Thursday, September 4, 2008

I have continued on my weight loss journey this summer, not as fiercely as when I was a part of the competition but am being faithful and I love my eating lifestyle. It truly is how I will eat the rest of my life. Anyhow I was expieriencing mild frustration with my scale that the pounds were not disappearing as quick as it is supposed to. I went shopping for new jeans with my husband on sunday and grabbed a size 16 womens (I had just fit into a size 18 womens on july 4rth) anyway, I tried them on and they fit great but still a little loose in areas that were not the most flattering, so I went to the misses department and grabbed a pair of 16 misses and tried those on. OH MY GOSH!! They fit and I was so super excited. So my barely 6 lb loss was not so bad when I realized that I was dropping inches. I also realized over the weekend that I have ankles, Oh yeah, and I think they are bordering sexy! My husband has been laughing at me because I keep looking at my ankles!
Well have a great thursday and let me know how your journey to a healthier you is going.
God Bless, Christina

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fun and recipes!

I am very excited, my cousin is in town visitng from 22 hours away or something like that. Anyway, she and her darling Tulip are coming over in a bit for lunch and to catch up on life. Yes, my cousin is mommy etc.... I am looking forward to seeing Tulip as well, she growing up so fast and since they live so far away I feel we miss so many special moments that build upon a relationship. She and my Little Mister are only a couple months apart but haven't had many opportunities to play together, so today's the day. YEAH!!

Yesterday was also a great day. My best friend Layla has a new serious boyfriend. He lives three hours away so we had not gotten the opportunity to meet him. Last night they came over with a few other friends for dinner and a bom fire. He is very much a gentleman and we did get a great feeling about him in the sense that we think he is a great guy for our dear friend Layla. I grilled potatoes and cheese burgers and had roasted red peppers and onions for the topping and then baked butternut squash. Dan (the boyfriend) was great and while Layla was at work did get some fresh fruit and cut up a fruit salad that was a perfect compliment to our meal. We started a bomfire and had smores and ice tea. I wish I would have taken pictures but I didn't think about it , but I took pint and quart jars and glued bright tissue paper on the outside of it and then put wire around the top to hang it from tree branches and put votives inside to illuminate them. They were super cute and did shed a little extra light as well.

now for the recipe, I had a request for my spagetti sauce recipe that I can. I use it over burrito's for pizza, all pasta and even my meatloaf and it's great.

Spagetti sauce

1/2 bushel tomatoes made into juice (approx 10-12 qts.)
1 1/2 cups sugar (I use agave nectar )
2 red bell pepper chopped
2 green bell pepper chopped
3 lbs. onions chopped
2 bulbs garlic chopped
1 lb carrotts chopped
1 lb fresh mushrooms chopped
1 cup olive oil
Cook this for one hour, then add:

1/2 cup sea salt
2 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp basil
2 tbsp chilli powder
2 tbsp parsley
8- 6ounce cans of tomato paste if you want it super thick add 10-12 cans.
1 tbsp thyme
Cook for another hour stirring periodically, an 18 quart roaster works well too.

Have about 15-16 quart jars and lids and rings ready and fill with the hot sauce (keep the sauce on low while filling jars) and lid right away. They should seal with in an hour.

This is a very easy recipe and I hope you like it.
God Bless and have a great day, Christina

Monday, September 1, 2008

Me and My Man


1. Who is your man? My husband is a hunk(in my opinion) He is a builder because that pays the bills but he loves training and working with horses. He was a young amish man when we met and then converted after we dated a few months.


2. How long have you been together? We have been together for 5 years as of the 4rth of july and married for 4 years 5months.


3. How long did you date before you got married? We dated for 8 monthes and 4 months of that we were engaged.


4. How old is your man? He turned 30 in June and he is a year younger than I.


5. Who eats more? We eat about the same.


6. Who said "I love you" first? He did.


7. Who is taller? He is. He is 5'10" and I am 5'6".


8. Who sings better? Definately me, if you want a good hummer my mans your man.


9. Who is smarter? We both have our strong area's.


10. Whose temper is worse? Mine definately


11. Who does the laundry? I do, but he always helps out with out being asked when I am really busy.


12. Who takes out the garbage? He usually puts it out on trash day. As far as emptying the wastebaskets and bringing it out, it's either one of us.


13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do.


14. Who pays the bills? I do.


15. Who is better with the computer? I am but he does well too.


16. Who mows the lawn? He does - but I like to as well I am just caught up with other stuff a lot.


17. Who cooks dinner? I do - unless you want macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and corn in it. MMM gourmet!


18. Who drives when you are together? Usually he does


19. Who pays when you go out? whoever happens to have the cash, my money is his and his money is mine. We both work hard so we both take care of the bills and then we both get to do other things.


20. Who is the most stubborn? I may have the temper but he's the stubborn one, but what can I say he sometimes works with mules and donkeys, maybe he picked up a few habits.


21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? he does so he can always say he did.


22. Whose parents do you see most?Right now we see his parents more.


23. Who kissed who first? He kissed me first.


24. Who asked who out? This a tricky question because he was amish and wouldn't ask me out even tho he wanted to. so i conveniently was available to give him a ride to places and then I needed manure for my garden and magically had dinner ready when he was done, so I guess you could say I did in a sneaky sort of way. he was hooked after that! this is the honest to God truthj!


25. Who proposed? He did


26. Who is most sensitive?I would say I am and I express it, but he actually is pretty sensitve too but doesn't express it as well.


27. Who has the most friends? We are each other's best friends, and then we have about the same number of friends because a lot of them are couples.


28. Who has more siblings? i have 5 siters and 2 brothers, he has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.


29. Who wears the pants in the family? He teases me about this, but in reality - he does!


30. How did you meet? My cousin had a business metting and my uncle had me speak a little at the end. My husband was a friend of my cousins and was sitting in the middle of the crowd with the most amazing smile and I knew I was hooked and I was going to marry him.


I hope you enjoyed my little interview with myself. I got this idea from Mari here. I would love to read this from some of you too.


Well have a great Labor day, Christina