Spring Break!

So nothing makes me happier then beautiful weather and no school!!!! My nanny kids got some fun days with their parents and grandparents so i didn’t get the full week with them, but we had a blast on our days together.

Monday i spring cleaned our house and it made me so happy. I cleaned and organized the bedrooms and closets.

Tuesday i cleaned some more, did some choreography for baton, took my niece for ice cream, and had a productive competition practice with my twirlers!

Emma
Returned home from baton to my husband cooking on the grill!!!

Wednesday the nanny kids and i went to a playground in Medina. They had so much fun and they have been patiently waiting to go back since last summer. It was 80* and sunny and we were loving it!

Taking a breather on the bench and watching the older two!
My baby girl and i made cards for my great aunt Eda. She absolutely loved them!
Wednesday night we tried some new gluten free products. I found these at Heinens and i was beyond thrilled to find ravioli and fresh pasta. We loved these and will definitely buy again!!!

Thursday was a surprise day off so grandma and grandpa could play with the kids. I did some laundry and a good amount of baton paperwork. I also picked up our new tank tops and organized them by class. Most of the afternoon i relaxed and enjoyed the weather. Thursday night i worked the hell out of my twirlers and i think they are ready for competition weekend!

Friday the nanny kids and i went to another awesome playground. After they played for over an hour, we walked the mile long story book trail and my nanny girl (6) read us the entire story. I’m so proud of her. We ate our picnic lunch by the fishing lake and played a little longer at the playground! Oh and the highlight of the day is we saw a Bald Eagle flying over us. My nanny boy (4) said “I’ve never seen a Bald Eagle in real life!”

Friday afternoon we played in the backyard. My oldest nanny girl created four vaccines for kids as young as one month old. She is going to change the world one day!!!!

Friday’s dinner. John is amazing!

Perfect ending to a long day

Working two jobs in one day is exhausting but i am lucky because i love what i do. I nannied all day and then coached baton twirling all evening. I came home to my husband cooking pork chops and asparagus. So fresh, healthy and delicious. After dinner we put our feet up and relaxed. This beautiful moon was the perfect sight to see just before heading to bed. Always be grateful for what you have and live in the moment!

Pre-made GF cookie dough!?

It’s always exciting to discover new gluten free products at the store. Today i found these break and back cookies. They also had double chocolate but i can’t resist a tradition chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are pretty good. I probably could have baked them another minute or two but who doesn’t love a soft and gooey cookie!? I would definitely buy these again. They were easy and convenient which is always a nice option and welcomed break from making food from scratch!

Fool’s Spring

Today in northern Ohio we reached almost 60 degrees! My oldest wanted to do some art designs on her night stand, so we took it out to the garage to let her paint. My youngest wanted to dance and twirl to music. The weather was amazing and we fully enjoyed almost the entire day outside. It is also a blessing that it was so nice out because we lost power for almost 3 hours. It seems there was some sort of equipment failure and even the hospital at the corner lost their power. We just continued to play outside and were thankful it came back on just in time to make dinner. The sun is just starting to set now and we are warm inside being teased by the smell of turkey in the Instant Pot!

Working on double extended elbow rolls!
She is a true artist!
We were getting silly after hours outside!

Things I’ve learned about ice fishing!

* a pink rod is a must….you might not catch more fish but you will look super cute

*a lot of women and children ice fish…..more than i see during the summer

* sharp blades and the correct size blades on an auger make drilling a hole much easier…..also let the boys do that because their shoulders burn the next day 😂

*you must be willing to pee in a bucket

*you are sitting for long periods of time, so bring some snacks!

Entering the ice covered lake
On the lake

My love/hate relationship with being gluten free!

Now being gluten free is by no means a choice, but rather a necessity to feeling like a human. I am blessed that i do not have celiac disease but my body does not digest gluten well. I love that being gluten free forces us to cook and eat healthier foods. Tonight i really wanted a chicken philly sandwich, but this required me baking my own bread. If i could just eat any “normal” bread, i would just have run to the store and grabbed a loaf. This is what i love/hate. Since i needed gluten free bread, it was off to the kitchen to make some from scratch. It was so warm and delicious and for this i am so thankful i had to bake my own!

Happiness is Homemade!

The silver lining to this pandemic truly is not having the temptation to eat out. Don’t get me wrong we still get take out from local restaurants, but we really do enjoy cooking together. All our meals that i blog about are gluten free unless i state otherwise. Over 15 years ago i had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic and my small intestine swelled shut. This trauma to my intestine makes it difficult for my body to digest gluten and i feel miserable when i have gluten.

Brisket in the Instant Pot and rosemary potatoes in the Air Fryer!
Sausage, Biscuit, and Gravy
Philly cheesesteak on a baguette
Baguette recipe from Gluten Free on a shoestring. These were amazing!

Did someone say coyote?

My amazing husband took me on a hike in rural Ohio. As we were walking into the woods we passed a father and son. They were dressed in camouflage and the father had a rifle over his shoulder. John asked him if they had any luck and he replied “no we were hoping to have some coyote sightings!” What???? Where did my husband bring me? I was so anxious but there was something so calming about breathing the brisk air and hearing only the cracking of our footsteps and gunfire in the distance. We only saw a few birds, but the scenery was breathtaking. It was 30 degrees out and the sun was peaking in and out of the clouds. We walked through the woods, up by Spencer Lake, and through an open field. Best way to spend a Saturday!

Downy woodpecker
A visit from loved ones in heaven
Spencer Lake
The field
Black River

Dinner is served….

Italian turkey, zucchini, yellow squash and gluten free noodles!

I will never get tired of assisting John in the kitchen. He is an amazing cook and always comes up with a healthy meal. I sliced up some fresh veggies to cook with the sweet Italian sausage. We added barilla gluten free pasta, Italian dressing and some Parmesan cheese! Karalyn ate 3 bowls of it so i think it is safe to say it was delicious!