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How I spent my day….1dp5dt

The nice thing about finding a down side of something is that there is ALWAYS an up side to it.  After complaining of being bored and being stuck being a couch potato because of IVF I decided to take Duncan, my kindle, camera and a blanket to a park about 15 minutes away.  Since it was mid week it was very quiet.  I spent a few hours reading, relaxing and listening to the the sound of bag pipes someone was playing not so far away.  Even though the blanket was not as comfy as the couch it was the best decision I could have made to get out of the house.  I am all about being positive right now.  Plus Duncan Doodle enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds.  Here is our little spot:

How I spent day after transfer

A picture of me and Duncan relaxing.  Note I forgot his leash so had to create a makeshift one out of poop bags!  I don’t think he was very pleased with me about this one.

Me and dunc at stark

Since housework (including cooking) was on my DO NOT DO List I made some crock-pot salsa chicken for dinner.  This was the first time I made it so it is definitely a work in progress but it was really good and super easy.

Salsa Chicken

Spicy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

  • About 3lbs of Chicken
  • Salsa- One container (I used the fresher ones found near the deli not the jars but either works)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • A few large tomatoes
  • 1 T Minced Garlic
  • A few shakes of:
    • Red Pepper
    • Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime
    • Onion Powder
    • Chili Powder
    • Cayenne Pepper (I like it spicy)
  1. Throw everything in Crock-pot on Low for 6-7 hours
  2. If around shred chicken midway or wait till fully cook and shred (should look like pulled chicken)

I ate it plain because I was picking at everything and anything today but it would be good in a tortilla or lettuce wrap, served with tortilla chips, on rice or quinoa.

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Cooking up a storm…..

Sunday

Sundays are always meal prep days for me.  This week I spent a good half the day cooking.  I made homemade salsa, marinara, turkey taco meat, spaghetti squash, mashed cauliflower and my lunches for the week.   I am really boring for lunches.  They usually include chicken, steamed spinach or broccoli and either quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato.  I measure everything out because I am that anal.

I was quite impressed with my salsa and it was the first time making it.  I bought Margarita’s brand salsa the week before and it was absolutely awful.  We have some crazy huge tomatoes growing  in our garden and I have been dying to make a recipe with them.  They may not be the prettiest things but they are extremely tasty.  I forgot how much of a difference between store bought and ones straight from the garden!

I didn’t follow a recipe it was kind of a free for all.  I grabbed some pepper from the market that was pretty hot.  I like everything extra spicy.

Recipes like salsa can vary so much and a lot depends on taste.

Homemade Salsa

3 very large tomatoes

1 red onion

2 handfuls of cilantro

3-4 garlic cloves

1 hot pepper

a little lime juice

I also made marinara sauce which I will not share because I am not too impressed with it.  I do not have a food processor so I had to cut up the tomatoes and it ended up being way too watery.

The cauliflower mashed was just OK.  I added cauliflower, a few tablespoons of cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and milk, lots of garlic and Parmesan cheese.  It was pretty good but too thin.

While cooking I decided to make some oatmeal for breakfast.  As I said in the last post, I had to go to Reading real early in the morning so we ended up doing our grocery shopping on the way home.  I was in a bit of a rush and starved so I ended up making this chocolate lovers oatmeal by accident.  The cocoa powder ended up coming out pretty fast.  I can usually just sprinkle a little out from the can but sometimes way too much comes out.

Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal

1/2 cup of Oats

1 cup of water or milk

1/2-1 T Cocoa Powder

1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2-1 T sunflower seed butter or your favorite nut butter

Stevia to taste

It doesn’t look so good but if you love chocolate this one is for you.  I added all ingredients besides the sun butter before cooking and then added it on after.

Baseline and Banana Sunbutter Protein Oats

Breakfast

After a very nasty sweaty Saturday AM workout, I had a yummy bowl of Banana Sunbutter Protein Oats.  Don’t mind the dirty counters.  We should have got the glossy one cause they never get clean!

Banana Sunbutter Protein Oats

1/2 c oatmeal

1 cup water or milk

1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/4-1/2 banana

1/2-1 T sun butter

I typically add the protein powder before I cook it but you have to be careful and make sure you stir a bunch or else you will be chomping on some nasty clumps. I have both Sunbutter brand and Trader Joes.  They are both equally delicious.  I have yet to try the crunchy kind but I bet it is fabulous!  This is what I used today:

Have I told you how much I love oatmeal?  It is my favorite all year round. Speaking of seasons is anyone else getting excited about the Fall coming? It is my favorite time of year!!!!  I LOVE it!

IVF #2 Update

Things are looking good. I got great news the other day and we are beginning our cycle.  I was at the clinic for 6:30am this morning for blood work and ultrasound. Fun Fun!  My antral follicle count was 13.  8 on one side and 5 on the other.  This seems a bit low for someone who is 29 but no one has mentioned it being a problem.  I should get the call tonight about when to start the stims! I will be using Gonal-F to start.  Let the fun begin!!!