Eats from forever!

WOW! I haven’t written a blog post in for-eva!  It’s cause a girl is busy…..I totally understand how people can have this as their full-time job.  This has been my first full week off school and my wordpress is actually cooperating with me…..I couldn’t download pics.  So here are some eats from that last few weeks, heck maybe even months, that I happened to take a pic of and I want to share with you.  Don’t be lazy, get to cookin’ 🙂

Breakfast.  Ezekiel bread w/ organic peanut butter and a banana drizzled with raw honey.  Don’t forget the morning brew!

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Breakfast. Breakfast tacos w/ Ezekiel tortillas. I had plenty to eat 😉

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Lunch. Clean out the fridge.  Beet greens, chopped garlic, grilled chicken, mushrooms, and sliced avocado w/ baby carrots.

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Lunch. Shrimp stir fry (minus the rice)

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Lunch/Dinner. Quiche #1 (mushrooms, garlic, spinach, cheddar cheese) w/ sautéed green beans.

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Lunch. Quiche #2 (mushrooms, jalapenos, onion, spinach, butternut squash) w/ my homemade crust.  Also I made chocolate mousse w/ avocado. 

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Dinner. Grilled Chicken Quarters w/ grilled veggies and homemade potato salad.  The pot salad was da bomb!

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Dinner. Kobe mushroom/swiss burger (minus the bun) w/ bacon-wrapped jalapenos from our garden.

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Dinner. Paleo lasagna made with zucchini instead of lasagna noodles and “cauliflower” ricotta cheese.  These was also da bizzle!

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I have eaten more vegetables in the last month than I have all year.  Seriously, it has been fun trying new recipes.  Now that I have one more week on my hand before my crazy busy July starts, I am sure I will be experimenting even more in the kitchen.

Question: Does anyone have any recipes to share?

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A Texan’s Easter

Well Hello!  I really want to thank you for reading this blog. Yea YOU…THANK YOU! Yesterday I hit 500 views and it has only been a little over a week since starting this blog.  So exciting!  Anyways, Easter was a fabulous day for this chica.

A little off topic….look what arrived in the mail on Saturday.  I ordered some infused fermented cod liver oil in coconut oil.  I have had 1 teaspoon of it every morning since….Not the best tasting, but has some killer vitamin A&D.

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We woke up early, ate bacon, eggs, and toast, and off we went to church.  We went to a new church on Sunday and I truly enjoyed myself (I think Matt did too). It is a Methodist church that is kind of in our neighborhood.  Even though I am Presbyterian, I would consider Methodist to be very similar-not to mention that there aren’t many Presbyterians in southern Texas…  The church was very welcoming and the pastor is 30-somethingish.  I guess it is easier to connect and understand someone that isn’t 75.  You know what I mean? I hope we go back this Sunday.

After we got home for church we rushed around to get out of our church clothes and into our workout clothes.  It was like 80 degrees out and I was itching to get in some exercise before we indulged in out Texas Easter grub.  We ran a mile to the park and did our infamous “park workout.”  It is a lot of fun believe it or not.  We did 5, 50 yard sprints, dips on the picnic table, inclined pushups on the slide, pull ups on the monkey bars (Matt has to lift me up to even complete one), declined pushups on the bench, squats, and good mornings.  It was a killer workout and we got our sweat-on and some vitamin D….hehehe that’s the sun people!  We ran another mile back home and that was that.  My hammies are CRAZY sore, I guess that means it was a good workout.

When we got home we finished our food prep for the week and worked on the ribs.  We put the ribs in the oven and I attempted to make “healthy” homemade cornbread  TWICE.  Needless to say, I wasted some of my good kefir and raw milk on my failed attempts.  I don’t know what happened, but there had to be some type of chemical reaction between the milk/baking soda/baking powder.  The mix literally got foamy and was bubbling.  I tasted it, though I prolly shouldn’t have, and it tasted like alcohol.  Weird I know… I poured both attempts down the drain and off we went to Randall’s to buy the cheap crap because Matt insisted on having corn bread!  You know those packet/envelope thingys that cost $0.59.  Ugh!  I guess I could give in on one thing since I had slaved in the kitchen and made homemade potato salad and coleslaw.  I will reveal these recipes soon….While at Randall’s, I also purchased some daffodils.  Check um’ out in one of the below pics.  They look soooo pretty and scream SPRING! 

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 Beef sausages from whole foods.

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We cooked a full rack, but we split it for 2 dinners.

