Friday, March 22, 2013

My 27th Birthday

On my birthday weekend, Craig, Noell, Mary, and I ran in the Get to the Green 5k in Five Points.  My goal was to run the entire time, which I know to many people it's not that big of a deal....well I can workout, lift weights, run short distances, sprints, yada yada yada, but running long distances was never something I was good at or liked.  BUT I did run the entire time, and in the process, got Craig wanting to do more 5ks.  So, we actually just signed up for the Moes Burrito Dash 5k.  You run 1.5 miles, stop to eat a burrito, then run the rest of the race....I might get sick haha.  I am also running in a glow in the dark 5k in May.  I did end up hurting my foot somehow...have no clue how I managed that boooooo.  Excuse the following pictures..I was sweating a lot! lol




We also went bowling that night after the race.  I bowed the best games I have ever bowled!  I started the first game with 5 strikes in the first 6 frames.  I ended that game with 188....yes, I kind of blew it after the 5 strikes.  I did get 2 more spares, but that is pretty much it :(  I was hoping to end over 200.

Monday was my actual birthday.  Kim and Luke sent me an edible arrangement to school.  CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!  They were amazing!  Yes, I couldn't wait to take a picture before I tried one lol.

Craig got me a polar watch, which is what I was asking for!  It tells how many calories I burn, heart rate, how long I was in my target heart rate zone, when I get out of my target heart rate zone, etc. when working out.  It is really awesome!



Thursday, March 21, 2013

More Healthy Recipes!

Craig and I are still trying out new, healthier recipes.  These next three recipes came from www.thegraciouspantry.com.  It is an AWESOME website that has a lot of "clean eating" or healthy recipes.  I LOVE this site!  Yes, eating healthy does require a lot of ingredients (and some of the ingredients can be expensive), but at this point, I would rather pay more to eat healthy and feel better about myself.  For the most part, I made each of these step by step from the site...however, I did change a few things.  Instead of typing the entire instructions, I will just provide the link to where I found the original recipe.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole - The only thing I changed about this is I used unsweetend vanilla almond milk instead of just plain unsweetened almond milk.  The next time I make this, I think I am going to try it with strawberries!




Baked Italian Ziti -With this meal, I used ground beef instead of ground turkey (I am just not a fan of ground turkey :(  I also used gluten free pasta instead of whole wheat pasta, and I did not add in the honey.  I wanted my daughter to be able to eat it, and babies aren't supposed to have honey until 1 year...and it was great even without it! :)




Clean Eating Brownies - For this one, I did not make the topping..I just made the brownies and they are good!  I used unsweetened chocolate chips instead of the grain sweetened chocolate chips.  Also, if you have never bought almond butter, it is good but very expensive!  So we used a 12 oz jar of almond butter then added in a little natural peanut butter (instead of buying a 16 oz jar of almond butter which is ridiculous!).  These brownies are so good with some natural peanut butter on the top or with sugar free caramel...or both :) haha


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wanelo.. A Gift or a Curse?!

So I may be behind on this, but I just discovered the Wanelo app this past week.  I haven't decided if it is good or bad....ok, well it is good because you can search anything you are looking to buy, but it is bad for my bank account because they literally have everything plus more.  The app allows you to find stuff you like, and it has a direct "buy it" button.  You click "buy it," and then it will take you directly to the site where you can purchase it.  Needless to say, I have already bought something...earrings from Turkey haha.  Anyway, if you don't have this app, check it out.  Just don't go to crazy buying stuff on it like I want to do! :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Quinoa and Veggies

I have been looking for a healthy lunch that doesn't involve bread and peanut butter :)... and I think I have found it, and I LOVE it.

Ingredients:
~Quinoa
~Green Pepper
~Onion
~Black Beans
~Pace Picante Salsa

Optional:
~Guacamole
~Sour Cream

1.) Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package.
2.) Wash then cut up your onion (I only used half an onion) and your green pepper.  Dice into small pieces.
3.) Saute the green peppers and onions on the stove top in a little bit of olive oil.
4.) Cook the black beans on the stove top.
5.)  Once the quinoa is finished, add in the green peppers, onions, black beans, and salsa for flavor (you don't have to add in too much salsa).
6.) Optional *You can top with a little bit of sour cream and guacamole.*




Chicken and Veggies

My favorite way to eat chicken is chicken from the crockpot because it can be shredded and it's really tender.  Here is one of our dinners from this past week.

Ingredients:
~Chicken
~Fat Free Italian Dressing

~Green Beans
~Olive Oil
~Minced Garlic
~Shredded Parmesan Cheese

~Carrots
~Onions
~Zucchini
~Teriyaki Sauce

1.) Cook the chicken in the crockpot with the italian dressing on the high setting for 4 hours.  We did this the day before we were having this dinner.
2.) Wash then cut the ends off of the green beans (each end needs to be cut off).
3.) Put a little bit of olive oil in a pan, and then place the green beans in the pan and cook on the medium setting.  Add as little or as much minced garlic to the green beans as you would like.
4.) Wash then cut up your onions, zucchini, and carrots.
5.) Place the cut vegetables in another pan with some olive oil. Once the vegetables start cooking, add in some teriyaki sauce.
6.) After the green beans are finished, put a little shredded parmesan cheese on top.

It's a lot of cutting up vegetables, but it was soooo good!



Homemade Turtles!

Of course, even when you eat healthy, you need something sweet also!  So, I found a recipe for some turtles, but again, I made them a little differently.

