Monday, January 30, 2012

Desserts Made From Beans!

Saturday night on pinterest I discovered a recipe for "healthy" Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. I clicked on it thinking it would be the same ol cookie dough made with fake butter and fake sugar and fake eggs which in fact isn't healthy. You are better off eating the full fat butter and real sugar and real eggs over the processed fake foods. But these cookie dough truffles had no butter or eggs or flour had a very interesting ingredient:




Chick Peas!! And people let me tell you these chocolate-chip cookie dough truffles are amazing. I was going to trick Eric but sometimes he gets mad when I add weird things to our food so I told him up front that they were made from beans. He tried and loved them.
I used peanut butter instead of nut butter and could have reduced the sugar and still been fine, next time I will use less sugar. The peanut butter made them taste less like chocolate chip cookies but more like no bake chocolate oatmeal drop cookies. To save on calories I didn't coat in chocolate. Oh and I don't have a food processor so I pulsed the chick peas in the blender first then added the rest of my ingredients. Click here for the recipe.

Next up I am going to try her Deep-Dish Cookie Pie, with over 500 comments it has to be good!
Besides making dessert out of beans I had a very productive weekend crossing some projects off my list. Yesterday as soon as we got home from church I started working on the pennant quilt. I love to make bias tape for quilts so I made it. I ran out of rick rack so as soon as I get more the bias tape is ready to go and I will be finished!
I also finished my breezeway curtains, ran, ironed all of my outfits for the week, went to the grocery store and finally sat down for the first time at 9:30 pm. I never have days that productive and I am so tired today.

While I was working away Eric and Claire were taking a nap. Claire lives the good life!



Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On The Sewing Table

I am giving into the cuteness and making a pennant/bunting quilt this week.
Question, do you think it would look better to have a navy blue band at the top of the flags or no band. I am leaning towards a band and thinking it would be pretty easy to just use bias tape. I thought about rick rack but this is for a boy so that may not work?




On the other side of the room sit my breezeway curtains. I've had the fabric since November but just got around to sewing them a couple of weeks ago. I was able to get my hands on some pleat tape so now I have no excuses. It will be my first time to pleat curtains so I'm a little nervous. But honestly the annoying part of handling all that fabric has already been done so how bad can the pleat tape be?


Hopefully pictures to come of COMPLETED projects soon!



Have a great Wednesday. It is going to be 75* here today and no chance of tornadoes! Woohoo!

Monday, January 23, 2012

C25k Graduate

I wondered if I should write this post or not, another post about ME. But it is a slow day in the newsroom people and I enjoy reading other people's fitness experiences for encouragement. Plus tis the season where everyone is wanting to get into shape. Hope this helps!



For the past couple of years I've been trying keep up a steady exercise routine. I have started the
Couch to 5k program several times alone and never finished. Most recently over the summer I started once again. I did a really good job and I think I got to week 7 then I went on vacation and I stopped. (I used this podcast. It was free and I could tolerate the music which I started to enjoy.) I still would jog up to the football stadium to see Eric several times a week .7 miles. I just could never break that mental block of 1.5 miles, I would get bored or it would rain or be hot.


Last summer when Big Dog Running Co opened in Auburn I was properly fitted and bought a new pair of running shoes hoping to get motivated. It worked. Then I saw on facebook they were offering a C25k class for only $25 and my friend Susan and I signed up. Everyone asks what is a running class. In our case we were paying someone just to tell us when to start and stop running. I know I got my $25 worth because I actually broke the 1.5 mile barrier. The store does teach a free 1 night technique running class so I may look into that in the future. I did figure out a breathing technique on my own that works for me. What a difference!! I use to hate running in the cold but now that I am not gasping for air I enjoy the cooler temps. I can't explain how I breathe, sort of small breaths and not very often?.






We started October 10th. By then I had not run in over a month so I had a little advantage but was still out of shape. We met 2x a week and then did a run by ourselves one more time each week. Susan and I were the only ones to finish the class, ok there were only 4 to start but still. We ran the whole session without stopping even if we were about to die. We knew that in 30 minutes we would be finished and not regret running but we would regret stopping. We have different paces and we each ran our own pace instead of straining to run with each other.



