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That picture is making my mouth water. This was one of my absolute favorite meals from the 6 week challenge. We ate it a couple times a week, both for dinner and lunch, and I never got tired of it. It’s a solid, easy meal that tastes delicious and comes with absolutely no guilt.
The flavor in these comes from the mix of spices and Worcester sauce, which is my new favorite thing. It has practically no calories, but packs a ton of taste into a small amount. We also played around with varying the spices in order to keep things from getting boring. My favorite combination is the one in the recipe below, but feel free to mess around and find your own flavor combos. And if you find a good one, share it in the comments below!
And lastly, in our diet, for lunch you got a carb, a veggie, and a protein, so we used to pair these with lettuce and tomatoes and two slices of Ezekiel bread to make a traditional hamburgers. The dinner version didn’t get a carb, but we got a fat instead, so we subbed the bread for avocado and made bun-less burgers like the one in the picture. This is actually my favorite version because I am solidly on team avocado!
When I picture the flavor of summer, this pico de gallo is what comes up. This, to me, tastes like eating summer. It’s fresh, flavorful, colorful, and has a gorgeous kick. This goes on just about everything – from tacos and burritos to salads, or just plain old tortilla chips. I’ve been eating myself sick on this one 🙂
I can’t claim ownership of this recipe. That honor goes to my cousin, an incredible cook who was gracious enough to let me feature her summerlicious salsa this week.
This post is part of my 6 week challenge diet series. Dustin and I started a 6 week challenge diet through a local gym, and it actually worked for us! For the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing the recipes we’ve used to eat well and enjoy ourselves (we’re actually on week 10 now, and still going strong!). This pico de gallo was a late addition to the diet, but one we wish we’d figured out sooner. Its ingredient list fits right in with our approved foods, and the flavor elevates so many dishes.
This is also super easy. Basically, your only prep step is to chop stuff up. You also have full control over how spicy you want this. There are 3 jalapeños used, and you can seed all of them, one or two of them, or none of them for mild, medium, and hot. Fair warning: hot is really, really hot – just the way we like it 🙂
Seed and chop jalapeños (you can make the pico de gallo hotter by leaving the seeds in one or more peppers).
Mix ingredients together. Add lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Chop up avocado and mix in.
You can either add the avocado all at once (which will brown after 1-2 days), or you can chop up the avocados and add them as you eat. We use the first method for parties, and the second for when we make it for ourselves!
If you’ve been following this blog, you know I’ve struggled with my weight. My metabolism seemed to slow down and basically stop after having my children. After Faith, I was at my highest – 200 lbs. I couldn’t believe it. I spent the next year dieting and doing cardio-based program after cardio-based program, and I only could get rid of about 15 lbs, no matter how hard I tried. And if I stopped counting every calorie? It all piled right back on.
Then I hurt my back, and lost literally everything I’d worked the entire year for. I was at an all-time low. So I joined a 6 week challenge at a local gym on a whim. I was terrified when I walked in for orientation. I wasn’t even sure my body could lose weight at this point (spoiler alert: it could).
They handed out a diet plan that was super simple – easily the simplest I had seen at this point. And it allowed for a lot of creativity. Somehow that was encouraging, and I set to work.
This is one of the first recipes I came up with that we genuinely enjoyed. This beef and broccoli stirfry gave us hope that we could be healthy and not hate every minute of it. It’s a simple recipe, so simple it actually feels a little silly writing it up as an actual recipe. I would bet you have everything you need in your cupboard/fridge right now.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing the recipes I used for the 6 week program. All in all, I lost nearly 20 lbs during that time. My husband lost 26. We did strength/cardio mix workouts 3 times a week, and ate simple, high protein meals. That was it. The meals I’m sharing were things we enjoyed and would eat normally. Many of them are extremely simple (like this one), and not super fancy at all.
Anyway, let’s kick it off with the one that started it all: the gorgeous and delicious Beef and Broccoli Stirfry!
Beef and Broccoli Stirfry
Filling and delicious stirfry you can have on the table in just a few minutes!
Father’s Day is days away. Are you ready? We are, and we even have something for Grandpa, who will be visiting this year (shhh, don’t spoil the surprise!).
Anyway, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to make for Dad this year, this roundup is for you. I’ve scoured the whole internet (okay, so just my site) to bring you 9 super simple gifts that take next to no time to throw together (plus 2 more that take just a little more time). You can get these done even if you completely and totally forgot until the morning of!
Our family has tried all of these out one year or another, so you have my word that at least one dad enjoyed them!
This week, we are lucky enough to hear from Adrienne McGuire from Blue Bee Printing. Their custom stickers are just wonderful, and Adrienne’s here to share some fun spring/summer ideas for kids. So without further ado, I’ll turn it over to her!
Mini Koinobori, or Carp Kites
During the Japanese spring festival called Children’s Day, carps are drawn on kites to signify the strength and perseverance koi demonstrate when they swim swiftly upstream against the strongest currents. Japanese parents hope that their own children will show these positive characteristics as they grow and flourish!
Our mini koinobori can be created with a few simple craft supplies you probably already have around the house:
Toilet paper rolls
Colorful construction paper
Pencil or pen
Double sided tape
Colorful tissue paper or thin ribbon (optional)
String and darning needle
Step 1: Create the Scales
Choose five or six various colors of construction paper. These will be the colors of the fish “scales” that decorate the body of our koinobori.
