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Breathing Dinner

I do not enjoy cooking.

I know that I have said this before but the fact remains the same. I hate cooking.  And it’s horrible truth because it conflicts directly with my love to eat. I  sit for hours reading Paula Deen, the Pioneer Woman, and countless blogs that have mastered the art of making good food.  I have romantic visions of myself sitting on a patio I don’t own, drinking wine with friends that I don’t have and laughing at lifes’ complexides while plates of delicious food sit before us.  Plates filled with food that I just whipped up in my spare time.

My vision is really a catalog add for Pottery Barn mixed with Bobby Flay.

Occasionally I feel the urge to cook and as long as I have most of the ingredients readily available, there is no holding me back.  The pots and pans are pulled out, the oven is preheated to the magic 350 and I am determined to make a dinner that all will enjoy.  A recipe that I can turn around post about here on my blog.

I finally gave in to these cooking urges even though my cooking common sense told me not to.  I looked up a Paula Deen recipe that was sure to please and feed the masses.

The cooking went well and my dish came out perfectly.  It was worth warming up my house in the August heat. I proudly distributed dinner to my children and we all sat down to enjoy a family meal together…..  Now, I am not sure how many of you have read Calvin and Hobbes but my children must have found mine and took notes from Calvin’s dinner time etiquette.  Just seconds after their first bite the fake vomiting noises and suddenly they both asked if it was breathing.

Bobby Flay needs to be my personal chef to avoid faces like these

Cute kid huh?.

See that plate.

He still ate it even if it was breathing.

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Diet Progress

The last weigh in post I was coming it at 139 and I am pleased to say the results continue to be successful!

HCG is a safe quick weight loss program with proven results138.4!

At this rate I am averaging about a pound a day and I am losing weight fast!

Even though the pounds are currently falling off easily this phase of the HCG diet plan is fairly tough.  The amount of calories that I am allowed to consume each day total 500.  So, yes, I am hungry almost all day and no it is not unbearable.   My eating habits, after the first round of  HCG, never went back to  their extreme carb loving ways and the weight has stayed off!

Here is the following day weigh in:

The HCG diet weight loss plan is a great way to loose weight.

137.8!

Another day and another pound!  Wonderful success!

I am going to take this moment and let you know right now. My goal is NOT to loose another 10-13 pounds.  I am shooting for 135 on this round.  I enjoy the curves and I have never been Twiggy.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask!   Check out 21 Day HCG


Winners

I am sorry for the delay in posting the winners from each giveaway.  I have been working on moving the blog and it has been a bit more difficult than I expected.

Homegrown Giveaway Winner: #1

Megan Sutliff from Housewife on a Mission

Megan said:

I LOVE the striped pom hat!! pink & brown together looks so cute!

Fiber One giveaway winner:

Cheryl from The Lucky Ladybug

Cheryl said: I like Fiber One on Facebook!

I will contact the winner by email! Thank you everyone for your patience!

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The day of chocolate

There are days when I massively crave chocolate.  Sometimes the craving is so extreme that my husband has been known to run to the store to get me a sweet treat.  Today was a chocolate day and the husband was no where to be seen and I had to impervise.

I made homemade chocolate covered pretzels.
Homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are quite possibly the easiest treat to make.  I purchased my first Chocolate Almond Bark a few weeks ago and put it to use today.  (It took me months to get over the fact that Almond Bark does not taste of Almonds)  The recipe is really simple.  Melt the Almond Bark in the microwave for 90 seconds, dip your pretzels in and then place them on wax paper.  Done.  Seriously, that’s it. 

If you notice, I did go a little crazy. I melted some white chocolate chips and drizzled it on top.  They are now gourmet chocolate covered pretzels.   

Here is another chocolate treat that I posted some time ago but it didn’t get the attention it truly deserved.

Enjoy!

Arizona Moms Network

I’ve done it again.  I have joined up with Wendy from Choosing Love and launched a new website!  It’s insane.  It’s crazy. It’s here!

