Park and Play 3 *Wicked Abs!*

Okay so my abs are far from wicked but I was helping CJ workon my MIL house yesterday and I totally managed to do it with out pussing out which is uber huge for me because well frankly I have spent years out of shape and rather lazy :blush: I also jumped on the tramp with the kids repeatedly and I went for an hour long run this morning IN THE MOUNTAINS, so like up hill the whole first half!!!!!!!!!!! I about died, I dont think I have even coughed so much before :-/

Okay the work out

Exercise/Sets/Reps
Bicycle crunch/3/12-16
Reverse Crunch/2/12
Crunch/4/15
Vertical leg crunch/3/12
Captains Chair (while hanging from monkey bars)/2/12
Single Leg Bridge/2/60 seconds
Plank/2/60 seconds
Standing Knee Cross Crunch/3/16

Its not terribly until you are near the end but I enjoyed it! Next week will be upper body and then we will have a solid rotation on
m- P&P1
t- P&P2
w- P&P3
th- P&P4
F- P&P1

I will be revamping come winter but I will leave friday open for just body updates, my body tends to be one of my biggest and most painful struggles in life, as a mother and a woman. I hope to over come that with basic exercise and ledning my self to health so my kids can have a healthy and fun mama

Happy New Year!

I can not believe its 2012~ Can you? I am excited for the prospect of new and exciting ventures, and goals!! I ❀ me some goals πŸ™‚ LOVE LOVE GOALS!
This Christmas vacay has been cray cray! Okay, I promise I won’t ever say cray cray again. We found out we were expecting and then lost the baby, well really it was a ball of fetal cells…not that I particularly believe that, but God came to me in a dream and it was really intense and so much that I am actually working on the really intense post to go with it! I know that is kind of a cliff hanger but God really is working with us in a huge way!

Okay any way the reason for todays post was not just another barely there keep holding post but really a revue of our budget and what that is looking like for us this year.

Obviously this will change month by month!

1575 Rent
160 Gas
178 Phones
170 XCEL
100 Water
463 Truck
400 Grocery
112 Insurance
40 Net
54 Gym
189 Gymnastics
 total bills

Debts
84 Clinica
84 Clinica
420 ER
503 Tuition
8200 Truck

Extras
Vacation
Christmas
Birthdays
Clothes
Dr/Dentist

Extras will come from selling scrap metals and bonus’ at work! Everything else will come from the pay checks I used this budget sheet
I love getbuttonedup.com it works beautifully with my momagenda kitchen Folio!
I am excited to rock a minimalist year with lots of posts and hopefully a great open heart to God that I can share with you 

Yum! Some Delish Recipes :D

Has anyone noticed I totally blow at catchy titles? Ya, me too 😦 Awe well I am sure it will be okay!
So, I have been the sucktastic queen of the kitchen, as in we have had take out and pizza more times than I care to mention in the last couple weeks. I lost my mojo, couponing, meal planning and cooking just weren’t working for me 😦 Totally a bummer, I think a big part that I became SOO OBSESSED with frugal that I was sad with the lack of really yummy, quality ingredients! Well, Mama got her Mojo back πŸ™‚ Yay buddy!

This week Jay had a play date with a girl who is not big on the eating side of things, so I thought who doesn’t love PIZZA?! So…off I went on a search for a quick and easy dough, I wanted to veer from what is the norm for me and this is what I found on food.com
I added the ingredients from the bottom up and this made 3- 2 people pizzas! So fun, the kids made their own, and soo yummy I topped mine with sweet onions, mex cheese blend (cus that is all I have on hand) and banana peppers

Directions:

