Chicken Cheesesteak

This week I made Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches for my husband. He liked them but I made some mistakes.

Chicken Cheesesteak

Husbands rating: 5/5. He had some suggestions still. Since I am a vegetarian I sometimes make mistakes with meat. He told me to make sure I pound the chicken so it is thinner and told me to cut into thin strips for a sandwich as I did not do that.

Ease: 5/5. My husband bought precut veggies, so it really cut down on prep time.

Changes: I did not use Italian Seasoning as I forgot about that until I looked at the recipe just now.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Foodstirs October 2017 Review

Sorry this is so late.  I worked on the Foodstir kit the first week of November but I kept pushing this back. My son loves to help in the kitchen so I thought this would be a perfect activity for a weekend where his dad was out-of-town. I did not go well this time. In fact, it was a failure.

So how it works, you can sign up for a subscription and a box comes every other month.  They follow a theme so like October was Little Monster Cupcakes for Halloween. The box has the dry ingredients and information cards that tell you how to make it, tips, what wet ingredients you need and what stuff you need like measuring cups. Plus it has anything “decorative.”

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Cupcake mix, icing mix, sprinkles, food dye, chocolate chips, bag for icing and cupcake liners

So it started off fine.  My son put all the cupcake liners in our cupcake tin while I got out the wet ingredients and other dishes we would need. My son really wanted to help mix the wet ingredients so we sat at a table and stirred. We would get upset whenever I helped too much.

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Now here is where it went downhill. The instructions said to mix in the vanilla cupcake mix. My son wouldn’t stop stirring so I quickly grabbed the bag and dumped it. For some reason, it would get thick, just really watery. Now we had to put the mix into two different bowls so we could dye one purple and one green. Again, it was really watery. That is when I looked in the box and noticed Vanilla Cupcake Mix in the box. I had used the Vanilla Icing Mix. No wonder it was so watery.

So being the person that I am, I decided to fix it by adding the mix and baked the cupcakes.  Yeah, they are just complete liquid. I bit into one that was “cooked” and it was so rubbery. So I threw them right into the trash. Luckily we had gone shopping the day before and my son had picked out some cookies, so we dined on those.

Lesson learned: read all labels completely. I did save the sprinkles and chocolate chips for another day when maybe we can try again. This failure was all on me and not the company so we are signed up to get one in December.

October Updates

October has come and gone and now I am counting down to Thanksgiving break. I get the whole week off so I am holding off on a lot of projects for that week, especially since I am not going out-of-town for it.

Fitness

Another month closer to my marathon so more miles. We got up to 14 miles during this month.  Lululemon also hosted a free Ghost Race this month.  They had a 5 mile course and there were prizes. You had a week to do it and post your GPS device.

Other fitness activities: I went to a free yoga event but it was a bust. In CrossFit, I hit a few new PRs.

Family

This month we started camping again.  We went to Bastrop State Park. It was nice and they had some nice trails to run and hike. Bastrop is not a huge town but it is an artist town so we went out to lunch at this cute restaurant right on a river. The only problem was it was still pretty warm.

We went on a date this month to see Happy Death Day. We both really enjoyed it.  It was a horror comedy but wasn’t really scary.  I found it more funny.  The lead female was also not your typical female horror movie star because she was more real. The guys in the movie were more real too. Like these are people you see on college campuses.

One afternoon we went to a new brewery with our friends. It is called Great Heights Brewing Co. and it was great. The beers were good and they have the cutest glasses. Their decor is also really cool. They just opened a few months ago so they still want to do some stuff they haven’t gotten to yet.

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We went to Zoo Boo this month. Zoo Boo is help at the Houston Zoo every October. Kids get to walk around and there are candy stops throughout the zoo. There is also pumpkin decorating stations too. I took a personal day and my husband got home earlier than usual for a Friday to go.  My son even fed the giraffes which he loved.

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We had two Halloween parties to go to this year: one at his gym and one at his school. Luckily they were on different Friday nights. I am glad we got to go to both because Halloween was a bust (lots of rain and World Series).

I was lucky to also go to the beach with some of my mom friends. No husbands and no kids. It was nice to sit around a living room and talk.  There was food, drinks, games and just conversations. The next morning, a crazy storm came in. Some of us went on the beach to take photos as it came in.

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We ended the month with going to a brewery with my CrossFit gym. October was pretty busy for us but I think November will be a little slower, or I hope it will.

Buffalo Baked Ziti

Lately I had been cooking a lot of food that was more Tex-Mex inspired so I decided to do more of a casserole this week.

Buffalo Baked Ziti

Husbands rating: 5/5. He did say the chicken pieces were a little too big but that was a my fault. I was on the phone while making this and I got tired of cutting up the chicken. Sorry, not sorry.

Ease: 4/5. This would have been a lot easier if I had used the rotisserie chicken but I didn’t.

Changes: So I had to cook chicken and then shred it since I didn’t buy precooked chicken. I didn’t use chives and I didn’t use Franks.  I thought we had hot sauce so I used some other hot sauce from a local restaurant here. We also used elbow noodles because we had plenty of those at our house.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Barbella October 2017 Review

I did not mean to get this Barbella box.  Basically, I am signed up for them but you can skip months.  I have only gotten one box and while I liked that box, I only got it for the shorts. I kept on their membership just to see what else they have. However, this month I forgot to press skip, which made me mad because I didn’t need this box and I try to save money by not buying stuff I do not need.  So here is my review for a box I didn’t want to get.

