Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekend Meal Plan Complete!

These last couple weeks I have done a horrible job getting meals planned and groceries bought. Today I had to bite the bullet and make a plan for the weekend and go grocery shopping. Since a budget has been set for the most part and savings are a priority this trip took place at Aldi. The prices don't include things that I already had in the pantry.

Tonight is one of our favorites!
This is 20-Minute Sriracha Shrimp Ramen. This stuff is great and can be found over on the blog Baker by Nature. The total price of this meal is around $10 and could have been less if I hadn't been low on soy sauce.

Saturday is another pasta day. Honestly I have never been a really big pasta eater but since getting pregnant I want it all the time!
I am in love with all the different one pot pasta options. I haven't tried this one yet but this is Easy One Pot Pasta Puttanesca and it can be found at the blog Creative Juice. I got everything to make this one for $11. 

Finally on Sunday since we are finally supposed to start feeling the autumn weather I wanted to do another soup.
Now I haven't tried this one either but I'm a sucker for a crock pot meal on a Sunday. This one can be found at Carlsbad Cravings and is a Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup. This soup was a little more expensive to shop for since it contains beef and came in at $14. 

While at the store I also picked up some snacks for the game tomorrow that cost about $7. There were also a few staples that we needed and they had pumpkins. We had to have a pumpkin! Over all the total for the weekend with tax came up to $54.60. Not bad for three dinners (which hopefully will provide some leftovers) and food for hosting the game.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Addicted to Planning

Not sure why but I'm totally addicted to planning right now. I am also on a budget so I am working on ways to not spend any money or at least as little as possible and still be able to decorate a super cute planner. 

The first thing I did was use a small binder that I had picked up at target a couple weeks ago for a different purpose.

Then I wanted to make dividers and cute pages for my planner. I started by making the dividers from half price scrapbook paper that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

This is a cover page which I have decorated a little bit but not too much. I wanted to keep it simple!

Next I added this super cool washi tape holder so that I could carry around some of my washi tape without having the rolls all over my purse. This thing is genius! Behind that is a folder that I made.

This is the folder. Right now it is simply holding my stickers that I have printed off. All of these stickers are free on the internets and I will be having a separate post on those in the next couple days.

Above are the other folders that I made. I only spent about $12 dollars for everything that I made! Future posts will show the inserts that I am using right now, how I decorated them, and more resources for free or at least inexpensive planner supplies and printables. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

4 month prenatal visit

Well today was our four month prenatal visit. So far everything is good. The heart rate today was 134 or right around there. I expected it to be higher since Butterbean's heart rate has been running higher than that in the past. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about though.

Next week we have our ultrasound and we are both very excited to finally get a glimpse of the baby again. We are not going to find out the sex. We want to keep it a surprise. Hopefully everything will check out normal and we can continue with the rest of the pregnancy with no worries.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It's a Keeper

I tried a wonderful recipe from Half Baked Harvest last night. Chris didn't even notice that it didn't have meat in it! It is really that good. I did cut down on the cheese quite a bit. We like cheese just not copious amounts of it all at once. I would be interested to try the recipe as written to see how cheesy it really is.

That looks really good right? Next time I make it I am going to try out a couple of changes. First I am going to add some Italian sausage. I liked it without meat and so did Chris but I would be interested to see how it turned out with some sausage. Also I want to substitute half of the canned tomatoes for rotel tomatoes. The red pepper flakes in the recipe do add a little bite to the pasta but I would like a little bit more without having to add tons of red pepper flakes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

So This Happened!

So many great things have happened since I last wrote a post. Why this is so hard to do I will never know since I love to journal and writing things out!

Let's start with the biggest most recent thing...well there are two but lets start with this last weekend. We got married! I only have one picture right now but there are more to come once we get them from the our friend that was in charge of taking photos.

The wedding was just what I wanted...a little under planned and totally casual. It was basically a cookout and swimming party. It was really fun and low stress. Our friend who officiated the wedding did a wonderful job. We could not have been more pleased with his sermon. It was personal and sweet and perfect for us.

On to the next exciting news. We are also pregnant! It is so exciting. There is so much to post on this that I am going to do a separate post just for this topic very soon and obviously many more after that.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Started Out As A Relaxing Memorial Day...

It all started out so relaxing. 
A movie on the couch. 
Then something happened and we were pulling weeds in the front yard, then Chris was mowing. 
The next thing I know we are pruning! 
By the time we got done we had a hug pile of clippings that Chris had to take out in the rain! 
Because that is all it does here!

So I didn't post this before but this is what happened to Chris's car the day before we left on our trip. We later found out that we had been stuck in an F1!
Stupid Oklahoma.

Tonight was rotisserie night.
I pulled out a rub that I had tried on the grill last summer.
This stuff was spicy and delicious.
The chicken turned out awesome. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

On to Trail Running or The Reserection of Trail Running

So when we started our running journey it was running on trails that was our passion. We wanted to run 5k obstacle courses. Those were the point of it all. Of course the major goal was the Tough Mudder but we really enjoyed running the 5k distance.

This that time I have explained why we moved to road running and our adventure into the road marathon. Through the exploration of road running we really discovered that tail running is our passion. Both of us agree that there is just something about running on a trail that is soul lifting and that is what we want from running.

At first Chris was like "let's sign up for a trail marathon!" and I was like "whoa! Let's sign up for a trail half marathon. Going from the road to the trail is actually a really big difference.

We signed up for a trail marathon at the end of June. It's the Osage Hills State Park Relatively Flat 1/2 Marathon. We are super excited. There is only one problem. It's been raining every day so there is no way for us to trail on an actual trail. It doesn't even look like there is going to be a break in the rain for at least another week.

It's back to the road for the time being.