NEW YEAR…….NEW YOU
Cheesy I know but how true?
You can begin a new you at any moment you decide to but it is always a great time to turn over a new leaf during the new year. January and February are usually not as busy socially so that leaves time to renew and reflect. It leaves time to begin a new life and have a new start. How do you want to be better and do better? What do you choose to change? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to do this year? Who do you want to be? There are so many questions and so many different answers but the common thread in all those questions is…..YOU. It is all about YOU. What do YOU want? Who do YOU want to be? What do YOU want your life to be? A lot of us say we are going to be a NEW YOU but we don’t. It takes a lot of time to give to YOURSELF so we let ourselves and our goals slip out of sight. We let “more important” things step in front of us. WE are making ourselves not important. Our goals. The life we want. Who we want to be. What we want to do…..these are so very important. We can move on without some of these goals. Each year those goals may change and we may never accomplish some or we just decide those goals are as important anymore and move on…..and that my friend is perfectly okay! I have let go of a lot of goals just because I decided they weren’t important enough or not what I wanted anymore. Goals change! What I don’t want you to lose or just let go of is the importance of YOU. Taking time for yourself, making yourself a better you is not selfish or a negative thing…some of us let our brains think that. Dreaming. Having goals. Finding what you want out of life and simply enjoying it…. doesn’t matter what it is…. the key is YOU. YOU MATTER. Your goals and dreams matter. What you want to accomplish or who you want to be matters! Find the time to do these things for yourself. You are just coming out of the holidays….eating whatever, doing whatever, but now is not the time to wear those PJ’s all day everyday…to not eat 8 pounds of fudge and drink 5 glasses of wine….. now is the time to GET BUSY creating a NEW YOU!
Last year some of my goals were as simple as read more books, read the entire Bible, and mediate more. Other goals were bigger that will take me years to accomplish but the key is I did certain things for myself. I wanted to read more books and mediate so I made time for both of those things. I started reading my entire Bible and I didn’t put pressure on myself. I would read as little as one chapter a day. At that pace it may take me a couple of years but it doesn’t matter how long it takes…..it just matters that I tried to do it for myself……and then if I accomplish that goal that’s just the cherry on top. I wanted to start my blog back and I did. I wanted to eat cleaner and I did. These goals may seem small and simple to you but I accomplished or started to accomplish what I wanted. I made time for ME. I told myself I was important. We like to make ourselves not as important but we need to love ourselves and care for ourselves. This is the time of year to start over….from scratch. Take one step closer to becoming who you want to be or accomplishing what you want.
Whatever you want from this life is important! You are important. If you don’t take care of yourself and what you want from this life then you will never get it. You are the only one who can truly take care of you! If you take care of yourself and love yourself then you can give to and help others around you. So don’t feel guilty and don’t be lazy take just 5 minutes a day to reach a goal for your 2019 list. I promise you will never regret investing a few minutes in yourself each day and your family will be grateful you did. You are teaching your children how important it is to take care of themselves.
What are some of my 2019 goals…..
Finally after 10 YEARS of wanting this……I am on my way to becoming yoga teacher certified. I just can’t tell you how excited I am to have this! This goal has been on my list for YEARS & YEARS! Some goals just stay in your heart and this one has been on the list year after year…just waiting for the perfect time & that time is now!
I also want to spend as much time with my boys, family, and friends as I can.
To cook and bake even more than I do now so that I can create even healthier food for my family.
and a few more “secret” goals just for myself and my future. Some goals carry on from year to year…like making time for myself, reading more books, letting go of stuff that doesn’t matter, and so forth. Those are just constant goals that each year I continue to work on!
Goals can be anything! Please don’t get stuck thinking that your goals have to be HUGE. A goal is a GOAL. It is doing something new which is hard no matter what it is! Pampering yourself more, playing the guitar, eating better, exercising more, writing a novel, opening a business, letting go of grudges, being a better friend, finding a new career, WHATEVER IT IS…..if it is making you a better person….then its worth it! Take the time for yourself.
Take a few moments to think about what you want out of this life and write them down! Place them where you can see them and then GET BUSY.
Happy NEW Year and CHEERS TO A Happy NEW You!
