So, me and this Monday thing are just not working out! Somehow I keep missing it! Retirement’s to blame, I think. It’s taken a while but, I’ve finally reached the point where Sunday night stress doesn’t set in anymore and so…. I now hardly recognize Monday. (I’m sorry to all you young working people out there. Don’t worry I remember what it’s like and it makes not getting up to go to work everyday oh, so much sweeter! Don’t despair! It’s what you have to look forward to!)
I’m excited to report that one of the last members in my circle of teacher friends retired in June! Now we are all hoping to spend a lot more time together…..OUTSIDE of school! Between us, we have well over 200 years of teaching experience. That’s a lot of lesson plans and hours supporting each other through tears, laughter, frustration, achievement, sickness, health, bad days, good days, bad years, and good years. We’ve been sounding boards, cheerleaders, advocates, listening ears, and so much more for each other. Anyway, now it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or the weekend; we are overjoyed that we can get together whenever we want to!
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
Whether you’re retired like us, close enough to be counting down the days, or just starting out; don’t forget to “rejoice”! It’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday of life (even for us retired folk) that we miss out on the everyday of life. I’m speaking from experience so listen to your elder……Yes, it’s exhausting. Yes, trying. Yes, sad, scary, and hard! It’s also short. Don’t. Forget. To. Rejoice. Dinner with your family, a call from your mom, reading a bedtime story, a hug, a touch, a rainbow, a car that works, pets, a dishwasher, and a million other things!
Yep, I missed posting on Monday, BUT I’m not going to miss out on finding reasons to rejoice no matter WHAT day it is! And for starters, here’s a delicious reason! In honor of my dear friend’s retirement, I’m going to share one of her recipes that’s also one of my favorites! Enjoy and….I’d love for you to go to the comments section and let me know what you’re rejoicing in today!
- 4 cups of yellow summer squash, cubed
- Small-medium onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups of Minute Rice (uncooked)
- 1 can Cream of Celery Soup
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
- Grated cheddar cheese to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook squash and onion in a small amount of water until soft.
- Drain excess water. (I leave a little in)
- In a bowl, mix together rice, soups, and squash/onion mixture.
- Put in a 9 X 13 greased pan.
- Top with cheese.
- Bake 30-40 minutes.
This is a perfect recipe for this time of year as the Summer Squash are ready to pick right now! I’ve thought about adding ham to this recipe but haven’t tried it yet. We just had it as a side dish with grilled steak and fresh strawberries! Did I mention REJOICE?