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Cookie Monster

Well, our 3-day weekend is quickly coming to an end. It’s been fun, but now it’s time to get ready to get the work-week started.

We had a great day, though. After our yummy breakfast, Anthony and I went for a nice 40-minute or so walk on this great greenway by the lake…


Love the lake views!


And, then I did a bit of shopping – I found a great deal on a swimsuit for our upcoming anniversary vacation…


Lunch was not that photogenic, but it was definitely delicious! Leftover tofu and veggie pad thai + some barbeque pop-chips.


We spent our afternoon just doing some things around the house….laundry, cleaning, and I got the urge to make another batch of dark chocolate chip cookies- so good…we each had 2 as an “appetizer”. ūüôā


For dinner, Anthony grilled this great mahi-mahi and we added a baked sweet potato and a Greek salad…simple and delicious. The fish was so good and such a huge piece- I ate about half and I’ll probably take the other half for lunch tomorrow.


I’m off to spend the last few minutes of the weekend relaxing- see you tomorrow!


Burger and Fries

It is so good to be home tonight! Anthony and I are both wiped out from our late night last night, so hopefully we’ll be in bed early tonight. Anthony’s dad is recovering well and will hopefully get to come home from the hospital tomorrow. Thank you for your thoughts and well-wishes!

My day started out “not so busy”, but ended up being pretty busy after all. This morning we had our monthly “department head” meeting, where the main issues of the hospital are discussed. Our administrator goes over the finances, committee meetings, upcoming business, generally anything that needs to be shared throughout the hospital.

Lunch was take-out from the Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar…one of my favorite takeouts…I had a HUGE salad.


  • mixed greens + spinach
  • edamame
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • hard cooked egg
  • feta
  • red onion
  • sunflower seeds
  • dried cranberries
  • pumpernickel croutons
  • broccoli salad
  • cucumber salad
  • a bit of blue cheese dressing + balsamic viniagrette

This salad was huge and I ate the whole thing!

We also had our weekly wellness center staff meeting, and then I spent the rest of my afternoon finishing up a presentation that I’m doing tomorrow evening for the local American Kidney Association on Eating Well for Optimum Health.

Anthony and I threw together a quick dinner tonight: lean grilled burgers on some yummy double fiber buns + baked sweet potato fries…perfect.


After spending¬†a few minutes watching America’s Got Talent, I think we’re heading to bed early. Goodnight!

Speedy Hours

Does anyone else feel like time is flying by too fast? Sometimes it seems that the days are a blur and the hours are passing too quickly!

Today was¬†a busy, but good day at work. I started with a diabetes nutrition consult, taught a gastric banding nutrition class, and participated in Customer Service Excellence training videos with my staff…I finally got to grab a quick late lunch from the hospital cafe…grilled chicken on whole wheat wrap + apple…


My afternoon was spent catching up on paperwork, emails, and returning phone calls – I also had a little treat on my way to boot camp – tall cinnamon dolce iced latte – yum!


Chad taught an excellent boot camp tonight- just the right amount of sweat and pain- this class is one of the highlights of my week, physically and mentally – such a great stress reliever!

I was so excited to get home at a decent hour tonight to spend time with Anthony. We didn’t really have anything planned for dinner, so here’s what we came up with…Buffalo Chicken Salad with a side of sweet potato fries…and, it was SO GOOD! We roasted some skinless, boneless chicken tenders in buffalo sauce, added them to a salad (+ extra buffalo sauce for me)¬†+ sweet potato fries on the side…add a little blue cheese dressing and this was the perfect quick dinner.


Time to spend a few more minutes relaxing with my husband …and then to bed! I hope¬†you’ve had a great Monday!


Bath Time

Happy Sunday night! I can’t believe the weekend is almost over so soon!

After church, and volunteering in my Toddlers room full of 18 kids today (yes – 18¬†children between the age of 1-2)…I was ready for some rest and¬†relaxation. First, though, we had lunch at one of our favorite Mexican places. Of course, we started with our traditional chips, salsa, and guacamole.


It is so easy to eat unhealthfully at Mexican places, but you can also eat relatively well, by making smarter choices, watching portion sizes, and observing your fullness cues. To me, little splurges are definitely worth it. For my entree, I chose a simple cheese enchilada, which I covered in salsa, + beans and rice.


Lunch was amazing. After lunch, we did our quick weekly grocery shopping trip and came home to relax and rest…one of the best parts of the weekend.

And, I had this deliciously juicy plum…


Dinner was delicious too – grilled wild tuna steaks with a ginger-orange sauce, baked sweet potato, and sauteed spinach….


Now, it is bath time for 3 dogs! Yes- we have a fun hour ahead. Then it’s time to prepare for a busy week. I hope you’ve had a great weekend. Thanks, as always, for reading.


Word of the day: Simplicity

One of my goals for a long time now has been simplifying my life. Sometimes I’m pretty good at it, sometimes not so good. But, my goal is to focus less on stuff, less on busyness, less on always doing¬†and having more, more, more. I also love simplicity in food.

Today’s lunch was simple, but delicious – grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and provolone on a whole-wheat wrap from our hospital cafe. I got to have lunch with Anthony which was a bright spot in my day (+ a few of his fries!)…


Afternoon treat – tall vanilla latte – it helped me make it through boot camp this afternoon!


