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.

Barbella October 2017

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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.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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.