Monday, January 31, 2011

No Junk Food January Completed!!!

Well it is almost completed, tomorrow morning it will be 100% completed.

I would say overall No Junk Food January was a success.  I had one birthday cupcake for a friend but without the frosting.  Other than that I don't think I had any slip-ups at all.

I love NJFJ because it makes me much more aware about what I eat and more specifically what I snack on especially at work.  At times it was uber hard to pass up on the amazing looking day old Starbuck's pastries we get at work every week.  (Seriously they look so delicious, but at 350-500 calories a piece, they are definitely junk food.)

So now Ryan and I are onto Home TV Free February....

For the whole month of February our TV will be unplugged. That means no Netflix, Wii, Xbox.  We'll see how this goes....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


For today only, you can gets yourself a $20 Amazon gift card for only $10. 

For real.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happiness Project

WARNING:  This following picture could offend some of my readers out there, but I'm gonna share anyways.  So if you are easily offended you might want to close your browser now.

One of my coworkers, last Friday finished her last radiation treatment for breast cancer!!!  During her battle with breast cancer she had gone through chemotherapy and had a single mastectomy.  This woman was incredible brave during her battle and continued sharing her laughter with everyone around.  I knew the perfect way to celebrate the end of radiation would be to make a cake.

And after I revealed it to the break room while she was sitting there, there were roars of laughter and smiles.  I pray that if I ever have to go through something that difficult I would be able to face it with the joy and humor that she faced it with.   


ps I didn't eat any of this, so I did not mess up on No Junk Food January.  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homemade Poptarts

(I know this isn't the most attractive photo in the world, but these are delicious!)
This recipe is adapted from here.  This is the second time I have made these and we haven't eaten the whole batch each time for breakfasts throughout the week.  They are great both warm up and cold out of the fridge.

2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour  (feel free to use just one type of flour and make it 3 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup melted butter
any sort of filling (we've tried strawberry jelly, nutella, apple butter, marshmellow)

Optional topping
1 tbsp of milk
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla

Mix together flour, salt, yogurt, and butter.  Knead the dough a bit to make it workable.  Then roll it out on a well floured surface until it is about 3ish mm thick.  Then cut it with cookie cutters.  (The first time I just cut them into square pieces which worked okay but it was hard to give them even sizes.  With cookie cutters too, I was able to give a different shape a different filling.)

Then spread about 1/2 teaspoon to teaspoon of filling on one of the shapes.  Find a matching shape and put it on top.  Then go around the edges with a fork to seal the edges.

Lay each poptart flat on a baking sheet for 20-25 mins at 350° until they are golden brown.  Depending on how big you make them it makes around 15-20.  

The second time I made them I also added the powder sugar drizzle.  Add a little milk, a bit of vanilla and stir in powdered sugar till the right consistency.  Then I drizzled them once they got out of the oven.  Delicious!  

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

That's GamBOLing not Gambling

I made the plunge and bought a domain name.  My sister, Kassie, encouraged me after her plunge of

So why Gamboling....

Once my friend, Kate, forwarded me once upon a time the word of the day that happened to be "Gambol."  The word instantly made her think of me.

Yep that is me.  I am one who is often found skipping down the hallways at work, galloping up sidewalks to my friends' houses, jumping through doorways with my arms flailing at my house, dancing randomly throughout the grocery store.  This is me.  27 yet still gamboling through life with joy.


[gam-buhl] verb, -boled, -bol·ing or especially British -bolled, -bol·ling,noun
–verb (used without object)
to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
a skipping or frisking about; frolic.

What do I want?

I'm not much of a goal setter.  I know goal setting is a healthy and good thing to do, but it doesn't happen in my life very often.  I do love a goal when it is doubled with a healthy amount of competition.

I find myself pondering what do I want this year to bring.  On December 31st, 2011 what do I want to look back and see?

 I want to see someone who has loved the Lord more than anything, who has sought out him and been obedient.  I want to see someone who has loved and respected their husband and been his helpmate.  I want to see someone who has loved and served those around them.  I want to see someone who is self controlled.  I want to see someone who is still broken and dependent on God.  I want to see more of Jesus and less of me.

I can only do this with God.  I plead for this.  God help me become this woman.      


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Second Annual No Junk Food January

I am again partaking in No Junk Food January.  This year a few more friends are taking part of the festivities--Ryan, Christina, Shana, Ben and Crystal.

Junk food, I know, is relative, but here are my rules...
-no soda
-nothing fried
-no dessert or candy things
-no excessive amount of cheese

My competitive nature is loving this so far (yes I am only three days into this but I'm loving it.)  It is so much better this year having Ryan doing it with me rather than being able to watch him indulge in the yummy stuff around me.

You can also find us having several conversations a day that start with "Do you think this is junk food?"  I like that it is making us think much more about what we are putting into our bodies.

Year 2010 in Review

My Year
no junk food january
mourning the loss of my mom
mr. caribou man
westwind church
an amazing connection group
four awesome women
falling head over heals in love
off to arizona to meet the future (but i didn't know that at the time) in-laws
lots and lots of blog reading
fight for air climb with my pretty much awesome sisters
my forever Rock
perfect beautiful weekends
still falling in love
couple friends
my dream wedding
my dream man
a sweet sweet honeymoon
a new job that i beyond love
ricky got married
weekend away with beardenzia
lots and lot of board games
still falling in love