Kimberly Peil

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Menu Monday

In Recipes on September 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I am pretty excited about my menu this week.  We went to my friend Brenna’s house this weekend, and she introduced me to an amazing vegetarian cookbook along with the author’s website.  So I spent several hours last night on this website, researching vegetarian recipes for the week.  What I love about these recipes is that they are exactly what vegetarian should be (in my opinion).  They are full of healthy whole grains, beans, and lots of green veggies.  I get so frustrated with many of the recipe websites, because their versions of vegetarian are lots of pasta and cheese.  If that’s all we ate, we would not be very healthy or have a balanced diet!  So without further ado, here is this week’s menu!

Monday:  Ribollita with some whole grain crusty bread

I love Kale!  So does Hunter.  And thankfully Ella will eat just about anything in soup form, so this should be a winner.  Plus, the sudden change in weather is begging me to make soup.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Spice Rubbed Braised Beef,Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Tomatoes, and Roasted Potatoes with Magic Sauce

I’ve made this Braised Beef before, but I am going to try it in the crockpot this time.  And the magic sauce on the potatoes is amazing!  Brenna made it when we were over this weekend, and it really was magic.

Thursday: Double Broccoli Quinoa with Tofu

I cannot wait to try this recipe!

Friday: Homemade Pizza with Brenna’s Marinara Sauce

Sorry, No pic or recipe for this one.  Brenna was gracious enough to send me home with some of her marinara sauce, and I plan to put it to good use!

And just in case you were curious about what we eat for other meals during during the week, you really shouldn’t be.  It really isn’t that interesting.  Breakfast is almost always Old Fashioned oatmeal with berries and soymilk, eggs, and sauteed spinach.  Lunch is usually leftovers or PB&J.  But I think I will try and mix up our morning routine and try this yummy recipe out!

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Have a good week, and hopefully you find something healthy to eat!

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Searching for a Purse

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I hate shopping for purses, shoes and accessories.  I’m not even joking.  I’m not sure why I am the polar opposite of every female I know.  And it really can drive me nuts sometimes.

So I haven’t purchased a new purse in, um, four years.  Yeah, and even that purse was a cheap, $30 purse from JCPenney.  See, I told you I really don’t care.  And I only own two other purses and those are even older.  But when my husband starts to be embarrassed  by my ugly, yellow, plasticy purse then I figure it is time to get a new one.  The other day he said, “Are you really going to take that purse?  Don’t you have another one?”  No husband, I do not.  But at least that gives me permission to buy a new one.

I’m still not going to spend more than $50 on a new purse though.  So of course I spent several hours at the mall and came out empty-handed.  Poor Ells was trying her best to assist me, touching purses and exclaiming, “cute!”  Oh well, I guess if I just wait a few more months then I will be toting around a diaper bag again.

And another thing… I hate Coach purses.  I’m not just saying that just because I can’t afford them.  I really, honestly think they are hideous.  Holy walking billboard that says, I love to waste money on a bag to carry all my crap around in!  I like things a little more inconspicuous.  I guess I am a little more “comfy.”  Not the type to get all glitzed up.  Maybe a little more country, but without the Wranglers and hat.  I like Fossil handbags alright.  Still too much though.  Sigh.

See, if I tried to imagine myself liking a purse it would probably look something like this.  But I would take that ugly, dangly key off of it.  I’m not sure what that’s all about.

Any suggestions, anyone?  This is clearly not my field of expertise.

So Proud!

In Babies and Such on September 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I have to say, I am feeling so proud of my little girl today.  It is such a slow process of teaching a child things like manners and simple skills, that when they start putting them into practice on their own it can take a while to register.  But today I realized just how much my little Ells has grown up.

When she wants something and I can’t quite understand her, she will say “hand.”  So I put out my hand and she leads me to the object she is talking about.  Today she wanted more watermelon, and in the sweetest voice she says, “mo mo peez!”  It seriously melted my heart.  And then I gave it to her and she says, “tank tou” and blows me a kiss.  Ugh!  Child, you know how to pour it on!

And I have to admit that she is even cleaner than me.  I have a tendency to leave drawers half open.  She is always right there to close them.  She always picks up trash and throws it away.  And even when she spills her milk, she will ask me for a cowel (towel), and wipe it up herself.  I doubt this cleanliness will last forever, but I will take it while I can.

And then there is just the simple fact that her vocabulary has grown tremendously.  I didn’t even realize it until a few days ago, but I probably know what she is talking about 80% of the time.  All vehicles aren’t just cars anymore.  She can differentiate and say airplane, car, truck, bus, and lawn mower.  All animals aren’t “aminals” anymore.  She can say giraffe, cow, pig, duck, dog, cat, squirrel, fish, monkey, chicken, and a whole bunch of others.  And when the doctor asked me at her 18 month check-up if she could understand and point to parts of her body, I realized she knows all of her body parts and can say all of them too!  I love my little chatterbox.

