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A Taste of Something New

4 Jun

I was totally prepared to post my summer bucket list in Holly’s linkup, but, unfortunately, some things got in the way and I just couldn’t get to it. I will say that I’m already checking off a few things on my bucket list. I did take B to this summer’s first session of story hour at our local library.

Another thing on my bucket list is to try to cook at least one new recipe each week. During the school year, I hate cooking after I get home.  I try to sling something together just to get the job done.  One of my favorite things about summer is that I get my love of cooking back.  I thoroughly enjoy working away in the kitchen with a good adult beverage and some tunes blaring throughout the house.

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I decided to use my extra time this summer to find some yummy new recipes to add to my rotation once school gets started this fall. Of course, I immediately went to Pinterest. Here are the things I’ve tried so far.

The first thing I made is Bacon Ranch Potatoes. These were easy and went really well with  pepper stuffed bacon wrapped turkey that Chris was cooking in the picture above. I added some onion slices to the foil pouch as well and we loved the flavor. Next time I make these I will leave them in the oven for about an hour so that they’ll be good and tender.

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The next thing I tried was a hit. I used Oikos Plain Greek yogurt instead since it was on sale, but we’ve already gone through two batches of this awesome, healthier version of ranch veggie dip. Bennett and I have been devouring carrot sticks and sliced red bell pepper thanks to this concoction. I even added a small amount to a veggie packed breakfast scramble, which gave it a great flavor and creamier texture.

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I tried two more recipes tonight. The first is roasted Brussels sprouts. I didn’t follow this recipe to a T. I used frozen Brussels sprouts and garlic powder instead of onion powder because that’s what I had on hand. They were ok, but not something that will be a frequent flier in our kitchen.

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Our main dish ended up being really good though.  I used frozen uncooked shrimp instead of fresh, but otherwise followed the recipe. Bennett wasn’t a big fan of the shrimp, but I think the flavor was just a little too strong for him. Chris ate his weight in every shrimp that was left in the pan. He thought they were very similar to shrimp scampi. This was super simple to put together and will definitely show up on our table again.

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If you’d like to see more on these recipes or what I might be cooking up next, follow me on Pinterest.

I’ll keep you posted on my next ventures in the kitchen this summer. Do you have any suggestions for me to try?

Jaime

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The Power of Planning + Wednesday Weigh-in

13 Mar

I know it’s Wednesday, but I guess my mind and body are craving Friday because this morning when I put Bennett on the bus I told his driver and assistant to have a good weekend.  Guess I jumped the gun a little…bummer!

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I’m linking up with Erin and Alex for my weigh-in again this week and I must say that this week was much more successful than last week, which surprised the heck out of me. I was happy with losing that 1/2 pound last week, but that’s not really going to get me where I want to be in time for shorts and bikinis.  It definitely kicked me back into gear.

This has been a challenging week.  Why?  Because I wasn’t prepared.

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I didn’t go to the grocery store because I had a small amount of many ingredients and I was trying to use them up.  So, my ingredients were a little random and very scarce.  I didn’t have any “healthy snacks” which ended up being the thing that harmed me in the long run.

I would dig through the refrigerator looking for ingredients to throw into a smoothie that wouldn’t push me over my sugar and calorie count for the day.  Instead of eating fruits, veges, soy crisps, and protein bars as a snack, I dove into the boys’ chips and trail mix.  Since I was eating a decent breakfast and lunch, I was starving by the time I got home.  I didn’t have any meals planned out so getting dinner going took so long that I couldn’t wait.  I really felt like I was not going to have good results this week, but  I was happy to see a 2 1/2 pound loss when I got on the scale this morning.  That brings me to a grand total of 12 1/2 pounds since the end of January!

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Even though my results for the week were great, I still think I need to come up with a plan to keep the bad choices from this week from happening again.

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My Plan for a Plan:

1.  Check the weekly ads and any coupons I have for deals that I want to grab up each week.  Check the grocery store on days when foods are marked down to Manager’s Special (found a great piece of salmon last night for about $3.00).

2.  Make a menu for the week so that I have an idea of what meals I’m prepared to cook.  Plan for the nights that I KNOW I won’t want to cook (late nights at work or days that I have to go in early).

3.  Make sure to have snacks at work so that I’m not tempted to eat something that’s less than healthy.

4.  Have any meats that I’ll be cooking thawed to cut down on prep time.

5.  Have a general idea what nights/mornings I will be working out.  Always shoot for 4  and hope to get in more.

Hopefully, if I follow these steps, I’ll have a better chance of being successful.

