Monday, February 28, 2011

Home Alone

Cody is out having a man night with his bff, Michael.


This is who I'm hanging out with right now...


I'm watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion on DVR. As long as my tv doesn't go out, I'm a happy girl. 


BUT.... if it did, I might actually clean this house up. I'll let God decide what I should do. :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

sail away...

And if there's gonna be a life here after, 
And faith somehow I'm sure there's gonna be, 
I will ask my God to let me make my Heaven, 
In that dear land across the Irish sea. 


Just got home from the Celtic Women concert. Epic as expected... but just like the PBS special, as soon as there was a "commercial break" (intermission) we left. It was great and slightly cheesy, we heard the songs we wanted to hear and we were out of there. 


I loved hanging out with Jenn for the short time we were together. It's great hanging out with someone that I can act like we've known each other for years but really know nothing about each other so we have lots to talk about still. 


Thanks for coming Jenn!!!  Can't wait to hang out in April! Don't forget to run and to blog! 


On Friday night, Cody and I went roller skating with a few student/friends. I haven't been in a really long time. I love skating. It brings back so many good memories of my youth. Afterwards we went to Yogurt Mountain. I always spend extremely too much there b/c I have no perception of how many ounces I'm actually getting. (They charge you 45cents an ounce) 





Great weekend... Hope you all have a great week!!!


Coupon Sunday!

I feel awesome today. We saved so much! The coupons in the P&G insert today were awesome.

CVS
Total before sales and coupons: $150
Total spent: $48.97 (+$22 in ECBs for next purchase)
Total Saved: $101.03!!!

How did you do? 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celtic Women

I don't care what you say, these women are magical. Every time I am flipping channels and see them on, I cannot help but stop and be mesmerized until a commercial break...  then I come out of their spell and can carry on with life.
(The last one, Chloe, is my favorite) 

So, with that being said, when I heard they were going to be literally 5 miles down the road from me I had to find someone to go with me to see them. Since I know Cody would have gone but would not have appreciate it in all it's goodness, I asked my friend Jenn to go with me.  We have been trying to get together and hang out and this is perfect. 

The show is tomorrow night at Clemson University. I am so freaking excited. I want to wear a ball gown or something. Ah! 

Cheers! 
(in honor of Jenn, who wants to be british) 


In other news... Today we had to take one of my cheerleaders to the Atlanta airport and we stopped at the Mall of Georgia on our way home. We were asked to do one of those test drive commercials for Chrysler. It was  for a Chrysler 300. It was a nice car!  The guy would ask Cody questions while driving and they had a small camera on the windshield that was filming the whole time. We both got $15 gift cards to the mall just for doing it. Random! 
(cell phone pic of Cody - sorry that it stinks)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Love Notes from the Fickle Monster, Part 2

Three things have transformed my approach to diet, food, exercise, and general humanity.
They have been essential tools for my progress, and I will share them now.
The only charge: leave us a comment and share your own!

1. Honesty

Sometimes, I play chicken with food. That head on, face to face, stare down - daring, willing my opponent (usually something containing peanut butter, chocolate, and 200% of my daily fat intake) to move, hoping the move is a swift and into a trash can rather than into my mouth.

Do you ever find yourself in that situation? I've stared at many pieces of cake, cookies, brownies, hoping it would GET OUT OF MY WAY. Instead it just sits there on the party plate, a lazy lump of goodness. Why can't shitty food be good for me? Why can't a salad taste like a smore?

Boo! This is when honesty becomes supremely useful. Honesty encourages women (and men) to wear their rational caps even when he or she is whigging out about a funfetti cupcake topped with rainbow chips. Honesty helps when he or she steps on the scales and the dramatic decrease expected is more like a limp letdown. Honesty, take a teaspoon; it goes a long way.

Honesty tells us the truth.
Honesty reminds me that a chocolate peanut butter milkshake from Sonic is bad.
Honesty tells me when I don't fit in those pants anymore but challenges me to get back in them.
Honesty tells me "he's just not that into you" or when he is.
Honesty shouts, "Yes! You can do one more mile" or "No, you have runner's knee. Chill out!"

Honesty whispers, "You are not happy; quit pretending."

Ultimately, we must relentlessly listen to honesty and accept it in order for it to be productive in our lives. Be honest; you won't regret it.