So all of that to say that 9 weeks after we started we ran our first 5k!!

The course ran by my house so Eric was able to stand outside to watch and take very unflattering pictures. I thought I was familiar with the roads since I drive them everyday. I was so wrong that whole thing was small hills. I tried to run the hills but had to walk a few of them. I tried not to walk over 20 seconds.

My time was 33.45. I was pretty happy with it being my first 5k. I came in 122 out of 220 runners that finished. I was happy with that time considering it was all hills and the longest we ran without stopping in the class was 20 minutes. I had a great time and can't wait to run another one.






ok can these pics be any more unflattering! I usually look like this:





Right now Eric and I are training for a 10k and loving getting to run through our beautiful city. When it is rainy or cold we run at AU's old basketball coliseum and are fortunate to have that option. No excuses! We have our eye on the Disney World half marathon next winter. Mainly because you run through the parks and all of the characters are cheering you on!



If you are thinking about getting into running give C25k another try. But this time no excuses! Don't try to run do it alone. There were times that I wanted to stop running but I didn't because Susan was running and I knew I could push myself a little bit more. But if you do have to take a walk break that is fine, you are still lapping those people that are sitting on the couch! Have a set time that you will run and stick to it. We ran with the class on M & W at 7 rain or shine. We were lucky to only have a couple of cold nights and no rain. I had to miss 2 of my favorite tv shows, but I didn't let that excuse work this time, I usually do.

The class had incentives for finishing and attendance, a tshirt and drawing for a pair of shoes. If you are doing this with a group of friends you could still do incentives. Maybe all put in $25 and whoever doesn't miss a class gets a chance to win the money, that sounds fun.

Wow anyone still reading, can you tell I am a details person? I hope this helps someone sitting on the fence wanting to do something. Whenever I didn't want to go to class I always told myself it will be over in 30 minutes and I won't regret running but will regret not running.



Next up:


Feb 25th Celebrate Life 5k that my friend Sissy is in charge of.


March 31 Mud Mania 5k. Oh this should be interesting.



EDIT: Found this blog today, so inspirational! This one too!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Doily Tablecloth

Last winter I started to collect doilies with a table runner project in mind. At first it was sort of a slow go because I didn't want to spend over $1 on a doily. I hit the jack pot one day at Goodwill and got 2 bags full of doilies for $3! They were blue but bleached to white just fine. I finally got around to finishing the table runner this weekend.


I really wanted more variety in my doilies, but I got tired of waiting so I just went with what I had. I think the table runner turned out pretty cute and is perfect for the winter! Hopefully it isn't the only "snow" we see around here.



Original idea and directions HERE.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday 13th

When we planed this weekend back in the fall, we were suppose to be in California. I was going to try out a surfing lesson and we were going to take a trip to Disneyland!


But after Claire's first surgery we decided we should cancel the vacay and use that money for her vet bill.




Then the back up plan was drive up to the mountains and rent a big cabin. All of our friends would come and we would shop and play in the snow all day then play games and eat fatty snacks all night.


But after Claire's second surgery we decided to cancel that little trip and use that money for her vet bill. (Boo adult decisions. I keep having to tell myself squirells don't have acorns because they make them, it is because they save them!)




Onto plan #3. We are going to watch Beauty & The Beast at the movies... with a gift card. Honestly I am really excited. Beauty & The Beast is the favorite Disney movie of the Holbrook sisters and I can't wait to see it again. I guess my parents had bought the soundtrack for us before we went to see it back in 1991 because I remember my sister sang every song really loud in the theater. Don't worry I've been practicing so there may be a repeat. Nothing beats a good Disney soundtrack.



I would say our plans have gone full circle. Starting with Disneyland and ending with a Disney movie. I probably didn't need to be swimming with sharks or sledding down an icy hill anyway on Friday 13th.


Anybody else going to see Beauty and The Beast?!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cabbage & Kale Soup


I am always trying to think of quick, easy low calorie lunches. For lunch this week, I whipped a pot of cabbage soup up Sunday night. Oh my it is yum and a great way to get in some veggies. I used this WW recipe for inspiration but didn't have everything it called for so I changed some things and came up with this.

