Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Other than that I have finally heard from the doctor about my MRI. Basically I have a bad sprain on my wrist and the tendon has been injured. They recommended that I go to an orthopedic doctor tomorrow to have him check everything out. So I guess I am still playing the waiting game. I can't believe after months I am still in pain everyday. Hopefully this doctor will have some answers.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday: We skipped out on our normal La Cabana. Nick and I brought his parents and relatives from Belgium to a German restaurant in town. The food was so good and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed. Then we went home and crashed. It was a long week!
Saturday: After saying goodbye to Roger and Simone, Nick and I did some work around the house. I also made some Sunny Cranberry Nut Bread! This recipe came from Kraft Foods website in the healthy living section. I changed the recipe some to make it even healthier.
Sunny Cranberry Nut Bread
1 hr 35 min
1 loaf, 16 servings
POUR into greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan.
BAKE 1 hour 15 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 min. in pan.; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.
* Mine did not take the full 1 hour and 15 mins. It only took about an hour.
Later that night we at out with some friends (Jeff and Joy and little baby Ethan) that were town for the weekend. They came over and hung out for a while. I was in heaven because I got to hold Ethan the whole time!
Sunday: After church I met my parents and ate lunch. It is my dad's birthday tomorrow, so we had to celebrate a day early. Then I went to Joy's shower for Ethan. She got some really cute things. It made me want a baby even more. :) After coming home Nick and I made this AMAZING pasta. It was so yummy and very easy. This was found on Cooking Light website.
Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce
1 pound uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces presliced exotic mushroom blend
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Minced fresh parsley (optional)
PreparationCook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, shallots, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 12 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Add the cooked pasta, whipping cream, cheese, and 2 tablespoons parsley, tossing gently to coat. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Garnish with minced fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
Yield8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Nutritional InformationCALORIES 336(31% from fat); FAT 11.4g (sat 6.9g,mono 3.1g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 12.1g; CHOLESTEROL 36mg; CALCIUM 124mg; SODIUM 577mg; FIBER 2.3g; IRON 2.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 47.5g
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Sadly today Nick's cousins from Belgium had to leave and head back home. They stayed with his parents for a month and the time flew by fast. We enjoyed so many laughs and I will truly miss them. We ate a lot of food, drank good wine, and even learned to make real Irish Coffee. They were sad to leave this morning and we were sad to see them go. When they left Simone gave me, what I like to call, a "true" hug. What I mean by that is a hug that comes from the heart. I hug that you don't want to let go of. It wasn't a short brief hug; it was a long meaningful hug that I will always remember. They didn't want to leave, but it was time. I hope one day to be able to visit them. How fun would that be? Anyway cherish your family and friends, especially the ones that you get to see often. Give someone a "true" hug today!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I hope you are celebrating Earth Day! At school the children made Garbage People out of paper bags and went around the school "feeding" them with trash they found. They were so excited about finding the trash. At the young age of five they already knew so much about helping the environment.
Nick and I started recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum several months ago. You would be surprised how less trash you throw away. I also plan on buying the new Wal-Mart bags instead using all the plastic ones. I heard they were giving one away today. Too bad I missed that!
Also today I went for my MRI. What a grueling experience and I hope I never have to do it again. I never thought it would be so hard to lie still for 45 mins. The fact that I was on my stomach didn't help. I should get results tomorrow. Wish me luck!
What are you doing for the environment?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
As for the weekend, it has been a relaxing one. Friday we had the normal La Cabana and we got to eat outside. It was so nice! Then we went to Michael and Amy's and sat by their new fire pit and enjoyed more of the beautiful weather. Saturday we went to Anderson where we met up with my parents and my niece Brinsley. We ate Olive Garden and the shopped at the mall. Today we are going to my parents to celebrate Nick's, Brinsley's, and my dad's birthday. Should be fun!
What are your weight loss tips?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
We arrived around 2:00 so we had plenty of time to relax before dinner. We stayed on the 55 floor of the Westin and the view was amazing! Here are some shots.
This is right before we left for dinner. We are doing some major grinning! I didn't take pics at the restaruant, but the food was delicious and I would recommend the Azio. The fact that it was literrally across the street helped also.
Then around 7:30 we headed out for the Atlanta Civic Center to watch The Lion King. I only got two pictures becuase we could not take pictures during the show. All I can say is that is was AMAZING! I think my mouth was open the entire time. They came down the aisles with giant elephants and giraffes. The actors were great and young simba was played by an amazing 9 year old that blew me away. If you have a chance you should check it out!
