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Return of the Eats

Today was another beautiful day so after work, we ran around outside for as long as possible.  My Rylnn did help me sweep out the garage 🙂

Rylnn Sweep

And my azaleas out in front of my house are just stunning this year!

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I have also not been doing a very good job at logging my food (and my waistline is proving that to me every single day!) so here it comes…The Return of the Eats!


2 of these beauties and half a Clif bar, with my two cups of coffee of course


Clif Bar


I had two salad bowls from the salad bar (with just a TINY bit of dressing), one slice of cheese pizza, and one cinnamon stick.  This afternoon, I did have another Clif bar for a snack because I was almost getting hangry!


I had another large salad with romaine lettuce, a touch of shredded cheddar, and the leftover shrimp from the Mother’s Day shrimp boil.  My dessert was one of the amazing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles we picked up from Trader Joe’s last Saturday.  Yum.

My legs are still screaming at me from the 40-30-20-10 workout where I think I did 239847 million lunges, so tonight my cardio was running around the yard after my baby and then I just stuck to Giselle’s Summer Ready Challenge of 100 sit-ups, 50 squats, and 25 push-ups.

Now it’s time to go catch up on Hell’s Kitchen episodes (guilty pleasure show!) and then crawl into my sweet bed!

Do you have a guilty pleasure show?



Spending Saturday in Nashville

This morning I got to spend just a little while with my little man before we dropped him off with Papa and Gamma so Andy and I could trek down to Nashville to visit his brother and sister-in-law and baby niece, Sara.  She is 7 months old and just had surgery to repair her VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital

When we got to the room, Sara was not quite asleep and not quite awake either, but she came to life quickly and it was so wonderful to see her sitting up in the bed awake with huge grins on her face the whole time we were there.

I have to say that it will also make you count your blessings when you realize there are 8 floors to this hospital, full of sick and recovering children, and when your own son has only been to the doctor a few times in his life, with the most severe diagnosis being strep throat, you have to take a second and praise God for his mercy and grace.

Trader Joes

When we left the hospital, we made a quick (and I mean QUICK) trip to Trader Joe’s for two reasons. Number one, I wanted to get back to my Ryman and number two, that place was CRAWLING with people.  It happened to be THE PLACE for everyone in Nashville today evidently, so we scanned around looking at all the wonderful treats and selected a few new things to try.

Chocolate Almond Granola

I highly recommend the Just the Clusters Chocolate Almond Granola Cereal if you like chocolate or granola at all!  It is wonderful!


The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles…I mean, do I really need to even explain that?!

Vanilla Caramel

The Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels are also wonderful and VERY rich.


We’ve never tried the Lobster Ravioli or the Butternut Squash Triangoli, but I am feeling a pasta night coming on really soon.

Meanwhile, back at Papa and Gamma’s house, my Rylnn was having a blast!  He got to spend the entire day outside doing all kinds of things and he got to help them build a frame for a beautiful swing that is now sitting in my front yard…Pictures of that to come tomorrow!

Rylnn Help Papa

Tomorrow at church, our Sunday School class has “Connect Time” which is basically breakfast for the church so I whipped up some Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (they have oats in them so I believe that qualifies them to be a breakfast dish).  I adapted this recipe just a little bit from a jar mix that someone gave me for Christmas one year.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup packed brown sugar

Âľ cup sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

2 cups oats

1 ½ sticks softened butter

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Then, I turn my mixer on and just start dumping ingredients in.  It’s just that easy.  Then I drop them by small spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes.  Makes about 3 dozen.

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Oatmeal Cookies1

Oatmeal Cookies

 Now I’m off to finalize Mother’s Day preparations for tomorrow!

A Few Updates

This afternoon, I just got to spend a little time with my button before Andy got home and they left for a boy date… “Tis the Season” as we say in our house 🙂

So I had a whole evening to myself…I honestly didn’t know what to do!  First, I thought of all the things that I should do; dishes, laundry, take the trash off, spray a hornet nest that decided to start growing on the side of the house, etc. and I quickly got overwhelmed so I just decided to jump on the elliptical for 20 minutes to clear my head.

