Kimberly Peil

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Aging and the Beautiful Baristas

In Babies and Such, Health, Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Wow.  I haven’t written in FOREVER.  I guess having a baby is a pretty good excuse.  I still need to write about Weston’s birth story, but I’m not feeling it tonight.  I’m not exactly feeling all happy and gushy right now. Especially after he only napped a combined total of 2 hours today, and it took two hours to get him to sleep.  I really thought I was going to get a good napper the second time around.  No such luck.  So onto getting old…

Getting old has really snuck up on me.  I look around our apartment at pictures of me when I was 22 or 25, and I think, why don’t I look like that anymore?  It wasn’t that long ago.  But I feel ancient.

Yesterday I hit up the Black Rock drive-thru for my much-needed latte.  Here is this cute little barista with cute hair and cute makeup.  Here I am in my yoga pants, no makeup, and horribly grown out hair pulled back into a fro-tail.  She is perky and looks well rested.  I think, why don’t I look like that?  Well, she is probably 16, so I’ve got like 13 years on her.  Plus she probably wasn’t up several times last night, nursing a two-month old, while her two-year old is sandwiched between her and her husband, kicking her in the back.  I’ve got excuses, right?

It’s cute girls like this that have me obsessing over the Groupon deal for 20 units of Botox for $99.  Or watching the Dr. show and wondering if that butt lift tape could really help.  Of course, it doesn’t really matter.  The only people that see me these days are the grocery store clerks who work in the middle of the night, and the kind friends who schedule play dates with me occasionally.  Poor husband.  He’s really the only one I want to look good for.  And on the off chance that I am able to put on makeup that day, it is already a smeary mess by the time he gets home.

Having two children makes everything nearly impossible.  Grocery store, forget it.  I tried a few times.  Weston screaming in the Moby, bashing his head into my collar bone.  Ella being her cooperative self, but how on earth do I manage to get her in and out of our car, in and out of the shopping cart?  How do I keep everybody’s hands off of her, while Weston is screaming and head bashing.  Ugh.

Negative Nancy.  I know things will get better.  They always do.  I feel fat, but I guess I just had a baby 2 months ago.  I say 2 months, but now I am bordering 3.  I feel like once I have to say 3 months, then I have no excuse for being a sorry slob.  I’m sick of wearing baggy maternity jeans.

I’m working on it though.  Honestly.  Whitening the teeth, planning to tan, hair appointment on the books, and I should have a jogging stroller by June.  And a month of Extreme Bootcamp to look forward to– to kick my butt into shape.

Is this achievable again?  I hope so.


Frozen Meals

In Health, Recipes, Uncategorized on February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I am hoping that we might get a few meals from friends and family after our baby boy arrives, but if I feel anything like I did with Ella, I won’t want to cook for a few weeks.  So in preparation, I have been making and freezing a few meals.  So far I have two lasagnas and four soups frozen.  I am still hoping to make a couple chicken enchiladas as well.  I thought I would share these two soups, because they are AMAZING!  They have made it into our regular rotation.

Salmon and Creamed Corn Chowder

This has no cream, but is somehow still creamy and good!

Cajun Kale Soup with Andouille Sausage

I don’t know if a soup gets healthier than this.  Kale, Brown Rice, Bell Pepper.  And I use Chicken Andouille Sausage to keep it lean.

So I made double batches of each of these, because I love them that much.  I am 36 weeks and 6 days!  Here’s to hoping baby boy comes  just a little early.

Food Blogs!

In Health, Recipes on October 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I have been working like a crazy lady lately.  No time for blogging.  But I do plan my menus every Monday, no matter what.  And I have discovered some ridiculously amazing food blogs, so I thought I would share.  I know most of these probably don’t appeal to the mass public, but if you are looking for some amazing, healthy recipes, check them out!

Gluten-Free Goddess


Smitten Kitchen

101 Cookbooks





Menu Monday

In Health, Recipes on August 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Well, so much for the vegetarian/pescetarian menu this week.  I am 12 weeks along in my pregnancy, and keep losing weight.  I’m down 4 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.  And that is not from being sick.  I have had a fairly easy first trimester this time around.  I’m just not eating enough.  So I told Hunter that some of the meat has to stay for now.  Plus, I am craving comfort food, so that is what I will be making… even if it is 85 degrees outside.   So here is what is on the menu this week!

Monday:  Spaghetti with Spinach Salad

Sorry, no recipe link for this one.  I just have a tried and true, memorized recipe that I use.  I ALWAYS use Iserno’s Nitrate-Free Chicken Sausage, and would NEVER use white noodles, but that was the best pic I could find.

