To summarize: Snow, Eggs, Seeds & Paint.

Whasshakin?

I’m sure you’ve noticed the slight change of direction this blog has taken over the last couple of months.  I hope you don’t mind.  Being trapped in the house makes for boring workouts.  Also, it forces me to actually look at the house.  The more I look, the more I want to change (read: fix).

And, having borderline OCD, when I start something – like spring cleaning or a craft project – it tends to consume me.

So today it is snowing.  Again.

The kids haven’t really been able to enjoy the snow so much because of lingering colds, but today everyone seems good…fingers crossed. 

Oh, just so you know, Officer M decided on White Bean Chicken Chili the other day.  While that was simmering away, I made  Egg, Spinach & Cheese Bake.  Easy Peasy.

8 egg whites

1/2 c milk (I used 1%)

10 oz pkg frozen Spinach (thaw and drain)

1/2 c Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Italian Blend (or Cheddar)

Pepper

Onion Powder (real onion would be better)

Garlic Powder

Yeah, so mix everything together, pour into a prepared 8×8 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.   Bacon bits would rock this.  Ahhh, hindesight.

Stats:

  • Servings Per Recipe: 4  (yeah.  more like 2 for me!) 
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 103.1
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.5 mg
  • Sodium: 280.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 15.9 g

We also made the bird seed feeders:

Here’s what we used:

3/4c Ap Flour

1/2c Water

1/4c Light Corn Syrup

Mix these well. 

Then we added in whatever we had on hand, which was:

Flax Seed

Walnuts & Almonds (ground up a bit)

Raisins

Oats

Sorry no measurements on those.  Just keep adding until you get a pretty dry mixture. 

Spray a baking sheet and cookie cutters with non-stick spray and stuff in the mixture:

Using a straw, poke a hole through the feeder so you can add a string:

Now if you are a patient person (which I am NOT), you can leave these out to dry overnight.  I baked them at 170 degrees for 1.5 hours, flipping them once.  If you bake them, make sure to remove your cutters and straws first!  No-I don’t think you are stupid, but we all have those days 😉

Fun stuff.  We pakaged up a couple as gifts and hung one out on the deck.  Which the dog promptly ate.  I’m not sure what all that flax is gonna do to her……

In between the bird seed and cooking I managed to finish painting the bedroom!!  Yay!!  Ugly chailrail GONE!  Soothing grayish-blue color IN!!

Here is my dilemma though.

I was gonna paint the armoir and headboard Antique White, but the more I look at the wood next to the new paint, the more unsure I am:

(Sorry-had to use the flash, all the lamps were unplugged)

Here’s the headboard again:

So last night I convinced Officer M we needed to bite the bullet and get new dressers.  I picked out these from Raymour and Flanigan:

These are done in a Cherry Finish.

So I’m thinking if we get these new dressers, I will paint the headboard and armoir. 

Taking votes here, what do you think?  Seriously, I need some input!!

OK.  Gotta get off my rear and get my P90X on.  Later!

The HRM has to be lying!

I wore my new toy to kickboxing last night and it was a decent workout (not the hardest I’ve done), and I was very excited to see what I burned:

Not gonna lie.  I’m a bit dissapointed.  It did take me 15 minutes to get really warmed up though, so maybe I need to warm up prior to class from now on…..

Anyway.  Ivy came over this morning for some torture circuit training.  We did biceps, triceps and legs with spints thrown in for good measure.  It was a good workout – but the kids weren’t being as cooperative as we would have liked so we cut it short.  Still got a good sweat though.

After that we took a trek down to Stew Leaonard’s in Newington, CT. 

About an hour drive.  I feel bad for anyone not within driving distance of Stewies (or TJ’s for that matter).  It’s an experience.  They have all these cute animitronics that sing and dance, the kids had a blast:

Little Hams.  People stopped to watch them… 🙂   Poor Reese and Elise were confined to the carts.

