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Do as you say and Random acts of generosity and kindness October 1, 2014

Filed under: Family,Healthy,Other — Desiree @ 2:26 pm
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I had many, many titles for this post.

Backseat Therapist
Little Humans Hear All
Love Thyself as much as you love others
Why can we all just get along… with ourselves?
…and the list could go on and on.

So, this will be a two-part post because while I was thinking of what to write a second, amazing thing happened to me this morning and it deserves to be shared as well.


We always hear that we should be saying body positive things to our children, mostly so they don’t grow up self-conscience about their bodies, but also so they can learn that body acceptance, of their own and other’s is equally important.

I’m so guilty of building up my daughter’s image of her body and self and tearing down my own in the very next breathe.

Such as:
Me: Hey Beautiful, I love your outfit today! You look really cute!
Jaizy: Thank you Mommy! You look really pretty, too!
Me: Oh, thanks, but I know you’re just being sweet. This is a really old shirt.

WTH? Why do we do that to ourselves. Not only that, but we are devaluing our children’s words!

(Scene: Driving down the street, a car looks like it’s going to pull in front of me)
Me: Oh my goodness! Don’t they know not to scare fat people!
Jaizy: Mommy, you’re not fat, you’re perfect.
Me, Oh, Aren’t you funny! I know that I’m fat, it’s ok!

Again, I just basically called her a liar. When in fact, I am perfect to her. She doesn’t know me any other way and she loves me just the way I am. And it’s not like me being fat is a secret. EVERYONE can see it!

Just last night:
(Scene: I was removing my makeup)
Jaizy: Mommy, you’re so pretty, you don’t even need makeup! I like you better without it!
Me: Thank you! But Mommy likes to wear makeup. It makes me feel better.

Almost… but not quite. Why do we have to justify it? And why would makeup make me feel better? I could have just left it at I like it. End of story.

So, my goal moving forward to to give value to her (and other’s) words to me. People probably aren’t lying to my face when they give me a compliment, right?

Basically, live what I say.

Ok, second:
While I was walking Jaizy to her classroom, the most amazing thing happened.
I came out to my car and started to leave because I had just enough time to get to work on time. I noticed a piece of white paper and thought nothing of it for a second. Then I took a closer look and saw it was an envelope, so I thought someone just dropped off a random note.
And then I looked closer.

It was an envelope and on the front it said: May God Bless You!

What on earth? I thought…

And while I was driving the .75 miles to work I opened the envelope and burst into tears because inside was cash.

Cash. Money. More than $20 less than $1000. (That’s all I’m going to say about that.)

But the timing… Perfect.

So while I’m figuring out how to accept compliments I will be thinking of how I can pay acts of kindness forward.


Long time – no see! July 21, 2014

Filed under: Healthy,Recipe,Uncategorized — Desiree @ 9:41 pm

Yeah, I’ve been a bit MIA.  Just a bit… (Understatement!!!)


So, I’m going to share with you one of my favoritest snacks ever right now.  SOOOO filling and actually good for you!

Yes, really!

SQ Quinoa Salad

This is my SW Quinoa Salad.  I have a to-die-for black bean and corn salsa recipe so I got creative one day and added quinoa.  I will never look back.

Quinoa is all the rage right now.  According to HuffingtonPost: (

” …quinoa has three dietary trends to thank for its popularity boost. First, quinoa is a great gluten-free option that’s riding the recent gluten-free diet trend. Second, it is also considered a “superfood” from a marketing standpoint because it is nutritionally dense. And third, its status as a complete protein (because it has all nine of essential amino acids) caters to the ever-growing population of vegetarians and vegans, as well as those who are just trying to eat less meat. Since the grain shares the properties of all three of these health food trends at once, quinoa could be here to stay.”


The recipe couldn’t be more simple.  It’s open a bunch of cans, chop up a few things, omit what you don’t want, add something else.  Completely customizable.  Or delicious just this way!

I eat this a variety of ways.  With tortilla chips.  With a spoon and dig right in.  Mixed in with scrambled eggs.  As a dressing for my taco salad… I could go on and on…

 Just believe me and make some for yourself.




2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos
2 (15 ounce) cans white corn
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 medium red onion
1 bunch green onion
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil or 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to combine flavors. Refrigerate to allow flavors to meld.
Eat as a stand alone salad or dip into it with tortilla chips! Also great used as salsa!
Very easy to leave out ingredients, or add your favorite flavors. I’ve made this without onion products with zero problems and lots of flavor.

You can find nutritional facts and other tidbits here: (yes, this is my recipe!)



