Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Ultimate Yogi // Days 1 & 2

Total Mind and Body Transformation

So far, I'm in love with this program. With P90X yoga I was on my wrists too much, they way Travis Elliot guides the sessions I have had no wrist pain at all. Even with the sessions running over an hour. I thought I had an idea of what the program would be like, and luckily I was happily surprised when I pulled out the insert, began reading, and found out just how doable this is. 

Here is the run down so far:

Yoga Sessions:
So far I've done Cross Train & Cardio, Travis made a comment I really liked in the first part of Cross Train the first day: Yoga isn't about doing the extreme, you figure out what is too much for your body and what is too little, and you do the moderate. You still push yourself though. (granted that isn't an exact quote) If you have any foundations in yoga, beginner or intermediate you can do this program. That is what I love about yoga to begin with, you can constantly modify to make it easier or harder at any point in a session. My only problem is time, I feel like I am rushing to get everything done before bedtime during the week. There are going to be a few days a week where I have to workout before work. Hello 5am!

The Diet:
Looking at the website I was convinced UY pushed for a vegan diet, which just isn't doable for me. For a lactose intolerant girl, I have a bit of a cheese and greek yogurt love! Lucky for me, the diet he suggests is just eating clean and removing processed foods and limiting unnatural sugars, while eating as many veggies as possible and consuming lean meats. I already eat that way 90% of the time...so that was easy. He also suggeted 3 cleanses throughout the program, all lasting 3 days: vegan, raw, and a juice feast. Nothing is ridiculous and portion controlled like P90X is, I was nearly driven crazy when Jeremy did P90X with all of its diet restrictions. 

Just my little rant of a side note: people misuse the word diet. Your diet is what you eat, not some dumb fad like Atkins. My diet on a daily basis is whole grains, lean meats, veggies, fruits, and as little processed food as I can get away with. I've eaten this way since high school when I read ABs Diet, which isn't exactly a diet. It mainly just taught nutrition, how to eat, what to eat, and what to eat. It gave good reasons for why you should and should not eat certain things regularly, but that nothing is off limits. If I want fried chicken, I'll eat fried chicken. I just won't eat it every day, or every week. I highly suggest you read it if you aren't that confident with nutrition. It is a good step towards eating clean, granted it isn't a "eating clean" book, it does however explain why you should eat whole grains and what not. I guess that is why it irks me when people act like I diet, I don't, I've not only eaten this way for 10 years...I also don't have body image issues. Yes, I have said I could stand to lose a few, but heck I am from a family of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. If I don't actively monitor my weight I will end up like many of my close relatives and have to fight diabetes. People! There is no reason to acquire a preventable problem. 

Okay, end rant. 

So far I'm surviving. If I lose weight/inches/or show a ton of muscle definition I'll update on that too. So far starting weight is what I weighed the begining of the year...but while holding a 15 week old crazy puppy lol1 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!



Housewarming Gift Jar, super cute idea. 









How to make your own wood sign












Breaking tradition made the wedding so much easier. 



Now I insist...you have to watch this! We cried we were laughing so hard.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When lying to your husband is okay, and other birthday events.

I'd have to say this year's birthday was good, I was a little apprehensive about having to work on it (it usually falls on Mardi Gras break) and having kids come up to me all day talking about it. 

Just a little back story: I am not a birthday person at all. It has rained every year for 27 years on my birthday and my mom get sick every year as well. As a kid I cried ever time I heard the birthday song, to  the point that my mother still says my personal anthem is "It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To." I just don't like the attention. If you want to give me gifts fine, but don't mention the birthday lol

I actually got up in a pretty sad mood, as usual per birthday tradition. Even though the night before Jeremy had gone all out. If you follow on IG you may have seen the crazy, but we went to Orange Leaf and he gave me a card with money in it. I told him all I wanted was a Breville juicer so when I saw the cash I instantly said, "You didn't get the juicer did you?" Jeremy being Jeremy let that go on for quite some time...as far as letting me go to Target to get a juicer...put it on the check out counter....let the girl scan it...and then he yelled "YOU HAVE A JUICER AT HOME!" 
That is where things got funny, at least to us. The check out girl was confused. We were debating back and forth, I didn't believe him, and he was being super sketchy about it. The check out girl finally said, in a super ghetto voice & totally acceptable tone considering the size of the juicer I had placed on the counter, "How you don't know if you gots a juicer at home or not?" I tried to explain it was my birthday, but she still thought I was nuts. 

