Picture Me Relaxing

Picture Me Relaxing

Will there ever be a week where I get on here and say “wow, this was a really relaxed and slow moving week?” I think not.  Ross was out of town all week, the kids and I ate out almost every night,  and I had a holiday on Tuesday (accountant’s day!) so if there was a week that seemed like it should have been easy going, this was it.  However, I spent hours on this little home project and stayed up late every night working on it.  I took down the old picture frames that were on this wall and hung some new ones that I had been accumulating.  I also moved some other art around the room.  I must have at least 8 hours into this by now. As you can see, there are still some pictures missing here and I want to rearrange a couple of frames on the right side (and seeing them in the picture I see that many are crooked), so I still have time to sink into this dang project!

Picture Frames on Wall

All that picture hanging does make a girl hungry though.

Leftover cilantro chicken and asparagus made a lovely breakfast frittata on Monday.

Chicken and Asparagus Frittata

This was delicious with some Skotidakis Jalapeno Greek Yogurt on top!

Frittata with Greek Yogurt

I don’t know why this egg, spinach and mushroom scramble made Nick so mad.  Get out of the bitter barn kid!

Egg Scramble and Nick Mad Face

Eggs without the attitude!

Egg, Spinach, Mushroom Scramble

Southwest scramble!  Eggs + beaters, black beans and corn…..with jalapeno yogurt of course.  I was on a Skotidakis bender this week!

Egg, Bean and Corn Scramble

Rio and I shared this breakfast on Sunday morning.  That baby can chow down on sausage.  I have to eat my pieces really quickly, or else she will gobble hers and then take mine.  :D   I tried to make this boring breakfast more exciting with the three legged dinosaur.  Did it work?

Eggs, Sausage, and Toast

This morning’s breakfast was the best of the past week.  Quinoa power pancakes!  I love these and could eat them every day!  The kids love them too.  Try them today!

Quinoa Pancakes with Eggs

1 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 145 (goal < 140)  I had a few of Rio’s grapes too.

As I noted above, Ross was gone all week, and while I had some time off I tried to squeeze a million things into that “free time” which did not include grocery shopping or cooking, and my lunches and dinners suffered for it!

The last of the cilantro lime chicken went on some salad greens.

Cilantro Chicken Salad

This Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado sandwich was actually pretty good.


1.5 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 133 (goal <130)

The last protein I could find in the house was some leftover hamburger patties.  By this time I had a tomato left, but no lettuce.

Double Burger with Tomatoes

I did actually cook dinner the first night Ross was gone.  Spaghetti and meatballs….a Nick and Rio favorite which miraculously gives me good blood sugar!

Spaghetti with Meatballs and Crudite

1 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 128 (goal < 140)

Rio was super impatient and wanted her meatballs NOW!  (Please disregard the towels on the floor….I must have been foot-mopping!  :D

Rio Wants Her Dinner

Where is my dinner?!?!

One night Nick asked me if we could have pizza and I decided we would go big or go home, and took them to Chuck E Cheese.  My plan was to get the bulk of my dinner from the salad bar.  Rio and I shared this salad, and then I also had a little bit of their pizza.

Salad at Chuck E Cheese

A baby shouln’t look so serious at Chuck E Cheese!  Isn’t this supposed to be the place where a kid can be a kid?

Rio Eating at Chuck E Cheese

Rio Eating at Chuck E Cheese

All of my Chuck E Cheese pictures of Nick came out blurry because he wouldn’t stay still (I was using my phone.)

This is Rio’s favorite ride!

Nick and Rio in Monster Truck Ride

This dinner was probably the low point of the week.  The kids had leftover meatballs and some mac & cheese.  I took the remainder of the mac and threw in a can of tuna for protein.   Lovely, no?

Mac & Cheese with Tuna

1 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 115!  (goal < 140)  I was expecting a bad number here…….strange.

And…..Saturday night was the high point.  Daddy was back in town and we took the kids out to the Rawhide Steakhouse and Western Town for their Sundown Cookout.   Again I was using my phone camera, so please excuse my terrible pictures.  Also, I forgot to take pictures of the food!  D-oh!  I had BBQ chicken with beans, baked potato, and apple pie.

The kids had a pretty good time.  A fun country band was playing.  Rio and I did some line dancing and Nick did the do-se-do with me.  There was also a cowboy gun-trick demonstration, and a marshmallow roast.

Everyone got hats and bandannas upon arrival.

Nick and Rio Wearing Hats at Sundown Cookout


Rio in Cowboy Hat

I have no idea what these two were doing with the fish faces…..

Ross an Rio at Sundown Cookout

On Sunday I decided to try out one of the recipes from my new New Orleans Cookbook.  I made shrimp gumbo which has a whole chicken cooked in it and then removed at the end.  The chicken makes for a separate meal and is just used to add flavor to the gumbo.  Score on the second meal!  This was a filé gumbo with shrimp and smoked sausage.  Everyone thought it was good, but it was pretty labor intensive.  I’m not sure I would make it again unless I was doing a double batch and feeding a big crowd or something. We had it over boiled white rice and cornbread.

Shrimp Gumbo and Cornbread

I forgot to get a blood sugar number here, but I’m assuming it was bad.  White rice usually does me wrong!

Rio started swimming lessons today (Monday) with Infant Swimming Resource (ISR.)  We love ISR and our wonderful instructor.  The bummer about it is that I have to drive the kids about 20-25 minutes each way, 5 days a week.  The lesson is 10 minutes per day.  It sounds crazy, but it works!  That means we’ll be getting home around 6 every night for the next several weeks.  We’re going to be eating a lot of crock pot meals and meats on the grill that Ross can cook and get on the table quickly.

Luckily for tonight we had the gumbo chicken.  Since it’s basically boiled chicken the breasts were on the dry side.  I yummied them up with some Sweet Baby Ray’s.  :D Frozen mixed veggies and microwaved potatoes rounded out this quick supper.

Gumbo Chicken, Mixed Veggies, and Potatoes

2 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 118 (goal < 120)

I (again) didn’t do so great with the exercising this week.  I did one of my videos early in the week, and it’s strange, but my legs were crazy sore afterward for like 3 days.  What I don’t understand is that I’ve done that video recently and didn’t have the soreness.  Very odd.  I know I say this ever week, but it has to be said…..I’m going to try and do better this week.  Sigh.

I finished reading Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King last night.  It’s a young adult novel that he wrote and it’s fantasy themed.  It isn’t directly related to his Dark Tower series, but there are a couple of connections.  It’s made me want to go back and read the Dark Tower books, but no way do I have that kind of time!   I’m now moving on to Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens, a book club selection.

Have a great week all!