Sunday, December 29, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #18

Well, are you surviving the holidays? I think this past week is one of the fastest I have ever had. Having a few extra days off from work definitely helped, too.

Camden ended up coming down with croup (again) so his surgery was postponed a week. Instead of Christmas Eve, he is now scheduled to have it on New Year's Eve. I wish they would have told us this before we got up at 3:30 in the morning and made the trip down there. But what can you do? So once again, if you happen to think of it, thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

So, I didn't do as well as I had wanted to this past week with me eating or exercising. Again, it's those extra days off of work that throw me off. When I get away from my structured days, everything gets thrown off. Hopefully, I will do better this week, but not holding my breath on that one. Maybe soon though.

Southern Living Yankee

Here's what I'm planning for this coming week:

FOOD:
Sunday - Kraft Recipe Makers
Monday - Grilled Kielbasa
Tuesday - Appetizers with friends
Wednesday - Pork and Sauerkraut 
Thursday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Friday - Campbells's Skillet Sauces
Saturday - Leftovers

FITNESS:
Sunday - Yoga Meltdown
Monday - Ripped in 30
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 3 mile run
Thursday - Ripped in 30
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run

We'll see how this week goes. I hope you all have a great week and a safe and Happy New Year!

So long for today...





Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 Ideas

Since 2013 is winding down, I wanted to get some input from all of you about what you would like to see on the blog in 2014. I'd really like to get back to posting some new recipes. I know I won't be able to post a recipe every day like I was doing for a while, but I would like to try to get one recipe post a week up. Since my hubby gave me some fancy schmancy studio lighting equipment, I'm hoping to give you some better looking pictures, too.

So what kinds of foods would you like to see? Healthy, not so healthy? A mixture of the two? I would love to hear from all of you with any thought and/or suggestions you might have for us.

Looking forward, it's looking like we're going to have a busy year ahead of us. We have a cruise the end of January, planning a trip to Asheville, NC in February, probably another trip to PA and thinking about a visit to see Mickey and his friends in Orlando, too. So, you can be sure that I will be including more lifestyle posts. Because, let's face it, you just can't get enough of these two cuties!

So please take a minute to leave a comment about what you have or haven't liked so far and any ideas you might have for me. I love to hear from you all!

So long for today...

And Even Another Bestowed Review

The amazing people at Bestowed were feeling the holiday spirit and decided to offer me another box to review. Of course I took them up on this offer! Seriously, I think every box gets better and better. This one had a little bit of everything included in it. This is the third Bestowed box that I have reviewed. If you're new to Bestowed, check out my other posts about them here and here.
This month's box had on-the-go snacks as well as a dip to mix up, a simmer sauce to try and also some chicken broth that I can always use! I think the item I was most excited about was the Kind bar.
I've seen these and heard so many great things about them, I was happy when I saw one in there. It was the first thing I tried out of the box. It didnt disappoint either. It had great flavors and I love that it only has 5g of sugar. Definitely going to have to try to find these in the store.
So, the great people at Bestowed are feeling generous and have a great offer for all of you. If you order before December 31st, you can get your own Bestowed box for only $10. Since they're usually $19, that's a pretty awesome deal. To get the discount, simply use the discount code HELLOYUM40 at checkout. You can even give a 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscription to a friend or family member. So what are you waiting for, head on over to their site by clicking here, and order your box for you and maybe a friend or two. They'll definitely tha k you for it!

If you try Bestowed, I would love to hear your thoughts. Come back and leave me a comment to let me know.

So long for today...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Weekly Food and Fitness Plan #17

Happy Holidays everyone! Only 3 shopping days left until Christmas! Are you ready? Ready or not...Christmas is coming! I have one gift that I realized is wrapped in Santa's paper that shouldn't be. After I correct that, I think I will be ready!

Last week was a bust for my eating and exercising. I'm so far off-plan it's ridiculous. I'm cutting myself some slack until after New Years. After that, I'm going to put my game face on and buckle back down.

I'm off work now until Friday. Which is very nice. It gives me time to enjoy the holidays. The only thing is that Camden is having oral surgery on Christmas Eve morning. I'm sure everything will go well, but that isn't keeping me from worrying about it. If you think of it, please send some thoughts and prayers our way Tuesday morning.

