Jasper’s 1st Birthday

Edited to add: it is now Tuesday night and I’ve been asleep practically since I’ve been home, unless I was working.  After a major traffic jam and detour over a REALLY bad bridge (I HATE bridges!) we finally made it home after 16 hours in the car!

This has been a whirlwind weekend.  As I type this, Ian and I are traveling back home on Monday morning (Ian is driving, duh!).

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Ian and I left at about 530 Friday morning to make the journey to Florida for my nephew’s 1st birthday party.  When I woke up about 430, it was storming very bad.  I am not a relaxed traveler so traveling in that kind of weather would make it worse.  I looked at the radar and we would be riding in that weather for about 6 hours.  I seriously contemplated not going.  In the end, I put on my big girl panties and got ready.  The radar did not lie and we were in seriously bad weather from our house to almost the Alabama/Florida line.  When I finally let Ian take over at that point, I had been so tense, I felt like I had a knife sticking under my right shoulder blade.  It is still knotted.  I did get some Tiger Balm, however, I never used it.  Turns out, it doesn’t work if it remains in the tub you buy it in.  Imagine that!

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Despite the bad weather, we had a really good travel experience.  Not traffic back ups and we only past one accident and that wasn’t even in the bad weather area.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  We also made really good time.  It took us no longer than normal to make the trip (12 hours).

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I did begin the long weekend on a semi-healthy note, I packed tons of water and nuts, protein bars, and had a PLAN.  We did stop at a casino in Biloxi, MS for breakfast.  I tracked all of my food and had my plan for dinner, which I stuck to.  Even though I never traced my dinner, I’m sure I only went over my calorie budget but a little.  I shared an entrée with my mom and had a salad.  Saturday morning began another story.  Lack of sleep and time led to way too many bad food choices but I do not regret a bite.  I enjoyed it, made good choices when possible and did what I went to do: had an absolute amazing time with an absolutely amazing little 1 year old angel baby!

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I did take a few pictures of some food, but for the most part, I took pictures of family, about a million of the birthday boy, and was virtually absent from social media all weekend. 

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In order that I remember, I consumed:

Saturday breakfast was an egg mcmuffin, hashbrown and diet coke from McDonalds, a venti non-fat caramel macchiato from Starbucks. I was running on about 4 hours sleep for the second night in a row, so a few hours later when I was running errands, I got an iced venti non-fat caramel macchiato, a piece of beef jerky and some Skinny Pop pop corn.  That stuff is good! I found it at Sams but didn’t get any.  When I ran into the store to pick up something for the party, I saw it and grabbed it.  Good choice!! Later that afternoon, Everyone was hungry for lunch but hadn’t taken the chance to eat because we were in party-prep mode, so Ian went to Wendy’s and grabbed us lunch.  I had a grilled chicken sandwich and about 1/2 order of fries.  I also had another diet coke.  I was on a 3 week stretch of no soda until this weekend.  Boo! At the party I had a slawdog and some potato salad.  Before going to bed, I had a hamburger that I had saved from the party.  I was starving!

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Sunday morning, I enjoyed a piece of birthday cake.  It was delicious and made by Jaspers mommy’s mommy.  It was pretty, too! My mommy also made us breakfast of fried eggs, grits and bacon.  I enjoyed 2 eggs, about 1/2 c of grits and 2 pieces of bacon.  I didn’t eat again until dinner, where we enjoyed (I use that term loosely because it was a terrible restaurant experience!) a seafood meal.  I ordered a fried oyster basket.  I had the oysters and 2 hush puppies, none of the fries and a side salad. 

I didn’t eat a LOT of food, but I ate nothing healthy.  This morning, we did enjoy breakfast at Chick-Fil-A because, well, Chick-Fil-A.  Nuff said, yes? We also enjoyed (needed!!) my standard (see above) coffee at starbucks, as well as a Kind bar. 

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We are going to stop at the National Naval Aviation Museum for a bit and then have lunch at Moe’s.  I’m craving veggies.  Imagine that! We may need another coffee.  Again, we had very little sleep this weekend.  There was too much to do and too many babies to play with! Hopefully, I am now back on track!

Tomorrow with be fruit, veggies and exercise!

