The Evolution of a blog

When I started this my intention was to have a lighthearted blog about sharing my love to cook. Starting today I want to continue to share recipes in addition to talking about fitness , nutrition and the pursuit of happiness- my happiness.

Feel free to send me a note with questions, comments or topics you would like to discuss.

Happy blogging!!

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Ok so it’s been over 3 years……..

The past 3-4 years have been a crazy roller coaster ride for me. As you may remember with my last few posts I had just given birth to my beautiful daughter. She is now a funny, energetic, caring, spirited 4 1/2 year old. She is my world!

In this same time frame I have also gone through a divorce, lost a house in a hurricane, lost a job and many friendships. Yet randomly enough even with all that I can honestly say I haven’t been happier. Sure I have bad days that seem to put the weight of the world on my shoulders – but who doesn’t? I’m happy because I know I’m finally living my life for me and what I want.

I’ll spare you all the details and specifics which have got me to where I am now. What I will share is finally finding a place where I am trying to accept myself as me and to live a life where I’m happy and my daughter can be proud of me.

It’s been quite a journey so far…….

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Hello?? Anyone there????

I have been so busy these past few months.  I returned to work about 2 weeks after giving birth and really haven’t stopped running around since.  Learning to balance a baby and work has been easier than I thought.  However I can’t say the same thing for this blog.

I plan on revising everything on here.  I have vowed to lead a much healthier lifestyle.  Not that I was bad before but there were things I could of course change.  I want to make sure that not only my husband and I are healthier but also set an example for my beautiful daughter Avery Shea.  I have seen one too many problem children who weigh in more than I did fully pregnant and they aren’t even in their teens yet!!

If there is anyone left around that still reads this- I promise I will be doing updates within the next few weeks.


Avery Shea- Born 9-11-09

My New Goals!!!

So it has been  a summer of feeling not quite like myself- ( that seems to happen when you are pregnant the whole time).  

preggo  I am giving myself some new goals.  First of course is to deliver a healthy baby girl hopefully sooner than later.  I am 38 weeks after all!  Second is to completely clear out my cupboards and fridge.  Not that there is really that much “junk food”  but somehow I seem to get addicted to even the most innocent of foods i.e. triscuits, graham crackers, etc.  I miss feeling lean and healthy.  I did escape the better part of my pregnancy without really feeling big which has been a blessing.  I probably have now gained about 22 pounds which isn’t bad but needs to disappear ASAP!!!!  I also can’t wait to get back to my exercise schedule.  I still workout.  Weights 3 times a week and some sort of cardio at least 4 times a week.  However my cardio has been leaving little to be desired.  Running has been banned from my routine.  So of course what is the one think I want to so badly do…. RUN!  I plan on doing my first race post pregnancy on Thanksgiving Morning.  It will be the Garden City Turkey Trot 5 miler.  I am hoping to be back up to that by then.  I know I am not leaving much time to train as I won’t be cleared to run for approximately 6 weeks after birth but I am going to give it a shot.  I also want to do the Half Marathon this coming spring.  It will be my longest race to date.  I have only run 5Ks, 10Ks, and 5 Mile races.  So this should be a good challenge.   I figure by blogging about this I won’t allow myself to change my mind.  Sometimes I need a little extra motivation! 🙂

Just thought I would give you an update as to why my blog has been lacking!!  I am looking forward to updating with a lot of new healthy recipes!

Mediterranean Baked Fish

I haven’t updated this in so long.  I have made so many recipes but I just haven’t updates things.  Oops!

Last night I decided to make a fish entree because we don’t really get to eat dinner until 9pm if we are even that lucky on Wednesdays.  We both wanted something light and quick .  I came upon this recipe on allrecipes.com.  Of course  I don’t have a picture.  Even though I finally found my charger, (which had been hiding out in my husband’s glove compartment for months- why was it there- who knows??) I still forgot to take a picture. 

Mediterranean Baked Fish

Ingredients:
1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white parts only
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 large fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 pounds orange roughy fillets ( I used tilapia)
1 teaspoon salt
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1 medium lemon
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions:
  1. In a nonstick skillet, saute leeks and garlic in oil until tender; set aside. Coat a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange basil in a single layer in dish; top with fish fillets. Sprinkle with salt. Top with leek mixture.
  2. Arrange tomatoes and olives over fish. Thinly slice half of the lemon; place over the top. Squeeze juice from remaining lemon over all. Sprinkle with pepper.
  3. Cover and bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with rosemary.

Enjoy!

How well do you know your spouse?

I saw this on my friend, Beth’s site , and thought it was cute!

1. They are watching TV….. What are they watching?
Myth Busters, Fit TV, Dirty Jobs

 2. You’re out to eat.what kind of dressing do they get on their salad?
Balsamic Vinaigrette, or House Italian

 3.What’s one food this person doesn’t like?
Teriyaki things

 4. You go out for a drink. He/she orders…Alcoholic: Landshark Beer or Grey Goose Dirty Martini, Non: Diet Coke or Water

5 Where did he/she go to high school?

Glen Cove

6.What size shoe do they wear?
13

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. If this person were to collect anything, it would be?
Hats or watches

8.What is their favorite type of car?
He would love an original Hummer

9. This person could eat __________ everyday?
Eggs or Lobster

12.Favorite sports team?
Yankees and Dallas Cowboys

10.Favorite cereal?
Whatever I buy he isn’t picky

 11. This person wouldn’t be caught dead wearing…
Tight Jeans
 

13.Who will he/she vote for?
He’s still thinking about it- it’s really just the lesser of two evils

14.What is their sign?
On the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius

15.What is something you do that he wishes you didn’t do?

He hates the way I organize things because it makes no sense to him

16.How many states has this person lived in?
New York, born and raised

20. This person could spend hours….
Sleeping, Playing Sports, and watching TV

17.What is his heritage?
Italian

18. You bake them a cake for their birthday….What kind do they want?
Cheesecake or Canoli Cake

19.Did he/she play sports in high school?
Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse in High School and Football in College

 

 

Now… how well do you know your spouse? (JKnotties, this means you!) 

The December Baked Goods Exchange!

My Secret Baker was Beth Lloyd. Not only did she give me the most amazing cookies but she delivered them in person!!!!

The cookies included : Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti and Snowpeople Cookies ( Cream Cheese Cookies). All of them are amazing but my personal Favorite are the snowpeople cookies!

Recipes will be posted on Beth’s Blog http://lloydsdinnerandamovie.blogspot.com/.

Thanks Again Beth!!!!!

Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies

These are the cookies I baked for the December Exchange.


INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
17 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans, divided
1 (13 ounce) package Rolo candies
4 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, melted (I forgot this)

DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans.
Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each candy, forming a ball. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and pecans; dip each cookie halfway. Place nut side up 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked. Cool for 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle with melted white chocolate.

( I left off the nuts as my person couldn’t eat certain types)

My Favors!

I don’t think I ever showed anyone our wedding favors. Since we were married at a vineyard we gave out personalized wine bottles. The vineyard used their 2004 Merlot and we had our monogram put on the labels.