Thursday, November 13, 2014

Post-Partum Piyo Results!

After baby number 1 & 2 I spent a long time wishing away the baby weight (and was somehow was angry that my method was't working!)  I had a lot of high hopes but not a lot of hard work.

Finally, after baby number 3 I have learned I just simply need to get the work done.  Slow and consistent progress IS progress.  I may not be where I plan to be...but I am moving in the right direction.

I'm excited to share my results from PiYo.  I finished  the entire program about 3 weeks ago- so proud to say I did not miss a workout.  To be honest, the scale didn't shift drastically, but I can see the results starting to come through! 

So exciting to know I am on a path that will get me where I want to be in a healthy & fun way.  PiYo was such a great program for low impact, strength & flexibility training.  A perfect program for a postpartum momma.

Well, without further delay....Here are some of my results so far!  

Stay tuned.  

This isn't my final"after" -- I'm chasing down my goals!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quinoa + Bison Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe was spurred by a quick need to get dinner prepped, not a very stocked fridge, and a lot of bell peppers on hand!  Luckily for me, I had just what I needed to pull this easy dinner off.

1.When I say that my fridge wasn't too stocked up- I meant it.  No ground beef on hand so bison meat it is! (...whaaa?  Don't worry, it tasted good and is super lean & healthy!) First, I browned the bison meat in a skillet and drained, then I added diced tomatoes, chopped fresh spinach, about 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic and garlic salt & red pepper flakes to taste.

2. OK, confession. The pantry was not very stocked either.  (Apparently, this lady needs to hit the supermarket in my spare time).  Instead of brown rice to add as a filling I made a cup of quinoa.  I prepared it separately, and kept it simple, following the directions on the package and then I added the cook quinoa to the skillet.  I washed the peppers and trimmed off the tops and then filled the peppers with the really good-smelling skillet concoction.

3.  For good measure I added one slice of provolone to the top of each pepper.   Because cheese is a miracle worker and has saved many a dish in my kitchen!  I added a little water in the bottom of the pan (by the way, I am SO not kitchen savvy- I know this is not a pan.  What is this thing?  A oven safe bowl? A dutch oven?) and covered loosely with aluminum foil.  I popped it in a preheated oven set to 375 and cooked for about 40 minutes until....

4. ....the cheese is nice and melty, the peppers have softened and the house smells like "Mmmmmm, mmm, good." (aka garlicky goodness).  Nom nom.

Not going to lie, the boys were a little hesitant to give the peppers a go.  But once they had a bite they ate their supper pretty well for the night.  I would go ahead and call this Jamin-and-Owen-approved!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Happy Halloween!

About a week and a half ago I hosted for my boys (and a new little TinkerBell) their annual Halloween party.  Somehow, I became the crazy Pinterest mom for this holidayy,  I admit it's a little bit over the top, a little bit stressful...but really, it's mostly just fun.  It's worth it for a once a year festivity and the boys look forward to it for WEEKS.  

By the way, how much do you love our themed costumes?  How long do you think I have before the boys realize they don't have to match mom and family??  

I hope it's not next year, because I have a pretty sweet circus theme lined up. 

This year, I decided to not serve a full dinner as I had in Halloweens past.  I wanted to have just some themed snacks and finger foods on hand for everyone.  I also wanted some healthier options since it would be candy galore for the kids later in the night.

This years spread:

Spooky Handed Punch
Make punch of choice and for the hands--> fill non-powdered latex gloves with water, tie the ends and freeze overnight.  Be sure not to overfill with water, the fingers should be able to bend before you toss in the freezer.
When its time to start the party carefully cut off the latex and add ice cubes to punch bowl.
Timing is everything!  They melt after about 15-20 minutes.  I made for hands so I could add more ice when needed.

Here's a little preview of the table.

Another table shot of the food and decor.

For this seven layer taco dip I simply added sour cream to a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in the corner and used it to decorate the web.  For the spiders I slices large olives into spider bodies & legs.

 This one was supposed to be Frankenstein.  But we will just call it spooky vegetable man.

This was my personal favorite.  Clementine's pumpkins with celery stems.  Simple and cute.

I hope you all had a fun & spooky Halloween! 

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