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Fit Mommy Friday - Week Six

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Yes, I know I missed checking in for weeks four and five.  We were out of town for week four and last week was Good Friday so I just was not able to get posts done.
I have been doing very good though.  In fact I have lost four pounds!
I am doing pretty good at sticking to my calorie counts but I have dropped my water intake again, this seems to be my biggest downfall.  I have also been doing a really good job at exercising, in fact as soon as I publish this post I am heading out the door to go to the gym before picking the kids up at school.

Vacations, Tornados, and Easter! Oh my!

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It's been a busy month aroumd here.  I mean real busy!  We have been going, going, going.  We love to travel.  We are constantly traveling to new places, and experiencing all kinds of new things. It is because of this I have decided to start a new blog/website all about traveling. 

It's called Stress Free Family Vacations, and is all about traveling.  It is still in it's beginning phases, and I still have a lot of content to add but you should check it out.  (Hint, hint!  You might want to follow it as well because there might just be a nice giveaway coming up soon!)
So here's how our month has gone.
Four weeks ago we decided to try out CoCo Key Water Resort in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We are avid fans of Great Wolf Lodge and are always trying out new water parks.  It's a nice water park but it isn't Great Wolf Lodge.



The weekend after that we went to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus.  Which was amazing, the kids absolutely loved!  The only downside was that i…

Baked Potato Wedges

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Are you ready for a really simple potato recipe that will be great with hamburgers this summer?  This one is really easy to make and is a snap to put together.  Best of all these potato wedges are baked not fried.




Ingredients:
4 to 6 Medium Potatoes (peeled and cut into wedges) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic 1/2 teaspoon Ground Red Peppers
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.  Combine all spices.
3.  Coat potato wedges with olive oil and cover with spices.
4.  Place potato wedges on greased pan and bake in oven for twenty minutes.
5.  Turn potato wedges and bake for another twenty minutes.

Menu Plan Monday - April 15th to May 1st

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I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  Last week was a horrible week for us as far as sticking to our menu plan.  It didn't happen at all.  This week will be a better week.  I am sure of it.
Here's what I have planned for us this week:
Monday - Cheeseburger Pasta
Tuesday -Italian Sausage with Green Peppers and Onions
Wednesday - Caramelized Onion Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Thursday - Smoked Sausage Au Gratin Skillet
Friday - Beef Stroganoff
Saturday - Eating Out Before Church
Sunday - Breakfast for Dinner - Sausage, Eggs, Biscuits


Menu Plan Monday - April 18th to 24th

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It's Holy Week!  While I am very excited for Easter I am soooo not ready for it.  I am not prepared at all.  In fact until I sat down to write this post I still had no idea what I was going to be cooking this weekend for our Easter dinner.
Here's what we have planned this week: links to recipes are in red
Monday - fish, macaroni and cheese, corn
Tuesday - Softball eating out
Wednesday - Softball eating out
Thursday - Cheeseburger Pasta
Friday - Ham and Potato Casserole
Saturday (our Easter dinner) - Baked Ham, Bacon Deviled Eggs, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme, Stewed Tomatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans, Greek Easter Bread
Sunday - Happy Easter!

Menu Plan Monday - April 11th to 17th

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I know I say it EVERY SINGLE MONDAY but I really can't believe it's Monday already.  Time moves just way too fast.  This week wasn't the best week for us as far as cooking. 
The Apple Sage Pork Chops I made on Monday using the McCormicks seasoning packet were not a big hit.  The first few bites were really sweet from the apple juice but after that it was pretty bland.  It's definetly not something we will be trying again, although I did like the convenience of having all the spices pre-measured for me.
On Thursday my husband (despite numerous reminders - but I'm not pointing fingers) forgot to turn the beans on for our White Bean and Ham Soup so we ended up hitting the McDonald's drive thru.
Then on Sunday I put our Corned Beef and Cabbage in the crockpot  before we left for church, and it didn't get done in time for supper.  So instead we had turkey sandwiches, and are having the corned beef tonigh…

