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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday List - My favorite activities while snowed in (11-26)

Today's plan was:
  1. Wake up and go to the Y
  2. Get to the store before it got bad, and get last minute groceries
  3. Get my hair cut, eyebrows mowed waxed
  4. Emry's Haircut
  5. Prep sides for tomorrow
 Then - I woke up, and the snow was a lot worse than intended. SO, numbers 1, 3 and 4 went out the window. I did happen to get to the stores before it was impossible to get out of our neighborhood. Getting home was fun, let me tell you., I am snowed in. With my boys. My lovely son is shoveling the walkway and stairs, and is then going to build a snowman - - - I can't wait to take a picture of that! And, as I sit here, I was thinking of all the activities that I enjoy when all we can do is be snowed in.

So, this Wednesday 
- no confessions - 
just Happy Snow Thoughts! Haha! find that on snow days, one of my favorite things to do is to cook. It's cold and frigid out, there's no where to go... Might as well have yummy food to snack on. Right? Now today, the only things I am really going to prepare is the basics for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner. But, the house will still be filled with yummy smells. I also have a number of baking ingredients, I'm sure I can use them and make a cookie or something! Who knows! staple when we are snowed in is a roaring fire in our fireplace. Now this is not just because that it is BRRRRRRRRRRR outside - but, there is something very calming about a fire. The smell of the flames, the dance has they rise and intertwine. It's magical.And we all gather in front of it. Share some hysterical thoughts or interesting stories, even Emry. It's a very unifying experience.
We always have movies, and I feel safe in saying that we have the largest selection of DVD's anywhere other than a store. You think you can challenge this? I dare you. We span from Classic Movies to Current Cinema. And, our horror movie selection rivals all. If we cannot find a movie on cable, we'll go grabbing. Recently, my father and I purchased a surround sound blu ray player. It makes all movies more awesome. With yummy snacks at the ready, surrounded by family, and movies - what can be better than that?

There is the obvious - playing in the snow. But, the only way I really enjoy playing in the snow as of recently, is flying down a hill in a snow tube. I do enjoy watching Emry play in the snow though. Snow is purifying, it's so clean - - - watching a child, and all of their true innocence play in the snow... It makes me smile. It warms my heart. I remember being my son's age. I remember going outside thinking that anything was possible in the snow. I was instantly in the wilderness, not in the safety of my front yard. Watching my son have this experience, brings me back to those times.

I guess all of these activities, all of these small gifts, are just a way of enjoying the simpler things. The snow, as beautiful and purifying as it is, limits what we can, and cannot do. When it falls around us, and the plows refuse to come we are stuck. There is no, let's go out to the mall (which we don't really do anyway), there is no "let's go hiking", there's only us, the house, and what we have at our fingertips. And that, in itself is a wonderful thing.

So, today, if it isn't snowing by you (which, FYI if this is the case, LUCKY!) pretend like it is. Find the simple things around you.. and cherish them.

Check in tomorrow afternoon! I am going to try and post at least pictures from tomorrow's feast!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Holiday - I want to do it up.

Today is my 1,000 Post - Let's sit with that a moment - HOLY COW! That's pretty big!, I might have mentioned that we got 90% of our Christmas Shopping done online - and let me tell you, the only thing I have to worry about it that they come in time, and get wrapped! Such a relief.
Maybe I'm asking too much? hehe
But, it got me thinking - We decorate for the holidays, but - I really want to decorate this year. I want to have the Better Homes and Garden - Pinterest Picture - Holiday House. I want to have a couple beautiful DIY arrangements. Even at work, I want to show that even though I am a minimalist - I have the flare! Does that make sense? Also, I want to truly start being more... I don't know how to say this... I want to show who I am more, and hide less behind the fear that it won't be well taken.

Not that I hide who I am to my family - they know that I'm nuts... but, I never really express it in our decorating. We are have the decor of "vanilla ice cream"... very safe. But, it's all comfortable, clean, and simple. And there is something to that too.

But I want MORE! got the bug you see - I want to do it up - I want to experiment - and I want to DIY it. Why? Because it just doesn't feel the same from just buying it all from a store. So, you know what happened? I made a Pinterest board. It's a disease - - - I swear. Simple, and easy ideas to really bring in the Holiday Feel into our home. I don't know how Klay is going to feel about this... if I am a minimalist - then he is a "it's all got to be brown and green and manly"-ist. But, I'm sure he'll humor me... I hope.