Ingredients:
~Almonds
~Sugar Free Caramel
~Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
~Honey

1.) Put almonds in groups of 5 or 6 on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
2.) Melt the chocolate on the stove top on the low setting stirring constantly.  You can melt half the bag or the whole bag depending on how many turtles you want to make.  I melted about half a bag, and it made between 15-20 turtles. 
3.) Put in about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of honey into the chocolate (again, it depends on how much you are making..I just eyeballed this part).
4.) Put about a teaspoon of sugar free caramel on each group of almonds.
5.) Once the chocolate is finished, put a spoonful (or as much or as little as you want) on the top of the almonds/caramel.
6.) Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour so the chocolate can harden.

And they are great!



Stuffed Peppers

I think I have already mentioned this in a post, but Craig and I just started to eat healthy.  No, we are not eating completely "clean," but we are eating A LOT healthier.  I lost all the weight from when I was pregnant a few months after giving birth, but I am now working at getting toned again.  So between eating healthy and working out, I am hoping to have some tone to me by summer!  Anyway, we found some recipes for stuffed peppers but decided to make them a little different than the other recipes we found.

Ingredients:
~Peppers
~Quinoa
~Onions
-Ground Turkey
~Black Beans
~Pace Picante Salsa
~Basil
~Oregano
~Salt and Pepper

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Cook quinoa according to the directions on the package.  We decided to use quinoa over rice because it is healthier and has more protein...and yes, I like quinoa a lot now!
3.) While the quinoa is cooking, dice up your onions and cut your green peppers.  You can cut the peppers as bowls or you can cut them in halves.  Just cut the tops off, cut out the membranes, and then we sliced them in halves. 
4.) Cook the turkey until there is no pink.  Season with basil, oregano, and salt and pepper.  Once the turkey is finished cooking, add in the cut up onions.
5.) Once the quinoa is finished, mix in the turkey, onions, black beans, and some salsa for flavor.
6.) Then stuff the peppers with the quinoa mixture.
7.) Cook in the oven for 45 minutes.
8.) *Optional* You can top it off with some shredded cheese, guacamole, or a little sour cream.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

9 Months Old

This post is a little late but better late than never I guess.  Kadynn was 9 months old January 30th.  She is now pulling up to a standing position.  She loves standing up in her crib and jumping up and down.  She learned to shake her head "no" (which can be good and bad haha).  She does let us know when she's full by shaking her head no..pretty smart I think :)  She still LOVES food.  She just had hotdogs (okay, they were turkey dogs) for the first time, and she loved them.  She still loves bread and biscuits.  She has gotten to the point where she does not want us to feed her.  So we just tear her food into small pieces, put them on the table, and she picks it up and feeds herself.  She has even gotten that way with her sippy straw cup.  She would rather hold it and drink than us hold it for her..very independent!  Oh, and my favorite thing of all..she gives kisses!  Most of the time they are open mouth licking kissing haha, but they are kisses so I don't care!



  

The Color Run!

My friend Kennedy got me to sign up for the 5k Color Run which was today.  It was freezing at first...but once we got going it wasn't too bad.  Also, the sun came out, and it warmed up some.  It was a lot of fun.  I  would definitely recommend running this if it comes to a nearby town.  Check their website for dates and locations.  The best parts are getting "colored" with paint while running and after when everything throws paint packets.  It wasn't really paint...It was colored powder stuff that was kind of like paint.  Also, I think I caught the 5k bug.... I want to run in the Get to the Green 5k in 2 weeks...just got to find someone to run with me... :)
Before

Before
After

Paint Packet Throwing

After

In the middle of paint packet throwing


I Love You Because Chalkboard!

I had originally seen this chalkboard on pintrest which took my to an ETSY site.  However, my husband would not have been too happy with me if I would have spent $60 on it.  So I decided to try and make one.  I LOVE how it turned out, and Craig and I actually write on it a few times a week.  I decided to sell them on ETSY, so if you would like one, you can purchase it here Kadynn's Korner on ETSY!




Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

I have started trying to eat healthier.  I have never really eaten horrible, but I am making an effort to eat better.  So, I tried out this recipe, and it was actually really good.  I have made them twice now, and even my 10 month old loves them.

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.) Grind 2 and 1/2 cups oats in a blender.  (The first time I made these this step did not work out as planned.  So the second time I did not grind them at all, and they still turned out good.  If you grind them, you will just have less of an oat-mealy taste, and the mixture will be finer...it's totally up to you.)

3.) Combine oats, 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup stevia or splenda, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and cut up strawberries.  You can add a lot of strawberries or a little depending on how much of a strawberry taste you want.  I used about 3/4 of a carton of strawberries.

4.) Put the batter in a cupcake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  I did not use cupcake liners.  I just sprayed the metal cupcake tin with vegetable oil cooking spray really well before I put the batter in so that they would not stick, and it worked pretty well.



Valentine's Pictures~DIY Kissing Booth

With it being Valentine's Day this month along with Kadynn being 9 months old, I decided to combine her 9 month pictures with her Valentine's pictures.  I think they turned out so cute!  I know this is too late to do for this Valentine's Day, but here is a DIY for the kissing booth.  I literally spent $2 making the kissing booth.  I already had the paint and the white pvc pipe that held it up, or it would have been a little more expensive.  All I did was buy a white piece of foam board for $1 at dollar general for the base and $1 piece of poster board at dollar general for the top.  I painted both, and when they were dry, I attached them with a little bit of hot glue to the pvc pipes (I use the pvc pipe stands as backdrop holders for pictures, which is why I already had them).  However, you could probably use anything to hold up the boards...wood, broom sticks, etc.  Anyway, here are my favorites!