Southern Living Yankee

Here is this week's plan:
FOOD:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Kielbasa
Tuesday - Cocktail Meatballs
Wednesday - Christmas Dinner
Thursday - Turkey Brats
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Chicken Alfredo

EXERCISE:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - 30 Day Shred - Level 2
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - 30 Day Shred - Level 2
Friday - 30 Day Shred - Level 2
Saturday - 3 mile run

I'm hoping I do better this week than next week.

Have a great week and a very Merry Christmas!

So long for today...





Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #16

Hi friends! I hope you're all having a great weekend and that you're all staying warm and/or dry. It's been a pretty wet weekend down here for us. We went to see our holiday light display last night, but some of the lights were out because of the rain. But we still had a great time!

This past week has been very sweet for me. Last Sunday, I made 5 different kinda of fudge. Friday, I made pecan brittle, chocolate peanut clusters and some pretzel toffee bark. They all turned out great! Today, my mom and sister came over for us to bake cookies. We made 5 different kinds and had a great time doing it. We really don't need the cookies. It's just a fun tradition that we have. It's nice to carry on those traditions. 

Needless to say, I've been eating way too many treats this past week, so I really need to get some healthy eats in this coming week.

Southern Living Yankee

Here's what I have planned:
Food:
Sunday - Chicken Noodle Soup
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - Grilled Kielbasa
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Fitness:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - 3 mile run
Tuesday - 30 day Shred - Level 2
Wednesday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 2
Thursday - 30 Day Shred
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run

The last few days have been pretty busy for me, so I haven't gotten a lot of exercises in.  I promise you that I am and will continue to keep trying to sneak some in!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #15

Happy Sunday!! I hope you all have found the holiday spirit!! I sure have. With the exception of gifts for the kid's teachers, I am done with my Christmas shopping. I even have everything that has already been delivered wrapped. Even the ones from Santa. I know, I know. Quit rolling your eyes. I've never been this far ahead of the game before. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now. 

Last week ended up being way off plan. Most of the dinners were different from what I had planned. It just ended up being hectic and things changed. So this week is going to have a lot of the same meals I had planned last week.

Southern Living Yankee

Here's the plan:
Food:
Sunday - Fresh Take Chicken
Monday - Chili
Tuesday - Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches
Wednesday - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Winging It...

Fitness:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Tuesday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Wednesday - 30 Day Shred - Level 2
Thursday - 3 mile run 
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 mile run

I'm baking cookies with my mom and sister on Saturday, so I'm not sure how the exercise is going to work out, but we'll see.

Have a great week everyone!!

So log for today...

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan - #14

Wow! Is it already Sunday? This Thanksgiving break has flown by so fast! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday weekend and that you have taken time to count your blessings. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family in my life. We have had a fantastic weekend together. I'm so sad to see it all end. But I'm looking forward to this Christmas season. We are lighting the Advent candle at church today. We did it last year as well. It's such a great way to kick off the season.

Southern Living Yankee

Here is my plan for the week:
Food:
Sunday - Fresh Take Chicken
Monday - Crockpot Chili
Tuesday - TC's Birthday Dinner
Wednesday - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Crockpot Roast

Fitness:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Ripped in 30 - Level 1
Tuesday - Ripped in 30 - Level 2
Wednesday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Thursday - Rest
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run

I got pretty busy last week and slacked off on my exercise, so I didn't get to bump up to level 2. But definitely plan to do it this week. Gotta get rid of these last few pounds of pregnancy weight!

So long for today...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Another Bestowed Review


Hi friends! I hope you're all having a great week and getting everything ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I have family coming into town tonight. I think I just about have everything ready. If I don't ready or not, here they come. Lol!

I was lucky enough to have Bestowed send me another box to review. As much as I liked the first one, this one was even better! Nutritionist Heather Bauer really did a fantastic job at putting this box together. I'm not sure how she decids what to include each month, but she definitely had a winner this time around!


There were so many great things included in this month's box. Here is what I got:
* Wild Garden
* Crunchmaster Multi-seed Crackers
* Eat Green Tea (edible green tea leaves)
* LifeIce Popsicles
* Nektar Honey Crystals
* Perfect Fuel Chocolate
* Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar
* Salba Smart Chia Boost
* Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
* ZICO Chocolate

I love that they included Coconut water again. There are so many amazing benefits of drinking it. It's great that they help to share the love on that one. I don't know what I liked the best about this box. Everything was so great. I haven't been able to use everything yet, but I'm getting through them one at a time. I've heard so many great things about most of these products. When I opened the box and saw the great variety, I was so excited!