2. Love

Pair honesty with love. As we all know, love lifts us up where we belong!

I tremble with humility and gratitude when I consider the great wonder of my creation and the love endowed to me through salvation. We are loved creatures. Start acting as such!

I have wasted life by ripping myself apart and refusing to love. I've realized I won't lose weight properly unless I love myself through it.

If you're like me, you will have to consider altering your motivation. I used to say, "Gag, I'm a hog. I need to lose weight because I am bulbous and out of control." Perhaps I didn't use those words exactly, but you understand where I am coming from. I would have been way more motivated if I had said, "Cora, you are lovely. Your weight doesn't determine your self but you are worthy of feeling free from food. Love yourself, and love what you are accomplishing." Better right?

And, as you meander through the plateaus and vallies and mountaintops, love yourself at each spot. Do not say, "I only lost one pound this week." Redirect the thought and rejoice for the pursuit, for the change, for the one pound, or for the burger. Don't motivate yourself by starving your soul of love.

Say it with me, "I can love myself. I rejoice in the creation and anticipate progression!"

3. A Kick Ass Playlist

Love and honesty are really lofty things which take time but nothing is stopping you from getting a killer playlist. I would not have been able to survive countless workouts without some good tunes. Find some musical motivation, folks
My current playlist contains:
"Like a G6" Far East Movement
"Firework" Katy Perry
"Mathematics" Mos Def
"Shark in the Water" VV Brown
"Grenade" Bruno Mars
"Marching On" One Republic
"Sweet Disposition" Temper Trap
and quite a few more

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and if you find yourself playing chicken with your food or the treadmill or your image, apply love, explore Honesty, and pump up the jams.
Choose change!



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Cora Ruth Flottman is the best friend and college room8 of Sheila. She is an actress, teacher, christian, lover of the written word and men who can change the tires on a car.


She blogs here every Friday.
 
August 2007

Fill in the Blank Friday


1. I am currently obsessed with the tv show, Greek! I love Cappie and Casey. Cody and I talk about them like we know them sometimes. I'm invested in their lives and it's pathetic!

 2. Today I am happy because it's Friday and beautiful outside. Tonight, we are going roller skating with some students before they leave for spring break! I'm so excited!


3. The age I am is 26 and the age I feel 23ish. This weather always brings me back to my college days,skipping class and laying in the grass with my friends. I love those memories.

4. My favorite place is Amy Fenton Jones' dads condo in Destin, Florida. I turned 21 there, got engaged there and had my honeymoon there. I love the condo, the beach, the memories. I want to be there every time I get the chance. (*hint hint, JGG)

5. Something I have been procrastinating is gosh, there are a lot of things.... getting my car wash, posting the photos of my MIL's quilts that I'm selling for her, cleaning my shower, going tanning... etc.


6. The last thing I purchased was I went to Old Navy last night and got Cody several pairs of jeans and pants and got me a new dress.


7. The thing I love most about my home is that my husband is there.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Turkish Delight

Cody and I have joined a bible study on campus. The leader is the VP for Student Life, Dr. Joe. He loves Narnia. He has read the series a million times and decided now that they are making all the movies he would do a study about them. We are reading The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader, obviously. A friend let me borrow the whole series so I'm reading all of them.

Anyway, It's so fun b/c his wife, Willa cooks us dinner and we watch the movie and then discuss the how it represents the gospel and what we think C.S. Lewis was thinking when he put certain parts in.

There were lots that I didn't see the first time I watched the movie. Looking at it with a different perspective helped a lot.

Did you know they plan on making all of the books in the series into movies? I'm so excited.

So, since I'm on a Narnia kick, I thought I would give you the recipe for Turkish Delight! We are going to make it for our next session!


Turkish Delight

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons orange zest
3 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
 3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
confectioners' sugar for dusting
food coloring for color if needed
 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Zac Smith

Have you ever heard of Zac Smith? More than likely, you haven't. It is my wish though, that you will and that you will pass along the story of Zac Smith to your friends and family.


Zac Smith stepped into eternity and went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, May 16, 2010.


You can read his blog that is sometimes still updated by his wife here and read about their journey.

