Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Last year, after Addison came home from her first day of school, she asked me if we could make cookies. It had been a pretty hectic day for all of us, so, I thought she had a pretty good idea. I called them "We all survived the first day of school" cookies. 


So, when the first day of school came this year, I made sure to have all the ingredients on hand to make cookies again. I think this is a great tradition to start and hope to carry it on with Addison and (sooner than I'd like) Camden. I'm sure the day will come that one or both of them will be too "cool" to make "We all survived the first day of school" cookies with mom. When that day comes, I may drown my sorrows by eating all of the cookies. But until it does, I will just eat a couple of them and enjoy the memories that I'm making with my kids.

Here's the recipe:

CHOCOLATE CHIP PUDDING COOKIES

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Combine flour and baking soda and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and pudding mix.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Roll into 1″ balls and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!

So long for today...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {8/21}

Well, we survived the first week of school! It honestly wasn't that terrible of a week, but the homework hasn't started and neither have Addison's dance classes. I know things will get a bit more hectic once those are added into the mix. I also have jump into coordinating a Color 5k race in my town that is coming in December. I'm really excited about it, but know that things will be crazy for a while. I guess I thought life wasn't crazy enough already!!

Here is what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - One Pot Chili Mac n Cheese
Monday - Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff
Tuesday - Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Grilled Chicken

Fitness Recap:
I had the best run today that I've had in a long time. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but it just felt great. My pace was a little slower, but my distance was over 7 miles. So happy about this!

Sunday - 3.1 mile run
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Tuesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Wednesday - JM Body Revolution Cardio 3
Thursday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Friday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Saturday - 7.32 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slow Cooker Dinners for Busy Weeknights

So, the school year has started. We have two days under our belt. It's been a bit of an adjustment for me. Not only because it means I have to drive the whole way across town and back every morning, but the doors to school open 15 minutes later this year. This is a problem for me and made me have to adjust my workday. I no longer get off work at 4:30 every day :-( which means I don't have as much time after work to cook dinner and have it ready for TC, who now gets home about 5-10 minutes after I do. 

I've decided that the slow cooker will become my new best friend! The only problem I'm having with the recipes I'm finding is that most of them have cream of something soup in them. Here's the thing, I love cream of sodium soup as much as the next gal, but it's definitely not considered to be "cleanse-friendly."  I'm gearing up for another cleanse the end of the month and am prepared to have nothing but success! So, what I've done is put together these recipes to have in one convenient place to refer to once the meal planning and prep start for that cleanse.

Some of these might need to be slightly modified or I will make my own homemade version of an ingredient, but I think they can all fit in with the cleanse.

Seasoned Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans from The Magical Slow Cooker

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas from Southern Living Yankee

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken from Gimme Some Oven

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Southern Living Yankee

Red Beans and Rice in the Slow Cooker from A Pinch of Healthy

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings

Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Southern Living Yankee

Healthy Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili from A Spicy Perspective

This is a pretty good start. I'm going to continue looking so I have a good lost to work with and choose from. We don't want those picky eaters getting bored with dinners!

So long for today...


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {8/14}

Hey friends!! It's our last day before school starts tomorrow and I don't have any time to waste!
We are planning to have a fun-picked day today and soak up the last moments of Summer, so let's get right to it...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Turkey Cutlets
Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Baked Swai
Thursday - Grilled Hamburgers
Friday - Grilled Chicken Tenders
Saturday - Grilled London Broil

Fitness Recap:
I was dealing with a stomach bug the middle of the week, so my workouts got a little off track, I still tried to stay active, but my workouts definitely didn't go the way I had planned. I struggled with some of my running this weekend, too. I tell you, those stomach bugs really take their toll!

Sunday - Rest
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Tuesday - Walk
Wednesday - JM Body Revolution Cardio 3
Thursday - PiYo Sweat
Friday - 3.5 mile run
Saturday - 6.2 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! Good luck to those kids and parents that have school starting up this week!

So long for today...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {8/8}

Well, it's the last week of Summer break in our house. I don't understand parents that get excited when school starts again. Life is so much more hectic and stressful during the school year.

We came up to Carowinds for a little more family fun. It was pretty hot and we ended up in the water park earlier than when we usually go.
This is me trying to stay hydrated in the heat. 

They expanded the water area over the off season and the kids love it. The only problem is when you have other (bigger) kiddos that lack the respect and manners and push my kids out of the way. We got frustrated and headed back to the campground to enjoy the pool there and relax for the evening. It was nice to cook our own dinner and save a little extra money.

Here's the plan for the week...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
Monday - Pasta with Turkey Meatsauce
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Baked Chicken Tenders
Friday - Grilled Turkey Cutlets
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Since I had to work on Friday and we came up to Carowinds, I didn't get any runs in this weekend. But maybe that's a good this to rest the foot a little more.
Sunday - 3.1 mile run
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Tuesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Wednesday - 21 DFX Yoga Fix
Thursday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Friday - 22 Minute Hard Corps Core 2
Saturday - Rest Day

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {7/31}

Hey guys! Can't you believe that August starts Monday?! This summer is FLYING by! I can't believe that school starts here in a couple of weeks. So crazy! Before you know it, pumpkin spiced everything will be popping up all over the place again.


Anyway, I hope you're having a great weekend! Ours has been so busy and absolutely exhausting!! We are shopping for a new truck for TC and I absolutely hate it!! I think I would just about do anything else except this. Seriously. I felt like I needed a shower after we got home! 

We are headed out of town camping next weekend, so my meal plan is in the air for a couple of days and I won't be able to get my run in on Saturday and probably not Sunday morning either. So, my August miles probably won't be looking that good. #runnerproblems 

Here is how our week is shaping up...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Swai
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Crockpot Beef Roast
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Dinner on the way out of town
Saturday - Out of town

Fitness Recap:

I had a pretty good week in workouts. It took me a couple of days to get back into the groove with the 4 am club, but I was there by the end of the week. I'm currently dealing with the plantar fasciitis as well as some shoulder pain. I went to my chiropractor yesterday and we have a plan of attack. Fingers crossed that it works! Here's how my workouts looked for the week...

Sunday - 3.1 miles
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 7
Tuesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 8
Wednesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 7
Thursday - JM Body Revolution Workout 8
Friday - 6.2 mile run
Saturday - 5 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!!

So long for today...


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {7/24}

Hey guys! Did you miss me?! I took a week off from the blog while we were on vacation in PA because I honestly had no idea what the plan was going to be. I try to see as many people as possible when I go home and I'm never really sure what is going to come up at the last minute. I kept up with my runs, but didn't get any strength work in the entire time we were away. Jillian's workouts are going to be KILLER this coming week!! Although, being in PA, I did get lots of hill work in!!

My eating has not been anywhere near on track, but it's all about balance, right? But I'm ready to buckle down and get back on track after we get back to SC. I'm toying with the idea of trying to do a round of Whole30, but I'm not sure if I could do it. If anyone has any tips or tricks for Whole30, please share them with me!!

Here's what I have planned for the week...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Steaks
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled London Broil
Wednesday - Baked Swai
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Lexington Grilled Chicken
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 4.02 mile run
Monday - Rest (Niagara Falls trip)
Tuesday - 4.39 mile run
Wednesday - 4.26 mile run
Thursday - 5.01 mile run
Friday - 4.06 mile run
Saturday - 3.1 mile run before heading back to SC

Ok, time to unpack the car and get back to reality...

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...