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Low-carb enchiladas two ways

I love love love Mexican food. We have tacos or fajitas at least once per week. So when I started eating mostly low-carb, it was kind of hard to find recipes that I enjoyed that didn't involve taco shells, rice, or burritos. And then, I discovered spaghetti squash and zucchini, and these variations of enchiladas were born. Both of these recipes are pretty similar and equally delicious. I really hope you try these- the enchilada casserole especially is one of my all time favorites that I make at least once per month for my lunches (picky hubby will not try it lol).   Spaghetti squash enchilada casserole (adapted from Sandy's Kitchen Adventures ) Ingredients:  1 lb ground beef 1 bell pepper  1 spaghetti squash (about 4 1/2 cups) 1 can of Rotel  2/3 cup of Mexican-style shredded cheese 1/2 cup of 2% plain Fage Greek yogurt 1/2 cup of red enchilada sauce  3 Tbsp reduced fat cream cheese  Spices to taste (I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and chili powder- yo

Friday Favorites! A hodge podge of random things

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The other day I was going through Goodreads, picking out books I wanted to add to my library wishlist (I always say, searching for books is a completely separate hobby from reading, lol!). I came across Fredrick Bachman's newest release,  Anxious People . I always look at the quotes page to see if I vibe with the author's writing style. Man, does this book have some nuggets of wisdom! There are so many poignant quotes. This one resonated with me, just thinking about how overwhelming life can get when all those little things pile up: "Because the terrible thing about becoming an adult is being forced to realize that absolutely nobody cares about us, we have to deal with everything ourselves now, find out how the whole world works. Work and pay bills, use dental floss and get to meetings on time, stand in line and fill out forms, come to grips with cables and put furniture together, change tires on the car and charge the phone and switch the coffee machine off and not forget

1 pound, 1 ounce

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Sometimes, the heaviness of life without my baby just hits me. This happened last night. I was sitting on the couch, scrolling through Netflix, and I just broke down into tears. I all of a sudden felt it in my chest, this heavy weight, and couldn't stop sobbing. It's a feeling that I haven't been able to shake off and has carried on to today. It's been so exhausting to function, put on a happy face, work and attend meetings, socialize, and then come home to an empty house. I'm just tired. So, so tired. But today, when I left my house to go to a meeting, there was a package on the porch- my Molly Bear was waiting for me. This perfect little bear weighs 1 pound, 1 ounce- just like Isabela. I was able to customize it and get her name embroidered. I can't believe how perfectly they were able to capture her essence to create this for my little girl. From the flower crown, to the adorable angel wings, to the little blanket that resembles the one I had made for her. Wh

My Grown Up Christmas List

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Going in to the holiday season, I never expect to receive gifts. I never usually ask for anything, either. Buttttt I was online window shopping (as usual) and realized that I have a ton of full "carts" across all kinds of sites on the interweb haha. So I thought it might be fun to share what items I have in my carts- my grown-up Christmas list, if you will.  I would LOVE a Cricut machine, vinyl, tools, etc. Mostly, I just want to create all the custom crewnecks and home decor signs. Imagine how much moolah I will save (after this investment, lol)? I really like this charging station/ organizer. I love when everything has a home, and when hotspot/ like items are stored together, even better.  A new desk chair would be amazing. I can't with the one I have now- it is about 15 years old and my butt HURTS after a day of working from home. I feel stupid complaining about sitting down all day but I can't help it, my body hurts so much lol. This one from Wayfair looks really

Delicious sausage muffins

I have a confession to make... I rarely eat breakfast. This has always been a problem for me, but let's face it- it was a lot easier pre-pandemic to grab a coffee and bagel or an early lunch when you were already out of the house to go to work. Time flies when you work from home- leading to zero work-life balance in the middle of a crazy pandemic- and before I know it, it's 3 PM and I haven't eaten anything at all. I rarely eat out these days because its inconvenient to leave the house just to grab lunch; so I have been on the search for grab and go breakfasts that I can have with my morning coffee on the couch that will keep me full until lunch time. I batch cook this breakfast on the weekends when I meal prep or early Monday morning. This really isn't a low-carb option (if that is what you are looking for), but right now, it is honestly more important that I actually eat something in the morning than worry about making sure it is low-carb. Plus most of my other meals

A stay-at-home weekend (AKA, A photo journal of my Kindle, coffee, and dogs)

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I was the driver of the struggle bus Friday. I couldn't focus on work, felt super anxious about everything, and just overall was not in the best mood. I decided to do something super easy for dinner- homemade pizza. I made an almond flour pizza crust and it actually turned out okay. I used this recipe . I'm always pleasantly surprised when the things I make come out good, since I'm not the most gourmet chef, lol. Good news is that I had leftovers for lunch the next day because my husband is a BABY about trying new things.  So this was how I spent my Friday evening: curled up with the pups, a blanket, and Jamie Fraser. Ahhh, pure bliss (I rarely have fictional "crushes" these days, but dammit, I freakin' love Jamie. Could there be a more perfect man? haha). You can barely see Cooper because he has black fur, but he was in my lap. Molly was snuggled up on my side.  I slept in Saturday morning which was really nice, and decided to start my day with a coffee in my

