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Roast Away

Hi friends!
Happy Friday!
Opps, I just realized I never filled you in on my fun Sweat Pink sister time last weekend and some of the other good things happening.  Last weekends shenanigans will have to wait just a bit, but here are a few fun things that went on this week!

My attempt at getting pics of the super moon!

Enjoyed a little Thanksgiving feast at the kiddos school 🙂
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Made some homemade bird feeders for the back yard! Kids had a blast and ate more peanut butter than we used for the feeders! Haha
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Speaking of fruit, it is national vegan month.  Despite so much focus being on turkey recipes, I have seen a lot of yummy vegan recipes from some of my fellow blogger friends!  (Will post a few soon)
For my meat loving friends, this recipe really was filling, flavorful, and added lots of color to the plate!

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

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Roasted butternut Squash with Red Pepper and Apple

Ingredients

  • 1 Med butternut squash, peeled, chopped into cubes
  • 1 Red pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 Apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • Spices- Thyme and rosemary for taste

Dirctions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425* F.
  2. Spread oil on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or baking mat.
  3. Place chopped squash, pepper & apple on baking sheet.
  4. Add spices and mix to ensure even coating.
  5. Bake for 25-30 min or until all food is tender.
  6. Enjoy on a salad, with quinoa or just by itself!

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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 AnnmarieFarrah, 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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Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some free for all themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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THANKSgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  It is my hope and prayer that you were able to celebrate today with the ones you love!  I know this time of year is not always one that brings good memories for everyone.  I have had my share of Thanksgiving days over the years that I do not care to remember.
This year I am choosing to focus on the good times.  As the Hubs and I drove to meet up with some of his family today, I drove passed the hospital where he spent over 2 weeks in 2013 with major heart surgery.  I busted him out on Thanksgiving eve that year.  It was a tough time, but I am OH so thankful we were driving BY the hospital and not TO the hospital today.  I said a prayer for all those who are in the hospital or not with their loved ones today.

You may have noticed I have been a little more absent on the blog the past few weeks.  Part of me wants to apologize, but I know that I taking some time to refocus and make some shifts in my life.  The Hubs and I are embarking on some new journeys (more coming when the time is right), and as that happens I feel I need to scale back in some areas of life and refocus my time and energy to others.  I am still going to be here as I work out the ever changing balance in this life that I am living!

So I will leave you with some of the memories that I/we have been making!

Delightful time with friends celebrating their wedding and start to a fantastic and blessed marriage!

Date night in!  So fun! (More about this soon!)

Always fun making turkey art!

And baking cookies!

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And spending time with my family!

Much love from our home to yours!

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Foodie Friday: Comfort Foods!

Hello and happy happy Friday!!  I am linking up again with my girls: Farrah from Fairyburger, Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING!!  Today’s theme is Comfort Foods!!

It has been a chilly week!  Much chillier than normal for this time of year in Houston!  Last year it was in the 80s and this past week it has been in the 30s and 40s.  Not as cold as some of my friends and family up north, but cold for here! With it being so chilly, I brought out some recipes that are wonderful on a cold night.  A new one that I have been experimenting with is a chicken pot pie!
I happened upon a gluten free crust a few weeks ago when I was at Whole Foods and decided to try it out!
Since I am allergic to onions and I am not a big fan of celery, I used a different mix of veggies than most pot pies!

Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients
2 boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 TBS coconut oil
1 red pepper chopped
3 large carrots chopped into coins
1 cup green beans
1.5 cups broccoli chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2 TBS butter
3 TBS flour
1/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper
1 pie crust (If you are brave, you can make from scratch!!)
1 pie crust top
Aluminum foil or a pie crust shield.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375*
2. Pour 1.5 cups chicken broth into a pan. Add the carrots, green beans and broccoli. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 min.
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3. Chop chicken into small cubes. Cook in a frying pan with coconut oil. Add the red pepper and cook till the chicken is no longer pink on the inside, about 10 minutes.IMG_3211
4. Strain the vegetables out of the broth and add to the chicken/red pepper mixture.
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5. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour and wisk together. Slowly add the milk and wisk as the sauce thickens.
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6. Add the remaining chicken broth slowly as the sauce continues to thicken.
7. Add the chicken and veggie mixture to the sauce and let simmer for 5-10 min.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
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8. Pour mixture into the pie crust. (I used the extra as a little soup for another meal)IMG_3224
9. Slowly unroll the top crust. Place it gently on top of the pie. Trim off the edges. Pinch the top and bottom crust together. Make several small slits on the top crust. IMG_3225IMG_3226
10. Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil strips or a pie crust shield. IMG_3227
11. Place pie on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 30-40 min.
12. Take the foil or shield off and cook for 10 more min till the top is golden brown.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Take a moment and go see all the other amazing ladies recipes!!!

