Monday, May 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 5/19/14

Hello everyone and happy Monday!  This week is all about easy.


Monday:  Green beans, mashed sweet potatoes and grilled chicken breast.  Last night I grilled several chicken breasts 3 different ways:  buffalo, teriyaki and italian seasoning.  Plan on eating on them for luch all week.

Tuesday:  Breakfast!!  Scrambled, cheesy eggs, bacon and homemade waffle sticks.  I picked up the cutest little waffle stick iron at Walmart a few months ago.  I think the brand is Babycakes. We love it.

Wednesday:  Spaghetti with ground beef/red sauce.  Steamed broccoli on the side.

Thursday:  We will be taking  road trip so I'm packing PB&J sandwiches, apples, bananas, yogurt, nuts etc.

Friday:  ? ? ?  We will figure it out when we get there!  Hopefully eat out at a spot that is new to us.

Thanks for stopping by,

Natosha

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Writers of the Future - Volume 30


The 30th edition of L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future is now available for order.  I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing last year's edition and the honor to do it again this year.  If you are looking for new and up and coming science fiction writers then this is the collection for you.  I absolutely love the science fiction and fantasy genres and it makes me very happy when I discover writers that are new to me.

Here is the trailer:



I'll be posting a follow-up with a review.

You can buy your copy at:

Barnes & Noble 

Amazon

Kobo

Thank you for stopping by,
Natosha

Monday, May 12, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sorry, I have been MIA lately.  Work and life in general has been crazy. I work at a wholesale florist.  We sell fresh flowers and supplies to florists all over our state.  It has been craziness leading up to Mother's Day.  I'm glad it's over.  Plus I've had a birthday, t-ball, etc.  Life.  Anyhoo, here's this week's menu.


Monday:  Eat a salad out, between T-Ball pictures and game.

Tuesday:  Firing up the grill to cook chicken and a steak.  Serve some of the chicken with grilled asparagus and fried sweet potato.

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken, warmed in some Frank's Red Hot sauce.  Served on crispy romaine with blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes and bacon.

Thursday:  Steak fajitas with avocado, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers.  Side of rice.

Friday:  Chicken and veggie "Lo Mein" via The Primal Palate.



For breakfasts, I'm gonna try to do several smoothies and get back into the oatmeal routine.

Treat-wise, these look super yummy:



Thank you for stopping by,
Natosha

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meal Plan Monday - 4/28/14

Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Jax and I finally got the garden planted.  Well, most of it.  I still need to get some bell pepper plants and he wants to plant sunflowers.  Yesterday was stormy and brought in cooler weather.  I'm liking the 50's and 60's very much.  Hot and humid summer will get here soon enough.

This week's menu plan is as simple as I could make it due to the fact that I started the 21DSD (21 Day Sugar Detox) again.  I almost made it all the way through last time.  Please don't judge the 21DSD by my meal plan.  There is such a variety of food you can eat, but to make it easier on myself this go-around, I will be repeating a lot of meals.  For more info, go HERE.



Monday:  Stir-fry with Napa cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic and mushrooms.

Tuesday:  Brown rice and quinoa with kielbasa.

Wednesday:  Salad with mixed greens, chick peas, feta cheese, hard salami and Red Pepper Vinaigrette.  This vinaigrette is tasty and lasts all week in the fridge.  Maybe longer, mine gets eaten before then.

Thursday:  Ham, mixed sauteed greens (collard, spinach and kale) and sweet potato.

Friday:  Asparagus, oven-roasted with olive oil, garlic and sea salt, baked sweet potato and grilled steak.  (Hey, ya gotta splurge every once in a while!)

Lunches will be combinations of salads, rice, tuna, beans and leftover veggies.

Breakfasts will be primarily eggs, cheese and either bacon or homemade breakfast sausage.  I bought some chia seeds over the weekend so I might make the Noatmeal.

Thank you for stopping by!  Check out the links below for a whole gaggle of meal-planning ideas and recipes!

