On Monday I shared one of Sam's memes with y'all. Everybody seemed to be amused so I thought I would share a couple more with you.

He has made a lot of them. A.Lot.

Not all of them are as funny to us mere mortals as they are to him but that's because his world is funnier than ours I think. But the ones that are funny to us show a glimpse into his world and I love that.

Some of the subjects in the memes repeat. When Sam finds something that gets a laugh he works it.

And for a kid that cannot have his green beans on the same plate as his chicken without panicking he loves to mash up the funniest people and characters.

He loves Grumpy Cat. One year we even had a Grumpy Cat cake for his birthday. He also enjoys Lord of The Rings. And Barney was a friend back in his younger days. Put the two together and well, you have a Sam meme.





































Sam is a huge fan of SpongeBob. His favorite character is Patrick. What happens when Patrick meets LOTR? This.


Nothing and no one is safe from Sam's meme maker. Michael Phelps? He's got him. The first is one he made after watching Civil War this weekend.


This is what we lived with for days after Laura Bretan lost AGT.


He also went a little old school classic to share his dismay about his favorite act leaving the show.


The boy is pretty funny, don't you think?


Lady Summer reigns over long hot days.


Boldly, she leans into the heat and breathes it in.


Without apology she dares you to do the same.


Beckons you to follow along the edge of the shore. To give into freedom, to build sand castles, to play.


She urges you to reach with both hands to grab hold of time even as you feel it slip through your fingers.


Even as her days begin to wane, she laughs as she slowly slips away.


Leaving behind thoughts and memories offered up like treasure to be enjoyed from the sea.



The calendar may say that we've switched season but it sure doesn't feel any differently around these parts. But that's living in Florida, I guess, and since we can still enjoy the beach I figure it's ok.

One sure fire way we can tell the seasons have changed despite the drop in temperature is the seasonal illnesses that strike this time every year. We've had strep and a couple of the worst head colds lately! I think we may all finally be on the mend and maybe, just maybe the weather is going to cooperate and I can open the windows this week and air out the house.

One of the reasons blogging has been so sporadic is that finding our school year groove has taken some time. But the dance is fun and we are settling in and everyone is doing fine. But I've got some fun things to post soon so hopefully I can get the ball rolling again.

Sam is enjoying ninth grade but he does love his weekends. Last night he made this meme and then called me over and said, "Do you know how I feel on Sunday nights? Like this!"

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Can he get an amen?


This recipe quickly became a house favorite and I make it every couple of weeks. When I find something that both Rob and the majority of the kids like I get so excited...especially when it is easy and goes far.

I didn't realize how much I had tweaked this recipe until I typed it out but I did make some changes. The original dish didn't call for the chicken but it is a rare meal that I serve that has no meat. I also never seem to remember the zucchini. I double the salsa and I am pretty sure I never saute the spinach. It's barely looking like the same recipe (read that with an eye roll.)

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What you'll need:

2 cups cooked rice (I use brown rice cooked in chicken broth)
2 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
1 bag fresh spinach, chopped
1 10 oz bag frozen corn (I've also used can corn, drained, since I had it on hand)
1 16 oz jar salsa of choice (I use Newman's Own Black Bean and Corn)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes 
2 cups grated cheese (I've used cheddar, Colby Jack, and a mix of all the bags in the fridge, etc.)

What you'll do:

Mix the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl.
Stir in 1 cup of the cheese.
Spoon mixture into a 9x13 dish.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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Serve as is or with sour cream and enjoy!

You can find this recipe along with all of my other test kitchen recipes here!


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