I will be the first to admit that I am not a health food nut. I don’t like to watch what I eat. But I do LOVE to exercise. I go to the gym regularly and get on my treadmill 6 days a week. Did it come easily for me? No. Do I love it now? Yes. Do I hate it when I miss a day? Yes, it drives me crazy. I am one of those people who exercise so that she can eat what she wants. I know that’s not the way it should be but it’s the truth. I love food and no one is going to change my mind. With that being said I know that many of us set our New Year’s resolutions for being more healthy or to lose weight. In fact, in 2015, fitness was the number one resolution. So today’s post is to help you in some small way to achieve that goal with some of the things that have helped me to achieve my goals. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I experienced what every mother experiences when they sent their first-born to Kindergarten — pure heartache! I can’t believe my little boy isn’t so little more. He’s now riding the bus to and from school and is gone for most of the afternoon. When did this happen? And why does it happen so quickly?
Now that our schedule and lives have been altered forever, I’ve been on the lookout for some good ol’ after-school snacks for my now big boy. He’s use to snacking on and off during the day so the minute he steps off the bus, he’s STARVING. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here:
Peachy Keen Pops from Family Circle
1 package unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
1/4 cup peach juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 10 – ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed, or 2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
4 6 – ounce container low-fat peach yogurt
1 ice pop mold (10-pop capacity)
10 wooden Popsicle sticks
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Six Sisters’ Stuff
1/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/3 c. margarine, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
5-6 c. flour
1/2 c – 2/3 c. canned pumpkin puree (to your preference)
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
*optional: 3/4 c. raisins, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 – 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
If you’re searching for a healthy recipe then it’s probably best to just keeping looking! This one is definitely more about TASTE than health. And hey, it’s okay to splurge every now and then right?! This combines the best of 3 worlds, potatoes, meat and cheese! It’s also AMAZING with broccoli and cauliflower. We lovingly call this creamy piece of cheesy heaven: Cowboy Spud Cheese. This is a simple family favorite recipe than I’ve loved for as long as I can remember (I can still picture exactly what my mom’s recipe card looks like for this and could probably still easily fetch it out of her recipe box). You’ll need only three ingredients.
2 lb brick of Velveeta Cheese
1 lb Butter
1 large can Evaporated Milk
Start off by cutting the Velveeta and butter into small pieces. This will help it melt faster.
I’m BAAAAAACK!! I’m hoping at least SOME of you noticed I was gone. I took a nice 3 months off and for a fabulous, snuggly, good smelling, tiny reason! We welcomed our third BOY on December 9th, 2015. I was induced 3 weeks early due to a 2 vessel cord and worries of the baby measuring small (that’s a whole other story)! Labor and delivery were my easiest yet and luckily he was born completely healthy! Without further ado introducing:
Holden James Simmons 6lbs 4oz 11:57am
This little bundle of joy (along with his 2 older brothers) and the holidays, have kept me busy and on my toes these past couple of months! Now that I’ve adjusted to life as a mom of 3 I’m ready to return to the blogging world! I wanted to give you guys a peek at my little guy and his adorable nursery. Continue reading
Back in January I shared some of my exercise tips for starting off the new year in my Get Fit post. Today I want to focus on one of the things that helps me the most with wanting to get my butt out of bed and exercising. It’s LOOKING good. It might sound silly but it’s a big deal for me. If I feel frumpy or uncomfortable in what I’m wearing it isn’t going to happen. Right after having had a baby isn’t a pretty time, let’s face it. If you are like me the weight just doesn’t fall off, I gotta work for it. So what I wear matters. I will admit to having to pull my exercise pants over the baby bulge and looking at myself and shaking my head and wondering when will it magically disappear. Lucky for me I have found some clothes that have been flattering for me then and have been able to work for me now.
Old Navy’s Go Dry Tanks are both flattering and comfortable. I haven’t had to pull or tug as I have worked out, it doesn’t matter how much bending, stretching or pulling I do, it’s never and issue. I enjoy the comfort of the material and the length of these awesome tops. Old Navy’s Patterned Compression Leggings for Women are also amazing. I am not one to exercise in leggings, my theory is the less clothes the better, but I had a friend introduce me to these and now I really love them. I never get too hot and they come in crops to and such fun patterns and colors. It really makes exercising fun. I know it seems strange to say that at exercise is fun, but it really can be and a fun wardrobe helps. I love going to the store and buying something new to exercise in. You should try it and let me know if it works for you. Continue reading
In our house we anxiously await Christmas morning for the gifts, the family time and the memories. But most, of all our favorite breakfast casserole. As I said in my Christmas traditions post this is one of our traditions, one that my husband would love for me to make monthly. If I’m being honest there is a lot in this casserole so it’s probably not super healthy, but extremely delicious. So if you’ve been looking for a new breakfast meal here’s one for your recipe book. Continue reading
Being beautiful, who doesn’t want to be? And let’s face it, I can honestly say that I do not wake up looking like I do. The problem is most days I don’t want to get ready, but when I do am so glad I did and love myself so much more. Continue reading
I love to garden. It’s one of my favorite things about summer. I even really enjoy weeding which my husband finds strange. I think it’s therapeutic, which is funny because as a kid I hated it. It took me all day, sometimes all week. I hated it so much. But now since it’s my choice and I have my own kids who get to help in this wonderful experience I love it, I really do. The reason being is because we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I don’t have to go the store when I need an onion or a carrot. I just walk myself out the back door and dig up what I need, wash it up, cut it, cook it and eat it. It’s that simple.
Even better is that with some of those amazing things I have planted I can preserve them. I am not saying that I am a master at this. In fact, I had some problems with this carrot preserving that I am sharing with you today. This wonderful path that we are on called life, allows us to make mistakes and learn from them and I for one learned a valuable one.
So my thoughts on persevering anything is this: It’s starts out great. It’s fun. It’s so fulfilling. I love it. By the end I’m thinking, “Why did I start this? This was so stupid? How much more is there? Why did I plant so much?” Here’s the my problem: Why does everything have to be ready at the same time? Can’t it spread it’s self out a little bit better? It seems I finish one fruit just as a vegetable gets done and then the cycle repeats itself. It’s a good 6 weeks of canning, freezing and drying. Continue reading
Ok so I going to share a weakness of mine. It’s a horrible one. If you are a health food critic you should stop reading now. I love bread!! It doesn’t matter if it’s store-bought or homemade, it’s all divine. I blame it on my dad really. He has the same problem. I remember when I was little he would get off work and grab 5 or 6 slices of white bread and eat them for a snack, and if I’m honest it is my same go-to snack now. I know it’s both horrible and delicious. So when I found this recipe and tried it and realized that it went amazingly with my crock pot chicken fettuccine alfredo I was sold (don’t worry I will be sharing this recipe in the future). Better yet, I have cooked it for family and friends and they all rant and rave about how delicious they are. Continue reading