Category Archives: 2011

Water Damage

What happens when you get nearly 6″ of rain in a matter of hours? You find out if your house leaks.

What happens when a leak has been going on for probably YEARS before you moved in?

You have way more damage than thought possible.

Thankfully after two straight days of work, this is all fixed and back to normal…but I was really worried!!!

About 3.2 minutes after this picture was taken, he took my shovel and tried to help me with the weeds and hit himself in the forehead resulting in a huge gash and 3 stitches.

What I’ve learned? Just because you have a thorough home inspection, doesn’t mean you won’t have problems come up because someone else didn’t know what they were doing before you moved in.

P.S. This happened two weeks ago, I just didn’t have a chance to post at the time, and saw these pictures on my memory card this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Favorite Breakfast

This one could give my beloved eggs and toast a run for it’s money!!!

Raspberry Chobani

Chia seeds mixed in

Perfect granola on top. I bought this granola from Costco and tried it for the first time today. It was so good! Perfect amount of clusters and sweetness. I will for sure be buying more of this!!!

Can’t wait to try this with different flavors of yogurt!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I first tasted this dip at my friend’s house when I went there for a jewelry party and it’s what turned me on to my love of hot sauce.ย  I made this today for my cousin’s birthday party, and it’s been a staple of family gatherings recently. I thought ofย  Bizย  when I was making it and her love of hot sauce!!ย  This dip is not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is dang delicious.

Ingredients:

1 can chicken

1 cup Ranch dressing

1/2 cup Buffalo Sauce or any type of hot sauce

1 container of cream cheese

Shredded Cheese

1. Drain and chop chicken

2. Add in cream cheese, ranch and hot sauce

3. Mix until well blended. Sometimes I’ll put this in the microwave for a minute and it makes it easier to blend.

4. Pour into a casserole dish

5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

6. Top with shredded cheese and bake for another 15 minutes until bubbly.

We served this with pita chips today, but it goes perfectly with just about anything…including celery!!

*sneaking back in*

Not even sure if I have any readers left…but I hope so!!! This summer has been so crazy with moving, vacations and having 3 very active kids at home all day. We had some issues with our house last week (a post for another day), my 3 old wound up with 3 stitches in his forehead on the same day…it’s been nuts.

We are getting close to starting school, and I think we’re all ready. Ready for the schedule, routine, and being with friends. We have a couple more trips to the sand dunes planned, a wedding and our 10 year anniversary coming up in the next few weeks to finish this summer off with a bang!

Breakfast:

2 eggs over easy on toast

Herbal tea and a banana on it’s last leg

Lunch:

Salad Beast

Romaine lettuce base

Cucumbers, pickles, celery

Cheese and an olive oil vinaigrette

With a side of celery and an orange on the side

Getting ready to cuddle up with a book and then bed soon. Some days I wonder if I’m 30 or 90…

Hi, remember me?

Man, it was a crazy 11 days with my sister and her daughter here. We had a lot of fun and I miss her already ๐Ÿ˜ฆ While she was here, we are also in the middle of house hunting. There is one that we put a bid on Sunday night and they countered…we countered back and will have a final answer this evening. I’m really trying hard not to get my hopes up, but dang it, I love this house!!!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

Leo’s Coney Island

One of my favorite spots to go for breakfast is Leo’s Coney Island of White Lake.

They have everything from oatmeal to amazing omelettes with anything you can imagine stuffed inside! The service is fast and friendly, the prices are perfect, and the food is awesome! No matter what I get for breakfast, I’ve never left disappointed.

Saturday morning my sister, mom and our daughters went to Leo’s for breakfast.

I had one of the their breakfast specials, two eggs, sausage and wheat toast. So good!!

Foodbuzz Lunch

When I first started reading healthy living and food blogs I was so in awe of all of the featured publishers and all the goodies they all received from Foodbuzz. Now, that I’m a featured publisher and receive said goodies, it’s awesome!! I have been getting loads of freebies and coupons lately, but haven’t had a chance to try anything out yet. I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch today and saw the bag of Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips hanging out in the freezer so I decided to make something with them.

Lunch: Smart & Delicious Wrap, Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips, Black Beans and I mixed in some green salsa into the beans, topped with a little cheese and put under the broiler until everything was warm and melty.

I was a little worried about the chicken, but it was really good! It had an almost spicy taste to them, but the 3 year old had some and ate without complaint. I don’t know how often I’ll use these, but it’s great for a quick meal!

I also had a bowl of strawberries and blueberries on the side, I could have had this bowl x5, but I restrained myself!

The 3 year old is currently napping, the house is clean and I’m watching old episodes of One Tree Hill; see you for dinner tonight!

Friday Weigh In #1 (5.6.11)

Since I haven’t weighed myself in nearly 2 months, I have no idea what my last weight was so this is a jumping off point.

Weight: 208.8

I am so excited, my sister and her daughter are on their way here from California and will be here later this evening, I can’t wait!!! The last time she was here was for my Dad’s funeral, so it will be nice to have a happy visit this time ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be taking her to all my favorite foodie places and hopefully the weather cooperates so we can take the kiddies to the park.

Breakfast: Hope you’re not sick of eggs, because I’m not! This morning was a simple egg sandwich and sliced strawberries.

It’s been a busy day so far getting everything cleaned up, laundry done, etc. so we can have fun tonight when they get here ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun with Picnik

The husband has been trying to teach me how to use Adobe and even harder CS3…I’m a lost cause and can’t remember anything and almost kicked the desktop earlier because I was so freaking frustrated! Eventually, I will get the hang of it, but until that happens, I found a new website; Picnik. It’s free (but you can pay for premium options) and lets you edit photos, create collages and other fun goodies and it’s easy!! I didn’t really have anything exciting to talk about tonight, so I did some fun editing with dinner pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner: Egg sandwiches with turkey bacon, broccoli and strawberries.

I have been doing more updates today with not as much info and it’s SO much easier than trying to cram an entire day in one post!!!

Here are the original pictures:

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Mexican food happens to be my very favorite type of food, any way I can get it, I’m a happy girl!! In honor of Cinco de Mayo I made a mexican pita pizza that was divine, but before we get to that; let’s deal with breakfast.

Breakfast: Some people have oatmeal for breakfast every day, I could have a variation of eggs and toast every day and be happy! Today was the same as yesterday, whole wheat english muffin and two eggs.

With a banana and Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger herbal tea.

Lunch: Mexican Pita Pizza. Pita bread, refried beans, black beans, mozz cheese and topped with sour cream and green salsa. So flipping good and filling!!! I also had orange slices on the side.