Thinking Out Loud. Really Loud.

I have a million things running through my brain at a speed so fast I can’t keep up.  Every emotion that can be named and probably even a few that have yet to be discovered are being felt right now.  We are T-minus 2 weeks now till Ian boards an airplane for uncharted territory.  This mama’s heart both rejoices in his new adventures and mourns the loss all at once.  I am trying my best to contain all of the emotions when I am around him.  I am sure he is feeling enough of his own without having to deal with mine as well.  All of this stuff in my brain makes me very thankful that today is Thursday and I can empty some of what is filling this gray matter so that I may have more room for alloftheemotions.

First, I received my first graze box.  These things are so good!

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We’ve tried the brooklyn bites.  Delicious.  I haven’t tried the rest yet.  I will probably take them for roadtrip snack this weekend.  I also included a picture of the inside of the box.  I just wanted to go in there for a couple of hours with a good book. Isn’t it beautiful??? Also, if you would like to receive your first and your fifth box free, use code KTMDQ5P6E (this is a reward code and I do receive credit for each person who uses this code, however, I love these boxes either way!)

Next in my brain, I recently tried hemp hearts for the first time and I am now addicted.  I want you to become addicted as well, so please go here and enter my giveaway. Also, if you can’t wait that long and you want to order some NOW, you can use code HHSweatPink14 to receive a 20% discount through November 30.  (I receive nothing for you using this code, as a matter of fact, I’m sure I’ll use it as well!)

Now, my friend (am I a stalker if she doesn’t know we are friends???) Emily has a wonderful post talking about foods you would normally eat because you think they are healthy but ALAS, they are not! I get stuck in the nutbutter trap.  GIVE ME THE PEANUT BUTTTTAAAAHHHH!!!

This weekend, we are traveling to the half way point between my family and us to meet for the weekend.  My mom wants to spend time with Ian before his departure.  A family thing came up that made it impossible for them to be here for the week of so… this is the next best thing.

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That is all I have at the moment.  As SOON as I hit publish, I will think of 5 more things I need to say! You will have to just wait for those thoughts.  Now, head on over to Amanda’s house and give her some love.  If you have a blog and want to empty your noggin, feel free to join the party!

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Hemp Hearts

The legalities: I was sent a sample of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts for review through my partnership with FitApproach.  I did not receive any other compensation and all opinions are my own.

I have always been one who is not fond of different textures.  Therefore, I’ve never been fond of different seeds added to smoothies or foods and such.  Some things were just not meant to have chunks, know what I mean? Anyway, when I was given the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, I figured why now!? It can’t be that bad, yes?

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I decided it to sprinkle a tablespoon onto a container of Key Lime Greek Yogurt.  I needed a little taste of summer, ya know? It took my afternoon snack from healthy yogurt to Key Lime Pie! The hemp hearts gave it the flavor of pie crust.  They have a dynamic nutty taste that is great! These would also be great sprinkled on ice cream, but I can’t get past the yogurt.  I bought some pumpkin pie yogurt and I am very excited to taste them on that!

Not only are they delicious, they are also extremely nutritious! From their website: 30 g of hemp hearts have 10 G protein, 10 G Omega 3 and 6 and only 3 G carbs.  This is power packed.

Manitoba Harvest has graciously agreed to send a reader a bag of hemp hearts.  To win, simply leave a comment telling me how you are excited to try them. They have also given 20% off discount to all readers using code HHSweatPink14 through November 30. 

**the give away will close 10/25 and a winner will be announced 10/26

 

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Fish Tacos

So.  I’ve talked about these a couple of times across social media since Sunday night.  I do enjoy fish tacos.  If it is on the menu, 9 times out of 10, I will choose it as my entrée.  I’ve never made them myself.  Until now.  You see, we got on a fish kick in my house a few weeks back and it seemed that we were having fried fish nearly weekly.  Fish is the only food I will fry.  Not sure why, I’ve just never been a fan of hot bubbling grease atop my stove. 