When we got home Jeremy sent Sara and I on a wild goose chase for the thing in this tiny apartment...after some time it finally surfaced under a pair of underwear in his closet. I only realized it because of the apple on the box, Jeremy is a box horder...but never have I seen the man interested enough in fruit to put that in his closet as well. 

I hopped up that morning, in a funk, but really excited to juice for the first time...and super pumped that my Ultimate Yogi workout was being delivered that day. I hopped off to work expecting the usual, being home alone on a Monday until 8, until my sister text me at 1pm. Then the "keeping secrets from Jeremy" began. Laura was surprising me with a miniature chocolate dachshund for my birthday, and I had no desire to tell Jeremy. 

It was obvious he would have 1 of 2 reaction: love or looking to return the goods. He called when I got off work and I got my lies twisted saying I was at home and the next sentence that I was in Houma. I'm a terrible liar. He didn't suspect a thing, so I drove off to meet my little sister and grab this pup. Finally, I got home and Sara came over to await Jeremy's arrival. I wanted to hide the dog, but Jeremy busted in the door and the puppy leaped for him. This, the same puppy who is acting like I am sketchy...is obsessed with Jeremy. He immediately decided he loved Jeremy and Jeremy couldn't say no. However, he did think I was lying about how I acquired the dog. 
So to end this fancy tale, I am now 27 with a juicer and a dog that has no name. I personally like Beau, Rue, or Mosley (like Downton Abby), but Jeremy doesn't agree. Then again the man has never agreed to a single name I've ever thrown out at anything. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Pinning Monday




[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking. 

Just thought I'd throw this in, my two favorite blogs for meal planning are Skinny Taste and The Gracious Panty. Skinny Taste makes all of her recipes WW friendly and gives point value, & Gracious Pantry creates all clean recipes. Between the two you can't go wrong:)

Monday - Clean Enchiladas, PW's Restaurant Salsa, & Clean Eating Banana Pecan Ice Cream Pie  (the big 27, sadly Jeremy is in class till 8 so I'm partying with ellie)




Tuesday- Leftovers

Wednesday- Leftovers


Friday- Clean Eating Coconut & Curry Turkey Chili


Saturday- Leftovers

Sunday- Youth Camp Fundraiser // making Chicken Alfredo plates:)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Things That Make Me Say Yeay!

This weekend I got the chance to go to Pierre Part (if you watch Swamp People...that's the place) for a women's conference. We are good friends with the children of the pastor of the church, and this was my first time to go, plus it was the first time to hear their mother Mrs. Cheryl speak. Y'all, this woman is amazing, I just love talking to her anyway...but God spoke to me through every word she said this weekend. 
I completely identified with her when she was speaking about identity and where we get our identity from. She told a story about how she actually use to teach school before deciding she needed to stay home with her children. That is something every woman in the world struggles with, but for her to have been a teacher it just spoke volumes to me. Granted we don't have kids, and I'm not pregnant, but at this age one really starts evaluating what you'd do and how you'd do it. I know in the next few years we will buy a house, the amount we can spend and the type of house we buy could greatly change due to whether or not I'm teaching. When I come to that fork in the road I will have to make sure I am listening to God about staying home or working. I know women can be amazing mother's in both instances, but every one is different. It is a matter of discovering which one you are. 

I'm not going to go on too long, I'll just share my notes later in the week. I joked with her daughter-in-law Brittany all weekend that the tissues were in our bag because she planned to make us cry:) 
Here a pic I stole from Brittany:) I loved spending time with these girls, it is so funny how going to a conference suddenly makes you feel like you've had some extended weekend when you didn't. The always super cute lady all the way to the left is Beth, she blogs too, and you should read her. I love this girl so much, she is the mom to two sweet boys and her hubby is an awesome preacher. 

