Monday Ramblings

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I am a mess. Is anyone else out there a mess right now? That’s why I just need a little dose of Monday ramblings. A little time to get a few things off my chest. Taking pen to paper for a vent sesh. Hell yes!

And I don’t judge.. if you need to do the same, please do. I am a good listener.

So first up, I am OVER sweets. Ergh! My tummy is agreeing with me. I had 3 holiday parties this weekend and while they were SO MUCH FUN and I am glad I went, I ate a little too many of the chocolates, cake things, and cookies (and more). My digestive system is saying, “WHOA there buddy… let’s use this week to reboot.”

So I listen. I started the morning with a warm bowl of oatmeal and dinner is brewing in the crockpot as we speak. And this morning I did restorative yoga. In fact, it was “Yoga for Headaches” since I did wake up with a headache today. Can you get hangover from too much sugar? If so, I can officially say I have a sugar hangover. And it may be worse than an alcohol hangover. Seriously! But, the yoga sesh helped BIG TIME and I am almost sugar hangover headache free.

Secondly, I am so overwhelmed with work right now. What is up with the loads of work this time of year?! Actually, I know.. I just don’t want to admit it. I work for a benefits type of company so many of our clients start new programs January 1st. So, that means December is the catch up, prepare, plan, and get everything done month. EEK! I love the holiday season and want to savor every bit of it, but some days I can’t help but wish for the weekend.

The bright side is that the “busy”ness should just be another week or so (I keep telling myself). And I WILL do my holiday fun things like look at Christmas lights, listen to Christmas music, watch a few favorite movies, see some type of Christmas show (like a musical or play), see snow, and give lots of love and time to family and friends. Oh I really do love this time of year!

Third up is a question… need your opinion. I am obsessed with workout DVD’s and noticed that Shaun T just came out with Insanity Max 30. Do I get it now or do I wait? I have been doing Piyo lately and love it, but want need a little more cardio in my life too (you know, for the endorphins) so am looking to change up my workout routine a bit. I have been spending a lot (haven’t we all) so am trying to decide if I buy it for myself now.. it’s $119.85 or if I wait until after the new year. What would you do?

Thank you for letting me ramble today! Have a wonderful Monday, dear friends. 

WTEW: Anything from the Crockpot!

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‘Tis the season for crockpot recipes. October is the perfect month to start busting out your favorite soups and stews. I love crockpot recipes for two HUGE reasons.

  • {Reason Number One} The whole darn house smells like a Thanksgiving feast whenever you arrive from a long day of work.
  • {Reason Number Two} You don’t have to labor away at the stove after you come home from laboring away at your desk.

I think we should all do a crockpot recipe exchange. If you feel compelled, please share your favorite recipe in the comments. And no worries, whether you really will participate or not, I will share with you one of my recent faves. You really can’t go wrong with it and you know how I feel about herbs and spices. More galore!

So the crockpot recipe I have enjoyed making lately is the easiest ever. I like simple and this is definitely that. It is Taco Soup! I have no idea who gave me the recipe or where I found it, but all I know is I really like it. And so did my parents and brother when I made it for them Sunday.

Taco Soup

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey (brown it first)
  • 1 can black beans, undrained
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 28 oz can crushed tomato
  • Other spices you like (maybe sea salt, garlic, etc.)

Mix all of the above in the crockpot. Set to low and your dish will be ready in 4-6 hours. You can put cheese on top if that is your thang!

I also made a Tuscan Kale & White Bean stew today. It was delish! I tell you what, adding fresh rosemary to a soup or stew is A-okay in my book. But enough about me. What about you? What is your favorite thing to cook in a crockpot?

Eat well, friends!