Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tasty Tuesday- Avacado Sauce/Dressing


I realize this is a horrible picture and let's not even talk about how outdated my blog is, but I snapped one in a hurry. I had to share this yummy recipe my Boston Marathon running friend (who will be sitting beside me on the beach in a few weeks) shared with me. She is an awesome HEALTHY cook and has her kid eating everything she and her husband do. Not the story in my house, but one kid at least loves tons of veggies.

Anyway, there's a small group of us who have made some health goals and she is giving us tips, recipes, encouragement, etc. I am really continuing what I normally do as far as exercise, drinking water, sleep, but am determined to control my SUGAR intake! Sugary food settles right in my waist. I know it's a problem so we shall see. Frozen banana ice cream ( frozen bananas, pinch of cocoa in food processor) just doesn't seem to satisfy my Sour Patch Kids, Reese's, Oreo cravings. But I am also trying to cut out the "white" foods. Potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.  However, sweet potatoes and brown rice have always been my friends so not that difficult. It's portion control, too... I could go on and on.

SO tonight, I am having this yummy sauce (which is completely vegan for my vegan friends) in a grilled chicken (because I am only the occasional vegan) spinach artichoke, quinoa bowl. I'll share the spinach recipe, too because you could always forget the chicken.

Avocado Sauce

1 cup light Almond Milk + 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Cilantro (1/4- 1/2 cup loose)
1 clove garlic
1 lime, juiced
1 avocado, cut in quarters
1-2 tbsp chopped onion
salt to taste

1- Combine 1 cup almond milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit. (makes it "curdle" like buttermilk)
2- Place cilantro, garlic, onion, lime juice and avocado in blender or food processor. Add milk after it sits for 5 minutes.
3- Blend until smooth.

It should stay fresh for a few days. Add it to a salad for next day's lunch or over quinoa by itself for some flavor.

Spinach Artichoke Mix

1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
Bag (or more) of spinach
1 can or frozen bag artichokes (frozen is at Trader Joe's)
Feta cheese
Sundried tomatoes

1- Saute' mushrooms, onions and garlic.
2- Add artichokes for a few mins.
3- Add spinach to wilt.
4- Sprinkle with feta and a few sundried tomatoes.
5- Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
6- You can add grilled salmon or chicken and the avocado sauce, too.

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Stuff

 He finished 3rd grade Friday!
 He finished 7th grade Friday!
 This kid's team was runner up in his year end tournament. 1 loss in 2 seasons!
 This boy improved his mile time to 5:51 by the end of the season!
 We rescued this frog (bottom of pic) in our yard and took him to a nearby creek.
 We've played with, walked and loved this baby girl!
We wore our shades and went out for ice cream to start our summer!
 
 
Just a few things we did in May! We also went to an honor society induction, a wedding where mini#1 and I had way too much fun in a photo booth and soccer tryouts that ended today. I went to a concert for a post Mother's Day celebration with a girlfriend. We saw Fitz and the Tantrums. Good time! And Hall and Oates was fabulous, too (even if they missed a few of my favorites).
 
 
We even met mini#2's 4th grade teacher Thursday night since we are only out for our summer for 5 weeks. But it will be a busy 5 weeks. June brings a beach trip (my brother and his family will be there, too), runner's camp, soccer camp, VBS and another road race for mini#2 and me. We will finish the break with another trip to another beach with friends and their kids to celebrate the 4th! Then it's back to the books and making lunches July 7th. But we'll still visit the pool and have fun in July and August after school. Our kids are used to this. Doing homework at the pool during breaks is fun to them! It's not so bad.
 
 
I hope you all have great fun summers ahead, too!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Do I admit this?

Mr. Pink and I are spending the evening under the stars listening to these guys. Only they don't look like this any longer and we don't look the way we used to when we listened to their songs. Or I listened to their songs. Mr. Pink is along for the ride. I even brushed up on my Hall and Oates on Youtube last night. I'm ready! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

It's Good Friday where we reflect on such a powerful death. But SUNDAY is coming where we worship the risen King. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jetsetting to Faraway Lands



Not really. I've been trapped in suburban life doing what I do best...shuttling kids around. Dreaming of an exotic vacation after this L-O-N-G winter in the south. I have switched from heat to air conditioning to heat in the last 4 days!

