My Family and I got Jersey when I was in 4th grade. We went through numerous interviews with the breeder and after my family and I were 'checked off' as a nice, kind hearted family, we picked out the cutest pup. The Name Jersey arose because at this same time, my dad was going to be re-located for work to New Jersey. We had already started looking at houses and I had already started having nightmares about what my first day in 5th grade would be like in a new school, with new friends, new atmosphere. Yeah, at age 10, that was a BIG deal. Moral of the story is...he didn't end up having to be re-located, we got our dog at the nick of time and Named him Jersey!
Naomi, age 10. Jersey, 3 months. Isn't the cutest!
Jersey-12 years old.
He passed away when he was 13 1/2. He lived such a great life, brought me and my family so much joy. My mom didn't stop crying for a few weeks and still gets teary eyed when it is brought up. This december would have been a year without Jersey and i hope this coming spring, my parents finally get a new puppy!
Q: Do any of you have pets or had pets that you were/are attached to?
Yesterday started out with a delicious bowl of oatbran (new love, still)
1/3 C oatbran, frozen berry mix, 1/2 banana, cinnamon, truvia.
My mom and I then went to the mall on the hunt for a pair of boots for me. I found the perfect pair!! They are on their way to my house because they didn't have my size. We stopped (obviously) at Lululemon.
ahhh, Lulu...how I love thee
Free goodies! (Larabars and trail mix!) How I love thee even more.
Cashew cookie sample size (who knew they could make them even SMALLER than they're already minute size?) This was eaten today with some chobani.
Later in the day, I met one of my best friends for lunch. We went to Shaws and made salads at the salad bar, and we also found a persimmon!!
Verdict: Never again will I eat this fruit (veggie?) I should have video taped what it looked like when we each took a bite. First, the flavor was just not there. It was bland and strange tasting and it made our mouths feel like we had eaten a ball of wax. We couldn't stop this strange feeling, it almost felt numbing! Bottom line, I did not enjoy my first persimmon. So Sad :(
A delicious salad was eaten however. Romaine, carrots, cuke, tomato, 'shrooms, honey maple turkey breast (amazing!) roasted red pepper, artichoke hears, feta. WOWZA delicious salad!
Later that night I cooked up some delicious, comforting turkey chili. If you remember my pumpkin turkey chili (in my recipe section) I just used this recipe but didn't use the canned pumpkin.
with a sprinkle of shredded cheddah.
- 1-1.25 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can canneli beans
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 C diced yellow onion
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 diced red pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 healthy shakes of cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 can pumpkin
- 3 cloves garlic
- Sautee onions, peppers and garlic in olive oil until they brown up (about 10 minutes)
- Add in the ground turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon and let it cook (about 5 minutes)
- Add in the diced tomatoes, pumpkin, beans and spices ( I also added some water to the pot)
- Cover and let simmer up to 5 hours!
With some corn bread on the side. To make this corn bread, I healthified it. I took half the TJs cornbread mix and I just used 1/4 c egg whites and 1/2 C almond breeze. Thats it! I didn't use the oil or real egg. This was the most amazing thing ever. I had my mom take it away from me because I was going to eat the entire loaf.
Just a typical night at my house, my mom looking for a coveted flavor of tea she couldn't find. She thought she would find it if she did this. she didn't. so sad
Today, I hit the treadmill for 4.2 miles this morning. I changed up my speeds and inclines about every 1-2 minutes
I did this workout Then kept going, fast paced till I hit that 4.2 mile mark!
Later in the day I had a training appointment with my trainer and he kicked my butt! I cannot even describe the things we do, because they are so intricate and unique, but one of these days I will bring my camera to video tape!
Cranberry sauce was then made today. 1 bag of these little buggers
1 Cup of organic turbinado cane sugar
bring to a boil with 1 cup water, then add orange, diced apple and spices
I made this beautiful naval go bald by micro-planing it into the cranberry pool
after the juice and zest of the naval. I then added a few shakes of nutmeg cinnamon and ground up fresh ginger.
- 1 bag cranberries
- 1-1 1/2 C organic sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 diced, cored and peeled granny smith apple
- juice and zest of 1 orange
- optional: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
- Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil. (about 10 minutes) or until the cranberries begin to pop
- add in the zest & juice of 1 naval orange and the diced granny apple
- add spices. continue to simmer for 10 minutes and you have some delicious, healthy cranberry sauce!
Dinner was SAVORY OAT BRAN! my first go at this! I whipped up some oat bran, added 1 laughing cow wedge, tofu, snap peas, eggplant and broccoli. (is it normal that I can never spell broccoli correct?) Twas yummy!! I need to get more used to the savory taste, but it was very enjoyable!
What new item are you planning on trying this Thanksgiving?
Are there any typical thanksgiving foods that you just hate?
Have a great night everyone!
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