  1. 1
    SOME PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS.
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    Caramelised onions and roasted garlic.
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    Mozzarella cheese, Camembert, Romano and Feta (for a really, really cheezy pizza!).
  4. 4
    Equal parts of basil pesto and olive oil mixed together with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
  5. 5
    Plus some roughly chopped sundried or SEMI-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives and LOTS of grated Mozzarella cheese, salt and lost of freshly ground black pepper!
  6. 6
    Cranberry jelly, shredded chicken, sliced Brie!
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    Mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and sliced avocado!
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    Place all the above ingredients in the order I have listed into the bread machine.
  9. 9
    Select the dough cycle and press start!
  10. 10
    When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out of the machine and place in well greased bowl, and roll the dough around (in the bowl) thus’coating’ it in oil.
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    Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1/2 an hour.
  12. 12
    Knead the risen dough lightly.
  13. 13
    To shape and bake: roll the dough into a circle.
  14. 14
    Place on well greased baking tray or pizza pan.
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    Then add a topping of your choice and bake at 225’C. *I baked at 450
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    NOTE: for a nice crisp and very thin pizza, bake BEFORE adding the topping AND after!



Last night I opted to continue on my drive out of my comfort zone (IE yummy gourmet-esque foods) and made a Tator Tot Casserole! I am personally opposed to all casseroles because of a horrible Tuna experience over two decades ago, I couldn’t eat lays chips for a long time afterward either :shudder:
But I hopped on Pinterest and let my fingers take me away

mail.jpg this is what I came up with! Looks totally unhealthy right?!
Believe it or not, it borders on healthy! 

2 cups cream of anything soup with chicken bullion
2 oz velveeta
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 bag tater tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cubes sweet potato/carrot puree
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli and puree and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Pour mixture into 11Γ—7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. Remove from oven and serve.

recipe modified from http://www.meetthedubiens.com 


I haven’t been cooking a ton lately but these two were def successes and with the Alton Brown recipes I have lined up for this upcoming month I am sure that I will have a few super long Wednesday posts πŸ™‚

That was Refeshing

As I am sure y’all noticed I took a little break (this was from meal planning and any good cooking too) and it was def. needed and well, appreciated. I tend to loose sight of who I am and concentrate on what I think other people want me to be 😦 So I took a little break and went shopping with my friend Nichole and got Emmer a retro pbk kitchen for $20 (I’ll post pics in like ten minutes) and some new sweaters for myself and then I took the kidlets and the hubs and drove to Michigan which is where I am posting to yall from! I am originally from a small town in Michigan so we are here to visit for Thanksgiving and its just lovely to see all my awesome family (aside from Amanda whom should be here tomorrow)! Today we are lazing around at least for the AM portion of the day, thinking about heading to the mall to let the kidlets play in a few and then family time this afternoon! One thing I have noticed about Michigan is that it is really not easy to be a vegetarian! That is a okay though because I know how to work around it and I am going to making a yummy veggie dinner for everyone and butternut squash risotto for Thanksgiving!
Other things I have noticed about Michigan the oxygen rich air has provided me with the ability to get my mile down to 10 minutes from 11:47 when I left on Saturday! I am so psyched to go for a run tomorrow I am thinking a solid 3 miles (did 2.7 yesterday in 27 minutes) and then 4 on Friday! I was hoping to do 6 in an but its kinda hilly here and its wreaking havoc on my solias’ which is pathetic and tells me I need to run out side in Colorado because the treadmill is doing me a serious a disservice and I will never be able to finish tough mudder at this rate! Hmm well I think that is all that is fit to print at this point! More to come latter from our fun filled trip πŸ™‚

Where has the week gone?!

It’s WEDNESDAY!!! Can you Believe that? I certainly dont want to believe it! I am sitting here awe-struck in where yet another week has gone (or at least half a week). I am sure it has everything to do with the Spooky Holiday on Monday than anything else. CJ had Monday off so we trick or treated and played and just over all enjoyed our day (including a very FUN Kindie Class Party)

Tuesday we rocked the lazy day Jayden sounds like he is coming down with cold (the icky stuffy nose sound) and we had the chance to talk about operation christmas child, the kids will be putting together boxes, the youtube video brought tears to Jaydens eyes! I am so amazed by his heart ❀

Today….well today its snowing, and a late start day! We were going to Playdate with the lovely Becky, but I am thinkin’ if Jay is sick it will be a lazy day with some Pastina for lunch (and yes a recipe to go with!) and lazy day antics…or home work, playing in the toy room and lots of baking…if he is NOT sick then we will be rockin’ the snow outside *brr* and then dress to impress at school πŸ™‚ with a recipe for candy cookies

RockStar Review Wednesday…The Cleaner Plate Club!