I got some really good shwag though!

Whole Wheat Potato Bread!  I thought it was only a myth!  Officer M LOVES potato bread but I won’t buy it, but this – this is like stiking oil!

I’m excited to try these.  They look good on paper, hope they taste good!

I also got a whole chicken – no hormones or weird stuff done to it – filet mignon, tilapia, a ton of Laughing Cow (it was on sale!) and some really great Asiago cheese.  Good trip, but expensive ($100)!

Off to make an early dinner for the kiddos and then we’re taking a walk to the local farm/greenhouse to get them come ice cream!

Have a great night! 🙂

5K & PB2 – No this is not code.

Did I tell you I signed up for a 5K in September?  I’m actually a little nervous about it to tell you the truth!  I can kill a 5K on the treadmill, but running outside is a whole other beast.  I’m going to start carving out time to run by myself at the reservoir (I can’t run with the double stroller – it makes my shoulders lock up!). 

 This morning I just ran on the treadmill as I planned – 2 miles @ 9:15 m/m and a warmup and cooldown walk – 1 mile at 15m/m and 2-5% incline.  Also did my chest and back, just for good measure!

Today I made a couple of easy items that I pulled off of other food blogs. 

First up the ‘Crack Wrap’ (which I believe came from Healthy Tipping Point).  The only difference is that I added eggs whites.  Here’s the breakdown:

La Tortilla Co Healthy Wheat Wrap (low carb)

Wedge Laughing Cow Cheese (low fat)

1 tbsp Cedar’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

3 egg whites

Yummmm.  Very similar to the wrap I was making but this one has cheese!  Sorry no pic – I deleted it on accident!

Next up: Protein Cake-In-a-Mug (from Foods of April)

1/2 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder of your choice

1 Egg White

1/4 tsp baking powder

1tsp sweetener of your choice

1tsp cocoa

1 tbsp pumpkin or applesauce

Mix all ingredients in a mug (or some other microwaveable vessel) and nuke it for a minute.  Top with some PB.  Pretty darn good for what it is….

I also needed to do something with the cauliflower and eggplant in the fridge.  Roasting it with garlic seemed to be the easiest solution.

Cut it all up and tossed it into a ziplock with fresh garlic and a touch of grapeseed oil:

Spread it onto a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 min at 375 while I cleaned the house.

Money shots:

Now my house was clean AND smelled like garlic!  Heaven!

After I finished at home, I headed over to the BFF’s to help unpack some more today.  As a thank you she gave me this:

CHOCOLATE PB2!!  I have been wanting to try this for a while now!  Basically this stuff is powdered peanuts that have had the oil removed.  You’re supposed to add water to it until you get the consistency you’re happy with.  I’ll try it in my protein shake tomorrow and let you know!

On to dinner:

Grilled chicken, the roasted veg from earlier and my Warm Bruschetta (see recipe page).

The kids helped me pick some basil –

And I got to use the little basket that came with my salad spinner!  Forgot about that thing!

This time I grilled the garlic cloves whole with the onions and tomato and it came out AWESOME!  I will be dumping the rest of this on EVERYTHING for the next 2 days!

That’ll do for today I think.   Gotta go scrub a few layers of dirt off my kids!  Have a good nite 🙂

Tuesdays are useless days. Maybe we can boycott?

What I mean is:  Monday is the start of the work week, catch up with co-workers and talk about your weekend, Wednesday is HUMP DAY, Thursday is (around here) Thirsty Thursday and one day away from Friday, Friday is something to look forward to all week and then you have the weekend.  What good is Tuesday?  NONE I TELL YOU!

OK enough of my rant!  I did have one of those awesome egg and hummus wraps for dinner last night.  I felt I needed to take one for the team so you could have pictures.  I know, I’m a trooper…..  😉

Sorry for the crappy pics, I was a bit impatient!  Look at the size of this behemoth!   You could totally add spinach and peppers to this and it would be awesome!  Such simple things make me so happy…..

