Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tonight I plan on relaxing in my nice, clean apartment with one of my girlfriends, making cookies, enjoying a delicious homemade dinner, and watching a movie. Sounds delightful and I can't wait for work to be over!
Mikey is also home so tomorrow I will venture out to B-town and enjoy his company! And aside from homework, I have nothing else planned...I think it will be a great weekend!
Next weekend we are having a big girl's weekend to celebrate my friend Emma's birthday so it will be nice to get some relaxing in this weekend!
And next weekend is the big game. Even though the Pack didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year, I still like to watch commercials...so that is my plan! I also found this great WW recipe that I may have to make for the game!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The messy room, but you can tell we are all starting to feel a bit more at home! (see cat laying on bed).
So while this is a work in progress, it has already come together so well and I can't wait to see the finished project! And of course have you all over for dinner!
Monday, January 23, 2012
So in some aspects of my life, I am turning into a bit of an old lady. But in other areas, I am the young whipper snapper I was my senior year of college!
P.S. And seriously, a break down of my alcohol intake so you can see that I really did not drink THAT much, and please keep in mind, this was over the course of 4 hours:
1 22 oz crispin (yum:)
1 ltr hard cider
1 lemon drop shot
I have no shame!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Last week I started to get back into the post holiday health kick. I took my new Garmin watch out for a run last Sunday and logged over 2 miles. I also did Body Pump last Wednesday at the Y...that class rocked! And I ate decent, up until this weekend. I didn't really get off track, but I also didn't track which I have learned can add to sneaky little points adding up real fast. I spent yesterday with my head on a pillow since it hurt to hold upright, but even a headache did not stop me from munching...ah the downfalls of a perpetual muncher. Such is life.
We got almost everything moved into our new apartment this weekend. Again, I was little help as I was dying from the inside out, but I did my best and with the help of some strong young men, we got so much done! There is literally maybe one car load left at D. Lo's...it feels wonderful to not have to do anymore heavy lifting mixed with stairs...although I am sure it is a great workout! Now all we have to do is turn on the tv and pound out unpacking boxes...this part is less stressful for me then the moving although I will get to the point where I just want everything unpacked! And since I was sick yesterday, I got ahead on some homework so now I can just go home, have dinner, and work on unpacking...slowly! I am even going to try to hit up body pump tomorrow after work! Can't lose site of my health!
And this brings me to my last thought for the day...I have my membership till the end of the month...since I am a student, I am able to do a three month discounted membership. I am mixed on signing up for another 3 months. It is costly, no matter the discount, and I am trying to get more running in (when I start running, I maybe see the gym once or twice a week-not worth the money). But on the other hand, I know I will not want to be running on freezing cold days. For sure this summer I will be great with my dvd's and the pavement...I am just up in the air about the next three months...feel free to let me know your thoughts!
P.S. I am going to make the 100% Irish for a Day 5k for my birthday a tradition and do it again this year...let me know if you are interested!!! I have some new running shoes that are ready for me to beat them up!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
And this is the lovely tree my parents put up!
Everyone, both human and animal, had a wonderfully blessed day filled with laughter and love.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Life is truly too short to waste time not enjoying what you eat. Sure we eat for fuel. Sure we eat for energy. But there is nothing wrong with eating for enjoyment. Like I said, Life is too short!
I found this great recipe for rice krispies. I make rice krispies often, generally forgoing any butter (crisco spray on my hand was about all I needed) but a little butter adds some flavor, I will admit! These are the perfect little treat and with such low point plus value, you can afford to splurge on 2!
Now here is one hell of a recipe that I found on pintrest! I made the recipe with 1 pound of rigatoni, 2 chicken breasts, boiled and then shredded and 2 cups of cheese and it came out to 12 pp per serving once I divided a 9X13 into 8 pieces. I kept the liquid in the tomatoes and spinach, and would consider adding another can of tomatoes. You can bring the pp level down to 11 by only doing 1.5 cups of cheese which is plenty...I just needed a cheese fix!