Yesterday, I started decorating my office windows - because Pinterest taught me how to make a REAL paper snowflake. Isn't that silly? I never learned how to make a real one until yesterday. Of course the paper had to be square, how dumb was I? (Don't answer that - haha). Hopefully by the end of today my office windows will be "snow covered".

I think that's what I am going to do on this lazy Holiday Weekend - craft and decorate. Doesn't that sound just wonderful? I think most of these crafts Emry could help with - so that will be SUPER fun. LOVE it!

Do you have any favorite Holiday Decor DIY's to share?
How do you decorate for the Holidays?
Any tips?

OH ALSO: Follow me as I pin!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Recap (11-24)

Hello Friends! How was your weekend? Eventful? Lazy? Fun? Boring? Here I go - recapping another normal weekend in my life. Nothing too exciting... But, nothing too boring! Let's go!

Friday Night - A normal Friday night consists of cleaning the house! I know, it's too much fun. I'll spare you all the exciting details of vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom. UGH! Afterwards, we got some takeout from TGI Fridays - and watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!". Emry was convinced he was a sniper and the menfolk played NERF all over the house.

Saturday - was organization-palooza day, this was after I prepared the Whole30 egg casserole (picture below - recipe to come on Wednesday) This month I am linking up with monthly goal setting link up - with Stephanie! The theme for November was to get organized. I planned on tackling my closet/dressers, getting boxes up in the attic and thereby organizing that space, the office (and it's closet), and the spice cabinet.

My closet/dresser wasn't on my original list - but, it totally had to be done. Before Saturday, all of my workout clothes were smooshed into a tiny little tote on the closet shelf - I needed to do some serious purging - TWO black garbage bags of clothes, shoes, and crap later - I was able to truly organize my closet and finally get my workout clothes in the dresser. Also, I can officially close the tote than contains all my shoes. Yes, I keep my shoes in a large moving tote. I haven't found the right shoe rack to accommodate both boots and shoes. This keeps them all together, and reasonably out of the way.

I cleaned the office, and moved all of the boxes that weren't needed up into the attic. The office is still going to be a work in progress, because even though a majority of the clutter is gone, it's still just a room. There is no decor - no nothing. It's just now, a cleaner room. The office closet is home to many things - mostly our garb for the many events we go to (ie: Ren Faire, Steampunk, etc. etc.). But it also houses our suitcases, hiking book bags, and wrapping paper. I was able to make more sense of the closet - so the items that are still in there are more accessible.

The attic, once all the boxes were up there, was not the most fun to do. It was dusty, I had a wicked sinus headache after - but, now, all of the Christmas stuff has been moved to the front of the attic, for easy grab and go decorating accessibility. And we moved all of the items we aren't really going to touch (ie: Emry's memory boxes - yeah, I'm a cheesy mama) to the back.

The spice cabinet was kind of a bust, in my head - I dreamed of running to Bed Bath and Beyond, and grabbing a few of those magnetic tins - so that when you opened the spice cabinet door, that the spices I used the most were accessible in magnetic tins right on the door. *Le'Sigh* They were not at Bed Bath and Beyond - and I have to order them. But, all was not lost, I did organize the spice by size, and placed all the oils and vinegars and rows - so I no longer how to get on a chair and SEARCH like made for it. This will probably get cluttered again, the second I start cooking something massive - but, hopefully the magnetic tins are in by then!

Saturday night, we went out for Indian Food - and had such an amazing time. We came home, watched some Food Network, did 90% of our Christmas Shopping online! All I need to get is a couple stocking stuffers, and a gift from Emry to Klay. I am so relieved that the weight of Christmas shopping is off my shoulders!  Then we all went to bed reasonably early.

Sunday - was meant to be a lazy day. And, on the whole it was. The only thing I wanted to do was go to Old Navy, and try and see what they had on sale, plus Klay needed new jeans. I walked in intending to get a couple plain long sleeves, maybe a scarf. What I left with was a nice wool work dress, 2 plain long sleeves, Emry got a nice Denim Dress shirt w/ Tie combo, cool khakis, padded running socks, and Klay got a t-shirt. Klay claims that Old Navy doesn't make pants to fit his body. I believe this is code for, they aren't baggy enough, and I actually have a manly figure in them. I love my husband, but he is determined to look like a teenage boy for the rest of his life. At least I'll have the wedding pictures to look at! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

We stopped at AC Moore, and we grabbed a couple of cookie tins. I wanted to stencil paint the cardboard box for the coat drive, so I also grabbed these really cool looking Martha Stewart Holiday Stencils - and shiny paint. Let me tell you - DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT FROM MARTHA STEWART. For $11 bucks, it should have been more durable. They were flimsy - and the snowflake stencil tore apart. And I swear on all that is holy, I was being REALLY careful. UGH! The cardboard box came out really nice though, and all I have to do is get the event flyer to tape to the box now! Not a totally loss.

