Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crepes with Kale and Jack Cheese

I know it's been ages since I last posted anything here!  And now I am just posting a recipe.

But hopefully soon I will get around to posting here a little more frequently.

Anyways, I made this for dinner last night compliments of ACME Farms and Kitchen.  LOVE this place - you can order fresh local food and with some of the box orders you get the food and the recipes to go with them!  And they deliver!!  And they accommodate special dietary needs (A vegetarian box! A gluten free box!  A paleo box! A dairy free box!)!!

It was really good (just don't ask the kids what they thought).

Crepes with Kale and Jack Cheese:

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
pinch of salt & pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch kale (ribs removed, thinly sliced)
1 bunch leeks (thinly sliced and rinsed)
1-1.5 cups jack cheese (grated)

Make the batter:

Put the eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper in a blender and pulse on high 20 seconds.  Scrape down sides and pulse another 20 seconds a couple more times.

Put batter in fridge for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours (mine sat a good 8-9 hours).

Cook the crepes:

Heat a non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat and brush lightly with melted butter.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter (or more if using a large pan) into the center of the pan and quickly swirl the pan, trying to cover the entire bottom.

Cook until the top of the crepe no longer appears wet.  Using a rubber spatula, loosen the edges of the crepe and flip it over.  Cook for only 10 seconds on flipped side.  Remove from pan and set on paper towels. Continue making crepes in this manner until the batter is gone.

In a saucepan over medium warm up the olive oil and saute the leeks until just caramelized (6-8 minutes).  Add kale and cook until wilted.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease a 13x9 baking pan.  Divide the sauteed kale and leeks among the crepes and top with some of the jack cheese, reserving some cheese for the top.  Roll them up and arrange them seam side down in the baking dish.  Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with a salad or whatever the heck you like!

This is the first time I have ever made crepes and it went very well.  The kale and leeks really give this dish a good flavor.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paleo Update: Day???????

I think this is around day 24 (or 31 if you count the week before when I was also eating pretty much per the challenge). 

I am ready to be done. 

Soooooooo ready.  Not that I plan to go crazy on carbs and sugar…but it would be nice to just be able to relax when I am making food choices.  And so nice to have a piece of bread once in a while.  I made spaghetti squash spaghetti for dinner last night and my husband and I were both craving a piece of bread to help us mop up that sauce! 

I haven’t been perfect either, allowing some wine once or twice a week.  A few “no” foods have been consumed too. 

But overall I am feeling pretty good about how I have done.  I have not seen much progress on the scale but I DO feel leaner and I am assuming when I go in for my final body fat assessment I will see an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in fat. 

Please, oh pretty please. 

Our end date is September 10th…..we will probably schedule our final body fat assessment a day or two prior to that.  Just have to get through this weekend – going to visit my grandma and it’s always hard (for me) to keep eating on track when travelling. 

My daughter is starting first grade next week and my son starts Pre-K a week after that.  Fall is back.  I will miss the extra sunlight, but the fall is definitely my FAVORITE season. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 9

I finished the weighted sit up challenge last night!  2,376 sit ups done!  I held a 15 lb kettlebell for the majority of them.  And I definitely think my abs have grown stronger because of the challenge, so I will try to keep incorporating these into my workouts.  

Had a great time at the reunion.  I ate before and avoided the food table when I was there.  I did take some pictures but haven't downloaded from my camera yet.  

My nephew is staying with us this week, the kids are having a good time and I am doing my best to keep them busy.  The weather is beautiful which helps a lot.  

Will update more when I have extra time!  

 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 4

I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen this week.

Waaaaaay too much time.

I spent a good chunk of Sunday prepping, chopping, steaming, and creating so lessen the amount of time I would need to have available to prepare meals.

Thankfully that saved quite a bit of time on Monday and Tuesday.  But yesterday and today I have been quite busy in the kitchen.

Otherwise things continue to go well this week, but tomorrow we head out of town and it will be harder to resist temptations because they will be abundant.

However, I am determined to succeed.  Prizes are on the line!!  And, OF COURSE, my health and well being (and PRIZES!!).

Tomorrow night is my 20-year high school reunion.  I know that most of you are gasping in shock "what, are you sure she doesn't mean her FIVE year reunion!".  I know, I know.  But it's true.  20 years.



