Going home again

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I have decided to move back to my original blog, Jolly Green Mommy.  I thought that I needed a change, but I have found that I am just more comfortable at home. As most people who know me would probably agree, I am somewhat of a homebody.  Please follow me back to Jolly Green Mommy.




Saying Goodbye

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Peace Will Come/The Time Has Come

Peace will come to all of us
Peace will come to all of us
Peace will come to all of us
And all of the world

Salaam, to all of us and all of the world
Salaam, shalom
Salaam, to all of us and all of the world
Salaam, shalom

The time has come, the time has come
Ki va moed, ki va moed
El tiemp a llegado, el tiempo a llegado

– Rick Recht

2008 Jewish Rock Records

I ask that you bear with me a bit because today I am saying goodbye to a beautiful person.

Saturday morning I found out that a dear friend passed away early that morning.  She was an amazing person, who definitely made my life better for having known her.  She was a great support for me when my mother-in-law was fighting cancer, the first non-family member to know I was pregnant with Peanut and the first to meet her too (in the hospital).  She was one of the strongest people I know, as she fought cancer herself.  Sadly, after Peanut was born and I was staying home, we lost touch and by the time Peanut was 2 we were exchanging greetings on Facebook, but otherwise had lost track of each other.

When I heard that she wasn’t doing well, I thought about trying to contact her.  I wasn’t sure how to do so after all this time, so I sent her a message on Facebook and then on Caring Bridge where she was helping to keep people informed of her fight.  Sadly, Saturday morning, her brother wrote that she had lost her battle and left us peacefully very early that morning.

My message to myself, and all of you, is:

If you love someone, tell them.  Don’t wait for that opportune time to tell them, for that time may never come.  Value every day and every person who comes into your life.  Remember the good and for get the bad.  Learn from your experiences and help them make you even better.

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” – Another Day (Rent)

Transportation – Preschool Corner

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After taking a year off (wow, did I really not do any “formal” schooling with Peanut for a year???), Peanut and I are trying to get back into school.  In another post, I will give you some background as to where Peanut is “ability-wise” and what I am doing in terms of curriculum.  For now, I want to talk about what we have done over the past two weeks.

What did we do this week?

I was inspired to do a unit on transportation.  Thank you Magic Mouse Schoolhouse!  So I went looking online for projects and units that were already compiled by others.  I’m hoping to get back into creating my own, but for now, I will offer a very heartfelt thanks to those who created the units we used: 2 Teaching Mommies, Homeschool Creations and KidsSoup.

Here is our week in pictures.

Transportation Words

Practicing spelling with word puzzles

Practicing our cutting for the left/right sort.

Sorting based on left and right.

Matching the number on the suitcase with the correct group of items to pack.

Sorting the different characteristics and uses for transportation.

Melissa and Doug See and Spell

Melissa and Doug Fire Truck Puzzle

We also thought that we would show Squeaker some modes of transportation too.

But he had more fun dumping them all out.

If you would like to see what other families have been up to this week, check out Preschool Corner.

Aloha Friday


Aloha Friday was started by was started by Kailani at An Island Life.  She says

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and join the linky on her site.

My question for today is:

I promised a more lighthearted question after last week’s heavy one, so….

As I got up this morning, took care of the dog, heard little footsteps on the stairs (Peanut) and squawking (Squeaker), I thought of today’s question…

What is your favorite busy morning breakfast?  (Recipes get bonus points.)

My answer:

It would probably be Breakfast Cookies.  I mean who doesn’t want to eat cookies for breakfast?

Wordless Wednesday


To join in the fun go to Wordless Wednesday visit 5 Minutes for Mom.

No Excuses

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courtesy of iclipart.com

I’ve mentioned the FlyLady before.  She is helping me to care for my house as best I can one step at a time.  Connected to her philosophies, is Jonathan Roche’s No Excuses Work Out.  I had signed up for their community mailings a while back, and was hoping that would be enough to get me working out again.  After much debate, and Fireman saying he wants to do something to get in shape too, I decided to pay for the more personalized guidance and work outs.  My thinking was that if 2 of us would be using his suggestions, we’re still better off than joining a gym and we if we don’t like it, I can get a refund within the month.  He also has a free membership if you just need a little bit of help.

So today I did my first work out, took my measurements and did my fitness test.  I’m going to be brave and post my total measurements and my fitness test results.  He suggests that the 2 tests be done monthly (every 30 days or so).  Hopefully, I will stick with this enough, that I will be able to give you my new numbers next month.

Roche’s suggested training is to do 3 days of interval training and 2-3 days of strength training a week.  Watching his video was very helpful because I was able to see that (like cleaning the house) it doesn’t make a difference how I look while working out, as long as I do it.  I will try to do a weekly post to keep track of my work outs for the week.

How am I doing?

Starting numbers:


  • Bicep: 11″
  • Bust: 35.25″
  • Chest: 31.5″
  • Waist: 34″
  • Hips: 40″
  • Thigh: 23″
  • Calf: 14″

Total: 188.75″

Fitness Test Results:

  • Push-Ups (from knees): 10 reps
  • Crunches: 23 reps
  • Plank (from knees): 22.3 seconds
  • Jumping Jacks (30 seconds): 29 reps

Total Score: 84.3

What do you do to work out?

Anyone have some great music suggestions for interval workouts?

Mexican Veggie Potato Casserole – Recipe

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For dinner tonight I was trying to find a way to use the Southwest Hash Browns (BOGO deal) I bought by mistake last week.  Since Fireman is out for the night Peanut and I are having breakfast for dinner.  I looked on the Simply Potatoes website and one of the recipes caught my eye.  I altered it to meet my vegetarian needs, so I thought I would share it with all of you.

Mexican Veggie Potato Casserole

based on Simply Potatoes’ Mexican Sausage Potato Casserole


  • 1 bag Simply Potatoes’ Southwest Hash Browns
  • 2 small zucchinis, shredded
  • 1/2 broccoli, chopped (more would have been better, but this all I had)
  • 2 1/2 cups Mexican mix cheese
  • 4 eggs (more if you drop them on the floor like I did)
  • 1 cup of milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place 1/2 bag of Hash browns into a greased 9 inch baking dish.
  3. Add 1/2 of the zucchini and broccoli.
  4. Add 1 cup of cheese
  5. Repeat directions 2-5.
  6. Beat eggs and milk together and pour over casserole.  (Be sure to stay away from the edge, or your dog might enjoy licking up the mess like mine did.)
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Add remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

What did we think?

I thought it was a pretty good use of the ingredients I had on hand.  I did think it was a little spicy for my liking, but that was to be expected.  Also, I would strongly suggest squeezing the excess liquid out of the zucchini as it was a little more watery than I would have liked.
Peanut ate the whole bowl with only one reminder that she was supposed to be eating dinner.
Overall, I’d say not bad, but in the future, I will make sure I get the regular hash browns instead.

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