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Clean Chicken Fried Rice

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Howdy friends! How is your week going? Remember, it’s Friday eve!!!

I have been lacking some major cooking mojo these days. I feel like lately my cook switch has been turned off. The thought of sitting down and making a meal plan seemed completely overwhelming these past few weeks, but I knew if I didn’t start cooking soon, we might have to sell the house to pay for all of the takeout we’ve been eating.

I also knew as soon as I got my butt back into the kitchen it would light that fire again. My first homemade meal in WAY too long was my cleaner version of chicken fried rice. It is super simple, and very flavorful.

I was not about chopping, and prepping much, so here is the almost homemade version:

 

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Fried Rice Ingredients

 

Ingredients:

1 bag mixed frozen vegetables (Peas, Carrots, and Corn)

4 Eggs

3 Cups brown rice cooked

2 Cooked chicken breasts chopped, or you can use firm tofu to make Lacto/Ovo vegetarian

4T Liquid Aminos

2 Cloves garlic minced

2T MCT oil

1T Sesame Oil

Recipe:

-In a large saute pan heat MCT oil over medium heat cook garlic about 2 mins or until fragrant.

-Add frozen vegetables until warmed through.

-Add chopped chicken, heat through.

-Move veggies and chicken to one side of pan and add sesame oil to the other side.

-Scramble eggs in the open side of the pan. Once scrambled combine ingredients in pan.

-Add brown rice and liquid aminos to the veggies and chicken. Mix well, heat through, and enjoy!

Serves 6

 

 

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Chicken Fried Rice

 

Until next time,

Betsy

I have a plan.

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Howdy! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

We went electronic free Saturday and Sunday in an effort to turn our little trolls back into little boys.  No TV, Ipads, or Xbox. It was a loooong weekend but it felt amazing to spend so much quality time with the kiddos. Here they are Sunday helping with a neighborhood lemonade stand.

 

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The Gang

 

Like I mentioned last week, I have been a bit stuck in my life.

I have been doing a lot of thinking these past few weeks.  I have had some amazing support from my friends, family, and those of you who have been kind enough to read my little blog.

That being said. I’ve realized that I basically need to chill the fuck out.

It is time to slow down, prioritize, and start to truly enjoy this beautiful life of mine, instead obsessing about what is next.

#1, Above all things, I need to be more present with my boys and my husband. I want to learn to enjoy our time together more. I need to stop going through the motions, show more patience, and be a kinder human in general.

And for ME, I will finally take the time to nurture some passions that I have let go of these past few years.

I was a terrible student in high school. I attended a very prestigious, and competitive high school, a setting I do not thrive in. As a result, I was a huge, insecure asshole.

When I went to college, and the onus was on me whether or not I attended class, and everyone was there because they wanted to be, I thrived. In fact I graduated college as an honor student. College also ignited in me a passion for writing. Last week I bit the bullet and enrolled in a 6 week creative writing course, and I am SO excited!!!

 

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Writing

 

 

Secondly, I love to cook. Believe it or not I love to cook more than I love to eat. (hard to believe, I know).

I remember being a little girl and just following my grandmother around the kitchen. I even dabbled in culinary school for about a year.

But lately I seem to have lost my love for cooking. I really feel it is something I need to explore further as to why, and my hope is that my passion for cooking is re ignited. To get the ball rolling I went to Bed, Bath, and Friggin Beyond on Saturday and bought a few fun gadgets. I also spent a few hours over the weekend “freshening up” the kitchen.

 

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Cooking Gadgets

 

I am excited to see what these next few weeks bring for me, and I am going to just keep foraging ahead because that’s what moms do.

I think these two goals are lofty enough so I will stop there.

Are there any passions you have let fall to the waist side that you would like to re ignite?

Until next time,

Betsy

Unstuck

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“It’s about taking stock, facing who you really are, and getting going again.”

Excerpt From: Karen Amster-Young, Pam Godwin & Barbara Hannah Grufferman. “The 52 Weeks.”

 

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Unstuck

 

Im stuck. Or maybe frozen. I’m not sure.

Its been a week or two since I have written a post because I wasn’t so sure of what to say anymore.

Yes, I have been working out, but I have been eating like shit and gaining weight at an epic rate. We have been traveling, but that too I haven’t had the energy to post about.