I am expecting an interesting night.  Doesn't sound like we are anticipating a huge turnout - could this be the work of social networking, high ticket prices, or complete indifference?

At least I will get to visit with my family while I am down for the reunion (which is just a Friday night event).

On Sunday we will return to Bellingham minus one and plus one more.  My step-daughter Macy will be leaving on Sunday after two months here with us, AND we are bringing my nephew up for a week to play and hang out with his cousins.

Oh, and I have 794 weighted sit-ups left to do (with a starting number of 2,376).  I have until the 16th to finish.

Totally got this.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 3

Yesterday went great!  I was feeling pretty hungry around 8:30 pm but managed to ignore it.  Way too close to bedtime to eat.  I generally try not to eat after dinner, even when I'm not doing a challenge.  

I ate breakfast about an hour earlier than normal this morning, so it will be interesting to see if I can make it to lunch time without feeling "hungry".  I am going to Cross Fit at 11 though and working out usually briefly eliminates any hungers pangs I may have had going in.  

I will finally get to find out my team today too!  We are working in groups of 3.  I am curious to see if they put Mickey and me on the same team.  

Another rainy summer day in Western Washington.  We had a thunder storm pass through around 6 pm last night and the first boom of thunder sounded like it was right over our house and was the loudest thunder boom I have any memory of ever hearing.  I almost hit the deck!  Once I quickly determined the world was not, in fact, ending I pulled it together to comfort my kids, who were TERRIFIED.  It was loud.  

I saw this on the blog: TheClothesMaketheGirl yesterday and had to share:


Happy Wednesday!!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 2

Yesterday was day one and it went pretty well.  I pretty much started with the food a week ago (save a few glasses of wine and one piece of cake) so it really was pretty easy to transition.

Not sure if it's the weather, working out a little less, the diet, or a combination but I seriously have NOT felt any major hunger pangs for well over a week.  I am typically ravenous for my lunch by noon and lately it's 1 or 2 before I eat and often it's just because I need to eat something, not because I'm that hungry.  So unusual for me to feel this way - will be interesting to see how that continues to go this month.

I haven't been to CrossFit since last Thursday.  I took Friday off and Saturday I went running.  I got a keratin treatment applied to my hair Saturday afternoon which requires me to keep my hair straight and dry for 72 hours.  Which means no working out.  As I type this though I am almost to that deadline.  Can't wait to shower!  And, of course, to get back to CrossFit!

But I HAVE been keeping my abs in shape.  Along with many other super-strong, awesome ladies at my box (feels weird to call my "gym" a box, but that is what they say in CrossFit) I joined in on a 2 week challenge posted at the Women of CrossFit Facebook page.  The challenge was for weighted abs, and however  many "likes" they got on the post was the number we had to do by August 16th.

They ended up with 2,376 likes.

That's a lot of abs.  Averages out to about 183 a day so that is what I am trying to keep up with.  I did double today because I am trying to get ahead a couple days since I will be out of town this weekend.  For my reunion.  My 20 year high school reunion.  Le sigh........

Needless to say my abs have been super sore.  And, I might have made a mistake the first day and done my abs in denim capri pants instead of putting on workout pants.  So I MIGHT have gotten a wee bit chafed on my behind.  And it might hurt like hell a wee bit when I do sit-ups.  Or sit.  Or shower.

Will be challenging to avoid temptations this weekend, but this is a competition and I want to 1) see if I can do it for myself and 2) beat my husband Help my team WIN!  :-)  I'm feeling very positive about it.  Even if I don't know who is on my team yet.  Gotta get down to the gym box to find out.  :-)

34 days to go!


Monday, August 6, 2012

The Challenge Begins…

Today is the day! 

35 days of CLEAN eating.

35 days of NO wine or cocktails.

35 days without peanut butter and chocolate.

Not going to be easy – did I mention in the next 35 days I have to endure clean eating at these events:

  • My 20 year HS reunion
  • A potluck at my dads
  • A dinner at my moms
  • A bridal shower
  • A sunset dinner cruise date with my husband

But I guess that is why it’s called a challenge.

My fridge is ready:

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Yes, those MIGHT be string cheese you see at the bottom of my fridge, but I promise not to eat them.  Basically I will be sticking to foods that contain one ingredient.  And definitely nothing that I can’t pronounce. 

