Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Post- Nov 21st-23rd

I can't believe it is the Monday before Thanksgiving! This year has flown by, but I am so excited for this week. Mike and I are heading to Houston on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

This past weekend was all about getting ready for the holidays. Christmas music was blaring (with a little T Swift action mixed in) and the deep cleaning carried over from last weekend.

Friday night I had a little surprise for Mike. He drummed in high school and craves playing everyday. A while back he got rid of his drum pads and sticks and has been wanting new ones for a while now. I wanted to get him these for Christmas, but he told me once that picking out sticks takes time and you have to find the perfect two. It sounds to me like an imprinting situation.

So we ended up at the music store and spent about an hour in there. It was cute seeing him act like a kid in a candy store. Successful surprise!

{get it}

Saturday morning was spent running errands in the pouring rain. We took on the rain like crazies, but the stores were totally empty. #winning

Mike headed to a friend's wedding shower (with his friend) while I stayed home, deep cleaned, Facetimed with my baby sis, and hung out with my friend, Rach. We ran a few errands and then came home and watched The Office. I can't stop watching it!! It is a major addiction.

{caught in the act}


Of course, Sunday was spent watching more of The Office and planning out our Black Friday attack. Last year we raked in on Black Friday and the crowds were minimal. This has kind of turned into a tradition for me and my Mom. We are such deal hunters, so we are really looking forward to it!

We also stopped by Mike's dad and went on a long walk while waiting for my car. Six months ago, some crazy broke into my car and stole my radio and other things. It has taken me those 6 months to get over my bitterness, but I will say having my tunes back in my car is great. Right in time for Christmas music 24/7.

{fall trees on our walk}

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Came In Like A Butterball!!

Today is our office Thanksgiving lunch and my friend and I decided to bring Paleo-friendly side dishes. We are having it catered with delicious food, but wanted to bring some options:)

She and I talked and agreed that I would bring this sweet potato recipe. It was a quick and simple and tastes like $1 million bucks. This WILL be happening again next week!


Yesterday, my friend brought me her old Christmas tree because she got a new one. I have not been this happy in a while haha. There is no feeling like the Holidays and our apartment is now complete and ready for the season! I threw on all of the ornaments Mike and I have collected over the years, but I might be taking a trip to Hobby Lobby for their 50% all Christmas decor. Holler!

Thanksgiving always reminds us to stop and think about what we are thankful for. I am thankful for my friends and family who are always so supportive and giving. They are my happiness and I am forever thankful!

Here's to a thankful season!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Post- Nov 14-16

Hey friends! I hope your Monday has been swell. Here is a look back on our weekend:)

Friday night we were extra lazy. We went and got curry at our favorite Thai place and then went home and watched Dallas Buyers Club. Wow. Such a great movie and I 100% understand why Matthew and Jared (we're on first name basis) won Oscars. Bravo!

The weather was totally blah on Saturday. When we got home from the gym I was really craving a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. Those used to be my go-to, but I didn't want to drink my calories. SO, I decided to make one at home and it was 10x better. 5x better because I knew what was in it and the other 5 because it was homemade and delicious:) I posted the ingredients on my Insta page.



Mike and I were supposed to go to a high school football playoff gave with our friends, but last minute the girls branched off and went shopping! Christmas decorations were 50% off at Hobby Lobby, so we tore it up! I know it is a little early to bring out the Christmas decorations, but that's how we roll.

{Christmas decorations and this awesome Paleo find from Hoome Goods}

The guys got a $10 coupon at the football game, so naturally we went there for dinner. Afterwards, we hit up a newly renovated bowling ally. It was like a hipster version of Main Event. There was a rope course, games, a bar, bowling with a wall of screens, and a cool lounge seating. Our wait was forever, but I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say it was nuts because it was opening weekend.





{haha}

Sunday morning we watched "online" church and cooked for the week. We went and had lunch with Mike's mom and Warner and went by their new house that is being built. It is crazy how fast they can get homes up these days. I can't wait till they move in!

Our night time was filled with football, cooking, and cleaning. Holiday decorating got me in the mood to deep clean, so I topped our weekend off with lots of it.

We sure are getting ready for the Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Let's Get Caught Up

I don't know why, but I have gotten off my blogging game and I deeply apologize!

It's time to play catch up here on TLD. For starters.. it's freezing. And I'm not ok. I really don't function during the winter and my attitude sways a little more sassy. It is definitely a personal problem, but when the wind it cutting through your jacket are you supposed to be 100% happy?

Enough of that. We have a day to celebrate. On Sunday, it was the one year birthday of This Little Drum. It has been so fun filling this space with pieces of our life and watching it grow. Becoming part of the blogging community has been such a great experience and having people say they read the blog has been so fun and rewarding. Thanks goes to you for being such a huge part of TLD!

