Bonding Over Veggie Filled Chilli Prep

I love vegetables. No, really, it’s becoming quite an obsession. Above is a photo of most of the ingredients I now use to make my chili. I realized after we started to chop that I forgot the mushrooms. Some of you may not believe it but those hands are NOT The Husband’s. That’s the 12-Year-Old! He and I bonded while cooking dinner. We chopped and talked and sang. I was playing some alternative 90s station on the Spotify and he

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Remember When…

This post was made in a blogging group I belong to on Facebook the other day… Do you guys remember when we all just blogged? I miss those days. We were so innocent… I DO remember those days and I miss them dearly. Sure, it was fun riding the wave of blogging madness over the past 10 or so years. It started for me as a fun way to stay accountable while trying to lose weight and turned into a

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Date Night In: Cubanos, Mojitos and Legion

We continued our new “Date Night In” tradition this past Friday and I’m going on record: This is now my absolute favorite thing to do. The Husband and I pick a meal, pair it with a cocktail and prepare for it all week. The preparation is normally only a trip to the grocery store and maybe the liquor store but the Cubanos we decided to make required us to prepare a bone-in pork shoulder way ahead of time. And we were TOTALLY game.

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Lazy Spicy Stuffed Cabbage Stew with Kale

Since going back to work I’ve been making at least one meal on the weekends I could bring for lunch throughout the week.  It’s normally some kind of kitchen sink chili but recently I’ve been on a cabbage kick. I made this yesterday for the week and now have 5 servings sitting in my fridge. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to sell the family on this one and I’m sure some of you will think it’s gross too

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Bullet Point Friday With a Week of Office Lunches

Happy Friday! I’m between work and a dinner date with The Husband so I’m going to make this quick. First of all, work is AWESOME! I really, really love it. Maybe it’s still the newness of everything that makes me happy but I don’t think so. I’m having a little self-doubt and confidence issues here and there but that’s just me. I’m starting to feel productive and part of the team, although I know still have a long way to go

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Lentil Soup with Homemade Ham Stock

This is the post in which I declare my love of soups. I’m sure I’ve made this declaration before but I feel compelled to restate it especially since I’ve been diving deeper into the world of homemade soup and stock. This Christmas for the second year in a row I made my traditional French Onion Soup using homemade beef stock. I would have never thought it was as easy as it was until I tried it — roast bones, simmer, strain.

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Chipotle Beef Bean Butternut Casserole

It’s the eve of my first masters CrossFit competition.  For those who don’t know, “masters” basically means “old person” division. Now that I’m over 40 I don’t need to compete with all the 20-something athletes. I get to go head-to-head with all 40-year-old athletes!  Sometimes I wish they had a discovered-fitness-later-in-life division for those of us who didn’t start actually moving our bodies or training until we were into our 30s. Anyway, I’m going to do what I always do —

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Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup

Is it possible for someone to feel great and crappy at the same time? Overall I’ve been feeling fantastic. My commitment to food journaling and upping my veggie consumption this past month has me less bloated and more energetic. However, a nasty sinus infection has me feeling like an alien is attempting to burrow out of my sinuses. Even my ears feel congested. My ears. ugh. Anyway, I’m mushing on and in my arsenal to battle winter colds is what Mom

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A Potato Soup Newbie Adventure

Confession: I’m 40 years old and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bowl of potato soup. I’ve never made it. I don’t order. I didn’t grow up with it. It’s just not something I gravitated towards. Until today. For some crazy reason I bought a 20-pound bag of potatoes at Costco for Thanksgiving.  Considering I was making two complete Thanksgiving meals, I thought (at the time) it was a good idea. And maybe it was until I got home and realized I

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Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

I’m just popping in real fast to share my latest Brussels Sprout addiction. Last week I shared this story on Facebook… Once the family approved of my quick side dish I knew I had a winner. They don’t mind Brussels sprouts. They tolerate them. While I, on the other hand, adore them! Apparently, adding in some bacon and dried cranberries makes all the difference. They even ask for seconds! A total win in my book. Here’s how I make them… Warm Brussel Sprout

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