Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What I ate Wednesday #1

It's one of the highlights of my week to read everyone's blog on Wednesday.  What I ate Wednesdays are so inspiring.  I love to see all the different things people are eating.  I'm thrilled to be a part of it!

What will be eating as you read this, today?


I'm always on the look out for easy breakfast dishes.  Overnights oats are always a winner because you can top them with anything and they are so easy.  I tend to make 5 on Sunday for the work week.  Adam's not a huge fan of cold oatmeal.  This week we decided to try breakfast burritos.  Well I did burritos and Adam opted for breakfast scramble. 

Adam's Version:
Eggs (6 eggs)
Sausage (1/2 lb.)
(it made three 1 cup servings)

Rachel's Version:
Egg (12 eggs)
Sausage (1/2 lb.)
Asparagus (1 bunch)
(it made 2 burritos and 5 one cup servings)
Not pictured WATERMELON
I cooked the asparagus first then added the eggs and added the cooked sausage and cheese.  Because I'm not eating wheat I like to use Sami's Bakery food items as a substitute. Their facility isn't GF but they don't use wheat in their products and Adam and I both like them.  For the burritos I used the Lavish bread.


**Cheap and easy trick**
Buy rotisserie chicken.  The tip that goes with that is cut it up right away, because if you put it in the fridge and then cut it up you have to deal with gelatinous fat and it's gross.  We usually use ours for quick quesadillas.  Today we used it to top our salads.

Adam's Salad
Romaine Lettuce
Western Dressing

Rachel's Salad
"Fancy" lettuce, from our own garden!!!
Goat Cheese
Sliced Almonds
My salad was sooo much better than Adam's :)

We had meatloaf! woo woo.  Yes I'm old and get excited about meat loaf.  I found this meatloaf recipe through Real Simple.  I had a hankering one day for a home cooked meal and looked up meatloaf recipes and we were not disappointed with this.  We eat this a lot when it gets cold out.  It's so comforting.

Here's the link to the original recipehttp://www.realsimple.com.

Here's how we make it.  As much as we love bacon, we don't use any when we make this, and we don't use jalapeños.  And we use Sami's hot dog buns for the bread crumbs.

Before and After photos.  Ok so meatloaf isn't the prettiest picture but is tasty.  We get 8 slices out of a loaf and we froze one of them for the future.

 In addition to the meat we had a few treats out of the garden
Right now I'm watching 4 spaghetti squash grow, and I can not wait for them to be ripe.  And soon....soon we will have giant tomatoes and about a thousand cherry tomatoes

How do you make meatloaf dinner perfect? Add wine.  This is one of the wines my dad makes.  mmm strawberry wine.  It's good to the last drop, seriously that's the last drop of this bottle.  And when Adam was picking up our Sami's products he picked us up some after dinner treats.   hurray chocolate.  Best husband ever!

That's what we're eating this Wednesday, I can't wait to see what everyone else is enjoying.
This is what happens when I'm on the computer too long.  It's time to put pepper to bed.
God Bless

