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Gefüllte Paprika

Happy Friday friends!
I am happy to report that my allergies are MUCH better! I am so very thankful! It was getting pretty frustrating that I was having such issues.
I am not always a fun of tons of rain (and I am sending prayers for all those who have been affected by flooding), but I am thankful the rain washed away the pollen!

Due to all the rain, I decided to pull out an old family recipe that comes from my German side.  I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for an heirloom recipe themed week!
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I was never a fan of peppers as a kid, and actually I did not even knew I like them (red, orange & yellow) till a few years ago.  And since I discovered that, I can never get enough peppers in my life!  I have tweaked the recipe my family used to make to a really simple version!

Gefüllte Paprika- Stuffed Peppers
Ingredients

  • 4 large organic peppers (best with more of a flat bottom), top cut off and cored
  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 2 8oz cans of organic plain tomato sauce
  • Spices- Equal parts to taste- basil, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, himalayan salt, sage, oregano, black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*
  2. Brown ground turkey with spices (and extra chopped red pepper if desired)
  3. Add sauce to the meat and simmer for 10 min
  4. Add in parmesan cheese
  5. Place peppers in a glass oven safe dish
  6. Scoop meat/sauce mixture into each pepper
  7. Bake for 30-40 min until bubbly and browning
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

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
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  • Join us next week for some regional themed recipes!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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16 in 16 & a training update

Hello friends!  If you are here from the blog hop and/or her for the first time, welcome!  I am so glad to have you!  I am honored to once again be a part of the blog hop that Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner put together.  Three cheers for Kristy! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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If you missed my post from the last hop, you can check it out and learn a few more facts about me.

I have really enjoyed getting to meet new bloggers and see some familiar faces on this hop!

It has been a crazy few weeks in my real life.  If you missed some of the news, you can see it here & here.

We are only in month 2 of 2016, but I feel I have already learned a lot.  My goal the rest of the year is to take what I have learned and make changes, accept the facts, and continue to be the best me I can be.

So 16 things I have learned (or rediscovered) in 2016 (so far)…

  1. My need for things to be organized.  I have always been more of a neat person, but when life happens, my organization seems to be put on the back burner.  I was invited by some friends to participate in a 30 day cleaning/organizing challenge.  Even though I have not been able to participate each day, I have made some major headway on several areas of my life/home!  My heart feels happy when things are clean and organized! Plus I discovered a bunch of clothes I forgot about 😉
  2. I feel I am reminded of this each year…but really hits home during challenging times, who my true friends are. Friends who don’t care what I look like, but who care about and for my heart!  I am forever grateful for these friends, and it is my goal to be this kind of friend too!
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  3. A greater appreciation for my husband and how he loves & cares for me.
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  4. I left part of my heart in Costa Rica. {This is not a new discovery, but just a reminder to myself that I can be 2 places at once…at least in my heart}
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  5. I am learning to love yoga…and to not be so scared to try new moves!  {But I am still trying to find a REALLY good mat that won’t fall apart after a few weeks and also won’t cost a ton! Any tips appreciated!!}
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  6.  Pinterest hair designs for little kiddos…I really don’t know why I am late to the party on this one, but I have been having fun with all the little girl hair designs I get to do!
  7. After struggling with insomnia for YEARS, I finally found something that works for me!  A friend suggested this recipe to me! I was missing one ingredient, and I added one of my own, but this little gem is AMAZING!  I literally can be asleep in 5 min after putting this on! img_7684
  8. I have really been enjoying eating some all fruit/veggie meals lately, especially when it is go-go-go!
  9.  I might have put all the Christmas decorations away on Dec 26th in 2015 (to make room for a new couch), but this message just has to stay up year round! {And props to my hubby who thought I made it…I wish.}
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  10. I have never been a fan of plastic bags at the grocery store.  My sweet friend Candace introduced me to THESE, and they are a lifesaver! Plus they look really cute 😉
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  11. Trying new recipes from other awesome bloggers after I pin them…It has been turning out rather deliciously!
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  12. My elephant collection keeps growing…thanks to my husband!
  13.  I still am not that great with grief.  I am working on facing that better this year as I remember several sweet friends I lost in 2015.
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  14. Lifting weights and working on my form has caused me to get stronger {logical, yet I was missing the beat before}
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  15. As this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I feel it is my opportunity to share!  I am a survivor! I have been in solid recovery for the past 8 years(!!) after battling for more than 20! If you have any concerns or are struggling, or know someone who struggles, please reach out. You are WORTH fighting for, and for getting any help needed! NEDA has a great website with tools, and although I am not an expert, I am willing to share with you what I have learned from my experience!
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  16. One wonderful point that I have rediscovered yet again is the amazing blogging community!  I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people! You all make my heart smile and I love reading about your life adventures!  Thank you for including me on your journeys!

