Weekend recap!

Hello friends and Happy Monday!

It was another full weekend with a fun surprise mixed in with all the normal plans.

After dealing with food poisoning and being out of commission all last weekend, it was great to get out and get to do almost everything we had planned.

Friday night was the P!nk concert! The concert was originally supposed to be on Sunday evening but due to the Rockets playoff schedule they moved it last min to Friday. Thankfully the Hubs and I were both able to change a few work things around to be able to make it.

I’m still BLOWN away but just how amazing it was. Not only is she a talented songwriter and singer, but she does it all while flying around the arena sometimes only being held up by her foot being squeezed between another person’s legs!! I did hold my breath a few times during a few of the stunts she pulled!

This mural was painted by a local artist (Franky Cardona) and it just made me smile! So much talent all around!

Saturday morning I taught Body Pump. This time I wasn’t just subbing but I now have my own official class at one of the gyms I’ve been subbing at since January. I’m excited to have a class but bummed because my friend who was teaching is moving. The class after mine is combat and I normally can’t stay even though I love it. This week I was able to stay and one of my other friends ended up subbing so it worked out really well!

The rest of the day was packed. I ended up watching my friends baby for a few hours and then met he Hubs over at the studio to work on background vocals. We set up the tracks for the choir to learn for the final recording session next month!

 

After that we headed back into town where the Texas Ironman was happening!! Talk about inspiring! I saw all different ages, ethnicities, fitness levels just crushing the course! It was around hour 13 when we arrived and I was cheering so loud! These incredible people were finishing off the marathon and smiling even though you could tell they were beat! We hung out by the finish line for a while and soaked it all in. Name after name being read off stating they were now an Ironman! Made me want to maybe try it one day….or the half ironman! 😂😂

Sunday we had planned to try out a new church but I woke up to a text from my uncle saying he would be in town later that day (from Minnesota!)

He was bringing me a GORGEOUS piece of furniture but somehow I missed the info that he was delivering it in person!! So we scrambled around and got the house a little picked up and I ran some errands!

My uncle showed up right after I got home. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect! He brought in the ‘prayer kneeler’ that once belonged to my great great grandmother. It originated from Germany and was made in the 1600s!! It was in my great grandmother’s home and was then passed down to my gram and now I get the honor of having it in my home!

We had a really nice time hanging out together and we really enjoyed the surprise visit!

We had planned to attend a wedding Sunday evening but we ended up not being able to with my Uncle in town. A little bummed but it’s not everyday we have family in town.

After my uncle left I got a few things done around the house then headed to bed.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of I Heart Vegetables’ new cookbook! It ends tonight!

How was your weekend?

Have you ever watched an Ironman competition live?

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!
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May you be filled with joy and health!

The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook review & giveaway

Hello there friends!
What a month April has been! It began on a pretty smooth note but then got a bit rocky.  Between several deaths in the family/close friends, a bout of food poisoning, flare up of an injury, teaching more classes, some travel and helping friends deal with some major life changes, I have hardly had time to spend time at home, let along getting creative in the kitchen.  We have eating out a little more than typical for us, and there have been a few nights where it was cereal or toast for dinner.  Not the end of the world, but def not how we want to do very often for our desired eating plan.

Thankfully I was recently sent a preview of an AMAZING new cookbook, The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook by the one and only Liz Thompson from the I Heart Vegtables blog.

Liz and I have connected over the years through blogging and social media.  She is super sweet and always posts fantastic recipes.  When she told me about the cookbook I was so thrilled for her.  She has put her heart and soul into this book and it shows!

Over the past year my husband and I have gone more towards plant based eating.  I have always been more of a non-meat eater but it was a really big change for the Hubs! (And I am so proud of him for deciding to do that for his own health)!  When I showed him the cookbook he was so impressed by the beautiful pictures and could not wait to try some of the recipes.

