Recipe Ideas…Homecoming Dates….Grocery Lists


This week felt so LOOOONNNNGGGG.  It just seemed to never end.  Was it just me?!?!?!    I absolutely love my “real” teaching schedule this year and I love my classes, but it has been a trying week.  My first love (as a career that is) has always been working with students on the Autism Spectrum.  As hard as my job may be at times, I truly look forward to seeing my students each day and helping them begin to prepare for life in the “real” world.  One of the many “real” life situations we have to work on is making friends and asking someone out on a date.  Homecoming is approaching……so…….

One of my students role played asking a girl to homecoming.  I was THE girl.  This student is so cute, kind, trusting,  and so WANTS to be like his “typical” peers.  We role played both scenarios.  One where the girl said yes and one where the girl said no.  It was hard to role play the “No” scenario and we were just acting.   The student role played it perfectly.  He had it down what he was going to say.  He complimented the girl (me in this case) and even allowed her the option of saying no without any hard feelings.  I saw THE girl later in the day with THE flowers that the boy was going to use to ask her to Homecoming.  I wondered….Had she said yes?  I sooooo wanted to go up to her and see if she said yes, but then I realized I wasn’t going to be very happy with her if she had said no.   That wouldn’t have been good for anyone!  It wasn’t going to be her fault if she said no.  She had every right to say no-we had even practiced what he would say if she said no.  BUT,  I REALLY WANTED HER TO SAY YES!!!   I will have to wait until Monday to find out if she said yes or if she just took the beautiful roses and broke his sweet heart.

Do you remember your Homecoming Dates?  Do you remember how your date asked you or how you asked her? Are you married to your Homecoming date?   I remember a few of the dates/dances, but not all.  I think it might be selective memory…..AND I am definitely not married to any of my high school dates! 🙂

MOVING ON TO OUR WORKOUTS THIS WEEK, some recipes for you to try, and grocery list tips…..

We are kickin’ some MAJOR BUTT in the workouts this week!  Yikes, some of those were tough!  The station work on Monday was great, with some exciting partner plank activities…REMEMBER…..what happens at No Excuses stays at No Excuses!!  🙂 The Wednesday Morning Workout/Thursday Afternoon workout was brutal and we finished by climbing some intense mountains Friday!  Saturday’s class, at 7:30 am kept us right on track!!

Some Snack Ideas I think good and plan to try from various blogs I follow:

I love these  Clif Kid Z Bars…I think they are good and filling.  You can get them on sale at Target or Walmart.  They even sell larger boxes at Woodman’s.  They are a great snack to keep on hand!

clif kid's bar

Almond Butter Granola (I haven’t made this yet, but plan to this week)(Makes eight 1/4 c. servings) (courtesy of


  • 4 tbsp. almond butter
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 c. oats


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Combine almond butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until almond butter is slightly melted (about 30 seconds).
  • Stir almond butter and honey together.
  • Add cinnamon and vanilla to almond butter mixture.
  • Stir oats and chia seeds into almond butter mixture, completely coating oats in the mixture.
  • Spread oats onto cookie sheet and bake for eight minutes before tossing oats and baking for another eight minutes until granola is slightly brown.
  • Let cool until granola is crunch and enjoy!

almond butter

PUMPKIN TURKEY CHILI (courtesy of from

pumpkin chili


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 dash salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in the turkey, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, and mix in tomatoes and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream.


Almonds, asparagus, avocados, berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), bell peppers, black beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts (u can do it-cut the bottoms off, spray with olive oil and garlic salt and roast them from about 20 mins.), butternut squash, chicken breasts (i prefer cx tenderloins), edamame, eggs, egg whites, flax seed, garlic, kale (frozen or fresh), oatmeal (good ol’ fashion oats), spinach, salmon (marinate in soy sauce, brown sugar), sweet potato (great snack), tomatoes, yogurt (i hate yogurt, so more power to ya!)

PS-Don’t forget about the smoothies I posted last week and the protein bars from a previous post as well.

I also love this dip I bought from Costco.  I put it on chicken, pretzels, crackers, I even eat it by the spoonful!



SORRY  SO LONG!!! (If you made it all the way to here!)

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