Feb 132017
 

Logan has had a cold this week, which means he’s not sleeping well, which means we aren’t sleeping well….! I’ve been exhausted all week. So I was super surprised on Saturday morning when I went to the gym and hadย energy for days! It was a great workout! I did 30 minutes of strength training–body weights, free weighs and kettlebells, and then 30 minutes on the elliptical.

I could have kept going, too, but I had things to do! I went to the store to get groceries and then home to make this dinner:

SLOW COOKER 3-BEAN TURKEY CHILI

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 231

From: http://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-3-bean-turkey-chili-3125-pts/

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lb (20 oz) 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can chopped chilies
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can small red beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for topping
  • optional toppings, shredded cheddar, avocado, sour cream, etc

Instructions

  1. Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker with the beans, chilies, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin, mixing well.
  3. Cook on high 6 to 8 hours or low 10 to 12.
  4. Garnish with onions, cilantro and tour favorite toppings.
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I’ve made several Skinny Taste recipes before and they were always really delicious.

Our friends had a baby last month (their third!!) and we signed up for their meal train dinner. It was so amazing when we had Logan and friends and family made us meals. It was so so so helpful and generous and we ate some really great food.

Originally we were going to do Michael’s mac n’ cheese but our friends are dairy-free at the moment so I decided to make them chili. I’ve been craving chili for awhile now.

I browned the ground turkey and onions. (I added a teeny bit of spicy ground pork for some flavor.)

The recipe called for three different beans — one being chickpeas! So odd. But I went with it and it turned out to be a really good addition. I did black beans, red kidney beans and garbanzo beans.

I mixed it all and it cooked in the crockpot all day. It smelled really good.

After lunch Logan took a nap and I decided to take a nap, too, and ended up sleeping for over 2 hours!! Catching up on sleep after four days of no sleep, was awesome.

When it was done cooking I packed everything up and we went to our friend’s house to take them dinner and meet the new baby! NEW BABY SMELL!! Oh my gosh the baby isย sooo teeny tiny and adorable. I cannot believe that Logan was ever that tiny. It’s crazy. (Especially considering Logan decided to walk this week.)

So for the meal train I took our friends the pot of chili, a loaf of French bread and all the toppings: cilantro, chopped red onion, green onion, shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream (for the kiddos who aren’t dairy-free). Also in the bag was a bottle of wine and some homemade gluten-free brownies (from Bob’s Red Mill). ๐Ÿ˜€

We spent a little bit of time catching up and snuggling with new baby and then went home to get Logan to bed and open a bottle of wine for us:

There was just enough chili left over for Michael and I to have dinner, too. My one complaint about the recipe was that it said there were 10 servings in there but really, it was more like 5 or 6 generous servings. I guess she made the servings small to keep the calories low.

Ok I kind of loved this chili. It was so good! Lots of flavor and texture. I enjoyed the chickpeas, too. At first I thought they were weird to add to chili but the texture was great. The beans weren’t mushy.

This recipe is a winner! I would make it again for sure.

On Sunday I went swimming and then Michael and I got to go out for a Valentine’s Date Day. Michael’s sister babysat this guy:

I planned our date for this month. Our date started with lunch. We went to Ten Barrel Brewery. I’ve never been and it was a cool place with a fun vibe. We both got the Pearl IPA.

It was a pretty decent beer.

Michael got the personal sized pizza and the salad lunch combo:

The crust wasn’t anything special but the flavor of the sauce and the spicy pepperoni were really tasty. I got the Seoul Sandwich which had Korean steak with sauce, pickled carrots and shredded cabbage on it. It was really, really tasty! The meat had a fabulous flavor to it. I would have liked it a little spicier but it was a really delicious meal otherwise.

Next up was the highlight of our date day: A mini spa day! We went to Sole 2 Sole Reflexology in North Portland. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never tried reflexology before.

It was such a good experience! We both LOVED it! We were in a semi-private back room with two chairs. We sat down in our side-by-side chairs and then we soaked our feet in barrels of hot water while the therapists massaged our arms and hands. They also put some hot neck wrap things on us. Those were nice.

Then they dried our feet and started the foot and leg massage and reflexology. It was SO GOOD! I get massages once a month (thank you insurance)ย but they rarely spend that much time on my legs or feet, which is a bummer. So this was a really nice treat because it was a full hour on your feet and legs!

The reflexology part was really interesting. Hard to describe, but nice. It was a lot of pressure-point massage and the massage therapist did some massage around my knees, which was really nice.

Michael fell asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚ I dozed in and out of very deep relaxation. It was so nice. The place was great and I would totally go back again. Michael enjoyed his surprise Valentine’s date and he said had he’d known what I had planned he would have run extra miles on Saturday to really get the full benefit of the massage. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was a great date and we went home to be with the baby and just hang out for the rest of Sunday. Kinda lazy, which was nice.

Nov 072016
 

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I’ve never been a fan of Daylight Savings Time…it never made sense to me. And now having a baby, Iย loathe it. I didn’t know what to expect but I’d heard horror stories of how it effects kids. Logan wasn’t sleeping great this weekend, which means we weren’t either. ๐Ÿ™

Sunday morning was kind of brutal. It felt like I’d been up all night, even though he only got up twice. (It didn’t help that we were trying to transition him to his crib this weekend, either). I want more hours that I can SLEEEEEEP PLEASE!

So I got up, had breakfast and coffee (should’ve had two coffees) and then went swimming. It had been like two weeks since I’d been in the pool, because of being sick, and it felt so good to be back at it.

When I got home from the pool it was surprisingly sunny and nice out and Michael said “we’re going for a hike!” Um, ok…I hadn’t expected to work out twice in one day but it felt wrong not to take advantage of the unexpectedly nice day in November.

We packed up the car and Bella and Baby and hit the road for Saltzman Hike. I don’t think we’ve done this hike this year.

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This was Logan’s second hike, ever, and the first time using the baby hiker pack that a friend gave us last year. The ergo just wasn’t great for hiking. It works in a pinch but I don’t think it’s comfortable for any of us at this point.

I’m really glad that Logan fits in the backpack now! It’s a Kelty Carrier– I’m not sure the exact model because it was given to us but it looks like this one.

It works so great! It’s comfortable to wear (per Michael), the weight is on the hips instead of the shoulders or back. Logan loved it too! He was up high and could look around and he wasn’t in weird positions that made him uncomfortable.

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It was 65 degrees and sunny at our house. We got to Saltzman and it was a bit cooler and wetter. The trail was covered in wet leaves, too.

You can see a video on my instagram of Logan in the carrier.

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We should have brought his hat with us because it got a little chilly. Glad I left him in his long sleeves and pants and socks. It made me think about potentially snowshoeing this winter–and what kind of gear we need for Logan to keep him warm. I have no idea!

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Bella was super stoked to be out on the trails again. She sniffed every fern in the forest (her favorite thing to do). We ended up doing 3 miles roundtrip. I was starting to feel pretty fatigued and Logan was getting a little fussy.

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It was a good little hike. I’m glad we took advantage of the sunshine because the forecast isn’t consistently great for the next few weeks. Winter is coming….!

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Home! Bella was covered in mud. She got a bath immediately. And then later it was time for this exhausted mama to relax with a bath, too! And a beer. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Michael made a great dinner. He blackened some mahi mahi and topped it with avocado and peach mango salsa. We had brussels sprouts with bacon on the side. I wasn’t sure that it would be enough food after swimming AND hiking, but it was surprisingly filling.

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And then it was an early bedtime for me. My aching body needed the rest!