Parent Tip Tuesday: My Top 5 Favorite Home Schooling Activities

Helping parents develop confident

I have a few friends who are former teachers and are now amazing stay-at-home moms, who have decided to home school their children. Just thinking about how awesome teaching is and seeing all those little light bulbs spark each day; and then to think about the same thing happening with your very own children, I can only imagine the joy these friends must feel. These amazing stay-at-home moms are my inspiration for today’s post.  Continue reading →

Getting My Learn on and Making Meat Loaf

I just got back from the Texas Counselors Association Conference in Galveston! It was two days filled with everything from new techniques to networking, presenting new research to being updated on old. It was so motivating to see all different types of counselors share their experiences. It revived my motivation to get my LPC and lit a fire of love in me for my new profession. And yes I said lit a fire of love because I left that conference feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on any client/student that walked into my room. That’s the power of professional development ladies and gentlemen. Continue reading →

Apple Cider Glazed Butternut Squash

It’s fall!

How do I know? Well, let me tell you it’s not the cool temperatures, the boots, the scarves, or gloves because here in Houston I’m still wearing my skirts, flip flops, shorts, and tank tops.

It’s the butternut squash!!! And the boat load of butternut squash recipes.

Much to my delight, Whole Foods had a pack of butternut squash pre-cut. No, I’m not lazy, but these baby fingers begin to hurt 4 seconds into cutting through one of those bad boys. Even worse is peeling away the skin. So when I found pre-cut butternut squash I took it and ran (to the cash register).

Apple Cider Glazed Butternut Squash

  • 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. spiced apple cider vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat butternut squash with oil and place in a glass baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  4. While the squash is roasting, heat the apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan over high medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 10 minutes.
  5. Toss butternut squash with apple cider vinegar reduction.

A little apple flavor, a little butternut squash, and little Walking Dead . . . the night complete.

Comfort Food for Chilly Weather

My mom came to visit this weekend.

PS. By the looks of this photo you may need to know that on Saturday it was NO WHERE near chilly. So not only were we sweaty, but our skin had some nice color added to it (I clearly need to defend the looks of me).
Anyways . . . It’s one of her many trips to visit me, but this one we started 5 years ago when I moved to Houston. Each year she comes down to run the Race for the Cure Houston. Continue reading →

Oatmeal Cookies + Memories

There isn’t any point in the “I wish I would haves.” But let me tell you yesterday, thinking about my Grandma, I was full of them.

Instead of thinking about everything I could have asked her while she was still here, I decided I would do the one thing she really knew how to do well, and I would do it in her honor, bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Continue reading →

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

It’s official. I love this recipe. Why? Well because I’ve made it twice and liked it both times. Like + Like = Love (in my book).

The first time I made it I took it over to Scott and Stephanie’s house for a little dinner and visit with their new darling addition, Addison. I remembered really being surprised with how well it all turned out. So, I decided to see if it was a fluke or if it really was that good. Continue reading →