Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yard Tour: {Late Summer} What's Growing in My Yard

I did a Yard Tour (see that post here) back in June for my spring blooms, but now it is late August in Texas, so it is hot (very hot).  I have several containers on my front porch, in my front flower bed, and on my back patio because this is a hobby that I really enjoy (see my post on Front Porch Container Gardening here).  Plants and flowers look different in late August than they do at the end of May or early June.  Some have gotten bigger, some have bloomed more, and some have suffered heat exhaustion.  Fortunately, few of my plants have suffered from the latter, even here in Texas.  I made sure that I planned for that factor when I was determining what I was going to plant in my flower beds and containers.  Some of these plants and flowers in the containers will be replaced soon with fall and winter plants that will give me color and blooms all the way until spring (see my post on Planning Containers for Fall here).

I take tons of pictures of my plants and flowers (just see my Instagram account for proof) so I have a lot to show you.  Please tour my yard via my pictures below.  Enjoy!

All of the colors of lantana make me swoon.  I love this plant.

Lantana has my heart....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Casseroles are the perfect dish for a hectic work and school week.  They are easy to put together (even the night before) and pop in the oven while you go do other things that are demanding your attention.  This Tuna Noodle Casserole will not disappoint.  It is everything you want it to be: warm, delicious, and easy.  I usually double this recipe because I like to have leftovers (who doesn't?) to make life even easier.

(Recipe below)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back to School: Meal Planning

Three of my four kids started back to school this week (8th, 5th, and 1st grades).  Starting the school routine back can be stressful, especially to the crew who were sleeping until 9:00am and now have to get up at 5:45am. One thing that I like to do to reduce this stress is meal planning. I have done this for years, and it definitely makes our life run smoother.  It also makes the inevitable question "What's for dinner" much easier to answer.  I get more relaxed about meal planning during the summer, but during the school year, it is a must. 

This also makes grocery shopping easier to plan.  A category that I find important to put on my meal planner has nothing to do with food, but is something that can affect when and where we are going to eat: "What's on the Calendar." For example, I know that Thursday night is a dance class night for my kids so meals have to be earlier and less complicated on that night.

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