Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sometimes life just gets in the way...

No, I have not disappeared, I haven't fallen ill or anything like that.

I've just been... So. Damn. Busy!

I know, I know you're probably going "Really Ashley, it's been over a year since you've posted Anything at all!" While that may be true that nothing has been posted here, the Facebook page stays fairly active when I have a minute to post something there.  It's not any help right now that Blogger hasn't updated it's App so it'll work with my iPhone or iPad either.

I still cook, pretty much every night, although I've had to change some things around since becoming lactose intolerant recently. (Seriously it's like I'm being punished for something, I had a klondike bar a few weeks ago and thought I was going to need a visit to the ER the stomach cramps were so bad).  It all started when my morning smoothie started not really agreeing with me so I cut down the milk and I was still getting "the gurgles" so I just cut it out completely replacing it with water (yuck) and finally turning to coconut milk and then finally unsweetened almond milk as a suitable replacement.  Not having milk in my coffee was not an easy change for me, but since I'm officially addicted to Stök coffee (Black, unsweetened, OMG it's the best coffee) I've been okay with just a little Soy or almond creamer and no sugar.

I started to cut sugar out of my diet in March when I decided I was almost 40 and it was time to change the way I ate for good.  It started with cutting out sour candy (I was addicted, I'm talking a bag a day, and not the little bags you find in the checkout either, the bigger bags you find hanging in the candy aisle O.o).  I started using MyFitnessPal and logging everything I ate, and it wasn't easy in the beginning but I lost 8# in the first few months just by managing what I ate and trying to squeeze in walking workouts on the weekends (I absolutely love Leslie Sansone walking workouts as well as Tracy Campoli and Jessica Smith workouts on youtube).

I feel better, I fit into my clothes better and I look better.

I am way more conscious about not just what I eat, but what we buy when grocery shopping and what I’m feeding my family. I may never break my Bf of his diet soda habit but I can’t say I haven’t tried🤷🏻‍♀️

Moving forward the blog will feature recipes that my family loves and that I’ve worked to make healthier for everyone.

Hope to see you all back here soon and the first recipes to be shared will be some great ones that I’ve made this weekend 😁

Friday, May 13, 2016

PinPix Decorative 30x20 inch Bulletin Board, Framed in Satin Black, Handmade in the USA



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Of all the things I love about my new office is the cleanliness of everything. As much as I once loved my old job, the place was in a constant state of disarray, and no matter how hard some of the ladies tried to keep it neat, it was just never was.


This office is the complete opposite in so many, many ways (first and foremost I do not have any annoying co workers who chat incessantly on their phones or to themselves all day long). My office is clean, bright and I love what I do.


When I was offered the opportunity to purchase this lovely bulletin board at a discounted price I jumped since having these few things pinned to the wall beside me wasn't the most appealing option. When it finally arrived I was in love. It's pretty big, so I was glad I have all this open space on the wall to get creative with. The color is gorgeous and a nice contrast to the pale green walls here and it's big enough to hang all the things I want to without it looking cluttered thanks to it's generous 30" x 20" size







This Gorgeous bulletin board came with all the hardware I needed to hang it anywhere I wanted, which was great because you never want to have something to hang and then be frustrated and have to go running to the hardware store to grab the hardware you need, I ended up using some command picture hangers we had here in the office instead of hammering the walls in the middle of the day.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

HI!

HI!

I know,  y'all are probably thinking I've abandoned the blog.

But, if you follow the FB page you know that's not true.

I've had some stuff going on, keeping me busy busy, I'll make a quick rundown...

The Kid Turned TWENTY!! I love my kid, he's the sunshine in my every day no matter what, his school schedule drives me insane most of the time and last semester he had two insanely long days where he'd leave at 6:30 am and not get home until 1:30 the following morning with a break in between.  It was hell.  His new semester starts this coming week, it will be much better than the winter session, Thank God!

Also...   I quit my job!


It's no shock that I'd been unhappy there for some time and there is no denying that they're not going to make any changes. After being fed up with a toxic co worker who was supposed to be let go months ago, It was going to be her or me and since they are literally afraid to fire her it was ultimately an easy choice for me.


After eleven years it was hard..... BUT y'all ever have a co worker that just got on your last nerve every single day?  Well, if you've been following me since the beginning you remember the office witch... this lady was a thousand times worse.  She was obnoxious blasting music from her iPad every morning, then sitting with headphones on at her desk and not even paying attention to people talking to her or the phones ringing, her constant running commentary to herself and her disappearing act... not to mention she claimed to work more hours than she actually did, so she was paid for time she wasn't there... not as if she was actually working for most of the time she sat at her desk anyway since she spent most of her time texting and messaging and scrolling around Facebook, when I noticed she was watching TV and movies on her iPad and the boss acted like he didn't notice I'd had enough.. I'd never in my life worked with someone so lazy and entitled.

I got tired of complaining about her and my boss being too chickenshit to do anything about it, so when I got an offer for a new job I went and interviewed and was hired on the spot. It was not an easy decision because I honestly loved most of my co workers, but this lady... I had it with her and her BS every day.  When I went in and told my boss that I was offered a new position with better pay and benefits I initially thought he'd at the very least ask me what he could do to make me stay...  but nope, he wished me well and then a few days later asked me to write a guide book for the person who would be taking over my position.  That guide book ended being eighteen pages long and detailed everything from the businesses we ordered supplies from with all the passwords and links to how to check the voicemail in the office.  It was extremely detailed and they ended up getting Two people come in and interview and then hiring one literally 5:30 the night before my last day.  She came in for a few hours on my last day there and I trained her as best I could.

After eleven years it was weird leaving there, but my new job is so much better!  I went from working in a law office to working in education and it's so different but it's also kind of the same thing and I really like the people I work for and with, they're a great bunch and for the first time in a long time I don't dread going into work every day and rush my life away wishing for Friday anymore.

I'm still cooking.... every night.  My kid had requested a Rainbow cookie cake for his birthday and it came out amazing.

He ended up having class on his birthday and getting home really, really late so we went out to dinner the following day after work and then had cake after dinner (ie, Late!)  I made the cake on his birthday after coming home from work and  let the finished cake sit in the fridge overnight.  It came out really good and I'm going to make regular rainbow cookies with this same recipe today once the butter softens :)  I'll share it here, it's not my recipe, but it's good, really, really good.  I hadn't made a rainbow cookie cake before and while it came out kind of dense, that was my error and I know what I did wrong and how to remedy it.

So, that's what's been going on..... I'm sorry I haven't been around much, I will try to be here more often.  In the meantime check out the Facebook page and comment once in a while :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Almond Paste



You do NOT have to spend big bucks on the canned stuff to get good almond paste.



Almond Paste
1 3/4 cups (175 grams) ground blanched almonds

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 large egg white

teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon salt



Directions

Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. 

Add the confectioners' sugar, egg white, extract and salt; cover and process until smooth.

Divide almond paste into 1/2-cup portions; place in airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.