Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meal Challenge

Recently I had my Facebook friends give me a list of ingredients. They were told that the first 10 people to send me an ingredient would make the list...I would then make a meal including everything from the list.

The list includes:
Sun-Dried Tomato
Cream Cheese
Coconut Milk

The cool thing is that this inspired an ingredient challenge! A couple of friends saw my list, got inspired, and have decided to make meals of their own.

So it's official! We'll do a link-up next week where you can do one of two things...
1) Take the list and run with it.
2) Remake one of the dishes I'll highlight on the blog!

You'll write a post and link-up here!

So what are you waiting for? GET COOKING!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

In Honor Of Mitchell

I guess I dedicated this paper to him unofficially when I wrote it...I couldn't have done it without his class.  It's long (it's an official college paper) but I wanted to put it up in his honor.

A Scarlet Symbol
There are many examples of symbolism found throughout literature. Some examples are universal and used by many authors in a variety of works; while some are tied to a particular author or a particular work. For example, the use of water as a symbol for God or religion is usually a universal choice, and in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, readers can assume that this seems to be true. Of course, Hawthorne frequently uses symbols in his works. "The way in which Hawthorne focuses on a particular object or image invites careful analysis." (Coale) Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his use of objects and even people as symbols throughout this novel.
The first chapter takes readers to the prison-door, as noted in the chapter title. Hawthorne gives the door life when he states, "Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era." (Hawthorne 45) This iron and wood door has served as a symbol to the community of the fate of those inside. Weather quickly stripped the materials of the original appearance and now it seems to slowly decay. The cemetery located on the same ground as the prison is not so much a symbol as it is a foreboding presence. (45)
Located just outside the prison door is a sense of color in this first chapter, a wild rose-bush. This bush serves as a symbol of hope. It gives hope to the prisoner as he enters the door as it is the last bit of beauty that he sees, and hope to the condemned criminal that exits "in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him."(46) The bush existed through history. The question posed in the book is whether it remained out of luck in the wilderness or because it was supernaturally "created" by the footsteps of Ann Hutchinson, a saint. "It may serve to symbolize some sweet moral blossom or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow."(46) Whatever the case, this is one of the times that Hawthorne states outright that the rose-bush is symbolic. This symbol could have been used more throughout the novel. It is used again, briefly, when Hester and Pearl visit the Governor's house; but it could have been even more powerful if used at more places in the novel.
As discussed in the first paragraph, Hawthorne uses water in his novel. Going along with the assumption that water means God, one can assume a lot by Hester's choice to live in a house "looking across a basin of the sea." (73) Does Hester, consciously or subconsciously, want to get closer to God? The soil too sterile for cultivation and the remoteness of the location caused the previous owner to abandon it. This abandonment could serve as a symbol of the true lack of God in the Puritan community, as no one else chose to live there or build close to the water.
Water is mentioned again when Hester and Pearl go on an outing together. When Pearl goes off to play away from Hester, she is told by her mother to "not stray far. Keep where thou canst hear the babble of the brook." (163) This is another want of Hester, whether she is aware of it directly or not, to have her daughter know her Heavenly Father and be closer to God. Also, it shows that Hester still, on some level, trusts that God will look over her daughter when she cannot.
Sunshine is used symbolically as well. In the beginning, "...it seemed, to her sick and morbid heart, meant for no other purpose than to reveal the scarlet letter on her breast." (71) When Hester and Pearl go walking in the forest Pearl is able to dance and play in the sunshine but Hester is not. Pearl tells her mother, "The sunshine does not love you because it is afraid of something on your bosom. It will not flee from me; for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!" (160) When Hester tries to reach out and "catch" some of the sunlight it vanishes from her grasp. Sunshine would seem, at the first, to serve no other purpose than to highlight truth. This is most evident when Hester steps out of prison with Pearl in her arms and Pearl blinks in the sunlight and tries to hide from it. The sunlight is highlighting the truth of Hester's sin, her daughter. When the sunlight runs from Hester, it is a symbol of her being unable to admit the full truth of her situation. Later, Hester and Dimmesdale are sitting together and admit, together, what happened between them and their true feelings for each other. Upon this admission, sunshine floods the area. (177) Finally, sunshine can reach Hester and shine because she is truthful, not only to Pearl and Dimmesdale, but to herself. When Dimmesdale stands on the platform at night with Hester and Pearl it is the lack of sunlight, truth, which allows him to do so. It is interesting to see sunlight, a natural occurrence, used in such a powerful manner.
