Well, that didn’t go as planned..

Today has been EXHAUSTING.

Like for real.

Lets take a walk through my day…

We got up, we had breakfast, we got dressed in clothing that doesn’t contain the words “pjs”, “sweat”, or “yoga” (ok, confession, I was wearing leggings. But they were LulaRoe and a fun springy blue flower pattern, so they are basically real pants OK!?). We put a movie on TV and played on the floor. It was a soggy, grey morning, but who cares, we were having fun. It was gonna be a good day.

My phone had been dead when I woke up, which was weird, because it had like 25% when I went to bed, so it should have been fine. Maybe I had a billion notifications on Facebook (or a certain blog that had been recently updated) and it had killed my phone. I plugged it in and went about my day.

Yea. My phone was dead because Wonderful Husband had been trying to get a hold of me for about three hours regarding the DMV, transferring our registrations to WV, and Uhaul receipts we needed to turn in to his employer to get reimbursement.

Whoops.

Soooo, by the time my phone turned on and one of his 6,000 phone calls came through, you can imagine what I heard on the other end of that line.

What ensued, can only be described as complete an utter chaos, or also commonly referred to as a normal day in a house with two under 3.

As I was trying to simultaneously call the bank with our car loan, make a bottle for Little Littles, and explain to Little Darling that I was, in fact, NOT on the phone with daddy, some random old guy shows up at my front door.

Thankfully, old dude was looking for a different house. Easy peasy. Nope, wrong house, k bye.

The bank is drolling on and on about how if the DMV has faxed the paperwork and they haven’t received it there is nothing they can do. Perhaps I could personally fax a request on DMV letterhead, and then wait 2 hours and call back with the date, time, number of pages, and fax number from which the fax had come from and perhaps they could track it down. Then they could fax the title to me, and I could hand deliver it to the DMV.

I can smell poop.

I look over and Little Littles, while still wailing for a bottle, is on all fours and poop is leaking out the top of her diaper, centimeters from her shirt, and mere inches from my brand. New. Rug.

So now I get to argue with The Bank about how I am not doing any of the nonsense they are suggesting, they and the DMV need to handle it or my car will just stay registered in PA forever, while I wrestle a screaming baby to floor and try to change a poopy diaper with one hand. All while Little Darling is still circling me saying “I TALK DADDY??”

I finally completely lost my shit, told The Bank to go to Hell, and hung up. Click. I got the bottle warmed up and ready for Little Littles, we are only about 15 minutes behind schedule for LL’s first nap,  and Little Darling announces she has to go potty.

This is my life.

So we run to the potty and spend 3 minutes fiddling around until I, again, lose my cool and shout GET OFF THE POTTY!

Now Little Darling is laying on the floor pouting, Little Littles has her bottle and is happily eating, and Wonderful Husband is blowing up my phone for the Uhaul receipts that I have, yet again, forgotten to send. I can’t imagine how it slipped my mind.

Little Littles drinks her bottle and goes to sleep. I send the Uhaul receipts. I get a load of laundry going, Little Darling gets a snack, and we head to the basement to clean.

Little Darling is playing in the guest room, getting in and out of the bed and fluffing the covers. I am cleaning the litter box, organizing some items in the pantry, and realizing it was much, much too quiet.

I head over to the guest room and Little Darling is sitting dead silent and still in the bed.

She looks at me and says “potty”

I became a raging lunatic. I ripped her out of the bed and saw the huge wet spot where she had indeed peed on our guest bed.

I spanked her. And then for good measure, I spanked her again. I couldn’t even form a sentence I was so angry. I was screaming words like BED and BATHROOM and JESUS CHRIST over and over again.

I grabbed her hand and half dragged her up the stairs to her bathroom. I forced her into the shower, which was too cold and she started crying. I rinsed her off, gave her a towel, slammed her into bed and told her not to move until I came back.

