Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekend in Review

So I meant to get this post written Sunday night...so Tuesday isn't too far off :)

We actually had a fun weekend, which is to say we normally don't have fun on the weekends ha.  We normally don't do anything but sit around and have Netflix marathons.  Our fun started on Friday night when I went over to my cousins house for a bit of a party.  I didn't know anyone there except my dental hygienist who apparently went to school with my cousin.  We had fun and I tried a butterscotch pudding shot, it made me feel young :)  Other than just having fun, I was inspired.  My cousin and her husband had just redid their kitchen cabinets.  They painted them white, and they look fantastic.  Can you guess what I will be doing soon? :) You can look forward to a post about painting kitchen cabinets.  It should be fun!

Saturday was a long day, we spent most of the afternoon at a middle school watching Adam at his first Tae Kwon Do Tournament in 12 years.  I'm really proud of him.  When we were in high school Adam took Tae Kwon Do with a certain teacher and after all these years he's found that teacher again and is enjoying taking classes with him.  Three nights a week he goes off to class and he's really been enjoying it.  It's only been a month and a half since he started again, so I was nervous about how he would do in the tournament.  Much to my surprise, and pride he got first place in both his forms and sparring.  It was really neat to watch.  I would show you the video of his form but Adam is being shy and doesn't want me to show it. :) So instead I'll just show off his trophies.
Oh I'm so proud of him!

After Tae Kwon Do we went with my parent's to a friends fish fry.  Haven't been to one of those in years, it was great and I even had a piece of blueberry pie, which was delicious.  It was also nice to spend some time with my mom and dad.  They came to the tournament too so it was neat that they got to see Adam do so well.  Then we went home (finally) and crashed.  

Sunday we skipped church (shh don't tell) and went to lunch with my sister and her boyfriend.  They made us try sushi for the first time.
I chickened out and had veggie sushi

Adam had a whole plate of sushi, for a man who won't eat anything I was impressed he ate everything on the plate.  

We are glad we tried sushi and we didn't get sick from it, but I don't know that either of us will ever have to have it again.  It did make me feel good that if I ever ended up in an Asian country I would be able to eat sushi, if it was served.  Later that day we celebrated our new experience by having a pizza :)  We prefer the pizza. haha.

I hope you all had as much fun as we did.
God Bless
-R




Friday, September 19, 2014

A new approach

Hello to all,

So I know I've been very sporadic about writing posts.  It's been kind of a rough time for me.  As I've said in the past (like last year at this time) I struggle with depression and anxiety and lately it's just kind of been a frustrating time for me.  I kind of did a really stupid thing...I take meds for both issues and I was feeling so good that I thought I didn't need them any more...So I've learned that's a terrible idea.  And now I'm fighting to get back in the right mind, but it's ok I'm coming back and it's looking good.  And I have my wonderful husband to thank for this, he's been very supportive and together we're coming back to normal :)

So enough about that! I've been thinking a lot about what I would like to write about on this blog and I've been wanting to try a bunch of new recipes.  And also I want to honor my grandmas, both of whom are wonderful cooks.  My mom's mother (Grandma G) we just lost this summer, and I have been thinking a lot about her and all the wonderful times we had with her.  Almost all my memories of her were in the kitchen and oh they are good memories :)  My mom has 3 sisters and we used to go to grandma's house with all my cousins and grandma would make chex mix or forgotten cookies, or a million other things that were wonderful.  And my dad's mom (Grandma N) is also a great cook we used to go to her house for Christmas Eve and have ham and potatoes.  mmmm  mmmm! Oh now I just want to go to my grandma's house for dinner :)  We really have a great family and my husband was thrilled to learn how wonderful my family can cook.  When my family gets together we don't even plan for dessert, everyone just brings some sort of dessert.  It's a wonderful life! :)

Since it's Friday and it's the start of the weekend I thought what could be more fun than a alcoholic beverage?  That's right the first grandma recipe I'm going to share with you is for Peacharino :)

Now this is a super simple recipe because who needs a complicated recipe on a Friday?  Not me!






Recipe:
2 peaches with the skin on
6 oz lemonade concentrate
6 oz vodka
yes I know that's 4 peaches not 2, I was just excited about peaches


Pour everything into the blender and then fill it up the rest of the space with ice.  Hit blend and in moments you'll have a frosty summertime beverage.



I hope you enjoy this as much as me and my family do.  

God  Bless and have a wonderful weekend.

