Earlier this week I hosted a Heartworks meeting at my house.

Heartworks is a non profit Acts of Kindness group that was created in response to the tremendous kindness that sustained so many families in the months and years following September 11, 2001.

The group is new in our area and I encourage you to read about it on the link provided. If you live along the Emerald Coast and are interested in joining, please let me know so I can send you more information.

I was absolutely thrilled to be able to host because I love feeding people and having them in my home!

I spent the day preparing food and hanging out with my dear friend Cat Clay! It was so fun to just spend the day in the kitchen with a friend. I could do that everyday and be 100% happy!

Brittany was kind enough to snap some pics of the food!

Roasted Veggies: Eggplant, Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, and Onions. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic gold. Tossed in EVOO and baked at 350 for about an hour.

Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Fresh Basil from our garden. Topped with a simple balsamic reduction.

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad. Fresh Cucumbers, Red onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, salt and pepper.

Chicken Salad. Chicken breasts baked with salt and pepper, tossed with home made mayo, and diced celery. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

Deviled Eggs. Egg yolks mixed with home made mayo, goat cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt. Topped with Green Onions and Bacon.

Maple Walnuts: Walnuts tossed with melted Butter, Maple Syrup , Cinnamon and Vanilla. Baked on parchment paper for 10 minutes at 350.

Chocolate bark: Melted dark chocolate spread on parchment with cashew, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots on top. Chilled until firm.

And lastly a shot of the table!

Hello Again!

July 18, 2011 in family     7 comments

Hello!! Sorry I have been MIA. Been super duper busy at work and had to let something go. Poor ‘ole Left on Amelia was the victim! But I am back now with lots and lots to discuss. :)

Let’s do a brief recap of what has been going on at our casa and then we shall resume business as normal tomorrow!

Mostly, we have been working. Shooting a lot and spending countless hours at the office in front of the computer.

We cleared out our watermelon garden.

Van had his first sleepover.

We have cooked a lot of yummy treats.

 Put in a pool and then converted it to a full waterpark. Try not to be jealous!

Started fort construction.

Picked and cooked our first eggplants of the season.

Practiced lots of “independent play!”

And Brittany and I went on a quick road trip to Atlanta. Which I would be happy to discuss tomorrow!

Happy to be back!!

Well here we are, at the end of day 31!

I woke up this morning knowing exactly what I was going to change now that my Whole 30 was finally over….


Why should I start eating stuff that clearly makes me feel less than stellar? Just because I proved to myself that I can go without? That does not make any sense.

So, I am going to change nothing. For now.

There is one thing I forgot to mention. While you are on the Whole 30, you are not supposed to weigh yourself.

By the time my feet hit the floor this morning, I had already resolved to keep going for as long as possible, but then I stepped into the bathroom and the scale called to me.

“Just do it. Weigh yourself. You know you want to know.”

I was tempted. Really really tempted.

But I stopped myself.

For the last 30 days I have not weighed myself and I have felt great. I’m not bloated, I had no PMS, my clothes fit nicely, I feel confident, and I am more in tune than ever with what my  body needs.

So why let a number rip that all away??

We are slaves to the scale, people.


I did not weigh myself. And I am going to try not to.

I am going to measure my success differently.


So, in the end the WHOLE 30 was awesome and just what I needed. I highly recommend it. Very highly!

I plan to keep going until I give in and drink a cocktail or taste a recipe. And then when morning rolls around, I am going to try harder than ever to practice moderation and keep myself in check.

I could honestly do this for the rest of my life. Probably about 90% of the time. Maybe even 95%!


(This was taken in Costa Rica in Feb. I am super busy right now and missing our lazy days there!)

Back to food tomorrow!!!