Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My 21 Day Fix Favorites

I am currently on my third round of the 21 Day Fix, and I am still loving it just as much as I did the first round!

Eating healthy has become a lifestyle norm around here (for the most part; we still have cheat meals every once in a while), and I love trying out new recipes.  I’ve changed up a few to our liking, and I thought I’d share them with y’all!


Eggplant Mushroom Pizzas
Eggplant Pizzas
1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup pizza sauce (recipe below)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced

1. Sprinkle eggplant slices with sea salt, and let sit for 20 minutes.  Wipe dry.
2. Brush eggplant slices with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
3. Roast eggplant in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes (until it’s just turning tender).
4. While eggplant is roasting, sauté mushrooms with 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil and a clove of minced garlic.
5. Once the eggplant is done roasting, top slices with pizza sauce, cheese, and mushrooms, and broil until the cheese is melted – about 3-5 minutes.

Pizza Sauce
2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add in the onion and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
2. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another minute.
3.  Add tomatoes and Italian seasoning.  Cook 5 minutes.
4. Transfer everything to a blender or food processor.  Puree, and then return sauce to the pan.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.

21 Day Fix: 2 green, 1 blue


Tilapia & Broccoli for One
Tilapia & Broccoli for One
1 frozen tilapia filet, thawed
3/4 c fresh broccoli florets
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp extra spicy Mrs. Dash seasoning
1/2 lemon, sliced

1. Place fish and broccoli in baking dish.
2. Mix oil, garlic, and Mrs. Dash seasoning together in a small bowl and then drizzle over broccoli and tilapia.
3. Place lemon slices over fish and broccoli.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 green, 1 tsp


Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich
Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 slice turkey bacon
1/2 tomato, sliced
1 egg

1. Place bread in toaster.
2. Cook turkey bacon in the microwave according to package directions.
3. Scramble egg.
4. Layer in the following order: toast, bacon, tomato, egg

21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow


Apple Nachos
Apple Nachos
(recipe is for one serving, picture is of three servings)
1 apple, sliced
1 tsp natural peanut butter, melted in the microwave 10-20 seconds
1 tsp dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp walnuts, chopped

1. Sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts over apple slices.
2. Drizzle with melted peanut butter.

21 Day Fix: 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp


I hope y’all enjoy these recipes as much as we have!  And if you’re interested in learning more about the 21 Day Fix or joining in one of my challenge groups, let me know!  You can contact me via email at creativelyblooming@gmail.com or on my FB page HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Boys Weekend Camping Trip

While the girls and I were having fun around here all weekend, the boys were camping with friends a couple hours away.

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Trenton had been camping prior to this trip, but it was just one night, and it was only a few minutes from our house in California.

From all of the stories that I heard and the amount of dirt that was caked on Trenton when he got home on Sunday, it was a very successful weekend.

There were campfires, fishing (Trenton caught the biggest fish of the weekend!), s’mores, gun shooting, and a bunch more dirty outdoor fun.

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Jarrod and Trenton can’t wait to go camping again, and I think Charlotte might get to go soon too.  We’ll have to see about Mommy and Evelyn though….

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Girls Weekend Recap

Jarrod and Trenton were gone this weekend camping, so it was just me and my favorite girls around here.

Girls Weekend

We started off our weekend Friday evening by going to a potluck dinner with the kiddie group at church.  There was good food, good company, and the girls ran around the school cafeteria and then the playground afterwards.  So that meant good sleeping too!

Saturday called for gorgeous weather, so we headed to Paulus Farm Market to visit the animals.

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I bought a bucket of food for Charlotte to feed to the animals.  She had so much fun!  There were three goats that she was feeding at one point.  They all wanted food at the same time, and I heard Charlotte tell them, “just be patient and wait your turn silly goats!”.  Ha!  Now if she could just follow her own advice when she and Trenton fight ravenously over dessert when we go to restaurant…

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And I have never seen Evelyn so excited.  She LOVED the animals!  I actually had to stop her from kissing the donkey!

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This was where I had to put my camera down because she was giving open mouthed kisses!!!

After feeding all of the animals, we decided we were hungry too.  I did something I’ve never done.  Took the girls to a sit-down restaurant by myself.  And they did great!  So good that we made a trip to a local farm stand that just opened back up for the season and is now offering homemade ice cream in addition to produce, milk, meat, and plants. 

On our way back home, some of our neighbor/friends were outside so we rolled down our windows to say hello.  And they invited us over for dinner!  Of course we weren’t going to turn that down!  We came home, I put Evelyn down for a nap, did some yard work, and then whipped up a salad to take to dinner. 

We had a wonderful time at dinner with friends.  The kids all had a blast together, and I enjoyed some adult conversation.  And once again, the girls slept wonderfully at night!

This morning we got up (I actually had to wake both girls up), went to church, made a trip to Home Depot, and came back home.  After lunch and putting Evelyn down for a nap, Charlotte and I spent three hours outside doing to garden prep work and seeding bare spots in the yard.  And let me tell you, I think I have a new yard helper!  She loved it, and asked when she can help in the yard again!

Jarrod and Trenton got home right around dinner time (VERY dirty – a sign of a good trip), and we ate, took baths, and called our weekend good.  Charlotte said it was the “best weekend ever”, so I’d say that our first girls weekend was a success!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Watch Evelyn Grow: 15 Months

Evelyn turned 15 months old on Friday.  And let me tell you, she is a M. E. S. S.

