Monthly Archives: June 2016

Simple {and cheap} gluten free linguini

Hello friends!
Whew! It has been a CRAZY few months of life.  Mostly in regards to our home search!  We began looking more seriously in March and found a place and was under contact.  I began my plans for some minor renovations.  Then the house fell through and I was really bummed.  But less than 24 hours later we had another home (same floor plan- WIN) under contract!  It has been a bit of a bumpy road, but today we finally get to close the chapter of hunting and the waiting process!

If you are reading this after 1 CST, then we are homeowners! If it is before 1, then we are counting down the minutes 😉

As we have been on this hunt, it reminded me of when we first got married (5 years tomorrow!) and how we were on a super strict budget.  Well, we still like to stay on budget, but it is a little more relaxed than those first few months.  I learned the art of getting the most for my money from my mom, and I am very thankful for that skill!  Today I will be sharing with you one of the most simple meals I make that is the most cost efficient but also tastes great and lasts several days!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our frugal finds themed week!

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 Simple {and cheap} gluten free linguini (makes 4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 package gluten free linguini ($3.49 per package = $0.87 per serving)
  • 2 small 8 oz cans organic tomato sauce ($0.69 each = $0.35 per serving)
  • 1 lb ground turkey {on sale} ($2.98 = $0.75 per serving)
  • 2-3 oz shredded goat cheese ($2.50 = $0.63 per serving)
  • Spices – Salt, pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic (about $0.05 per serving)

Directions

  1. Boil water and follow directions on box for linguini.
  2. Brown meat, add spices for flavor
  3. Add tomato sauce to the browned meat.  Add more spices to taste.
  4. Mix in with the prepared linguini.
  5. Add shredded goat cheese
  6. Enjoy your meal that costs approx $2.02 -$2.65 per serving!

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Favorite foodie blog- Sweet Potato Blondies

Happy Friday friends!
Summer is in full swing here. Heat, the pool, popsicles, tan lines, swim lessons, more heat, pool side snacks and even more heat 😉

Since we have been celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, I wanted to make a fun yet healthy treat.  I have been eyeing Annmarie’s sweet potato blondies for a while now, and decided to finally make them!  Perfect timing for this weeks theme!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Fav Foodie Blogger themed week!

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Fit Foodie Mama’s Sweet Potato Blondies

Ingredients (I changed a few things to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand)

  • 1 large sweet potato steamed + mashed (skin removed), about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1 large scoop  vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 oz  white chocolate chips

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Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together mashed sweet potato, almond butter, protein powder, maple syrup, egg & baking soda.
  3. Scoop into an 8×8 baking dish.  Smooth the top to ensure it is even in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the center of the blondies.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool then cut into squares.
  6. While the blondies cool, heat 1 oz of white chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time until they are all melted.
  7. Scoop melted white chocolate into a decorating bag and squeeze onto the blondies.
  8. Enjoy this delicious treat!

 

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Grief and Exercise

Hello friends!

I have been thinking a lot about the topic of grief lately. Well for the past 6 months pretty intensely.

A little over six months ago my dear friend Shannon passed away in a horrible car accident.  img_8568-1

Then 4 weeks ago today my sweet friend Emily passed away from her courageous battle with cancer.
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The loss of both of my friends has left a huge hole in my life.

No matter what the reason, loss is hard.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I am sure I am not alone when I say that loss has affected my life in many ways.

One area that I really noticed changed a bit was my exercise routine and even my levels of desire to workout.

Some days I was overwhelmed with feelings of grief. Some days a good hard run or workout was what I needed to clear my mind a bit. Other days skipping the gym and getting extra rest was what I needed!


Other the past few years I have worked on approaching how I process loss in a healthier way. In previous circumstances I have found myself on the 2 extreme ends of the spectrum. Either excessive workouts or none at all.

I have to say I am a bit happy with myself for listening to my body and also keeping my emotional health in check. It is not always easy,

How about you? Have you noticed loss or other life events cause change in your motivation levels to workout? How did you change your schedule to allow yourself time to grieve?

I am linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Jen from Pretty Little Grub.

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Be filled with health and joy!

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Pool Side Snacks

Hello friends!
Summertime is here! Even though we have not actually passed the summer solstice, it is def summer break from school and summer activities are in full swing!
I actually saw some Sun-In at the store last night!!  I didn’t know they even made that stuff anymore!  I can still vividly remember the smell of it in my hair as I attempted to go from a brunette to the beach blonde on the bottle!  Haha, oh the memories.
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I don’t know what your summer activities may include, but my life pretty much revolves around the pool during the summer!  My little community has 14 different pools plus several different splash pads that the kids love!

Since we spend so much time at the pool, we are in constant need of snacks!  This isn’t really a recipe today as much as it is some snack ideas for those of us who are on the go!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our on-the-go themed week!

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 Pool-side-snacks

  • Raw veggies & hummus
  • PB & J mini sandwiches
  • Raw fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Cheese sticks
  • Frozen yogurt sticks

Simple yet delish! And healthy ways to keep the kiddos and myself fueled up for our fun summer days!

Ps, you can find the little bento style lunch boxes here (non-affiliate)

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Blackberry & Avocado Salad 

Hello all!  I am slowly getting back to blogging. My sweet friend Emily passed away 2 weeks ago and it really threw me for a loop.  I miss her so much, but I am so glad she is no longer in pain and suffering from the cancer that had taken over parts of her body.  She will live on in the legacy of her amazing husband and sweet kiddos.

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On top of dealing with the grief of losing Emily, Houston (and other parts of TX) have been getting so much rain and the flooding has been terrible.  Thankfully we have not had any issues at either of our houses, but not everyone has been as fortunate.  I usually LOVE water, but I am at the point where I would be happy to not see rain for the rest of the summer! Sadly we have more and more of it in the forecast 😦

In the midst of the rainy weather I decided to get creative with some of the raw fruits and veggies I had laying around.
I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our raw themed week!

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Blackberry and Avocado salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of lettuce (I prefer romaine and spinach)
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 grilled chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 TBS red pepper hummus

Directions

  1. Place lettuce on a large plate.
  2. Add fruits and veggies.
  3. Add avocado and/or hummus in place of a dressing.
  4. Enjoy and be refreshed!

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)
  • Join us next week for some On-the-go snacks themed recipes!

 

Be filled with health and joy!

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