Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow Day Treat

It final snowed!!! We are all off for the day. The kids and hubby are outside playing and I am inside preparing a delicious breakfast to warm their souls when they come in. Chocolate pancakes are on the menu. I thought I would share the recipe so you could treat your loved ones... Hope you enjoy!!!

Chocolate Pancakes

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar ( or less to taste)
1 cup milk
4 tsp butter, melted
2 eggs
4-6 tsp cocoa (I use 5)

Combine dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and stir only until mixed.

Preheat a non-stick skillet until sizzling hot. Brush lightly with oil or butter. Cook on skillet until done.

For fluffy pancakes, seperate the egg yolks from the whites. Beat whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Organized Meal Planning

Our house is crazy seven days a week! Between working, kids sports, and my crazy volunteering I need all the help I can get! So here is one of the ways I try to get a healthy home cooked meal on the table.

My first recipe to highlight is Teriyaki Chicken. This requires two gallons sized Ziplock bags.

1 Bag baby carrots
1 Large red onion (cut in chunks)
2 20oz. Cans of pineapple
4 Cloves of garlic
4 Chicken breasts
1 Cup teriyaki sauce (plus 1/4 cup for use at later time)

Split a ingredients evenly between two bags and freeze.

To cook, thaw bags in frig. over night. Dump both bags in slow cooker, add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours. Serve over rice.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A New Start

I decided that it would be nice to restart my blog again after not writing for almost two years. In fact, maybe two full years. The kids have grown and we have created some fabulous memories over the years, but not a lot has changed. Our life is still pretty crazy and the kids are up to their usual antics. So I think my new posts will be pretty eclectic, but then again I see myself that way to some degree now! So, starting tomorrow (hopefully) I will post some new and interesting things that are important to me right then and there. Hopefully it's fun!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Do They Walk on Their Own???

Monkey is gross!  I know that is not something a mother usually says about her kids, but seriously, I don't know what else to say.  I just took her laundry basket away.  She has been re wearing and wearing and wearing her clothes and even her underwear.  I was trying to figure out where she was hiding these dirty clothes and then I realized some of them, like the underwear she wasn't even taking off.  So, I now monitor what she takes off and make sure she is wearing clean clothes.  I lock the laundry basket away and if she makes an attempt to go get clothes out of it, I can tell because the Glade Sense and Spray goes off and I can smell it!  Sneaky I know, but really no parent wants their child to the "that girl".  I mean really!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Is it possible re-commit to a blog and then ignore it for a week and a half?  Oh and MeMe Wardrobe Wednesday totally missed that one ;)  Oops!!!  I got caught up in a crazy week and all that goes with it.  But seriously, I was trying to spend more time with my kids.  And, I did scrapbook a bunch.  And one sick makes for two doctor visits and juggling schedules.  So I thought I would stop by and say hi and give a sneak preview of my next post.

Title: Do They Walk on Their Own?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I am taking a break from my focus on the positive...

I am hoping this will help me let go of this frustration today and have a good day.  I am hoping this will prove therapeutic.  I got my cast off yesterday afternoon.  But, my wrist is killing me even more than it was before.  I did not anticipate being pain free.  at least from the standpoint of the stiffness in my wrist.  I mean it has been sitting the same position for almost three weeks.  I did however expect that the location where it was broken would feel better.  Was it a little too late for my cast and the healing process to mesh?  I don't know.  I am a little concerned that it didn't heal well and that the bone is still broken.  He didn't take an x-ray since he didn't see the fracture on an x-ray.  He said it should feel better soon.  It happened six weeks ago.  My PT, a friend said to go back if it isn't better in a couple weeks.  He said the surgeon could have missed something in the carpal (wrist) bones.  So, it is frustration not being able to turn on the water, or open a door still after six weeks time.  I am afraid to pick something up with my left hand for fear I will drop it.  Yikes!!

As for my knees, I get frustrated with my left knee often, really frustrated infrequently.  It isn't in good shape.  But, I muscle through the pain and do what I love while I still can.  However, it seems to be more and more difficult as time goes on.  The surgeon was quick to remind me that it has only been six months and not to base anything on the results for a year or more.  But, it is hard.  I know I will need a knee replacement in the future and the prospects of that are scary and quite frankly, suck!!!

