Category Archives: Food

The evils of the checkout lane…or not

Oftentimes you hear health nuts warning of the evils of the snacks and candy in the checkout lane at the grocery store.

“Avoid them!”

“Be strong!”

I’m going to take the other side. Bear with me a moment.

Grocery shopping with my little dude isn’t always a walk in the park.  I have to bribe him.  Sometimes with one of those free cookies from the bakery.  So I save that cookie for last meaning he has to behave the ENTIRE time in order to get it.

On this particular day, I asked him if he wanted Cheez-Its (because he snagged his Daddy’s the day before).  “No” he says.

So I wait a few minutes, “Are you sure you don’t want Cheez-Its?”

“No Mommy!!”

Now in the cracker aisle, “Bubba, Cheez-Its?”


So I go about our shopping.  He behaves so he gets the cookie at the end and now we are in the checkout lane.

I place all the food on the belt and whip out my wallet.

“Mamma, I want Cheez-Its.”

Oh shit.  Now normally, I would say no because I don’t cater to every damn wish/request my son has.  He has to learn that you don’t always get what you want.  However, a full-blown tantrum while checking out at the grocery store I always try to avoid.

Anxiously scanning the shelves, BOOM, Cheez-Its.

Crisis averted.



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(Still) Alive and Kickin’

Well hello!

Yes I’m still very much alive. VERY much alive.  My little dude wants my undivided attention most of the time and when I’m not with him, I’m at work.  So basically, I’m indisposed 24 hours a day.  So busy that I haven’t even stripped the pee-soaked sheets off the bed yet.  However, I could be changing those sheets rather than blogging….which would you choose? I’ll get to it some time today.


Lately neither one of us has been very impressed with the food around here.  I can’t blame him for not wanting dinner when I don’t want it either.  I admit it, I eat too healthy, don’t salt my dishes enough… stuff is just plain boring.  Pinterest came to the rescue!  I needed something fast and delicious and that is what I got.

Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken foil pack.

I followed the recipe close enough. First off, I skipped the rice.  Not to cut calories or anything but quite frankly, I’m not a fan of rice.  I’m only a fan of it when it’s in my sushi.

Since I skipped the rice, I didn’t think I had to follow the weight of the chicken and cooking time so closely….and for once I was correct!  Given my track record with straying from a recipe when cooking, I was expecting a disaster.  Never happened.  *happy dance*

No rice, huge 11 oz pieces of chicken, sealed in the packet (with all listed ingredients) and cook for 40 minutes at 400*.

Holy crap this was good.  Why B wasn’t as crazy about it as I was blows me away.  Sometimes I think he doesn’t have taste buds.  Long story short, I ate almost all of it.  In 3 sittings.  *burp*

I MUST add that I was able to fit half a foil pack in my macros for dinner.  SCORE!

I used to have 2 desks in my home office and since becoming a Ma, my office now serves as my office/play room. No room for that 2nd table anymore.  So the hubs sawed the legs off the table to make it short enough to B.  A simple fix makes my man a genius.  I never would have thought to do that.  (Husband needs to be on flea market flip?)

Of course the table is mostly used as a step stool to get up in the bay window.  Not my favorite but I let him every once in awhile when I’m in the room.  Plus, how adorable does he look watching his daddy work on the truck??


My latest hobby is making to-do lists.  I love that satisfied feeling you get when you mark something off your list (and pray it doesn’t make its way back on).  I even enjoy buying the cute paper I write my to-do list on!  There is NO way I can function without it and anyone who says they can is lying.  Or sans kids.

Speaking of which, need to get started on that list.  Just crossed off number 1; “drink coffee”.



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Eating on the run


I had a terrible day traveling with the B man yesterday and my husband knew I needed a break today.  He decided to take B out and let me do my thing today.  I ran out of the house so fast that I forgot to eat.  Thank goodness I found these Salmon pouches.  SO good!

Even better that my had a camping spoon in my purse!!