Edited to add: I am PARTIALLY back on track. I will be 100% back tomorrow!

Do you find it easy to get back on track after you’ve had an indulgent weekend?

I use to not be able to get back on track at all. That is definitely one of the positive changes I’ve made in my life, learning to enjoy and let go!

Do you get stressed when you indulge? I am, fortunately, learning to not let it stress me, again, to enjoy and let go!

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Friend Makin’ Monday: Home

Friend Makin Mondays

If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin’ Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has the opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts.

This weeks topic is about the reasons we love living where we do now or where we grew up.

I am going to talk about where I live now. Louisiana.  Before I moved here this past December, I had never lived anywhere other than a 50 mile radius of the hospital in which I was born, minus a stint in Alabama from infancy to early toddler due to the military.  So, basically, I’ve never known of living anywhere else except northeast Florida. I have always wanted to be adventurous and try living somewhere else, but how does one do that? When Kevin’s mom got sick and we had to move, I was scared and excited all at once! This is a BIG DEAL! No one in my family (immediate an extended), except 1 person (I think) has ever moved away! For the first 4 or 5 months, anytime we would get in the car, I would repeat: I can’t believe I live here!

The things I love about living here, it seems to be so much slower paced than Florida.  Most people put value on family and spending time together and leisure rather than things and high paying, high powered jobs.  Don’t get me wrong, there are people here that have VERY nice homes and cars, but the norm seems to be people work to live, not the opposite.

Also, I love that anytime we go somewhere new, we find something exciting.  A new body of water, mostly! There are trails, activities, camping sites, every where you turn. Going to the bank one day, we happened upon this store that has the most amazing fudge and any candy you would ever wish for!

Candystore in Rayne

Candy store in Rayne

I also love that we are no more than a 2 day drive from anywhere in the US. That may seem like a lot, but coming from the far corner of the US, this is a big improvement.

The most important thing I love about where I live? I’m here with my 2 favorite people! Whenever I’m with them, I’m happy!

Kevin and Ian

Kevin and Ian

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A New Week

Today has been such a lovely day! Yesterday was good also, it just didn’t go as planned, so I was a little more “over” yesterday.  Between me traveling and Kevin being on call, I don’t feel like we’ve had a “free” weekend in quite a while now.  This was to be a free weekend.  Until. The phone rang. Kevin’s boss called to say his co-worker was sick and asked if Kevin would be on stand-by.  They would put off what they could but if anything HAD to be done, Kevin agreed to do it.  We had already made plans to go to the next town over and get groceries because I think I can get a better produce selection there than here at Wal Mart.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, almost as soon as he hung up the phone, he received a “needs to be done RIGHTNOW call”,  I could have still gone to that store to get groceries but chose to stay here in this little po-dunk town and do my shopping. Eh, oh well!

Today, we got up bright and early (830!) and went blueberry picking! I’ve never been before but ehrmagarsh! It was pretty sweet, the set up! You pull up to the house, he has buckets, a scale and a price list on his porch as well as a box to slip the money in…

Blueberry Porch

Blueberry Porch

You then go pick how ever many you want, come back and weigh, pay and put them into bags that he also provides, and you are done! How is that for an honor system? For $1.75 per pound, these are some amazing tasting berries!

Blueberry Bush

Blueberry Bush

4 lbs of Blueberries

4 lbs of Blueberries

We stopped at 4 lbs.  We arrived about 930 AM I think and picked about 30 minutes.  I had sweat rolling down my chest in rivers.  I’m not a lover of the sweat.  We want to come back in 2 weeks (another free weekend) but we will definitely need to come earlier!

Once we left there, I saw a sign for “Crooked Creek Recreational Park” so of course, we had to go see what it was about.  We drove about 5 miles down a VERY windy road before we found the place.  It was a really nice campground with a lake that had beach access.  I can’t wait to go back!

Crooked Creek

Crooked Creek

We HAD to get out and put our feet in!

Crooked Creek Beach

Crooked Creek Beach

We left after getting our feet wet and stopped for lunch.  We then came straight home to cleaned up and get ready for the new week!

This week, I’m linking up with one of my favorite bloggy friends, Rachael, for a weekly food and fitness plan!

