Archive for April, 2012

April Goal Recap


I don’t normally do 2 posts in one day, but I wanted to do an April Goal Recap before we start May tomorrow. Back on April 1, I did a post dedicated to April Goals. Reading it now, I wonder if it was real or an April Fools joke to myself. You can read the entire post here: . You will probably be as amused as I am by it. Here is a run down on each goal and how I did.

Run at least 3 days a week.  Perhaps this one should have said run at least 3 times this month, that would have been more fitting. According to my Garmin, I walked or ran a total of 6 times the whole month, plus the one day I did on the treadmill. This is so unacceptable it’s not even funny.

Try one new recipe a week.  I rocked this one. Done.

Keep myself a priority.  Since I did not stick to my run at least 3 days a week goal, I clearly did not keep myself a priority. I will say that some of it was out of my hands given the situation with our dog Blue and I had to be home for a good bit of it. But, still.

Run a 5K event this month.  Major fail. I so badly wanted to do the Irongirl 5k, but I was unable to due to vet bills. It really really stinks being a respnsible adult, but my boy Blue had to come first.

Get back on track with tracking. Ha! Can you hear me laughing? Not only did I not get back on track with tracking, I stopped tracking. I am still in the land of confusion on that one. I am fighting the need to track every single day and I don’t know where that is going to get me.

Try to get some strength training in. Nope, not so much. I can even pretend that I did this.

Lose 5 pounds. I have not been on the scale in 3 1/2 weeks so I don’t think I’ve lost 5 pounds. It’s been 3 1/2 weeks since I last weighed in at WW and I do not have a scale at home.

Achieving 1 out of 7 goals is better than 0 out of 7, right? And how funny is it that I achieved the one that is food related?! I think it’s hilarious. But, all joking aside, I am enjoying the trying one new recipe a week goal and I will continue to do that. You can never have to many yummy go-to meals.

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? Do you think it helps or hurts your progress?

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Cooking Habits


If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Cooking Habits


1. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?  I definitely go through phases on what I like to cook. Two of my current faves are tilapia with zucchini and tomatoes AND chicken tacos.

2. Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics? Ironically, I like to experiment. And I say ironically because I used to be terrified of cooking and didn’t think I had it in me. I like to mix ingredients that I like and try new things. The basics might get me started but then I’ll expand on it from there.

3. What is your favorite cookbook?   I currently really like the Best Darn Food Ever cookbook from WW. Otherwise, despite all the cookbooks I own, I really like finding recipes online.

4. Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal for the day? During the week, I try to always have a fruit with breakfast or mid-morning snack, a banana being my favorite. I like to have veggies with dinner, the more colorful, the better. And salads are a good way to get a real assortment in.

5. What’s the most interesting thing you made last week?  Whoopie Pies. I have never made them before. The recipe came from the Best Darn Food Ever cookbook I mentioned above. Hubby liked them, even though he was used to them being made with an icing in the middle instead of marshmallow cream. They came out much bigger than I wanted, so the next time I know what to do different, or will at least try to do different. You can see my post about the Whoopie Pies here:

6. How often do you watch cooking shows on TV?  I don’t. I used to watch The Cake Boss but it was just to be amazed by the cakes, not to try and make them.

7. When you’re hungry, where are you most likely to look first? The refrigerator, or the pantry?  The refrigerator, always.

8. List a few healthy staples that can always be found in your kitchen.  There is always boneless skinless chicken breast in the freezer. I bag it by the piece so I can make as little or as much as I want. I also buy and freeze tilapia – it thaws very quickly. There are always bananas, salad fixings, and veggies. I used to eat alot of grapes but I got tired of them. Right now, I have watermelon and mangos in the fridge. I also try to have fresh salsa because it makes for a good topping on baked potatoes or fish.

9. Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone?  Yes, and if I’m cooking just for myself, I tend to be a little more creative then if I’m cooking for the two of us.

10. How often do you try new recipes?  I save a lot of recipes and swear I have to try them. I can go forever without trying a new one. This month, I’ve tried at least one new one a week.

Be sure to share your answers if you participate. This was a fun one!



Sunday in the kitchen: 04/29/12


The last few Sundays, I have enjoyed trying new recipes. I go grocery shopping early and then I have the day to make whatever delicious looking recipes I’ve saved. Today was no exception. I was in a real fruit and vegetable mood, plus I wanted to make something new and different for dessert. I remembered the recipe I had for Whoopie Pies in the WW recipe book I bought a few months ago. Off to the store I went. I spent alot of time in the produce section, and I bought enough to last the week. I bought asparagus, red cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, sweet potato, and onion. Good assortment that can be used in so many dishes or salads. I also bought a couple mangos and watermelon. As I always do when I get home from the store, I cut up the fruit. The easier it is for me to pull out of the fridge and eat, the more likely I am to eat it. The watermelon and mango looked soooo good! The mango was really ripe, which is how I like it. It has kind of a meaty texture to it and it was perfect.

Super sweet watermelon - great on a warm day.