A New Week

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Adam and I sure did.  Though honestly we didn't get much accomplished at home.  Well that's not completely true I got both the spare bedrooms cleaned up.  So that's something.  And Adam got whatever was rotting in our fridge thrown out (I think it ended up being a bunch of forgotten cilantro).  So what did we waste our time with this weekend?  Two things swimming and FRIENDS reruns.  It's really random, because we don't watch regular t.v. anymore (we're Netflix people) I never see FRIENDS anymore.  So I had a craving, we watched quite a bit of that.  And swimming?  Do we have a pool? Sadly no.  But our friends from church have a pool and they went away this weekend and asked us to check in on their cats and and in turn told us to enjoy the pool.  So we did!  I love water more than anything.  Growing up my grandparents lived on a quiet little lake and we were there all the time throughout the summer.  Swimming was so much a part of my life that I don't even remember learning how to swim.  I've just always been able to.  So having a pool just for us for the whole weekend was wonderful.  Of course this whitey got a little burnt, but just a little.  But otherwise I had a blast.  Adam and I had such a nice time just talking.   It really felt like a much needed mini vacation.  No distractions just some us time.  It made me realize we watch too much t.v.  The weekend marathon of FRIENDS didn't do much to dispel that thought.  But when we were floating around just talking about our goals, and our future it was like dating all over again.  After thinking it all over I've come to the conclusion...we're getting a pool! no just kidding.  We have decided to turn off the t.v. this week.  Only to turn it on for our workouts.  Since we're doing a DVD set.  When we work on projects we can both be so focused, but apparantly we are both easily distracted.  And the t.v. is just too tempting.  And Netflix is no help.  When you find a show you like instead of watching one episode a week, you end up watch season after season until you fall asleep in a mountain of take out containers in your comfy pants.  And then wake up and wonder what happened to your weekend and equally if not more disturbing what are you doing with your life?  Of course we don't have to watch multiple seasons in a row, but I don't think this blog is starring two people with a lot of self control.  Otherwise we wouldn't be struggling to loose weight. 
  Our mini vacation was an excuse to slack off on exercise, because yes we needed another excuse.  And at the end of the day Sunday we did finally go get groceries, but since we were exhausted from the swimming and sunburn (yes more excuses) we didn't get any of the food ready for the week.  Now I have to do it on Tuesday, which I hate doing because it's a long work day, and a hard work out afterwords.  But we will.  On our list this week to eat:

Breakfasts: Breafast Burritos (I'm going to try some new recipes for gluten free tortillas)

Lunches: Taco meat for salads and lots of veggies.
            And other assorted salads and veggies.

Dinners:  meatloaf
              Salmon/ Tuna Patties
              Pork Roast (we've never done this before so it'll be neat to try it)

We are pretty boring eaters.  We're both happy making a couple of meals and eating them all week.  Remember the italian pasta dish from last week?  We both had that for dinner twice, and I had it for lunch one day.  Once it starts to frost outside (not any time soon I hope, I love summer) we'll make a couple kinds of soup and live off them for weeks. 

There are two things I'm always trying to do that I think would make eating healthy easier.  One is meal planning.  We've tried to do this and it never works for us, until I read a blog the other day, and of course now I can't remember which on (if I find it again I'll link to it) where the blogger talked about how meal planning never worked for her either.  So instead of planning every day she just plans a couple meals for the week, and they make what ever sounds good.  That just made sense to me.  It may seem silly but on Sunday I have no idea what will sound good for dinner on Thursday.  So I like the option of having a couple of healthy meals planned and then getting to pick whatever one I want that day.  I think this will work alot better for us. 

The other thing I want to get into is freezing up meals ahead of time.  I'm so impressed by the families who spend a Saturday cooking up meals for the next month or two.  But it's so intimidating, so what I want to start  doing is when we cook things on the weekend for the upcoming week, cook double so there is some to freeze.  So we'll make 2 meatloafs, and lots of extra breakfast burritos and extra salmon patties.  So we may not have meals for the next 2 months, but we'll slowly build up our freezer reptoire.  Oh and that means I'll have to be super organized and have fancy freezer lists.  If you don't already know this about me I freaking love to be organized.  If I'm stressed out, I just organize something.  It soothes me :)   I know I'm a freak, and of coursed I married a person that is the opposite of that.  Though he loves when I organize his garage because it's fun we you can find what you're looking for. 

So let us know your tips to being healthy.  Do you meal plan?  What are your favorite healthy meals?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hump Day

Happy Wednesday, It's the middle of the week kids, we're half way through this week.  YEAH!  So I work in a boring gray office so I have to amuse myself with silly things.  Like this...