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This is going to be a simple week, meal wise.  Ian and I are leaving Friday morning to drive to Florida for my nephew’s 1st birthday!

This week we are having:

pulled pork in the crockpot

taco salads

breakfast for dinner

homemade pizzas

grilled chicken salads

I’ll leave leftovers from a couple of different meals for Kevin.  As far as traveling food, I have packed up some Luna, Cliff and Kind bars, almonds and lots of bottled water.  We will stop for brunch, probably at a casino, in Mississippi and then meet my family for dinner at Sonny’s BBQ.  We haven’t eaten decent bbq since we moved and I’m DYING for some! Sonny’s also has an insane salad bar that will make you drool! Saturday is the birthday party, I also have a meet-up planned at Starbucks.  Food-wise, I’m not sure at all what I’ll be eating.  I’m going to think about it more through the week.  Sunday, we will be traveling home all day.  We stop in Tallahassee for coffee about 7 AM, and we will also get a bagel for breakfast. We will then stop in Daphne, AL for lunch and have dinner when we get home.  Something quick and easy for sure!

For activity, I’m working on a plan sent to me by Jill.  I will walk every day and do a training plan Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  I will also do planks and squats during the week as well.  I am taking part in a plank challenge issued by Jill and a squat challenge issued by the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.

Well! It has taken me literally half of the day to write this post! I’ve stopped to go to my father in laws, finish dinner, eat dinner, sit outside with Kevin, goof off with Ian, the list goes on! Squirrel!!

I hope you have a GREAT week! Tell me.  Do you make a meal plan? If you do, do you stick to it??

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FitBloggin 2014 Recap: Part 2

The Expo: in short? Pretty Amazing.  Roni and team worked up some pretty sweet sponsors.  Upon arrival, we received a swag bag and then throughout the weekend, we were given samples from those sponsors in attendance.
Expo CollageIMG_5936I’d love to be able to tell you which sponsor was my favorite, but I’m afraid that isn’t possible.  The Ninja representatives were whipping up smoothies that were delicious, (I REALLY need to add this to my kitchen! Santa??) the California Almond reps had a trail mix bar with the most amazing almonds I’ve ever in my life experienced. California Avocado prepared Avocado Blueberry muffins, Got Chocolate Milk had all kinds of hand outs, towels, hair ties, all kinds of goodness! Rachael Ray’s dog food reps were handing out samples of the Nutrish dog food.  My pups LOVE it! I’m afraid to use it as a meal for my chihuahua due to her lack of teeth, but they love it as treats and beg as soon as they see the treat jar. RUNDisney brought MICKEY MOUSE!! Mama Chia, Quest Nutrition, Health Warrior, the National Peanut Board, Walgreens Way to Well Tour, Move Forward, Bama and Ry, Shareasale, Now, and Our Skinny were all represented. We were really blessed with information, products to sample, and a wealth of education.  It was a great experience.

I was also gifted by Bari a container of Click to try.  I’ll let you know as soon as I try it! So far, I have loved the chia bar by Health Warrior, and I adore my Bama and Ry Fitbloggin Bracelet!

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I am certain I have not done justice to the expo and the wonderfullness of the sponsors. However, I was, and still am, overwhelmed!

The absolute best part of FitBloggin? The people.  These people get me! They understand my struggles, my triumphs and my needs.  Even if they don’t have the same circumstances, they still get it.  We were sitting in our room talking the first night and I remember looking at each girl thinking, “you don’t feel like strangers!” It was as if I had already known each of them forever.  I drool over Susan’s recipes, was happy/jealous for Erin’s travels and cheer for Lauren’s race successes. We totally did not get a roomie selfie, but I got individual pictures with all but Lauren! Next year, you are first on my list!

Selfie CollageIn the middle is Roni.  She is the FitBloggin mastermind.  As she stood beside me during one of the IceBreakers at the welcome reception, I imagined I was her for a moment.  I just wanted to get a glimpse into how her heart must have felt, standing in that room, watching a couple hundred people hug, cry, laugh, meet, reunite, and just spread love where ever they went.  I tried but I just couldn’t imagine how her heart must have been swelling to near bursting.  Oh the joy! I likened it to how a family matriarch must feel at a family reunion, watching the generations interact.  Amazing! Now starting in the top left corner moving clockwise, is Kris; Emmie; Roni’s mom, Geri; Arian Foster!!!; Christine; Erin (roommate); Alan (we are also being photobombed by Arian Foster, which wasn’t planned at all! ;)); Sarah; Alyssa; Susan (roommate); Leah; and Liz.

