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A wizard is never late…

22 Aug

 

“A wizard is never late nor is he early He arrives precisely when he needs to.”
-Gandalf

This is my motto from here on out concerning the arrival of our son:) We are 2 weeks-ish from his due date and I am taking the pressure off of this little one. I will try to make his home inside me as comfortable as possible until he is ready to meet us!

I’ve been keeping very busy this last month on my pregnancy. Daniel and I are trying to get our home in tip top shape, setting up the babies room, baby showers galore, day trips to the mountains, lots of crocheting and knitting, dog portraits all day long and the list goes on and on.

Highlights!

 

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Hey buddy!

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From my pie baby shower:)

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Some of my Art:)

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Vintage and new books for the child:)

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I had a PIE Themed baby shower! It was the bomb!

 

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Babies first crocheted blanket made by mama:)

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Our new baby Olivia the Subaru! Soccer mom realness!

 

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My mama feeling the baby kick. I adore this woman ❤

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Jemez day trip with the puppies:)

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Aside

Dealing with Body Insecurities is a B.

25 Jun

I’ve always dealt with insecurities about my body as most women and men can relate to. We live in a society where we are scrutinized for the way we look. Its hard for us to fit the mold because we are such a diverse species that come in all shapes and sizes. Its basically impossible to replicate the “perfect” bodies that are shoved down are throats on a daily basis in the media.

For the past year I started a cycle of self loathing.  Everyday I’d get ready in the morning and look in the mirror with complete hatred. I would pinch this fat here and there, do a complete check out of my body and every stretch mark, every inch of cellulite, the overall shape of my body was gross to me. I would cry and complain and get upset, and really I would just overall be depressed. No reassurance from my husband or the thousands of pictures I would take could change the image I had of myself in my head. A small part of the issue was that I hadn’t been able to deal with my stomach issues I had been having that made me bloated 24/7. The other huge issue was I was letting food control me. The final issue was what I was seeing in the mirror was not matching up with the image I had of myself.

Food was and is a big source of enjoyment in my life. I was eating to be happy. It was about the satisfaction I felt when I ate. Since I was a child I was always known to love food. My dad’s nickname for me was cave women and even now jokes will be thrown around that I would fight the dogs for the last bone or scrap of meat. For the most part that is true, I’m a totally carnivore but I was tired of being a slave to needing that last scrap. I’m also tired of playing a guilt game with myself after I black out and eat a million servings of whatever is offered.

I’d have to say that in my current lifestyle I wasn’t as active as I needed to be. I love being outdoors, hiking, swimming, tennis. But I just wasn’t doing it. I work as an administrative assistant mon-fri 8-5. Sitting at a desk all day. It wasn’t doing me any favors.

For the past 3 months I have been concentrating on being a stronger healthier person mentally and physically. I haven’t been following a specific “diet” or plan but I’ve made my own and I have to say I’m really happy with the results I’ve been getting. (Also I hate the word diet, I prefer to call it a lifestyle change.)

The first part of my lifestyle change has been counting my calories. I know this sounds tedious, but its really shown me how much I’m putting into my body and how to have more control over the food I’m eating and not let it control me. I’ve been trying to cook more eat a more balanced diet and eat things that I know are fueling my body not just for satisfaction. More protein, less sugar and salt, more healthy fats, less refined and processed food,  portion control, also laying off the wine and beer during the week. I don’t always plan on counting my calories forever but its teaching me how to eat.

The other part of my routine I’ve been working on is being active during the day. I found a little gym at the bottom of the Biomedical Research Facility and I’ve been going there for my lunch break about 3-5 days a week for the past month. The first time I went I struggled a lot with the workouts and the recovery. Different parts of my workout routine include the stair machine (low impact workouts are key for me because my knees and ankles are very weak and hurt me alot) I also do free weighs, lots of stretching, and lots of core strengthening exercises.

I try to incorporate small things into my life as well; walking to my car which I have to park a half mile away instead of getting dropped off, taking the stairs, more walks with the dogs, and most recently I ordered a yoga ball to sit on at work during my long hours in front of the computer to help with my balance and core. I truly believe even these little steps are helping me.

I feel stronger, I have more endurance, I haven’t had as many stomach problems and I overall feel better. I’ve lost 6 pounds which is pretty low on my goals. (I only weigh myself once every month) I’ve noticed that my clothing fits better.  Most importantly of all I feel very positive with this lifestyle change. The voice inside my head that puts me down is slowly but surely getting quieter. I want to be a strong confident woman who loves herself. I one day want to have children and need to build them a healthy vessel, and when they grow up I want to teach them how to be strong confident people.

Also I still love food, I just have more of an appreciation for what it does for my body. Lets say me and food respect each other more now.

Fun Filled Weekend

22 Apr

This weekend was really jam packed with things and I didn’t quite get everything I wanted to get done done, but it was really fun.

