Archive for April, 2010

Penny Pinching/Pantry Cleaning

April 28, 2010

As I mentioned before, Mark and I aren’t buying any more groceries for the remainder of the month…and it’s beginning to be a challenge to say the least.

This morning we used our last two eggs, the remaining milk and the last cup of pancake mix for breakfast. I also made pasta this morning…yes, pasta in the morning; it’s for Mark’s lunch today as well as meals for later in the week. The only pasta noodles we had left were a half bag of vermicelli and some wide egg noodles. So it wouldn’t look like spaghetti, who cares? I cooked up the noodles, then made the sauce with our last cans of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste along with our last onion, sauteed in about a tablespoon of our last stick of butter. This is cracking me up just to type out…we’re having so much fun with this!

The only thing that stinks about this is that we ran out of quick-fix, snack foods long, long ago. So whenever we get home from work and we just want a little something to eat, NOTHING LOOKS GOOD. {Last week Mark discovered half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips hidden in the freezer…needless to say they are already gone}

It’s been really good though, we’ve managed to get rid of a ton of things that have been sitting in our pantry since we got married {ahem: vermicelli noodles}. But I am definitely looking forward to May 1st :)

Lovely Sunday

April 26, 2010

Yesterday was such a wonderful day, a perfect end to a fun weekend.

Mark spent most of the day playing golf with Paulo and his friend Andy; he hadn’t had the opportunity to play in quite a while so I’m glad it all fell together. Plus this gave him a chance to test out his new golf bag!

I on the other hand spent my morning at Garden Ridge with Amanda and her friend Katelyn. Garden Ridge is an interesting place; it’s relatively cheap {both quality-wise and price-wise} but with a good eye you can find some nice items. We spent a few hours in that huge place helping Amanda pick out things to decorate her and Paulo’s new house with. It was fun to help someone else spend money! We found a ton of great stuff and hopefully it all looks as good in her house as we were picturing in our minds.

My parents surprised me and decided to come down for my soccer game. It was great that they came but we ended up being short on players so we were forced to forfeit our game, sadly. I was really looking forward to playing too since we had an off week last weekend. Oh well…I still had a chance to hang out and chat with the parents before they headed back home.

With our soccer game being called off I came back to the apartment, changed and then went out to the pool to catch some sun. It was pretty crowded, lots of people hanging out, cooking on the grills and having a good time. It felt so good to be in a swim suit again; I miss summer so much. I can’t wait for it to get just a little bit warmer…and yes…I am aware that I will be eating those words in a couple of months.

Once Mark got back home from golfing I made us a light dinner of broccoli and rice drizzled with some cheese sauce. A couple of weeks ago we decided to not buy groceries for the remainder of the month and just eat what we have in the apartment to clean out the pantry and get rid of extraneous food items. It’s been fun so far but now, in the last week of the month, we’re going to have to start getting creative.

After the sun went down we went for a little stroll around the apartment complex, stopping off at the patio overlooking the pool to sit and talk for a while. I love my husband so much and spending little times like that together mean more to me than I can even describe. Definitely the perfect beginning to a great week.

Well Aren’t We Sporty?

April 14, 2010

The past few days were chock full of athletic events for both of us; over the weekend I played in my soccer league’s state tournament and Mark had his first company softball game Monday night.

The tournament was so much fun, we had two games on both Saturday and Sunday; I think the last time I played more than one game in a weekend I was about 14…needless to say it was a bit more exhausting and I’m just a tad more sore than I remember. Our third game of the tournament was by far the best game I have ever had in my whole life. I had an assist on our first goal of the game and I later scored myself off of a corner kick header…it was the most amazing feeling, that was the first time I’d ever done that {but hopefully not the last}.

We ended up winning one game and losing the other three but since every game was really close and we maxed out our potential points on our only win, we ended up getting third place and scoring $500 for our team!

Tammy and Logan were in town for the weekend too so they came to watch a game…Mark got a few action shots, most are pretty far out and of my back but it’s hard to get anything much better when the field is so big.