Zac and I are members of the same church, but I never met him. This video breaks my heart in all kinds of ways so strangely I can say I'm glad I didn't meet him. The ache my heart fills each time I see this video and read the blog is enough that I can't imagine what it would be like for the people who did know him.

But in Zac's words...
God is still God and God is still good.

ManCandy

Cody found this recipe for you guys! As you know, we love bacon in our house. Normally, our fridge will be empty of any other meat... but we always have bacon on standby.

This is called ManCandy...



Bacon Brittle

Here are the ingredients you will need:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked thick bacon bits (6 to 8 ounces uncooked bacon)

Hardware:
Candy Thermometer
Greased cookie sheet
Saucepan

1. Cook bacon and crumble

2. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and corn syrup. Clip on a candy thermometer and cook to 300° F. Stir constantly. Add vanilla.


3. When sugar reaches 300° F remove from heat and remove candy thermometer. Stir in baking soda and bacon pieces and stir vigorously until all ingredients are well combined.

4. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with Reynold's Wrap Nonstick Foil. Allow candy to rest until it is cool enough to handle comfortably but not cold.

5. Place candy in the freezer just until the chocolate has completely hardened.

6. Cut candy into pieces with a very sharp knife.

7. Store candy in a single layer in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

 
 
 
Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jacob Johnson

My first visit to South Carolina in 2005, I met Jacob Johnson. We went to see a movie together and I paid! We saw the movie, Just Friends..... very fitting b/c that's what we've been since. He is a talented, genuine and a great guy. His guitar skills are amazing. He was compared to James Taylor and Jamie Cullum last night... give him a listen and see what you think.

He played Monday night at a new coffeehouse showcase on campus. He impressed everyone that was there. You should give him a listen and if he is ever in your area, you should see him. He is so fun on stage and amazing.

Back in 2005 when Gabe (1st boy) and I drove up for Thanksgiving


Monday night - obviously, Jacob hasn't changed much, but jeez, my face is plump. 


Go check his stuff out on his myspace

Bake Sale

Today we hosted a bake sale on campus. I made chocolate chip and bacon cookies and tons of rice krispies. We had cream cheese and raspberry cookies, cream cheese browns, pound cake, chocolate pound cake, brownies, reese bars, chocolate cake, snickerdoodle, sugar cookies, white chocolate macadamin cookies and no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. Lots of goodies. As of right now, we made $283 and then a senior Ministry major wrote us a check for the remainder so that we reached our goal of $400. God provides even when it's for something silly like cheerleading!

Here are some friends who stopped by to eat...
I bought that table cloth from target for $1!


Some of the team selling goodies

Courtney making Brandom buy one of her rice krispies!


It was a fun day being out of the office for a little while. It was such a perfect day.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's just another manic Monday...

AH! I can't stop gaining weight. It's all my fault though. I've slacked on my water intake and haven't been planning my meals out and we didn't have a chance to work out this weekend. After reading Cora's blog, it made me analyze my own junk. I need to have that moment where my girth can no longer be contained and I have to do something about it. Is it bad that I want to hit rock bottom so I can change? Why can't I just do it now? We are fickle silly people. Truth is, losing weight and being healthy is easy... it's life that is hard.

So, as I write this I am declaring on this Monday morning that I WILL do it. I will start the Couch to 5k program I've been talking about for months. I will start doing Pilates again and I will plan my meals and eat better all along with saving money (I think I may need help).

But I will NOT drink a V8 for fun like Cora... unless it's V8 Splash.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Coupons

Do you coupon? I've been doing it for a while now. I've never really gone crazy with it, but I think if I would I could save a lot more. So, as I type this Cody is searching the deals and we are preparing for a day of shopping.

I'll be back later with how we did.



Ok, here's how we did....

We were only able to use the coupons in the last three weeks of newspapers b/c our printer was out of ink so we couldn't print any additional coupons. We would have saved a lot more if we were able to do that! (www.coupons.com)

CVS  
Total Spent: $43.77
Total Saved: $14.07
Total ECB: $10 
So it's kind of like we only spent $33.07 and saved $24.07

Not great, but a good start. Next week, we'll have the $10 ECB to purchase whatever else we need. 


