Food

Cooking with Pinterest – Spaghetti Squash

These instructions are mind blowing if you’re like me and have been cooking spaghetti squash the hard way. I discovered the pin below by accident. I was trying to look for my tried and true spaghetti squash cooking instructions when I found the one below from http://www.eatwithinyourmeans.com

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I honestly wasn’t expecting much but seeing as how I’m really trying to stick with my diet but love pasta I knew I needed it as pasta like as possible. So I gave it a try.

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  1. Cutting – way easier to cut this direction
  2. Salt – lots of it (I buy Pink Himalayan salt from Costco so i have lots of salt to spare)
  3. Salt working
  4. Suggested time elapsed
  5. Almost 1/2 cup of water came out!!

If you give this a try please, let me know if it worked as well for you.

 

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Food, Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Postpartum, Weight

April 2018 Weigh In

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No Your eyes do not deceive you. I am using the same picture again but this time I am using it as a comparison. Full disclaimer the pictures below were actually taken in April however it was 3lbs ago so I feel it’s still a fair representation.

Actual Date: 5/4/2018

Weight: 227.1lbs

Measurements in inches

Chest: 46

R/L Arm: 16

Waist: 45

Hips: 51

R/L Thigh: 29.5

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (IP!!!)
  • Read something other than children’s books (Check)
    • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • Exercise 3x/ wk (IP)
    • I did this 3wks in a row then not so much so mostly a win
  • Post monthly updates on/after the 8th for accountability (Fail)

Is this were I wanted to be for my first weight post in a long time? NO but I am no longer beating myself up about what I know I did or didn’t do. I know what I ate, how much I worked out and what I let distract me from my goals. This time is different because I don’t feel like a failure. I feel like a work in progress. I feel stronger and more powerful because I’m not quitting. I feel grateful my body hasn’t failed me though I have put it through way too much stress and strain. The best feeling is seeing the progress even though I didn’t think there was any. My current versus my original shows a slightly smaller body but most noticeable to me is my waist. Again I can’t tell when I look at myself because breasts are in the way but this picture shows I have made physical changes.

To my body:

Thank you for not giving up on me. Please accept my apology for the abuse and know that I will never give up on you again.

With all my heart,

JTM

Food, Health/ Fitness, Life Changes

What I’m Eating – March

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Mustard Deviled Eggs with bacon & paprika
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Green & Black beans w/ sliced almonds
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Turkey Soup w/ kale & Celery w/ hummus
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Bean Soup (red beans, lentils, kale, celery and shrimp). Cook with vegetable broth and no shrimp to make it vegetarian or vegan
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Chicken Wings & Sauteed Kale
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Tuna & Cucumbers (still don’t like cucumbers)
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Tuna w/ Spinach
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Pork Roast w/ Sauteed Kale & Bell Peppers
Food, Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Postpartum, Weight

December Weigh In

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Note for November’s missed update: This month was a lot better. It wasn’t perfect and my stats will show that but I did accomplish some things that were on my list! Goals are November & December.

Yes, another post using the same exact picture but this time I’m pleased with what I’ve done. I started the 4-Hour Body again… My goal is to do better so one day I can do it perfectly and eventually try the “meatless machine” mentioned in the book. So far I haven’t had one perfect week but you know what? As of this morning I’ve officially lost weight. I’ll go back slightly by saying I gained way more than I’d like to admit by emotionally eating, giving up and having a looooooooong pity party. However as previously stated I am not going for perfection instead progress, healthy changes and eventually a new lifestyle are my main goals. And to my surprise it is working!! I don’t find myself binge eating on cheat day like I used to. I enjoy cooking even on cheat day which I thought would never happen. I also don’t dive head first into a giant mound of cheese which used to be one of my favorite things to do on cheat day. Bonus I discovered I actually feel better when I eliminate or limit dairy.

Actual Date: 1/9/2018

Weight: 229.3lbs

Measurements in inches (Forgot)

 

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (FAIL/ IP)
  • Read something other than children’s books (Check)
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – finished
      • I’m counting this because it isn’t for his age group even though I started reading it for him
    • Told Under The Green Umbrella – finished
      • Doesn’t really count but I enjoyed it more than my son. I don’t think there were enough pictures to hold his attention
    • Treasure Island – finished
      • Not enough pictures to count for him so I’m counting this
  • Exercise 4x/ wk (Fail)
  • Post monthly updates on/after the 8th for accountability (?)
    • Missed November but this post is up so I guess Yes & No

All in all October – December were emotionally hard months. My son has been testing his boundaries. I haven’t been sleeping well. I really haven’t been liking who I am as a wife, mother (to human & animal) and April thus the long pity party. Despite these feelings I managed to make the changes needed to improve. No I don’t have dramatic pictures to show off like I’d hoped; what I do have is a better understanding of self and hope for the future. I have clear goals written down that I plan on displaying so when things get hard I can remind myself of what I need to focus on in order to improve.

