Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Strawberries, Marshmallow, Short Cake, and Chocolate...Oh my!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!!  This past Friday, the hubby and I had some great friends over for supper and I wanted to share with you all what we made for dessert!!!!  It was quite tasty...mmm mmmm!!!  It's making me hungry just thinking about it!  I think this could be fun for even kids to make because it is fairly simple to make, but the combo of everything is awesome!

All you need is:
Short Cake
Semi-sweet chocolate

Before the best part, chocolate!
 Cut you leaves off the strawberries and put onto the kabobs, along with marshmallows, 1" bite sized short cake, and then melt your semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle all over your strawberry short cake kabob:)  It sure is refreshing and tasty!!!  It was a hit and how cute are they?!?!?  I wish I could have taken some more pictures, but our company was over and I bet they would think I was little weird if I'm taking pics of the food!

I really don't know how many calories one of these bad boys would be!  I wouldn't think it would be too bad especially since the chocolate is just drizzled, well in most spots anyways!

Thanks for stopping :):):)

Until next time!!!!!!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Goal Met - Check!

Hey there lovely ladies!!!  This past weekend, I was super busy and had tons of fun with the hubby and family:)  I had made a goal about a little over a month ago to be able to fit into a shirt that i bought for the fair.  Well, the good news is that I fit into it and it wasn't too tight:)  I thought it actually looked pretty nice.  I didn't end up wearing it to the fair though because I found a different outfit that I loved and matched my purse!  Anyways, here is my shirt that I think looked pretty nice on me:)

What a great feeling!
This is my fav outfit though!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Change is Good!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great Friday:) I have a very busy Saturday planned...first I took the doggie for a walk, worked out on the elliptical, and then I will need to drive to my parents to go to a fun-filled day at the county fair! I will need to be extra careful there because I don't want to completely derail my diet! Last night, we had one of our couple friends over for dinner and it was quite fun! I had posted what I was planning on making for the night. I made everything except the red sangria because it would have only been for me and we all know that I don't need that much to drink!!!! I wanted to show you the delicious potatoes that I made for everyone! I found the recipe on this site! If you want the recipe then just click away:):) Mine didn't turn out as crunchy as they were suppose to, but they were still darn good!
 Since I'm going back home to the county fair, I decided to get on my fancy pants clothes..not really, but I wanted to show you me newer outfit!  I love the blue shorts!  I bought them from White House Black Market and I bought my top from Maurices.  The handbag is the one I bought from Okoboji Lake, along with the watch!
Rocking the new outfit!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nutritious and Delicious!!!

Hi All:):)  We're planning on having a cookout for a couple of our friends on Friday, so I have been planning a meal to get ready for it!  I thought it would be fun to try and make something new and something that would be on Pinterest.  First, and foremost, it has to be healthy since I'm trying to make better choices!

If you don't follow me on Pinterest then you don't know that I am a Pin-a-holic, and I'm not even lying!  It's even worse since I'm not at school during the summer months!  Needless, to say I have been pinning almost everyday and have been finding some to-die-for recipes:)  I was thinking that I would make my Kung Pao Chicken or Salmon for the entree, veggies, roasted potatoes, and chocolate covered fruit kabobs!  I'm debating about making some red sangria....yummy!  I know that it's not healthy, but doesn't this look soo good?!?!?! If I had one glass then that would be alright;)
Strawberry Lime Sangria

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday! I feel semi-productive today, I already went to the gym and signed up for my next graduate class:)

This past week, I made bought a packaged frozen smoothie from the store, Target, to try! I have to say it was super easy to make and it was quite delicious:) I've been wanting to make some type of smoothies whether it be protein shakes or fruit and yogurt, just something healthy and filled with lots of nutrients.
Berry Smoothie:)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Honest Truth

Hey everyone!  Happy Tuesday:):)  It's crazy that we're almost to the end of July already:(  That means my break is almost over with and it also means I will be going back to school soon!  Summers in the past, seemed to have been not quite as productive for me, but this summer I have kept myself busy with all sorts of things.  All of those things mainly revolved around exercise and eating healthier!

Today, I hopped on the scale couldn't believe what I saw...I was/am the same weight that I was at my wedding just a little over a year today!  Since I started talking about my weight loss journey on my blog, I haven't mentioned the amount of weight that I am or was.  I have been dreading this post for a while and that's because I was so embarrassed and haven't really told anyone except for my hubby, which that even was hard for me to do.  I figured if I told him that it would hold me more accountable to get to my goal and continue making good choices!  So, today, I'm going to share with you my starting point and where I am now...I'm a little scared and a little embarrassed of what I'm going to tell you, but I guess it's only part of my journey.  I won't be at the weight, I am at now for long, so I guess that makes me feel a little better:)

When I started this weight loss chapter at the end of May, I was 197 lbs!!!  When I officially started my weight loss journey in June I was 194!  I have NEVER, EVER seen these numbers on the scale and I sure as hell didn't want to get to 200 lbs, especially on a 5'4 frame.  I decided right then and there, with the help of a friend, that I needed to get this under control:-/  I saw this quote on Pinterest and thought this was so fitting for me to also make this pledge!
My Pledge!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Update!

