San Francisco Part 1: What We Ate

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It is definitely safe to say that we did not starve in San Francisco. Most times when we travel we pretty much wing it when it comes to food. San Francisco though is a city filled with an incredible culinary scene so it is definitely worth doing a little homework before you head there. our first night we walked to Belden Place, an adorable alley way that is closed off to cars and tables and chairs are set up in the street. We ate at Cafe Tiramisu. It was probably one of the best meals of the trip.

 

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Our Adventurous Little Eater

 

The next morning we had brunch at Cafe Le Presse which had come highly recommended but honestly, it was just meh.

We continued on with our food marathon at an awesome Italian restaurant Original Joe’s in North Beach. It was everything from the dim lighting to the red booths. I need to recreate the chopped salad and artichoke dip. The menu isn’t huge but everything we ate was perfect.

That evening, we were exhausted and had promised our spoiled kiddos we could have room service. Also, as a nice bonus our hotel, an Omni brought the kiddos milk and cookies every night. We also had room service for breakfast the next morning.

 

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Room Service Breakfast

 

Now if you know anything about San Francisco, you would know about their amazing Chinatown. We LOVE Chinatown, and here is a small sampling of the dim sum we ate. I will be dedicating an entire blog post focus on Chinatown later this week!

After out trip to Alcatraz we stopped at Pier 39 and made a rookie mistake. Instead of waiting in line at Boudin we were so hangry we ate at a knock off version and it was not very good at all. The red chowder was awful, and I am still kicking myself. Luckily to make up for that lapse in judgement we walked to Ghiradelli Square and make quick work of these two ice cream sundaes. They were out of this world, and worth every single calorie.

Having walked close to eight miles that day, we were pretty pooped. Thank goodness for Postmates who delivered this awesome takeout from Brandy Ho’s!

Our last meal out was kind of a disappointment. We had spent the morning at the Ferry Building before our flight and ate at MarketBar. The service was NOT good, and the food was definitely nothing to write home about, especially for the price!

Well folks, there’s a look at our gluttony in San Francisco. Did we miss any must eats?

Until next time,

Betsy

More is Even More Rice Crispy Treats

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More is More Rice Crispy Treats

 

Happy Monday friends! We are exploring San Francisco write now, but I wanted to share this recipe with you to get your week off on the right track. And by right track, I mean with lots of gooey sugary awesomeness.

A few months ago a girlfriend emailed me this recipe for these brownies:

They were Insane! So of course when she sent me a link to Rice Crispy Treats of the same name, I had to try them. I slightly modified the recipe, and wanted to share my version with you:

More is Even More Rice Crispy Treats

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Crispies

1/2 bag funfetti cake mix

Lots of sprinkles

2-3 Cups of crushed Oreos

1/2 stick of butta

1 10 oz bag of marshamllows ( I prefer the mini ones, they melt better)

 

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More is More Rice Crispy Treats Ingredients

 

In a large pan melt the butter over low heat, then add the bag of marshmallows. Once the butter and marshmallow are completely melted remove from heat.

 

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Step 1

 

Meanwhile take a little aggression out on your Oreos.

Mix Funfetti Cake mix, Rice Crispies, 3/4 of Oreos, and 3/4 of sprinkles in the pot.

Finally, pour the rest of the Oreos and Sprinkles into a well greased cake pan. Pour the rice crispy mix on top of that layer, and with damp fingers smoosh down into the pan (very technical, I know). Let cool at least 20 mins. Flip cake pan over and you will find a nice little Oreo/Sprinkle topping to the treats. Cut to desired size and enjoy!!!

 

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More is More Rice Crispy Treats

 

Let me know what ya think! I cannot wait to share all of our shenanigans from San Francisco. I will be rolling out a series of posts next week all about my fave San Francisco eats, attractions, and more!

Until next time! xoxo

Betsy

My love/hate relationship with Electronics.

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Our New Board Games

 

 

This is such a double edged sword. On the one hand who doesn’t want to sleep in an extra hour on the weekends? Make dinner? Or God forbid shower in peace? On the flip side these electronics turn my otherwise adorable children into venom spewing trolls.

In our house during school time we have pretty strict electronic rules. No devices Monday-Friday, except for TV while I make dinner or am trying to get dressed. On the weekends we allow 1 hour of iPad and 1 hour of Xbox time a day (which lets be honest, never happens). I’ve starting using the kitchen timer to monitor their useage though.

