I Was Gumped

Picture this….it’s almost 10pm on Saturday night.  I’m thinking that I’ll stay up for another 30 minutes, go to sleep at a decent hour, then wake up early.

And then it happens….I flip through the TV channels and one of the best movies ever made is on.

Forrest Gump.

Next thing you know I’m awake until 1am, following the life of a simple man who has extraordinary things happen to him.

I was GUMPED!

But I wasn’t only Gumped by the movie…I’ve been Gumped by Spring Break.  It drew me in with long days that I could fill with living!!

So I’m giving in!!

It’ll be quiet around here the rest of the week.  I’ll be back early next week with a new meal plan and all sort of crazy things!

Have a great week, my friends!  :)

 

You Can’t Take Us Anywhere

Waaaaaay back in December, my mom & dad celebrated FIFTY years of marriage.

I’ll pause so you can think things like “DANG! That’s a long time!” or “I hope that’s me and so-and-so in fill in the blank years!”

As a gift, Gary & I bought them a photography session and somehow the whole family got dragged into it. ;-)

We finally got our schedules to all match up, and a few weekends ago got gussied up and proclaimed we were ready for our close up.

The photographer was awesome and got some really good shots. But being the goofballs we are, Gary, my brother & I decided to host our OWN photo shoot once my parents left to talk with the photographer.

These photos are a GREAT reminder as to why you can’t take us anywhere!

The newest sports commentator for Organically Mo-

Setting up for the PERFECT selfie

Almost there

NAILED IT!

On that note I wish you a lovely weekend full of family & shenanigans!

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When Saying No Isn’t Easy

I mentioned in my last post how last week was crazy busy & emotional.

Busy because Prom was this past Saturday and I was helping with the last minute details {welcome to working with teenagers – they procrastinate on EVERYTHING}.

Emotional because I finally said NO.

Besides helping to plan & execute activities on campus and work with the Leadership students {along with boring paperwork duties no one wants to hear about} I try and help out with “extra” stuff as well.  Things that I spend a majority of my personal time doing…nothing that I get paid for or is in my job description, but I signed up for because they help my school & the kids.

With one of these extra positions, I have been very frustrated all year long.  Things are continuously getting changed on me, decisions are getting made behind my back and I am feel like I am more of a worker bee than one of the people who was picked to RUN THINGS.  I had raised my concerns a few times throughout the year, but nothing has changed.

So I made the decision to finish out my duties for the year, but not to return next year.

And it was HARD saying no.

Usually saying no is something I don’t have a problem with, but this time it is eating at me from the inside out.

I’m worried that no one else will step up.  I’m worried that the kids will suffer.

But I have to remind myself that I did the BEST I could and that staying on board would not be good for anyone involved.  I’d be frustrated and that would show in my work and my attitude towards the kids.  Not okay!

I needed this reminder that saying no can be HARD, but sometimes, saying no is the RIGHT thing.

Have you ever had a situation where saying no was hard, but the right thing to do? 
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Grocery Haul & Meal Plan {April 13 – 19}

Before we get to the the groceries & the meal plan, can we all just agree that 2014 is going by way too fast?  How is it the middle of April already?!?!  I feel like I just sat down to type about my meal plan from last week!

I’m not 100% sure how it happened, but I have moved from cooking ALL my meals on Sunday to cooking just a few that day and cooking the remainder on a rest day from working out.  I just aim to eat the more complicated meals {take more cooking time, use more than 2 pots or pans} on Sunday – Tuesday, so I can make them Sunday, freeze and heat up.

I also like to make meals with lots of servings, so I can cook once and eat from it twice a week.

TRADER JOE’S

Another good habit I have picked up is getting a mid-week lunch hour grocery haul done at Trader Joe’s.  It’s never much {because I have limited time & space to store my groceries at work}, but it’s enough to get me through a few more days of eats.

Vegetable broth {x2}, mushrooms {x2}, goat cheese {herb & honey} blueberries, green beans & dark chocolate honey mints {1 each for home & work}. A note on the mints – I have 1-2 a day, usually after lunch & dinner.  The chocolate mint mix totally takes care of any other food craving!

This mid-week trip cost me $29.90

Then Saturday morning, I made a quick trip to Raley’s and our local produce stand.

RALEY’S

Mushroom {x4}, organic eggs, organic half & half, white & brown rice, GF pasta, onions {x3}, & blueberries.

Raley’s total = $40.75

PRODUCE STAND

My local produce stand is open and I am looking forward to cheaper fruit & veggie bills! The half flat of strawberries {bottom left} only cost me $8. This will last Gary, my parents & I for a week. Even though we cook separately from my mom & dad, we will take turns buying household food staples {bananas, strawberries, eggs}.

Produce stand total = $8.00

WEEKLY GROCERY TOTAL = $78.65

Ouch!  For not buying very much {and no meat at all} this was a really expensive week. But I was expecting it.  I had a ridiculously busy and emotional week {more on this Wednesday}, which led to no shopping the ads and no time to shop at my usual variety of stores.  I had time to go to one place on Saturday and Raley’s won.

The good news is that I was still under $100 for the week and I am getting to use some meat we have frozen.

MEAL PLAN

LOTS of green beans {yay Trader Joe’s} and even a night out with friends…it will be a great week! ;-)

Do you like green beans?

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Coconut Mustard Chicken

You want to know what my FAVORITE chicken recipe of all time is?

HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN

It’s like the perfect combination of sweet, savory and freaking finger licking good!

But my body cannot handle that much honey anymore.  So I found a way to make it that might just be BETTER than the original.

By using coconut oil in place of the honey. Shut the front door!

Coconut Mustard Chicken {serves 4}

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil {not solid, but not too liquidy}
  • 1/4 cup grainy mustard
  • Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Coconut aminos

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place your chicken thighs in a baking dish and season both sides with salt, pepper and paprika
  • In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, mustard, and a few splashes of coconut aminos
  • Spread mustard/coconut oil mixture over chicken thighs
  • Add a few more splashes of coconut aminos
  • Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cook for 45-55 minutes, making sure chicken is cooked through before serving.
  • Serve with side dishes of your choice & enjoy!

Coconut Mustard Chicken is a staple in my house.  I usually serve it with green beans and half a sweet potato.

Recently I switched the sweet potato for brown rice pasta, cut up the cooked chicken and green beans and served myself a one bowl meal.

No matter how you serve this chicken, you’ll love it!

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