I did actually spray the hornet nest and I did take the garbage to the dumpster so I accomplished two goals and I finished a workout.  Mission Completed.

I thought I could take a few minutes and update some things that I feel like I have left a little undone on my blog over the last month or so.

 Coconut Oil Face Cream

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I attempted this Coconut Oil Face Wash that I found on Pinterest back a little over a month ago to try and stop some horrendous break-outs on my face and the initial treatment only left my face feeling a little softer.  After a few more tries, I can tell you, this does not work for me.  It never stopped any break-outs and while it didn’t seem to make it worse, it sure didn’t make it any better.  The good thing is, Coconut Oil is wonderful to cook with 🙂

Streaming Television


We decided after much discussion about not watching nearly enough of our satellite television to make it worth the monthly payment, to cancel satellite and just stream Hulu or Netflix through computers or blu-ray player.  While we haven’t cancelled the satellite television yet (due to a hefty cancellation fee and not being sure about how well our new internet service will be since it was just installed yesterday) I believe we are definitely headed in that direction.  I think we will save a ton of money in the long run 🙂

Brooklyn’s Believers


I posted about this precious little girl, Brooklyn, about two months ago and I just wanted to let you know that according to the family’s Facebook Page she is doing really well.   A post just today stated that “post-operative scans showed no evidence of residual or new disease.”  Praise God!!  If you get a chance, please check out her precious little face on their page, I promise you won’t regret it.  I’ve never met her or any of her family, but just by reading their Facebook page and looking at their website you can tell they are just precious people!

So there’s some updates…Tomorrow we are headed to Nashville to see Andy’s 7 month old niece Sara who is still in Vanderbilt recovering (wonderfully!!) from open heart surgery and hopefully we’ll have time to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on the way back home.

Happy Friday!

Foodie Penpals

Foodie Penpals

So about a month ago, I ran across a blog that I found very interesting and informative called The Lean Green Bean and let me tell you, this girl has got it goin on!   She’s working on becoming a Registered Dietitian and her blog is full of all kinds of foods and recipes and workouts and lots of fun stuff, and she also started a fabulous program called Foodie Pen Pals.  Basically if you sign up, she will pair you up with someone else and after communicating with that person about dietary needs and preferences, you are to create a box of fun foods (local, homemade, etc.) to send to that person.  The cost of the food can not exceed $15 and you are supposed to also include something handwritten like a note or recipe or something fun like that.  If you want to become a Foodie Penpal, you have to join by the 5th of the month and you can just do it the one time or you can do it every month if you like and then mail the box by the 15th of the month.  If you blog, you are supposed to blog about your box on the last day of the month, so here we are!

My box came from NYC!!  I was so excited when I found out that while I was visiting NYC, my Foodie Penpal Kellie had just created and sent me a box from that fantastic place, and she did a great job.  Let me preface this by saying, from where I live the closest Trader Joe’s is about a 2 1/2 hour drive so when I ripped into my box from Kellie, it was a Trader Joe’s goodie box!

Trader Joe's

Well the first thing I tore into was the Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows of course and I was NOT disappointed!  I was also very excited that she included a Clif Kid Z Bar in the chocolate brownie flavor for my Ryman who wanted it immediately and loved it as well.  I am a huge fan of Banana Chips which were good and I saved the fruit sheets for my Rylnn as well although he hasn’t tried those yet.  I haven’t been brave enough to try the Seaweed Snacks yet (I promise I will!) and she included the Red Split Lentils with a recipe for Red Split Lentil soup which sounds wonderful!  I was so excited with my box 🙂

The Foodie Penpal that sends you a box is not the same person that you send a box to, so I prepared my box and sent it to Megan in Massachusetts and filled it with some of our favorite snacks and a jar of Coconut Oil since I seem to be a little bit obsessed with that lately.  When she emailed me thanking me for the box, she said she was so excited to try out the Coconut Oil and had been looking online about all the uses (other than cooking).

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I will definitely be signing up to be a Foodie Penpal again and encourage you to try it out 🙂

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