Bopping Around NashvilleĀ 

Ha. Talk about a late post. We went to Nashville last summer- yes 2016- for my bday and here we are gearing up to go again and I never did the post from last year. No excuses. I just suck. 

Anyhoo, Nashville is AWESOME! My husband wants to move there. I am not THAT in love with it…yet. But, I did love it. So much so, we are going back in a few weeks. 

What’s to like / love about Nashville? It’s clean, it’s southern enough that you experience the hospitality, but not the blatant racism, everything is relatively close, the food is BOMB, shopping is decent, friendly people and where we went was pretty much middle to upper middle class. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am nobody’s fool, I am sure there are crappy parts, but I wasn’t there. 

Places to go- I am totally into slave plantations and The Hermitage did not disappoint. Great tour, really good info and very eye opening. 


Hattie B’s and Gigi’s Cupcakes. Everything in Nashville is about hot chicken. The line was insane, but so worth it. My husband got the hottest version and was eating with his nose running! Who does that?!? I totally had to go to Gigi’s because that is what my Godkids called my mom. 


The Aquarium Restaurant was so cute and fun. It is super family friendly and the food and drinks were great. We are going back this year. 


Biscuit Love was literally the best damn breakfast ever. I am not a huge breakfast person, but wow! Now, it is expensive as all crap, but so good! 


The downtown area. So many shops, restaurants and people. Totally touristy. Totally hilarious. If you are a people watcher- best place ever. 


The last pic is the best! Just a pic of my two favorite people hanging out. It was crazy hot in July though and slightly miserable. We will be better prepared this year. If you have any Nashville suggestions let me know. I am so excited to go back. 

xoxo,

Fabmommy on the Go šŸ™‚ 

Teacher Appreciation

Super cute Google image right? 

So, Teacher Appreciation Week for me is two-fold. One, because I am a teacher and two, because I want my son to celebrate his teachers. 

I have ZERO recollection of this in high school and don’t remember doing diddly for the many teachers who were super important in my life. This week my school gave us donuts and coffee, mini massages, a can of Mountain Dew, an ice cream sundae party and cafeteria inspired cinco de mayo snacks. Our students who were in business classes took pictures with their favs and posted to twitter (easily the cutest part of the week). I say all of this to say- I didn’t really feel APPRECIATED. 

People have no idea how hard we work. The endless questions (that usually have ZIPPO to do with your lesson), the requests: Band-aids, lotion, cell phone chargers, bathroom, nurse, food, $, and all kinds of other foolywang, the tears, their hormones, the breakups and drama, the paperwork and lets not forget the parents- oh the parents. Some are amazing and some simply aren’t. The level of creativity and acting when you are a good teacher is frankly exhausting. Imagine being in a classroom of 30 kids who have cell phones and Snapchat at the ready in their hands all while you are trying to explain the importance of subject verb agreement and why you should not use to be verbs. Come on! Education has changed drastically and it takes mounds of energy to keep those little buggers engaged. Not to mention coming home and being a wife and mom and totally making sure a threenager doesn’t scribble all on my students’ work. 

But, guess what- I wouldn’t change it. My days are funny, hilarious, hysterical and even though sometimes I feel like I work at the zoo and I am spinning my wheels, I appreciate myself- for all that I do, all that I give, all that I help, assist, chastise, destroy, build, bless, grow and cultivate. 

So seeing as how the official week according the Internet is next week- I must prepare to make sure the teachers at my son’s school know just how much he cares and we (my husband and I) care for all they do and give him on a daily basis. 

Hug a teacher. Shoot an e-mail to an old teacher, donate to classrooms, if you see a teacher sitting in Starbucks or Panera grading like a fool- buy them a coffee. Trust me, they would appreciate it. 

xoxo, 

Fabmommy 

Why I LOVE this ManĀ 

Let me count the ways. 

He made me proud. 

He gave me hope. 

He is smart and funny. 

He helped me help young children believe. 

He went above and beyond my expectations. 

I love the way he loves. 

I love the way he parents. 

He is well-read and well-spoken. 

I respect him. And I truly am grateful he came into my life. 


Love you, Obama! Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!

Fabmommy

Word for the Year

Happy New Year!

In planner and blogger land it is pretty important to have a “word of the year”. It determines plans, becomes your mantra and sets your path. 

My word that I have chosen is … drumroll please…

RE-EVALUATE

I chose this word not in the negative sense, but in the sense of me examining and figuring out a better fit and application for my life. Does this apply to friends? No, I got rid of most of the jerks already. I want to re-evaluate my spendingšŸ˜’, time managementšŸ•°, time spent with family, activities with my husband and baby, my home routinesšŸ , self carešŸ’šŸ½, a lot of stuff. 

So, the task is at hand. Figure out your word. Post in the comments. We will hold you accountable. Promise. 

xoxo, Fabmommy 

My Fave- Pasta Salad

I am putting this here for two reasons. 

