No Ray of Sunshine

I don’t know how to effectively express the frustration I feel over the selling of this house.  We have been SO close so many times.  Today we had two showings and one of them said they liked ours the best but are now considering building.  Will some one please stick a ^($*&%()#@#@$# fork in my eye now please?  I have had emotional break down after emotional break down, my stomach is in knots over the whole thing and I can’t sleep.  I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to throw in the towel.  We came VERY close last week after the people wrote a %(*^*&#()%^& offer but backed out last minute……I just feel we are so close and can’t give up now……Don't give upvia

So……give up I shall not…….

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Maybe I will start asking Luke to use the force…..

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Dinner last night was REALLY good.

I picked up a frozen dinner at this little grocery store we like to go to called ALDI.

It’s really hit or miss there but they have a lot of natural foods and are super inexpensive because you bag your own groceries and have to use a quarter to get a basket.  When you return your basket, you get your quarter back.  It’s kind of fun.  What?  Hey….. I said I am a simple girl!

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I ate the frozen dinner with some Wheat Thins and some chipotle hummus.  Later I had a  “no sugar added” (whatever that means) fudge pop for dessert.

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All I wanted to do today was lay in bed, watch T.V., read, sleep, watch T.V., sleep.  But no, at 7:30 am I get a phone call from the showing company requesting approval for an appointment at 11am.  I am so thankful we have lots of showings, but on the real…..I am REALLY over it.  Instead of being a complete sloth today I got my house show ready, got myself ready and we left for a few hours in the cold and rain.  Later we got a request for 3-4 so we ended up staying out all afternoon.  We went to Toys R Us to exchange some duplicate gifts, The Children’s Place for some new jeans and then AIDAN got a treat for being so good.  I will choose not to speak about Luke today.  Let’s just say 11 yr. old boys (well MY 11 yr. old boy) would rather clean toilets than go shopping for clothes.  I try to get them things while I am out by myself,  but because he has grown about a foot in the last 4 months, I am not ever sure of his size.  He pretty much hates me at this point in the day.  It’s ok….I have the power to withhold an Itouch until I feel like giving it back.  Right now…..NEVER.  He is darn lucky that Jeremy is the single most patient man IN THE WORLD…..that’s not an exaggeration either.

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Anyway……

Like I said my stomach has been in knots so I haven’t been the best example of a highly nutritious eater as of late…..

Breakfast

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I got these for the boys but it’s the only thing that sounded good to me this morning.

Chobani Greek Yogurt bite in Raspberry with Dark Chocolate.  I added a serving of almonds.  It was superb!!!  I have been trying to avoid the Greek yogurts because they are so high in sugar but I love this smaller portion.   It was the perfect thing this morning.

I skipped lunch….don’t judge me…..but brought one of these for when my appetite returned later.

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I am queen of the bars lately! This one was REALLY good!  Like a brownie!

Odwalla  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

After our horrific afternoon I needed a pick me up…..

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A Starbucks Misto to make it all better.

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When I got home I got an itch to make homemade Lara Bars!

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I used the recipe from DAMY for the pecan pie Larabar. For the other, I am proud to say I made my own creation and it wasn’t a complete mess.

Using the measurement rules from her site I put together the following:

Peanut Butter Pecan Larabars

1/3 cup pitted chopped dates

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

dash of cinnamon

dash of sea salt

Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 bars

170 calories; 13g carbs; 13g fat; 3g fibers; 10g sugars; 3 protein

I ate countless dates, almonds and pecans which was the best part of my experiment as well as tasting the end product.

I am about ready to call it a day.  After sleeping for about zero hours last night PLUS a nightmare…..I am exhausted. 

I thank the Lord for new days

His Mercyvia

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Weekend Recap (Recipes Galore)

Saturday

I think I left off yesterday before I ate lunch.

Lunch

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2% Strawberry-Banana Chobani w/ 2 tbsp. homemade granola, 2 light rye Wasa Crackers with turkey and Sargento’s Ultra Thin Colby Jack cheese.

Dinner

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Taste Of Home Southwest Vegetarian Bake

This the second recipe I have made from my new cook book “Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet”.  This is an INCREDIBLE recipe!  From the crunch of the red onion to the slightly smoky taste, to the cheese.  Man oh man.  It’s a second new Go-To recipe.  It was so simple and easy to make.  You can find the recipe by clicking on the blue text above.

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For dessert I made Hungry Girl’s Chocolate Chip Softies. These were good!  They reminded me of a healthy breakfast cookie/muffin. They aren’t like life changing or any thing but are very good for a girl who has a raving sweet tooth!

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Sunday

Since Jeremy is on vacation this week I took advantage of it and I got myself up at 5am and went for a 5 mile run in the dark.  It was marvelous and slightly cold!  I got chased by some armadillo, chased away about 5 bunnies and I admired the cobalt blue sky as the sun was beginning to rise. The moon was an incredible shade of pink/orange.  I do love me some early morning runs!  I see things I never would otherwise.

Running = Cheaper Than Therapy

Went went to the early service at church and then went to eat breakfast at our favorite, Sweet Tomatoes

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Breakfast focaccia bread, some sort of Mexican egg thing that I wasn’t crazy about and potatoes O’Brien.  SO YUM!

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Donut Muffin, waffle, French toast, baked cinnamon apples, cinnamon roll, and a blueberry muffin.  I also had some vanilla nut flavored coffee that was delicious!

