Life Lately in San Antonio…and Are We True Texans Now?

Good morning!!  I’m trying hard to get back onto a regular blogging schedule, but I will tell you, even that has been hard these days.  We just have much busier jobs, a lot of commitments outside of work/after work, and lots of traveling or house projects going on at all times.  I’m not complaining, I love it all, and I am very fortunate, but I just have to figure out where blogging fits into my new routine! I will eventually…because I am not going anywhere anytime soon.  I like blogging too much. 

As I was organizing all my pictures the other day, I realized I didn’t really have enough from this past weekend for a full post, but I had a bunch that didn’t really fit into other posts either so here we are.  You get it all today… lots and lots of ramblings.  

Tacos! Tacos are still a household staple over here.  We make them at least once a week.  Last week I used jackfruit in mine and my husband had mahi mahi.  We just use whatever we have at the moment.  I haven’t had a bad taco yet. 😉

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I missed Valentine’s Day on here, but honestly, it’s just another day to us.  We get each other something small and my husband cooks me scallops every year. This year was no different. 

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Except this year’s scallops were the best he’s ever made.  It was some kind of lemon butter sauce with parsley, but he also cooked the scallops to perfection.  

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This year a coworker was doing a fundraiser for a mission trip so I brought my husband home some cake balls for dessert.

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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover… this may not look especially tasty, but I promise you, it was soo good.  Last week I need a quick dinner and was trying to use up a bunch of veggies in our kitchen so I threw zucchini, asparagus, and broccoli in a saute pain then added tuna (from a can) and pesto and mixed it all together and it was amazing.  I will definitely be making this more often when I don’t feel like being creative or need a quick healthy meal. 

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Yall, last weekend we went to the Rodeo.  If you don’t know, the Rodeo is a big deal here in San Antonio.  It goes on the whole month of February and each event ends with a concert. While I didn’t love the actually bull riding aspect (it just seems so dangerous??), we got to see Randy Howser, who I really like! The sound quality wasn’t amazing in the AT&T stadium, but it was fun to experience.  

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But anytime I get to spend time with this guy (and our friends!!) is a good time!

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After the Rodeo we went home for a bit to hang outside with the pups since it was such a beautiful night. It’s not often I get a picture with both pups looking at the camera!

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Lately that night we met up with the same friends at Betos for dinner.  They love it just as much as we do.  I got the fish tacos and gobbled them all up!  We ate outside and brought our pups along too.  They enjoyed sniffing all the food. 🙂 

That’s all for today! I hope you guys all have a great day!! 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a rodeo?
  2. Last concert you went to? 
  3. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Weekend Recap… Presidents Weekend in Dallas!

I’m a week late, but hey, that’s just how it goes around here lately.  We have been going nonstop and I haven’t had much time to do much of anything outside of work and traveling and doing things around the house.  I’m tired. 🙂

But let’s back up to last weekend.  Jon and I headed to Dallas after work on Friday and made it in time for a late dinner with my family. Riley loves to have his head out the window like most pups do. 🙂

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I pulled out my old Shania Twain CD for the car ride and we belted out some tunes. 🙂 Does anyone else listen to CD’s anymore?  I keep all my old ones in my car and pull them out when there are constant commercials on the radio.

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We just ordered takeout, which was perfect because we were all too tired to go out.  Some of us got pizza, some of us got poke.  I’ll let you guess which one I got.  😉

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We were in Dallas last weekend to help my sister and her boyfriend move into their first home together!  They movers had moved all the big stuff and they had moved a few loads of boxes so the new place was starting to fill up quickly.  The pups were a little confused by all the boxes and stuff everywhere. 😉

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But Riley made himself right at home when he found Murphy and Otis’s toys.

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Saturday morning my sister, her bf, and I went to Beyond for a circuit training class that incorporates cardio (on the self propelled treadmills) and weights on the floor.  It was a great way to start the day! Then we stopped for a juice and to pick up donuts. 😉

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My husband and I got the lovely task of heading to Home Depot and Walmart to pick up a bunch of needed supplies for our projects that weekend.  My husband was like a kid in a candy store with the scanner. 🙂

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New ladder and all, we headed back to the house.

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I made a big salad and sandwiches for a quick lunch for all of us.

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The boys hung this huge store rack in the garage, which was awesome for storing suitcases and holiday decorations that don’t get used often.  They also got all the tv’s mounted, which was a big accomplishment too!

