Quick post today because I'm really tired. I spent the better part of the day about an hour away, shopping with my mom & aunt. We had a great time and a yummy lunch at Noodles & Co. It was my first time there and you bet your bottom dollar I'll be going back!
Our meals are pretty plain & simple this week. Tomorrow, I'm starting a 10-day herbal cleanse program. It's not a liquid fast (heaven knows I need to chew), but there are a few dietary restrictions I'll be following to help the process. Honestly, most of the "restrictions" are really common sense things I should be applying to my eating habits on a normal basis so it's not that bad.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Our Trick or Treat was last Thursday. The first year we lived here I bought 5 bags of candy...and had 4 trick or treaters. The sidewalk doesn't extend out to our house and I didn't realize how that would influence the foot traffic. Since then, the tradition has been to go to my sister-in-law's house for the festivities. Peanut is still a little backwards around new people so we decided to help pass out candy there again this year rather than go door-to-door. My husband did take her to 3 of my sister-in-law's neighbors' houses, but they had to bring the candy out to her because she refused to go any further than the sidewalk.
Peanut was Minnie Mouse...minus ears, shoe covers & bow. So basically, she wore a red polka-dot dress (made by my mom), black leggins & a black long-sleeved shirt. Oh well. She was the cutest little earless mouse you've ever seen. :)
I've missed the last few Menu Plan Mondays. Life happened and things just got too hectic for me to be able to sit down and type up a post. I'm excited to be back with this week's plan, though!
Yesterday we celebrated my grandmother's 96th Birthday! She's one of the most inspirational people I know. She still teaches needleart at the local senior center 2 days per week. If you ask her, she "teaches crafts to old people." :) Anyone who has ever asked where I get my spitfire need look no further than my grandma. <3
Next Sunday we're celebrating Peanut's 2nd birthday! I have a LOT to get done this week, but I'm enjoying every second of the planning process. I'll be sure to share pictures of the event.
I'm loving the CrossFit games on ESPN. I saw them for the first time last week and was instantly hooked. I've DVR'd every showing since then. I can't decide if these people are insane or totally awesome. Or both.
I'm loving this Grinch-inspired subway art. How early is too early to put out Christmas decor?
Okay. Back to fall. I'm loving these placemats from Crate & Barrel.
I'm loving the new show Pan Am. The 1960s fashion makes me swoon, the acting is great and the plot is much deeper than I'd expected. My husband loved it too so definitely not just a chick flick.
Again I'm (current) pictureless, but I'm loving my husband and our little Peanut more than words can begin to express.
Hard to believe it's the last week of September, isn't it? We have a less-busy-than-usual week because this is the off week for the church small groups we host. With the extra time, I'm hoping to get caught up on a few crafts and organizing projects.
This has been a favorite dish in our house since we were newlyweds. Now, even Peanut likes them! They're quick, easy, healthy and full of flavor. The leftovers reheat very well so sometimes I'll make a double batch. They're also great for the freezer.
Chicken meatballs are on regular rotation in our household so we switch up the way they're served to keep from getting bored. Put them on sub rolls with pizza or BBQ sauce. Toss them into your favorite spaghetti sauce (I usually make the meatballs smaller or cut them into fourths for this.) and serve over pasta. Put them atop a salad. They're even great as an appetizer for parties. Football, anyone? :)
3/4 cup plain, dry breadcrumbs
1 pound lean ground chicken
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use reduced fat.)
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a medium baking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Let stand until the milk softens the crumbs, 2 to 3 minutes. With your hands, mix well.
3. Split the mixture into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
4. Place the meatballs at least 1/4 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake until no longer pink inside, about 12 to 15 minutes.
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I'm loving that I get to go to my very first Zumba small group at church tomorrow! Yep. You heard me right. One hour of Zumba and one hour of Bible study. I've been a lover of both for a really long time so throwing them together can only be awesome!
I'm loving fall. Everything about it: cooler temps, crisp air, football, changing colors. Here's a pic a took on my run today:
I'm loving the Levi 512 Secretly Slimming jeans I bought last week. They help suck you in (without making you feel like you can't breathe) and allow for a cleaner silhoutte. Bonus: They come in short sizes!
I'm loving that HGTV is publishing a magazine starting Fall 2011!
I'm loving this olive/purple color combo for fall:
I'm loving these Garnet Hill riding boots. I'm loving all the equestrian-inspirted boots for fall. They take me back to my days of showing horses.
I'm loving all 4 of the brand new headband designs from Gussy Sews. She's hosting agiveaway for not one. Not two. Not three, but ALL FOUR headbands over on her blog. Hurry to enter, though! It's ending soon.
