Another Car AccidentΒ 

My husband was leaving work yesterday, while still in the parking lot he had an accident. 😞

Where we work there are designated travel directions in the parking lot, and you have to back out of your parking spot. As my husband was traveling in a lane, a car backed out without looking. My husband honked his horn, but the car kept coming. He swerved to avoid being hit, only to hit a parked truck. 

The driver who backed out without looking did stop, but never got out of his vehicle. He said it was his fault,  then drove away! The incident was caught on camera by the security system and the person who viewed the tape said it happened just as my husband described. The person who owns the truck he hit handled the situation well, but my husband could tell he was annoyed. Who could blame him? His vehicle was parked and he was working. 

My husband was able to drive home after he and someone from work taped up parts that would have rubbed the tire. I never would have risked driving it, and possibly have the tire blow out. Men are stubborn like that though. πŸ˜‰

Here are some pictures of the damage.

We’ve only had this car 3 months! We bought it to replace the one I totalled when I hit a patch of ice and spun off the road into a tree. This car should not be considered totalled since it’s newer, but it will be an expensive fix.

I think the driver who backed out without looking should be held responsible, but their vehicle never hit ours. If my husband didn’t naturally swerve, and just let the car back into him this would be his responsibility. The police can’t even hold him accountable for leaving the scene. 

Since there is video evidence I’m sure my insurance company will hold them accountable if they can.

Thankfully nobody was injured…. well, my husband did cut his hand while taping the fender so he could drive home. πŸ˜’ It was a minor injury though.

We will have to bring the car to a garage Tuesday, and pick up a rental. Right now I am stranded with the kids for a couple of days. There’s no way I’m going to risk driving that car, and hubby had to take our second vehicle to work. He better not have another careless driver cause another accident. 

Another Saturday Crock Pot Meal

The picture doesn’t look great, but it smells yummy. πŸ™‚

This Saturday crock pot idea is really working well for me. Tonight we are having a pot roast with carrots and potatoes. I went to bed around 10 pm, but the baby was awake at 2:30 to nurse, and the 2 year old was awake at 3:30 with a poopy diaper. 😦 I wasn’t able to fall back asleep until 4:30 so, I did not feel very rested when the boys were both awake for the day at 8:30. Thankfully they woke up the 11 year old too. πŸ˜‰ He helped me with the 2 year old while I nursed the baby again. By 10 am I was able to have dinner going in the crock pot.  

My husband used the crock pot this week too. He cooked up some chicken breasts for dinner the other night, and made enough for lunches for a couple of days. He simply put 4 frozen breasts in the crock pot with some spices and let it cook all day. He was able to shred the meat with a wooden spoon since it got so tender. For dinner he made mashed potatoes and gravy to go with the chicken. I had made a batch of cole slaw the night before so that went well with it too.

For lunches we made wraps with the chicken, some salad mix and honey mustard dressing. They were satisfying, and a nice healthy choice. The fact that chicken breast is so much cheaper than the deli meat we were buying for sandwiches is a bonus too.  

Unfortunately leftovers won’t work for my husband’s lunch tomorrow, but I know what I’ll be having. πŸ™‚ 

I’ll probably make some more chicken tomorrow so he can have a nice wrap Monday, and the rest of us will be able to make wraps or tacos out of the chicken for our lunches too. These little time and money savers are making my hectic life a little less so. 

Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie

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I knew what I made wasn’t really my mom’s pot pie recipe, but I didn’t think it was too far off. Tonight, I checked my recipes to find my copy of my mom’s pot pie recipe only to realize I wasn’t even close to the original. I guess I can say this is my own pot pie recipe. πŸ™‚

I won’t be sharing exact measurements for much, since I don’t measure the ingredients. I just wing it every time I make it. πŸ˜‰

I use frozen chicken breast, sometimes 2 large ones sometimes it’s 3-4 of varying sizes. I usually put in about 3 medium potatoes. I like using red skin potatoes, and I do keep the skin on them. For other vegetables I use Normandy blend, which is a combination of broccoli, cauliflower, yellow squash, zucchini and carrots. My husband does not like peas, so we never eat them. My mom’s recipe called for both onions and peas, but my family does not like them. Her recipe called for a can of cream of celery soup, and sometimes I will use one. Usually I use Β cream of chicken soup.

