Homemade Blueberry Crumb Cake

Last week I found a recipe to use some of our blueberries that we picked. I had frozen the blueberries so that we could use them for smoothies and other things. After looking through multiple blueberry recipes, I found this one for Blueberry Crumb Cake.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Ease: 4/5. It was probably easier but I had a three-year old helping me.

Rating: 5/5. This rating it coming from me, my son, my husband and two friends who ate it after a run.

Changes: None but didn’t add anything like pecans neither. One thing though, the topping is supposed to be like crumbs. Mine was way too buttery so it stuck together. Maybe less butter? It still tasted fine though.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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April 2018 FoodStirs review…in June.

Now that school is out, I have time to play catch-up. Sort of. I am playing catch-up with all parts of my life right now so it does get tricky.

Last week my son and I baked. I love to get him in the kitchen and helping and he likes to bake because he has a little sweet tooth. So every two months we get a FoodStirs box. Foodstirs is a baking subscription box and if you are on the plan, they send you a box every other month. April was Earth Day themed Snickerdoodle cookies. They include everything you need for the dry ingredients. They also include the decorations. I just needed to provide the eggs, butter, yogurt and oil. They also sent us some coupons too. IMG_20180607_145928485

Here is our finished product. It was really simple to follow and my son could help stir (batter did get out of the bowl). We didn’t have enough batter to fill up all 6 flower pots to the correct amount but that just means people who do not want a full cookie can have a half cookie. My son really loved the gummy worms that came with the box.

Ravioli Lasagna

This week I made my husband some Ravioli lasagna for work. I got this recipe from a friend so I will share the recipe first.

Ravioli Lasagna

What you need:

  • Frozen ravioli
  • Shredded Cheese (I did Mozzarella and Cheddar)
  • Ground Beef
  • Sauce (we used more of a crushed tomato)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook Ground Beef
  3. Grease a casserole dish
  4. Layer it like you would a normal lasagna. Ravioli noodles, cooked ground beef, sauce, cheese and repeat. Do this until you run out of room or ingredients.
  5. Cook for 45 minutes.

Husbands Rating: 5/5

Ease: 4.5/5

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April and May Updates

So to give a run down of events in April/May, I will do it in one blog post. I was going to do April’s by itself but then realized it was like May 25th and I would have to post May anyway.

Birthday Weekend:

My son turned 3 in April and we had a full weekend planned for him. We first did the Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. Afterwards, they have a huge party with games, bounce houses, etc. The only problem was that is freakishly cold. It was also drizzling the whole time so we didn’t stay as long as we thought.

My son also had his birthday party that day at The Little Gym. It was so easy for me. I just provided the cake, food, etc and they did the rest for us. So easy and fun for all the kids. Since the weather was so bad, the kids were really happy to get all their energy out.

The next day we went to his friend’s birthday party at a playground.

Running/Working Out/Fitness:

The half marathon I had been training for happened in April. It was the Blue Bell Half Marathon. It was their first time having a half marathon. My friends and I drove up the night before and slept in the town. The race itself is run by the local high school. It was very hilly through the country with beautiful flowers. Luckily, it was chilly out because some people got their first water station at mile 7. I got water at Mile 3 and Mile 7. The race organizers realized their mistake and say it will be better next time. When you finish, there is Blue Bell Ice Cream. Since it was cold, the high school opened their doors for the runners to go inside.

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Blue Bell Half Marathon Scenery

We also as a family did a Cinco de Mayo 5k. My husband even placed in his age group and he does not really run anymore.

I ended May by doing the Murph at Crossfit. For those who do not know, the Murph was named after Michael P. Murphy who was a United States Navy SEAL officer. Each Memorial Day Weekend, people do this workout in his honor. It is a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and end with another mile 1. Some people wear weight vests and others modify it to suit their skill/fitness level.

Family/Friends:

We have had a lot of fun these last couple of months. We went to a small local rodeo since my son had so much fun at the huge one. My sons favorite part at this rodeo is that they had little pig races and he saw a pig swim.

We also went camping in May. We normally only camp October-May because the summer months are just unbearable. My son had a lot of fun catching lightning bugs this time while we camped. He also liked the hammock we had between two trees.

