Monday, July 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday-July 30


July 30-August 5

Happy end of July. I can't believe we'll be heading into August this week. This year has flown! I guess that's because we've been so busy having two babies getting big.

I haven't blogged our menu in awhile. I have been menu planning and sticking to it, I just haven't felt like blogging about it. :)

I'm continuing my freezer cooking and putting together a few dishes a week. Naomi still takes a 30 minute nap in the morning so Nyla and I throw together a few dishes a week during this time. I am loving not having to cook at night but instead have our dinners ready to go and just warm them up. I haven't made a dinner at night from start to finish in I don't know how long. And I've definitely enjoyed it. Here's what we'll be enjoying this week!

Monday- layered enchilada bake, with homemade flour tortillas

Tuesday- pulled chicken sandwiches, on whole wheat buns (I make 12, not 24)

Wednesday- grilled chicken roller (I cook in the oven) with potato and vegetable

Thursday- taco's

Friday- pepperoni pizza on whole wheat rolls

Saturday- chicken alfredo

Sunday- leftovers

Friday, July 27, 2012

Six Weight Loss Mistakes

As part of my usual routine on SparkPeople of browsing through the various articles looking for one to catch my eye, I found one titled, "6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid."  That certainly caught my eye. The article addresses 6 areas where people can get confused and present 6 things to remember about each area. Without further ado, here are the 6 keys, along with my own comments on them...

1.) Slower is better - Do you ever see those ads/infomercials on TV about the next big weight-loss gadget?  Do your eyes light up at the thought of losing 20 pounds in 45 minutes using the GLRX-Extreme-CorePunchMaster-Fitness 3500 II?  Are you filled with anger when Ms. Six-Pack declares, "I lost 10 pounds in just 2 minutes, and now ALL the guys stop to watch when I walk by"?  Do you ever notice the fine print at the bottom of the screen which say something to the effect of, "We know you'll never read this, but these results are not normal for most people.  Just send us the 29.99/month for the next six months"?  For most people the answers are "yes, yes, no."  The point is, a slow and steady weight loss is the way to go.  Aim for a half-pound to two pounds each week.  Do an search on your favorite search engine for "rapid weight loss" studies.  Studies show that Ms. Six-Pack is likely to gain all that weight back.  I am quite happy whenever that number on the scale drops even a small amount. I'll take steady one-pound or one-half-pound weight loss each week if it means I am treating my body right. Since I started my getting fit journey in 2009, I have lost 60 pounds. I didn't lost it fast. I made slow, steady, consistent steps that continue to pay off today.

2.) Everyone is different - This is a shocker, isn't it?  Everyone is different!  Not everyone loses weight at the same rate and in the same places.  Person A and Person B eat 2000 calories a day and burn 300 calories a day but will NOT lose the same amount of weight.  A may lose more than B.  B gets upset.  Have you been in this boat before?  I can remember taking a look around SparkPeople and seeing people who joined the same day I did losing more weight than me.  Did it make me a little jealous?  Maybe a little, yeah.  Did it make me upset?  No.  The fact that I was eating better and exercising more benefits my life, even if the scale did not reflect it.  More energy, less stress, and better sleep cannot be quantified but are important changes that take place.  Don't get hung up on ____, who has lost X more pounds than you.  My thought was (and still is), "Just do what I need to do, and let the scale take care of itself."  In other words, stay on track, and there will be results.

3.) Weight loss is rarely constant from week to week - Our bodies are strange.  If you need proof, just look at your uvula.  You could do the exact same thing you did last week yet lose no weight.  You could even gain a little weight.  Huh?  How does that happen?  Our bodies don't follow a formula.  They work how they work, which is little comfort for someone at a plateau.  We just have to trust that we are making progress even if the scale says otherwise. Too much can happen even over the course of a week with water weight and food and building muscles vs. burning fat.  Again, the focus for me needs to be to keep doing what I have been doing, and I will reach my goal.

4.) Weight loss is not immediate - Exercising yesterday will not mean weight loss today.  Too many people fall for this one. Yeah, you lost two pounds after your workout, but that's just water weight.  Weight loss takes time and commitment.  The goal is to lose "fat" not water.  Be consistent with exercise and with keeping track of your nutrition.  I know keep saying this, but if you focus on changing your lifestyle to eating healthier and getting regular exercise, there will be results.  They may not come immediately.  But they will come.

