JoyFull Food

A love for Jesus and healthy living

New Weekly Schedule

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Hi folks! I’m baaaaack!🙂 Gabe is going back to work tomorrow after a 2 week break and although I am going to miss him, it’ll be nice getting back into a routine and getting back to eating healthier. I’m also starting school this semester. I start next week. I am stressing HARD about it. I’m taking 3 online classes! Yikes. I don’t think I know what I’m getting myself in to and how I’m going to be able to keep it all up, but I know it can be done. I just won’t be able to catch up on all my tv shows like I do now which I believe is a good thing. I think TV was becoming an idol in my life. So God is stripping it away.🙂 He knows what we need. 

I have been reading a lot more lately. Gabe and I both have actually. We went to Bookmans last week and stocked up on a few books to read. I was never much of a reader but I have been enjoying it. 

This week I’m making some tasty dinners! I can’t wait! I’m excited to get back in to cooking. I seriously was lazy about cooking the whole month of December. But I’m excited to try new recipes!! I like that I only cook 3 nights a week so it’s not so overwhelming. My new goal is to be able to make enough food for Gabe and I to both have leftovers the next day for lunch. I know I’ve already talked about this but I struggle so much with what to eat for lunch. There is only so much lunch meat a girl can handle. I cannot and will not eat it every day. Now eggs, that is something I could eat everyday and maybe even twice a day. So when I’m really sick of lunch meat, I have eggs even if I’ve already had them for breakfast. HAHA. So, if I could make enough food for dinner to have leftovers for both of us, I would be a happy camper. So I gotta plan accordingly. 

So here is my workout and cooking schedule for this week.

Monday: CrossFit, Pot Roast

Tuesday: CrossFit, Cobb Salad with Basil Basil Vinigrette

Wednesday: Running or CrossFit, Leftovers

Thursday: CrossFit, Basil Pork Burgers with Mushrooms

Friday: Running or CrossFit, play it by ear

Our gym added a new 9am CrossFit class and I’m soooo excited about it! I’ve been wanting that class forever. I will probably still go to the night class for the most part because it is something Gabe and I like to do together, but a few days a week I am going to take the morning class. Woohoo. I still find it soooo weird that I actually enjoy working out. 

Well, hope you guys have a good week. Make healthy choices, serve other people, study His word.🙂

Galatians 5:14, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

It is well with my soul

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Right now, I am sitting in my bed all alone on New Years Eve, listening to The Hobbit Soundtrack, and quite content. I haven’t written in a while and for that I am sorry. The month of December has been a really hard month and I felt really silly writing about my daily on-goings. I tried writing many things but everything just came out sounding really dumb compared to what was going on around me. So many heart breaking and devastating things. I wasn’t even aware their affect on me until a few days ago when I just broke down crying. Looking back at this last month, I now understand why I felt so tired all the time, why I let myself zone out in front of the TV during the times my kids weren’t around to distract me from my thoughts. If I didn’t think about what was going on then I wouldn’t have time to feel sad. Not sure why I have a hard time showing my emotions, but I really do. But through this time, I really drew closer to the Lord. I kept repeating my favorite verse over and over again in my head: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I am excited to see how the Lord is going to use these trying times in this new year. I’m excited to see how the Lord is going to use me. I pray that I am willing to follow whatever the Lord has for me and my family. I pray that I get out of my own comfort zone and serve Him and serve others in any capacity. I pray my kids see Jesus in my life.

This will be a short post, but I will hopefully be back to share some new recipes, some bits and pieces of our life, and some of Jesus. But for now I will leave you with this song that has been on repeat in my house.

I am but a child in the hands of my Lord
Oh, He carries me though rushing rivers, takes me home
When I cannot see, will my faith sustain?
I will find my strength in Your love, oh in Your love

It is well with my soul

You are my God who gives breath to my lungs
Maker of all, to You I belong
I hold the hand of my father up above
I have no fear, carried now by perfect blood

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Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a while. It’s been kinda crazy over here the last few days with a sick boy and trying to gather paperwork for our short sale. So today we’re just hanging out in our jammies trying to get better and trying not to get sick. Jack has had a fever for 4 days now. A really high fever. I don’t know how high since I don’t have a thermometer but it’s really freaking high. I took him to the doctor and he just has a virus. So that’s good news. Hope he’ll start feeling better soon. Just today he started getting a cough.😦 Okay, but you have to see this video. Even when Jack is sick he is still so silly.

