Friday, December 9, 2011

Cookies For Cuties

My neice and nephew are visiting tomorrow while their mom and dad have a weekend to themselves before number three arrives in March.  My parents are watching them and I of course offered to help. They are so cute it's hard to resist.
Mia and Giona

So one of the things we have planned for tomorrow is to decorate Christmas cookies.  My plan was to bake the cookies tonight so that they would be all ready to decorate tomorrow.  I didn't have a lot of time to bake the cookies today so I purchase pre-made dough.  I actually found a pretty good dough at our grocery store.

Then it was time to bake. I rolled out the dough and used some cookie cutters my mom gave me

Then I attempted to freehand some of my own lol

"M" for Mia "G" for Giona

And of course I had to try some of my own to make sure they tasted good
leftover cookie blob. yum

Thursday, December 8, 2011

So that's what december is supposed to feel like

After our monsoon yesterday we were left with freezing weather for the near future. Well, not quite freezing, but in the 40s.  I've been so spoiled with most of November and December being in the 50s and 60s.  Very unusual for this part of the country.  I was obviously freezing all day because I'm always cold at work even if it's 90 degrees outside. I was ready to get warmed up after work. I headed to the gym on a run.  To run carefully. My foot has been behaving so I decided to give it a go.
this is my ready to run look hahah. I'm lame I know

I did a 10 minute warm up including a 2 minute run and then ran at a steady 6.0 with 1 minute sprints every 4 minutes until I hit 4 miles

It felt great! If there really is something wrong with my foot I need to find another way to cope with stress because running is the only thing that does it for me now. That and dark chocolate. I guess I could always try to get a little more into yoga, but in no way am I a flexible person.  When I got home I made a sald with spinach leaves, snap peas, carrots, celery, pineapple and tuna with a slice of great harvest dakota toast on the side.

Now I'm sitting down to watch some Lost on Netflix.  Matt and I have been watching for several months and we are finally nearing the end. We have about 15 episodes left.  It's such a good series but I heard the end is very dissapointing. We'll see.

Tomorrow's Friday! YAY!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Getting some aggression out

When I walked out of work today and saw that it was POURING, I had a feeling I wouldn't want to be heading to the gym after dinner.  But I really wanted to work out...just did not want to step foot outside my house. What to do what to do.  Thank goodness for Comcast Exercise TV!  I decided to do a 45 minute kickboxing workout to help me get some built up aggression out.  I chose Chris Freytag's 10 lb Slimdown Xtreme Kickbox. 
I have to admit I loved it. It was the perfect mix between cardio and strength training. 

Before my workout I tried a new recipe from Fannetastic Food.  We had Healthy Chicken Enchiladas for dinner.  I altered the recipe  a little for what I had on hand.
2 Chicken Breasts cooked, hand torn 
1/4 C canned chopped green chilies
1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
Juice from 1 fresh lime
½ tsp. cracked pepper
1 tsp. cumin
2 C enchilada sauce (see recipe below)
4 large whole wheat tortillas
Extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray, as needed
¾ C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside

Enchilada Sauce:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, peeled, diced finely 1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz. can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp. sugar
1 splash of balsamic vinegar
Add oil to pan over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, and spices and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar and simmer covered for 20 minutes until thick.

Spread a thin layer of Enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish.  Spoon 1/4 chicken mixture in each of 4 whole wheat tortillas and roll. Place seem down in the baking dish.  Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the tortillas and top with cheese.  Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until cheese has melted.

This recipe is definitely a keeper! Matt told me today that I need to start thinking of my own recipes and not just messing with other people's haha.  I really wish I was that creative. Maybe in time I'll get a hang of it and be a little more adventurous.

Monday, December 5, 2011

I have to do what??

The day has finally arrived for my checkup! I went to my GP and talked her up about my foot and my stomach. She promptly gave me lots of papers and lots of different doctors numbers and places to go. My list that I'm hoping to complete in the next month:
  • Get my bloodwork done checking my liver, kidneys, sugar, cholesterol and thyroid.
  • Get both of my feet and akles x-rayed.  Based on these I might be going to a specilist afterwards
  • And lastly...go to a GI specialist to figure out what is with my stomach.  We're guessing that my issues are mostly stress related, but just want to make sure it's nothing more serious.
Needless to say I was a little down when I got home, but then I saw this face and it cheered me up.

For dinner we had a pasta and turkey sausage bake. This is one of my favorite things to have for dinner. I mean I am 50% Italian. 

The recipe was pretty simple. First I cooked some whole wheat pasta according to the box instructions. I made enough for 4 servings so we could have leftovers.  I then chopped up 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and threw them in a skillet with 3 links of italian turkey sausage (casings removed and cut into bite sized peices).  When the sausage had cooked through I added 1 15oz can of chopped tomatoes along with a sprinkle of dried oregano and basil.  I then put the cover on the skillet and simmered the dish for 15 minutes.  Then I added the pasta to the skiller, mixed, poured in a serving dish and sprinkled mozzerella cheese on top.  Delish!

After I finished dinner I had one of these bad boys for dessert:

It was nice having a day of rest from woking out. I think my body needed it! I just went on a quick walk around the neighborhood with Champ and two best guys. Here's to hoping this week flies by!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Different Kind of Christmas

This year for Christmas, my family decided not to do gifts.  I will admit we can go a tad overboard with the gifts sometimes, but who doesn't.  I was a little hesitant at first, but man does it take a lot of stress out of the holidays.  But I think I've realized that I'm having trouble realizing that Christmas is right around the corner because I don't have to worry about shopping and wrapping gifts.  I guess for me Christmas = stress haha. We still don't have our tree but we are hoping to take care of that next weekend. I think once we do our decorating I will start to get more in the Christmas spirit.  In honor of the approaching holiday I decided to do a Christmas Survey I found online:

What is your favorite Christmas song?
There's no Place Like Home for the Holidays by Perry Como

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
The Christmas Story obviously!!

What do you look forward to most on Christmas?
Seeing my family, especially my brother and sister who live out of town.  I also love seeing my sister's kids open their gifts!

Do you take part in secret santa?
I have 4 best friends from college and we usually do secret santa, but this year we've decided to give money to a cherity instead. 

Do you go to any Christmas parties?
Yes! This year I'll be going to my company Christmas party on the 16th and I just got invited to a cookie exchange party on the 17th. I cannot wait!

What is your favorite food at Christmas?
Peppermint bark is by far my favorite food. I can't stay away from the stuff.

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. 

I spent my day today cooking my meals for the week. It took me about 2 hours but I'm glad to have it out of the way and not to have to worry about it during the week.  I started out my day with a trip to they gym.  I was ready for a longer workout.  I got in 40 minutes of weight training and 45 minutes of cardio split between the stationary bike (on random level 8) and the eliptical (aslo on random level 8). 
Dinner was easy tonight. I cooked a pot roast in the slow cooker all day and made some sweet potato cakes to have on the side.

All I did for the sweet potato cakes was microwave a large sweet potatoe for 5 minutes on each side.  Then I cut it in half and removed the insides. To the potato I added 1/2 tsp of brown sugar,  1/8 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of whole wheat flour and 1 tbsp egg whites.  Then I formed 4 small cakes and cooked them in an oiled pan for 4 minutes per side.  Delish!