Friday we were pretty tired from the week so instead of cooking we went to Sprouts and got all our favorite little snacks and finger foods and we noshed. There was hummus, olives, cheese, french bread, roast beef, horseradish, whole grain mustard, poblano peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and some Castlerock Pinot noir. Afterwards we decided  go see Oblivion. I don’t really like going to the movies, I always feel like I’m getting ripped off, but we had free tickets from a while back and this was a movie that I was pretty interested in. I happen to LOVE sci fi, especially post apocalyptic movies. So we went to see Oblivion with Tom Cruise. I got really comfy in a hoodie and leggings ( I hate being uncomfortable and cold in the movies) put a scrunchy in my hair and we went. I really liked this movie, it had a nice little twist that I kinda guessed before it happened. Its weird, I might be the only one that does this, but when I watched the film I kept getting distracted by the personal beliefs of Tom Cruise and how he must really like doing Sci Fi films because of how it falls in line with his religion (which I don’t know too much about) I do have to say I really liked the movie, and I got to see my precious King Slayer, Jamie Lannister. (Can’t get enought GoT)

So on Saturday we went to the dog park. After being there for about 30 min we realized our dogs weren’t really having too much fun. Lily is kinda a loner and a little grouchy, and Molly is a alpha and wouldn’t let any dog smell her, get near her, or play. So we noticed a little patch of grass that was between two baseball fields that was vacant so we took the dogs there and played frisbee. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed ourselves. I have to say seeing my dogs happy and getting fresh air has to be one of the most satisfying things. I wish I had grass in my backyard. We are going to try to plant some this year. NM is just so dry and I hate feeling bad for using up our states water so I can have a lawn, but we are going to try a really resistant hardy grass.

After that we were exausted and accidentally took a 3 hour nap. When we woke up we went to a local brewery “La Cumbre” and picked up a growler of hefe for Daniel’s Dads Birthday. We went over and had beer, margarita’s, yummy appetizers, yuca, and pernil. Pernil is a way of cooking pork, Daniel’s step mom is from Panama and there food is pretty awesome. I think the highlight of the night for Daniel was playing with his little sister Sabina and doing experiments with her science kit.

Sunday it was Daniels B-Day Celebration with his friends and he wanted to go to HInkle Family Fun Center. Its not my favorite places (I like to avoid places with sticky children and all the chaos that comes with winning tickets and standing in line) But my husbands inner child loves this place and if it makes him happy then I am happy. We actually had a really fun time. I will post the pictures below! We finished the day off at O’Niells one of our favorite local irish pubs. We sat outside on the patio, and enjoyed good food and good drinks. Great way to finish of the weekend!

Friday Night Nosh

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Saturday Night Dinner

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Sunday

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Monday salad

15 Oct

Just a lovely salad today packed by my lovely husband;)

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Recipe Pin Try- Crispy Cheddar Chicken

31 Jul

Hello my peeps,

Yesterday as usual I didn’t know what to make for dinner. I was looking through my pin’s on pinterest and I saw a chicken recipe that looked really simple and yummy, and I wouldn’t have to try to convince my husband to eat it because it was very “kid” friendly:) (His palette still needs some work, but we’re getting there!)

This recipe is called Crispy Cheddar Chicken I made a few modification to work with what I had on hand and to give it an extra something.
This is the original recipe by Jamie Cooks it up!

http://www.jamiecooksitup.net/2011/10/crispy-cheddar-chicken.html

Here is the list of the ingredients I used with the modifications.

Chicken:
4 large chicken breasts
3 Cups of Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C milk
Lawrys Seasoning
3 C cheddar cheese, grated (I used Colby Jack..whateves)
Chimayo heirloom powdered chile (This is a specialty to NM)
Garlic Powder
Sprinkle of Lawry’s
 
Sauce:
1   10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 T sour cream
Garlic Powder (However much you like, I obviously love this stuff)
Side Items:
Asparagus- Steamed then topped with Parmesan cheese, lime, drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Steamed White Rice
First Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
So Basically what you are going to do is cut up your chicken into good sized pieces. Understand the size of your chicken pieces will adjust your cooking time. In a bowl mix together your milk, egg, a little pepper and salt. Have your prep area ready with the grated cheese chicken and breadcrumbs( I put some Lawrys and garlic powder in my breadcrumb mixture). Also don’t forget a little wine for the cook of course.
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Then Proceed to dip the chicken in the egg milk mixture, then the cheese, then the breadcrumbs. I found this a bit difficult myself. The cheese doesn’t want to stick, and it just becomes this breadcrumb, cheesy mess, but you can work with this. Don’t worry if your breadcrumbs and cheese start to combine I just went with it and tried to get as much of each ingredient on there as best as possible. Its messy work people but well worth the effort.
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Line up your chicken in some sort of casserole dish that will accommodate your chicken. They should fit quite snug. When I put them in the dish I sprinkled some Red Chile Powder and a little amount of Lawrys and Pepper. Then Covered with foil and popped in the over for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes uncovered.
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This is my favorite Chile ever, super expensive but I love sprinkling it one everything. Its from the El Santuario de Chimayo in Northern NM. Very beautiful spiritual place. I’m not catholic but I really treasure this spot for its culture, history, and chile of course!
While your chicken is cooking you can go ahead and cook your sauce, rice, and asparagus or whatever side items you’d like.
When it comes out of the oven it should look nice and crispy, cheesy and delicious. Spoon over some sauce, if you or your family is crazy for cheese feel free to grate a little extra to add on top.
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Free food

26 Jul

I guess its a good time to tell you where I work. I just finished a year at the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at UNM. This past week our new med students we just matriculated have been getting settled into school. I help process their everything from when they are thinking of applying to when they apply to when they get in. Fun stuff I tell you…..right. But yes I get to help people that is a good feeling. Today they had a orientation with lunch, which mean I get FREE LUNCH! Its the best type of lunch in the world! My job comes with about 4-5 free lunches a year which is pretty fabulous if I do say so myself:)

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Dinner 7/23

24 Jul

Daniel broke out in hives last thursday all over his body after 2 trips to the Urgent care, a ton of Benadryl, steroids and epinephrine he made it through it! We wanted to eat something comforting so this is what we had, not very good for you, definately not a dish for top chef but we were satisfied!

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