Thursday, November 27, 2014

happy thanksgiving!

wishing all my family and friends a very happy thanksgiving!  it's important to take a moment to remind ourselves all that we are grateful for! 

i am looking forward to sharing a delicous meal with family and friends and i am very excited to have my in-laws join us this year, all the way from texas.

from when jarad and i first started dating, we started a tradition of going on a hike the day before thanksgiving.  we usually get off of work early and its a good way to counter balance all those calories we will be eating later on.  this year we went to del cerro and brought the dogs for an off leash adventure. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

mexican chicken stew...

this recipe is inspired by jarad's uncle dean.  he cooked this for us one chilly night in boston and it sounded good for a lazy sunday dinner and especially since i am a bit under the weather.


32 oz container of swanson mexican tortialla soup broth
3 chicken breasts (cooked and cubed)
2 small zuchinni (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 medium potato (diced)
1 cup frozen corn
1 can rotel tomatoes

how to:

in a fry pan cook your chicken until mostly done, then cube into bite sized pieces.  prep your veggies so they are all the same size.  in a dutch oven combine all ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.  you can serve with cheese, sour cream or tortilla chips.

Friday, November 21, 2014

big moves!

my husband is going through the process of making some big changes at work so that he can focus on his own company that he started last year.  i am so proud of him and for dreaming BIG! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!!

the other night i had a sweet tooth and i felt like trying a new recipe that i found on the "tone it up"website.  it was the perfect opportunity to try out these cookies and then bring them to girls wine night the following day.


3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 t almond extract
pinch of sea salt

how to:

combine all ingredients and incorporate with a mixer.  bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

power of music...

i love music, and certain songs or artists can immediately bring you back to a time in your life.  sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but either way music is powerful!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

chicken pot pie...

the weather is finally starting to cool down and it seemed like a good time to try a new recipe.  chicken pot pies seem like a great dish for chilly fall weather.


3 large chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup + 1/2 can of cream of potato soup
1/2 bag of mixed frozen veggies (carrots, peas, corn, etc.)
1/2 medium onion (sauteed)
1 package pillsbury crescent rolls
1 t. crushed garlic
1 t. thyme
salt and pepper to taste

how to:

cook chicken and cube into bite sized pieces.  mix with soup, veggies and seasoning.  in a casserole dish place your pot pie mixture and cover the top with crescent rolls.  bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly and crescent rolls are golden brown.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

love is...

love is your sick puppy wanting to be close because he doesn't feel well...

Monday, November 10, 2014

no cook appetizer...

i have made this twice in the last week, and it's a big hit!  it is so easy and super delicious, and best part, no cooking involved!


log of goat cheese
apricot jam
pomegranate seeds

how to:

place goat cheese on serving platter and spread apricot jam on top.  sprinkle with fresh pomegranate seeds and serve with your favorite crackers!

***you can also substitute cream cheese or pepper jelly***

Friday, November 7, 2014

workout challenge...

tomorrow marks 3 weeks that i have been working out everyday with jarad.  i mentioned to him that i wanted to improve my workouts and push myself with new fitness goals.  we have been doing push ups, pull ups, running hills, squats, hiking, jumping rope, running stairs, lifting weights and jogging.  many of these things i am not able to do on my own, i have little upper body strength, but everyday gets a little easier and i feel stronger.

the other day i noticed a few changes that were encouraging and pushed my motivation even further.  while at the gym and doing bicep curls with 10 pound weights, i noticed some muscle definition in my arm.  while nothing to brag about, it was still exciting!  i am also very close to being able to do a regular push up on my own!!!  i also started to notice a small (very small) gap between my thighs. 

i look forward to our daily morning work outs together, and they are even better when wilfred gets to come!  he is there to cheer me on and lick my face when i lay down to stretch.  i am still a ways away from my goal, but when you start to see your body change and get stronger you become addicted to sweating.  thank you jarad for your constant support and motivation!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

love is...

love is your husband driving 45 minutes (each way) to come and visit you for lunch (on his day off!!!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

view from new office...

recently my office relocated to the santa monica airport.  i get to see interesting helicopters and planes take off and land all day long.  in fact my first day here we saw the presidential helicopters land here.  today i got to see the good year blimp!  this view doesn't get old!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

music...the lumineers

i am sure jarad is thrilled that "pyro" by kings of leon is no longer on repeat, i have a new obsession!

the lumineers, "big parade"

Saturday, November 1, 2014


many of us dressed up at the office on friday for halloween, so i wore an old costume of jarad's and i was an nasa astronaut.  it was also fitting for our new billboard at work!