It is funny how life changes and never goes how you expect it to. In high school and most of college I never saw myself where I am right now. I definitely never thought I'd be a teacher, and I had no clue what I would do. I never thought I'd marry a man who was so involved in ministry. I definitely never thought I'd be friends with a group of ladies who have hubbies in ministry either. Life is an odd thing. 
Something else that made me super happy this weekend...Target. I mentioned it on IG, but if it wasn't for the little blog advertising checks I get on occasion I think I would have lost my mind already in this phase of life. I am a shopper, it cheers me up when I'm sad and fills that ugly void in my kitchen that is lacking cute things at times. It can't exactly be described as a shopping problem, because, well, I don't do it much. I use to do it much more, but I lived near a Dirt Cheap and could search, just the searching part of shopping makes me happy. My mother swears I have been like this since I was old enough to sit up in a stroller, she said even at 2 I would sort through racks of clothes like I was actually going to buy something. When we moved here however, we knew money would be tighter while Jer was in grad school and agreed to not spend. If it wasn't for that little bit of blog money that comes in every so often I would honestly have lost it by now. It is like some bizarre prison to not be able to go and do as I please, especially after years of being single and even a year of marriage when I could basically shop as I pleased. Granted I'm too cheap to spend much, but it is the idea that I can. I like the idea of freedom more than the actual act of being able to do whatever. 

Alright, I'm ending this odd rant. Blame it on that fact that I am a cross between hormonal and the fact that while I want to like birthdays I never actually have. Tomorrow is B-Day, or D-Day for that matter, and if I can make it out of this one undisturbed and having not heard that awful song I will consider it successful. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lighter Mexican Hot Chocolate Pudding

On Valentine's Day I made the most amazing chocolate fruit dip I've had in a long time. It was awesome except for the fact it was whole milk, I'm lactose intolerant. Those two don't mix well. So I decided to make a milk free version and lighten it up a bit, and add a slight amount of healthy. 

I opted out of milk all together and went with my favorite substitute, unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I've tried making puddings and congealed desserts before with almond milk and they have failed miserable, it just doesn't set quite like cow milk. My solution -- chia seed. When chia seeds soak in liquid for a few hours they soak it up and become very gel like, reminding me slightly of caviar. I've seen other healthy puddings using this as  thickener and decided to give it a go. Lucky for me, it worked. 

If ou haven't had Mexican Hot Chocolate before, it is definitely a different taste. As a kid I remember my mom making it and somehow finding real Mexican chocolate, I on the other hand have never seen in it stores. Mexican Hot Chocolate is slightly spicy and not very sweet at all, very much like eating dark chocolate with chili pepper in it. It...is...different, but you should at least try it once. With fruit it is so good and not overly sweet at all, surprisingly it is even good with tortilla chips. I know, I know, chips and chocolate is weird. We had chocolate covered chips a few years back and I am now in love with the combo. The salty and chocolate is delicious! 

Now while this isn't insanely low calorie per serving due to the chocolate, remember that it is much lower calorie than it's whole milk counterpart. Chia is definitely a texture not everyone would love, but considering it is known for being an awesome complete protein that vegans can eat it is worth adding to your diet. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pudding
adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Serves 4 

What you need:
1 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp masa harina
3/4 c (or 5 oz by weight) semi sweet chocolate (or Mexican chocolate)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of chili powder
dash of vanilla

What to do:
Heat milk & chia over medium heat in a saucepan until it starts to bubble. Stir in masa & chocolate. Whisk to combine until chocolate is melted. Allow to come to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, add cinnamon, salt,  and chili powder. Simmer 5 minutes until thickened and add vanilla. 

Serve immediately with fruit or tortilla chips, or let cool and serve as a pudding. 