Anyway, the last time I cooked fish, catfish to be exact, I bought them at the grocery store and invited my father in law to eat with us.  I was proud of myself.  He is the “fish fryer” of the family.  I was frying my fish just as good as he can.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, on the night he eats with us, the fish were less than stellar.  He said it was the belly portion and that is the portion you don’t want to eat.  I’m not a fish monger so I have no idea.  Well, Kevin stops by his house for a visit nearly every afternoon so the next afternoon, after his visit, he comes in with a pack of fish sent to me by his dad.  This is fish caught down in Morgan City by Kevin’s uncle.  GOOD fish.  There was no way these tasty morsels were being dunked into hot grease! They had to be cooked in a fashion where their taste would shine through! It HAD to be fish tacos!

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Ingredients:

Tortillas

1 lb boneless fish (I used catfish)

Coleslaw mix

parmesan cheese

Old Bay Seasoning

Asian Dressing:

1/2 clove garlic

1 T soy sauce

2 t Rice Vinegar

1/2 c olive oil

1/2 t sesame oil

For the Asian dressing, I used this recipe, left out the salt and pepper and used 1/2 t of refrigerated minced garlic, put it in my dressing shaker jar and shook.  You can definitely 1/2 this recipe as a little goes a long way.

Rinsed and spread fish on a cookie sheet, then sprinkle generously (or to taste) with the Old bay.  Bake on 400* 25 minutes.  (if you fish are smaller or larger, you may need to adjust this time)

While the fish is baking, heat each side of each tortilla in a dry pan over low heat.  I then placed them all back into the pan and they stayed warm until they were ready to be assembled. 

Please fish in center of tortilla, top with a handful of slaw mix, a drizzle of dressing and 1 T of shredded parmesan. 

I enjoyed 2 tacos with a side of tortilla chips and salsa and was stuffed. 

Let me know if you make this and how you like it!!

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Friend Makin Monday

Happy Monday friends! I hope this day treated you well.  I know sometimes Monday gets a bad wrap and can be known as somewhat of a jerk.  My Monday was not too bad.  So far.  There are still a few hours before bedtime but I’m going to think positive!

On Monday’s we like to have a little getting to know you sesh so let’s get right to it, shall we?

                                

My friend Sarah is the host (who is returning today from visiting her family across the pond! Welcome back, Sarah!) so head over there to see what she on everyone else had to say to these questions!

1. If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? Um… this one is tough.  Allergies are no fun! I am currently allergic to the drug erythromycin so I think I’m just going to stick with that.  It’s fairly easy and I just let the doctor know so I’m not prescribed this for any reason.  I’m just happy not being allergic to much!

2. If you sat next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about? This is easy! I would definitely thank him.  For saving me for my husband and my husband for me.  For making me Ian’s mama.  For my mom and family. There is so much strife and grief in life but we have so much to be thankful for.  I am so thankful!!

3. If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now? I would be a full-time social media something or other.  And work with communities to educate the less than privileged regarding healthy choices in the grocery store.  Oh my gosh that is my dream!!

4. If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? Probably my wedding day.  That was an amazing day that I would love to savor over and over.

5. If you could eat your favorite food right now, what would it be? Just one? With no consequences? Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.  Not pumpkins, hearts or even the cups.  It would have to be EGGS!

6. If you could learn any skill, what would it be? I would love to be a dancer.  Not on TV or famous or anything, just a good dancer that doesn’t look like a weeble wobble at weddings.

  Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!!!

7. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months, and could only take three personal items, what would they be? Hmmmm.  Do I have access to the internet? I’d say my iPad, my day planner and my coffee pot (with coffee and creamer as this counts as one item!)

8. If you could buy a car right no (money no object) what would it be? Buick Enclave

9. What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? Mickey Mouse.  Because he’s Mickey, duh!

10. Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? Yes! My first name, Alma, is after my grandma.  She is VERY special!

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Thank you for reading! Please pick one question from above and answer in the comments! If you have a blog, we would love to have you join the party! Just remember to link up so everyone can enjoy your answers!!

