Who’s Hungry?

Oh how I love food (I say that a lot) so I need to find great recipes that are

 #1 EASY, #2 DELICIOUS, #3FILL ME UP (which isn’t easy to do)

Are you ready for my latest and greatest invention?2013-02-11

And the recipe..                       

turkey meatballs

The ways to use them are endless but here are some ideasSmile

Turkey Meatball Parm

A little sauce, mozzarella, on a lightly toasted Joseph’s Pita bread (love them)!

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Turkey Meatball Soup

This is super healthy and an ultimate comfort food, does it get any better?

IMG_99511 Tbl olive oil, 1 onion chopped, 3 celery stalks chopped, 2 garlic cloves – sauté in a large pot

Then add 2- 32 oz. cartons of low sodium chicken stock and bring to a boil

add 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1 head cabbage chopped, 3 chopped carrots

Simmer 10 min. stirring occasionally

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, drained and diced, and a tsp of italian seasoning and let simmer another 5-10 min. Then add your turkey meatballs!

    Hope you enjoy these recipes and

the rest of your weekend!

Love, Shannon

A Peek Into My Craziness:)

Since you’ve seen me in a bikini I might as well show you a peek into my craziness!  I know everyone is crazy, running faster then the speed of light with not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  I can sympathize with all of you, that is why I meet with God at 5am every morning #1 It’s quiet, #2 No distractions and the most important #3 I’m a train wreck without Him!

Something He is teaching me right now is “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians: 4 22-24  Isn’t that awesome to know that if we don’t put off our old self we will continue to be corrupted by our deceitful desires but if we put on our “new self” that we are created to be like God.  This is exactly what happens to me when I don’t have time to read my bible or just have a quiet time with God, I easily fall back to my former way of life.

After God teaches me something new and I pray for motivation to move my body I give 100% to my workout (most of the time).  For me it’s not about being the strongest or fittest but being the best I can be.  Here is a peek at our craziness at the gym!  Just jump over something, the bigger the betterSmile

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When I get home at 7am I wash the gym germs off my hands and it is breakfast for the troops and getting my husband off to work.  My breakfast has been the same for a while because I LOVE it!!!

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You can read the details here!family

Then it’s on to home schooling my crew!     It’s a long story about how I ended up home schooling but we love it!  I won’t bore you with all the details but just know it’s a little crazy!

Time for lunch!  Food is constant in my house between prepping, cooking, cleaning, and eating it’s a full time job.  So the only way we eat healthy and I don’t lose my mind is making a ton of food at once.  Monday is usually our big cooking day, this week we grilled up 4lbs of homemade turkey burgers, 5lbs of chicken, tons roasted veggies, a rice cooker full of brown rice and a couple cups of Quinoa.  It sounds like a lot, but it makes the rest of our week so much easier and it’s nice having all those healthfridgey options just waiting for us!

You’ve seen me in a bikini, now I’m showing you my fridge. Here it is, stocked up for the week, packed to the brim and in just a few days it will be close to empty. One of my favorite things to have on hand that everyone loves including Paige is our veggie filled turkey burger courtesy of my sister in California.  Paige and I eat our turkey burgers mashed up in brown rice or Quinoa with a bunch of cooked veggies thrown in, it’s a microwave meal in minutes!  My husband takes them to work and my kids love them on a bun with ketchup!

This is the recipe and on a side note when I shred my veggies I do half coarse (or larger) and half finely shredded.

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I’m tired and I only got to lunch, so later this week I’ll give you a peek at the second half of my crazinessSmile

Don’t try and be perfect just be the best you can be!

Love, Shannon

Who’s Ready for an Amazing Week?

Are you ready?  We’re ready, let’s motivate each other and all those around us to make God proud!

We have a great quick video for you that puts everything into perspective.  We don’t exercise and eat well to be super models but to bring glory and honor to God.  He gives us one amazing body to use for this short time on earth and He tells us, “  19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Let the focus of the week be on making God proud with our choices!

We love Francis Chan!!

