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Wowza. Moving back to the United States has been a real culture shock for me. Everyone talks about the culture shock you can feel when you travel to a different place, but I never thought I would be experiencing culture shock returning home! The life of an expat is really something else. I’m noticing things that I never really thought much about before. Like how ginormous a water cup is in a restaurant here. The fact that you actually need to tip your waiter/waitress.
Oh, and what about my constant need to bow to people during the day?
I’m lucky though. I returned home and managed to land the exact job that I wanted. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I have a lot more ambition and drive to get what I want. I went in for my interview and nailed it. I moved again to the beautiful city of Bloomington and starting teaching preschool. I’m getting paid a more adult income and just feeling all around responsible! I have a really good feeling about this year. I have a lot of professional goals in teaching and for my blog and I’m so excited to share more of myself with all of my lovely readers.
I officially completed a month on the job last week and I can’t believe how fast it flew by. I know people say that all of the time, so cliche. But being around kids all day has me running, skipping, hopping, rolling and singing practically non-stop. I never seem to have time to finish everything I need to do. And by the end of the day, I’m seriously exhausted. I jokingly told my co-teacher that teaching preschool was making me rethink having children! It really is that draining.
In case my husband is reading this, I was kidding about the no kids thing! 😉 I keep reminding myself that 14 kids from various backgrounds in a room all day is a very different box of crayons. 🙂 I can’t imagine how people do it with that many kids. (I’m looking at you Duggars.)
At the end of the day I’m out of energy and cooking and cleaning are the last things on my mind. Well, I can put off the cleaning but my stomach won’t let me forget the cooking! Thank god there are quick meals that can be put together for times like these. And when I’m really tired I go straight for the comfort food!
One of my absolute favorite quick meals to make is a Marie Callender’s Pot Pie. I have fond memories of my Mom popping these in the oven for dinner when my sister and I were younger. My Mom was a single mother of three so quick meals like these were a staple in our household. My favorite is the Chicken Parmesan flavor but all of them taste great. My favorite part is the golden, flaky crust especially on the sides. It might not be made by me, but it definitely carries the true sense of homemade in my childhood memory. 🙂
I was talking to my sister and she felt the exact same way! I grabbed a few (or 5) at Walmart in the frozen meal aisle. Easy peasy.
Of course I can’t forget my sweet tooth! Another childhood comfort food of mine is PB&J sandwiches. I couldn’t exactly have that with my pot pie (or heck, go for it no judging over here!) so I decided to do a slightly healthier take on it. Stuffed apples are amazing, and the sky is the limit for what you want to stuff them with. I stuffed mine with almond butter and granola to remind me of the yummy PB&Js that I loved to eat so much. The almond butter isn’t too sweet and the granola gives it an extra nutty crunchiness that can’t be beat!
The sky is the limit for fillings. Apples are great for you so I eat this as a snack quite often. An apple a day keeps the doctor away right? 😉 Some other fillings that I have tried are honey, oats, nutella (everything is great with nutella!), dulce de leche, chocolate sauce and various compotes. If you want to premake your apples, cut it down the middle and fill it. Stick it back together to prevent browning and voila!
Since this is a super simple recipe, it is perfect for kids. Get them in the kitchen to help! I’m sure they have some ideas of what they could stuff an apple with too. 🙂
Stuffed Apple for Two
Prep Time: 3 minutes
A quick, healthy dessert to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. The sky is the limit for fillings!
Recipe type: Dessert
1 apple (choose your favorite variety)
2 tsp almond butter
2 tsp granola
1. Slice your apple in two. Using a spoon, hollow out the middle a bit to form a space for the filling.
2. Spread your almond butter on each side. Top with granola.
3. If making ahead, sandwich the pieces back together to prevent browning. Enjoy!