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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Spider Charm Necklace

My post for this month's Lightening Craft was inspired by my most recent near death experience...and I do mean the experience I posted about on Instagram this morning, I figured, why the heck not make a spider necklace.  I mean if that is going to be the reason I inevitably die, I might as well embrace it right?

I will also add, that I completely forgot all about having to have this project done this morning so I rushed to get it done this morning. Truly it has been a 15 minute craft, minus dry time.

Like the apple earrings, the pencil necklace and The Fault in our Stars best friend necklaces, I made little spider charm design in my Silhouette program and then cut it out of black paper.

I glued them all together to make a thicker paper charm.

When that was done, I glued on some googly eyes because I thought it would be way cuter, and it is!

And then like the other charms, I topped it with some Mod Podge Dimensions.

I impatiently waited for it all to dry, added a jump ring and strung a chain through it. And just like the projects before it, I had an awesome and super fun necklace to wear.  I mean, I might not wear it because it is, afterall, a spider, but I might pass it along to someone who will wear it!

I put it on to take this picture and then I may or may not have promptly thrown it away just in spite of it being a spider (which I didn't really throw it away, but I wanted to...)

I hate spiders.

This craft was thrown together to be apart of a series for 15 minute crafts!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This Week's Menu

I think I have consumed more coffee this past week than I have all month.  And it's not really because I need it, I really just enjoy coffee.  While Dexter is in preschool, I've been hitting up Starbucks to do some writing.  It really is nice to get that hour to myself twice a week.

We had curriculum night at Lucy's school last week too.  That was neat, being able to see what they are going to be working on and all. Her classroom is way more technologically advanced than my classroom was, I mean, we still have apple computers that took floppy disks!  Lucy's "chalkboard" is now a smart board and periodically throughout the day they have "brain breaks" where they can basically play wii fit games to get out their energy.  It's pretty impressive!

Now to the nitty gritty...

Monday - roasted chicken with red potatoes and green beans (we normally would do meatless Monday but I need a roasted chicken for the rest of the week)
Tuesday - chicken tortilla soup (using leftover chicken from Monday and homemade stock)
Wednesday - chicken fried rice
Thursday - chicken pot pie
Friday - BBQ chicken pizza
Saturday - Going to a wedding
Sunday - leftovers

Lunch ideas for this week:

And since Monday is National Elephant Appreciation day, this week's Lunchbox Laughs is elephant themed!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

A couple of months ago, my Aussie friend came over with lunch from Whole Foods.  She brought us chicken caesar salad wraps and they were amazing.  Naturally, all I wanted for the next two months was a chicken caesar salad wrap but never made my way to Whole Foods to buy one.  But almost daily, I could imagine myself walking into Whole Foods, carefree, kidfree (my daydreams usually involve me going someplace kidfree), ordering a chicken caesar salad wrap and relishing in every bite.  In my head, I would look like one of those people on some food commercial that is showing with every bite, just how heavenly the food that I am eating it.  

But common...I do occasionally live in reality.  

Instead, I ordered one with my weekly grocery order from Instacart.  And it was $7.  SEVEN DOLLARS.  

I said to heck with that and decided to just make my own.  So there. 

garden spinach herb tortillas
romaine lettuce
shredded parmesan cheese
shredded chicken
caesars dressing (I bought two different kinds and decided to just try both but it's really just whichever kind you like the most)

I fried up my chicken in some olive oil and then covered them in my homemade seasoning mix (which I now make with all organic spices).  When they were cooked, I took two forks and shredded them. 

Next, I laid out a tortilla, put down lettuce, some chicken, some cheese and then poured on some dressing.

Folding a wrap is not as simple as you would think it is, and if it's easier for you to leave one end opened when you wrap it up, then do it. It took me a few tries to really get good at it.  

And then scarf!  They are so freaking good!  Matt loved them too and requested them for lunch all week. And I might have requested them for myself too.  Maybe.