The forest is also a symbolic place. Because it is cut off from the rest of society and Puritan law, the forest is a place where witches gather to meet the Devil. Even while Hester and Pearl walk, Hester reminds her daughter to stay close to the brook, a symbol of God. The lack of sunshine is reminiscent of the lack of truth that is found in such a place. Hawthorne chooses to use this dark and mysterious place as a sort of sanctuary for Hester and Dimmesdale. It is this place that they choose to be honest about their true feelings; they feel that they can be honest in a place that is so removed from the rest of the world. This is the place where Hester feels that she can truly be herself. She lets down her hair, literally, and throws off the scarlet letter, a confine of society. These characters transform a place of sin and darkness into a place of truth and light. It is only when they are honest that sunshine pours into the area, making it light up.
The scarlet letter on Hester's breast is a multi-faceted symbol. The precursor to the actual novel, a chapter entitled "The Custom House," gives readers a fictional interpretation of Hawthorne discovering the badge of Hester Prynne. Even though it has faded from a once bright red, it still seems to have a veil of mystery surrounding it. When Hawthorne curiously puts it to his own breast, he feels a sensation of "burning heat as if the letter were not of red cloth, but red-hot iron." (32) When the letter is introduced in the novel, it is not longer a symbol of mystery, but a symbol of shame. However, it is not as important a symbol as Pearl, which will be discussed later. The punishment of wearing a letter is not as great as the punishment of raising a child alone, but the community thinks so. Therefore, the letter also symbolizes the naivety of society's view on punishment. This symbol is gradually transformed into something totally different .
At first, it frightens Hester to think that the letter gives her knowledge of sin hiding in the hearts of others. It makes her wonder how many other women would be wearing the same scarlet letter if truth were told by all. (78) It is not long before a sort of mythology centers around the letter. Many stories and rumors are started. For example, it is believed by many that an Indian drew his arrow against the scarlet letter and it bounced off when he fired. The people believed that it gave her a sense of protection against the terrors of the outside world. Even Hester herself begins to "feel" the change that the letter provides. However, it does not make her more outgoing as a person might think. She wears her beautiful hair under a cap and dresses in muted colors with the red letter being the only source of color on her clothing. Her inward personality changes too. "All the light and graceof her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand" (342) But this does not keep her from doing good works and being kind to others. It just means that she does not have the old, apparently fun, personality that she used to. It begins to define her as a person. Everyone in town knows that the woman with the embroidered badge is Hester Prynne, but not in the bad way that it began. The townspeople are proud of her and her accomplishments. Hester is not the only one, it seems, with a scarlet letter. Upon his death, Dimmesdale, tears his clothes aside to reveal a scarlet "A" on his own breast. It is not revealed to readers, however, what caused the hideous mark. Whether it is self-inflicted, caused by Chillingworth's drugs and magic, or "the ever active tooth of remorse, gnawing from the inmost heart outwardly" (223) is never fully told and left up to the imagination.
Pearl, the daughter of Hester, is a special symbolic reminder used throughout the novel. "Little Pearl was a token more scarlet than the scarlet letter of [Hester's] guiltwith a birth presided over by the most intense conflict of love and fear in the mother's heart, nourished at a breast swelling with anguish, and surrounding with burning marks of its mother's shame in its daily life" (Loring)
From the beginning, Hester knows her daughter will not be good. "She knew that her deed had been evil; she could have no faith, therefore, that its result would be for good." (Hawthorne 80) Even when the girl is born without defects, in fact she was quite beautiful; she is a symbol of sin. "a being, perhaps beautiful and brilliant, but all in disorder." (81) She is a reminder to her mother of the sin committed in her creation. "[She] makes the fact of adultery omnipresent." (Brown) The reminder is not only in her existence, but because she is always aware of, and makes known her awareness of, her mother's scarlet letter. Hester only deepens the reminder by dressing Pearl in all red with gold thread; the same colors used in the letter worn on her chest. "to create an analogy between the object of her affection, and the emblem of her guilt and torture." (90) It is as if she does wants, or maybe needs, that constant reminder to be evident. Or maybe she just wants her daughter to have a better sense of self than she does; so instead of dressing Pearl in the same drab colors she chooses for herself, she dressed her daughter in bright and lively colors to make her stand out. It can also be speculated that Hester dressed Pearl in the same colors as the badge of her shame to remind the father of part in the sin of creating the bastard child.
Shockingly enough, Pearl is not only a reminder to Hester but to Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, her illegitimate father. In a "vision" the clergyman sees Pearl "pointing her forefinger, first, at the scarlet letter on [Hester's] bosom, and then at the clergyman's own breast." When visiting the Governor's house, Pearl spies a rose-bush and cries for a red rose. This could be linked to the first rose-bush in the novel, at the prison door, and its representation of hope. Readers can assume that Pearl is desperately looking for hope in a life that is so lonely.
