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comfort food + chia giveaway winners revealed

Jon and I had great intention of running a 5k this morning, but we have a bad habit of chattin’ it up so much that our running suffers.  We ended up running/walking 2.54 miles in about 35 minutes .  Obvs. there was a lot of walking involved.  o’well…at least we were up and moving!

By the time we got back, I had to rush around to get out the door on time!

green monster to-go please!!

2 handfuls spinach, 1.25 cups soy milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, chia seeds, ice

Need. Bigger. Cup. (I’m hardcore like that;)

After my orthodontist appointment (hi, I’m Candice and I’m 13 years old) I ran through S-bucks for a decaf soy latte.  I have cut down on my Starbucks runs exponentially; it’s funny how much better it tastes when it’s a rare treat. Totally worth every last cent today.

After a quick stop at the mall to do an exchange, I headed home for lunch.  Sweet Jon had it all prepared for me

Sunflower sprouts make their debut!  hooray!

whole wheat pita with hummus, Morningstar black bean burger, broccoli slaw and sunflower sprouts

with a side of juicy watermelon that I picked up last night

one of my thousand new obsessions.

And several hours of work later I dug into this new container of Sabra hummus with baby carrots.  Does anybody know how baby carrots came to be?  Do they grow them that way?  Curious minds want to know!

love me some carrots and hummus

Tonight I was in the mood for some comfort food because I received some bad news.  The ESL teaching job I told you guys I landed last week fell through. She called today and said that there had been some kind of hiring freeze and that they weren’t going to be able to hire me after all.  Sad:(  It hit me pretty hard because I was counting on that being a sure thing when I resigned from my job.

I’m trying to stay positive regardless of what happens.  I know that God will provide, and I know everything will work out for the best…I just have to have faith.

Someone quoted the following on twitter last week.  Please tell me if you know who it was because I can’t find where I wrote it down!

“This week shall rock!  I’m going to hold steady and strong at not digging up in doubt what I planted in full on faith.”

This has been my mantra since I read it last week…I keep repeating it to myself every time I start to sink into doubt.  I can’t lose hope the second things don’t go as expected.

Onwards and Upwards!

So, back to the comfort food.  I’ll give you 1 guess as to what comfort food was calling out to me.

You got it

Our specialty: homemade enchiladas.

  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • black beans
  • rotel tomatoes
  • soy cheese
  • Roll tortillas up and place in a baking dish
  • Pour canned green enchilada sauce over entire dish
  • Bake to perfection at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes

**We make six at a time because they are great for leftovers!

All jokes aside about our obsession with Mexican food...if you like enchiladas, you MUST make these.  They are like biting into a little piece of heaven.  No kidding.  You can make any variation – spinach, beans, cheese and onion or a mix of all three!  Let me know if you try them out, and I’ll post ‘em on the blog!

In an effort to save money this month, I decided to make a big batch of homemade salsa since we eat it like it’s goin’ out of style.  Below is the recipe I came up with tonight, but I think it still has room for improvement.  Let me know if you have any ideas for alterations!

Place the following ingredients in a food processor:

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 jalapeno pepper, seeds and all!
  • ~ 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • small handful basil leaves, chopped
  • small handful cilantro, chopped

Process until it reaches the consistency you prefer.  Eat up!

There are millions of different ways to make salsas – peach salsa, chipotle salsa, black bean and corn salsa, the list goes on and on…

Jon and I prefer just basic, spicy salsa – we’re not crazy about all the add ins.  I’m excited to experiment with this a bit more.

Okay, okay, now for what you’ve all been waiting for.  I selected the winners using True Random Number Generator from random. org.

Drumroll please.

The winners of the chia seeds so graciously donated by Monterey Bay Spice Company are….

Rhea from Happy Greek Feaster

and

Amber from SAHM’s Musings

Congrats Rhea and Amber.  Email me your information, and we’ll get your chias shipped asap!

Thanks to everyone who entered.  And a very special thanks to Monterey Bay Spice Company for being our lovely sponsor.  Hop over and check out their website when you get a chance.  Chia seeds are only the beginning of their amazing products!

That’s all for tonight, friends.  Hope you all had a fantastic Monday!

What kind of salsa is your favorite?  Any tips to improve my recipe?  I’m all ears!!

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a rare (but tasty!) occurrence

Good Morning!

I missed checking in last night…right around the time Jon got home from work, I started having stomach pains.  Kind of felt like cramps, but I’m not entirely sure.  Either way, this morning I woke up feeling mostly good, so I’m happy!

For dinner we created a spin off our usual enchilada recipe.

whole wheat tortilla smeared with canned refried beans (clean ingredients!) topped with black beans, rotel tomatoes, soy cheese.

rolled up and covered with green enchilada sauce

with a side of baked tortilla chips – cut a corn tortilla into chip sized pieces, lay them on a cookie sheet and bake until crispy!

We officially decided last night that no matter what we throw together, if it’s Mexican inspired it’s gonna be good!

Jon and I rolled out of bed this morning and headed straight to the gym.  I ended up doing some incline walking at about 3% incline for 20 ish minutes.  Then I stepped it up a notch to 5% incline and jogged for another five minutes. Let’s just say running in our little town does not get me in shape for hills!