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My sister decided she wanted one of the guest rooms and the master bedroom painted so my mom and I took on that task.  I trimmed and she rolled.  We make a good team.  Anyone want to hire us? 😉

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I put my sister to work outside sanding down some end tables that we were going to refinish while we painted.  Callie was the only dog allowed in the room while we painted… she is my shadow and can’t stand to not be with me.

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Working hard.

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I love reusing old furniture and updating it to make it fit your style today.  Saves money and you feel a sense of accomplishment. 

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A little while later while I was cooking dinner, I had some admirers.  🙂

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Riley eventually joined us too.

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My mom brought this recipe out of a magazine for us to try for dinner on Saturday night.  They were Smoky Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas.  They were sooo good.

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My sisters boyfriend had already cooked up a few sweet potatoes so that was a nice make ahead step that shortened the prep time.  We didn’t have all the spices so I just added in some taco seasoning and chili powder and a few of the ones we had on hand, but this recipe is very forgiving and you can omit or add spices that you like or dislike.  I also chose to saute the veggies instead of boil them to give them more flavor.  This mixture may not like pretty, but I assure you it was soooo yummy! It would be good as a dip with chips too!

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Loaded up the tortillas and filled the pan!

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Top with a little more enchilada sauce and cheese and pop in the over to heat through.

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The finished product!

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We served ours with homemade guacamole (avocados, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro).  And champagne.  We all earned the champagne. 😉

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Cheers!

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My sweet sis with the pups.

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We made this recipe for dessert and it was delicious!  Even better the second day!

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My sweet boy.

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Sunday morning we convinced my husband to join us for a workout and I am not sure he will ever agree to that again. LOL.  We did a circuit type workout at a nearby gym with an instructor who had a crazy amount of energy.  It was 12 stations and you had to do each station for 60 seconds then all 12 again for 50 seconds then all 12 again for 40 seconds and all 12 again for 30 seconds.  We were exhausted by the end!!! But it made for a pretty great start to the day!

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Sunday night we broiled salmon and roasted broccoli and brussels for dinner.  I made a marinade with lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, spicy mustard, and balsamic and used it for the salmon and veggies and it was all so tasty!

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Monday morning we got up and packed up the car to hit the road back to San Antonio.  My sweet girl and her painted tail….

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And this little munchkin who has to sit on me at all times in the car.

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That just about wraps up our weekend in Dallas!  We had so much fun helping my sister and her boyfriend move into their new home and getting to see my momma too!  I have a few more posts I am hoping to get up this week so fingers crossed that will happen!! 

Questions:

  1. What is new with you?
  2. How was your weekend, this one or last?
  3. What is one thing you are looking forward to? 

New Favorite Smoothie Recipe with an Energy Boost!

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are all having a great week so far!  Mine has been LONG.  That is what usually happens before a 3 day weekend since I am more anxious for the weekend.  My husband, and our pups, are driving to Dallas on Friday to meet my mom, sister, and her bf to help my sister and her bf move into their new house!!! Eeeek I can’t wait!  It is extra special because this is their first time purchasing a home.  Each time we have purchased a home is exciting, but there is nothing like the first time!  I am seriously so proud of them.  I told you guys my sister is working in corporate law and some days she literally sleeps 2 hours… working until way past midnight.  I don’t know how she does it.  I’d quit. 😉 So we are all really ready to help make their new house a home!  

Anyway, I’ve got a new smoothie recipe for you today!  I may have mentioned that I have given up coffee a few times over the years because it upsets my stomach.  My sister actually has the same reaction to coffee as well.  I had an allergy test done once and coffee was one of my top five things I am allergic to… soo it makes sense that I don’t feel great when I drink it.  But I love it. 🙂 My sister and I actually both get tired after we drink coffee, which is obviously the opposite effect it has on most people.  We researched this and it actually is a real issue that affects a small percentage of people.  Weird, right?  

Back on track… my husband is really into cold brew coffee with almond milk these days so I decided to switch up my morning smoothie the other day and by surprise, it is now a favorite of mine!! 

Yall, I don’t measure so I am not sure how much of each ingredient I used, but really smoothies can be adjusted to your preference since it will all be blended together anyway.  