Bi-Lo
Total Spent $51.20
Total Saved: $11.90
Current FuelPerks amount: $.35 off per gallon 

I had to buy a few random things this week for the bake sale on Tuesday and we didn't purchase nearly as much as we normally do but this is a start as well. We'll get some ink for our printer this week so we can get more coupons. 

Please pass along any tips you have. We use SouthernSavers.com to find all the sales. Jenny is so helpful. I highly recommend using her website to learn to coupon especially if you live in the South. Couponmom.com is good too, but she doesn't have South Carolina deals so it doesn't help me out too much. 

Anyway, hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

it's in the details...

If you don't know, I'm a graphic designer. It's my day job at a small christian college in South Carolina. I've always wanted to work for a large firm designing huge campaigns though. Here are a few random marketing campaigns I saw this week online.... a few of these are from overseas. 












Cody and I took a nap this afternoon. It is now 2 a.m. and it doesn't look like either of us are going to bed anytime soon...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Guest Blogger: Love Notes from the Fickle Monster, 1

I am not Cody or Sheila; so, I am honored to get a spot on their site. As a gracious guest, my time on this blog will be filled with honest discussions about things of importance to any 24 year old single girl: weight, faith, and love. Without further ado, let’s get down to business with a weighty issue.


Weight loss commercials and infomercials used to seduce me. I always assumed if I bought 86 prepackaged meals and ate them while doing the butt lift booty dance, I could get myself under control. The truth is: that is not control. It is a simulated lifestyle that works for some but often leads to letdown and ultimately failure. I considered purchasing one of these lifestyles last year when one of my dearest friends asked me to be in her wedding while wearing this dress:




The dress was beautiful, fun, warm, summery, and perfect for her wedding in TheMiddleofNowhere, Georgia. I called J. Crew and asked them to hold a size 12 for me. When I arrived, the woman at the counter must have realized something was not going to work, and she politely asked if I would like to try it on. Confidently, I said no and paid for the dress, sight unseen. I had been a size 12 for YEARS; I was consistent and certain the dress would snuggle up to my skin just right.

I was kind to the dress, knowing she was going to treat me well and make me look beautiful. I got home, and with the excitement of a child, put her on. Well…tried to put her on. That damn dress didn’t snuggle up to me; she reluctantly hemmed and hawed as I pulled her over my sprawling thighs. Perhaps I was the one hemming and hawing because when she was finally back on her hanger, I was weeping on the floor.

How could this be happening? A size 12 couldn’t contain my girth? Really body?

It’s remarkable the degrading things a woman can muster up in these moments. I marched myself into my parents bathroom, stood on the digital weight watchers scale, and watched it count...and count...and count and count, until….

The scale read 1-9-7. I was three pounds shy of 200. My rational side knew drinking bottles of Riesling, eating fried Oreos, and lobster risotto regularly wasn’t helping, but my irrational female self rose up and wailed. How was this possible?

So, after freaking out, hanging my dress up on my wall, yelling a couple of obsentities at her, and vowing to fit into her by the wedding day, I changed my life.

Starting the “Don’t eat shit. Run. Lose weight.” Diet was the best thing I could do for myself. It was that simple. Ok….I take that back. It was REALLY REALLY difficult, but in theory, changing my life was that simple. I believe some divine intervention was at the core of everything; I really loved lobster risotto, chocolate, and Riesling. However, I chose change.

In April, I weighed 197 pounds, as I write this blog today, I weigh in at 165.
In April, I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Today, I had a can of V8, for fun.
In April, I couldn’t fit in that dang dress. Today, I don’t have to unzip it to slip into it.
In April, I had trouble running for 30 seconds. Tomorrow, I plan on running 9 miles.
In April, I was silently miserable about my weight. Today, I am rejoicing for the freedom found in control.

My weight loss hasn’t been entirely dramatic; it has been slow and progressive and often frustrating. Everyone calls it a journey because it is; a journey I am still walking through and will be discussing on this blog.

I look forward to sharing stories about the heartaches of monster dresses and shifty scales, boys and faith. Let the good work begin, folks. Choose change.


**********************
Cora Ruth Flottman is the best friend and college room8 of Sheila. She is an actress, teacher, christian, lover of the written word and men who can change the tires on a car.

She will be a new feature on this blog every Friday until our new exciting blog comes alive.

