Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pinterest recipe #1

So I have like a ton of things pin to to my recipe boards, half of which I've never made. So I tried to add a couple of them to the rotation. Tonight was French Dip Crescents. You can find the recipe here.
The husband rates it 9 out of 10 adding that he wanted me to make them again. I rate it about a 6 out of 10. Good but not amazing.

I ate one of the slices of roast beef so that's why one is small.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Easy pesy dinner

So I made this random dinner one night in my croc pot. I was literally grabbing things I had on hand that I thought would work. Turns out it was really good. The husband LOVES it and requested I add it into our normal rotation. Bonus there is enough left over for lunch the next day for the two of us.

1 jar mango salsa. I used Newman's Own because I had a coupon.
1 8oz brick of cream cheese.
3 frozen chicken breasts
1/4 cup broth. I've used both chicken and veggie.

Dump all of the above in croc pot, low for 7-8 hours. Walk away.

Yep that easy. If you want to add some extras to it you can. I've made it with corn, green beans and carrots. You can either add them at the start if you're doing them from the can or if you use something like Steamfresh Mixed Vegetables just add them when you have a hour left to go(after cooking the Steamfresh in the microwave). 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Getting to healthy

So I'm in this mood where I'm tired of being tired. I've gained a bunch of weight since I got married. When I started dating Daniel I was a size 18, now that's crept up to a 24. I had just gotten out of a relationship like 6 months before I met Daniel and had been deeply depressed so I wasn't eating. I mean at all. I dropped like 30lbs. I'd love to get back to that size again. I'd really like to be a 14/16. Which by most standards is still pretty big but I'd be happy with that.

My problem is that first and foremost I suffer from migraines. My migraines are triggered by heat and bright light. Living in the sunshine state isn't the best environment for someone with my condition. The reason that wreaks havoc on my weight loss goals is that I'm pretty much trapped in the house during the summer. Even something like sitting near a window without the blinds being closed or riding in the car without my sunglasses can trigger a migraine. They are also triggered by low pressure associated with storms and hurricanes. Once the migraine hits I'm done for the day. I have to go lay down in a cold dark room with meds until it passes. IF I'm lucky I wont be nauseous. IF I'm lucky the next day I wont be completely wiped of energy. IF lucky I've managed to think ahead for dinner if not it's gonna be take out. These migraines average to about 2-3 a week. I've tried every type of medicine to try to get them under control but nothing works. It's a struggle that I deal with. I miss events with family and friends. Daniel is forced to carry the burden of working full time and picking up what I can't do in the house.

Which leads to my second hurdle. I'm bi-polar. If you're not familiar with it it's where your mood swings from crazy happy to depressed all within a couple of minutes. For the most part my moods have balanced out as I've gotten older but I still have problems from time to time. I'll be all pumped up and start cleaning everything in the house only to crash a bit later unable to do anything but sleep. Not a lot of people know about me being bi-polar as I try hard to hide it. A few close friends know but they don't see me at my worst. I'm pretty upbeat around others. I think it's one of the main reasons I'm so direct. When your mood swings you don't have time to beat around the bush with people. People don't understand my directness and take it as a sign that I'm a negative person.

So with those cards stacked against me I'm starting to try to get healthy. I have this lofty idea that I'm going to run in next years Disney Princess Half Marathon. It's a goal I can try for. It isn't out of the realm of possibility since I have a year to start working towards it. Right now my focus is on trying to eat better, trying to cut back on boredom snacking and getting more active.

I know this isn't going to happen over night so even if I never make it to the Disney Marathon if I make my weight loss goals I'll still have finished my own person marathon.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Paparazzi Necklace Giveaway

So I'm taking a break from my NBC Olympic rant to do a Paparazzi Accessories giveaway. I've been selling Paparazzi as an Independent Consultant for about 7 months and LOVE it. It's so very easy. All the products are either $5 for adult pieces or $1 for children pieces. You make 45% commission on every piece you sell. I have about 200 pieces in my inventory currently with plans to add more as we head into Fall Festival season. People are always shocked with they see the items because at $5 you're thinking it's cheap jewelry. It's not. It's about the same level as Target or Kohls. We can sell it at $5 because I don't have any overhead. People just go crazy when I bring out my products and I've had friends come over after I tweeted that my new shipment arrived and buy it directly from the shipping box. Parties are always a hit since we make them simple and easy. No presentations to listen to, no order to wait on and at $5 it's all affordable. But less talk more give away.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Here's what you missed part 2

So on to the next section that we here in the states didn't fully understand. Our lack of understand might have more to do with us vs. NBC. It's about England's National Health Service (NHS). First I just want to say something to the people complaining about how England was trying to shove their politics down our throats. Really?!?!? Are you really that simple. That while Danny Boyle was in his planning meeting trying to think of idea's that represented England he was like "Oh let's do one on the NHS cause it will piss off the Americans." I'm pretty sure our political issues didn't even cross his mind. Just like you have no idea what their Parliament is arguing about right this second, I can assure you that the English people care about that much with what our Senate is doing. 

Back on to the subject at hand. The segment in question was called, " The second star to the right and on till morning." which for you less read among us is a quote from the book Peter Pan. Peter Pan was written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. Remember this as I'll come back to it later. The segment was about the English love of the NHS and about the imagination inside all children . To give it some context (without any political interjection by this writer) the NHS  is the umbrella term for the type of health care system used in the United Kingdom(UK).  It's funded by income taxes and covers all citizens, residents and even visitors (under some circumstances) of the UK. It was started in 1948 as the UK was recovering from World War 2.  The British cherish the NHS and that love was put on display in the Opening Ceremony. The scene was hundreds of beds with children being rolled around by nurses in historical nurses uniforms.  There was also a moment with actual nurses and children from the Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospital in London and it has a long and rich history of pediatric care dating back to 1852. It's a charitable hospital which relies on the NHS to cover the cost of day to day operations and donations which allow it to be on the cutting edge of children's medicine .  It's also well known for receiving the rights from J.M. Barrie for Peter Pan in 1929 which has given the children's hospital a large amount of funding. That's how those two subjects are tied together for the purposes of the Olympics.  The segment goes on to explore the vast history of English children's literature with everything from Mary Poppins, the Queen of Hearts to even He who shall not be named of Harry Potter fame. 

Now with this added context maybe it was less about politics and more about Britain being British. 

P.S. So if you want my personal feelings about the NHS and how it relates to us as a county then you could watch this.