Mark’s softball game turned out to be pretty entertaining; I have to admit that I brought a book to read but after a couple foul balls I decided it wasn’t worth the risk of not paying attention. The team he’s on is all people from work, some from his department, some not and their team name is the Bad Apples {genius right?}. Of course they all expect Mark to be really good because he’s “the young guy” but it’s all in jest and they have fun joking around with each other.

Though Mark fit in well with his teammates, I couldn’t help but feel a little out of place sitting in the bleachers. I was surrounded by screaming women…screaming at their husbands on the field and screaming at their disobedient children who were scurrying around. It was quite funny actually, watching the young, seemingly naive mothers trying to bribe their toddlers with Funyuns and french fries if they could only sit still and not throw dirt or rocks for just a few short minutes. I like to look at situations such as those as an opportunity to make mental notes on how NOT to raise my future children and it’s a lovely reminder of why we will not be having any of our own any time soon.

I digress…sadly the Bad Apples lost their season opener 16-17; it was a really close game, both teams were pretty evenly matched. Here’s Mark batting, he hit really well the whole night…just gotta work on that base running!

My Week Without TV

April 3, 2010

Earlier this week I decided not to watch television for a while and see what would happen…

it…was…great.

I caught myself so many times headed for the couch just to relax for a minute, I didn’t realize how often I actually watched television. So I had to find other things to do; I read a lot of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, I cleaned, I organized, I made granola bars, I laid out, and not to mention this is my third post of the week. I had so much time to do stuff! To be honest, I don’t really feel like I missed much. It’s a lot harder to turn the TV off when it’s already on than to avoid turning it on in the first place.

In our gym here at the apartment complex there are televisions built into the cardio equipment and there is a huge flat screen on the wall that is always on. I brought my ipod so I could run without watching TV but the flat screen I had no control over since other people there were watching something on it while working out. From those few moments of having something on in the background during my week of no TV, I have come to these three conclusions:

1) I HATE COMMERCIALS. I feel that by watching commercials I’m letting them get to me in some way. It’s bad when you can sing along to the jingles.

2) TV is so vulgar. I flipped through a few channels just now and saw some female comedian going on about what she screams during sex…really? Seriously people, c’mon.

3) TV is a time machine. They should have made a movie called TV Time Machine instead of a hot tub because this thing is legit. It’s so easy to mindlessly sit and watch for a few hours and then all of the sudden you start seeing the commercials for girls gone wild or the hot girls you can call on the phone and you’re like, oh dang it’s already 1am….where did the time go?!

From all of this I have come up with a new rule for myself: don’t watch television unless there is a specific show on that you know you want to watch. There is one new show that I’m interested in which I will make an exception for, it’s called Food Revolution {check this out}. Anyone seen it yet?

Green Smoothie Test Results

April 2, 2010

After a few weeks of having a smoothie almost every day I’m proud to say that I did lose a couple of pounds {not that my goal was necessarily to lose weight but YAY anyways!}. I have to admit, it was really hard to keep up with having one every day because my work schedule/workout schedule varies so much. Also, it’s hard to always have fresh fruit and greens on hand without making a special trip to the grocery store in between normal runs. It helped that Mark wanted in on the smoothie action after workouts, the only problem is that he likes his minus the green stuff; but we started adding protein powder so his smoothie could be a little more manly :)

In the end I did miss a few days; I’ve heard that you have to do something every day for 21 days in a row in order to make it a habit…oh well. I don’t think I’ll continue to have a green smoothie every single day, but it’s nice to have the ingredients around so it’s an option. Most of the time when we go work out together it’s already 8:30-9:00pm once we get back and eating something heavy that late is never good, so in that situation a smoothie is the perfect solution.

We’ve perfected our strawberry/banana recipe:

– 1 banana

– 4-6 strawberries

– 2oz. apple juice

– 2oz. pineapple juice

– a handful of greens

It’s usually a lot better if the fruit is frozen and the juices have been refrigerated, otherwise you end up with a lukewarm smoothie which is kind of gross really.

I just went to HEB today and got frozen blueberries, blackberries and mangoes…looking forward to creating a fun new recipe!