State Testing Dinner Menu

  If you’re a high school English teacher in the great state of Texas, you may fondly refer to this week as Hell Week. Both English tests are upon us, the stress is high, the schedules are grueling, & our minds are gone. Thankfully I find cooking therapuedic, so I’ll be making or prepping 3 dinners tonight to brace myself for the week ahead.  The … Continue reading State Testing Dinner Menu

Chicken Fajita Casserole

From night to night I never know what I’m going to make for dinner until I get home. Though I’d love to be a meal planner & prepper, I cook based on mood & cravings. What can I say; impulse drives many of my decisions (especially the shopping kind). A couple of weeks ago I got the hankerin’ for chicken, broccoli, & rice casserole. To … Continue reading Chicken Fajita Casserole

Back in crafting action!

Holy cow! I cannot believe it’s been over four months since I’ve sat down and written something. Life & depression can hit you like a ton of bricks. So much has happened but I’ll stick to the good stuff. That’s the best kind, anyway. We recently celebrated my cousin’s little girl’s 4th birthday, which means my little munchkin will be four in a few months. … Continue reading Back in crafting action!

Plastic Storage “Plastic Surgery” Part 1

“The time has come,” the husband said, “to pack up all your things. Your dictionaries, grammar games, flowers, ribbon, & strings.” No, he’s not kicking me out, exactly. He’s kicking out my nest of teaching & crafting supplies that has grown like a tumor & is ready for removal from our overtaken dining room. But this wouldn’t be a crafting post without a little spray … Continue reading Plastic Storage “Plastic Surgery” Part 1

#MzRikeTries

If my sophomore English class from three years ago told me I’d end up embracing the #hashtag in my own classroom, let alone my day-to-day life, I would’ve laughed at them loudly & uncontrollably. Oh wait, that DID happen…  They have since gone on, grown, & graduated, & one could say I’ve done the same. No longer do I call that ubiquitous symbol from my … Continue reading #MzRikeTries