Mini Oxymoron

January 8, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. There is really no part of me that enjoys cooking. I love to bake, but try not to do that very often. I usually cook dinner 6 nights a week and I make Andrew’s lunch everyday. I guess you could say I’m in charge of the food at our house. I do 95% of the grocery shopping and I hate every second of it, I dread it every week, but I go anyway. Here is the weird part, I LOVE putting food on the table for dinner every night and I also really enjoy planning our meals in such a way that nothing goes to waste and we have enough variety while eating leftovers. Take this past week for example. We had pieces of a rotisserie chicken left so I made “BBQ ranch chicken salad” with black beans, corn, lettuce and lime juice. I put a handful of the beans in our veggie enchiladas. Then with the leftover black beans I made a mixture of beef, tomatoes, and seasonings and did stuffed peppers. We had enough of the stuffing left to make tacos which I had for lunch today. This is definitely not a typical week, usually we just keep eating the leftovers until they are gone, but this is an ideal week for me cooking wise. So I am a walking mini oxymoron, I don’t like cooking, but I love providing meals for Andrew and me and I like coming up with ways to not waste food. I guess you could say this is another way I’m trying to minimize spending and waste this year!

I Used to Think

December 14, 2012

To some of you this might be a post where you shake your head in disbelief that I am this dense. For some it might give you some hope in the dieting department as we enter the new year. I used to think you either could eat super healthy or eat bad. If you ate a piece of chocolate you were having a “bad diet day” and you were off the diet wagon. I love chocolate so most of my days were bad diet days and in my mind I was a terrible eater and basically there was no hope for me. Andrew and I have begun a new lifestyle. I’ll tell you about it sometime in the next couple weeks as we get further into it, but basically I have come to a realization. Chocolate does not negate vegetables. Just because you eat one bad thing in a day it doesn’t mean you aren’t getting all the health benefits of the fresh fruits and vegetables you are eating throughout the rest of your day. We have become vegetable people, correction, we are becoming vegetable people. I realized I can eat an entire bell pepper for 30 calories and that’s when I decided I better start eating more peppers, that’s a lot of food for those calories. Humus is currently one of our favorite foods, on that subject PLEASE comment if you have a good easy humus recipe, I’m told I can save money, but I’m intimidated by making it. I have found that I feel so good when I eat fruits and vegetables in place of processed foods and I have stopped feeling like a failure just because I have a sweet tooth. I definitely am trying to cut back on this stuff, but I will likely be eating sweets and veggies in tandem for awhile. I’m hoping our new lifestyle will work for us. I’m going to give it another week then I’ll tell you about it in case you plan to get healthy in the new year.

The Quest for Thin

September 27, 2012

I’ve been on a quest, my whole life really, the quest for thin. And why? What is it about thin that makes someone better? Why has it been so important to me? In my mind thin equals happiness and in my mind I have never once been thin. Smaller, yes, thin, no. Not that I’ve never been happy, but to me there is something about thin that seems magical. Like thin gives you the wardrobe you want, the job you want, and the list goes on and on.

Now I’m a mama, I have the body to prove it and the quest no longer seems as important. I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight two weeks postpartum, but somehow half of my pants no longer button and my dream to some day be a size six is slowly diminishing.

Pinterest, what a cool invention, and believe me I am a frequent pinner and I’ve used this site to decorate, cook, get advice, etc. I just wish there was a filter so I could block out all the images of the thin women with abs of steel and perfect perky boobs, I mean come on! Sure they are attached to work outs and I’d be lying if I said I’ve never pinned one, but what average person really has time to look like that? The reality is they are doing A LOT more than the 20 minute a day workout they are attached to. In the words of Sweet Brown,”ain’t no body got time for that!”

So I’m embarking on a new quest, the quest for healthy. I am far from it, I’ve never craved sugar so badly in my lifetime, but I have to start somewhere and right now that somewhere is walking. Everyday at least once, and sometimes twice a day and dusting off my sport hula hoop to try and do something with this new tummy.

What about happiness? I’m realizing thin isn’t the answer, I have the husband I want, the job I want and someday I may have the wardrobe I want, but that’s really not all that important. I have a daughter! It’s time to embrace my body and love myself so she will someday love herself too!!

This post is more for me so that I never have to search this again.  If you want the recipe for the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted here it is!  This is the best website for recipes especially baking.  It has a servings calculator so you can easily make a half batch or quarter batch which really comes in handy when you want chocolate frosting to eat off a spoon at 10:00 at night and don’t want to have 12 servings of it.  Not saying that I’ve ever done that or anything.

Photo credit: Larkspur

Make it tonight!

April 24, 2012

I really like Lasagna, but I NEVER make it because it intimidates me and I assume it takes a lot of time to make it.  I made this after church on Sunday for lunch and it was easy and more importantly DELICIOUS!!

