Baked Eggs

What?  Yeah that’s what I thought!  But listen, I will never traditionally boil another egg.

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One day while trying to find a technique to boil “The Perfect Egg”, I came across this….

Alton Brown’s Baked Eggs

Hmmmmmm, intriguing!

I like boiled eggs.  I don’t like having to deal with the actual boiling of the eggs.  Do I bring the water to a boil THEN put the eggs in?  Do I put the eggs in first then bring to a boil?  How long do I boil them for?  How long to I let them set?  Do I boil them in water that was cold?  So confusing?!?!?!

Baking Eggs is the only way to go.  It’s easy.  Just put your eggs in a muffin tin, bake at 325 for 30 min. When they are done baking  put them in an ice bath and peel as soon as they are cool enough to touch.

This is what I have found. They are easier to peel, there is no delicious sulfur smell, and they are always a creamy texture.  They also just taste better to me!

I eat them with some salt and pepper, or paprika.  Eggs are the perfect complete protein and a very healthy “fast food”

But Sandwiches

I remember the first time someone said to me “Amanda, be aware of your ‘But Sandwiches’.”  Say what?  You know…..when you give someone praise, sandwich a “but” in there and then say something negative.  It negates the praise.

We have been getting a lot of “But Sandwiches” in our feedback about the house.  I am tired of them bringing their buts in this house! Smile

  • Home shows beautifully, love the layout and space, favorite of the day……but they would like larger bedrooms.
  • Home showed well, love the decoration and organization but would like higher ceilings.
  • Home showed great but would like bigger backyard.
  • Home showed well, it is their favorite but want to be closer to mother in Mansfield.
  • Home showed well, beautifully decorated, like a model!  But client needs 4th bedroom……
  • Home showed beautifully but clients didn’t like the color of brick……
  • Very nice home!!!!  But clients will pass because of location.
  • Beautiful home but clients don’t like layout.

The biggest one?  Our front door and back door line up with each other….It’s bad luck.  I wish someone had told me about that 4 years ago!

Our realtor gave us a little pep talk yesterday because Jeremy and I were seriously considering trying something else.  Either dropping our price, which honestly we can’t do if we want to be able to buy the kind of home we are wanting.  Or just taking it off the market for a year, saving money, paying the mortgage down and trying to sell it at a lower price then.  We don’t want to do either but……we have to be realistic here.  Anyway Mike, our awesome realtor, said that we are priced right, some homes just take longer than others, we have so many showings that he is shocked we haven’t had a legitimate offer yet and he thinks we will get something in the next 30 days.  I mean we had one but……well I don’t want to talk about it.  Crying face  We currently have someone lowballing us.  The ones who showed up an hour late last week. They keep calling Mike asking what we will take.  At first they asked if we’d take 17,900 less than what we are asking.  Then 12,900.  He was like NO!  Look make a formal written offer and we will go from there.  So we shall see how that pans out.

My new motto when we get feedback is “Good luck with that!”  Bigger bedrooms, bigger yard, ceramic tile, granite counter tops……they want it all for nothing.  So, good luck with that!  I am sorry if I sound aggravated, I really am.  It’s been a long 103 days ya’ll.

We have two showings scheduled for tomorrow……sigh……Fingers crossed

Ok enough about that…..

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This was the other day while we were waiting out The Lowballers that missed their appointment and showed up an hour late.  Jeremy asked what we were doing so I sent him a picture.  She’s my little sidekick!

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The other day I put some chicken tenderloins, a jar of salsa and a packet of McCormick’s Less Sodium Taco Seasoning in a crock pot, cooked it on low for 6 hours and VOILA!  The best chicken ever.  I found the recipe on My Chocolate Therapy and she got it from Tasty Kitchen.  It is superb!!!!  I have made it twice and we have gobbled it up both times.  So easy!!!

The first time we ate it with shredded cheese over corn tortillas

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Today I just heated it up, shredded it and ate it with some fresh veggies and fat free cream cheese.  Delish!!!

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I made my oats a tad different this morning.  They were really good and kept me full for hours!

1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp. vanilla protein powder and 1 tbsp. almond butter.  Yums!

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I am still pretty sore from that stealthy workout the other day.  I feel like I am being punished for mocking Jillian.  I can just hear that raspy little voice taunting me. “Oh it wasn’t hard?  Didn’t ‘feel the burn’?  Ok…..you just wait buddy.”