 I found this dispenser at Goodwill for $6! It's super fun.  Battery operated, you just stick your hand in front of the spout and the goodies poor out.  Right now it has pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, and sliced almonds.  It's an easy way to have a healthy snack, and my boss loves it.  It's always good to keep your boss happy :)

Happy Meals 
Breakfast: Iced Coffee with coconut milk and oatmeal with blueberries and nuts from my super cool dispenser.
Lunch: Green smoothie, watermelon, and bean soup. 
 Dinner: I saw this on Pintrest and I couldn't wait to try it.
 Italian Wonderpot. All the ingredients go into the pot together and is done in about 20 minutes! Simple and delicious.
So I sort of read the ingredients and instructions and whipped something together.
This sausage is a new find at Trader Joes's so Adam grilled them up.
The burnt ones are mine :) I like mine blackened...seriously.
While the meat was cooking I threw everything else in a pot and let it boil. 
 I didn't add in the rice noodles until the end because they cook so fast.

That big patch of seasoning is what happens when the top on the garlic seasoning flies off.
So this might have been a little extra garlicky.

The finished dish complete with sausage, and fresh parmesan.

It was a great meal.  I'm looking forward to having it for lunch tomorrow.
Since it's the middle of the week, here's a mini Adam story.  So once upon a time we were watching the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan and Adam decided he wanted the rollover blades Cesar has.  There called Land Rollers see the video here http://landroller.com .  But since they're so expensive he decided it would be better to make his own...yeah let that sit in.  Do I need to remind you of this incident ?  After a couple of days of banging around in the garage welcome to the premier of...DEATH SKATES!
So if you're thinking man these look like they'd be ridiculously heavy...you would be correct.  He has spent almost two weeks on these things and when I mentioned that it would be cheaper just to buy the real things he let me know it wasn't about the money.  Even though that was the original point, I guess now it's personal.  This weekend when we were at Menards he was casing the wheels trying to find replacements.  If you were hoping that there would be a video...well there is but they are so heavy it's just a video of Adam standing there.  Haha I'll post a video when he gets the nerve to actually skate.
I leave you with that :) 

God Bless- R

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

week #3

Our weekend was a whirlwind of heat stroke.  Ok so neither one of us had heat stroke but it sure felt like it.  I love being outside in our gardens and mowing (yes I enjoy mowing), but 90 degrees is too hot for me. 
I was stalking this little guy for a while.  How pretty!

We didn't think it through on Saturday and ended up spending the hottest part of the day in the yard.  Can you say sunburn?  Ok so I'm  light fair skinned person, I burn very easily.  And the first time I was burnt this summer I was complaining about being in pain, because nothing helps a sunburn when hubby came through for me.  He bought new Aloe Vera (ours was expired) with pain reliever in it, and gave me Ibuprofen.  I tell you the combination of both those things made the pain go away so much faster.  Why did it take almost 30 years to learn that.  That would have been great information to have in High School when I was being fried like an egg during band camp (how cool am I?).  I know the best plan of action is sunscreen and not being outside at noon, but every year I forget just how white I am. 

So after burning ourselves to a crisp on Saturday we didn't do much Sunday until our friends invited us to come over and jump in the pool.  I have to tell you I love water.  I grew up around lots of little lakes and have always loved swimming.  So it's a blessing to have friends who have a pool and who don't mind when we come over.  Then they grilled up some locally raised organic grass fed beef, those burgers were amazing..didn't manage to take a picture because we devoured them.  What can I say floating in the pool is hard work :).

Weight loss tracking
So how was week two?  Eh.  Our workouts were great.  It's surprising to see how fast you feel stronger.  After just two weeks I'm not so sore the next day that I can't move.  The third workout in this set is really hard.  It's 40 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of straight ab work out.  Wow when you type that it really doesn't seem like that much. ha! but considering 3 weeks ago we were at zero minutes of exercise I'm proud we can get through the 50 minutes on day three.  Again we're doing the Chalean Extreme.  I actually really like it.  There are some workouts I've tried that Adam would consider to be too girly that are all cardio and you do is dance around.  I hate those.  They just make me mad.  This work out is something we both can do, and it's challenging.  I feel strong doing it and it's nice to have a work out partner.  I'm so proud every time we get done with a work out.