Stuffed Squash – 2 varieties! October 15, 2011

Filed under: Healthy,Recipe — Desiree @ 2:03 pm
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Stuffed Acorn Squash:

(I doubled this)
2 acorn squash, halved
1/2 pound of Ground Meat, any variety
1 cup short grain brown rice
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ onion, sautéed
1 cup mushrooms, sautéed
1 carrot, peeled, chopped roughly, and steamed
1 cup spinach, chopped
¼ cup vegetable broth, or 1 Tbsp Better Than Bullion
2 tbsp  butter, melted
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped finely
1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped finely
salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut the squashes in half and roast for about 25 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Cook the rice in the rice cooker according to directions.
  • Sauté meat and onion in olive oil until softened. Add in mushrooms and spinach for the last five minutes of cooking.
  • Steam carrots  for a short period of time.
  • Combine broth, butter, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.
  • Combine rice, sautéed veggies, steamed veggies, and broth mixture in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  • Stuff mixture inside each squash half.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

*Will post pictures later, when I find them!*


Stuffed Zucchini/ AKA Zucchini Boats


2 zucchinis (plus chopped meat from other squashes)
1 onion
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 tbsp sour cream
1 egg
bread crumbs
salt & pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese
half pound of bacon, chopped and fully cooked


  • Preheat your oven to 400 (200C).
  • Wash zucchini, cut in half, lengthwise
  • scoop out zucchini innards, and coursely chop
  • chop up meat from any other squashes
  • (wring out excess moisture from squash guts)
  • combine all ingredients, and spoon into zucchini.
  • Place in baking dish or sheet and cover with foil
  • Bake for 35 minutes and remove foil, baking for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
Unfortunately, I have no “finished” photo, we were HUNGRY!  But here it is before it was popped into the oven:
Stuffed Zucchini

Before baking

It was good…


Finally! February 20, 2010

Filed under: Family,Healthy — Desiree @ 4:12 pm
Freakin’ finally!  I’ve dropped below my weight from December!
I gained 4 pounds over the holidays and kinda slacked off, not caring about taking it back off and keep going with the weight loss momentum.  Totally not going to meet my goal of 25 pounds before March 15th, but I’m going to lose as much as I can.
I’m officially the lowest I’ve been in 2.5 years and I’m excited about it!  My plan of action:  Get on the elliptical every morning that I don’t work.  And go for a walk in the afternoon.  I have my own little personal cheerleader, Jaidelyn!  She gets all excited when she sees me on the machine, it’s so cute! She’s all: Mommy, Yay!  You’re awesome!  I love you!
hee hee…

I’m in Love February 16, 2010

Filed under: Healthy,Recipe,Tips & Tricks — Desiree @ 5:59 pm
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With Hungry Girl  dot  com
Seriously, she rocks major booty.  She has all these amazing swap recipes, where she takes something that tastes amazing and swaps the ingredients and cooking methods with something that doesn’t clog-your-arteries-simply-by-reading-it.  And then to make it an even more amazing experience she puts the WW point value.
Now I’m not doing WW currently/anymore but it’s a comfortable idea for me to watch points.  I know where I’m supposed to be point wise and the site I’m using to monitor my weight loss/exercise figures in WW points as well as calories, so it’s a win-win for me.
I get the daily HG (m-f) emails with little snip-its and then Jaqui mentioned she had her cookbook so I looked up some recipes on and fell in deeper-mad-love with the amazing woman that Hungry Girl is.

Here is one of the greatest swap recipes.

Make it, love it, thank me later.


Grilled Steak with salad January 25, 2010

Filed under: Healthy,Recipe — Desiree @ 4:29 pm

Yeah, it’s a no brainer today.

Grill up some steak.
Cut into strips.
Serve with salad.
Now get this: I buy bagged salad. Funny, right? I make so much from scratch yet I won’t just cut up heads of lettuce. I figure I like that convenience. I think it makes less waste in my house (however, now with the pig it probably wouldn’t be considered “waste”) and there’s no surprise soggy-greenish-science project in the back of the fridge a couple weeks later.
Now I know I’m not the only one who has discovered this, so don’t play coy with me!
Hello, my name is Desiree and I buy bagged lettuce…

Make some dough!

Filed under: Healthy,Tips & Tricks — Desiree @ 2:24 am
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So… while I would love to mean money, I actually mean dough, as in bread dough. I got interested in making bread last August when I went on a girls-only beach weekend and one of the gals (who I was very close friends with as a child) brought stuff to make bread while we were there. Now, initially I thought “that’s nuts!” But I went home and thought about it. A lot. And then I emailed her for her recipe. Bread making is so easy and fundamental (emphasis on “mental”) I don’t understand why more people don’t do it! If you only realize how far that first loaf of bread has taken me!

It’s a form of sanity-making therapy. There is something soothing about kneading bread. By hand. Not that I wouldn’t mind having a good quality stand mixer, but I’ll save that for another time. (Just be sure that I can’t wait for my tax return. )
Anyway, if kneading bread is mind-soothing, imagine what eating that first slice of warm, fresh bread does to your soul.
Since that first loaf of bread, which by the way turned out beautiful, I have started making my own laundry soap, scouring powder (think Comet without the green), dishwasher detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner, bread, cinnamon rolls, english muffins, pita bread, granola, soups and lots of other stuff on a regular basis. Homemade stuff is better for you and not difficult to do. Occasionally it can be time consuming, but nothing a few hours on the weekend can’t handle.
And the reward is so gratifying.