On the way out I noticed that a class calleed Butts n Guts was starting in about 15 minutes, so I made the executive decision to drop Jon off at home, refill my water bottle and head back.  It was a great class, but my favorite part was kickboxing using….those big things you use to kick during kickboxing. Does anybody know what those things are called?!  I haven’t the slightest.

I loved it though!  It made me think I should try some kickboxing.  Our gym doesn’t have an actual kickboxing class, but I think there are some classes that are similar.

I love the little city we live in, but one reason why I’d love to move to a bigger city is to have more options for workouts. Particularly for different types of yoga.  There isn’t even an actual yoga studio here at all, and the gym versions are just not the same.  I would love to try hot yoga…but the closest class is over an hour away from here:(  It made me think that I would love to pursue starting up some kind of yoga studio myself….I mean, why not?  With all the college and sorority girls here, I’m sure there is a demand.  Hmmmm….

Anyway, I headed home after class, trying to decide on what to have for breakfast.  Unusually, I was craving something savory!  I almost can’t even believe what I ended up eating.  And I really can’t believe that I liked it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a problem eating free range, organic eggs.  I don’t eat them very often, almost never actually, but if the craving hits I give in!

Unfortunately, I’m the world’s worst egg fryer.  Look how sad…

I poured about 1/2 a tsp of olive oil in the skillet before breaking the egg into it.  I had no idea what I was doing.  But how hard can it be to fry an egg, right?

Meanwhile, I toasted a slice of Ezekiel bread, spread it with Sabra hummus and added a layer of fresh baby spinach.  When the egg was cooked, I plopped it on top and sprinkled on a bit of black pepper!

This really hit the spot!

Well, I’m off to shower and do some stuff around the house before I meet a friend for lunch.  Hope you all have a great day!  Oh, and the giveaway it coming up asap…promise!

Please let me know your thoughts on these questions in the comments section.  I’m excited to hear what you all think!

Have you tried kickboxing classees?  Would you be interested in trying one?

Have you tried any form of hot yoga?  What did you think of it?  Would you try it again? I heard you need to go to at least a few classes before judging whether or not you like hot yoga.

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Guess what?!! x2

Today is my 100th post on CSM!!

And I want to kick it off by thanking all of you, my lovely readers, for your support, your time, you encouragement and your friendship.  I can honestly say that the process I’ve gone through over the course of the last week has been made so much easier and sweeter because of you.  So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I want to celebrate my 100th post, as well as thank all of you by doing a fun giveaway!!  I’ll be releasing the details early next week so stay tuned!

The other piece of great news I have is that I got the job yesterday!  I’ll be teaching ESL classes as well as helping to plan and carry out events for international students and their families.  I won’t actually start teaching until the fall semester classes start in late August, but I will be doing some prep work and other things starting in a couple of weeks.  Whoop!

Obviously, securing this new job has helped boost my confidence about leaving my old one, and it just so happens that I was offered the new one on the same day that I sent in my resignation letter.  Coincidence?!

I’m really working hard to stop dwelling on the what ifs and concentrate on what I have going on now.  I also received some very wise and very sweet encouragement and advice from you guys yesteryday, and I wanted to share some of your thoughts, in case there’s anyone reading who is dealing with something of this nature

Heather said “Just keep reminding yourself of why you are making this choice.” – I’ve thought back to this advice many times over the past couple of days.  And when I think of it I’m reminded of all the exciting things that are yet to come!

My very wise friend Elyse commented saying “Your identity is not in what you do, it’s who you are. And a job is not who you are. Your worth is much more than the paycheck and responsibilities you had.“  – Wow.  What a wake up call.  It seems so obvious, but I hadn’t stepped back from the situation long enough to realize this.  I think it has been helping me a lot to try to step back and look at the situtation objectively.

Mary gave some very short and simple advice that I think will be my new mantra.  She said “Now go courageously on and choose joy.  – I think that oftentimes joy is something that we do have to consiously choose.  we can dwell on the negative or we can focus on the positive and choose to be joyful no matter our circumstances.

And from Kelliyou will be amazed at the blessings you encounter along your path when you have time to slow down and enjoy them. you will love your new freedom. (i can already see you are!) don’t be afraid to take the leap!=) – Our society is so fast paced that I think I sometimes feel guilty for just slowing down.  Like I won’t be doing everything I need to be doing if I take time to slow down and enjoy life.

Lastly, a very insightful thought from my sweet friend SarahMaybe we don’t hear about peoples regrets because they don’t have any related to quitting a job that wasn’t right for them? – So true!  Why would anybody have regrets for making a decision to be happier and leave behind something that is dragging them down?  Why would I regret that?

How could I not be feeling more positive and uplifted after all that?

Well, I can’t celebrate my 100th post today without some food pics!  Amen?!

Yesterday’s lunch…simple.

