Tuesday, February 12, 2013

hearts and minds

i'm what you call an over-planner. from lists to dinner menus, i over plan every single thing i do. maybe it's a little bit of my ocd, maybe i just like to know what's going on around me at all times... i'm not sure! truth be told, i don't see how my husband deals with it. 

speaking of dinner menus... do you plan out your meals? i do! 

since i don't overly stock my pantry and fridge, {except for when things are at such an amazing price, i can't say no. that's when my freezer comes along!} i plan my meals for the next week {sometimes two weeks, depending on what's going on in my house}, including groceries. 

below is a copy of my calendar for this week: 

tuesday: chili
wednesday: roasted lemon chicken with hashbrown casseroles & veggies
thursday: grilled cheese {w/bacon & tomatoes} with sweet potato fries; triple chocolate cheesecake
friday: shrimp & salmon with linguine, asparagus & broccoli
saturday: slow cooker lasagna
sunday: cilantro lime chicken with corn & couscous

once summer comes i'll be able to can some vegetables {green beans!}, and the rest {corn, peppers, herbs, onion, garlic, potatoes, etc} i'll freeze. my potatoes i'll put in a cool, dark spot. i'll be on a roll! 

also, i like to always keep one week of meals in the freezer just in case something happens. you never know when you might forget something at the store, have a few extra dinner guests, or, like me, completely ruin a meal and need a back up. :)

my husband loves the fact that i tell him ahead of time as what's going on for dinner - and as a plus, i don't have to tell him 35 times what dinner is for that night! 

eat. drink. be merry!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

kona girl lovin'

as i lay here snuggled up next to my beautiful kona girl, i can't help but want to share her story with you all.

january 26, 2012. 
my husband was at work, and i was home with our weimaraner austin, cleaning, painting, unpacking. i received a phone call from the hubs, begging me to go onto one of our favorite wheeling websites, nc4x4.com.

i could hear the excitement in his voice. "there's a chocolate lab! free! someone's giving her away!" all i could do was roll my eyes. seriously? i was happy with austin. he was a human in dog form, and how was he (or i) going to deal with a new puppy? 

after all of my "we don't need a dog!" pleas were unheard, i decided to just please him (the secret of all marriages) and check this dog out.

  i fell in love with her from the few photos i saw, and told my husband i couldn't say no. my heart was already in it.

january 29, 2012.
we drove 1.5 hours away with austin in tow, preparing to meet this 9 month old chocolate lab named kona. i cannot explain to you the joy that filled my heart that day. she played with austin, gave us kisses, and hopped in the backseat, ready to go home. her new home.

the ride home austin was so distraught that we were taking her home, he stretched out onto the entire backseat and only gave her a few inches, which were more than enough for her.

she was perfect! she taught austin how to actually play, and completed our little family. kona is my girl, and i wouldn't have it any other way.

she watches me when i do my hair, and gets mad when i don't put anything in her fur to fix hers. she sits right next to me when doing my nails and paws at me to do hers. she can't go anywhere without a bow on. you can't take her near a body of water {including the bath tub}, as she'll swim until she can't swim anymore {even if its just iced and is 22*}.

she's spoiled rotten and she knows it.

so, go on, hug your pet a little tighter. they love you more than they love themselves.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

something nice back home // white chicken chili

confession: i'm a hoarder of flowers. i love love love fresh flowers. everytime i head into the grocery store, i cannot resist buying the prettiest flowers i can find. they make my heart happy! ;)

these beauties have been in my kitchen for over 3 weeks. i keep changing the water and cutting the ends to preserve their life... i just don't want to let them go!

another confession? i hate leftovers. blech. i always make just the right amount of food so i don't have to stare at a tupperware container in my fridge for a week. let's be honest, it's more like 2 weeks.

the other day i made white chicken chili in the crockpot. it was deeeeelicious! so savory, so much flavor! but alas - there were leftovers! 


so, i did what i normally did - put them in a tupperware container and pushed them to the back of the fridge. hmph. what a disappointment. 

the next day for lunch, i had bought organic, all natural whole wheat flour tortillas, and was having a major craving for a sandwich or quesadilla made with these fabulous tortillas.

that's when it happened! the light bulb went off. 

i warmed up the leftover "chili" on the stove and stuffed a tortilla with it. i warmed up and toasted the tortilla in the oven and it came out even more amazing than the previous night. mmm, mmmmm, mmmm. 