Nutrition Info: calories 194, carbs 23, fat 11, protein 3, sugar 18, fiber 3

I ate this cold in the fridge at midnight the first time I made it. It is that good. Not too sweet and overly decadent, but good. 


Friday, February 22, 2013

I might have lost my mind...

Over the past few years tons of people I know have sworn by Insanity and P90X. Let's face it, shortly after getting married Jeremy bought P90X and within a month he was showing major results. I started doing the yoga DVD and sectioned it in 3 - 30 minute segments. I just never had the time to do the full hour and a half. Plus changing it up like that made it interesting enough that doing the same workout days on end didn't become too mundane. Doing just that little bit of yoga gave me big results all those years ago. I started back up again this January, with a little break at the beginning of February, but now I am back up and running. the only problem I have is that P90X has you on your wrists so much that within a month I feel like I have carpel tunnel. 

When we first moved to south Louisiana I joined a gym, seeing as how I was no longer a student at a major university I had no choice but to join one. It had been years, but I love the health club feel. I really enjoy lifting weights, I could leg press until my thighs fell off. While I was working out there they had a yoga class that I had the chance to take, being that it was my first in person yoga class it made me love yoga even more, it was just so insanely relaxing. Then my car was totalled and the extra money going to my yoga/workout habit had to buy me a new car. 

So then we were back to P90X again. 

Since then I have been back and forth with working out, I need variety. Last year I attempted couch to 5K and ran a 5K while Jeremy did a half marathon. That didn't last though, I'd rather pull my own skin off than run. 

All of that leads me to...The Ultimate Yogi. 


It is the yoga version of P90X and Insanity, yay me. I finally got the chance to order it today, funny thing is...one of my best friends whom I'm made do yoga with me before (and who hobbled like she was dying the next day) smiled that lovely fake "I'm not participating" smile when I told her ha! I can't wait though, it should be in Tuesday. I'm going to have to do some schedule finagling to get it done daily, with the hour plus sessions daily for 108 days. Yup, 6 months of hardcore yoga. While I'm not the best yogi in town, I am sure I will be way better after 6 months of Travis Elliot. 

So....

To keep myself dedicated I am going to try and blog it weekly. If there are big results I'll post at the end, maybe. Now here is the thing, I know some people are funny about yoga as a workout. They view it as a religious thing, but it isn't. Everything in life is what you make of it, yoga is an amazing workout that happens to be tied to a religion. I promise you that skinny blonde girl teaching the class I took last summer was anything but Buddhist. So don't think I've gone on some wacky spiritual enlightenment phase, I just want to see if I can get in crazy good shape before 30 creeps up. 

So here is what is included in the 108 days of yoga with Travis Elliot:
*Yoga Cross training
*Yoga Cardio
*Yoga Strength
*Yoga Flexibility
*Yoga Balance
*Yoga Detox
*Yoga Vitality
*Hardcore Yoga
*Yin Yoga
*Gentle Yoga
*The Mountain Pose Series
*Pranayama
*Meditation
*Sun Salutations

Then there is the diet, while I can't follow it exactly because my husband would die I am going to follow as closely as I can during the day and cook really clean at night. Lucky for me Jeremy got me a juicer for my birthday, so this will be even more fun. Is it weird I get so excited about a juicer? 

As part of the program they suggest you go vegan, but like I said it just isn't doable for me. I am basically a lacto-ovo vegetarian during the day as is and I cook lean meats for Jeremy and I at night. At some point in the program, I'll find out when mine comes in, there is a raw food cleanse anda  juice feast. I've done something similar to those in the past so I don't doubt I can do it, it is just figuring out when to do it. Hopefully I can put them off to when I am out of school at Easter or during the summer. 

So why on earth should one do yoga? What are the benefits?




I am super excited to start this, although I will probably be singing a different tune on those early mornings I am forced to workout because the afternoons are a bust. I'll document though and let you know how it goes as far as weight loss (not that I have more than a pound or 5 to toss) and measurements. 