 

Feel free to add your fav comfort food recipe to the link up!

 

Elf for Health Recap!

I have to start this off with a bit of a confession. Last year I was a bit intimidated when I was looking into the Elf4Health challenge. I was a little worried that I would be the only one in the group who was still on my journey to health and wellness. Well, turns out I had NOTHING to be worried about. I entered the challenge and was introduced to some of the most amazing people EVER! It was silly for me to think that no one else had different goals for getting healthy! I am so thankful that I took the step to be part of the challenge, and to open my eyes to how we are ALL on our own journey, and there really isn’t an end, just reaching one goal after the other!

So here is my recap from the Elf4Health challenge part 1.

I would first like to thank Lindsay from Lean Green Bean, and Elle from Nutrition Ella for all the HARD work they did last year and this year! They worked so hard to get up all the challenges, get amazing sponsors, match all us elves up, and I am sure other work that I have no clue about! All that whole keeping up with their very busy lives.

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My first wonderful Elf was Danielle over at Green is the New Black! She was so fun to get to know, and she was very supportive each day! I would suggest that you check out her blog and send some love!

Week 1:

Day 1: Meatless Monday- I am not a huge fan of meat, and normally only eat chicken, turkey and fish. This challenge got me to pull out some of my creative juices and make all my meals and snacks with out meat! It ended up being a lot of fun 🙂
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Day 2: Unsubscribe- With my husband dealing with some health issues and being in the hospital, my email had gotten out of control! Through a few suggestions from other elves, I tried a program called ‘Unroll Me.’ It helped me to get rid of many of the subscriptions from a few of my email accounts! It also gets all the subscriptions that I want to keep into one nice email every day!

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Day 3: New Workout- Today was a busy day with 10 hours of work, and then my husband was FINALLY released from the hospital. So my workout of the day was helping get my husband out of the hospital and settled in. Then helping him on and off all night long.

Day 4: Make a phone call- On Thanksgiving day I tried to call several friends and family members. Due to the holiday no one answered their phones, so I made more calls over the next few days and I was able to reach a few people and had some delightful conversations. It was especially nice to chat with people and NOT be in the hospital.

Day 5: Track Water- This is usually not something super challenging for me. I pretty much only drink water and tea. However, in the winter I tend to need a little more reminding since it is not super hot and if I forget my cup I really need more of a reminder. Keeping track with an app really does help me! So on this day I managed to get in 20 cups! Yay 🙂

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Day 6: Treat yourself- This is often hard for me to do. I will occasionally get a pedicure once in a while. This weekend I wasn’t able to get out, so I took a chance to relax with a hot bath and a yummy cup of chocolate chai.

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Day 7: 100 Burpees- I was REALLY nervous about doing these burpees. Before this challenge, I had only done burpees 2 times, and only 10 each time. So yeah, 100 seemed REALLY intimidating…I decided to break them into sets of 20! My husband was my cheerleader, and kept telling me these looked really hard! Oh yes, they were hard, but I did it!!

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Week 2

Day 1: Hand-Written note- This was a fun challenge for me. I took some time to work on my homemade holiday cards, and also some wedding and thank-you cards!

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Day 2: Eat the Rainbow- Love me some color! I make an effort each day to get color into my meals, and I love when I can also create healthy and colorful meals for the twins I nanny! I think we did pretty well 🙂

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Day 3: Make-up Free- I am pretty much make-up free every day. I only wear it a few times a month, and even then it is really minimal.

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Day 4: Workout buddy- My workout buddies today were the twins I nanny for and also my body pump/combat classes. It is great to always have others to workout with 🙂

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Day 5: Operation Beautiful- I was so inspired by all the amazing ways the other elves spread the love with this challenge. I had a lot of fun making up some notecards and post-it notes with messages of love and beauty! I had a wedding that evening and managed to place a few of my notes around the bathroom of the wedding and reception sites! I felt a little bit like a secret agent.

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Day 6: Fridge and Pantry Clean Out- The fridge was so full from Thanksgiving and for so many people bringing us food while the hubs was in the hospital. It felt great to finally get it cleaned out and ready for some new heathy food!

