Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Big Exam

So tomorrow is the big day that I take my first national board exam in the process of becoming a doctor. This test covers everything we've learned in our first two years. The exam starts at 9:00 am and lasts until 6pm. Each block is an hour and there are a total of 8 blocks. I get a lunch break in the middle. Please say a prayer that the test goes well tomorrow and that I can stay focused and calm for that long. haha

WOOHOO for the last day of studying for this thing :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Adcock Garden

Here is an update!

The ones on the far left are Cilantro. The next two empty rows are peppers. They haven't started growing yet, but it's been a little cooler with all the rain we've gotten. The next two rows are squash. Then two rows of basil. Then two rows of zucchini. Then two rows of tomatoes. Those are starting to sprout a little bit. Then the far right is oregano. WOOHOO!!!

We have transplanted 4 pods of squash and 4 pods of zucchini. Each pod has 2 plants, so we have 8 plants of each. Once they get a little bigger we will get the wire to put on the back, so they can grow up that.

Eric is thinking about trying to plant strawberries next. We really are enjoying this garden :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Garden

So we've had rainy weather all weekend, and my "garden" hasn't gotten any sun. Well today, the sun started to come out. During my lunch break from studying, I went out to the patio to move the garden into the direct sun and this is what I found.
The one on the bottom row 2nd from the right is bell peppers.

Then you can see on the 3rd row from the right on the top and bottom. Those are peppers also. The bottom two on the 2nd row from the left are squash.

The little guy on the 2nd row from the left is tomato and the guy directly in the middle is Zucchini.
Those little guys are Oregano sprouts.

WOOHOO! I have a total of 8 little plants coming up. I can't wait until they get bigger, so I can transplant the little bulbs into pots.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Meal Planning Monday

A friend of mine from high school always meal plans and posts it on her blog. Check it out The Link Home!

Since Eric and I got married, I've been meal planning. It cuts down on our grocery bill which would normally be outrageous because Eric eats ALL THE TIME! Usually around 4 o'clock on Sunday I sit on the couch in the living room with a few of my cookbooks flipping through to determine what I want to make for the week. Sometimes Eric will give me his input. I make the menu for the week along with the grocery list for those items and anything else we NEED. Then we go to Aldi's right across the street to get what we can from there. Then come unload and then to Walmart to get the remainder of the items. We use to just go to Walmart, but then started doing Aldi's first and started saving $20 a week on our grocery bill. You're probably thinking 2 grocery stores, that's got to take forever. Actually Aldi's is about a 20 minute trip since it's so small and Walmart is usually only 30 minutes because we don't have to get too much. I haven't yet tried the coupon thing. I just don't have the time to do that right now.

My meal plan really starts on Sunday, so lastnight I roasted a pork loin. Man if you've never done that it's so easy! Season it with salt and pepper, or my favorite... Wildtree Rancher's Steak Rub. Put it in a pan with about 1/2 cup of water and roast for 25 mins at 450. Then drop it down to 325 and add onions and squash or whatever else you want to. Cook for 45 minutes until internal temperature reaches 150. It was about $9 for a 4lb pork loin at Aldi's and we have plenty of food left over for the week. Ok back to the menu.

Monday Night: Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Squash and Salad

Tuesday Night: Lettuce Wraps with the left over Pork Loin

Wednesday Night: Buffalo Sliders

Thursday Night: Chicken Stew

Friday Night: Pulled Pork Sandwiches and I'm going to attempt sweet potatoe fries

Saturday Morning: Sausage and Egg Casserole

Saturday Lunch: leftovers

Saturday Dinner: Date Night!!!

We make enough for both of us to take left overs for lunch the next day. What's on your menu for the week?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Study Break

Sorry, I haven't posted in awhile. Things with school have been crazy. I officially finished medical school lectures last week. I took my last pathology practical today, my last OMT practical is Wed, and my last Final is Thursday. WOOHOO!!! After 19 years in school, and finally no more lectures. I start seeing patients in August.

Anyways, I took a study break today. I've been wanting to create a "garden" or however much of one you can in an apartment. Here is our new garden :)

I had some seeds here at the house, and then I bought a few more packets. I'm not sure if it's too late for this stuff, but we'll give it a shot. I planted Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, Tomatoes, Squash, Zucchini, and Bell Peppers. I bought this starter tray at Walmart for only $5! It has rounds of soil that you plant your seeds in to get them started. Once they get big enough then you can transplant them.

They come all nice and round with this netting around the soil, 72 to be exact. Then you add 1/8 of a cup of water to each one and let it soak in. The soil then expands and becomes rehydrated.

They then look like this. Then you have to pull back the netting around the top and plant your seeds.

After the digging in the dirt, they look like this. I should get some sprouts in a week or two. I'll take pictures and keep you posted on our little garden :)

Always smiling...

Eric is great about ALWAYS making me laugh and smile no matter how stressed out I am. His current thing is that I make up terms and names of medical conditions. When I study I tend to say things outloud. Well he'll come in and be like, Do what? Then I repeat it and he says I just made that word up. Well the other night, I said how about a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (such a fun word to say). Of course he thought I made it up. I then asked what he thought it meant. He started to make oo-oo noises like a monkey! haha (Now he was totally joking but at the time he was being dead serious that he thought it had something to do with a monkey). What a nice break from studying medical school and a glimpse of what goes through Eric's mind. :)

Here is a picture I captured of Eric tonight. This was after dinner.

That is Yeah-Yeah, he was Eric's dog but is now OUR dog. Is this not the sweetest picture. I sure do love them :) (don't worry, We still have Bauer. He was just sleeping on his bed)

I Love Being a Wife!

So I'm really loving this wife thing. First off it's so nice to come home after a long day of studying knowing someone will be there.

What I love most about being a wife... I think my ultimate favorite is to serve my husband. Since I am in school right now making negative money, it gets hard. I get wrapped up in the idea of oh I'm not making money, but I feel the biggest way I can serve Eric is through cooking meals for him. I loved to cook before I got married, but now I really LOVE to cook. I like to try new recipes and see what he thinks. I always make enough for lunch the next day. In the mornings, I pack both of our lunches. Sometimes I'll slip a rootbeer or some cookies into Eric's lunchbox. :)

Every Sunday, I look through my various cookbooks to decide what we'll eat that week. Then I make my grocery list based off that. This week it's Dijon & Lime chicken with Squash casserole, Pesto Spaghetti, Jumbalia Rice Bake, Pasta Vodka something or other (it's a spicy pasta) and Thursday night will be date night. Another post on that later.

Here is a new favorite of ours, Shrimp Tacos! They're so simple and oh so yummy. I use a wildtree seasoning on the shrimp in the skillet. Then on the corn tortillas it's just cabbage, guac, sourcream, cheese, and hot sauce (onions and tomatoes for Eric). Here is the nice set up from the other night. It looks like we went out to eat, but it was in our own home :)