1. So people can make it themselves. LOLOL

2. To have it as a reference point and actually written down somewhere. 

I LOVE to cook. I have been in the kitchen since I was young with my Mom and I would just watch. My Mom never cooked with recipes and I don’t either, but since people ask- I try to keep track when I make stuff so I can spread the love. 

I have been making this for parties for legit at least 12-14 years. Super easy. Can be easily changed and added to and is DELISH. 


I make them for every party and I usually have requests at least 5x a year for various events. I am super particular about the ingredients. So don’t be a cheapo! 

Ingredients:

1 box of Barilla tri color rotini

1 bottle of Wishbone Italian 

4 Roma tomatoes

1 cucumber

Seasonings: Kosher salt, pepper, Salad Supreme, crushed red pepper 

Boil pasta – be sure to add table salt to the water and a bit of vegetable oil. 

Dice veggies, add to bowl / pan and add dressing so it can marinate. Add seasonings to taste. 

Drain pasta and add. 

Can be prepped the night before. I used to add cheese, but my son has a dairy allergy. But I have added: broccoli, zucchini, lunch meat, olives, red onions, banana peppers, pretty much anything- up to you. 

Enjoy. Fabmommy 

Hash Brown CasseroleĀ 

Ingredients-1 bag of hash brown potatoes in refrigerator section. You can use southwestern for extra kick

1 bag of triple cheddar cheese

1/2 green pepper diced

1/4 onion diced

1 container sour cream

1 can cream of chicken 

Seasonings- Lawry’s, garlic powder, pepper


Mix all ingredients in a bowl- add to pan (sprayed) and put in oven on 350 covered with foil. Take foil off after an hour put oven on broil or turn up degrees for last 15 minutes. 
The recipe can easily be doubled. 

Happy Holidays. Fabmommy 

The Interview

The Oprah and Michelle Obama interview was EVERYTHING! I proudly watched two women I admire greatly just sitting around chatting as girlfriends do. It was authentic, poignant, thoughtful and sweet. I LOVED IT! I am so happy and so proud. I recorded it and can’t wait to watch it again. Black Girls Really Are MAGIC! Yesssss! 

If you didn’t watch the interview- please please please watch. It is awesome. 

xoxo–Fabmommy

Elfin AroundĀ 

Our elf, Julius, has been back since 12/1. This year seems a bit more interesting mainly because a certain 3 yr old is really into the holiday season and especially Julius. I have discovered however that the mischief that the elves are supposed to bring is not really celebrated by my child. So I switched it up and Julius is super nice. Here are a few pics of what Julius has been up to lately. 


And yes, my elf is a lil brown boy. Duh. I prefer the plush elves- they don’t look creepy as all hell. 

Happy Holidays, 

Fabmommy

Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:2 lbs of chicken breasts 

1 Small diced onion

Enchilada sauce 2 cans 

Green chiles 1 tiny can 

Lime juice

Seasonings- salt(I only use Kosher and Pink Himalayan for cooking and table salt for baking) pepper, Lawry’s, garlic powder, crushed red pepper

Flour tortillas

Shredded cheese- I usually buy Kraft the taco mix kind

Lettuce, tomato and whatever other toppings you like. 

In the crock pot- please use crock pot bags they are lifesavers- put half a can of enchilada sauce, the onion and 1/3 of the green chiles. Next add chicken breasts, season them, cover with the remaining enchilada sauce add a few squirts of lime juice. If need be, open the other can of enchilada sauce and add half. It really depends on how big your chicken breasts are and the crock pot. 


I do this before work so I let it cook 6 hours. Shred the chicken and get to rolling the enchiladas. In a glass baking dish add some enchilada sauce and place a tortilla, add some shredded chicken, and cheese then ROLL. Keep doing this until complete. Top with cheese and foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. I take the remaining enchilada sauce and pour on top once complete. 


Enjoy. xoxo, Fabmommy

Easy Pasta Recipe

I know. I know. Queen Sugar recap is coming. I am just rewatching certain parts. Anyhoo, easy pasta. I love carbs. I love excuses for garlic bread and I love fast and quick recipes that are toddler approved. 

Ingredients

Small onion- diced

Half a green pepper- diced

1 package of mild Italian sausage

3/4 box of Barilla Penne pasta

1 jar of Ragu chunky style with tomatoes and onions

Seasonings- black pepper, garlic powder, Lawry’s, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, Oregano

In a large pot add olive oil and saute the veggies, add the cut Italian sausage and brown. 

While this is going on boil your noodles so they will be ready. Add a pinch of salt to your water. 

Once the sausage is browned, pour off excess oil and add the jar of sauce. Then fill the jar up maybe 1/3 of the way with water. Shake and add to the pot. Add all seasonings and let simmer. I am a heavy seasoner because no one in this house is afraid of spice- kid included. 


Rinse cooked noodles in cooled water and add to pot. Put the top on and make some garlic bread. A great meal in less than an hour. 


Enjoy! 

Fabmommy

P. S. Le Creuset pots are the BEST cookware around. This set is literally 28 years old. My dad bought it for my mom when we went to Disney when I was 9. I have my own as well in purple, lavender and I am asking for teal for Christmas. šŸ˜‰