Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our Walk With Goldilocks

Every day I take Wallace and Penny on walks. I have to take them separately because while walking them together is doable, Penny tends to be a bit of a spastic walker while on a leash (swerving, barking, pulling, just normal Penny stuff ;) ) so it's just easier for me to take them each on back to back, individual walks. I started walking to get out of my weight loss plateau. I had been stuck at the same weight for awhile and needed to change something so I chose a few small things to focus on, one of those being 10,000 steps a day. I get a lot of steps at work so it's easy to complete (and usually exceed) the 10,000 mark when I go on two walks with the pups after I get home.

On our walks we always pass the elementary school in our neighborhood. This school is precious. It's older so the architecture is nice, they keep the grounds well manicured, and the students in the after school program run and play in their adorable plaid uniforms. . . Since we walk every day the children are accustomed to the dogs and me walking by. In fact, Wallace and Penny have become quite the little celebrities with the students. Whenever we walk past both of the playgrounds (one for the younger students, one for the older students) there are squeals of delight and shouts of "Hi Wallace!" "Penny, come over here, let me pet you!" "Aww they're so cute!" "He licked me!"


My favorite child is an adorable little girl I'm going to refer to as Goldilocks because of her beautiful white blonde hair. Goldilocks is on the younger student playground and I don't think she can be older than 1st or 2nd grade. It was one of the very first days I was walking and it was Wallace's turn, all of the sudden sweet Goldilocks came running up to the fence asking me all about Wallace. "What's his name?" "How old is he?" "What kind of dog is he?" After I gave her all the answers she wanted, she told me all about her dog: she has an older Whippet if you were curious. It was an adorable interaction and she made me smile with her friendliness and curiosity. On our walk the following day Goldilocks ran up to us again and she asked if I could walk Wallace by her house some time, she then proceeded to tell me a description of her house and the street address! Ha! Each evening I would tell Hubby about our walks and interactions with the students, especially Goldilocks, and how cute they all are.

Now Goldlilocks has become used to our daily walks and when she runs up to the fence she usually has several friends with her. Then I usually pick up whatever dog I have with me and walk them down the line of kiddos so they can all pet the Scottie. And if Goldilocks misses us, it's guaranteed that one of her friends will see us and shout "Goldilocks! It's your favorite dog!!" then they all come running! And every evening, Hubby asks "Did you see Goldilocks today?"

When it first happened, I certainly thought it was funny and cute, this little precocious girl asking all about my dogs and wanting to know everything about us but I didn't think it'd become a regular occurrence . . . and I'm glad it has. I find myself looking forward to these interactions with Goldilocks and her friends every afternoon. If she doesn't see me on my first walk around the neighborhood, I get a little disappointed and hopeful that she'll see us when I walk by with the next pup. It adds something fun and sweet to my day that I've grown quite fond of.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Five

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Wow, long time no see! Things have been so busy with summer therapy wrapping up, then school starting, then Hubby switching from his pediatrics rotation to surgery so I had to take a step back from blogging. I've missed you!

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Y'all. Fall is on the verge of being here and I am so excited. I sent this text to Hubby last weekend because I just couldn't stand it anymore, I had to pull out the fall decor! 



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Speaking of last weekend, how fantastic was the three day weekend?! Someone (can't remember who) tweeted that every Monday should be Labor day, I wholeheartedly agree! We spent our weekend relaxing, getting some things done around the house (one of them being fall decorating), and spending time with family. My brother's birthday was last weekend so my dad and stepmom had us over for a family birthday dinner, afterwards we went over to Hubby's parent's house to spend some time with them. 

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Wallace and Penny also had some fun last weekend. We decided that it was time for them to get new collars so we loaded them into the car and went to a cute pet boutique to buy some. They had the best time! The owner gave them treats and was doting on them so much. It was doggie heaven for those two!  



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We finally have Hubby's schedule for the next two months and I'm already looking at it to pick a Saturday for us to go see a football game at our alma mater. I'm also wanting to have friends over to watch a Razorbacks football game and eat chili! I need to do another fall bucket list with all the things I want to do! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mrs. Kee's Kitchen: Spinach, Turkey Bacon, and Cheddar Egg Muffins

When we started eating healthier I wanted to find something we could have for breakfast that was delicious and nutritious. I found several egg cupcake/egg muffin recipes on pinterest but they all were filled with a bunch of unhealthy ingredients so I decided to come up with my own recipe. These are really easy to make so I like to make a big batch of these on Sunday afternoons in order for us to have them ready for our work week breakfasts.