I am stretching it out, walking around, stretching, stretching, stretching and letting my muscles repair for a few days because Jeremy and I are going to begin a new challenge on Monday…..

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Oh yes…..

My friend Cheryl and I traded my BodyBugg and her P90X system.   I am so excited to get started.  I feel like it’s just the thing I need right now to focus on since my hopes and dreams are currently on hold…..THANK YOU CHERI BETH!!!!!

Well, I wish everyone a beautiful weekend!  I PRAY I will have good news to share over the weekend….if not….catch you Monday with my first review of my first day of P90!!!!!

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20 Snacks under 200

If you are like me…everyone you know is or has been sick. –  How Top Doctors Stay Healthy

Try

This morning I got the “daily disaster” cleaned up (I know I have said this over and over but…..those boys, I don’t know WHAT they do in the morning but they destroy this house!) and then went for a little jog.  I didn’t expect to really be able to jog a great distance before having to walk but I was surprised by how much I was actually able to.  I am definitely not in the shape I used to be but, I will get there!  I ended up jogging/walking 2.5 miles in 30 min.  I used the RunKeeper application on my phone but accidentally stopped it at some point so I wasn’t able to get an accurate reading.  Thumbs down  I loved it while it was working though!  The voice comes on every 5 min and lets you know it’s been a certain number of minutes, how far you’ve gone and what your pace is.  VERY COOL!

I also had downloaded a few new tunes which is ALWAYS essential for a great workout.  I love music so much.  It evokes serious emotion in me.  I think if I had ever been given the opportunity, I would have been some sort of musician or dancer.. Growing up I always begged for dance & piano lessons.  Clearly I never got those because I can do neither….  Annoyed

Try – Pink  <— Man I am in LOVE with this one. I played it over and over and over today.  I liked it before but they played it during a part of The Biggest Loser and I heard it in a whole new way.  I know the song is mostly about a terrible relationship but I hear something different when I listen to it.  I hear the struggle with one’s hopes and dreams….especially the chorus and the part where she sings “When you’re out there doin what you’re doin, are you just getting by?”  Loves loves loves.

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Imagine Dragons – It’s Time <—–I am not sure what this song is about but whatever it’s catchy….

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thriftshop. ( I won’t link that one because it’s got a lot of naughty words in it…..of course I chose the clean version on Itunes….which they didn’t do a very good job of cleaning it up…but whatever its super stupid and catchy ) Winking smile

When I got back from my jog I cleaned up and ran some errands.  I left Aidan’s jacket at the church when I made a mad dash to get out of there last Sunday so I picked that up.  Then I went to the outlet mall to get some plugin refills from Yankee Candle and I also found a new jacket!  My old coat swallows me now and I have been looking for a new one that wasn’t super expensive.  I wasn’t even really looking today & I found one!!!  Isn’t that how it always happens?  Happy DAY!

Since I was pressed for time and not super hungry yet I grabbed a couple of protein bars before I left to keep in my purse for when I did get hungry. So glad I did because I ate them both pretty much right away!  One before the church and one after!   I can go from zero to hungry in 2.5 seconds.

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After the cleanse, these tasted like candy bars to me.  I was in heaven!

We had a showing from 3-4 today so after I picked up the boys from school I had to wait down the street for them to come.  The buyer showed up at 3:40 but the agent didn’t get there until 3:53! They didn’t leave until after 4.  It was a little unnerving to watch the buyer walk around my house looking in the windows and inspecting the lawn……

As we were walking in the door my friend called and my battery was dying so I plugged the phone in while I talked to her and ate an apple, some cubes of cheese and a handful of nuts.  THEN later for dinner, I made a green smoothie!

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This smoothie had:

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Jillian’s vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup mixed fruit (banana, pineapple and strawberries)
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups ice

It made SOOOOOO much! I had to keep adding milk and ice in order to get the consistency I wanted and it just made it so voluminous!  I filled my “A cup” which is 24oz. and an additional 12 oz. glass.  I am barely able to finish the “A cup”,  I am super “filt”.  That’s how Aidan says “full”.  I don’t have the heart to correct him.

It indeed was a fantastic day!

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Articles I loved today!

Diet Rules Debunked – Fitness Magazine

10 Most filling foods – Everyday Health

7 tips to make resolutions stick – Calorie Count

Refreshed

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Even though I was craving a smoothie this morning (go figure, that is what happened the last time I finished the cleanse) I made some oatmeal.  I didn’t make the smoothie because I was so cold already.  That was the only issue I had with the cleanse this time.  I dreaded drinking the smoothies because I was already freeeeeeeezing.  I would sit in front of my space heater, in 3 shirts, & sweatpants shivering while I drank my frozen beverage!

