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I strive for balance...

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strive..but don't always accomplish..I think that is alot of my fatty problem! See this?- Ohsheglows turned me onto banana soft serve...so good. A frozen banana, a handful of pitted bing cherries and a very small splash of vanilla into my food pro until smooth...delicious, nutritious, creamy, dreamy, Yum. But then I find websites like Big Red Kitchen....holy..if you haven't been there, go there, book mark it and TRY, just TRY not to make everything. It's all easy, and so far it's all so good...the above 'pie' is a BRK as are the sliders below! Not only were the pie and sliders AWESOME, they are super simple..which is just what I like! Cookie Dough pie package of Chips Ahoy container of Cool Whip 1 cup milk and 1 cup coffee together Get a pie pan-do a 3 second dunk on a cookie, shake off the excess, put in the pie pan. Line the pan with the dunked cookies. Break off pieces and squish to fit. Then put on a layer of Cool Whip. Then do another layer of dunked cookie…

so freaking cute.

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makes me sad summer is over. source

mushroom somethingoranother...

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This was another dinner of "what's in the fridge/freezer, no I haven't gone to the grocery yet, so let's pilage the pantry". Or WITFFNIHGTTGYSLPTP. Um..no. But trash can dinner sounds gross. I kinda like pilage the pantry though..maybe I'll go with that? Aaaannnnyyyway... Puff pastry, mushrooms, onions, cottage cheese, pork and beans, and cheese. Yes..pork and beans is on the list. I'm on a fiber kick, and we already know I like beans. So I take cans of beans, in this case it was pork and beans...I pick the little weird piece of meat out and rinse the beans, then use them in various stuff. Um..so this is how I put this together- Puff pastry-one 'hunk' out of the two hunk package (there was actually only ONE left anyway). I thawed it and unfolded it and baked it about 1/2 way done. Took 2/3 cup of cottage cheese and ran it through the mini chopper to make it more ricotta consistency. Added some parm (out of a bottle), some lemon zest, and some i…

Overnight Oats

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Just like with the Green Monster, I'm the last one to jump on this band-wagon too! But Whoa! New love! Well..old love rekindled? Let's see.. I LOVE oatmeal. Instant, old fashioned, all of the above. I do NOT love-cooking oatmeal. In fact I hate it. I never leave myself enough time in the morning to make it..so now with this little trick..I'll be eating my oats ALOT more often! 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup yogurt Mix it up and put it in the fridge. Then sometime in the night, while you are asleep the Oatmeal Fairy shows up and is able to open your fridge w/out the light coming on, and she climbs in there and does all the work of cooking them, and the clean up, then she wipes her little brow and flies away. In the morning you are left with some seriously creamy oats that taste great! What? You don't think there is an Oatmeal Fairy? I used Little Lady's 1% chocky nilk (that's 2 year old for chocolate milk), and some Boston Cream Pie yogurt. Top…

Bean burritos

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Easy dinner made from leftover beans! 1 cup of beans 1 cup of rice (cooked) 1 cup of salsa a-cupa, cupa, cupa! Oven on 375 This made 6 burritos. I just laid out the whole wheat tortilla put a little beans, but a little rice/salsa (I mixed them together), dash of cheese. Topped with a little more cheese once they were all wrapped up. Bueno! They were suprisingly light for bean burritos...must be the whole wheat tortilla! I had mine with a side salad (just bagged salad w/homemade hv ranch). I'm out of spinach and therefore..no green monsters for the past couple days. I can REALLY tell it in my energy and my mood! I feel so much happier when I drink them..and I find that very strange. I did a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds Dvd while the kids napped..despite the fact that I REALLY wanted to nap with them! Now I've got energy that I need to be using on laundry and dinner for tonight! I'm gonna go hop to it!

Some things I need...

