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Year Recipe Recap

Hello friends and happy Friday!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  I know we had some delicious food and have so much to be thankful for this year.

Life has been pretty crazy lately between some travels, getting over bronchitis, pet sitting, getting things settled with the hubs new job & car, making plans for an upcoming market I will be selling my homemade beauty products at, settling travel plans for the holidays, studying, and attempting to get rest and workouts in! And I decided last night to have a small holiday party before all the craziness begins!
I have been doing lots of cooking, but not a whole lot of recipe creation (unless you count my first attempt at stuffing that turned out awesome), so I want to bring back some recipes today from earlier this year!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Free for all themed week!
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Taco Soup
Gefüllte Paprika
Easy Black Bean Soup
Gluten Free Breakfast Panini

Spring Rolls
Blackberry & Avocado Salad
Gluten Free Pizza
Butternut Squash Nachos

Carrot Fries
Breakfast Waffle Quesadilla
Scottish Porridge
Chocolate Chippers

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 Holiday Baking themed recipes!

May 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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A Little Recipe Recap!

Hello Friends!
What a week it has been!  December! How is it the last month of 2015?
It has been another super packed week!  I {slowly} began my training for my next half marathon.  After taking some days off around Thanksgiving last week, it was a bit of a rude awakening! Oh my muscles are more sore than they have been a while!  I guess that is not always a bad thing though!

It was such a packed week that I am so thankful our Foodie Friday theme this week is a Recipe Recap! I am linking up once again with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!!
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Before I share a few of my favorite recipes from the past year, I first have a confession.  I somewhat dislike recipes!  Since I started cooking as a child, I have never really been fond of them.  I like gathering ideas and just going for it! I like to keep things really simple, and rarely make anything that has more than a few directions.  I am better about using recipes if I am baking, but that is about it. Being a part of Foodie Friday has really forced me to shift a little bit with my cooking with actually making recipes and being able to share them!  In the past I would post a fun meal I had made, but when someone would ask for the recipe I was usually lost with what to tell them.  I know that not everyone likes to cook without exact recipes.  So thank you Foodie Friday ladies for helping me to grow more in this area!

A few recipes from this past year!

1. Almond Chocolate Cup
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2. Smoothie Bowl
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3. Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup
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4. Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps
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5. Pumpkin Nachos
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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! 🙂 (if your post fits the theme, even better)

Question for you, my lovely readers:  What kinds of recipe posts would you like to see in 2016? Themes or styles! Any type of themes to repeat from the past? We are working on our list and want input from you!!!

Have a healthy and joy filled day!

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Happy New Year!


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I am a little late in getting this posted…I have been dealing with some sick toddlers who were kind enough to share their cold with me…so the past week has been lots of cuddles, naps and fluids! I finally was feeling a bit better on Saturday and went a little overboard. Went to the gym, a birthday party and lots of errands. Also did my food prep for the week. That pretty much wore me out and I was exhausted most of Sunday. So more rest for me. And a baby shower and some babysitting. I am not really that good at resting…I guess I should add that to my list of goals for this coming year…

Speaking of goals, I have a few in mind. I have never really one to make ‘resolutions’ exactly. I know that I always had some areas I want to work on each year, but for many many years it was always to lose more weight, be in better shape, eat less junk….etc etc…As I though about my goals for this year, I really wanted to focus less on the areas I usually focus on, and set my goals as something more tangible! Right now I have a few health/fitness goals in mind, and other goals that are related to non-health/fitness areas of my life.


Here are my health/fitness goals for 2014

  1. Run 33 races
    This year I will be turning 33. I was inspired by my second elf from the Elf4Health challenge as she completed 30 races in 2013 for her 30th birthday! The more I thought about what she did, the more inspired I became! So THANK you Lauren for your inspiration!
    I am already signed up for a few races. It is going to be a mix of official races and virtual races! I know that with my sometimes crazy schedule this will be the best for me. I want to make at 20 of them official races! I will be doing 5ks, 10ks, and at least one half. I would really like to do 4 half marathons, so I am looking into that right now. It is hard to plan some of the races past April since I don’t know my entire schedule for the year yet. I will post my race plans as soon as the become official! One race that I am REALLY excited (and REALLY nervous) about is the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I was really surprised to get an email saying that I was picked for the lottery!

  2. Improve my speed and endurance with running
    I have never been a fast runner. I have my moments sometimes when I run faster than a 10 min mile pace…but it only lasts for 30-60 seconds. I am working on getting my workout plan together to improve on my speed and my endurance.

  3. To become a Les Mills Body Pump instructor
    I have had this desire for the last 9 months or so. I have really enjoyed the classes I have taken over the past year. My instructor has been telling me since day 1 that I need to get certified. So lets make this the year!

  4. Learn more about nutrition and what MY body needs
    Over the past few years I feel I have learned more about the types of foods that are better for the body, and I feel I eat clean and healthy 80% of the time. There are times when I have struggled with certain foods, or seeing other ‘healthy’ people and what they eat, and I have realized that it might not be the best for ME just because someone else might eat it. So more self discovery, and not feeling guilty or bad about taking care of myself better.

  5. Sleep more
    It is not a surprise that this is an area in which I KNOW I need to work on. I have struggled on and off with insomnia for YEARS. Over this past year it has been more of a challenge for me to get the proper amount of sleep that I need. I really don’t even think I know what that is. I am setting myself boundaries with TV watching, phone usage, computer time, and focusing on getting myself to bed. I am really hoping that more regular sleep is only going to help me in ALL the other areas in my life that I want to improve on!

  6. New recipes
    I want to try at least 2 new recipes a month and also post 1 recipe a week on here.

  7. The Blog
    Hello, I need to be more consistent! I want to post 2-3 times a week on top of a new recipe that I have created or have tried.
    I also want to have more guests on my blog. I love hearing what other people have to share about. (So if you have a topic you want to share about, let me know!)
    Learn MORE about how my blog even works and the tools that are available to me! (Any experts out there???)

  8. Learn how to do my hair
    This might sound a little silly, but I am a 32 yr old who doesn’t exactly know what to do with a curling iron! My hair is SUPER long, and if it isn’t straightened, in a messy bun or a braid I am at a loss. I have tried you-tube and Pinterest, but I need to try again and really get serious about it. I don’t need to do my hair every day, but once a week I would love to know what to do with it!

  9. Write more letters
    I love a good text or phone call, but I really miss the days of letter writing! I grew up writing letters to relatives and some pen-pals.

  10. Get my card company on Etsy
    I need to learn more about Etsy and get my product out there 🙂

  11. Read more
    I would like to get through one book a month.  I had this goal last year and it was a bit of a failure.  So I want to try again!
  12. Become an even better and more supportive wife to my dashing husband
    We have had some chats about what we would like to accomplish as a couple and I am excited for this year together!

There are a few other goals that I have in mind, but I need to work through some of the details before I share them!

What are some of your goals for this next year??