They said that this month's box was full of products to help to kickstart your workout and they definitely didn't disappoint. This couldn't have come at a better time for me since I am trying to buckle back down and lose these last few pregnancy pounds. I'm so close to goal and hopefully will get there soon!


If you want to try Bestowed, I have great news for you! They are offering a promotional discount for you to try a box for only $10! How great is that? When you go to the Bestowed website, you can join and order a box. At checkout, enter the discount code HELLOTEN105 to get your discount. Easy peasy!

I hope you'll all try one with this great offer. You never know what new product you will try that you might fall in love with!

I hope you all have a great holiday!

So long for today...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #13

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all staying warm and/or dry wherever you are. We've had some pretty warm weather the last few days and it was so nice! Except yesterday was rainy and dreary and now it's Turning cooler again. But I like it to be cooler for the holidays. I guess that's because I'm from the North. It was very rare if it was warm for Thanksgiving, so I think I'm still in that mindset. It doesn't even seem like the holidays to me if it isn't cool, which a lot of times in the past it hasn't been. Anyway, it's supposed to be cool this week for Thanksgiving, so that should definitely have me in the holiday spirit.

Southern Living Yankee

Here's what is on tap for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday: Mountain Pies on the fire
Monday: Grilled Turkey Patties
Tuesday: Skillet Fried Ham & Potatoes
Wednesday: Lasagna
Thursday: Thanksgiving!!!
Friday: Leftovers, of course!
Saturday: Chili

Fitness Plan:
Sunday: Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Monday: Ripped in 30 - Level 1
Tuesday: Ripped in 30 - Level 2
Wednesday: Yoga Meltdown or Rest
Thursday: Walk after dinner!!
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 3 mile run

We have company coming into town Wednesday, so it might be a rest day for me. We will see.

I hope you all have a great week! I will try to get another post or two up, but we will see what happens with that.

Don't forget to link-up with your weekly plan!

So long for today...

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #12

Good morning friends. I hope you are all having a great weekend. Are you all getting geared up for Thanksgiving? It's less than 2 weeks away now. Does anyone else think that they are pushing Christmas early this year? It seems like people are decorating earlier, people are shopping earlier and even radio stations are playing Christmas carols already. My sister is always saying, "Let the turkey have his day!" And I completely agree! We always put our tree up and decorate the day after Thanksgiving. I'm glad that Thanksgiving is late this year, because when its earlier, I'm usually so tired of the Christmas decorations. The day after Christmas, I am so ready to take down the tree and decorations. Anyone else?

Southern Living Yankee

Ok, so let's get to this week's plan. Shall we?

Dinner Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Monday - Turkey Patties
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Recipe Makers
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Birthday Party!!

Workouts:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Tuesday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Wednesday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Thursday - Rest!
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run

So there it is! Hopefully, this week will be calmer than last week was and i can stick to the plan. Have a great week!

So long for today...

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Pumpkin Bread


Look at this! Two recipes in the same week! I'm on fire! Haha. I know you might be getting tired of all the pumpkin things that are being posted everywher this year, but I'm all caught up in it, too. I'm addicted to pumpkin spice for some reason this year. Have you all seen the pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses? So, so good! If you see them, you need to buy a bag. I might have bought one (or eight - not kidding) bags just before Halloween. I'm having to pace myself. Otherwise, I could seriously eat an entire bag in one sitting. They're that good. At least, that's what I think. TC would disagree with you.

So I've been wanting to make some pumpkin bread all Fall. A couple of weeks ago, I tried to make a healthy version that didn't have any butter or sugar in it. It was a great idea, but ended up in the trash. The think I was most disappointed about was wasting 1/2 of a cup of local honey that someone had given me. It was so good, I could have eaten it with a spoon. Anyway, I had to redeem myself and make some pumpkin bread worth eating. There are so many different recipes out there, I didn't know which one to try. I didn't want to make too much bread as I know who would be the one eating it all! So I looked in my trusty Fannie Farmer cookbook and found a simple and delicious recipe. The result was perfection! TC and Addison both loved it. Here is the recipe:

PUMPKIN BREAD
adapted from Fannie Farmer
Servings: 10
Points+: 7


1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 c. sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 c. pumpkin purée
1/2 c. canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. water
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda and mix until blended. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs, water and spices. Mix until this is blended. Next, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until blended, but do not over mix. If using nuts, fold them in at this point.

