Monday, October 17, 2016

School lunch!

Time for a tiny break from house and chicken posts; this is another topic that is very near to my heart. And to my stomach. I grew up in an era of beige school lunches. Lots of breaded chicken nugget-type things, instant mashed potatoes, and things on buns. Then I got to high school, where we had the option of a shake and fries, or my absolute favorite: the tiny round pizza.

So imagine my surprise and delight when my employer rolled out their new school lunch program and this is what I saw:
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, with a fresh green salad (with edamame and kale!) and fresh mango (!!).
Carnitas bowl with chipotle yogurt sauce and fresh poco de gallo. And a locally made Popsicle!
Wild rice and cranberry meatloaf, salad, and fresh kiwi and orange slices!

Enchiladas with black beans, roasted broccoli, and apple kale salad. Plus a giant bowl of canned pears, because I still need at least one throwback to my old-school lunches.

Seriously people, this is the most delicious $4 lunch in town. I love that kids in high-poverty schools are getting access to whole, nutritious, and super tasty food. And I don't have to pack a lunch anymore, and Perry knows that I'll eat vegetables for at least one meal each day. I'm super pumped for tomorrow; it's carnitas day!

Friday, October 7, 2016

New favorite tool!

A few months ago, we were having dinner with some friends and talking (naturally) about working on houses. One of the party remarked that his favorite tool was his checkbook, and we all laughed. And I decided I should give that one a try some day.

Yep, that was a good tool! After my adventures in floor refinishing at our tiny rehab last year, I decided that I would leave floors to the professionals. I did all the time-consuming, horrible scraping in advance, removing three layers of tile and old school linoleum inch by painful inch....

Then we piled up all the furniture from the kitchen, living room, and dining room like Tetris pieces in the back bedrooms.
And went on vacation!
And then when we came back, magically our floors were done and our house looked like it was meant to look!