I will try to update frequently!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bod Pod

Before we start our clean eating/sugar free (did I mention that you can’t have artificial sweeteners either?) fat loss challenge at CrossFit we have to determine our “before” measurements. 

We used a machine called the Bod Pod to do this.  They have one up at the University in town and it was super easy to call and get an appointment. 

The Bod Pod is defined as :”BOD POD: A method for determining the lean body mass. The BOD POD is a computerized, egg-shaped chamber. Using the same whole-body measurement principle as underwater weighing, the BOD POD measures a subject's mass and volume, from which their whole-body density is determined. Using these data, body fat and lean muscle mass can then be calculated.”

And it looks like this:

Like something out of Mork and Mindy, right?

Anyways, you go in and give them your height in inches and then you get weighed before you enter this lovely chamber.  The test only takes about 30 seconds (so if you’re claustrophobic it’s not too bad), but you have to sit very still.  After the first test they do one more to make sure the results aren’t skewed.  And if it’s good, you’re done. 

Then you get your handy dandy printout showing your results.  This is the chart they gave me to help us understand our numbers:

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Having never done something like this before I had no idea what to expect.  I have a scale at home that “measures” your body fat and always tells me something in the 36% range.  But I wasn’t sure how accurate it was. 

My result: 23.8%.  I’m “moderately” lean!  Woo hoo! 

However, I don’t FEEL moderately lean.  My jeans are telling me I have some work to do. So I am really excited to see how I do during this challenge. 

We officially start August 6th and it runs for 35 days.  Then we go back to the Bod Pod for our “final” results. 

So Mickey, get ready, it’s on and I’m gonna kick your tail.  Smile

Thursday, August 2, 2012

CrossFit

I started CrossFit in April.

Don't know what CrossFit is?  Here is a description I pulled from Wikipedia:

"CrossFit describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement," with the stated goal of improving fitness (and therefore general physical preparedness), which it defines as "work capacity across broad time and modal domains."Workouts are typically short—20 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprintingrowingjumping rope, climbing rope, weightlifting, and carrying odd objects; they use barbellsdumbbellsgymnastics ringspull-up barskettlebellsmedicine balls, and many bodyweight exercises.These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed "Workouts of the Day" or "WODs". Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms, or "boxes," typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress. Some affiliates offer additional classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, which are not centered around a WOD."


I have to say this style of working out was quite a change for me and I didn't love it right away.  I wasn't sure if I would keep doing it once I finished the beginners camp.

I would bet there are many people who have started CrossFit but have decided it wasn't for them after a week or two.

Please, if you are interested in trying CrossFit, give it a couple months!  Do a beginner's camp!  Take it slow, but keep going.

It grows on you.

You will love it.

The people are awesome and everyone is supportive. Doesn't matter where you are at, how strong you are, how "buff" or "toned" you think you look.

Go.

You'll figure it out.  You'll make friends.  You will start to feel so strong and so proud of what you can do.  What you maybe thought you couldn't do.

And before long you'll know what it means when the board says TABITA or AMRAP or EMOM.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

I'm back with an update!

Well, after a wee little break I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  I am hoping to spend more time in the very near future getting this blog back on track.  I have so much I want to start blogging about - Crossfit, diet, recipes, etc....I just need to get organized and do it!!

Thought it would be entertaining to update my Project 52 and see where I am at after 4 months of neglect.



Updates are in red, crossed out if completed.

1) Buy a juicer.
     I want one.  I had fresh juice last weekend and it was SO GOOD! 

2) Stop buying so much stuff.
     Yeah, this is pretty vague.  I just had my annual whirlwind school clothes shopping trip with my girls.  It was rather spendy.  I have gotten enough gentle nudging from my husband that I am trying to be very aware of what I buy and only get what I truly need.  And also, don't take the kids shopping with me.  Anywhere.


It's not hard.  I just need to pay more attention.    

3) Make homemade crock-pot applesauce.
     Can't believe I haven't done this yet.  Almost apple season so I will be on it.  SOON.


4) Read 30 books (16/30).
      I have not been counting.  I would guess I have read about 10 more books since the end of March.  Including Gone Girl, which was really twisted and so so good!  


5) Watch 5 movies in the theater that are NOT kid movies. (3/5)
     I was at 0 in March. Since then I have seen The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Snow White and the Huntsman.  