Pour the batter into a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn the loaf out of the baking pan and allow to cool on a rack.

Enjoy!


So what are your must-have recipes for the Fall season? Do you prefer pumpkins or apples? I hope you all have a great weekend!

So long for today...


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Roasted Butternut Squash


Hey everyone. I meant to post this earlier this week, but once again, things have been hectic at our house. Camden came down with croup again and we ended up in the ER with him on Monday. He was having some trouble breathing and it worried this mama bear. They gave him a breathing treatment, some steroids, ran some x-rays (which came back clear), gave us a couple of prescriptions and sent us on his way. He is breathing much better now. He still has the barking cough, and that is still annoying him, but overall, he is doing much better. Z-packs really are awesome, I tell you!

So a couple of years ago, I tried a recipe to make butternut squash fries. Since butternut squash doesn't have any points, it seemed like such a great swap. Well, after getting a great strength workout in for my arms by cutting that sucker up, I baked it up and tried it. Unfortunately, I didn't care for the fries. They weren't crisp at all and just didn't satisfy my hunger for fries. Fast forward to this year. More and more people are talking about how great squash is. When I was at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, squash was on sale, so I decided to pick up a butternut squash and a spaghetti squash. I googled and pinterested (yes, I make up my own words now!) for recipes and found a couple to use as a guideline, but decided to put my own twist on it. The result was absolutely delicious! I had to buy another one last weekend and roasted it for this week. So, so good. It takes a bit to prep it, but it's definitely worth it! Here is how I made it:

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Servings: Ha! Maybe 2 - 4 depending on if you can stop eating it!
Points+: 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

The first step is to cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds.

After that, you need to peel the squash. I just used my vegetable peeler for this. The skin is kind of tough, but it wasn't an issue for me.

After peeling the squash, I cut it up into about 1 inch pieces. Mine weren't all uniform, but that didn't matter.

Next, I spread out the squash on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. I take a little bit of olive oil and spread it over top of all of the squash.

Over top, I sprinkle a little bit of seasoned salt and some garlic powder. These are the spices that I prefer. I tend to use them on a lot of different things these days. But you can use whichever spices you like.

Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 50 - 60 minutes.

When you take it out of the oven, it will smell amazing and you will have some delicious darker pieces as well.

I like to serve mine up as a side dish with whatever we are eating. I also like to just eat it as a snack. I like to keep some in the fridge all the time so I can just reheat it when I get hungry for it.

I hope you all try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do. This is definitely going to be making a regular appearance in my kitchen in the future!

So long for today...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan # 11

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all staying warm wherever you are. We've been having some crazy temperatures lately that have been all over the place this past week. This coming week is supposed to have even bigger dips, too. Might have to break out the fleece!

We're having a low key weekend this week. We've had plenty of cozy fires and will probably have another one today. We have a baby that isn't feeling 100%, so it's just going to be a lounge around the house kind of day today.

Southern Living Yankee

Here is this week's plan:

Food:
Sunday- Taco Bake
Monday - Chicken Marsala
Tuesday - Fajitas
Wednesday - Sweet & Sour Chicken
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Grilled Turkey Brats

Fitness:
Sunday - 4 mile run
Monday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Tuesday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Wednesday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Thursday - Rest
Friday - 30 Day Shred - Level 1
Saturday - 3 Mile Run

Friday might end up being a family walk or a run. We'll have to see how my week/day goes. I might bump up to Level 2 of shred next week. We'll see about that, too.

I hope you all have a great week! Don't forget to check out some of the plans for the other ladies on here. Who knows, you might be inspired to try a new workout or recipe. 

So long for today...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WIAW

Good morning everyone! Does everyone know what day it is?......Wednesday!! Oh, it's also hump day, too! Lol! We're getting there my friends. Just a couple more days.