1. a silpat, although I use parchment paper and that works fine. 2. new highlights, but they can really wait a few more weeks. 3. to lose about 60lbs, but that will take some time. 4. a piece of personalized jewelry with my babies names on it... notice THAT thing I need doesn't have an excuse for me to wait for! Right now there is a giveaway going on at Kitchen Belleicious and I REALLY want to win...but it's up to fate right? Unless you want to use YOUR entries to put my name in there..just sayin' *wink*. I have a Lisa Leonard ring with my daughter's name on it, and I love it..it doesn't fit right now (see #3) and that is sad to me. When I was pregnant I wore it on a chain on a necklace, but now that Little Man is here, I don't feel like it's fair to just wear something with HER name on it and not his too. Also..random..but I'm on Twitter now..so if you want to follow me there, that would be awesome! I'm still trying to get the hang of it..I'…

Chicken Ranch and Rice soup

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Last week I thought I was getting a cold. I felt sniffly, I felt run down, and there was one day where my stomach was just rebelling terribly. I needed something warm and comforting. I needed soup. I wish I could take credit for this..but I can't. It's a Picky Palate recipe. She's a genius. Get her original recipe HERE. I wish I took the time to do measured out recipes...but unless I'm baking, I don't. So if you jive on measures...go to her every time. But if you are a 'throw it in the pot' person like I am use her's as a guide like I did. Here is how I did it, with my own little Suzy-isms to make it my own. Onion, carrot, and celery in a little olive oil in a big soup pot. For me it was 1 onion (diced), about 3 carrots (peeled and diced) and about 4 thin pieces of celery (diced). For my chicken, I just thawed and pan fried (w/pepper and granulated garlic) about 7 chicken breast tenders, then I let them cool and chopped them up and set them to the side…

B is for Beans

I'm at work and I didn't take a picture of my lunch..so this post is sans photos..sorry! I want to talk about beans. I grew up with what we call "Soup" beans. It's not until I'm in year 5 of marriage that I finally have mastered cooking them as well as my parents do. Even Husband can cook them now too! Super simple- Bag of pinto beans into a pot of water, bring to a bowl, strain, put back in the bowl, cover with water, toss in a ham hock and let go on low for hours (adding water as needed). My favorite way to eat a bowl of beans is with chopped onion and hamburger meat. My Dad loves to eat them the way I do, but adds cornbread. My Mom doesn't like raw onions, so she just does meat and cornbread. I could have probably figured out the 'recipe' years ago..but I JUST converted Husband to soup beans about 6 months ago. Husband eats them more dry, and less soupy-with hamburger, onions, and mustard. Today for lunch I didn't have hamburger or onions..…

Favorite food day..

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Yesterday..everything I had was insanely good. And yes, I know it's terribly egotistical to heavily compliment my own stuff..but I was just so dang proud of everything! Not esp proud of the amount I consumed..but still! It started out with a GM...my favorite so far..I know, I know..I say that EACH time I come up with a new one..but this one was awesome! Baby spinach + frozen banana (those are my standard things that won't change from now on) Then a scoop of Amazing Grass (I'm still on the fence taste wise, but it's really good for you.) that I disolved in 12 oz of hot coffee (I'm so in love with my Keurig!) and a large spoonful of Nutella. Notice that the cup is almost empty? It's because I couldn't help but CHUG this thing! If I hadn't have been scared at what the excess caffeine and double dose of spinach would do to my stomach, I would have made another and more than likely drank it JUST as quickly! But let's talk about dinner a little bit...…

Italian, I guess...

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1-Don't judge me that we eat on styrofoam. 2-Sorry I don't have a 'real' title... This 'stuff' was good. Alot of cooking I do is very last second. When you are chasing a toddler around, working part time, AND have an infant...exhaustion is the word. But since I've got this stupid desire to be all Donna Reed and have a nice dinner prepared for my Husband nightly..even when I'm the walking dead, I usually pull out something good. And this was good. In it: Sweet Italian Turkey sausage (our new obsession is Turkey sausage!) sliced cremini mushrooms (1/2 a package) sliced onion (1 full) 2 handfulls of baby spinach 1 medium zucchini sliced some olive oil a large can of crushed tomato bag of tri color cheese tortellini (from the freezer section) salt, pepper, granulated garlic, a little sugar, and some italian seasoning. parmesean cheese for garnish and goodness Order in the big saute pan? oil->onions->sausage->mushrooms/zuccs then spinach and wil…

Honey Mustard chicken

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Just looks like a yellow mess right? Well it's a yummy mess! And SUPER easy to make. 6-8 chicken breast tenders (thawed) 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard lemon pepper Colby Jack cheese Bacon bits Oven at 400- sprinkle the chicken with lemon pepper, then put into baking dish. Combine mustard and honey, pour over chicken-bake for about 25-30 minutes. Then top with some cheese (I had shredded colby jack so that is what I used) and bacon bits. I served mine over rice, but this would be good with noodles too. Yum!