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Where Have You BEEN?!

Have you been asking that question? Where did that girl go? Well, here’s some of what I’ve been eating and doing for the last month or so…

Fresh peaches and greek yogurt (quickly became one of my favorite late summer snacks)

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Homemade Chicken (non)Marsala

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The dragon roll of my dreams!! The eel was on the outside, instead of tiny pieces stuffed inside with the cucumber and avocado, and it was the entire thing, tail and all! They even stuck little cucumbers in the other end to make it look like a little dragon, and set the eel sauce on fire. Simply amazing—thank you, Ocean Zen!

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The World’s Best Chili (seriously, dang good stuff!)

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Chris’s Grilled Salmon (deeeelicious!)

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Tacos In A Pan (easy peasy and so yummy!)

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I tried my hand at Mom’s Beer Bread

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The cake I baked for my best friend’s bachelorette party (hehehe)

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Me out waaayyy past my bed time for that same bachelorette party

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The BFF’s St Louis Cardinals garters

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At The Wedding—it was beautiful and she did so much of the décor herself!

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The cake (I want to be this good at cake decorating!)

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My cutie butt niece spent the night after my sister’s bday party, and devoured a popsicle!

Airi loves popsicles 

Besides that, I’ve been working, working, and working!! I finally finished up training, and now I’m a “real” manager. Since things have settled down and I’m starting to get into a routine, I promise to post more regularly again.

I missed you!

 

Amber

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Cupcakes and Leftovers

Good Saturday morning! How did your week turn out?  Mine was, again, busy and exhausting!

On Tuesday, we decided to have Chris’s birthday party on Wednesday. I came home from work and spent from 5:30pm to 9:30pm in the kitchen baking, filling, and decorating 4 dozen of these cupcakes. I also managed to fix dinner in there somewhere (I think that’s the night we had tacos in a pan?).

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Half of the cupcakes were taken to work Thursday for a bake sale auction to raise money for MDA, and the other half were either eaten Wednesday night or sent home with our families.

Wednesday night, of course, we had my parents and Boyfriend’s parents over to celebrate his birthday. We kept it simple by grilling burgers, my mom brought her famous macaroni salad, and Chris’s mom brought her famous baked beans, and we had chips/dip and fresh veggies.

Thursday I decided that I wasn’t doing ANYTHING when I got home from work. I heated up leftovers for each of us for dinner, took a shower, and then chilled on the couch the rest of the night.

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Don’t get me wrong: I love cooking, I love baking, and I love having family over, but coming home from work every night and not getting to relax and re-energize for the next day wears me out!

Last night was pretty much a repeat of Thursday night, but with different leftovers and TV shows!


Today I’m off to the farmer’s market to see what goodies I can find.  I also need to make a stop at the natural food store to pick up some nutritional yeast—I want to give kale chips a try. Then I’m going to Michael’s to see what I can find to spend my 40% off coupon on!! Smile  I’m pretty sure I have more things than that on my To-Do List for today, but those are the two that stand out in my mind right now.

Have a happy Saturday!

 

Amber

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Noodle Legs

Hey there! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was busy, but good!

Saturday, I went down to Branson for an oil change and shopping adventure.  I had a 20% off coupon for Maurice’s, plus two full $10 off punch cards! I got two pair of work pants that fit perfectly, two work shirts, a necklace, a bling ring, and a cute dress to wear out for Chris’s birthday! Smile  All for $80 less than it should have!

Sunday was my normal grocery/laundry day, and I also got in a quick 20 minute workout on the treadmill. (For some great motivational tips to get yourself running, check out this post by Tina.)

Today after work, I had planned to run, but I got to talking to my momma on the phone and lost track of time. At 10 ‘til 6, I got off the phone and thought to myself that I didn’t have time to run and shower, but I could get in a strength/toning workout real quick and not have to shower since I wouldn’t get sweaty and gross… That’s what I thought.

I pulled some moves from this workout from fitnessmagazine.com, and now my legs feel like noodles! I only did one set of each because of time. I did the Fly Away (10 reps), In-and-Out Lunge (10 reps), Ski Boot Sit (10 reps), Duck Squat (10 reps), Side Shaper (1 rep), Crunch and Lift (20 reps), and Upside-Down Crunch (5 reps).

If you’re looking for a good leg/butt workout, try this out! It also has abs moves thrown in as an added bonus.

It’s bedtime over here, but let me know if you try out this workout!

 

Also, Cassie at Back to Her Roots is celebrating her 1 year blog birthday and is having some awesome contests to celebrate. Go check her out!

 

Amber

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It’s Been A While…

Since I had an iced latte from Starbucks…

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Since I’ve had pants that aren’t too big

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Since I saw raindrops on my windshield…

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Since it’s been under 95 degrees in the middle of the afternoon…

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Since I’ve been on the treadmill (okay, only a few days)…

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But not since we had tacos!!!