I love how the cookbook is laid out.  The first chapter zeroes in on some nutrition information (SO vital in my opinion) as well as some basics about cooking.  I love that Liz is not assuming that everyone would know what to in the kitchen.  She really breaks information down in a way that anyone can understand it! I have been cooking for almost 30 years and I even learned a few things simply by reading the first chapter!

And the pictures! Oh they are oh so beautiful! The front cover is just the tip of the iceberg of the drool worthy photography scattered throughout the book!
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The rest of the book is broken down into categories- basics, breakfasts (my FAV), snacks & sides, substantial salads, soups & stews, wraps, sandwiches & burgers, roasted & baked dinners, noodles, rice & pasta, and desserts.  The cookbook finishes off with several other categories of helpful information.  It is not just full of amazing recipes, but also information to keep you safe in the kitchen and truly healthy with nutrition information.  The cookbook is golden information and recipes all packed into one beautiful book!

A few of the recipes I am most excited about are the Brussels sprouts chips, Thai quinoa salad, pumpkin almond flour muffins, cauliflower-potato soup, black bean enchiladas, bell pepper nachos and chocolate avocado cookies! My mouth is already watering just thinking of thee recipes and more!

The cookbook comes out May 1st but you can pre-order from Amazon (and it is on sale right now)! And 1 lucky reader is going to win a free copy!

Giveaway rules

– Open to US residents only (sorry friends in other countries)
– Giveaway runs until May 1, 2018 at 11:59pm CST
– Winner will be announced May 2, 2018

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I will be back next week with Foodie Friday.  In the meantime make sure you check out 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 )

  • 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 spring recipes.

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Smashed Brussels sprouts

Happy Friday friends!

Another week has quickly passed by. It is hard to believe that the first week of April is almost over! I still can’t believe that March is already over!

Earlier this week one of my dear friends posted a video of this amazing looking recipe for Brussels sprouts! I knew I had to make it (with a few tweaks) and share it with you all. The original recipe can be found here.

I love Brussels sprouts and I roast them all the time for my family and my nanny family. This recipe looked SO delicious I could not pass up on trying it out.

I am linking up with my fav girls, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a free for all Foodie Friday themed week.

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz Brussels sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup almond cheese (you can also use mozzarella)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Rinse Brussels sprouts and add them to a deep sauce pan. Fill the pan with water to cover the Brussels.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and simmer Brussels for 13 min, or until tender.
  4. While Brussels are simmering, create an ice bath in a large bowl.
  5. Once Brussels are tender drain them from the boiling water and put them in the ice bath for 5-10 min.
  6. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  7. Place cooled Brussels on the baking sheet. Drizzle on avocado oil and the spices. Use your hands to ensure all the Brussels are coated evenly.
  8. Smash the Brussels down by using the bottom of a jar. Sprinkle on the cheese.
  9. Bake about 20 min or until the cheese is golden brown.
  10. Enjoy immediately!

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 )

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March Wrap Up & April goals

Hello friends!
Happy April! I hope that the month is off to a great start for you all!
March kind of flew by this year.  It was a bit of a non-stop month between normal work, all the house projects, a swamped Spring break, a trip to Dallas and just normal life 🙂

I set some high goals for myself for the month of March.  Overall I feel like I did ok with them.  A few got tweaked when my hip began to give me some issues, and some others took a higher priority.  A few will get moved to April, and that is a-ok! They are goals that can be moved and adjusted as needed! That is the beauty of setting ones own goals! 🙂

Fitness

*Workout 6 days/week
*20 min of stretching/rolling daily
*Follow running plan for weeks 9-12
*Find a 5k
*Rachel’s challenge

Overall I give this a B+. I was able to get in my workouts each week, but I had to put a hold on running and part of the challenge (burpees) when my hip began to act up.  I did a bit more stretching but I did not accomplish 20 min per day.  It was 5-10 min at most on the days I actually did take time to stretch out. That is going back to my April goals!

