Monday, April 14, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan 04/14/2014

Last week was quite a week, and not in a good way.  It was just rough.  One thing after another fell apart and it ended with my Respiratory Infection turning into raging Bronchitis - the worst I have ever had.  I have only just now been fever free for 24 hours and I will remain on medication for another 7 days (its already been 11...) I have never had a virus or infection that has been so resistant to treatment and that is really scary!
I am nowhere near 100% back to normal.  I would say 60%, maybe?  But I am pressing on.  I think that these recipes may be a little ambitious for me this week (other than the wraps) so I may hold off on the first two and rely heavily on soup which I already have on hand.  Hopefully by the end of the week I am back on my feet.

I can tell you that this week has started out much better!  Some big accomplishments have already taken place and others on in the cooker.  It's funny how things work out ;)

Enjoy your week!

Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"
Pesto Broccoli Sweet Potato Rice Casserole
Southwestern Roasted Veggie Wraps

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 Things

In the recent months I have shied away from sharing anything very personal.  I was looking back through my blog and I realized that there is nothing about ME, really.

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You may or may not care, but here are 10 things about me:

1.  I had just celebrated my birthday that week when I married my high school sweet heart at age 22.

2.  My mother, myself and my daughter all share the same birthmark.  It is a small circle on our lower backs that has no pigment.

3.  I love jewelry, shoes, bags and accessories, but you will rarely find me wearing anything outstanding.  During my pregnancies I couldn't stand anything on me and it never really went away.  I am trying to learn how to be fashionable again, but usually look like a mom - I throw on what's clean and I don't give my outfits much thought.

4.  I run 2 side businesses and work full time as a receptionist at a car dealership.  I can be found here and on my other blog, Local Girl, at my Etsy shop and, my It Works! Global website.   I desperately want to replace my job as a receptionist with my own business.  I have always seen myself as a business owner who works from home.  I CRAVE the flexibility of working around my family's schedule instead of the other way around.

5.  I have been wearing broken glasses for nearly a full week now and I still haven't had a chance to have them repaired.  It's not a huge priority either.  And this morning, for few brief minutes, I could see without my glasses and I thought that maybe God had blessed me with corrected site.  It must have been an illusion because I am still pretty blind.  But that strengthened my resolve to, eventually, get laser surgery.

6.  I think I might be an's weird.  I always knew I was wayyyy over-sensitive, but I ran across an article that described what an Empath is and I took a quiz.  Yep.

7.  I love to be creative, but I hold back quite a bit.  Everyone knows an eccentric artist.  You are picturing them right now.   I think that, if left completely alone with myself, I could absolutely fill that role.

8.  I struggle with friendships because they tend to be draining.  My husband is my very nest friend and I have other friends, but I don't have a best girlfriend.

9.  I gave birth to 3 children in 4 1/2 years.  I was pregnant for 27 of 54 months.  It was long and hard and  totally wrecked my body, but it was infinitely worth it!

10.  I do not like feeling vulnerable or having a valid reason to apologize to someone.  I do it all the time.  I am a people pleaser, not a people person.  

Now you might have a better picture of who I am.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

{Sign Up Genius} How to Create Volunteer Sign Ups and Event Invitations

Do you ever have events that you need to recruit volunteers for?  I am as involved as a working mother can be with my daughter’s school PTO and extracurriculars and we often use an email sign up to collect our volunteers and invite people to events.  It really is genius considering the old-school sign up sheet is practically non existent at this point (which I am not unhappy about).    

I constantly struggle with my son’s half day preschool events and sign ups because it’s a mid morning/mid afternoon program and most children attending have parents home during the day who drop off and pick up.  If I don’t make a point to correspond regularly with the teacher, I don’t know what is going on because it’s all posted on a bulletin outside the classroom.

Sign Up Genius is the free program that we use to create signups and send by email to parents and staff.  It is super easy to use!

How to used Sign Up Genius

1) First, create an account

2) Then build your own Sign up

3) Add General Details

4) Pick a Theme
( there are numerous options or you can upload your own images)

5) Schedule Dates/Times

6) Create Slots (if it applies)

7) Settings

8) Preview Form

9) Send invites:

This program gives you the option to send reminders, make quick changes, alerts everyone if something has been changed or canceled and can be added directly to your calendar. It makes the process sooo much easier.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan 3.31.14

Remember when I only posted about food on Mondays for my meal plan?  Somehow, I have become a total foodie.

 A foodie who hates cooking...

I think that 9 out of 10 of my recent posts have been about making, preparing and sharing food and it wasn't planned.  I do love looking at food, talking about food, changing up my diet, trying  new diets and, of course, eating food.  I guess it's natural, just funny to me.

Lentil Mushroom Ragu
Spicy BBQ Chicpea and Crispy Polenta Bowl with Asparagus and Ranch Hummus
Thai Style Broccoli Salad with Sweet Chili Lime Dressing

All sounds good, right?  I can't wait to dive in!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Hard Boil the Perfect Egg in the Oven {Baked Eggs in 4 Steps}

So, you want to make the perfect hard boiled eggs?  If you are like me, you probably hate the idea of the boiling water and possible cracked shells or exploding eggs.

Solution:  Baked Eggs

How to hard boil and egg

You will Need:
  • an oven
  • eggs (as many as you like)
  • cold water 
  • 40 minutes


1.  Preheat oven to 325 f
2.  Place eggs directly on oven rack or in a muffin tin (your choice).
3.  Bake for 30 mins.
4.  Remove eggs from oven and place in cold water for 10 mins.

The eggs come out the perfect texture :)

Draw Backs:  the time and possible brown spots on the shell if put directly on the rack (which is perfect for large batches that would not fit in a pot).

The time isn't an issue for me unless I am trying to get things done very quickly.  I would much rather stick them in the oven for a while and be able to do something else and not be tied to the stove.

Happy egg baking!

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