5.) Setbacks are normal - Repeat this one.  Setbacks are normal.  And again.  Setbacks are normal.  If you need to, say it again.  Setbacks are normal. Starting out 3 years ago, I knew one would come eventually, but despite that I still got a little down on myself.  However, you can always replace that setback with a positive (i.e. you're wearing smaller clothes than before).  So while the scale showed a setback, I can take heart in knowing that clothes are fitting better and I look skinnier in them.  Setbacks will happen, but they will not last.  Remember, attitude is just as important to success as ability.  Bounce back from setbacks and persevere.

6.) Eating less isn't always better - Ah, the paradox of weight loss.  We think it is simple - eat less to weigh less.  This, however, just is not the case.  Dieters restrict themselves to X calories per day, expecting rapid weight loss.  Unbeknownst (I like that word) to them, their bodies can go into "starvation mode," slowing their metabolism down.  This of course precludes any weight loss and actually can lead to weight gain, because your body will hang onto every calorie.  SparkPeople calculates a daily calorie range based on current weight, goal weight, and your goal weight date.  Your mission is to hit that range every day - even if it seems like a lot of food.

You can find the main article here. Have a look, and see what mistakes you may be making.

-D

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Advice from Mister Rogers

“You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.” 
~Fred (a.k.a. Mister) Rogers

I'm pretty fond of this Mister Rogers' quote, primarily because his show was my favorite when I was a wee lad. To be honest, if I saw it on TV now, I would more than likely put down the remote and watch, even if my girls were not in the room. Anyway, what I like about Mr. Rogers was his emphasis that you are fine and loved just the way you are. There's a lot of power in a statement like that. Yet all too often people think, "Well, I'll be liked more if I _______. I have to ______ to be accepted as someone's friend." What does that do? Nothing good. Now you're being controlled by what others think. They dictate what you do. What a terrible way to live life - bound by the chains of seeking popularity. That devalues our self-worth so much, especially when we fail to live up to their standards of excellence and acceptance. Instead of finding value in our own unique, God-given qualities, we find value in people's (ever-changing) opinions of us. Instead of "sticking to our guns," we adapt ourselves to the models of others.

Cardboard cut-outs are fine and dandy if you're running a toy store, but you know what they lack? Depth. If you try to look like everyone, you will lack depth, because all you're focusing on is the outward appearance and mannerisms of someone. You're nothing more than a hollow shell with no depth and no traits that make you... you! What makes you special is your own individuality... your own thoughts, opinions, and feelings. Don't reduce your self-worth to outward appearances and copying other people. Who you are right now is exactly who you need to be. Embrace your self-worth and uniqueness! Not only will you find your self-worth, but you will also find that people really do like you just the way that you are. 


That leads me to one more quote...



"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a world full of cardboard cut-out actors, singers, businessmen, and so on, to be yourself, to stand by your own convictions, to chase your goals, and to live your dreams is to truly be successful. The decision to change or the decision to pursue something should be because you want to - not because the world says so. Don't try to accomplish a goal for someone else. That's trying to find acceptance in other people. Do it for yourself! Just be yourself!

-D

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Setting Realistic Goals

Three weeks ago I began the journey of weight loss... again. 3 years ago Daniel and I joined Spark People and loved it. I lost 20 pounds before getting pregnant with Nyla and then about 10 more before getting pregnant with Naomi. Daniel continued to eat well and exercise and has lost about 60 pounds in the last 3 years and kept it off. And now, we're back on it again.

I've struggled with my weight all through my 20's. I played basketball in high school but the second that was over I quit exercising and kept eating the same foods and the same portions. This, of course, was not a good combination and I quickly gained 15 pounds. Ever since then I've just gotten bigger and exercise has become less and less.

Getting married and having two kids has made me realize that I want to be around a long time for my family. I want to have energy all day to keep up with my girls and I want to show them how to live an active lifestyle and teach them portion control. I struggle with emotional eating as well and I want to show them that you can control this and it's possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's not all about being super skinny to me, it's about living a healthy life and being around for people. Type 2 Diabetes runs in my family and that's the last thing I want too. I don't want to have to struggle with this all my life.