The first step is to get a pot of water boiling. It has to be large enough to hold the chicken and vegetables with enough room to boil without spilling over. I season my water with poultry seasoning, garlic salt, pepper, a bay leaf and sometimes I’ll add a dash of oregano or basil. Next I put the chicken in the pot. I put in whole frozen breasts. While they start to cook I wash and cube my potatoes into bite size pieces. I add those to the water, and take out a chicken breast. I cut the chicken into bite size pieces. At this point it will still be frozen in the center, but it cuts easily. I toss those pieces back in the water and cut up the rest of the chicken the same way. At this point I preheat my oven to 350 degrees and add some of my frozen Normandy blend vegetables to the pot. I don’t measure, so I just put what I think will fill my pan.πŸ˜‰ The pan I use is 13″x9″. While the mixture starts boiling again I work on the pot pie filling. I melt a stick of butter and pour that in the pan, then I add the can of cream of chicken soup and a cup of the water from the pot stirring it all together. My next step is to mix the topping, which is equal parts milk and Bisquick. I use 2-2 1/2 cups of each. By this point it’s time to drain the chicken and veggies. I usually don’t save the liquid, but it feels like a waste to dump all those flavors down the drain.😞 I make sure I pull out the bay leaf I had seasoning the liquid and spread everything into the pan, coating it with the soup mixture. Finally the Bisquick mixture gets poured over the top of the meat and veggies. I try to poke any of the bits under the topping to make sure the topping covers it all well. Then it goes into the oven until the topping is golden brown. My new oven cooks faster than my old one, so it only takes 45 minutes instead of an hour.

I know it’s not a traditional chicken pot pie, but my family really enjoys it. I still think of it as my mom’s pot pie, since I have taken a few steps from her original recipe. πŸ˜‰

The End of 6th Grade

April 23rd, and the school year is done! Well, sort of. πŸ˜‰

My son used Switched-On Schoolhouse this year, and he has completed his work. My husband and I still need to go in and grade a few things, and adjust some grades where the program didn’t grade correctly. That was my son’s biggest problem with the program. He knew he gave the correct answer, but the program would mark a problem wrong. My husband and I would go over the problem with him to find he was right. After reading some reviews on the program that was a common complaint.

We have been discussing unschooling, and we plan on heading a bit more in that direction. We have some state requirements to meet for homeschooling, so we will still have a bit of a curriculum to follow. We basically want to work on life skills, and what is practical/useful. My son (The only one of 3 who is schoolaged) has been interested in the medical field for career options, so if he continues on that path we will have to make sure he meets the requirements to enroll in college courses for those options. He has been interested in phlebotomy, and radiology over the years. Most recently he has been less interested in college, and more interested in working in fields that only require on the job training. 

I explained to my son, that with unschooling there may be schoolwork over the summer. When the weather is nice we have more opportunities for field trips, and lessons in the garden. Obviously I want him to enjoy his summer, and part of unschooling is for the child the choose what they want to learn about. I hope that he will choose to learn over the summer. πŸ™‚ I told him that we might look into buying a new tree for our yard, so I might request that he research the soil type, or amount of sun that tree needs to thrive. He thinks that would be easy, so he’s willing to do it as long as there isn’t a report involved. His father and I appreciate nature, and like improving our property.  I see the tree project as a practical/useful lesson, but maybe he’ll be a city dweller with no garden to tend when he leaves home. Will it be a waste of his time to do such a project? I know he has a curiosity about plants, because right now he is trying to grow some acorns that he collected in our yard. In years past he has had his own row or two in our vegetable garden to grow his own plants too.

I don’t want to force my interests on him. I want him to develop his own personality/interests. Right now he is reading the Harry Potter series for enjoyment, so I don’t want to push him to take on more reading.  I plan on having him use our local library to borrow several books on a subject that interests him and see what he gains by doing so. If he likes the subject he will have no problem sharing what he learns verbally, but I wonder if I should require anything in writing to keep a record of his “schoolwork”. I also plan on having him be more involved with meal planning. I want to make sure that he won’t rely on take out, or convenience foods when he moves out on his own. I’ve had him help find a new recipe to try, and he made the meal with only a little guidance from me. I think he enjoyed cooking, and since he’s a picky eater being part of the planning meant he was willing to try it. πŸ™‚  

He is a very curious child, and likes to learn. He enjoys sharing what he learns too. (Sometimes while I am trying to read, blog or nurse the baby) ;P

I think I’ll give him at least a couple of weeks off before I start requesting “work” from him. He did work hard to earn his time off by doing extra work daily in subjects as others were completed.

A fever that won’t quit, and possible pregnancy?Β 

My baby’s fever is gone thank God, but mine won’t go away.😞

My fever started Sunday, and it’s been up and down since then. It was just over 102 this morning,  and after medication it has only dropped to 100.5. I am still extremely  congested too. I have had a sinus headache all day, so bad that my teeth hurt. 