There are so many people I didn’t take the opportunity to get a picture with.  My shyness/awkwardness kicked in.  I can’t wait until next year! The first year for me was getting my feet wet! I can’t wait to see how fully I can experience FitBloggin Denver 2015.

I’m sure I’ve left out something important I wanted to highlight.  I will add these thoughts to other posts as they come to me.  Expect to hear about FitBloggin for a long time to come! It is now a part of who I am.

 

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FitBloggin 2014 Part 1

I have avoided writing this post for nearly a week now.  Not because I don’t want to write it, but because I KNOW I can’t do it justice.  This was my first FitBloggin.  Every year I’ve wanted to go and every year something has gotten in the way.  Until this year.  Everything lined up, I was granted a spot as a LiveBlogger.

I was really excited about this and then the closer it come to being a reality, I gradually got more and more nervous! I’ve never live-blogged anything before! I don’t even plan out my posts! I am a spur-of-the-moment person, for sure! I am very happy it didn’t dawn on me, the intensity of the session I was blogging before hand or I may have had a nervous breakdown! I didn’t have that realization until I got in the room and began setting up.  After I got into the meat of the session and then the next morning, finishing up and getting my links together, I realized how much FUN I was having! I WAS IN MY ELEMENT!! I am so grateful for the opportunity as it got me out of my comfort zone in more than one way.

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It got me to a place where I knew NO ONE.  I don’t do well in crowds, I thought.  I also don’t do well around strangers, I thought.  Guess what? I’m still alive so I suppose I did OK, right? At the beginning of this session, I realized I needed to sit at the “front of the class” in order to miss nothing.  This is also not usual for me.  I am a “back of the class” sitter.  Again, it didn’t kill me.  Whew!

Another way this got me out of my comfort zone was driving 800-ish miles.  While I wasn’t alone, I was “in charge”.  I prefer to be a passenger.  Also, even though I’m a control freak, I prefer to not be ‘in charge’.  Contradiction in terms? Yeah, therapy is needed.  HA!

When I arrived in Savannah Thursday, the first order of business was TEA! The very first person I met was Sarah.  I was late so she was standing on the sidewalk looking for me.  She met me with the warmest hug! It was fabulous! The tea was delicious, the conversations were fantastic and I wouldn’t have wanted to begin my weekend any other way!

Tea CollageAfter tea, we made our way back to the hotel.  It was pretty AND they had a Starbucks on the ground floor.  Perfect, yes? I didn’t photograph our room in order to maintain the privacy of my room mates (who were fantastic, by the way!) but I did get pictures all around the lobby.

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The actual sessions and the expo were wonderful.  I didn’t partake in any sessions that didn’t offer something I needed.  The first session I attended was “Blogging Over 40″ led by Gail.  I was introduced to some bloggers I didn’t know and we had a great discussion about how we need to embrace our experience!

The second session I attended was “How to Organize Community Wellness Programs” led by Val.  In the beginning, I thought this was over my head.  It was actually on the way home, my passengers were sleeping, it was about 6 AM Sunday morning and I was reflecting on the conference and I was bombarded with thoughts and ideas for how I can help MY community! I am so excited for what I have in my head.  Now I just need to get the nerve to execute these plans.

There was also “Use Your Words to Change Your Life”, led by Alexandra.  This was a great session that taught us to realize what the triggers are and how to change our responses to those triggers to have a more positive attitude.

I had to miss a selfie with Mickey Mouse in order to get set up for my LiveBlog with the California Avocado Commission, which was next on my schedule! It was an informative session that discussed the health benefits of avocados, as well as teaching a new method for removing the skin and some photography tips. The winner of the recipe contest was also announced and we were given the opportunity to sample the recipe.  It was delicious! Alyssa did a great job on that recipe.  There were 2 runner’s up, Kelly and Kia.