Natosha



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Menu Plan Monday April 28/14

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Pictures and My Attempt at Making the Rainbow Cake

Well, I made the rainbow cake and it turned out pretty awesome.  I used pastel colors for an Easter theme.  Plus, as you can see, I did not get fancy with the icing.  I just grabbed a tub of cool whip and mixed it with softened cream cheese and smeared it on the cake.  Excuse the lumps, I couldn't find my mixer and used a hand whisk.








After we sampled the cake, we walked over to my mom's house to have another Easter egg hunt.  She was asleep and my youngest nephew was at his dad's, so Jaxon and I had a hunt by ourselves.











We got a new addition to our family, a new fur baby.  She started out as a little spitfire, with major emphasis on spit.  The first night I had her, I put her on the couch to get used to me and she promptly bit me, hard!
She is starting to warm up to us and even snuggled with Jaxon last night.








That's it for now!  I hope you are having an awesome week and, as always, thank you for stopping by,
Natosha

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nelle & Lizzy Discount Code

custom stamped jewelry
 

Hello everyone!  I want to introduce you to a great jewelry company named Nelle & Lizzy.  They specialize in stamped jewelry. They carry rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Here are some of my favorites:

You are all I ever wanted ring by Nelle & Lizzy
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Breast Cancer Silver Ring Personalized with Komen by Nelle and Lizzy
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Mother Name Necklace with Charms by Nelle and Lizzy
$22.00

Mother Name Necklace with Charms by Nelle and Lizzy
$54.00

Sterling Silver or Bronze Family Family Bangle Bracelet by Nelle and Lizzy
$54.00

Eterrnal Love Bangle by Nelle and Lizzy
$60.00

Grandbabies Bracelet by Nelle and Lizzy
starting at $38.00

These are just a sampling of that Nelle & Lizzy offers.  AND right now they are offering 25% off to my readers.  This will only be good until tomorrow (4/23) at noon est.  This discount is awesome, but it does not include items already on sale.  These would make perfect Mother's Day gifts for mom, grandmother or yourself.  Just click on their ad, in the sidebar on the left and at checkout, enter HAPPYMOTHERSDAY2014.

What are you waiting for?  Get to shopping!

Thanks for stopping by,
Natosha

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Monday, April 21, 2014

MenuPlan Monday - 4/21/14

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. I finally made Jaxon's rainbow cake, with pastel colors, and we did a few other fun activities.  I'll share those tomorrow.

On to the menu plan.  I have been lazy and strayed from my whole foods eating.  I'm jumping back onto the wagon with this week's plan.



Monday:  BLTA Salad(leave out the canola oil and just use olive oil).

BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette| Cooking Classy
Cooking Classy

Tuesday:  Kielbasa, potato, egg and onion scramble. (From May 2014 Women's Day Magazine)

Whisk 8 eggs and set aside.  Cut 8 oz of Yukon Gold potatoes into 1/2" slices, chop one small onion and thinly slice 6 oz of kielbasa.  Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet.  Add potatoes and cook, covered, for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the onions and cook, covered, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender, about 4-5 minutes more.  Add the kielbasas and cook, uncovered, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Transfer potato mixture to a plate.  Add whisked eggs to pan and cook until desired consistency.  Fold in potato mixture, along with 1/2 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese and 1/2 cup of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley.   Serves 4.  I'll be halving the recipe.

Wednesday:  California Rolls.

California Roll Sushi_
Natasha's Kitchen

 Thursday:  Buddha Stir Fry.

Buddha Stir-Fry
Fitness Magazine
Friday:  Chicken with Whole-Grain Mustard and Veggies in Packets.

Chicken with Whole-Grain Mustard & Zucchini in Packets Recipe
Eating Well

I plan on making some more homemade coffee creamer using this recipe:  All-Natural and Homemade:  Vanilla Coffee Creamer by Five Heart Home.  It is SO good,easy to make and doesn't have all the junk the commercial creamers have. You should really try it.

I'm also going to make this Thai Sweet Chili Sauce from She Simmers.

What are your favorite site for finding whole foods recipes? Do you write a blog that specializes in whole foods or paleo?  Please let me know in the comments!

And, as always, thank you for stopping by,

Natosha

Linking up here:





Menu Plan Monday for April 21/14