Have you ever done a strict workout or diet program? How did you feel about it?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pomme Frites // the best fries you ever had

I don't know what it is, but ever since school started back this week I feel like the most fatigued mess there is. If y'all have any solutions, share them. Coffee just makes me crave things, so downing coffee at work is a no go. Plus after a certain amount of caffeine I feel worse and within a few days my eyes start twitching. Ugh. 

On another note, I had met my first goal weight for the year on V-Day, but after our little Valentine's dinner I am so far from it, its sad. I swear, my weight jumps around like crazy. Funny thing is though last week I was cravings free...this week I could eat bread until I went into a coma. Waking up at 1am wanting carbs is not a sleep trait I'd like to maintain. 

Part of our little Valentie's dinner, that was amazing by the way, were these Pomme Frites that I only make on Valentine's. They are hands down the best fries either of us have ever eaten, if only I had a mandolin I could make them even skinnier. But that doesn't matter, they are so, so good. Jeremy asked me to make more for months after last year's dinner, you'd be happy to know I didn't. My body just can't stand eating like this more than once or twice a year. 

No lie. That is why I feel like a bloated whale, I ate like I was owed it on the day's following Valentine's. Then again, if you are having a special day, a massive craving for fries, a fish fry, or really just wanting to impress someone with your french fry skills this recipe is the way to go:)

Pomme Frites
serves 4 (or 2 piglets)

Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes
canola oil (I use one full large bottle)
salt

Directions:
Cut potatoes into french fry shape, I cut mine in half, then half again, and begin slicing from that point. Soak potatoes in ice water for 30 minutes. While potatoes are soaking heat oil on the stove in a large pot (stock pot) on medium heat until it reaches fry temp. 

I don't have a thermometer so I just gauge it by dropping a potato or some flour in to see if the oil is fizzing and ready. I also keep my oil fairly deep, you are not shallow frying here:) 

After 30 minutes, remove fries from the water and pat dry. In batches, you don't want to crowd the pan, begin to place fries into the oil. Cook fries for 6-7 minutes. They will not get any color at this stage. Continue to cook of of the batches until you are done. Be sure not to salt at this stage. When the first stage of frying is done, begin placing batches of fries back into the oil for 2-3 minutes, or until they achieve the color and crispiness you desire. Salt batches of fries as they come out of the oil, and serve. 

The double frying method really makes for amazing fries that taste just like the type of you get nice fine dining steak houses. The only thing keeping mine from being exactly like what I had at the restaurant we worked at in college is that I don't have a mandoline and can't slice thin enough. Let me know how you like them, if you try them. If you have any other questions about how I fried mine feel free to email, or tweet me. The directions may be a little confusing. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday!






DIY Crocheted Stool Cover












Classroom Library organization - book scanner app






DIY Calendar with stuff from the dollar store:)



I've been washing with baking soda at night for a week or so now....now it's time to start trying this out and see how it helps. Supposedly it will clear acne:)




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Things That Make Me Say Yeay!

I think it's about time I say yeay about some things again, it's two weeks out. Granted it's not on a Sunday, but it will be back there soon enough. 
This week I finally planted my rosemary bush and bought lavandar. I so, so hope, that the two of them can live in harmony...and live for that matter. I have a reputation of being a plant slayer in our family. My dad could grow corn from a handful of rocks. I'm certain that if plants had the ability to search for food I'd be in business. 
We went on a little dog walking date like the old days. I really enjoy walking with Jeremy. He opted to take Ellie to the duck pond for some fun, and fun that little doxie had. Why she thinks she could actually sneak up on a duck, I will never know. 
I don't think we enjoyed being home for an entire week for Mardi Gras break quite as much as Ellie enjoyed it. We (Ellie and I, Jeremy would take no part) decided to watch ever episode of Downton Abby yet again (I think I've seen the series 4 times) before the finale Sunday. 
While I am one to hijack all cooking indoors and out, my man can grill a steak like no other. I can thank several years of fine dining experience in college for that. I wanted to make a blue cheese sauce for the ribeye, but let Jeremy win and settled for onions and mushrooms sauteed in butter. I need to post my pomme frites recipe, it makes the best fries you will ever eat outside of a nice restaurant.
This little lady makes me say yeay, he face just kills me. 
While we opted out of the Mardi Gras crazy, we still bought a cream cheese king cake...yum!
Last but not least, for those of you who read via readers...I did some blog editing and I'm pretty smug about it:)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Downton Abbey Finale...






