Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Breakfast Taco

Yesterday I posted a picture of my new go to breakfast on my Facebook personal page and like page. I promised that if it got 30 likes I would share the details! Well, I got over 50 so here it is!

Here's what you need:
- 1 egg 
- 1 small corn tortilla
- a little more than 1/2 a cup of fresh spinach
- 1/8 cup shredded cheese
- 2 slices of turkey bacon

Spray your griddle lightly with non-stick spray. Place tortilla, bacon, and spinach on griddle on low to medium heat. Flip tortilla and bacon as spinach cooks.

Once the spinach is about done, crack the egg on top of the spinach

Use a spatula to scramble the egg and spinach together while keeping the egg from running away. 

Once the egg is almost done, sprinkle the cheese over its top.

Here's the secret ingredient missing from the first photo! 

I love spicy food, and this stuff adds the perfect kick without the salt! Shake some on your egg mixture, and then slide it onto your tortilla.

Fold it in half, and your breakfast taco is complete!

Browning the tortilla and cooking the bacon and egg mixtures takes less than 10 minutes!

This is a quick, simple, healthy breakfast at less than 300 calories that is 21 Day Fix approved! One egg and 2 slices of turkey bacon equals one red. The tortilla is one yellow. The spinach is 1/2 a green, and the cheese is 1/2 a blue. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maybe you're where I was

Exactly one year ago this weekend, I got to meet one of my heroes! That's her hand on my shoulder, and that's why I'm grinning so big in this picture! But when I saw this picture, I had to duck into the restroom to cry. That me on the left was me at my heaviest, and I thought there was nothing I could do to change it. I bought into the lie that because of my health and genetics this was as good as it could get and should prepare for it to only get worse. 

But the me today, the me on the right.... She kicked that jacked up mindset to the curb! I made some significant life changes, worked my tail off, and have lost almost 40 lbs so far! I feel amazing, my energy is through the roof, and my health has done a complete turnaround!! 

And that's just the physical changes! Things have changed emotionally and spiritually, too! It's hard to give God and your family your best when YOU aren't at your best day after day. I missed out on so much and robbed my family of memories and God of honor because I wouldn't take care of myself. 

I truly believe God has blessed me with a second chance to love Him and my family with my heart, mind, and soul by taking care of the body He's given me. 

Maybe you're where I was and want to be where I am... Drop your email in the comments below if you're ready to get serious about taking care of yourself!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Best Yes

My nature is such that I want to do all the things with and for all the people.

I want to be the classroom mom.

I want to volunteer at the Baptist Home.

I want to throw a Pinterest party for my SAHM friends.

I want to take meals to the widows on my block.

I want to lead an in-home bible study.

I want to learn to sew.

I want to foster.

I want to be part of community theatre.

I want to blog weekly.

I want to mentor young moms.

See? I really do want to do all the things with and for all the people because trust me this list is just the tip of the iceberg of things I would love to say YES to right now this very minute.

But the truth is, no one can do all the things even when the things are very, very good things.

The bigger truth is God didn't ask us to to all the things. Just the ones He's personally called us to.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Clean Thanksgiving

The Holidays are here ladies and gentlemen! I don't know about you guys, but for me that typically meant eating lots of taste good but bad for you food! 

Not this year though! I've worked too hard to let a series of guilty pleasures pull me back into an unhealthy eating pattern.

So I turned to my BFF, Google, for solutions and hit the jackpot!

There are lots of clean eating Thanksgiving recipes and meal plans out there, and here are just a few to get you started!

8 Super Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes

Monday, October 20, 2014


Our family slipped into a pew close to the back and waited for service to start.

A finger tapped me on the shoulder. Kind eyes and a sweet smile greeted me when I turned around.

She introduced herself, and then said, "You don't know me, but I know your story."

The compassion in her voice revealed just how much she knew.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just the Facts

Can I share some quick facts about me? Thanks! ;)

What the Facts WERE:
  • Overweight and 100% inactive
  • Heart surgery that's almost 40 years old
  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator for 10 years
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia
  • Constant fluid on my left knee for over 10 years
  • Inability to climb stairs without pain or hanging on to the walls.
  • Coke addict, using 5-6 times a day . . . and I mean the red can kind
  • Multiple medications including pain killers & muscle relaxers
  • 1-2 hours of wobbly walking first thing in the morning due to stiffness/pain
Some of those facts are still true. 
Some will never go away. 
But there are some I have kicked to the curb and shattered sledge hammer style!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Snapshots of Healing

You know that instruction book you wish had come with your newborn . . . well, let me just tell you, when you're parenting kids from hard places and healing is the goal, you'd be happy with a Sharpie map drawn on a napkin! And you would probably frame it so as not to lose it!

At their hearts, traditional parenting and therapeutic parenting aren't all that different. Even though the methods vary from child to child, the goal is the same - physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy individuals who can function as independent adults. Both have milestones, they just look different . . .  way different.

I want to share 5 of our milestones; every single one almost two years in the making. These snapshots of healing are akin to a baby's first tooth. It may seem trivial to some, but they were hard won with lots of pain and agony that Baby Oragel could not touch. As parents, we are so stinking proud and know there's more to come!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking Back At 2013

2013 was a wild adventure for our family. There was lots of good, lots of not so good, and praise God lots of amazing! And my recap in words would not do any of it justice. If a picture's worth a thousand words, then these should cover it nicely!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Posts of 2013

In 2013, I wrote a whopping 18 posts…
Considering that's an increase of 360% from what I posted in 2012, I'm pretty stinking excited!

And that's even with a significant quiet spell from May to September, which amazingly enough was when my blog traffic really picked up.

And by picked up, I mean skyrocketed and galloped at a pace that landed me at almost 13,000 views. 

That's kinda insane.

But I'm grateful. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

When Paula Was My Phil

Once upon a time, a cook loved by millions said lots of things that a lot of people didn't like.
Just the other day, a redneck loved by millions said lots of things that a lot of people didn't like.

And somewhere between the two, I think I've learned a little.

See with Paula, I blew up social media. I had a loud, aggressive, in your face, how dare you, and yes I sure did just call you out publicly stance. It was deeply personal for me, and I drew a definite line. You're either with Paula or you're with me. There was no grey, no middle, no room for discussion or understanding.

I hurt people in my righteous indignation.
I damaged relationships beyond repair in certain cases.
I believe it played a part in a major turn of events in our lives.

My defense of my personal beliefs became more important than my relationships.

And I was wrong.