Ingredients:
- 4 to 6 strips of turkey bacon
- 4 eggs
- 6 eggs worth of egg whites
- salt and pepper
- baby spinach
- cooking spray of choice (I used olive oil spray)
- shredded cheese of choice (I used cheddar cheese)


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


2. Place the skillet on the stove and turn the burner onto medium high heat. While the skillet is heating, use a pair of meat scissors to cut the slices of bacon into small pieces. Cook the bacon bits to your desired crispiness, stirring occasionally.



3. While the turkey bacon is cooking, crack the 4 eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl. 


4. Refer to the egg whites carton and measure out 6 eggs worth of egg whites. For my egg whites it was 3/4 cup + 1/3 cup. 

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk the eggs together. 


6. When the bacon bits are almost done take a couple handfuls of spinach and toss them in the skillet with the bacon. I usually buy a 6 oz carton of baby spinach and end up using about half of it. 



7. Sautee the turkey bacon and spinach together until the spinach is wilted. Then remove the skillet from the heat to allow the bacon/spinach mixture to cool a bit. 


8. While the bacon/spinach mixture is cooling, use your cooking spray of choice to spray your muffin tins. I can usually get about 14 egg muffins out of this recipe. If I add some extra egg whites, I can stretch it to 16! 


9. Add half of the bacon/spinach mixture to the eggs and stir them together. Allow the eggs to adjust to the temperature of the bacon and spinach. This is tempering the eggs. After a few minutes, add the other half of the bacon/spinach mixture and stir together.


10. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, fill each muffin cup with a little under 1/4 cup of the mixture.


11. Add a pinch of shredded cheese to each muffin cup. You can stir yours in but I just leave mine on top. 


12. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes. 


13. Once the egg muffins are done cooking, allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. When they come out of the oven they'll be big and puffy but as they cool they'll shrink down a bit as you can see in the next step. 


14. Once the egg muffins have cooled I place them in a tupperware container and refrigerate them so they are ready for our weekday breakfasts!


15. When you're ready to eat them, heat however many you'd like in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds. Each egg muffin is about 74 calories. We like to have two in the morning or have one with a piece of fruit. It's a delicious and easy way to start your day! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: Quality Time

This weekend was great and relaxing! In fact, it was so great and relaxing that I didn't take any pictures. Oops!

I started my weekend off by having some girl time on Thursday night with my friends Emily and Kristin. After dinner we met at By The Glass, a wine bar nearby. We always have such a fun time together and I'm so glad we made time to hang out last week. It was our first time at By The Glass and we're already talking about when we can go back.

On Friday Hubby had to work but I didn't so I had the house to myself. I had grand aspirations of being productive but alas, those plans fell through. I did, however, catch up on some Netflix and was able to read several chapters of my current book. I was also able to spend some quality time with Wallace and Penny which is very important in my opinion! I did do one productive thing which was do my Zumba workout on the wii. After Hubby got home, I showered and got all dolled up for our date. We decided to try out a restaurant we'd never been to before so we picked Bruno's Little Italy. It was delicious! We both had fantastic salads, bowls of pasta, and we decided to splurge and we each had a cannoli. The restaurant didn't rush us and we had a prime seat right near the window where you can watch the man tossing pizza dough in the kitchen. After a couple of very busy weeks it was so lovely to talk and linger over a delicious meal together. After dinner we went by Target to pick up a couple of things and then we rented a movie from Redbox because I had a code for a free dvd rental. Love those! When we got home we changed into our pjs and snuggled up on the couch to watch our movie.

Once we got up on Saturday morning, I asked Hubby "what do you want to do today?" and he replied "be a bum". Since he has to work every other weekend while doing this clinical rotation I thought it was well deserved so that's what we did. I made breakfast quesadillas for breakfast for us and we relaxed all morning. Saturday afternoon/evening Hubby did some yard work, we went grocery shopping, and I made us dinner. Then we resumed our relaxing haha!