I tried so hard to get pictures of everything that I ate the other day. I've actually tried the last two days. But for some reason, I always forget to take pictures of dinner. I'm guessing its because the evenings at our house are so hectic and by the time I manage to get dinner on the table, Camden is usually deciding that he also wants to eat, so I have to shovel the food into my mouth as fast as I can. (Nice, huh?) The last thing I'm thinking of at this point is taking a picture of my plate. So you're going to have to forgive my lack of dinner picture. But I'll give you an amazing description that you'll know exactly what it was.


So lets get to it, shall we?

Breakfast was my typical eggs and turkey bacon

But I also had some roasted butternut squash (my new favorite food)

My morning snack was an apple with Greek yogurt

Lunch was a chicken Caesar wrap with the extra on the side and some Quaker Popped Chips

For my afternoon snack, I had some carrots with roasted vegetable hummus

Dinner was delicious grilled honey line chicken with a side of brown rice and steamed broccoli (See? Who needs pictures?)

I also had a small bowl of Special K cereal after dinner.

So there it is. I'm trying to change things up a little bit with some new foods. My new food for today is spaghetti squash.
Got to keep life interesting, right?

So long for today.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #10

Happy Daylight Savings time everyone! Did you remember to turn your clocks back? As always, I hope you're having an amazing weekend. Our's has been great, but going to fast as usual! Since we've taken the last couple of weeks of from working on the house, we're trying to get back into that. I'd like to have the house organized and de-cluttered by the time the holidays (not counting Halloween) roll around because we always end up with extra clutter around Christmas!

I'm going to try something new this week and keep a copy of the menu plan on the refrigerator. I've been finding that I can't remember what I've planned for the week and I'm always having to go in and check. But I think if I keep it up on the fridge where I can always see it, it will make it easier for me to have everything prepped and ready to go. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Southern Living Yankee

Here's this week's plan:

Menu Plan:
SUNDAY: Oven Baked Swai
MONDAY: Grilled Honey Lime Chicken with brown rice and broccoli
TUESDAY: Cinnamon Pancakes w/ turkey bacon
WEDNESDAY: Crockpot Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti
THURSDAY: Leftovers
FRIDAY: Taco Bake
SATURDAY: Grilled Hamburgers w/ hand-cut oven baked fries

Fitness Plan:
SUNDAY: 4 mile run
MONDAY: 30 Day Shred - Level 1
TUESDAY: 30 Day Shred - Level 1
WEDNESDAY: Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
THURSDAY: Rest
FRIDAY: 3 mile run
SATURDAY: 3 mile run

I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend and a fantastic week. I will try to be better about putting up some posts. Might even share a new recipe with you all!

Don't forget to check out some of the other blogs in the link-up and give the ladies (and possible gentlemen) some love!


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for another week. We had a busy but relaxing weekend if that makes sense.

Thursday evening, we went shopping and Addison finally decided on her Halloween costume: Sofia the First. She has been so excited ever since we bought it. She wants to wear it all the time and is disappointed that she has to wait.


Friday was a relaxing day around the house. We had a bunch of family over for dinner that night. I made some Chicken Corn Chowder that I thought turned out really well. I hope everyone else enjoyed it, too!

Saturday the kids and I went shopping with my mom, sister and niece while TC worked on making some wooden pumpkins for the front yard. We had a great time (as always) and the pumpkins look really cute! That night, we went to a Relay for Life event for a short time, then went to the neighbor's house to cook some hot dogs on the fire. Good food and good company!


Sunday, we went to church, breakfast with my parents, grocery shopping and then hung around the house the rest of the day. I was happy to get a 4 mile run in. It was the first time in a long time that I ran 4 miles. It felt great, too! I'd like to do a half marathon someday, but that day is still a bit in the future for me.


Sunday night, I made some cheesy garlic bread and pizza pockets for dinner. It was a change from the meal plan, but they were so good!

So that's our weekend. We kept busy, but still managed to relax a little bit.

I hope you all have a great week! I will try to do a WIAW post again for you all. Hope I remember to take pictures of everything for you!

So long for today...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan

Happy Sunday Friends! I hope you're having a great weekend! it has been such a nice and relaxing weekend for us! its nice to have one of these every now and then.

