Thursday, February 25, 2010
So as you can see I chopped my hair. I love, love, love it. And man is it fast to do, which makes it that much better. And the cherry on the top is the hubs is so happy I went for it. It was with his encouragement that I got the guts. I was scared to death though. A women's hair is not something to be trifled with. A bad haircut is much more than a bad hair cut! But I've always thought that short hair suited me. Long hair makes me look 18. I could have enrolled in high school again and started all over if I wanted to. So I was done with that. People always tell Kelcey he robbed the cradle with me, so it was inevitable that my hair would come off at some point. There is no turning back, nor do I want to. I think short hair is here to stay.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So today is going to be a good old fashioned just blog about whatever kind of day. It's been a while since I've had one of those. And I'm wondering, if perhaps, that all of you are getting bored with my endless talk on health and fitness. So I'm just gonna ramble, are you ready?
I'm not a big gamer. I play here and there, but it's not the first thing I would do given the chance. However, we got WII Sports Resort for christmas, and though I don't love all the games, there are a few that I can get lost in. There's the 3-point shooting contest, and ping pong. I think I like them because I own Kelcey...most of the time. It rarely happens so I have to gloat when I get the chance. I also love good old fashioned Mario Bros. Those games are classic. They will be great games til forever because they are simple, and fun. Remember the first time Nintendo came out? I still remember playing it in Texas with my family. Jaaromy beat the entire Super Mario Bros. game before anyone, and I remember thinking he was AMAZING!
Okay so enough of that.
So more things I like sleeping children, not because it's finally quiet in the house, though I LOVE that too, but because they sleep so soundly. They do not have a care in the world. The things my kids get most excited about when waking up is "special" cereal, or Saturday morning cartoons. So simple, and yet so exciting. I remember being a kid. Life was just easy, and I never doubted who I was, or where I was going. My dreams were a reality for me. And I could care less what anyone thought about them because they were mine. And I KNEW who I was!(just reiterating) Somewhere in my life things started to get harder. It wasn't my environment that changed, but me. When was it that the opinions of others started to matter so much? Or that great things could only be accomplished by "those" people. I'm thinking the shift happened somewhere around 5th-6th grade. Suddenly what I looked like, or what I had wasn't good enough. That girl had better hair, that girl had straighter teeth, that person has more money, that person has more talent, that person is going places that I'll never go, etc. When did those ugly voices start to get so LOUD?! I guess none of that really matters, the "when" stuff anyway. Honestly, I have complete control of my attitude, and whether or not I listen to those negative thoughts. I can still have my dreams, regardless of who or what tells me I can't. And I can still sleep soundly at night and wake up excited about "special" cereal, or a tv show. I can still be a kid, not childish, mind you, but get excited about the simple stuff. I think I do:) I get a little passionate about things, okay maybe more than a little, but that's me. I've always been that way. And I've always been driven, where to always depends on what I listen to (good or bad thoughts), but driven none-the-less. And a dreamer always and forever a dreamer. And sometimes I yell at my kids, and can be a little over the top, but I LOVE them fiercely. I LOVE being a mom. I can be pretty crappy at it. I'm not sure I ever say the right thing, or act the right way, but I love doing it. I love that I can deal with puke and poop, even if it gets on me. I love being able to laugh at myself, or think that farting is funny, and gross, but funny still. And I love being silly and speaking my mind. So ya I am still a kid sometimes, and I stick my foot in my mouth a lot, but I still KNOW who I am, even when I think I don't.
Life is full of random stuff and this is probably the most random blog, but it was just what I was thinking about. Do you know who you are? Just checkin...
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Okay first things first. My marinara recipe. I don't have exact measurements once again so bare with me, and I don't have pictures, sorry I know it makes it more fun. Also I don't know the calories on this, but marinara sauce of any kind is very low in calories, usually...unless you add fatty meats and things. Anyway...
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 can Stewed Italian Style Tomatoes
1 packet spaghetti seasoning (look at the labels) get the least amount of sugar as possible. You don't even really need the packet, but if your culinary skills aren't that great than it's perfect for this. If you don't want to use the spaghetti seasoning packet, and you want to avoid sugar all together, then throw in a little basil, italian seasoning, a little oregano, salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and/or minced garlic. It works like a charm. Don't be afraid of adding spices. It's actually quite fun to experiment. Start with a little, and you can add more as you go. And if you want to get really sneaky, puree some zuchinni or yellow squash, or both, and toss it in. You can't taste it at all, and the kids don't know they're eating vegies, great trick:)
For the packet people this is the rest of the ingredients. Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and Italian Seasoning to taste. I always guess, you decide what tastes good.
- Combine everything in a crockpot. You may need to add 2 tomato paste cans filled with water, if it's too thick, but if you like it thick then leave it the way it is. It just won't go as far. Set on low, and simmer all day. So so so easy. Double the recipe and put the left-overs in 1 cup containers and freeze. You can use it for last minute dinners (which happen at our house ALL the time) pizza, or dipping sauce for whole wheat bread sticks:) or whatever you can come up with.
I'll do homemade protein bars next. It involves real peanut butter, or almond butter, NO SUGAR!!! banana, granola, and protein powder. No cooking required, but if you want it more firm you roll it in wax paper and freeze it. I love it, and so do the kids actually. I'll work out the amounts of everything, and I'll have pictures to post so you can see it. Hopefully I can work out the calorie total as well:) But if you're feeling adventurous and want to experiment with the amounts GO FOR IT!!! It's really fun, and you learn your own tastes. Also I have some friends that make their own granola. I want to get their recipe because some granola can be riddled with sugar, and the unsweetened kind can get really expensive. So I'm working on that.
My next thing I wanted to talk about is forgetfulness! I am notorious for this. At first it was kind of funny, but lately things that I have every intention of doing, and actually WANT to do I am forgetting about. And it's not just things that don't matter. It's things that are very important! Even when I write them down or post them places I forget. The excuse "I forgot" sounds so LAME and pathetic. I can see the look on their faces "uh-huh, sure I believe you." So what is the deal?! Can it be fixed? What's wrong with me?! Do any of you suffer from this? Seriously I've gotta get a grip. Help...