Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Catching Up... Again

I know I'm not posting nearly as often as I should be. Life has been crazy, as you know.

Currently, I'm back home trying to get my head back on straight. A couple days ago, I was running some errands and automatically got on the freeway to head back to my daughter's in San Diego. Lol. We're in a holding pattern right now... looks like I won't be heading back until November. The latest batch of results come in on Friday, and after the amazing news we got last week, we are super hopeful.

And I'm also hopeful, that at that point (or shortly thereafter) I can share more about what we've all been doing. All this vague talk isn't natural for me, lol. Ya'll know I'm a blabbermouth. ;-)

This morning we got hit with another haboob, then a massive rain storm. Turns out Sadie isn't like most dogs - she LOVES the rain! Turns her into an oversized puppy! I swear she seeks out puddles, then pounces on them. It's hysterical! Thankfully, she also loves the towel rubdown before going inside or that'd be a major mess trying to dry her off, lol.

So what have I been up to? Well, cooking, of course ;-) I've been focusing on preparing some of my hubby's favorite meals, kinda making up for all the time I've been gone, haha. I've also been researching - recipes, kitchen skills, stalking bloggers (lol), playing with my dog, playing Game of War (don't judge), and I've even seen a few movies in the last several weeks! What???? I know! Crazy talk, right??? I got to see Jurassic World with the kids in Cali (amazing film), then the hubby and I watched Divergent (yes, I know it's dvd, but it's relatively new so it counts), and The DUFF - which was cute, kind of a next gen Mean Girls. While working on the computer today, I'm flipping back and forth between Food Network and The Mummy series. Diverse, I know. ;-)

I've also decided to do something I've been wanting to do for a really long time... discover my personal fashion style. Silly, right? At my age I should know my own style, but for too long I've lived in gym clothes or pajamas. :-) Time for that to change.

One of the steps I've taken is sign up for... you guessed it, Stitch Fix. I've been seeing it everywhere, and decided to give it a whirl. Took me forever to fill out the questionnaire - mostly because I wanted to be absolutely clear on my likes & dislikes. We'll see if I succeeded. I do like that they ask you for visuals - like a pinterest board, my twitter and linked in accounts... and I was able to add my website, this blog, etc. It's supposed to help your personal stylist pick more appropriately for you. (and fyi, my "personal style" apparently says that I shouldn't be living in a place that's consistently 108 degrees several months of the year, lol)

My first shipment should arrive in about 10 days. Crossing my fingers!!

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup
And now I'm off to do more research... hubby has challenged me to recreate another soup... this time the Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili's.

There are several knock off recipes floating around the internet, but I haven't seen one that I'm ok with (clean ingredients, healthy nutrition) - and frankly, I think they're using the wrong base. Lol. So the rest of this week, I'm working and tweaking, then next week the hubby will have a taste-off.

Wish me luck! ;-)


  1. good hearing from you again! you are quite the busy lady!!!!!!!
    I have to try stitch!!!! I too need a style makeover! workout clothes and the standard blue jeans and tee just wont cut it anymore
    : )
    looking forward to a not so vague post soon!
    sending hugs!,

    1. Thanks, Melissa!! I should get my first shipment next week :-) I'll be sure to post the results.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing all of these AMAZING meals on here!!! You have truly been a lifesaver for me! I'm getting ready to compete in my first bikini competition on August 29th and I have used almost all of your recipes RELIGIOUSLY for the past 4 months of contest prep! thank you thank you thank you!!! I just cannot thank you enough... cannot wait to see what you come up with for soups this fall as I'd love to continue eating clean even after the contest! Thanks once again! Your fan, ~Diana

    1. Diana - Congrats!! Show prep is not for the faint of heart, I hope you're proud of what you've accomplished, and when you step on that stage you own the moment! Wooohoo! I'm so excited for you! And I'm thrilled you've been using my recipes during prep - it makes such a difference to be able to have tasty food that meets your prep needs :-) Please let me know how the rest of your prep and your show go! Cheering you on from AZ!! :-)