6) Run 4 5ks. (1/4).
      I ran the Fun With The Fuzz in April.  However, the desire to do 3 more has kind of drizzled.  I'm doing Cross Fit now and I love it and I haven't been running as much (unless we do it at class).  


7) Resume working out first thing in the morning 4-6 days/week.
      I hate it but I love it.


8) Try hot (Bikram) yoga.
   
9) Practice more mindful eating.
      I need to get back on track....been sort of lapsed since our vacation.  In April.  That's a long lapse.    


10) Plan more 1 on 1 time/date nights with the kids.
      Not "planning" them outright, but we are definitely getting our individual times in with the kids. 


11) Schedule regular date nights with my husband.
      We didn't get to do this as much this summer as I thought.  But still, we have had plenty of date nights.  Just not on any kind of regular basis.  


12) Get living room tables (coffee, 2 consoles, and maybe a small end table).
    

13) Get a new dining room table and buffet.

14) Hang pictures/artwork in the house.
      Why am I so lazy about this???


15) Make something crafty, not food related.
      Why am I so lazy about this???


16) Plant a small vegetable garden.
      Not going to happen this year. 

17) Take the kids camping.
     See notes above. 

18) Get a tattoo (maybe).
      Ixnay on the attoota.

19) Keep my hair long - don't cut it except for trims!
     So far so good, but I can't say I haven't thought about cutting it.  

20) Visit my cousin Nicole when she is in Prague.
     My cousin must go back to Prague so that I can think about visiting her.  :-)

21) Use all my gift certificates/cards.
      I should really schedule that massage.....

22) Have more family movie nights at home (0/ )
     

23) Be more active with the kids (more walks, bike rides, etc).
      NEED SOME SUNSHINE!


24) Take a gun safety class.

25) Go to the shooting range.

26) Go to my 20 year high school reunion (yikes!).
      IT'S NEXT WEEKEND!!!

27) Blog more.

28) Redesign my blog(s).

29) Get a new living room area rug.
      
30) Get a bike and all necessary gear.

31) Get a new elliptical.
      LOVE IT!

32) Spend time learning about Photoshop Elements.

33) Take a photography class.

34) Go to the Farmer's Market at least twice a month (when it's open).
      OOPS.


35) Go to a Seahawks game.

36) Learn how to French braid.

37) Get family pictures taken.

38) Get microdermabrasion treatments.

39) See a chiropractor for my neck/back.

40) Clean out clutter and organize messy rooms.
      This is a work in continual progress.


41) Buy new towels for the master bathroom
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42) Paint the master bedroom.

43) Redecorate my fireplace mantel.

44) Buy and hang frames that showcase Hannah and Eli's artwork.
      They are purchased and currently hiding under my bed.

45) Go to a live concert (ADELE are you listening???)
      Adele hasn't taken the hint yet, but Madonna has and we have tickets to see her in September!


46) Take Hannah to a musical.
      
47) Watch all 7 Seasons of The Closer on DVD (2/7)

48) Enroll Macy in a driving class so she can get her license this summer.

49) Get semi-regular massages. (2/?)

50) Plan an overnight trip with some girlfriends.
      I've had 2 such trips!

51) Take a bath in my bathtub (sounds simple enough, yet I've never done it).

52) Update at least once a month of how my Project 52 is going (2/12)
      FAIL! 

At least I have been able to cross a few of these off the list.  The summer has been going by very quickly, and it hasn't been as "summery" here as we would like.  But, thinking good thoughts about August!

Friday, March 23, 2012

No more waiting

I think this is the first movie in years (and years and years) that I have really had any interest in seeing RIGHT AWAY. 

And it’s out!!!  image

However, since I do have some sanity in place I am not going to see this until Wednesday. 

Can’t wait!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Proof

Here is (finally) a picture of the picture I hung up in the dining room:

IMG_9896 We took the picture down a week or so ago to paint the dining room (same color, just needed a fresh coat).  So now this picture is sitting on my dining table, waiting to be re-hung. 

And speaking of dining tables, we got a new one:

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We also got a coffee and console table for the living room:

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(sorry about the mess, but we live here).

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Have a great Tuesday!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Project 52: March Update




Can't believe it is March already but I am so ready for spring!

Updates are in red, crossed out if completed.

