It’s Friday! You know what that means! Time to share some of our favorite things. If you aren’t familiar with Friday Favorites, head over to Katie’s blog to get the low down.
It was a hectic week in our house, so I didn’t get a chance to snap a lot of photos but there were lots of things to smile about.
In no particular order…
1. Walks in the sunshine (no photo was taken because I had 2 dogs and a baby with me- I needed about 2 extra hands for a photo to be successfully snapped). Being outside is really one of the best mood lifters.
2. My happy baby.
He’s my sidekick – I don’t leave home without him.
3. Speed work! I’ve started training with a running coach and one of these days I’ll tell you all about it! When it comes to running, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is something I love…and also hate…but more love than hate.
4. Trips! We have 2 trips scheduled for March and one of them is to the sunny south! Bring on the family time, Florida sunshine and yo yo cookies!
5. Impulse buy from Whole Foods.
I mixed it with ground turkey, peppers and corn and used it to fill a quesadilla. Dinner win!
6. These guys match at least once a week and when they do it is my favorite.
7. Doterra Essential Oils.
After hearing Annette rave about these oils for weeks, I finally got some to try. I use them and I use them on Atlas and I love them! Talk to Annette if you want the scoop on essential oils and how to use them. She’s an expert. I want to try them all.
***And now for the winners of the Jacksonville Color Me Rad 5k!***
Names were written down and drawn out of a hat. I’m sure there was an easier, higher-tech way to do it, but putting names into a hat just felt right. And it was kind of fun.
And the winners are…
Sarah and Sofia!
I will be contacting you both today via e-mail with your entry code! Congratulations!
Thank you to all who participated!
I hope your work day flies by and your weekend is filled with time spent outside, a good run, a yo yo cookie and a nice long nap!
Whew! Today has been a doozie, ya’ll. No naps were taken. Shots were given (we’re talking needles not liquor). Crib sheets were changed due to massive amounts of spit-up (I did speed work this morning, but that was no workout compared to changing those dang crib sheets). Lunch was skipped. Vet appointments were made (Ob’s eye infection got worse not better). A blowout diaper resulted in mandatory laundry at 7pm. Dinner was a fail (way too spicy, which normally would be a success in our house but not when you’re breastfeeding). Dave accidentally woke Atlas up after he fell asleep for the night (If you see Dave sleeping on the sidewalk of NYC tonight, be a dear and give him a blanket. I kid, I kid). You get the picture.
But, my baby boy is finally asleep (again) and I’m curled up on the couch with my husband, pups, a glass of wine, an apple and some chocolate covered pretzels (a.k.a Plan B dinner since Plan A was a fail). Thank the Lord for Juice Plus to bridge that gap, right?
And since I’m sure you don’t care to hear the details of this crazy day, I’m going to give you a recipe for that quiche some of you asked for instead! It’s actually super easy but anytime I make quiche, it makes me feel fancy and sophisticated. But you know, not that fancy or sophisticated because I still serve it up on a paper plate.
1 frozen deep dish pie shell (I like Pillsbury, but use whatever deep dish frozen pie shell you can find)
8 eggs (I’ve actually used 6 and it still came out just fine)
1 1/2 cups half and half (you can also use heavy cream)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
5-8 slices bacon
Filling of your choice (a pepper, spinach, peppadews, ham, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°.
Fry the bacon (or microwave it if you’re feeling lazy).
Whip the eggs, half and half and salt and pepper together. Mix in the bacon, cheese and filling of your choice.
Pour mixture into deep dish pie shell. Do not fill the pie shell to the brim – you don’t want it to overflow in your oven. If you pick up the pie and the egg mixture is leaking over the side, it is too full.
Place the pie on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cover the pie with aluminum foil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes, until quiche is set and the crust is golden brown. The quiche should be loose.
If you use less eggs, I would use slightly less half and half. I.e. if you only use 6 eggs, maybe reduce the half and half amount to 1 cup.