Fold a sheet of paper in half vertically once, then in half horizontally once, then once more again. Draw two scallops on each wide edge of this folded sheet, then cut out your scales.
Repeat this step on each color of construction paper until you have enough scales to cover each toilet paper roll.
Step 2: Create the Streamers
For our koinobori tails, cut construction paper, colorful tissue paper, or thin ribbon into roughly ¼” strips. Each material delivers a different, beautiful result; construction paper is colorful and somewhat sturdy, tissue paper is floats nicely and creates a very flowy appearance, and ribbon tends to last better and flutter appealingly. Again, whatever you have at home will look great!
Step 3: Tape, Tape, Tape
Attach double-sided tape to the reverse side of each scale and strip of thick paper, tissue paper, or ribbon.
Step 4: Bring in the Kids and Attach Scales and Streamers!
Now your children can use the beautiful scales to cover the toilet paper roll “body” of their koinobori. Demonstrate that one straight row of scales overlapped by another creates a beautiful fish scale look!
Once they have decorated the bodies, they can attach their streamers to the inside of the toilet paper roll.
After they’re finished taping, double-check to ensure that their scales and streamers are firmly pressed into the cardboard roll.
Step 5: Googly Eyes
Most children enjoy attaching googly eyes to their koinobori, but if your googly eyes need to be glued or hot glued, your child (depending on their age) may need help.
Now the carp looks complete!
Step 6: Strings
Use a thick darning needle or ice pick to carefully bore one hole through each side of the koinobori at the head.
Run string through these holes and tie it so that it will not easily slip back through the opening you’ve created.
Step 7: Twirl and Swing Your Koinobori!
Children love swinging these adorable rainbow carp kites around outside. At the end of the day, the koinobori can be hung from a wall or ceiling to decorate your child’s room and remind them of the carp’s strength and perseverance!
Spring Sticker Scavenger Hunt with Custom-created Stickers
In many areas of the world, spring is the time when flowers bloom, birds return to lay their eggs, butterflies and bees float through the afternoon sunshine, and ladybugs trundle across our sidewalks. Children are naturally drawn to the peaceful, colorful spring flora and fauna, so this is the perfect opportunity to teach them about the types of nature right in your neighborhood!
If children love butterflies and birds, they love stickers at least as much! For this project, you’ll need to research the most common types of wildlife you and your child would be likely to encounter on your morning or afternoon walk. If you happen to live in an area where you can go on a gentle hike through a wildlife refuge or conservation center, consider extending your scavenger hunt to include species you’ll find here, as well.
Once you have your list of species of flower, bird, insect, and mammal, gather wildlife photographs of each type online. Then, use the custom sticker wizard at bluebeeprinting.com to turn these photographs into adorable, educational stickers for your budding wildlife enthusiast!
Once you have your stickers and your location in mind, sketch out the scene on a sheet of thick 20lb paper or nice card stock. This doesn’t require special art skills; children are not at all judgmental. Include trees, grass, and bushes where appropriate, or tailor your scene for your unique landscape.
Once you have your materials together, show your child the stickers and the landscape sheet. If your child wants, they can color the landscape before your scavenger hunt! When you’re ready, the two of you can head out to find the flora and fauna on your list.
When you spot a flower, for example, your child can affix the custom-created sticker of this local flower to the corresponding location on the landscape.
Toward the end of your hunt or series of hunts, your child’s landscape sheet will be a full representation of the beautiful nature that flourishes around your home! Hang up the finished art and continue to use it to help teach your child the names of each species the two of you spotted on your leisurely spring walks.
This project came out so much cuter than I originally envisioned it. I love how delicate these little birds are, and I think they’ll be perfect for the spring garland I’m putting together. Bright, light, and adorable – they’re going to be perfect!
This craft is deceptively simple. You’re basically making two loops and gluing a beak to them. It’s is a craft kids could definitely do, and the prep work would be super easy (especially if you had access to a paper cutter!).
Paper Songbirds, Step-by-Step
Start by cutting two strips of paper. You can make them just about any length and thickness you’d like. The only hard and fast rule is that they must be the same thickness, and the one for the head should be shorter. I used 3/4″ for the thickness, and 6″ and 2″ for the length.
Next, use a glue stick to make a circle from the shorter strip. This will be the bird’s head.
You’re also going to make a loop out of the longer strip. You’ll want about a inch to stick out from the loop to form the bird’s tail.
Now, cut the ends of the long strips to look like feathers.
Glue the head to the top of the body loop.
Cut a diamond shape for the beak. Fold it over and glue it to the bird’s head.
Last, use a marker to make eyes, and your lovely little songbird is done!
Mothers Day is days away. Are you ready? I have a sneaking suspicion that we are not, but I’ve also learned to never underestimate Dustin. He’s a sneaky dude…
Anyway, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to make for Mom this year, this roundup is for you. I’ve scoured the whole internet (okay, so just my site) to bring you 12 super simple gifts that take next to no time to throw together (plus 2 more that take just a little more time). You can get these done even if you completely and totally forgot until the morning of!
And as the person who received all of these gifts, I can attest that they are something that at least this momma enjoyed. Happy Mothers Day!