Really ripe mango

After preparing the fruit, I decided to try the Whoopie Pie recipe. I just happened to have all the ingredients I needed since they are pretty basic. This recipe can be found in the Best Darn Food Ever recipe book that I purchased at my WW meeting. If you’d like me to email the receipe to you, let me know and I’ll be happy to do so. The batter for the cookie part of it was AMAZING. In my world, you have to eat some of the batter when you’re baking. I don’t care if it’s wrong.  Hubby really liked them, too, which means I will for sure make them again. A couple things about these…. the cookie part of it came out too big. I would have liked for them to be smaller, like the picture in the recipe. Also, I prepared them with the marshmallow fluff and put them in a cake tray with a lid, lined with wax paper, so they are all ready to eat. The marshmallow expanded and they are now a little on the messy side. I told hubby that next time we will add the marshmallow fluff when we are ready to eat them. I will, of course, only show you the amazing pictures of when they were first made. Not bad for my first time, huh? They really taste as yummy as they look and they are super easy to make.  

For dinner, I knew I was going to make something with the colorful veggies I bought today. I decided to make sauteed chicken and vegetables. I cut strips of boneless skinless chicken breast and sauteed it in some olive oil with salt and pepper. When that was done, I set it aside and added a little more olive oil to the pan. I cut up zucchini, mushrooms, white onion, and red pepper. When it was cooked just to the right tenderness, I added a little butter and minced garlic. Okay, ALOT of garlic. I also cooked some red cabbage in olive oil and vinegar for a side. My goodness, it all smelled so good. I made enough to have left-overs for lunch tomorrow. This meal was perfect enough, no other side orders were needed. Is it obvious from the pictures how much I love garlic?  

I find it really amusing that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes so much. I used to be really afraid of cooking. And seriously, how do I possibly measure up to my mom’s cooking? She is the best cook ever! Maybe a little bit of that rubbed off on me. I am pretty proud of myself. :)

Don’t Ignore Infertility


Today marks the end of the National Infertility Awareness Week. It has been my intention all week to write a post on my feelings about infertility and I just did not get around to it. I am making time this morning to do it because I feel it is very important.

I’ve touched briefly in my blog about our infertility struggles. It is a hard subject to talk about. It has been almost 6 years since we first decided to try for a baby, and 5 years since our miscarriage in what has been our only pregnancy to date. It was a very early miscarriage but that doesn’t lessen the pain, anger, hurt, and sadness we felt. As we approach the middle of January every year, I am reminded of the happiness and excitement we felt when we found out we were going to have a baby. When the end of January comes along, I am reminded of the incredible sense of loss we felt when that happiness was taken away from us. I remember it like it was yesterday. I realize, 5 years later, that those feelings will likely never go away. the pain of infertility is very real. I, myself, have battled with depression and anxiety over it. It is not something that can be forgotten or pushed aside.

The steps we took after that loss to try to have a child were always determined by our finances. That is the hard and cold truth. Our insurance does not cover infertility treatment, so much of what we did came out of our pockets and we will continue to pay on that for awhile. It is a monthly reminder of what we did and our strong desire to be parents.

I became friends with many women on an infertility message board. They are some of the strongest women I know. Some are still trying, and some have been blessed with a baby or two. Natural pregnancies, some with the help of modern technology, and others by adoption. None of them forget the struggle they faced. The road for every one facing infertility is different. Our bodies are different and no matter how advanced modern technology is, there are no easy answers or magic pills to guarantee that every one of us can have a baby.

Do not ignore infertility. Do not ignore the struggles that couples face to try to have a child. But you must also be kind when addressing it. Be mindful of what you say to someone who cannot have a child. Saying things like “some people aren’t meant to have a child” is one of the most hurtful things anyone can ever hear. Everyone’s struggles are different, but the desire of everyone facing infertility is the same… To have a child.

I can’t say that we’ve come to terms with the fact that we will likely never have a child. I don’t know that one ever really does. Age is not on our side. Neither are the unlimited funds for the medical assistance we would need. Changes need to be made to insurance to allow for infertility coverage. Some states mandate it, others do not. Florida is one of the ones that does not. The desire and ability to have a child should not be determined by finances and the ability to pay for treatment.

Don’t ignore infertility, a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples. Everyone knows at least 8 couples, which means everyone knows someone fighting this battle. It is a physical, emotional, and financial battle. Infertility awareness should last more than one week a year. To find out more about infertility, and all the resources available, visit

Fun Fact Friday


1.  It is my current goal to get up to 100 followers on Twitter.

2.  While I have not been having Starbucks everyday, I have gone over my goal of once a week. I have issues.

3.  I do not have a fear of sharks. I would probably change my mind if I were to come face to face with one in the ocean, but I think they are pretty cool.

4.  I don’t think I could ever travel to another country by myself. I probably wouldn’t be able to go to a movie by myself either.

5.  I don’t like swings, they make me sick.

6.  I am super excited about my niece’s dance recital in June. She is going to be the cutest one there, of course.

7.  When I was really little, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up because I thought it would be a lot of fun to write on a chalk board every day.

8.  My husband thinks I purposely leave dryer sheet in his clothes. He brought one home yesterday and gave it to me.

9.  I think our house is way too quiet when Blue is not there.

10.  Hubby and I met at a bowling alley and he will forever refer to that bowling alley as “the scene of the crime”.

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