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babies…babies and more babies

Lots of craziness goin’ on up in here!

Last night some friends of ours called at the last minute and were in town, wanting to come see us.  They are fixin’ to move to North Carolina in about a month, and we’re going to miss them so much!

Fun fact: Molly was my roommate in college and Stewart was Jon’s roommate at the same time.  Fun times for sure:)

Now they have these two cuties:

Sophia

Lydia

After they left, Jon and I hurried to the kitchen to fix some dinner!  We were in a bit of a rush because my sister had called to see if we could babysit my fur-nephew this week; so, I needed to drive to meet her halfway between my hometown and our house.

While I wasn’t looking forward to the drive, it ended up being quite nice because the sun was setting and the two lane country hightway became almost magical.  So pretty.  No camera, though:(

Back to dinner.

We were going for something quick and easy, low mess, but delicious (of course:)

Presenting: Quick and Easy Pesto Pita Pizzas

Ingredients

whole wheat pitas
pesto sauce (we had some on hand, but you could also make your own)
tomato
chopped onion
canned artichoke hearts, chopped
soy cheese

1.  Spread pesto onto whole wheat pita
2.  Sprinkle on a thin layer of soy cheese (or whatever you prefer)
3.  Place tomato slices on top
4.  Spread chopped onion and artichoke hearts all over
5.  Place in the oven on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees (This makes the pita edges nice and crispy)

The key to this recipe is to really lay on the veggies.  The more veggies the better!  You can also play around with all different variations.

Other great combinations:

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas (pre-veggie days) – barbecue sauce, cheese, chopped chicken, onion and bell pepper

Basic Tomato Pita Pizzas – tomato sauce (doctored with italian seasonings), cheese,  endless array of veggies!

So, after dinner I hopped in the car and headed to pick up this our new house guest

baby Bentley

He and Olive are quite the pair.  She is really laid back and he is…well….not.  So, sometimes she gets a little bit (okay, a lot) annoyed with him.  Usually it gets better after they’ve been together for a couple of days.  I think Olive finally gives up on being a recluse and submits to B’s playful ways.  Let’s hope so anyway:)

They did get some play time in the backyard this morning.  I was having a hay day taking pictures until I looked down and saw 5 million mosquitos on each leg.  We high tailed it to the house!

I did also make it out for a run with Jon this morning.  We ran/walked just under three miles. It was so humid, you could have sliced through the air with a knife. We are going to have to get up earlier if we’re going to run outside; it felt like we were suffocating!

Once we got home, I convinced myself to head to the gym for the Butts n Gutts class I told you all about last week.  We did lunges.  We did planks. We did squats.  We jumped rope. Did jumping jacks.  Abs on the bosu ball.  Pretty much if you’ve ever heard of it or seen it, we did it.  It was great!  Tough, but great:)

Breakfast

I finally took the time to try the vegan overnight oats plus banana soft serve that Angela’s been raving about.  And while my pics don’t really do it justice – you really must have a clear bowl to get the full effect – it was decadent!

Last night before I went to bed I combined 1/3 cup of oats with about 1 cup of almond milk + 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

This morning I made peanut buttter banana soft serve using 1 whole banana and about 1/2 a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

Then came the magnificent layering!

I topped it all off with fresh blackberries

Oh glorious day!

Loved this.  Seriously loved it.

Well, I’m off to go try to salvage the babies’ relationhip before Bentley drives Olive over the edge!  I hope you all have a marvelous, chia filled day!!

If you get a chance, stop by Peas and Thank You and say hi to Mama Pea.  She’s doing a great cookbook giveaway, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!

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a savory morning

As I mentioned a few days ago, I have been craving savory breakfasts!  I used to live on oatmeal, yogurt or cereal for my early morning meal, but lately the sweets just aren’t doin’ it for me.

On my way home from piyo this morning (and admittedly a bit during) I started brainstorming breakfast.  I knew I wanted something savory, but I wasn’t really feeling eggs.  I contemplated hummus and toast…and then suddenly it hit me.

Savory oats.

I think I first got the idea for savory oats from Angela.  But honestly, I really didn’t think I could go there.  “There “meaning…to a world where we mix things like black beans and veggies with oats.  So, if you feel repulsed by this idea (ahem, Jon), don’t worry.  One day you’ll find yourself pondering what to eat for breakfast, and boom, it’ll hit you too.  Maybe:)

I immediately went to work.  First, I sauteed some swiss chard and corn in a skillet with garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.

Next I mixed up some humnut sauce by combining a couple tablespoons of hummus with about a tablespoon of nutritional yeast and some water for thinning.

