On my way home from my parent’s house this evening, I had the window rolled down and it was a warm, humid 80° outside. The warm wind was blowing in my hair and I realized it was getting close to Snow Cone Season! I pulled up to an intersection near the shopping center that houses my favorite Snow Cone stand in town and to my surprise I saw a long line of cars in the drive-thru! NO WAY! It’s already open?!?! In April?!?! It usually doesn’t open until the end of May after school is out!
I immediately start scrounging for money in my wallet and all I have is $1 in cash. I drive home, run in the house, grab some cash out of my bag and run back out to the car. Sit in line for a solid 20 minutes in the drive-thru and get my sacred Snow Cone. It’s half Tiger’s Blood (Strawberry and Banana) and half Black Cherry. With gummy bears on top. Mmmmm!
C’mon Summer! I’ll take ya down, one snow cone at a time!
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While we were in California visiting my in-laws, what I like to call The Chao Trifecta*, was in full swing! We kicked off this fun and exciting three-day family event by having our second wedding anniversary! April 12th, was the day to be exact. Luckily my MIL loved Zoey and vice versa, so we had a babysitter in place. We had no car, so Gene searched online for something nearby that was within’ walking distance for our Anniversary dinner. We settled on Yuki Sushi. We love Sushi and Japanese food and we just about never get to eat it because it is really pricey! For this special event, we decided to splurge. So we walked to the restaurant and it was AH-MAZING!!
For dinner we ordered Sushi and a Japanese Bento Box.. It ended up being WAY too much food but it was nice to sample a few different things from a new place. We ordered a box to go, packed up our leftovers and took them home to my MIL and SIL. We had a great time! It was really nice to get away for a little while with my husband, alone, just the two of us. These kinds of outings are very few and far between these days.
For dessert we had Green Tea Ice Cream with Banana Tempura! It was amazing and the way they plated it up made it so much more special.
Needless to say, we will be going back to this restaurant when we visit next time!
* The Chao Trifecta consists of three consecutive days of Chao Family Celebrations! April 12th is our Wedding Anniversary, April 13th is my Birthday and April 14th is Zoey’s Birthday!
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Here we go, back on that bandwagon again. I wanted to start dieting right when I found out I was pregnant last August so because I was with child and all that jazz, I decided to hold off on the dieting aspect. I tried to enjoy my pregnancy as much as I could and I think I gained a good 15-20 lbs throughout the whole thing. Which apparently for an already-overweight woman is a horrible, horrible thing (I hate you former-OBGYN!). So after I had Zoey, a good 2 weeks after, I weighed myself and I had already lost the 20lbs. I haven’t weighed myself since then, 10 weeks later. I went to weigh myself yesterday morning so I could enter my starting weight on Sparkpeople.com and boy was I ever surprised to find out that I had not gained 80 lbs in the last 10 weeks. I was actually sitting right at where I was pre-pregnancy. HOWEVER, I had gained quite a bit of weight after our eatfest in Disney World on our honeymoon last summer.
So, here we are, just barely a year after our honeymoon and only 12 weeks after giving birth and I am diving head first into the diet thing again. Going to log my food intake, water intake and exercise on Sparkpeople.com and see where I can get. I would absolutely love to lose 15-20 pounds by August 28, which is when we are flying out to Cali so Zoey can meet her other Grandparents.
I feel motivated to do this. I can do it! I just need to stick to counting my calorie intake and see where this lands me. Also, I am going to start cooking more often to help cut down our food bills and also up our nutrition.
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First of all, I want to dedicate this entry to my wonderful husband. Not only is this blog entry about him but today is our 11th anniversary of togetherness. I love you so much baby!
Now, have you ever wondered how the man’s mind works? Because I do. A lot. And this isn’t just some stereotype. This is real stuff. The man’s brain works a LOT differently than a woman’s does. It’s science, people. Look it up.
Last night I made PW’s bagel sandwiches. They were absolutely delicious and refreshing on a 100° day. Though I wont lie, I didn’t even go near the sprouts in the grocery store. Yuck yuck and more yuck. If I wanted to eat grass or dirt, I’d grab some from my backyard, for FREE.
So I made up the cream cheese and green onion mixture in a cute vintage Pyrex dish. It was lovely and here is a snapshot of it.
So this morning I get up and I feel like I am starving to death. It must be the Evil Monthly Visitor that decided to show up yesterday. She tends to wreak havoc on my appetite. So I grab a multi-grain bagel and I’m looking for the cream cheese that I made. I’m scouring the refrigerator and for the life of me I cannot find it. I am to the point where I’m about to call Gene to ask where he put it but I decide to look jut one more time before I call. I pick up a plastic container to move it out of the way and I notice that it is heavier than usual and also it feels like something heavy is moving around inside of it. I open the lid and…
HEY! There’s my cream cheese! How the.. What the… Uh.. Commence heavy uncontrollable laughter. So last night when my husband was putting away the leftovers from our dinner, he asked me if there was a lid for the container the cream cheese was in. I said no and to just put it in a plastic container with a lid. And he did EXACTLY that.
If a woman was to do this, she would have scooped the remaining cream cheese from the Pyrex dish and put it into a SMALL plastic container with a lid. I guess all I can really do is let the pictures speak for themselves.
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So I’ve finally, after many many years, got my stuff together and am starting to plan our meals. Right now I started simple and just typed up meal ideas in a Microsoft Word calendar and put it on the fridge. I’m hoping in the future to get more detailed in my lists, including lunch & maybe even breakfast. But I have to start small when it comes to something so monumental like this. So here is my menu for the month of November:
Nov-3: Goulosh (SP?)
Nov-4: Chicken, Broccoli, Rice & Cheese Casserole
Nov-5: Boca Burgers & steamed veggies
Nov-6: Leftover night!
Nov-7: Lean Cuisine Pizza
Nov-10: Chicken & Rice crockpot meal
Nov-11: Tator Tot Casserole
Nov-12: Turkey Chili & Cornbread
Nov-13: Leftover night!
Nov-14: Lean Cuisine Pizza
Nov-17: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Nov-18: BBQ Polish Sausages w/Mac ‘n Cheese
Nov-20: Leftover night!
Nov-21: Lean Cuisine Pizza
Nov-24: BLT Sandwiches
Nov-25: Meatloaf & Sauteed onions & potatoes
Nov-26: Baked Potato Soup
Nov-27: THANKSGIVING LUNCH & DINNER!
Nov-28: LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING FOOD!!
So, I tried my best not to use the same meal more than once in the entire month. It was hard because I tend to stick to easy stuff that I KNOW how to make. I hate that I’m like that, but sometimes I get overwhelmed. Plus, it is a LOT cheaper to cook things that I have ingredients on hand for. The goulosh we had for supper was yumtastic. I made Fiber One Apple Cinnamon muffins (A double batch) for dessert and for our breakfasts for the next couple weeks.
So do you meal plan? If so, got any meals to recommend?
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