Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A fresh new start...Weight Watchers here I come!...

     I have jumped all in and made a decision to join Weight Watchers.  Yes, I know a lot of you think it is for middle aged frumpy ladies,...its not!  Maintaining a consistent weight isn't something that I am amazing at, it fluctuates wildly.  So this hopefully is the year I can get to a healthy weight and maintain it.

     I have been scouring the web for healthy recipes, and meal planning suggestions, even created a Pinterest board to help sort my ideas, but I will admit it feels a little overwhelming.  Can't I just have my loaded mash potatoes, bacon, ice cream and Dr. Pepper and still lose weight?  Apparently not.  Super sad it doesn't work that way.  But I am trying to focus on why I am doing this.  I am doing this to be the best possible me, to be healthier and stronger and able to do anything I want.  Plus I want to be stronger so I am better able to help and serve those that I come in contact with.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Create your own MAGIC everyday...

     Every year I try to find a focus or mantra for the year. This year I am focusing on finding the magic in every day.  2016 is going to be a good year, I have very high hopes for this year.  Sometimes I get caught up in the mundane things of the world that I lose sight of all the miracles around me.

     I love the world around me, but I will admit the past few months I have been so overwhelmed with all the responsibilities around me that I had truly forgotten to stop and relax and take a moment to appreciate the world around me, and all of the daily miracles in life.

     “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Thoughts on the New Year and forever being a work in progress...


      New Year, new resolutions, and new focuses.  I will admit that I set a ton of goals for myself, some are achieved and some are not, it is an ongoing work in progress, but that is just what life is.  Trying to improve as the journey of life unfolds, this picture is a place that is very important, it is the Houston Texas Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  This is place where I find peace and direction in life, a place that helps me focus on where I have been and where I am going.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's as American as apple pie...the search for the next Master Chef continues.

     It is another week and another episode of Master Chef.  The competition truly begins!!! The top 22 home chefs continue the Master Chef Journey.  They are beginning with the season’s very  first Mystery Box Challenge, this one is a bit different than any that we have seen before.

     The ingredients are different in each box.  Each person received a box including staples from their own kitchen at home.  They have one hour to create their dish.
   
     For those of you that have ever read my recaps you know that I always say what I would fix if it were me.  So I looked inside of my fridge…sadly I have been grocery shopping in a few days.  I have lots and lots of produce, but not one protein to be found.  So I guess I would be doing a vegetarian dish.   I have all of the ingredients to do an amazing ratatouille, so that would probably be the direction I would go.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Blog Love---Have you checked out skinnytaste yet? You should!

     I don't have have a ton of time to be on Facebook, but the past several weeks I have seen post after post about skinnytaste food blog.  I mean it has been everywhere.  My sister in law posted about it, my friends posted about the blog. I have friends all over the country who are raving about this woman's blog. Post after post, photo after photo lauding her blog and recipes,  Seriously, have I been under a rock?  How did I miss this anyways?  I guess that is what happens when you work all the time.  That or I am just clueless, (I prefer to think its option A, so we will go with that).  So I decided to check it out for myself, with as much as I have been hearing about this blog I was hoping that it lived up to the hype.  In short it exceeded it.  Simply beautiful!

     One of the features that I want to include in this blog are features of blogs that I do read, or pearls of wisdom or fun that I gain in my reading.  Think of it was sharing the blogging love if you will.  There are so many talented dedicated bloggers out there  that we can benefit a lot from.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Its here! Master Chef season 6 premier recap! Let the games begin!


     The day has finally come! Master Chef is back on TV! So exciting! First off super excited it is a 2 hour premier, that makes me very happy. I hope it is 2 hour shows for the whole season. I love the format of a two hour show. 

     The top 20 are gathered together and and meet Graham and Gordon and also they introduce Christina Tosi as the newest judge. So Ms. Tosi is scary accomplished. A James Beard Award winner, an owner of seven amazing bakeries...and she is younger than me. Guess I need to work harder don't I?

     Boba and I have our feet (and paws) up and are ready to enjoy the show. This is Boba's first Master Chef experience in case you are wondering. He seems adequately interested I guess, well not really. He just wants to snuggle on my lap, right smack dab where my laptop needs to be to write my recap. Always have to love a fur baby!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boba’s Bites….Homemade Dog Treats & Proper Introduction to my Dog

New Dog
    This isn’t a current photo, but it is a memorable one, if not very flattering of me.  This was the first picture taken right after I got my new dog several months ago.  I love this little guy, his name is Boba, (yes, just like the tapioca pearl drink).  He is a rescue dog, which I do personally think is the best way to get a new fur baby.  There are so many cute and wonderful dogs out there that are looking for homes, so shelters were the way to go.

     I had visited several shelters and saw lots of adorable dogs, however I am a firm believer that you pick the animal just as much as the animal picks you.  After all it has to be a match.  Boba melted my heart from the first sight.  He really is the best dog for me right now.  Lots of people want to know exactly what he is, he is a mix, part pug, king cavalier spaniel, part jack russell terrier.  He is awfully handsome (I am biased I know).  The shelter said he is about 2 years old, but it seems most dogs in the shelter are “about 2 years old”.