Fingerprint Friday

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Beki, who blogs at the Rusted Chain, has a blog carnival each Friday called Fingerprint Friday.  It's based upon the Steven Curtis Chapman song that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God


When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God


 I have been wanting to join Fingerprint Friday for quite a while but just haven't done it.  I read the posts each week, yet I don't write my own.  So this week I am writing my own Fingerprint Friday post.
This is my Little Man.  He has been on my mind quite a bit lately, as he is in this stage where he desperately wants to grow up but yet is clinging to his younger ways in so many areas.  He wants to be independent but yet he wants to cuddle with mama, he wants everyone to think he is strong yet he secretly is insecure, he is the center of attention in his class at school with so many friends but still is shy.  …

Fit Mommy Friday (Week Three)

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I think my scale is stuck.  Really, I do!  Can digital scales get stuck?  Yeah, that's it.  It has to be stuck because I have lost absolutely NO weight this week, and I have been good.
I have been eating good all week (except for last night when we ate out because we were really busy), have drank more water all week, and exercised at the gym twice. 
I still need to do more for exercising.  I have made it to the gym twice this week, and will go again tommorow.  I bought an exercise ball and some hand weights last weekend hoping that maybe I could fit in a ten or fifteen minute workout in somewhere each day.  Umm, yeah, that hasn't happened yet. 
I still want to continue to add more water into my day.  That's my goal this week.  I am up to around 2 to 3 bottles of water a day and would like to see it closer to 4 a day this week. 
Oh, and I am really tired of salads.  That's what I have been bringing for my lunch at work, and I am b…

Caramelized Onion Pork Chops

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This post is being linked up to

This Week's Cravings at Mom's Crazy Cooking
and

Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed With Grace
Since I have been working my husband has taken over the weekday cooking.  By taken over I mean stirring items in the crockpot, putting already prepared food in the oven, or heating up already prepared food but every now and then he surprises me by cooking for real. 
Last week I had planned for us to have pork chop sandwiches.  Pretty simple, all he had to do was brown the pork chops when I was on my way home so that we could eat when I got there.  However this was one of those times he surprised me and came up with this little recipe all by himself.


Caramelized Onion Pork Chops
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1 tablespoon seasoned salt 10 boneless pork chops (2 each for a famiy of five) olive oil 1 large white onion thinly sliced
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2.  Grease the bottom of a glas pan with olive oil.
3.  Mix …

Fit Mommy Friday - Week Two

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Well, this week I didn't lose any weight.  Actually it's not a suprise to me.  I was kind of slack on my eating habits, and it shows.  On Saturday we went to my grandmothers, and she had strawbery shortcake.  We ate out on Sunday, and I had some major cravings on Tuesday night.  However, I did manage to stay within my desired calorie count range on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 
Getting to the gym was another problem for me this week.  In order to get to the gym I have to get up at 4:45 AM, go to the gym, go back home, and get ready for work.  It's exhausting, especially with all the running I have to do after work.  I did make it to the gym on Tuesday morning with plans to go back on Saturday and Sunday. 
I have been using the Spark People phone app, and their website offers several workout videos.  Some of the beginner workout videos incorporate a balance ball, which I have never used.  I am ordering one from Amazon, and hope t…

Menu Plan Monday - April 4th to 10th

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The few nights that we ate at home last week were some really good food nights.  On Wednesday night we skipped the pork chop sandwiches and instead experimented with some caramelized onion pork chops that were absolutely amazing.  That same night we perfected our baked potato wedges.  Wednesday nights meal was amazing, and you can look for both recipes to be posted this week. 
Once again it's going to be a busy week filled with softball, baseball, and after school activities. 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
Monday - McCormicks Apple and Sage Pork Chops (I have never tried these seasoning packs before so I will let you know what I think), Baked Potato Wedges (Recipe coming this week)
Tuesday - Sandwiches and Chips (Softball practices)
Wednesday - Italian Sausage with Green Peppers and Onions, Baked Beans, Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - White Bean and Ham Soup (missed last week), Cornbr…