Friday, August 29, 2014

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas

Last night we ate the best quesadillas of our life. I promise I am not exaggerating! They were that good. So good that I plan on making me one for lunch too. So, it is only fair that I share all this goodness with you. Enjoy!

¼ green pepper, sliced
⅛ onion, sliced
Butter (divided)
Deli roast beef lunch meet
Shredded Fiesta Cheese
Kraft Queso Blanco shredded cheese


Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add sliced onions and peppers. Saute until tender crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.

Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add one tortilla shell.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese on half of tortilla shell.
Layer roast beef over cheddar cheese.
Sprinkle pepper jack cheese over roast beef.
Set peppers and onions on top of pepper jack cheese layer.
Sprinkle with Swiss cheese layer.
Fold other half of tortilla shell on top of cheese.
Continue to cook until bottom of tortilla shell is golden brown. Carefully flip and cook until the other side of the tortilla is golden brown. Remove from skillet. Let set for a few minutes and cut into wedges!

Tip: These cook REALLY fast. By the time I had added all the layers it was time to flip the quesadilla so the tortilla did not burn. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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John 13: 34-25

Did you know that...
  • Each day an estimated 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die from largely preventable causes. 
  • More than 1 million babies die on their first and only day of life across the world, and 2.9 million in their first month.
  • More than half of these maternal and under-fives deaths take place in locations beset by a high risk of conflict and/or natural disasters. 
  • 40 million women give birth without any skilled help – that’s more than 100,000 women every day. Even more dramatically, 2 million women a year are entirely alone when giving birth.
These are the facts from the UN’s website: MDG4 (Millennium Development Goals) and from their partners at Save the Children.

The facts are sad but it is a reality. When I was presented with these facts I took a moment to reflect and realize just how saddened I was by this.  

The best thing any person can do is to reach out a hand and to be the voice for these children. A child is the most precious gift anyone could ever receive and to have their life taken so soon is absolutely heartbreaking. Every child deserves a chance at life. They deserve the chance to grow into human beings that forever leave a mark on this world. They deserve a chance to become authors, scientists, doctors, astronauts, dancers, mothers, firefighters, or whatever their heart desires. 

I'll be honest...I have sat and stared at the computer screen for some time now. I was at a loss for words because there are not many words to describe such horrific facts. Disease and death go hand in hand. However, when one thinks of death or disease children do not normally come to mind. Babies do not come to mind. Most individuals relate the word baby or infant to a new life, one that is just beginning, not one that is ending. It is important to support this cause because it does not matter where a child is from, where the child is born, what kind of situation it may be coming from...a child is a child of God and the Lord has asked us to love one another beyond all circumstances. Everyone deserves a chance at life.

John 13: 34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Night Menu Planning

It's that time of the week again! Monday - which means I am menu planning. Whats on the menu this week? Find out below.

Monday - Tuna Sandwiches with Pasta Salad
Tuesday - French Dip Sandwiches with Savory Rice
Wednesday - Sweet and Sour Chicken served over white rice
Thursday - Homemade Enchiladas
Friday - Homemade Pizza with Breadsticks
Saturday - Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas with Fresh Salsa and Chips
Sunday - Pork Chops with all the fixins'

Be on the look out for these recipes as the week begins! I'll spare you on the Tuna though. ;) We have our first soccer practice tonight and needed a quick meal to get us going and we l-o-v-e tuna!

Whats on your menu this week? I would love to share recipes!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Recipe: Better Than The Ballpark Nachos

It's time for those Friday night light and Fall ball. Before we know it basketball will be in full swing and basketball is a huge deal at our house considering my husband coaches. What does all this mean? Concession food and quick dinners. We love nachos around our house, especially when they come from a concession stand. So here is a quick recipe to have before all those ball games and leave you fulling full. You can't get nachos this good at a ball game!

