October time

Time just keeps flying by doesn’t it? I can hardly believe it is October, but here we are. As I’m waiting for the cooler temps to roll in (they have to be coming right?), I’ve been stock piling recipes that I want to make this fall. You’d be surprised to know that I’ve only made one, that’s right, ONE loaf of pumpkin bread so far.

I finally got around to reading my October issue of Cooking Light. If you don’t subscribe, you should pick up a copy. I think I got a year’s subscription for about $5, so even if I only look at the magazine every couple of months it is worth it. I think this October issue though has really hit it out of the park. I have about 10 recipes dog-eared to try. Cooking light

Tonight we are trying a slightly modified version of their taco bowls. And I’ve got “wild rushroom farfalle,” “salmon bowls” and “short-rib ragout” all on the menu for this week. The true test will be if Chaney will eat any of it. It all looks delicious in the magazine, so let’s hope this tired mama can replicate it!

On top of trying to be better about cooking for the family, I’m also doing something a little crazy tonight. I am going in for my first body fat analysis where I actually get dunked under water. It is supposed to be the most accurate method in finding out your RMR and body fat %. The results may be unpleasant, but I am actually really looking forward to it. I have NO CLUE where I stand and would really like a better idea of what I should be eating every day to maintain current muscle mass. I wish I would have done this earlier in marathon training, but you live your learn right?

I’ve mentioned my Rodan + Fields business a few times in the last year, but I am really excited to share the promotion I have for October, “Tools for Jewels.” Tools for jewels

Both of these organizations are ones that I support, so I am excited to be offering something that will benefit them for my R+F customers.

I’m going to try and be better about blogging and sharing the meals that we do make. When I’m trying to stay on track, it helps me so much to have the accountability of sharing what I’m making. Plus I miss taking all of my food photos! I’ll keep you updated on what I think of the recipes from CL this month.

Well Hi

Really I don’t have an excuse.

I got married. We got pregnant. Baby arrived. I forgot about Pardon the Dog Hair (but not about the dogs!).

Thanks for hanging in there and stopping back every now and then to check out old recipes. Cooking has kind of gone to the way side in the last few months. We still have a home-cooked meal every night of the week, but it is definitely not worthy of recipe writing or photographing.

Instead all of my photographing is now directed at this little number:

Smash Cake Happy Chaney

That’s Chaney at her first birthday party. Isn’t she a doll? Gosh we sure think so.

Let’s see… what else has changed?

We moved to the ‘burbs as I like to call them. Technically we are still in “Dallas.” But everyone around here knows if you are north of 635, that isn’t “Dallas.” I sure do miss downtown living, but am grateful for the extra space, POOL, and yard. Chaney is an outside girl, so she is always delighted to spend her afternoons outside.

I’m still working my 9-5, the pie business and also am now a consultant with Rodan + Fields. I actually really like all three jobs, but things tend to get a little bit hectic!

Wes is fantastic, as usual. He definitely loves the new house and all the different projects a 1974 fixer-upper bring. He started a new job recently and couldn’t be more in his element. Chaney and I are both so proud of him.

Lizzie and Suzie are still kicking it with us, getting dog hair everywhere of course. Chaney thinks they are awesome family members and delights in seeing them jump and run around. It is really fun to watch her with them. They will have to do as her sisters for now. 🙂

And that really is about it! Hopefully I will be checking in a little more regularly now. Again, SO sorry to have forgotten about this little space. I sure love reading back through all of my old stories and seeing how different life used to be. Thanks again for hanging in there!