food and fitness week 11

The past week went by in a whirlwind! Just when I felt like I was in a good rhythm with these two kiddos I went back to teaching and instantly got busy. I love being back to teaching though! I taught 6 of my 7 classes last week, now I’m back to all 7 this week.

Here’s a run down of what I did.


Monday: taught BodyPump and fitness yoga

Tuesday: practiced body combat


Wednesday: taught BodyCombat (and was red faced for so long afterward!)

Thursday: taught BodyPump and sculpt & tone

Friday: taught fitness yoga

Saturday: rest

Sunday: a little gardening but mostly rest

I came back to both pump and combat during launch week, which was so fun! I love both releases and had a blast sharing them with members. BodyPump 89 is tough all the way through!

I kept dinners pretty simple last week with leftovers and some food prep done on Sunday to help me out. Plus eating out at other people’s houses makes my cooking life easy!



Monday: chili egg puff + roasted veggies


Tuesday: cheesy curry chicken and rice casserole + steamed broccoli

Wednesday: at a friends – waffles, eggs, breakfast sausage and watermelon

Thursday: leftover cheesy curry chicken and rice casserole + steamed broccoli


Friday: Hawaiian pulled pork nachos

Saturday: dinner at in laws – salmon, potatoes and salad

Sunday: Easter dinner at grandmas – a couple different salads, ham and bread

I’m pretty sure my posting will be sporadic for a little while as I get adjusted to my teaching schedule again and figuring out how to take care of the kids, keep myself showered and the house half cleaned up. It’s busy, but I love it!

And I love these two…


How was your Easter and weekend?  We went to church then Jacob’s grandma’s house after the kiddos napped. It was pretty mellow. Hunter got a simple Easter basket. I’m not one to go overboard on baskets (Easter is about Jesus! not the Easter bunny for us), but it was fun giving him a few homemade and purchased things.

Have a great day!



what I ate wednesday

Today I’m joining up with a big group of bloggers for What I Ate Wednesday.

It’s my first time participating along!  I haven’t captured and shared a full day of eats in quite some time.  I think I should do this more often so I can look back and see how my meals change over time.  My focus lately (as in this last week) has been on making sure to eat more fruits and veggies.  Let’s see how I did!

Breakfast: LOTS of coffee + blueberry yogurt pancakes covered in applesauce + a banana


Morning snack while running errands: apple then a chopped up hard boiled egg when I got home

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Lunch: leftover enchilada chicken quinoa casserole + sour cream + leftover roasted veggies


Afternoon snack: more coffee + half a chocolate sweet potato muffin + a banana

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While making dinner… perk of not being pregnant anymore!


Dinner: cheesy curry chicken and rice casserole + steamed broccoli (I had another half plate of everything after this – I was super hungry!)


Evening snacking: plain yogurt + honey + peanut butter + the other half of the chocolate sweet potato muffin then an unpictured hard boiled egg shortly after


I’m normally starving all morning long and snack a ton more, but since I was out running errands and I didn’t bring much along it was lacking.  Happy with my fruit and veggie intake for the day!  It helps when I have leftovers and things ready to grab and eat.

My favorites of the day – roasted veggies, dinner casserole and evening yogurt snack

What was the best thing you ate today?



peanut butter sesame no bake bars

Last week Hunter and I joined our friends Megan and Mabel for a trip to the Oregon zoo.  It was such a gorgeous day for it.  Hunter had a blast seeing all the animals and stomping around the zoo with his bestie Mabel.


It was actually his first time going to the zoo.  Zoe’s too, but she slept through pretty much the whole thing.


I made a big batch of no bake oatmeal bars to take along.  We didn’t end up eating them while at the zoo, instead we had them as a snack on the drive home.  Food is always a good trick for keeping the kid awake when it’s getting close to nap time and we’re in the car.


We both loved these bars.  The little crunch from the sesame seeds is a great addition.  I have to admit, there may have been more than one time where I stood in front of the fridge eating ‘just one more bite’.  They’re quite addictive!

The recipe came from my Secret Recipe Club pick Mostly Food and Crafts, a fun little blog written by Danielle a SAHM to two girls.  She has such an extensive list of crafts that I can’t wait to search through!  I modified the recipe just a bit based on the ingredients I had on hand.  They are best straight out of the fridge, since they soften up when warm.


Peanut Butter Sesame No Bake Bars

adapted from here


  • 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Mix the oats, raisins and sesame seeds together in a large bowl.  Next, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and salt in a small pan over medium heat.  Once warmed and combined, pour into the oat mixture and stir to combine (use a spoon or hands).
  2. Press this mixture into a shallow baking dish (lined with plastic wrap), muffin tins or roll into balls.  Refrigerate for about 4 hours.  Cut into shapes if needed and keep in the fridge.

What’s your favorite zoo animal to see?  I love watching the gorillas.  Sadly, there were none around for us to see during this trip.  Maybe next time.

Have an awesome day!


PS: Love no bakes?  Check out these peanut butter coconut no bake oat bars!