Even though Pearl is a symbolic reminder of sin throughout most of the novel, she is a saving grace to her mother for a brief moment. The townspeople believe that she will be a stumbling-block to her mother, so they argue that she should be taken away. (89) After a discussion with the governor and selected clergy, Hester is granted permission to keep her child. As she leaves, Mistress Hibbins, a noted witch in the community, invites Hester to a meeting in the forest with the Black Man, or the devil. Hester declines, answering "I must tarry at home, and keep watch over my litter Pearl. Had they taken her away from me, I would have gone with thee into the forest, and signed my name in the Black Man's book too" (103) So, it is easy to see that Pearl has saved her mother's soul from eternal damnation.
She also, later in the novel, is referred to as the symbol and connecting link between Hester and Dimmesdale. (135) The three stand during the dead of night on the same platform that Hester stood on when she was shamed before the town. Pearl stands between Hester and Dimmesdale and connects them to each other. This is the first time that the three are together as a "family" and Pearl seems to have been the deciding factor in this. At the end of the novel, Pearl is present at Dimmesdale's death and leans down to kiss him. This symbolizes her forgiveness to him because earlier in the book she wiped off a kiss that he gave her. When he dies, and the mystery of her birth is figured out, does she finally become "human" instead of the "imp" that society believed her to be and goes on to live a happy and productive life. This can be symbolic of one's relationship with God. Only when sin is acknowledged by the sinner can he be forgiven. So, it took Dimmesdale to acknowledge his sin, personified in Pearl, for the impish and sinful side of her to be "forgiven" and wiped away.
Another symbolic character is Hester's secret lover, Arthur Dimmesdale. "While shame only deals with [Hester], conscience is at work with him." (Trollope) This particular character represents what happens when guilt overcomes a person. "he presented the twofold nature which belongs to us as members of society; a nature born from ourselves and our associates, and comprehending all the diversity and all the harmony of our individual and social duties." (Loring)
His members of the parish (Hester's parish to be exact,) and readers are told that "the responsibility of [Hester's] soul lies greatly with [him]." (Hawthorne 61) As with anyone in this position, he is expected to be of especially upstanding character. It is ironic, therefore, that the man responsible for the souls of many would be the one that needs forgiveness. It seems that he begs Hester to reveal him as her counterpart in the shame, as he is unable to do it himself. "I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner" (62) When he does admit to it, later on, it is in front of the congregation. Even though he admits to being "vile" and "an abomination" the congregation sees this admission as a challenge to be better people. (126) After his death, his congregation will still remain true to him and talk of his life and death as a sort of parable to learn from. (224) "The tragedy of Dimmesdale lies in his defeat by evil through the temptation of cowardice and hypocrisy, which are sins." (Van Doren)
The other important person made into a symbol is Hester's husband, Roger Chillingworth. He is the epitome of revenge consuming a person. When readers first encounter the man, he is not as monstrously deformed as Hester sees him seven years later. (Reid) It seems that the ugly of his soul is coming out on his countenance; and being consumed with revenge begins to take a visible toll on the man. The people of the town remark that his expression goes from "calm, meditative, scholar-like" to "ugly and evil." (Hawthorne 112)
His title as a leech, or doctor, is even symbolic. Doctors were sometimes referred to as leeches because they used leeches in their healing. Chillingworth being called a leech is symbolic because of the way he seems to suck the life and well-being out of his charge, Dimmesdale.
The only other person aware of his true identity as Hester's husband is Hester. Chillingworth, however, quickly becomes aware of Dimmesdale's identity as Pearl's father. When he discovers the sign of Dimmesdale's hidden shame, which is revealed later in the novel, he is likened to Satan. "Had a man seen [him]he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself, when a precious human soul is lost to heaven, and won into his kingdom." (121) He is a lesson to readers to keep revenge and hatred from taking over a person's soul.
After returning to town from her stay in prison, Hester becomes a symbol to the townspeople. "The young and pure would be taught to look at herthe child of honorable parentswho had once been pureas the reality of sin." (72) Her embroidery, while beautiful, is still asked for by members of the town. However, it is never requested to cover the pure blushes of a bride. (75) In a modern age where adultery is quite commonplace, one might think that this viewpoint is a bit harsh. Readers must remember that this story takes place in a Puritan society. Puritans believed that the Bible was law. (Noll) The Ten Commandments clearly state "Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Deuteronomy 5:18) So it would be entirely acceptable to punish a woman who violated this God-given law. Along the same lines, it would also be acceptable to use her as an example of sinful practices. This use of a woman as a tragic heroine is classic with Hawthorne. "In Hawthorne's writings, the persons whose bodies and minds most suffer from experimentation and heritage are almost always female" (Brown)
Symbols are strategically placed throughout literature. By looking deeper into most pieces, a reader can find that the most innocent object or seemingly straightforward character is actually a symbol strategically placed by the author. Not every piece will have as much symbolism as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," but the pieces that do are worth investigating.

