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jazzin' it up

9 Aug

What a whirlwind of a weekend!

After our long run on Saturday, Jon and took a nap and accomplished some tasks around the house before packing up and heading to my hometown.  Since my birthday is Tuesday, we had planned to celebrate with my family this weekend.

We had such a wonderful time.  Saturday night my mom made a mexican feast

This dip was the star of the show! As soon as I get the recipe from her (mom, I need the recipe!), I’ll post it!

Best dip I’ve ever had, hands down.  It was that good.

whole wheat tortilla, spinach (steamed in the microwave for about 20 seconds) refried beans, black beans, diced green chilies and green enchilada sauce

Also on the menu for the non-veggies (aka everyone else:) was my mom’s Mexican Casserole.  She’s been making this casserole for as long as I can remember, and before becoming a vegetarian it was one of my favorite meals of all time! Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it – the family isn’t too keen on waiting for me to catch a shot of every dish while all the food gets cold.  Go figure;)

It was the perfect birthday meal for me as I’m sure those of you who have been reading for awhile can attest to.

After dinner we all enjoyed breaking a sweat in a fun family workout!

How many of you remember this?



Oh yes we did.


It started out as a joke reminiscing about the past…but then it got real serious 😉

After working up a sweat – it was time for birthday cake oats!

And there were presents of course!  Thanks so much Mom, Clark and Cristen – my birthday celebration was so special:)

Sunday morning we got up kind of late and just hung around the house.  We ended up grilling out for lunch…and let me tell you – I want a grill so badly now.  I’m dreaming of grills:)

the cooks:)

I cut up a red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini and squash.  Seasoned them with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and ground red pepper.  Then my sis wrapped them up tight in a foil pouch and put them on the grill.  I’m not sure how she did it – but these were cooked to perfection!

I ate them atop a bed of couscous.  With a side of corn on the cob.  So fresh and so good!

Jon and I hung around for a couple of hours after lunch on Sunday before heading out for the surprise he had planned.

The American Idol concert!  I’m sure for those who don’t watch the show, it wouldn’t be a fun concert, but we watched it all season, and I was so excited to get to see all of them perform live!

On the way we stopped at Pei Wei to eat dinner.

I ordered the Spicy Korean with vegetables, tofu and brown rice.  To die for, seriously.

And we split these two spring rolls as an appetizer.

And now off to the concert!

Unfortunately, “professional” cameras weren’t allowed inside, so I had to roll with the iPhone for the concert.

This was one of the best pictures I got (sad, I know) – that’s Crystal Bowersox, who was one of my absolute favorites on the show.

That’s it for the birthday weekend recap – it was so great mainly because I got to spend time with my favorite people in the world.  I’m so very thankful:)  Not sure what I’m going to do on my actual birthday (tomorrow) that will even come close:)

Hope you all had a great weekend as well.  I’ll see ya later on for some eats!

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a birthday week

28 Feb

picking myself up and dusting myself off…

So, basically a lot of life happened this week, which detered me from regularly posting or updating on the challenge. I knew this was going to be a crazy busy week, but I didn’t realize just how crazy.  Jonathan has been working on a project at work for about a year now.  The university he works for (and our alma mater) has launching the largest fundraising campaign ever in the history of the school.  He is the assistant director of marketing, so his role has been huge throughout the entire process.  Anyway, the campaign went public for the first time on Friday at a big event on campus.  Then, on Saturday, at halftime of the basketball game, there was another big announcement about it, and we spent the day passing out t shirts to students.  So basically, every night this week was filled with working and getting ready for the big day.  Plus, Friday was Jon’s birthday, so any free time I had this week was spent shopping, wrapping and baking.  It’s been a whirlwind.

It’s also been the longest I’ve ever gone without posting.  I missed it so much!  I feel like the spring was missing from my step all week.  I have to be honest and say that between work madness and birthday festivities, some not so good food choices resulted as well. I did do some good things too though.  For instance, I exfoliated my face every three days, drank more water this week and didn’t eat one spoonful of Kashi cereal (yay!).  I have to admit that the other parts of the challenge were hit or miss.  I actually wasn’t as committed this week as I was before I started the challenge.  Boo.  I participated in what some would call “emotional eating,” which I’m not proud of.  It’s something that I struggle with often, but the emotional eating monster struck extra hard this week.  Stress, stress, stress.

BUT, one part of the challenge that I am really being tested on right now is not beating myself up when I don’t do so hot.  I’ve actually had a lot of practice with that one lately.  And truly, I think it is one of the most important skills to practice.  Loving my husband and being there for him in every way possible, and still staying on top of my own job took precedence over blogging and sticking 100% to my challenge this week.  And I’m okay with that.  In fact, that’s the way it should be.

So, it’s a new week, and I’m still shooting for the same goals.  Life and all of the routines that come with it should be back to normal starting tomorrow.  I feel a bit silly that I’ve lost an entire week of only a three week challenge, but there is nothing I can do about that now.  That is, nothing aside from jumping right back in and doing the best I can this week.

Off I go to do some more prep for school tomorrow.  Because the first part of the weekend was so busy, I spent most of today working on grading research papers and planning for this week.  And I’m still not done.  I did manage to squeeze in time to make a soup for lunches this week, which I’ll post later, as well as one episode of Amazing Race.  Love that show!

I hope everyone has a great start to the week.  Thanks to those of you who’ve stuck around through my hiatus.  It’s good to be back:)

I’ll leave you with a few pics from the last few days.

Friday’s eats – cashew cookie Lara, banana (to be wrapped inside almond butter filled wrap) and spaghetti squash concoction which included spaghetti squash, brussels, corn, green beans, chick peas, sliced almonds and humnut sauce.

Gotta love the hubs.  This is his breakfast specialty (except for green monsters of course:).  It’s all about presentation of course.  Ezekiel cinnamon raisin english muffin with cashew butter and sliced banana.  And two almonds to top it off.

Happy birthday to my hero, my best friend, my love.