Dinner was left over Indian Food - Klay made CINNAMON BUNS! Then after Emry was in bed, Klay and I watched "Deliver us from Evil"... and even though I wouldn't call it a Horror Movie, it did unsettle me - and I had a hard time falling asleep last night!

Monday morning -
Here I am type type typing at work - we had to take group Holiday pictures for our department. And now, I just want to get this posted, and try to get all my work done. I have a 2 day work week - and I know that Tuesday is going to be jam packed. SO, I am trying to get the little things out of the way, before the explosion of tomorrow!

These are just some pictures from the weekend - Collage picture option on my phone = pure gold!

Sniper under the table - #wallofsilence -
Sad face because no magnetic spice cannister -
Crappy Martha Stewart Stencils

Sniper under the table - Nerf war in darness -
Whole30 Egg Casserole (recipe coming soon) -
Gas is $2.97 WHAT?!?!?!?!

The finished coat drive box - Candles everywhere!

Happy Monday Everyone!
What did you do this weekend?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites (11-21)

Happy Friday - How many of you woke up to snow this morning? 
*raises hand* 
It wasn't a lot, just a dusting, but man oh man, am I not ready for snow. 
So today, my Friday Favorites, will consist of my FAVORITE things about the Thanksgiving Holiday.
THE GOOD LIFE BLOG's day Parade - It is a classic holiday tradition. I make sure to watch it EVERY YEAR. Even if I'm getting ready - or not exactly in front of the television, it's on REALLY LOUD. Just so I can hear it. I do not have any favorite floats, but I do love watching the music performances... and just the detail they put into a parade. I have never been to the parade, and I hear it's a mad house. But, one day - I really REALLY want to go. Pants or Leggings - now, it's fall, so I think a staple outfit for ALL of us right now is a Big comfy sweater, and LEGGINGS. Now, not only is this super comfortable, and actually stylish - but, it allows for us to be able to ENJOY all of the deliciousness without the regret of a button pushing into our tummies! I know this is a fat girl reason - but, let me have my gluttony! Time -  There is something truly special about sitting at a dinner table with family. Especially when it's family that you normally don't share a meal with. There is always that one story, that we've heard a MILLION times - and we still laugh at. Everyone has there seat - not that they are assigned, but it's just seat we always gravitate too. - now, Klay is not a football guy, but I am. Nothing separates Dinner from Dessert than FOOTBALL.... And it isn't just about the games, it's also about the yelling, cheering, and jeering we do while watching a game. The insults we throw at the TV when THAT quarterback throws ANOTHER pass - that results in an INTERFERENCE (I am looking at you Eli Manning).. or the shade of purple that the frustrated coach is turning. - duh, you knew it was coming. As I've said, I haven't prepared an entire Thanksgiving meal in a LONG time. But, at Klay's parents - one year we had TWO turkeys. Each prepared a different way. One traditionally roasted and the other was DEEP FRYED. You have to try it once, and I would never have it again. There are the traditional side dishes. I usually try to do an interesting spin on one - just for varieties sake. This year, I am going to roast Sweet potatoes and Beets in a sweet chipotle heat type seasoning. I've been working on the mix for a couple of days now. Jim's dad always makes a soup - I am keeping my fingers crossed for his CLASSIC mushroom soup - which is velvety and tasty and AWESOME. A family friend always prepares SEVERAL PIES. And there's ice cream. What more could you ask for? Trots - Last year, the Turkey Trot 5k was my first ever race. And I plan on making Thanksgiving runs a tradition - weather depending. Emry and I are holding out for the weather report to determine whether or not we will be running this years race. It's looking like the temperature is on the rise - and we might be able to break the 40 degree mark for the run! And it just might be SUNNY!

So tell me - what is your favorite Thanksgiving Things?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Stuff (11-20)

Good morning

I want to have a brief Myology & Kinesiology Lesson. Myology & Kinesiology is the study of muscles and bones - and how they interact together.

Today's lesson:

Your Sternocleidomastoid Muscle - otherwise known as the SCM. 

 The muscle has a medial and lateral head and originates (read: begins) at your manubrium sterni and clavicle, it then inserts (read: ends) at the mastoid process. The function of this muscle is to rotate the head to the opposite side or obliquely rotate the head. It also flexes the neck. When both SCM muscles work together it flexes the neck and extends the head. It also helps other muscles with breathing in.

