Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Avocado and Apple Chicken Salad

So lately Dan and I have decided to embark on a new "diet" plan. We both have a few extra pounds we'd like to get rid of and we noticed our eating habits needed to change a little if that was going to be achieved. Well Dan has lost 7 lbs and I have lost 4 lbs in about a week and a half. It's not perfect but with doing some different things we can make it happen. So today I made this new recipe I found on The Biggest Loser website (love that show). It was delicious. I haven't gotten Dan's review of it yet but at least for me it will be made again.

Avocado and Apple Chicken Salad

2 cups of cooked chicken or turkey breast
1 cup of diced red sweet apples (I used Gala)
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/4 cup toasted pecans (I did sliced almonds)
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped mint (about 10 leaves)
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped jalapeño, seeded (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 fully ripe avocado, seeded and diced
4 cups of greens

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and serve over the mixed greens.

Serves 4

*I also added a little Raspberry vinaigrette

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Life as Normal

Life in the Fry house has been pretty much normal. Just busy with school, part-time jobs and of course, James.We had a great February (even though February is a cursed month for me, story a little later). We got to see some extended family, enjoy some sun, "enjoy" some snow and enjoy each other. James turned 6 months in February. I can't believe how much he's grown already. I will admit, motherhood was a big adjustment for me but I can't imagine life without our hellion. He drives us crazy sometimes but getting to see his smiling face every morning just makes everything complete. So here are some of our favorites of James from the last month.

Disregard the noises I make to get him to laugh. :)

So, as mentioned before, February is a cursed month for me. It all started about 5 years ago. My best friend tried to kill me but it back fired on her. Ok.... not really but that's what we say. Melissa and I were in a very bad car accident our senior year of high school. We were t-boned on the drivers side going about 50 mph. Melissa pretty much should have died as a result of it. Luckily, she only had a broken collar bone, a very bruised hip and some scrapes and bruises. We say that she got all the physical injuries and I got the emotional ones because she can't remember anything and I remember everything. We were for sure close friends before the accident but this sealed the deal for us. It's one of those experiences we'll talk about and know it brought us closer. I found some pictures of the car that were taken a few days after the accident. When she totals a car, she does it good.

Why do I bring this story up? This was the start of the treaded February curse for us both. Every February something happened whether is was physical or emotional. Some Februarys were worse than others but this last February was actually good for us both. So we're crossing our fingers that the curse is over!!!! :)