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Or not so much….I have tried multiple recipes from this book, and every single one has been an epic fail! I tried the slow cooker oatmeal and it was more like liquid vomit meal, nasty! I would very much not ever, ever, ever suggest this book! In fact I am debating how it even got published 😦 
Normally I would write a review and then include a yummy recipe as my closer from the book but since I don’t actually like any of the recipes I will be including a yummy recipe not from the book!
It is massively cold in Colorado today (as in fucking snowing BRRRR BRRR BRRRR) I am not going outside, not driving to school, not doing anything. Okay well I need to feed the kids and fold laundry and shit, but what is better than cookies in snow? Nothing you say!? I agree, so try these out they are tdf yummay
from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper

Directions

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

Ahh Friday Morning

I love friday something about it is so incredibly refreshing for all that it is and isn’t. Like it is the end of the school week which sends an electric buzz through my house and it isn’t Monday which makes me smile! I am excited for this weekend! We have gymnastics (maybe Brett has been coughing up a storm and while I am certain he is not contagious I am not sure he feels up to it) and Brett has a blood draw, we are taking a trip to the bank (and maybe even the awesome park by the bank). Tomorrow we have pictures with Ania Mikol Photography its a grocery shopping weekend (which means LOTS of new recipes!) My life is all around good and it doesnt hurt one touch that it is Friday! Plus, I made Pancake Muffins for Breakfast…OMFG They were AmaZing and I didn’t eat like 12 of them, only 2 and half the syrup! Want the recipe? How about a recips AND a flour mix that I am in LOVE with? I thought so…

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Pancake Muffins
2 cups Krusteez Pancake mix (love it because its egg free πŸ™‚ )
1 1/3 cup water
1-2 cups blueberries
1 brown banana

mix it up baby! Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, preheat oven to 350, spray muffin tin, pour  3/4 full in each tin, bake for 25 ish minutes (check on them though I didn’t time them) remove, let cool and serve with a side of syrup

Flour Mix
1 cup all purpose
1 cup whole wheat
1 cup unsweetened wheat germ

Mix and store, use in place of all purpose flour

Rock Star Review Wednesday! The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue

I wrote this review and recipe last night planning on doing a quick send button and having it up and running this morning and I am really glad I didn’t. Today was the equivalent of an emotional cleanse and anxiety hell. 
I started the day with Brett peeing on the floor, then my bed, then the couch; now little dude I get that you are sick but for fucks sake you are FOUR YEARS OLD! You have been potty trained for 2 years and yes that porcelain whole in the bathroom is for you to pee in, thank you! So, off with the sheets and on the with crazy day…Jayden was apparently doing everything in his 6 year old super power to make us late to school…like screaming MOM I LEFT MY BACKPACK as we pull up to the school, for realz dude, so we turn around grab the bag (‘cus I prepared for this, and what!) off to school, on time thank you very much! Off to the park for a few before heading to hippie hell erm Boulder for Bretts allergy appointment. Park goes well, we are getting in the car and I smell it…poop, okay well lots of changing and then we off and only 4 minutes late to the doctor! Get to the Doctor and meet my mother in law there, she takes Emmy and I take Brett…2 hours later Brett is sadly still allergic to eggs, but hey we get a consolation prize…a NEW EPI PEN! What!? Ya, that’s fucking awesome :rollseyes: and a trip to get Brett’s blood drawn! Woo Hoo! Well, we did get an awesome lunch treat from Grandma, and Halloween costumes!! It really wasn’t a bad day…it would have been perfect had I not had to park my Dodge Ram into a smart car sized parking space…for some reason Boulder doesn’t quite get that they may be green but some of us live in farm country!










rock star


So, this book isn’t actually what I would consider Rock Star it’s like Rock Star quality in Emo glasses…just not quite there 😦 There are bits and pieces I absolutely love…like the sneaky Purees…L.O.V.E those! The recipes are actually really, really yummy after I tweaked them, any recipes that calls for a ‘make ahead’ use an ice cube amount (I froze mine so it would be erm…lazier…to measure)