And did I mention she can put on her own shoes?  Well, her velcro sandals and boots anyways.  But I love that I can tell her to go get her shoes on and she actually does it.  Other cuteness, she has learned a few emotions, and will tell me when she is sad or scared.  Or she will tell me when someone is crying.  I know these are all normal milestones, but it is impossible not to be proud when your baby girl does these things.

So I thought I would gush a little bit today.  I find that I get extra-gushy since I am pregnant again.  Ella just makes me so proud!

Menu Monday

In Recipes on September 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Today I have a mish-mosh of recipes that I plan on making.  My awesome Mom-in-Law gave me a ridiculous number of tomatoes and pears from the garden.  Now I have to figure out what to do with them!  I’m thinking lots of salsa, caprese salads, and pear crisps!  Other than that, nothing too spectacular on the menu this week… well, except for this Chicken Kebab recipe.  Seriously, a must try.  The dipping sauce is to die for!

Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Sauce

I took the advice of several reviewers and reduced the salt in the sauce to about 1 1/2 tsp, and then added cherry tomatoes and onions to my kebabs.

Here’s another recipe I think I am going to try for lunch this week.

Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese

Considering the amount of macaroni & cheese Ella consumes on a weekly basis, I figured I better find a way to make it healthy.  I love that this recipe uses 3 cups of Butternut Squash!  I think I will add broccoli to hers though, because it is nearly impossible to get her to eat her veggies.  And plus, I have never given her mac&cheese without it, so she doesn’t know any better.  Hee, hee.

Some Salsa?

I figured this would be a good use of those tomatoes.  Plus I can heap it onto some yummy breakfast burritos.

And last but not least, a Pear Crisp.

Pear Crisp from the Pioneer Woman.  Yum!

The rest of the meals this week will probably be pretty ugly.  I need to use up stuff in the freezer, and that usually means Turkey Chili, Spaghetti, and Salmon Burgers.  Nothing Fancy.

Now I am off to a midwife appointment.  Dreading the scale, but I am excited to schedule our 20-week ultrasound.  I need to know if it is a girl or boy so I can start the planning!  I hope you all have a great week.

Off to the Beach

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hunter, Ells and I are headed to Seaside tomorrow!  It’s so funny how a trip to the beach is such a big ordeal now that we are back in Oregon.  In LA, Hunter and I spent many, many Sunday afternoons at the beach… of course it did help when I lived about 1/4 mile away.  But even when we were in The Valley, we made it a regular outing.

Now back up in Oregon, we have to drive 1 1/2 hours to get there.  And usually, you don’t just through your swimsuit on and head out the door.  It’s usually  overcast, rainy, and windy.  But tomorrow’s forecast predicts 80 degrees and sunshine!  I’m pumped, so I am spending today prepping for the “Big Trip.”

I would love to just eat out at Mo’s or Doogers, but the Hubby always convinces me otherwise.  So I will do my wifely duties, and pack a nutritious lunch.  At least he promised me we can stop in for a bowl of clam chowder. 🙂  Packed lunch ideas have been quite difficult this time around.  Being the horribly paranoid pregnant woman I am, I can’t make sandwiches with any lunch meat.  And I was sick of PB&J about the second I got pregnant.

So veggie wraps it is!  I am thinking a variety:

Greek Salad Wraps and an Avocado Veggie Wrap. Both with whole wheat tortillas, of course.  I’m pretty sure Ella will only eat fruit and cheese, as usual, so I better pack an abundance of both.

Riding surreys has always been one of my favorite things to do in Seaside.  I hope that somehow Ella is big enough that we can take one for a spin!

Hope you all have a fun weekend.  I know we will!

6 Year Anniversary

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I feel awful that this post is a few weeks late.  Truth is, I had too much fun celebrating mine and Hunter’s 6-year wedding anniversary, that I didn’t have time to run into the computer and blog about it.

Six years later I can still say that I am madly in love with the man I married.  Every moment has been worth it.  No matter what the situation, Hunter has always been my best friend and advocate.  I didn’t know that another human being could be so compassionate and caring… and be like that all the time.  No matter what the circumstance.  He has shown me true, unconditional love.  And then, after 4 1/2  years of marriage, I finally got to see him as a Daddy to Ella.  And that has only made me fall in love with him more than I ever thought possible.

Thank you, Hunter, for 6 amazing years.  Not easy years, but amazing because I have had you by my side.  Thank you for 8 1/2 years together, where our friendship has grown into deep, unshakable love.  I promise that when we have our 10 year wedding vow renewal, you can play whatever Star Wars song you’d like… because I love you that much. 😉

A trip down memory lane…

8 1/2 years ago.  I was only 19!  And wow, someone needed to lay off the tanning. 🙂

August 20th, 2005.  The day I married my best friend.

One year down!  Not gonna lie, that first year was rocky.  But we had each other’s backs and we came out closer and stronger.

2nd Anniversary, self-portrait.  Love this man and our lives in LA.

3 years.

4 years.  And back in Oregon.  LA was fun, but just not what God had in store for us anymore.

5 years.  But wait…

That’s a little more accurate!  Ella celebrated our 5 year anniversary with us!

6 years together…

And still as feisty and goofy as ever.