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Day 7: Gratitude List – I have started a jar with the hubs and we have written down all the things we are thankful for. When things are tough we can pull out the notes to remind us of all the wonderful reasons we are thankful!

For the second 2 weeks of the Elf4Health I was paired up with Lauren! Right away I knew she would be a great source of encouragement and inspiration!! I am so glad I was right about that!

Week 3

Day 1: Circuit Workout- I am not always super great at circuit workouts, but some amazing elves put together so many fun workouts, and I will for sure be using them in times when I am traveling or not able to make it to the gym. I ended up doing my body combat class and it is the closest workout I do to a circuit. Hi-ya!

Day 2: Pay it Forward- I LOVE being able to do this! I wanted to do something a little different this time and an opportunity presented itself right on time. My pay it forward was paying for a friend’s race registration. It felt SO great to help someone in a way that they would really appreciate! She even wrote me a super sweet note that made me cry a little.

Day 3: Healthy Snack – I pretty much always have someone to share my snack with every day. The twins LOVE to eat anything that I (or their parents) are eating. So it was no exception that we shared my snack this day!
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Day 4: You-time – Lately this has been REALLY challenging for me with all that has been going on with my husbands health, but I managed to take a little nap while the twins took a nap!

Day 5: Fastest Mile – I tried an experiment with my running. Well more like walk/jogging. I do most of my running pushing 2 yr old twins. So I did 2.5 miles with the twins to see what my fastest mile was pushing them, and then during their nap I did 2 more miles. The outdoor run was pretty slow at with 15:25 being my fastest mile. When I was inside I managed a 11:05 mile! I was pretty happy with that. I need to now get myself outside with no babies to push to see where I am for training purposes.

(I even won the challenge this day which I was SO not expecting at all! Thank you Elle and Lindsay!)

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Day 6: Closet Clean-out – A few weeks ago I went through my closet and cleaned a lot of it out. For this challenge I went though my dresser and I also worked on my office that was a huge disaster.

Day 7: Plan Your Meals – I usually plan my meals out each week and then get the needed supplies at the store. Lately it has been so crazy with all the hospital stuff that I have gotten off track. I used my plain old note app on my phone to make up a list. Goes to show that no matter how simple or complex the application is, simply planning the meals is the way to go!

Week 4

Day 1: Meditate – This has been a real challenge for me lately. Well this year really. It has been so up and down with SO many different friends, family members and my husband, for all different reasons. So to make myself sit and actually pause and NOT think about all that is going on, even for 5 minutes is a miracle!

Day 2: Wall Sit – This is an exercise that I have not done for a long time! I was determined to try and and to make it for more than a minute! I did it 2 times. Once before I went on a run then again after a 4 mile run. I did it longer after the run. Maybe cause my legs were warmed up and not as sore yet. One of the elves posted how she practices while she brushes her teeth! I have also started doing this and I have already seen an improvement with my times 🙂
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Day 3: Share Your Expertise – Today we had the chance to host a guest blogger and also be a guest blogger on our guest’s blog! It was really fun to be a part of this challenge, and to see all the different types of expertise that is out there with all the elves! If you want to see my post about DYI holiday cards, you can check it out here 🙂 If you scroll down to the last post, you can see the expertise that Debbie shared!

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Day 4: 3 Food Groups – This was fun to add more food groups to each meal. As I did this challenge I realized I am already pretty solid about eating a variety of food groups throughout each meal each day! I even had the twins participate with this challenge.

Day 5: Self-Love X 6

6 Things I love about myself

  1. My eyes
  2. My Smile
  3. My muscles
  4. My giving heart
  5. My compassion
  6. My creativity

Day 6: New Fitness Goal – For 2014, I have several fitness goals in mind, but my BIG ons is that I am going to run 33 races for my 33rd year of life! I was totally inspired by my elf Lauren. She did 30 races for her 30th birthday this year! I am really excited about it, and I can’t wait for some of the really neat races coming up!

Day 7: Make a Donation – There are always SO many amazing organizations and groups to donate to. You can donate time, resources, money, your knowledge, etc. Since I was so inspired by my elf’s reason to race, and that she was raising money for the United Way for the Boston relief.
If you are still looking for a last minute place to make a donation for 2013, please consider helping Lauren to reach her goal!!!

Than you and I hope you enjoyed this recap of Elf4Health! I can not wait for next year 🙂