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A Sweet Sunday

Today was a good day.  It stated out with watching a couple of episodes of Orange is the New Black in bed. Relaxing and easing into the day.

About 9:30 I rolled out of bed, washed my face, brushed my teeth, moisturized, brushed my hair, then threw on some clothes. Down the stairs I went. Had an apple and gathered my things to head out with my family to the beach.

Sunday is the rest of my families day to hang out with the guys and the kids.  They’ve done soccer, ultimate frisbee and now they are on to beach volleyball. It’s a joy to watch them all gather, join teams and play for fun.  All of the laughter and smiles on their faces makes me so happy inside.  I truly enjoy watching them on Sundays.


After a bit of watching the guys, my friend, Laura, and I walked over to Armida’s tasting room for a little wine tasting. It’s always a treat, both the wine and the wonderful company.


After some wine tasting and great conversation, I made my short trek back home.  I had some wonder food to prepare.


Today I made Falafel’s, Garlic Hummus, Basil Pesto and Mint Garlic Pesto. All from scratch. Everything turned out beautiful.  Super yummy too.

We had the Falafel’s and some of the hummus for dinner. I’ll use both of the pesto’s this week with my meals. Yum! 🙂

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I baked a batch and also friend a batch.  I wanted to be able to compare them.



Garlic Hummus

Garlic Hummus


Basil Pine Nut Pesto


Mint Basil Cashew Pesto

By the way… the hummus came out kick-ass! Maybe I should rename it, Kathleen’s Kick-Ass Garlic Hummus? Ha! 🙂


Delicious Fish Tacos

I made some kick-ass Fish Tacos tonight! Tilapia isn’t my favorite white fish, but I seasoned them so beautifully, that it didn’t really matter.IMG_6499 2

I cooked the fish in a teaspoon of clarified butter and coconut oil.  Seasoned it with Seafood Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Lemon Pepper and Paprika.  Both Sides.

I cut the kernels off the corn and sautéed it in a half teaspoon of clarified butter and fresh minced garlic. I then added the shredded cabbage at the end.  Just to warm the cabbage. Set aside.

The salsa was made by my Father this afternoon.  He makes the best salsa EVER!  Hands down!

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Everyone enjoyed dinner, with the exception of my youngest. He isn’t feeling great today and needed to just head to bed.  He scrounged for a bit of string cheese and a nice cold vanilla Italian soda that he made with the Soda Stream.  Hopefully, he’ll wake up in the morning feeling 110%. 🙂

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This really stuck with me today. It can’t express how I feel any better.  It also reminds me of what I need to do in my life. What I think about constantly, but don’t follow through with. That I need to just speak and not walk on eggshells. That I need to do more for myself and what makes me feel good.  

I want to thank, Rachael, a friend on Facebook. One of the very few friends that I have on Facebook, that I have never actually met in person. I adore your drive for life. For peace. For health. For education.  ♥


Food Freak-Out

This commercial freaks me out every time I see it. Scares me really.

When I was at the grocery store today getting some tortilla chips and cereal for my Boys, along with a few other items, I look around freaked out. I bought the  few things I needed, then I only bought Bananas, Grapes and Cuties in the produce area. I didn’t even see a reason to get anything else. I told myself that I would just hit the fruit stand today later on.

What it all comes down to, is that things have really changed since I was a kid. Yeah, the soda and snacks are still around, but the ingredients have changed. It scares me. I also scares me how much more of it all there is. I don’t want to give my children something that I would regret for their health later. Yes, I said regret. I say that, because I don’t believe in regrets for myself, but for my children it would kill me if I wasn’t feeding them healthy enough today and it affected their health later.

It is up to me to teach them right from wrong. Healthy, and non healthy. I most comfortable with beef, chicken and seafood. Along with fresh vegetables and fruit. Rice on occasion. Pasta on occasion too. It’s hard to care for others.

Don’t get me wrong, I still bake with sugar, butter and flower.  I would way rather bake for my children than to buy them junk from the store.  It’s not every day though.  I’m hoping that I can teach them some balance.

I saw this video again today after Super Bowl, because I was in my Weight Watchers account. Logging my 3.7 ounces chicken breast that I just ate for lunch. I clicked on the link and it just struck me.  Hard.  Sometimes I feel like what they eat is so out of my hands, it freaks me out.  Sigh, I just worry about their healthy future.

Just thought I would share my thoughts. 🙂


Monday is just not my day for new beginnings.

1656430_10151822358426734_239829579_nI‘ve always had a thing about not starting new things on Mondays.  Tuesday has always been my day.  I may think about it, but never seem to act on until Tuesday.  Don’t ask me why, it has always just felt the best for me.

Today I have been thinking off some of the things that I need to start doing… Getting up and being dressed before my Boys.  Cooking more.  Running on the treadmill again.  Just to name a few.

Tomorrow is Tuesday and the day for me to start a few things anew.  🙂


Pinterest and Me – Homemade Frosty


I came accross something else fun on Pinterest this last week. Easy Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream. Eventhough I think that it tasted more like a Frosty from Wendy’s. It was so easy!

I have a Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.  It is wonderful and my Boys just love it!  Well, my Father and Husband do too. 🙂

Last Thursday I started to get the ingredients together and made it that night…  Evaporated Milk, Chocolate Milk, and Cool Whip.  Easy-Pesy right? Right! I only used one carton of Chocolate milk though.  I couldn’t fit more.  Next time I would probably use less Evaporated Milk too, to even out the ratio.

I ended up serving 8 of us with just these ingredients.  Make it and enjoy!