We enjoyed our Easter dinner Texas style.  There was no ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, sibling bonding, card playing, back rubs from my dad, or back tickling from my mom, but there were ribs, sausage, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread, and my honey, Matt.  What more could this chica ask for?!?!!?!

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Ice cream….. Blue Bell’s Rocky Mountain Road.  It was worth it, trust me!

 Question: What was the highlight of your Easter?

Good….I mean GREAT Friday!

Howdy! I hope you had a good Friday! (pun intended) Mine was filled with so much awesomeness.  I woke up early, relaxed on the couch with my 5 ingredient pancake and my hot cup of coffee and watched the Today Show.  Life IS good!  We got new windows yesterday, so I picked up the house a little before the window peeps came, and uncluttered some necessary things so they could do their job.

I had no idea how they would remove the old windows…. I guess I just thought they would pull them out whole.  NOT! They cuts X’s into every window, punched the window, and then pulled massive shards of glass out of the window frame.  You can see where this is heading….. I was super nervous sitting around the house watching them pull out the windows and putting tons of dust all over our beautiful abode.  So I thought I would snap some pictures of the work in progress.

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While outside, I thought I would check on my “new” garden and see if any of seeds had sprouted.  Check out these beets baby!  Those little green thingys – yes those are the beginning of beets!  I am a little sad, however to say that something is eating at my jalapeno plant.  Grrrrr….. Does anyone have any recommendations or “home remedies” to get these critters from eating my plants?

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Matt toke a half-day, so when he got home we ate lunch together (sweet potato, broccoli, and chicken mashed together) and then sat around for a bit until they finished our windows.  They look great!  Now that we have windows with screens, we can FINALLY open the windows when it’s nice out.

Around 2:00, we met our friend and switched vehicles.  He has a truck.  We desperately need a truck! Did I mention a wheel-barrow; we desperately need one of those too!  We went and picked up a yard of mulch and went home to get to work.

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We had planned to mulch the front and back yard because our yard just looks immaculate when we are done.  Last year, we received a letter from our home owner’s association acknowledging our gorgeous yard.  Oh, the little things that excite you when you become an adult….lol.  Now I appreciate all the hard work my parents put into our yard when I was younger and still today.

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Look at the difference!

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Twirkin’ it!

Yesterday, my AMAZING parents also had this plant delivered to my house just in time for Easter.  It is crazy how much my mom listens….a while back, I had mentioned to her on the phone that we didn’t have any house plants.  I was a little embarrassed to admit that to her because she practically has a green house in my old bedroom.  No, seriously!  It is perfect and we have the best spot for it!

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Peek-a-boo I see you!

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I hope you didn’t just have a good Friday, but that you had a GREAT Friday!

HAPPY EASTER!

Question: Did you have a good or a great Friday?

Our First Garden

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After a few weeks of discussing with Matt that I wanted to plan a garden, this is what our future holds.  We have absolutely no experience with gardening! My mother has the greenist thumb of anyone I know, so we will see if I inherited any of it….ha.  Digging up our grass was not easy at all! I tried to do it one day during spring break and got about a quarter of the way done before my back was absolutely killing me.  I almost threw in the towel to hire someone to till it, but my lovely husband helped the next day and rescued me…. Needless to say, he ending up breaking the shovel.  This Texas grass ain’t easy!

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This is what your car looks like when you don’t own a truck….ugh! Some day though….We had flowers in the back seat and I was praying that when I removed them I didn’t have dirt/water stains in the red dragon.

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This is also another project that we plan on taking on this weekend too.  We have two flower “areas” in our fron yard.  Last year I grew some amazing-looking flowers that made the old ladies next door jealous….People would stop while they were walking and compliment my hard work.

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This is what we are going for this year.  We bought a few hanging baskets for the back yard, but we are trying some new flowers this year.  I don’t even know what thye are called 😉

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Cow do-do  manure! I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about touching this stuff.

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We did buy tomato, peppers, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro plants.  These were the seeds that we picked up.

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This is what Matt did while Jen planted.  His version of planting a garden.

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It ain’t easy being me!

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After about an hour of digging in the dirt.  This is our final product.  I can’t wait to keep an eye on it and see the changes.

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After we came in my honey wanted steak!  We always eat steak on Saturday night, but since we have a date night scheduled, he moved the “steak night” to a Friday.  It was delicicious.  Steak, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes with coco oil, sauteed mushrooms and green onions.  We think we are fancy!