Have you ever failed at something because you weren’t prepared?  Do you plan anything to help with your diet success?

Thanks for reading,

Jaime

 

Weekend Wrap-up and Ugly Babies

18 Feb

Hey y’all! It’s Sunday night so I’m doing a weekend wrap-up, but wait the best part of this weekend is that it’s three days long thanks to a federal holiday. Woohoo! Gotta love a 3 day weekend.

I had a pretty relaxed weekend thanks to all the hard work my hubby has been doing at the house this week.  Instead of having loads of laundry and cleaning to catch up on, I was able to work on some other things.  Don’t get me wrong. There is still plenty of cleaning and organizing that could be done. They just aren’t necessities.

As I was leaving work Friday, I got a text from my future SIL. She let me know that her and my brother were in my neck of the woods and were headed my way.  I grabbed B and rushed home because we love those two and I knew B would be so excited to see them.  They came by and visited for a while before we all decided to go to dinner.  Chris didn’t join us because he was asleep when I got home.  Apparently working and keeping up with the house is hard work. Hmmm, interesting. Anyways, the four of us had a great time and still finished up in time for Bennett and me to go to Wal-mart for some baking supplies.

I came home and got to work on a small cake that I had only found out about earlier that morning. I went ahead and baked the whole thing and then went to bed so I wouldn’t be a zombie Saturday.  I got up the next morning and decorated the cake while Chris and B ran some errands so that Chris could spray yards for some people this weekend.

C and B passed out on me early again Saturday night, so I decided to hit up the gym. At least it wasn’t 10 pm this week. I went around 8 pm and realized that, yes, there are other people with no life on a Saturday night.

Today I got up and met my cousin Lora from Raising Steppe Sisters at a local park for a 4 mile walk/run.  We walked more than I think either of us had planned, but we got in some good talk time and still ran enough to burn close to 400 calories.

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After knocking that out, I came home, cleaned up, and got to work planning out dinner for tonight. I ended up cooking white beans in the crock pot all day and making cabbage, fried chicken, and homemade peach cobbler with ice cream.  It was delicious, but definitely counteracted the 4 miles that I’d worked so hard on this morning.

Bennett and I ran to the Red Box and grabbed Hotel Transylvania and 21 Jump Street to watch on this lazy Sunday afternoon. His movie was cute, but I fell asleep just before the end. I turned on the latter for Chris and me after dinner and it was pretty funny. Why did it take Magic Mike to make me realize how cute Channing Tatum is?!?

So I saved the ugly babies for the end.  I knew you people wanted to hear what my heartless self was going to reveal about somebody else’s kid. It’s not like that at all. Before Bennett, I did always kinda hope that I wouldn’t have an ugly kid. I knew I would love my baby no matter what, just like those people I see walking around with ugly kids (just kidding but not really).  All kids are cute in their own ways, but some kids are just cuter than others. I’ll be the first one to admit when my kid is not having his most visually appealing day. Back to the ugly babies. When I was working on my cake Saturday, Chris and Bennett came inside and B was saying something about Klyde put a lock on the neighbor’s short dog. Bennett is terrified of the neighbor’s dogs so he was kind of excited thinking Klyde had put the smack down on one.

Our neighbors own two English bulldogs (like the Georgia bulldog, Uga is its name I think). I’m guessing they were planning on breeding them since they have two and had let their female go into heat, but they made the mistake of letting her out into an unfenced yard without a leash. I didn’t see it since I was working on the cake, but I’m thinking the purebred thing is out the window. I’ve thought and thought about the mix of these two dogs, Klyde with his tall, lanky body and long nose and that short, stumpy dog with a flat face.  The only thing I can think is that they’re going to have some weird looking hard headed puppies. Probably not as bad as my ex-boyfriend’s weanie dog and collie hooking up. Now those were some crazy looking babies. Oh well, needless to say, Klyde got a really good nap for the rest of the afternoon. Just like a man:)

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Hope you guys have a great day off tomorrow, and if not, just think about us people that will have a really hard time getting back into the groove on Tuesday after an extra weekend day.

Thanks for reading,

Jaime

 

Superbowl Sunday Funday Part 2 + Weigh-in Wednesday

6 Feb

I typed part 1 of this post late Sunday night after having a few drinks during the game.  Since I didn’t want that post to ramble on forever, I decided to put the rest in this post.  Plus, at that point I was thinking that I had done a pretty good job of maintaining my diet this weekend.