Stats  –  Cals: 185  /  Fat: 4g  /  Carbs:  20  /  Prot:  30

 

OK, Moving on!

I have clients coming in from LA this week (Louisiana, not Los Angeles) and they want to see somewhere in the vicinity of 30 houses!  Gonna try to narrow that down a bit today….So I probably won’t be doing too much cooking, but you may see a lot of portable lunches!

I’m going to go get my workout done early this morning **20 min warmup on the treadmill followed by Shoulders and Arms** and then have some of the Best.Breakfast.Ever.  (I bought a can of pumpkin yesterday)! 

Make it a great Tuesday! 🙂

Sun and Tears.

Good Morning!  It’s sunny and beautiful outside and my kids are miserable this morning.  Reese’s fever broke but he didn’t sleep well and he cries at the drop of a Cheerio.  This, of course, sets Peyton off.  Fun times, fun times.  

After I got some food in them, they calmed down…

I decided against the Best.Breakfast.Ever this morning because dinner is going to be pretty carb heavy, so I made an omelet with cheese and turkey and some berries on the side…

mmmmmm berrrrriiiieeeeesssss……

The plan this morning – if Bugga lets me – is a 2 mile run followed by biceps and back.  

Today’s menu is either a Lasagna Skillet or Pizza Mac (depending on the hubby) and a Mexichicken with Sweet Potato Corn Cakes.  I’ll post those recipes tonite. 

Make it a great day! 🙂

Creepy Basements Make My Day Interesting. Oh and Binner.

I have a client in town from CA for a couple of days so this morning we went out for a blitz of showings.  Because we started early, I didn’t workout.  I did however make the Best.Breakfast.Ever.

My client follows a vegan/raw food diet, so I knew we wouldn’t be stopping for lunch.  This is very much fine by me!  I packed the ultimate portable lunch:

3oz chicken, 3tbsp Cedar’s Chickpea Salad, arugala and a Flat Out Light Italian wrap.

Cals: 250  /  Fat: 2  /  Carbs: 25   /  Pro: 32 

Oh and a snack…

1/4 c Dry roasted edemame.  Like peanuts.  But not.

Can I just say how much I love my job sometimes?

Here are two pictures from one of the houses we saw today (please excuse the crappy picture, for some reason I couldn’t get it to download from my cell).  Now, thank goodness my client has a sense of humor:

 

WHAT GOES ON IN HERE!!!

 

 

 

Is this a viewing window?!?!  Seriously, we were in hysterics!!  “It puts the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again!”  The funniest part is that the place was owned by a little old lady!  Needless to say, my buyer passed on this gem!

Dinner time rolled around way to fast and as I was scouring the kitchen for something to make the kids, I stumbled on these in the freezer:

Breakfast for dinner?  Hell yeah! 

Cheesey Egg and Sausage Bake

1 potato, shredded

1tsp olive oil

2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites

2 tbsp milk

1/3c cottage cheese

3 sausage patties

chopped spinach

1/3 c Shredded Cheddar ( I used Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Mexican Blend)

Onion powder, garlic powder, dried seasonings of your choice

Shed the potato and pat dry.  Add oil to a hot skillet and cook the potatoes until brown adding salt & pepper.  Toss them into an 8×8 pan (coated with cooking spray).  Crumble the (thawed) patties on top.  In a bowl, whisk together eggs, cottage cheese, spices and milk.  Stir in the spinach and cheddar.  Pour mix into the pan  Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes and then broil another 5 till brown and bubbly.

 

Now, I usually eat MUCH later than the kids and I had a bunch of leftover chicken to get through soooo…

Shirataki and Chicken Scampi

Serves 1

Shiritaki Noodles, 8 oz
Chicken Breast, no skin, 3 ounces Cooked
Smart Balance, Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread, 1/2 Tbsp
Garlic
Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tsp
Broccoli, frozen, .25 package (10 oz)
Red Pepper Flakes


Rinse Shiritaki Noodles well. Microwave broccoli. In a pan melt butter with fresh garlic. Toss in chicken, noodles and broccoli. Top with parmesan and pepper flakes.
(I was out of broccoli but I have a bunch of sugar snap peas and they made a great substitution!)