Here is what you need:

1 lb lean ground beef (I used turkey)

2 green peppers, chopped (I used only one)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar [26 oz] spaghetti sauce (mine was 24 and it was fine)

1 2/3 cup water

1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing

12 oven ready lasagna noodles broken into quarters

1 cup shredded mozzarella

How to:

Brown meat and drain.

Stir in peppers, garlic, sauce, water and dressing: bring to a boil.  Add noodles; stir, cover.

Cook on medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, sprinkle with cheese and wait about 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.

This recipe is from the Kraft Food and Family magazine which I’m currently seriously digging!

Cheater Cheater

November 8, 2011

Snicker doodle eater.  I don’t know how to make snicker doodles, meaning I don’t have a recipe for them and I don’t really care to look one up, but I like snicker doodles this time of year so I came up with a totally cheaters way to make them.  They are chewier than the real thing which makes me like them more than the real thing.  You will not believe how easy this is, I feel like I shouldn’t tell you my secret, but I have to share:

Start with a bag mix, sometimes you can score these for like a $1, I find them at Big Lots. Make it as directed using the drop cookies recipe.

make a cinnamon sugar mixture, I didn't measure, just made it as dark as I like it

Make balls and roll in your cinnamon sugar mixture, then bake as directed on package.

And then you eat them! I had someone ask if I put crack in them because they couldn't stop eating them. Don't say I didn't warn you!

More Like Her

October 25, 2011

I’m becoming more like her everyday.  My Grandmother, Katherine Burks Russell.  She passed away February 28, 2005.  Since then I’m reminded of her often through the jewelry I inherited, she was one trendy jewelry wearer.  I’m reminded by my nail beds, how random is that?  I literally look at my fingernails and realize that I have the same hands.  Age spots, yep they started showing up last year, I remember she had quite a few and they have definitely popped out in a patch on my face.  Unfortunately this week I found out that I inherited her high cholesterol too.  It sent me in to a bit of a tailspin because I’m very dramatic.  I believe I told Andrew that I was probably dying…can you imagine me saying that?  Then I googled some stuff and I am trying to figure out what I’m going to eat and trying to commit to working out everyday.  It turns out that it’s just another thing that I’m going to have to fight against to not be chemically medicated.  I need to drop it 33 points…blek, that’s a lot, I think Cheerios is supposed to drop it a whole 3 points. If only I had inherited her tiny figure too…

Beaver Anal Glands

October 24, 2011

Are you intrigued?  Be prepared to being completely grossed out.  I mean Beaver Anal Glands alone is a gross thought, but did you know this is an ingredient in FOOD?  Yep, I feel a little bad for telling you this, especially if you like raspberry candy.  My Sister-In-Law passed this website on to me that outlines the 10 most disgusting things found in foods that we eat.  I bet you didn’t know you were eating anal glands, bugs, sand, sheep secretions, and the list of nasty stuff goes on.  If you want to read the article and be completely turned off to processed foods and some fast food CLICK HERE.  If you are someone who strongly believes that ignorance is bliss, do not click there!

As some of you know Andrew and I are trying to be more chemically free.  Pesticide and Hormone free foods are extremely easy to come by in Austin and are only slightly more expensive.  To be honest it’s hard to find non-natural poultry in our meat departments.  It started with me giving up of diet coke which has gone extremely well and now it’s seeping into other parts of our life.  I bought Almond Milk this week and surprisingly I really like it, we might be making the switch to this instead of cows milk considering dairy has never been super friendly to us anyway. My grocery budget will not allow for me to buy all organic so when I’ve talked to my organic friends and asked them where to begin they have directed me to the dirty dozen list.  I have found this helpful and I’ve had a few people ask me to share what the list contains.  Here is where I found this particular list.

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
We will probably never go totally organic, but I think the less chemicals we put in our body the better.  You know I’m never going to completely give up Bluebell Ice Cream!

Lucky Her

July 16, 2011

That’s always been my mentality.  I look at girls and think, lucky her, she’s naturally thin.  Oh how I wish I was petite.  Man to have her hair.  And the list goes on and on.  Then it struck me this week.  For the first time ever I realized it’s totally my choice what size I am.  I am the only person who can control what I eat, when I exercise, etc.  I always assumed that you were either meant to be thin, or meant to not be.  I know I’m not really that big, so I don’t want you to think I have a totally warped self image, but I did get a little out of control with my eating and I have finally started to reign it in again.  I also looked into some people’s diets that I deem thin and honestly if I ate what they ate and worked out as much as them I’d be their size too!  The other thing I realized is most likely people look at me and think lucky her.  It’s a vicious cycle for women (and men too) that we look at other people and think their lives are so much better than ours.  For me it’s people’s size, their wardrobe, their home decor, and their hair and make-up.  Yeah I’m that superficial sometimes.  For men I think it’s more other people’s jobs, their cars, and maybe their house. I’m working on changing it from Lucky Her to Lucky ME!