Health

*See dr about heart concerns
*Refocus on eating plan
*Reach water intake goal daily (100oz)
*Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep

I would give this category an A-.  I did make it to my dr who did some testing.  So far nothing has come back with any real answers (pretty much the story of my life) so she we will recheck in a few months unless things become more intense or bothersome and I will see a specialist.
I reached my water goal almost every single day.  This was not always easy, but using an app to track it and just dive in each day made it more possible.  I def find it more challenging on the weekends when my schedule is not so consistent.
Sleep was a little hit and miss, but more of a hit the past few weeks, which has been really nice.
Refocusing my eating plan has been some work. I will do a longer post about that since I have discovered some things lately to change my approach!

Relationships

*Write 1 letter or card a week to mail to a friend
*Plan 4 date-nights
*3 intentional meet ups with friends
*Cut social media out one day a week?

This I give an A+! I wrote several cards each week, some I mailed and some were hand delivered.  The hubs and I went on 5 dates and I had several coffee dates with friends!
I have also been cutting out of social media for a 24 hour period on the weekends.  I hope to cut out even more and just go on to be intentional.

House

*Finish taxes
*Get dryer fixed
*Pick out light fixtures
*Guest room closet
*Hang new art in master
*Plant garden

I give this set of goals an B+.  I did finish my taxes (yay refund)! We got the dryer fixed, picked out and got the light fixtures installed and I hug some new art.  I started on the guest room closet and bought what I needed for planting.

April Goals

Fitness

*Workout 5-6 days/week
*20 min of stretching/rolling daily- Establish an actual plan and follow through
*Rachel’s April challenge
*PT for hip

Health

*Stress management tools
*Refocus on eating plan
*Rachel’s challenge
*Aim for 8-9 hours of sleep

Relationships

*Cut out more social media time
*Plan anniversary trip
*Send birthday gifts
*Enjoy time with friends before they move

House

*Guest room closet
*Linen closet

*Plant garden

 

There you have it.
What is one of your goals for April?

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Blueberry Lemon donuts 2.0

Hello friends!
Happy Good Friday!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a recipe revamp themed week!

Spring is in full swing here in Texas! You can tell because everything is covered in a layer of pollen!
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A few days ago I was craving a yummy treat I made last year, and I really wanted one again! This time I decided to revamp the recipe and make it dairy free!

If you are good with eating dairy, you can see the previous recipe here!

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Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup + 1 TBSP gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 wild blueberries (the smaller the better)

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 C organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Blueberry Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp lemon glaze
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350* F. Coat a large donut pan. (Reapply oil after each batch)
  2. In a large bowl, sift together 1 1/2 c gluten free flour, baking powder & salt then set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the, milk, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, and oil.
  4. In a small bowl add the remaining flour and the blueberries.  Gently coat all the blueberries.
  5. Make a hole in the dry ingredients and add in the wet ingredients. Mix till 7/8 incorporated.  Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture, make sure not to over mix!!
  6. Pour mixture into a large zip top bag, then zip close. Snip off one corner large enough for a blueberry to fit though.
  7. Fill each donut mold about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake 10-12 min, or until lightly golden and spongy.
  9. After removing donuts from the oven, let them sit in the pan for several minutes, then place each one on a cooling rack.
  10. While the donuts bake, make the lemon & blueberry icing.
  11. Lemon icing- Mix together the sifted powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add more juice if the icing is too stiff.
  12. Blueberry icing- add 1-2 Tbsp of the lemon icing and 1/4 cup blueberries to a blender, mix well. Take the blueberry mixture and strain the blueberry skins out over a med size bowl.
  13. After donuts have cooled about 15 min, drizzle one or both types of icing on each donut.
  14. Enjoy!!

I had some help with the icing this time 😉

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 )

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Pesto Turkey Meatballs

Happy Friday friends!
What a week it has been! The weather has been BEAUTIFUL this week in Houston.  I am sorry if you have been affected by more snow…If you need a place to get away, our guest room is mostly clean…Haha

This week involved another dog sitting job, time in the recording studio, intense workouts, an attic clean out, a small baby shower for a dear friend and attempt to get some extra rest after a bit of a crazy spring break!