After work and boot camp, I headed home. Since we were out of town this weekend, we haven’t gone grocery shopping, and we didn’t have a plan…which meant an afternoon grocery store run…still, dinner was simple, but very good…grilled balsamic chicken, baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli.


What are some things that you do to simplify your life?

My goal tonight is early to bed…there was a mistake with my aerobics class schedule, and somehow, I ended up scheduled to teach a 6 am Sculpt class tomorrow morning + a one-hour Sculpt class + 30 minute Rock Bottom class tomorrow afternoon!! I’m going to make it work, but I know in advance that I will be exhausted, so my goal is to get a good night’s sleep tonight and start the day well tomorrow….definitely not a good “simple” day….

Have a great week!


Fabulous Hot Springs Getaway

Yesterday we arrived at Hot Springs at 10:30 in the morning in time for our 11 am whitewater rafting trip at Huck Finn Rafting…such a cute place in a great little small town.


The rafting trip was great. It was a little calmer than we expected- I think due to the lack of rain in the Hot Springs area over the last few weeks. The trip had class 1-3 rapids. It also included a great lunch by the riverbank halfway through the rafting trip…it was a great sandwich lunch laid out on the makeshift table on the upside-down raft. I was dying that I didn’t have a camera because the lunch was so great! We had sandwiches on yummy homemade wheat bread, potato salad, beans, fresh watermelon, and a couple of oreos. The rafting trip lasted about 3 1/2 hours and even though it was calm, we loved it!

After the rafting trip, we stopped next door at a great little cafe for smoothies…I had a pina colada flavor and Anthony had strawberry.


Smoothies in hand, we walked down the street to the Hot Springs Resort and Spa…such a great place with a neat history. It is a spa that is designed around a natural hot springs…they offer spa services plus soaks in a natural, hot mineral springs, which have been considered healing and therapeutic for hundreds of years. We made reservations for a one-hour soak later in the day.

Then, we excitedly headed to the Bed and Breakfast, the Duckett House Inn and Farm. We were so excited to visit – this was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast. We arrived to see this beautiful turn-of-the-century house situated on a lovely farm.


With a great wrap-around porch with a huge variety of chairs and swings for relaxing – the cat was very comfortable.


Our bedroom – the Mountain View room – so quaint and extremely comfortable.


One of the beautiful bathrooms…


I absolutely loved it!

After we got settled in, and relaxed for a bit, we went back to the Hot Springs Spa for our soak in the mineral baths. It was so neat- they have individual, private, hot tubs- they’re real hot tubs, but between each guest, they are drained and refilled with the natural hot mineral springs – the water comes out of the springs at about 102 degrees – really hot and full of minerals that are known to be therapeutic in a variety of ways. Here’s our tub…


We soaked and relaxed for an hour…very nice! And, my skin felt so great afterwards, I didn’t even need moisturizer.

Dinner was at a great, little local place, the Iron Horse Station. I had a delicious grilled chicken sandwich with avocado, mozzarella, steamed spinach and garlic + sweet potato fries – and a glass of¬†Shiraz….


After dinner, our plan was relaxation at the B and B…we were in bed by 10:30 and I slept like a baby.

When we woke up this morning, Brian, one of the innkeepers, had a pot of amazing coffee waiting…I started with a cup and went for a nice walk outside while Anthony stayed in bed. When I got back from my walk, Brian had an amazing breakfast prepared for us…homemade pancakes, fresh eggs, strawberries, some homefries, and more amazing coffee.


Brian shared the history of the house with us, some stories about hikers (the Appalahian Trail is nearby), and generally kept us entertained. I loved every minute. Breakfast was amazingly delicious.

After breakfast, we relaxed a little more on the front porch, walked around the grounds, visited the chickens…


Then, it was time for a quick shower and we headed home. Thanks again, Brian, for a lovely stay at the Duckett House. We will surely be back.

We waved goodbye to the French Broad River…


And, headed out to my sister’s house….Tonight is a joint family birthday party for Anthony and my sister Amy…should be lots of family fun.

See you later!

Julia and Julia

Dinner was simple but perfect.

Anthony grilled a steak, we baked sweet potatoes, and had a simple garden tomato and basil salad.


Just before we left home to go to the movie, it started thundering and pouring….as we were driving, we saw a rainbow.


The movie was fabulous! I’ve always been a fan of cooking shows. I remember watching Julia Child when I was a child. And, when the Food Network premiered in the 90s, I was in love!¬†I think I love watching others cook even more than cooking myself.

Meryl Streep was amazing, as was Amy Adams. I was smiling and laughing out loud through the whole movie. It was a good reminder that we have the power to create the lives we want…but that it isn’t easy and that failure and rejection are part of life. I loved one quote from Julia Child in the movie, something like, “Don’t be afraid…never apologize, no explanations.”

Another quote, “You are the butter to my bread, the breath to my life”….you have to see the movie.

If you love food, you must see this movie. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Have a great night…I need to get myself into bed…early morning again tomorrow. Plus, the love-of-my-life’s birthday is tomorrow…I need to get up even earlier to make him a b-day breakfast!