The above photos were taken last weekend. My dad turned 80 yrs old on Sunday!! It is hard to comprehend that he is this age. I was usually the kid with the oldest dad and the youngest mom in school. But my parents have been married 46 years so something is working. They have a 13 yr age difference if curious minds want to know. :-) We had a basketball tournament all day in Winston Salem last Saturday and then we drove on to Charlotte to stay with my parents. We got up, went to church with them and then we went to a French bistro for brunch to celebrate his birthday. Then back to their house for cake and ice cream and a little Masters golf on TV before we headed back to Raleigh. Whew! And it was the first time we boarded our sweet 7 month old puppy so we all missed her like crazy. I felt like a new mom and had to call them Sunday to see how she was doing.

My oldest made the middle school track team. Have I even mentioned this on the blog? A lot of his meets have been postponed due to weather so he has a meet on Monday (his 13th birthday!) and also on Tuesday. He is running the mile and the 800. He loves it! We ran another 5K a couple weekends ago and he placed 2nd in his age group! I knew he'd do well since he has been running regularly with the track team. I have been wearing out the greenway trails around here because I am running in the Tarheel 10 Miler next Saturday. Yikes!!! What was I thinking? I have run 10 miles exactly once in training, but think I'm ready. I plan to slow it way down from my normal pace and have fun with it (she says after she just learned the last mile is uphill).  Wish me luck. Oh, and I plan to wear head to toe NC STATE clothes in this race that takes place at UNC... Everyone will know this girl is a WOLFPACKER every day, all the time, forever.

What else? I became an aunt again. My brother and his wife had boy # 2 in late February. Their sons are 22 months apart. I try to leave them alone. Kind of easy since they're in Sweden, but they (my sis-in-law) is struggling in these early months. We all remember those days and are glad they are over! We get to see them all when they'll be in the US for 6 weeks this summer. I cannot wait.

When I do finally collapse at night I have been indulging in The Real Housewives of NY. My next door neighbor was in NY at a charity dinner last week and met Kristin, the new housewife! She also met the lead singer of Train. Cool. I also watch Million Dollar Listing NY, Mad Men and I dvr My Five Wives. Do you watch this??? 5 wives? It's so weird. Could you imagine having 5 husbands? Um, no thanks. And why so many kids? With the rotation he's got going on you'd think the chances of getting pregnant are lessened, but let's not go there... I am a reality junkie. Let's not forget Southern Charm. Is it just me that realized that sweet, cute Cameron used to be on MTV's Real World?

Ok, this post makes up for my lack of posting I think.

Happy Easter! I actually saw a very cute, not freaky/scary Easter Bunny at the mall today. No school tomorrow. Is it wrong that we may go see Rio 2 on Good Friday?

Enjoy your weekend!

Pink

Sunday, February 16, 2014

In case you were wondering...

I am Posh Spice. I should actually be living in TEXAS. Or I should be living in the city of Paris. If I went back to high school now, I would be a Drama Kid. The 80's song I most identify with is Every Breath You Take. I should have been a Designer. I am not addicted to makeup. I am a Thin Mint cookie.

It's been a long, busy day. All I can do is sit here with the Olympics playing in the background while I take facebook quizzes (without posting my results). But thought you may want my very important results... You feel like you know me so much better don't you?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!







From my house to yours! My mantle is a little sad though. I had to add that tiny popsicle stick frame with candy hearts glued to it that mini#2 made in 3 yr old preschool. We have been snowed it and going a little crazy. Our school make up days are on Saturdays so we just may be going every Saturday until the end of school at this rate! My hair appointment for today has been rescheduled and who knows if we can keep our dinner reservations tonight. Good thing I got all of the boys' Valentines treats/gifts early. They will be drinking bottled cherry limeades from World Market with sugar cookies and mini cupcakes. I spare no sugar on Valentine's Day! What are your plans?