Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Cauliflower of Secrets


What do you do when you have three entire heads of cauliflower that need used up like yesterday???

You type cauliflower into Pinterest durrr.

And then you actually make that shit, instead of just losing it in your recipe board in between the green smoothies and the Dorito casserole. 

*disclaimer*
I do not actually have any recipes involving Doritos in my personal Pinterest boards, I need space for classier things like jalapeno popper grilled cheeses.


Step one: accept the fact that your house is going to smell like farts for a while

Step two: notice that your toddler has decided to wave pouch of green smoothie in the air like she just doesn't care and there are little green specks all over the office rug, take deep breath, clean it up and move on.. 

Step three: clean and cut all of the cauliflower so you don't have to keep doing it over again. 



First, I decided to go with cauliflower "tots". I've made these before and they were one of the most delicious things I've ever put in my mouth but I remember them being a lot of work so I never made them again. This time it didn't seem so bad. 

I used this Skinnytaste recipe, but ended up adding parmesan and omitting onions because I hate onions with the fire of a thousand sun..ions. (huh?) 

I had to make two batches since the first one disappeared before they were probably even technically cooled enough to eat.  Saying they taste like a combination of tater tots and chicken nuggets doesn't sound like so much of a compliment but they are so so good. For the second batch I used a mini muffin pan and threw all measurements out the window. I eyeballed everything and they turned out just as good. 







The second cauliflower head is going to be steamed and pureed into random dinners because I am an evil genius that way. (Actually I have to give Jessica Seinfeld the credit; her cookbooks taught me everything I know about forcing my family to eat their veggies.) 

The fate of the third cauliflower head is still undecided. Any recommendations? 
No really. 

PS I have about 5 posts in my drafts because I can never figure out how to wrap things up and that's nonsense. So...

BYE!

Friday, May 8, 2015

And I'm Back

Actually I've been back for a week but you know me..

I could go on and on about all the things we did in Tybee and Savannah but I have a lot of pictures to share, so I'll try not to get too windy. 


We had to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to go to the airport. I think Emma's face describes how we all felt. (rough)


It was her first time flying, and she did soooo good!! 


We spent a little time at the beach, she loved the sand and HATED the water. 


It wasn't warm enough to swim anyway, but she had lots of fun crawling around getting dirty. 


Check out Emma's mad scientist hair.;p
(Also Steven's stick??)


The main reason we picked Tybee Island was because it's so close to Savannah, so we could get two vacations in one. One of the my favorite things about Savannah is that you can walk EVERYWHERE. The town I live in isn't the most "walker friendly" place.



We spent one day in Charleston, where I forgot to take pictures of pretty much anything but this window. 


And also this map, where I got to put a pin on my hometown. I've always wanted to do that. :D


We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and no that is NOT the real Forest Gump bench. (it's in a museum in Savannah of course) PS not to brag or anything but I totally aced the impromptu Forest Gump quiz from our waiter. 


We could see a lighthouse in the distance from our condo, and one night I went running with Steven and we kept getting closer to it and making jokes about running all the way to it. Next thing we knew we actually had!  Running on the beach; even in the dark, was so amazing! You know that "wall" that people talk about reaching and then breaking through? I always thought people had lost their freakin minds because there is no breaking through the wall for me. There was that night and I was so proud of myself. I didn't need to stop at all. I think I could have gone twice as far if it wasn't pitch black outside. I even walked the same path again the next morning with my parents. 


We ended up actually going to the lighthouse later on so we could go inside, and climb to the top. 


The view was absolutely amazing, until I looked straight down. Nope nope nope. 



They have little houses that the lighthouse keepers used to live in and I was obviously drawn to the cupboard under the stairs because Harry Potter. 


We went for lots of beach walks looking for sea shells and watching for dolphins. 


MINE.


I now want to move to a little beach town so I can breathe salty air every day. 



Too windy for selfies.


I made a crab friend. He hung around me for a solid 20 minutes. 


I went on a dolphin boat tour with my parents, where the highlight was actually seeing Steven and Emma waving from our balcony. 


I saw some shrimp boats and made super original Lieutenant Dan references. 


I ate ALL THE SHRIMP at ALL THE PLACES


I fought with Emma over turns on the hammock. (she won)


I took this ghostly picture of my stepdad..