I recently left my position at the school district I had been teaching at since I graduated college in 2004. I needed a change. I needed a new challenge. I felt stifled creatively. It was time to leave.

I have always been a fairly successful person when it came to employment, but I have always been very careful to take minimal risk. I have so many amazing ideas I’ve been dying to explore for the longest time and now is my chance!

But since I left I have been stuck, unable to get these ideas off of the ground. I have literally shut down completely and every little life task seems completely overwhelming.

I think I’m scared. I think I am frozen in fear of the unknown, and instead of jumping in the water, I am too scared to even dip my toe.

But here’s the thing. I am a perfectionist who tends to put WAY too much pressure on herself and I don’t give myself enough credit for what I already do. I have to remind myself (or have my friends gently do so) that my boys are still very young and need me more than I realize. I have a son who has some unresolved health issues we are knee deep in trying to figure out. My husband works up to 60 hours a week, and I am my boys’ rock, (all 3 of them)!

These aren’t excuses. This is life. My life.

So I am going to do my very best to wake up each morning and be the best mother, wife, daughter, and friend as possible, while beginning to slowly realize my dreams. But if it doesn’t happen this week, this month, or even this year, that’s ok, I’m ok. And I will repeat this to myself over and over until I start believing it.

I hope you will continue on this journey of self exploration with me and seeing where this little blog and my big ideas take me. Have you ever been stuck? What did you do to become unstuck?

 

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Sunset La Jolla

 

Until next time,

Betsy

 

It’s a double edged sword.

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Here we are! Another Monday, another crazy weekend behind us.

Saturday morning I hit up a spin class at the gym, and then we had my nephew Nathan’s first birthday party at a park. It was everything a kid’s party should be. Bouncy house, pizza, pinata, pony rides, and a cake from Von’s. I don’t know what the Von’s bakery fairies do, but that shiz is so good!

Speaking of cake, look at this magical creation from Crafted Baked Goods. Unbelievable!

We had another celebration Saturday night and I brought this beauty as a hostess gift.

 

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Candy Cake

 

The party was on the rooftop of our friend’s condo in La Jolla. The view was stunning, and the company was even better.

 

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Sunset La Jolla Boys

 

I was flying solo because Jeremy had poker night. If only Wyatt would look at the camera.

 

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Sunset La Jolla

 

And of course Sunday was Father’s Day.

I am not a very good at articulating my feelings to people. I take that back. If you’re an asshole, I have no problem saying so.

I have a hard time verbalizing positive feelings towards people, especially when it comes to how much I care about my loved ones. I am not good at getting all mushy and lovey dovey with my words, but I try to show my love as much as possible. I have a tendency to give love through gestures like cooking, or helping out when extra hands are needed. Not to mention I am Jewish, so inherently I feel the need to constantly feed people. For Father’s Day I made my hubs breakfast in bed, he got an at home massage, and at his request a bone in ribeye for dinner.

 

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Breakfast

 

And I wonder why I can’t lose weight!

 

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BBQ

 

This is the part where the whole double edged sword reference comes into play.

I find holidays like Father’s Day to be very difficult and anxiety inducing for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I was so lucky to snag a husband who is a wonderful father. His devotion to his family is truly indescribable. Not to mention he treats me like an absolute queen. I also am fortunate enough to have some incredible father figures in my life. It has nothing to do with the subject of the holiday, more the reason behind it.

I would like to think that I try to acknowledge how much these men mean to me and to our family as much as possible. I don’t know that an earmarked day is necessary to do that. Not to mention that some aspects of Fathers Day are just plain ridiculous. An example of this is the race to see who can post the most poignant, adorable message on social media praising fathers. I was literally lying in bed Saturday night thinking about what to post when I woke up on Sunday.

Not to mention I can only imagine how this would be a difficult day for many, including my husband who lost his father just 2 years ago.  Or parents raising children alone, or with strained relationships. This can be a day of sadness and reflection on what they are missing.

I know I sound like a real buzz kill right now. All I’m saying is that maybe we should spend a little more time celebrating the ones we love on a daily basis, instead of waiting for that one pressure filled, anxiety inducing day to do it.

Just sayin.

Am I crazy? Have you had these sentiments towards these types of holidays or am I just a cranky asshole?

