Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seven on Sunday ~ Weeks 6 & 7


Well last week we were having so much fun entertaining my sisters in law and my new little nephew that I couldn't post!! The last two weeks have been so much fun and the past week was "The Week of Benji." After having him around for 6 days, the kids were DEVASTATED when he left! We can't wait to see that little stinker again soon!!

Here are some pics from his visit:

These two became FAST besties!! Sarah is obsessed with babies to begin with and Ben was just another one of her "dolls"...that she dresses up in pink girl bibs :)


Friends for life!

We've had this Elmo chair since Brooke was 1! We cleaned it all up for Ben so he could get his turn in the family Elmo Chair :)


Aunt Casey had to Snapchat with him!!!



 He came to support Will at his basketball game! He loved it..I think basketball might be in his future.


These two! Seriously!

In between all the loving on Ben, Will had his first Confession with Father Jerome! SO proud of this kid-he takes his faith very seriously.


Enjoying the great weather outside!


 I taught him all he needs to know about the Napa Valley! Rombauer and Peju!


Brookey loves this kid so much!

A little wine tasting with the SIL!!!



This was Sarah in the car Tuesday after spending 4 days with Benji, then having to go to school Tuesday. She wouldn't stop crying!


Wednesday morning--saying goodbye to Ben...we let Sarah stay home and spend more time with him before he left.

Quality Time!!!

Will showed Ben all of his games and videos on his iPad--he was obsessed!!! LOL!!I think we have a future gamer here!!!


 After Ben and my sister in laws left, the house seemed to empty and quiet! No little baby cries and babbles! We were all super sad to see them go. If all works out, we are hoping to surprise the kids with a visit from him in a couple of month! I hope it works out!!!

I'll just leave you with this video of Sarah after Benji left....she LOVES that kid! And so do we!!!
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Have a great week! XOXO

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 5


Day 1: Sunday ~ School Open House Day! It's always a fun day that starts with Mass then we get to go around to all the kiddos classrooms. Had to snap this picture on Sarah's preschool wall :)



Day 2: Monday ~  Sisters :) Love these two...and they love each other...sometimes :)


Day 3: Tuesday ~ This girl. She's all kinds of ready for Kindergarten--she talks about it everyday! Hard to believe that was my Little Brookey's same school jumper! It's still in perfect condition!


Day 4: Wednesday ~ We don't have salad for dinner very often, but I threw together this steak salad and it was to die for! Recipe coming on the **NEW** website soon!!!


Speaking of which--Don't forget to check out the new website launching tomorrow!!! It'll be your one stop each week for lots simple, healthy family friendly recipes, meal plans, access to free fitness groups, motivation and just a down to earth, practical view of healthy living #moderation

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This A Little Bit of Cheer site will still house Seven on Sunday but EVERYTHING else will be on the new site. Frankly, Seven on Sunday is more for ME than anyone else....it's my little digital scrapbook :)



Day 5-6: Thursday & Friday ~ I was feeling under the weather so I went and got a big bowl of Pho..well, guess who ate half of it??! This girl is the only kid who LOVES soup!


Day 7: Saturday ~ Basketball in the morning, then Buddy has a school/church retreat with Scott in the afternoon. After that, we all headed to Napa to celebrate Scott's 44th!!!!



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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 4


I'll be honest, this was probably the WORST week of taking pictures EVER! I was nose to the grindstone all week trying to hammer out MY NEW WEBSITE!! I am so, so excited about, but it's honestly a labor of love and the learning curve on all this "computer stuff" was almost too much for me! But I think I am over the hump! Hopefully it will be live in the next few weeks!!!

Day 1: Sunday ~ Wish it was really this glamorous but I spent most the day just working on the new website!


Day 2: Monday ~ It's always an exciting day when I I finish one of the 3 week fitness groups and get to report the results of the amazing women!!!


Day 3, 4, 5~ All I remember is that I had more Zucchini Noodles!!!! LOL!!


Day 6: Friday ~ I got to celebrate my good friend's bday at a paint studio! I haven't had girl time in awhile so it was so much fun!


 I am definitely no artist but this is close to the final product--i have to finish the twine thingy :) We painted on wood which was different!!


Day 7: Saturday ~ I received this this gorgeous card from the moms of one of my students! They came here directly from China and their daughter was placed in Will's 2nd grade class. The student is truly AMAZING and it's adjusting to life here better than I can imagine ANYONE adjust to such a change! I love this family!