Meanwhile, I cooked 1/3 cup of oats in 3/4 cup of water for a minute and thirty seconds in the micro.  Watch ‘em closely so they don’t overflow!

Lastly, I mixed the humnut sauce in with the oats, which created a cheesy, creamy consistency.  It was at this point that I started feeling pretty dang good about this recipe:)  mmmmm.

Once the chard and corn were finished, I laid them on top of the cheesy oats….and sprinkled on some chia seeds!

Barely able to contain herself next to the creamy oaty goodness:)

After our little photo shoot, I took my first bite and….

it was fantastic!  But still missing something.

How about some homemade salsa?

There…that’s it.

While savory oats aren’t my favorite breakfast ever, I definitely will be making them again and trying new variations! If you’re having trouble with the whole idea, just think of the oats as a grain rather than a breakfast food.  You wouldn’t think twice about adding humnut sauce and greens to bulgur or quinoa, would you?

Before I go, I’d like to say a huge thank you to my sweet blog friend, Heather from Where’s the Beach, for passing on the Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger award.

The rules of this award are to tell 10 little known facts about myself and pass it on to three to five other bloggers.  So, here goes!

1.  I learned to ride a bike when I was 3 (no training wheels!)
2.  I used a pacifier until I was 4…get the picture?
3.  I played basketball from the age of 5 to 18
4   I am obsessed with anything that has birds on it
5.  I flew in an airplane for the first time when I was 20 years old
6.  I am a clean fanatic.  I absolutely hate being dirty.  worked out great in Thailand:)

don’t judge;)

7.  I am a chapstick fiend.  As my husband says “you are obsessively freaky about it”
8.  I changed my major five times in college
9.  I love rainy days more than sunny days
10. I never get tired of spending time with my husband

I pass this award on to

Sarah at Gluten Free Tries Vegan

Sarah is one of my very favorite blog friends…if you haven’t visited her blog…go NOW!

What do you think about savory oats?  Can you “just not go there?”  Or is your mouth watering just thinking about them?

Tonight Jon and I received a special visitor who will be staying with us until Sunday.  Can you guess who it is?

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baby cuteness

Morning!

Yesterday ended up being a whirlwind of a day.  I made a last minute decision to hop on the road and go visit my family for a couple of hours.  My baby cousin, whom I see very rarely, was in town so everyone was gathering at my grandma’s to hang out.

I was able to get a few things accomplished before I left as well as hit up a new class at the gym – turbokick.  It was my first time to try this one, and I really liked it.  If any of you have ever tried turbo jam by Chalene Johnson – it’s the live class version of that.  I’ve done turbo jam about a million times, so turbokick wasn’t entirely new to me, but they’ve added in a lot of new moves since I bought my DVDs.  I think I’ll probably go back…it gave me a really good workout to say the least!

Anyway, here are some pics from the day

Breakfast before Turbokick – Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup raw oats, the last of the frozen cherries and chias

Midmorning snack – brown rice cake with the last of my almond butter:( I think I need to run to the store

Lunch – spinach lavash wrap (love these!), Morningstar black bean burger (not vegan btw) Sabra garlic hummus, broccoli slaw and spinach

Afternoon snack at my grandma’s – watermelon!! Seedless watermelon!

I also had an unpictured apple pie Larabar on my drive back home

Dinner last night was also unpictured because I figured you guys don’t need to see enchiladas yet again on CSM.  I promise we didn’t actually make them again last night…we had leftovers; however, not promising we wouldn’t have made them had there not been leftovers;) What can I say?

Well, I’m off to piyo class! I’ll be laying low, working at the house today until I meet Mohammad for tutoring.

Don’t forget to stop by and enter the chia seed giveaway!  If you haven’t tried them before, I promise you’ll love ‘em…what’s not to love?

Have you tried chia seeds before?  Tell me what you’re favorite way is to eat them!
If you haven’t had them before, what would you do with them if you win?



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turbo kick = a bust

Hello!

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement on yesterday’s post about my decision to leave my job.  That post was very difficult to write because putting it all down on “paper” made it seem more real…and more scary.  I honestly can’t say that I woke up this morning feeling no fear or doubt, but nothing worth attaining is every easy, right?  Your comments completely made my day and helped calm my racing mind.  I just keep re-analyzing the situation and the what ifs over and over in my head, and I know that is getting me nowhere good.  I’ve got to be able to let it go and get excited about moving forward!

You all really do mean so much to me, though, and I’m so thankful for you:)

This morning I tried to ward off Satan’s attempt to bring me down by spending some time with the Lord over a seriously good yogurt bowl

blueberry soy yogurt with 1/3 cup raw oats, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds and some dried cranberries

Later I headed to the gym – I’ve been wanting to try out the Turbo Kick class and today seemed like a great day to do it!  Maybe not.  I was the only one who showed up!  The instructor and I ended up striking up a conversation and talked through the entire class.  I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get to try it out, but I found out a lot of interesting things about certifications that might help me in the future, so I suppose it was worth it.