So workouts were great.  But food...oh we're failing food.  I keep letting myself be overwhelmed with the amount of change that needs to happen.  So this week I'm just taking it one meal at a time.  Oatmeal for breakfasts, lots of veggies and fruit for lunch, and grilling out with Adam for dinner. (pictures to come).  So in the end we both gained a pound...what's up with that?

Want to know what our Achilles' heal is?  Root Beer and Vanilla Cream Soda.  Adam and I love to try Root Beer, we're kind of coinsures.  He's the cream soda fan, I am not.  Our favorite root beer so far is Sprecher's we get it at Menards.  You know the only place you can buy plywood, milk, paint and root beer in the place.
I tried this new root beer from TJ Maxx. 

It's pretty good. 

For this coming week I've set some specific goals to help curve the eating habits.

1 No Wheat--this is for me because we've determined it upsets my stomach
2 No eating out--we're just not ready to make good decisions yet
3 Pack lunch/ snacks--if we do this it helps lower the temptation to buy crap at work

My main goal is if I end up in a situation I'm un prepared for I'll make the best decision possible. 

We're not giving up just adjusting.  This is a learning process.  I've already learned that I'm stronger than I thought I was.  So now I just need to apply that strength to the food choices I make. 

God Bless--R

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Few things make me happier than getting this in the mail.

My absolute favorite magazine.  I'm trying to resist reading it until tomorrow because I have the evening to myself and I think a cup of tea and this magazine will be the perfect evening.  But...I may peek at it tonight, I can hardly wait :)
Something else I'm loving right now?...our vegetable gardens.  I'm fortunate because Adam really likes gardening so he takes care of our vegetable gardens.  In the past we've grown an array of vegetables but this year we decided to only grow things we would actually eat.  Adam built us raised gardens last year and this year added under ground tubing to be able to water the plants from underneath.

The Gardens
On the far fence is Garden #1 to the left of the patio is Garden #2 and to the right of the patio is Garden #3

Garden #1
Cherry Tomatoes (on both ends)
Mortgage lifter Tomatoes (inherited seeds from Adam's Gpa)
Asparagus (from my dad's garden)
Acorn Squash
Spaghetti Squash

Blueberries, a gift from my parents last year.
These are our first fruits!!! so exciting.

Garden #1
My lovely gardener with the peas.
Trellis made of PVC pipe and string. 
The smaller tube is where we can water them and it goes underneath the plant.  Adam read that if you water from below it encourages the roots to go lower.
 Pay no attention to the side of the yard with the overgrown weeds...
 Yes we devoted an entire garden to peas.
The other night we picked 43 pods and got less than a cup of peas.

Garden #3
 Fancy lettuce (for me, which isn't up yet)

Random peach tree on the other side of the yard.
We inherited it with the house.

We get tiny peaches.
The pride and joy of the garden.  Two rain barrels.  Newly painted this year
 ohh ahh.
Again pay no attention to the weeds.  I have plans for blocks underneath so no weeds can grow.

A new addition this year is hanging Marigolds. 
We're hoping they keep the mosquitos away, because they are terrible.
We are truly ready to start harvesting our garden...it's not quite time.
Until then we still have to buy our lettuce and tomatoes from the store. 
Last night we did just that for our favorite Chicken Tacos. 
His bowl
lettuce, tomato, cheese, chicken, tortilla strips.

Her Bowl
lettuce, tomato, avocado, black beans, chicken, cheese, tortilla strips.

This is how not to pit an avocado. 
When we make chicken tacos we always use our own seasoning.  I found this recipe online a couple of years ago, so I apologize if you read this and it's yours.  If it is let me know and I'll give you credit.
Taco Seasoning
4TBS Chili Powder
3TBS + 1 tsp paprika
3TBS cumin
1 TBS + 2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
Whisk together
Use 2 TBS of mix and 3/4 cup water to 1 pound of meat.
I buy the spices in bulk and made a bunch up ahead of time.  Our secret is a to buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery story and shred in in the Kitchen Maid, and a little seasoning and hit up in the skillet.  Super easy and healthy. 
Hope you enjoy.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Adam's Exercise Incident

It's Wednesday and this is the type of week that never seems to end.  Even Pepper agrees

Ahh rabid dog! nope just yawning.

oh that's more like it. this is her "get off the computer already" face.  yes I can interpret my dog's faces.

