WIAW: Chicken In a Skillet Parmesan

It’s already…  Thursday?  I uploaded my WIAW pictures yesterday morning before I left for school, planned to add words before my students arrived, but as soon as I stepped through the school door I bounced from meeting to meeting until the bell rang at 9:05AM.  So really, it’s a WIAT {What I Ate Thursday}…  Like the word wait, except the vowels are swapped.

Oh vowels, you’re so tricky.  The past two weeks I’ve been working with my students to complete assessments so I can place them into leveled reading and math groups.  Vowel sounds {plus q, k, and x} have been tough.  But hopefully after today, all of my assessments will be done and I can finally start teaching content.  Finally.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up & excusing my tardiness!


I’ve learned that as much as I love pumpkin, I do not like pumpkin spice coffee.  I can’t wait to use the last pod so I can go back to my favorite breakfast blend or vanilla biscotti.


First {large} can of pumpkin this season and it has been used daily…  On top of toasted waffles or mixed into pancake batter.


There are four seasons in a year: winter, spring, summer, and pumpkin.  Chopped apple, a handful of raisins, and pumpkin pancakes topped with cottage cheese and the runniest peanut butter.


I’ve eaten the same mid-morning snack all week – almonds and a gigantic banana.  Ryan picked out the biggest bunch of bananas I’ve ever seen.  They’re as big as my head.


Hold the ranch dressing, I prefer dipping my carrots in {spicy} salsa or {yellow} mustard.  Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!


Lunch was 50 Shades of Brown.  An apple, string cheese, peanut butter toaster waffles, and pretzels.


Toast two waffles, spread some peanut butter on both, sandwich the waffles together, and then put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.  The peanut butter hardens into every pocket.


Baby Szed loves Luna Bars, especially the cookie flavors.


My momma and Ryan both love chicken parm.  Tip: cook chicken thoroughly in an oven safe skillet {cast iron works great}.  Once the chicken is cooked, top with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, and put the skillet into the oven just until the cheese melts.  We served it with broccoli and wild rice.


I haven’t eaten Special K in years, but it was on sale this week.  This parfait includes raisins, cottage cheese, pumpkin puree, honey roasted almonds, and a dash of cinnamon.

Question:  Chicken parm – yay or nay?

Question:  Are you celebrating pumpkin season?

— Allison


Thinking Out Loud: OMG Tuna Fish Salad

1.  It seems like every time my local barista memorizes my drink order, it’s time for us to move.  I love walking up to the counter and having my drink already made, waiting for me.

2.  Speaking of coffee – are all people that work at coffee shops called baristas or is that just at Starbucks?

3.  This week my students are so happy because I added CHARMS candies to the prize box.  They describe them as a mix between Light Sabers {aka Life Savers} and Starburst.  The red ones are supposedly the best, the white are the worst.

4.  At 7AM on Saturday morning I’ll be anxiously waiting at the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon – my first half marathon of 2014!  I still haven’t written my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler…

5.  For Lent I gave up candy and soda, specifically gum and Diet Hansen’s {Cherry Vanilla Crème}.  I’m addicted.  I was going strong until Tuesday when I decided to make an exception for dark chocolate because, well, it’s basically a health food.  Read more about why including dark chocolate in your daily diet can actually be beneficial here.


6.  I’ve outlined three posts this week a – a recap of the Reston 10 Miler, a weekend recap for MIMM, and a handful of food pictures for WIAW…  But they’re still just drafts because I either fell asleep asleep with my computer on my lap or had to run out the door to a meeting before school and I didn’t have time to finish later.  Hopefully I step-up my game next week.

7.  I’ve had a serious hankering for tuna fish this week.  I packed it for lunch on Monday, again on Tuesday, made a tuna melt for dinner Tuesday night, and made another wrap for lunch yesterday.  All because I learned a little secret…  Tuna fish + hummus is a life changing combo.  With every bite I repeatedly said {to myself} “OMG.  This is so good!  OMG!  OMG!” so I’m calling it OMG Tuna Fish Salad.

OMG Tuna Fish Salad

OMG Tuna Fish Salad

Ingredients {serves 1}:

  • 1 small can of tuna fish
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 – 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • seasoned salt *to taste*
  • black pepper *to taste*


In a medium bowl, flake the tuna into chunks.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate if not eating right away.

8.  Runner’s World is “running” {so punny!} a sweepstakes with Iceland Naturally.  One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • Economy round-trip air on Icelandair for 2 people
  • 3 nights accommodation in Reykjavik at Hotel Nordica for 2 with Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 72 hour Reykjavik Welcome Cards providing free access to the City of Reykjavik world famous thermal pools, museums and public transportation
  • 2 entries to the Reykjavik Marathon
  • 2 roundtrip bus transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • 1 case of Icelandic Glacial water for your hotel room
  • 2 Experience Comfort entries to the Blue Lagoon Spa
  • 2 award winning Snaefell jackets

To enter, visit this website and enter the requested information.  The contest will remain open until April 1st.

9.  Have you seen these Portable Protein Packs from Oscar Mayer {aka the adult Lunchable}?

Portable Protein Pack

10.  After my students finish their classwork or a quiz, I let them “play” with math flashcards to keep quiet until everyone is done.  On Monday one student started singing “Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.” while shuffling his flashcards.  And then the other students joined in.  It was hilarious!


Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Question:  Tuna fish – yay or nay?  Tuna fish out of a can is a yay {obviously}, but the raw stuff is a nay for me.

Question:  If you could drop everything and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

— Allison


Hypersonic Speed Mode

It’s a busy beginning of the week!  Since we were only in school for one day last week, and yesterday was a half day (Mondays always are – perk of teaching elementary school!), we’re trying to squeeze in as much as possible today and tomorrow.

The second grading period ends tomorrow, and Thursday and Friday are teacher workdays, so teachers are in “gotta get it done, no talking just working, hypersonic speed mode.”  Or at least that’s how one of my students described it yesterday.  Meanwhile, the students are looking forward to another long weekend…

Ryan and I didn’t have any exciting plans over the weekend, but as I keep saying, a low-key January is appreciated after a busy holiday season.  I also wasn’t feeling 100% so “easy” was exactly what I needed.









August Osage County







Question:  Would you rather have a 3-day weekend starting on a Friday or ending on a Monday?

Question:  How do you take your coffee?

— Allison