I also attended “How to Build a Respected Blog” presented by ESPN Blogger Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS. She shared some great resources for fact checking.  That is definitely needed in this field!

Saturday morning, I didn’t attend any sessions as I used this time to tweak and upload my LiveBlog.

I was able to make it to Katy Widrick’s session on Media Kits.  I was very grateful I made this one because my brain has made a really big deal out of a media kit the whole time I’ve been blogging.  After the session, I couldn’t believe how simple it is! I will be making one of them ASAP!

This would actually be my last session of the conference.  I had plans to go have dinner with my mother and son who were driving into town for the afternoon.  I was very torn but I’m happy with my decision.

I’m going to leave off here.  I have MUCH more to say than I anticipated! I’m going to talk about the wonderful people I met and the in between times Tuesday.  Be sure and come back!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Savannah Style!

It has been radio silence over here for a little more than a week.  Sorry bout that! I was recovering from out first sample of empty-nesting, gearing up for FitBloggin, enjoying FitBloggin and then recovering from FitBloggin.  I’ll have some sort of recap of my long weekend up tomorrow.  Until then, just know FITBLOGGIN ROCKS!!

For now, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of today’s topic, shall we??

While in Savannah, I tried to remember to photograph all of my eats.  However, the excitement was sometimes just too much and I’d forget!

Chai Tea

Chai Tea

The weekend began Thursday at 230 at the Gryphon Tea Room, the charming Sarah invited a host of us to an authentic tea.  I loved it.  Sarah, being british, was less than thrilled.  I didn’t know any better so I guess that is why I loved it!?

Thursday evening was the welcome mixer and the there was the MOST amazing avocado/blueberry salsa and tortilla chips.  Seriously? I could have eaten a vat of it alone! Delish!


Breakfast

 

Friday morning breakfast was bacon!!, eggs, roasted potatoes, sausage and fresh fruit.  My goodness that cantaloupe! That is all.

Ninja was there and they made smoothies for us daily.  I will post the recipe for this one tomorrow.  I now NEED a Ninja in my life! I think this would really make a difference in Ian’s produce consumption!
SmoothieRun Disney Lunch

Lunch Friday was provided by Run Disney. I got kind of excited because a certain MOUSE was going to be there and I forgot to photograph what ate. I DID get a picture of the menu, however.  It was SO good!

MenuYou can click to enlarge it.  There will be some reinventing of some of these items in the near future!

TapasAt the Ignite Presentation Friday night, Tapas was served, and while delicious, I needed something a little more substantial.  I grabbed Kenlie and we headed to Moon River Brewing Company.  While Kenlie had already been there during the weekend, she very graciously agreed to go again so I could try it.  Everyone at the conference had been raving about it.  I’m glad I went.  I was simple in my order and went with a grass fed burger and fries. It was $10, not including a tip and it was the best $10 I’ve ever spent!

Moon River

Breakfast photo’s on Saturday was a bust.  I think I was still asleep.  I had reservations at 4 with my mom and Ian for Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons, so I didn’t want to eat too much before hand.  I snacked on almonds and a chia bar around mid day.Paula Deen Biscuit

At Lady and Sons, they begin by bringing you a biscuit and a hoecake.  I ate some of the biscuit and none of the hoecake.

We chose the buffet so we would not be limited in tasting dishes.

Paula Deen Buffet

I chose broccoli in a cheese sauce, lima beans, greens (wasn’t fond of them as they had hot sauce on them) fried chicken leg and mashed potatoes with roast and gravy.  It was really good! Everything was fresh and super hot! I didn’t get a picture of the desserts for some reason.  They offer 3 so we got all of them in order to taste each.  I took one nibble of each because I had NO SPACE left! There was peach cobbler, banana pudding and gooey butter cake. They were all good and I can NOT pick a favorite.

Saturday night, a dessert bar was available at the good-bye reception.  I did bring a few pieces home since I’m not able to eat sweet foods that late.  I ate a praline today and it was good!

That was all for FitBloggin! We left Saturday night so we could get a jump start on the trip home.  I can’t wait to do it all again in DENVER!!

Now, head over to Jenn’s little corner of the interwebz and see what everyone else has been eating! It is a really great way to get new ideas or reinvent old ones!

 

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Friend Makin Mondays: Let’s Get Lyrical!