1 pound of ground beef OR 1 rotisserie chicken (whichever you prefer - we like the chicken)
1 can of nacho cheese
1 can of refried beans
1 bag of tortilla chips
1 onion
1 tomato
1 bag of shredded lettuce
JalapeƱos OR banana peppers
Sour Cream

1. Ground Beef: Brown the beef, drain, and then set aside.
    Chicken: Shred the chicken in to bite size pieces.
2. Line pizza pan with aluminum foil and then put half of the bag of tortilla chips onto the foil.
4. Slice onion and cook in pan till translucent. Then put the onions on top of the chips.
3. Cook refried beans according to can with 1/3 cup milk. Stir well. Pour on top of chips.
4. Put ground beef or chicken on top of chips.
5. Place nachos in the oven at 350 for 7-10 minutes.
6. Heat up the nacho cheese in a pan.
7. Chop tomato and peppers.
8. Once you have taken the nachos out of the oven pour the nacho cheese on top.
9. Then put the lettuce on top and then follow up with the chopped tomato and pepper.
10. Serve with sour cream and enjoy!

Total Prep/Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 4-6

This post is part of the Made by you Monday link party over at Skip To My Lou! Go check out all the other great posts.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Workout Necessities 101

Now that Fall is approaching and school has started back I am in full workout mode. Making my fat cry one sweat drop at a time! Just like any other girl I have my workout necessities. I mean maybe its a tad crazy but there are 9 things that I have to have for every workout!

ONE: My Plexus Slim & Boost Combo...No workout can begin until I have had my Slim & Boost. It gives me the perfect amount of energy to go full force in the gym or on the track and gets my heart pumping. Plus, it burns FAT and not muscle which is something I love because I mean - I'm not lifting weights for nothing. It can be found here.

TWO: Elastic Hair Ties...Cute & comfortable! I make my own because they are so easy to make but you can find all kinds on Etsy. The best part? They don't leave a crease in your hair. So, if you need to go somewhere after the gym you can just take your hair down and go without the crazy crease.

THREE: favorite app at the moment! It maps my run, announces my milestones, allows me to set goals, breaks down my workout into stats, and I can even purchase workouts on the app if I don't know what to do for the day. This is a win in my book and is available in the App Store.

FOUR: My iPhone...I have to have my music and RunKeeper. I have a workout playlist full of songs that get me pumped up and ready to go! What are some of your favorite workout songs?

FIVE: Nike Running Shoes...I have these in grey and light pink and ADORE them. They are so comfortable and they aren't heavy. So, I feel like Im running in really comfortable socks and I love that. They can be found here.

SIX: Under Armor Low Cut Socks...I hate socks but I love these! I will only wear low-cut socks and these are the most comfortable ones. I found mine at Academy Sports!

SEVEN: Harlem Workout Pants...Before you laugh - give them a shot! These are the most comfortable workout pants I have EVER wore and they have pockets. They may look goofy but who cares? The best part: They retail for $19.80 and can be found at Forever 21 or here. I recommend more than one pair. ;)

EIGHT: Workout Tank...I feel most comfortable in tanks when I am working out and these are just cute and have mesh so your body can "breathe". Win -win! Did I mention they are only $10 and come in tons of fun colors? They can be found here.

NINE: Plexus Fast Relief Combo...Sore muscles here we come! Fast Relief Cream and Capsules always help ease my soreness and get my going again and that is a win for me. I have tried other products like BioFreeze and it just isn't the same. The Fast Relief Cream and Capsules give me instant relief that lasts longer. They can be found here.

Disclaimer: These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure and diseases. This is my personal opinion and personal experience with the products.

So, what are your workout necessities? What are your favorite workout songs? Where do you get your workout clothes?

Monday, August 18, 2014

No Excuse Challenge

School has started and we are getting back in to the swing of our crazy schedules. Ya know the ones where you practically have to come up for air between basketball practice, homework, and all those school fundraisers? While exhausting, its exciting.

However, getting back in the swing of things means I can't put off the gym anymore because "its summer and the boys wanna have fun". It was good while it lasted but now its time to shed my body of all those sno-cones and summer desserts I dove in to over the last few months.

So, I am kicking off "back to school" with a little challenge to throw me back in to active mode and I am challenging all of YOU to join me!

First download "RunKeeper" or get yourself a handy dandy Fitbit. I promise you will L-O-V-E it!

Then complete this challenge...

I'll be honest...when I looked at it, I thought "Holy cow thats a lot of miles."

Its really not though y'all! I mean break it down in to 2.15 miles a day (if you do it everyday) and you are good to go. If you know you will skip some days or be busy just add extra miles in the day before or after. The best part is you can count miles anyway you like: running, walking, bicycling, elliptical, swimming, etc. It is all up to you, just get those miles.

Good luck - now get going!