Happy Birthday, Josh!

Last night, we had a little get together for our favorite birthday boy. We had bread with olive oil/balsamic and cheese, meatballs, bacon wrapped dates, cheese dip, sweet potato fries with sriracha dipping sauce, and flour less brownies. To say the least, we had a cheat day, which I think was probably JRB’s favorite present this year. 

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And one more baby photo of JRB:

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Happy birthday, Josh! You are the best!

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Weekend Update: Projects, Baking, and Baby JRB

Haaaaapppppyyyy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I hope you did everything you wanted to do and more. This weekend, Josh was out of town for wrestling (again), so I had a good bit of free time, and you know what that means- pictures and puppies!!

Friday was pretty relaxed. I met my parents for dinner in Auburn, did some reading, and played with Sam and Miller. ImageHave you heard of this book? I highly recommend it. I’ve already made 2 of her recipes and laughed out loud multiple times. It’s really motivated me to not be shamed by food (feel bad by what I eat or what I’m not talented enough to bake), but to instead enjoy food and enjoy it with others. Aren’t the best conversations around the table? I can’t wait to bring more people into my house (no matter how “unfinished” or untidy it may be).

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This was Friday before I left for dinner. Sam lets you know exactly what he wants, which is ALWAYS belly rubs. {Note: Sorry for the nudity, but it doesn’t count on neutered dogs, does it?}

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Saturday began at the gym for BodyPump and BodyFlow. Don’t think I’m that awesome- I only went because I had a friend doing both, and we were eating lunch immediately after. But those two classes left me relatively hungry ALL. DAY. Thanks to good ol’ Friend Elizabeth, I had this Whole30 compliant muffin recipe. I ate two…. for a snack.

Pumpkin-Banana-Anything Muffin (from here)

Ingredients

3 bananas (preferably brown)

.5 can of pumpkin

2 eggs (beaten)

2 cups of almond meal

1 tsp of salt

1.5 tsp of baking soda

1 cup of frozen blueberries

Directions

Here’s the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix together the bananas, pumpkin, and eggs. (I used my KitchenAid mixer. PTL for those.)

Then mix in the almond meal, salt, and baking soda.

The fold in the blueberries and pecans.

{Note: you can use whatever you’d like really. The original recipe calls for blueberries, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips. Elizabeth used dried cranberries and pecans. They’re your muffins; do what you want.}

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Sunday. Oh, how I love Sundays. Josh built this headboard for me for Christmas, and we FINALLY were able to assemble it. I’m not sure this is exactly how I’ll keep it (I’m feeling white), but nonetheless I LOVE IT. It was a great surprise and a wonderful addition.

Also, did you know it’s JRB’s birthday week? His birthday is THIS Thursday, Jan. 30. Here’s a preview of the birthday boy!

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Wasn’t he the most beautiful baby???? (Don’t even start if you are one of those people who say all babies look like aliens. I will admit that some do, but not all.)  I tell him all the time that I hope our kids look like him.

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This is the Josh I first met. Watch out JTT, JRB is here!

Have a great Monday! Can you believe it’s almost February? You know what that means, right? My birthday month!! 

Letters Edition

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Dear Joshua Ryan Bierman, this morning you texted me to tell me Miller drank out of the toilet. I can guarantee that will be the least surprising thing I hear today. Dear BodyAttack, I’m coming for you this evening, and I’m fairly certain you’ll win. Dear Hosea, we just began studying you, but I can already tell you’re going to be AWESOME. Who knew you, Joshua, and Jesus all mean the same thing- salvation? Dear Allegiant, I have mixed emotions about finishing you- the story is so good, but I don’t want it to end. Dear Whole30 Green Monster Smoothie, you light up my breakfast. Thank you for actually being tasty. Dear JRB, I can’t wait to assemble our new bed with the headboard you made. You’re a regular ol’ Ron Swanson- except better!

What good books are you reading? I am finishing Allegiant and have Bread & Wine on the way!

Recipe for Whole30 Compliant Green Monster Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 handful (about 1.5 cups) of spinach

1 handful of kale

1 medium banana

1 Tbsp. of almond butter (we use Justin’s)

Coconut milk (amount depends on how thick or thin you want you smoothie)

Directions

Put all of your ingredients into your blender, and mix until blended well. Optional: Add ice to chill and thicken the smoothie. I ALWAYS add ice. 

Whole 30 Update

As you know, JRB and I have been doing the Whole30 program. It has challenged us in ways I didn’t know were possible. However, I’ve now learned:

  1. That cauliflower rice is a thing.
  2. How to cook cauliflower rice.
  3. Cauliflower rice is actually tasty.
  4. Butternut squash is tasty, but hard to cut.
  5. Mixing random things in a blender can go really great or really terrible. No in betweens.
  6. Late at night, my integrity slips when around cheese dip. (Yes, I cheated. Only once though.)
  7. It is possible to order healthy, whole foods at restaurants.
  8. Craving broccoli is possible.
  9. Planning and cooking meals ahead of time is a smart, time-saving solution.
  10. No matter how much I try, I can’t love black coffee.

Below is a list of some of our favorites so far (all paleo and whole30 approved)

Cauliflower rice

Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potatoes (minus the cheese)

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Cinnamon & Nutmet Banana Ice Cream

Chicken Apple Sausage Skillet

Egg & Sausage Breakfast Bites

Justin’s Almond Butter (found at Publix)

It’s now day 10, and I can honestly say it’s not as hard. My body isn’t craving sugar like it was on days 2-4 (That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love a plate of cookies and creamer in my coffee though). I have had enough energy to exercise and carry on as normal. The hardest part now-a-days is planning enough ahead of time so I’m not caught with an empty pantry. Empty pantries mixed with hungry bellies lead to bad, bad things.

Happy Tuesday!

Gratitude

Lately, I’ve been a grouch. Ok… more than lately (and probably more than a grouch, but this is a PG blog). So in order to detox from my negativity, here’s a round of gratitude.

I’m grateful for:

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 Puppies who put us to bed each night and greet us with kisses each morning

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 The reminder to have a child-like faith- and that Play-Doh is fun

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 The challenge of eating whole foods through the Whole30 program

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 A husband that knows when to be silly, when to call me out, and when to watch tv in bed

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 Gift-giving friends and welcomed distractions

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 the peace of being home

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 A marriage that roots itself in Christ, asks for forgiveness, and loves unconditionally

What are you grateful for? Isn’t it crazy that stopping and expressing your gratitude can turn the grayest of days to the best days?