In the past when I've set goals for myself it's been too many and too much. For example, "lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks" has been one. While that's definitely doable that's not giving myself any room for error. I like sweets and pizza and that's not something I'm willing to give up. But, I know I can have all that in moderation. And I do. Another one is "exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week." While this is a goal I may try and have in the future it's again not very realistic for me. I've set that goal SO many times and SO many times I'll work out 2 days a week (which is great) but beat myself up for not working out the other 3 days. What's the point in continuing to beat myself down about it? It's not helpful to my emotional eating or my self-respect. I've set too many unrealistic goals in the past, this time I wanted to set realistic ones.

My 3 realistic goals this time are:
1. COMPLETE the 'Couch to 5K" program. That's right, just finish it. It's 3 days a week building up to run a 5k. All I want to do is complete this program. I've set no mile times or anything, just finish it!

2. Track my food intake on Spark People 5 days a week. Seven days a week would obviously be better but sometimes the weekends get away from us so I'm not so good with the tracking.

3. Lose 1 pound a week. I know that's not much but I can still eat what I want, in moderation, and not beat myself up about not losing 2 or more pounds some week. Slower is better with weight loss anyways. I'm not looking for a quick fix. I'm looking for long-term weight loss and then maintenance after that. While I would love to lose a bunch of weight quick I just don't see that helping me long term. I've set a goal on Spark People to lose 10 pounds at a time so I don't get bogged down with the 80 that I really need to lose. Eighty pounds sounds so daunting but ten pounds isn't as scary. I've set my tracker to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks and then I'll adjust. If I happen to lose 10 pounds before the 10 weeks are up, I'll readjust and set it to lose another 10 pounds in 10 weeks. It seems so simple. And I wonder why I didn't get to the realistic goals sooner? But I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I'm going to keep trekking along and lose weight.

I'm thankful for an encouraging husband too. I told him I couldn't do it alone and since he's been wanting to lose a few more pounds and get more exercise he immediately jumped on board. I'm also thankful for my sister for getting up at 5:00 a.m. three days a week to train with me. I'm thankful she's my timekeeper and encourager when those hills get tough!

I am 80 pounds overweight with plantar fasciitis in both feet and a bad left knee. I'm pushing through the pain to accomplish my goals. And it's a daily struggle to keep my eating in check. God is constantly with me and I'm praying before each run and during each run. I know He's with me through all this. How many times have I left God out of my journey? Too many, but not this time. I need Him to accomplish my goals!

What are some realistic goals you could set for yourself? Have you set unrealistic goals in the past?

Note: Check out Spark People. It's free and easy to use. You can track you food, your fitness and your weight loss goals. You set your goals and they set your calorie intake for the day. You can join teams to constantly be encouraged and find people who struggle with what you struggle with. You can read encouraging blog posts and create your personal page to connect with people. The site also has tons of information on doing weight loss the right way and making it a lifestyle change and not a diet. It's such an encouraging site!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On Comfy Chairs and Love (From the Archives)

Special note: This blog was originally published August 29, 2011. The lessons from this sweet moment still ring true with me today...
Every once in a while we need reminders and perspective on the preciousness and value of love. Tonight was my reminder. 
You see, our sweet daughter has been undergoing a barrage of teething the last few months. Not just any teething mind you, but the dreaded molars - the big ones - have been popping through. For whatever reason, the last one-year molar is soooooo close to erupting, which, by the way, might be the worst term ever for a tooth coming in, but has yet to break the surface. 
Anyway, poor Ny had been struggling for 45 minutes, obviously hurting and obviously not happy about it. Our best efforts at helping her were falling on swollen gums and big tears. It's difficult to listen to any baby cry like that, but when she's your kid, it's even more so.
So Dada gets her ready for bed. She's still upset and still hurting. Down we sit in the big, new comfy chair in her room, with her "lovey" in hand and finger in her mouth. Still very upset, she wiggled around until she found the perfect spot on Dada's chest - the spot where everything feels better and things don't hurt as much. 
As I sat there, softly singing (not well mind you) some good ol' hymns, the teaching moment happened. All Ny wanted at that point was relief and comfort. She needed snuggle time, and I was the one who could help her. I was the one who could love her like no one else. What an incredible, incredible picture of the unconditional love of the Almighty God - who will love us like no else and hold us when we are unlovely, crying, in pain, and in need of help. She calmed down and slowly drifted off to sleep, content that Dada was there.

