Its about time

Since it has been around a year since I have been on here, I thought it was well past time to get back in the game.  🙂

What a way to start than with this:

The word you are looking for is…”ahhh…maaaaa…zing!”

This awesome creation by McCormick and Schmick’s graced my plate yesterday in all its splendor.  It is huge!  At least to me.  The size of the picture doesn’t do it justice.  It is truly a delicious piece of art filled with mousse and the raspberry sauce on the bottom is delicious!  I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

We then made our way to see Allegiant…which sadly I would not recommend to anyone and everyone.  My husband enjoyed it, but has not read the book.  Very futuristic…almost to the sci-fy realm.  I, being a HARD CORE Divergent fan, am not enjoying all the artistic liberties being put into the films.  This last one is completely different than the book, changed, not just missing parts.  However, it is entertaining.

That’s it for now!  Figured I would start with a nice light, yummy post before delving into politics and such on my first blog back in action.

😉

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Cherries, Goals, Joseph and Josh McDowell

My daughter recently had a birthday, and I was lacking in taking pictures of the food, so I will just tell you about it.

Her theme was cherries, so I decided to include cherries in every part of the dinner.  We had cherry coke and cherry koolaid to drink, cherry glazed pork roast and cherry coke bbq ribs for our main course, cherry applesauce and a tossed salad with dried cherries for sides, cherry muffins and cherry jello topped of the dinner off.  Dessert included  cherry pie cookies and a chocolate cake shaped as decorated as a cherry.  Cherry heads, cherry tootsie pops and cherry twizzlers garnished the table as well.

I had a lot of fun making these dishes, most of the recipes were new.  And, she was excited that cherries touched everything!  I think her love for cherries is waning slightly…probably just because we were inundated with them for awhile.  😉

Anyone interested in the above recipes, shoot me a message!  🙂

In other news…I know I have not done well with blogging every day as was my goal.  Gallbladders and floods got in the way.  BUT, I have to say that God is drawing me closer.  Definitely giving me new questions to tackle and research, which means I am digging into His word more, which is always a good thing!  I am by no means digging in as much as I could/should, but I am getting there…only because of Him.  In my gallbladder craziness, both food and exercise went by the wayside, but it actually helped me get back to normal living.  I found that overtraining leads to overeating for me, because the calories you burn can’t compete with the incredible hunger.  So, I am mixing it up, doing different cardio and strength routines, not getting stuck in a rut and not getting crazy hungry.  ‘At first there was no difference, but I am happy to say that I am finally seeing some more definition in my body AND shed a couple pounds (just a couple, but I am ok with that for now).  😉

I recently finished UnDaunted.  It is a nonfiction book about Josh McDowell.  Josh McDowell is the author of More Than a Carpenter.  Josh learned to forgive the unforgivable, to trust the untrustable and to hope in something he didn’t quite believe all because of God.  The writing may not be the greatest, but the story is amazing!

My husband and I began watching Seasons of Gray~A Modern Day Joseph Story.  WOW!  So good!  We have to finish it tonight but I can already recommend it.

That is my eclectic post for the day!

🙂

Mommy Real

I am generally the stereotypical mom/teacher whose immune system is strong and doesn’t have time to be sick.  😉  Well, some crud came and hit the whole family hard this week.  During the worst day for all of us, I was scheduled to take dinner to a friend, which I loved doing (no complaints).  But after teaching sick kiddos all day, cooking their dinner, and delivering it, I was spent and so were they.  Again, not complaining, this is just leading up to my mommy failure.  It was just about six on our way home and I was debating dinner for us.  My mind, nose and head were clogged and so we pulled into the grocery store where I proceeded to buy packaged sodium.  For those of you who know me, this is not my style, but sometimes something has to give.  And I felt extremely guilty laying down the made for kid tv dinners, as well as donuts for the next morning.  But, such is life.  And the kids love donuts!!!  🙂

clean eating

I began following the Quick and Clean Diet today!  So far so good.  I LOVE the protein smoothie…1 cup of strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey and 6 oz egg whites.  It is actually filling, sweet and creamy…pretty good.  I have dinner left…shrimp salad.  I also did my cardio and static exercises for the day.  Hoping for the best!  🙂

Dinner

Tried my first Paleo dinner last night.  I went through the day knowing that today would be my official start day so was about half Paleo yesterday, only slipping on having some kid flavored oatmeal.  🙂  Smelled so good!  Anyway, I found that almond crusted chicken is pretty awesome.  No need for breading.  Paired that with some sweet potato slices and a nice strawberry spinach salad.  The kids enjoyed it too!

*I am trying to be mostly Paleo, but know I will fall into Primal a bit as well.  And still am thinking of having some yummy carbs every now and then, but we will see.  Today is only day 1.