Make Aheads we will be using in our house
Purple Puree

Orange Puree

White Puree
Strawberry Puree
Cherry Puree
Flour Blend


As Promised…


Spring Rolls with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad
Adapted from Cook Yourself Thin
Makes 6 rolls


LemonGrass Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
12 cup honey
1 stalk lemon grass
2 garlic cloves minced


In a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, combine vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat and add garlic and let steep until cooled. Add minced lemongrass right before serving


Cucumber Salad
1 English Cuc
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


In a small separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil and vinegar, season to taste with salt. Drizzle the dressing over the sliced cucumbers and toss, refrigerate until ready to serve


Spring Rolls
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound shrimp
1 tbsp soy sauce


Over medium heat, place the sesame oil, minced garlic and shrimp into a pan, cook until the shrimp are pink and not too firm, and reduce. Add soy sauce and cook another minute let cool and set aside


For assembly
6 piece lettuce (I used Bib)
2 oz red bell pepper sliced julienne
1/2 large carrot 
2 cups curried rice noodles (recipe tomorrow)
2 oz snap peas, julienne


Place some red pepper strips, shredded carrots, curry noodles, snap peas, three or four shrimp and a drizzle of lemon grass dipping sauce on each lettuce piece, pick up, eat and enjoy





frugal….

Okay, when you think about being frugal what do you think of?

I think of Ramen noodles and eggs, I think of kraft mac and cheese and some foods you just don’t want to eat. I think of menu plans, budgets, and misery…is this really what all the rave is about? I mean are you frickin’ serious? It seems so…square, for lack of a better word. Next, I will drive a monotonous mini van, have 2.3 children and have a FUPA…ARE YOU FRICKIN’ SERIOUS? Ya, I wouldn’t want to be that person either!!!

I totally rock my coupon book but I do not have a FUPA or a mini-van, I don’t eat mac + cheese (although I love a designer Macaroni and Cheeses) and I will not cut any of my kids into fractions but I love, love, love menu planning…because I am learning how to make absolutely amazing cuisine, I mean for real I had home made Thai Peanut Curry with rice noodles and Tilapia for dinner Saturday and it cost me like $7 for my ENTIRE family and I am using left overs and making Spring Rolls for dinner, ya beat that!

For anyone wondering if being frugal means being that person, well it doesn’t any more, with the wonders of the Library and Google we really have no reason not to rock the frugal, and while I do budget I know where all my money is at the end of the month, do you?

Awesome Mac and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients
1/4 cup Orange Puree (will be up Wednesday)
2 cups cooked Mac
2 cups shredded yellow cheese
1/2 minced onion sauteed
1 minced bell peppers
1/4 cups butter
4 tablespoons flour
4 cups milk

Pre-Heat oven to 350
Saute Onions and peppers
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl
Put in lined cupcake pan
Sprinkle an additional 1 tbsp of cheese on each muffin
Cook for 21 minutes
When done let cool for 10 minutes
Remove carefully
*Awesome for Freezing for later use*

Calories 155 per muffin

Recipe Du Jor

Dinner was Delish! I wish you were all here to enjoy it with us!

Ingredients
8 oz penne (2 cups)
2 cups snap peas ends trimmed
1 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp butter
1 med onion
1 small yellow bell pepper- trimmed seeded and sliced
1 broc stalk cut into tiny florets
1/4 cup filtered water (I used the sink)
2 small zucchini trimmed, halved and sliced
1 cup heavy cream
6 cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 cup cheese of choice

Fill a 6 quart pot with 3 quarts of water bring to a boil and add pasta for 8 minutes or until al dente

Place snow peas into the bottom of colander and pour the pasta over DO NOT RINSE this will warm the peas

Heat oil and butter in the same pot- add the onion stirring occasionally for 3 minutes, add pepper, broc and water put the top on and simmer for 3 minutes, add the zucch and cook uncovered until all the veggies are tender

Pour in the cream and bring to a boil, add tomatoes, pasta and peas + cheese, toss well and cook until pasta is hot (about 2 minutes)


Season to taste and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Real Food for Healthy Kids