Get as creative as you want with the filling. I’m sure seafood would work. You could swap cheddar cheese for goat cheese if you want to get real fancy. Play around with it. The version above is just ‘classic’ and is always a hit in our house.
You don’t have to add bacon, but bacon makes everything better so proceed at your own risk if you omit it.
If you don’t use a deep dish pie shell, you’re going to want to use less eggs for sure (maybe only 4 or 5) and definitely less half and half (maybe slightly less than 1 cup). I always use a deep dish pie shell though so I can’t speak too much to all that.
Can you tell I’m not a professional chef? I just fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen. Sometimes it is a success, like with this quiche…and sometimes I end up eating an apple and chocolate covered pretzels for dinner.
If you read the title of this post, you may be expecting the following content to be thought provoking and poetic.
If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you know that’s not going to be the case though (although, I have written some birthday poems that some would say are worthy of a Nobel Prize*).
*Some = my mother (and she’s never actually said those exact words, but she’s suggested it in a roundabout imperceptible sort of way)
Sometimes I think I named my blog all wrong because there are days when I don’t write about food or fitness, even though those 2 things are always a part of my daily life.
There are days when I just enjoy blogging about life in general.
There was a time when I thought perhaps I should call this site “The Ob and Marley Show.”
And then we had Atlas and I thought this blog should be titled “Diaries of a frazzled mom.”
But then last night Dave brought home this cake pop for me…
And these too…
After devouring all that deliciousness like it was my job (which by the way, it sort of is – I’m still breastfeeding so mama’s got to eat), I did a Nike Training Club workout and this ab workout.
I swear somewhere under the skin and frosting are abs of steel screaming to be seen.
Here are links to some of the exercises, in case you’re unfamiliar with them.
Dave just saw this on my screen and asked how many rounds I did. My response? “Um 1, fool.” That is 100 reps. But I guess you could do 2 or 3 rounds if you want to be an overachiever like Dave.
So, sometimes I think maybe I should change the name of this blog but then today I thought, “nah, better not.” ← If you can name the movie that quote is from, you win the favorite reader award!
Cupcakes n Crunches still sums up a good portion of my life perfectly!
Blogging pals – If you could rename your blog, what would you call it? If you don’t have a blog, what would you name one if you had it?
Jacksonville readers, don’t forget to enter to win a free entry into the Color Me Rad Race!
If you live in Jacksonville, Florida I have something exciting coming at you today!
The super cool people behind the Color Me Rad races reached out me to a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in partnering with them to promote their 5Ks. I jumped at the opportunity because I got to experience the Color Me Rad race in Jacksonville last year and I thought it was such a cool event!
I didn’t get to run the race last year because I was pregnant and unfortunately my extreme nausea kept me on the sidelines with the spectators, but I had a blast cheering on Dave and some of our favorite friends from the YMCA. Dave and our friends signed up to run the race as a team and got the added fun of picking a team name.
Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to “50 Shades of Cray.”
Awesome team name, right? They are awesome people too.
Color Me Rad truly focuses on making running fun. Walkers, joggers and runners of all levels are welcome. The race isn’t meant to be crazy competitive. In fact, Dave said last year the course didn’t even have clocks. You don’t run for time. You don’t run for a PR. You don’t run to lose weight. To quote the people of Color Me Rad…
“Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad. Run for the hell of it.”
That may be my favorite quote ever about running. You run for FUN! When was the last time you did that? (*random tangent: Does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe and Rachel went running? That’s what I think of when I think of running for fun – Phoebe running like a crazy woman through Central Park.)
Oh, and of course you get color bombed in the process. According to the Color Me Rad’s website…
“You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your granddaddy’s dentures and throughout the run, we’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.”
