Quite a random update.

I have a lot of little things to talk about but nothing big so I have no clue how to title this post…


I was cleaning out the display cases and he decided he needed to get in there.  He’s clearly not afraid of being in them anymore!


My mom was getting home late Friday so I went by to let her dogs out for a few minutes and put them back in.  While I was chasing her wild child of a dog Oreo around Rylan decided to hang out with Bailey in her kennel!  haha

Saturday was blah.  We rested.  It was rough.  I’m not really a sit and rest kind of person.  I apparently needed it though because I was supposed to go to Zumba that morning and I slept in.


I know.

I had a headache too.  Sometimes your body just needs that I guess.

On Sunday I was in a cooking mood.  I’ve been looking for a good chili recipe.


I found this one from The Pioneer Woman.  At first I wasn’t too crazy about it but I made a few tweaks to it and I really like it.  20150712_163308

I also made some monkey bread.  It’s not that great for you but everyone needs a treat every now and then.

20150712_162421My little man eating his supper.  He’s such a big boy.  He won’t sit in his high chair anymore.  I guess he’s too “cool” for that now.  He does great in a regular chair though so that’s where he sits.


Rylan had to go for his well child checkup Monday.  He’s 34.5″ and 25lbs!  20150713_125205


He had to have a finger stick and his last Hep A shot.  He HATED the band aid on his finger.  The prick wasn’t bad but when she put the band aid on he was not a happy camper.  I’m guessing this is when it probably started throbbing too.

When it came time for his shot he started telling the nurse “Peese, Peese, Non’t”.  Poor little feller.  :(  He’s so smart and so cute.

As for a workout update:

I’ve wanted to try Yoga for years now and it has just not worked out for me.  I finally gave it a whirl last Monday though and I love it!  You really do use muscles you haven’t used in a long time, if ever.

My arms and my abs really got a good workout.  I felt it for the rest of the week…no joke!

I went again last night and it was wonderful!

I burned 383 calories in an hour and was completely challenged.  I now get what all the fuss is about.  I’m going to add a Yoga class into my routine once a week for sure.  I wish I could do it 7 days a week honestly.

I’d take pictures but in such a calm environment with so much concentration (and lets face it…weird positions) I don’t really feel like it’s appropriate.  I know I wouldn’t want someone taking pictures of me trying to do any of it.


My First Cooking Class

About a month ago I stumbled onto these cooking classes that the Higher Ed Center was offering.   It’s a series they’re doing right now called “Cooking Along the Crooked Road”.   I thought it would be something fun for a Mother’s Day present for my mom so I signed us up for one on June 1st.  It is focused on heart healthy cooking with local vegetable, sauces and marinades.  I’m excited!  This goes right along with trying to eat better so I’m looking forward to learning some new things.

I was telling my aunt (Sis) about it and she looked and thought she would enjoy one too so I signed up to do one with her as well.  We chose the one that focused on Food Truck Food.

So last night Sis and I went to our cooking class (btw, this is something else I’ve been able to check off of my bucket list this year!)

Before the class started


Sis “slivering” the onions


The rest of the class and the instructor giving tips.


Our instructor Melissa of Me & K’s Food Truck (Johnson City, TN)

Melissa was great!  She was so enthusiastic and the love she has for food and cooking is contagious!  She was quick to encourage us to play around with her recipes and she encouraged us to make them our own.

I’m not going to write the recipes on here because they’re not mine to give.  I will tell you though that all of the ingredients were fresh and as many as possible were from the local farmer’s market which I loved!  She used a rotisserie chicken for the wraps and the chicken salad so that cut down on time quite a bit.

What we made:

Chicken Salad Sandwich – I didn’t get a picture of this but I wish I had!  It was so good and I was so hungry I inhaled it before I realized I should have taken a pic!  This was some of the best chicken salad I’ve ever had!  She used a crusty bread for this sandwich.  She had made her own garlic butter and toasted the bread with the spread on the griddle.  It made it so good!

Sausage Sandwich (I can’t remember the name, it was kinda like a hotdog using polish sausage and a hoagie bun) – I didn’t get a picture of this one either…clearly I was starving!  LOL  This was the least favorite of mine.  I’m not big on mustard or pickle so it was just okay for me.  I could take it though and make it into something tailored to my taste.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


This was made with the darker meat from the rotisserie chicken.  The meat was minced up very finely.  She put local goat feta on top and the veggies were very thinly sliced.  This was such a light but filling dish.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo



This BLT was great!  It was spicy and definitely different.  The Chipotle Mayo was from scratch and could be made more spicy or less spicy depending on your tastes.

These recipes were so fresh and so easy.  I definitely learned some things and found some new flavor pairings.

I can’t wait till the next class.  I know Mom is really going to enjoy it!

The only thing I would change about it would be that they seem to only have them on Monday nights and that means no Zumba.  So since I skipped Zumba this Monday I’m going to have to work my butt off another way this week…