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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 had 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 is 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). 😀

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) 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. 🙂 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. 😉

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.

Oct 242016
 

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Man, the last month and a half or so our house has been The Plague House!

Since Logan started daycare mid-September he’s had two colds and most recently croup. And of course, when he was sick, I got sick as well and then Michael caught it, too. It’s seriously felt like everyone in our house has been sick forever. And I’m sure this winter it will be more of the same. Womp womp. 🙁

Croup sucked. I’m glad I took him in to the doctor immediately. They gave him some steroid medication that helped him right away. For about three days he was Velco-Baby and didn’t want us to put him down. He was in pretty good spirits, but still needy because he didn’t feel well. My poor bug. By day three even though he wanted lots of hugs and snuggles, he was definitely on the mend because he was back to his happy, smiley, laughing self. Just with a cough and lots of snot. LOL

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But the baby is healthier, so that’s good. Until the next daycare plague…

As for me? I’m not quite back to normal yet. My cold that I got right before we went to Hood River turned into a sinus infection and what felt like the beginning of bronchitis. Thankfully I got on antibiotics pretty quickly and that helped so much. So my cough is 90% gone.

I basically ended up taking over a week off from working out or going to the gym. Between Logan being sick, me being sick and just not getting much sleep, exercise was honestly the last thing on my mind. It also didn’t help that it’s been raining almost non-stop lately. I knew I was on the mend when I started to get the itch to go back to the gym.

I took it easy. The first few days back at the gym I just did the elliptical to get my body moving. Then I tried lifting weights. It was HARD. Taking two weeks off from weight lifting and I already feel like I’m back at square zero in that department. It was so difficult, I was winded and tired and my heart rate was really high the entire time, but I got through it and felt pretty good afterward.

Friday after work it finally wasn’t raining! I took Logan out for a quickie “run” before it got dark. It wasn’t too cold out, which was nice, and thankfully we didn’t get rained on.

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I did a jog/walk in the neighboring streets. I didn’t want to go too far from the house because there were some ugly black rain clouds in the distance (and a few hours after our walk it did start pouring) plus it gets dark so early now…I just don’t want to get caught out far away from home.

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It was nice to get out there and “run”! I was also happy to just be outside, honestly. I’ve missed our walks.

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Saturday morning I went to the gym and did weights–body weight exercises, weight machines and some free weights, and then did the elliptical. Again, it was hard. But I did it.

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Sunday I went swimming for the first time in over two weeks. It felt really good to be back in the pool and even though it was hard on my body like the other workouts were, my breathing was fine so that’s good.

After swimming Michael and I got to escape our plague house and go on a lunch date. His mom and stepdad came over to babysit Logan for a few hours. It was really nice getting out of the house alone!

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We went to Poke Mon on SE Hawthorne. I have to admit, having a baby, being busy and sick, I have been out of the loop on Portland restaurants for a very long time.

The restaurant was ok–not great ambience. It was cafeteria style where you order at the counter and then sit at the bar. So also not ideal for a “date” because you’re sitting next to each other instead of across from each other.

How was the food? It was decent. We both got the Spicy Yuzu Albacore Poke. It was Albacore on top of white rice with red onion, cucumbers, radishes, jalapenos, avocado and a spicy Yuzu sauce. The flavors were good and the tuna was really fresh and soft. I felt like over half of the bowl was rice (disappointing) and the serving of tuna was pretty miniscule. That was why it was just “ok” and not great. I didn’t feel like it was anything outstanding and it definitely didn’t compare to the amazing poke we had in Hawaii but it was still a nice lunch date!

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It was so nice out (a warm but brisk Fall day that was finally dry!) so we walked up Hawthorne and did some window shopping, got some ice cream and then stopped for a drink.

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It was like 3 in the afternoon, the bar was mostly empty and the jukebox was playing Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins (yay!) so it was kind of fun to just chill out with nostalgic music while we talked and had our drinks. My drink? I wasn’t super fond of it–it was a mango and habanero infused vodka with mango and orange juice in it. Now I love me some spicy and unique drinks but this one was just on the verge of being WAY too spicy! I didn’t love it. Maybe with a splash of something sweeter than mango would have balanced it out.

We ended up walking almost 2.5 miles on Hawthorne. That was nice!

Despite us both being sick (I’m on the mend with just an annoying lingering cough and Michael is still in the midst of it) we had a fun afternoon before heading back to our sick house!

I really hope we are all on the mend!