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She’s also a drooling fool, as you can see…

Girlfriend does not sit still for more than a minute at a time.  Which is probably why she can’t make it through Mass without being taken to the back. 

Her favorite ways to play include: tearing kleenex up into a zillion little pieces, pulling trash out of the garbage, climbing up on the couch and dancing or running back and forth (like I said – she does not sit), unrolling toilet paper, knocking down Charlotte’s lego castles, pulling clothes out of Trenton’s drawers, and playing in Bailey’s food and water.  It’s a wonder I ever get any work done around here!

Evelyn doesn’t talk very much.  She’ll say Mama, Dada, Budd-a (brother), and hi.  But it’s still mostly just babbles.  I’m not overly worried though.  I’m sure she’ll be talking up a storm before we know it!

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In the past two months, Evelyn has had three ear infections.  Which means that she’s still not sleeping through the night either.  We’ll get one or two nights a week where she sleeps through the night if she’s not sick, but that hasn’t happened much. 

Evelyn also has a total of eight teeth now.  One of her front teeth has bright white spots on it, which I am kind of worried about.  I’ve called the dentist’s office twice asking them about it, and they’ve told me both times that white spots are a fairly normal occurrence.  I guess we’ll find out for sure when I take all three kids to the dentist next month for check-ups (sounds like a fun time, huh?).

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Evelyn is also a really good eater (as if you couldn’t tell by looking at her!).  She doesn’t really like bell peppers or the yolk part of hard boiled eggs, but other than that, she’ll eat pretty much anything we put in front of her.  Her favorites are bananas, chicken, yogurt, string cheese, and Mommy’s and Daddy’s Shakeology (she seriously comes running when she hears the blender!).

This girl is a lover.  She hands out kisses all the time.  And she especially loves kissing and hugging on Bailey.  I don’t think he enjoys it quite as much as she does, but he’s a good sport and lets Evelyn love on him. 

Just within the last month, Evelyn started walking really well and has started using walking as her preferred mode of getting around.  She’s still a little wobbly on her feet now and then, but she’ll be off to the races soon! 

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Evelyn had her 15 month check up today, and thankfully there was no talk of baby BMI this time.  She weighed in at 24 pounds, 14 ounces (78th percentile), and is 31 inches tall (68th percentile).

We definitely have a little tornado on our hands, but she’s the best little tornado around!  Mommy and Daddy love you, Evelyn!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Glo Run

I ran track and cross-country in high school.  But my races were never more than 2 miles in distance.  We had to run longer distances in practice, and I was not a fan of anything over 2 miles.

But that didn’t stop me from signing up for the Glo Run 5K.  I had every intention of actually training for the race.  But then winter lingered.  And lingered.  And lingered.  So I hadn’t done any actual running prior to the race since the fall.

I wasn’t the only one from our group in the same boat, so a few of us planned to walk/jog the race together.

We got to the fairgrounds last night, got our glo gear, and were ready to go.  Tutus and all!

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Once we our wave got started (we were in the first wave of racers), we jogged a little, walked a little, then decided to jog again.  A friend and I were next to each other, and when we looked back, we didn’t see anyone else from our little walk/jog group with us anymore.  So we just decided to keep running.

We stopped for a water break and a photo op, but for the most part we ran.  Probably about 2 miles out of the 3ish.  For not having run in quite some time, I was proud of myself.  We forgot to start our GPS trackers, and there was no official race timer, so we have no clue what our times were, but our whole group had such a fun time!

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I have another race coming up next month – The Dirty Girl 5K – a mud run with obstacles, and I can’t wait!  I may have to find some more races too!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Easter Post

The annual Easter post.  I’m sure you’ve all been sitting on pins and needles waiting for it.  ;-)

We started our Easter festivities on Saturday with an Easter party on base.  The kids had a blast!  They decorated Peeps, went mining for jewels, followed string around the auditorium to find Target gift cards, and of course hunted for Easter eggs.

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Evelyn couldn’t walk and carry her basket at the same time (she has her Mommy’s coordination!), but boy did she like finding eggs!

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The big kids/flashes of lightning were too fast to catch with the camera!

Easter Day started off bright and early with Trenton and Charlotte coming in our room announcing that there was string everywhere.  Apparently that silly Easter Bunny had tied string to each of their doorknobs leading the kids around the house to find their Easter baskets!

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The Easter Bunny still takes is easy on Evelyn though.

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After breakfast, we were off to church where Evelyn amazingly made it through the entire Mass without needing to be taken to the back (her normal Sunday hangout).

But of course since she was so good during Mass, she wanted nothing to do with the post-Mass family photo…

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After church we came home, changed clothes, ate some lunch, and headed to Hershey Park.  Oh, did I forget to mention that the Easter Bunny left us a note saying that he was sending us to Hershey for the day?  Well he did.  And the kids were super pumped!

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Charlotte and Trenton each picked one big coaster to ride. 

Charlotte went with the Trailblazer, her favorite from last year and the biggest coaster she’s able to ride for her height.

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And Trenton decided to try out one that he hadn’t been on before, Comet.  I think it was bigger than he thought it would be!

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We even caught a magic show.  And guess who got called up to the stage….Daddy!  All three kids loved seeing Daddy up on stage, and I think Jarrod liked it too!

By the time we got home, we were worn out.  Well, at least Jarrod and I were.  When we got in bed for the night, Evelyn was still awake in her bed, and Trenton and Charlotte were having a slumber party in Charlotte’s room reading books.  Jarrod and I are officially old….

I hope that everyone had a fabulous Easter!