Everything is Done!

I am feeling so so much better.  I have slept GREAT the past two nights, been eating right, drinking plenty of water and getting caught up on everything that has been put on the back burner for a few weeks now.  I feel like things are balanced again and this break was exactly what my recent case of burn out needed.  Party smile

After the laundry was put away, Aidan and I went outside to pull some weeds in my flower bed.  Well, I pulled weeds, Aidan squished grub worms.  I told him they were bad because they ate my flowers, he said he was “getting them” for me.  Ahhh, boys, so sweet.  Dealing with the weeds in my flower bed was one of the things that just kept nagging me but I never could find the time to get out there to do it.  It only took about a half hour to do, but sometimes half a minute is too much!  I would have liked to have gone to get a haircut and a manicure/pedicure (also on my to-do list) but I don’t think there’s enough candy in the world to bribe two little boys to sit in a beauty salon for 2 hours.  Thumbs down

I was really hungry this afternoon and had two pretty substantial snacks

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Apple, Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla, Jamie’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread on top.

A couple of hours later I had this…..

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Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

At least it was a snack, which is what its supposed to be, instead of my “meal”.  Baby Steps.

I got the menu planning, coupon clipping and grocery list making done for the week. Usually I do this on Tuesday nights but I think putting it off until then (like I have the last two weeks) has been the beginning of me being sleep deprived the rest of the week from staying up late to do it. When I start my “grocery shopping project”, I always go through and see what I already have and go from there.  It was easy this week because we still have a lot of things from last week and I can make some of the same meals again plus we have some leftovers that I had put in the freezer. Thumbs up

Tonight I made spaghetti for the boys but I really wanted some more of Gina’s salad and the veggies I roasted earlier today.

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and a roll.

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I cleaned the kitchen, folded more laundry, helped pick up the boy’s rooms, and now I am happily getting myself into bed at a very reasonable hour!  I am looking forward to getting up early and getting my Mommy’s Day Out started!

Cooking = Therapy

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I stumbled upon this awesome looking challenge for March the other day.  Sometimes when you get into a rut whether it’s a food rut, or an exercise rut, a relationship rut you name it, the best thing to do is try something new!  I can’t wait to get started on this…..um tomorrow.  Winking smile

Wow did I sleep good again last night!  Aidan let me sleep this morning until 7:30 and I felt like a new woman!  I woke up several times last night because I made the mistake of drinking a bunch of water a few hours before I went to bed.  Annoyed But luckily I was able to go right back to sleep after I had relieved the situation.  <—- never happens.

Breakfast was delish

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Jamie’s Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, 1/2 tbsp. all natural peanut butter on each, 1/2 tsp. chia, 1/2 small banana, sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

I thought I might be ready to get back in the gym, or at least do a workout at home but that quickly went away once I started a three hour therapy session in my kitchen.  I love to cook and bake so much.  It’s so relaxing and therapeutic.  I wish I was creative enough to make up my own recipes.  Maybe that will come in time.  But for now, I’m a copy cat.

I roasted some sweet potatoes

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I love roasting my veggies.  It’s the best way to eat them IMO!  I got the idea to roast them with chipotle chili pepper after I had something similar  here.  I peeled and chopped up the sweet potatoes, and then sprayed them with olive oil using my Misto.  I then lightly, I stress LIGHTLY, sprinkled the chile pepper and the cracked black pepper.  Then tossed them until they were evenly coated with the spices and oil and baked them for 30 min at 425 degrees, tossing them every 10 minutes so they would bake evenly

When those were done I made this

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using Gina’s recipe

I LOVE this recipe.  I have made this many many times and could eat it all day everyday.

So for lunch I had this

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I was able to eat half of it before I was really full!

Then I got started on that pumpkin bread I wanted to make yesterday

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Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein Bread

Good heavens this girl is GOOD.  I had that little corner in the picture and then I had this

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The pumpkin bread and the cinnamon swirl bread I made last night.  Heaven on earth.

Well, I am off to fold more laundry, yes, more laundry.  It never ends.  At least it’s just two small loads.  I sometimes forget that if I don’t do at least a couple of small loads everyday (one whites, one colors) it begins to take over my life.  I find myself running the dryer 14 times because I have yet again, left it in there too long and now its all wrinkled.  I can’t fold wrinkled laundry. That would be like torture for me.  I know I am not the only one who does this so don’t judge.  Winking smile