternoon Birdie had her first basketball game. My Lord it was so funny and intense at the same time. In this intermural league they have the best parent coaches with the utmost of patience. Out of three 6 minute games The Raiders won 2 and tied 1. I’m proud of Birdie. She’s very good at dribbling the ball down the court. 

The above picture cracks me up. The kids wear  wristbands so they know who to guard. Birdie gets shy and crosses her arms as her classmate is all ready to guard. Notice the kid on the bench, his dad is our coach. That kid is an awesome basketball player and was NOT happy to rotate out so another teammate could play. I don’t blame him he made all of our baskets except one.  

After game donut for a job well done!

After we got home I did a few more chores and it was time to make dinner. Birdie helped me make Blue Apron’s baked mozzarella chicken and pasta. It was a keeper for sure. 

Birdie thought she was big time being able to stir something on the stove (with my close supervision of course).

The finished product, with a few bites gone…


Despite the frigid temperatures it was a great weekend! Have a good week everyone!