Archive for November, 2009

It’s amazing how you can take a 5 day break and feel like you never left when you get back to school! My kids were pretty good, they were just tired from lack of sleep and too much tv and junk food over break! I am not so sure they were reading each day like I asked them 🙂

After school, I came home and changed my clothes to go on a run/walk with Katie. We did 3 miles in the freezing cold! We both figured it was better than nothing. Then I stopped at the store to grab a few things for the rest of the week.

I came home to make an easy and quick dinner of Indian food while Brady was at Verizon getting his new phone – the Droid. It is pretty sweet! I am excited to play with it.

When he got home, around 7:45, I was lucky to have not eaten my arm off. We sat down to a his and her meal.


I had lentils with spinach spicy sauce and some Tandoori sauce mixed in, plus extra spinach. All of this served with brown rice and broccoli.


I could only eat about half of the lentil spinach mixture. I think my eyes were much bigger than my stomach tonight.


Brady had the same thing minus the extra spinach and with chicken instead of lentils.


We both made cups of hot chocolate to take to bed so we could relax. I am reading and Brady is playing with his new phone. See you tomorrow!


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Back on Track

It’s Sunday night – Yuck! I am not ready for the real world to be back tomorrow. I had such a great time that I just want to keep going. Oh well. I will have to tough it out the 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas break.

Yesterday we had a fun day hanging out at my parents and having dinner at Cindy and Tom’s. The meal was great but I forgot my camera. Then this morning we woke and went for a run then a long walk. It was the perfect start to the sunny day. We filled up on a big brunch of English muffins and veggie omlettes before heading back to Columbus. We went to Brady’s parents to decorate their tree on the way home. Then we ran in our house so Brady could change for his soccer game, and we were off to the field. I hadn’t been to watch in a while, since they usually play late games, so I was a supportive wife and went to the game. I actually really enjoy going – especially watching indoor because it is so fast paced!

We came home from the game after a quick stop at Trader Joe’s for some simple dinner ingredients. I threw together a perfect meal in literally 5 minutes.

Here is what our dinner’s and tomorrow’s lunches consist of:

Brady’s dinner. This consisted of two freezer packages from TJ’s.




Pretty good nutrition facts for a frozen dinner that was about $3.

By mixing those two together in a pan for about 10 minutes and adding 1 egg to make it a little more fresh, he got this:


I could not figure out what I was in the mood for – I was strangely not hungry all day. I had eggs and toast around 11 and then never got hungry. I think the baby is taking over my stomach. I did decide on green beans (frozen, not canned – and not mixed with mushroom soup either) with quinoa. A weird combo I know. It hit the spot though!


My final plate:


Yes, that is a lot of beans. Now I have leftovers for lunch!

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Thanksgiving Feast

We left Brady’s grandparents and drove the 2 hours from Cleveland to Chautauqua. We arrived just in time for appetizers – which I didn’t take pictures of. We had a delicious meal with everyone. It was a little different this year because it was the first holiday without either of my grandparents on my mom’s side, they both passed away this year. We made the most of it by keeping things similar to how they always were/are. Overall it was a nice relaxing holiday! Since we missed dinner with my dad’s side of the family, I am excited to have leftovers with them. 🙂

One of the two big tables set.


My plate: stuffing (not from in the turkey), mashed potatoes, salad, green beans and mushrooms, and squash! I went back for a refill on the green beans – obviously. 🙂


We had fun with Addie entertaining us:


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Thanksgiving Brunch

This morning was great! We woke up at my parents and had coffee while chatting on the couch. Then we got ready for the day. I went to the basement and did the elliptical for a quick 28 minutes then jumped in the shower while my egg white casserole was overcooking in the oven (bummer!).

Then Brady and I headed to his grandparents – they live 15 minutes from my parents house- for brunch and my parents and brother went to Chautauqua.

We had a great brunch with lots of yummy treats to get the morning started.

There was fruit


Pineapple/French Toast casserole


My coffeecake


My egg white spinach and artichoke strata


Nut bread


Everything was great. It was really nice to catch up with Brady’s cousins and family. After breakfast we relaxed, looked through black friday adds, and played Wii!

Then we took off to go to Chautauqua.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a random post I meant to put up earlier this week. I will be back tomorrow with a recap of the holiday!


It seems like I have been eating a lot of Oikos lately but not doing anything creative with it. I have just been enjoying it as a dip for my apples at my 3:00 pm snack.

This week I decided to add it to a smoothie. I have not been eating many smoothies lately because I am usually freezing and smoothies are not appealing when you are at all cold. Monday morning though, dressed in my long, down, sleeping bag like North Face coat, I decided to have one!