Yep, that's it folks!!!! Super lame but I am vowing to be better this week (you've heard that before!) Have an awesome week!! XOXOX

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pork Chops with Apple & Green Beans


Eating healthy is not hard, or complicated. In fact--it's SUPER SIMPLE. This entire meal was ready in less than 15 min! Use thin cut pork chops for super fast cooking.

Ingredients

4 boneless pork loin chops (thin)
1/2 large onion, sliced
1 large apple, sliced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chicken stock or apple cider

Steam in the bag fresh green beans (optional)

Instructions


1. Salt and pepper pork chops and cook meat in a non stick skillet with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil until just cooked through--doesn't take long AT ALL for thin sliced chops!

2. Let meat rest on a plate, covered with foil for 10 minutes while you cook the apples and onions. Saute apples and onions until onions soften, about 3 minutes. Add dried herbs, garlic powder, and stock/cider. You will probably want to add a bit more salt and pepper as well. 

3. Bring to a boil and let cider reduce, about 2-3  minutes.

4. Add chops back to pan and turn to coat each side with cider sauce. Serve with steamed green beans, if you like! 

SOOO FAST!!!!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Crockpot Chicken Taco Skillet



Here is one of my family's favorite EASY dinners!!! I serve it over brown rice but you can do tacos, burritos, burrito bowls or it's great just on it's own too! I always double it for leftovers :) 7 ingredients!!! #winning

Ingredients

1lb ground chicken
1 small onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
1 cup (or more) shredded cheddar cheese
Cilantro (optional)

Instructions

1. Add diced vegetables and ground chicken to slow cooker with taco seasoning.

2. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, 2-3 hours on high.

3. When meat and vegetables are cooked, top with shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro and serve!

(adapted form Sweet C's)


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Crockpot Mongolian Beef


Healthy food can be fast food ! I just threw this into the crockpot - took me all of 10 minutes- in about 4-5 hours this delicious dinner will be served ! I usually cook some "steam in the bag" brown rice from Trader Joe's and some broccoli to serve with it. 

Definitely one of my fave crockpot meals! 


Adapted from The Recipe Critic

Ingredients


  • 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak
  • ¼ cups cornstarch
  • 3 cloves teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¾ cups low sodium soy sauce or Tamari cups 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (you can also use less sugar and add some honey)
  • 1-2 cup grated carrots (i buy them in the little bag and throw in the whole bag)
  • green onions, for garnish
Instructions
    1. Cut flank steak into thin strips and add to crockpot along with the carrots. 

2. Whisk together cornstarch, garlic, soy sauce, and brown sugar/honey.

3. Pour soy mixture over meat and carrots. 

4. Cook on high 3-4 hours or LOW 5-6 hours until meat is super tender and sauce thickens. 

5. Serve over brown rice and to with green onions.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 3!


What a week! Brooke returned home from her Midwest Daddy/Daughter trip and Scott returned home Wednesday night--Praise the Lord!! It was a rough couple of weeks with sickness in this house but I am happy to report (knock on wood) everyone is healthy!!!

Day 1: Sunday ~ Cousin Time :) She loves him....you think???


Day 2: Monday ~ My fave pic of her Midwest trip! The frozen Lake Michigan is behind them...the last time she was there, we were all swimming in it!!!

I am so glad they had this Daddy/Daughter trip--she's getting older and the fact she still thought is was super cool to hang out with Dad for 4 days is awesome. She cried Monday night because she missed her dad (he was still travelling)--it was really sweet.


Day 3: Tuesday ~ Back to the grind....i was supposed to go to work but Sarah was not feeling well so I ended up picking her up from school at 9am!

 Stocked up on tummy stuff! Ugh!


Day 4: Wednesday ~ This poor kid slept practically the whole day!! If you know Sarah, you know that's not her at all!!


Day 5: Thursday ~ A fun surprise in the mail! My mom made all the kids slippers!! Will (of all people) just LOVED his!!


Day 6: Friday ~ Glad to have my girl back for our Friday night drive to acting class! She ended up getting the part of Anita in 101 Dalmatians! So she'll be playing someone NICE!!!! I think I need to watch the movie!!


Day 7: Saturday ~ Celebrated an awesome BB game for this kid with his favorite lunch!


Then met my dear friend Heidi for dinner at her gorgeous home--she recently moved back here from NYC and although she misses it, I am SO happy she's back!!!!


Also, lots of new recipes on the blog...i put an index under Healthy Recipes at the top. Check them out! Also, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO super excited about what's to come for the bloggy blog! Stay tuned!!! Have a great week!!!!

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