Since it's Wednesday and kind of boring one at that I thought I would share a silly story about Adam to lighten up the middle of the week.  I've known Adam since we were 14 and still after all this time I amazed I can still learn new things about him.  For example over the last year I've learned just how smart he is.  Like were talking genius.  I've learned that brilliance doesn't always equal common sense.  I've also learned that with his genius comes burst of creative ideas that sometimes are amazing, and sometimes....I wonder how he puts his pants on in the morning without injuring himself.  The following story falls in the later category.

So back in one of Adam's previous exercise stints he had a bit of an accident. To preface this story I will have to mention that Adam used to pump iron at his friend's house and occasionally they would have samples of protein drinks and supplements.  I could always tell when they were sampling because Adam would come home fully caffeinated and super hyper.  One such time he came home from working out and in a supplement stupor convinced me to cook a 5lb bag of macaroni.  His reasoning was that he wouldn't have to wait after work outs to make pasta.  I guess he was foreseeing a pasta emergency.  We'll I got caught up in his excitement and got out our largest pot and cooked all the pasta.  As it was getting done I was starting to wonder how he was going to eat all the macaroni before it went bad when he came back into kitchen and said "I can't believe you cooked all that".  I guess a supplement high doesn't last long.  We had a good laugh and when it was all over we ended up throwing out most of the pasta.

Now if only Adam had learned from that first story this next incident wouldn't have happened.  So one night Adam was at his friend's house working out when he called me to come get him.  When I asked him I there was something wrong with his truck he just asked again if I could come get him.  So I left figuring he had a flat tire or ran out of gas.  When I got there I was greeted with this...

My poor baby!

Apparently while they were working out they noticed a lack of Trapezoid exercises.  So Adam being the fix it decided to rig them up a sort of pulley using their existing equipment and an exercise band.  So what you're seeing here is the exercise band after he pulled it as hard as he could towards his face and it came un done and hit him square in the nose and eyes.  I was trying to pick on him, but he was so mad at himself, and in so much pain he just couldn't laugh about it.  The issue was that he wears contacts and is basically blind without them.  His focus point without contacts is 11 cm.  The problem was he hadn't had his eyeglasses updated in years.  So he was blind.  Also when he got hit in the face he knew one of his contacts had fallen out, but he wasn't sure about the other one.  So he spent the whole night trying to find his contact and what really happened was that he had scratched his eye.  And searching for the "missing" contact just irritated his eye all the more.  Needless to say he didn't sleep well that night.

This is his attempt at sleeping...it didn't quite work.  The next day he went to the eye doctor to make sure he didn't permanently hurt his eyes.  Then he spent the rest of the day trying to find some place in Fort Wayne that could make him new glasses, but because his prescription is so bad everyone wanted to send out for new lenses.  Luckily Lens Crafters in the mall was able to do it so I had to lead him around the mall like a blind man until the could get them done.  Since I was "driving" in the mall I headed over to Barnes and Noble...not the best place to take someone who can't see past 11cm.  I grabbed a book and thought we could sit at Starbucks while we waited, so Adam also grabbed a book...and then had to put his face on the page to be able to read.  He looked ridiculous, but at least at this time he was feeling well enough to laugh about it.  In the end he healed up nicely which is great because I can still pick on him about it. 

And if you enjoyed that, don't worry I have plenty of stories just like that...and more coming every day!  Life with Adam is always interesting. 

Now off to Burn Circuit 2 (Chalean Extreme).  And our favorite Chicken Tacos for dinner.

God Bless