Until next time,

Betsy

June Gloom Comfort

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Happy Hump Day!!!

Even though summer has technically started, we have been experiencing the typical San Diego June gloom. I’m not gonna complain though, I know it will get super hot soon (like, tomorrow!), So I will soak in this marine layer for as long as I can.

While enjoying this cozy weather the other night I decided to make some comfort food, figuring it will be a while before I get to make soups again. I made a tomato basil soup adapted from this The Barefoot Contessa recipe.

 

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Tomato Soup

 

You can easily make this recipe vegan by substituting the chicken stock with vegetable stock and omitting the butter.

 

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Tomato Soup Ingredients

 

I chose to use the immersion blender at the end, instead of a food mill because it is much easier to get the kiddos to eat soup with less texture.

 

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Tomato Soup

 

I also put together a little make your own grilled cheese bar to pair with the soup.

 

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Grilled Cheese Board

 

For my make your own grilled cheese bar, I had ciabatta, whole wheat, and gluten free bread. I put out some brie, smoked cheese, and cheddar out. I also offered some add ons like pancetta, sweet pickles, pancetta, and sweet medjool dates (not pictured).

The kiddos had the traditional cheddar, I jazzed mine up using the ciabatta bread, dates, brie, and pancetta, while the hubs had his with gluten free bread, smoked gouda and pancetta. A make your own grilled cheese bar is  a fun way to get everyone involved in dinner!

This is a fun, easy dinner for any night of the week. Let me know what you like in your grilled cheese! Is there anything I can’t live without?

Also, if you haven’t already entered this awesome giveaway yet, DO IT! The contest ends Friday!

Until next time,

Betsy

One for You One to Give Giveaway!

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Hey Friends! It’s Monday!!!! I hope you had a relaxing weekend. We hung around the house all weekend, and it was glorious. Around mid week we realized that we really didn’t have much going on, and instead of making plans we decided it would just be nice to lay low and hang around the house. Sometimes you just need a little re charge time with the fam bam.

This morning I am super excited to share an awesome giveaway with you! In light of yesterday’s tragedy, this giveaway couldn’t have come at a better time. This world could use more kindness.

 

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One For You One To Give

 

My friends at One for You One to Give sent me two gorgeous sets of bracelets to giveaway. I will be giving one pair away from the blog and one from Instagram.

Let me tell you a little about them. The concept of the company was born out of the genuine passion to give back and pass along kindness. All bracelets and jewelry come in pairs with the intention that you keep one and give another to someone special.

In the spirit of giving the company gives 10% of their proceeds to benefit “Best Freinds Animal Society,” which has also rescued 4 million pets across America to date.

All of the bracelets are designed in the United States, made with real gemstones, and are available for wholesale or retail. Check them out!

In order to win a pair of bracelets you must do the following:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @flabbutfab
  2. Follow @oneforyouonetogive on Instagram
  3. Comment below on who you would give your bracelet to share to and why.

Contest will end Friday June 17 and I will ship the bracelets the following Monday to the 2 winners!

Workout Criteria

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So in case you don’t stalk my Instagram yet (follow me @flabbutfab) I will let you in on a little secret. I am kind of a gym rat. I have always wanted to be one of those people who could workout in their garage, but I just can’t. I have tried the at home thing and we have sunk way too much money into weights, a treadmill, and lots of DVD’s that are all collecting dust in our garage.

 

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Messy Garage

 

Womp. Womp.

I have finally realized that I just need to share my bubbly adorable personality with the world so essentially working out at home would be a disservice to others.

While I have literally ALWAYS struggled with my weight, I have really never struggled with my fitness. I love to try new workouts, and I can pretty much hang with most programs. Well, except for sticking to only 1.

Over the years I have tried whatever was the newest and shiniest trend. From this I was able to figure out my niche exercise wise and there are definitely some non fitness factors that play into where I ended up working out these days.

There is of course the social aspect. I’m not looking to find my next bestie at the gym but I also don’t want the person next to me to be so balls to the wall that I don’t feel comfortable cracking a joke. I just want a place with good energy and people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

Obvi it needs to be clean, and have ample parking. Now with the kiddos, childcare is a definite plus. Finally, I am a class gal. I love a good fitness class and I am 1,000x more likely to hit the gym if there is a class or a trainer waiting for my. Mama needs some accountability.