This week's favorites

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Hello Friday, we meet again! Man am I glad it's the weekend. Let's talk favorites, shall we?  My meal plan this week has been one of my favorites so far. It was super delicious and had really easy recipes! This week's lineup was: tacos, beef stir fry, chicken and broccoli casserole, homemade pizza, teriyaki chicken and veggies, and fajitas. I love that the meals we chose had only a few, really simple ingredients that are pantry staples, which made my grocery bill very reasonable. I also tried out a new recipe this week- slow cooker chicken and stuffing and it was so delicious. I made it for myself when Val went out for guys' night- he doesn't eat stuffing so I took advantage of him being out of the house haha. Speaking of meal plans, I purchased a meal planning kit from Passionate Penny Pincher . It comes with 12 weeks of recipes, 72 meal cards, reusable grocery lists, some blank recipe cards, and a recipe box. It was on sale and I think it will be a worthwhile inv

Coffee chat

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If you and I met up for coffee, I would probably run out of my car and tear up hugging you. We'd talk about how much we miss each other, how it's been the weirdest year ever, and that we hate this new normal. We would go to one of our local favorite coffee shops. I would get either a Chippi from Mirasol's or a Mojo from The Pink Bean, and even if it's 25 degrees out I'd gush about how much I love this iced coffee. Pre-pandemic, it would likely be super busy so we would grab a table in a corner or just go hang out in the car sipping on our drinks.  The election would come up. I'd mention how I think there is something super fishy going on and that it's hard to trust anyone or anything that the media says these days. We'd talk about how we are hoping for a better future with less division in the country and that the successor of the Presidency will be a good fit to help the country heal. I would admit that I am not entirely too optimistic about the future

Recent Reads

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I will be honest, my reading this year has been dismal at best. As of writing this post, I have only finished 11 books in 2020 and I am currently in the middle of what feels like a million others. But, I thought I would link up with  Steph  and  Jana  and round up all of my recent reads since my last book post . I'm finally back in the reading mood so here's to hoping I can make progress on my Goodreads challenge (I'm 19 books behind, lol!). Looking back on my blog, I realized I never talked about  On The Way To You . I read this so long ago (in February, I think). It was what I needed at the time- a heartfelt, enjoyable love story. It features a road trip, broken characters haunted by their pasts, and highlight-able quotes. Kandi Steiner is always my go-to for romance, and I'm actually a bit tempted to reread this one.  I hopped on the Beach Read train over the summer and loved it. Romance author January and Literary Fiction author Gus are in trouble- they are both ex

Birthdays and a reunion

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I had such a good weekend! Val had his days off, so I got to spend time with him Friday night AND most of the day Saturday. We are naturally homebodies, so for us the perfect date night is takeout and binging a show. That was basically what we did Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, Val worked on the cars while I did things around the house and grocery shopped.  I know it might sound so ridiculous, but I love our days when we tag-team tasks; even if we are not "together" at the time, I always end the day feeling so content. Family time with my hubby is so important to me, more so because his schedule is so crazy that we have limited time together. I love it. Anyway, on Saturday night, we had a small family get together to celebrate my great-aunt and grandmother's birthdays. They turned 81 & 80- how neat is it that they have the same birthday a year apart?  On Sunday, I saw one of my very best friends that I haven't seen since March. I have missed her so much!

It has been a week... let's talk favorites :)

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Hello, hello... it's been a long week. There has been so much going on! Coming off a difficult weekend, being overwhelmed with my workload, rising cases of COVID in our area, state-wide stay at home orders from 10 PM- 5 AM (because COVID only comes out at night? WTF?), and the election turning into an expectedly huge fiasco... Val and I are checked out. We've officially paused watching and checking the news for the time being. You just don't know who to trust or what to believe so we decided to take a step back. And, as I type this, I am holed up in my bedroom because the solar panel guys are on the roof and it sounds like there are elephants up there, and the dogs are bugging out. Phew. What a great time to do a Friday Favorites, am I right?  Val has his days off this week, which is always my favorite thing. It's been so nice to spend time together, getting take out, eating ice cream and popcorn while snuggling on the couch, and theorizing over a new show together... w

Currently | November 2020

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Linking up with Anne for this month's currently link-up! Let's talk about what I'm currently appreciating, ordering, perfecting, planning, and wearing.  Appreciating the fact that we have been using our fireplace a lot and just turned the heat on in the house this week! I live in New England so it's been getting chillier and chillier everyday. There's nothing better than a warm home and a cosy fireplace to read a good book by.   Peep the fire... SO COZY.  Ordering all the things on Amazon lately: car seat covers, a bunch of Kindle books that were on sale, my new favorite pen and notebook , Colleen Hoover's newest release Heart Bones that I can't wait to read, pillow covers for my throw pillows, and a memorial baby book for our daughter.  Perfecting  (and searching for) some new chicken recipes. I'm tired of the same old dishes that we've been making for years and am so bored with chicken-based entrees lately, to the point that it just doesn'