Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spinach and Canadian Bacon Frittata

OH..this was delicious.

Spinach and Canadian Bacon Frittata

12 eggs (I used Egglands Best because of the added vitamins)
8 oz Canadian bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
2 cups shredded low fat cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray a square baking pan with nonstick spray, OR use a Pampered Chef square stone.
Mix first 8 ingredients together until well mixed.  Pour mixture into the dish, top with spinach and cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes (if using a stone, you'll have to cook for 30-35 minutes), until frittata is firm.  Let cool for 5 minutes to set before cutting!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

All Good Carbs Mexican Casserole

Most of you who read my blog know that I'm doing a kind of low carb way of life these days.  High protein, low carbs, trying to stay away from the processed items, and stay away from white flour.  So I came across a recipe that is very loosely based on what I created.  I tend to get ideas from recipes and cookbooks, and make them entirely different, so I can't REALLY say that they are from the actual book, or the recipe, but I like to give credit, where credit is due, so check out this book here.  Like I said, this recipe that I made, was loosely based off of the Mexican Casserole recipe in this book!

Steph's Good Carb Mex. Casserole
1 lb ground turkey (I used ALL white ground turkey BREAST)
1 package taco seasoning (I used Lowry's taco seasoning, because it was cheap, lol)
1/2 cup- 3/4 cup green onions (I used about 3/4 cup, because I like green onions)
1 and a 1/2 cups salsa (I used two different kinds of salsa, and I implore you to do the same and make this recipe your own as well)
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese (here, I used 2%)
1/4 cup black olives (I like to buy the whole ones, and chop them, its cheaper and you get a lot more bang for your buck)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp Tony's seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
Light sour cream

Preheat oven to 375.  Cook the turkey breast in a skillet (I used a 10 inch), stir in seasoning and cook through.  Mix in black beans, Tonys, garlic, 3/4 cup salsa, and 1/2 of the green onions.
Spread turkey/bean mixture into the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish (I used a Pampered Chef stoneware for this part).  Top with remaining salsa, and cheese.  Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.  Take out of the oven, let sit for about 2 minutes, garnish each serving with some green onions, black olives, more cheese if you want, and sour cream.  DELICIOUS!!

*Note*  I spiced mine up just a bit too much, so be sure that the salsa's you use aren't too hot for your kids.  My kids enjoyed this dish, but it was a bit too spicy for their mouths, so next time, I'll use milder salsa's.  =)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Feels like Spring...

Today, I had to run some errands so I threw on a long sleeve shirt, got in my van, noticed that it was warmer than usual, and drove off.  When I had to turn on the A/C in my van is when I looked and its 79 degrees outside...are you sure this January?  I love Texas because the sun is almost always shining, but this is a little ridiculous.  I hope it gets a little cooler here or there, but I don't mind the warmer weather either.  Still, if its 79 degrees right now, I hate to think of the heat that we will endure this summer!

Whats the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Coming soon, recipe for this awesome good carb mexican casserole!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Ever wonder which giveaways I've been entering?  I do spend a LOT of time on giveaways, but I also win some really cool stuff.  Most recently, I won a twin over full size bunk bed, with a dresser to match.  I'm so excited about it, and can't wait to put it together.  If I can't do it during the deployment, I'll get Paul to do it when he comes home.  The whole set is made out of Birch and is very well made.  The value was $1500!!!  I think its the biggest thing I've ever won.  The second biggest was probably the foot and calf massager that was valued at $385.  I've also won a gingerbread house making party with a $50 boutique toy store gift card that was valued at $300, and so many other fun things.  On average, I win probably 1-2 giveaways a month.  Sometimes, I go a long time without winning anything, but I still enter, because WHY NOT?  =)
So if you'd like to check out the giveaways that I enter, and I enter a lot, you can follow me on Twitter!  Most giveaways ask that you tweet about the giveaway, so I tweet just about every giveaway I enter.  Sometimes I tweet up to 100x per day, other days, I won't tweet at all, so be wary if your twitter is hooked up to your cell phone...that might not be fun, lol.  Anyway, you can follow me HERE!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Failing miserably...

at keeping up with my blog.  =/
Weight loss is going well, still losing about 10 lbs a month, which is fine by me.  Sometimes I feel like I am getting away with something though, and cookies are evil, just saying.
Life since R&R is back to normal, the kids are back at school, I am back to doing things around the house and enjoying my quiet time.  I am purging the house of things we don't need or want anymore.  I'm also doing a thorough cleaning of the house, kind of like a spring cleaning, I'm just getting started very early.
Goals for the New Year?  I need to start working out consistently again.  I've never NOT worked out and lost weight before, so this is all new to me.  I WANT to start working out again, its the motivation to actually DO it that I am having an issue with lately.  Its funny, because I used to be the one practically living at the gym, and now its like pulling teeth to get in an actual work out.  Maybe I'm just getting lazy because I'm seeing weight loss on the scale.  Still, I need to tone.
Organizing my house.  I'm getting sick of the clutter, if someone said to us that we have to move in a month, which can happen with the Army.  We wouldn't be able to do it.  We'd have to take a bunch of stuff with us that we don't need, and that is a no go for this girl.  So I'm slowly going through everything in the house and purging the things we haven't used, don't need, or just don't want.
Waking up and staying up...yeah, lately, I've gotten into this awful pattern of going to bed late, and not waking up until late.  So I'm doing my best to get up with the girls...now I need to work on staying awake and not taking a nap in the middle of the day.  Its a vicious cycle.
Financially, I am trying to save up as much money as I can, so that we can take a Disney World vacation when the hubs comes home.  I've been wanting to go for quite some time now, and usually I save up enough money for us to do some cool vacation while he's deployed.  However, with bills, and credit cards that needed to be paid off, I've hardly saved anything this year.  It stinks, but I'm still hopeful that I can save up enough for us to be able to go.  Our 10 year anniversary vacation is getting lower on the list though.  We were thinking about heading to Cozumel, Mexico for a "honeymoon" since we didn't get one when we got married. I just don't think we can afford to do both, and personally, I'd rather go to Disney World with my kids and husband.  I wouldn't have to find someone to watch the kids and the dogs, and it would just be easier all the way around.  So, I'm couponing again, and trying to be as frugal as possible.
Since surgery, I've noticed, I've not cooked as much as I used to.  I'd like to get back into the habit of actually cooking more.  My father in law came for a visit a few days ago, just a quick on as he was passing through, and I made a brisket.  He wasn't feeling well and didn't have any.  So the girls and I have been picking at it here and there, but we've not made a dent.  It was a 5 lb brisket, so I'm going to have to probably freeze half of it.  The draw back to me not eating an adult amount of food (the girls can still eat more than me, lol), is that we always have leftovers.  I wish I had someone else to cook for sometimes.  Other times, I don't mind being lazy, lol.
I also want to blog more.  I kind of "blog" to my husband about my day and if I could just get that on my actual blog, it would be great.  I need to blog because it makes me feel better, I can work out my issues when I'm writing about them, and I enjoy the feedback.
Life is floating by.  About 6 more months and we can welcome the hubs back with open arms.  We've missed him a lot lately.  Not that we don't every time he leaves, but it just seems like we miss him more this time around.
Its the beginning of a New Year, and I hope this one is even better than last year.  I have a feeling that it will be.  =)