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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful in So-Flo

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I hope you're all having a cozy morning, watching the parade and getting ready to spend this day with all your loved ones. We are doing just that right now...down in South Florida visiting family, prepping lots of yummy food while chasing after our sweet little toddler. 

Is it possible for my heart get extra full each year? Somehow that's what it feels like. Last year Thanksgiving took on a whole new meaning with the newest addition to our family. Here I am a year later and it seems as though my gratitude has doubled if that was even possible. A lot has happened in just one year. There have been many changes, lots of growth and much to be grateful for. 

This is my favorite time of year! From Thanksgiving to Christmas and everything in between. Enjoy every moment!  Happiest Thanksgiving!


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ashley & My Cucumber Avocado Subs

Did you know that Ashley from Wannabe Green is back and has a brand new blog!?! Yup, she's starting fresh over at Run Read Scout! This fit Mamma is one of my biggest motivators, it's fabulous that she's back at it! Definitely head over and check out this sweet lady!
My Cucumber Avocado Subs (inspired by Jimmy John's) were featured in a guest post that I did over at Ashley's old blog for a Meatless Monday post. Luckily I still had the HTML for the post in my sent box for this healthy deliciousness! I have enough difficulty writing down recipes, I'm glad I didn't have to do a total re-do on these!
Ingredients:
Sub rolls - lightly toasted (I prefer wheat, but only had white last time)
Light or fat-free mayo
Sliced cheddar cheese
Sliced cucumber
Sliced avocado
Sliced tomato
Sliced red bell pepper
Sliced red onion
Shredded lettuce
Red wine vinegar & extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Spread mayo on toasted sub roll, top with as much or as little of the following 7 ingredients.
2.  Drizzle with red wine vinegar and olive oil.
3.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Try your best to close the sub, eat with lots of napkins nearby!
Embrace the mess & ENJOY!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Not an excuse, but...

For a while now, I've been seriously slacking in the blogging department. I'm not about to make any excuses because the whole truth is simply that life gets in the way. I've been consistent with my "What's cooking this week" posts because honestly, I refer to my blog when I can't remember what I'm supposed to cook. It's become second nature for me and for Hubs too:
Hubs: "Do we need to take any meat out of the freezer tonight....hold on, I'll check your blog."
See.  

My 7 year old dinosaur of a Macbook made these simple Sunday posts take at least twice as long to do, but I still did it. In order to do any other posts throughout the week this meant firing that old thing up again and frankly, I do not have the patience to deal. It's been sitting in the corner of my bedroom collecting dust until Sunday rolled around again. The point of this random late Monday night post is that there are a ton of unwritten blog posts in my head still, and now that my wonderful Hubby came home with this beauty, I hope to get back into it! I'm eternally grateful!!!! Love you babes! 
This is going to be fun, I'm not even sure where to begin. It's as though I need to redefine my blogger identity...let's see where this thing takes me next! RIP old Macbook, you served me well! On to the next one! Heehee! Goodnight Friends!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's cooking this week?

On Wednesday we're heading down south to be with family, so this week is a short one. I guess it's going to be a week full of poultry. 
Tonight: Easy Ranch Chicken and Rice
Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

The meal plan list may be short but our shopping list will not be. My Thanksgiving meal contribution will be my absolute favorite...."Antipast"! 
YUM! Click HERE for the recipe! It's not too late to plan on attempting the easy crowd pleaser for Turkey Day! 

I have the entire week off of work to be home with my little lady. "Psyched" doesn't even begin to describe how excited I am about this. Working motherhood was starting to catch up to me and this Mamma needed a break. I'll be busy enjoying every moment of course. We don't have anything major planned besides spending a few days down south with family. Maybe we will work in a pitstop at Disney, we'll see how it goes! Otherwise Hubs and I are just putting some more finishing touches on the house that I'll have to share with you all! Here is a peek at our new media console and our mounted TV - wire hiding will be a project for another day. 
Next weekend will be fun getting the house transformed into Christmas mode! For today though, I'm thinking a Friends Thanksgiving episdode marathon is needed. Click HERE for a very accurate list of all Thanksgiving Friends episodes ranked from worst to best. I'll also be getting as many snuggles in with my girl! Speaking of Ella, Timehop just blew my mind!
That face!!!! HaHa, Happy Sunday!!!!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

What's cooking this week?

This weekend was non-stop family fun! It was fantastic but I'm SHOT! I hope I could make it through this post. Sigh. I just looked at the time, I'm old! Before I get into the details....food first!
Tuesday: Pulled Pork and green beans
Wednesday: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad
Thursday: Broccoli Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Parmesan

The quick version is that we spent the weekend at Gaylord Palms with my Aunt Laura and Uncle John, cousin Jennifer and her boyfriend Mickhael. We froze our tushies off at the Ice exhibit (amazing) feasted at the buffet, and then feasted some more. After we said our goodbye's we popped into Epcot for a walk around the world showcase and checked out the fishies...Nemo ride, turtle talk with Crush...Ella loved all of it. I posted a TON of pics from the weekend on Instagram - check them out! 

This old lady is going to sleep....one more week of work and then an entire week OFF, can't wait! 
You have no idea how excited I am to have found this at Epcot today! I have the perfect spot for it too!
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