It's also that muscle that when you look to the left/right sticks out and looks very chic. 

Anyway - This is a strong muscle, and you take most of them for granted - until you do something silly, like pick up a bag of groceries, carry it up a flight of stairs, and then look to the LEFT to answer your father, and it decides to strain itself. Yeah - than - it hurts like a B!TC#. Just saying.

There you go - science lesson of the morning - Don't say I never taught you anything. 

Yup - I'm telling you I pulled that particular muscle in my neck and yes I am telling you that I have taken enough medication to put a cow to sleep - and yet - still feel it, and I'm at work.

OH -
Just random stuff for Thursday -

How is Charles Manson getting married and I’m still f****** single?Did you hear that Charles Manson got married? This is only proof to me that this elderly gentleman is still dangerous, and should never ever EVER leave prison. A year or two ago, there was arguments made that, due to his age, who was he really going to hurt? Was he really still a danger? My answer - yes - yes he is, and that's because of his new wife STAR. Yes, her name is Star. And she believes he didn't commit any of the crimes he is being incarcerated for! Smart cookie, that girl. never ever EVER want to live in Buffalo. I mean seriously - there are people who have been trapped at their jobs for over 24 hours. The snow weight is so extreme, that the pressure of it against doors and windows has caused it to cave in to peoples HOMES. Nope nope nope nope. The only thing Buffalo related I desire, are WINGS - and I can get them ALL over the place. Just saying. bought a really cheesy Christmas Sweater for one of our THREE work related holiday parties. It has a HIPSTER Santa on it - and I found matching, light up, Christmas Light earrings to match! SO - when it comes to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest - I think I will be a the WINNER. Only because no one really participates in Contests around here - I'm not even sure why they even make contests. SIGHS - I don't mind winning though. Hehehe

And that's all I got today!

Happy Thursday!

Linking up today!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whol30 Confessions (11-19)

Today, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I have been doing this for a while now and each week, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
Go check it out.. and Join in!
I use this day also for confessions... there was this kick butt link-up - but, it is no more... *cries in pillow* But, I still like confessing: This week - with a THEME!
Kat's Whole30 Confessions

I'm sorry what is wrong with Quinoa? Yeah, Yeah I get it - no grains - But quinoa? That stuff is the shit right there, and you depriving me of it makes me really sad.
I am all for fruits and vegetables and eating very basic meals - with not a lot of oil, sugar, or salt - I am WITH you there... But seriously, if I want 1 Tbsp of creamy balsamic dressing to toss my salad in - I SHOULD BE ABLE TOO. am bloated in a way I have never been before. Yes I haven't been 100% on this, weekends are hard, but I am at least at a passing average for this whole30 shabam thing. But, when I looked up if this is normal - found out - it totally is. I feel wonderful in the morning, no weird morning bloat - but, by the end of a Whole30 approved meal day - my stomach is out of control. I feel like there is a ROCK in there. And I look like I am 4 months pregnant. JUST SAYING. And now, I have to add probiotics and digestive enzymes into it, because my body is reacting like this? I ALREADY TAKE A LOT OF FREAKING SUPPLEMENTS. don't intake dairy as it is. I will have a slice or piece of cheese here or there - but I rather drink Almond/Coconut milk than regular milk. I just like it more. And I can totally do that on the whole30 - however - ALL CEREAL PRODUCTS HAVE GRAIN - ALL CEREAL IS BANNED. I have been jonesing for a bowl of Rice krispies in the WORST way. **SIGHS**
I have about 2 weeks left of this bullcrap --- yeah I called it bullcrap - - - - And I know I am definitely made some positive changes in the way I eat. And that is a positive... but, how do I just know, that the second I am allowed to have grains and carbs - I am going straight for the mac n cheese? who have Whole30'd, have you looked on Pinterest for Whole30 meals and recipes? I want to note that Paleo and Whole30 are very close - but NOT the same thing - also BOTH of these lifestyle choices are completely anti-processed sugar, or condiment. So, when I see a tsp of brown sugar here and some BBQ sauce there - I call BS. Damn Pinterest posters - why you setting me up for failure?'t get me started on Caffeine - I swore off coffee (in frequent and mass amounts) a long time ago. But - I really REALLY could use an extra caffeinated cup of hot bubbling Joe - but, you know, not an option... GRAAAAAAAAAR
OH - you know when you have a craving, and you can squash it with a glass of water - or the questions of "Do I need this?" "Why do I need this"... like a little craving. WELL little cravings feel like freaking AVALANCHES on Whole30. I need say no more.
SO - there's my confessions as I trudge through this Wednesday. For real though, it isn't that serious. I am just a little tired - and being at karate from 6-9p will do that to you. Happy Wednesday Friends!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Turkey for you Turkey for me! - Recipe Time