With tears in my eyes, two thoughts came to mind: 1) what a lesson on unconditional love parenthood is, and 2) to treasure moments like this, because it won't be like this for long.


It's moments like this that I do not want to ever forget. That little girl still will rest her head on my shoulder and be still in arms. Hopefully, I will build a relationship with her that even 30 years from now she would still want to climb in the chair with me to rock and be comfortable.


-D

Thursday, July 19, 2012

10,000 Reasons

This is the chorus to one the more recent worship songs written by Matt Redman. It has quickly become one of my favorites. One, the lyrics are awesome. Two, it's easy to play on the guitar.
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship Your holy name
Anyway, we sang this at church this past Sunday. Our worship leader paused after the chorus to say a few words. The name of the song is actually called "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)", based in part on the below second verse.


You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find
So our worship pastors asks people to call out some reason to bless or praise the Lord. People call out various answers. His love. His grace. His mercy. The idea was to get us all focused on reason to praise and sing to the Lord. 


That prompted some thought from me that afternoon. 10,000 reasons. That's a lot. That's the first thing I thought. Then I thought about this question - could I actually think of 10,000 reasons? Do I have that many reasons to be thankful and praise the Lord? What if I listed one reason each day until I have reached 10,000 reasons? That would take about 27 years and about 4 months (yes, I did the math). If I listed 2 reasons per day, that would take 13 years and 7 months.

Psalm 146:1-2 says, "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." (Italics mine.)

I will leave you with this challenege. Come up with a list of 10,000 reasons. Start on it today. Add 1 or 2 each day until you get to 10,000 or your time on earth is done.

Have a great day!

-D

Sunday, July 15, 2012

On Nyla's Birthday

This weekend we celebrated Nyla's second birthday. For her first birthday party, we had a lot of people over with a lot of food, but for her second birthday we decided a while back that we wanted to keep it lower key and let Nyla have a little more breathing room. We kept the guest list to our parents, siblings, my two living grandparents, Nyla's church friends and Sunday school teachers. Unfortunately, 2 of her little friends were not in town, but Nyla and A still had a great time playing together.


Ginny and I, even before her first birthday, made the decision that we ask people NOT to give presents to Nyla. There were a few reasons why we did this.
  1. We did not want Nyla to associate her birthday with presents. Yes, I know this is typically what birthdays are supposed to be about, but we would rather Nyla remember the good times with friends and family rather than presents.
  2. We have blessed beyond measure by my mom and Ginny's parents with clothes and toys. Our family and friends have also passed down toys and books for the girls as well. Simply put, she doesn't need any more toys beyond what we've been given. Ginny has written before about wanting to be more minimal and living simplistically. That fits in here, too. Again, we would rather Nyla remember the experience of the party, not the toys.
  3. Rather than Nyla receive gifts, we want to teach her the value or helping others. That's why when she's older we will go through old (and new) clothes and toys and teach her about giving those away to people who need them. Life is not about taking whatever you can. It's about giving to others what you are able to give.
Last year, we asked that in lieu of gifts people donate money to our church's playground fun. The playground was built and now is home to many smiles and running children on Sundays and Wednesdays. This year, we wanted to do something similar. And that led us to Kiva. What is Kiva? Well, see the letter we included in the invitation. It will explain things well.... (more after the jump)



Friday, July 13, 2012

2 Years of Nyla

It's really hard to believe that our sweet girl Nyla is now two years old. As I reflect back on two years of having her around, there are a lot of moments that come to mind. With that, here are some good (and even bad) moments.