{{click 'read more' for the recipe!}}

Sunday, January 27, 2013


jumped on the scale this afternoon for our weekly weigh-in. 

literally. i jumped. 

i felt like i hadn't been doing so great this past week - that stinky self doubt struck again. 


7.4lbs down!


lets be happy, y'all. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

creamy casseroles?! // creamy burrito casserole

truth be told, when i first wrote the title for this entry, i was a bit skeptical. after completing my recipe (successfully!) for creamy burrito casserole, i was in heaven. 

delicious? yes. easy? yes. creamy? YES. 

have you ever had a casserole that was creamy?! oh my. it's quite habit forming.

i know, i know. you're skeptical. but trust me! *wink*


serves: 4
*everything i could have made myself, i did.
*all ingredients are organic and not processed.

the goods: 
1lb ground turkey or chicken
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
2.5 Tablespoons taco seasoning (make your own! so much healthier.)
5-6 whole wheat tortillas (repeat! make your own! so much healthier.)
2 cups refried beans (repeat! make your own! so much healthier.)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin

{preheat oven to 350}
-cook tomatoes down to a sauce. add a pinch of salt.
-brown ground turkey/chicken and onion. add seasoning.
-stir in refried beans. combine. 
-mix sour cream with tomato sauce. add 1/2 teaspoon cumin. 
-spread half of sour cream mix into bottom of casserole pan.
-tear up tortillas and layer half over sour cream mix. 
-spread half of meat and bean mix onto tortillas. 
-add half of cheese. add hot sauce if you so desire. 
-repeat layers. sour cream mix, tortillas, bean/meat mix.
-sprinkle remaining cheese over top. 
-bake for 25 to 30 minutes. enjoy! 

optional toppings: 
sour cream, diced tomatoes, green onions, cilantro

i seriously hope you enjoy this as much as we have! the hubs is on his second helping. mmmmm! 

happy tasting. <3

Thursday, January 17, 2013

pin-spiration :)

first, let me confirm the fact that I am addicted to Pinterest. I love love love it!

since going on this huge lifestyle change I've had to realize... I have a lot of recipes on Pinterest. bread, chicken, desserts... oh my! after doing some research tonight, I've realized how bad a lot of these recipes are for me. no canned or frozen ingredients, and definitely nothing I can't pronounce!

so, I've had to do the inevitable... go through 700+ recipes and delete the ones that are bad for me. ughhhh. do I have to? that's quite a lot of recipes to go through!

the good news? I've found some amazing recipes that I cannot wait to try!

healthy is as healthy does!


Monday, January 7, 2013

resolution vs. revolution

you probably have been seeing so many social media posts regarding "new years resolutions"... at least I know I have! and I am sick of looking at them all.

lets be honest for a second.

we all have issues or problems with ourselves that we - or others! - would like to change. sometimes others may not even see what you're trying to change, and thats okay. because its all about YOU.

revolution: a sudden, complete or marked change in something; "the present revolution in church architecture."

resolution: the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.

my change isn't about what others see in me or what I feel others need to see. plain and simple, it's about me. a complete lifestyle change.

it's no surprise that I've gained a lot of weight. the majority of this weight gain is a combination of anti-depressants and hormonal changes.

my personal growth story won't be shared here today, but I can promise you that it will be shared eventually. It's a very hard and emotional story, as most write it off to being non-existent, but its very real and very existent in my current life still.

I've been reading a lot and doing a lot of research as to healthy living. do you want low carb? low calorie? vegan? paleo? ughhhh. so many ideas out there that it's hard to figure out what you want verses what is good for your body. I went with both. I want a full lifestyle change. no processed foods, lots of vegetables, and most importantly lots of nutrients.

I don't want to consider this a resolution because a resolution already sounds complete; finished. I want a revolution... an uprising. something to tell not only myself but my body as well that times are changing and I am not going to stop until its complete.

so heres my plan: watch my calories; exercise more; no processed foods; and most importantly drink more water. I'm all about what my body needs and how I need to get back down to the basics. rid my body of the unnecessary ingredients I've put into it for so long.

for now, it's all I can do to apologize for mistreating my body so poorly. I hope it forgives me, it's in for a lot of changes!

what are you waiting for? :)

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