I am a big believer in healing your body from the inside out! I don’t like to take medicines because you never know what the side effects are or what comes with the taking of those medicines. I obviously take them if needed but I try to do whatever I can first off myself. My cute little mother mom had an aortic aneurysm last December and I tore a tendon in my rotator cuff and we both have Hashimoto’s. I thought I would share some of the stuff we do to help us heal our bodies from all of these things!
So let’s get right to it……WHAT ALL I DO TO HEAL MY BODY BEFORE JUST POPPING A PILL…..
I am a big believer in CBD hemp oil. SAY WHAT? Some of you are thinking what in the world is this and others of you I’m sure have heard of it. CBD has quite a few benefits such as helping fight inflammation and has been proven to help your mood. Do a little research and you might be surprised! I take a dropper full each day to help first off with the inflammation in my body due to Hashimoto’s (an auto immune disease that affects your thyroid making it a hypothyroid) but I upped my dosage to two dropper fulls a day while I am healing my torn tendon. My mother takes a dropper full randomly when she is starting to ache and it will take some of the ache away, though I would like her to try some each day to help with her arthritis. My husband takes two droppers a day and loves the benefit it gives his mood.
Homemade Bone Broth…..yes it is intimidating at first to make bone broth but it really is quite easy! I usually do chicken bones but have used beef bones before. I make a big pot and then place them in my freezer so I can pull them out when I need them. I try to drink some each week for my body when it is healing and whenever my mom pops down I make her a mug to drink. Whenever the boys start getting sick I just pop this out of the freezer and warm it up. They love the way it taste and it is so comforting when you are feeling a little under the weather.
Smoothies….yes smoothies. Each day my smoothie changes depending on what I think my body needs that day. For my mom I usually keep it the same because she likes less calories, needs it to taste good, and she can’t handle a lot of protein at once. Smoothies are fabulous because I can put whatever my body needs in them each day! Collagen? Glutamine? Protein? Greens? Fruits? Antioxidants? A little energy? Pretty much everyday my smoothie has collagen, fruit, milk (almond usually) with protein and Glutamine.
Vitamins of course! Each day I take a multi-vitamin, hair skin nails, fish oil, chlorophyll, Turmeric & Ginger, Ashwagandha, Vitamin C, Probiotics, and at night Inositol. Some days I have to add some folic acid, iron, or vitamin D just depending on how I am feeling. I know when my body is getting low on these and I start amping it up when I see the signs.
Food……You are what you eat…..seriously its true! Y’alllllll I LOVE…like seriously LOVE coffee! I am a busy working mom of 3 small boys! I NEED COFFEE! I LOVE COFFEE but coffee is not good for me. Seriously. I have been off of coffee since May 2018 and I feel so much better off the coffee. I read that is was a disruptor for the medicine I take and it wasn’t good for my Hashimotos but then I read how great people were feeling off it so I decided to try it! OH MY LORD…..the first 3 days were a freaking nightmare….NIGHTMARE!!! After that though I just can’t tell you what a difference it made in my life NOT having the coffee! So much that I still stick to it! I do miss the warm and comforting sensation in the morning with my devotional so I sometimes have a black breakfast tea. Every once in while I will grab a latte as a treat but for the most part I learned I am better without the coffee. Seriously bad foods that are processed with soy, chemicals and preservatives are not helping our bodies heal but they aren’t good for our bodies in general! The books I have read say that they believe auto immune diseases are on the rise because of all the soy and preservatives etc that are in foods today! Please be mindful about what you are feeding and fueling your body with! I promise you will feel amazing if you start making changes to what you are fueling yourself with.
WATER.…God put water here for a reason. DRINK IT. Water helps heal your body and flush bad toxins out. Be sure to drink enough water each day to keep your body well hydrated.