When things get a little crazy I love having simple recipes on hand that are not time consuming.  These little meatballs are so yummy and packed with flavor.  One day I had some spare pesto on hand and decided to mix it in! Game changer!!  The pesto adds another level of flavor and they pretty much melt in your mouth! I love to make a huge batch and freeze some for a quick dinner option.  I store them in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a 5(ish) ingredient or less themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup pesto (can use store bought also)
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425*.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix with hands until everything is blended together.
  5. Use a 1/8 c or 1 TBSP measure mixture out and form meatballs into even sizes.
  6. Place meatballs on the parchment paper, about 1/2 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 20-25 min or until fully cooked.
  8. Enjoy or store for later!

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 )

  • 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! 🙂
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Spring break…

Happy Monday folks!

I hope you had a lovely St Patties day weekend.
Last week was spring break in this neck of the woods.  I typically don’t have spring break off my full time job, and that has never been a big deal.  Well this year I did get the week off! I had some grand plans for resting a bit and some organizing projects, but as life goes, things ended up a bit different than I expected.  Not always a bad thing.

The week started out with our contractor finishing off the new light fixtures in our house.  We had some hiccups along the way but everything turned out great!  I am especially excited about my new chandelier! It was supposed to be a tad more purple, but the color adds a nice pop and a much brighter light to my office space!


I had more free time and I was around for the week so I ended up subbing and taking some classes I don’t normally get to take.  It was fun, but also a bit exhausting.
I also received my prize package from Pure Protein! I won a year supply and they accidentally sent it to the wrong address first.  Finally got it all straightened out 🙂


We were pet sitting for some friends and their newish puppy was so sweet.

I did manage to get in a few naps, and they were oh so helpful!

On Friday evening I headed up to Dallas to be part of The Boho Market at the Dallas Farmer’s Market.  My good friend runs the show and it is always fun to be involved.
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Getting out of town on Friday was a bit of an adventure.  Trying to finish up my product labels and my printer was giving me a fit, then I had to do a few errands that took way longer than planned (of course) and finally I remembered I needed a new headlight bulb.  Thankfully I called a AutoZone on my way out of town and they guy was SUPER helpful.  He saved the last bulb they had in stock for me, and when I arrived a little while later, he put it in for me.  {I have done it myself in the past, but didn’t have any of my tools with me this time.}  Thank you Kevin!!!


I finally got to Dallas around 10 and I was so worn out from the week and the day.  I was super happy though to see my friend and we chatted for a while before we went to bed.

The air mattress I had brought with me was a fail! I pretty much ended up on the floor for most of the night.  We had to get up early to make it to the market for set up, so didn’t get that much sleep.

Saturday’s market had a TON of people.  I sold some items and enjoyed talking to people about the benefits of natural products and essential oils.  After the market closed a group of us were going to meet up for dinner.  My GPS took me to a different location so I ended up being 30 min in the wrong direction! Add in rain and a city I am not super familiar driving in had me a little stressed out. Thankfully I made it and we had a nice dinner.

Sunday the market was more on the quiet side in the morning but picked up in the afternoon.  I didn’t sell as much and I was pretty tired.  When the market closed I packed my items up and went to change in the bathroom into more comfy travel clothes.  As I was changing I heard the main door go CLICK! I was locked in!  Thankfully I had my phone with me and I called my friend.  Her fiance answered and came to my rescue! Whew!


The drive home was eventful for the second half.  My typical 3 hour drive became almost 5.5 hours with some random pop up storms, hail and tornado warnings!

When I finally made it home the hubs helped me unload my car and I got ready then crashed into bed!

I did enjoy some different adventures, but I am ready for my normal schedule this week!!

I am also linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.
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May you be filled with joy and health!

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