Last week we had my sister and step-mom's birthdays too! Lots of love last week. I get to celebrate my little sister's birthday in a few weeks when we go home for Thanksgiving:) But on Saturday, we had a surprise party for my step-mom. We tricked her into coming home because my brother "broke" his hand and then BAM! SURPRISE!! I think she might have had a feeling that something was going on, mainly because my dad was cleaning. Can you say, "Rare Sighting"? I love you, Dad!


In other news, Mike and I found a new 6 week workout routine from Muscle and Fitness and are LOVING it! I used to do a lot of squats on the squat rack, but started switching them out for body-weight squats. This routine has us doing all kinds of weighted squats and let me tell you... there might be a little more junk in this trunk now. It has only been two weeks and I can already tell a huge difference in my overall tone.



I have been spending a lot of my time cooking and trying out new recipes. We are getting so excited for Thanksgiving and I am searching for the perfect Paleo side dish. I have been adding some new things to our "Cook It" page on Pinterest and can't wait to try them all. Pumpkin should be a year round thing.

Tonight I made a frittata for breakfast for the rest of the week. I got this out of It Starts With Food. All you do is add all ingredients together and bake.


Ingredients:
Ground Beef (turkey)
onion
spinach
9 eggs
sweet paprika
salt
pepper

Set the oven to 400 degrees. In a oven-bake pan, cook the ground beef. When the beef is almost done, add in the onion and spinach. While that is cooking, in a bowl, mix together the 9 eggs and seasonings. When the onions are soft, pour the eggs over the meat. Stir it around until it gets a little thicker. Then make sure it is all mixed (without the eggs being fully cooked) and put in the oven for 13-15 minutes. Cut and serve.

That about sums up we have been up to. Just add in a few episodes of The Office, Nashville, and The Voice. I hope you all are having a great week!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Post- Oct 31-Nov 2

Can you believe it is already November? I definitely can't and the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner... what?

Halloween was a hit this year. I normally don't dress up, but my friends and I decided to go as Cruella and the dalmatians (more like Curella and her bitches ha). It was the best walking around work in a PJ onesie. Noted for next year :)

{the ladies}

{trick or treating}

It took all my strength not to steal one of my siblings pieces of Halloween candy. My friend and I started up Whole 30 last Monday, so sugar is on the outs. I wanted to do another round to get myself back on track. After my last go at Whole30 I felt amazing, but then let one "cheat meal" slip after another. It wasn't anything horrible, but my body started feeling the change. 

I used this weekend to meal plan and prep. Last night I cooked pumpkin tomato soup from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook. This seriously is my go-to book. This recipe had pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, onion, coconut milk, honey, thyme, a cinnamon stick (remove right before you blend everything), salt/pepper and chicken broth. Put it all in a pot, let it boil and then puree. Bam! You have pumpkin soup!

{seriously delicious}

Sunday was the big meal prep day. I cooked both "Morning Mix" and 10-minute Chili from the book, It Starts With Food. Morning mix is either ground pork or turkey (I used ground turkey), an apple diced, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook the ground turkey, add the diced apple and spices and finish cooking until the turkey is cooked through and the apples are soft. This was such an easy meal to make for 3 days of breakfast.

The 10-minute chili was ground beef, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin. Cook the beef until cooked, add in the bell pepper/tomatoes/spices, and cook for 10 minutes until the beef is fully cooked and the peppers are soft.

Two spontaneous meals were cauliflower soup and pork chops. We had both of these from last week's grocery shop and needed to cook them before they went bad. The cauliflower soup recipe I used was from, yet again, The Paleo Kitchen Cookbook. I switched the process up a little by putting the cauliflower "trees" in a large pot with coconut oil and letting it soften that way. The cookbook says to put it in the oven to bake it. I then added a little chicken broth to help the cauliflower soften up a bit more. Next added was onion, garlic, salt/pepper, 2 cups chicken broth, and 1 cup water. Let that come to a boil and then turn to low to simmer for about 20 minutes. From then add a can of coconut milk and use an immersion blender to get all of the chunks out. If you don't have one of these you can use a regular blender. I burned my mouth so badly from eating this. I couldn't wait for it to cool down; it is that good!

The pork chops were another easy one! I put coconut oil in a large pan, added the pork chops, salt and peppered both sides, added a splash of chicken broth, garlic and let them cook for about 10 minutes on both sides until they were fully cooked.

All while this was going on on the stove top, I had chicken breasts cooking in the oven for the week. It only takes an hour to plan your meals out and about an hour or two to cook it all. In the end, we end up spending $0 during the week on food and feel good because we eat healthy, high protein meals.

{only 1/2 of it- morning mix, chili, cauliflower soup, chicken, pork chops}

Of course I couldn't cook without some sort of entertainment on. Lately, we have gotten back into watching The Office. We started it over from Season One, so if we aren't answering then chances are we are with Jim & Pam. 

{my favorite episode- beach day}

Happy Monday!