I could hear the wails echoing as I was stripping the bed, starting a new load of laundry, and cursing whoever thought up potty training. I cleaned up pee prints up the steps and down the hallway. I scrubbed the mattress with vinegar and set up a fan to help it dry.

Wonderful Husband calls to tell me I have sent the wrong part of the receipt (with much more colorful language) and requests I take new pictures and send the correct part.

I have had about as much of this day as I can possibly handle.

I finally went to face my child, who was still half sobbing in her bed. I explained that she is definitely old enough to know better than to pee anywhere but the potty and it was totally unacceptable to pee on the bed. However, I know I was a bit harsh in my reaction and I should have handled it better. We hugged it out and I told her that while I was sorry, she still couldn’t watch tv for the rest of the day, and if she pees on another piece of furniture I will beat her until she can’t see straight. She agreed and asked if we could color at the new table. Yea, really scarred for life. Not.

We spent some time coloring and building with blocks. Little Littles woke up and we had a nice lunch. We re-entered the basement and the girls played happily together while I dragged all the gym equipment into the house from the garage and set up the home gym in one of our spare rooms.

Then it was nap time. Glorious afternoon nap time. When both girls nap at the same time and I get two hours of child-free, mommy time. Today, I collapsed in bed and decided I would take a nap and not even feel guilty.

Little Littles had other plans, of course, and only slept for about 40 minutes.

Since she was up, I decided I would start on some dinner plans. Which is how I came up with this delicious Chicken Spinach One Pot Meal. Easy, full of veggies and protein, and just enough pasta to be a comfort food on a crappy day.

Chicken Spinach One Pot Pasta

3 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
Olive Oil
1 Tomato
1 small Zucchini
4 Garlic Cloves
2 Cups pasta- I used Penne
3.5 Cups water
Salt
Pepper
Basil seasoning-  I used Pampered Chef Sweet Basil
3 Cups chopped Spinach
3oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Milk
Parmesan Cheese

1.In a big pot, heat up some olive oil and add the chicken. Cook until the chicken is about done, no visible pink on the outside

2. Add tomatoes, and garlic. Cook until tomatoes start to get tender.

3. Add water, salt, pepper, and seasonings. Bring to a boil.

4. Add the pasta and cook until pasta is tender, most of your water should be about gone.

5. Add milk, cream cheese and zucchini. Stir and bring to a simmer.

6. Add the spinach and stir well. Keep it simmering and add some Parmesan cheese to taste.

There you go. Easy to make, easy to clean up, and super delicious. Little Darling cleaned her plate, and had seconds. Little Littles ate almost a whole portion by herself.

So. Today was a shitty day. I fought with my husband. I flipped out on my kid. But tomorrow is another day, and I intend to make it great!

 

 

Zucchini Skillet

Ok, ok, I promise, this is the last zucchini recipe for a while. I just have so much of it, we eat it for dinner almost every night and when I am not eating it, I am cooking it or baking it into recipes I can freeze for later. It is wonderful that we have barely had to buy food this summer since we bought a cow this spring and I planted the garden, but soon I will have to change the blog name to The Crazy Zucchini Lady. This one is so simple and so easy. I have been searching for a good ground beef/zucchini recipe because its something that we ALWAYS have on hand in the summer. Up until now they had all been a flop, either requiring too many ingredients or not tasting very good. This one was a winner!!

Here is where I got the original recipe. I did follow it pretty exactly because it is so damn easy. Seriously. It’s awesome…

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • ground beef
  • salsa
  • cumin
  • garlic
  • onion

Recipe:

Brown the ground beef with the onions and garlic. Add salsa and cumin, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add the zucchini chunks. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Don’t let the zucchini get too soft.

The only addition I made, obviously, was cheese. I served it on a bed of brown rice and topped it with shredded cheddar cheese. It was amazing. Wonderful Husband ate two platefuls. Little Darling and I ate it for lunch the next day, and WH wiped out the rest of the leftovers that evening as a late night snack. This is definitely a keeper, it is so good!!

