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Slow Cook and Her Slow Cooker

9 Jan

Over the winter break from school I had some time to think about things that I wanted to change in 2013. I had been feeling incredibly guilty about the eating patterns of my family. It looked like I had myself all figured out. But what about THEM?

I have managed to lose all my baby weight and then some. I watch what I eat constantly, making low fat, low calorie, low sodium, and often low taste choices at almost every turn. I exercise and have long term goals for my body and my overall health that I still haven’t reached. I want to run a Marathon and I want to rock a leopard bikini. No, I have not put a time limit on these goals, yes, I realize it might take a while. It hasn’t been easy and I’m not discounting how long it took to figure out how to pull my physical self together. I am proud of what I’ve done so far and actually excited for the Beach this Summer.

Meanwhile-Back at the Ranch- The kids have been feasting on a diet consisting of frozen chicken nuggets, pasta, hot dogs, frozen steam in the bag veggies, and Chipotle. I have managed to keep my house clear of candy, chips and cookies. I seem to have also completely skipped over the whole concept of a home cooked nutritious meal. I got away with it this long because my husband usually isn’t home for dinner and the twins were young enough that I could throw an array of finger foods at them and that would be good enough.

The time has come for me to step up to the plate. Literally.

I dug out my slow cooker yesterday, which I hadn’t seen since it was selected off my bridal registry 8 years ago. I googled kid-friendly healthy slow cooker recipes and I was off and running! I made sweet and sour chicken with bell peppers and brown rice. It came out perfectly.

The response from the children? I’ll be back later to give all the glorious details on that. Let’s just say, it wasn’t all Norman Rockwell up in here…

xoxo

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Love At First Sight – Spikes and Leopard

27 Jun

I totally and absolutely believe in love at first sight. I found a pair of shoes that encompass everything I ever wanted in a shoe. I originally saw them at Nordstrom at The Grove, my heart actually skipped a beat. I didn’t approach them at first because I feared what hefty number would be on the bottom of the shoe. The price turned out to be, well, pricey. I couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on a shoe that I might only get to wear once or twice. So, I made the mature decision and walked away. I thought about them often. I wondered how it was possible that leopard print pumps with rhinestones and spikes on the heel could be dreamed up by someone other than myself.
I have always loved all things leopard print, I quite possibly was from Jersey in a past life. The spikes, let’s just say High School was an interesting time for me and I developed a love for all things Punk related. I’m pretty sure I momentarily dated a guy who wore a collar with spikes and he called himself Spike.
I let the the shoes go. Just as I no longer wanted leopard wallpaper or a guy named Spike, I moved on past my desire for the shoes.
Then….
Yesterday I stopped in to Nordstrom Rack to kill some time before camp pick up. Shoved in a blank box in the corner of the shoe racks in my size, lay MY SHOES! It had been months since I saw them and they were just as heart stopping as the first time I spied them.
I quickly grabbed them and headed for the register. If the fire alarm had gone off at that point I have to be honest, I would not have evacuated without that box. When I got to the counter I told the woman my shoe saga as she rang them up for half the price they were originally. The woman paused, looked me in the eye and said, “These are the very last pair. Sometimes things are just meant to be.”
I agree. Sometimes things are meant to be. Love at first sight is real and shouldn’t be messed with. After all is said and done destiny will guide us to where we belong in the end. I will end up there wearing my new shoes.

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Xoxo

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