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Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad

Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad

Finally a salad recipe!!

After going to Disney World and eating everything in sight, it’s about time I got my act together and put something green in my mouth (besides lime sour patch kids).
There were a good two months where I was doing really well with my eating habits…sort of. In December, I got a bad cold then the stomach flu and then another bad cold which brought be 3 pounds below my goal weight. Then January came and so did my well-meaning resolutions. I was doing so well!

Now we’re half way through February and I’ve lost the will to cook/exercise/drink water/go to bed early/anything else on my ‘get healthier’ to do list.

Anyone else in the same boat as me? Someone out there better raise their virtual hand.

I don’t know if it’s the winter weather, my sick baby, my lack of sleep or my love of bread that has me in this funk.

Did I mention Eddie has a double ear infection? I took him to the doctor a few days ago and turns out he wasn’t being cranky because he hates me. That little guy was literally miserable. Poor baby 🙁

So, my body/eating habits are obviously not my current priority. Eddie-man is. And trying to catch up on my sleep. And eating this donut bread. (It’s addicting. Don’t make it.)

I’m not going to get on the scale again until another stomach bug hits.


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Pepperoni Ranch Chip Dip…where do I even begin? This stuff is of the gods. I mean, you won’t win bikini contests eating this stuff but you certainly will make a lot of people happy. (Do any of you even have time for bikini contests? I’m over here like “YES, got a shower in today!”) Scroll down to get the video tutorial and printable recipe! Or keep reading:

I’m becoming a little obsessed with this song. Tori Kelly’s voice is amazing. When I was younger, I thought “I could be a famous singer…and go on Oprah!” My sweet mom was like “Oh yeah? Ok!”

She did not crush the dream for the 3 1/2 days I had it.

I had this unwavering confidence that I could become whatever I wanted. I still sort of think that way, but have become more of a realist with age.

I stay in key when I sing and can hold my own in a choir, but will never be Tori Kelly, nor do I want to be. Realist.


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I almost called this post “Post Vacation Recovery” because that is what this weekend was. I’ve learned a few months ago from all of you lovely people that Vacations aren’t actually vacations; they are family trips. And family trips are a whole other different ball game than vacations (like going away on a trip where you can actually relax.)

We did a lot of laundry this week. Our house is still not in order. We’ve got clean clothes, but I don’t have time to fold them. Story of my life.

I took Eddie to the doctor this week because he was being so so terribly cranky. Turns out that poor boy has a double ear infection!! Poor little guy. But we got him good antibiotics and he’s slowly returning to his old self. (Still having trouble sleeping…’cause that is his thing…but we’re working through it all.)

Blake has also gotten some random bug on Friday. He’s just had a very high fever…and that’s it. No symptoms of anything else. Just a fever of 103. Random, but it made him tired and cranky too. We were grateful for lots of medicine this week!!

Gordie continues to wait for that job offer to come pouring in. He’s got a conditional job offer for his *dream job* and we have faith it will all work out, but dang Gina! We’ve been waiting since September! (But literally though. September.)


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Finally a salad recipe!!

After going to Disney World and eating everything in sight, it’s about time I got my act together and put something green in my mouth (besides lime sour patch kids).
There were a good two months where I was doing really well with my eating habits…sort of. In December, I got a bad cold then the stomach flu and then another bad cold which brought be 3 pounds below my goal weight. Then January came and so did my well-meaning resolutions. I was doing so well!

Now we’re half way through February and I’ve lost the will to cook/exercise/drink water/go to bed early/anything else on my ‘get healthier’ to do list.

Anyone else in the same boat as me? Someone out there better raise their virtual hand.

I don’t know if it’s the winter weather, my sick baby, my lack of sleep or my love of bread that has me in this funk.

Did I mention Eddie has a double ear infection? I took him to the doctor a few days ago and turns out he wasn’t being cranky because he hates me. That little guy was literally miserable. Poor baby 🙁

So, my body/eating habits are obviously not my current priority. Eddie-man is. And trying to catch up on my sleep. And eating this donut bread. (It’s addicting. Don’t make it.)

I’m not going to get on the scale again until another stomach bug hits.


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