1 can of beef broth
1 can of chicken broth
1 can of Italian stewed tomatoes

1 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of chopped cabbage
2 cups of torn kale pieces
1 medium onion
1/2 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup of fresh green beans
1/2 cup of chopped zucchini

In a large pot saute garlic, onions, carrots and green beans in olive oil for 5 minutes.


Add liquids and veggies. Simmer about 15 minutes.

I always think soup tastes better the next day but as you can see there isn't much liquid the next day after the veggies soak it up. So if you like more liquid in your soup add another can of broth to it.

This pot made 4 servings.

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Tree Skirt

Well I did end up ordering something yesterday with my Christmas money. This Christmas tree "skirt" is on clearance for only $20 ($7 shipping) from Terrain! I gave my old tree skirt to my mom before Christmas so I was needing a new one. I love the look of Christmas trees in a basket or bucket. Can't wait to use it next year.









Eric preferred the Bell Skirt basket but it wouldn't work with our tree stand.



Terrain also had a few other things I want. Most of all this bird mirror.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

After Christmas Sales

Bring on the After Christmas Sales, I love it!

Yesterday I was at Dillard's and I was going to buy a key chain off the 50% off table. I got to the cash register and the cashier asked me if the key chain was on sale. I said yes and she rudely yelled at me that the sale was over on Sunday. I asked her what day it was and she said Wednesday then I asked her what day the sale was over and she said Sunday. I mean I would understand if they hadn't taken the sign down on Monday morning, but 3 days later people. She very rudely told me that she would honor the 50% off like it was my fault. The box the key chain was in said $48.00 but there was a tag attached to the key chain that had a price of $28.00. She rang it up for $48 and I told her that it was only $28 she said they had to go by the price on the box not on the tag ATTACHED to the item. Needless to say I didn't buy the key chain but I stewed over that little convo all yesterday. Seriously so if I took a pair off $200 shoes and put them in a $25 box they would charge me only $25?!

Moving on to a happier store that has the BEST customer service ever, Lands End Canvas. They are having a great sale right now and I've got my eye on a few things...


Love this Striped Sailor Tunic

It is such a versitle shirt, look at all of these cute stripe shirt ideas.















all stripe shirt ideas via




Check shirts are so popular right now and this check shirt is only $17!






I think I like this orange big check shirt, it would be cute to wear to Auburn games!


Now changing gears but still talking about Christmas sales...


Yesterday morning I was on Rugs USA looking for an outdoor rug. They are having a really good sale right now with a lot of rugs 75% off!

I couldn't figure out how to copy and paste the pics so I had to do a screen shot. Which is interesting because yesterday when I copied this pic,the Trellis Rug was 75% off and now it has changed to 35% off. With 75% off you could have gotten the 7x9 size for only $113! Now it is $296 which is still a good deal.
There are several different colors so maybe one will work for you.


The Plymouth Ikat rug would look really good in my daughter's room. I wish the colors were just a little more muted but that is ok because I don't have a daughter so I will not dwell on the saturation of color. $335 for a 7x9 rug, it would pretty much cover her whole floor.





I love this Herringbone Jute 8x10 for only $315 for my living room.




So have you bought anything with your Christmas money? Seen any good deals I should know about?

After paying off Claire's vet bills last week I'm a little paralyzed on spending money so Land's End Canvas or Rugs USA if you are out there I will gladly accept a hand out!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 In Review



Every year I forget how great of a year I've had and how blessed we really are. I seem to always dwell on the things that didn't happen as opposed to the things that did. We got to do all of this and that is awesome!


Here are 12 great things that happened to me in 2011!







OCTOBER

Finally made it to Graceland!




November
Possibly the last time to roll Toomer's Corner



DECEMBER
Claire had 2 major surgeries and we were so happy that she was able to celebrate Christmas with us!





I hope that your 2011 was a great year for you, if not I hope that 2012 brings you a bucket of rainbows and unicorns. I know that I am very fortunate to have mostly good things to remember about 2011 while so many are hurting from the past year. I am very blessed and God is so good and faithful in my life and yours too! I have a lot of HOPE and happiness planned for 2012. I pray the same for you!



Thanks for reading!

Vanessa
 
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