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Coffee with Mr. Potato Head

This is what a hug in a bowl looks like.  Oh man.  Having a little dip in the weather lately and this Thai noodle soup is just what I need!  (Puket Cafe) But most importantly, the bowl is bigger than my head!  That’s kind of a requirement of mine.  Similarly, I have a rule that my cookie must be bigger than the palm of my hand.


It’s a rainy Saturday. B and I have already gone to the gym, BJ’s and taken a 3 hour nap.  Struggling a bit to get the little dude to eat until I figured out why a few days ago.  I’m a fast eater.  Always have been so I have a habit of when I am sharing B’s food, if he says he doesn’t want it, I eat it.  Well the other day I decided to just leave the food on the plate and he eventually decided to eat it.  Now if that didn’t make me feel like a hog, nothing will.  Now I won’t take his plate away so quickly because evidently he is a crazy slow eater. We’ve been sitting here for about 40 minutes and all he has eaten is the ketchup and butter come to find a few seconds ago he started eating the actual potato.  My son is after my own KerryGold lovin’ heart.


#Mommylife is hard, seriously.  This morning consisted of a serious Mr. Potato Head session. If I didn’t have my coffee, I don’t know how I would have made it.

And because I owe it to my readers (and myself); 7 days worth of  workouts below.  I’ve been doing a horrible job documenting my workouts.  But on the flip side, I prefer that I’m putting in the work and not documenting rather than the other way around.








Now I see I have a few more days missed but adding more of my journal pictures would be too much.  It’s like those posts that use 30+ hashtags.  Just don’t do it.  But I DO want to point out that today I did a version of “Bear Complex” with one of my girlfriends followed by “DT” which I PR’ed.  What’s more is that I PR’ed even with stopping to say hi to her daughter!  Boom!

“Bear Complex”
Hang Power Clean
Front Squat
Push Press
Back Squat
Push Press (from behind neck)
Start at 60% of Power Clean and build.  Ended at 115#

12 Deadlifts 95#
9 Hang Power Clean
6 Push Jerk
9:55 including stopping to say “Hi” to friends daughter.  Last PR was 10:12 in 2013.  Seriously looking forward to doing this again. I’m thinking a few months.

Enjoy the weekend!!


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Bowl lickin’ good

Cake is in the oven, bowl is licked and B is napping.  Mamma got a little time for herself.

So B turns 2 (sobbing) on Monday and we are celebrating tomorrow with the family which explains the cake in the oven.  Growing up, my mom always made our cakes…..and my sister does the same for her kids now.  Some of my best memories are making birthday cakes so wanted to give it a try myself.  Unfortunatly, B is too young to help, and he is taking a nap, so I had to lick the bowl and spoon myself.  I don’t care what kind of “diet” you are on.  You must ALWAYS lick the bowl.

And the spoon.

And the beaters.

That reminds me of my favorite quote; “Good moms lets their kids lick the beaters.  Great moms turn them off first.”

I’ve continued to workout 5-6 days a week and eat a good diet. Diet isn’t good enough because my shoulders/arms are getting too big.  I actually cannot wear any of my shirts right now. It’s kind of a good problem to have.   On the other hand, I might just suck it up for a few more weeks because before long, I wont have to wear sleeves until the fall.

Made a snack recently that hits my sweet tooth and my carb macros; Wasa Crisp Bread (crackers), sunflower seed butter and banana.  If I don’t have enough carbs, I just don’t add the banana and it still does the trick for me.  I can eat this without hating myself…unlike the cake bowl I just licked.


This week was the first week of Spring which means we whipped out the grill and built a fire in the back yard.  Even though we don’t intentionally do it, we almost always grill and have a fire on the first day of Spring.  I actually think it is an unwritten rule that everyone must follow.


Then the next day it snowed.  I didn’t mind that it snowed but it was also a Monday which meant that my Facebook wall was full of people saying:
1) they hate Mondays
2) they hate snow
3) they hate snow on the 2nd day of Spring

So I pretty much logged off all day. I don’t need that kind of negativity.  And neither do you!