Phone Fun!

I REALLY enjoy this link-up!

I got a concert! :-)

He always asks "Ready Mommy?" and then jams out.

I pushed out my mile in UNDER 11 MINUTES!

He wanted to play in Franklin's sensory bin...so I made him his own

He's gotten really good at crawling...

Crazy face!

Making the baby laugh

Eating breakfast! He's so big!!!!

Rest assured, that's lip gloss on his eye. 

Yeah, he's 8mo and pulling up to his knees. *sigh* I'm betting he walks before he's a year old.

That was my week! I forgot to pull out my phone more often...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In Memory of an Amazing Teacher

In high school I took a class called English Link. This was like the elite advanced class. It ran an entire year (instead of a semester) and was different from any class I've ever had then or since. On any day you would walk in and find the class engaged in a lively debate about any social or political situation. The next day you may walk in and find everyone hurriedly taking notes with novels open across desks. Or you may walk in to a classroom that is dead silent but for the clicking of computer keys as we frantically spit out a paper for the prompt of the day.

John Mitchell taught me how to stop overthinking and just WRITE...and how to make that amazing. He taught me to love literature. I learned The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and read enough poetry to make my brain explode. I learned how to look for symbolism in a seemingly boring passage. However, the most important thing that Mr. Mitchell taught all of us was how to think for ourselves.

I remember one of the first weeks in class he asked one student after another "Do you believe in God?" When the student answered in the affirmative he followed up with "Why?" The other interesting question he asked involved sin. "Do you avoid sinning because you want to go to Heaven or because you don't want to go to Hell?" For a bunch of juniors in high school these were questions that caused a lot of thought. That's when I knew that this class was different.

I could go on forever about this class (I took it for 2 years). The reason is because (that was for you Mr. Mitchell!) it made an impact on me as a person as much as a student.

Mr. Mitchell, I'm sorry you never got to see the woman that I became. I'm sorry you never got to meet my family. I hope that I've made you proud.

And now, for my fellow Mitchell Children, I give you "Mitchell Quotes"

