Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Earlier in the week I found a running program called couch 2 5k. http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml It is a 9 week running plan to prepare me to run a 5k. I am going to sign up to run the turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. Good way to justify all the foods that I will eat later in the day. There is actually an app for this program that I can download on my phone and it will signal when I need to start running and stop running.
My plan is starting this week, I will get up and run three times during the week first thing in the morning. Eventually I will add in strength training and yoga! I love cooking and baking even more so along my journey you will see many hopefully delicious recipes.
Look for my miles run, new work outs, and scrumptious food!
Monday, September 6, 2010
I would like to do cardio three days a week, strength two days a week, and yoga at least once a week. I do not think his is impossible yet I can not make myself get up and do these things. I need a clear and consise plan to reach my goals.
Some days I feel fine about myself. And other days I feel just awful. I know I eat too many sweets. It is just so conflicting for me because I love to bake and taste something sweet. I need suggestions on how to reach my goals of eating healthier and exercising.
In a few years I want to try to have kids but I want to be 100% healthy and in shape.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
She is just a doll!! But caring for a new puppy takes up a lot of extra time. She needs constant attention. She likes to chew and potty. I am very excited about the potty training. She is doing so well. We just have to keep an eye on her and anticipate her needs.
School is good. I am very excited about my education technology class. I am going to learn lots of technology related stuff that I can apply in the classroom. My other class is special needs education. I was hoping this would be an interesting class but so far it has been straight lecture. I hope things pick up once we are done getting the basics and history of special education.
Work life has been a bore but I am hoping to get a new position in the company soon! I can't wait until I am done with school and can get into a classroom!!!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I found this recipe on several blogs. The main difference is browning the butter.
1 cup of butter
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp of vanilla
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 cups of chocolate chips. I used 1 bag of Hersey's Dark Chocolate chips
Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
In a small sauce pan melt butter over medium heat until butter starts to brown and give off a nutty smell. (The butter will creat brown bits in the pan which should be used in the mix). Let butter cool.
Mix butter and sugars in kitchen mixer using flat paddle to mix until smooth.
Add eggs, one egg at a time.
Add half flour mixture. Blend 15 seconds add rest of flour mixture.
Fold in chocolate chips and refridgerate for at least an hour or two. Preferrably 6 hours. I did about an hour and half because I couldn't wait. I read the 6 hours makes these just fabulous.
Preheat oven 350. Scoop tablespoon size balls onto baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. I baked 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack and enjoy!!!!
This was absolutely amazing. Fireworks in my mouth good. I love food and this shrimp was delicious. Also pictured is couscous and spinach.
This recipe is from one of my new favorite
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tbsp ground black pepper
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dry white wine
FOR BASTING SAUCE
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Seasonings to taste: Salt, pepper, parsley
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached
Place shrimp in a bowl with the marinade ingredients- allow to marinade for 1 hour.
Heat a grill pan until it is hot and ready.
In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the basting sauce and set aside.
Carefully add the shrimp to the grill pan- allow to cook about 3 minutes per side or until cooked. Coat each side with the basting sauce prior to flipping.
I love the flavor of basil and pine nuts.
2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste. I do not add extra.
1/4 tsp black pepper
About 2/3 cup of evoo. I usually use less as I don't like too strong of an olive oil taste.
1/2 cup fresh grate Parmesan cheese. I buy the shredding Parmesan rather than fresh but I bet the fresh taste amazing!
I use my handy dandy food processor to mix the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper. Next add oil while bender is running to get a smooth texture. The secret to getting the sauce thin enough to go over the noodles is to use some of the liquid from your pasta noodles.
Add sauce and cheese to pasta!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Can you see the pattern? I have a major sweet tooth! And that might be the reason I put off writing this post.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Snack: I did not get hungry so I did not have a snack.
Lunch: Cranberry Turkey sandwhich with chips (way too much mayo but other than that is was great.)
Snack: Again no snack but I had a huge lunch.
Dinner: My husband was not home for dinner so I choose to throw some milk, ice, bananas, cinnamon, and honey in the blender for a smoothie and at the last minute I decided to throw in some PB. YUM!!! One of the best creations out there. I wish I had a natural PB at home but I keep it at work.
If you read this regularly you will find PB to be one of my favorite foods. It is a total staple in my diet. There are some things people can give up, PB is not that thing for me. I eat PB on toast everyday for breakfast M-F. Some people might burn out, not me! I LOVE IT!!!!
This is suppose to show up under my Food Corner tab but I don't know how to get it there. If someone can let me in on the secret, please do????
Everyday is a struggle for me to find motivation to eat better and exercise on a regular basis. I feel that these blogs will help motivate me. I also love cooking and several of these blogs have recipes on them. I love getting new cooking material!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Corey singing bye bye bye to me! It was a hoot!
Dancing with the little ladies!!!
Daughter Father Dance.
Our first dance!! I love this picture.
Oh the cupcakes!!!! From Baby Cakes. Delish!!!
The flowers and the shoes! Stunning!
The wedding party walking the streets. What a tough crowd!
Can you tell we are all excited!
This is one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. I fell in love with the main character, Ronnie and her family right away. Ronnie is a disgruntled young adult who is torn up about her parents divorse three years earlier. During a summer spent with her estranged father she grows into a beautiful young women who not only learns to forgive but also falls in love for the first time.
I think this is a great book for anyone who loves a love story as well as a tragedy and family.
The Last Song was also written as a screenplay. I am excited for its upcoming DVD release this August!!!
I am still going to school to become an elementary teacher. I love the program I am in most of the time. I have to admit that I do get tired of writing papers. I took a break after my last and stressful semester. I took three classes last semester while working 40 hours a week and planning a wedding. I have vowed never to take 3 classes a semester again; it was very hard on me and Corey. I was signed up for a 5 week class that meets twice a week from June 6 through August 12. I dropped that class! I just couldn’t go back yet! I will go back in the fall with two classes. I have a full year of classes and a semester of student teaching ahead of me. I know I can do it and I will be ready in the fall! I am very excited to start a new career that will be so much more then sitting in a cubicle looking on a computer all day long.
Currently I work in the corporate environment at a large commercial real estate company. My first two years I worked in the insurance department that consisted of looking at loan documents and insurance policies to verify everything matched up. I was also responsible for writing up payments for the insurance invoices. For the last year I have been in the tax department. Currently I pay the real estate tax bills from escrow accounts as well as monitoring the loans that do not escrow taxes. I think it is apparent why I am changing career paths. Although I could probably work my way up to a higher more interesting position within the company I happen to hate sitting in a cubicle working on a computer all day long! So off to school I go!
When I was little I use to play school in my bedroom for hours. I would read to my imaginary students and teach math on my very own chalkboard. I do not know why I decided to go the business route rather than teaching. I believe education to be one of the most important tools in life. Learning new things keeps me alive. I want to give children my same love of learning and reading. I would probably have a different view on the subject if I had not been pulled out of class and into a special reading program while in elementary school. I thank my reading teaching for helping me learn to love books. I also, believe this created the teacher in me. My mom tells me I was kept in the program longer than I really needed because I loved to help the other students in the class to learn to read also. The teacher said it was boosting my confidence!
I think is probably way too much information but I wanted to share a little about myself. Please look forward to more posts about my life, my family, and my many interests.