'Tis the season to Gobble Gobble Gobble. Am I right? Now, for the past 4 or 5 years we have been going to Klay's family for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Reasons why I love this:
  1. I only have to prepare 1 side dish and 1 salad for about 6-10 people
  2. I do not have to prepare an entire meal for 6-10 people
  3. I only have to mildly help cleaning up after a meal for 6-10 people 

Reasons why I do not love this: 
  1. No leftovers
  2. No leftovers
  3. No leftovers 

 Can you see the pattern? To me, there is nothing better than re-purposing left over Thanksgiving Dinner staples into interesting day after, week after, month after meals. But, without the leftovers, I am unable to do that. *Le'Sigh*

This year, I could not BEAR it... It was messing with my head. I really quite like turkey. SO, I decided that our dinner for this week, would get us in the Gobble Gobble Spirit.

I am going to share with you the MOTW ("Meal of the Week") and the FTYM "Freezer Time Yum Meal" all of them are themed with TURKEY!!!! Each one of these meals is Paleo and Whole30 approved. SO enjoy!

First of all - let's get down to the important part of this.


This week, I bought roughly 6 pounds of turkey. This will be for 5 meals this week (for 4 people) and 2 freezer meals. That's a 3 ounce serving of turkey for each meal. And, since I am a Working Mother, who works out 5 times a week, and keeps an OCD clean house - I needed an easy way to prepare 6 pounds of Turkey. Introducing - my crock pot.

So easy, you can do it sleeping, Crock Pot Turkey

  • 6 pounds of Turkey Thighs
    (Side note: You can use any part of the turkey you like, I chose this, it was on sale.)
  • 1 large Red Onion
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    (Fresh Squeezed, or Bottled - whatever you have on hand)
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning - To taste
  1. Place the Onion, Baby Carrots, Cranberries, and Lemon Juice in the crock pot
  2. Layer Turkey on top of vegetables
  3. Season turkey generously - and to your liking
  4. Cook in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Once cooking is complete, carefully remove turkey from the crock pot
    (Place on a carving board, large plate, something other than the crockpot)
  6. Remove vegetables, with a slotted spoon (There will be a LOT of liquid)
    place in a tuperware, you've just made one of your MOTW sides!
  7. Remove MOST of the liquid from the crock pot
    (I put mine in a freezer safe container - it's amazing stock for a soup later)
  8. De-bone turkey thighs, and place back in crock pot (It doesn't have to be on anymore btw)
  9. Shred Turkey
So, as I said, this turkey went towards this weeks main meal, and our 2 freezer meals. This is all portioned out for a family of for. 

For the MOTW, you will want 70 ounces (or a little more than 4 pounds) of the Shredded Turkey.
For the FTYM you will want 26 ounces (or a little more than 1.5 pounds) of the Shredded Turkey.

MOTW: 2nd Side -
Sweet Potato - Who needs Marshmallows? - Casserole

  •  5 Sweet Potatoes - peeled and chopped
  • 5 Bananas
  • 4 Cups Almond/Coconut Milk (or nut milk equivalent)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
    (I usually measure out my serving of nuts - and then place them in a ziplock bag, then I hit the bag with a rolling pin, gets the pieces nice and small.
  • Cinnamon to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large pot, fill half way with water, and bring to a boil
  3. Place sweet potatoes in water, cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes - until tender.
  4. Drain and Set aside.
  5. In same pot, pour in Almond/Coconut milk and chopped pecans - warm over low heat.
  6. Add sweet potato and banana - MASH THE HECK OUT OF IT.
  7. Pour mashed mixture into a baking dish (no need to grease it - I swear), top generously and cook for 20 minutes. 
  8. Take out of oven, you will notice that the mixture has gotten quite firm, with a fork, re-mash, and stir in cinnamon throughout baking dish.
  9. Turn on Broiler - Broil for a couple of minutes - just to re brown the top.
  10. Ready to eat, portion out - yada yada
Now, I portion out my MOTW lunch the night before, and I place it in a mason jar. This is an easy way for me to really tell portion size, and it's also really convenient for a small lunch box! I place the Turkey on the bottom, the carrot mixture in the middle, and a generous helping of Sweet Potato Casserole on the top! 