Massage…..yes…seriously! I try to massage my mom once a week sometimes twice if I can and it helps her walk better and manage the pains and aches she has. Massage is just something that everybody needs in their lives to help keep stress down, loosen those overworked muscles, and help keep your mind right. I am spoiled because my husband bought me my own massage table for my mothers day present and we use it constantly here at our house. It has been a great investment for us….Hey and you know the saying…..HAPPY WIFE=HAPPY LIFE! LOL
Exercise…yes exercise. Obviously pay attention to your body. While I am healing from my torn tendon I can only run and spin but I still make sure to get those workouts in because exercise warms our muscles up almost like a heating pad for them. It also gives us endorphins and makes us sweat helping to get rid of toxins. Seriously make time for it unless you are extremely sick or have an extreme injury.
Yoga/Meditation – Every week I try and do a restorative yoga for my mom and I try to squeeze in one for myself because it is so important to let your body and mind take a breather. It is crazy how much better my mom started feeling mentally after we started incorporating restorative yoga and a massage each week. She became a new person. Ready to take on life again and she mentally could handle things that came her way. Mediation is something you can do each day for just 5 minutes or 20 minutes and it will improve your mood, stress, and how you handle everyday stresses that are thrown at you. My mediation is usually incorporated into my yoga but my husband does a mediation each morning before work to help get his mind focused and ready to take on the day.
ICE – Somebody said something that was very true to me….LeBron James makes how much money per game? Like crazy amounts right?! This guy can buy and receive the best medical treatment out there BUT when he gets hurt what do you see him using on the bench? ICE….yes ICE because it actually works and helps your body heal! Every day I ice my rotator cuff for ten minutes and use a tens unit to help heal it. A great thing is to do a 10 minute ice bath after long workouts. These ice baths help fight inflammation and fatigue in your body. I use them quite a lot when running 7 miles or more or any workout that just takes a lot out of me.
REST/SLEEP…sometimes you just have to rest. Your body is working hard at healing and it needs you to not be going 24/7. So take some days to not work your body so hard. I really try to be in bed by 10 pm every night because is super important for my body to have that sleep and be well rested since it is already in fight mode every day.
Now get out there and take care of yourself! You are the only person that will truly take care of yourself. You decide what you put in your body and what you to do it. You only have this ONE body! Make sure to take care of it and keep it healthy so that you can do everything you want to do for a very long time!
The holidays are here….
As I think back I have all these memories that flood my mind……Time with family and friends…. Running and playing with my cousins….. The warm food that filled my belly…..The laughs and joyful times but there has also been a few holidays of not so joyful and sick times. I have missed Thanksgiving due to a stomach virus when pregnant and sat alone drinking Gatorade by myself. I have had the sad Christmas where my mom was in the hospital and I got a glimpse of what the holidays are like hearing beeps and seeing medical equipment….and wondering if I will ever have a Christmas with my mom again. I stayed strong for my children but spent much of the holidays in crying spurts in a hospital or in my closet. The holidays can be an AMAZING TIME….everyone is so CHEERY AND GIVING and then the holidays can be the worst of times as well. When you’re supposed to be happy and cheerful and everything isn’t so happy and cheerful….which makes it worse. Remember that during the holidays as you go about your business…remember that not everyone is having a BRIGHT holiday season. Last Christmas I had a few looks when I ran in to get a bite to eat…… no makeup, clothes worn for days, and ragged. When I explained I was grabbing to go to get back to the hospital the hostesses attitude changed towards me. No I don’t always look so rugged and harsh but at that moment I did and I didn’t care. I had people texting me on Christmas last year and I felt so loved to have text or phone calls just checking on me. Take time to spread love to those who aren’t having the best holidays.
I also want to remind you WHAT the holidays are about! We head to our cabin this Thanksgiving week. We don’t watch TV and play devices all day. We eat and drink obviously…. but we bond. We take the time to run in the woods with the kids. We ride the rangers and 4-wheelers. We sit on the front porch rocking chairs chatting over coffee. The kids swing and the guys will hunt. We lay around on the couches telling stories and talking. We play games and stay up late….all sleeping in one big room together. We don’t need a huge cabin, king size beds, TV’s, I-pads, and so forth……we just need each other. Doing all of these things together makes memories that last forever. So forget the glitz and the glam….forget the expense…forget the devices and social media…and FOCUS. FOCUS on what is truly important….and that is TIME. Spending quality time with friends and family. Time passes by incredibly fast…my first baby boy was a BABY…..8 1/2 years have FLOWN by….time is a crazy thing…ENJOY every moment before it slips away and out of your hands and becomes just a memory….