-Her birth. The one moment that I still think about to this day and will for the rest of my life. She had just been taken over to the "cleaning station" to get wrapped up in a blanket and all the other things done to newborns. She was upset, as one could expect going from warm, dark, and wet to cold, bright, and actually breathing air. I was standing there, just waiting to hold her, when I said, "Hi, Nyla." At that point, Nyla stopped crying and turned her head toward me. (More proof for moms and dads to talk their child in the womb.) Soon after, I got to hold her for the first time, and my world was forever changed.

-Sleep troubles. By no means was our girl a terrible sleeper, but that first week at home she threw us for a loop one day, basically staying wake for 9 or 10 hours. Talk about confusion! Thank goodness my cousin's wife provided words of wisdom to guide us through. She quickly became a fairly good sleeper, until she was 5 months, when she all of a sudden woke up between 2-4am. Not knowing any better, we would give her a bottle. Again, my cousin's wife came to rescue and said, "If you could wake up in the middle of the night, get snuggles, and some warm chocolate cake from your favorite person, and get cooed back to sleep, wouldn't you?" Now she is an excellent, only occasionally stirring at night from what I assume is a bad dream.

-Milestones. First smile. First laugh. First crawl. First steps. Those are the usual big milestones. I also think about her first road trip to see her great-grandparents in Georgia when she was about 3 months old. She did great on the car ride there and back. (Of course, Daddy in the backseat with her helped, or so I tell myself.) I remember her very first bath after we brought her home. I remember my first experience of being thrown up on by her. First shots. First time in my mom's swimming pool. All of these milestones. So much fun. (Even the throw up.)

-Her laugh. I love her laugh. I love tickling her to uncontrollable laughter. One of my favorites now is when she gets herself laughing at seemingly nothing. If she does something silly with her lovey or animal, she'll just start laughing about it, which in turn causes me to laugh at it. Nyla giggles and Naomi giggles are the best sounds in the world.

-Her love and our love. Let me just say this - I love both our girls equally. I don't have a favorite. But the love I have for Nyla is different than the love I have for Naomi. I guess unless you have more than one, this will be difficult to understand. I'll try to explain. Nyla is our first child. She's the one we're going through all of these new experiences with. We're cutting our parenting teeth on her. Each milestone she hits is our first milestone as well. The love I have for her is different, not better, than my love for Naomi. Nyla and I have spent several nights rocking and singing in her chair. We've spent time playing in the floor, the bed, the shower, the pool. She has taught me more about love in the last two years than any Sunday lesson or sermon ever will. One of my favorite things currently is when I pull into our carport, the side door swings open, and Nyla runs as fast as her little legs will take her to my door. That's love.

Nyla is our sweet girl. We wouldn't her to be anyone else, or anyone else's.

-D

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby's Bedroom Bonanza (From the Archives)

This is another post from the archives, written July 10, 2012 - three days before our sweet girl made her grand entrance. Here we take a grand tour of her room. Of course she and her sister share a room, for better or worse (mostly better). Enjoy!


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Well, dear readers, it's a week overdue, but finally the time has come to show off the beautiful room for our still lazy, stubborn baking Baby Nyla. Since I feel like this room could be featured at the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right, I'll need to get my announcer voice ready to go. Give me just a minute...
(Clearing throat...)
We start our tour of the beautiful baby's room with pictures of these... LOVELY modes of transportation! The bus, car, truck, and train all look quite cute with their vibrant colors and lettering.
As we progess around the wall, we stop and admire this... CUTE bow holder. This lovely canvas is dotted with circles and highlighted by this fantastic letter N. Five custom-cut ribbons provide support for all the hair bows your little girl could EVER need.
Immediately below the bow holder, we find this... LUXURIOUS glider! The neutral color allows for colors around the room to stand out and brighten your day. The comfort of this glider is perfect for those 3am crying and feeding times. The curtains are hand-made from a blanket, and the stuffed animals bask in the warmth from the double window. The window seat will see plenty of action when your little girl begins reading.
What room would be complete without... THIS HUGE WALK-IN closet?! Yes, your little girl will have hundreds of outfits to wear for all seasons, and you can find them all easily with the wire shelving and baby coat hangers.
And what sort of baby room would it be without... THIS SPECTACULAR crib?! Assembled by the loving hands of Daniel, this crib is sturdy and will provide hours of sleeping for your little one. The hand-made bedding brightens the room and lets everyone know that a cute little girl sleeps 20 hours a day in there.
To sparkle the wall over the crib, we've added these... ADORABLE pictures! Hand-painted flowers by Ginny bookend this beautiful centerpiece of colorful lines and boxes with a cursive "Nyla" in the middle.

