Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We started our Easter celebration last night at Easter vigil. There is something so wonderful about sitting in complete darkness and then slowly lighting the way. Well, it's wonderful until your daughter jerks the candle and hot wax hits your hand. I digress...

 Easter morning started  bright and early with the kiddos. I'll give you one guess on which one was up first.

Thankfully, Jill waited until sometime after 6 to wake us up. The Easter bunny did a pretty decent job considering that maybe the bunny put off purchasing said gifts until, I don't know, yesterday.

I'm just glad the kiddos are not huge candy fans, so I...errrrr..the bunny could stuff their baskets with Z bars and gummy bunnies.

After the bunny baskets, we made our traditional Easter breakfast, Resurrection Rolls.

We do this every year to tie in the story of Easter.
We take mini marshmallows (Jesus), dip them in melted butter (the oil), roll them in cinnamon and sugar (the spices) and roll them into a crescent roll (the tomb).  After they are done baking, you open them and the marshmallow is gone. It's a great visual for the kids.

After hanging out, we headed over to Mimi and PawPaw's for a late lunch. I'm pretty sure I ate close to my body weight in ham.

Thankfully, I saved room for the yummy dessert I made. Okay, I cheated and used boxed cake mix and frosting, but they were pretty adorable.

All in all, it was a pretty great and relaxing Easter Sunday. I hope your day was just as wonderful and relaxing!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What My Family Ate For Dinner - Week 7

Welcome to another week of "What My Family Ate For Dinner!" Let's dive right in...

Sunday, April 13: We went to Chuy's with my in-laws. Scott and I order the chicken fajitas for two and really, we should have just ordered a single order and split it. Well, then we wouldn't have leftovers...hmmm

Monday, April 14: Skinny Chicken Pot Pie is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. With the biscuit, it's only 278 calories per serving. Yeah, it's awesome.

Tuesday, April 15: Ah, taco Tuesday! I use ground turkey instead of beef and La Tortilla Factory tortillas. Well, under normal circumstances I use those tortillas, but I made nachos instead.

Wednesday, April 16: Jambalaya with andouille and fresh asparagus. This is one of my favorite meals and even better as leftovers the next day! I just use reduced sodium Zatarains jambalaya mix to keep it simple.

Thursday, April 17: Sometimes all you want is a burger, so turkey burgers it is! We paired our burgers with some sauteed zucchini and it was perfection!

Friday, April 18: I was at social hour, so the rest of the family enjoyed leftovers.

Saturday, April 19: We kept it simple today because we spent most of the day running around (literally and figuratively), so we had turkey dogs with yellow squash and zucchini.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday

For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all that he does for us. I'm also thankful that he has embarked on this healthy living journey. I am continually impressed by his progress!
  • Aaron who always requests some Mommy time. I cherish these moments!
  • Jillian who always requests story time snuggles.
  • Family support all around us. 
  • Some of the best coworkers around.
  • Passion tea lemonades.
  • Pleasant surprises.
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Who's Winning, UCF or the Knights?"

Yesterday we went to the UCF Spring Game. It's a really family friendly event and it was the kiddos first football game. We all sported UCF gear, even Scott.

Before we get into the game, I have to share these two photos with you. Scott has been busting his butt and I started busting mine as well. Scott has lost 43.5 pounds and is now rocking a size 42, which he hasn't worn in a long time. Scott's journey has re-inspired me to make better food choices and really kick it into high gear. Yesterday was really the first day that I felt like I had accomplished something.

Check us out!

Okay, back to the football game. When we arrived we hit up the food trucks in the tailgating area. The only downside to the food trucks was that they had HUGE lines. We were in one line for almost an hour and I went ahead and stood in another line that seemed to be moving faster. Boy am I glad I did that. We ate at It's All Greek to Me and Aaron had his first chicken gyro (Jill ate some of the chicken, but mainly the fries).  If you are local and have a chance to stop by that truck, do it. It was SO delicious!

We checked out some of the activities and the kiddos scored a poster (which in case you were wondering, doubles as a sword and within 5 minutes is confiscated by the meanest mommy on the planet). We made it into the stadium a little bit after kick off and the kiddos were hooked. Jill turned into my Mom and started growl-yelling and Aaron was yelling "third down" every time he heard the bells. It was pretty amazing.

The funniest thing during the whole game was trying to explain a spring game to the kiddos. They kept asking who was winning and at one point Jill tried to boo the other team. I had to keep reminding them that it is the same team.

After the game we came home and played some front yard football. I think it's safe to say we are all ready for college football season to start again. Let's go Knights! #ChargeOn

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What My Family Ate For Dinner - Week 6

It was a crazy week, again, but we tried out a few new recipes and had a few of our favorites. Here's what my family ate for dinner this week...

Sunday, April 6: Turkey Burger Casserole made its way back into the rotation. This is one of our most favorite recipes. I paired it with some fresh asparagus to give us an extra green veggie with dinner.

Monday, April 7: I found this recipe for pork tenderloin cooked in BBQ sauce and diet root beer on Skinny Mom and I can safely say it is definitely staying in the rotation. I also cut this recipe in half, there is no way we would eat 4lbs of pork tenderloin.

Instead of using a hamburger bun, we opted for the sandwich thins. I think we are going to start doing that for anything bun related. I'm going to try it with turkey burgers this week, I'll let you know how that works out for us.
The whole meal, with veggies, was under 300 calories for a serving. Boom.

Tuesday, April 8: I made another favorite of ours, white bean chicken chili. This recipe makes a ton and it is so filling. It heats up really well for leftovers, too.

Wednesday, April 9: We had leftovers because of parent-teacher conferences. I have found that we almost always have a leftover night now, which is a good problem to have.

Thursday, April 10: I found this yummy recipe on Pinterest and it's great because it's a one pot recipe. It also has quinoa, which is my new favorite, even though I'm convinced I have it in my teeth after every meal.

This Mexican Quinoa Bowl pairs great with a dollop of light sour cream, some reduced fat cheddar or Mexican cheese and a few tortilla chips.

This also warmed up really well the next day for leftovers.

Friday, April 11: Another Skinny Mom recipe! This Creamy Tortellini with Veggies was SOOOO delicious and filling!

My biggest change to this recipe would be to add some fresh cracked black pepper. It definitely needed some.

I hope you're enjoying all of these recipes! You know we are :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday

For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott who had a pretty rough weekend but was still the rock that we all needed.
  • Aaron who makes me laugh and surprises me every day with all that he is learning.
  • Jillian who finally lost her first tooth. Now I do not have to be grossed out by her constantly wiggling it.
  • Family all around us.
  • A daughter that teaches me about a new president. According to Jill the president on the $5 bill is "Heybraham Lincoln." Who knew?
  • Rex Manning Day.
  • A frolleague that can decipher your sighs and then picks the perfect moment to suggest a walk to grab some tea. 
  • This...just this...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our First Visit From the Tooth Fairy


Jillian lost her very first tooth today and she could not be happier about it!

Look at that smile! She talked about this all night and she cannot wait to see what the tooth fairy leaves for her tonight. According to her, she will be buying a Princess Sofia dress. Sorry to burst that bubble kiddo, but this tooth fairy is not like the one on Modern Family.

 Now the real conundrum...what do I do with this tooth?
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