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Here in Yakutat, Alaska there are only 2 seasons. Winter and Winter-Extreme! The first day of Spring Break, I woke up to a blizzard. Blowing snow for 3 days! I couldn’t tell you how glad I was to see that it was snowing that morning because the temperature the week before had ranged from 4° to 12° and snow meant the house would stay warm and snug. Hooray for snow!

Thursday afternoon the sun has finally made it through the cloud cover. The sky is a beautiful blue. So fresh and clean…However, I’m really looking forward to the “real” Spring…

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. We love to celebrate this holiday! It’s one of my favorites. Today I found myself daydreaming about what it would be like to live on a farm in Ireland and grow my own potatoes and butter the fresh eggs that come straight from my free-range chickens…sigh… sounds like a lovely life.

Anyway, only 2 years ago, did I discover that we love corned beef! I don’t know how we never had this dish before! It’s amazing. I just followed the directions on the package and put it all in the slow cooker. Viola! Dinner is served.

This year, I found a new recipe that is a little more involved but sounded amazing! I decided to make two (one of each) just in case someone would rather have the “old” recipe. And, because we are having company over for dinner, I looked for special desserts to go with our meal. Anyone know if truffles are an authentic Irish tradition? Because, that’s what I’m making. Real Irish Cream truffles!

I found the recipe for these killer truffles over at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen  It was one of those amazing Pinterest gems I discovered when I was browsing for Irish meals.20170318_162424[1]

Oh yeah! So easy to make but they had to be refrigerated over night (or until firm). Thankfully, I read that the night before and even though I didn’t put them together until the next morning, they still turned out KILLER.

Key ingredient: Homemade Irish Cream  – Which I also found the recipe for over at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen She’s got a plethora of other recipes to try, I plan on testing them out for myself…later… after I finish a few more bites of truffle. hehe

 

 

 

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New Year’s day has come and gone and I didn’t even give a thought to resolutions. In fact, I didn’t even think of them until some one mentioned theirs several weeks later. I figured it was too late for me to do anything about it then anyway, so I was off the hook… Seriously. Who else is with me, raise your hand!

I later came to the realization that changing your life can happen any time. Just ask a newly expecting mom. THAT literally happens over night! Ok, off track… back to me.

About 2 months ago (middle of January), I was getting frustrated with my slow weight loss and very bored. We have an old Gazelle Freestyle Elite that someone passed down to us and I had been using it in the evenings while Tim read to the kids from “Narnia”. In the past, Tim and I would watch Stargate SG:1 while I ran on my elliptical for 45 min. That is how I lost the extra weight after my previous pregnancies. I thought I could replace the elliptical with this Gazelle, but so far, it wasn’t working very well. If Tim didn’t read I didn’t want to exercise, and sometimes I was just too tired to do it. Other times, Tim was too tired to read. So I did the only logical thing I could do. I complained. “I want to watch Stargate again. I miss it. Waaaaaaaa. Waaaa. Waaaa. Waaaa.” Tim missed it too. We checked out the full 5 season series on Amazon. $50. Not bad! Still, Tim wasn’t in a hurry to slap down $50 for entertainment when we had other more important things to spend our money on…. like, food..?

I came up with a plan!  How about I contract to lose 10 lbs. and he will buy me Stargate Atlantis – the complete series?! Yes! Brilliant! But I wouldn’t stop there, I would lose 10 more lbs. before we can start watching it! And then of course 10 more WHILE we’re watching it! (who could say no to that, right?) I know it’s a little crazy to contract to lose weight for something. Let’s face it, I do have the extra 30 lbs. to lose, but the thing is, I’ve tried it before. Nothing makes me lose weight. Not a new dress. Not a vacation to the Caribbean. BUT, this. This WAS something I really wanted. I could lose weight for this. So we made a deal!

After a few more attempts at trying the Gazelle in the evenings and being unsuccessful, I knew I had to think of something else. I had lost 4 lbs. and then stopped. Don’t get me wrong, losing 4 lbs. is a success, but that is where I stayed…Stargate Atlantis was getting further and further out of reach as the price changed on Amazon from day to day… (I know because I was checking it daily.)

Then, one afternoon I remembered my excitement when I had joined in a Zumba class. It had been so much fun I instantly loved it. Previously, I had been intimidated to order a dvd because I thought it would be too fast for me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. This time I would be smart about it. I decided to order the Slim Down Zumba kit, plus also an instructional dvd (which turned out to be unnecessary because the kit came with another version of the same thing) that taught the essential dance moves and featured the creator of Zumba. I thought it would be fun. And maybe I could do it a couple of times a week. I fell in love with the dvds immediately. Almost as much as the live class I previously experienced! I took the instructional dvd to my sister’s house and the kids joined she and I for a dance party! Whoo! Do I need to say it was really fun? … It was really fun.

So, I started the Zumba Slim Down program and lost 16lbs. I’m on the 4th week of it and I can’t believe the results. Unfortunately, I neglected to take that first picture… you know the one I mean.. the one that shows how out of shape you are and that you use for reference when you are feeling like results are slow and you can’t tell if it’s working.. yeah, that picture. I am so bummed now because I have only a handful of pictures of me since I gave birth to Little T and none of them are of me in a sports bra holding the latest edition of USA TODAY. Grrrr…. I probably could get enough of the awkward ones and make a collage so that I can at least see a difference in my face. Or my left arm in this picture! …or my right ankle in that one…(Must remember to take actual “Before” pictures)

Here is my forged collage: Before (Still pregnant) After (Bad lighting) Total loss from first picture to second picture is 52lbs. (That is mostly baby weight – but it still counts! haha!)

 

 

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