Amy’s low sodium vegetable lentil soup

apple – (leftover from my trip to Panera with my mom a couple weeks ago:)

Soy cheese and spinach enchilada with chopped onions and green chilis…covered in green enchilada sauce

homemade guacamole – obvs;)

This morning’s breakfast – Nature’s Path Organic Flax plus Raisin Bran (whew..what a mouthful!) with almond milk

We’re headin’ out to spend the weekend with my family at the lake.  We’re running soooo late because we tried to fit too many thing into this morning – workout (quick 5k on the treadmill), packing, giving Olive a bath and haircut (bad idea;), blogging, invoicing, going to the bank, picking up a book from the bookstore and going to Walmart.  AAAHHHHH!

Have an amazing 4th of July weekend everyone!  We have no internet at our lake cabin, so I’ll see ya when we get back to civiliation on Monday!

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a family affair

Today started off with a bang when Jon and I headed outside for a sweltering 20 minute run/walk.  It has been so hot and humid here – it’s nearly unbearable.   I think I might be hitting the gym to spend some time with the big T tomorrow morning.

I inhaled a bowl of this new (to me) cereal with chopped banana and soy milk.  The verdict?  Amazing.  Exactly what I’ve been looking for in a cereal;)

We were busy bees today as we went to church and then headed to my hometown for my little cousin, Addie’s, 15th birthday party.  Before heading out, I reheated the second half of my leftover vegetarian burrito from Chipotle.  I refuse to post a pic of it due to the fact that it was probably the most offensive looking meal I’ve photographed since the beginning of time ChiaSeedMe.  I’ll let you use your imagination:)  I also was later accused by my loving husband of violating the “no eating out for a week challenge agreement,” but I set the record straight.

Instead, please enjoy a few pics of my beautiful, if not a bit goofy, little cousin.

And now for a funny tidbit about my cousins.  Addie’s brother, Ashton, just graduated from high school a year ago and has now finished his first year of college.  During high school he was the cool guy emo type, dressing in skinny jeans, rocker shirts and converse.  Over the past year, however, he has made this out-of-the-blue transformation into mister country boy (also the name of the grocery store in my hometown).  In this process he has aquired a coon dog named Red, about 5 chickens, 8 baby chicks and two cows.  Yes, cows.  So, today I was lucky enough to get to meet two thirds of his new brood.

This little guy not to be confused with the baby chick I bought on a whim during my crazy freshman year of college, only for it to die a matter of weeks later and be buried on our campus library lawn after being held hostage in a cardboard box in my bedroom.  Please don’t judge.  I feel bad enough already.

After touring the “farm,” eating some fresh fruit served by my aunt, watching Addie open her gifts, Jon and I made the trek back to Stillwater.  This is where I must brag just a bit.  By the time we left my aunt’s house, we were famished!  Usually we would have no doubt stopped at the Subway on our way out of town or at least grabbed a lil something on our way back into town.  But we held strong and waited until we arrived back home before cooking up our famous vegan enchiladas (recipe here).  Pat us on the back!

So far, we have succeeded in our “no eating out challenge.”  Today, we passed up dinner out and Starbucks, which must already by a savings of about $30.  Crazy.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Stay tuned for tomorrow as I’ll be back to posting vacation recaps!  G’night!

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mother’s day

We just arrived back home from our Mother’s Day vacay about an hour ago.  It was a fun overnight trip, but I am exhausted!  Too much driving methinks.

Anyway, last night my mom made enchiladas for dinner.  She custom made each of our enchiladas just the way we like it.  Sweet mom:)  Mine was stuffed full of sauteed spinach, onions, mashed black beans and diced green chilis all rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla and drowned in green enchilada sauce.  Delish!

This morning we spent time hanging out at the house, then headed out to take my mom out to lunch.  Mexican food was the meal of choice (again!) – no complaints about that!  I went with my favorite way to healthify Mexican food by ordering the taco dinner.  I subbed in steamed pinto beans for the meat and added lots of lettuce, tomato and salsa.  I also ate a bit of rice on the side and of course tortilla chips and guacamole.  Might have went a bit overboard on the chips.  Oops!  Unfortunately I failed to get a pic, so you’ll just have to take my word  – it was tasty!

After lunch we headed over to visit my Grandma and Grandpa.  Luckily, my aunt, uncle and cousins had the same idea, so we all ended up there at the same time.  Fun!

I am so very thankful for the moms in my life.  I am so blessed.

My mom is there for me anytime I need her. I always think of the zillions of times I’ve called her to ask for advice or even just to vent about something.  She never fails to listen for as long as I need her to, and she always gives the best advice.  She knows me better than almost anyone.  I don’t know what I’d do without her in my life.  She’s the best mom I could ask for and a heck of a grandma too:)  Right, Olive?

I’m also so very thankful for my mother-in-law.  She is the sweetest, most wonderful MIL I could ask for.  She loves me like I’m her own daughter and is always so supportive of Jon and I.  She’s selfless, sweet and darn funny:)  Don’t know what we’d do without her.  She’s off galavanting (love that word:) around Greece right now, so we didn’t get to spend time together today.  We were together in spirit, though;)

I hope that I’m able to be even half the mother that these two are.

Well, I’m off to get some grading done.  I’m still buried in essays, but I can see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  Just gotta keep chipping away!

Hope you all have a great end to the weekend and a great start to your week!

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