After we finished chatting I hopped on the treadmill and cranked out 3 miles.  I forgot to reset the treadmill after my walking warm-up, so I don’t have final stats unfort.  It was a pretty good run though, and my last mile was my strongest, so I consider that a win!

I followed the run with some of Polly’s yoga for runners. I’ve been doing this after every run this week, and I feel like it really is helping me to loosen up a lot, which helps with my runs.  My legs haven’t been feeling as tight, and I feel lighter on my feet.  If you haven’t checked out her site, you should stop by – she has a plethora of great yoga videos!  And she’s cute as a button:)

Lunch!

I whipped up a new, but very simple little dish for lunch.  I’ve been craving this new organic pasta sauce we bought last time we were at the store.

I tried it once before and loved it!  And check out the stellar ingredients.

I mixed 1/2 cup of sauce with 1/3 cup of black beans and a handful of frozen spinach.  Popped it in the micro for about a minute and a half and poured it over top 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa.  It was delicious!  The flavors combined perfectly.

On the side I also had a sliced pear sprinkled with cinnamon.

You should try this concoction!

This afternoon I’ve been working on some stuff for Outbox (our business), and I talked to my sister for a loooonnng time!  Love conversations that are so good they go on for hours:)

I’m off now to meet with Mohammad for some tutoring.  Hope you guys have a great day, and I’ll see you tonight!

The long weekend is almost here!  What are your plans?
Will you be shooting any fireworks or just watching them?

Are you a phone person?  Do you have trouble keeping in touch with long distance friends?

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weekend in pics

Friday I took off work so that Jon and I could leave early for the Train concert.  I started my morning off with an ice cold green smoothie and Pilates at the gym.  Bliss.  I miss going to the gym in the morning.  Only four more weeks until I can go everyday!

Later I had some carrots and hummus to hold me over until lunch.

A little while later we packed up, hopped in the car and headed south.  The concert was at a casino about 3 hours away, so we had quite the drive!  It was nice, though, and we arrived just in time to check into our hotel, eat some pizza for dinner (sorry, no pics!) and make it to the concert with plenty of time to spare.

Guys, the concert was awesome!  If you don’t listen to Train, you should, and if you do listen to Train, you MUST hit up one of their concerts.  They put on a great show and played all my favorite songs.  Jon and I sang and danced the night away:)

The concert was over by about 10:30.  We just headed back to our hotel and spent the evening just hanging out.  It was the best night.

Saturday morning we slept in a bit, then hit the road.  We picked up some Starbucks for breakfast – I had the perfect oatmeal made with soymilk.  I added about half the amount of nuts and dried fruit that they gave me.  This was my first time to try Starbuck’s oatmeal, and it was fantastic!  It was the perfect serving size and was so delicious!  I would definitely get this again.

Next, we met up with my MIL and FIL in the city.  My FIL was going to play some golf, so we planned to hang out with my MIL for a couple hours.  Not before joining in on a little family golf and juggling.

I promise there is a ball there:)

Later we hit up PeiWei for lunch.  Yum!  My favorite.  I had a nice ice water with orange…

one vegetable spring roll…

and the Korean Spicy dish which consisted of brown rice, tofu, mushrooms, carrots, long beans, broccoli, sugar snap peas, onions and sesame seeds.  I cannot get enough of this dish!  I ate almost all the vegetables and about half the tofu and rice.

After lunch and some quick shopping, we stopped at my mom’s house to pick up Olive and headed back home.  It was such a great weekend…I totally wish I could go back and re-live it all!

I started off this morning with a bowl of cereal.  I found a new Nature’s Path cereal that has corn flakes, amaranth flakes and quinoa .  It’s awesome!  We found it at Big Lots ( a bargain store) of all places.  So random!  I’ll be doing a real review over it later.

After church, we had lunch at Panera (I had my usual – black bean soup and mediterranean veggie sandwich), then spent the rest of the day taking a nap, watering the flowerbeds, doing laundry, washing the car, cleaning out the fridge and buying groceries!  Such a productive and fun afternoon.

Olive even made a new friend:)

And I ended the afternoon with another energizing green smoothie.  This one had a TON of spinach, Amazing Grass, 1/2 banana, almond milk, a bit of soy yogurt, ice and a sprinkle of granola on top!

Well, that’s it for tonight!  I’ve got to do some work for school still, and I need to be off to bed in about a half hour.  eek!

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