- I feel like a prostitute giving you these grades.
- Y'all are going to have to be quiet and loud.
- Oh God, we're going to talk about penis!!!
- I can't hear you. Shut up please. Thank you much!
- Hello. Shut up. Pay attention.
- Some of you that aren't paying attention are the same idiots that are going to ask the same stupid question and I'm not going to talk to you. I'm just going to stick out my tongue and go "BLAH."
- Two things I am not: I am not nice and I am not fair.
- I guarantee this is going to come up in your life and you're going to look like idiots and it's not going to be my fault.
- Bravery and stupidity kind of go hand in hand with that.
- We don't peepee on Mitchell's papers.
- If I went to that I would be like the bastard at a family reunion.
- "Has anyone told you that you look like Sean Connery?" "Yes, and Tom Cruise." *laughter* "Why are you laughing?)
- Why are you talking? I'm talking, but I can because I'm old. You can't, you're young. Shut up.
- If your agreement had been better I probably would have danced naked on the schoolhouse
- You can't do stuff with the girls. Especially after you've baptized them and gotten them all wet.
- "Any of you other slackers that find Moby Dick bring it back." "That was mean." *pause* *cheerful tone* "Any of you other slackers..."
- God I'm cute!!!
- Do unto others before they get a chance to do unto you.
- Schools are the worst places in the world to get an education.
- Heart doesn't mean kindness. It's a big, black heart.
- When I make any sort of noise you shut up.
- I'm just up here giving pills out...I'm the candy man!
- If you don't shut up I'm going to take the jawbone of an ass and beat you to death with it. And I won't have to look very far.
- Just smile and say "Yes Mr. Mitchell, I live to do you favors."
- Everything about me is cute...and I'm good looking.
- It's like the second coming, you never know when that test is going to hit you.
- Quick *clap* like a bunny rabbit!
- Up with this I will not put!
- Ideas were good. The writing.......sucked.
- If any of you fail the TAKS test I will personally oversee your death.
- Does this look like the face of someone that's afraid of a feisty child?
- I'd get a front row seat in hell if that were true.
- "Oh my God." "I'm just your English teacher."
- Somebody here did it and I just went WEE all over the place.
- How do you function if you haven't read Moby Dick? *laughter* Why are you laughing?!?
- There's nothing slow about Mr. Mitchell.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Follows

Welcome to everyone from :


A Mommy's Sweet Blog Design Friday Blog Hop

Be sure and visit some of the other hops! I expect you all to make at least 5 new friends today!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm so proud

First off let me introduce you to these neat dice my parents brought me:

They're prayer dice. Each side has a different prayer on it. I thought they were really neat.

Anyway, I'm sitting at the computer today and I hear Franklin yell, "Dead bug, Mama!!" Now, he's been known to yell this about speck of ANYTHING on the floor so I didn't think much of it...until he said it again and I heard the above block banging on the floor.

He ran in, quite proud of himself, and told me "Dead bug!!!" I want to foster his pretend so I said, "Oh really? Show me!!" and ran with him.

It turns out there HAD been a bug. He'd squished it. No, I take that back, he'd obliterated it. I think it was a spider....but it was hard to tell from what was squished across the floor.

Now I hate spiders. I don't want 50 comments from people saying "but spiders are good! They eat bugs! blah blah blah..." I know. I'm well aware that spiders eat bugs and that not all of them are horrible killing machines ready to take me out in my sleep. Logically I KNOW this...but I also have a phobia. So, in the phobia part of my brain I want every spider in the world dead because only then will we all be safe.

Can you guess how I reacted to the spider killing by my son? I hugged him, told him he was awesome, and we did a high-five. He's my hero.

Thirsty Thursday: Junior Mints

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why I chose Beachbody 4

Two things I've heard lately...

"I can't do those meal replacement powders. I think they're nasty."

"Why should I buy Shakelogy when I can just go to Walmart and get X shake?"

I'll address them each in turn...

1) I've also tried other powders...and they ARE nasty. You know what makes them nasty? Artificial crap. Seriously, the general rule is: If a 7 year old can't read it you probably shouldn't eat it. This link was VERY informative. I've actually found myself wishing I could turn back time and slap the shake out of my hand at 15 years old. It's kind of like Diet Soda vs Regular Soda vs Soda with Cane Sugar. YOU CAN TELL THE ONES WITH ARTIFICIAL CRAP.
Let's look at SlimFast vs Shakeology:

So there's that!

2) Yes, you can totally go to Walmart and buy some generic shake. OR you could try Shakeology.
If you buy a shake at the store and it does NOTHING for you then you've wasted your money. You'll never get that money back.
Shakeology has a 30 Day Bottom of The Bag Guarantee. What does that mean? If, in the first 30 days, it doesn't live up to your expectations for ANY reason you can get a full refund (less S&H) You know what will happen if you call Slimfast? They'll probably apologize and give you a coupon. I've never called so I can't say exactly what they'd do...but I know FOR A FACT that Shakeology has the guarantee.

Read it all for yourself: myshakeology.com/kasmorin

Repost for a link-up

The first photo of me and my youngest son. This was taken literally seconds after he was born.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's been going on lately

I want everyone to get as excited about getting healthy as I am....it's hard for me to wrap my head around people that are okay being unhealthy.

