Thursday, November 21, 2013

friday senses

a peek at our week:

seeing: snow is coming down AS WE SPEAK. Big fluffy flakes. We got so much last weekend and then it disappeared in just a few days. I'm getting really excited for snow this year--I'll be dusting off my snowboard in these next few weeks and returning to the's been 9's going to be hilarious.
loving: The foggy mornings lately are my favorite. 
It's so fun driving the kids to school through the mist.
hearing: When Robby and I first met he played the guitar. He played and played and played and sang his little heart was all part of the "wooing" process. He's picked it up again and has been playing more and more. The kids lounge around singing Neil Young with's the best.
anticipating: Thanksgiving of course! Family, fun, and mashed potatoes. 
Black Friday? No thank you, I'll be on a trail somewhere.
nervous gassing/feeling excited: 
I did it. I am officially registered for school. eeeeeeeeeeeeek. I start in January. I have some prerequisites to get out of the way and then eventually I will apply for a nursing program. I have been thinking about this for quite some time now, and the pieces are finally coming together. I am so nervous but I can't wait to get things rolling in January. Heaven help me.
running: in SNOW! Crazy deep powdery snow. Last Friday it snowed all night. I tossed and turned--giddy about Saturday's run. I love running in the snow. It's beautiful and challenging and so different than anything else. Saturday I kept thinking the storm would let up......and it didn't. The snow just kept coming I just went for it. Charly was in heaven--the snow is like a drug to her and she just goes crazy. We blazed our own trail......but not for long. The snow was blowing so hard I could barely see. Next time I'll be out there with my goggles.
apologizing: A few of you have asked about a November sorry--November is almost done! We will see about December....
nerding out: Who will be seeing Catching Fire sometime soon? ME.

wondering: What kind of pie are you making for Thanksgiving? I'm going to make the same Buttermilk Pie I made last year for Christmas. Find the recipe HERE
souping: always making soup around here.
Chicken and Barley Soup
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chopped kale (or collard greens or chard), chopped into bite size pieces
2TBS chopped fresh thyme (you can throw in any combination of fresh herbs into this soup!)
1 TBS chopped fresh rosemary
1-2 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup barley (you could use any grain you have--maybe wild rice or bulgur)
6-8 cups chicken stock (less stock if you want it to be more of a stew)
juice of 1 lemon

saute' in olive oil: onion, carrots, kale, and chicken pieces until onions are tender and chicken begins to brown on the edges
add garlic and herbs, s&p. cook for a few more minutes.
add stock and barley.
bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
Let simmer on low for an hour or more.( I love it the longer my soups cook)
Stir in lemon juice right before serving.
top with parmesan cheese and some fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!
Happy Weekend!!!
let's see your #howweweekend

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twinsontherun said...

Congrats on going back to school! You will be amazing! Sometimes the anticipation is scarier than actually doing it. I can't wait to hear about it :)

Unknown said...

That picture of your dog in the snow is perfect!

Paige Holley said...

Hooray for moms going back to school! I too am starting this January after a 10 year break! Good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

foggy mornings are my favorite! for thanksgiving, i'm going to attempt at a sweet potato pie

Sara Zahn said...

One of my favorite things in the world is watching my husband play the guitar and sing with my kids. Also, Catching Fire is AMAZING. You will not be disappointed!

Tara said...

I just love your photography so much - how do you get it to look like that??

Athena said...

Hi Sheena, I am a (beginner) runner/nurse/photographer mama and your blog is one of my faves. I feel I can relate in a lot of ways. The very best luck to you in school -- nursing school is intense but gratifying! p.s. I'm making a peanut butter pie for Thanksgiving :)

Kris said...

Made that soup tonight for dinner and it was a huge hit with my family! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Amanda Mae said...

I started the process to go to school to be a nurse last year! I finished all my prerequisites in a year. And I applied for a program and I start next year. It's possible! I founds a few classes online. That really sped things up. I have two young kids so time is money to me. You got this!!

loo said...

After a few years, this is still one of my go to recipes! Thanks for your wholesome and balanced approach to food :)

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