In this bowl was the following:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. Ideal brown sugar blend
  • several shakes of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Mara Natha (I always call it Martha Nartha….) almond butter.

I microwaved the oats and the milk for two minutes and then added the other things.  It was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten!  Ok…..maybe that’s the cleanse talking.  So glad my taste buds have reset.

I have about a bazillion things to do today so I better get started! I’ve got 80’s cardio radio blasting…the sun is shining & the high is supposed to be 59!!!!

Good Day

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WORD!

Quick Energy Bites

My friend sent me an email a while back asking if I had tried these delicious little treats. I said I had not but had seen them making the rounds on Pinterest and wanted to try them out. Because I already had all of the ingredients I made them that same night! They were gone the next day. Even though these babies are power packed with good stuff, watch out to not over do it. You WILL have a stomach ache not to mention they are pretty calorie dense. They are packed with foods that are slow to digest and will keep your blood sugar steady for hours.

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  • 1 Cup Dry Oatmeal
  • ½ Cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seed
  • ½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Light Agave
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • several shakes of cinnamon

1. Mix together Oatmeal, Flax seed, Cinnamon & Chia seed.
2. Add your chocolate chips
3. Stir in peanut butter, agave, and vanilla.

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4. Let mixture chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
5. Remove and form into small balls. I use a tablespoon to measure.

6. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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This recipe makes about 20 bites but depending on how big or small you make them or how much you eat whilst forming the bites, it will vary.

Substitutions, variations & additions

  • you can use honey instead of agave.
  • add pumpkin & pumpkin spice
  • add banana
  • any nut butter will work if there is an allergy
  • I may try less peanut butter more oats. This may help with the calorie content, make the texture a bit more dry and also add more volume.
  • I love coconut, but I am the only one in the house who does. I would love to put unsweetened coconut in the mix.
  • add cranberries
  • add chopped almonds
  • add white chocolate chips

The variations are endless!

I can’t wait to try all of those variations when I make them in the future!

If you can stretch the mixture to make 30 bites, they are about 100 calories each. If you make 20, they are about 150 calories. They are super good for you and power packed with nutrients for mornings when you have to be out the door quickly, for that 2 pm slump, for children who are constantly on the move and too busy to eat or for those (my husband) who are looking for ways to increase their calorie intake in healthy ways without having to eat a ton of food.

Here is the link to the original recipe.

Smashed Peas & Carrots

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse: Part 1

Earlier this week I wrote about how I fell into a bit of a funk over the last couple of months because of various challenging situations.  One thing I wasn’t doing was eating right.  Beginning with Luke’s birthday through Halloween and the weeks after,  my sugar addiction was full blown.  I have always had a “Sweet Tooth” but manage to keep it in control by keeping “contraband” out of the house.  Well this house was abounding in contraband and I was eating it left and right.  I wasn’t worried about it because the scale wasn’t showing any sign of my sugar binges.  Bottom line…..that is not how you should measure your health.  I was feeling like utter and complete crap.  Tired, anxious, irritable, moody, depressed, fatigued, headaches everyday, not sleeping well, foggy brain.  Not at all like me…..one day after many many many many……many M&M’s I had a stomach ache so bad and my heart was racing.  I thought ok……this is it.  I CAN NOT keep doing this to myself.   The thing I needed to change would require something drastic on my part. I am what they call an abstainer when it comes to dieting.  I have to just completely stay away from the thing in order to overcome it.  So I decided I was going into sugar rehab!!!

I started researching how to break a sugar addiction and the negative effects of sugar on the body.  I found a plethora of articles on it.  Apparently this is not an uncommon problem.  Around this same time I watched a DVR’d Dr. Oz that talked about how sugar affects your body and a 3 day cleanse to help reset your body.

Below is the link to the show I watched.

Dr. Oz Show

Everyone knows my infatuation with Dr. Oz. I just adore him. He is always bringing new information to the table for me. I think he is brilliant in many ways. As I have said before, I love his philosophy on using holistic means to heal the body, as I am a firm believer that food can kill you or heal you.

It was a sign.  I was going to do it!  I decided that after Thanksgiving would be a perfect time.  Jeremy would be off the three days after to help me through the nasty withdrawals and lend support.  Boy did he ever!  God Bless that man!