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  1. Chestee Bra ($62)

While the bra is a big item, it is not my style. It has padding all the way to the next to protect your collarbone against barbell impact (like cleans). I think that is a cool idea, but I wear a shirt when I workout so wearing bras that go all the way to the neck is kind of awkward under the shirt and just makes me feel weird.

2. WODDice($27.99)

This is another cool idea. You roll the dice and it makes a workout for you with the movement, how many reps to do, etc. I just do not see myself using this.

3. WOD & Done Thumb Protection ($9)

I use WOD & Done hand grips but have never used the thumb protection.  I do not rip on my thumb(now, I probably will) and I wear gloves when lifting weight so again, an item I will probably not use.

4. Yumbutter ($6.99)

I am a really picky eater so this will go to my husband. I am weird on textures.

5. Pulse Brave Bar ($6.95)

This was not on their information card so I got the price from the Pulse Skin Co website. I am not the biggest fan of bar soap because it dries out my already dry skin but I will give this one a shot.

September Updates…a month late

I keep a planner at my desk that tells me things like “pay this bill”, “give the dog his heartwarm” or even things like which workout to do that day. Last week I was looking at it and realized it was the middle of October.  Did I know this?  Yes but it never clicked either.  Time for an update.

Workouts

Marathon training kept ramping up their miles which was not a big deal but September was really hot and humid here so my runs have felt gross. Saturdays are so jammed pack for us because my son has two different sport activities on those days. For Crossfit, I have been practicing at getting better at some movements and upping my weights.

Family

My son had one birthday party to go to plus a lot of other social events.  Basically, he has more of a social life than I do. For example, in one Saturday day he had:

  • Gym Class
  • Swim lessons
  • Splash Pad birthday party
  • Touch-a-truck charity event
  • Dinner with friends

Needless to say, I was exhausted afterwards. Him? Not so much.

We went to one brewery this month with friends with kids my sons age. The brewery is in the woods with room for the kids to play plus games like giant jenga which the kids like to build with.

As much as I want time to slow down with my little one, I am ready for Thanksgiving to get here so I have a week off to just decompress.

 

Beef Taco Boats

This week I made my husband Beef Taco Boats. He loves Tex-Mex so I thought this would be perfect for him.  Plus it looked very easy for me.

Beef Taco Boats

Husbands Rating: 5/5. He says the prep time was a little long to assemble them but worth it.

Ease: 5/5. Just cook the beef and you are basically done.

Changes: I didn’t use onion because I forgot to put it on the grocery list. I also didn’t use rice or a pie weight. Nor did I add paprika because I just kind of used whatever spices I could find. I did use chili powder but we have a spicy spice mixture my husband likes. The boats were easy and kept them in the foil to pack them up for my husband to take to work. He added refried beans, guacamole and cheese at work.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Pizzadillas

This week I made pizzadillas. So a mix of pizza and quesadillas.  What is nice about this recipe is that it is easy and quick. Plus you could do numerous toppings.

Pizzadillas

Ease: 5/5

Husbands rating: 4/5. He does the grocery shopping as it angers me too much to do it and he didn’t know what I was making so he bought small tortillas. He wishes he bought large because 2 pizzadillas did not fill him up but 3 were too much. I had only made him 3 for the week not knowing he would eat them all in one day.

Changes: The recipe said it takes 30 minutes to make.  I think it took me 7 minutes to make 3. I forgot to add garlic and didn’t add any seasoning.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Last week I made my husband Spaghetti and meatballs for lunch. While the meal is not complicated, I have just never made meatballs before or if I had, I have forgotten I did.  I wanted to give my husband some comfort food (he is back at work and misses working from home) but also something to keep in full for his afternoon work-outs.

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Husbands Rating: 5/5.  He raved all week about this meal. Sometimes the simpler the better. He loved that it reheated really well and he loved the sauce too.

Ease: 4.5/5. You just have to plan your times well.

Changes: We used ground turkey for the meatballs. I also left out the parsley and the bay leaf.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Stitch Fix October 2017 Review

This month my fix got here a little early. I asked for my same stylists and I told them I am looking for a black pencil skirt to replace one I have had for years that is falling apart.

For the people new to Stitch Fix, this is how it works:

1. Fill out your Style Profile. This gives detail on your style, sizes, budget and anything else like a link to your pinterest board.

2. Once you have “ordered” your box, they will send you 5 items from a personal stylists.  It is a $20 styling fee which is applied as a credit toward anything you keep.

3. Try everything on. They send you Style Cards with recommendations on how to wear your outfit.  You have three days to decide what you do and do not want.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.  Don’t like something, they send you a pre-paid mailing bag to drop in the mailbox.  It is free shipping.

Here is what I got:

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MIA Amari Faux Suede Scallop Flats in Taupe $49

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These shoes are keepers as they are very comfy. In the picture they look almost olive but they are taupe.

Margaret M Deandra Skirt in Black($78) and Vero Moda Derry Ruffle Detail Knit Top in Dark Pink($44)

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I am undecided on the black pencil skirt. I like it, but not sure if I want to pay the price. Plus I worry with the material that it will snag. For the shirt, I think my face says it all. It was too short, and too 70s for me.  I am not a ruffle fan personally and the colors just seem too outdated for me.

Same Skirt and 41Hawthorn Betsi Keyhole Surplice Knit Top($54)

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Yeah, this top is cute but I guess I am too busty to wear it as it formed another inappropriate keyhole. Back it goes.

Same skirt, same top and Olive & Oak Miah Hooded Cardigan($54)

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The cardigan is very soft and warm but the hood was just too different for me. As you can see with my photo, I couldn’t take it seriously.

Want to try Stitch Fix?  Go here.