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Just a bit of a training update real quick as I join up for the Wild Workout Wednesday link-up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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My next race is in 10 days!  Eek! I officially changed from the half marathon to the 5k.  I know that pushing myself would have only done harm to my hip and now foot, and it would not have been the PR I am seeking this year! So even though I am still somewhat disappointed, I am thankful that I can still race! And my dr is happy with my choice, so I guess there is that 😉
I had a REALLY great workout week last week! I would say it was probably the best week of workouts I have had in a long time.
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Monday- Piyo and Zumba
Tuesday- Zumba and 6 mile bike recovery
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
Thursday- Body pump
Friday- Piyo
Saturday- Full REST! I even got a 2 hour nap!
Sunday- 3.5 elliptical recovery miles

I have been able to do Body Pump 2-3 times a week as well as a yoga class 2-3 times a week and I have been able to see a difference in my strength, confidence and stamina!

Thank you for taking time to read so much today!  Can’t wait to see you all on Friday for Foodie Friday!  It is national pancake week so stay tuned for some awesome pancakes!

QOTD: What is something that 2016 has taught you?

Be filled with joy and health!
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Off to a Super Week

Happy Monday friends! Wow, the weekend went by way to fast, like always.  Actually the whole week seemed to go by quickly!  Between work, getting back to my training, celebrating the Hubs birthday, making Valentine’s cards, creating & eating yummy food, and working on getting my house back in order, I managed to still make time for some sleep and a mini road trip!

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!
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A few new recipes.  You can get the BLT recipe here, and I am still tweaking the pancake recipe!


I worked on some Valentine’s cards with my nanny kiddos and some for my family & friends.

Ever since the beginning of December I have felt like a slacker of a house keeper.  Life has been uber busy with weddings, traveling for vacation (Costa Rica!!), the holidays, being sick and putting forth a great deal of effort to get better sleep, the house work has lacked.  It drives me crazy though because I am a bit of a neat freak and like to have everything organized.  Thankfully last week a friend posted she was taking place in a challenge for 30 bags in 30 days.  Basically a challenge to declutter and organize places in your home that have been neglected.  I am slightly embarrassed to admit how many places in my house need reorganizing.  Most evenings last week I spent 15-30 min working on some spots and it has been a huge help.  I missed a few days with our trip but I plan to get back on track! Here are a few of my spots from last week.  I hope this inspires me to really finish the neglected areas and to FINALLY finish my office!!


The Hubs had a great birthday celebration!  We did a mini celebration at home with a lovely dinner and some new Spurs gear.  Then we headed to San Antonio on Friday night and spent the weekend with his family and we went to the Spurs game! It was a blast!  They were playing the Lakers, and it was Kobe’s last time to play in SA.  They had a really nice tribute to him before the game began.  The game was a nail biter down to the last few seconds of the game, but I am happy to report the Spurs came out with a win!!  The Hubs had a great birthday!

We enjoyed spending time together during the Superbowl.  We played some Monopoly (one of the Hubs other birthday gifts), and enjoyed some yummy snacks. I think I almost ate the whole veggie tray!  The guac was a hit and we both devoured it!

I hope you had a delightful weekend!  Did your team of choice win the Superbowl?
How about those commercials (the one time of year I actually watch them)?
Have you ever participated in a cleaning challenge?

Be filled with Joy and Health!
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Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!
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We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!
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After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.


Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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