New Life

Hello everyone! Many things have changed in my life. I will keep this short and sweet:

– I moved to New Hampshire
– I started grad school — a year early
– I’m temporarily living alone; my spouse and pup are hundreds of miles away in Minnesota for the fall.
– I am doing OK, although the transition is hard and the reading in grad school is even harder.
– I am working as a Hall Director in a graduate assistantship.
– This program is accelerated so, by the end of summer 2017, I should have a Master’s degree.
– I was provided housing (apartment inside the resident halls) and a partial meal plan.
– I live among the undergrads and that is…interesting.
– 75% of Students here are playing Pokemon Go.
– evenings are getting cooler here
– leaves still green

I seem to be doing alright — all things considering:




18,480 Steps

Sooo many steps today. We went on two extensive walks. First one was more of a hike!

I have definitely lost a few pounds using the FitBit. This happened the last time I used it also. As long as you are logging your food, you can’t lose!….I mean…you DO lose…but in a good way, haha!

In case you were wondering, we ate breakfast around 11am: left over fajita meat and vegetables scrambled with eggs. Then, we had raisins, a banana, almonds, and a cranberry, chia seed bar for lunch on the trails. Once we finished hiking today, we pulled right into a Burger King and had an ice cream cone. For dinner, we had Caesar salad, chicken and rice leftovers, and a bowl of strawberries.

Cooking Adventures: Alternative Shepherd’s Pie

Our family’s standard shepherd’s pie has white mashed potatoes over a bed of ground beef and corn.

With a little inspiration from a diabetes cookbook, we adapted our recipe to bring you alternative shepherd’s pie — with sweet potatoes over ground turkey and mushrooms with corn.





What should I make?

So, I need to go grocery shopping because I need to make food for next week but, I already have a few things at home that I’d like to use up first for meals and snacks. So, I will show you my main ingredients, and you can tell me what I should make. Sound good? I am looking for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts, and beverages.

First, I have these things:

  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • A variety of spices
  • Coconut oil
  • Other oils and butter
  • Orange juice
  • A bag of separated garlic (equal to 1 while garlic)
  • 2 whole grain waffles
  • Syrup
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Sandwich meat
  • Tortellini

And then, I have these things:

  • Assorted frozen fruitwp-1463807261158.jpg
  • Some kind of vegetable pancakeswp-1463807256845.jpg
  • Raviolis
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • Riced Cauliflowerwp-1463807240964.jpg
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Smaller Potatoeswp-1463807232959.jpg
  • An avacodo and some lemonswp-1463807226717.jpg