So without further adieu here is my experience with Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.

 

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The purpose of the cleanse is to “eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body” by pumping it full of nutrients.  Smoothies are a great way to get concentration of nutrients in at one meal. Can you imagine sitting down to a meal of 4 celery stalks, a cucumber, 1 cup of kale, half an apple, half a lime, a cup of pineapple, half a cup of almond milk with a tablespoon of coconut oil on top?  Me either.  Also because they are already broken down somewhat,  it makes them more easily digested and absorbed by your gut.

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First of all I was so excited about this printable.  So cute and simple!  You can find the original printable by clicking here.

 

Breakfast Drink

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The breakfast drink was really good.  Not much different than what I have made in the past.  This was the Snack Drink I chose also.  I added a lot of ice to it in order to make more volume and make the texture a little more satisfying like a smoothie.

Lunch Drink

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The recipe looked like it would taste good to me and it did.  It was the mealy texture that made it so hard to choke down.  I decided to use only 2 stalks of celery and half the cucumber the next two times.  The hard thing about recipes like this is that they don’t say how big or small the produce should be.  I also added tons of ice.  Doing it this way made it actually very good in my opinion.

Dinner Drink

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I am sorry I don’t have a picture of the dinner drink ingredients. By this point in the day I was super out of it.  This one had a very interesting mix of flavors.  It calls for cayenne pepper but just a little, only 1/4 tsp., but wow did it give it kick!  I also added ice to this one to help dilute the spiciness and to give it more volume.  The first time I made it I didn’t peel the mango.  I am not a fan of mango and have never eaten one whole like an apple.  I wasn’t aware that you shouldn’t eat the peel.  I Googled how to eat a mango and read that you aren’t supposed to eat the peel because it has toxins in it!!!  I immediately started to have a panic attack and then read further that that’s not necessarily the case. I also read that people generally don’t eat the peel because it’s bitter.  The drink did have a bitter taste to it. So the next night I peeled the mango and I used spinach instead of kale because it’s less bitter.  The drink was so much better this way in my opinion.

For the Epsom salt bath I was able to find a lavender Epsom salt for 4.99 at Target.

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Click here for the benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

This was SO necessary and wonderful by the end of the day.

Day 1

This day started out with green tea and lemon. It was so hard not having any coffee. But one of the things I hoped to accomplish was to completely eliminate coffee and drink tea instead or at least go to one cup instead of two. The rest of the day was relatively easy. I was just super tired and laid around most of the day.  I drank several cups of herbal tea which made such a huge difference.  It was soothing and comforting.  I also had a  slight headache most of the day.

Day 2

Oh my sweet mother of Mary. Let the caffeine headache and sugar withdrawals begin.  I woke up with a massive headache that lasted all day.  I slept in pretty late until about 8:30.  After I drank my tea, I tried to start on the housework and I just couldn’t get going. I felt like crying because I couldn’t get the things I needed to get done because of the fatigue and brain fog.  Poor Jeremy came over to take the broom from me and I snapped at him.  “I don’t NEED your help…..”  What? Of course I needed his help.  He looked at me like I had slapped him in the face!  As I was getting ready to leave for the afternoon we were talking in the bathroom.  He wasn’t understanding what I was saying and I flew off the handle.  He was like, “What the hell?”  I spewed something about how I’d rather starve than drink the lunch drink, and needing coffee, wanting oatmeal, drinking vegetables, he just doesn’t understand, that he can’t get mad at me for being irritable, I’m sorry for being such a (insert expletive) and to just leave!!!!!  It was very drama…. trust me.  The tantrum ended with me in tears and him apologizing and telling me to go get a pedicure.  God BLESS that man!  At that point I honestly thought I was going to give up.  I thought he would tell me to go eat a sandwich and make some coffee.  But he didn’t.  He just talked me through it, told me how proud he was of me and I could finish it like a boss!  That was exactly what I needed at that point.  The rest of the day I kept my cool but felt as though I was on the verge of boiling over at any point.  We were out the rest of the afternoon & I had to skip my snack drink.  NOT COOL!  When we got home I made the snack drink and then the dinner drink.   I wasn’t able to finish the dinner drink so I put it in the freezer for the next day.  I drank my herbal tea and had my bath. The bath felt so wonderful and was absolutely essential.   I was so ready for bed.  I just wanted the day to end.   I was happy I had made it through the second day and had just one more day to go.