Stats (w/broccoli)

Cals:  199  /  Fat: 6  /  Carb: 10  /  Protien:  24

It’s been a long day and my little Peyton Pie is sick, so I’m off to read bedtime stories and then enjoy some mind-numbing TV!  Nite!

Exercise makes me hungry. Who’d a thunk it?

After my workout this morning, I needed something substantial.  Eggs N’ Oats!  I was introduced to this wonder of a breakfast through a Spark buddy (see blogroll).  Again, another ‘Huh’ recipe.  I was eating oatmeal everyday with hard-boiled eggs, but never thought to COMBINE THEM!  It takes literally 5 minutes to make.  Now, I’m not gonna lie, they’re pretty bland.  I like that, but if you aren’t into it you can add peppers, cheese, ketchup or hot sauce for a savory dish or maybe a fruity glaze if you like sweet.  I just grind in some italian herbs and I’m good to go. 

Eggs N’ Oats

3 large eggs

1/3 c Oats

Splash of milk

Whisk together eggs and milk….

Add in the oats and stir till they’re all wet.  Pour into a hot skillet (don’t forget cooking spray)

Flip.  Figures I would break it….

Enjoy

Cals: 165  /  Fat 2  /  Carb 20  /  Protien 16

With a happy belly I headed to the office.  Boring.  Moving on.  On the way home I stopped at our local Farm/Greenhouse for a couple of things….

And ended up with a few more…

I’m particularly excited to try the vinegar and the jam:

When I got home I made lunch.  I had the last of the leftover Turkey Bake (still good on day 3!) and made the kids a PB&W – peanut butter and watermelon:

And hubby got something a bit more substantial:

Ok, off to weed the garden!

Fun in the Sun

It was so nice out this afternoon!!  The kids had a ton of energy to burn, so I met my sister and my best friend and their kids at the park.  

Peyton and cousin Mason

 

Peyton, Mason & Reese

 

Reese and his BFF, Parker

 

The newest additions - Mia Anne & Ella Grace

 

After the park, we high-tailed it back home because hungry toddlers are MEAN!  I swear it was like Lord of the Flies at one point.  The kids and I had leftover Turkey Bake, very good on day 2 (with ketchup for theirs).  Bugga went down for a nap and Peyton played with Daddy for a couple hours so I could get some work done.  The afternoon snack consisted of hummus and cut peppers & celery.   

  

Kickboxing was insane tonite!  I think I work harder when there are people watching the class.  I was starting to feel pretty drained this afternoon too, so I’ m glad I made it through!  

Anyway, my dinner tonight is a  ‘Greek to Me’ Omelet.  Why Greek?  Cuz of the feta of course!  

4 egg whites  

2oz roasted red pepper  

big handful spinach  

100g baby bella mushrooms  

1 oz feta cheese 

 Sautee mushrooms – I don’t leave em in the pan for too long because I like them meaty…. 

 

Add roasted red pepper (from a jar)…… 

Set the mush and peppers aside.  Crack 4 egg whites into the pan and just before they’re done, toss on spinach to wilt… 

Plate eggs and spinach, top with mushrooms, pepper and FETA! 

Stats: 195 cals  /  5 fat  /  14 carb / 31 pro 

And don’t forget a snack before bed!  

 

 Greek yogurt ‘pudding’!  Basically just 6oz greek yogurt with a small scoop of my chocolate protein power (Hershey’s dark unsweetened cocoa and Splenda work equally as well).   My sous chef did a great job stirring! 

Stats 125 cals / 1 fat / 11 carb / 20 pro 

Good nite!