I also took a home pregnancy test this morning that looked negative, but then looked like there may have been a very faint positive line. I will probably test again tomorrow, or by the end of the week. I am having some symptoms, my first sign of pregnancy is actually spotting.  The spotting I have in early pregnancy is much different than normal period bleeding. 

Just in case I am pregnant,  I have to be careful about how I medicate myself for this illness. I have been using ibuprofen, but with a possible positive test this morning I will switch to acetaminophen only. I really hope this fever breaks by morning,  because I have to work tomorrow. I also hope my congestion clears, since I am miserable. It will be very difficult to work while feeling this way.😞

Baby’s First FeverΒ 

My poor baby is 7 months old, and has his first fever. His 11 year old brother had a fever of 103 a few nights ago. I really hope Jakey doesn’t get one that high.πŸ˜’ It’s only been up to 101, but he’s a helpless little babe. The 2 year old slept a solid 12 hours last night, and has been fighting a cold himself. So far thankfully, he doesn’t have a fever. My 11 year old, and I both have chest congestion and coughs. This is all stemming from the illness I recently wrote about. This has lingered way too long!

It still upsets me that someone was not upfront with me about her family’s illness, but I still think I might have allowed my son to go on the outing anyway. I do think the original illness came from that outing, but since it is lingering and the fever hit so far into the illness we may have caught something else while we were at a weakened state. 😞

It just breaks my heart to hear my infant coughing, and miserably whining. 

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Saturday’s are hard for me. 

I work Friday’s 4am-2:30pm, getting up to pump at 1:45 to start my day. The commute to/from work is nearly an hour, so I get home around 3:30pm to a house full of boys. Since I am still breastfeeding the 7 month, old I usually have to sit down with him shortly after I arrive home. 

I don’t get much done on a Friday after work, but I almost never get to nap. Yesterday was no exception. It wasn’t overly strenuous, but after putting away my work gear, fixing myself a large iced coffee, and nursing the baby we went out to the golf course next to our property. I had the baby in a front carrier, so I didn’t play, I just walked the course with the boys. (Hubby, 11 year old, and 2 1/2 year old) We were out just over an hour, then we came in and fixed a nice easy dinner. Chicken ravioli with broccoli in alfredo sauce, with some garlic toast. πŸ™‚ We watched a movie as a family, then played some mad libs. It was 11:30pm by the time I was settled in bed. I really hoped the baby would cooperate and give me some rest. He didn’t wake up until almost 4am, so I got a decent amount of sleep. πŸ˜‰ Hubby was up getting ready for work, and about to leave. I brought Jacob to bed with me to nurse, and kept him with me nursing him every couple of hours until about 8am. 

Since I have been trying to stick to my meal plan, I knew tonight’s dinner was scheduled to be chicken tacos. I got dinner in the crock pot just after 9am, and now I know I don’t have to worry about anything until dinner time tonight. 

Being so sleep deprived during the week, going to bed around 10pm to have my first alarm go off at 1:30am is rough. Saturday can be so exhausting when it’s my responsibility to get up during the night with the baby, so hubby can get his rest before his work week starts. He doesn’t get enough sleep either, since it was 11:30pm when we went to bed and his alarm goes off at 3:30am. πŸ˜› I am just grateful that baby Jacob didn’t choose to be up at midnight or 2am like he does sometimes. πŸ™‚

Here is my chicken taco “recipe”…

I put mild salsa in my crock pot to cover the bottom, sprinkle on a generous amount of taco seasoning, place frozen boneless/skinless chicken breast on top of the salsa/seasoning then add more salsa on top of the chicken. That’s it!

I will let it cook on low for several hours, and then shred the chicken before dinner. Tonight we are having soft tacos, so we will just put some of the chicken and salsa mixture on a soft tortilla and add lettuce, cheese and sour cream to our liking. 

This is after cooking for about 3 1/2 hours. The chicken creates a lot of liquid as it thaws and cooks. I know I shouldn’t open the lid, but I can’t help giving it a bit of a stir. If it’s too moist at dinner time, we can just use a slotted spoon to serve.  Once the chicken is shredded I’m sure it will seem thicker.

I am looking forward to a nice relaxing day without watching my clock to make sure I am ready to prepare dinner. Often times the baby will need to nurse, or 1 or both of the little ones will require diaper changes at crucial moments of dinner preparation. I tend to burn food, over cook pasta or make other mistakes when I have to do so much multi tasking. I hope to make more successful meal plans in the future to make these difficult days easier. πŸ™‚