Lastly, your giant baby needs clothes to wear as she leaves the hospital. That's why you'll love... THESE PRECIOUS outfits! Already worn before by Ginny and her sister, these outfits are precious and tell everyone that your little bundle of joy is coming home from the hospital to begin the rest of your lives as a family of (for the next few years) 3!
All of these items can be yours if YOU'RE having a BABY in 9 days and live in our house!
(Clears throat)
Phew! That game show announcer voice stretches my voicebox to the limit. I think I need a Hawaiian punch 5-calorie drink mix. That is all for now,
contestants friends and family.
Remember to help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered!
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There you have it! More this week on the story of our Little Giant Baby Nyla.

-D 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fun in the Cabinet

When Nyla was just starting to crawl, she often found her way into the closest kitchen cabinet to her. After work I would come home to find approximately 1,254,097 pieces of Tupperware strewn all over the floor. That was ok. She was exploring and having fun. Now that Naomi is mobile, she has found that same cabinet. What better way to spend your day than playing with all of the plastic and formula cans?! Who needs real toys when you have a cabinet full of noisy cans?! Oh yeah, they BOTH crawl into the cabinet. But hey, look at those smiles!



















I hope everyone has a great Independence Day!

-D

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

I've definitely been on a pizza kick the past 3 days. We had pizza Friday and Saturday night for dinner and Sunday for lunch, at least they were all different. Here's my latest creation in pizza making. Enjoy!




Chicken Alfredo Pizza
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Ingredients:


Alfredo sauce: This sauce makes enough for 2 medium-size pizzas or 1 large pizza (I do 2)
1/4 cup butter
about 1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4-1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste

Pizza:
1 pizza crust
1/2- 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (depending on the size of your pizza)
4-6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese
optional items: 10-12 spinach leaves, chopped green onions, extra cheese

Cooking Instructions:
For sauce: Melt butter in small/medium saucepan or skillet. Add cream and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Add parmesan cheese and spices. Take off heat and set aside.

For pizza: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll out pizza crust, top with alfredo sauce, then chicken, bacon, optional items and then cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, check at 10 minutes.

Freezer Friendly: 
Follow all directions up to baking. Place on a cookie sheet, flash freeze in the freezer for about an hour. Take out, wrap well with plastic wrap, label and put back in the freezer until ready to use. To bake: preheat oven, leave pizza in oven until ready to bake and bake as normal; see above baking instructions. Yes, it's that easy!

Verdict:
This was a hit with Daniel! He loves alfredo sauce so when I mentioned this he jumped on the chance to try this out. I planned on dividing the sauce into 3 pizza's and portioned it that way; it looked like so much on one pizza. When it baked up the sauce soaked in too much so we decided halving the sauce between 2 pizza's would be best.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Crawling into the Camera

video

From fussing to nearly eating the camera, our little Naomi runs the gamut of emotions.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Menu Plan-July 1



Can you believe it's already July? July is a big month in our home, our oldest girl turns 2 this month and we can't believe it! I may cry all day just like I did last year when she turned one. I know she's doing what she's supposed to be doing, growing up, but it's gone by SO fast and it's just hard to believe she'll be two. I feel like I just had her! :) Here's our menu for the week.

Sunday- chicken alfredo pizza {new recipe}

Monday- buttermilk herb chicken breasts {new recipe} with brown rice and vegetables

Tuesday- cheesy chicken bundles {new recipes}

Wednesday- lunch with Daniel's mom and dinner at my parents

Thursday- chicken quesadillas (from the freezer)

Friday- breakfast

Saturday- pulled chicken sandwiches (one of Daniel's favorites)

The new recipes are from my new cookbook, Don't Panic- Dinner's in the Freezer and I'm very excited about trying them. I hope they're good!
What's happening in your kitchen?