I'm loving that The Biggest Loser is back on TV! I know people typically have a strong opinion one way or the other about this one. Before my weight loss I HATED it. I thought they were making fun of overweight people and that it was degrading. Looking back, I think I was just too embarassed to face the reality of myself and just how badly I'd let myself go. Now I'm a huge fan of the show and find it incredibly inspiring. There are two new trainers this year. I've always liked Anna Kournikova and now I'm really liking Dolvett. He's an awesome trainer and (close your ears, husband) supah hot! :)
I'm loving Tervis Tumblers! These work for both hot or cold beverages. There are a ton of sizes and designs to choose from. You can even buy accessories such as lids (travel, straw, sippy, etc.) and handles as add-ons. Here are my two favorites:
Speaking of drinks, I'm loving Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. I'm not a big beer drinker. There are a few I like and this one tops the list.
More than anything, I'm loving being a wife and mommy to my wonderful husband and daughter. I don't have any pics to share from this week so let this be sufficient: <3
Welcome back for another episdoe of Menu Plan Monday!
With the cooler weather, we've taken a turn toward more comfort foods. Most of the time comfort foods = lots of carbs & butter. While I do enjoy both of these things, we try to keep our comfort foods on the healthy side. Whole grains, lean proteins, reduction in use of butter or unhealthy oils and bulking up our meals with veggies definitely helps. My husband is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy and he actually prefers my lightened-up versions of most recipes.
Monday: Chicken Meatball Subs, Salad (rollover from last week)
It's going to be a busy week! My husband and I are each leading a small group at church and they begin this week. They're always fun, but in the beginning it takes some time to settle into the routine of things. We're both excited to have been asked to serve for this semester of life groups and really hope we can share in fun and fellowship with the members of our groups.
My birthday is on Thursday. I've never been a huge "WOOHOO it's my birthday!" kind of person. I do like to use the day to reflect and give myself a little pat on the back for what I've done so far and smile about all that's in store for the future. I am looking forward to a fun date day with my husband on Saturday to celebrate!
Just hopping on here for a quick menu post. We hauled the camper home early this afternoon and spent the rest of the day recovering from our weekend camping outing. It was a blast, but we're all exhausted.
My husband is back to being home for dinner! Most of the time he doesn't have much of an opinion when it comes to menu planning, but this week he had a few requests. Of all things, he said he's been craving Hamburger Helper. This isn't one of our usual (or ever, really) meals, but I'm happy to oblige since I'm so glad to finally have him back at the dinner table.
Can you smell it? Can you feel it? FALL IS COMING!!! Saturday evening we built a fire in the outdoor fire pit and guess what I was wearing? Jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. It was wonderful. Summer is alright, but fall is definitely my favorite time of year.
Three days of my menu this week (Fri-Sun) have been planned for our camping trip. I'm excited for the little get-away and the long weekend means an extra day we get to spend with DH.
Monday:Bangin' Good Shrimp, whole wheat couscous, lima beans
NOTE: I know I'm *supposed* to be doing meatless Monday, but I'm swapping it for Tuesday this week. :) Tuesday: Chipotle (Vegetarian Bowl)
Wednesday: Turkey Burgers, Baked Potato
Friday: (at camp) Foil Dinners
Saturday: (at camp) Smoked Pork & Turkey, Cole Slaw, Baked Black Beans, Pasta Salad, Veggie Tray and whatever other sides people bring
Sunday: wedding reception BBQ
In addition to our meals for the week, I'm also going to be making a freezer meal for our new pastor and his family. They're moving in this week and we want to make sure they have at least one week of heat & eat meals. I'm still not 100% sure what to make since I've never met them and don't really know their tastes. So far I know others are doing baked ziti and ingredients for tacos.
Any ideas for other freezer meals that would be a hit with any crowd?
Whew! I'm managing to squeeze in a late post this evening. It's another edition of (drumroll please)...
I'm lovingThe Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Peanut and I went there yesterday and had an amazing time! I'm so glad we bought a season pass. It expires at the end of this month, but we're definitely renewing. The zoo is so well-maintained, the staff is knowledgable and friendly and the amount of things to see and do are astounding. Thank you, Jack Hanna!
And I'm loving my little safari buddy. She is just the sweetest thing ever and we had such a fun day together. This is her with the statue of the baby elephant, Beco.
I'm loving the 60-Second Manicure Hand Scrub from Bath & Body Works. I received it as a Christmas gift, but hadn't used it yet. My friend Kim told me about it's amazing powers so I dug it out of my medicine cabinet and gave it a whirl. It's heavenly.
I'm loving The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I finished it on Monday. It's one of the most well-written books I've read for a long time. I didn't like the ending, but the rest of the book was absolutely amazing. No, I won't be seeing the movie in the theater because I hate going there. I'll wait for it to come out on DVD, but I don't have high expectations of it living up to the book. Have you read it? What did you think?
I'm lovingOrly Bonder. It's a rubberized basecoat and it makes my DIY manicures last much longer.
I'm loving this Women's Boyfriend Cardigan from American Eagle. The website doesn't show this color anymore. Maybe I'd settle for it in navy?