Day 3

This day was so much better.  I woke up feeling awake and full of energy!  I was also super hungry and a little nauseated.  This was the only time I felt hunger the entire cleanse.  I was I was a little anxious because I was worried about making it all the way until 2 pm with out being able to have my drink.  I was volunteering in Aidan’s Sunday schools class and wouldn’t get out of there until around 1:30.  Jeremy had gone home after the service and set my leftover frozen dinner drink from the night before out to thaw so it would be ready for me when I got home.  I was so glad he did.  As soon as I pulled into the garage he walked out and handed it to me.  It was the best thing I had ever had in my life!  After I finished it I made my lunch drink and that was also the best thing I had ever had in my life!  I was amazed at how quickly my taste buds had changed!  After “lunch” I slept for 2 glorious hours and then got up to make my dinner drink.  I was so glad it was my last one and I was day dreaming of all the food I was going to eat the next day.  I prepped two batches of tuna salad and baked about 6 sweet potatoes.  I didn’t have my last bath because I just wanted to go straight to bed!

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I will do a second post or a “Part 2”  about cleanse with the results.  How I am feeling, how much weight I lost, cravings, changed eating habits, and the endless energy I have now.

Stay tuned!!!

Random ramblings…

It’s a gorgeous day here in the Dallas area! I love this time of year, cold but not too cold which is why

I Red heart Texas!

After my ONE….yes just one cup…..of coffee, I made some breakfast.

Steel-Cut Oats

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1/4 cup steel-cut oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp. Jif Natural Peanut Butter

1 tsp. ground flax seed

1 tsp. honey

When I first made steel-cut oats I didn’t know that they don’t cook like regular oats.  I am telling you that if it weren’t for Google, we would be eating out of boxes forever.  I tried to make them like my regular oats.  Oh no, not the same…..

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Fun With Cats…..

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Isn’t this just ridiculous?  I took Trixie in for grooming yesterday and they brought her out with this thing around her neck.  I ended up putting it around her belly like a skirt because it was huge around her tiny little neck.  So this morning I thought it would be fun to put it on Rya.  The funny thing is that she just walked around like no biggie.  I am more than sure she is thinking “I hate you so much right now.”  I love you too huss.

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I have a lot of people ask me what I feed my kids, how do I feed them, how do I get them to eat healthy food, etc..  The answer is simple.  I provide healthy food for them.  If they don’t want it, I don’t make them eat it. But the only other option is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I used to send them to bed hungry but I never could get right about it.  Then one morning Aidan woke up not feeling well and as he went to sit at the kitchen table for breakfast his hands and legs were shaking.  After he ate breakfast he was fine.  From that point on I decided to never let them go to bed hungry, but if they don’t eat what I make, all they get is a sandwich, nothing else.  Whereas if they ate my dinner they’d get a bedtime snack of a piece of fruit or a granola bar, bowl of cereal….

So what do I pack them for lunch? Some combination of the following:

  • Sandwich on whole wheat bread – turkey and cheese, natural peanut butter and all natural jelly or honey.
  • all natural yogurt such as Simply Go-Gurt or Trix.  Believe it or not they are making an all natural one. The kids love it.
  • pretzels
  • baby carrots
  • string cheese
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • fruit
  • goldfish
  • water (for Luke)
  • 100% apple juice for Aidan
  • Sometimes a Quaker granola bar if we are short on options

That’s pretty much it.  I am not one of these mom’s who packs spaghetti or quesadillas or hummus wraps.  They wouldn’t eat that anyway.

So this was Aidan’s lunch today.

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Orowheat sandwich thin with Jif Natural Peanut Butter and Welches all natural strawberry jelly, unsweetened applesauce, Trix yogurt, pretzels and apple juice.

And this was Luke’s

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Same sandwich as A, string cheese, an orange, pretzels and a full bottle of water.

Then I pack an ice block to keep it cold.

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Easy peasy!

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Today I needed to go shopping for a new workout top to wear on Friday for my super exciting thing that’s happening.  I can’t wait to share the news.

Outfit

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Top: Ross

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

I was trying to show the side of my boot but it didn’t turn out so well…..Thumbs down

I was able to find two awesome shirts on sale at Marshalls and Target today! I will be outside and you never can trust the weather report in Texas to be accurate.  To be safe I bought a thick one and a light one. I love the lighter blue one because it has has thumb holes and a light fleece lining.  The darker one has a super cute ruching on the neck and cuffs as well as a hood.