The keys to enjoying the upcoming holidays are easy….
Don’t build them up in your head……Don’t expect the holidays to be a certain way. Just let them be. Be present and enjoy the moment for what it is.
Be grateful for the small moments because the small moments turn into great memories. You don’t have to be on an expensive trip to make awesome memories or give expensive gifts to show people you love them.
Really think when buying and purchasing this year. Don’t send yourself into debt trying to impress or prove your love. Take time to make something for the ones you love. My mom made blankets for all of us last year and little did we know it was almost her last year with us. We all have those blankets to wrap ourselves in now and be comforted by her love. Realize the importance of the time and the day….not the material things.
This could be your last holiday with a loved one and you have no clue. So stay off the phone, iPad or whatever else that pulls you away and CONNECT!
Giving is more important than receiving. So this year when you are giving really try and think about the people and who you are buying for. It is so exciting to buy for others and it feels good but there is something you can do past that……..Buy a turkey for someone, Pay a lay away for someone, hand someone in the grocery store a $20 who is looking like they are in need, DONATE & GIVE because that is the BEST part!
The holidays are here…..my FAVORITE time of year!! Make sure to GIVE to everyone around you…be thoughtful and kind and giving and you will be blessed beyond measure….and LASTLY be THANKFUL…for everything you have. God has blessed you and you may not even realize it. Be sure to give him thanks today and everyday.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
I had a lit cigarette thrown at me because of the way I looked……….
People in this world can be cruel and it’s hard to see the good sometimes. No matter the age cruel people exist. Their cruel behavior can be completed in so many different ways at so many different ages. Starting in elementary we all have it. Being on the playground in 6th grade and being told I was fat from one boy and that boys hated boobs from another girl were some of my first memories. BOOBS, yep I got them early and they never went away. I remember being overwhelmingly sad. Am I fat? Do boys really hate boobs? I remember looking right back at her with a friend beside me and saying that boys LOVED boobs and walking off……the entire time not really sure about that but it seemed right. As I am trying to understand do boys hate boobs or do they like them….then I have to ask myself……Am I fat?
You start questioning yourself, your body, who you are because of someones else comments and thoughts towards you. They are making you see something different than what God wants you to see in or about yourself. Looking back at pictures yeah, I was chubby just like every other kid in my class going through the awkward stage of being skinny and ugly or fat and cute. You got a curse…it just depends on which weird growth spurt you go through but we all went through them.
Fast forward….lost the baby weight and my boobs kept growing and growing and growing. In Jr. High I went to another school’s football game and girls I didn’t even know threw ice at my back the entire game. Fast forward to high school and people made fun of me because of the car I drove or called me a bitch and I had never even talked to them…..(none of these being people at my own school because they knew the REAL me) The kids at my school were open to me and understanding of me because they knew me, so I thoroughly enjoyed my years with them.
Fast forward to college and guess what….people called me a bitch and they had never even talked to me, they called me dumb sorority girl because I wasn’t dressed in black with no makeup for art class.
Fast forward 6 weeks POSTPARTUM from my first baby boy, age 26 and I went out with a few of my girlfriends to gather my sanity. A girl spit paper from straws at me and then she through a lit cigarette at me. My friends around me went crazy on this girl and the guy with her. She said she was sorry for throwing things and that she was trying to hit me with it. When asked WHY? Simply because…… she is privileged. I don’t like her. After all my friends came to the rescue and got her in her place. I asked them all to calm down. They just stared at me like…….. WHAT IN THE WORLD! WE CAN’T LET THIS GO!
This has been happening to me all my life. I am used to the meanness because of the way I look. People have no clue who the real me is but they take one look and make their assumptions. Because I am blonde I am dumb, because I have large boobs I am promiscuous. Because I am dressed up I am rich. I learned something that night and that is when my outlook began to change.