And this weekend was ROUGH! I mean, I love my kids. They are my world. My everything. That said some times they make me mental. We had a pretty low key weekend with a lot of time at home. My husband and I didn’t feel well so keeping the kids happy and entertained was exhausting. This was the perfect weekend to throw the ipads and Xbox at them. But they get so mean, and as of this morning, the ipads and xbox controls are hidden, aaaaaand it is board game city until further notice.

The other issue is they are off all next week for Thanksgiving break, and I have work to do and Thanksgiving for 30 to prepare for, so who is really being punished here. I hate to say that but it’s true.

Even on our recent vacation to San Francisco, my youngest wanted nothing but to sit in the hotel room and play on his iPad. Then again, when you are trying to enjoy a meal, and the kids are finished, it is so easy to slip them your phone while you get a moment to enjoy your food.

I know I am not the only mom out there who deals with this. The real question is at what point do you risk your sanity to teach them a lesson? Or when is it ok to let them turn their brains to mush on the Xbox?

Ugh. Our kids live pretty scheduled lives with soccer, karate, baseball, or swim after school, and they definitely need down time. The thing is they get so cranky when they have too much screen time.

What are your best tips for eliminating/ managing screen time with the kiddos?

Until next time,

Betsy

Changing Things Up

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Hey friends! How are you? I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was low key and fun. We had a cousin’s birthday party on Saturday, followed by some epic ramen for dinner.

On Sunday the hubs and I got in a little brunch/ kayaking date along the bay while my bestie Camille watched the boys.

 

As you may notice I have made some changes to this little blog. I wanted to share with you why.

While I love talking about my struggles as a fatty, and everyone’s feedback has been so amazing and positive, I have found the experience personally quite difficult. I feel that i’m focused obsessed with my weight and getting in shape and putting way too much pressure on myself. In my experience when I am trying to lose weight, the more I talk and obsess about it, the less I actually make better choices but instead rationalize that I “deserve” this cheat meal day week. It becomes a whole issue of what I can’t eat instead of making healthier decisions. So I am going to continue on my diet and fitness journey but keep those successes and failures a little closer to the vest.

 

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Hehe

 

Secondly, there is SO much I want to share with you and I felt that focusing solely on diet kept me from unleashing all of my true greatness 🙂 For those of you who know me personally, you know what a large part entertaining, cooking, and family play in my life. I want to incorporate these parts of my life to into the blog as well, and I look forward to sharing my passions with you!

Stay tuned for lots of exciting things to come!

Until next time,

Betsy

xoxo

Week 2 Weight Watchers Recap

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Hey there! Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend was awesome. We kept it low key around here. My mother in law was in town so we had a little extra help with the kiddos which is always a plus. Saturday we went out to breakfast, I had an MRI for my knee (I hope I get some answers soon), and then a little date night with the hubs. Sunday was groceries, laundry, cooking, and chillaxin per usual.

Oh yeah, I also lost another 1.8lbs, 5.4lbs total in the past two weeks. Booyah!

 

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-5lbs

 

This week was much harder than last week though. My first week I was out of town for work, and super busy. I literally barely had time to eat. Last week I was home with the kiddos on summer time. I have a VERY hard time resisting snacks with them while we watch movies or want to grab fro-yo. What I have found to be my saving grace through this is to make dinner at home as much as possible. As a whole, our family eats pretty healthy, except for dinner time when we are all tired and hangry.  We have a terrible takeout habit that we have been working hard to break but it is SO. EASY. to order in.

I honestly think the invention of apps such as Postmates, Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Amazon now have contributed to the LBS I recently put on. It makes ordering anything so easy and everything is delivered as soon as the food is made. TROUBLE!!!!

 

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Dinner Delivery

 

We caved once this week, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Be as active as possible with non impact exercises that are safe for my knee.
  2. Make dinner at home 5/7 nights.
  3. Lose 2lbs.

Let me know how you are doing so far this month! Have a great week!

xoxo

Betsy

Week 1 of Weight Watchers Recap

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Guess who lost weight last week? This chica!

 

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Week 1 Weight Loss

 

I went into my meeting thinking ok, I’ve been out of town all week and ate dinner out every night, I am going to shoot for a 1.5lb loss because that would get me out of the 100 and somethings 😉 . Shockingly I lost 3.6lbs which gave me a HUGE mental boost to continue on with the program.

Another boost I got was I found out a girlfriend of mine goes to the same location at a different time, so I am going to attend the meetings with her from now on. Having an accountability buddy makes all the difference for me.

Since I am in town all week, and we have a fun weekend ahead of us, I want to stay as on track as possible. There are way more temptations here at home than there were in Yuma! My goals for the week are as follows:

  1. Eat dinner at home Sunday-Friday, NO takeout!
  2. Lose 1.8lbs, I like round numbers on the scale.
  3. Do not self sabotage in the afternoons when I get hangry.