--R

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week in review

     I know it's Monday but I thought I would recap how my second week of workouts went.  Well it went pretty bad, ha.  I was sick the first day and then tried to do two workouts in one day and I'm in no shape to get through two workouts.  After that the rest of the week my knee hurt, I just didn't feel like I had a good work out all week.  So this week I am going to redo the second week, and try to make every workout a good one.
     Other than that I had a fantastic weekend.  A couple of my girlfriends came up for the weekend with their husbands.  We started the weekend off by making our famous chicken wings, it's an easy recipe from Real Simple, just Old Bay seasoning and chicken wings and a little olive oil.  They are amazing.  Then for dinner we went out to the Oyster Bar.  None of us had ever been there before and I have to say it was really good.  I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a nice dinner and great seafood.
     On Saturday we had a late breakfast and then went to the Plex for some indoor mini golf.  They have a hard course with a water hazard on almost every hole.  I'm a terrible golfer but I love the course and we had tons of fun.  Then one of our friends had to go home early :( sad so the other couple and me and Adam went to Country Heritage Winery.  It was so much fun!  We went on a weekend that the Sol food truck was there and got some yummy tacos.  They have two categories of tacos, I would suggest the ones that cost a couple dollars more.  The cheaper ones are just a bit drier and not as much flavor.  The other ones include a breakfast taco and a chorizo shrimp taco both of which I had and I can honestly say they were wonderful.  I can't wait to try more of their tacos in the future.  After that we went inside for the wine!  They have 5 free tastings and they threw in the seasonal wine.  So we stood around and tried their wines.  None of us had ever been to a winery before so it was fun to try out.  The only complaint I have is that the wines we tried were some of the sweetest wines I've ever had.  The last one was so sweet I could barely finish my little sample.  Then we headed over to the bar and instead of getting a glass of wine, we all decided on a wine slushy which if you're a wine connoisseur this isn't for you, it was really sweet and tasted like a grape sucker.  But we thought it was good.
     Also this weekend our friends introduced us to a new game called Dominion.  We had way too much fun playing this.  I think we played 8 or 9 rounds during the weekend.  It's fun because there are so many different cards that every game is different than the last.  I'm looking forward to playing again.

I hope you had as much fun this weekend as we did.  Now I have to get back to writing (my book not my blog) Have a great week!

--R

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ohhhh workout :)

Good grief this summer has gone by super fast.  And since my last post was about the pool can I make a note about how this has been like the coldest summer ever.  Worst summer to get a pool ever!  Oh well.  We'll have fun next year.  And there's always September....it could get really hot still...right?  In that same topic Adam has been busy creating a homemade solar powered heater for the pool.  When he gets it all up and running I'll do a post about it.  Until then lets catch up. 

         The most exciting piece of news around the Schaaf household is that Adam is done with school! He now has his associates degree in Computer Information Systems.  I'm so proud of him!  It took him 12 years to finish and he kept with it! That is awesome.  I love you darling!

   So two posts before I talked about the website/ app Lose It! we're still using it, and tweaking our eating habits.  It's a great tool to use for weight loss and to keep in good health.  To add to our healthy lifestyle I realized I need to work out, duh! So I've done some research...aka I spent a bunch of time on Amazon and bought a couple different exercise videos.  The one I started with is Metrx 180. 

It's a 90 day series, 3 different months of work outs.  The only reason I bought it was because it was only $10...but I'm sure it's a great workout.   It came with lots of stuff, a work out journal, exercise band, exercise ball (although it's really too small), a nutrition guide, caliper, tape measure, and all the dvds.  So  I started last week, with the first month which is conditioning.  It made me realize how out of shape I am. ha! But I did the entire week's worth of exercises and I survived.  Ok I didn't make it through 100% of each workout, but I did the best I could and I have something to work toward this next week.  It's a tough exercise program and it's been really challenging and I think it's worth sticking with.  Some of my motivation comes from Adam who bet me that if I could do the entire first month (without stopping) then he would do the first whole month of exercises haha he has no idea who he's messing with :)  Apparently I need to be challenged, can you tell I'm competitive? :) 

     The other thing that has been keeping me busy (other than writing, been doing lots of writing) has been my dream of roller derby.  Yes that dream still lives on and when I shared it with my friend Chelsea the fever spread.  Apparently she has always thought about doing it too, so that led the two of us, plus Adam to the roller dome last week.  Adam creamed us in laps, but we didn't fall once on the rink.  I clarify on the rink because someone did fall on the carpet part, but we won't mention who (not me or Adam)  hee hee.  And after our fun on the rink the dream lives on we can't wait to try out for the roller derby.  In September the Fort Wayne Derby Girls are having a month long boot camp for all newbies that want to try out.  So we're going for it! I'm so excited and it's twice as fun now that I have a buddy to do it with.  I will keep you up to date on our roller derby adventures.

Have a great summer
--R
    

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Swimming Pool

I haven't been on my blog in a while.  What can I say I've had the summer itch.  I've been busy relaxing :)  It's true.  I've been busy relaxing in my pool.  We got a pool! I'm relaxing now because putting in a pool is truly a big job.  Here's a step by step guide to how we got ready to put up our pool.




Step One: Pick out and buy a pool.  We went with the ProSeries 16' X 48" Metal Frame Swimming Pool with Deluxe Kit from Walmart.


Step Two: Decide where in your yard it is going to go.  We picked the spot just in front of our kitchen window...it seemed the least invasive spot and yet still in the private area of our yard.  So grateful we already had a fence!