10 years later and I still have the same assumptions made about me. In fact the original date I wrote this post my husband and I sat down for dinner and I had three women at the table next to us commenting, laughing, and staring at me during our dinner. I can’t change the way people think, I can’t make them be nice and accepting, I can’t make them understand and see that people are different and that’s okay. I can’t control them but I can control me. I learned that night of the lit cigarette that I should stand up for myself on instances like that. No it not right for people to do these things to you and you just keep taking it because that’s how its always been. I have always said you can say I am dumb, I will prove otherwise. You can say whatever you want and I will prove you wrong. Until that day I proved the haters wrong with time, patience, and doing the right thing. I didn’t worry if they liked me or not….. I was me and God made me so I am pretty darn great but I still took pieces of that with me! I knew I wasn’t dumb, I just wasn’t the best at math. I liked using the creative side of my brain more. Over the years I have learned just how differently people see and think. God made me just this way so I either have to love it or sit in this body the rest of my life and hate it.
I chose to love it!
My body has done amazing things for me. I have run 26.2 MILES, I have competed in races and triathlons, I have birthed 3 children, I have danced until my feet hurt so bad that I couldn’t stand, I have laughed so hard and cried so much, I have physically picked up my momma when she was down. My brain has thought through some hard decisions in life, it has helped me obtain a masters degree, and helped me be strong and happy throughout my life. My face isn’t perfect. The boys have hit my nose 1,000 times now and it is a touch crooked. I have wrinkles, sun spots, a messed up eyebrow…you name it. Those wrinkles are mostly from smiling and laughing…a few from worries I have had but mainly joy. That messed up eyebrow is from hitting my head when I was younger. Those sun spots are me spending time in the outdoors with family and friends. That chipped tooth is from me playing with my boys in their room. My face, my brain, and this curvy body that I once hated is now LOVED by me. I am not a stick figure and I am not overweight…I am HAPPY and HEALTHY and I am physically capable and mentally capable of being and doing whatever I want……all thanks to GOD.
I felt I learned another way after that night to deal with this type of person……..
Don’t let what they say affect you even a year down the road. You keep being you. You keep working hard to be the best you! I have a feeling people like that don’t work on being better or doing better. Stand up for yourself but also know when you are doing the right thing that time and patience will prove them wrong.
Most of these critics are jealous or envious of you, not all but yes…some are. They think you are rich and they would die to be rich. They see beautiful and they would die to be as beautiful as you. They see happiness and envy it. What these people don’t understand is that all the money, beauty, and material things in the world will never make you happy unless you are truly happy within yourself first. True happiness doesn’t come from materials, beauty, and money…it comes from within.
Learn from them. Learn what they say and how they do it and memorize it…..because you never want to be like them. You never want to hurt someone or put them in that horrible place of questioning themselves.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. The shirt I had on the night the girl said I was privileged…came from Marshall’s on sale and I had bought it 6 years prior as was the rest of my outfit. Just because I look poor or rich, wholesome or promiscuous, loud or shy, pretty or ugly, fat or skinny or whatever else doesn’t mean that I am not an amazing person! Just because I look rich doesn’t mean I am AND if I was rich would that make a different person than who I was? It wouldn’t. I would be me no matter what. So don’t hate a person because of the outward appearance. Talk to them and really try to understand them. We are all different and we won’t like everyone but we can find something in everyone we like. We don’t have to be best friends and we don’t have to tear people down. We can all coexist together if everyone would be open and not judgmental.
Please embrace yourself….all of it…..your body, mind, soul, and spirit and don’t let anyone EVEN YOURSELF tell you that you need to be different. You just be YOU! You won’t be accepted into all the groups….the cool group doesn’t matter. Find the TRUE group. That is was you surround yourself with. Positive, open, and understanding people. You are beautiful…chipped tooth and all. We all have good and bad qualities about us but don’t let judging others and being cruel be one of your bad qualities. Everyone can be beautiful and have flaws on their body. From the artist in me I can always find something beautiful on each person I see…whether its their long silky hair, their eyebrows, a dimple, the way they smile, the way they talk or their conversation skills…..everyone is beautiful because we were made by a beautiful person. Embrace YOURSELF. Your entire body is at work doing amazing things for you each and every day. And one thing I have learned from it all and been told by my mom……Be grateful and appreciate what all you have been given and what all you are capable at working towards and don’t let anyone make you think differently. You are ENOUGH! You are AMAZING! You are CAPABLE! You are BEAUTIFUL!