FTYM - side dish

Cauliflower Carrot Herb - Trust me it's good - Mash

  • 3-4 bags of Frozen Cauliflower (I'm lazy - just an equivalent amount to 1 head)
  • 1 bag of Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Red Onion Chopped
  • Minced Garlic - I used about 4 cloves - I love garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (separated) - or your preference
  • Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Salt and Pepper - to taste/preference
  1.  Place cauliflower, carrots, and onion in a steamer basket - within a large pot. Steam until soft (10-12 minutes) Drain any liquid that has accumulated in the pot.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil in the same (drained) pot. 
  3. Place all veggies in the pot, add seasonings, and coat the veggies with the oil.
    (If there isn't enough oil, add the extra tablespoon of olive oil.)
  4. Once thoroughly coated - it's time to smooth this out - I used my hand blender and slowly processed the entire pot to a smooth, almost creamy consistency. 
  5. Taste Test! Add more seasoning if needed - even some garlic powder, if you didn't add enough minced garlic - just saying, I love garlic.
Now, you have prepared both elements of your FTYM - this is how you store it.
By this time, the turkey that you have shredded should be completely cooled, now, you just have to wait for the Cauli Mash to cool. Once this happens, you can do the following:
  • 3 ziplock bag technique - 1 - for a family serving of turkey, 1 - for a family serving of mash, and the last one to keep them together. Remember, before you place the 2 bags within the 3, you should have removed as much air from the turkey and mash bags - and have written on the outer bag a) What this is b) date you made it
  •  Aluminum Pan Technique - Portion out - remember this was making 2 meals - So, 2 tins - each with family serving of turkey and mash. Then you place a piece of wax paper over the top - push down, so it is kind of sticking to the mash. Then, generous cover with foil. You can write on the foil as to what it is, and when you made it. DISCLAIMER: It will freezer burn FASTER this way - try to eat within a month.
  • Freezer Safe Tuperware - Same idea as the Aluminum pan technique. 


How long does this take me? 
Well - If using the crock pot, I'll make the protein the night before (usually a Friday night)- so that the 6-8 hours of cooking is done when I am sleeping. Then the next morning, I'll start when I wake up, and it usually takes about 2-3 hours, if I am diligent, and clean the pots/pans/utensils used during the cooking processes.

How do I eat the same meal every day for the MOTW? 
I don't mind eating the same thing for a week. Neither does my family. The reason being, is that every week, is a different type of food, different genre, different protein... and I also have a fully stocked seasoning cabinet - it's amazing how you can transform a single meal, with a different added seasoning.

Does the FYTM stay fresh?
I only have prepared 2 meals in the freezer, and the turkey/mash is my third. We have been rotating them - and so far (3 weeks now) they have stayed fresh, and do not taste like the freezer at all. In my opinion it is all how you store it in the freezer. Make sure all the air is removed from a ziplock bag - make sure you have the right tuperware, or that you have sealed the foil as TIGHTLY as possible. ALSO: never place WARM/HOT things in the freezer - it will form moisture, before it freezer, and then ice crystals will form FASTER.

How do you reheat your FYTM?
If I remember, I will take something from the freezer in the morning - and let it thaw out throughout the day. Remember, all of this food is already prepared - so it's really your preference how to warm it up. There have also been days I have forgotten to take it out in the morning, and I will do it as soon as we walk in the door after work. There is a reheat button on the microwave! That can get it to room temperature, and depending on what the meal is - I'll use the oven, or the grill pan to crisp it up.

Is this easy?
The process is a little time consuming. But, if I figure out a way to do both MOTW and FYTM at the same time - it's like two birds, one stone. And I've decided that I'm only making a FYTM every other week - to prevent over flow - and allow to eat the other ones already in there.

Do the men like it?
Overall yes. But, if they didn't - there are other choices - like, make their own food - canned soup - salad - you know what I mean?

SO - what do you think of this style of post? 
I used to do recipes a while ago - but, I slacked off - should it make a come back?
Pictures of Ingredients? Yes? No?
Pictures showing Steps? Yes? No?
What do you want from a Foodie Post?
too funny - I found this when I looked up "Gobble Gobble"




Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap (11-17)

Happy Monday Everyone! As I look out my window this Monday Morning, I see FOG, and rain filled gusts of wind. It is an ugly morning out. We are feeling the side effects of Winter Storm Bozeman - who is hitting the Northeast side of our state today... However, since our temps are above 35, we will not be seeing any of the white glisteny stuff! Thank the Lord, am I right? I just can't handle a "winter storm" right now. 