1) Buy a juicer.
     I'm still debating if I want to get one.
2) Stop buying so much stuff.
3) Make homemade crock-pot applesauce.
4) Read 30 books (6/30).
      I only read a couple books last month and I'm not recalling the titles so clearly I was very engaged in reading in February (ha!). 
5) Watch 5 movies in the theater that are NOT kid movies. (0/5)
6) Run 4 5ks. (0/4).
      First I need to start running again.
7) Resume working out first thing in the morning 4-6 days/week.
      I hate it but I love it.
8) Try hot (Bikram) yoga.
9) Practice more mindful eating.
      I ate pretty healthy in February...feeling pretty good!   
10) Plan more 1 on 1 time/date nights with the kids.
      Hannah and I had a girls night last weekend.
11) Schedule regular date nights with my husband.
      I need to schedule a few, but we are going shopping together this weekend without the kids and we will have to eat, so I guess that counts as a date?
12) Get living room tables (coffee, 2 consoles, and maybe a small end table).
      *Going to go look at furniture this weekend!! 
13) Get a new dining room table and buffet.
See #12.
14) Hang pictures/artwork in the house.
      I hung up one picture.  One!  I took a picture to prove it but am having trouble uploading it to my    computer right now.
15) Make something crafty, not food related.
16) Plant a small vegetable garden.
17) Take the kids camping.
18) Get a tattoo (maybe).
19) Keep my hair long - don't cut it except for trims!
20) Visit my cousin Nicole when she is in Prague.
21) Use all my gift certificates/cards.
22) Have more family movie nights at home (0/ )
23) Be more active with the kids (more walks, bike rides, etc).
      NEED SOME SUNSHINE!
24) Take a gun safety class.
25) Go to the shooting range.
26) Go to my 20 year high school reunion (yikes!).
27) Blog more.
28) Redesign my blog(s).
29) Get a new living room area rug.
      Ordered but not here yet.
30) Get a bike and all necessary gear.
31) Get a new elliptical.
32) Spend time learning about Photoshop Elements.
33) Take a photography class.
34) Go to the Farmer's Market at least twice a month (when it's open).
35) Go to a Seahawks game.
36) Learn how to French braid.
37) Get family pictures taken.
38) Get microdermabrasion treatments.
39) See a chiropractor for my neck/back.
40) Clean out clutter and organize messy rooms.
      This is a work in continual progress.
41) Buy new towels for the master bathroom.
42) Paint the master bedroom.
43) Redecorate my fireplace mantel.
44) Buy and hang frames that showcase Hannah and Eli's artwork.
45) Go to a live concert (ADELE are you listening???)
      Adele hasn't taken the hint yet, but Madonna has and we have tickets to see her in September!
46) Take Hannah to a musical.
      We went to Seattle last weekend and saw Beauty and The Beast! 
47) Watch all 7 Seasons of The Closer on DVD (1/7)
48) Enroll Macy in a driving class so she can get her license this summer.
49) Get semi-regular massages. (2/?)
50) Plan an overnight trip with some girlfriends.
51) Take a bath in my bathtub (sounds simple enough, yet I've never done it).
52) Update at least once a month of how my Project 52 is going (2/12)

Looking forward to spring and sunnier weather.  Also very excited about our upcoming trip to Hawaii at the end of the month!!!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Girls trip

My daughter recovered from her pneumonia (or ammonia as she calls it) just in time for our girls trip this weekend!

We are driving here:

seattle

And staying….

sheraton seattle

And seeing…..

beauty and the beast

And it wouldn’t be a girls trip if we didn’t’ stop by to visit some of our BFF’s…

nordstrom

Gap

sephora

And I’m sure we will fit a few wonderful meals in there too. 

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Best Valentine’s Present EVER!

Mickey got me (us) tickets to see Madonna in concert in Vancouver BC on September 29th!! 

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I am SO excited – I have always wanted to see her in concert and it was probably the 80’s or early 90’s when a tour brought her to my part of the world (if it ever did). 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

This is for all the tall girls…


I found this on You Tube….my fave of the day for sure!

Pinterest: Motivation

I love Pinterest, you can find so much to admire, motivate, inspire, educate, and more. 

Here are some of my fitness pins under my “motivation” board.  Actually, just realized it is my “health and wellness” board. 

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So now that I am looking at these again I am feeling pretty happy I got my workout in this morning.

If you click the picture it should connect with my board if you want to repin and/or visit the original website these came from yourself! 