Y’all it’s simple.
Let me repeat that for the back row…..Burn more CALORIES than you EAT!
How do you keep up with the calories you consume and what they are?
A journal. Get you a tiny little journal to keep at a desk, a purse or bag and anytime you eat write it down and the calories. Don’t know the calories look it up…you have a smart phone and estimate your servings times the calories. Once you look at calories and proportions for so long it just becomes a part of you. The food journal really helps you to see when and what you are eating. You start to realize you are snacking too much or you’re eating to many calories to early in the day or whatever it is and you can then make changes to help you lose weight or stay in shape. Food journals make you aware! As you go through the day tally up how many calories you had and what is your goal to stay around each day. The journal helps you stay committed and accountable. I swear by these for people just starting out. It is an extra step and extra work but they are life changing. They are a slap in the face….a wake up call staring right back at you saying HEY you are messing up. I have been doing it for so long I don’t even need a journal I can tally it up in my head as I go or use a post it but at first the journal is the best place to start. I also suggest writing how you feel each day. Was it a hard day? Eating healthier…is it making you feel better? It is nice to go back later and look to see how you were feeling and see where you are.
Bottom line: Eat Healthy, Watch Proportions, and Exercise to change the look of your body and to burn more calories than you consume. It’s not rocket science…..I mean I figured it out……. so can you but you MUST be committed to changing your life. You have to want the change. You have to want to be healthy….nobody can make you. It is all up to you to stop the cycle of overeating bad foods and not exercising.
AGAIN, I am not perfect. I have fat, cellulite, c-section tummy….all of it. I don’t want a full six pack because I like cake to much for that! I just want to be healthy and live a long prosperous life watching my family grow and thrive. While I am being healthy I happen to stay pretty fit and that is a side perk. It isn’t about being skinny or having a Victoria Secret body or J-Lo’s body or whatever else. That’s great and all but it is about how I feel when I am eating right and exercising. I can take on the world when I feed my body with good. I am a capable strong woman because I am doing great things for myself. Treating my body badly will not help me be strong and capable or give me a long life span. So why would I do it any other way?
If I can help you in any way possible please contact me and let me know!
It’s FALL…..FINALLY!!! The cold chill in the mornings and at night is here and I have started craving warm and fattening foods…..it’s SO hard not to eat high calories foods in the fall and winter when I am chilled or freezing to death! These baked pears are a LIFE SAVER! They are super easy, pretty healthy, and quite yummy! The kids get so excited when I make them which makes me feel ecstatic that they love them as much as I do! Yes, they have bourbon on them and YES if you prefer to make it without please go ahead and omit it! It isn’t very much and when cooking it burns off but the bourbon really does give it a great flavor!
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 to 2 tsp Bourbon
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cloves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place foil on a baking sheet and lightly spray. Mix together maple syrup and bourbon. Wash and cut pears in half. Scoop out the core. If the pears won’t lie flat, cut off a small part on the back of the pear. Place on the baking sheet and baste or drizzle the pears with maple syrup and bourbon mixture. Mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sprinkle on the pears. Let it sit for 5 minutes or longer if you like! Cook in oven until tender, 12-14 minutes. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Any leftovers save in an airtight container in the fridge! They are great cold or reheated!
Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
They are great on those days when you want something to warm your soul!
I mean….MY KIDS….THIS WEEK…WHAT ELSE?? …..
Grey put a rock in his ear. Yes, a ROCK. Okay maybe not a rock…more like a BOULDER. I asked him WHY? To which he replied “So I didn’t have to hear my teacher talking”…….yes say prayers for me….he is 3 what do you think he is going to do at 16?? Lord Help Me! The first doctor couldn’t get it out so we had to go see an ENT…Praise the lord he got it out! My new wallet dropped and I didn’t realize it to which the dogs ate my new wallet, money, and all of my debit cards, etc…and I was told that I might need rotator cuff surgery….YES that is the week I am having.
Just last week Noah had a tooth knocked out (each brother hit him twice @ different times and then he fell and hit the side of the trampoline and yes I have a net)
and within 24 hours…..