We visited local coffee shops on every corner looking for iced coffee for me, and milk and bananas for Emma. 


And finally we started making our way home. In Atlanta we were at the farthest possible gate, tucked away in an international terminal, next to a flight to Paris. Très jaloux.


No but really, I was so glad to get back home.


I'm tempted to post even more pictures, but I think you get the idea. <3 nbsp="" p="">
Are you going on any trips this summer?

















Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Will The Real Slim Kadee Please Stand Up?

Please stand up, please stand up..

A lot of things have been hitting me lately, one of which is my unhealthy obsession with my weight. For years I have been so focused on getting thinner.  I haven't physically done anything as dramatic as restricting my food intake or throwing up, but something tells me it can't be right to think about it as much as I do. People always tell you about how losing weight won't fix all your problems. Being skinny doesn't automatically make you happy, but I never really realized how right they were until I did lose weight. 

After I had Emma the weight came off fast. I only gained 25 pounds in the first place, but just a few hours after having her I didn't look pregnant at all. Over the next month I lost about 20 pounds. People kept telling me how skinny I looked, in fact it's all they wanted to talk about. How did I do it?? I was so lucky!! But inside I was fuming. Did they know how weak I was? How sick I felt? Breastfeeding was taking every ounce of my strength and I felt awful. I lost the weight because my body was struggling. It hurt to sit, to stand, to hold my baby because my body was weak and having trouble healing. (I talked a little about this here) I know people mean well and would never intentionally hurt my feelings, I'm mostly just annoyed that we live in a society that puts so much focus on our bodies. Something I know that I'm guilty of as well. 

After I stopped breastfeeding I slowly started to get my strength back, get back to exercising, and feeling more human. The baby weight is long gone, plus some and I'm thrilled. I'm thrilled because the rest of what I lost is due to hard work and I can be proud of it. I'm not smaller because I'm making myself sick, I'm smaller because I work my ass off and I'm proud of that. 



It's time for me to stop being so obsessed with the number on the scale. It's funny timing reaching this comfortable mental place right in the middle of a 8 week "bikini series" But through this challenge I've found a lot of supportive people and realized how strong I feel. So my goal is to achieve strength, not weight loss. Getting up early and working out makes me feel good. Fueling my body with healthy food makes me feel good. I feel more awake, stronger, healthier, happier than since I can remember and the most awesome part is that I did this for myself. 

I used to live my life being so self conscious about everything!!! I never wanted to look stupid. I don't tell people I know in real life about my blog because I don't want them to judge me. I wouldn't wear the clothes I wanted to because I didn't want people to think I was trying to hard. Looking back I've always been like this and I've missed out on a lot of things because of it. Somehow though, through having a baby, working my butt off to be strong, and the help of badass supportive people like my sister in law Jenn (who literally taught me to dance like no one was watching ;p) .. I feel like that is finally changing



I never ever ever ever want Emma to grow up hating her body. So why would I let her grow up watching me hate mine? I still have goals, but they are no longer going to involve my weight. I wanna run a long time without stopping. I want to do handstands. I wanna hike up mountains!!! 



I mean sure I have dimples on my thighs but I can also do this: 


SO yeah.. I'm skinnier now. And yeah, I'm happier too. BUT it didn't take me reaching my "goal weight" to get me there. 

What's something awesome you want to do (or have done!!) that has nothing to do with your weight? 


Guess there's a slim Kadee in all of us.........
Let's all stand up. 
;p

Monday, April 13, 2015

That Time It Rained Pizza Sauce

 First I just want to say that I had so much fun at the Color Run with my Momma on Saturday. 
How could I not, when I was dressed as such a majestic creature?


Starting line.. 


Finish Line.. 


We had a blast walking along, giggling and singing Backstreet Boys, as we always do. This time we were just covered in very stinky colored powder.  


Can I just brag about this lady for a second? She's beaten cancer (twice)  gone through chemo, radiation, 13 surgeries, and now conquered her first 5k. :) 


I'm so looking forward to all the other fun things we're going to experience together in the future. 


Also seeing all the volunteers at the Color Run really made me want to try it out. Anyone have any experience with this? 