This weekend was a blur of family time, cleaning, mom obligations and etc...

Let's get started shall we? 

Friday night - I picked Emry up from school, and we headed quickly to Price Chopper, just to pick up the final two items that were missing from my grocery shopping trip. Once that was done, we booked it home, I got the meat in the crockpot (for the weekend meal prep). Then I cleaned, vacuuming the upstairs, scouring the bathroom - trying to get the kitchen looking less like a bomb hit it. You know, a normal Friday evening. Then Emry wanted a cheesburger and my father wanted a Coney Dog - so I made a special trip, just for them, to Sonics. Spoiled guys - so spoiled. I figured out dinner for myself and Klay - and we watched awful TV - and passed out somewhere around 9p. I know, total old lady status right there.

Saturday was more eventful. I had to get up a little early, I had intended on running, but I knew I wasn't going to have the time. I finished the week meal prep, and I made 2 large freezer meals to be defrosted for whenever we are JONEZING for a Turkey fix. This week, we are having roasted turkey, carrots and cranberries, with a side of HEALTHY sweet potato casserole. Recipe to come this week. For the two freezer meals, I prepared roasted turkey with a cauliflower carrot herb mash. Recipe also to follow sometime this week.

Once the men were up, the day was instantly started by a pillow/stuffed animal fight between Emry and my dad, like right in the kitchen. Fortunately, for them, none of our food was hurt in the process of this FUN FIGHT... *sighs*. 

I finished that up, took a quick shower, pulled my hair up, and raced across town to get to the Holiday Party Planning Meeting for our TKD dojang - of course, with all my speed racing across town, of course I had time to make a pit stop at Dunkin Donuts. A decaf sugar cookie latte with Almond Milk was a NECESSITY. I know, I'm a weirdo.. but COFFEE. The planning meeting went really well, and I am going to be running a coat drop of from now until the party - to donate to my job. The whole theme of the holiday party is the "Season of Giving". Isn't that just wonderful?

I ran back home, with enough time to make myself look more presentable for Emry's family visit. His grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and little cousin (all my ex's family) came to visit. They had wonderful news too! They had bought a house, 20 minutes from where we lived! So, instead of seeing them once every 6 months - we will be seeing them (minimum) of ONCE A MONTH! FUN! (can we hear the Monday Morning Sarcasm?) Well - it's really good for Emry, he loves his grandma, and cousin - and it would really make him happy to see them more often. So, I guess, if it makes him happy, that it will make me happy. I guess... 

After they left, Karissa came over, because she needed a "model" for her Scarves she will be selling on Etsy. Pictures, and link to the store is to come. I don't consider myself a model by any means - but, I was very glad to help. While I did the whole "glamour thing", Klay and Emry started work on building a desktop for Emry... for his school work. I know, 2nd grader needing a computer for school work - just seems wrong, no?

After just relaxing at home for a bit, watching some "A League of their Own",  we headed to Klay's parents, because they were watching my baby niece for the weekend. And, I don't care who you are, baby niece equals mandatory SQUISH THE BABY TIME. Am I right? And she just loves her cousin Emry. We hung around there for a bit, and then we headed over to the Farmer's Market.

Penning's Farmers Market is our favorite Farm to Table pub and grill. It's a couple of towns over, but it is completely worth the drive. It is Hudson Valley Cider Week, and we wanted to see what kind of cider they were sporting. And, of course we had to eat while we were there. I had a bowl of Apple Cider French Onion Soup, and some Pierogies. SOOOOOOO tasty. I paired both of these with a Doc's Hard Pumpkin Cider. Can't get more fall then that, right? ? ? ? ?

We are sad though, because it isn't quite a cold weather place, it is inside the farmer's market, and even though they had big room heaters blowing... I was still freezing. SO, this may be our last trip for the season. :( So sad. We drove home, Emry put on his NEW FOOTIES that his grandma had bought him - and then we all basically fell asleep. It was a jam packed day.