Love him.

Haven’t been able to go running this week and use my new app called RunKeeper. I got it last week and have been dying to use it. It is really awesome and if you run or are thinking about running you should get this app. It gives you detailed stats about your pace, distance, time and calories burned, you can view a detailed history of your runs, it also gives you detailed plans to help you achieve specific fitness goals. Like my goal is to be able to run a 10k by April. There are so many other things it does. It got me excited about running again cause I started to loose interest. Hopefully I’ll be able to use it soon.

Although I haven’t been running, I have been able to go to CrossFit this week. Gabe has been staying home with Jack and I have been taking Evy to the gym. The workouts have been great this week and I have been completely sore. Love it. I was starting to get sad about my progress in CrossFit because I am still always the last one to finish and I use the lowest weight compared to others. But one of the coaches said to me the other day “it’s about your personal best and not comparing to other people in the class.” And I thought about where I’ve come from since starting CrossFit and I have made quite a bit of progress but I also realized that I need to push myself just a bit more. So, I have really been challenging myself this week and upping the weight quite a bit  and I’ve been surprised with what I’ve been able to accomplish. I’m still the last one finished but I don’t care, I’m progressing.🙂 And for those who are on the fence about trying CrossFit, just do it! I’ve never ever in my entire life done anything physical. Never played sports, never ran, never danced (except when I was little), I’ve never been excited about going to the gym or working out. It was always a dreaded task. But once I found CrossFit, I now enjoy going to the gym so much and enjoy working out. I get sad when I can’t go. So just do it!

Dinner for Monday was a chicken soup, but I made it with chicken thighs and the soup turned out really greasy. It was really really tasty but greasy and it’s kinda not that enjoyable eating super greasy soup. I would probably suggest just using chicken breast. It included 8 chicken thighs, 6 carrots, 3 celery, 1 medium onion, 3 cloves of garlic, a few cups of water, some fresh thyme and rosemary, salt and pepper. Left it in the crockpot for 8 hours. The flavor in the soup was awesome and it was soooo simple but using chicken breasts next time for sure.🙂

Last nights dinner was suppose to be turkey burgers. I’ve attempted to make turkey burgers the last few weeks but something always happens and they are never made. Gabe decided to cook last night while I was at the gym. Which was very very nice. He made a ground turkey dish that included ground turkey, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and some broth from the chicken soup. It came out amazing! I need to start taking pictures of these dishes but I am terrible at taking pictures and I hate unappetizing looking food on blogs so I’ve been trying to stay about from that. HAHA.

Well, we’re gonna have leftovers tonight and I’ll probably make a pizza tomorrow cause I really want pizza!!🙂

Please continue to pray for my Pastor’s wife who is battling cancer and for the family as well.😦

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Pizzzzza!

Okay, so over Thanksgiving, I did not worry about eating grain-free for pretty much that entire week. But let me tell ya, it totally messed up my stomach. By Saturday night,  I was having pretty bad stomach pains.  I never thought I wouldn’t be able to eat grains but I guess after cutting it out and then trying to go back to eat them, my body was not prepared. So, now here I am back to eating no grains and I’m feeling a lot better but still in recovery. But oh man have I been craving pizza! I’ve been wanting it for weeks now but haven’t been able to get my hands on any and now that I know how my stomach responds to grains, I really don’t think I’ll be eating any regular pizza for a while. So, I searched the internet for a grain-free pizza crust and I tried making one last night. I made this crust but added my own toppings and it came out pretty well. What I did like about it was that I had all the ingredients on hand AND it was sooooooooo super simple to make which means I’ll probably make this a lot. The crust does have a strong nutty flavor which wasn’t all that great and it was a little bit crumbly but overall I think it is a pretty good substitute for the real thing, plus I didn’t have to buy any ingredients for it. And it did cure my pizza craving. I’m thinking about making another one tonight with different toppings.🙂 I have been eyeing some other grain-free crusts that I might try as well. This one looks promising but has a lot of extra ingredients that the other one doesn’t have which means it might taste better but I probably wouldn’t make it as often. But I’d like to give it a try.