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SCORE!

After Marshalls and Target we headed to Chick-Fil-A for one of my favorite lunches.

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Side salad, sunflower seeds, berry balsamic vinaigrette, and a small fruit cup dumped on top.  Delish!

After lunch I had a cup of Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea with a tsp. of honey.

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Since the cleanse I have stopped eating sweets after my meal, actually stopped eating sweets all together.  Even though the cleanse really helped with the cravings, the habit is still there.  How do you get rid of a bad habit?  Replace it with a good one!  So I have been making a cup of herbal tea before my meal.  While I am eating, it’s cooling and ready to drink when I am finished in place of dessert.  It’s warm and comforting.  It signals my brain that the meal is over.  It also fills me up if I am not quite feeling full yet.

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So I have this crazy thing about weird and fantastical chotchkies.  I wish I could have a little closet full of them.  I love them.  The best place to find them are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.  Lucky me, I frequent those places often!

I found this little gem today!  I couldn’t stop staring at it.  I am so fascinated by this one’s moobs.  The nipples were sharp!!!!!

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I found this one last week at TJ Maxx.  I SOOOOO wanted to buy it!!!

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Since I know better than to spend money on stuff like this (lest I be thought of as strange)……I have to settle for a photo album of pictures.

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Please click below to meet your cuteness quota for the day!!!

Cute Babies!

Not for the Faint

I am quickly realizing that I have serious OCD tendencies.  I have always known this but they are rearing their ugly little heads as of late…Jeremy does too by the way.  His psych exam for the PD even confirmed it!  He’s my lobster.  Anyway, I digress…..Ok, so not the kind where I open and close the door 20 times, but the kind where I obsessively think about things over and over and overrrrrrr. I never ever solve anything this way. I always kick myself in the butt though for wasting so much mind energy on these things.

Take this for example.  There is a particular house I am IN freaking LOVE with…..and I check the status of it like 20 times a day.  Has the price dropped?  Has it gone under contract?  Regardless of the fact that I would immediately get an email if either were the case……I still check it.  I have issues.  So the last few days I have really been working on not trying to control the situation.  If it’s meant to be it will be, if not, there is something better for us.  It’s all about trust in the one who’s really in control of my life here, and it isn’t me.

We listed our house officially on Saturday and Sunday morning as I am walking into church I get a phone call asking to approve an appointment for that afternoon.  I thought “Oh dear God already?  That was quick!”  I mistakenly got my hopes up that for some freakish reason we would sell the house that day.  Hey, it happened to my friend!  Sadly we didn’t hear anything back and I got a little sad.  Nor have we gotten anymore calls to see the house since.  Our realtor (Mike) uses a professional photographer and we are having to wait until tomorrow to have photos taken.  I know once those are up, (hopefully) I will have to be vacating the premises many times a day (hello Target) so people can look through my cabinets and closets.

I haven’t been able to workout for 2 weeks since I had the stiches put in.  Without that outlet, being able to focus on something else other than keeping my house spotless, I am sure my anxiety is super elevated which contributes to the OCDing over houses.  I am normally super laid back but lately I feel like a rabid dog!

Buying/Selling a house = not for the faint.

I have some good news!!! TODAY…..I got the stiches out & steri-strips in!  Fun times!  Annoyed The other good news is that she said I could wait to have those other two spots biopsied at my normal 4-6 month check up.  The 3rd good news is that she cleared me to start running again!!!  Jillian & her plyometric torture will have to wait a while but running is ok’d!  I found it interesting that the skin is only at about 15% strength right now.  I still have to be careful and keep the area bandaged for further healing and reducing scarring.  I keep thinking I am very lucky this wasn’t in a visible area because it’s really not pretty!  SUNSCREEN my friends!  SUNSCREEN!

I would like to publicly thank my amazing husband for holding my hand through both processes.  The man deals with the most gruesome of situations like a champ, but felt slightly faint seeing his bride get cut up!  Sweet thing.  What a man!

Skin Cancer = not for the faint

I haven’t really eaten anything new and exciting lately except for two new shakes.  Aidan is still being a complete brat about anything that isn’t peanut butter, honey and bread or Chick-Fil-A so I am just over trying new recipes right now.  He threw a tantrum on Sunday because Luke and I wanted to go to Sweet Tomatoes and he didn’t.