I purposely didn’t put any amounts with the recipe because this is seriously so versatile you can personalize it to how you like. We had less beef and more zucchini, with just enough salsa to make it saucy but it could easily be soupy with salsa with a ton of ground beef, like a chili almost. Mix it up, make it your own, enjoy it!

Zucchini Soup

My goodness! This entire month has been so crazy. I can’t tell if I am coming or going. Wonderful Husband has been in and out of the house, which is great because we thought he was going to be away the entire month. Little Darling and I actually took a day and road tripped the two hours to visit Wonderful Husband at his hotel, and this week we went to the zoo for the first time as a family! We have been having some well deserved and much needed family time. On top of family time, both of the vehicles have been short circuiting this entire month, leaving me stranded at home a lot of days, and sitting at the mechanic a lot of other days.

The Subaru is still sitting sadly in the garage waiting for its spark plugs to get changed, but the truck finally seems to be working! I have turn signals and headlights and working air conditioning! Its the little things in life eh? Having both vehicles on the fritz has prompted some serious conversation about car shopping, and even a test drive at the local Nissan dealer. Let me just tell you how wonderful a Nissan Rogue is. It’s like driving butter. It’s smooth and smells good and makes you really happy. But then you see the price tag and you have a heart attack. We haven’t come to terms with the cost of a new vehicle and are not ready to part with our savings account just yet, and so continues the saga of Dave Ramsey living.

A very dear friend of Wonderful Husband’s family passed away this week. He was very young and had had a long, hard fight with cancer. His wife and he got married only a month before Wonderful Husband and I, and they showed up the weekend of our wedding to help us. They cooked, they cleaned, they decorated, they made a slide show. They were amazing, and generous, and just all around good people. It breaks my heart, the real world version of A Walk To Remember.

It has just been a very long, very emotional month. Lots of ups, lots of downs. Laughing and tears.

I had to pick up with Wonderful Husbands sister from the airport this week, she flew home for the funeral and to spend time with her grieving friend. Driving to the airport in the truck was terrifying, but we made it there and back safely (even if Little Darling screamed the entire ride). We needed a quick and filling dinner that preferably used zucchini since I am still in the throws of zucchini season. I decided to try my hand at a delicious zucchini soup my aunt made for me a few months back when I visited her. She had sent me the recipes she used and it seemed pretty easy.

She originally used two different recipes to make hers, picking out the ingredients she had on hand and making it work. I did the same. Here is what I used for mine:

  • zucchini
  • bell peppers
  • garlic
  • onion
  • coconut oil
  • cumin
  • broth
  • milk
  • flour
  • corn
  • cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Here’s how I did it:

  • put the garlic and onion in a big stock pot with oil and let the garlic brown up a little, about 5 minutes
  • add the chopped peppers, zucchini, and corn and sprinkle them with some cumin, I used red and orange peppers to give it some color
  • let the vegetables saute for about 5 or 10 minutes. You want them soft but not mushy, stir them once in a while so they don’t stick.
  • sprinkle some flour on the veggies and give it a good stir
  • add 3 cups of broth, I thought I had broth but then realized it had been in the fridge a tad bit too long so I ended up adding water and some bouillon cubes.
  • bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat and add a cup of milk (give or take) and season with salt and pepper
  • simmer for a few more minutes
  • add the cheeses, enough to make you happy, I probably did a cup or so

This soup was delicious! Its creamy and filling, but doesn’t have a ton of bad stuff in it. Everybody had a big bowl and Little Darling even had a bowl today for lunch. This is definitely going to be repeated in my house. I may even try making a big batch and freezing some for winter so we can enjoy some zucchini when its cold and icy and we feel like summer may never come again. Its also very customizable and you can use or lose a lot of different ingredients. I would like to add some carrots next time. Or maybe when we run out zucchini swap it for broccoli and have an easy broccoli cheese soup. Oh the possibilities!