Plank challenge has been going well. It wasn’t really suppose to start until December 1st, but everyone was really excited to start so we started this week and we’re gonna finish on December 31st to see how we’ve improved. I’ve been up and down. Not really making much progress yet but I am hopeful. CrossFit has been really brutal this week. Like really brutal but I’m loving it. I am definitely and completely sore today. I had to be loaded up on Ibuprofen, and I really wish I had a heating pad for my booty.🙂

Just wanted to share these photos from today visiting my grandma. The kids were having so much fun as you can see from these pictures. HAHA. I love how happy Jack is all the time.🙂

Well, I hope you’re all having a great week!

Prayer request: Please pray for my Pastor’s wife Lisa who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last year. She is not doing well and is asking for prayers for God to intervene and perform a miracle in her life.

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

Plank Challenge & Thanksgiving recap

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, GIVING THANKS to HIS NAME.” Hebrews 13:15 

Hey folks! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Mine has been fabulous and I’m sad that it is ending.

This was taken after the church service. I love this picture because there are 4 generations right here. How neat is that!!

After church we ran home and got all our food to bring to Gabe’s Aunt and Uncle’s house. I wish I had gotten pictures of the food because the food was amazing!! Everyone who brought something did an amazing job. I had 2 plates in one sitting.🙂 Then we just hung out, ate dessert, drank coffee, sang songs, played games. The weather was sooo beautiful outside. Such a perfect day. Here are a few pictures that I stole from my mother-in-laws Facebook because I took ZERO pictures on Thanksgiving. How sad.

The Cinderella Princesses

My mom and grandma

My mom and dad

Gabe’s Aunt and Uncle

Gabe’s brother and sister (twins)

Gabe’s brother and cousin

Gabe’s brother and sister-in-law

Fun times! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving week!

Now on to the Plank Challenge!! I thought of starting a Plank Challenge where everyday for 1 month, you hold a plank for as long as you can to try to improve. On Friday I held a plank for 3:10!! So awesome. Never thought I’d be able to hold it for that long. I’d like to work on holding it for 5 minutes. And once I reach that, maybe I’ll shoot for 7 minutes. I’m gonna try and do it for the whole month of December, starting December 1st. So let me know if you’re gonna participate. I’d like to hear about your progress.🙂

Well, Christmas is just around the corner. I can’t wait to celebrate Jesus’ birthday this year! Evy is already asking if we can make Him a birthday cake.🙂

Thanksgiving plans

My morning has consisted of cooking, cleaning, baking, laundry, Caillou, dress-up, cars, blocks, boo-boos, reading, song singing, superman flying, block building, and this…

Oh my heart. These kids are so awesome and make me laugh all day long. Don’t know how I ever lived without them.🙂

This morning, I also made the grain-free bacon chocolate chip cookies for the 100th time!! Seriously I am addicted! Someone needs to help me. I need an intervention. They are soooooo amazing. I think what I like most about them is how easy they are to make and of course they are so amazingly delicious! And I always end up having all the ingredients in my pantry to make them without going out of my way to buy them.🙂

Okay, this is a terrible picture and I’m sorry for the mess in the background BUT look at my new jacket!?!? It’s my running jacket I found at a 2nd-hand store for only $15. This jacket is normally like $60 or more so I was really really excited. And since it’s getting cold out I really needed one. This picture was taken on Monday morning right before my morning run. That run was awful. Running on Mondays are always horrible for some reason. And the kids were extra awful that day. Then Jack got nearly covered in mud afterwards. Haha. He totally slipped in a huge pile of mud. Boys are so crazy. Luckily my running friend, Faith had extra jeans in her car which had to be rolled up like 3 times just to fit him. Haha. Fun times.🙂

So, what are you guys making for Thanksgiving. I will be making these famous doughnuts that everyone loves (the only thing specifically requested to make an appearance for Thanksgiving), this cranberry sauce recipe except sweetened with honey, and stuffing. I’m making a focaccia bread stuffing. Yum. I got the recipe from a local bakery joint here in town called Beyond Bread. I’m excited to try it. I’ll give you the recipe if it comes out well. Yes, the stuffing is not grain-free but all grain-free stuffing is made with sausage and I’m just not a big fan so I’m just gonna make a traditional stuffing made with bread. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with Gabe’s family and we’re doing a potluck. Everyone is in charge of bringing something. I’m really excited for Thanksgiving this year. It’s gonna be awesome. This year I am so thankful for so many things. The Lord has blessed us tremendously and I really want to focus on thanking Him this year.

