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Lance

I’ve tried to write this a couple times and failed each time. Joseph and I lost a friend and coworker today. It was an abrupt shock and my heart is broken for our friend who is gone and the loved ones he left behind. It’s a terrible tragedy. I can’t imagine what his family is going through right now and my heart goes out to them, and all his friends still reeling from the loss.

Take this as your reminder to love the people in your life, each and every one. You never know when you might have to say goodbye.

Lance, I truly hope you rest in peace.

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

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Work it Wednesday: Painting the Bathroom

So, while I’m sure Joseph would have loved to laze around all weekend, playing video games and watching stupid movies (like Joe Dirt, sigh), instead he was put to work. For a couple of months now, I’ve been wanting to paint our bathroom. Our bedroom as the first thing we painted; a nice and stormy dark grey that goes well with our black comforter (which is seriously the warmest and most comfortable thing ever!) and our touches of yellow. Grey was, seriously, the easiest color in the world to pick out. As oppose to the green in the living room where we got sample after sample, we only got one grey sample, slapped it on before declaring it perfect.

For our bathroom we were even crazier. Joseph and I didn’t even bother to get a paint sample, we found a shade that was lighter but in the same grey family as our bedroom and bought a gallon to slap up on the walls. I got busy taping off the tub, shower, mirror and anything else that needed extra protection while painting. Just as I finished changing into my painting clothes, Joseph uttered the most wonderful sentence ever:

“Hey sweetheart, I got this. Why don’t you go watch tv or something.”

*Swoon* And he practically forced me OUT of the bathroom. I felt guilty for not doing anything so I actually went grocery shopping. Alone. Which is a big deal because I hate grocery shopping and I have absolutely no patience for people in my way and inevitably there is always someone there blocking what I need with their carts while they mindlessly check food labels.

Anyways, that was all a long winded way to say

Joseph is awesome and painted our bathroom an awesome grey!

But enough words, the proof is in the pictures after all!

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Tasty Tuesday: Menu Planning

I know some people would be surprised to know that I can be pretty Type A on occasion. I mean, if any of my coworkers took a look at my desk during the day, neat and organized would be so far from their list of descriptions for me. My mother would probably cry laughing since she’s seen my dirty room throughout my entire life. But, from time to time and with certain tasks, I do have a freakish amount of organization.

Typically I love menu planning. I love food and menu planning is picking something delicious to eat and anticipating when I can actually have it. I plan for a week at a time because we typically go shopping on Sunday or Monday, after work. Menu planning is, usually, a great way to save some money on your grocery bill as well as ensure you don’t have to throw away rotting food.

When I don’t menu plan, we typically eat worse and spend more either grabbing fast food or running by the store to pick up ingredients we only incorporate for one meal. We have to scramble for breakfast and lunch and who knows if we will actually get any vegetables. Overall, menu planning makes my life easier in so many facets.

However, with this weekend being a long weekend my menu planning failed for a Tasty Tuesday Recipe. So, instead, you can just drool over my awesome menu plan. It’s going to be fab.

Breakfast: Smoothie, Yogurt with Fruit, Eggs & Bacon, Deviled Eggs
Lunch: Taco Salad, Chicken Salad in Lettuce Wraps
Snacks: Deviled Eggs, Watermelon, Bananas, Yogurt with Fruit, Strawberries, Bacon
Dinner: Taco Salad, Grilled Chicken with Grilled Zucchini & Creamed Cauliflower, BBQ Chicken Salad, Good Egg Burgers with BLT Salads

 

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Five Things Friday

    1. So, my favorite band of ALL TIME dropped a new album on Tuesday. Everyone should check it out and perhaps purchase. I’ve loved them since high school and they have gotten me through SO MANY things. Although a lot of their songs aren’t necessarily about happy topics but they just make me happy. Check out The Spill Canvas and their new album Gestalt

    2. I also want to throw out a shout out to my friend’s kickstarter. They are trying to raise some money for Girls of the Con, who puts out a calendar every year. The goal is to raise enough so they can really step up the quality of their calendar. If you are interested in donating, you can check it out here, or even just check out pictures of past girls.
    3. Today was Joe’s last day. After Memorial weekend he will be starting at his new job. To celebrate we went to Mexican and then got cupcakes! We also bunnied his cube, there is a story behind it, perhaps he will share it with everyone one day.
    4. Best Pin Ever:
    5. Have a good Memorial Day weekend. If you’re lucky, like me, you have Monday off! Have fun but don’t forget the reason behind the holiday.