What do you look for in a gym?

Until next time,

Betsy

It’s beginning to look a lot like Summer!

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Good Morning!

I hope you all had an awesome weekend. Even though the boys have three more days of school, it is basically summer time in these parts. On Friday I met up with my friend Gina for lunch. We went to Mitch’s in Point Loma. The place is SO good and right on the water. The smell of the ocean, and watching the tourists made me feel  like I was temporary plucked out of reality, and into Michelada heaven!

 

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Mitch’s

 

Saturday was karate, Costco, closing day of baseball,

 

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Little League

 

more fish tacos,

 

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Snack Shack Fish Tacos

 

and swimming at grandma’s.

 

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Pool Time

 

On Sunday the kid’s school held an end of the year party on the bay. It was great to see the kiddos having so much fun outside. (Not pictured, yet again tacos for lunch!)

Sunday night was the usual. Laundry, cooking, getting ready for the week.

Are you feeling the Summer vibe yet? Any fun plans coming up in the next few months?

If you haven’t entered the giveaway for 4 free tickets to the San Diego International Boat Show, click HERE and leave a comment to enter. The winner will be announced on Friday!

Until next time,

Betsy

San Diego International Boat Show + Giveaway!

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Good morning friends! It’s almost the weekend!

My kiddos get out of school next week and I have been scrambling to figure out what they are going to do for the next 12 weeks. For me it’s a delicate balance of spending time exploring with the kiddos, and some fun camps for them so I can still get some work done and make sure they aren’t in front of their ipads all day. That has NEVER happened, I swear! ; ) There is just so much to do in San Diego normally, and during the summer months the fun seems to just be amped up.

 

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San Diego Boat Show

 

One of the cool activities this gorgeous city has to offer is the San Diego Boat Show. I know, you are probably thinking I don’t need another yacht, so why do I need to go to a boat show? Well here are the top 5 reasons, besides me being there which should be reason enough:

  1. It’s over Father’s Day weekend making it a great family activity!
  2. The Boat Show is under new ownership, and there are so many cool activities planned including stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and live entertainment.
  3. Boaters can sharpen their skills at workshops and seminars presented by experts, educators, and adventurers.
  4. The Food and Drinks! There will be a variety of popular food trucks, a floating Tiki Bar, and an Anchors and Ale Beer Garden.
  5. You can win a family 4 pack of tickets and go for FREE right here, a $60 value!

Come out and say hi!

The  Giveaway :

The giveaway will run for 1 week starting today and closing on June 9.

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 9!

To enter, just leave a comment below about why you want to go to the San Diego Boat Show!

Show Details:

When: Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19, 2016

Where: Spanish Landing Park, East.

Admission: $15- Adults (16 years and older), Children under 12 are free.

www.SanDiegoInternationalBoatshow.com

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Don’t forget to enter to win tickets!

Until next time!
Betsy

 

Memorial Day Weekend Happenings. 

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Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I seriously feel like I’ve been hit by a bus! I don’t know about you, but whenever we have a Monday holiday I am always totally off kilter for the rest of the week.

On Saturday we ran some errands, had a birthday party to go to, and in preparation for a family wedding on Sunday, I had this gem come to my house. She does an awesome job, and you literally walk out your door, get a tan, and go back inside. Brilliant! Plus the club beats bumping from the bus is an added bonus.

 

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Spray Tan Bus

 

Sunday morning I got my ass whooped at a boot camp class, and then grabbed coffee with a girlfriend. I think it’s really important to carve out time with my girlfriends. It reminds me that I am more than a mommy! Then I got to spend the rest of the day getting glammed for the wedding. It takes a LOT of work to clean me up!

Yesterday was very slow going (imagine the sloth from Zootopia) that was me yesterday. I was so tired from the wedding bonanza, and the little sleep we got that night. I was able to make it out of the house for food, of course and to hit up the grocery store. Our friends came over for dinner and I made tomato basil soup and a make your own grilled cheese bar. Yummy! Dinner turned out really well. I will have the soup recipe and details up on the blog soon.

Also, keep your eye out this week for my first Giveaway on the blog!

Woohoo! I’m legit now!

Until next time,

Betsy