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Food and Fitness Plan

Happy Sunday Friends! I have had a great week, an even better weekend and I am so excited to see what this new week is going to bring!

Fitness wise this past week wasn’t stellar as I still had a pretty bad cough.  I did walk slowly a couple of days while Ian ran.  The first day, it started raining almost as soon as we began and the second day, I just strolled until he was finished running.  I didn’t get very far because I was walking slower than a turtle could crawl, however, I did NOT want to start a cough because it hurt! I have just barely small cough left so tomorrow should begin a completely normal week, crossing all available appendages I do not jinx myself!

Yesterday, Kevin, Ian and I spent the afternoon and evening running the roads.  There is a Popeye’s buffet here in town and it was on Ian’s bucket list before he leaves for basic training.  I was hoping they would have a baked chicken option.  Alas, they did not! It was good but man! If you have fried food after not having unhealthy foods for a while, your digestive system WILL rebel! Guaranteed!

IMG_6628Ian completely enjoyed it and that was the goal!

We then went to a new ice cream parlor in town.  It is called Sub Zero. It was fun to watch.  Kevin did some plumbing work there so we had coupons for 2 free small cups.  They were not small at all!

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It was so much fun to watch! It begins with a base of your choice, custard, yogurt, premium, low-fat, non dairy or soy/rice.  They have any flavor you can imagine and tons of mix-ins.  Everything is mixed in the liquid base and then frozen with nitrogen.

IMG_6630IMG_6631IMG_6633IMG_6635  I was not sure which base I wanted so the girl making mine chose for me and gave me custard.  It was beyond delicious and not the highest in calories of all the bases.  I was pleased!

Once we were done with our ice cream, we still had an hour or so before we were due for a bowling date, so we chose to walk around Sam’s and then our new Whole Foods.  Yes. We walk around grocery stores for fun.  As a family.  Sad? Maybe but it is FUN!

IMG_6637At Sam’s, we found this fire pit.  I NEED this! How much fun would it be to grill a steak on this thing?

We finally made it to the bowling alley for 9 PM glow bowling (!).  This is LATE for this old lady! We ended up bowling 2 games and didn’t get home until 12:30 AM.  Crazy, yes?

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So much fun and so many memories to lock in my vault for when I’m missing my baby boy!

Now, onto the coming week!

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I’m going to do a repeat of the fitness I’ve tried to accomplish for the last two weeks to see if I could actually do it this time!

Monday: Walk/Run Interval (WRI), convict conditioning

Tuesday: WRI, Yoga

Wednesday: WRI, Convict Conditioning

Thursday: WRI, Yoga

Friday: WRI, Yoga

Saturday: Bike/WRI

Sunday: Rest day

This weeks meals: fish tacos, beef stew, bbq ribs breakfast, chicken n beans, pork steaks, chicken alfredo. 

We do have the Cotton Festival in town this week so we may head up there this weekend.  If we do, a meal may be had there.  Not sure what they will have to offer outside of fair food.  I’ve never been to one before. 

Did you have great week? Give me one highlight from your weekend. 

As always, head over to the always awesome Racheal’s blog and see what everyone is up to for this upcoming week. 

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Happy 95th Birthday Grandma!!!

So… There is a lady. I want to tell you a little bit about her because she is the reason our family is as wonderful as it is..  To this day, my husband rubs my back at night so I can go to sleep, thanks to her because when I was little (I don’t even remember I was so small) I was told she would rub my back to get me to sleep.  I was one of those pleasant children who fought sleep.  Still do.  Sleep is useless! I stayed with her when I was small and my mom would work.  I was rotten! I was the baby and still am! Not technically but I’m still Grandma’s baby, although I’m sure each of us feel the same way.  I have 12 cousins, we all have spouses and 23 children between us and some of those kids have kids (11 great great grands, I think).  This is no small family!  She makes each of us feel special in a way like no other.  I am sure I’m the specialist though.  But we won’t tell anyone else. 