Dave said that “50 Shades of Cray” spent the majority of last year’s race attempting to peg each other with color bombs. I watched them cross the finish line and they were all laughing hysterically. I’ve ran a lot of races and I’ve never seen people cross the finish line laughing. I think that is a sign of a good race, don’t you? Apparently Color Me Rad is so fun you don’t even realize you’re running a 5k. Sign me up! The Jacksonville course also took runners onto the Jacksonville Jaguar’s field, which Dave thought was incredibly neat. It isn’t every day you get to run on NFL turf.
Once the race is over, the scene turns into one big dance party. Color Me Rad had a DJ at the finish line last year and as a spectator of the race, I can tell you that a good time was had by all. We all left with a smile and some added color to our life.
The color bombs are made from non-toxic and non-rash inducing colored cornstarch so it is a race that is safe for the whole family! In fact, Dave & I have plans to run a Color Me Rad race in NYC this summer and we will most likely be taking Atlas along for the fun.
And just in case I haven’t sold you on Color Me Rad yet, you should also know that a portion of the proceeds from each race goes to a local charity so you’re helping those in your community when you run for fun.
And now, for my Jacksonville readers!
TWO (2) of you have the chance to win a FREE entry into this year’s Color Me Rad 5k on March 29th. This year’s race is supporting the Special Olympics & is guaranteed to raise your spirits, “even when zoloft & balloon animals can’t.”← direct quote from their website. Hilarious.
To enter, simply comment on this post telling me why you want to run Color Me Rad. For a DOUBLE entry, share this post via Facebook or Twitter and let me know in the comments section of this post that you passed along the love.
Two winners will be selected and announced on Friday.
How many of you have ran a Color Me Rad race before? Tell me about your experience! Be sure to check out Color Me Rad’s website to find a race location near you!
Friday lunch: Let’s get this party started!
Homemade quiche: You should be very impressed.4 miles: Ob only runs negative splits.
Veggie burger: Recovery food at its finest.
Pineapple margarita: You know you want one.
Bear hug: You know you want one.
My loves: They make life so fun!
Oscar night: Atlas dressed for the occasion.
Other things not pictured:
A trip to Whole Foods.
A blowout diaper (you’re welcome).
Shopping around at Baby Gap.
Movie night on the couch.
Your turn! Tell me about your weekend!
It’s Friday, which means it is time to link up with Katie for another edition of Friday Favorites!
As always, you can play along by listing some of your favorite things in the comments below or if you’re a blogger, be sure to write a quick post detailing little things you loved this week and link up on Katie’s blog to get in on the fun!
1. Impulse buy at the grocery store. Tasted like summertime.
2. New hand cream. Smells like flowers. And the south. Southern flowers a.k.a home. I want to bathe in it.
3. I consider sleeping an actual hobby, so this is like the necessary gear needed for me to do my hobby. Awesomeness.
4. Another impulse buy. I just love the name. “Next to Godliness.” So witty. Do you get it? You know…the old saying… “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” And this is hand soap. Are you there yet? I just think that is the funniest thing.
Also, #3 might be starting to kick in.
5. A ‘just because’ gift Dave hid in the microwave before he left for work. ♥ I love the extra love. It came with the sweetest card and it was just the encouragement I needed to make it through the week.
6. Another thing encouraging me this week. I bet if you read it, it will make your favorites list next week.
7. Atlas & I got to visit my former boss and her daughter who were in NYC this week. Familiar faces are always a favorite! They were celebrating her daughter’s birthday at the American Girl store. The American Girl store is my new favorite store.
enter rabbit trail…
Did anyone else out there have an American Girl doll when they were little? I had the Samantha doll. Correction: I still have her. She’s in the attic at my mom’s house. I’m hoping 1 day I’ll have a little girl to pass my Samantha doll onto. If I had visited the American Girl store when I was
14 9 I would have lost.my.mind. You can get the doll’s ears pierced. I can’t even handle the cuteness. Of course, I’ll have 3 boys. I’m okay with that though. I could have more babies just like Atlas.
…rabbit trail over…
8. These are my favorite faces. And they match. Melts my heart.