I don't want that to sound offensive or hateful. I honestly don't get it. I'm excited to be changing my life. I get excited watching other people change theirs...

My boys are getting big. Jonathan is CRAWLING at 7 months. He wants to walk so bad. AAAHHH
Franklin has reached the "no" and "mine" stage of toddlerhood. Lots of fights around here lately. I'm not enjoying this one.

I'm getting the hang of juggling work and home. Working from home is HARD, but I can walk away when I need to and play with the boys.

I'm linking up here:

...even though I feel a bit boring!

Pinterest Tuesday!

Crazy About My Baybah

These were some of my favorite finds:

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Phone Fun!

My sweet Jonathan (who is CRAWLING at 7mo!!!!)

My loving Franklin enjoying dinner!

This made my feet look fat

I like the color

He wanted to cuddle mama

My fathre-in-law said an amateur did them....well, I did !

A gross deal at my grocery store. Who needs THAT MUCH SUGAR in the morning?

Drinking his bottle without a top!!

He's riding his motorcycle. Notice the helmet

He unzipped the couch cover and crawled inside.

Franklin wanted to hold the baby...but the baby is too big. This was the compromise.


SO SWEET (he probably smacked him 10mins later)

My mile time. Yep. I'm awesome. 
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Homeschool/Toddler Activities List 1

I REALLY need to be more diligent about this. I'm going to start listing the neat activities I find each week.

Create an Animal Safari

Active Child Activity: What Comes Next?

Active Child Activity: Rolling and Reading

Yes, I know...there are only 3 links. Next week I hope to have more, but I wanted to get those last two out for a special friend to use with her daughter! :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why I chose Beachbody 3

I'll be honest. Right now any money *I* make is just icing (Well, after I pay for our Shakeology that is...) My husband's job pays us more than enough money. We live comfortably and are slowly paying down debts.

I realized today, after Stefan got called in to work again on a Saturday, why I love having this job so much...

I'm the boss.

Seriously. That's one of the best feelings.

There are other good points...

It's part of my job to eat healthy, drink Shakeology, and workout.

I get paid to do things I enjoy...like go to the gym.

Let me repeat that:  Basically, I get paid to live my life.

I also don't have to go in to an office during the day and get to spend my time with these guys:

Yes, that can be VERY stressful....but, from what I've heard from a fellow mom, not nearly as stressful as leaving them each day could be.

Tell me again why you're not interested in Beachbody?

A Week in Clean(ish) Eating

This week I entered a challenge to eat "clean" for 5 days. The rules were simple:
- If you're watching your calories stay within your calorie goal (I wasn't so this was no issue)
- Limit processed foods
- Drink plenty of water

What defined a "clean" diet was up to the individual. I chose to keep my carbs low and eat minimally processed foods.

By Wednesday I had the mother of all headaches...and I just felt SICK. I was totally detoxing from all of the crap in my body.

I did okay on my eating. We ate out once in the five days (but it was a sandwich place not a burger joint...and I think I made decent choices)

I've been craving pizza (thin crust, sausage, mushroom, LARGE) and chips and dip. Ugh.

I'll confess. I don't like to eat healthy. Really. I enjoy the way it makes me feel and I KNOW it's the best decision. But if you ask me, honestly, which I prefer when presented with a slice of pizza or a bunch of steamed broccoli? I'll choose pizza 90% of the time. (There are times when I WANT that broccoli) Junk food just tastes good. Carbs make me feel happy...until I look at my waistline. It's a fact of life: Junk Food Is Addicting.

This week I'm going to keep a closer eye on what I'm eating and clue you in to some of the choices that I make. Like last night we had Chicken Quesadillas. Instead of just loading mine with chicken and cheese I took an extra 10mins to chop onion, mushroom, and spinach and saute them until soft. I seasoned them up nice and spicy and added THAT to my quesadilla. I used minimal cheese, less chicken than in my husband's, and cooked it all in raw butter.

What junk food meal would you like to see done more healthy?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The 2 Minute Breakfast

Kid noises included to keep it real. (Yes, that was my two year old asking for jelly...)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I hope you've heard of this by now!

Crazy About My Baybah

I wanted to share some of my faves for the week!

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