This is going to be one busy week! Heck, what am I talking about? The last few weeks have been busy! To start, Ian is gone today and tomorrow to MEPS.  He will be taking a written test and a physical for potential enlistment in the US Coast Guard.  I just said that out loud.  That makes it real.  Ugh! I am so sad and so proud and so scared and so excited and every emotion known to man all at once! Being absent from the blog lately can be attributed to that.  I have been soaking in EVERY. SINGLE. SECOND. that I can with my baby! We have been watching movies, playing games, sitting and drinking coffee, anything I can to get one extra minute with him.  I am excited for Kevin and myself.  I feel awful saying (typing?) that out loud, however, Ian was 10 when Kevin and I married, therefore, we have never had “honeymoon” time.  I’m excited to have an empty nest.  I’m sad to have an empty nest. What the heck!?!?

In addition, this is Fitbloggin week!! Ian and I are leaving Wednesday at Zero Dark Thirty, driving to Florida and staying with my mom, Ian will stay there all weekend but Thursday morning, I’m going to Savannah! Can you say WHAT??? I am beyond excited! This is my first conference.  For the last 4 Fitbloggins, I’ve sat home and watched my social media feeds while crying in my donut! Well, maybe not exactly like that but close! I’m going on a GhostTour, a fancy dinner at Alligator Soul and I’m going to learn and grow and eat and laugh and cry and hug, ohmygoshthehugs! I’ve heard so much about the love-fest that is Fitbloggin and I’m just not quite sure how my soul is going to handle it! This has been an emotional week and then to end it there!? Have the tissues ready! Be prepared when I return for tons of recaps.  I will want to share EVERYTHING!

Now, let’s get on to what Mondays are reserved for, shall we? This week we are answering questions using song lyrics! Fun, huh?

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1. What’s your life goal? Why, to Don’t Worry, Be Happy! of course!

2. What’s your favorite food? Um, is there a song for ALL THE FOOD??? No? Well, bananas seem to be the one food I never tire of. So I’ll go with that!

3. What do you like to do on weekends? Whatever I do, I prefer to do it with my family.  They are my world because We Are Family

4. What do you want to do today? Well, I’ve already worked a full day, cooked dinner, finished this blog post, I still have to load the dishwasher. What I really want to do is Sleep, Really, I’m Only Sleeping

5. What would you say to the man/woman of your dreams? Oh my goodness! I’ve said this before and it was in our wedding: I knew I loved You! Seriously, I thought this when we met 12 years ago, again when he proposed 19 months later, when we married and still to this day!

6. What’s your favorite dessert? Really? These food questions are killing me! ALL OF THE FOOD! While I’ll pretty much eat anything sweet, candy will NOT last a second in front of me! I Want Candy! 

This was a pretty fun post to write! Visit Sarah and see what she had to say, as well as any one else who play with us today!

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Friend Making Monday: Random Questions

This is one of my favorite weekly posts! I love learning about everyone and I am NOSY!

Friend Makin Mondays

Random Questions

1.What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? Unfortunately, I have a production based position so there is not a whole lot of time to be wasted.  By the time I get coffee or a random snack, potty break, you know the necessary running around, the remainder of my time is spent doing actual work.  I do work at home though so there is that.

2. What would be the title of your autobiography? Ummmm… The Most Fantastically Beautiful But Boring Life and Times of ME!

3. When you were at school, what did you want to be when you grew up? I ALWAYS wanted to be a nurse.  However, death was not something I could deal with very well. When a patient died in my lap, that ended that!

4. If you could invent a gadget, what would it be and why? My friend Jennifer and I actually have a thought on an improvement to vehicles and I am NOT spilling the beans here in case I ever get the opportunity to pitch it for real.  THAT is how much I believe in this. Jennifer, have U spilled the beans???

5. What is your favorite quote? Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford  This is so true! Our thoughts are our own worst enemy!

6. What is the best meal you have every had? No way.  Never could I narrow this down! I love food too much.  Escargot and prime rib on any of our cruises, my mama’s meatloaf, my grandma’s egg sandwiches, my father in-law’s ribs and sausage… the list goes on!