This smoothie contains: ice, frozen banana, almond butter, cinnamon, cold brew coffee, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  

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Sometimes I put it in a glass, sometimes a bowl, and sometimes I add spinach or greens powder to it.  The possibilities are endless!

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Hope you guys give this smoothie a try because it is SO delicious!!  

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
  2. What is your go-to breakfast?
  3. Do you like sweet or savory for breakfast?  Hot or cold? 

Weekend Recap 2.10.19 With a Little Bit of Life Lately

Hey friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve written a post.  I have been busy, but also my past couple weeks have been full of projects and cleaning the house because my husband has been gone on different boys ski trips.  He has 3 this month.. then I am keeping him all to myself. 😉  But in all reality, I think weekends apart with our friends are really important.  It gives us a chance to miss each other, have some alone time, and really connect with our friends.  I know some people are not okay with this, but I will always promote my husband (and me) having weekends away with our friends.  Now it would be nice next year if my husband’s three boys weekends did fall in the same month. 😉 

I haven’t had to much to blog about lately since I have been hanging out at home with the pups the last two weekends, but I did manage to take a few pictures.  I also have an update on the whole celery juice situation that will be up later this week as I have had quite a few people asking me if I am noticing any changes.  

My husband has been making cauliflower crust pizza for us on the regular.  This yummy meal just may be replacing our multiple taco meals each week. 🙂  The thing I love the most about pizza is that it is so versatile.  I just throw in whatever ingredients we have on hand and I haven’t had a bad pizza yet.  My latest favorite combination is pesto, mushrooms, grilled salmon (don’t knock it til you try it), Parmesan and goat cheese and arugula.  It was so delicious!

We did get to have a sushi date night last week and we tried a new place out.  It was good, but we have other favorites. 

I get asked often about my recovery from my whole hospital stay/surgery last year.  Well here is the only update I’ve got for you.  During my time in the hospital and when I first got home for about 2 or 3 months, my hair was falling out like crazy.  I mean in big clumps.  I told my husband that I really thought I was going to go bald.  Thankfully, I have always had really thick hair so it wasn’t anything others could notice, but I sure did.  Well almost a year later and it is growing back… but it just looks like baby hairs gone wild.  It reminds me of postpartum women who lose their hair and they get a bunch of baby hairs/ whispies that grow back.  That is exactly what my hair looks like right now.  I try to push them back in my ponytail, but it just looks like I have a big poof or wings. LOL.  Don’t get me wrong, I will take this any day over being in the hospital for months and I sure am grateful to have the hair that I do.  It is just another daily reminder of the crazy situation I went through last year.  

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Which also reminds me… about my scar across my belly button.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it is still there and tell me that I need to be diligent about putting scar cream on it.  But honestly, I like my scar.  It is just a part of my now and it reminds me each time I look at it what a huge uphill battle it was to get on the other side.  I am happy and healthy and no scar or baby hairs will make me feel like I’m not.  I’ve got bigger things to worry about. 🙂 And for those who asked, I am feeling SOOOO much better.  The tummy pains have all disappeared, but I will see a new surgeon down here next month just so I have someone to call/see if I start getting those pains/nausea again.  

It got pretty cold here in San Antonio this weekend so I spent lots of time cuddling my pups.  

Well, playing with this one.  He is so funny.  He has a huge basket of toys and loves to get each toy out and drag them around the room until he finally settles on one to play fetch with.  

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My sister’s boyfriend’s mom got me this silk pillowcase last year when I got home from the hospital and I just now got around to putting it on my pillow.  I’ve heard these are supposed to be so much better for your skin and hair.  Who knows, but I will be giving it a shot!

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Speaking of hair, it was time for a tune up.  I spent yesterday afternoon putting new highlights in my hair.  

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I’m pretty sure they have discontinued the dye I used to use, but it wasn’t at Target when I went the other day for some needed items so I just picked up this one.  It was $10. 

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I never follow the directions and just leave it in as long as needed.  I just check a piece of hair to see if it looks done and then wash it out.  Usually I will do a second round to make sure I got all the pieces that needed coloring and to fix any spots that might need it.  

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I forgot to take a before, but these are all after I was finished. Nothing dramatic, just a touch up on the highlights and I am ready to go!

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I’ve got my new favorite smoothie recipe to share with you all this week and my celery juicing update.  I will be back soon!! I hope you all have a fabulous week!!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Did you watch the Grammys?
  3. Meal you make the most often at home?