My smoothie included the following key ingredients:


Plus some frozen mango from Trader Joe’s and frozen blueberries from picking this summer. It was delicious and super smooth! Love the Oikos addition!


Thanks Stonyfield! To become a fan of Oikos by Stonyfield on facebook, visit:

Oikos on Facebook!

Also, Stonyfield just sent an email with this exciting news!

We are now rewarding our consumers for buying our yogurt in quarts with a free reusable yogurt cup!

Yogurt lovers just have to buy four Stonyfield yogurt quarts through December, and mail in the foil lids (describing this offer), and they’ll receive the reusable, eight-ounce yogurt cup made by Preserve®. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the cup is perfect for yogurt-lovers on the go, the ideal size for breakfast or a snack, with room to stir in fruit or granola. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free with a screw-on lid – and it’s made in the US.

Consumers will also get $4.50 worth of Stonyfield and Preserve coupons along with the cup.

Our recycling partner since 2000, Preserve uses innovative methods to turn used materials (including used Stonyfield yogurt cups) into stylish, useful household products like toothbrushes, colanders, cutting boards and tableware. Preserve products are 100% recycled and recyclable too.

Consumers can mail clean foil lids, with name, address and phone number on an index card or 4” x 6” sheet of paper by February 28, 2010 to:

Stonyfield Farm
Reusable Cup Offer
PO Box 4840
Manchester, NH 03108-4840

Cups will be shipped starting in January, 2010 with delivery in 10 to 12 weeks. This offer is good only in the US, while cup supplies last, and is limited to one cup per household (to better spread the love around).

Make sure to start saving your lids!

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Thanksgiving Day Tips for

In an effort to keep myself from feeling like a beached whale and having to undo my top button (my pants are elastic now, so this year may be different :))on Thanksgiving I try to follow the following tips.

  1. Do something active. Get up in the morning and get some exercise. Whether it is a walk around the neighborhood while catching up with relatives, a Turkey Trot run, or a morning workout class – just do something. This will make you feel better all day and will get your mind in a healthy place from the beginning of the day.
  2. Eat breakfast. Eat a normal breakfast. Make sure you have a good combination of carbs, protein, fiber and healthy fat that will give you a good start. Skipping breakfast will leave you ravenous and often leads to overeating later. It can also be an excuse to eat more junk later.
  3. Choose special foods. When you are filling up your plate, pick foods that are special for Thanksgiving. Stay away from foods you can eat everyday like rolls and cheese and crackers. This will help to keep you from getting stuffed.
  4. Skip or skimp on the extras. Try to stay away from adding things to your food. This is hard for me when it comes to salt – I salt everything, even before I taste it. Eat your banana/pumpkin/zucchini/apple bread without added butter. It has such great flavor it doesn’t need extra butter. The same is true for mashed potatoes and squash.
  5. Slow Down! Take your time when enjoying your meal. It is not going to go anywhere. 🙂 It’s easy to get excited about all of the traditional and delicious foods at Thanksgiving, but slow down and enjoy them or before you know it, your plate will cleaned!

Remember to have fun! There can be a lot of stress that comes along with the holidays. Relax, enjoy your family and remember what the holiday is all about!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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For dinner last night, I didn’t want to buy anything or work to hard on making something. I decided to use up what was in the fridge and make tacos. It was the perfect meal option for a buys night before we headed out for Cleveland and Chautauqua.

After school I did laundry and began the packing process (which is especially hard because I am in between so many clothes right now). Then I made this quick dinner.


Lentil Taco Meat:

  • 1 c. dry lentils, cooked until tender
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 c.(ish) of water
  1. Cook lentils as directed. I cook mine by bringing them to a boil and then turning the heat down and letting them simmer until tender.
  2. Once lentils are cooked, add taco seasoning and a little bit of water. Heat lentils and seasoning and water is dissolved and lentils are a more sticky,pasty consistency.
  3. Serve in a taco or taco salad!

I love lentils! These taste great and make the perfect taco filling. I served them on a salad with a half of a whole grain tortilla on the side. I ended up wrapping the salad in the tortilla and ate the other half as well.

Brady had the same things but with chicken instead of lentils. The meal was a success as far as cleaning out our fridge too! We used up:

  • romaine lettuce
  • spinach
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • end of a bag of roasted corn
  • salsa
  • can of black beans

After dinner, we ran to the hospital to see Jen’s baby! Jen and Duke are our good friends and we have been so excited about their baby! Remember when I had a shower for Jen back in September, I can’t believe her baby is already here! Here is an adorable picture of baby Hadley!


And one of Brady holding her! It won’t be long until her friend is here 🙂


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