Happy Monday!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Project 52: February Update





More like a "monthly update" for me.  Here is how things are going, just about one month into this Project 52....notes/updates are in red. 

1) Buy a juicer.
2) Stop buying so much stuff (it helps a lot when you spend time sick and don't want to buy anything in the first place).
3) Make homemade crock-pot applesauce.
4) Read 30 books (4/30). 
In January I read the second 2 books in the Hunger Games series, Mindy Kaling's new book, and also Skinny Bitch.  I am also one chapter from finishing my 5th (MWF Seeking BFF).
5) Watch 5 movies in the theater that are NOT kid movies. (0/5)
6) Run 4 5ks. (0/4).
7) Resume working out first thing in the morning 4-6 days/week.
I am doing pretty well on this...when I am healthy.  So maybe 2 weeks out of January I accomplished this.
8) Try hot (Bikram) yoga.
9) Practice more mindful eating.
I ate pretty well this month...could have done better.
10) Plan more 1 on 1 time/date nights with the kids.
11) Schedule regular date nights with my husband.
12) Get living room tables (coffee, 2 consoles, and maybe a small end table).
Looking.
13) Get a new dining room table and buffet.
Looking.
14) Hang pictures/artwork in the house.
15) Make something crafty, not food related.
16) Plant a small vegetable garden.
17) Take the kids camping.
18) Get a tattoo (maybe).
19) Keep my hair long - don't cut it except for trims!
20) Visit my cousin Nicole when she is in Prague.
21) Use all my gift certificates/cards.
22) Have more family movie nights at home (0/ )
Mickey had one with the kids but I wasn't home so I guess that doesn't count.
23) Be more active with the kids (more walks, bike rides, etc).
24) Take a gun safety class.
25) Go to the shooting range.
26) Go to my 20 year high school reunion (yikes!).
27) Blog more.
28) Redesign my blog(s).
29) Get a new living room area rug.
30) Get a bike and all necessary gear.
31) Get a new elliptical.
32) Spend time learning about Photoshop Elements.
33) Take a photography class.
34) Go to the Farmer's Market at least twice a month (when it's open).
35) Go to a Seahawks game.
36) Learn how to French braid.
37) Get family pictures taken.
38) Get microdermabrasion treatments.
39) See a chiropractor for my neck/back.
40) Clean out clutter and organize messy rooms.
41) Buy new towels for the master bathroom.
42) Paint the master bedroom.
43) Redecorate my fireplace mantel.
44) Buy and hang frames that showcase Hannah and Eli's artwork.
45) Go to a live concert (ADELE are you listening???)
46) Take Hannah to a musical.
47) Watch all 7 Seasons of The Closer on DVD (1/7)
48) Enroll Macy in a driving class so she can get her license this summer.
49) Get semi-regular massages. (1/?)
50) Plan an overnight trip with some girlfriends.
51) Take a bath in my bathtub (sounds simple enough, yet I've never done it).
52) Update at least once a month of how my Project 52 is going (1/12)

So now that I am looking at this list again I am realizing I did not get much accomplished (or even started) this month.  But, since I was sick for probably 2 weeks of the month I am totally going to blame that and hope to make more strides in February.  :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Theme of the week is.....

GERMS!

I have been sick since Friday - almost a week.  A head cold that turned into an ear infection and major sinus congestion/pain.  I have done very little this week and am so thankful my hubby has been helping get the kids where they need to go if I am not up to doing it!

Hoping things are going to start to tail off very soon so I can be a healthy mommy again!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Currently....January 17th

Listening: To Phineas and Ferb on the TV (which I turned on to buy myself a few more minutes before the kids want to go outside to play).

Eating:  I just had a smoothie with Vega powder.  Supposed to be vanilla chai flavor but it tastes a little yuckier than that.  I made it more palatable by adding fruit.  But I just consumed all the vitamins and minerals and omegas and probiotics that I need today. 


Drinking: Just finished my smoothie and some green tea.  Trying to drink tea since I like the taste way better than coffee.


Wearing: black long johns under skinny jeans (which fit in my boots easy enough), white tank, grey sweater. 

Feeling: Tired because my son woke up last night scared and I had to go get in bed with him and it took well over an hour for him to go back to sleep (and this was at around 2 am). 


Weather:  SNOW and lots of it.  No school today!