(while I'm ready to send hate mail to PBS for this...the image links to Season 3 online)

I wasn't going to post tonight, but I just finished the finale and while I so desperately wanted to end happy PBS just couldn't grant it. Spoiler alert!

What on earth just happened?

Now I had moved past them offing Sybil like they did, but Matthew? What just happened to Matthew? There are only two options here:

1) He is alive and they are playing us.

or

2) These people seriously killed off Matthew! 

Mary has no clue, and for the first time in 3 years of the show the woman seems happy. No one even announced the baby's name...we have to wait a whole year to learn the child's name. 

If you haven't started the show yet, I suggest you get a prescription for Lexapro before hitting up season three. I feel like my own life is falling apart. How could it be that in one 8 episode season we lose Sybil, nearly lose to estate, watch Branson attempt to run off with his nutty brother and the baby, and lose Matthew! 

PBS, you could have left us happy and just waiting on the name and we would have happily watched next season. Seriously. There is no need to kill characters, off Edna and all the other unknown maids, but leave upstairs alone. It is tough enough watching Edith suck terribly at dating, but Matthew, don't we have untouchables. Since you took him, I insist you keep the Dowager on until she is one-hundred-and-thirty. 

I just can't bare the thought that they will ever kill off Maggie Smith. 

There were a couple interesting point...I'll talk about those to keep the fact that I feel like the world is crumbing due to Matthew. 

1. Branson & that bag Edna
I can't tell you how happy I am that Ms. Hughes stepped in on this one. It is just too soon, and plus Edna. Edna? Edna! Did someone forget to tell her that moving up the ladder in the house only works for men, lest we forget dear Ethel. She became a hooker. Nothing good can come of it. 

2. Mr. Carson & baby Sybil
First off, it is time to fire the barely visible Nanny. Not only have we barely seen Nanny, but Carson is caring for the baby while no one in this house knows where she is! Oh, but Carson was so dear and sweet with that baby. Makes me want to have a baby and get a butler. 

3. The Highlands
So Shrimpie can't deal with wild Rose so they are shipping her to Downton? Hold up, PBS killed Matthew and gave us Rose? No deal PBS, no deal. And for goodness sake, Susan be nice. Obviously your husband hates you because you're nuts. We got a slight glimpse of you as a nice person, but in your nice-ness can you please take your child off our hands and to the tropics with you? 

4. Lady Edith
Well, well...looks like daughter numero 2 is about to make some mistakes. Like always, is anyone really paying attention to her? With Matthew dead, I am sure she could grow a second head and no one in the family would notice.

5. Ms. Hughes & Ms. Patmore
They have really grown their friendship this season. It has been so fun to watch them, especially the way Patmore babied Hughes during her cancer scare. I loved how they laughed over the Rico Suave spice seller. Priceless!

6. Isobel
I love that in her boredom she befriended Clarkson. This definitely showed some more of his normal side, he always seems slightly like a jerk. However, I do wish we could have seen the dinner between her and Branson. 

7. Anna & Mr. Bates
While they were super adorable, I really need her to get pregnant. 

8. Jimmy & Thomas
For a hot minute I thought Jimmy was going to come out and we were going to have some off camera illegal love going on. But nope, they are old man friends. I'm not the biggest fan of Jimmy, he just seems like a younger Thomas. 

9. Molesley
He has cut lose twice this season and drunk twice so far in the show. He is so cute really, dancing about like a fool. If only we could see him the day after in his turmoil over what he had done. I'd love to know what cranky old O'Brien said to Susan about her mean lady's main. 

But my biggest takeaway from this season...PBS is a bunch of jerks. 

How do you feel about the finale? What do you think will happen next season. If you work for PBS please, please send me a prescreening of Season 4!


