A new focus

Today I realized that it’s time to let go of a dream, or at least I thought was something I wanted to do. I’ve been certified to teach PK-6th grades for almost 2 years, but have had trouble getting hired. Maybe that should have been a clue. I kept applying to different jobs, but never had an interview-another clue. After subbing and having to interact with the parents of students, I decided that I don’t like that part of teaching and it’s not worth it anymore.

I will concentrate on finishing my Master’s degree and incorporate my love of photography into my new environmental career.

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School is in session

Well, tomorrow is the first day of school for my daughters, and me too. They are in 11th and 9th grade, and it will be the first time I won’t be taking them to school on their first day. I got a part-time job in their district, but will be working 6-7:20am, so they will be gone when I get home. So glad my older daughter drives πŸ™‚

My classes start in my 2nd to last semester of grad school, and I have decided to drop one class and just take 2 classes. It will be much easier. I’m more nervous about starting a new job than school πŸ™‚

I’ll try to document all this on my new camera! Love it!!!

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Something to get you through…

I saw this posted on Facebook and thought it should be shared. It sums up how I’m feeling right now, applying for tons of jobs and not even getting an interview….




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Homemade worcestershire sauce

I realized I was out of Worcestershire sauce in the middle of making my homemade chicken salad. I didn’t feel like going to the store, and I knew I could find a recipe on the internet. It was quick and easy, so here it is:

  • Apple cider vinegar, Β½ cup
  • Water, 2 tbsp.
  • Soy sauce, 2 tbsp. (low sodium variety)
  • Brown sugar, 1 tbsp.
  • Garlic powder, ΒΌ tsp.
  • Mustard powder, ΒΌ tsp.
  • Onion powder, ΒΌ tsp.
  • Ginger, ΒΌ tsp. (minced)
  • Cinnamon, a pinch
  • Pepper, a dash

Mix all the components together in a cooking pan and place on a medium flame. Allow it to boil and then allow it to simmer on a lower flame for 45 seconds more. Let it cool down before using and store in a cool, dry place. One tablespoon of this can be used to substitute an equal amount of Worcestershire sauce. This makes about ΒΎ cup of the sauce. (Found: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/worcestershire-sauce-substitute.html)

I really didn’t want to use soy sauce (HFCS) or the brown sugar, but I still have both of those on hand. I will be replacing all the bad staples in my pantry, but right now, since I’m not working, I don’t have the means to just go out and replace everything.

I will continue my hunt for a recipe without HFCS and sugar.


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Are you leptin resistant???

I stumbled across this article today about leptin and how it affects weight loss. I had never heard of leptin before, but now I know why it’s hard for me to lose weight. It’s another great reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup…



I found the leptin article while researching hormonal balance…



Happy reading πŸ™‚



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Only 2 weeks of summer left :(

Well, we are down to our last 2 weeks of summer. My daughters start school on August 27th, and so do I. My fall semester at the University of Illinois at Springfield begins on the same say. It’s my 2nd to last semester, and I’m taking 3 graduate courses, yikes! I took 3 last fall, so I know I can handle it. I’m still looking for work, so this is my ‘job’.

I’ll be taking Sustainable Food Systems, so I am super stoked. I can’t wait to learn all about this. The other 2 are Paleoecology and a policy course for my concentration. I expect to post plenty of good things about sustainable food, throughout the semester.

On another note, my website (www.aresourcefulmom.com) is still a work-in-progress, but at least you can now access this blog from it πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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