To make it even lighter, forgo the olive oil for cooking spray and use light cream cheese and real chives. This will bring the recipe down to 10 pp per serving but I have to preface though that oil is good for you, especially olive oil, so take the extra points and lube up that body!
Here is my version of the recipe from http://www.savingmoneylivinglife.com/
Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake
1 pound rigatoni
1 T olive oil
1 cup onion
1 (10oz) pack frozen spinach thawed
2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
1 can Italian diced tomatoes (I would almost double this next time)
1 8oz container chive and onion cream cheese
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 and 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Prepare pasta according to package. Add oil to the bottom of baking dish and add chopped onion in a single layer. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until tender.
Mix together spinach, tomatoes, and cream cheese. Add chicken, then add the entire mixture to the pasta. Once the onions are cooked, mix them in as well.
Place everything in the 9X13 baking dish. Cover the top with the cheese, cover with foil or a baking pan for 30 minutes at 375, then an additional 15 minutes uncovered. Yum!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The main wedding cake was a red velvet cake, and that recipe was not in the paper, but I used the paper recipes for the cupcakes and they were a hit. I thought I would share the recipes because they were wonderful and there is nothing like a homemade cake and frosting. The recipes were a bit time consuming, but not by much and the results were just delicious. I will have a hard time buying box mixes or jars of frosting from here on out.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Homemade Buttercream Frosting (Warning to all trying to eat healthy, you may not want to read this!)
Thursday, January 5, 2012
- Apple slices with peanut butter between them to create a sweet sandwich
- 0% Vanilla Greek yogurt and honey...add some cookies for texture (graham crackers or a tasty little treat I like to call a biscoff cookie!)
- Special K Pop Chips...2p+ per serving!
- Pop Chips 3p+ per serving
- Frozen banana, sliced, and blended with some chocolate sauce (1p+ and tastes just like ice cream!)
- Raspberries with honey drizzled on top...trust me, delish! (1p+ for honey)
- Diet root beer with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream (3p+)
- 3 cups light popcorn...sprinkle with fun seasonings! (3p+)
- Frozen grapes
- String cheese and fruit...add some nuts to bulk it up!
- Crackers and light cream cheese
- Chips and chunky salsa
Hope these healthy snacks help to motivate you and maybe get back on track after the holidays...I know they have helped me!
And as tonight is the 12th day of Christmas, it is time to take the tree down. I took down other decorations earlier this week, but waited until the last day of Christmas to bid farewell to the tree. It is always sad taking something down that provides so much comfort and joy, but the fact that it is up for only a short time each year keeps it a special, meaningful tradition. So with this natural deadline, the 12th day of Christmas, I will force myself to bid ado, until next December.
Merry Christmas...it has been a special and fun celebration!
The whole experience was fun, aside from a few additional fees that were not mentioned when we walked the place. Pet Rent! Give me a break! I thought I asked all the right questions but I guess I will add a few more to my list for future rental properties but whatev's...not enough to wreck my excitement!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
- Focus on my amazing marriage and count my blessings. I am married to my absolute best friend and I thank God daily for bringing us together and giving us (going on) 10 years together. I am looking so forward to what the future has in store for us!
- Continue to prioritize family and make sure that I stay in touch with family both near and far away!
- Continue running and working out
- Make eating healthy a priority again
- Read more books
- Enjoy the last two courses of my Master's education
- Attend more sporting events
- Take more walks...it doesn't always have to be a run.
- Continue to find good, healthy, tasty recipes!
- Work hard at work, and play hard outside of work.
- Don't sell myself short
- Let me friends know just how much they mean to me
- Try new restaurants
- Eat organic, cage free, grass fed as much as possible
- Tell funny stories
- Learn a rock star joke
- Go camping
- Play cards with my grandma
- Live everyday to the fullest...don't live with regrets
- Be more organized
- Keep a clean house
- Pamper my cats even more!
- Knit a blanket
- Take it all in