Good morning or almost afternoon here in Iowa!  I have to tell you that I had an amazing weekend with great friends:)  The hubby and I went Lake Okoboji over the weekend to visit some friends of ours!  Their parents own a condo and they have a fantastic boat along with a jet ski.  So, needless to say, we were on the lake pretty much all weekend!  Here are some pics of what we did!
Boating Time!!!

Sporting my new shades!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Skinny Chicken Quesdilla!

Yes, you read that right, a skinny chicken quesadilla!  I love me some Mexican food and quesadilla's are probably one of the best food inventions ever, to me anyways:)  I made this a while ago and just haven't gotten around to sharing the simple recipe with you all!

Skinny Chicken Quesdilla

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pinterest Keeping Me on Track!

I have been continuing on with my weight loss, and as of Friday I was down 14 lbs:):)  I have to say this journey has been hard, but not as hard as I'd thought it would be!  Yes, I kick some butt in the gym and seriously sweat at Zumba and yes I have been counting calories, but once you get into a routine or you do something continually then it becomes easier!   That's where I am right now, it's becoming easier for me to stick with everything and say no to a rootbeer float or french fries!  I still have yet a LONG ways to go another 46 lbs to go, but I'm going to stick with this and going to get to my goal:)

All this time, I have been going onto the lovely Pinterest!  I don't know where I'd be without this tool!!  I find many quotes, healthy tips, and exercises all at the click of a mouse!  It's easy and convenient:)  I wanted to share some of the quotes that I look at every now and then to keep me going and keep thinking of the end result:
I need to keep this in mind at ALL times!  Always compare myself to yesterday or the week, or month before!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

I bet your all probably just drooling from reading the title!  I know that I am!  A while ago, we had my granny's 70th birthday and I brought a dish to pass, and it was chocolate caramel brownies:)  Oh! My! Goodness! These were beyond tasting like heaven!  I can't even begin to describe how scrumpious these are!!!

I put them out for everyone to eat before the warm food was put on the buffet, and I think I should have waited because these puppies were pretty well gone within 20 minutes!  That's how big of a hit these were.

Since I'm trying to eat healthy, these would be bad news for this girl!  So, I'm trying to steer clear of these delicious brownies.  I could make some for a party or make them for quite a few people, that way I won't be tempted to eat the pan:-o

They are really pretty easy to make:)  If you want to have try these homemade brownies then run over to Six Sister's Stuff blog!  That's where I found this recipe and it was unbelievable!

Thanks for stopping by:):):)

Until next time!!!!!!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kung Pao Chicken/Salmon:)

Hi Everyone!!  Last night, the hubby and I celebrated our 1 yr anniversary by making and enjoying a delicious meal together.  When we went to St. Louis, I told you about the to die for Dragonfire Salmon.  Well, I thought why not try to make it at home and have it for supper!!  So, I searched long and hard, well not really, on the Internet and found a recipe.  I tweaked it a little bit to add a little extra flavor.

What I had at the restaurant was salmon, but we don't know for sure if he's allergic to salmon...so I made myself salmon and him chicken and we were both happy:)

Yumminess = Bliss

Monday, July 9, 2012

1 Year:)

Happy Monday!!!  Today is such a great day:)  It is the hubby and I's 1 year anniversary!!!  1 year ago today was the happiest day of my life and I can't wait to celebrate many more years with my wonderful hubby:)  He means everything to me, is my world, and I don't know what I would do without him.  We've been through so much together, whether it be good times or hard times, and we're still madly in love with each other:)  I am so thankful to have him in my life and the life that we have made together!!!  On that note, I wanted to share with you some of our wedding pics from 1 year ago today:)

Our "First Look"
Will never forget this!

 His exspression is priceless:)
Favorite picture of us:)

Two "love birds"
Hubby and Wife!
Love You!!!

I will never forget how I felt on the day of our wedding!  I have never been happier:)  I didn't think I could love him anymore than I did on this, but my love grows for him each and everyday:):)  I'm blessed to have this man in my life!!!

Happy Anniversary Hunny:):):)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"In Heaven There is No Beer!!...."

As you all know the hubby and I's 1 year anniversary is coming up here on July 9th.  I wanted to get him something that I know that he would love and never forget!  He's a HUGE fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes:)  So, what a better present than hawkeye tickets!!!  I wanted to build a little suspense before I just handed over his tickets, so I bought him Hawkeye related things that would work for the game.
Hawkeye Musts

Friday, July 6, 2012

St. Louis Part 2

Hey everyone!!!  Like I said yesterday, I wanted to share lots of pics with you because St. Louis is such a beautiful and fun city.  In this post, I wanted to share with you what I did in order to eat semi-healthy while vacationing.  If it was a perfect world then I wouldn't have gained 1 lb, but the truth is that I did.  I know why, but doing what I did definitely helped me keep off even more weight!

Alright, Rule number 1 (for me) was to eat a salad or something really light for lunch.  So here is one  pic of my salad:):)  I swear I ate more than one salad, I just didn't take anymore pics! 

Hard Rock Cafe Salad

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Over the Holiday Week!!!

Hi All!!!  I'm back from our vaca in St. Louis:)  I can say that we had a blast, but we're just glad to be back home!!  We had quite a few ideas planned for this vacation, but since it's been extremely hot out, and even more so in St. Louie, we didn't get to do as much as we wanted:(  Alot of things we planned were outside and it was around 100-103 degrees everyday.

We did however get to check out quite a few things that St. Louis has to offer like:

Tour of Annehueser Busch