Wanting: More tea.


Needing:  A nap later.


Thinking: Been thinking a lot about stuff I want to do, buy, organize, decorate, furnish around the house.

Enjoying: Having another day with really nothing to do.   Oh, and Pinterest rocks! :)



Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday

 

Good morning!  We are enjoying a quiet, snowy Monday at home today.  Although  my kids love to play in the snow, it is pretty much an excuse for them to go outside and get cold so they can start asking me how long they have to play until they can have hot chocolate….and will they be able to have hot chocolate more than once today? 

Enjoyed watching the Golden Globes last night…which took about 90 minutes since I had it on the DVR and was able to FF through a lot of it.  I thought Ricky Gervais was very entertaining, but he was WAY nicer than he was last year. 

If you need an awesome recap of the Globes Fashion be sure to visit this blog:  Handbags and Handguns.

Saturday night I made a roast squash, caramelized onion, and goat cheese tart for dinner.  I found the recipe on the blog Coconuts and Quinoa and decided to give it a try.

It was delicious!

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I also made one of my most favorite desserts – Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  Recipe found in the book The Kind Life by Alicia Silverstone and also on here web site here

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I did not take the PB cup picture – if you click on it, it will direct you to the recipe. 

Both are delicious – give them a try!

Goals for this week:

1) Don’t make or eat anymore peanut butter cups.

2) Work out M-F in the morning

3) Drink tons of water

4) Don’t snack unless I really really really need one. 

5) Finish the book I’m reading (Mindy Kaling’s new one) and start another.

Have a great Monday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

My First Project 52



I am linking up with Karen and participating in her Project 52 - where we list out 52 goals for 2012 and try to accomplish as many of them as we can.

My friend Misty has been doing this for a while and I remember wanting to do it last year and never getting around to it.

I'm already behind schedule for this year, but at least I am ready to post my list!

1) Buy a juicer.  Hopefully, this one.
2) Stop buying so much stuff (i.e., save more money).
3) Make homemade crock-pot applesauce.
4) Read 30 books (2/30). 
5) Watch 5 movies in the theater that are NOT kid movies. (0/5)
6) Run 4 5ks. (0/4).
7) Resume working out first thing in the morning 4-6 days/week.
8) Try hot (Bikram) yoga.
9) Practice more mindful eating.
10) Plan more 1 on 1 time/date nights with the kids.
11) Schedule regular date nights with my husband.
12) Get living room tables (coffee, 2 consoles, and maybe a small end table).
13) Get a new dining room table and buffet.
14) Hang pictures/artwork in the house.
15) Make something crafty, not food related.
16) Plant a small vegetable garden.
17) Take the kids camping.
18) Get a tattoo (maybe).
19) Keep my hair long - don't cut it except for trims!
20) Visit my cousin Nicole when she is in Prague.
21) Use all my gift certificates/cards.
22) Have more family movie nights at home (0/ )
23) Be more active with the kids (more walks, bike rides, etc).
24) Take a gun safety class.
25) Go to the shooting range.
26) Go to my 20 year high school reunion (yikes!).
27) Blog more.
28) Redesign my blog(s).
29) Get a new living room area rug.
30) Get a bike and all necessary gear.
31) Get a new elliptical.
32) Spend time learning about Photoshop Elements.
33) Take a photography class.
34) Go to the Farmer's Market at least twice a month (when it's open).
35) Go to a Seahawks game.
36) Learn how to French braid.
37) Get family pictures taken.
38) Get microdermabrasion treatments.
39) See a chiropractor for my neck/back.
40) Clean out clutter and organize messy rooms.
41) Buy new towels for the master bathroom.
42) Paint the master bedroom.
43) Redecorate my fireplace mantel.
44) Buy and hang frames that showcase Hannah and Eli's artwork.
45) Go to a live concert (ADELE are you listening???)
46) Take Hannah to a musical.
47) Watch all 7 Seasons of The Closer on DVD.
48) Enroll Macy in a driving class so she can get her license this summer.
49) Get semi-regular massages.
50) Plan an overnight trip with some girlfriends.
51) Take a bath in my bathtub (sounds simple enough, yet I've never done it).
52) Update at least once a month of how my Project 52 is going.

That's it.  Totally doable, right??  :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yep

Totally going to start posting more here.

Starting......tomorrow. 

Maybe?  :)