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This was my Saturday, hope yours has been fantastic as well!

 

Amber

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An Improvised Dinner

Hey there! How did the week treat ya? I’m so tired my eyes are burning! I had big plans to come home and workout today, but I only got as far as putting on my workout clothes…

I wanted to share with you what happened the other night, and how I saved dinner!

The plan was to have BBQ chicken, grilled zucchini, and grilled corn on the cob (for Boyfriend)… On the grill. I got everything ready for the grill, took the chicken out and put it on, closed the lid, and came back inside to get the veggies. When I got back to the grill and opened the lid, I noticed the flame I had left on “High” was looking more like “Low”. I thought it was just the wind keeping it from coming up; but then, right before my eyes, it slowly disappeared!!!

I’m not the griller in this house (he was in the shower), so I went and asked him what was going on—and learned I was out of gas!  OMG!! What am I supposed to do now?!

George Foreman to the rescue!!

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I got that plugged in and hot, put a skillet on the stove for the zucchini, and transferred the corn from aluminum foil to saran wrap.

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It took a little bit of improvising, and a lot of quick thinking on my feet, but dinner turned out delicious!

The zucchini got caramelized and yummy in the skillet…

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And the chicken cooked up evenly and stayed moist.

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I had a giant pile of zucchini with my chicken breast:

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And Boyfriend had a sweet potato with his:

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(That corn is from my parent’s garden, thanks Mom and Dad!)

I’m going to classify this dinner as delicious and successful, even if it didn’t go quite as planned.


Tonight we’re having breakfast for dinner—scrambled eggs with veggies, and hashbrowns and bacon for Boyfriend. I’m wishing I had picked up a watermelon to go with this tonight, but oh-well! 

After dinner is figure-out-which-insurance-plan-to-choose time and then probably early to bed. My to-do list for this weekend is extensive, starting with an oil change tomorrow morning.

Are you a quick on your feet type of person, or do you freak out when things don’t go exactly as planned?

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This is a recap of what I did this week to get up and get moving! Sadly, since this week was quite busy, I only worked out on the weekend.  I did pump some iron this weekend though!

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  • Sunday 7/17: 20 minutes on the treadmill
  • Monday 7/18: None.
  • Tuesday 7/19: None.
  • Wednesday 7/20: None.
  • Thursday 7/21: None.
  • Friday 7/22: None.
  • Saturday 7/23: Hills on the treadmill—I pushed a button on our treadmill and let it tell me what to do. It kicked my booty!! I also strength trained with the following:
    • Stability Ball Dumbell Press- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs each
    • Single Leg Calf Raises- 2 sets of 10 each leg; one set no weight, second set 10lbs strapped around each ankle
    • Donkey Kicks- 2 sets of 10 each leg at 10 lbs each
    • Ab Burnout: Alternating V-Ups (10 each side), Knee Tucks (20), Side Bends (10 each side), Ball Crunches (20)

What did you do this week to be active?

 

Amber

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Who’s That Chick?

Hey there, happy Friday! 

I was so busy this week, it flew by and today doesn’t quite feel like Friday.

Monday I started the classroom training part of my new job, which lasts through the next three weeks. It’s going great and I’m learning so much more than I had expected (based off what others told me), and I’m so glad!!

Tuesday, Boyfriend worked, which made it feel like Monday for me. He’s usually off Tuesdays so that threw everything out of whack.

Wednesday night, my mom and dad came up to take us to eat at Lambert’s, and surprised us by bringing the World’s Cutest Sweetest Funniest Baby with them—my niece! Smile  I love that chubby little red head!!

Last night, I did something I haven’t done in about a year:

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I had gotten so used to my hair being dark, I thought it was normal (which technically it is I suppose). My hair has been highlighted since I was in middle school. When I was really little, it was naturally platinum blonde but has gotten progressively darker as I’ve gotten older. I never knew how dark until I went a year without doing anything to it!

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It was also begging for a trim, and was getting completely unruly. My bangs had grown out about three inches past my chin! They were no longer bangs.

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(The crazy frayed ends are after I CHI’d it!)

All night last night and all day today, I’ve been taking second looks at myself when I walk past a mirror. It doesn’t look like me, even though my hair looked like this my entire life (except for a couple times I intentionally colored it super dark).

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Tonight, we are chillin’!  We’re having a delicious dinner (I’ll give you three guesses what it is, and the first two don’t count!) and getting a movie. We’ve been busy all week and Chris had to work outside today in the 105 degree (that’s without the heat index!) weather so I’m sure he’s beyond drained.

I feel pretty again (if you don’t agree, I don’t want to know!)!! Smile

Have a fantastic night!

 

Amber

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