I really really really wanted to do this on Thanksgiving morning but then I would miss out on going to Church with my family and that is more important to me. I will probably take a 7am CrossFit class though.🙂

So Gabe has been gone for 3 days! 3 DAYS! It has been terrible. He is coming home late tonight and I cannot wait! The kids really seem to miss him too. Evy keeps asking for him and wondering when he’ll be home. So sad. But we’ve been keeping in contact through google video chat and pictures. I sent these yesterday…

Don’t you just love how Jack is happy one second and then crying the next. Haha. My bestest boy. He is my BUDDY! We also sent him these pictures when we went out to dinner after CrossFit last night.

My favorite pictures ever. Why are they the best?

Sorry for the picture overload.🙂

So Gabe and I came up with a new tradition we want to start. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving we’re gonna do a run called the Fall of Jericho Run. It’s a 7 lap run around Udall park. You can either do the 1/2 mile lap or the 1 mile lap 7 times. So it’s either 3.5 miles or 7 miles! I’m gonna attempt the 7 mile run. We got the idea from the the scripture in the bible in Joshua 6 that talks about the battle of Jericho. On the 7th day the Israelites, led by Joshua defeated Jericho by marching around the city 7 times. They blew their trumpets and shouted, then the walls of the city of Jericho fell. I also like the title because we are in the Fall season so the “Fall of Jericho Run” seemed fitting.🙂 If any of you would like to come out we’re gonna be there at 5:30pm. No worries if you are late. A lot of people said they couldn’t make it until later. If you can, bring a treat to share with the group afterwards so we have something to look forward too.🙂

Tonight I’m going to CrossFit again. Tomorrow I’m getting a haircut in the morning. Yay! Can’t wait.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend.🙂

What up


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Today is my first day this week that my morning hasn’t been busy with something to do. So the kids and I are gonna stay in our PJ’s all day.🙂 I’m pretty excited about it. Haven’t had one of these days in a long long time. I did go to McDonald’s to get me a cup of coffee which I’m drinking right now while the kids play in their rooms.

Monday was  a great day. We went over to my friend Angela’s house, who has a 2 year old daughter and the adults did some baking while the kids played. We attempted to make the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies I had made last week…but we forgot about the cookies in the oven and the bottoms burnt. But luckily Gabe likes burnt cookies so he was happy when I brought them home. Haha.

That night I went to CrossFit and Gabe’s cousin Manny and his wife Ashley (who is also like my best friend) came to CrossFit as well. It was their 2nd time and they loved it. They’re probably gonna be regulars now. The workout was ridiculous for Veteran’s Day but it was awesome.🙂

Manny and Ashley came over for dinner that night and I made Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps which is insanely amazing! I add just a touch of honey to this recipe though. So good. I also top it with my homemade peanut sauce! Maybe I’ll share the recipe.🙂 But seriously this dish is amazing. It is soooo simple to make too but it is probably my favorite dish that I make.

Oh, and I signed up for classes at Pima for the Spring semester. Yikes. I’m nervous. I signed up for 3 classes, all online. I don’t know if I can do this. Since I had to take my assessments over and they told me I had to take intermediate and college algebra over again, my plan was to take intermediate algebra this semester. But, after talking to my brother-in-law, he asked me if it said “required” or “recommended” on the sheet they gave me with the results. And it said “recommended.” So he said that unless it said “required” you most likely don’t have to take the classes again. SO…I signed up for Statistics this semester instead. I was sure they were gonna say I have to take college algebra over to get into this class but they didn’t say anything!! YAY! So I don’t have to take those Math classes again after all. Hooray! I’m glad someone informed me on the system.🙂

Tuesday I had Women’s Bible Study that morning. We went over the Parable of the Marriage of the King’s Son in Matthew 22:1-14. It was so good! Take some time to study it for yourself. Had lunch with Gabe afterwards. We went to Kenny D’s for lunch which was probably a bad idea but the food is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Oh my gosh. It’s a Chicago sandwich type place. I got the Italian Beef sandwich and Gabe got the Chicken Parmesan sandwich which he didn’t want but the guy who took our order recommended it so we were nice and got it. Both sandwiches were amazing. They were so amazing! No words can describe how amazing they were…and how greasy they were…which is probably why they were so amazing but they were AMAZING!! I wish I could eat there everyday. Haha.