Sunday morning we went to church, went out to lunch, then came home and did some laundry and tidied up around the house. We topped off the weekend by having some tasty whole wheat pancakes and turkey bacon for dinner. Yum!

So while we didn't go out and do a lot, we were able to spend some quality time relaxing and enjoying each other's company. It was very needed for both of us and we absolutely loved it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Google Apps is Driving Me Nuts

Do any of you know how to access Google Apps? I have tried and tried but I can't get it to work for me. This is what happens: I click the link for the admin login page it takes me to that page, I put in my username and password and hit "sign in" then it takes me back to the login page. Over and over and over. No "that email/password is incorrect" or anything like that. I looked into contacting Google but apparently since I'm not a paying customer I can't do that. I really wanted to renew my use of the www.teawithmrskee.com address but unless I can access Google Apps, I can't do it.

Any help/advice you might have would be very appreciated!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Recap: 4th of July

If I had to use one word to describe this weekend it would be: relaxing. On Friday morning we took the dogs to the dog park and after they were good and worn out, we dropped them off at the house and went to get brunch. Afterwards, we went home and took it easy for most of the day.


We had a special dinner: steaks, twice baked potatoes, and broccoli. For dessert we had blackberry cobbler and Hubby's homemade vanilla ice cream. It was delicious! We talked about going to see the fireworks show downtown but decided we didn't want to fight the crowds so we stayed home and lit sparklers (leftover from our wedding) instead.


Saturday we were relaxing around the house and we realized Penny was sick. I'll spare you the details. So we decided to just stay at home and keep an eye on her for the rest of the day. We ended up filling the time with a Heroes marathon on Netflix.

We had to get up with Penny several times through the night and she was still sick on Sunday. I really didn't want to leave her while she was sick so we stayed home on Sunday as well. We watched more Heroes, did laundry, disinfected a lot of stuff so Wallace wouldn't get sick as well, and cleaned around the house. We thought of taking Penny to an after hours clinic but after researching the two nearby, I wasn't pleased with the online reviews. Also, Penny's demeanor and energy level were normal so that reassured me that we could hold out until Monday if we needed to.

She was still sick last night and this morning so I stayed home from work to take her to the vet. She did great and we found out she has a mild case of kennel cough. We're thinking she picked it up either last week at the boarder's or Friday morning at the dog park. The vet prescribed her some meds and I can already see a difference. Normally Hubby would probably take her but he had registration and clinical rotation orientation today. His first rotation is in pediatrics and it starts tomorrow! It'll definitely be a change but a good one, we are both very excited about it!

Even though it was unplanned, it was so nice to just have a weekend at home. We hung out in our new comfy chairs, watched Heroes, and took care of Wallace and Penny. I'm so glad Penny is feeling better. It wasn't what I thought this weekend would be like but we still had a really nice time.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Random Thoughts For Friday

- I hope you all have a very happy 4th of July!! I am so thankful for the freedom we have by living in this beautiful country and the servicemen and women who defend our freedom. They deserve all of our thanks.


- I can't believe we are almost halfway through summer therapy. It's only 10 weeks so it flies by. Pretty soon we'll have to start planning the end of the summer pizza party!

- We got some new chairs for the living room and we are loving them. They are so comfortable and they fit really well in our home.



- Since we got new chairs, we rearranged some of the furniture. The new living room arrangement is still growing on me but I do love that we have this comfy reading room now.

- I've been craving Greek food lately. I'm hoping that Hubby and I will go on a date to one of our favorite Greek restaurants this weekend. A gyro and some hummus would really hit the spot.

- Speaking of food, on the days I've been alone for lunch at work I've been watching MasterChef Junior on Hulu. I've never watched MasterChef before but the idea of these children making gourmet food really intrigued me and dang y'all! It's intimidating and impressive that these 9 to 13 year old kids can cook better than a lot of adults!

- This week I found out that one of my feet is 1/2 a size bigger than the other. Talk about lopsided! But at least it's my feet and not my legs, one of my mom's legs is 3/4 of an inch shorter than the other one! (haha sorry to out you mom!)

- And speaking of my mom, I think she is coming for a visit next weekend and I'm really excited about it! It's been a couple of months since the last time we saw each other and that's just way too long. Phone calls are no longer sufficient!


Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!