I survived

Well. It’s official. I survived my six 12 hour shifts in the NICU.

WAHOOO!

Unfortuantly, it wasn’t that great and included several difficult days. First, with the babies, and then with the rest of this week.

To lift my spirits, pizza and wine with ALL of Andrew’s pumpkins haha

I hope ALL my blogging buddies and their families are ok on the East Coast. Here in the NICU, we were talking about how they had to evacuate their NICU babies. I can’t imagine!

Question for you:

Red or white wine?

What are you doing for Halloween?

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

While the meatloaf was baking in the slow cooker, I wiped up this fast pumpkin bread. It took about 5 minutes!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

(from elanaspantry.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 3 eggs

Directions:

1.) Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and spices

2.) Add pumpkin, honey, stevia, and eggs

3.) Scoop into loaf pan

4.) Bake at 350 for 35-45 min

5.) cool for 1 hour

ENJOY!

Dinner for five

When it came to planning meals for the rock n’ roll weekend, it was no surprise TIffany, Angela, and I had it all planned out. We are also lucky, Tiffany has some AMAZING paleo recipes.

Friday, I was DESPERATELY trying to get the house clean because my guest were only a few hours from arriving, I put together the easiest meatloaf recipe from TIffany, and then I found paleo pumpkin bread. BOTH were completely finished off! THEY WERE THAT GOOD!

Tiffany’s meatloaf

(which is actually from paleo slow cooker book by Christie Gower)

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower- shredded
  • 1 clove garlic- minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp oregano
  • 0.5 tsp basil
  • tomato paste

Directions:

1.) Finely chop cauliflower and garlic in food processor

2.) In large bowl, mix ground beef, salsa, and eggs.

3.) Add cauliflower mixture to meat mixture.

4. ) Add almond meal and spices to meat mixture.

5.) Kneed and mix all together, shape into loaf and place in slow cooker.

6.) Spread tomato paste over top

7.) Bake 4-6 hours of until internal temperature is 160 degrees

ENJOY!

Paleo pumpkin bread to come tomorrow……

Preparing for the next 6 days….

I was lucky enough to have the past 7 days off! Working three 12 hour shifts can be really nice that way. But now, now I pay. haha. I have to work Thursday-Tuesday. It won’t be pretty.

But instead of worrying about it. I decided to make a BIG batch of stew

I added carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes to the beef stew. YUM!

So now, I just have to make it to Tuesday. And then Mr Flowers will be here- OFFICIALLY!!!!!!

Question for you:

What do you cook that will last you a few days?

Rock n Roll Half Marathon

This past weekend, I completed the 2nd rock n roll half marathon in St Louis and the expo.

Last years medal

So this year, training didn’t go as planned. Well, to be honest it went the total OPPOSITE of planned, considering I was signed up for the full. Oh well

(rewind to sunday)

Tiffany and I woke up MIGHTY early to get so yummy food, get dressed, and on the road! We only had a 10 min drive haha

We walked around trying not to freeze to death (it was a windy 40 degrees!), went to the bathroom, and found Rob and ANgela!! Tiffany was in corral 5 (ms speedy!) while Rob, Angela, and I hung back.

Before we knew it, it was time to get going! I think we stayed together for about a half mile. So it was just me and my IPOD. We are best friends haha. I was actually feeling pretty good. I was wide awake, even my knee was cooperating. I was keeping a 10 min/mile pace. I felt great till about 7 miles.

Then it went down hill a bit….. My left ankle was in A LOT of pain. Running was kindof out. Which was really frustrating, because I have never had to walk before. But I didn’t want to make it worse.

At mile 8, I was feeling better so I told myself, you can run down hill and on flat, but NOT uphill. That seemed to help. (along with texting Tabor and my brother. I needed the emotional support to keep going!)

So I walked. Eventually, I was ok with that. And I finished, which was my goal haha

Check Angela’s blog. She has a few posts all about the race with great pictures!

(fast forward to Monday night)

I mayyy have had a bit of a break down.

I decided it was time for wine while watching the Cardinals game. Then they lost.

I was getting any better, so it was time for the big guns!  Bath, muscle, magazine, and candles (I used the pillow gift you gave me tiffany!)

I hoping the week (and my ankle, knee, hip) have a better week starting today!!!

Question for you:

Have you ever had a running injury?

How did you stay in shape if you couldn’t run?

yoga does a body good

Yesterday, I decided I needed to get a GOOD stretch in. I wasn’t as sore as I thought, or dying  haha.

Sunday night, I made sure to ice everything! ankle, hip, knee. CHECK! while watching the Cardinals game, and checking emails

Monday, was all about relaxing. I took Andrew to school. Laid in bed while I iced everything, again. And check millions of emails. It was the perfect rainy day to do nothing!

Then it was time for yoga!

And  boy did yoga help!

After I did Day 1, I still wasn’t over stretching. So I went to youtube, and found this music.

It was heavenly, and I’m feeling a bit better too

Question for you:

Yoga, do you love it?

-I used to think if you weren’t sweating you were getting a good workout. Now I know the truth. The video I did today was definitely more of a stretch, I didn’t sweat, but it still felt SO GOOD!