Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Garden Party!

It's time to dig out my pots (no pun intended), grab my huge bag of potting soil, and plant my vegetable seedlings.

Last year, I had success growing cherry tomatoes in pots on my deck and I hope to do the same this year!

I'll branch out a little this year by adding:
- peppers
- cucumber
- carrots


Are you planting anything this year?

Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Time Savers

I found these tips in Women's Day magazine, and thought they would be helpful for others!

1. Upon returning from the grocery store, portion snacks into baggies for easy access and portion control. I like to do this with cookies and grapes.

2. Take a basket around the house. Pick up anything that doesn't belong in that particular room, and place it in the appropriate home. I really like this idea because it's quick and easy.

3. Make a mudroom for umbrellas, shoes, etc. This cuts my cleaning time, because I don't track unnecessary dirt into the house.

4. To keep sheets together, put the entire folded bunch inside a pillowcase. It makes for a neat package and no more hunting!

Enjoy! :)


Instead of Wings..

Try these buffalo meatballs! They are great for parties and your waistline!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
(modified from Women's Day magazine)

* 1lb ground chicken
* 1 cup bread crumbs (I used crushed crackers)
* 1/4 cup onion flakes
* 1 tsp paprika
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1/2 tsp salt
* buffalo sauce

1. Preheat oven to 475.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil sprayed with Pam.
3. In a bowl, mix all ingredients.
4. Roll into about 32 balls and place on baking sheet.
5. Bake 10-12 minutes, rotating occasionally.
6. Remove from oven and drizzle with buffalo sauce.

Use ranch or blue cheese for dipping!



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bedtime Cuties

Here are the two fur babies in their new beds. They are just too cute!

When bedtime comes, they immediately head for bed, as if to say, "Jeez, it's been a long day!"

What can you do, but love them!

Enjoy! :)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Teriyaki Baked Chicken

I tried to get creative last night with some chicken, and it was surprisingly good! I paired it with rice (cooked in chicken broth), and broccoli. Yum!

Teriyaki Baked Chicken

*5 boneless, skinless chicken strips
* 2.5 cups teriyaki sauce
* 1 cup teriyaki sauce
* butter spray
* 3 cups breadcrumbs (I used crushed crackers)

1. add chicken and 2.5 cups of teriyaki sauce to shallow bowl. Make sure teriyaki sauce covers chicken. Let marinate at least 1.5-2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 400.
3. Remove chicken from marinade and dip into breadcrumbs. Make sure to cover thoroughly. Add to oven ready dish.
4. Spray with butter spray.
5. Cook in ove for 20-25 minutes or until done.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Great App!

One of my new favorite applications (for my iphone) is the CIBO pedometer! It is easy to start and stop the pedometer, and saves my settings, including target weight, my height, etc.

It tracks all the details when I get my walk on. :) I really like how easy it is to read. No rocket science needed here.

And of course the app is free via the apple app store.

Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This week, I'm technically on vacation, which means I'll work harder at home than I will at the office. :)

Pics coming soon! Hint- office.


Friday, March 12, 2010

New Fav Blog

As you know from my monthly goals that I'm trying to make exercise more of a habit instead of a chore. :( Well, what's exercise without a little healthy eating?

Luckily I've found a weight watchers blog which has a ton of yummy foods, that are actually good for me!

Welcome to Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes!

(click on images to see recipes)

It's my new favorite blog.


Enjoy! :)


Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Goals

For March, I vow:

1. To enrich my person development by:

a. making a new healthy recipe and blog it. It's past time. Sigh.
b. Take at least 5 new pictures, and label them, to keep memories. Memories are great, but they are even better when I know what happened, and how.
c. Be romantic on a $5 budget. This can be done. Really.

2. to clean/organization/decorate the house by:
a. painting the twin bed. It's finally in the house.
b. re-homing the white desk. This would make a great desk, for someone else.
c. painting the office/guest room. It's still white from when I moved in...8 years ago.

3. to achieve a healthy(ier) me by:
a. walking for at least 25 consecutive minutes at least once a week. The weather is getting nicer which will make it easier for me to strap on my tennies. Hello sun!
b. attempting small changes in diet to eat healthier. For March- reduce amount of soda's and juices. It'll be tough, but I can do it.

Have you made your March goals? How are they coming?

Enjoy :)


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Project- For Someone Else

Check out my next project! The best part about it is that it will be done by someone else! Yeah!

I have an individual whom I use to reupholster my furniture and I can't wait to introduce the two of them.

This is a chair which the boy's parents were trying to re-home. I think it's gorgeous with it's wooden legs and sides.

I can just see it with some off white linen fabric and toile seat.


Enjoy :)


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sweet Simplicity

This picture is great for it's simplicity!

The caption says "A view to a kill."

Enjoy! :)


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Our drinking glasses have slowly begun to disappear. One disappeared into the trash after being dropped into a thousand pieces. Another disappeared in the car. Perhaps it has found a new home under one of the seats. Yet another disappeared into my office, which is quite unusual considering my office is now very clean with new furniture (courtesy of the flood).

So, to make a long story short, this weekend was the weekend of glasses. I was so tired of washing what little glasses we had left, and didn't want to invest in paper or plastic, so off to Target I went.

I came home with 2 boxes of these beauties.

That gives me a nice round number of 12 of each. Although I'm not a fan of the juice glasses, they were a set. My theory is, if you are going to have a glass of anything- just have a big glass.

So, as far as drinking glasses go, we should be set for a little while longer. Drink on.

Enjoy! :)


Monday, March 1, 2010

February Goals Update

February wasn't too bad. I'm still lagging behind in the clean/organize/decorate area. Hmmm...

Unfortunately, I still have not moved the twin bed into the guest room. It is currently living with my grandparents in their garage. Before the end of this week, I hope to have it in my garage. :) That's a start, right?

Regarding the wreath, I have my eye on quite a few on ebay, so hopefully this goal can be easily fulfilled.

The bedroom curtains are a fail, but not because I haven't tried. I've looked at Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes. My current favorites are these:

Enjoy! :)


Field Trip

This weekend, the boy and I went to the science center to see the Titanic exhibit and the associated Imax movie. Unfortunately, neither happened. :(

The Titanic exhibit was full and the next Imax wasn't until much later.

So, instead, like the optimistic people that we are, we saw an alternate Imax film called Shackleton's Adventure.

Per the website "Experience the greatest survival story of all time on the four-story tall screen as you join polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on his now legendary 1914-1916 Trans-Antarctic Expedition aboard the ship Endurance. The film follows three climbers retracing the historic steps of Shackleton and his crew and includes the original still photography and 35mm motion-picture footage of Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the Endurance expedition. While never accomplishing its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic continent, the expedition is a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship, Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed."

Since this coming weekend is the last weekend for the Titanic, I'll get tickets in advance.

Enjoy! :)


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