Tuesday, January 16, 2018

a simple weekday dish...

Cheater Korean Beef - a quick version of the classic served over rice or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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I made this Korean Beef Bowl dish yesterday and it was very tasty. So simple to assemble; it literally takes minutes, and it was a nice weekday treat. Do double the recipe as the leftovers are great for lunch.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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how lucky am i...

...to have these two in my life.I spent a whole Sunday at home with my two loves and my husband. We cooked and played games and laughed and let me just say; each and every minute was precious. I am truly lucky.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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I was looking for a new chili recipe for a Friday work luncheon today. I found one that called for "one pound of hamburger meat". Seriously, I'm not going to follow a recipe that does not identify the meat by name.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

thankful it's thursday...

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Happy to say the weekend is almost here and I am looking forward to a three day weekend. Yeah! What are my plans? My hope is to do absolutely nothing; seriously nothing. After a few Saturday morning chores, I want relax and cook and read and that's it. My husband has been tired lately; probably due to radiation, so I want him to enjoy some quiet time, too. He needs to recharge so that's how I'm wanting to spend the upcoming cold weekend; recharging!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


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The Tea Tree

Currently enjoying my new morning routine which includes lemon water and apple cider vinegar and cayenne and a workout and tea from our favorite shop; The Tea Tree. It's a nice way to begin the day!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

sending this to us...

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My husband and I have been sick for weeks and the nights are really rough. Coughing and tossing and turning continues to happen nightly and I swear, we are up around 2 and never really fall back asleep. It is no wonder I have no more to give when 2 in the afternoon arrives. I have tried over the counter meds and apple cider vinegar remedies and bought tea to soothe respiratory systems. I lysol and disinfect and still, we are sick. All I can say is this must end soon...it is exhausting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

good monday morning...

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I did not sleep well last night. Not sure if it was do to the Chinese food we ate as I did not make the shrimp pasta or the fact work starts today. Chinese food does weird things to me sometimes, seriously, I think it makes me restless at night and have silly dreams which also happened. Can anyone relate? Anyone?       
Oh well, going to get ready early and go to work early so that I can come home early and go to sleep early. Thinking of sleep at 5:43 a.m. cannot be a good sign!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

and that all folks...

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Well, it' over. Sixteen days of family and rest and rejuvenation. I have always been grateful for the time off that my job allows me and this time, I was lucky as my family took time off too which was a real treat. I'm ready to start back tomorrow; routines are good for the soul.  I went in  to work yesterday, the school looks beautiful and all is set on my end which is a good feeling. Today is for relishing my last few hours with my bff. On our plate is a trip to Target; shrimp pasta and football...it's going to be a peaceful day.

Friday, January 5, 2018

something to keep you warm...

stuffed cabbage casserole tomato soup
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Who does not like soup when it is frigid outside? No one, no one! Yesterday, I made a pot of Stuffed Cabbage Soup and it was delicious. I made a few changes to the recipe:
 I used one pound of ground beef and one pound of ground pork  (I would change the pork portion to 1/2 of a pound.) to lower the fat content and added some spicy tomato juice to spice up the flavor and thin the soup out after the rice was added. I think next time, I would also add less rice as it soaked up a lot of liquid.
The soup had a beautiful, red color, was filled with texture and body and was very simple to make.  Warning! This recipe makes a lot of soup so be ready for leftovers.

happy friday...

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Today is for fine tuning a few things around here before getting some school work done. I'm anxious to get organized for Monday as I like to "hit the road running" when work resumes. We don't have any big weekend plans which is nice so maybe Brian and I can finally kick these colds that have been lingering for weeks and weeks. Looking forward to enjoying my husband and my very calm home on another cold weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

and so it begins...

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Today, I'm beginning my "new year" life change. I won't begin to document until Sunday as that is when a my first full week will happen. Documenting is a good thing for me as it makes me feel more accountable to follow through.  I'm looking forward to embracing  how I will feel when the first month ends as I need to experience "recharging". I like recharging my life as it makes me feel more alive; more healthy; more in control.  Seeing progress after a month, too, is always rewarding. I want to feel good inside and out again! I'm glad I stop procrastinating and started something good today.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

word of the year and resolution...

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I have finally decided on my
"Word of the Year" and "Resolution".

Word of the Year
  • PEACE - work daily for inner/outer PEACE!
  • Morning Wake-Up Time: 4:15
  • Workout - Monday - Thursday
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Cayenne - Honey - Lemon Daily
  • Oatmeal Daily
  • 70,000 Steps Weekly

Monday, January 1, 2018

they're over...

Can you even believe it?  The holidays are officially over and let me just say, Brian and I had a amazing time over the past two months. (I find it somewhat funny to say this because as the holiday season began, the exact week, Brian started radiation and yet, that did not damper our spirits in any way. That was a good thing; a very good thing.) My guy and I spent our holiday time with our kids in intimate settings which is what we both like. Our celebrations were filled with wonderful food and laughter and joy. They were filled with excited eyes as our babies enjoyed each and every new experience. They were filled with smiles and hugs and stories. They were filled with completeness as Nick was home this past week and that was truly, truly special for us. It has been ten months since that has happened. Today, we are all moving on. Nick is now back in Oregon, most of us will return to work tomorrow and we will all begin to tackle the new year. Resolutions will be made, goals with be set and 2018 plans made. Today is the start of a new story and I'm ready to make it a good one.

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and that's a wrap...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

merry christmas eve...

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This is seriously one of my favorite photos Michelle has taken;
her guy cutting downtheir Christmas tree in the Oregon mountains.
Pure beauty...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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Already productive...
                              Cleaning  ✔
                              Laundry ✔
                              Gifts Wrapped✔
                              Grocery List Made✔
I'm ready for the afternoon!

Friday, December 22, 2017

almost here...

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Just one more day and our family, well most of us, is on Winter Break! Brian and I have made our week plans which involve each and every one of our kids. Let's see, Saturday is our "prep" day and then Sunday we'll be at the H's with our favorite two families.  Nick arrives late that night and then we're having dinners together and visiting others together and enjoying our babies together.  As this is a bit of an unusual holiday with Brian being diagnosed again, it makes me "over the moon" happy to be able to be with the ones I love for the next nine days. I 💗 Winter Break!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

recipe cards and more...

Free Printable Winter-Themed Recipe Card

Michael from Inspired by Charm offers free printable cards for all and I just loved these. He designed them to send a nod to his grandmother. I think they are just charming...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

holiday cocktails...

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail - 10 Christmas Cocktail recipes

I found these cocktail recipes and could not believe how pretty each and everyone looked. If you are looking to make something special this holiday season, here are a few of Michael's ideas at Inspired by Charm.