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Archive for March, 2013

the kind of days you dream of

I don’t know about you, but when I pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom, I pictured myself with a smile on my face for the whole day.  My kids would be so delighted to have me at home playing with them, we would bake fresh cookies every day, and play dress up all day long.  It would be rainbows and butterflies.  I found out very quickly that most days are not this way.  This week was definitely NOT that way.  The girls have been both sick i.e. extra clingy, extra whiny, and extra cranky.

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Today, however, was a nice change of mood for everyone.  It started as normal, with a nice hot cup of coffee.

photo (29)But then as I moved on to clean my bedroom after breakfast, the most amazing thing happened- they entertained themselves on our bed the whole time I was cleaning!  I put on some music and they let their imaginations run wild.  First they were princesses in a castle.

image (29)Then they were riding in a boat.  I wish I had the imagination of a child again!image (30)

After our busy morning of cleaning, I squeezed in a workout, and then we made some juice.  I haven’t used my juicer in awhile and I was craving some fresh juice, so we gathered up some fruit and vegetables and got to work.image (32)In the mix- oranges, carrots, cantaloupe, and spinach.  I wish I would have added an apple for some extra sweetness, but it was still delicious.image (31)Let’s hope the rest of the day goes just as smoothly.  No plans on the agenda for this evening as of now.  But a glass of wine sure does sound good!

my new obsession- chicken burgers!

I don’t know if it was the mango coladas talking or if they really were delicious, but in Mexico, I became totally obsessed with chicken burgers!  As soon as I came home, I knew that I needed to recreate this sandwich.  And now you can too!

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Chicken Burgers

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Saute the onion with the garlic in a little bit of olive oil until tender. 

In a large bowl, combine the sauteed onions and garlic with all other ingredients.  Mix all together well and form into 8 patties.

Preheat a larger skillet and add a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking.  Cook burgers on each side for approximately 5 minutes.  (I used a meat thermometer to make sure that my burger was completely cooked throughout- to 165 degrees.  Don’t need any salmonella here!).  Come summertime, I will definitely be throwing these on the grill instead of cooking them on my stovetop.

Top with cheese- I used American, but be creative!  A pepper jack or colby jack would be great!

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I served mine on whole grain focaccia buns, with cheese, red onion, lettuce tomato, a dab of mayo, and ketchup.  They added pickles on the sandwich in Mexico, which was a nice addition.

Hope you enjoy this spin on traditional burgers as much as I do!  Grilling season is coming up, even though it doesn’t feel like it out there today!

Have a nice weekend everyone Smile

from dungeon to playroom

We recently had our basement refinished, which has been one of the best decisions that we have made.  I have wanted a playroom for the girls ever since they started accumulating toys, and now that dream is a reality!2013-01-212

Before, I didn’t even know if finishing our basement was a possibility.  We used to get a lot of water in it and even with a sump pump, it never seemed like a space that we would be able to use.  We eventually learned of the B-Dry System and had that installed.  So far, it has worked like a charm!  We had to wait at least six months after installing the system to finish it off, ensuring there were no leaks.

Since Blake takes forever to do projects is pretty busy, we decided to hire a contractor for this BIG project.  The whole room needed to be framed, sheet-rocked, painted, etc, so it was definitely a good decision to hire someone to do it for us.

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My laundry room isn’t ready for it’s big reveal yet, since we plan to install some cabinets, but it’s looking like this right now, which is a HUGE improvement from before!

DSC_0051And now we have the perfect little space to play in!  It’s so nice to keep the mess in one area!  The girls are getting better about going down by themselves to play, although they still would prefer a playmate!

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We already had the furniture (couch was in Blake’s office and gray chair was in our bedroom) and I had a friend make the printed pillows and ordered the pink chevron printed ones.  We also ordered the gray chevron ottoman from Joss and Main, which is great because it creates some extra seating, but also doubles as storage for blankets (there’s no heat in the room as of now).   This may be my new favorite space in the house!

Do you have a play room??

age appropriate

I always said that once my little girls were old enough to ask to have their ears pierced, that I would allow them to.  Now that Macy is three and asks me all the time to get her ears pierced, I don’t feel the same way at all!  I feel like she is still so young and getting a piercing is a big deal!  I even tried some scare tactics by telling her that piercing them may hurt, and she said that’s fine!

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For now, she’s content with some clip-ons, but I don’t know how long this is going to last.  One part of me feels like it’s not such a big deal since we probably will pierce them sooner or later, but the other part of me wants to wait until she’s a little bit older.  My mom made me wait until I was 12 to have my ears pierced, and while I feel that is a bit extreme, I think this little girl is going to have to wait at least another year!  Do your girls have their ears pierced?  At what age did you feel that it was appropriate?

spaghetti squash instead of pasta?

Since it’s Friday, here’s a recipe for you all Smile

I’m sure most of you, especially if you are health conscious, have heard of substituting spaghetti squash for pasta.  I am one of those people that didn’t think this substitution sounded very appealing, but wanted to try it anyway.  These pictures were actually taken the second time that I made this dish, so the fact that I tried it a second time says something I guess, right?

This is what a spaghetti squash looks like, if you’re not familiar.  The outside is very hard and the inside resembles a pumpkin.

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I read that you can actually roast the squash whole, but I prefer to cut mine in half first (which is no easy task).  Once you get it split open, remove the seeds with a hard spoon.  Spray lightly with olive oil (I LOVE my misto sprayer) and then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for around 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.

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Once you remove it from the oven, scrape with a fork the squash will shred into strands that resemble pasta.

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Top with meatballs (turkey meatballs if you really want a healthy meal option!), some tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!DSC_0012

And now the real question- is spaghetti squash a good substitute for pasta?  Taste wise, I would say no.  It does not taste anything like my beloved angel hair pasta.  The texture is similar, but a little bit more firm.  However, health wise, I would say yes.  If you want to make positive changes in your diet, this would be a good one to make and over time it may be an acquired taste.  I think I’ll stick to pasta with my meatballs most nights though! 

Have you ever tried spaghetti squash?  What were your thoughts on it??

movie date and sesame street live

Well, instead of trying to update you with everything that’s been going on in the past few weeks while I haven’t been blogging, I am just going to start with last night and today. How does that sound?

Last night (my Thursday night off) I included my hubby and went out on a little date night.  First we saw a movie, which we hadn’t done in ages.  We saw Identity Thief and both thought it was pretty good.

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I loved stuffing my face with movie theater popcorn!  There’s nothing like it.

photo (26)We then had a late night snack and a few glasses of wine at Smuggler’s Cove.  This used to be our go-to restaurant but we hadn’t been there together in awhile, so it was a nice change.

I recycled my outfit from last night (pink pants!) for today’s outing.  If I know I won’t be seeing any of the same people, I get another wear out of my outfit… Does anyone else do this or am I the only dirty one?

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This morning was all about family time.  We had tickets to see Sesame Street Live, and the girls loved it, especially Macy.  Avery liked Grover (always does) and Elmo, but lost interest much more quickly.  We left halfway through the second half, but still enjoyed most of the show.

image (27)Note: We brought our own Sesame Street characters from home to avoid buying the overpriced ones at the show.  I highly recommend doing the same!image (28)