Monday, February 28, 2011

Golden Sneakers!

When Leah was diagnosed with Type1, I knew right away we'd participate in a walk event. I have friends and family whose lives have been affected by diabetes as well, and knew many who already participated in the Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes through JDRF. We formed our own team, which Leah named "Leah's Diabetes Team" (catchy, huh?) and we've had an amazing turnout for two years in a row. I'm so humbled by the contributions our friends and family have made. (Both monetary, and with their time and support).

Last week, "Leah's Diabetes Team" received the Golden Sneaker Award in the mail....which means we raised over $2500! Leah has the plaque proudly displayed in her room.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

No Bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

This is a weight watchers recipe I discovered a few years ago. It's super-quick, uses minimal ingredients, and satisfies my sweet tooth just enough if I have a few after dinner. I usually just end up doubling the recipe--they are small and don't last long! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Low in the Snow

It snowed AGAIN.

And there's two activities that always make Leah go low...swimming, and playing in the snow.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

12 Miles and a Mishap...

I had the best run today. Finally got a long run in after about 3 weeks of an annoying cold.

We're so lucky to have Lake of the Woods in our little town to take advantage of. The running trails help me switch it up from my usual neighborhood runs.

Apple Muffins

I felt like I needed a slightly sweet treat this afternoon, and the kids are always happy to have a new snack after school. I had plenty of apples to use, so I made an apple muffin recipe I've tried from a few times.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Day in the Life

Today was a great day! Leah's jump event at school was fun, we went back and had lunch with her, then met Ed out for dinner before he had bowling night.

But for Leah, and any person with Type 1, it's a day full of extras.

Skillet Cookie

I wish I could make this cookie everyday.

Jump Rope for Heart

This morning was Leah's Jump Rope for Heart event at school. They jump roped, hula hooped, hopscotched, and ran around to raise money for a good cause.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Veggie Quesadillas

An easy, cheesy way to eat your veggies.

Mat Man!

I got a call from Lukas' preschool teacher last week, which normally would make me nervous. He's the kid that you just never know what might come out of his mouth, or who he might try his kung fu moves on next.

Easy Granola Bars

I've tried lots and lots of granola bars recipes. And when I saw one with only 5 ingredients, I was really excited.

Skinny Tortilla Soup

Extremely easy and yummy soup that requires no chopping or dicing! For those busy weeknights when you need dinner ready in 20 minutes. (great without chicken too!) It's good just like this, or you can top it with any of your favorite nacho ingredients!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lentil Chili

We don't eat a lot of meat, so eating enough protein can sometimes be a challenge. We add beans and legumes to things to make up for that, and lentils are probably my favorite. They cook quick, are versatile, and my kids will eat them without too much complaint most of the time.

Stupid Sensors

It's sensor change day at our house. I hate this day.

Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls

I love my bread maker. I just forget to use it half the time. But then when I pull it back out, I think, "oh, this is so easy, why don't I do this all the time?"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Got milk?

Studies have shown that drinking chocolate milk after a run replenishes a runner's body just as well as anything else due to it's combination of protein and carbs.

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Heidi Swanson rocks. Her website, 101 cookbooks, and her book, Super Natural Foods, are excellent resources for cooking with whole foods and natural ingredients.

Our Favorite Granola

The kids eat oatmeal or granola for breakfast almost every day. Type 1 diabetics tend to have a horrible blood sugar spike in the morning, and we've had to adjust our breakfast routine accordingly. We almost never buy cereal anymore, as the simple carbs and sugar send Leah's blood sugar soaring to the 300s in moments.

Honey Cashew Stir Fry

Ed eats Thai takeout or Chinese takeout at least once a week. And usually it has so much garlic in it I can't even be in the same room as him for about 2 days.

Graham Cracker Snacks

Low-carb and low-cal yumminess!


For quite some time now, I've been trying to come up with a good way to organize recipes and put all my food ideas in one place. A lot of people ask me about food, because I love to cook, and because they know we have taken an even greater interest in food since Leah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. And carb counting everything she eats means there is a lot to keep track of! So I'm finally getting around to putting it all in one place,  to make it easier to share food, and to avoid counting carbs for things I've already made lots of times!