August 2010

my childhood

There seem to be a lot of things that remind me of my childhood... which is a good thing, but they are so random.

Michael Bolton is possibly the top ranker when I think about being a kid. My Mom loved him. (She also had us listening to Kenny G and Tracey Chapman)

mini hair lesson...

not attractive...

attractive...

There is also that song Black Velvet that every time I hear it I think about cleaning the house when I was a kid. Weird, huh?

Yesterday, we went to a new wing place that is literally a block up the road. It's called Smitty's Grill. They have the best dry rub wings I've had in extremely long time. They made me think of the days when we would have bbq fundraisers in elementary school. Random, but they were so good.

And notice, they give you the WHOLE wing. delish. fat. yum.
If only they had some banana pudding to go along with it.

and yes, I gained 2lbs. way to go, Sheila.



This blog will be having a very special guest blogger tonight. And no, it's not Cody. So check back later today! We have some things in the works and hope to become famous very soon.

Happy Weekending...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

R1P3D6 - Fruit Roll Ups

After my stressful day... I ended up losing 1lb. That was the highlight in all of this. Next week I'm having a bake sale for the cheerleaders so I'm sure I'll gain it back once that's over with.

I really wish today was Friday. I want to hang out with my husband.
I also wish Greek wasn't being cancelled. Makes me sad everytime I think about it. Cappie is going to be on an episode of Parenthood though. (yah!)



And now to the food I want today...


I love fruit roll ups and gushers. They are my guilty pleasure that I NEVER get to have.

Until now...


Homemade Fruit Rolls... without a dehydrater!

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Ready In: 8 hours and 40 minutes
Yield: 12 roll-ups
Cost Per Serving: $0.17

Ingredients
8 ounces dried apricots or other dried fruit
1 1/2 cups water

Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Line a 12x15 inch baking sheet with aluminum foil; coat foil with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine apricots or other dried fruit with water in a heavy saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes or until fruit is very soft.
Drain excess liquid and pour fruit into a blender. Puree until very smooth.
Pour fruit onto prepared foil and spread evenly, making sure there are no holes.
Place sheet into oven for 25 minutes. Without opening oven, turn heat off and leave oven door shut for 8 hours.
Remove baking sheet from oven and gently peel fruit from foil. Set on waxed paper, right-side down, and press down.
Cut into 12 even strips, lengthwise. Roll each strip with the paper side out and store in plastic bags until ready to eat.


I think they are totally healthy and I should be able to eat them everyday. Who's with me?

My portion forever

Wednesday was very stressful for me. A lot of things just started going wrong and it is my job to fix them. Being responsible for others is terrifying. Knowing you made a mistake or you cost others money is painful and scary...

All day I've been trying to fix problems alone without praying and asking God for wisdom to see me through. I have been sick a good portion of the afternoon and even now... almost 2 a.m. I had the worst migraine this afternoon and could barely drive my car. I had to stop at a gas station and get a BC powder  - yep, that's how terrible. I have been going all afternoon on the phone - driving to Anderson to meet my MIL again - driving back to cheer practice - scheduling a bake sale.  (all along with my normal job as well)

It wasn't until now... I feel awful so I got up and came in the living room hoping to google until I fell asleep that I started looking up scripture to find comfort in my situation that God gave me multiple verses that are exactly what I needed to read right now. A reminder that He is in control and I don't have to do it alone... that I don't have to worry... that He is faithful... and so much more.


He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. (Psalm 61:1-4)

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11: 28-31)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)


amen. thank you daddy. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My MIL

My MIL (mother in-law) visited me at work today and took me to lunch. We went to the SideTracked Cafe. It's in downtown Central. I love this little downtown area and really hope they bring in a more businesses as the economy starts growing... (one day... hopefully... soon... ?.... eh?)

Sidetracked sends out an email every week announcing their menu options. They only have seven main meals that you switch out the sides. It is a great way to keep up the quality of the food and keep costs down since you know exactly what you'll be preparing. They make homemade cakes and pies, too. The owners are so very nice as well. They will come table side and make sure everything is good. It's a small place so we normally sit outside and today was perfect for that.


