Week’s Nom Nom

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Happy Monday Y’all! It has finally gottin’ hot around Houston and I have been sweatin’ like a machine while running! 

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I met my fitness goal and ran 6 times last week.  I didn’t run Friday or Saturday, but I actually ran twice on Sunday.  I can also say we prepared healthy real food for a lot of the week too AND it has been 10 days since eating sweets.

Sunday: Baked Red Snapper, Sautéed Beet Greens, Cucumber Salad, Roasted Beets. 

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Red Snapper was actually on sale and ended up spending like $15lb for this fish.  It was a splurge, but then again we usually eat pretty smancy of Sunday nights.  It was absolutely delicious and I would eat it again! I also made this cucumber salad with some plain yogurt from raw milk, added a bunch of dill, salt, and pepper and wa-bam!

Monday: Cheesecake Factory (Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwich)

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Instead of having a student council banquet this year, we just met at the cheesecake factory for a dinner.

Tuesday: Bacon/Veggie Sandwich

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This is the best sandwich eva! Especially if you use organic “thick” bacon and Ezekiel bread and LOAD ON THE VEGGIES!

Wednesday/Thursday: Spaghetti & Salad

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We had some leftover “semi” homemade spaghetti sauce.  We purchased some organic spaghetti sauce from Whole Foods and spiced it up with grass-fed beef, garlic, mushrooms, and oregano from our garden.  We also have been buying organic wheat pasta that is actually very inexpensive and when you don’t eat it often, it is worth it.

Friday: Happy Hour @ Tacos Milagro.  I ate some tamales……(was prolly my worst meal, but I didn’t eat chips and salsa like I normally do at Mexican Restaurants)

Saturday Breakfast- Oatmeal

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Best way to sweeten up oatmeal is add a super ripe banana.  I also added a little honey, vanilla, fresh strawberries, and some chopped almonds.  It was prolly my best oatmeal to date.

Saturday Lunch- Mission Burrito Veggie Salad.

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Holy Yum! I would suggest it

Saturday Dinner-Steak, Sweet Potato, Grilled Onion, Sautéed Spinach, and Grilled Mushroom.

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Matt is seriously getting nervous cause we are depleting our steak stash in the freezer.  My man loves his beef 🙂

Sunday Breakfast- 2 Eggs on English Muffin, Leftover Steak

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Last week we bought Ezekiel English muffins.  They are WAY better than normal ones that I used to get in college.  We baked some farm fresh eggs (can’t you tell by the color of the yoke?!) in ramekins so they would hold their shape and put them on the buttered muffin w/ swiss cheese.  We also enjoyed my leftover steak from Saturday. 

Sunday Lunch- Salad w/ turkey

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Question: Can you give me some healthy dinner ideas?

No sweets and my sweet mother

This week was cray cray! It was teacher’s appreciation week (only 18 days of school left!) and I was partly responsible for some of the things at school each day.  But, I did feel the love from my students and from the parent volunteers with the cards and lunches.  This week wasn’t my best “healthy” week, because I had so many meals away from home.  Soooo, after Wednesday’s indulgence of sweets (I ate a piece of cake, 3 cookies, and a cupcake!) at school, I decided I would go 30 days without sweets.  I need to get my stuff back together, ASAP! Here are my eats.

We had fish tacos Sunday and Monday.

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Tuesday I had a student council event at a Mexican restaurant and I made monster cookies for teachers on behalf of student council.

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Wednesday and Thursday we ate stir fry….  Brown rice, gulf shrimp, and sautéed frozen veggies.  This is a super quick dinner that I recommend.

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Friday we had a happy hour after school so we ate at a Mexican restaurant way late.

Saturday morning, I made some eggs and enjoyed a bowl of yogurt with mango and pineapple. 

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For lunch, I cleaned out the fridge and ate some left-over chicken and potatoes with some guacamole and peppers. 

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Also,I had to chaperone prom.  So Luisa and I stopped at a Mexican restaurant before prom and I also snacked at prom when we got there. 

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Do you get the point?! I LOVE Mexican food but I haven’t had sweets/candy since Wednesday.  And boy did I turn down fro-yo at school, cookies and cake at the luncheon, and cheesecake at prom.  So I guess I had a small victory. 

Real quick shot out to my amazing mother.  I really don’t know what I would do without you and I can’t imagine the day I can’t pick up the phone to talk to you about school, my husband, my friends,and my future.  Also, my mom knows how to have fun! She laughs just as much as me and knows how to have a good time.

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Question: What are you doing with your mother today?

Cinco de Mayo and Fish Tacos

What a great weekend! I feel like I say that every Monday…..hehe

Saturday we finished up some trim painting and I ran to get some milk.  I spent $70!  Ga-lore that’s a lot of money.  I got 2 gallons milk, 3 quarts yogurt, 1 cream, 3 dozen eggs, and homemade soap for my honey.  No we don’t use all this in a week…..this is for 2 weeks.  The farmer only comes to Sugar Land every other week, so we need to do some stocking up.

