Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's for dinner? Mediterranean Crunch Salad

Mediterranean Crunch Salad

A quick and easy salad featuring the bold flavors of the Mediterranean.


1 (15-ounce) can no salt-added garbanzo beans

1 cucumber, chopped

1 cup small broccoli florets

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup finely sliced kale, tough stems removed

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped Kalamata olives

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (I substituted balsamic vinegar)

1 small garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.


Heath Starts Here Program

Per serving: 130 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 6g protein

My daughter and I have recently started the Jullian Michaels Ripped in 30 series. It is awesome.

We are on week 1 and have enjoyed it so far. The video series is in s step wise process so we do not "overdo it" early and give up like most of us would do. There is a meal plan, online, that is great, however, some of the ingredients are hard to find around my small "po-dunk" town. Anyway, I will journal about our progress. My daughter is really excited about this time together and our dietary changes. Let's hope it continues!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Surfside Beach 2011

What an awesome week! We spent the week in Surfside Beach for our yearly family vacation!
I was a little nervous about going to the beach after my skin cancer scare but this year I went prepared and had the best time I have ever had!

These were the important thing I took with me daily that made a difference!

This is my trusty sunscreen, however, I used 85 spf and then applied sunblock to my shoulders and face. I still got a slight tan. . . did not burn!

Everyone needs a hat! This kept my nose and face from getting burnt and kept the sun out of my eyes since I do not wear sunglasses!

My awesome chair. It has a canopy on top that clicks into place. It also has UV protected material which helped keep me from buring!

And finally! I do not like to read but I was able to start and finish this book during the days on the beach. I would recommend it to anyone who is feeling annoyed with everyday life.

Here are some photos of my awesome week!

My daughter. . .oh how she has grown.

Me. . . not 40 yet but look at the crows feet!

My son! He is an awesome kid!

My little boy and neice!

The Dance! Our beach house for the past 3 years!

Sandcastle time!

Get me out!


Hubby and Jo in deep conversation!

My crazy kids!

The moonlit ocean! What a view!