For Mother’s Day we went to a brewery we really like but it is over an hour away. We were excited to go because they had recently opened up a kitchen and the food was really good.

The last thing we did was go blueberry picking. We only got about 1.5 pounds but that is plenty for us. We will probably go fruit picking another too this summer.

Summer 2018 Kidbox

I decided to get my son another Kidbox, one for summer. My son is starting to outgrow his 2T clothes so I was interested in what we would get.

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to the website and fill out a style survey. They ask for things such as colors to avoid, what do you need more of, what will they not wear, their style.
  2. They only ship out 5 times a year but you can skip a season if you would like.
  3. Review the box. You have 7 days before you are billed. If you keep everything, it is $98. If you keep only a few pieces, they offer it at a discount.
  4. Ship back what you do not want.
  5. If you kept it all, pick a charity you want Kidbox to donate clothes to.

So I thought I took a picture of the clothes but I didn’t and now I am too lazy to go get them out of his dresses.

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So here is my “bill.” You can see the retail price and their discount. So if you keep everything, it costs only $98. We loved almost everything we got this month except the ECKO clothes. They seem huge. The Puma 2 piece is adorable as are the two shirts from Appaman and Andy + Evan. The Reebox shorts are also nice. My son is very active and during the school year he plays soccer and takes a yoga class.

We are always happy with the whole Kidbox process. Want to try it? Go here.

Barbella May Review 2018

So it has been awhile since I posted but I had computer issues for a while and then life. Anyways, I decided to get this months Barbella Box on purpose because Fleo had shorts in it and I love Fleo Shorts. They had four colors and you would be surprised which one you get. These are not sold in their shop. Plus Fleo shorts run from $42-50 and the Barbella Box costs $50 so kind of even.

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Here is what I got:

  1. Fleo Shorts in Red Barbella Leaf ($44.95)

This is not the color I wanted but whatever. They have a group you can change colors/sizes but I don’t feel like going through that mess. They are the 3.25 length which is what I prefer. I wanted the purple pair(1st) or blue pair (last) from the picture below.

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2. Native Deodorant ($12)

All natural deodorant which I have never tried before. It does smell good.

3. Gobi Gear Segsac 15L ($20)

My husband actually owns this exact one already. Basically it is a sac with 4 compartments in it. It is small but holds a lot. My husband uses it for camping, like one compartment holds his socks/underwear, one his shirts and so on. I think this would be good for dirty laundry while traveling.

4. Sandbar Handcare Bar Butter ($8)

I thought it was chapstick (which it can be) but it is for any burns or abrasions you have. So like chafing, rope burns etc. I think I will use it for chafing from running mostly.

 

They also included a sample of Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Powder which is supposed to help your skin while giving you energy.

May 2018 Stitch Fix Review

This month I got a new stylists that I have not worked with before. I guess I forgot to request the same ones but this one was really good too that I have already requested her again. I also made not that I was looking for something in a cobalt blue for my sororities convention. But they didn’t have anything that would fit the criteria.

If you are 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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Romolo Roshina Station Ball necklace $34 (returned)

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I love silver jewelry but this piece was way too long for my liking. It would look super cute on other people I tend to like short delicate necklaces.

Studio Blue Freya Skinny Jean $58 (return) and Mix by 41Hawthorn Jessa Essential Knit Tee $32 (return)

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The stylists recommended these pants because I have bought bright colors before. However, I do not like light purple. It just makes me look gross. Plus these pants are like a half-size too small. The shirt was comfy but nothing special to spend the money on. It is also in the high 90s now so I would not get to wear it until next January.

Le Lisn Juri 2fer Maxi Dress $74 (kept)

I love this dress. The skirt part is very light weight and has slits and the just the right amount of sass. The only draw back? My horrible year around tan line. The stress was really comfy though and I can wear it year round here.

Wisp Leeah Lace Knit Dress $68 (kept)

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Another winner. This will be perfect for convention. I think it takes some weight off of me which is always a plus.

So I spent more than I wanted to this month but I did get 2 dresses I really like. Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? Go here

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Last week I made my husband a chicken dish but I made some changes so I guess I better change the name of the dish.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken…sort of

Husbands rating: 4/5. He enjoyed it and said it was really creamy.

