what I have been up to....

I haven't been able to blog at all lately because I have been really sick.  Yep I'm pregnant.  This baby better be the cutest baby in the World because I have never felt so sick and tired in my life.  I haven't had much inspiration to write about anything because honestly I can't eat a lot of foods right now.  Pretty much cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and lots of fruit.  And I haven't worked out in a couple weeks.  I'm going to try to start swimming and elliptical more.  Does anyone know of any good pilates/yoga dvds?  Its hard to be excited about this baby when all I can talk about is how crappy I feel.  Hopefully it will pass and I will start feeling better soon.  I guess one good thing about this pregnancy right now is I have zero desire to have any chocolate.  It grosses me out so bad.  I haven't had it in weeks.  This is crazy for me.  Usually I have to at least have one piece of chocolate a day. 

 Lately...my dog eats more vegetables than me!  I gave him rice and broccoli left overs one time to see if he would actually eat broccoli.  Yep, ate all of it.

I discovered a fun blog last week on pinterest( http://www.funcheaporfree.com/ )  It has some good ideas for saving money.  On the how i grocery shop link there is a website called deals to meals.  Its a website where you type in your zip code and click on all the stores that you shop at and it will tell you the best deals that week.  The website compares the prices to costco and walmart.  I just signed up for it.  It is free for the first two weeks and then it is around 4 dollars a month.  Much better than clipping coupons in my opinion.  I am so over coupons.  It takes way too much time.  And I don't really care for having a year supply of mustard.


Life has been so busy lately and I haven't had any motivation to blog.  This past weekend my best friends sister passed away.  And then the next day we found out a friend of my husband died in a bike race.  He has worked on his bike for the past year and a half.   He died in the  Lotoja bike race from Logan, Utah to Wyoming.  You can read two articles here and here.  I feel so bad for both families that lost loved ones this past weekend.  We have two funerals to go to this weekend.  It really made me think about how short life really is. So I think I have a pretty good excuse for taking a break from blogging.  Hopefully I'll get back into it after this crazy week passes.  

Here is something a little happier!  Here is a  good recipe I made from http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/.  I love this blog, it has a lot of good ideas and tons of recipes.  

Make your own ranch dip

2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1.5 tsp garlic powder
1.5 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
sour cream

Mix all of the dry ingredients and store in a container until ready to eat dip.  Stir 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture with 1/2 cup sour cream

I doubled this recipe so I could have extra and use some to season tilapia with.

Snack ideas:
carrots and ranch dip
cucumbers and ranch dip
squash and ranch dip

side note: I am disgusted by school cafeteria lunches that the kids eat.  I work in an elementary school now and I can't believe the amount of ranch kids consume.  5 giant bottles each day I swear!  The kids ate a giant piece of fried chicken the other day, what on Earth are we feeding our kids??  My kids are always going to bring their lunch to school.  Hopefully they won't try to eat their friends lunches or trade with friends like my husband tried to do all the time.  

I think my goal should be to start a petition for a 7th grade nutrition class!  Nutrition should be taught in the schools.  I don't even understand why it isn't being done already.  They should make it a one semester required class for 7th grade or they could even do it as an elective.  

Easy Salmon Dinner

I was not ready to go back to work today.  I wish I had every single Monday off.  That would be glorious!  I dream of the days when I will be a stay at home mom.  Who knows when that will be.  On Monday I went on a 55 mile bike ride.  The furthest I have ever gone on my bike!  I am trying to train for the tour de st. george bike race right now.  Jordan is really excited that I have been biking a lot and just came home with a prize for me today.  It's a new garmin for my bike.  I have a really old one and the battery keeps dying when I go on rides.  If I ever want new bike stuff Jordan will always get it for me.  Its great being married to a bike mechanic who is obsessed with bike crap.

Easy Salmon Dinner Over Rice

This recipe only took me about 20 minutes to make.

brown rice
pesto sauce
2 carrots
2 sweet potatoes
2 cups broccoli
1 avocado

I put 1/2 cup brown rice in a bowl and topped with salmon, 1 cup of sweet potatoes, 1 cup broccoli, a couple teaspoons of pesto, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, and a couple slices of avocado.

for the salmon I seasoned it with salt/pepper/lemon pepper/garlic salt.  I baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  I made a big thing of brown rice at the beginning of the week so I didn't have to prepare it for the meal.  For the sweet potatoes and broccoli I used the steamable bags and cooked them both in the microwave.

Fast fun work out

Run/bike for 10 minutes

set timer for 20 minutes and complete as many rounds as possible:
-20 push ups
-20 lunges each leg (in place)
-30 sit ups
-10 burpees

after you complete the 30 minute workout set a timer for 4 minutes and do any butt exercise.

total workout time: 34 minutes and then you are done!