I then took the kids to Pima with me because my account was saying I was an out-of-state student which made my tuition for next semester close to $3000! For only 3 classes! Woah! Apparently they didn’t have my driver’s license in their system correctly. So they had to re-enter the information. Once they did my tuition dropped to $600. Woah. That is a huge difference! I applied for Financial aid so hopefully I won’t have to pay for any of that myself but still, I cannot believe how expensive it is to be an out-of-state student. I think it’s a little insane.

That night I went to CrossFit again. Manny and Ashley were there again.🙂 It was awesome and I’m still so sore from it. I made my Grandma’s spaghetti sauce  for dinner with the changes she told me about and it was delish. I made it with ground italian sweet sausage and it was sooooooo good. I may even just have this for dinner tonight instead of cooking.🙂

Wednesday morning we took Gabe to work and then I grabbed myself a coffee from McDonald’s. I totally forgot about running so I made myself and the kids a big breakfast with eggs and bacon. Then I got a text from Faith (my running partner) asking if I still wanted to go running. Of course! So we quickly got ready and made it there by 9. A little later than normal but at least we made it. We ran about 2 miles cause the kids needed to go potty and then we walked another lap while the kids ran ahead of us. Afterwards, Bruegger’s was giving away free coffee across from the park so Faith and I went and drank our free coffee outside while the kids ran around. I think they got a lot of exercise yesterday.🙂

Then we met Gabe for lunch again since the school was on our way home AND we were passing it just as Gabe’s lunch was starting. I had leftover Chicken Parmesan sandwich which is just as amazing cold. Gabe had leftover pasta and sauce. The kids didn’t eat so when we came home I made some hot dogs and put on Spiderman and mommy got to take a shower while they ate and watched the movie. It is sooo nice to take an uninterrupted shower once in a while.🙂

Last night we were playing at church, which is always awesome! I so enjoy serving the body of Christ in this way. It really is a blessing.🙂 Then after church we went to Village Inn with my mom and we all got a salad and free pie!! I got Cherry.🙂 I love pie!

Today is just gonna be a relaxing day with laundry, and movies. Tonight my mom is coming to CrossFit with me!! YAY! I know what the workout is gonna be and I think it’ll be the perfect workout for someone new to get an idea of what CrossFit is all about. Hope she doesn’t hate me afterwards.🙂 I was gonna make that chicken dish I’ve been meaning to make for the last two weeks but…it’s a little intimidating for some reason so we’re probably just gonna stick with the leftover pasta sauce. At least I haven’t defrosted the chicken yet.🙂

Oh, and the screen on my phone decided to turn pink, then blue and now black so I cannot see anything on my phone. I’m getting a new phone in the mail tomorrow so if you have to get a hold of me it’s probably best through Facebook.🙂

I’ll try and get a recipe up today. Maybe the homemade peanut sauce?

Recap and Weekly Schedule

Right now, my belly is full, my kids are sleeping, football is on in the background, it’s chilly outside, and I’m in my bed under a blanket. I love Sunday afternoons. It’s the perfect day for a long nap which I’ll probably take here in a minute.🙂

So, just wanted to recap my week as I haven’t written in a few days. I really wanted to, but I started reading the Hunger Games (yes, late in the game) and it is soooo good. I cannot put it down, so I have chosen to read over write. But I don’t feel bad about it one bit.

I ran Wednesday and Friday about 2.5 miles both times. Saturday was freezing outside so instead of running, we went to the gym and took a Boxing class which was fun! I ended up not going to CrossFit on Thursday night because we were gonna have a busy weekend so we decided to take Thursday and have a family night which included a trip to Bookmans, and Beyond Bread to get some bread to take home and have with chicken soup my grandma made.🙂 So, I didn’t have to cook on Thursday and that was awesome. Then we popped some popcorn, filled some bowls with marshmallows and watched Spiderman 2. I’m so glad we decided to do that.

I visited my grandma on Thursday morning which was fun and delicious (she always makes amazing food), but she told me that I have totally been forgetting an ingredient in her spaghetti sauce. So I have fixed the error and in case you are wondering it is a 12oz can of tomato paste. Either she never told me or I totally overlooked it on the piece of paper she wrote the recipe on. So now I am going to make the sauce again this week and see how it turns out. She even gave me some ground meat to use. Some ground pork sausage and ground beef. She said the mixture of the meat is awesome.🙂

Well, every Sunday when we play worship at our church (mainly when we’re at the east campus), we have what we like to call “Potluck Sunday.” Everyone brings a dish to share and we pig out in between services. This Sunday I decided to make these grain-free Caramel Apple Doughnuts. They are amazing! Probably my favorite doughnut recipe.  I tried these Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts a few weeks ago and they are pretty tasty as well.🙂

This week is gonna be another jam packed week! I went grocery shopping today, so I won’t have to go with miserable kids tomorrow! YAY!