Ease: 4/5. Pretty easy to make.

Changes: So I said sort of in the title. The reason: I didn’t add cherry tomatoes or spinach. My husband is not a cherry tomato friend and I didn’t feel like getting spinach.

Recipe: You can find it here

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March Updates

As I am writing this, I am sitting at home, eating a Pop-Tart while my sick son is lying in my bed relaxing. It is very chaotic trying to get sub plans written while I am teaching but glad I could be here for my son. Anyway, it gives me a perfect time to write.

Workouts

In March I was continuing the Crossfit Open with workouts 18.2-18.5. I think my favorite was 18.1 though. I think I gave my best performance too since I had been off for 6 weeks. I also stepped up my running to get ready for my half marathon. I also ran a 4 mile race where I ran 3 miles beforehand. The race is called the Brunch Run and I run it every year because the after party is great, my friends run it and it supports the park I run at. For the Brunch Run, I did it in 37:57 which is a 9:29 mile. I will take it.

Rodeo

We also went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is a big deal in Houston. It is like 21 days long and huge. We went the night Kelsea Ballerini played. While we didn’t really know her, we enjoyed the show. We walked the Livestock Show to see the animals, go to the petting zoo, etc before we watched the rodeo. The rodeo is before the concert. Personally, I love the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin the best. I did not grow up with a rodeo and didn’t know how much I would love but now it is a tradition that we go once a year.

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Houston Rodeo

Other

This month I tried Goat Yoga for the first time. Yes, goat yoga! Basically you do yoga and there are goats around you. You can pet them, pick them up, whatever. They even put the goats on you. It was so much fun.

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Wheel Pose with a goat

We also went camping on the beach with some friends. I have camped at the beach before but we were on the beach. It was nice to hear the ocean waves at night. The only negative was that when we got up in the morning, there were mosquitoes every where!

We decided to also go to GermanFest this month. I have heard of GermanFest before but never been. We randomly ran into another family we know while we were there. My son loved that they had pony rides.

As a family we also went to the Houston Zoo. I am a member so I get one person in for free. It was so crowded the day we went (Good Friday) because a lot of people had off, it was beautiful out and the animals were opening Easter Eggs. We still had fun and my son loved riding the Carousel and feeding the Giraffes.

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We ended the month with a couple Easter related things. I went to my sons Easter Egg Hunt at school which was fun. We also went to an Easter Egg hunt at No Label Brewery. The only problem with that one was that my son did not get any eggs because the older kids took them all. He did get to meet the Easter Bunny though. We also went to another free Easter celebration called Baskets and Bunnies and they separated the kids by age groups and their egg hunts were on different fields so that was nice but quick. I might have been a little too competitive because my son only picked up random eggs and would skip over some. I wanted him to pick them all up but I also know it is good that my son is not greedy.

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Easter Bunny at No Label. My son gave him his monkey.

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Barely collecting eggs.

That was our month. Really busy but a fun month. My son did go swimming with his dad on the roof of a building downtown and I felt awful for my husband because it was freezing. My son didn’t care.

Foodstirs February 2018 review

Only took us a month and a half to bake our February box. I always have the best intentions but have to remember to get eggs. Yes, we normally do not have eggs in our house since my husband is sort of allergic to them if they are not cooked in food.

So Foodstirs is a baking subscription box and if you are on the plan, they send you a book every other month. February was Heart-Shaped Brownies. They include everything you need for the dry ingredients. They also include the decorations and the mold for the brownies. I just needed to provide the eggs, water and oil. They also sent us a free sample of their cake in a mug.

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Everything is included.

My son always has a lot of fun baking with me. He loves stirring and this time he helped get the mix into the molds.

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The instructions are really simple to follow.

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Making icing

In the end, our brownies turned out delicious. I had to throw out 1 because it did not bake all the way through because my son put too much mix in it. The rest though were delicious. The mold had six hearts but we were able to get 10ish brownies out of the mix. The decorating is not that pretty but who cares when it tastes so good. This one has been the favorite in our house so far.

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