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My friend Sarah from Iowa was here in Houston for work.  I went out for dinner with her last Thursday and caught up on the things in our lives. (I haven’t seen her since my wedding in July) Her birthday was yesterday and her fiancé came to Houston Friday night to visit her.  We met them early afternoon in midtown at Pubfiction so we could catch the Kentucky Derby and celebrate cinco de mayo. 

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The race was exciting and the weather was perfect.  After the Kentucky Derby, we went to Cyclone Anaya’s to “sample” their margaritas and enjoy some grub.  We had sooooo much fun at dinner.  The food was delicious, the margaritas plentiful, and the music was bumpin’.   

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After we filled our tummies, we went to Celtic Garden and got our grove thang’ on to this amazing DJ.  Yes, this girl was dancin’! 

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We got home just after 10:00 and stood outside for awhile and shot-the-shit with the neighbors. 

Sunday morning we went to Lowe’s (we are regulars) and got groceries.  I felt like I had ate enough tortilla chips and salsa the night before (Yikes!), so I thought eating a “lighter” lunch was appropriate. 

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 I wanted to make something mexicany, so I decided we would go for fish tacos.  What a good decision! We got some red snapper and I made some mango salsa that was DA-BOMB!  So easy too!  Dice some mango, add a little bit of diced pineapple, some red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt.  Holy guacamole (we had that too) it was good!

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 Sarah joined us for dinner and we enjoyed fish tacos, black beans, and grilled corn. 

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Don’t forget a monster cookie and a glass of wine for dessert.  I better get my crap back together this week….cause I had too much fun and boy am I tired.  AND, don’t forget it’s teacher appreciation week!

Question: Did you celebrate cinco de mayo?

Weekend Quickie

I hurried home from school on Friday so I could get in a quick run before Matt got home. It was a HOT one!IMG_0264

After all, we actually had plans for Friday night.  I showered up and we went to grab a bite to eat at Ruthie’s Mexican.  We headed to No Label Brewery to meet up with a few friends.  The wind was so frickin’ strong….it sucked.  But, it sure was nice catching up.

Saturday morning, after a few beers, I had a hard time rolling out of bed. I got up and made this deliciousness.

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I enjoyed a 5-ingredient pancake (banana, 2 eggs, vanilla, flax seed, and cinnamon) smeared with almond butter and real maple syrup.  I sipped on some coffee and watched the Today Show….man, I have a rough life!

We later got it together and ran to Lowe’s.  It is not possible to make it out of that store without spending like $100.  After Lowe’s we went to Whole Foods to buy some groceries.  We each had a half of sandwich and cup of soap for lunch.  Since I couldn’t find everything I like at Whole Foods, we then ran to HEB to finish up our shopping.  I now know why my dad goes to both Hy-Vee AND Fairway. Such a pain sometimes, but there are just some things that cost an arm and a leg at Whole Foods….

Saturday night we stayed in and enjoyed this appetizer before dinner. Caprese salad….

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I ran outside to our garden in the torrential downpour to get some basil from our garden.  I was soaked! We literally got 1 inch of rain every hour (And it poured for 5 hours) and the lightning/thunder was crazy.  You just put grape tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella on a toothpick and voila! Then pour some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on them with a pinch of salt and pepper.

I was fast asleep like a little angel by 9:30.  Yea, I know I’m pretty lame. 

Woke up early and relaxed for a bit and ate a small breakfast.  I didn’t want to eat a lot because I was meeting a bunch of girls out for lunch today for Jessica’s birthday.  After breakfast, Matt and I went for a run (5 miles, with 10 pushups every mile).  It was killer. Then we hit up some sit ups in the garage. I knew I was going to have to do a lot since I was going out for lunch and a drink 😉

Question: Do you go to two different stores to buy your groceries or am I crazy? 

Busy Weekend

Friday NightIMG_0245We went to Red Lion Friday night after work for a happy hour with Matt’s coworkers.  We had such a good time! Got a chance to have a few beers, eat a baked brie salad, and catch up with buds.  We got home around 9:00.  I love a night that starts early and ends early so you don’t screw your whole weekend over getting home at 3 a.m.

Saturday

IMG_0246IMG_0248We were up by 8:00, and got started prepping the house for painting weekend #2.  We laid the brown paper and blankets all over and tapped the trim.  This paper makes clean up soooooo much easier.

IMG_0247These were the two colors we were considering.  We wanted something that was not white but still neutral.  We definitely went with the one on the left! The other one was just too brown.

We stopped around noon to run and pick up milk and we stopped at Chiptole’s for a quick lunch.  We also hit up HEB for a pizza crust/mushrooms for dinner.  We painted for a solid 8 hours and was rocking the 80’s music station on the TV.  Who knew the 80’s had that good of music?!?! You should of seen our dance moves…. yep, even when standing on a ladder 😉 We had a lot of fun!

IMG_0250Here is the base of our pizzas.  Matt’s-the pizza, Jen’s the mushrooms.

IMG_0251This is basil from our garden!  To make a margarita pizza, chop garlic and basil and slice tomatoes.

IMG_0252Spread some olive oil on your crust/mushrooms, sprinkle the chopped garlic and lay out your basil and tomatoes.