Introducing:

If you live in Arizona than this website is for you:
  • Events – List your event so local moms can find out about it
  • Networking – A place to list your blog and get a more traffic 
  • Giveaways – If you are hosting a giveaway and would like more traffic send us your information and we will post it a link to your site
  • Guest Posts – A place to be featured and provided information for locals
  • Sponsors – Front page advertising for your business
  • This entire site is free!  

Arizona Moms Network was decided on and then created minutes after hosting Mom’s Nite Out.  After days of almost endless promoting of Moms Nite Out both Wendy and I realized that a local website dedicated to local events, business, and blogs would be a wonderful asset.  We hope that Arizona Moms Network will be a useful tool that moms and bloggers can use to spread word of their upcoming events and provide traffic to their site.

If you are a blogger and are interested in being a guest blogger please contact us through Arizona Moms Out!


    Blogging on the fly

    I am exploring the unknown and blogging on the fly. I am currently standing in K1 indoor Kart Racing at a party sponsored by DaGeDar toys and I am preparing to get my butt kicked!
    Check out links to get an idea of what I am up against!

    Www.dagedar.com
    Www.K1speedracing.com


    Mama Got Game – National Mom's Nite Out

    National Mom’s Nite Out
    is excited to announce a giveaway being provided by:
    $10.00 gift card to amazon.com

    Mama Got Game is one week old today and already donating a prize!
    Founded by two mamas who desire to help mama and her family navigate gaming systems.
    Since they are brand new, please go show them support and check back to see how they grow.
    Amazing things are in store for them.
     
    Mama Got Game is now on Facebook!  Head over and like them!
     Follow on Twitter
     

    Mama Got Game – National Mom’s Nite Out

    National Mom’s Nite Out
    is excited to announce a giveaway being provided by:
    $10.00 gift card to amazon.com

    Mama Got Game is one week old today and already donating a prize!
    Founded by two mamas who desire to help mama and her family navigate gaming systems.
    Since they are brand new, please go show them support and check back to see how they grow.
    Amazing things are in store for them.
     
    Mama Got Game is now on Facebook!  Head over and like them!
     Follow on Twitter
     

    MAJOR Giveaway!

    I am participating in a giveaway with three other shops! 
    Four different prizes = ONE REALLY LUCKY WINNER

    The Loot:
    1 free mini photography session from Dorothy Tess Photography
    1 Newborn Lace Ruffle beanie from Chic Baby Rose
    1 Razerback Tank Top with silver foil Fleur de Lis Print
    1 Striped Jester Pom Hat from me! (Becoming Homegrown)
     
    The giveaway begins today and ends April 16.
     
    Go To Dorothy Tess Photography to enter!! 
    GOOD LUCK!

    Moms Nite Out – A peak at the prizes!

    Moms Nite Out is starting to gain momentum!  This last weekend I had the privilege to meet two shop owners that are donating their product for door prizes AND we received even more goodies in the mail! 

    Here is a peak at the awesome prizes!
    handmade flower by floofies
    Beautiful flower clips from Floofies. 
    Check out her Facebook Fan Page – I noticed that she does giveaways!
    Funky Chunkies has donated this awesome bracelet!
    She has a great selection!!!  Her Facebook Fan Page gives you an idea on how popular the bracelets are
    on Etsy!  She is in so many treasuries!! 
     How beautiful is the book?!  Cactus Scraps seriously takes scrap-booking to an entirely new level! Gorgeous!
    Take a look at her Facebook Fan Page to see her new items AND where she is selling!
    No, those are not cookies!!!  Nancy from Seasons of Joy  has perfected the art of making the 
    perfect ornament!  They are even more beautiful in person!  
    Now if your are a business owner and would like to donate a door prize please contact me! You do not have to be in Arizona to participate!   
    I hope you are able to make it!  Click the link – Moms Nite Out for more information!