Cleaning, Popsicles, and Pesto Pizza

So I am starting to get the urge to be productive again.  As a teacher, I would work my butt off from the middle of August until June.  I would be so tired out by the end of the school year that when summer would come around I literally wanted to do nothing. It’s like my brain couldn’t take anymore and goes on cruise control.  Well I am almost to the point where I am supposed to start school again and my productivity of getting things done is coming back around. The thing this summer is that I don’t need to focus my energy on getting ready for the school year. Yes, for the first time in five years I am completely stress free and am not organizing my classroom, making bulletin boards, binders, name tags, open house sheets, welcome back letters, and the list goes on and on. I get to focus all of my energy on being a good mom, wife, sister, and friend!

I think Travis is pretty happy that my urge to do something has picked up as well because I have been checking things of our house to-do-list left and right.  Our whole house will probably be re-organized, re-painted, and re-decorated by the time June rolls around.

So yesterday we had a pretty active day. We started our day off with a trip to Menards to pick out paint for our downstairs and for Travis’s work house.  Then the girls and I went grocery shopping. When we got home we made popsicles for after nap time with this super easy idea from Pinterest. You just take a yogurt cup and stick a popsicle stick in it and put it into the freezer and BAM you have a yogurt popsicle. Soooo easy and nutritious depending on the type of yogurt you use.  To get them to come out of the container you just run the yogurt cup under hot water for a little bit and they slide right out.  After our snack making we played house up stairs and rearranged Kenna’s whole bedroom. It is not quite done yet, I still have to hang a few things and then I will post a picture.

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After lunch I put both girls down for their naps.

I then cleaned out are whole garage and scrubbed the garage floor. The garage was filled with chicken poop from the chickens getting in there every time we would open the garage door. Chickens love shade, so as soon as the garage door would open they would all run in. We haven’t be able to use our garage all summer. I finally had enough and cleaned it out.  I used dawn dish soap, a garage broom, and the hose and went to town. At one point in time Kenna woke up and came outside to help.  I didn’t want her to get dirty in the garage so I let her take the hose and wash our van! She loved it.

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Once the garage was finally cleaned we had our Popsicles and then went for a walk.

For dinner, I made some Pesto Pizzas, which are fantastic, healthy, quick, and easy recipe.  I will post the recipe below.   After dinner we cleaned up and headed to Travis’s double header softball game with the girls.

Pesto Pizza

4 Whole Wheat Tortillas

1 Can Black Beans

2 Pieces of Cooked Chicken

1 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese or Parmesan Cheese

4 Tablespoons of Pesto (we like the jar pesto)

16 Cherry Tomatoes

8 Small Peppers (any pepper of choice)

Spinach (optional)

Step one: Take out two baking sheets and place two tortillas on each one. Step Two: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Step Three: Cut up chicken and cook on stove Step Four: Chop up peppers and cherry tomatoes.  Step Five: Place one tablespoon of pesto sauce onto each tortilla.  Step Six: Place the chicken on the tortillas with the rest of the ingredients.  Step Seven: Cover with Cheese. Step Eight: Place in the oven for 10 minutes. I put one baking sheet on the top rack and one on the bottom and switch them after 5 minutes.

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Wufta! What a day.  I can’t wait to finish up Kenna’s bedroom and then on to the next project in the house, the bathroom.

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