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IMG_0255Put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 400.  Even my mushrooms were delicious.  I was mmmmmmmm-ing the whole time.

Sunday

Another early morning….up around 7:30 and tapped the hallway so we could finish painting.  Ate a massive bowl of oatmeal and relaxed prepped for another day of painting.  We did have some errands to run……

First, we went the new Sprout’s Farmer’s Market.  It is a new grocery store in Katy.  Don’t waste your time.  HEB actually has a great selection of healthy foods.  One thing I did purchase was this apple cider vinegar drink.  I totally recommend it.  Yum! Next, we went to Home Depot to purchase to painting stuff and cages for our tomato plants. Last, we went the HEB for groceries.

IMG_0257We painted all afternoon and some how found the will power to prep some foods for the week and still make din din.  Dinner was quick, easy, and delicious.IMG_0258Grilled chicken, sautéed beet greans,  roasted butternut squash, and some killer homemade kombucha.  Off to bed! Let’s hope for a quick week so we can paint trim next weekend.  Sigh……….

Question: What did you do this weekend?

Professional Painter part 2

Check out the professional painters part 1 here.

Friday night we finally got our act together after 3 years of living in our home and went and bought paint to tackle the ceilings.  We went to Sherwin Williams so we don’t have to deal with the crap at Home Depot.  When you go to Home Depot to get paint, the 15 yr old behind the counter doesn’t know jack about painting and you usually have to wait in line for like 7 hours……ok, maybe 2!

IMG_0231Friday night, I watched Matt tape the ceilings.  He was such a professional… I thought I would let him do all three areas (dining room, living room, and the hallway).  I made sure the tape was straight 😉

IMG_0232Saturday morning we removed some of furniture in the living room and decluttered the best we could.  We didn’t want anything to be in our way and we certainly didn’t want to get paint on our stuff.IMG_0233We bought a roll of this brown paper and laid it on the floor.  We started painting in the dinning room first.  It was soooooo worth it! We definitely dripped a few times! Opps!IMG_0234We broke out all the painting supplies.  P.S. Painting materials aren’t cheap! It is for sure cheaper than paying someone to paint.IMG_0235I painted all the trim while Matt did the “rolling.” It wasn’t easy but well worth the sweat-equity!  It makes you feel so accomplished after completing home improvement projects.  We finished the dining room and living room and it was time for a lunch break. It was nearly 1:00 and our stomachs were rumbling.  I quit a little early to prep our delicious lunch.IMG_0237I would say a pretty healthy and scrumptious lunch if I would have to say so myself.  We each had a salad and an apple with yogurt.IMG_0236When we removed the tape in the dining room, this is what our line looked like. Errrrr!!! Our wall is so popcorny (like HUGE bumps all over) the tape didn’t adhere very well to the wall.  Oh well….That is why you do touch ups 🙂IMG_0238Painting can be fun with your hubby! IMG_0043Then after we cleaned up and showered, we grilled a steak and ate sautéed kale and a baked potato.  Don’t forget we had this refreshing tequila sunrise.  Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, tequila, and a splash of grand marnier. Yum!

Question: Is sweat-equity worth it to you or do prefer to spend the money?

Fun In Arlington, TX

So….It’s been awhile since I sat down and plugged away on the laptop because I was in Dallas with 11 kiddos for student council.  We left Sunday morning and made the should of been 5 hour trip, but actually was 6 hours, up north.  I could of ran faster then he was driving! We arrived at our hotel, the Fairfield Inn, and then took off to the convention center.

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It sure makes a school trip fun when you get to travel with your friend, Luisa.

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There were 5,000 student council nerds students at this conference and the speakers are awesome.  It is just one big par-tay!

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Monday night TASC rented out Six Flags for our very own private party.  So the park was closed to the public and all 5,000 went to get crazy at six flags.  I was excited, yet nervous, to get on the big coasters.  I didn’t puss out though…..

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Here we are in line for the Texas Giant.  We had already rode the Titan but had to meet up with our other ride peeps from Ridge Point and Clements

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We only waited 15 minutes tops for any of the rides.

After our second time on the Titan, my stomach started getting a little woozy and we still had to eat dinner.  I guess getting older and riding roller coasters just aren’t the same.  So sad…..

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After I hit the BBQ hard, I had decided it prolly wasn’t a good idea to go back on rides.  That wouldn’t have been any fun 😉 We did go on a mini-coaster and we rode the carasel.  We also walked around and behaved like children mature adults until it was time to meet back up with the kiddos.

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CHEESE!!!!!

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Fun in the gift shop! Like I said we behaved like mature adults!

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We sucked Kim into the fun! We probably should shave those mustaches though….

IMG_0215Who buys these things?!?!! Who knows, but we still had fun!

We got back home Tuesday night after a trip from hell.  The air-conditioning in  the bus stopped working and it took us 6.5 hours to get home.  Our bus driver was falling asleep at the wheel and I was dehydrated.  Lord knows, I don’t drink ANY water when riding in a bus and I don’t have the opportunity to stop every 30 minutes.

Question: What is your favorite amusement park?