Now my house is filling up with the wonderful smell of chocolate cake which means the timer is about to go off.

“Hoppy” Easter everyone!


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A small miracle happened

A small miracle happened yesterday.  While I was out shopping I got a text from my stepdaughter offering to watch B while the hubs and I went to dinner.  Don’t mind if I do!

But it gets better…..

On the way home, B fell asleep in the car however I was able to successfully transition him to bed where he continued him nap.

And yes, it gets better……

For the first time in EVER I took a shower and got ready for our night out while B stayed asleep.  Wha?!  I kept going in there and checking on him because this is just nuts.  When I was done getting ready, I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself.  At this point I’m using to chasing B and keeping him out of the trash can or something.

So I popped open a bottle of Riesling that was literally calling my name.  Literally.


So there I sat in front of the fire, watching “Miami Ink” and drinking my delicious wine.  The stars had aligned the evening of February 13, 2016.

At dinner, I was reaching for some chapstick in my purse when I started to laugh.  I was so excited about going out that I forgot to clean out (or change) my purse.  I’m sure other mammas have this problem.  My date night purse consisted of my regular stuff….plus diapers, wipes and desitin.


Speaking of chapstick, of all things, I didn’t have any in my purse.  Did you know that butter makes a good alternative?

So I had a “food find” this week. Normally I don’t go running to the store for something I saw on a commercial but a) it looked good b) I also saw it on my iBotta app and c) I am not at all inspired to cook lately.

I had made buffalo cauliflower before and it was a bit of work.  I’m plumb tuckered out and don’t feel like cooking much lately so this looked absolutely fantastic.  Tastes great although B didn’t think so.  He was too busy working on the rotisserie chicken I bought.

Bottom line, I’ll buy it again.


Another week at the gym.  Managed 5 times which is better than when I was going to CrossFit.  Getting a little bit stronger every time!  5# doesn’t seem like much but it’s an accomplishment.

I’m sure you notice there is a ton of redundancy in Outlaws programming.  But you know what? The sh*t works.  When I want to switch it up, that’s what the WODs are for.


Below was absolutely positively terrible.  Why?  Because I was bored out of my ever living mind!  I am been wanting to run lately but it’s just too damn cold out there!  So one day I didn’t feel like lifting.  Instead I opted for CrossFit Endurance long intervals. If I was outside, this would not have been a problem but I didn’t have that choice.  I was on a treadmill and it was a nightmare.  Can you tell by my writing??

This is what it says,
7 minutes on, 7 minutes off
Incline of 2%
Range 2-5 rounds
Walked 3 minutes then began the intervals.  Running at 6.0 and walking at 3.0.  By the 3rd round, I wanted to scream.  So I left.


Happy Valentine’s Day all!!

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The deets on roasted beets

Every so often I will buy something out of the ordinary in the produce section.  It’s not always delicious but it keeps things fun in the kitchen.  So when I saw these beautiful beets at the grocery store I jumped at it.  This past summer I was eating them fresh from my father’s garden and man were they good!  Growing up, the only way I would eat them was pickled.  I guess I had to wait quarter of a century for my tastes to mature because now I’m obsessed with them roasted.

The beauty of it is that it’s so simple.  Wash off the beet, wrap in foil and put in a 400* oven for 100 minutes.

Now before you roll your eyes, I realize that 100 minutes is too long but that’s what it took before I could easily insert a knife.  I was told that I could cut them in half and they would be done in 15 minutes but I’ll try that next time.  In case you haven’t figured it out yet, these were large beets.

Once they are done, peel the skin off and cut them however big (or small) you want.  Toss them on a salad. Eat them plain.  Eat them with butter and salt. I don’t care how you eat then, just eat them.  And yes your poop will look like blood.


Doesn’t this look like guava paste?

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