Sunday - Emry woke me up, because "Mama, it's 7:11, and you're an early riser - WAKE UP!" I could have walloped him with a pillow - but, yeah Yeah YEAH - I was up. A lazy morning led to a visit to the Humane's Society to look at a Dog. Well, not just any dog... His name is Baxter, and he is a Great Pyrenees. He has been rehomed twice, because people assume they know the breed. I grew up with Great Pyrenees, and they aren't for the weak willed. I couldn't help it - I had to go see him, and we did fill out an application for him. We are in a stack of 3 pending applications for this dog. And if it turns out not to be us, we will be fine, because we know he has gone to a good home, a forever home, that will love him. Not just some moron who once had fostered a Pyrenees and tried to make a HEARDING DOG into a HUNTING DOG. Yeah, that was the second home to give him back. Makes me nuts. He's a big sweet guy, that Baxter, and I really hope that we get him. Just look at the face!!

After meeting Baxter, we noticed some FLURRIES in the air, and decided that we probably should get a few bags of rock salt for the driveway - because when a real storm is going to come, there will be none in all of our town. So, now, I have basically guaranteed that we will not be getting a major storm any time soon. Hehehe.

The rest of the day was spent with Klay and Emry trying to finish up the desktop build, me catching up on my American Horror Story, amongst other shows, and watching our fireplace glow. 

Was asleep on the couch early - slept pretty well - and now, here we are. 

I had to gas up before coming to work, so there was really no time to get a run in - I will go down to the fitness center during lunch - and whip out a quick 5k.... and then hopefully have enough time to heat up my lunch and eat at my desk. The weather is gross - and it looks like it's going to be this dark and dreary all day. UGH.

What about you? How was your weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Friday Favorites About Snow

Happy Friday - How many of you woke up to snow this morning? 
*raises hand* 
It wasn't a lot, just a dusting, but man oh man, am I not ready for snow. 

So today, my Friday Favorites, will consist of my FAVORITE things about the fluffy white stuff. 
Just so I can look back on this post later and remember, "Oh yeah, I do like snow!"

1) Snowtubing - 

Last winter Emry was finally big enough (and willing) to go snow tubing. There is a small hill down by our house - and we spent the day just waiting in line, in our warmest clothes, and launching him down the slope. This year, I am investing in some snow pants, and I am going to join in too. All I had was leggings, hiking khakis or jeans last year - totally didn't want to get soaking and freezing. That would have been no bueno. But, It was so fun to watch Emry, and also to spend time in the lodge afterwards, sit by the fire - and have some hot cocoa! 

2)  Days off from work - 

When the snow comes down strong, and the schools close, and the office closes - we always wait for the roads to be as clean as possible - and then, we go to lunch. It never fails. It makes all of us REALLY REALLY happy. Any place we pick, is empty - the staff is super happy to see ACTUAL people... and we can take our time and just eat at our own pace. Oh - and take silly pictures of beer glasses with mustaches on them. A couple years back, if there was a fear of snow, my office would close. Now, with new heads of the building (who are from Chicago, mind you), the days off are only for bare necessity - otherwise, you take time from your sick days, yada yada. Still, Snow + No work = Awesomesauce. 

3) Scenery - 

Yes, snow can be a pain. It can bring down trees, and make the roads impossible to drive on. But, man oh man - when it just coats the grass and the trees, it is MAGICAL. Everything looks clean, and just protected. It makes me so happy. For instance, my drive to work today, I was in LOVE with. Yes, there was a LOT of slow moving traffic and one accident. But, I was able to take one picture of the scenery. Just EPIC. Just EPIC BEAUTIFUL AWESOME KICK BUTT NATURESAUCE. 

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4) Warm drinks of all shapes and sizes - falling, landing on the ground, fog as you exhale, it means: HOT COFFEE. HOT COCOA, MULLING CIDER (WITH WINE), POTS AND POTS OF HOT TEA. Am I wrong? What is better than snuggling under a blanket, watching the snow fall, with a large steaming cup of something? And those are the moments where your best thoughts come. Great recipes, decoration ideas, adventures to be taken - they all come as you watch the snow fall.

5) Dogs in the snow - I don't have a dog anymore, but when I did, the best part of snow was watching him PLAY in it. The uncertainty of the cold on his paws, the first bit of snow on his snout. The reaction to all of these things. Dogs are hysterical. I'm sure my cats would HATE it, but, a dog... Snow on the ground is as if they landed on a different planet... The curiosity and innoence. Better than watching TV!

And since it's Friday - what about some Friday Snow Funnies?
I pray for ice when this happens.
Not snow related but - I laughed!
I'm not a teacher - but I imagine they feel this way!
Also not snow related - but - yeah - there's this one broad in my office.
While commuting behind people afraid of the snow falling.
We live in NY - it HAPPENS EVERY YEAR!
Maybe my husband - but he's NUTS!

Happy Friday Friends! Any plans this weekend?