I have a super EASY and HEALTHY dinner for you!
YES….EASY & HEALTHY!!!
This is kid approved…One of them ate the pepper and the other two gobbled up just the inside….we are LOVING these!
I actually had requests to make these again!
HECK YES!! #winning
I am growing green bell peppers in my garden right now and I am swamped with them….perfect for this and this recipe doesn’t use a lot of ingredients…most of them you probably already have at home!
So a lot of stuffed pepper recipes call for couscous or rice or something similar on the inside…I didn’t put any of that in this recipe! I thought lets stick with more meat and veggie here……that way I can change up what we have with the stuffed peppers accordingly. Some nights I do a brown rice or couscous on the side…when you start cutting the pepper it runs and mixes with the rice and it’s delicious. Other nights I may do a side salad, a Greek salad, or cut up fresh veggies to keep it lighter on the calories and carbs. Good carbs are not BAD so please don’t get me wrong here…we EAT CARBS! I am a big fan of switching it up and trying a meatless meal one night, a night with less carbs, a night with more carbs, and so on. I feel like our bodies are meant to have different things and in moderation! This is why I leave the rice out….so I can adjust to our needs for the week! If we had pizza the night before and a coke….well then the next night we are probably having these babies without the rice. It is all about balance and I want my kids to understand that from a young age! Being healthy is a lifestyle….it isn’t for a week, a month, or a year…it isn’t a DIET. It doesn’t END… DIETS END. PROGRAMS END. FAD’s END. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES DO NOT END. Healthy lifestyles are all about balance!
- 6-8 green bell peppers
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 20 ounces tomato sauce
- fresh basil, 2-3 tbsp chopped
- fresh oregano, 1-2 tbsp chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella (I use the little pearls)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, cut the top off the bell peppers, & remove the seeds. Place them in a greased baking dish. Brown the meat in a skillet with the garlic. Once browned drain the meat, turn to a low heat and add the tomato sauce, fresh basil, fresh oregano, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Let the tomato sauce cook down some and really absorb the basil and oregano. I would say about 8 mins would do the trick. Stuff the meat mixture into each bell pepper and top with some mini fresh mozzarella pearls. Store bought peppers are larger than the ones I grow at home so you may have to adjust how much you fill them up. Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour. If I’m not at home I set the cook time for the oven to shut off and just leave these in the oven until we get home! This is great for those game nights when you are rushing around trying to get everyone’s cleats on and out the door to the big game.
Soon I shall have a little recipe card for the blog & that will help you on the printing and hopefully nutrition part of it!
These are great for leftovers and you can FREEZE them! So go ahead and make a double batch….. one for dinner and one for your freezer & you just killed two birds with one stone!
Hope your family enjoys these as much as mine!
Y’allllllll…….I mean…..you try and teach your kids things and they go and do stuff like this. I was vacuuming up old food from the car to look up and find this………… It took me 30 mins, conditioner, and a whole lot of love to get all these knots out. Apparently my youngest child thought it would be a fabulous idea to stick the car vacuum up to his head and suck all of his hair up in it. ……..ohhhh the incredible adventure of the PARENTING life. #thethingsyouneverthoughtyouwouldsayordo
Sometimes I get asked how I have it all together with 3 young boys running around my house?!? I can answer that…I DON’T! I think we perceive others to have every little piece of their life together but that’s not the case. Not every piece of someones life is always put together. We are actually a HOT MESS and I LOVE this HOT MESS. My kids go to school with crazy hair some days because I just can’t seem to tame their unruly hair. Some days I am wiping mud or peanut butter & jelly off them before we hop in the car. We are always running into church right at 9:00 on the dot and possibly a few minutes later. They run around shoe-less and in their underwear everywhere including outside. They prefer to pee outside when the bathroom is 4 steps away. They eat like barbarians and forget their books at school at least once a week. They are LOUD…oh so very loud and they NEVER and I mean NEVER SLEEP. They are the energizer bunnies. When they wake us up in the morning it’s as though the FBI has thrown a flash grenade in our bedroom and we are about to be imprisoned. #parenting
With all the food that gets stuck down in my couch, play dough left to melt in my car, writing with markers and crayons everywhere, mud, BB guns, and the fights to brush teeth every day are some of the most treasured things about being their mom. One day I know I will miss it all. I will miss me yelling to stop walking on the wood floors with cleats on or to not bring a clear Tupperware box full of spiders, praying mantis, frogs, and whatever else they caught in my house. I will yearn for the WILD HOT MESS TIMES. I will miss their laughter and smiles…..maybe not so much the fights and punching and kicking but everything else… YES!