Monday
8:30am: 2-3 mile run??
9:30am: Baking day at Angela’s house :))
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Tuesday
9am: Women’s Bible Study
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Olive, Garlic and Lemon Chicken (since I never made this last week)

Wednesday
8:30am: 2-3 mile run
4pm: Worship practice for church
6pm: Church
Dinner: Leftovers

Thursday
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Grandma’s Spaghetti sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Friday
8:30am 2-3 mile run
Dinner: Leftovers/Out to eat/Gabe cook

Saturday
8:30am Hike up Tumamoc Hill

Sunday
5:30am Gabe leaves out of town for 3 days😦

 

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving! Can’t wait. Hope you guys have a great week!!

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So, I just made these amazing bacon chocolate chip cookies this morning and have been pigging out of them all day with some McDonald’s coffee. I think next time I make them though, I probably won’t add the salt to it because these cookies were pretty salty with the bacon in them. I will say that I may want to try some other grain-free chocolate chip cookie recipes. These were really good, but I think there may be some better ones out there. The texture to these weren’t as soft as I would have liked them to be. I’m gonna try this recipe next.🙂

Edit: I just had another bite of these cookies and I change my statement. These are the most amazing cookies ever! Maybe they just had to sit for a bit but I am in love! They are so great! Make these!🙂

So, we had a pretty great day yesterday. Our morning started off with the Women’s Bible Study. It was a fantastic time. I really really love our group. I can’t believe there are only 4 weeks left in this study. Christmas is gonna be here before we know. Afterwards, we had lunch with Dada. He winded up getting a chicken sandwich from Burger King. I had some coffee and treats at the bible study so I wasn’t very hungry but when we got home I had leftovers from Monday night’s dinner. Yummy!

When Gabe got home from work, we headed to the gym for some CrossFit. I’m still trying to get Gabe to take CrossFit but he’s too scared! Haha. No, he really just likes his alone time, but one of the managers forced him to do the boxing class last night. He liked it but still prefers working out alone. He’s just one of those people. Last night was an awesome workout. Lots and lots of front squats. I think my 3 rep max was 90lbs. I can’t remember for sure right now. My 1 rep max last time was 85lbs so I think I’m slowly improving.

Okay, so what I really wanted to talk about was last nights dinner!!! This was a pretty amazing dinner. It does require a little more work than what I normally take on for dinner, but it was sooooooo worth it. Gabe could not stop talking about the avocado cream sauce. We ended up eating them taco style instead of enchilada style because we got home late from the gym and I was starving so I didn’t want to cook them in the oven. I just wanted to eat! I made these in 3 parts. In the morning, before bible study, I put the pork roast in the crock pot for 10 hours. After I got home from lunch with Gabe, I made the tortillas. These didn’t take too long. It’s just like making pancakes. Then when we got home from the gym I made the avocado cream sauce. I made this last because I wasn’t sure if the avocado would still be good if I made it earlier in the day, but Gabe assured me that the lemon would have kept it from going bad…so next time I know and can make this ahead of time too. After I made the cream sauce I shredded the pork, warmed up the tortillas a little in the microwave. Set everything on the table and we each assembled our own tacos. We also cut up some onion and tomatoes for our tacos. I will definitely make these enchilada style when we have guests come over but taco style is pretty darn tasty as well.🙂 I do think the avocado sauce needed a little spiciness to it, so I may add some jalapeno’s or serrano peppers to it next time. Oh, and it was a little on the lemony side as well, so I probably would only use 1 lemon OR 1 lime, not both. I cannot wait to make these again. I have one tortilla left and pork and cream sauce so I am gonna have it for a snack later today.🙂 So, do yourself a favor and make these.🙂

Well, we are free as birds tonight which rarely happens and we get to go to church as a family tonight. I love these kind of days.🙂

Best Chicken Marinade

Man, I only got 3 hours of sleep last night! No, none of my kids were sick. It was the stupid dog next store who barked until 2:30 in the morning! Seriously. This happens at least once a week. We’ve called the police but nothing has been resolved. Gabe left a note on our neighbors door last night because she wasn’t home. She never is home when they’re barking, of course. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again. I was seriously having evil thoughts against that dog. I wanted to throw him some Tylenol PM because that apparently kills dogs. Well, I did have my coffee this morning and it helped wake me up so I’m feeling good now. I’ll just sleep really hard tonight (if there are no stupid dogs barking).

