Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Meal Plan

It's taking me a while to plan fir this week.  It could be because I don't know what I want.  It could also be because I'm watching Walking Dead at the same time.

At any rate, I think I've finally gotten it all figured out.

Tuesday:  Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Wednesday:  Balsamic, Garlic, & Basil Chicken
Thursday:  Breakfast
Friday:  Tamale Pork Tacos
Saturday:  Honey Lime Sesame Chicken Wings
Sunday:  Parmesan Chicken Strips
Monday:  Alice Springs Chicken

Other things I plan to make this week:
Chile Relleno Bake
Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

I hope y'all have a great week!  Make sure to check out other wonderful meal plans & recipes on OrgJunkie's weekly round-up.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Billion Projects

A few irons in the fire, if you will...

I am knitting socks with a sock loom.  I got it for my birthday just over a week ago - I've cast on and still working on the first row.

I have eleventy-thousand needlepoint projects in progress, but the one I've been focusing on is a couple of gold cherubs.  I started them a few years ago.

I am sewing covers for my friend's huge four-piece sectional.  I started on it over 18 months ago.  I managed to get all of the cushions done in about 12 months and just yesterday completed one of the four covers.  I keep getting distracted.

I will soon be making Halloween costumes, too.  Of course, this is another distraction from the couch, but whatcha gonna do?

I have a bench - an up-cycle from our broken dining room chairs - that I started over a year ago, as well.

Nope.  No ADD here at all.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meal Plan Almost Tuesday!

I just barely finished it.   I had meals planned through the end of September 3 weeks ago, so October kinda took me by surprise.

Worst of all?  I ran out of chicken.  CHICKEN!  We eat chicken nearly every day, so this is a weird week for us!

Anyway, here's what I've got put together, keeping in mind we'll go grocery shopping Wednesday.

Monday - Slow Cooker Pork Chops, Carrots, Peas, Fruit
Tuesday - Pan-Seared Swai Filets, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Extra Lean Pork Loin Tips, Potato Chunks, Broiled Tomatoes w/ Mozzarella
Thursday - Chicken Breasts with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce
Friday - Quinoa Chicken Parmesan, Corn & Peppers, Breaded Mushrooms
Saturday - Buffalo Chicken Casserole (Lunch - Honey Sesame Chicken, Rice)
Sunday - Husband's Marathon

I gotta say:  All the recipes I tried last week were really, really good.  I'd make them again.

For more delicious recipes & plans, check out OrgJunkie's Meal Plan Monday round up!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meal Plan Monday

I've got a plan...I may even stick with it! I love to scour blogs & Pinterest for new recipes to try!

Monday - Baked Italian Chicken, Buttery Mushroom Rice, Green Beans, Carrots
Thursday - Penne Chicken
Saturday - Chicken Tacos

Other Stuff
Lunches - Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

I can't wait to try these recipes!

Find more great meal plans at Organizing Junkie!

Friday, September 19, 2014

I just felt like writing today.

So, I am.

Let's see...back on the ADHD meds (thank goodness).  Working part-time. Babysitting.  A bazillion unfinished projects.  Kids are back in school.  One of them is a senior.  A senior, people!

I did finally finish my desk, but it's currently a mess.  My current big project I'm supposed to be working on is a cover for my friend's sectional.  I did all the pillow covers and took measurements on the couch parts, but I need to start on cutting & sewing again.  I've been working on this for a year and a half.

I've lost thirty pounds since my last post.  Tracking my food, jogging off and on.  I'm not super strict, but it's worked for me.  I'll be jogging again as soon as my allegedly-not-broken-only-super-extremely-strained ankle is healed enough.

Wanna know a secret?

I actually like jogging.

Yeah, it surprised me, too.  I don't care to sweat, and I can barely do a mile straight, but for some reason I WANT to jog.  Often.  Then, I get mad when I can't jog as far as a I want.  I don't even care about my speed, I just want to GO.

I guess I'm done rambling.  Maybe I'll write again soon...maybe not.  I've learned my lesson, no commitments here.  :)

Oh, yeah.  Today is my blind dog's second birthday.  I love my Shiva.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A New Favorite - Paleo Molten Brownie!

I ran out of cocoa.  Can you believe that?  Yeah, me, neither.  So, I went on a search for a chocolatey treat using a baking bar.  I didn't find any, but eventually it occurred to me to look up how to substitute the baking bar for cocoa powder.

In case you're wondering, 1 oz 100% baking bar + 1/8 tsp baking soda = 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder.

Before I found that information, I found THIS gem.  It is, for lack of a better word, AMAZING.  It's as sweet as you make it, no more or less.  It's gluten free, egg free.  There is minor downfall, but that just makes it a treat and not an everyday thing.

I love Jackie's blog, Livin' the Crunchy Life.  She's got great recipes & resources - check it out when you try out the brownie!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Favorite Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake

I've been doing really well eating paleo the last...ummm...5-6 weeks?  Anyway...a big problem I've had is that when the day is over, I'm way down at 800-900 calories for the day, which is NOT healthy, ya' know?

Enter the chocolate mug cake.  It's perfect for boosting the calories for the day.  I found a good one, too; it is, in fact, my favorite from all of my searches.  However, it was too heavy on the calories and fat for my purposes, so I started playing around with it. 

Many failed attempts...and some nearly there's later, I finally got to my favorite mix.  So, here it is.

1 egg
3 Tbsp lite coconut milk (in the can)
1 Tbsp maple syrup (more if you'd like it sweeter)
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1 banana
3 Tbsp coconut flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix it all up in a mug (or in a mini food processor, for smoother consistency).  Microwave in the mug for 2 1/2-3 1/2 minutes.

That's it.  Super easy, right?