And for those reading this if you are in a similar situation: It CAN and WILL get better we just have to take it one step at a time 🙂

Food

Cooking with Pinterest – Chicken Nuggets & Fries

Each item took a few attempts but the best method was definitely following the recipe!

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I used too much spice the first time (nuggets) thinking it would be okay because my son loves spicy but it proved to be too much. So this time around I am used a lot less and I didn’t use any for the fries.

I forgot to take pictures of the nuggets…

I based the coating for the fries off of the chicken nugget recipe.

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All in all I definitely plan on using this recipe again 🙂

Date Night, Food, House, Life Changes, Married Life, Parent Life

Ikea Date

Not all dates are created equal but ALL dates can be fun! We relaxed, ate, measured the bathroom then went to Ikea. I like to call this a working date because we gathered a lot of ideas and created a plan for updating/ remodeling our house.

The food: Ethiopian deliciousness!!

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Below are a bunch of things we found/ are budget friendly. We have no idea which ones will make the cut but the pictures below reflect what we liked.

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All in all these are just ideas and inspiration which I am sure will change as we get to the research/development phase. But this was a lovely date with my man. It helped me get back to being a wife and not just mom all the time. It also reminded me why I chose this man and why he chose me. He’s amazing and the perfect balance to my brand of crazy 😉

I don’t really have a good reason for this video as we have no plans of buying the light but we both love playing with it!

Food, Life Changes

Random Visual Escape

I’ve been wrapped up in my feelings lately. From my own self-image to my titles (mom, wife, etc) to the state of the world. I feel caught up and unable to express myself so I choose to make a blog post of all the beautiful things I’ve seen recently. This is my random visual escape.

I am choosing to see beauty rather than drowning in sorrow.

I hope this post can be a relaxing retreat in this hectic world 🙂

Date Night, Food, Married Life, Parent Life

Penny Date Day

 

 

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Taken from Pinterest
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Our Penny & Music
  1. We dressed casual since we only had a few hours until we had to pick up the mini and we forgot to grab a penny
  2. We grabbed a penny & let the internet randomly generate a number (18 turns)
  3. Wrote this on my arm so I didn’t have to keep opening Pinterest
  4. We alerted this since we kept going in circle
  5. We did then we restarted on foot!!

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Likes

  • Fun & interesting
  • Cheap as long as you have gas
  • Restarting on foot was great exercise and added a bit of intrigue as we’d never walked the area before

Dislikes

  • Can be annoying when you keep going in circles
    • this is why we altered it a bit
  • Better if you start in an area you aren’t familiar with
  • You should eat first to avoid being hangry… See last picture for our hangry fix:)
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Though beautiful to look at in person, we went by this same building 3x
Food, Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Postpartum, Weight

October Weigh In

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So… I’ll insert details under each goal but keep the same goals for this month. Actually I might keep the same goals until I get it right. When I get it right I will completely change my goal or I’ll modify it to continue challenging myself.

Actual Date: 11/8/2017

Weight: ?lbs

Measurements in inches

Chest: ?

R/L Arm: ?

Waist: ?

Hips: ?

R/L Thigh: ?

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (IP)
    • I have made healthier choices
      • Ex: swapping coffee for unsweetened tea (most days)
      • Ex: Penny Date night (detailed post coming soon) rather than simply eating out
  • Read something other than children’s books (Check!!)
    • Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
      • Side note: Adventure, Sci-Fi and mystery are my favs
    • Bonus points because I was able to read it to my son
  • Don’t use motherhood as an excuse (Umm technically check)
    • I didn’t but I still didn’t exercise regularly
    • I did maybe 3-4 workouts; progress but not my goal
  • Post updates every month on or after the 8th in order to hold myself accountable (Check)
    • Yup!! Though nothing has changed (well I don’t think so because I didn’t check)

 

Food, Married Life

Cooking with YouTube – Pupusas

Hubby was having a rough week and I had leftover shredded BBQ beef so I figured I’d surprise him with a tasty meal that had yummy childhood memories attached to it. I’ve done this before when a friend’s mom showed me years ago but they didn’t turn out very flavorful when I tried to cook them on my own. Fast forward a few years, loving motivation and a few YouTube videos and voila flavorful hubby approved pupusas!

I didn’t take step by step pictures because well I forgot… But here they are 🙂 Yes, my photography skills need work but I’ll improve.

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Top left: what it looks like before I flip it to finish cooking plus one in the back that has been flipped

Top right/ Bottom left: finished product

Bottom right: finishing the last one that came out just perfect

Ingredients:

  • homemade shredded BBQ beef
    • funny story it was supposed to be pulled pork but I grabbed the wrong meat because I was rushing to get out of Costco. I didn’t realize my error until it was time to put it in the crockpot
  • mozzarella cheese
  • outside/ shell: Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour, chicken broth (water can be used but mine taste better using broth) & cayenne