Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blog Recipe Update, 4 Miles, Family Get Together, Happy News, It's Almost 2010, Peeps!!

Sounds like many of you know how roadtrips can just take it out of you! Mom on the Run – it sounds like you have a story to tell there! Haha Also, thank you for your ideas at restaurants. Sounds like chicken dishes and salads are where it’s at! This is why I would prefer to cook at home – I can have pizza and pasta and burritos, etc. prepared and portioned by ME, and feel so much fuller and more satisfied. And spend MUCH less $. That being said, sometimes it’s unavoidable so thanks for your ideas and for sharing what works for you!

So yesterday I was kind of a zombie. Mom was here from staying with Reuben in our absence, so we got to hang out! Then my sister came over from Decatur and we all chilled and blogged and hung out with our pups! (Devon brought Sadie girl!) Devon also redid my blog look - like it?! It began sleeting. Blah. I went to the gym and got in 4 miles (so 5.5 to go for 1,000!), then I sent Austin to the store for dinner items – we were cooking for 8 – me/Austin/my mom/my sis/his mom/his dad/ bro Tyler and his bro Elliot.

Pic of me in my new apron that Austin shot! :) Reuben in tow of course! haha


I made this pasta, garlic bread and a salad with 1 bag of romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced green onion, almond slivers and salt/Italian seasoning and fresh mozzarella grated on top (dressings on the side!). Devon and mom helped! :) It was so nice to have everyone over and everyone seemed to enjoy the food. Seconds from the boys – high praise! :) After dinner, Elliot headed out with his cousin, Austin/Tyler went up to play games and me and the girls hung out downstairs and chatted. His dad ended up not making it as they did move his grandmother to hospice. She’s really not doing well…

I went upstairs around 11:30 exhausted and ready for bed! I read a little then passed out! But my friend Stacy called at midnight – she is engaged!!! WOO! Congrats to Stacy and Shane – they’re going to Athens with us tonight so I’m looking forward to celebrating! Here’s a refresher – pic from earlier this fall in Athens!! (Stacy, if you’re reading this let’s not get as tanked as we did that day tonight… or maybe we should… hmmm).



So blog update!! Last night my sister was talking about wanting to make some of my recipes, make some meal plans, etc., and she had lots of really good questions about which ones reheated well, how I prepared them ahead of time, etc. So this morning I went to my recipes page and made several notes about which ones reheat well, how I prepare, etc. I hope this helps any who may have had questions!

K – I’m off to work, walk 5.5 miles to hit my 1,000-mile goal (can you tell I’m super happy about this?!), and hit up Athens with some of my besties: Teresa/Forrest, Devon/Zach and the newly engaged Stacy/Shane! We’re also going to meet up with Austin’s brother/his GF, Austin’s cousin/her BF and some of Austin’s work friends and their friends – should be a fun night!!

Happy New Year's Bloggie Friends! I'm so excited to start a new year with new goals and a year of learnings behind me. Yay! I'm not excited about crowded gyms and TRIPLE the talk about health and exercise at work, but what are you going to do? :) It will subside by February, right?

What are you most looking forward to in 2010? I'm looking forward to my anniversary with Austin, getting more done at the house, taking/creating more videos and taking my running/fitness to a new level. (among many other things of course!!!)

What is one of your goals for 2010? I'm interested in taking up another hobby. Maybe tennis? Maybe sewing? Maybe getting back into scrapbooking? Maybe all 3? The sky's the limit, right?!

13 comments:

homecookedem said...

You know that I'm totally on the same page with you about preferring to just cook and eat at home. You hit the nail on the head with feeling so much more full and satisfied.

So exciting that you're about to reach your 1000 mile goal!! That is so impressive!! :)

Oh and your blog looks so great! Love the new look!! :)

Have a Happy and Safe New Year and mucho congrats to your friend!! :)

inmytummy said...

I am the same way about eating at home. Unfortunately, Jason prefers to eat out and thinks that it ends up being cheaper. I'm working on him!

Hope you have a great new year! Maybe a goal for 2010 is to have more Atlanta blog dinners! That was fun.

Sunny said...

i like to eat out a little too much, but i'm working on cooking more because i know there's usually way less calories in homemade food! i love your recipe section of your blog, will have to check out the changes you made!

Meredith said...

I love the new background! Happy 2010!

SmallStepsForLola said...

Love the new background! Enjoy finishing your 1,000 miles and Happy 2010 :)

Staci Dombroski said...

I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve!!

Krissa said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Congrats on the 1000 miles!

intheskinny said...

I like to new blog look!! I may have to pay your sister to come do mine. ;)

Congrats on reaching the 1,000 mile goal too! That is awesome that you worked so hard this year!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love the new blog look!

Great job on all the miles in 2009!!!

One of my goals for 2010 is to hike again. I love hiking but haven't really since the toddler was born because it's so time consuming. I'm aiming for one hike per month...

Happy 2010!

Mica said...

I love your big ambitions for 2010. All of those hobbies sound good to me!

I usually prefer to eat at home because I have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, but I really like going out for good ethnic food that I can't recreate in my own kitchen.

Ameena said...

Love your blog! You are beautiful and look so happy. Congratulations on your weight loss.

Hope that 2010 is a great year for you!

fitlizzio said...

happy new year!! you are so cute in your pics :)

homecookedem said...

You know that I'm totally on the same page with you about preferring to just cook and eat at home. You hit the nail on the head with feeling so much more full and satisfied.

So exciting that you're about to reach your 1000 mile goal!! That is so impressive!! :)

Oh and your blog looks so great! Love the new look!! :)

Have a Happy and Safe New Year and mucho congrats to your friend!! :)