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Back to School Morning Rush

Updated on March 28, 2015

The Rush

Today was a rainy, dark morning here in Illinois. Have you ever noticed even early rising children want to sleep in when it's storming outside? Maybe it's not just that, you have to add in the fact that it's Thursday morning. Kids these days are given a much heavier work load, even in Elementary school. My oldest son usually wakes up at 5:30 am, on his own. my youngest is slightly later with a 6 am wake up. The bus comes at 7:20 am. This morning we all woke up at 6:45 am, that caused a hectic start to the day. The oldest, Austin woke up, got dressed, ate breakfast, and put his lunch in hos backpack. My youngest Tyler woke up very cranky, he couldn't just put his clothes on because none of the clothing options were what he wanted (I mean he even complained about his socks...they're socks, wear a pair!) He then proceeded to throw a fit about everything after that point, why?! I was thinking. Luckily 2 minutes before the bus arrived we finally got him out the door, and ready to go. It's just mind boggling because they went to bed at normal time. I don't know if children's biological clocks get thrown off on days like these because it's darker out when they wake up, maybe? At least we made it through, and they are safely on the school bus.

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The Calm Before the Storm

Yesterday was a beautiful, hot day, and the smell of fall was in the air. I was outside yesterday pulling weeds, and a breeze blew in. I took a deep breath, and it just smelled like fall moving in. I love the fall, it's not just because trees leaves change color, and look amazing. There's something about the smell, the feel, I just love everything about it. I don't know if many people are like me, but I am already looking forward to campfires, hoodies, and watching the kids jump in leaf piles. Oh, and we can't forget that Pumpkin everything will be very popular again. Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, here I come! This year I'm thinking about taking the plunge, and making a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. Once I try that I'll let you all know what works best to make the perfect latte. I was in the mood for Beer Can Chicken yesterday, so I put a rub on, got a half can of beer, and slow grilled that bad boy. Wow! It turned out so moist, and practically fell off the bones, and melted in our mouths. I'll post my recipe under this, it was amazing! Off subject a bit, I also worked on getting some more stuff ready for our garage sale we are planning. I never realized how much stuff we have accumulated in the past few years. As I go through stuff I am setting aside anything I haven't worn, or used in the past 2 years. My children are trying to get rid of anything and everything so they can buy new stuff. My husband says well, we might need this someday. Yeah, when will someday come though? Will we really need the spare parts from it, or will we just buy new? It doesn't matter though, I love and respect my husband, so if he says we should keep it we keep it. I think that's why we have such a happy marriage, we listen to one another, and really care about the others feelings. We are a team, and we both give 100%. No 50/50, meet in the middle. You must each give 100%, or it won't work. We have a disagreement, we talk it out, and we never go to bed angry. I'll go more in to all of that another day. For now I must go, garage sale preparations are calling my name.

Beer can chicken

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: 4 lb whole chicken


  • 4 lb Whole Chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cookies Flavor Enhancer
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Weber Kick'n Chicken Seasoning
  • 1/2 can Beer of your Choice, I used Budlight


  1. First things first, preheat your grill. I set mine to between 350 and 375 degrees. Wash your chicken in cold water, remove neck, tail, and innards pack.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients to make the rub. You can adjust the amounts to fit your taste.
  3. Rub the Olive oil on the outside and inside of the chicken.
  4. Rub chicken with the dry rub.
  5. Pour out half of the beer in the can. Place chicken on your grill pan of choice standing the chicken on the beer can. (I have the Pampered chef Beer Can chicken pan, so it's simple to put the can in the holder, and slide the chicken on top.
  6. Place the chicken on the grill, cover, and walk away. I'd check on it every 15-20 minutes just to make sure grill isn't too hot, and there are no flare ups depending on your grill. Grill on low for 1 1/2 hours. I'm sure grilling times vary depending on the grill, but if you check your chicken with a thermometer it should read 165 degrees F.
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