Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Five

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!

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! 

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. 

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!  

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.

- 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)


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 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!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Strengths Finder 2.0

Prior to our weekend at the lake with my family, each of us bought the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath and took a quiz to discover our top 5 strengths. As humans we are continually trying to grow and improve ourselves and we often focus on our weaknesses and how to make those better but we should also seek to figure out what our strengths are to better refine those as well right?

We sat around the living room on Friday night and each time we went around the circle, we'd read one of our strengths and the description. Then other people in the room who also had that strength in their top 5 raised their hand and read their description. Just because you have the same strength as someone does not mean that you act upon it in the same ways. It was really interesting because my dad and I had several of the same strengths but the descriptions of them were different and individualized.

Here are my top 5 strengths and a tidbit about each one:
1. Communication - "People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. Because of your strengths, you delight others with your stories and adventurous tales. You are a natural conversationalist."

2. Discipline - "People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create. You might trust processes that yield precise outcomes time after time. Perhaps you like designing structured and clear directions for particular tasks. Possibly the level of detail you put into your work or studies mirrors how organized and meticulous you are. Chances are good that you may feel a bit distracted or inefficient when your environment is in disarray. Driven by your talents, you are a natural tactician. You anticipate what needs to be done. Usually you create an action plan to reach your goal. You outline the steps and establish the timelines. Then you execute your plan with precision."

3. Empathy - "People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations. By nature, you may be attuned to the full gamut of human feelings. If your own or someone else’s life becomes emotionally barren, perhaps you search for people or activities to fill the void. Instinctively, you now and then boost some people’s spirits by bringing up a key point they shared with you."

4. Woo - "People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person. Chances are good that you may allow yourself to become emotionally attached to people. You might see the good in individuals and choose to overlook their flaws or mistakes. Perhaps the fondness you show toward others endears you to many of them. It’s very likely that you unquestionably change the topic when people are having difficulty talking with one another. You usually bring newcomers or outsiders together by sharing your ideas, telling stories, or reenacting humorous incidents."

5. Harmony - "People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. By nature, you may strive to be a dependable person. Maybe you please people by being reliable. You might enjoy assuming accountability for certain tasks, projects, assignments, or commitments. Perhaps you accept these additional duties without making a fuss. Driven by your talents, you may appreciate experts who assure you that your thinking is sound, your actions are correct, or your behavior is appropriate."

It was really interesting to learn more about each family member's strengths, especially Hubby. We didn't have any strengths in common (we knew we wouldn't - opposites attract!) but in the "Application" section of the report we each had statements that said "partner with someone with (insert strength here)" and we both had each others' strengths were listed as someone we should share a partnership.

I'd recommend doing this with your family or friends. It makes for interesting conversation and it's a fun way to learn more about people. The only bummer is you have to have a code to take the Strengths Finder quiz and each code only works once so each person who is going to participate has to buy a copy of the book. Well played Tom Rath. It's worth it though. (Update: I had someone comment and say that you don't have to buy the book to take the quiz, you can take it at the Gallup Strengths Center. I haven't tried it but that's awesome if it works!) In addition to learning about more about my family, I loved learning more about my own personal strengths. I feel like I know myself a little better now.

This is not a sponsored blog post. I have not been nor will I be compensated in any way by Tom Rath or Gallup. I just thought this was a fun, interesting activity and wanted to share it.