It’s hard to follow that amazing teaching but now it’s time to move our bodies!!  I have a simple challenge for you 100 burpees, 100 push ups, and 100 sit-ups you can break it up however you need to but DON’T take a shower before you do thisWinking smile

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Becca and I both love our plain Greek yogurt. Please don’t buy the sugar loaded version, just add your own sweetener and fruit or make our recipe below!!  These ingredients are always in my house so I have no excuse not to grab something healthy when I’m hungry.  This also travels well just keep the cereal on the side!

Yogurt Crunch!

1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt

Any fruit – strawberries, bananas, and blueberries are my favorite

1/4 cup of Kashi Go lean crunch

any sweetener of your choice

and the secret ingredient is Chia seeds, if you haven’t tried these wonderful little seeds you must!  There are so many reasons you will love them, go here for the health benefits of the chia seed.  Try Chia seeds in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, even pancake batter (your kids will never know).

Go out today and make God ProudSmile

Love, Shannon

Nobody is Motivated Every Day

I don’t know anyone who is overflowing with motivation every day.  There will surely be days that you have nothing, like your motivation tank had a leak and there is nothing left.  But “ Do you not know? Have you not heard?”

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Isaiah 40:28-31 says how even the youth grow tired but if we hope in the Lord He will renew our strength.  So if you have an empty tank and are feeling like you can’t make it through the week remember that God never grows tired and when our hope is in Him we will run and not grow weary!!!

This morning the treadmill seemed more like a torcher devise then fun.  Running outside to me has become pure heaven.  I have a perfect 3 mile loop around my house so it is the minimum I can go unless I turn around and come back.  When I was pregnant that loop took me an hour to walk.  After I had the baby I would run just until I was going to die and walk the rest.  One day I ran the entire 3 miles without stopping, I almost died, I couldn’t breath but it was such a huge accomplishment.  Today, I can run forever but in PA it is cold and dark at 5am so my running fix will only happen on a treadmill…yuck!  To make my treadmill workout a bit more exciting and a good sweat session I do this 20 minute routine.  You can do it on any cardio equipment and if you aren’t dying at the end you didn’t do it right.

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Hope you have a spectacular day!

Love, Shannon

Don’t’ Be Ordinary Be Extraordinary!

Ok Ladies, we get another week to get it right and be the best we can be!

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This is our weekly challenge to ourselves and hopefully you will join us in making small goals every week to stay focused and be extraordinary!

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Give God 2013

This is just a mason jar with a little quote “Let go Let God!”  it’s surrounded with bible verses I’ve hand written that have impacted me and are my reminders from God.   let go let God jar_thumb[4]

Such as “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3:17

“22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-2 and many more.                                                                    

I’ve started putting my struggles at the feet of God knowing that I can do all things in His strength rather then being frustrated and struggling in my own.  This will sit in our kitchen as a reminder to rely on God in 2013 not just for me but for my whole family.  I hope we fill it to the brim with all our fears, worries, and stress.  Then next year on January 1st, 2014 we can all look back and see how awesome and faithful God has been taking our burden’s and making them light!

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

Happy New Year, ShannonWinking smile

Set Your Goals!

This is us Becca on the left and me, Shannon on the right.  Not our best look, we would much rather be seen as fashionable, hot moms but this picture means so much more then meets the eye!  becca and shannon

We are cousins and I’ve looked up to Becca since I can remember.  Becca is two years older then me and I’ve always thought of her as a sister.  Our lives are full of crazy stories and many highs and lows which we plan on sharing as we journal our story, but back to this picture.  It all started with a dream.

Becca’s husband and brother have done a ‘kind-of’ team triathlon for the past several years that consists of a 1 mile sprint, a 1.5 mile canoe, a 14 mile bike ride, and finishes with a 5k.  It all started with a challenge from the boys that we could never beat them.  So we signed up and we began to train.

We put in the work, we sprinted, we ran far, we lifted weights, and even borrowed friends bikes since we both haven’t rode bikes since elementary school!  We started out slow but we got stronger and faster quicker then we ever thought possible and it was time to beat the boys!

This is the day that two moms in their mid 30’s came in second place for the female teams.  The boys only beat us by a couple minutes but you could tell they were scared and probably would have rather died on the course then get beat by us!  The moral of this story is focus on your dream, do the work, and I promise you will have success!

With Love, Shannon