Now that my Spring Break is over I am a little sad, but I am actually kinda happy to be back in the groove of "normal" life!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
First thing tomorrow morning Nick and I are heading out on the open road. We are going to Atlanta to see the Lion King. This is part of the Broadway Across America production. I am sooo excited. This is for Nick's birthday, but I think I am more excited. Before we go to the show we are going to stop by the Mall of Georgia. I am sure it is going to be crazy, but maybe it will help that it will be Friday morning. Keep your fingers crossed! We are staying over night at the Westin Downtown. From the pictures this hotel looks very nice. We will not be there long, but oh well! We also have reservations at Azio Downtown which is a nice Italian restaurant. We have never been, but the menu looks pretty impressive. Also Eric, Nick's brother, is coming down from Chicago for the weekend. We will get to see him tonight and when we come back Saturday so that is pretty exciting. Well I am off to pack. I will update Sunday with tons of great pictures!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The wet ingredients
All mixed up
Here are the great finds that I found on my solo shopping yesterday.
This is another find from TJ Maxx and this is a bad picture. It is cuter in person.
The two tiered iron rack is from TJ Maxx and I got the flowers today at Wal-Mart
This basket was also from TJ Maxx and it holds two stacks of magazines perfectly. It was only $6.99!!
Happy Birthday Nick! I love you!!
HG's Top Banana Bread
Banana bread typically has pretty horrific nutritionals, so we set out to create a guilt-free version. And (tada!) here it is. FYI, if you're looking for a cake-tastic sweet treat with a POINTS® value of 2*, a fat slice of this stuff topped with Cool Whip Free is the way to go...
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Optional Toppings: no-calorie spray butter, Cool Whip Free
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine both types of flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (in other words, all dry ingredients). In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, egg substitute, applesauce, and vanilla extract (all the wet ingredients). Add this mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir until just blended. Spoon batter into a large loaf pan (about 9" X 5") sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, and then cut into 8 slices. If you like, spritz with some spray butter or spread on some Cool Whip Free. MAKES 8 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 (thick!) slice
POINTS® value 2*
Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
1 Cup Very Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday: The gang went to La Cabana as we have done every Friday at 7:00 for years. We had a crowd this time. Jeff and Joy brought along a new member of their family. This is Ethan Grey! Such a cutie! I wanted to take him home.
While at La Cabana we celebrated Nick's birthday. It is actually not till Wed, but they sang anyway!
Singing "Happy Birthday!"
Cake in the face!
Sunday: We went to church then the grocery store. This is becoming our little Sunday routine. Don't you just love routines? I strive on them. Anyway when we got back we worked in the yard pulling weeds. Then Nick cut the grass and I planted a few more flowers. I love spring, but it feels like a lot of work.
Now I am off to relax and prepare to grill out later tonight. I am going to enjoy my spring break this week!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
1. Purple is my favorite color.
2. I use to be the pickiest eater EVER, but now I eat pretty much anything.
3. My favorite soda is diet coke.
4. I am in love with Italian food. I could eat it every meal.
5. I hate most sports.
6. I love the outdoors, but hate it when it is cold.
7. I am terrified of grasshoppers.
8. I use to collect pig things, such as stuffed animals.
9. If it was financially possible I would have 10 kids.
10. One of my best friends is my sister Carrie.
11. Many people say that I can be shy. I think I am just a good listener and I don't need to hear my own voice all the time.:)
12. I drive fast wherever I go.
13. I always wear my seatbelt.
14. I went to the prom 4 times.
15. I love reading and have ever since I knew how.
16. I love to do crafts.
17. I am officially too old to watch anything on MTV (except The Hills ;).
18. Big Brother is my guilty pleasure.
19. I have lived in the same town my entire life and I have no desire to leave.
20. I hate drama and people that have it usually bring it on themselves.
21. I hated math in school, but it is my favorite subject to teach.
22. I have been teaching for 3 years.
23. Me favorite flowers are tulips and daises.
24. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
25. My favorite book is The Notebook.
26. I love to organize things.
27. Cleaning keeps me sane.
28. I hate to clean showers- with a passion!
29. Spit grosses me out- keep in your mouth people!
30. I love to groom myself (manis and pedis).
31. I have curly hair that I HATE.
32. Shopping is my vice.
33. I can be the most patient and impatient person all at the same time.
34. Sleeping is my favorite past time.
35. My parents are my heroes.
36. I will never be happy with my weight or height.
37. I am obsessed with reading blogs.
38. I love decorating for the holidays and seasons.
39. Going into a hospital makes me sick to my stomach.
40. I hate when it rains.
41. I always wear socks to bed and then end up taking them off.
42. I have a million pairs of shoes. Ok not a million, but a lot.
43. I love the smell of cleaning products.
44. I would love to own a preschool one day.
45. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
46. My husband is my best friend.
47. I am scared of tall bridges.
48. I could live without desserts.
49. I have tons of candles in my house.
50. I am very clumsy.
Wow I had no idea I could that. Try it yourself!