I had the BLT salad with honey mustard... ok, so it had a lot of the B... and actually had a tons of cheese. I was trying to be good so I only put half of my honey mustard on it (half of one of those little cups)

And that was good considering I usually get this....
Boneless fried chicken w/corn casserole, which is divine and black eyed peas and cornbread

I also had a sweet tea to drink... gasp.

Anyway. I'm really lucky to have a great MIL. Some girls don't get to have two awesome Moms in their life but I do. I couldn't imagine being married and not getting along w/my husband's family. It would make me really sad. I know she loves me as one of her own and would do anything for us. I'm seriously very thankful for the new family members God gave me and that my family loves and accepts Cody just the same.

R1P3D5

I guess I should be updating about my Phase 3 - maintenance phase. I started adding more calories back into my diet and incorporating more foods. I did horrible at first but my weight is now maintaining. I have gained a couple pounds back but hope to lose those as I am exercising now.

They tell you to avoid sugar and starches for the first 3 weeks... um, I made cookies, rice krispies, had wings and chicken fingers.... obviously that's why I gained. ha. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.

I had oatmeal for breakfast with a banana. I am working on my 100oz. of water for today. I need to drink a glass of green tea as well. I really have to go to the grocery store today. I need more fruit and veggies.

I am going to try to post more "healthy" recipes that I would actually try to eat. Here is my first one...

Hearty Veggie Soup

1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
1/4 head red cabbage, chopped
15 baby carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 bag frozen peas
1 bag frozen corn
1 potato, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large can petite diced tomatoes
3 – 5oz cans V8 Juice
1 – 20 oz carton organic vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups lentils
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 -1 cup whole wheat orzo pasta
5-6 cups water
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
salt & pepper to taste

Add olive oil to large soup pot on medium heat. Add chopped veggies and a pinch of salt, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add can of diced tomatoes and stir. Add organic vegetable stock and V8 juice and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in lentils, cannellini beans and 2 cups water. Stir. Add in orzo, frozen peas and corn. Add in rest of water, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 hours.


It's nothing crazy, so I'd eat it. So, come on people, let's eat our veggies.

PS. I'm looking for a running partner in the Clemson/Central area... anyone available to help me train? and by running I mean yell at me when I want to walk... and make sure I don't die.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Don't complain, just cook

I've started this post a gazillion times today. Don't you hate it when you write several paragraphs but then decide that none of those words really say what you want to say or know you don't need to say those things out loud... or on a blog? I want to complain. God won't let me.

So I'm just going to leave you with this recipe...



I also found this on Brown Eyed Bakers Blog... She lists 100 food recipes that she wants to cook. I think I'm going to make myself a list as well. Maybe not 100 things but we'll see.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday... (aka Discounted chocolate day)

Monday, February 14, 2011

V-Day Yummy #14 Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Well, today is my final day of posting v-day yummies... don't fret though, it's not like I could stop posting yummy recipes if I tried.

Today is a special treat that you should leave work, school or where ever you are.... go to the grocery store and make this right now to give to your valentine. It's deceiving and yummy.

Looks like no big deal, right? 

Well, slice it open and impress him. :) 



I hope you have enjoyed the past 14 v-day recipes. If you tried any, let me know how they turned out. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's day filled with love and good food. 

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ... 1 Corinthians 13:4–8
 


Happy Valentine's Day, Cody! I love you!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

In honor of Valentine's Day...

Do you remember your first love? I remember mine and the heartache that made me feel more alive than ever.

It was a boy I met while I was a sophmore at University of Southern Mississippi. He was nothing like any boy I had ever dated and I was facsinated with him. It was silly, premature and everything a first "love" should be. We met and started "dating" right before he left for a mission trip in Africa. He came home and  broke my heart... basically crashed my world. I will never forget the pain that came the weeks after "losing" him. I had those moments that I didn't want to get out of bed and when I did, the moment my feet hit the ground, I broke into tears. The heartache felt like it would never go away. Now, six years later, I see how God was molding and changing me as person. I wasn't in control of my emotions and I struggled learning to be alone. This was at the same time as hurricane Katrina and my roommate had moved out and I, for the first time time in my life, felt truly alone. It was in those moments that God grabbed hold of me and my heart. I became a Christian in 1998 but have never had to rely on Christ as much as I did at that time and I had been through some crazy struggles before this.