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It has always been Grandma’s job to take care of everyone and everything, and she took that job seriously.  Even if it WASN’T, in fact, her job, she still took care of it all.  She is a nurturer by nature.  She always had someone’s child at the house she was taking care of.  By the time I came along, my papa was already in bad health.  He was a diabetic and she made it her mission to make sure his diet was spot on.  She would cook and measure his foods so he was able to eat what he liked.  Every morning for breakfast, there was eggs, grits, bacon and toast.  That is still, to this day, one of my favorite meals and we have it most Thursday nights for dinner.  I’m sure she knew he would sit under the grapevine and send one of us (usually me) to the store to get an RC and a moon-pie so she would make provisions in his meals so he would be able to “sneak” this treat and enjoy it. That is the kind of person she is, a giver.

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Looking back now, I know she struggled financially, but I never knew! We always were happy and never wanted for anything.  If I asked for money to go to the store down the street, that money appeared for somewhere.  She must have had a special grandma purse that was never empty. 

Dee and grandma weddingMe and grandma at my wedding

When we moved to another town, grandma would come stay with us on the weekend and later, moved in with us. We would lay in bed at night and chit chat, cut up, giggle like teenagers.  When I got my driver’s license and wanted to go “ride the strip uptown”, I enjoyed going with my friends, but my favorite person to go with was Grandma! She LOVED riding uptown! Anytime I wanted to go anywhere, she was game! Sistergirl LOVES to ride!

grandma and boots dancing at weddingGrandma and my uncle dancing at my wedding

As I was discovering I could potentially be in labor and was heading to the hospital, Grandma got word one of her sisters had passed away.  Grandma went to her family, but you better believe she was at the hospital before Ian made his grand entrance! She never had a driver’s license but she was always, without fail, where she felt she needed to be.

grandma children at wedding Grandma with all of her children and their spouses at my wedding.

No matter what I’ve needed, Grandma is one person, without fail, I know I could go to.  I am so blessed to be able to call her Grandma and I am SO grateful she made my mama! She had the perfect recipe for that one, I tell ya!

So, from Alma Denise to Alma Louise, I wish you the happiest of birthdays ever!! I love you Grandma!

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Goals

Happy October! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year! It is so warm.  Not temperature wise, but soul-wise! The fireplaces are going to be lit shortly, it’s time to get into the kitchen and start planning holiday menus, PUMPKIN BAKING, I think as a whole, peoples spirits just warm up this time of year and I LOVE it!

At the same time, we have 92 days left in 2014.  I do not want to exit this year with regret.  I want to spend these last days doing all that I should have been doing for the last 9 months to make me the best me possible! I am sick of being sick.  I am going to make some goals for this month and over the next few days, I’m going to make some goals for the next 90 days.  Some of them may be the same, some may be switched around. 

My first 2 challenges for this month are from the ShrinkingJeans site:

H2October challenge and the Push Up Challenge, I’m also going to track my food every day this month.  That is of the utmost importance because I’ve got some stressful days coming.  This is the month Ian ships to basic training.  We will be traveling, eating out, celebrating and it’s going to be tough.  It’s going to take planning and discipline! I can and will do this!  I‘m also going to improve my time and distance for walk run intervals.  How much? NO IDEA! Just some kind of improvement! 

I did hit the pavement today because my cough is nearly gone.  Almost as soon as we got out there, it started raining.  I feel cursed!

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The trail we walked on is at our community hospital.  It is very pretty.  They have an outside trail and in the center, is a squiggly trail.  We shall try again tomorrow!

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I will be back tomorrow! I have a VERY special post planned for tomorrow.  Please be sure and come back because I need your help!! It is fun, I promise and it will warm YOUR heart to help me! Guaranteeeed!

What rule do you follow regarding cardio when you aren’t feeling well? I had a BAD cough so I was sidelined for 2 weeks.  JUST when I made a doctors appointment I I woke up feeling much better! Imagine that!

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