After getting on the scale Monday morning, I realized that maybe I had made more unhealthy choices than I thought.  At the beginning of the weekend, I had dropped 1 1/2 pounds since Wednesday’s weigh-in, but Monday morning I had put it back on and was back where I started about 4 days before.  That really ticked me off because I had been working out and once I want the scale to go down, that’s what I expect.  So I thought maybe I should recap my weekend in a less intoxicated state.

I baked my friend Amy’s birthday cake during the day Saturday and didn’t even think to touch the scrap cake that I normally would have munched on.  Maybe the houndstooth really did discourage me a little.

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Saturday night we went to Amy’s birthday dinner…at a Mexican restaurant. This is bad because I lllooovvveee Mexican food.  I did refrain from munching on chips, salsa, and queso (my fave), but I’m thinking that sauce that I kept slopping all over my fish tacos was probably not the healthiest choice.  Now that I think about it, it did have an oddly queso-esque taste to it.  Oh and the 32 oz. Dos Equis probably didn’t help so much either.  What? I did have a water on the side.  Doesn’t that count for something?

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We had a good time and, even though my husband wouldn’t cooperate, I still got a couple good pictures out of it.

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This wasn’t one of them.  It was just the best and least goofy shot I got of him.

I made cupcakes Sunday for the Superbowl party and didn’t touch them either.

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I REALLY wanted one, but I didn’t cave.  Instead, I made a baked sweet potato in the microwave and put a little butter and small amount of brown sugar on it.  I know it could have been healthier, but at least it wasn’t a cupcake, right?

So, it’s Superbowl…

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I know I put that picture in both posts, but my friend Jon was wearing it and I just loved it.

Anyways, the spread at this party was calling my name.  There was BBQ, hot wings, all kinds of dips and chips, a few different sweets, and several other yummy looking snacks.   I did snack on some unhealthy things, but once I walked away from the table, I never went back.  Unfortunately with football usually comes beer, and Sunday was no exception.

We had a great time with good friends, good food, and many good laughs.

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Bennett eating one of my cupcakes (sans icing)

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B and one of his favorite friends playing a football game of their own

Today is Wednesday and now it’s time for me to reveal my progress for the week.  I worked out 4 times, had several days of good eating, 2 days of questionable food choices, and in the end have dropped another 1 1/2 pounds for a total of 5 1/2 pounds over the past 3 weeks.  I’m going to attempt my link-up with Alex & Erin again this week, so if you’re looking for motivation check out some of the other ladies who are participating because they are doing some great things.

You can call me Technologically Illiterate I guess because I CANNOT get this link-up to work, but go here to check it out.

Thanks for reading,

Jaime

Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Back to Work I Go

2 Jan

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Today was my first day back after a much-needed Christmas break. The end of the fall semester was filled with events, deadlines, and the start of after-school tutoring, which I do twice a week. I was definitely feeling the stress and was super excited for the start of the break. I love having time to finish my Christmas shopping, celebrate the holidays, and, of course, spend time with my family.

You’ve just read the pros of having a fantastic break from school. Now for the cons (insert dramatic sound effects)…
This fabulous time off work spoils me so bad that I struggle with things like waking up with an alarm, getting dressed before noon, dropping off my baby, and going to a job that expects me to follow a schedule and dress code everyday (just kidding).

I really didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, but once I got going I ended up having a pretty good day. I made time to cook a real breakfast for Bennett, pack my lunch, and thaw my truck doors in time to make it to work with a whopping 30 seconds to spare. Needless to say, the adrenaline rush of trying to sign-in on time had me buzzed enough to ALMOST make my coffee obsolete.

We had two separate training sessions today that both offered information sandwiched between a few good laughs. The icing on top of today’s cake was definitely the hour-long lunch, which is about 35-40 minutes longer than our normal inhalation of food, and the afternoon session ended earlier than expected.

Normally I would have stayed about an hour longer to work on the lesson plans that are due tomorrow morning, but I started feeling kinda sick (probably from all the healthy eating that I attempted to do today). So, I hopped in my truck and zipped straight to the babysitter’s house to scoop up my Stinkbug aka Bennett. He must have read my mind because as soon as we walked in the door he asked for jammies and a snuggle. There’s nothing like a little snuggle with my buddy to make me feel better (and a bit of healthy snacking in the form of Pringles and peanut butter crackers). So much for staying under my calorie goal for the day, but that’s ok because so far 2013 is off to a decent start.

Tomorrow my kiddos come back to school and we’ll be working on their goals for the new year. Two more days and it’ll be the weekend!

Is 2013 starting off as well for you? Tell me something good about your year so far.

Happy Hump Day!
Jaime