Meal Pinning Monday




[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking. 

Monday - Grilled Chicken with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Tuesday - Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


Wednesday - Leftovers/Snack at the church before youth

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday - Toastadas (that we never made last week)


Sunday - Eating out

Lunch (at work)- Brown Rice Greek Salad


Breakfast - Overnight Oatmeal

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Winner of the Favorite Things Giveaway!

Congrats Beth on winning the Favorite Things Giveaway! I'll be emailing you today about claiming your prize:)

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Oh Downton, do we really have to wait a full year to see you again?




Let's go ahead and have a nice little moment of silence for the fact that tomorrow is the season 3 finale of Downton Abby. 





How PBS expects us to live another entire year until we found out what Mary and Matthew are up to, and how baby Sybil is doing is beyond me. If ever there were a show I could watch day in and day out it would be anything involving the Crowley's. 

Since I've had off this week I made it my own personal quest to watch all of Season 1, 2, and 3 before the finale Sunday night. Needless to say Season 1 is much easier to come by, but if you are searching for 2 and what is currently 3 and can't get PBS online to play them, Amazon Prime is the way to go. You can get a month free, and I promise it is giving Netflix a run for it's money...and I am in the midst of convincing Jeremy that we need it for permanent use. I at least know that once our horrid Direct TV contract is up we are done and moving on to greener pastures. 

In my re-watching I had completely forgotten about that terrible officer who knocked up Ethel (granted I remember the incident...but it made me want to punch him again). I had a vague recollection of the Spanish flu that kicked Lavinia in the butt and restored the Crowley's marriage. Granted it seems like all aristocracy is into having a mistress, but Lord Grantham just seems like such an honest man.

What about Thomas getting all high and mighty just because he had been to war an was lucky enough to managed the house? Didn't you love seeing him blow his earnings on plaster dust and being forced to come back on as a servant? However, if Ms. Patmore's nephew had to be gunned down as a coward it is a bit ridiculous that no one found Thomas out about intentionally getting shot in the hand out of fear. 

While he is incredibly handsome....he is such a jerk. 

Then again, while Matthew started the show at less than handsome to me, as a married man his character has turned a corner into quite the hottie. Dan Stevens, while I've never been one for blonde's (yes, I know I married one...he is the exception the rule), you are gorgeous!

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I think I may start making Jeremy wear a morning jacket and dress for dinner. 

Now for my favorite actress on earth, Maggie Smith. The woman is stunning in any role she plays, and I promise if you watched this series for any reason what so ever it should be for Maggie's portrayal at the Dowager Countess. She definitely took the British sass that I loved her for in Harry Potter and kicked it up a level for the Dowager. Instead of the Emmy she got she should have just been handed them all, honestly. Her character alone is what I will base myself off of when I become an old woman, Lord help me I want to become that ridiculously staunch and witty granny she plays!



It is terribly tragic that they just had to kill off Sybil this season, of all the characters to bag why didn't we let Lady Edith run off with old Strallan? At least they are keeping Branson around. I thought I was going to have to take up sending PBS hate mail if they just did away with Branson after Sybil's death. One doesn't simply drag out that forbidden romance for 2 seasons and nix it the third. 

Needless to say I have spent the whole season, since the death of Sybil, waiting on Branson to give the baby up to Mary and Matthew since they don't seem to be in the business of producing an heir anytime soon.

Is it sad that I am slightly hating that they have full on moved to the 20's fashion? It makes me think they the show won't go on for very many more seasons. We just can't keep the Dowager alive till the 50's, please PBS quite jumping years every dang episode! We need this show to go on forever, or at least back track and tell us more about Carson and his relationship with the family when the girls were young. 

I'm going to go watch the Season 2 finale and begin Season 3 for a second time before I am forced to drink tea on a Sunday night while wondering just what the servants have up their sleeves for a whole other year. Sigh*

Check out this video of the cast discussing Season 3!



How do you feel about Downton Abby? Are you a hardcore fan...or like my husband do you not see the point? 
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