“Chick-Fil-A isn’t open on Sunday Aidan James!  We are going to SWEET TOMATOES!”

When we got there he ate two bites of pizza bread and two bites of ice cream.. *EYEROLL* Steaming mad

So my shakes…..

This one was Dashing Dish inspired

“Lemon Cream Pie Protein Shake”

I used her base and added 2 tbsp. sugar free lemon pudding mix, & vanilla (to taste).   I also added 1 tbsp. chia seed.  I loved this one!

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This morning I made her Caramel Apple Pie Protein Shake

It was so spot on!  Delish!

I used Walden Farms Caramel Syrup instead of caramel extract because I couldn’t find it.  This was a GREAT substitution.  I was going to use sugar free caramel syrup but I saw that there were 90 calories in 2 tbsp. and there was no way that was going to happen.

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*****

So my boys…..my boys, my boys……

Luke's $ Ring

We have discovered Luke’s hidden talent.  Yes, that is a dollar bill folded into a ring! You want to know what he did with this?  It went into the offering tray the next day!

We won’t talk about how I witnessed him ALMOST getting hit by a car while he was riding his bike and crossing the street without looking (<—–knows better) while I was walking Trixie and Aidan was riding his bike in front of me.  No, we won’t talk about the complete come apart I had out in public in our neighborhood.  You know the kind where you are so freaked out that they are in trouble out of love and fear? He isn’t allowed to ride his bike ever again (<—- blatant lie).

raising kids = not for the faint

This would be Aidan’s report card…..

Aidan's 1st Report Card

Yes, my kindergartener. I don’t even know how to begin to explain it. It took two cups of coffee to get through and I’m still having to go back to it to make sure I understand what it’s saying.  He is doing great and even exceeded expectations in the Social and Emotional evaluation!  Way to Go A.J.!!!!  I must mention that while Luke’s wasn’t quite as spectacular of a presentation, he did make straight A’s!

I am really looking forward to getting a little bit of a jog in tomorrow.  I am sure it will be more of a walk but at least it will be a little something!  Slow and Steady!

7 Stiches

The good thing about having 7 stiches on my hip is that I get to catch up on all my DVR’d shows, all the latest and greatest Pins, and all the health articles I have book-marked to read when I have time <—-(Never)Thumbs upOpen-mouthed smile The bad thing is, well, it hurts and I can’t really move around much. Thumbs downSad smile

But it’s gone and I am so thankful.  I get to go back in two weeks to have the stiches removed and then two weeks later so she can biopsy another spot that looks suspect.  I may or may not have held back a few tears.

If you live in the Arlington/Mansfield/Forth Worth area, Mansfield Dermatology is the place to go! Obviously, I highly recommend going in for a full body skin check!

So enough of that depressing stuff…..lets focus on the good!  TODAY is the “exciting news” meeting!  I can’t wait.

I also made two yummy things this week.  Unfortunately, my attempt at an “Aidan friendly” menu didn’t go over very well.

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I don’t know what his deal is.

For the Frito Pie I really wanted to make homemade chili in a crock pot but I just didn’t have that kind of time this week.  So I just used canned chili.  We all (minus Aidan of course) loved the Frito Pie but it would be so much yummier and healthier with homemade chili.

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I recreated my favorite meal right now. The Sweet Crisp Spinach Salad with Tomato Soup from Corner Bakery.  I have been eating this pretty much everyday!  Yesterday after my appointment, Jeremy picked up the real thing for me from the restaurant and I must say I think I did a good job of copy catting it!  I couldn’t find pomegranate vinaigrette so I used raspberry instead.  I really didn’t notice a difference.   I also added some honey roasted peanuts just because I thought it would be yummy.  The soup I made wasn’t good.  I won’t even talk about it…..Annoyed

One of Luke’s favorite things to eat before Mommy went all health crazy was Bagel Bites.

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I had a coupon for $1 off Bagel Bites and thought, hmmmm, well, they can’t be THAT bad for you.  Yeah….they are that bad (what’s in them anyway?) and WAY over priced.  So I thought I might be able to easily recreate them!  They aren’t perfectly clean but better than the frozen kind and they taste better too.  Luke helped me make them and thought we had made the best meal ever.  I forgot the veggies on the side but I don’t think anyone but me missed them!

Do you think Aidan liked these?

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Surely he would….one of the few things he eats voluntarily is Little Caesar’s Pizza.

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“These are yucky.”