Enjoy these moments and EMBRACE THEM WITH OPEN HEARTS. Your children are running wild, healthy, & happy and not in a hospital bed somewhere sick. I spend as much time with them as I can. I try and teach them to do the right things but of course they will fall and make mistakes and I want them to…..how else do you learn in life? The biggest teaching lessons are the moments we fall and learn how to get back up and learn from our mistakes. I try and have them do unto others as they want done to them. I try to teach them respect for everyone around them, including us and themselves. I try and teach right from wrong, kindness, compassion, love, to think of others and to help them when they can. I try and teach them appropriate and inappropriate times for things like yelling and running and when to be respectful. I want them to be proud of who they are, of their parents, of God, and their country. But do you know what the biggest thing you can do for your kids is? To be present! To be there with them and not be on your phone, or chit chatting with your best friend instead of watching their game, or constantly leaving them to go do things that only benefit you, and to simply choose them. NO, you don’t choose them every second of the day or week. I go to yoga, workout, read my devotion, work in the garden, make supper, have girls nights, go on date nights with my husband and he does things away from us as well. We have to make sure our pitcher is full so that we can fill everyone else cup around us. My husband and I would LOVE to do MORE extra stuff but we make the time with them now because in the future we don’t want to be upset knowing we missed some of the best years of our lives not being present. We jump in the trampoline though my old back is starting to say you’re to old for that! We drink hot chocolate and have game nights and snuggle up with popcorn for move nights together. We laugh and play together. We aren’t always the most put together or whatever you want to call it but we are happy and content. We are fulfilled and satisfied because we look nowhere else for that satisfaction. We understand each season is different and you need to savor each season for what it is. I will have time in another season to use the bathroom without somebody sitting right beside me asking me questions and showing me Minecraft, the Avengers, or Fortnite. I will have time to not watch the Ghostbusters movie everyday and to not step on a Lego every night while I’m peeking in on their sweet faces. I will have time to eat a hot meal and to not have mud in my bath at the end of everyday. That season is coming but this season….
THIS SEASON is amazing and wonderful and HARD AS HELL
but oh so worth it and beautiful if you look closely…wipe your glasses off and really look at whats around you. IT’S NOT PERFECT but it is still amazing. Those kids……they love you more than anything else in the world and all they want from you is… time, love, and discipline. All they want is for you to be a good parent. Put away your phones, tv or whatever else and be with them. Love them, try and understand them, comfort them, teach them, and discipline them. AND yes discipline them. They will not get to scream demands at their future boss, throw a fit or talk down to people around them, win an award for every thing they do, or get rewarded for their hard work every time. Life is hard. When they grow up they need to be ready for the real world. Giving them absolutely everything they want is setting them up for failure. They won’t be able to understand no or accept no. They will think they are the problem and either act out and be irrational or they will stop trying…..simply because you didn’t let them fall and because you didn’t teach them right and wrong. It is extremely hard to have everything you want in life so I suggest you don’t give your children absolutely everything, they need to hear the word NO and for that NO to be enforced.
We are a hot mess. I try but my children do not eat healthy everyday of their life and neither do I and I am sure they are exposed to toxins everywhere around my house. Our clothes may be a tad wrinkly. I may have paint in my hair. There may be a tag hanging off someones clothes and my house may be a mess. We are not perfect. These boys are a lot to manage and I do get a lot done. I manage my time well but there is still so much more that has to be done. I just know when to say NO and when its not worth it. Dishes in the sink aren’t worth it…..running a business some things just have to be done but choose whats truly worth it. Be as present as you can and savor this time in your life…..one day you will wake up to peace and quiet.
I can promise you if you love those kids at all……
your gonna miss that flash grenadine going off at 5:00 am!