 

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Prickly Utensils

 

Here is my proposed dinner plan:

Sunday- Shrimp Pasta with Bell peppers and Red Onion

Monday- Teriyaki Tofu with Snap Peas and Rice

Tuesday- Stuffed Pasta Shells

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Chicken and Broccoli Fettucinni

Friday- Bang Ban Shrimp and Rice

How did the first week of August go for you? What are your diet or fitness goals for the week?

Until next time.

Betsy

I’m the Worst

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Oh hey!  I am just kicking it here in Yuma! It’s been a cool 100+ degrees all week and apparently the internet sucks and my post didn’t publish yesterday. Waaaah! I’m here for work, and it’s been SO crazy that this is the first opportunity I’ve had to talk about my starting Weight Watchers on Monday.

 

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Weight Watchers

 

Last week I signed up here for a free meeting. I wanted to get the authentic Weight Watchers experience so I decided to attend a meeting instead of just signing up and following online. In the past I always found that I was the youngest person in the meetings. I also never found them all that helpful but I wanted to take this experiment head on with fresh eyes.

My plan for the first few days is to eat what I have normally been eating and see how many points they are to get a gauge on where the bulk of my calories are coming from and how to manipulate my day to be able to fit my point in without going over or getting hangry. I always have a hard time with mid day binging snacking, so would like to get a hold on that this week.

That was the plan…

For someone who was aiming to hit the ground running on Monday, August 1, I’ve kind of failed. I did have grand plans to right every detail of my experience during my first meeting on Sunday. Pathetically, after seeing that f’ing number on the scale, and the pain from my knee injury (they think I tore my meniscus and possibly my MCL) reality hit.  I spent the rest of Sunday in bed with my dogs watching a marathon of My 600lb life.

Oh man, that’s embarrassing to see in print.

 

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Bad Knee

 

But, I DID go to a Weight Watchers meeting. This was not my first trip to the Weight Watchers rodeo. When I walked into the meeting located in an office space in a strip mall I found the fluorescent lighting and plastic chairs a bit depressing. I am also not a huge fan of all of the products for sale, especially some of the pre packaged food.

You can probably deduce the mood I was in that day 😉

 

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Weight Watchers

 

I really enjoyed our meeting leader Dave. I found Dave honest, endearing, and most importantly incredibly vested in what he was doing. You could tell immediately that he truly wanted you to succeed and help you do that. Dave started the meeting with an enthusiastic: “Welcome to another episode of Weighs of Our Live!.” Cute.

I basically checked out after that and thought, why am I here? But, there is definitely something about knowing that you will have to get on that scale every week with Dave on the other side of the table smiling, expecting to see the number drop that holds you more accountable. When I weigh in myself I feel like there is always an excuse to skip, or postpone the weigh in until I have “made up” for it.

Full disclosure I have not even had time to read through all of the materials they gave me last week.

 

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Weight Watchers

 

I did pack a ton of healthy food and snacks for my trip since I was able to drive.

I have been at a conference since Monday, and have been counting my points with all of my snacks, breakfast, and lunch which I packed. We have been eating out at night so I haven’t been able to completely track dinner. I have been trying to keep it healthy-ish. I will be home tomorrow night, and come hell or high water I will be at that meeting on Sunday.

I also added a Weight Watchers Pinterest board, so make sure to check it out and let me know what kinds of recipes you are most interested in me trying and sharing with you.

How are your August goals coming along?

Until next time.

Betsy

You Decide My Diet!

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Happy Monday Peeps!

I hope you had a great weekend! We spent this past Saturday on the bay enjoying a little staycation for my son’s birthday. It was fun, stressful, and exhausting, all topped off with a cupcake/cookie/taco binge on Saturday. Okay, Sunday too.

Next Monday is the start of August. While people with a much healthier relationship with food wouldn’t wait for a Monday, or the start of a new month to begin eating better, that is clearly not me!

So I have an idea….and I need your help!

Through Instagram I have noticed that the following weight loss/diet plans have some die hard followers:

 

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Whole 30

The Whole 30

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Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers

 

 

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21 Day Fix

21 Day Fix

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Ketogenic Diet

 

Ketogenic Diet

I want YOU to vote and decide which plan I should follow for the entire month of August. Once the votes are in, and the plan decided I will spend the rest of this week researching it. On Monday, August 1, I will begin that plan for the entire month. I will document my experience along the way and share with you all of my success and failures. At the end of the month I will do a complete review of the program.

So please VOTE VOTE VOTE!

 

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