Brat.

Amanda’s Pizza Bagels

100 calories per pizza

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

I split Mini Bagels (120 calories each) in half and topped them with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 1 tablespoon Italian Cheese Blend and 2 turkey pepperonis (quartered).

They were so delicious!!!

Yesterday afternoon I heard some beautiful music coming from somewhere in the house.  At first I thought it was a commercial or something.  It went on and on and then I thought wait….is Luke using his bow?  He’s only been plucking the strings and working on learning the parts of it so far.  I slowly got up and hobbled into the living room. I saw my sweet boy in the dining room doing this.

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I know my nerves are shot right now but I may have gotten a little pheklempt!

He also brought his “graded papers” folder home yesterday.  There were 10 papers in the folder.  The top one was an 86 that his math teacher wrote a note on.  “We went over this in class?”  Which I found funny because I could just see her doing the same thing I do.  “Luke what is this?  You can do better than this.  I expect more from you.”   All the others were a perfect 100.  I may or may not have teared up a little then too.

As a parent, you do so much correcting and disciplining.  You feel like a big ol’ rotten meanie britches most of the time. You just want the best for your kids. Hearing him play the violin and seeing those 100’s was one of those rare & precious little gifts that comes along just when you need it most.   Little moments like these warm my heart like nothing else.  There is no better feeling in the world to me than seeing my boys do something they are proud of.

Cramp…..

I intended to have another nice long run in the park this morning.  I even downloaded a new playlist, made sure to eat my “long run breakfast”, and left the housework for later…..What I was not intending to have was a cramp in my side that lasted 3 miles. Thumbs down

Let’s talk about the good stuff first….

Dinner last night was yummmmm.  I didn’t get hungry until late and when I did, I didn’t want what I had made the guys for dinner.  Fish, broccoli, and rice.  So I whipped up another Dashing Dish inspired protein shake.

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Whoa Momma was it good!  I couldn’t keep my kids away from me!

Nutella & Banana Protein Shake

1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 scoop MRM protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp. Nutella
Ice
1/2 cup water
many shakes of cinnamon

Even though I didn’t workout yesterday my Bodybugg Stats were good!

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I am steadily making my way back down to my happy weight.  Over the summer my weight fluctuated up and down a lot but I gained a few pounds that need to pack up their bags and get the heck outta dodge!

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So back to this morning….BLERGH

It was a busy morning and I didn’t get to eat breakfast until after I had walked Aidan to school and taken care of a few things that needed my immediate attention.  So about 20 minutes before I left I scarfed down this…

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Nature’s Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel w/ 1 tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter.

Word of advice,  never “scarf down” your food, it’s unbecoming. Winking smile

So 20 min later I am trotting along the trail and my side cramps up like crazy….We have all had cramps before whilst working out right?  I usually can just run them off, breathe through it, whatever.  This lasted then entire 3 miles until I gave up and went home.  It started on my left side then moved it’s way to the middle.  I stopped, massaged the area, jogged a little while, it started up again.  I breathed deeply, tried to twist from side to side as I jogged.  I stopped and stretched some more.  Jogged along, it started again.  Then just when I thought I had gotten rid of it, it started on my right side.  I couldn’t even jog anymore, I had to walk it hurt so bad.  I usually jog 15 min down the trail, 15 back to the start, 15 down, 15 back and I am done.  By the time I got back to the start the first time, I was over it and went home. Sad day.

I really needed to get a lot done today so I suppose the extra time was good.  At least I got out there and got some exercise in, even if it wasn’t what I had wanted to do.  Annoyed

When I got home I tended to the housework I had left,  made 27 billion appointments for all of us & had a little snack

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Jamie Eason’s cinnamon protein bread and some Greek yogurt.

I should mention I tried doing her LiveFit program over the summer.  NOT for me.  I wish I could have stuck it out but I am a cardio QUEEN and not being able to do any cardio left me down right depressed.  Also, I could never eat that much food.  I really did give it an all out effort though, and I gained some much needed muscle.  I learned that I need to do more strength training and have since incorporated 2-3 days a week doing that.  In fact that’s my workout for tomorrow.  One of her upper body workouts plus some cardio of course! The lower body workout is a KILLER! Leaves me all shaky and wobbly.  I do adore Jamie Eason.

I am off to fold some laundry and go get the kiddos from school.  Wish me luck, the little one comes home in the foulest of moods.

I’ll show him this and he will be nicer.

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