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How to be Friends with a Pale Person During Summer

It is inevitable, every single summer, people who have known me for at least a summer and typically more than one, will make sure to comment on the paleness of my skin.

And not in a super nice, “Wow, what beautiful, fair and creamy skin you have.”

No, it’s typically more “OMG You are so pale. Ugh.”

Guys, I get it, I’m pale. I know and accept this fact. But, it’s not fun to be made to feel like a freak because I have fair skin and cannot tan. Trust me, I turn red. I either sunburn and lobster up, or I get just enough tan and it’s still red. I don’t even bother to try. I like to sunscreen & sunblock up. Seriously, spray me down, I’ll reapply every hour on the hour. I’ll go to the beach and come back just as fair skinned as before but a tad bit more freckled.

You can even use me to make yourself feel more tan. I don’t mind, let’s compare arms, legs, whatever and you’ll always be more tan then me. It’s a fun game for me too, I can laugh about it, I can boost your ego. But, I can’t tan.

So, just remember, if you have a pale friend in your life, and come spring and summer and they start wearing skirts and dresses, they already know they are pale. You don’t have to let them know that fact like it’s a huge physical ailment because it’s the first time you’ve seen their white legs that match their white arms.

And, if you really love them, you’ll bring the backup sunscreen for when they inevitably run through the ten bottles they have!

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Work It Wednesday: Living Room Painting

Man, can I be annoying sometimes. Joseph can especially attest to that fact, I can promise you that. I’m especially annoying when I get an idea stuck on my head and I have yet to figure out how I want to execute it.

So, a few months(?) ago when I decided it was time to finally paint the living room and I wanted green, we went on the hunt. HOLY COW people, there are so many greens. Each green we tried was too dark, too light, reminded me of the color we have at work, looked like Easter threw up. And with each color we tried, our wall started to look like it was trying to camouflage itself. I should have taken a color test picture with all our colors, but only thought of it right now.

Anyways, after a couple of months of trying to find the perfect green, I turned to my pinterest where I had pinned quite a few green rooms. I ran across a picture I had pinned a long time ago where the girl actually gave up the color she used.

We started off just painting the entry way. The color in the paint can looks horrible, and the little splotch they put on the lid to prove they are giving you the proper color looked like straight up butt. But, we painted the entry way anyways, or rather Joseph did. And we waited and waited. Then it dried and it was beautiful and perfect and looks amazing in our lights. Finally, FINALLY I found my color.

Asparagus by Behr

So, this weekend we slapped it on the walls and I have the pictures to prove it:

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Tasty Tuesday: Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

I don’t know about you, but while I love a good stuffed bell pepper, eating it can be a little cumbersome. I mean, I want filling and pepper but it’s always a fight and it makes a mess, and frankly it’s just too much work. Perhaps I’m inefficient at eating stuffed bell peppers but there’s got to be an easier way, right?

That’s right there is. I mean, stuffed bell peppers are really just delicious casserole ingredients stuffed into a little edible vessel. Who’s to say I can’t just buck the rules and turn that vessel into part of a casserole. No one, that’s who.

So, I present to you Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole. This recipe is adapted from Son of Grok’s Primal Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe. Sadly, when I tried to find his blog to link back, it seems he might have cancelled his domain. This is super sad because I really enjoyed his blog a lot. However, because it’s adapted from him, this is totally Primal/Paleo friendly (omit the cheese if you are sensitive to it), as well as pretty healthy for anyone since it’s mostly vegetables with lean, delicious meat.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole:

Yields 6 Servings. Calories 318, Carbs 27, Fat 15, Protein 30

1 lb Ground Beef
1 Onion – diced
1 Zucchini – diced
Cauliflower – shredded with a cheese grater or run through a food processor
Taco Seasoning
Salsa
1 can Whole Tomatoes in Sauce – dice tomatoes, save the sauce
4 Bell Peppers – large dice or slice
4 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 oz Shredded Cheddar Jack (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350

Brown ground beef and onion over medium heat. Add in zucchini, cauliflower, taco seasoning, salsa, can of tomatoes (now diced) with sauce and enough water to mix in the taco seasoning. Cook until most of the water has evaporated.

Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray and spread out bell peppers. Sprinkle the cheddar jack over the bell peppers, if using. Add ground beef mixture over the bell peppers and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the meat mixture.

Cook for 30 minutes, let sit 5 before enjoying.

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