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OTMTW – 10/27/14

Guess who’s back to meal planning??????????

If you guessed me you are absolutely correct!!  There is no prize to be won but let the knowledge that you won keep you warm tonight. :)

Lately I have been flying by the seat of my pants when it comes to feeding my family. :(  Some days have been better than other.  Yesterday Diva & I brainstormed about possible dinner options and she came up with sloppy Joe’s.  I made homemade buns and the plan started.

Sunday – Homemade pepperoni pizza using that delicious 2 ingredient pizza dough recipe
Monday – Sloppy Joe sandwiches with coleslaw, I used this recipe but modified it by using onions & garlic instead of powders and added red peppers
Tuesday – Pasta with sausage from this recipe
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – stew chicken and rice
Friday – leftovers
Saturday – TBD

For the past couple of weeks my fridge was empty, I did manage to reduce the amount of items in my freezers, but I still have a way to go.  I am slowly toying with the idea of getting rid of my big freezer.  My thought is that I don’t seem to get to the stuff at the bottom. :(   Going to spend some time really thinking about it.  My cousin has an upright freezer and I like that much better but it’s the size of a fridge, way too big for me.  If I could find a bar fridge size upright freezer I could be sold. ;)

My latest discovery

I have been on the hunt for a while for a good quick pizza dough recipe.  Until yesterday most of my efforts were not successful according to the “voluntold” testers that live in my house.

On Wednesday when I should have been working but instead was passing time on-line, I stumbled across this recipe for 2 ingredient pizza dough.  Pizza dough that doesn’t require you to wait for an hour while it rises!?!

I was very excited at the thought.

Yesterday I tried it out.  I was impressed.  Diva was impressed.  Princess was impressed.

I have found my new go to pizza dough recipe. :)

All is right in the world. :) :)

Back from Denver

I had thoughts of posting while I was away but I was beyond beat.  The trade show started at 7 each morning.  Even though I decided to keep on Eastern time I still went to bed early for me.

On Thursday after finishing the assembly of the products, I went to TJ Maxx and found what seemed like comfortable shoes.  Well after the first day of standing from 7-4, my feet were on fire!  Saturday’s shift was 7-5.  I hobbled out of the convention center and prayed for new feet.

I went to bed most nights by 8:30/9 pm local time.  It was funny to me as I thought I would have the time or the energy to see some of the city.

Because we started so early it was dark when I drove in so I didn’t see many sights.

Yesterday I made the decision to go in late.  I saw the mountains for the first time and they are beautiful.  I only wished that I had the time to go see them.  The only things I saw on this trip was my hotel, the convention center, the airport and the roads between them.

Today is Thanksgiving and I was “voluntold” to help my step-Mom with dinner.  I need to get myself together for that.  My body is protesting and I still need to pick up my kids.

Missed her by 4 minutes

This past weekend I drove my mother and kids to Corning NY so my mother could participate in The Wineglass Marathon.  We left later than I intended to as  I just couldn’t get it together.  Story of my recent travels it seems.

It was an easy drive.

The race kit pick up was at the Corning Museum of Glass.  There was a small expo and lots of breakables.  With the large crowd we didn’t stay long.

The drop off time on Sunday was 6-7 am.  Not my favourite hour by any means.  I was NOT happy with the layer of frost that was on my car when we got up in the morning.  We really did underestimate the weather.  Silly Canadians thinking that going South would actually be warmer. :(

In all the various marathons I have gone to with my mother, I can’t think of a time when I actually saw her finish. :(  She is a slow runner and I can never seem to get the timing right. :(  This past marathon was no exception.  When we got to the finish line I thought I would just catch her.  This was re-inforced by the fact that her stuff had not been picked up yet.  So we waited.  And waited.  Until we were watching the last few people finish.  At that point they brought the remaining runners stuff up to the finish line and my mother’s was no longer among the pile.  Turns out 10 minutes after I went to see about her stuff she picked it up.  So I went to our pre-arranged meet up spot and found her.

For a small city with minimal shopping, we still managed to do a little damage.  I have not tallied up my receipts yet.  We just hit the usual favourites, Wal-mart, Target, TJ Maxx …

It was a good little get away.

Now I have to pack and get my self together for my crack of dawn flight on Thursday.

October Budget Challenge

So my girl Carla is doing an October Budget Challenge.  I jumped at the chance to join but the only think that I can think of anything other than stay under budget.

This will be rather difficult this month.

Tomorrow I am driving my mother to run a marathon in NY.  More on that when I return.  My girls are coming with us and it’s Diva’s birthday on Sunday … I already have a gift for her but we always go out for dinner so there will be that.

Next weekend I will be going on a business trip to Denver, CO.  My first with this company.  I am not really looking forward to it.  I leave early Thursday morning and come back late Sunday night.  I have never been to Colorado before and hope I have time to take in a couple of points of interest or good restaurants.  My girls are going to stay with my BFF, so I will need to leave them some money.  Not sure how much will be sufficient.

There are a couple of meals out with friends scheduled.

I have been avoiding the grocery store in my attempt to use up what we have at home.  But lack of planning has tempted me twice to just bring home takeout.  I held strong so far.

It’s going to be a real challenge, but I’m up for it.

It’s that time again

New TV season!!

There are so many new shows and so little time. :(

Since I don’t have all day to watch TV we have tried to narrow down the list.

First up is Gotham.

Gotham (2014) Poster (Source)

Princess has been on the look out for this show for quite some time.  Even if I wanted to not watch it that is not an option.  My girl even got ready for bed early so there would be no reason not to watch it tonight.

Next up is Forever.

Forever (2014) Poster (Source)

I’m not sure about this one, but I’ll watch a couple of episodes before I make my final decision.

Another Princess pick is Flash.

The Flash (2014) Poster (Source)

Can you tell who is a complete Marvel Comic fanatic??

Lastly one just for me

How to Get Away with Murder (2014) Poster (Source)

Because I need more ideas. ;) LOL


Almost failed before I started

I am sore.  But that’s not why I almost failed.

Yesterday when I got up I changed my alarm to an hour later so that when I got in the shower I wouldn’t day-dream the time away.

Guess who didn’t remember to change it back?

I woke up this morning just before 7.  Not really enough time to get a workout in.  So I rolled over and went back to bed.

I was very disappointed.  Even more so when I remembered that I had to run some errands after work so it was unlikely that I would work out then either.

But I managed to surprise myself.

30 Day sculpt

I pulled out this “light” workout and got my 20 minutes in for today.


Yes, I have set my alarm for the proper time for tomorrow.

Off to bed with me so I may get up and work out bright and early.


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