God was preparing me to be alone. About 4 months after the relationship ended, I moved 8 hours away from home and all I knew to go to South Carolina and finish college at North Greenville University.

Now ponder this...
1. If I had never met him, I would have never met three amazing girls from South Carolina.
2. If I had never met him, I might have missed the blessing of learning to trust God with my whole heart.
3. If I had never met him, I would have never left Jones County.
4. If I had never met him, I would have never felt that heartache. Like I said, it made me realize how alive I was.

Most people don't have such a tragic first love story. And the whole reason I am even talking about this is because I was thinking about movie about love and songs that inspired me in my relationships.

The movie Little Manhattan is the sweetest movie that tells the story of your first love. It is heartwarming and makes me wish I lived in the city as a kid. I watched it all the time in college.



Here are a few songs that got me through my heartache and made me hopeful...

India Arie is amazing. This song was my secret anthem. Even during a stupid relationship in college that I knew was going no where I was listen to this song hoping my true love would come along. 

John Mayer has always been my crush, but he has helped me through a lot of relationships. Slow dancing in a burning room was my last relationship before Cody. It's one of those that you know you shouldn't be in and you want out but for whatever reason you can't get rid of each other. 


And this, my favorite song of all time. David Grey's This Years Love. It gave me hope. It stirs my soul even hearing it now. It was mine and Cody's first dance song. I love it that much. He knows how special it is to me. I would listen to this song many a nights crying and telling God what I wanted in a man. 

Damien Rice - 9 Crimes - It is painfully beautiful. Just listen. 


I asked Cody how I should end this post and he just glared at me in a "come hither, loving way"  - I'm not sure what he means or how I should end it, but I guess I should "come hither" and make out with the best husband ever. 

Happy V-day friends.  Love. 

V-Day Yummy #13

I'm not a huge fan of chocolate, but I know the majority of people are so that's why I'm posting this. It's not that I don't like it but I just prefer fruit flavors over it. Always have. BUT I'm not afraid to eat it.

Here is SUPER SIMPLE recipe for fudge. I always imagined it took forever to make for some reason. Maybe all the recipes are simple, but who knows.



Cody doesn't really eat it either so I doubt I'll make this unless I have some kind of function to go to, so if you try it, let me know how it turns out!

R1P2D24

Well, I've unofficially finished the diet... meaning I quit. I am completely tired of it. I want a normal life and to be honest, you just can't have that on this diet. I know I was almost finished but I haven't lost as much as I would have liked. I did lose 10lbs. I'm sure I'll gain some of it back these first couple days going back to eating regular food.

I do like everything that's on the HCG diet... just mixed up. I plan on continuing the daily water intake, eating apples daily and drinking green tea. I plan to eat one vegetarian meal a day - mostly for lunch. I love veggies and fruits so this shouldn't be too hard for me. I miss cooking for my husband though so I'm excited to begin cooking dinner again.

I've started working out again. You aren't suppose to do much activity on the diet so I'm having to get my body into it again. We ran yesterday and I thought I was going to die. It was so cold outside so my lungs were in awful pain and my heart was hurting. I had heart issues a couple of years ago so I'm always cautious when I push myself. We did more of Cody's taekwondo exercises. They are somewhat painful, but I'm getting better at them. My pushups are terrible!

This is also one of my favorite work outs... the video makes me laugh and it keeps me going.

and just so you know, it's legit and your buns start burning - try it, I dare ya. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

under the clouds...

Tonight we made the infamous Chocolate Chip and Bacon Cookies. They were pretty good. It's a nice surprise to taste the bacon. If you think they are gross then you obviously don't love bacon as much as we do. Give them a try. 

We tried to watch The American tonight w/some students and it was horrible. Thumbs down from the Price family. 

I'm excited to watch the Grammy's tomorrow. Did you hear Bob Dylan is playing with The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons???? AMAZING! I'm so excited to see them all perform. 

and I have a crush on Marcus Mumford... huge crush. 
Cody doesn't mind this one since it's not John Mayer (who will always be one of my loves) 


I love them. 





and I love the Avett Brothers... 


and this one...

I could really go on forever with which ones are my favorites but enjoy those for now! 

Such good music. Screw you Gaga. 



Now, I'm super sleepy and really want to put clouds above my bed like this... 


I think Cody would like them. 

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