My right knee is a whole other story.  I had a feeling that when the surgeon decided about my right knee would be impacted greatly by the state of my left knee.  And it has been.  I had an MRI at the same time as the wrist and he mention a torn ACL.  But, he didn't mention the meniscus was torn.  It is.  Shocking.  If it hadn't been it probably was on my recent fall anyway.  But, there are no full thickness cartilage defects like on my left knee.  That's good.  If the pain persists he said he could remove the meniscus.  I am thinking I should just let it go.  But, I am an orthopaedic mess.  Unhappy with the state of my knees and the restrictions that come with it.  No running (I don't follow that one), no soccer (still mulling that over), take up gold he said.  Ha!!  I do golf and it isn't curbing my running addiction.  Bike and swim.  Train those tri legs, he says.  I hate the bike, I don't have powerful legs ;)  So I am left to continue in pain like before with no resolve to any ailments.  UGH!!!  So frustrating!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesdays Weekly Wardrobe: What did you Wear?

Welcome to Wednesday's Weekly Wardrobe!!!  I totally love this idea.  After I had my first child, something took hold of me.  It wasn't pretty!  I became a Grandmother.  My husband often tells me how happy he is that I don't look like a lot of the other moms out there.  He says they dress like his mom!!  Well, for a few years after my oldest kids were born, I did look like that.  I bought what was on sale and dressed comfortably.  After my third child, I wasn't sure if we would be having any more kids so I started to focus more on myself and getting my pre-pregnancy body back.  I focused more on my wardrobe and it paid off.  I didn't look like a frumpy old mommy.  I had some style.  Now that ESPN is getting older, I have lost a good deal of baby weight with all my distance training over the past year and a half.  Even with my injuries and surgery, I have managed to take off 15 pounds.  I have about 5-10 more to go.  But, I am happy and my husband has never complimented me more!  Since I work in the fitness and education industry, many of my clothes are workout style.  But, I try to wear fun colors and trendier styles.  My favorite workout hair look is a ponytail with a pre-wrap headband.  Shh... I stole my daughter's pre-wrap!!!  I am addicted to shopping.  I love to shop sales for name brands!!  That said, I decided to team up with Go Mommy and devote a day to my wardrobe and get fashion ideas from fellow bloggers!  So let us see what you are wearing.  Join us in the fun!!!

Instructions, take multiple pictures of yourself throughout the week.  Or simply choose your favorite outfit and post a picture of yourself in it.  I tried taking my pic in front of a mirror for this purpose, but I couldn't perfect it so I enlisted my hubby!!  He's the best!!!  He agreed to do this for me everyday!!!  So take a look.  This is what I wore this week!!!

I think it would be fun to add info on where we purchase our duds.

Shirt: Kohls (Daisy Fuentes)
Sweater: Kohls (Daisy Fuentes)
Jeans: Kohls (Apt 9)

Strike a pose!!!  I had to model!!  It's hot, I know!!!

Shirt: Old Navy
Cami: Target
Jeans: Costco (Nautica from like 9 years ago, my absolute favorite!)

Shirt: Costco (Lucky Brand Jeans)
Jeans: Kohls (Apt.9)
Boots: Kohls (My hubby's fave; it's date night ;)

Hubby loves the arms above the head poses!!!

Super Comfy Saturday!!
Shirt: Costco (Ralph Lauren)
Cami: Target (Merona)
Pants: Kohls (Tek Gear)

Needed some sweats today!!  Sledding was brutal on the butt ;)!

Sunday, it's a church day!
Dress: Title Nine (Horny Toad)
Leggings: Kohls (Simply Vera)

Monday morning, so tired and hubby left before I could blow dry my hair.  I want fifteen extra minutes to sleep in!
Shirt: Target (Merona)
Jeans: Kohls (Apt 9)

Strike a pose!!!

Shirt: Athleta
Pants: Athleta

Shirt: Costco
Pants: Kohls (Apt 9)

Looking kind of tired after skiing last night!

Link up next week and see what everyone is wearing!!!!