Okay, so I did not go running yesterday morning.😦 I am a bad girl. But my daughter slept in til 7 ( she’s normally up at 6) and we stayed and cuddled in my bed until 8 watching Sleeping Beauty until my son woke up. So we had a lazy morning. Then I did my least favorite thing ever…grocery shopped with 2 little kids. It is a nightmare. I do it every week but it never gets easier. They’re horrible children in the grocery store when they are normally angel kids. There is just something about the grocery store that makes them evil!! I have been wanting to go grocery shopping on Sundays by myself without the kids, but we’re always with family those nights so it never happens. Maybe one day it’ll happen

I did go to CrossFit last night but I was sooooo not wanting to go. I just wasn’t feeling it, but I went and afterwards felt great. It was a tough WOD last night. We did the “Kelly” WOD which included a 400m run, 30 box jumps and 30 wall balls for 5 rounds. It was killer and it took me 39 minutes. Yikes. So maybe I’m glad I didn’t do my run that morning.🙂

I did make a pretty killer meal last night! I ended up making the Cilantro Lime Shrimp instead of the Pork Avocado Cream Enchiladas because I decided to make them today because I have more time today. Anyways, if you like Shrimp you have to make this recipe. It is soooo fabulous. I made it once before for a few people and they all raved about it. It is really amazing and so easy to make. So make it!

Okay, a few people have asked how I do it all. How I plan these extravagant healthy dinners while taking care of two kids. People have often told me that they never have enough time. They work late and when they come home they just want something quick and easy. Or they don’t want to spend all the afternoon in the kitchen because it takes time away from their children. For me, I decided that eating healthy was a priority for me. I no longer wanted to eat fast food and take-out because I wanted our family to be of better health. So, I was willing to do whatever it took. And yes, it means not taking the easy and quick way out. It means sacrificing time in other areas to be healthy. It can also mean spending more money on groceries. Although, we aren’t going out to eat as much so I think we are actually saving money. I have found a few things that have helped me save time and energy in the kitchen and I wanted to share those things with you. If you truly desire to live a healthier lifestyle, you have to make it a priority.

1. I plan my meals for the week on the weekend before. I write a grocery list and strive to grocery shop on the weekends, but it pretty much doesn’t happen until Monday morning.

2. I only buy what I need for the week. So if I only have one recipe that calls for 2 tomatoes, I only buy 2 tomatoes (unless I want an extra 1 or 2 for lunches throughout the week).

3. After feeding the kids breakfast and they’re playing in their rooms, I pull out the recipe I’m making that night and chop all my veggies that will be needed for the recipe. I will also combine all my spices and amounts needed and put it in a baggie. Now if in the recipe, I’m suppose to add onions and garlic together at one time and then later add tomatoes, I’ll put onions and garlic in one bowl, and tomatoes in another bowl and cover them and put them in the fridge. Same goes for spices. That way when I get home from the gym or whatever, I just have to cook and not worry about chopping and all that jazz. It’s like you have your own food network show and everything is already pre-cut for you.🙂 If you work, you can chop all your veggies on the weekend or in the morning before work. Whichever works for you.

4. Another thing I do usually on Sunday nights is make some mashed sweet potatoes (recipe coming soon) and marinate some chicken. That way we have them for the week for our breakfasts, lunches or quick dinners when I don’t have time to cook. I want to share with you my chicken marinade because it is my favorite marinade ever!!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, cut in half length wise so they are thinner breasts (you’ll end up with 8 chicken breasts this way)

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

4-5 tablespoons spice brown mustard

salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

Directions:

Once, your chicken is cut, put them in a large ziplock bag. Add all the ingredients to the ziplock bag and marinate it over night. The next day grill, bake, or cook on the skillet while basting with the marinade until done. Then keep them in the fridge for the week and eat one with a salad for lunch or a lettuce wrap, eat one for breakfast with some sweet potatoes. And they make great meals for on the go, cause even if the chicken is cold, it is still good.🙂 And kids like them too.

Hope some of these tips will make things easier in the kitchen and help you to not feel so overwhelmed.🙂

What are some ways you try to make cooking easier? 

 

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