I wanted to do a quick post before church to give you this week's plan:

Food:
Sunday: Pan Fried Swai
Monday: Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Tuesday: Chicken & Corn Chowder
Wednesday: Grilled kielbasa Sandwiches
Thursday: Ravioli
Friday: Camping
Saturday: Camping

Fitness:
Sunday: 4 mile run
Monday: TurboFire
Tuesday: TurboFire
Wednesday: Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Family Walk
Saturday: 3 mile run

Ok. Time to head out. Hope you all have a great day! Weekend recap will be up tomorrow.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


Happy Friday everyone! We made it through another week! This one was a quick one for me, so not too bad. The temperature took a nose dive over the last few days and Fall has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods. But it's supposed to warm back up a little bit next week to more seasonable temperatures. The weather has been relatively beautiful though! Blue skies and sun as far as you can see. We get a little bit of rain here and there, but I can put up with a little bit of that!


So since Fall is in full swing, I thought I would share my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I tried a Pumpkin Spice cupcake at a local cafe a few weeks ago and knew that I would have to make some of my own. The flavors were so delicious and the frosting was so light. Definitely not the regular buttercream that I'm used to. So I turned to Pinterest of course! The cupcakes are based based on this recipe at SkinnyTaste and the frosting is from Can You Stay For Dinner.

PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES
Servings: 24
Points+: 3


French Vanilla Cake Mix
2 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 c. canned 100% pure pumpkin
1 c. water
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.

Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree, water and egg white, mix about 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


WHIPPED VANILLA PUMPKIN SPICE FROSTING
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (not powdered sugar)
1/2 t. pumpkin spice


In a medium saucepan, whisk one cup of milk with 5 tablespoons of flour. Heat over medium until the mixture begins to sputter, whisking constantly. Continue to stir as the mixture thickens. You will know it’s done when it reaches the consistency of thick cake batter, after about 7 minutes of heating and whisking. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and set aside to cool COMPLETELY.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or using a hand held mixer, beat 2 sticks of softened butter (1 cup) with 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar and pumpkin spice until light, fluffy, and white in color, about 3 solid minutes of beating on medium-high speed. You want the sugar to be totally incorporated into the butter.

Be sure that the milk/flour mixture has completely cooled, and add it to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat all ingredients for about 1 minute on high speed, scraping down the bowl halfway, until they are smooth and well blended. The frosting should be as light and fluffy as whipped cream.

Frost each cupcake and ENJOY!!

So 5 points for a cupcake. That's not too bad, right? Especially one that is this delicious. Trust me. You need to try these. You won't regret it!

I'm linking up with some awesome ladies today for That's Fresh Friday!  Go check them out!  
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So long for today...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan and Weekend Recap

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you're all well and had an amazing weekend. Things have been pretty hectic for us the last couple of weeks. But I think we might acutally get a break for a bit. We are camping this coming weekend, but we'll be pretty local, so that will be nice.

We had Camden's baptism at church yesterday. Friday and Saturday were spent getting ready for that. Sunday, we went to church for the service, then we had a cookout with everyone at our house afterwards. It was a great day. We are very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.

Here are some pictures from the day...yes, we have very tall ministers. They are both over 6 feet tall!

With my mom and dad:




My sister and my niece:

TC's mom hold Camden and our neighbors that came for the service:



Cupcakes I made for the after party:

Here is a side by side comparison of Addison from her baptism and Camden from his. Sometimes the similarities amaze me!


We really had such a nice day. And to top it off, our Steelers not only won, but they beat the Ravens!! Hope this means the season might improve from here. Not holding my breath on that one though.

Ok, so now it's time to buckle back down and get back on track with my eating and exercise. Here is what I have planned for the week:

Southern Living Yankee

Dinner Plan:
Monday: Grilled Turkey Brats
Tuesday: Grilled Hamburgers
Wednesday: Crockpot Roast Beef Sandwiches
Thursday: Ravioli
Friday: Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder
Saturday: Camping - Mountain Pies/Hot Dogs on the Fire

Exercise Plan:
Monday: T25
Tuesday: T25
Wednesday: Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Thursday: T25
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday:3 mile run

I know I don't have a ton of detail, but I haven't been to the grocery store yet. So I need to do that before I will know what the sides are. I promise next week's plan will be better.

I hope you all have a great week. Don't forget to link-up with you plan for the week!

So long for today...