Wedding Series Vlog: 12 Weeks!

Wedding Series 3


I am very excited about this post. Lots to cover and I am still on cloud nine from this past weekend. I got to talk about the fun planning details with two of MK’s sisters. Decor is going to look AWESOME! We are going with a rustic type of theme. So, without further ado… here is the Wedding Series Vlog. Or you can skip on over it if you don’t want to watch the vid and just want to read the blog.

To summarize the vlog, I have a lot of the little things picked out for the wedding and have started a Pinterest board titled May 9, 2015. If that’s your thang (like me.. what did we ever do without Pinterest?!) you can click here to be taken straight to the board.

I also have the DJ picked out and MK is already working on his “must play” list. If I haven’t mentioned it before, MK is a musician so obviously there are songs he definitely wants to be played on the big day. My list would consist of Michael Jackson songs (Man in the Mirror, anyone?) and Motown hits. “Sugar pie honey bunch…. you know that I love you…. Can’t help myself…” Hell yeah!

In the vlog, I mentioned that I would show some pics of my favorite meals this past week. I am a simple eater so keep that in mind. Mainly because I am a simple cook. But, we all know I love simple things so it works!

Meals 2.16.14

For breakfast, I love a protein pancake with sunflower butter on top. I use Perfect Fit protein and they have a recipe for their protein pancake on the package. It’s delish and a breakfast that I look forward to over and over (especially when I work from home).

For lunch, I often have leftovers. My favorite leftover from this past week was Applewood smoked chicken. MK got a smoker less than a year ago so we are taking advantage of it when the weather is nice. The weather went back down to poo today, but it was beautiful last week.

For supper, I vary it up. I try to cook most nights and then leave weekend nights for eating out. I love Harvest Vegetable Chowder soup and never get sick of it. It’s a crockpot recipe that my mom gave me and has been my favorite soup since I was in high school. I like a good crunch so eat it with my current favorite crackers, Melba toast.

Most days I have at least one snack and this snack is usually a piece of fruit, nut mix, or yogurt. I am not a perfect eater by any means so please do not look at the above and think, “Holy cow, I need to eat less or eat more or eat better.” No judgment is allowed here! I always use the term “most days” because I have my days where I eat on a weird schedule, eat a little more or less, savor treats, etc. I show some of my simple meals to hopefully give ideas for the typical busy person!

The number 4 above is my favorite meal… it was my Valentine’s lunch. If I don’t eat a protein pancake with sunflower butter for breakfast I may eat a sunflower toast with honey for lunch. And one thing you will know about me if you do not know already is that I FREAKIN LOVE SWEET POTATOES!!!!!!! So, yes, I do eat those regularly.

I said I would give a couple favorite moves for working the sides of the abs or muffin top area. You will LOVE pretzel! You’re welcome. Let’s all challenge ourselves to do pretzel at least 3 times this week? Sound good?

There are so many variations but the above video will help get you started if you have never been to a Pure Barre (or other barre) class. My other favorite?? Side planks. I know you know how to do these. Get into those side planks and dip the hips a few inches & then come back up. Agghhhh I love it.

We covered a lot in this post, but the most important thing I have to say is…. HAVE A FABULOUS WEEK dear friends!!!!

Not ‘yer typical pot of beans


I am learning to cook, y’all! Okay, perhaps I have always known how to cook, but I definitely go through ebs and flows of cooking. I don’t always enjoy it. And other times, I can’t wait to create a new recipe or alter an old one. It’ weird. I have a love/hate relationship with cooking… and I am a dietitian. Go figure!

I think the reason I don’t always love cooking is at times cooking seems complicated. Just like my blog name, I like ALL things simple. Even cooking. If I see a recipe with over 20 ingredients and directions, count me the F out.

Today, though… I took on a tiny cooking project. I set out to make beans. And not just any pot of beans… a delish pot of beans. I have had my fair share of bland beans. So today is not that kind of a day. Mine were to be fantastic and even smell fantastic.

And guess what?

Fantastic they were.

So now I share with you my simple recipe… and I encourage you to alter it however you like. Spices and herbs are fun to play with so throw in some extras.

Not ‘yer typical pot of beans


  • 1/2 bag dried pinto beans , soaked
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 ounces smoke ham, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons creole seasoning


  1. Soak the dry beans according to the package directions (I soaked the beans in 3 cups of water for 6 hours). Once soaked, rinse the beans and then add fresh water and the beef stock. Place the pot back on the stove with high heat until boiling. Then cover and simmer.
  2. Chop up the onion, mixed peppers, and smoked ham. Place in the pot and stir it all together. Add in your spices.
  3. Let the beans simmer for 1-2 hours, until ready. Then enjoy!

What I like about this recipe is that it can be eaten as is, with rice, or even without the meat for a vegetarian dish. You know what they say about beans… they are good for the heart. 😉

Oh and I really liked the pic I took of the peppers so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I just LOVE how pretty fruits and vegetables are naturally. Fruits and vegetables are the Jennifer Aniston’s of food…


Happy Saturday dear friends!