I must add that I also made fresh whipped cream.  It was a must.  A carton of Heavy Whipping Cream. Whip it up with a beater and add a little sugar (or Splenda, they will never know).  Perfection! A Cherry on top for those who love that too.  I know some of mine do.  🙂



Pinterest and Me – The Orange Candle

Yesterday afternoon I gathered my Boys around the kitchen table.  I decided it was time for a little experiment time together.  I had one of them grab an orange (we were out of Cuties) and my oldest grabbed a knife.  I grabbed the olive oil and the cutting board.  We also grabbed the camera.

We set forth to do a cute little idea I had found on Pinterest and have filed under my board called ‘Random Shit’.  Yes, something that I need to sort through and most likely make some individual boards for those items as well.  Anyway, the “Pin” was called How To Make a Clementine Candle.

First we cut around the peel of the orange in a circle.  Just below the skin as seen here.

After cutting around the orange in a circle, I was then instructed to peel under the skin of the orange with my finger, or thumb, to release the skin from the fruit.  This was a bit harder, but very doable.  Once this was finished I set the orange aside and my 6-year-old was like…  If you don’t need this I will just go ahead and eat it.  He is adorable.  Hey, it’s a healthy snack and fun project in one!

Once we separated both sides of the orange, the top and bottom, I realized a couple of important facts.  The “top” was the harder part and was more difficult to detach. If you make a little hole in it, don’t sweat it.  It is going to get cut into the design you like anyway.  It is the air hole area where the heat and smoke release from.  A hole is a good thing.  The “bottom” is the piece that you want to try to keep the  longest piece of middle core that you can.  This is your wick.  Mine was very short.  I am going to make another one today and make sure that as I am peeling that section, as I go to pull it away from the inner fruit itself I will pull to a longer piece of the middle core, so that I have a long wick.  The candle will last much longer this way.

Once you have your bottom section ready you then fill it about 1/4 of the way.  I find it important to pour the olive oil directly over the wick while doing this, that way you are saturating the center of the orange and the part that you will be lighting.

My Boys and I just did a random cutting of the top of the orange as you can see.  They said it look like a dog’s head.  They were happy with that.  It’s fun for them to have a project to do, since we haven’t done any this Summer.  I love their imaginations.

After you have let the olive oil sit for a few minutes to soak into the wick, you can then light it. Add the top and watch it glow!

The aroma aspect is also wonderful.  The room smells of oranges.  It is a wonderful all natural alternative to candles.

My Boys and I had a great time with this project and we will be sure to be doing it again today and in the future.  🙂


Round 3 – Day 27

Vegas June 27, 2011 (179 Pounds - Size 14)

178.4… I got on the scale this morning, read my weight, then got off thinking… How in the hell did I go up a pound while sleeping?  Well, that tells me not to weigh myself before I have fully woken up.  You’re down a pound silly girl!  Cool!

Here comes the weekend again though! That is always scary for me. My plan for tonight is salmon for dinner since I am out of the pizza fixings. My Husband likes our Family Pizza Nights on Friday, but tonight he will have to enjoy just a Family Dinner Night… With salmon. Actually, my children will be ecstatic! All four of them would pick salmon over pizza any day and I must admit, I am grateful for that.

I am still just so happy from yesterdays post Vegas weigh-in.  🙂

Round 3 – Day 11

As I prepare myself for the weekend I am trying to be careful what to pack for myself and family to go camping.  I went back and forth a few times with my friend H and she helped me a bit.  I have a list in my head and I am going to try to give myself some limits.  Snack more with fruit and veggies to stay full, I’m not brining any tortillas, eggs for breakfast, White Chicken Chili for dinner tomorrow night, chicken for Saturday… fruit and veggies, cheese and crackers, chips and fresh salsa for my Boys.  Safe snacks, so if I snatch one here, or there it’s all good.  Light Beer and Wine.  Not bringing stuff for cosmos.  Water, water, water, water.

I was 176.6 this morning.  I have been snacking off and on today, but it was on Wasabi Almonds, Rose Sangria, fruit, carrots, humus, two small pieces of baguette, a few slices of salami and 3 slices of cheese.  That was basically what I had for lunch too.  I’m stuffed.  Easy-peasy grilled cheese sandwiches for my family tonight with Country Sourdough from this last Saturdays Bountiful Baskets.  It is super yummy.  I just cut mine really, really thin and put a slice of pepper jack cheese… yummo!

See now, I am totally full and have hardly eaten anything… well, not much of a meal is what I mean.  This is the feeling that freaks me out.  It is a feeling of having extra weight gain on me tomorrow.  One of the reasons it is hard for me to get my mind around eating every 2 or 3 hours, it is weird to feel like I over ate throughout the day, when I haven’t.  I am hoping that the scale will be down tomorrow to prove me wrong.  🙂


30 Days – Day 19

Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad

The only person that pesters my mind is ME!  I pester myself about people, situations, the future, am I doing this right, what in the hell am I waiting for, why do people say shit like that, boy that tastes good, I hope that didn’t offend her, I don’t want to get up today, who cares about my hair, damn my tooth hurts, that painting sucks, the sky is so beautiful, I’m horny, mmmmm water, fix his hair, make those cookies, clean that up, wake up, shoes, fucking dog, I’m such an idiot, exercise, that painting came out pretty good, just eat it, my beautiful Boys, be happy, I rock, ug I just can’t deal with that gossip, I miss the beach, am I patient enough with my Boys, is my Husband happy with me, that tastes so good, no drama please, just one time, that’s funny shit, all I smell is piss, she turned this pink, just breathe, DIM, Court, what’s the big deal it is just a few gray hairs, shopping at Whole Foods is way better, I want a garden, I miss my family, my back, please be happy Boys, smile Sweetie, best friends, exercise, cocktails, Bikram, money, I love red lipstick, that damn air conditioner is on again, take each day one moment at a time, Ahhhh.  🙂