Refried Brain.

August 25, 2008

I got a lot of stuff done this afternoon – somehow – preparing for tomorrow’s first day of school 😳

I finally tackled some of my Micro assignments.

AND got an email from my Foodservice professor the night before the first day telling us where we can log in to see the syllabus, the course schedule, that our first exam is THIS THURSDAY (it’s a cumulative thing from the first food science course) and our first assignment is due Friday. Ay yi yi!

I spent some time organizing the academic area of our laundry room :mrgreen:


I made a little caddy of supplies to bring out when I need to make flashcards and color things (for Micro). It has paper clips, rubberbands, white out, clips, etc.


And I have an organizer leftover from my working office days where I have folders for each class and a few more supplies.


The Lone Can Of Beans

I’ve had a can of refried beans sitting in our pantry for the longest time, so I did a quick Google search on Sunday to find recipe ideas for it while making the meal plan. I came across this recipe and thought that if I started eating thick soups maybe fall would come sooner!

Smoky Refried Bean Soup


We made a few changes:

  • Obviously the onion was left out
  • We used corn on the cob (grilled) from the CSA instead of frozen
  • We used fresh roma tomatoes instead of canned
  • We only used 1 cup of veggie broth

But all-in-all, the soup was great! Topped with Chobani, Franks Red Hot sauce, and cilantro –



Along with the perfect soup side dish:



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1 VeggieGirl August 25, 2008 at 8:06 pm



2 Nicole August 25, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Good luck with your first day back at school! I love starting back up with school, mainly for all the fun new school supplies.

Soup looks great!


3 Amy August 25, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I love how organized your school supplies are. That is exactly what I have to spend this weekend doing.

I’m sort of doing what you did as far as making a career switch. I’m in HR now and am applying to nursing school so I’ll be doing all the chem, microbiology, A&P, etc. this year to get ready. You’re definitely inspiring me to get everything organized before the school year begins. :)


4 Heather August 25, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Kath, you are so organized… AND you have cute supplies, too. Good luck with class tomorrow!


5 magpie August 25, 2008 at 8:20 pm

You look so organized! I love organizing and I need to find more time… Good luck tomorrow :)


6 Justy2003 August 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I just started my full class schedule today (had one class that started last week). After being out of school for only a year I guess I kinda forgot how hectic student life can be! I think I’m really gonna miss only doing the 9-5 thing with no homework! Hopefully I’ll get back in the swing of things quickly! It may help if I get a little more organized (Kath style)!
Good luck with your first day of classes tomorrow!

PS: I love your organizer with the wedding pix…so cute!


7 med student August 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm


Long-time reader, first-time commentor.

A great study aid and favorite of med students that really simplifies things for MICRO is “microbiology made ridiculously simple.”

Good luck!


8 Rose August 25, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Love the title of this post – and the soup you whipped up looks pretty good too.

You are so organized! The “school corner” looks great!


9 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 25, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I love how your school supplies are so organized and how you personalized the organizer with your wedding photos!


10 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm

I love how your school supplies are so organized and how you personalized the organizer with your wedding photos!

Good luck on your first day of school!


11 Kate August 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm

You’ll do great with school! You seem to be one of those people who are “good” at school–organizing multiples classes with due dates, exams, etc., while still taking care of yourself. I, on the other hand, started school today with both hands thrown in the air just waiting to see what’s in store for me! My goal is to learn a little something from you this year as far as staying on top of things goes!

Lots of good wishes for tomorrow!


12 trace August 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Hey Kath! Don’t worry about micro, I took that class last year and it went fine. Just make sure to take very detailed notes, especially on your colored pencil observations. It is a lot of memorization though. Good luck and as always great blog!


13 ModelBehavior August 25, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Ahhh school supplies, gotta love em’!
Have a fantastic first day back!


14 Andrea August 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm

your titles today were so witty!!!



15 nicole r. August 25, 2008 at 11:22 pm

i second clinical micro made ridiculously simple!! great book!! or the lange review series book breaks it down nicely as well


16 Twinks August 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

I wish I were closer so I could run with you!!!


17 Kate(the teenager) August 26, 2008 at 4:54 am

Kath, I’m sorry I haven’t signed up for the race yet, but some things happened. I still plan on doing it, I am just going to be signing up a little later than planned!


18 cindyrae August 26, 2008 at 7:03 am

Wow! Nerd alert! Haha…I am the same way! Happy Tuesday!


19 Hot Garlic August 26, 2008 at 7:05 am

Wow, look at you Mrs. Organization! Very impressive. These are the kinds of things I dream of having but don’t put in the necessary work to achieve! Good luck with school, you are one busy lady.

And that soup looks great! I am sure I have said this before but I LOVE beans!


20 amethyst August 26, 2008 at 7:22 am

Impressively organised, Kath! Happy return to school. A :-)


21 Kath August 26, 2008 at 7:28 am

med student,
That might be what our text book is. I think it’s actually some kind of Cliff Notes.

Kate(the teenager),
No prob! Hope you can still run :)



22 Christie I. August 26, 2008 at 7:46 am

You look so darn organized!!

Good luck with your first day.


23 Biz August 26, 2008 at 9:32 am

Kath, you are too funny with the organization! It’s like I am looking in my daughters room!

She’s a junior in high school, and has been ready for school for at least a month, and had 15 outfits laid out already!

I’ll have to show her your cute baskets, she’ll be jealous!

Good luck!


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