Step Three: Determine how level your spot is.  Ours was off level by 4 inches from one side to the other.  The pool can handle a difference of 1 inch so we had some work to do.


Step Four: Stick a pole in the middle of your spot, and we attached a string to the pole 8 foot long, and attached the other end to a can of spray paint and walked in a circle.  Then we had a 16 foot round pool outlined on the ground. 


Step Five: Dig the edge of the pool out.  Here we wanted to get the digging process started because we realized we'd have to dig out the entire area and then level it out.


Step Six: Start digging by hand....then realize that's a terrible idea and rent a sod cutter

 

Step Six: Part B: Stop for Margaritas


Step Seven: Start more digging by hand and realize once again it's a bad idea! Rent a tiller.  And cheapo my husband rented the smallest tiller he could get and realized it makes the work a lot harder with a small tiller.


Step Eight: level out the dirt


Step Nine: Bring on the sand! Load sand, unload sand, and spread sand around, repeat until the whole area is covered in sand, then you'll have to level it out. 


Step Ten: After you have dug, dug and dug some more then leveled out and added sand and leveled out again it's time to actually put up the pool. hooray.


This is the finished product!  It actually took us 3 weekends to get the ground ready.  Now we're drifting along on the island (the big floaty in the middle) every chance we get.  Life is good.

Here's a picture of pepper getting ready for the pool.

Have fun this summer and God Bless
--R


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let's Lose It

            Ok so the original point of this blog was to log the journey of our (Adam and mine) weight loss.  But as weight loss goes we fell off the wagon and tried a what seemed like a million ideas for trying to lose it.  Most of these ideas were basically depravation, and as you know that doesn't work.  Or at least you have to have a lot more will power for depravation to work otherwise you starve yourself and then binge eat.  So that's what we've been trying for the last year or so.  And wouldn't you know it hasn't worked.  Even though we've failed in every way possible the most important part is that we haven't given up.  On June 24th this year I turned 30 and also hit a weight I wished to never see.  So after a couple days of binge eating my feelings (cause that always helps weight loss), I made a resolution to do something different. 


             I decided it was time to track what I eat.  Now we've done this before.  We actually had a log that we wrote in every day and during the time we tracked what we ate, we lost weight.  So I know it works.  But the thought of looking up all the calories was more than I wanted to do, so what was I to do?  There are plenty of websites and apps that are calorie counters so I did my research and I ended up finding LOSE IT!  I found the app first and started tracking what I ate.  I found the app really easy to use, and almost every food I've looked up I've found.  I liked it so much I told Adam about it.  I started on July 1st, and I've already lost 4lbs.  Adam being a man has already lost 7lbs.  Then we found the lose it! website.  So far we like both the App and the Website.


            As you get started on Lose It! you enter in your weight and height and all that kind of information and it sets up a daily calorie allotment for you.  Then it's pretty easy to start logging your food for the day. It's also really easy to log any exercise. There's a count that lets you know how many calories you've eaten, how many calories you've earned through exercising, and a net of how many calories you have left for the day.  It makes tracking what and how much you eat, really easy.  I hope if you're on a weight loss journey you don't give up and I hope this helped encourage you. 


God Bless,


--R


           

Monday, July 7, 2014

What's keeping you busy

What has been consuming me lately.  Well other than enjoying my pool (seriously don't put a pool in if you want to get anything else done), I've been searching Pintrest for new recipes.  I'm having friends up in July and maybe August too and I'm looking for something new and exciting to share with them.  One recipe that kept coming up was for pizza dough.  I love pizza and anything I can do to make it healthier is a great thing.  Now I'm not sure who to give credit for this recipe because I found it so many different places, that I'm not sure who created it.  If you know, let me know and I'll give them credit.  Here's the big recipe....are you ready? 


1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Cup self rising flour


...yep that's it.  Only two ingredients. I had my doubts about this.  It sounds too easy to be true.  And too healthy to taste good, especially since I don't like Greek yogurt, and neither does Adam.  But my doubts aside I tried it.  It took 5 minutes to kneed, a minute to top with mozzarella, tomato, and basil and then 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven...and viola! It was really good.  Adam tried it, because he's a good husband and will try almost anything I make, and he was pleasantly surprised too!  This recipe is a winner.  Since I didn't want to share my pizza, Adam immediately made his own dough and in no time had his own pizza.  It was easy for both of us, and if we can do it, so can you.  The only thing we would say is that it takes more than 1 cup of flour, because you need a bit more to flour the surface.  And we will add a little salt to the dough.


But I can't wait to try different variations.  This would be so good with some rosemary in the crust, or maybe made into garlic cheese sticks.  I don't have a picture for you because....we ate it super fast.... I know bad blogger.  But I'm sure we'll make it again, in fact we have plans to try it on the grill.  So we'll you up to date on that process.  And I promise pictures next time :)


Happy baking!
--R