7. If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? I think I am actually perfectly happy at this age and my life just keeps getting better and better.  I don’t think I’d freeze my age because what if that prevented me from experiencing what the future holds? Can’t take that chance!

8. What TV game show would you like to go on? Wheel! Of! Fortune! Just because I’ve loved it forever!

9. If you had one day to live over again, what day would it be? Hmmm… My wedding day I think.  I know this was Sarah’s answer as well but it is so true.  You plan for months, sometimes years, for this one day of your life and then you are so stressed and it goes by so fast that you just barely remember anything.  I’d love to go back and do it again.  From getting run over in Taco Bell parking lot (Jennifer!) to the moment the whole crowd fell away and it was just Kevin and me.  It was one of the best days of my life. *the other being when Ian was born*

10. You are planning the most awesome dinner party of your life. Which 3 celebrities/historical figures (past or present) would you add to you guest list? Oprah, her hostess gifts have to be AWESOME! George W. Bush.  I don’t get into politics on here but I LOVE him.  And Mickey Mouse.  I just love that mouse!!

Now, head on over to Sarah’s place, tell her I sent you and see what everyone else has to say!

Happy Monday!!

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Spicy Avocado Dip

I’m not sure if you have figured it out by now, but I LOVE avocado! I eat it plain, on sandwiches, with crackers, with eggs, in a salad.  I’m not picky! I just love it.  I had some plain greek yogurt in my fridge that was nearing the end of it’s life so I decided to play a bit. The following was born.  What is great about it is that it is so versatile. It can be eaten as a sandwich spread, a dip, mixed with whole wheat pasta and a protein (I’ve mixed it with pasta and sauteed chicken breast!)

If you try it, let me know how you like it! I’ve always been a recipe follower, somewhat.  I always end up tweaking nearly every recipe I try but have always been “scared” to create my own. This is my first and hopefully, not my last creation!

Spicey Avocado Dip

Spicy Avocado Dip

Spicy Avocado Dip

By: Denise Fears

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 C plain greek yogurt

1 T lemon juice

2 T Old Bay Seasoning

1/4 t garlic powder

1 1/2 California Avocado

Instructions

Scoop avocado from skin and place with remaining ingredients in food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Serve chilled.

Because of the seafood flair added to this dish with the Old Bay seasoning, it is great served along side boiled, chilled shrimp, as well as assorted vegetables and crackers.  The photo above features whole wheat crackers, bell pepper, cucumber and boiled shrimp as well as tomato for garnish.

 

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WIAW: Random

In my best Honey Boo Boo voice: I LOOOOVVVVEEE to eat! Sweets, regular food, it don’t matter, I just love it! I am pretty much a creature of habit, in case you haven’t noticed by my past listings. For breakfast, I have coffee and a granola bar, lunch is normally leftovers and dinner is…. dinner.  When we got to the bottom of this post, see if you can guess my 2 favorite foods!

This past weekend, I was extra hungry, so I made some eggs in coconut oil for breakfast, along with some sliced tomato and avocado.

Egg, tomato and avocado

Egg, tomato and avocado

Today’s lunch had to be prepared as we had salads last night, therefore, there were no leftovers! I had eggs in coconut oil, avocado, bell peppers and cucumber along with a bit of hummus for veggie dipping.

Egg, avocado, bell pepper, cucumber and hummus

Egg, avocado, bell pepper, cucumber and hummus

Last nights salad and watermelon on the side:

Romaine, cucumber, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, shrimp and triscuits

Romaine, cucumber, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, shrimp and triscuits

My neighbor gave me a bag of fresh beans from his garden.  I boiled the in a bit of salt to have alongside some chicken legs I baked with some Cajun seasoning.  Simple, yet delicious! (and I have leftovers for tomorrow!)

Fresh beans for dinner!

Fresh beans for dinner!

Did you figure out my fave??? If you guess eggs and avocado, you win the prize!

Gotta run get my squats in! I took last night off and rolled in Tiger Balm (if you haven’t tried this, do it NOW! My friend Jennifer introduced me to it and I do not let my container get empty!) since I cried when I had to sit on the potty.  Yesterday would have been an appropriate day for a standing desk!

So, now you need to head on over to and say hi to Jenn and see what SHE ate Wednesday!

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