Tuesday: Two Bean Soup with Kale and Crusty Bread

I’m totally cheating this week… this was on last week’s menu, but I wasn’t feeling so hot Friday night.  So I am going to try again and make it this week.

Wednesday: Italian Meatloaf , Red Potatoes, and Asparagus

This is my absolute favorite meatloaf recipe.  Hunter doesn’t like meatloaf, but loves this one.  Yum!

Thursday: Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers and more grilled Asparagus.

This recipe is pretty close to the one I use… the main difference is that I add Worcestershire sauce to the mix.

Friday: Chicken Kabobs and Brown Rice

This recipe looks pretty simple, and that’s how it should be when it comes to kabobs.  I usually use zucchini, mushrooms, onions and bell pepper on mine.


Menu Monday

In Health, Recipes on August 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Every Monday, I spend at least an hour planning meals for the week.  So instead of sharing my usual, personal stories, I thought I would share with you what is on the menu this week!

We aren’t vegetarians…yet.  Although, we are honestly moving in that direction.  Hunter has been reading a compelling book titled, “The China Study.”  I plan on reading it too, but since I am limited on time at the moment, I just have him give me a daily run-down.  The only thing I am having a hard time buying into is that we shouldn’t eat fish.  So maybe I am leaning more towards becoming a pescetarian.

Either way, Hunter and I are super-passionate about healthy eating.  It has nothing to do with dieting or losing weight.  It has everything to do with being healthy and preventing cancer and other diseases.  And the other great thing about meatless dishes is that they are usually very inexpensive and economical.  Fish can be spendy sometimes, but I usually wait until it is on sale, stock up and then freeze it.  So with that said, here is this week’s menu.

Monday:  Buddha’s Delight with Tofu, Broccoli, and Water Chestnuts

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon, Asparagus, and Red Potato Salad.

Wednesday: Cannellini Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts and Brown Rice.

Thursday: Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema and Black Beans

Friday: Two Bean Soup with Kale, and Crusty Whole Wheat Bread with Tomatoes and Parmesan.

Yum!  Hope some of these inspire you to eat healthy this week!

Few of My Favorite Things

In Babies and Such, Health on October 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

This week I was on a mission to find a little finger scrubber toothbrush dealie for Ella.  She still doesn’t have any teeth, but I figured I might as well get her into the habit of brushing.  She’s a stubborn one, and I am afraid that if I wait too long I will have to endure finger biting and full-on tantrums.

So I am standing in the baby aisle of Rite Aid, inspecting the infant toothpaste and reading the ingredients like any obsessed, overly paranoid parent does.  Then I realize that half of them have Paraben in them!  It’s bad enough that most lotions and other cosmetic products have Paraben, but now I am going to actually feed it to my baby?!  I think not!

I don’t want to bore everyone with the details on paraben… if you are interested in the possible effects check this out:

Otherwise, here is a list of my favorite, NON-PARABEN baby items!

California Baby Bug Repellent


Neutrogena Pure & Free Sunblock


Johnson’s Natural Head to Toe Foaming Baby Wash


California Baby Calendula Lotion


And my new fave, Earth’s Best Baby Toothpaste.

What Costco Means to a Health Nut

In Health on September 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I am one of those crazy, super healthy people when it comes to eating.  Well, minus my addiction to sweets (hey, we all have our vices!).  I eat plain, old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast.  No sugar on it.  Just berries, flaxseed, and soy milk.  A Greek Yogurt for my morning snack.  It is high in protein and low in sugar.  For lunch I usually have an edamame and tomato sandwich, cooked spinach and an apple… anyways, you get the point!

Well, when we moved back to Salem, I mourned the loss of Trader Joe’s.  I wondered how I would ever survive.  Thankfully, Costco has really stepped up in the past few years, and they now offer several organic items, and just plain healthy items.  So for those of you who might be interested in jumping on the healthy train, here is a list of my favorite “healthy” items at Costco:

Trident Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers (the key here is wild)

Alexia All Natural Sweet Potato Fries (super yummy, and no funny ingredients)

Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter

Kirkland Organic Strawberry Jam (amazingly, only 8g sugar per serving!)

Dave’s Killer Bread (you will be able to read every ingredient on the list and it doesn’t taste like cardboard)

Organic Silk Vanilla Soymilk

Earthbound Organic Spinach (a tub of this is only $3.79 at Costco.  It’s $5.99 at Safeway)

PG Organic Cold Milled Flaxseed (I have it on my oatmeal every day)

Quaker Oats

Organic Gala Apples

Chobani Greek Yogurt  (only $11.75 for a carton of 12!  If you’ve ever purchased Greek Yogurt at the grocery store, you know they are ridiculously expensive individually)

Happy Grocery Shopping!