Today is the first day of the 8 week Tone It Up Bikini Series. It's my first time doing it, but I'm so excited. I've decided rather than focusing on a number on the scale, or the size of the pants on my body, I'm just going to focus on getting through this challenge for now. I didn't purchase the meal plan/DVD or anything, I'm just following the workout program and trying to stay on track with my meals. Which leads me to my other goal.. to get more creative in the kitchen before my whole family overdoses on grilled chicken and corn on the cob. 

I was pretty pumped about getting up this morning and working out first thing in the morning. Let's see how long I stay this enthusiastic. ;p


After my workout I ate breakfast and went grocery shopping. I'm a big believer of the "one trip or die trying" thing when I carry in the bags, but unfortunately one of them split this time and I lost a pizza sauce. It ended up being worth it though because I picked up the glass but not the sauce, and Steven later told me that he was alarmed when he pulled up and saw such a scene in front of his car, and that he even looked up in the tree for the source. I died laughing thinking of him standing there, looking up and trying to figure out if Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs was really possible.. 


Anyways, in case you came here for the food, here's what I ate today. 
I didn't manage to take a picture of the handful of almonds or the cinnamon chickpeas that I snacked on while I looked for something to make for lunch. All that grocery shopping and pizza sauce excitement made me hangry. 


I decided to reward all of my badassery with a nice Lush bath before bed.


Plus epsom salt because I literally have no idea what the Tone It Up girls have in store for me tomorrow, and I'm still a little scared after I did one single video last week that had me waddling like an 80 year old penguin for 3 days. 



And with that, I'm off to bed so I can rest up for Bikini Series day 2. :D


Have you ever done a Color Run?

Have you ever volunteered at one? (or any race)

What's the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?







Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Oops I Did It Again..

I disappeared for a month. Again. I'm sorry!! I cannot put into words how crazy things can be around here! I am amazed by the people who find time to raise kids, keep their house in some sort of shape, cook, exercise, live.. and manage to blog about it. Serious props to those people. I'm just not one of them. Maybe one of these days I'll get it figured out. 

As you may have guessed, most of my time is devoted to this little nugget; who recently turned A YEAR OLD. How??? It doesn't feel real. She's got 13 teeth and the biggest personality I have ever seen. Not to mention she's pretty stinkin adorable. ;p


I planned my first ever party, which was a lot of stress for what turned out to be for no reason. You know those things you freak out about and everyone acts like you are crazy because it's going to turn out fine? That's pretty much the story of my life. Overthink every detail for nothing. Her party was cute, everything went fine, and all that mattered was that she demolished and ate an entire cake. 
(actually not true, I found chunks of cake in random places for days afterwards) I'll post pictures of the cake smashing when I get them. The only thing I remembered to take a picture of was, of course, THA FEWD.



Now that I'm back to running things have changed a bit. I still love it, don't get me wrong. It's a wonderful feeling to get out of the house by myself in the evenings and have some time to not have to take care of anyone or anything, but I'm at a point where I don't care at all if it takes me over 10 minutes, or how far I go, or if half the time I'm actually just walking. It's kind of nice. I've been a lot more focused on yoga and at home videos, and I'm loving it. I feel a lot more accomplished when I finish a Tone It Up video than I do when I finish a mile, and it's a lot easier to work around Emma's naps. (also I don't have to use the dreadmill!!) I seem to run better when I've been working to make the rest of me stronger anyway, so maybe I'm doing something right. :) 

I'm planning on doing the upcoming 8 week Bikini Series with Tone It Up which starts on April 13. I'm a little nervous about it since I'll be going on vacation two weeks into it, not because I don't want to work out on vacation but because there isn't a gym where we are staying and you often need weights to do their workouts, but I'll figure something out. At the very least I can get a morning jog in at the beach. No excuses, right?? 

I'm still tracking my food in My Fitness Pal, although I haven't been as good at remembering as I was at first, but I'm trying to stay on track since vacation is only 18 days away. Time to get excited!! 
(Which reminds me, I haven't tracked my lunch for today.) 


Thanks to the warmer weather I've been able to grill ALL THE THINGS for dinner lately, which is fabulous, although I think Steven is probably getting a little sick of grilled chicken. (I'm not..) 

Annnnnd I hear a certain little one year old making noises in her crib, which is my cute to go for now..



What should I grill next? 

Do you have any big summer plans?