As usual, I was full but unsatisfied because the food is SO delicious and I just wish I could have a to-go box for later.  Thumbs down I think I just need to go eat there more often.

After lunch we went looking for a pair of running shoes for Jeremy.  This was his Father’s Day gift.  After 5 stores over the last week and one last one today….we finally found some at Sports Authority.  We are a picky bunch aren’t we?

After a little cat nap it was time to make some cookies for Daddy!

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Gina’s Skinnytaste Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is to-die-for.  They come out crispy, chewy, and super delicious! My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Today I doubled the batch so I could take some to Jeremy’s dad tomorrow.

Speaking of…..we are driving to Abilene in the morning to meet up with Jeremy’s parents.  The boys are spending the week with them in Lubbock!  Jer and I will be sans kids for 5 1/2 days!!!!  HOLLA!  We don’t have a whole lot planned but just being able to speak complete sentences to each other will be glorious enough!

Leftover Weekend

Well that weekend flew by as usual.  Prince Charming was off this Saturday so that made it go by even quicker.  We never made it to bootcamp Saturday morning.  We stayed up until past midnight Friday so an 8am class was not happening.  In fact we didn’t workout at all, instead we slept in until 8:30, it was so wonderful.

Saturday

Breakfast was just a banana and then for lunch I had some leftover pizza from Friday night.

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I wanted needed to go to the mall to look at some new frames for my glasses (why do I have to be so picky?) but still haven’t found any I really like.  I also had a coupon for Bath & Body Works.  They were having their buy 3 get 3 free so I wanted to take advantage of that amazing sale!  I ended up with Aruba Coconut….OH EM GEE WOW, Secret Wonderland and Malibu Heat.  It was really hard to pick those because everything smelled so good!  I also got some Wallflowers in Twilight Woods that were 2 for $6.  HOLLA!  I am set for the summer and then some!

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For some reason I was feeling fat on Saturday.  Yes, it still happens.  Hitting your goal weight isn’t some magical place where everything is now perfect.  But this was the perfect dress that day.  I love these types of dresses in the summer because they keep me super cool and they don’t stick to anything inappropriately.  Except you do have to remember to watch your legs getting in the car that has leather seats….OUCH!

Dress: Fossil

Shoes: Target

Cuff: Church gift shop

Bangle:  ??? Charming Charlie??? American Eagle? I had been missing it for about 6 months because I left it at Cheryl’s house but she returned it to me last weekend!  It was like I had a new piece!!

Of course we had to get our obligatory cookie.

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Chewy Double Chocolate Pecan something err other….All I know is it was heaven in my mouth.  No….a party in heaven in my mouth.

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Aidan with his usual M&M cookie.

We didn’t spent too long shopping because I needed to get back home and start a yummy dinner!

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Aidan and I split the Taste of Home Garden Turkey Burger on a Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Bun & 2 Shape Magazine  Zucchini Cakes

The burger was freaking awesome!  I used lean ground turkey but it was so moist I could have used the extra lean which is what I prefer.

The Zucchini cakes were not very good.  But, I think with a few tweaks they would be amazing as well.  They were incredibly salty.  That may have been partly my fault because  A) I am not sure I used a large enough zucchini and B) I am not sure the Adobo spices I had were what the recipe meant.

The next time I make these I will be sure to use a bigger zucchini or two smaller ones, and only 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo spices.

Here are the links to those recipes:

Garden Turkey Burgers

Zucchini Cakes

For dessert I made this:

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Better Homes and Garden Peach Berry Cobbler

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Jeremy had two helpings of this Saturday night and then had more when he got home from work last night…..I on the other hand didn’t like it at all.  It is a good recipe, the biscuit topping was so good, but it was WAY overboard on raspberries. It was incredibly tart. I will make this again just either use half the raspberries or leave them out completely.  This would be superb over some vanilla ice cream but that would defeat the low calorieness of it.  So my advice would be to reduce the amount of raspberries unless you are a huge fan of them and then leave it as is.

Here is the link for the cobbler:

BHG Peach-Berry Cobbler

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Sunday

Sunday was our long morning at church so the rest of the day was spent doing pretty much nothing.

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For breakfast I had another banana and also a Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Bar in peanut crunch.  Yummy as usual!

Lunch was more leftover pizza!  It’s so good despite the less than stellar crust!

And for dinner???? Yep!  Aidan and I split a burger!  I do love me some leftovers!  I love to cook but it’s nice to have leftovers! That recipe makes 6 burgers so we still have two that I put in the freezer for a week when I am just not up to cooking!

That brings us to today!

Breakfast

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1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin with 1 tbsp. Justin’s Hazelnut Butter and a sprinkle of chia seed, Dannon Traditional Strawberry Greek yogurt.

Then it was time for my spin class!  Excellent again!

Lunch was…….drumroll

LEFTOVER PIZZA!

It takes a while to eat an entire pizza by yourself! There are only two pieces left so it should be gone by tomorrow!

I do have a lasagna and some pesto muffins on the menu for tonight so things should be a little more interesting around here tomorrow!

Well, I have had to set the timer for 4 timeouts…scratch that, make it  5…. so far today so I better get these boys occupied with something to do beside fighting!  I think a trip to the library is in store and maybe my beloved happy place……Target!

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Target

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Oh, why YES! Yes I WOULD!!!

They both have money to spend so it shouldn’t be too incredibly torturous!

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I saw this today on Facebook from a blog called The Gracious Pantry.

I love it!

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Winking smile

Good Day!